Aamir Khan will star in “Thug,” Vijay Krishna Acharya’s next, after “Dhoom 3” for Yash Raj Films. The film was initially offered to Hrithik Roshan, who did not like the script. Ah well, clearly their respective track records show who has a better audience connect.
Kriti Sanon will be performing some high-octane action sequences in her new film “Raabta.” To make them look authentic, she underwent rigorous training in mixed martial arts and sword-fighting.
After all the confusion about which will be Sanjay Dutt’s first forthcoming release after his return, the buzz is that Madhuri Dixit Nene, has been approached for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s new film “Marco Bhau” featuring him as the father of a grown-up daughter, which will get there first. Dixit and Dutt were old flames, and this unlikely casting, if it happens, will be thanks to producer Chopra. It is said that either Sanon or Athiya Shetty are in the race for the daughter’s role.
Sohail Khan has booked Bakri-Eid (termed Chhoti or small Eid apparently) for his film “Freaky Ali”s’ release. This is after elder brother Salman Khan has swept almost all Badi (or big) Eids for the last eight years. Jackie Shroff is doing one of his usual nice character roles in the film. He was supposed to be a well-kept secret, but Sallu-bhai spilled the beans at the trailer launch!
A bizarre piece of news that was reported was of Ranbir Kapoor being spotted at Kaif’s door, because she was expecting him. Meanwhile, the trailer of his “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” will be attached to her film “Baar Baar Dekho.” Oh, don’t read between the lines — that’s only because Karan Johar is a common factor.
Malaika Arora Khan wished husband Arbaaz Khan a happy birthday on a social site with them cutting a cake together. Is this a confirmation of their reunion?
Emraan Hashmi is launching his debut production on real-life incidents connected with the Indian Army in the 1999 Kargil War. His director and co-producer will be Anthony D’Souza, who worked with him in “Azhar.”
Sriram Raghavan of “Badlapur” fame wants to film his next with Varun Dhawan again, even if his producers are considering other names.
Salman Khan is producing a mother-son relationship story, reportedly with Sridevi. The buzz is Vipul A. Shah, who last collaborated with Salman Khan on “London Dreams,” will direct the film for him.
Ranveer Singh is on a signing spree. Besides Aditya Chopra’s “Befikre,” he has taken up Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” and Rohit Shetty’s next action entertainer co-starring Tamannaah Bhatia, which is an Indo-Chinese project, besides Shimit Amin’s new film. Most of these films will release by 2017.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is said to have fired both Deepika Padukone and Singh for respectively asking about their role and script of “Padmavati,” is planning to complete the Diwali 2017 release in time for Cannes’ 70th festival.
A new rumor suggests that Shahid Kapoor may be signed as Padukone’s husband. Kapoor, it is understood, has dumped Vikramaditya Motwane’s film to work with Bhansali. A sensible decision from him after ages.
Anu Malik is back with Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt for the Hindi remake of “Rajakahini,” starring Vidya Balan. According to Malik, the film will have lyrics by new Bhatt favorite Kausar Munir, and at least one song has already been recorded by Asha Bhosle, but we really wonder why Malik is not called to compose alone for a contemporary and urban subject.
Stay tuned to this space for more buzz soon.