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Bhushan Kumars next titled Nonsense

28 November 2014 9:41 AM, PST

After exploring romance, action and thrillers, T-Series is all set to make a quirky comedy. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, the comedy titled Nonsense will see an unusual combination of Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan and Vir Das

The star cast who will be seen together for the first time has Zarine playing a journalist in the film, while Sharman and Vir are playing Ngo workers who unites warring families. Nonsense will be directed by Ashwin Shetty who marks his debut in Hindi film industry has directed several TV commercials. Ashwin was also an associate director on Heyy Babyy, Housefull and Heropanti.

Bhushan Kumar impressed by Ashwin's work says, "The fresh casting with a quirky script will leave the audience in splits. Ashwin is good in his work and I have full faith in him. When he and Harsh came for narration, the dialogues and the way Harsh took us through the »

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Producer of 1988 film Libaas sends legal notice to Iffi

28 November 2014 8:41 AM, PST

A 80s classic that rediscovered its identity in Iffi 2014 has led to a controversy. Starring Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah and directed by Gulzar, Libaas is a remake of one of the finest short stories of the poet. The film that traces the nuances of marital relationships and infidelity was screened at the International Film Festival of India, which was held in Goa this year. However, producer Vikas Mohan is very upset with this since the festival organizers did not take his permission to screen it.

Hence, a miffed Vikas has decided to go the legal way and sent a notice to the Iffi authorities accusing them of cheating. The notice states that the film was indeed given to Iffi in 1991 but with a condition that they won't be able to screen it after 22 years without the permission of the producer, that is, Vikas Mohan. Also, they have asked the »

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Victorian election candidate sacked for ties to Sunny Leone

27 November 2014 9:11 AM, PST

Bollywood or for that matter any film industry is filled with bizarre tales recounting unheard of events or happenings. However in a twist to the daily life, a Liberal Party candidate who was running for the Victorian elections later this week in Thomastown, Australia, has apparently been sacked from his post, due to his ties with porn star turned Bollywood actress Sunny Leone. Apparently, Nitin Gursahani was standing for the seat of Thomastown before it was revealed he was helping to promote Sunny Leone's Melbourne tour. In a statement released, the party claims that since Gursahani failed to disclose his connection with the tour, apart from the fact that the material (Sunny Leone being a porn star) did not reflect the party values. As for Gursahani, his involvement in Sunny Leone's tour comes in the form of the family business that deals with organizing and executing events pertinent to Bollywood, »

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Sajid Nadiadwala signs Armaan Kohli for a two film deal

27 November 2014 9:10 AM, PST

Armaan Kohli, who was last seen in the 2003 film Loc: Kargil, has been missing from the big screen. However, the actor's career seems to have received a jumpstart post his appearance in the Bigg Boss house last year. In fact post his stint in the house, Armaan has been signed to play a negative role in Sooraj Barjatya's next Salman Khan starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Now we hear that Armaan Kohli has also been roped in for a two film deal by producer director Sajid Nadiadwala. Kohli confirmed the development saying that Nadiadwala had called him to the office and requested him to be part of two films from the five that he was intending on starting.

However, though Armaan Kohli is pretty kicked about the multiple films, he refuses to divulge any details of the same. »

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Nishikant Kamats next to be produced by Vikram Malhotra

27 November 2014 8:57 AM, PST

Filmmaker Nishikant Kamat has now decided to explore the period cinema space with his next. The director who is busy making Rocky Handsome with John Abraham, a remake of The Man From Nowhere, has already started scripting for the same. Talking about the development and his fascination with period films, Nishikant mentioned that he has been toying with the idea of making this film for the past couple of years and has even been discussing about it with writer Ritesh Shah. It is a film set in the 50s and also, the director will be giving a different cinematic colour to it considering the era in which it is set. Moreover, the filmmaker also added that this is the right time to make such a film since audience has been accepting towards this genre. The film in question is said to be a thriller but the cast for the same is yet to be finalized. »

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Manoj Bajpayee in Jazbaa alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

27 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST

Though doing off beat films are his forte, Manoj Bajpayee is equally active when it comes to commercial cinema and he will be soon seen in the masala entertainer Tevar. But what comes as a surprise is that this actor now will be sharing screen space with none other than the former beauty queen and now yummy mummy Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sanjay Gupta's Jazbaa.

However, just like his other films with Sanjay Gupta including the recent Shootout At Wadala, Manoj will reprise the role of a gangster. However, from what we hear, though he will not be playing the lead, he will be playing an important part in the film. The character that the actor is playing will also have many scenes with other members of the cast and is crucial to the story. Though Sanjay Gupta stated that Manoj is a part of the film, he mentioned »

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Kunal Kohli - Jyoti Kapoor plagiarism case has turned in latters favour

27 November 2014 6:51 AM, PST

Jyoti Kapoor, co-writer of Daawat-e-Ishq, was miffed when she saw the First Look of the film called Phir Se and accused Kunal Kohli of plagiarism. In fact, Jyoti even filed a complaint with the Fwa (Film Writer's Association) alleging that Kunal had copied the story she had written a year ago. And now, it seems that the Dispute Settlement Committee of the association has passed the judgment in favour of Jyoti. Jyoti Kapoor, who is thrilled about it not only expressed her happiness but even claimed that justice has prevailed. From what we hear, it seems, that some aspects of Kunal's script bear a resemblance to Jyoti's, and considering that the two met a year ago, and Kunal had access to the latter's script, the committee decided that filmmaker Kohli's work was influenced by Jyoti's script. Apparently, Jyoti had registered the script with Fwa and had presented it to Kohli »

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Alia Bhatt recovers from fever

27 November 2014 4:48 AM, PST

A long schedule of Shandaar in Europe seems to have taken a toll on Alia Bhatt's health. This young actress who has been shooting for Vikas Bahl's directorial venture had fallen ill on the sets but continued shooting since she did not want to seem unprofessional by canceling it. However, after completing the same, Alia took to bed with high fever and acute stomach ache on Sunday, leaving the crew panicking. Moreover, adding to the woes, her conditioned worsened the next day and she was asked to get a check-up done by the doctor. While some believed that this could be the consequence of appendicities, a worried Mahesh Bhatt heaved a sigh of relief when the reports came in negative. The filmmaker also clarified that she had fallen ill due to fever and hyper acidity due to the irregular shooting schedule. Alia Bhatt is currently in the stage »

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Ajay Devgn hits out at fudged box office figures business

27 November 2014 3:25 AM, PST

"I've heard people saying that how can a film's collections can be like this because when we went to the theatre it was a shit film and the theatre was empty," said Ajay Devgn in a Bollywood Hungama video interview. Ajay was reacting to Aamir Khan's reservations about inflated box office figures that have been doing the rounds in the film industry. "Earlier the figures were being inflated but the media used to keep quiet about it. Now even the media has started writing about it. Apart from media, now even the audience knows when a film's collections are inflated. I don't think people can fudge Box Office figures any more. There's a lot of confusion that for a same film, 8 different figures are floating," Ajay said. Don't you feel that there should be a registered body within the film industry that gives out official Box Office figures and everyone follows it? »

- Faridoon Shahryar

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I am in a state of shock - Veena Malik on her 26-year prison sentence

27 November 2014 2:38 AM, PST

Controversy's favourite child and now mother of a beautiful baby, Veena Malik and her husband Asad Bashir Khan have been sentenced to 26 years in prison by Pakistani court for alleged profanity. Numbed with disbelief Veena, speaking from her home in Dubai, calls the sentence shocking. "I didn't know this was coming. I knew there was a blasphemy case for some time now. But my husband and I had done no wrong. So I was never troubled by the charges." Veena took off to America to have her baby. "It was complicated pregnancy. I had to have a 'c' section done. My husband and I went to America to have the baby and came back to Dubai with our bundle of joy Abram. My baby is my world now." She is all the more shocked that such a seemingly brutal sentence could come at this time in her life. "I've put my colourful past behind me. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Censor Strike Middle-Finger goes from Ungli

26 November 2014 3:06 AM, PST

The entire cast of Rensil D'Silva's eagerly-awaited Ungli has been seen going around showing the middle finger to whoever cares to look.

Rensil says it is an act of defiance expressing the indignance and contempt that the film's characters feel for the corruption all around them.

Alas, the censor board isn't sporting enough to see the lighter side of the finger. They've chopped off at least two shots of the characters flashing their middle finger.

The middle finger has always been a point of dispute for the censor board. Recently, in Abhishek Sharma's The Shaukeens, Dimple Kapadia's middle-finger had to be chopped off from the screen at the last minute as it was found to be objectionable.

Curiously, the Censor Board Of Film Certification (Cbfc) had no problems with Kareena Kapoor showing the finger to Saif Ali Khan in last week's release Happy Ending.

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Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia DSouza blessed with a baby boy

26 November 2014 2:25 AM, PST

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza were on seventh heaven yesterday and they had every reason to be there. The big news is that last evening the gorgeous Genelia gave birth to a baby boy at 6 pm. Wasting no time, an all-excited Riteish Deshmukh immediately took on twitter to announce the 'reason' for his joy. He tweeted, "It's a Bbbboooyyy!!!!" within no time, the congratulatory messages started pouring in for the couple. The early messages came in from Arjun Kapoor stating, "Baap Re Baap....congratulations". Meanwhile, Bipasha Basu tweeted "@Riteishd and @geneliad ! Woohoo! Daddy n mommy! Congrats! Lil baby boy! Wow!". Rhea Chakravarty tweeted "@Riteishd Wow!You are a father now!give my love to @geneliad Love to the new parents in town". Abhishek Bachchan tweeted stating "Congratulations @Riteishd and @geneliad on the arrival of the greatest gift ever. Welcome to the parents club!!" We at Bollywood Hungama congratulate Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Ranveer Singh to endorse MuscleBlaze

25 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST

In Bollywood, the actors are always 'tagged' by their real and reel lives that they live. While Aamir Khan is better known as 'Mr. Perfectionist', Dilip Kumar means 'A living legend' and likes, Ranveer Singh always fits into the adage of 'Expect the unexpected'. Be it his on screen persona or his off screen personality, he spares no efforts in charming his way into the hearts of the classes and masses alike.

According to Bollywood Hungama, Ranveer Singh has now been chosen as the brand ambassador of 'MuscleBlaze'. For starters, 'MuscleBlaze' is a leading producer of sports nutrition supplements and has its presence all over India.

The official announcement of the same is being awaited. »

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Ali Zafar to sponsor education for 50 girls in Pakistan

25 November 2014 9:16 AM, PST

Many Bollywood celebrities have expressed their concern towards social causes and some of them have even been awarded by the Unicef as the ambassadors for some of the issues related to human rights. Ali Zafar is the latest celebrity who has decided to support a cause he believes in.

Though his recent film Kill Dil did not do well at the Indian box office, it seems that the film has been garnering a good response outside and the actor decided to celebrate the occasion. Not only did he arrange a special screening for his friends and family in Lahore, Pakistan, but he also invited 50 under privileged kids for the same. But that was not all! To add to it, during this, the singer turned actor also made an announcement where he mentioned that he will be sponsoring education to 50 young girls who haven't been given the opportunity to prove their worth. »

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Ajay Devgn to have foreign cast for Shivaay

25 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST

After Action Jackson, Ajay Devgn's next film Shivaay already seems to be riding high when it comes to expectations. Not only is the actor producing it but he will also be acting in this action drama. But what one wasn't aware of is the fact that the film will be shot extensively abroad and will also have a completely foreign cast and crew. Ajay Devgn, who has acted with many top actresses in his career, has now decided to make Shivaay, an international project by collaborating with the cast from other countries. Ajay has refused to divulge any details on the plotline of the film, instead, maintained that ninety percent of the cast in the movie will be from the countries abroad. Excited about his next release Action Jackson, Devgn expressed his admiration towards Prabhu Dheva and also about his love for the choreographer-filmmaker's comic punchlines. Co-produced by Eros International, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Sushmita Sen to dub in her own voice for her Bengali film

25 November 2014 2:50 AM, PST

Sushmita Sen who turns a year older on November 19 has secured herself a very unusual birthday gift. There is good news for Ms Sen's fans. She has managed to convince the director Srijit Mukherjee of her first Bengali film Nirbak to let her speak in the film in her own voice. Though she doesn't speak Bengali at home with her daughters, Sushmita Sen loves her mother tongue and is practicing towards thinking in Bangla. Says the director, "I was surprised by how fluently Sushmita spoke Bangla. She speaks better Bangla than Raima Sen although the latter spends a majority of her time working in Kolkata. So yes, Sushmita will speak her own lines. I firmly believe when you dub an actor's voice you reduce the performance by 50 percent. Rituda (the late Rituparno Ghosh) and I used to have long discussions on this." There is a tradition of actresses from Mumbai »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Insider spills the beans on Kim Kardashians no-show

25 November 2014 2:46 AM, PST

We all know that the very controversial and sexy Kim Kardashian's flying-visit to India was cancelled at the last minute. While the official reason for this sudden reversal of an exhilarating presence is 'visa issues', a source close to the Bigg Boss show says the reason for Kardashian's no-show was something else. Says the insider, "Visa issues in today's day and age when Narendra Modiji has personally gone to the Us and Europe to assure foreigners they can visit our country any time without having to line up for visas? Nah, visa was not the issue." According to this insider it was time and money that played the double villain in Kim's visit. "She wanted to do a stopover for barely 4-5 hours in India. During this time she would have promoted her perfume and gone into Bigg Boss," says the source, adding that the high-profile American entertainer was »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Tiger Shroff to endorse American Swan

24 November 2014 4:45 AM, PST

Amongst the younger lot, if there's anyone who fits the adage of 'He came, he saw and he conquered' with his first film, then, it has to be the 'Mr. All Rounder' Tiger Shroff. He is the same cool dude, who has not just made the whole nation groove and dance to his moves, but also gave the nation a fresh definition of the term 'heart throb'. According to Bollywood Hungama's reliable sources, Tiger Shroff is now all set to be the brand ambassador of American Swan, a leading online shopping site in India. The official announcement of the same is awaited. »

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Sanjay Dutts niece Saachi marries actor Bilal Amrohi

24 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST

While one wedding celebration opted to follow the style of 'Big Fat Indian Weddings' (Arpita Khan-Aayush Sharma), the other one in B-town was a hush-hush affair. Wondering who we are talking about? Sanjay Dutt's niece and daughter of actor Kumar Gaurav, Saachi, recently tied the knot with long time beau and actor Bilal Amrohi.

The duo, Bilal and Saachi have been in a relationship for over four years and decided to take the plunge with the consent of their parents recently. The wedding was a low key affair because of Sanjay Dutt's absence due to his imprisonment. However, it became public, after Namrata Dutt, Sanjay's sister and Kumar's wife, mentioned about the wedding with only immediate family gracing the occasion. Father of Bilal, Tajdar Amrohi too expressed his happiness over this turn of events but refused to divulge any details about the wedding.

Bilal Amrohi recently made his »

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John Abraham to star in Anees Bazmee and Viacoms next

24 November 2014 4:35 AM, PST

Though the relations between Anees Bazmee and the leading production house Viacom 18 had soured due to a legal controversy post Welcome, the two have decided to let bygones be bygones, courtesy John Abraham. The actor played the mediator and now, Bazmee and Viacom 18 have decided to collaborate for a film which will have John Abraham playing the lead. Talking about the film, Anees mentioned that this was solely John's initiative to approach the production house, fix a meeting with them, finalize the budget and so on for their next venture. In fact, it seems that they have even started to hunt for locations. About the script, Anees revealed that he had discussed it with John and the actor loved the script so much that he decided to go ahead with it immediately. Further, Anees also clarified on the alleged problem with the production house and stated though his project with the production house, »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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