MUMBAI—A special song will be reportedly shot with Salman Khan for “Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se.” The song will also feature the three Deols. While Khan and Dharmendra are very close and also mutual admirers, his friendship also extends to Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Kriti Kharbanda plays the lead opposite Bobby.

Chenchu Reddy, a 45-year-old farmer of Banda Kindi Palle village in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, used two huge posters of Sunny Leone to ward off the evil eye at his 10-acre farm that had got a good crop this year.

While Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have earlier had films in the 100-crore club (“Padmaavat” is Singh’s entry into the 250 crore club), for Shahid Kapoor, senior to both, it’s a new feat. Buzz is, his new film “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” has fetched a high price after the Bhansali opus. Well, that’s how the industry concludes hits and flops.

Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have transformed themselves for “Sui Dhaaga,” a film set in India’s heartland. Playing Mauji the tailor and Mata, the embroiderer respectively, they are sporting never-seen-before looks in the film about finding love through self-reliance, which is inspired by the “Make In India” campaign.

Ekta Kapoor is producing a film along with Imtiaz Ali. This redux of the classic love story is titled the same – “Laila Majnu,” is directed by her partner’s brother Sajid Ali and releases May 2018.


Buzz is that Kapoor has also locked two films as co-producer with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (under Balaji Motion Pictures and Earthsky Pictures): a coming-of-age romantic comedy of a married couple that she will direct, and a light-hearted love story of hope and happiness, which will be directed by a new director mentored by Tiwari.

Deepika Padukone was felicitated by the Italian Consulate for her extraordinary contribution in the film industry. The ceremony celebrated the long-standing collaboration of the Indian film industry with the Consulate.

Richa Chadha, after exploring writing and singing, is directing her maiden short film, a satirical comedy, starring her real-life beau Ali Fazal. The yet-untitled film is set in 2025. The film deals with the future effects of adversities of pollution and environmental abuse. It is produced by actor Vishakha Singh. The trio has come together in the “Fukrey” franchise.

Kapil Sharma’s new show in Sony has been titled “Family Time with Kapil Sharma.” Kiku Sharda (in drag) and Chandan Prabhakar are in the cast. All’s well that ends well.

Maverick of sorts Kay Kay Menon, who in a special appearance plays a quirky cop in “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” insisting on reshooting scenes his director Vishwaas Pandya found perfect!

The Economic Survey 2017-2018 that was tabled in Parliament last month has two crucial film references: Manoj Kumar’s song “Mere Desh Ki Dharti” from “Upkar” finds place in the climate change and agricultural chapter of the survey and Sunny Deol’s classic line “Tareekh pe tareekh” from “Damini” on red tape procrastinations asks for coordination between the government and judiciary to cut delays and boost economic activity.

Those in the know are wondering why Isabelle Kaif, Katrina Kaif’s younger sister, has been named so, as her elder sister got her name because she played Rina Kaif in her debut film “Boom.” Though billed “Katrina Kaif” in the film’s titles, she was known as Katrina Torquette (their family name) before and was even called Katrina Kazi (in a massive blooper) in the publicity for a while!

Sidharth Malhotra plays a student once again after his debut film in the Hindi remake of the super-hit Kannada film, “Kirik Party” – a stylized comedy about engineering students. Of course, nothing is official yet (maybe they are waiting to see the fate of “Aiyaary” to clinch deals), but Malhotra is excited.

Jackie Shroff will play Ashutosh Gowariker’s role in the Gujarati version of “Ventilator” directed by Umang Vyas. Said Shroff, “Finally, I get to do a film in my mother-tongue.”

Mohit Suri wanted Farhan Akhtar to star in a two-hero project, but it did not work out. As of now, neither has “Aashiqui 3.” That’s what happens after two flops in a row.

Ankit Tiwari’s grandmother was traveling by train from Kanpur to Delhi when she met Pallavi Shukla and hit it off with her. Now she has decided that her grandson will marry her. They tie the knot on February 23.

Siddharth Anand’s “Rambo” featuring Tiger Shroff will take off November 2019 after they both complete work on the film they are doing with Yash Raj Films and Hrithik Roshan.

Prakash Kovelamudi, K. Raghavendra Rao’s son and husband to writer Kanika Dhillon, will direct Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao in a fast-paced thriller revolving around them, which will be shot in London and Mumbai.

Mahesh Bhatt’s “Naamkarann,” a TV show, will have a re-creation of his 1993 telefilm “Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Ayee”’s cult song “Tere Dar Par Sanam.” It will be recorded again by Kumar Sanu. The music is by Anu Malik and the lyrics by Qateel Shifai.

Ishita Dutta, who starred in “Drishyam” and Kapil Sharma’s “Firangi,” and is also Vatsal Sheth’s wife now, will be Karan Kapadia’s (Simple Kapadia’s son) leading lady in his debut film directed by Behzad Khambata. The film also features Sunny Deol and Dimple Kapadia who last worked together in six films in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This is the first time a married heroine co-stars with a debut-making actor!

Shoojit Sircar has lent his support to the second edition of a campaign that spotlights examination pressures on students and consequent tendencies towards depression or suicide.

T-Series will jointly produce a John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee movie with Nikkhil Advani, to be written and directed by Milap Zaveri. The film is a high-octane thriller. It will release in the second half of 2018.

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