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Ranveer Singh to take Akshay Kumar’s consent before doing Singh Is Kinng sequel

Ranveer Singh to take Akshay Kumar’s consent before doing Singh Is Kinng sequel
Ranveer Singh is all set take over the Singh Is Kinng franchise from Akshay Kumar. Of course now the franchise is no longer called Singh Is Kinng but Sher Singh, as producer Vipul Shah has refused to part with the original title. After the 2008 hit, the producer Vipul Shah had a massive fall-out withRead More

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Ranveer Singh to feature in sequel to Singh Is Kinng titled Sher Singh

Ranveer Singh to feature in sequel to Singh Is Kinng titled Sher Singh
Back in 2008 we saw the release of the action comedy Singh Is Kinng that featured Akshay Kumar in the lead role. Years on, the film’s producer Shailendra Singh had announced that he was keen on making a sequel to the same, and that he had locked on a title even better than the first.Read More

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Om Puri obituary

Film actor successful in Hollywood and Bollywood, best known in Britain for East Is East

The actor Om Puri, who has died aged 66 from a heart attack, exuded a reassuring warmth and gravitas over a long career divided largely between Bollywood and Hollywood. His Hindi hits included the political comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), the Macbeth-inspired drama Maqbool (2003), the action romp Singh Is Kinng (2008) and the thrillers Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011). Appearances in two Mike Nichols films – he shared a scene with Jack Nicholson in Wolf (1994) and starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), in which he was very wry as President Zia-ul-Haq – were among the Us roles that followed his brief English-language debut in Gandhi (1982). He credited his more prominent part in Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992), where he was a struggling farmer who befriends a doctor (Patrick Swayze) in Calcutta, with increasing
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Om Puri obituary

Film actor successful in Hollywood and Bollywood, best known in Britain for East Is East

The actor Om Puri, who has died aged 66 from a heart attack, exuded a reassuring warmth and gravitas over a long career divided largely between Bollywood and Hollywood. His Hindi hits included the political comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), the Macbeth-inspired drama Maqbool (2003), the action romp Singh Is Kinng (2008) and the thrillers Don (2006) and Don 2 (2011). Appearances in two Mike Nichols films – he shared a scene with Jack Nicholson in Wolf (1994) and starred with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), in which he was very wry as President Zia-ul-Haq – were among the Us roles that followed his brief English-language debut in Gandhi (1982). He credited his more prominent part in Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992), where he was a struggling farmer who befriends a doctor (Patrick Swayze) in Calcutta, with increasing
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Stars react to the death of Indian actor Om Puri

Stars react to the death of Indian actor Om Puri
Narenda Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kapoor pay tribute to the celebrated actor.

Famous faces from film, politics and sport have tweeted tributes to Indian actor Om Puri, who died of a heart attack aged 66.

Puri was familiar to audiences in India and worldwide for his roles in East Is East, My Son The Fanatic, Aakrosh, Arohan and Singh Is Kinng.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi tweeted: “The Prime Minister condoles the passing away of actor #OmPuri and recalls his long career in theatre and films: Pmo”.

Film star Shah Rukh Khan said: “Gods garden must b beautiful, He always takes the best” Will miss ur laughter over the shared brandy in Berlin. Will miss u lots Omji. Rip”.

Quantico and Barfi! star Priyanka Chopra said: “The end of an era …. The legacy lives on.. Rip #OmPuri”.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “You will live in our hearts forever through the impressions you have left with your
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Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 from a heart attack

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Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66 from a heart attack
The actor was best known in Britain for East Is East and My Son The Fanatic.

Veteran Indian actor and former chairman of India’s National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) has died from a heart attack, aged 66.

Puri was a familiar figure in British cinema due to his roles in films such as Udayan Prasad’s My Son The Fanatic (1997), Damien O’Donnell’s East Is East (1999) - for which he was BAFTA-nominated - and its sequel West Is West, directed by Andy De Emmony in 2010.

He had recently completed filming a role in Gurinder Chadha’s upcoming Viceroy’s House, alongside Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon and Hugh Bonneville.

Born in the north Indian state of Haryana, Puri made his film debut in Ghashiram Kotwal, directed by a collective of ‘parallel cinema’ filmmakers in 1976. He was one of the leading actors of India’s non-mainstream cinema movement of the 1980s and 1990s, with award-winning
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Om Puri, ‘Ghandi’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ Actor, Dies at 66 (Report)

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Om Puri, ‘Ghandi’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ Actor, Dies at 66 (Report)
Om Puri, a veteran Indian actor known for his work in both Bollywood and Hollywood films, died Thursday. He was 66. He suffered a heart attack, Ndtv in India reported. Puri’s notable roles included in “Ghandi,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and “The Jungle Book.” Also Read: 'Survivor' Alum Dan Kay Dies at 40 Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family, Puri began his career in the 1976 Marathi film “Ghashiram Kotwal.” He went on to star in some of India’s biggest movies, including “Ardh Satya,” “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” and “Paar.” Also Read: Carrie Fisher,
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Comedy films with double innuendos a shortcut: Anees Bazmee

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Credited with Bollywood’s popular laugh riots “No Entry” and “Welcome”, filmmaker Anees Bazmee says comedy is the toughest genre to work on for a writer, and when a movie is loaded with double entendres, it’s merely a “shorcut”.

Of late, the Hindi film industry has witnessed a surge in comedy entertainers, but a sex comedy laced with sexual innuendos seem to be the current favourite flavour. Bazmee is not all for it.

“There are some good comedy films even now, but comedy films which are double-meaning and are a shortcut. I don’t want to make them and I don’t want to watch them. I don’t want to even say whether they are good or bad… My personal choice is to work around buffoonery,” Bazmee told Ians in an interview.

The maker of movies like “Singh Is Kinng”, “Thank You”, “Ready” and “Welcome Back”, said he
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Akshay Kumar Promises To Thrill Fans in 2016!

With over 100 films to his credit in Bollywood and delivering at least three releases on an average each year, Akshay Kumar is undoubtedly one of the best in Bollywood and fans can’t wait to see what we will see him in next. Taking on roles in genres from drama, to thriller, to those with a romance and those that are full on comedy, the actor always delivers!

The last few years have seen the actor steal the screen by giving critical performances in thrillers like Holiday, Special 26, and Baby to out and out action masala movies like Rowdy Rathore, winning hearts in family dramas such as Waqt and Patiala House and leaving audiences in splits with laugh riots like Housefull and Singh Is Kinng and stealing hearts whenever he romances the heroine. It appears that the actor will continue his master streak and will be entertaining his audiences with a thriller Airlift,
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Singh is Bliing review: Akshay Kumar comedy fails to shiine

Endless penny whistle on the soundtrack can’t help this appallingly poor semi-sequel, featuring lusty swimwear sequences and coconut-in-the-balls punchlines

Bollywood can be a confusing place. All parties involved are insistent that Singh is Bliing [sic], a goofy comedy starring Akshay Kumar as a beturbanned tough-nut named Singh, has nothing whatsoever to do with 2008’s Singh is Kinng, a goofy comedy that starred Akshay Kumar as a beturbanned tough-nut named Singh. Yet the similarities of tone and title are such one wonders whether some behind-the-scenes legal finagling has obliged the new film’s creatives to adopt an alternative trajectory. There is, after all, a fair amount here with which you wouldn’t want to be associated: even by Kumar’s lowly standards, it’s pretty inane stuff.

Related: Brothers review – Akshay Kumar is lead Weeble in feeble Warrior remake

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Sikh organizations invited home by Akshay Kumar Singh Is Bliing issue cleared

Sikh organizations invited home by Akshay Kumar Singh Is Bliing issue cleared
It seems no Bollywood film showing the hero in a turban can get away without frowns and disapproval from Sikh organizations. When Akshay Kumar had donned the turban to play a Sardarji in Singh Is Kinng in 2008 he had to appease organizations which objected to the length of his beard and the way his turban was tied. Now on the basis of just the trailer and songs, Sikh organizations have raised objections to Akshay's turbaned act in Prabhu Dheva's Singh Is Bliing. In a bid to pacify the premature protests Akshay Kumar called leaders and prominent members of various Sikh organizations from Punjab and Delhi to Mumbai for a private screening of Singh Is Bliing. Says a source, "Rather than face protests a week before release Akshay wisely decided to take Sikh organizations into confidence now itself. He flew down the members at his own cost and showed them the film.
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Anees Bazmee set to start Aankhen 2 with Big B and two more films after Welcome Backs success

Anees Bazmee set to start Aankhen 2 with Big B and two more films after Welcome Backs success
Anees Bazmee could well be heaving a sigh of relief. His Welcome Back has finally released and a gap of four years since Ready (2011), a Rs. 100 crore affair with Salman Khan, has finally been closed. While the Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and John Abraham starrer is also doing fantastic at the Box Office, the maker of Welcome and Singh Is Kinng has now moved on to his next.

"First to go on floors would be Aankhen 2 with Amitabh Bachchan. Yet again, Amitji would have company of three blind men. However, unlike the first in the franchise, they won't be Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal or Paresh Rawal. Instead, new actors would be stepping in," informs our source.

While this would continue the trend of multi-starrers for Anees Bazmee, who has also made No Entry, Thank You and No Problem, the other two films would be a comedy followed by a love story.
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Akshay Kumar Returns In Singh Is Bliing Trailer; Nonsense Ensues

Back in 2008, Akshay Kumar set the Indian box office on fire with Singh Is Kinng. That film introduced filmgoers to Akshay's Harpreet Singh, a guileless Sikh do-gooder who gets caught up in mafia shenanigans. It also featured Akshay rapping a duet with Snoop Dogg on the soundtrack, which amuses me to no end. This October, the film gets a sequel with Singh Is Bliing (misspelling intentional).Singh Is Bliing is directed by Bollywood's new master of hyperbole, Prabhudeva. Prabhudeva's previous directorial efforts include Salman Khan's Wanted, Kumar's Rowdy Rathore, and Ajay Devgn's ludicrous Action Jackson. While his films have taken on a repetitive feeling, I'm a fan of Kumar's goofy charisma, and this kind of action spectacle suits him, so I'm going into Singh Is...

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India’s Reliance, Phantom form joint venture

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India’s Reliance Entertainment is forming a 50:50 joint venture with Phantom Films, an ambitious local production house founded by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.

The two partners plan to develop and produce around five to six films a year, handle distribution in India and overseas, and syndicate rights to the two companies’ combined library of around 175 titles.

Phantom Films will manage the day-to-day operations of the joint venture.

Reliance said in a statement: “The proposed combination will leverage the proven creative and production capabilities of the Phantom team, while enjoying access to the established domestic and international sales and distribution infrastructure of Reliance Entertainment.”

The statement suggested the joint venture would have access to companies part-owned by the Reliance Group such as La-based sales and production powerhouse Im Global, which sells select Reliance titles at international markets.

The Reliance Group also includes VFX and facilities company, Reliance MediaWorks
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Romance Bollyishstyle!

Hindi films are known for their romance and it is one of the reasons so many people fall in love with the heroes, the heroines and the films! We asked our writers to tell us what moments in Bollywood define love or romance to them, be it a song, a line, a look, or anything that makes you sigh thinking that is Love! So for Valentine’s Day we present what we think is Romance Bollyishstyle!

The One with the Tune and the Recording

We could not pick just one scene from the great Dil Toh Pagal Hai starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. However, the two that stand out for our writers are:

That moment when Madhuri and Shah Rukh are in adjoining changing rooms in a clothing store, and Madhuri hears him whistle a tune. She later hears it again and knows it was meant to be!
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Maanayata Dutt signs 3 scriptwriters for Sanjay Dutt Productions

Maanayata Dutt has signed on board three acclaimed film writers namely Bhavani Iyer, Shagufta Rafique and the duo of Rishi & Vipul to script three diverse genre films for actor Sanjay Dutt's production house. Former journalist and acclaimed screenwriter Bhavani Iyer is known for intense, reflective concepts, having written Black, Lootera, Guzaarish as well as the popular Indian adapted version of the hit TV series '24' 1st season and now currently writing the 2nd season for the show. She will be penning a hard hitting story based on real life events. Shagufta Rafique gained initial success when she joined Mahesh Bhatt's production company, Vishesh Films, where she wrote her next eleven films, with her latest blockbuster being Aashiqui 2, (previously having written Murder 2, Jism 2, Awaarapan amongst others). She will be scripting an intense action based love story for Maanayata Dutt. Rounding off the trinity of writers
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Maanayata Dutt signs on three stellar scriptwriters for Sanjay Dutt Productions

Maanayata Dutt has signed on board three acclaimed film writers namely Bhavani Iyer, Shagufta Rafique and the duo of Rishi & Vipul to script three diverse genre films for actor Sanjay Dutt’s production house.

Former journalist and acclaimed screenwriter Bhavani Iyer is known for intense, reflective concepts, having written Black, Lootera, Guzaarish as well as the popular Indian adapted version of the hit TV series ‘24’ 1st season and now currently writing the 2nd season for the show. She will be penning a hard hitting story based on real life events.

Shagufta Rafique gained initial success when she joined Mahesh Bhatt’s production company, Vishesh Films, where she wrote her next eleven films, with her latest blockbuster being Aashiqui 2, (Previously having written Murder 2, Jism 2, Awaarapan amongst others). She will be scripting a intense action based love story for Maanayata Dutt.

Rounding off the trinity of writers is the
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Karan Johar came up with the title Singh Is Bling for Akshay

Karan Johar came up with the title Singh Is Bling for Akshay
It was Karan Johar who gave the title Singh Is Bling for the next Akshay Kumar film to be co-produced by Akshay and his Grazing Goat partner Ashvini Yardi Speaking on the incident that sparked of the blingy title Ashvini says, "The title came to us from Akshay Kumar. And he got it from Karan Johar. It happened at an event where Karan saw Akshay in a blingy jacket. Karan exclaimed, 'Oh, Singh is bling!' " Ashvini took Karan's permission for the title. "I called up Karan and asked his permission to use the title. It would have a lot of stunning action. And it will be shot entirely abroad." The articulate Ashvini clarifies that Singh Is Bling is not a sequel to the Vipul Shah-produced Anees Bazmee-directed Akshay comedy Singh In Kinng made in 2008. "No it is not a sequel! The only similarity is that Akshay plays a Sardar in both.
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Anees Bazmee to direct Aankhen 2 for Gaurang Doshi

Anees Bazmee to direct Aankhen 2 for Gaurang Doshi
12 years after Vipul Shah's directorial debut Aankhen, about a bunch of blind men undertaking a dare devilish bank heist, the film's producer Gaurang Doshi is all set to roll with the sequel.

Gaurang had a massive fall-out with Vipul Shah during the making of Aankhen. They parted acrimoniously and the sequel remained uncertain for all these years. Until now. Interestingly, Aankhen 2 will be directed by Anees Bazmee who had a fall-out with Vipul Shah during the making of Singh Is Kinng.

Confirming this Anees says, "Yes, Gaurang and I have met over Aankhen 2. I am now in Ahmedabad for a function. As soon as I return to Mumbai we'll finalize the details." Adds Gaurang Doshi, "12 years seems like a long time to sit on a sequel. But what to do? So much has happened since then. Aankhen 2 will have a completely new cast."

The original film was top-lined by Amitabh Bachchan,
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