Pooja Doshi fought fear of heights in ‘Kaadhali’

Chennai: Actress Pooja Doshi says she overcame her fear of heights with forthcoming Telugu romantic comedy “Kaadhali”, slated to hit the screens on Friday.

The film, which also stars Sai Ronak and Harish Kalyan, marks Pooja’s acting debut.

Talking about how she overcame her fear of heights, Pooja told IANS: “We went to Sri Lanka to shoot a song. This location is called World’s End, a sheer cliff with a drop of about 4000 ft. I couldn’t imagine myself dancing on it because I’m really scared of heights.”

With a lot of encouragement from her peers, Pooja overcame her fear of heights.

“The people around me on the sets motivated me a lot. When I finally shot the song, everyone clapped for me and it felt so good. The song’s visuals have come out so well,” she said.

She plays a doctor in the film, which has been directed by Pattabhi.

The southern filmdom is quite new to Pooja, who admits to having been apprehensive when she signed the project.

“Initially, I did feel nervous because I don’t know anybody in the south. But I was keen to explore opportunities as a lot of leading heroines – Genelia D’Souza and Ileana D’Cruz – had started their career here.

“I still wasn’t convinced because I had heard a lot of dark stories about how difficult it is for a heroine to land a clean role.”

Her notion changed after meeting her director.

Revealed: Why Prabhas proposed Anushka Shetty’s name for lead role in ‘Saaho’

Mumbai: ‘Baahubali’ fame actor Prabhas feels that Anushka Shetty will be perfect match for him in the upcoming film ‘Saaho’.

“Prabhas proposed Anushka as lead in ‘Saaho’ as he felt she will be the perfect match. He is also a partner in UV creations,” India.com quoted a source as saying.

The makers of ‘Saaho’ had tried their level best for B-town actresses like, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Shraddha Kapoor, but due to their high pay demands, the director went back to the South actress.

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who is playing an antagonist in the film, has already begun the shooting of the film. According to reports, the ‘Saaho’ team are currently shooting in Hyderabad and the next schedule will be shot in Mumbai.

The first pic of Prabhas from the sets is going viral on the social media.

Before this, Prabhas and Anushka was seen together in ‘Billa’, ‘Mirchi’, ‘Baahubali 1: The Beginning’ and ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’.

US Box-Office: ‘The Mummy’ misfires, ‘Wonder Woman’ still going strong

Los Angeles: The Princess of Themyscira has defeated one of the Hollywood’s iconic monsters, at least at the Box-Office.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot of Universal’s ‘The Mummy,’ starring Tom Cruise, opened to a withering 32.2 million USD at the U.S. box-office, a dismal start for the first film of Universal’s new Dark Universe of interconnected monster movies.

The movie did well at overseas box-office, earning over 141.8 million USD from 63 markets.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ box-office sensation ‘Wonder Woman’ took 57.2 million USD from 4,165 theatres.

The movie saw a drop of 45 percent, which one of the lowest drops ever for a superhero tentpole.
‘Wonder Woman,’ directed by Patty Jenkins, jumped the 200 million USD mark domestically on Sunday, its tenth day in release.

It should be noted that, ‘The Mummy’ opened behind any of the openings for the Mummy films starring Brendan Fraser, as well as for spin-off The Scorpion King.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, the story follows an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, threatening mankind. Cruise plays the man who discovers the tomb of Ahmanet and unleashes her powers.

Makers of film on Manmohan Singh will need NOC from him, Sonia: Nihalani

Mumbai: Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani is happy that Anupam Kher is stepping into the shoes of Manmohan Singh for a film, but says the movie’s makers will need to obtain no-objection certificates (NOC) from the former Prime Minister himself as well as Congress President Sonia Gandhi for film certification.

Nihalani has warned that the film’s makers would have to abide by the guideline regarding all films based on real-life characters. “The makers of ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’, producer Sunil Bohra, would have to get an NOC from Manmohan Singhji, Sonia Gandhiji and all the other real-life politicians who are part of the narrative. This rule applies without fail. There are no exceptions,” Nihalani said


“And although my current tenure as the CBFC chairperson ends in January 2018 and this film will come up for censorship after that, I am sure the guidelines regarding biopics would remain unchanged.”

He hopes the film’s team is aware of this. “Anupam Kher was himself the CBFC chairperson not too long so. Ashoke Pandit who considers himself a part of the CBFC, is also a part of the film on Manmohan Singhji. And Hansal Mehta who is writing the film, claims to be a victim of the censorship guidelines every time his film is on release. I can’t imagine how these people cannot be awar of the NOC required for censor clearance of films based on real-life figures,” Nihalani added.

When IANS contacted producer Sunil Bohra, he said he was travelling.

Nevertheless, Nihalani is confident Anupam Kher will give the role his best shot.

“He’s such a versatile actor. At the age of 28, he had played an old man so brilliantly in ‘Saaransh’. I am sure he will do full justice to Manmohan Singhji’s character, though it would have to be more expressions than words. As we all know, Manmohan Singhji hardly speaks. I am sure the dialogue writer would not have much to contribute to the character,” he added.

The project is an adaptation of Sanjay Baru’s controversial book “The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh”.

Dimple Kapadia Birthday Special: Iconic looks of the ageless beauty

The stunningly beautiful Dimple Kapadia turns 60 today. She debuted in Bollywood at the age of 16 in Raj Kapoor’s ‘Bobby’ opposite Rishi Kapoor, which was a blockbuster movie at that time.

She became the first sex symbol of Bollywood, when she wore a bikini in the film ‘Bobby’. She played a Christian Goan girl Bobby Braganza, and flaunted a new fashion trend which became an iconic pattern in Bollywood. She established herself in the Hindi Cinema in 80s. She act in more than 80 film including, ‘Saagar’, ‘Vikram’, ‘Jaanbaz’, ‘Insaaf’, ‘Saazish’, ‘Aakhri Adaalat’, ‘Ram Lakhan’, ‘Prahaar’, ‘Ajooba’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ and among others. She won a Filmfare Award for Best actress for ‘Saagar’ and ‘Bobby’.'

When she asked the secret behind her good looks, she once said, “If you insist on knowing why I look younger than my age, then I’ll tell you. It’s poker. Let me think of the formula. I sleep at 4 p.m. and get up at 2 a.m. No, I’m just kidding. I’ve no clue as to why I look the way I am.”

“People feel I look younger than my age. I don’t feel that way. I think all my contemporaries are glowing these days. If you still insist I look younger than my contemporaries, then it could be because I play poker, the others don’t. That’s the secret,” she added.

Do you know? At a very small age she become a wife of ‘Kaka’ Rajesh Khanna. She married Rajesh Khanna at the age of 15, six month before the release of her first film ‘Bobby’ in 1973.

“I became a wife at 15 and was a mother of two at 18. So what? Lots of women marry young and become mothers at a young age. The only really special thing that happened to my life was that I married superstar Rajesh Khanna,” she added.

She has two beautiful daughters Twinkle Khanna and Rinkie Khanna. Twinkle is the wife of actor Akshay Kumar and now she is a columnist of a daily newspaper.

Sachin Tendulkar biopic premiere photos: Bollywood and cricket unite again

Mumbai: Indian top cricketers and Bollywood stars gathered here on Wednesday at PVR Juhu for a special screening of the upcoming biographical film ‘Sachin: A Billion Dream’ on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was also present at the screening with his wife Anjali. Indian team like M S Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh looked very excited when they arrived for the screening of “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” in Mumbai. The love birds Virat Kohli was accompanied by actress Anushka Sharma at the events.

Besides the three cricket superstars, the others who came to attend the screening included Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kedar Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, among others.

Ahead of the release of Sachin biopic, actress Priyanka Chopra has hailed legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for his ability to bring the entire nation together.

“Sachin Tendulkar. The name to me is associated with amazing memories of celebration, jubilation and happiness,” Priyanka said in a video on Twitter on Wednesday.

“I don’t think in our lifetimes we see one individual that brings the entire nation together the way he does. Sachin sir you are India’s pride and I am extremely proud to have known you,” she added.

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“Sachin: A Billion Dreams” is based on the sports icon’s professional and personal life. Directed by James Erskine, the documentary feature film is all set to release this Friday. It is produced by Ravi Bhagchandka and Carnival Motion Pictures under the banner 200 NotOut Productions

The film has already been declared tax-free in Kerala, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

Rambo Remake first look poster will surely remind you of Sylvester Stallone

Tiger Shroff is on the roll. Tiger, who recently wrapped up the shooting of his film ‘Munna Michael’ directed by Sabbir Khan, has announced his new film. Tiger took to Twitter and posted the first poster of his new film, Rambo, which is helmed by Siddharth Anand. Rambo is an Indian remake of Hollywood film of the same name starred Sylvester Stallone. The look showcases Tiger in an action mode with an intense look and chiseled physique.

Tiger shared the 1st look on his Twitter account and captioned it, “Grew up on this character, humbled and blessed to step into his shoes years later. #RamboRemake”.

The story of this movie will revolve around the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces. On his return, he learns about a waging war in his motherland. After being forced to live in dangerous forests and frozen mountains, he would unleash mayhem and destruction.

Hope India doesn’t wreck Rambo, says Sylvester Stallone

Here is the poster for you:

Grew up on this character, humbled and blessed to step into his shoes years later. #RamboRemake pic.twitter.com/eQYqMw46pm

— Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) May 20, 2017
After learning that Rambo is being made in India, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to share his views. He wrote, “I read recently they are remaking Rambo in India !! .. Great character.. hope they don’t wreck it.”

Actors can’t be role models for every issue: Kalki Koechlin

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin, who is known for speaking her mind, says one of the drawbacks of being a popular face is that people expect you to take a stand on various social and political issues. She says people should realise that celebrities can’t be expected to be role models and should only be appreciated for their craft.

“The biggest drawback is the idea that people think that you always have an important comment on everything. For example, sometimes people will ask me about some new law that has been passed or on surrogacy. They don’t understand that I need to do research on such topics to comment,” Kalki told IANS in an interview here.

“The fact that we are supposed to comment on every political and historical moment that has happened is very unfair. We are actors and we are good in performing characters and imbibing them. We should be appreciated for that. Of course, as an artist, there are certain things that we might want to express more than others, but we cannot be the role models for every subject,” she added.

The 33-year-old is known for portraying unconventional characters on screen. She ventured into filmdom with the critically-acclaimed “Dev D”, where she played a young girl who ends up becoming a prostitute. Later, she did films like “Shaitan”, “That Girl In Yellow Boots”, “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “My Friend Pinto”, “Margarita with a Straw”, “Waiting” and more.

It’s not just on screen where she has portrayed some powerful roles, but off screen too, she is known for her strong opinions on women’s rights and related issues.

Asked if she is not image conscious when she talks about such issues, Kalki said: “I guess not. There are certain subjects which I am confident to talk about because they are close to my heart… Things that I have grown up with and problems that I have faced; so I know how to tackle that.

“It comes from within and I feel confident talking about those issues. (On the other hand) there are other issues which are very important which I can’t comment on just because I don’t know enough about it,” she said.

The actress was in the capital to launch Gillette Venus Breeze, a hair removal product for women along with celebrity make-up artist Namrata Soni and celebrity dermatologist Rashmi Shetty.

Kalki feels money is important for her while selecting brand endorsements, but she has to relate to the ethos too.

“Of course it is for money as it’s part of our job. We are earning from this but that doesn’t mean that you don’t enjoy your job… I believe that I have to have a certain kind of enthusiasm even if I am getting money for something. I don’t want to support anything just because of money. I have to know where it is coming from,” she said.

So what’s her biggest beauty worry?

“When I have to be in public I can’t be in a bad mood. I think beauty shows exteriorly what you are feeling inside; so if you are not in a great mood, its shows on your face a lot. It’s always about the kind of switch in your head saying ,’Okay, I have to meet people, look into their eyes and feel that I shouldn’t be closed inside,” said the actress.

She doesn’t care about her looks while stepping out of her house too.

“I think they (fashion police) have gone very bored of me now because I go jogging on my roads and my sabzi waala (vegetable vendor) knows me in my kurta pyjama. I won’t go in full make-up when I go to my sabziwaala. We are humans and we can’t always look perfect.

“I do like to dress up and I love to go for red carpet events and look my best, but I have to be comfortable and I don’t want to wear make-up when I am taking a flight. So I think each person has his comfort zone,” she said.

Kalki will be next seen in “A Death in the Gunj” and she has also finished a web seried titled “Smoke”.

Hope India doesn’t wreck Rambo, says Sylvester Stallone

Los Angeles: Veteran star Sylvester Stallone is hoping that India doesn’t “wreck” the character of Rambo in the upcoming Hindi remake of the popular Hollywood actioner “Rambo”.

Stallone, who starred in the actioner, took to Instagram on Friday night, where he shared a poster of “Rambo”, a film series based on the David Morrell novel “First Blood”.

“I read recently they are remaking Rambo in India! Great character. Hope they don’t wreck it,” Stallone captioned the image.

The “Rambo” franchise first came to life in 1982 with “First Blood”, which minted over $125 million worldwide. It was followed by a number of successful remakes, including the latest one in 2008, which earned $113 million globally.

The remake, which will star Tiger Shroff, will be directed by Siddharth Anand and co-produced by M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures, reports an online portal.

It will follow life of last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land and how he unleashes mayhem by becoming an unstoppable machine after tough training.

India’s biggest blockbuster – Rs 1,000 crore in a week, that’s Baahubali!

New Delhi: Baahubali 2: The Conclusion did something that no Indian movie has ever done before — it has joined the Rs 1000 crore-club. The movie’s official Twitter handle shared a photo, announcing the movie crossing the gigantic figure at global box office. They captioned the snap, “THANK YOU EVERYONE !!! #1000croreBaahubali.”

Going by the latest figures, the film has minted Rs 800 crore at the Indian box office and another Rs 200 crore in the overseas market. With this, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has become the first Indian movie to earn

Rs 1,000 crore worldwide.

Recently, the film’s lead actor Prabhas thanked his fans for making this movie such a big success. S.S. Rajamouli’s film collected US $13.1 million in America and beat previous record-holder Dangal’s US $12.4 million haul in the territory.

The film went past the worldwide record of PK at Rs 743 crore in just six days.

Writer K.V. Vijayendra Prasad says they did not expect Baahubali to create history, but at the same time he feels the fun is in making and breaking box office records.

Producer Karan Johar made the news official on Sunday when he took to Twitter to announce that Baahubali has become the first Indian film to gross Rs 1,000 crore internationally. “The biggest milestone has been reached by the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema!!!! #1000croreBaahubali@ssrajamouli,” wrote Johar, alongside the poster of the film.

Among others, the movie stars Prabhas in the titular role and has Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj in other pivotal roles.

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