Katrina’s look from Thugs of Hindostan revealed, ‘Sacred Games' gets the second season, Kajol says neither SRK nor she can take credit for DDLJ's success, and other Bollywood updates

Katrina’s look from Thugs of Hindostan revealed, ‘Sacred Games' gets the second season, Kajol says neither SRK nor she can take credit for DDLJ's success, and other Bollywood updates
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The weekend is here, and we bring you all the new and fresh happenings from the world of Bollywood. Take a look-

‘Batla House' to release on Independence Day 2019, John confirms

Actor John Abraham on Friday unveiled the first look of his film Batla House, and announced that it will hit the screens on 15 August 2019, clashing with Brahmastra and Made In China.

The Batla House is based on a real-life incident about the Delhi spot where a shootout took place in 2008.

John posted the film's poster on Twitter and wrote: "Every story has two points of view. One wrong. The other right. But what if the lines are blurred? Very very blurred!"

Known for doing patriotic movies like Madras Cafe and Parmanu - The Story Of Pokhran and his latest release Satyameva Jayate, John will once again be seen donning the patriotism on his sleeve in Batla House by essaying police officer Sanjay Kumar Yadav who led the Batla House encounter.

In the poster, John can be seen in a policeman's avatar and he is surrounded with several news headlines of the encounter.

Helmed by director Nikkhil Advani, the film is written by Ritesh Shah.

While announcing the release date, Advani tweeted: "Have waited for a long time for this story to be told. Unveiling an explosive account of one of the most controversial events to have rocked modern India."

Varun Sharma's fan moment with Govinda

Actor Varun Sharma says dancing with actor Govinda was a dream come true moment for him.

He got to shake a leg with Govinda for a song "Chotey bade" from upcoming comedy movie Fryday.

"Since I was a kid, I have always admired Govinda sir and it was nothing less than a dream come true for me to dance with him on-screen," Varun said in a statement to a leading publication.

"I danced to his songs and have always tried to replicate his steps and now coordinating with him and dancing with him feels amazing. Never did I think that he will become my Bade and me his Chote," he added.

The song is penned by Anurag Bhomia and is sung by Mika Singh and Ankit Tiwari.

Presented by Inbox Pictures Pvt Ltd, produced by Sajid Qureshi and co-produced by PVR Pictures, Fryday is directed by Abhishek Dogra and will release on 12 October.

Ajay-Atul to headline Bollywood Music Project 4.0

Maharashtra's music sensation Ajay-Atul, whose music for Dhadak has topped charts, will headline the first day of the two-day Bollywood music festival, Hungama Bollywood Music Project 4.0, to be held next month.

Presented by Škoda Auto, the show is an initiative of Event Capital, a Laqshya Media group company, and Truly Musical, a special events division of TM Talent Management. The fourth edition of the gala is scheduled for October 20-21 at the Jio Gardens, Bandra-Kurla Complex here.

It will have a line-up of over 50 artistes covering over 10 genres ranging from Punjabi to Sufi to rock to indie pop. The first phase of line-up announced includes Javed Ali, Asees Kaur, Benny Dayal, Divya Kumar, Jassie Gill, Babbal Rai and Mohammad Irfan.

Deepak Choudhary, Director and Founder, Event Capital, said in a statement, "We started with Bollywood Music Project two years back with the vision of getting the entire Bollywood music community together, to design the largest festival in this space.”

"Seeing thousands of Bollywood music fans and hundreds of artistes come together for the debut edition in Mumbai in 2016 was an exhilarating experience for us as producers; and returning to Mumbai is like homecoming for us. We are excited to recreate a magical experience for this community with lots of new experiences."

Women leaders can change the world: Shabana Azmi

Veteran actress and philanthropist Shabana Azmi, an active spokesperson for women empowerment, believes having women as leaders can bring about a change.

"Women leaders can change the world. When women have a seat at the table, they lend their unique perspective to policy decisions that impact them and their communities," Shabana said in a statement.

She appreciated 'Asmita-Woman', a programme to be hosted by the Foundation for Management Research and Training (FMRT) here on 30 September to recognise the power of women and also to bring together some women who have made the change happen in society just by thinking different and being independent.

Shabana said that providing a platform to the women who have done something different for society is a much-needed step that has been taken by FMRT.

"Creativity becomes capacity when it brings light into the life of others," said Jyoti Rana, Chairperson, FMRT.

Celebrated classical dancer Shovana Narayan will also be a part of the event.

Neharika Vohra, recipient of the Woman Achievers Award, said, "Women leaders should not be a topic for discussion in 21st century. However, given the shortage of women leaders across almost all sectors we need to figure out to have more of such leaders. Society, family, workplaces, all need to relook how they can support women to perform their best."

Former beauty queen Shivani Wazir Pasrich, hockey star Mamta Kharab and motivational speaker Rashmi Bansal will be some of the speakers among others.

‘Sacred Games' gets the green light for second season

Actor Saif Ali Khan will be back as police officer Sartaj Singh in the second season of crime drama series Sacred Games, streaming platform Netflix announced on Friday.

The announcement that Sacred Games 2 is in the pipeline was made with a teaser video, read a statement.

"The worst is yet to come. 'Sacred Games' will be back for Season 2," read a post from the official Netflix India Twitter account.

Based on author Vikram Chandra's best-selling novel, the first season of the series -- produced by the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment's Phantom Films joint venture -- received viewer appreciation and critical acclaim worldwide for its gritty plot and power-packed performances.

The series, available in local languages in different markets, tells the tale of Sartaj, a seasoned and cynical Mumbai police officer who is summoned one morning by an anonymous tip which promises him an opportunity to capture the powerful Ganesh Gaitonde, criminal overlord of the G-Company.

Season 2 will be back with a new trail of betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai's underbelly.

The second season picks up from Sartaj pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai.

The intriguing Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde's ‘third father', plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season, which is scheduled to film in India and locations overseas this fall.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will continue directing Gaitonde's track, while Neeraj Ghaywan will take over Sartaj's plot. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover will continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer respectively.

Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals at Netflix, said, "We've been thrilled by the response to Sacred Games from fans worldwide, and especially in India, to this high quality production. It's incredibly exciting for us to take the story of Sacred Gamesforward and open a new chapter in the series with its second season."

Prakash Jha is identity of 'Sare Jahan Se Achha': Director

Director Prakash Bhardwaj, who is receiving positive response for his web series Sare Jahan Se Achha, has said that host Prakash Jha is the identity of the show.

Bhardwaj was interacting with the media to promote the show on Thursday here.

Acclaimed filmmaker Jha who has directed films like Raajneeti, Gangajal, Apaharan, Aarkashan and Chakravyuh is hosting the show on unsung heroes of the country.

Bhardwaj said, "Each show has its own identity. When you talk about a show like Satyameva Jayate then you think of Aamir Khan and when you talk about Kaun Banega Crorepati, then you think of Amitabh Bachchan similarly, our show is being recognized among audience as Prakash Jha's show.

"He has the image of a filmmaker who thinks and makes films about different aspects of society which is a big plus point for our show and I think he is the identity or USP of the show because if he wouldn't have been on our show then there wouldn't have any takers for it."

Talking about the show's concept, Bhardwaj said, "On the digital platform people prefer to watch content which entertains them butSare Jahan Se Achha talks about people whose work has not been recognised.

"In an atmosphere when there is so much negativity floating around us in the social media and news, we were in dire need of something that would make us proud of our fellow citizens. Their efforts that help us lead a better life. That is what this show is about.

The series showcases the lives of ordinary individuals who try to create a change in the society. It aims to recognise the extraordinary work done by these individuals and is an attempt to inculcate the spirit of giving back selflessly to the society.

Sare Jahan Se Achha is being aired on Play Next channel on YouTube.

SRK, Aditya or me cannot take credit for DDLJ's success: Kajol

Actress Kajol has said that neither her co-star Shah Rukh Khan, nor director Aditya Chopra or she can take credit for the success ofDilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, one of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema.

Interacting with the media to promote her forthcoming release Helicopter Eela, the actress said this here on Thursday.

When asked whether remake of that film was possible, Kajol said, "I think that film cannot be remade. Even at that time we never knew that whether what we had made was a good film or a bad one. I honestly feel that we just worked in that film and released it. But the phenomenon which has been created around it was all because the audience appreciated it and took it to another level altogether.

"I have met people who got married after watching that film and they are passing on that film to their next generation.

"So, none of us whether it's Shah Rukh or Adi or Amrishji (Puri) or me can take credit for the success of that film."

In Helicopter Eela which is slated to release on 12 October, Kajol plays a mother who constantly keeps tab on her child's life.

When asked whether she is likewise in real life, the actress said, "I would say I am 50 per cent of Eela in real life. I agree that she is a bit over-the-top character but she really loves and takes care of her child. So in that sense, I am definitely 50 per cent Eela.

"Most mothers around us pay extra attention to their child -- like a helicopter constantly on their head -- that's why we named the filmHelicopter Eela.

Based on a Gujarati play titled "Beta, Kaagdo" by Anand Gandhi, the story of Eela revolves around a single mother and an aspiring singer and her relationship with her son, played by the National Award-winning actor Riddhi Sen.

The film is directed by Pradeep Sarkar, written by Mitesh Shah and co-produced by Ajay Devgn and Jayantilal Gada of Pen India Ltd.

Vicky Kaushal's no watch funda

Actor Vicky Kaushal says he doesn't like to wear a watch while shooting for a project.

"I wear a watch only if my character demands it, otherwise I don't like to wear one," Vicky said in a statement.

The actor shared the trivia when he appeared on Midnight Misadventures with Mallika Dua hosted by comedienne Mallika Dua. The show is aired on TLC.

In the truth or dare round, Vicky refused to share remuneration details and preferred to eat red chilli powder.

Mallika says she is the "biggest Vicky Kaushal fan girl and been his fan since Masaan".

"For me, he is the perfect hero which Bollywood needs. He is phenomenally versatile and so good that whatever he does inspires me. His energy motivates me to take it a notch higher and that's what he did on our set as well. We had a ball of a time where he shared his childhood memory related to homemade food; his favourite dish, break-up story and some tips as well," she added.

Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a "racist officer" at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice...muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country," Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting "the gentlest cabbie" here.

"He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart," she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments Inside Edge. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha's Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari's Panga and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

Anushka to front ads of premium leggings brand

Indian premium leggings brand Softline Leggings has roped in actress Anushka Sharma as its ambassador.

Softline leggings is from the house of Rupa & Company Limited -- a knitwear organisation.

With its new mantra, ‘Effortless You', the brand aims to reach out to young women who are comfortable in their own skin and live life on their terms, effortlessly.

"The new philosophy ‘Effortless you' resonates with the brand and we are happy to have Anushka Sharma on-board who imbibes this motto. She has an emotional connect with the TG and fits perfectly with our new positioning," Vikash Agarwal, President and Brand Director, Rupa & Company Limited, said in a statement.

Anushka is happy to be associated with Softline Leggings as it "connects with young adults who want to be comfortable in whatever they do or wear".

Neil Nitin Mukesh, Rukmini blessed with daughter

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh and his wife Rukmini were on Thursday afternoon blessed with a daughter, said a source close to the family.

Rukmini delivered the newborn at the Breach Candy Hospital here around 3:30 p.m., the source told a leading publication.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon, and that they were "very excited" for the next phase in their life.

"We are okay with a baby girl or a baby boy as long as the baby is healthy," Neil had earlier said in a statement.

Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged match and they had a courtship of one month.

The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like Johnny Gaddaar, New York, David and 7 Khoon Maaf.


Katrina Kaif shares her look from her upcoming movie Thugs of Hindostan

Thugs of Hindostan is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and it will see two biggies of Bollywood -- Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan –together. The upcoming film will also star Katrina Kaif in a lead role. Katrina has shared her look from the movie. Check out-


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