Vidya Balan To Make Malayalam Debut With Kamala Surayya Biopic
Vidya Balan, the super-talented actress of Bollywood, is all set to make her Malayalam debut. It is confirmed that Vidya Balan is playing the title role in Kamala Surayya biopic. The movie, which is directed by the veteran film-maker Kamal, was announced last year. Later, it was rumoured that the project has been shelved, due to the production issues. But as per the latest updates, the project is very much on board.
The movie is expected to start rolling by the end of 2016 after Vidya Balan completes her Bollywood movies. Kamal, the director, states that Vidya Balan is the only actress who is eligible to play Kamala Surayya, the veteran writer. Reportedly, Vidya is quite excited about her Malayalam movie debut.
The untitled movie will explore the three stages of Kamala Surayya’s life, including her marriage at the age of 15, the birth of her autobiography Ente Kadha, and her conversion to Islam at the age of 67.
Vidya Balan, who is a Malayali by birth, was actually supposed to make her Mollywood debut with Lohithadas’s Mohanlal movie, Chakram. But the project was shelved at the initial stage itself.
Sanjay Dutt FREED
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt walked out of Pune’s Yerawada Jail on Thursday morning at 8:35 am, after serving 42 months of his five-year prison term at Yerawada Central Prison following his conviction in a case related to the 1993 serial blasts.
Watch the video of Sanjay Dutt’s release from Yerawada Jail
Dutt (convict number 16656) was serving his sentence housed in a solitary cell at Yerawada near the hanging yard since May 22, 2013.
Present to receive him outside the jail amidst tight security were his wife Maanayata and their children, sister and former MP Priya Dutt and her family, film director Rajkumar Hirani, thousands of fans, a huge media contingent from across India and abroad.
256 days were waived off from the 56-year-old actor’s sentence due to good behaviour in prison.h
Sanjay Dutt boarded a chartered plane at Pune International Airport with his family. The actor is believed to have said, “Zulm Karke kisi ka bhala nahi hoga (No one benefits after committing crimes)”, before boarding.
A large team of police officers were stationed outside Yerawada Jail before Sanjay Dutt’s release
The actor landed in Mumbai airport around 11:15 am, from where he proceeded to the famed Siddhivinayak Temple to offer his prayers. The next stop was the Baba Kabrastan where the grave of his mother, the late actress Nargis Dutt, is located. He prayed there too.
Dutt sported a dark blue shirt and jeans, minus his traditional sunglasses, salt-pepper sparse hair and a stubbly beard, appearing physically weary but mentally relaxed.
Near his Bandra home, there was a contingent of drummers who played a deafening welcome tune for Dutt.
Ther were also large posters and huge banners welcoming the actor, and a special poster welcoming ‘Papa’ and ‘Uncle’ and ‘Bro’ from his wife and kids, sisters, nieces and nephews.
There were celebrations of different types organised by his fans and well-wishers.
These include a free meal of ‘Chicken Sanju Baba’ at south Mumbai’s Noor Mohammadi Hotel, 50 percent discount on all meals and free servings of a specially created item ‘Bhai-Baba Chal Mere Bhai’ at the Bhaijaanz Restaurant in Bandra, while an autorickshaw driver Sandeep Bachche offered free rides in Bandra to mark his freedom.
Of the five-year sentence, Sanjay Dutt has served more than 50 months in two installments, excluding the parole and furlough he was granted at various times on different grounds.
He spent 18 months in jail as an undertrial before he was granted bail and later, following a Supreme Court order in May 2013, he was sent to the Yerawada Jail to serve the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence.
(With inputs from IANS)
Twinkle Khanna Practicle
Actress turned writer Twinkle Khanna says she is not romantic but a practical person. “I’m not romantic, I’m very practical. There are lots of fish in the sea; so whoever gets struck with your rod, one is as good as another,” Twinkle said at the launch of a book ‘The Village Of Pointless Conversation’, authored by ‘Being Cyrus’ and ‘Finding Fanny’ writer Kesri Khambatta.
Asked if her husband, actor Akshay Kumar, was a romantic person or not, she quipped, “I don’t know who Akshay is. Thanks.” The book is based on material developed while scripting Bollywood film ‘Finding Fanny’, post which Khambatta reworked certain parts of it.
Twinkle even complimented him that Lee Harper’s book ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ could not create the same impression that ‘The Village Of Pointless Conversation’ created on her. She liked it so much that she felt like “ripping eight chapters of her next book and throwing it in the bin,” she said.
Twinkle came up with her own book ‘Mrs. Funnybones’ last year. Asked if she would like to see it adapted into a film, she said: “I think it would be a sort of a tragic-comedy; my mother-in-law will commit suicide, because I’ve depicted her as a crazy old bat; so I don’t think we could ever make a movie on that.”
‘Don 3’ Idea Has Been Locked: Ritesh Sidhwani
Ever since Farhan Akhtar directed the much talked-about sequel to his 2006 hit, ‘Don’, he has constantly been bombarded with queries about the franchise’s third instalment.
A few days back, Farhan had said that even though he is excited that people want to see it, he doesn’t have a script for the project yet.
We were told that the makers have now hit upon an idea for the third part, and they’re very excited about it.
“Yes, we have an idea, and we are now going to put it into the scripting stage. We want to make Don 3; there’s a 100% confirmation on that. So, we are surely thinking about it. And it’s going to happen,” shared producer Ritesh Sidhwani.
When asked about a possible deadline for the film Ritesh said, “We will do it (decide upon a deadline) soon. Earlier, we were just thinking about it.
But now that we have an idea, Farhan is going to start writing it.” Excel Entertainment’s earlier ‘Don’ series featured Shah Rukh Khan in lead along with Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani.
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani is currently all geared up for his 3 big releases this year, with ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, ‘Rock On 2’ and ‘Raees’ set to hit celluloid.
Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jabra Fan’ Recorded In 3 More Languages
Recently released, ‘Jabra Fan’ song from King Khan – Shah Rukh Khan movie ‘Fan’ has a good news for all it fans across the country.
This song has been recorded in three more languages besides Hindi, Bengali, Bhojpuri and Punjabi.
This song has been composed by renowned musicians Vishal-Shekhar, which is a promotional track for the movie ‘FAN’.
The Bengali version has been sung by Anupam Roy who also sang for ‘Piku’, Manoj Tiwari has lent his voice for Bhojpuri track and the Punjabi song has Harbhajan Mann’s voice in it.
Recently music director Shekhar revealed that, “It is a marketing idea for the movie by Yash Raj Films.
I think it is a phenomenal idea that the song goes across in different languages.
The stars of those languages are singing the versions.
This is beautiful and has given a new definition to the song.”
He also adds to say, “I have been tipping on the Bhojpuri version.
I love it. It is amazing how all these people have come together for the song and were happy to record the different versions.
I really hope it happens and I am sure it will.”
The official trailer for the movie will be aired on February 29 and the movie will hit theatres on April 15.
Zee Cine Awards 2016: ‘Bajirao Mastani’ Scores Big With 12 Awards
Continuing its golden run at the awards season this year, the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone starrer “Bajirao Mastani” dominated at the Zee Cine Awards, too, winning 12 awards at the event held Feb. 21 in Mumbai.
Eros International’s epic historical drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali won a grand total of 12 awards: ‘Best Director’ (Jury) – Sanjay Leela Bhansali; ‘Best Actor Male’ (Jury) – Ranveer Singh; ‘Best Film’ (Jury); ‘Best Actress’ (Viewers’ Choice) – Deepika Padukone; ‘Best Cinematography’ — Sudeep Chatterjee; ‘Best Action’ – Sham Kaushal; ‘Best Sound Design,’ ‘Best Product Design,’ ‘Best VFX’ — Prasad Sutar; ‘Best Background Score’ — Sanchit Balhara; ‘Best Playback’ (Female) – Shreya Goshal for “Mohe Rang Do Laal”; and ‘Best Choreography’ – Ganesh Acharya for “Malhari.”
Eros films won a total of 18 awards for its releases which include “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” “Badlapur” and the Bengali hit, “Bela Seshe.”
Salman Khan won the ‘Best Actor’ (Viewers’ Choice) for “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” the highest grosser of 2015, which scooped the ‘Best Film’ (Viewers’ Choice) award along with the award for ‘Best Actor in a Comic Role’ – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and ‘Best Debutant’ (Female) that went to Harshali Malhotra.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui also took the award for ‘Best Actor in a Negative Role’ for “Badlapur” and “Bela Seshe” won the ‘Best Film’ under the Bengali film category.
Eros International has so far won over 60 awards for their films in various categories at all prestigious award platforms such as Stardust, Sony Guild, Screen, Filmfare, Zee Cine Awards and the 10th Asian Film Awards.
Neerja Set To Become A Hit!
Sonam Kapoor is on a roll. After wowing the critics and the audiences alike, her film Neerja has turned tables at the box office as well. Despite being an unconventional film on the life of braveheart Neerja Bhanot, the Pan Am flight attendant who saved 359 lives on the dreaded flight hijacked by terrorists in 1986. Although the film was always meant to receive a thumbs up from the critics, the box office performance too has been overwhelming.
The film opened to a great Rs 4.70 crore on Friday but thanks to an excellent word of mouth, it almost had a 70 percent growth on its second day as it collected a whopping Rs 7.60 crore on Saturday. For a film made on a budget of Rs 13 crore, the numbers have been fascinating. Neerja has already become a hit film in the first two days itself because it had already recovered its investment, including promotional costs from its theatrical revenue.
But it was Sunday that the film saw even more sustained growth at the plexes. The film recorded a bombastic figure of Rs 9.71 crore on its third day and has managed to have a strong hold on the audiences. With that, the three day collections stand at an outstanding Rs 22.01 crore. The film is expected to become the money spinner for Fox, especially after the disastrous year they had.
The film is holding on well even on its first Monday, which remains the acid test for most films. Given that it doesn’t have any strong competition at the BO in the coming few weeks, Neerja might just do wonders like a Queen or a Kahaani. It will certainly cross the Rs 50 crore mark now but will it cross Raanjhanaa too? But nevertheless, Neerja is definitely on its way to become 2016’s second superhit after Akshay Kumar’s Airlift.