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Ishaan Khatter’s war drama Pippa kicks off filming in Amritsar

Based on Brigadier Mehta’s book The Burning Chaffees, Pippa also stars Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.

Actor Ishaan Khatter’s upcoming war drama Pippa on Wednesday kicked off its first schedule in Amritsar.

Backed by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, Pippa is directed by Raja Krishna Menon and also features actors Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.

Pippa is billed as a heroic tank battle film that underscores the bravery of Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron, who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

Khatter stars in the film as Brigadier Mehta, who was invited by the production houses to provide the inaugural slate clap as filming commenced.

Producer Ronnie Screwvala (RSVP) said he was thrilled that Pippa began in the presence of Brigadier Mehta.

“Kicking off the schedule on such a positive note ensures a steady momentum throughout the course of the production. We’re raring to go with a brilliant ensemble cast and filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon, who has a savvy eye for war films,” Screwvala said in a statement.

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films said the film will be mounted on a “sweeping canvas” to chronicle the story of a family’s bravery.

“From the time I first heard this amazing story of the bravery and resilience of a family on the frontlines of a just war, I knew it had to be told. I am thrilled that with RSVP we have been able to give this story the sweeping canvas it deserves, and that we have an accomplished director like Raja and an amazing cast and crew, to bring this vision to life.

“The team is excited to hit the floors today and we hope to bring our audiences a very special cinematic experience in theatres next year,” Roy Kapur said.

The film is based on Brigadier Mehta’s book The Burning Chaffees.

The movie’s title is taken from the Russian amphibious war tank called the PT-76, popularly known as Pippa.

Menon said he is excited to begin shooting for the film.

“We’ve all been prepping hard for this day, and I cannot wait to bring this incredible story of valour and liberty to the audiences,” he said.

Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR and Attack will release in theatres, confirm producers

Pen Studios released a statement confirming the theatrical release of Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR and Attack. The makers said that the films are made for the big screen experience.

The makers of Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, SS Rajamouli’s RRR and John Abraham’s Attack have confirmed that the three films will be releasing in theatres. The rumours of these films releasing on OTT platforms had been doing the rounds for some time. Pen Studios, the production house behind the three films, today, September 8, called the rumours untrue. In a statement, the makers said that the films are made for the big screen experience and would be releasing in theatres.
MAKERS CONFIRM THEATRICAL RELEASE OF GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI, RRR AND ATTACK

The production house behind three magnum opus films – Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR and Attack, Pen Studios, today announced that the three films will be releasing in theatres. The makers released the statement after rumours around the digital release of the films started doing the rounds. Confirming that the three films will hit big screens soon, Pen Studio’s Chairman and MD, Jayantilal Gada, in a statement, said, “We would like to clarify that Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR and Attack will release in cinemas. There have been several rumours doing rounds about these films releasing on OTT platforms before cinemas which are untrue. These Magnum opus films are made for the big screen experience and would be releasing in theatres.

WHEN PEN STUDIOS ANNOUNCED NEW LINE-UP OF FILMS

In June, Pen Studios released a special video to announce their next line-up of films. The video mentioned that films such as Bell Bottom, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Anniyan remake, Attack and RRR are set to release in theatres soon. Using #BackToTheatre, the Instagram handle captioned the video as, “Dr. Jayantilal Gada (Pen Studios) introduces us to their impressive line-up this year. The studio is gearing up for their massive slate release, in cinemas near you (sic).” However, the post was later deleted from all social media handles.

Talking about Gangubai Kathiawadi, the film was slated to release in theatres on July 30. However, its release was deferred due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Alia Bhatt plays the titular role in the film. Apart from the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Alia will also be seen in another Pen Studios film RRR. The multi-starrer features Ram Charan, NTR Junior and Ajay Devgn. The film also stars many international actors.

Bhoot Police song Mujhe Pyaar Pyaar Hai teaser out. Arjun, Yami make you fall in love

The teaser of Mujhe Pyaar Pyaar Hai from Bhoot Police was released today. The video features Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam.

Arjun Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will be seen sharing screen space for the first time in Pawan Kripalani’s Bhoot Police. The film also stars Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez in pivotal roles. Today, September 1, the makers released the teaser of its new song Mujhe Pyaar Pyaar Hai. A slow number, the song is being promoted as the biggest romantic song of the season.
MUJHE PYAAR PYAAR HAI TEASER OUT

Bhoot Police is set to release on Disney+Hotstar on September 17. The makers of the film released the teaser of Mujhe Pyaar Pyaar Hai on September 1. The song will be released soon. The teaser gives a glimpse into the romantic song featuring Arjun Kapoor and Yami Gautam. The music of the song has been given by composer duo Sachin and Jigar. Shreya Ghoshal and Armaan Malik have sung the song, while lyrics have been penned by Priya Saraiya.

ARJUN KAPOOR SAYS FALL IN LOVE AGAIN

Arjun Kapoor shared the teaser of Mujhe Pyaar Pyaar Hai on social media. Calling it the biggest romantic song of the season, he wrote, “Come, fall in love again with the biggest romantic song of the season. Check out this teaser starring @yamigautam and I. Stay tuned for #MujhePyaarPyaarHai.

ABOUT BHOOT POLICE

Bhoot Police stars Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor in the roles of Vibhooti and Chiraunji, respectively. They go around catching ghosts. While for Vibhooti, his profession is no more than a way to con people, Chiraunji is serious about what he does. The two ghosthunters meet Jacqueline Fernandez and Yami Gautam’s characters on a mission to ward off a notorious spirit. The film, which is directed by Pavan Kripalani, will release on Disney+Hotstar on September 17.

Chehre Movie Review: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi thriller is not without loose ends

Chehre Movie Review: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi film is a righteous fight of black vs white. But it is not necessarily right.

Movie Name: Chehre
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Annu Kapoor, Raghubir Yadav
Director: Rumi Jafry

Brilliantly twisted minds have always been a thing of intrigue in literature, pop culture and cinema. Which is why we have woven stories around Sherlock Holmes or the homegrown Feluda. The thrill of knowing the unknown through observation and logic is unparalleled. Feluda dubbed it ‘mogojastro’ or the mind weapon. Those who have it flaunt it, the rest of us marvel and watch them – spellbound – solve mysteries. Rumi Jafry intended the Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Raghubir Yadav, Annu Kapoor and Rhea Chakraborty-starrer Chehre to be that.

The trailer gave us a just idea of what to expect. On paper, it is so gripping that you watch like a hawk everything that unfolds on screen. For the most part. And then you also start noticing that while Rumi has managed to tightly knit the narrative together, by the end he’s run out of yarn, and we’re left yearning for something more, something better.

Sameer Mehra (Emraan Hashmi) happens to luckily bump into Paramjeet Singh Bhuller (Annu Kapoor) exactly when his car gives up after a freak accident he just escaped. Heavy snow in an uninhabited nook in the hills leaves him no choice but to accept Singh’s offer and walk up to Jagdish Acharya’s (Dhritiman Chatterjee) house. He meets their other friends Hariya Jatav (Raghubir Yadav) and Lateef Zaidi (Amitabh Bachchan). Four friends who have all their lives been attached to the Indian judicial system in varying capacities, and are now retired, spend their last few days conducting mock trials as fun post-dinner games. After much cajoling, and some unnecessary younger generation vs older generation talks, Sameer agrees to partake in tonight’s game as the accused. He is confident that he is a clean man and therefore prosecutor Zaidi will find nothing against him, Singh as his defence will be able to ably defend him, and judge Acharya will pronounce him innocent. And then the skeletons come tumbling out.

Chehre’s biggest flaw is that it positions the trinity of Zaidi, Singh and Acharya as somewhat of the Justice League – pun intended – fighting to punish the wrong, without any real motive. Sans the trappings of the judiciary of the real world, in this microcosm, the law is absolute. The righteousness in the script is black and white, much like the uniform these men have donned all their lives. Yet, in order to let the truth triumph, they are willing to resort to wily ways – searching through Sameer’s car and his phone without his permission – and solidify their suspicion. Even then, the story could have seemed plausible if the accused Sameer was in any way tied to either of their pasts – a case they worked on together but the culprit slipped away or an incident that ties them with Sameer which gives them knowledge of the truth and they’re simply working their way backwards. Anna (Rhea Chakraborty), as the pretty, young house help who is more like the daughter, and Joe (Siddhanth Kapoor), the mute Man Friday who is more of a friend, does provide that scope. But writers Rumi Jafry and Ranjit Kapoor do not take that bait. And in the end, we’re left with a story that hinges on law and the justice system, without giving us motive, the first thing law asks.

Behind the questionable hairdo bestowed upon Raghubir Yadav and Amitabh Bachchan, the performances by each of them is flawless. Dhritiman Chatterjee and Emraan Hashmi remain understated, allowing Amitabh to be the overdramatic prosecutor, overaccentuating here, sniggering there. Annu Kapoor strikes a fine balance there. Watching the four stalwarts feeding off each other’s years of acting experience is astounding and a masterclass in acting itself. Rhea gets an okayish role and she does it fine-ish. Krystle D’Souza’s Natasha Oberoi gets some meat and she sinks her teeth into the character. Siddhant gets a raw deal, and we wish to see him in better roles going forward. Chehre also stars Samir Soni in a cameo.

In the penultimate scenes of Chehre, Amitabh Bachchan is given a freakishly long monologue, which may have been Rumi Jafry’s proclamation of love for that deep baritone – and we love it too – but it is the film’s final undoing.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif off to Russia for Tiger 3 shoot?

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif have set off for Russia to shoot Tiger 3, our source reveals. The film is directed by Maneesh Sharma.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are ready to shoot some high-octane action sequences for Tiger 3 in Russia. The actors are off to begin the film’s international shoot schedule. In the Maneesh Sharma directorial venture, Salman will be seen reprising his role of Tiger, while Katrina will be seen as Zoya once again. Emraan Hashmi will be seen playing the antagonist in Tiger 3.
SALMAN KHAN AND KATRINA KAIF’S TIGER 3 INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE

A month ago, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif resumed shooting Tiger 3. Now, the stars are all set to begin the international leg of the film’s shoot schedule. According to our source, Salman and Katrina are off to Russia.

Earlier, a source had revealed that Aditya Chopra, whose Yash Raj Films is producing Tiger 3, has arranged for the cast and crew of the film to fly to the international locations in a jet. This is a measure keeping Covid-19 protocols in mind. Giving details of the schedule, the source had said, “YRF is chartering everyone including Salman, Katrina, director Maneesh Sharma, the entire cast and crew for this intense international leg that will see the team pull off some spectacular shooting schedules. Team Tiger takes off on August 18. The direction team under Maneesh has prepped for months for this schedule and Aditya Chopra is clear that the shoot needs to happen smoothly.”

The source further revealed the destinations where Salman Khan and Katrina kaif will shoot Tiger 3. “Salman and Katrina will land in Russia first and then head to multiple shooting destinations like Turkey and Austria. Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma didn’t want to compromise on the scale of the film despite the pandemic and they have planned Tiger 3 to be a visually spectacular theatrical experience. Thus, this schedule will add a lot to the film’s visual extravaganza and some never-seen-before action sequences will be filmed,” the source added.
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT TIGER 3?

Tiger 3 is the highly-anticipated third instalment in Salman Khan’s superhit Tiger franchise. The first film, titled Ek Tha Tiger, was directed by Kabir Khan. The spy thriller released in 2012 and was loved by fans. Its sequel, Tiger Zinda Hai, released in 2017. Now, Salman Khan will return with some great action as RAW agent Tiger in Tiger 3. Katrina Kaif will reprise her role as ISI agent Zoya, while Emraan Hashmi will essay the negative role of an ISI agent.

Salman and Katrina last shared screen space in 2019 in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat.

Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket to release directly on OTT?

According to reports, Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket is going for a direct-to-digital release. The sports-drama film is directed by Akarsh Khurana.

Taapsee Pannu plays the role of a Gujarati athlete named Rashmi in Akarsh Khurana’s directorial venture, Rashmi Rocket. According to sources, the film is all set for a direct-to-digital release and its rights have been acquired by an OTT platform for a massive amount of Rs 58 crores.
TAAPSEE PANNU’S RASHMI ROCKET TO TAKE THE DIGITAL ROUTE?

From vigorous training sessions to behind-the-scene pictures from the film’s sets, Taapsee Pannu kept her fans hooked to the making of the sports drama Rashmi Rocket. Now, sources say that the film will take the digital route. The statement read, “Rashmi Rocket is going for a direct-to-digital release for a big 58 crores amount! This is the highest for any female-centric film we have seen that is releasing digitally. We are yet to hear more details about this one but given the content-driven landscape of the industry that we are witnessing, it looks promising.”
TAAPSEE PANNU’S EMOTIONAL POST AFTER WRAPPING RASHMI ROCKET SHOOT

Taapsee Pannu penned a heartfelt note after wrapping up the shoot of Rashmi Rocket in Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, in January. Taapsee can be seen walking away in desert with her arms open in the photo she posted on Instagram. The actress wrote, “Not sure if I have the time and space to explain how this film actually happened. From the basic storyline I heard in Chennai 3 years back to actually complete its filming against all odds in these challenging times. This was one hell of a driven team effort!”

She further added, “I’m going to reserve the details for later coz I’m sure we have many more battles to fight till the release but what I can say is this is one team that’s gonna do it all with a smile and most effortlessly coz the captain of this ship @akvarious believes in working strictly in between chilling with bunch of friends on set, instead of the other way round. Producers @pranjalnk @nehaanand21 @rsvpmovies who are relentless and don’t have the word ‘quitting’ in their dictionary. @nehapartimatiyanidop whose lens can transform any basic moment into whistle blowing big screen shot . Writers, cast, art, production design , so on n so forth the list is long.

Taapsee concluded the post with, “Baaki release ke time kahaaniya bataane mein mazaa ayega. For now drawing the curtains on #RashmiRocket and moving onwards n upwards coz this Rocket has left us sky bound ! #FilmWrap #RashmiRocket.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Rashmi Rocket also stars Supriya Pathak, Abhishek Banerjee and Priyanshu Painyuli.

Akshay Kumar says releasing Bell Bottom during Covid-19 is risky, but then it is life

Akshay Kumar launched the trailer of his upcoming film, Bell Bottom, at an event in Delhi on Tuesday (August 3). The film is releasing on August 19.

Akshay Kumar on Tuesday said the team of his upcoming spy thriller Bell Bottom rose to the challenge of releasing the film in theatres amid the coronavirus pandemic as there is little to life without some risk. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, Bell Bottom will be the first Hindi movie to hit theatres during the second wave of the pandemic.

With cinema halls being allowed to resume operation in states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, trade analysts are betting big on Bell Bottom to revive the cinema exhibition sector with its release on August 19.

“The pressure is there on everybody but I’m very sure that things are going to work out. There’s a challenge, a risk. But if you haven’t taken the risk in life, then what have you done? So we have gone with it,” said Akshay Kumar post the film’s trailer launch here at PVR Priya.

“In this journey, I have my producers who have also taken the risk and that’s how we have proceeded,” he added.

Also starring Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta and Huma Qureshi, the movie is set in the 1980s and features Kumar as a RAW operative whose code name is ‘Bell Bottom’. It was also the first Bollywood project to commence production amid the pandemic last year.

Besides Bell Bottom, Kumar also shot for his movies Raksha Bandhan and Ram Setu during the pandemic.

Asked how he convinced himself to get back to the set, the actor said life has to go on.

“We have to work and there’s no doubt about it. You all have also worked amid the pandemic. So, how can work stop? You have to keep on working and take care of yourself. This is going to be normal now and life has to go on,” Kumar, who tested Covid-19 negative on April 12 after getting diagnosed with the virus earlier in the month, added.

“In every project, there were close to 300-400 people working with me. So everything has to keep going on. Today we are releasing this film. We could have said that let’s leave it for now. But we have gone with it,” he said.

Though theatres have been allowed to reopen in many states, Maharashtra, which is one of the major markets for Hindi language movies, is yet to allow cinema owners to resume theatrical activity.

Asked if there’s a concern about cinema halls remaining shut in the state, Kumar said the makers have taken a leap of faith.

“It is a gamble and someone had to take this gamble. We have taken this leap and I’m confident that this is going to work.”

Producer Jackky Bhagnani said though Maharashtra contributes almost 30 per cent to the revenue of films, he is not worried about the prospects of BellBottom.

“With Bell Bottom, we are just happy to be the flag bearers. This is for the fraternity and we are very happy that this movie is coming in theatres. That is the most important thing.

“Yes, business is important but for this film especially, the biggest box office is that we are coming to theatres,” Bhagnani added.

Sanjay Dutt’s Bhai Bhai song from Bhuj The Pride of India out on his birthday. Watch

On Sanjay Dutt’s 62nd birthday today, July 29, the makers of Bhuj: The Pride of India dropped his Bhai Bhai song from the film. The track is high on energy.

Sanjay Dutt is celebrating his 62nd birthday today, July 29. On the occasion, the makers of Bhuj: The Pride of India released the Bhai Bhai song featuring him from the film. Sung by Mika Singh, the song features Sanjay in a traditional Gujarati outfit. Bhuj: The Pride of India is all set to release on Disney+Hotstar on August 13.
BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA’S BHAI BHAI SONG OUT NOW

Earlier, the makers of KGF: Chapter 2 wished Sanjay Dutt a happy birthday with a new poster of the film. Directed by Prashanth Neel, Sanjay plays the role of Adheera in the film starring Yash. Now, to the delight of fans, Bhai Bhai song starring Sanjay from the film Bhuj: The Pride of India has been released. The track has been sung by Mika Singh and composed by Lijo George and Dj Chetas. The lyrics of Bhai Bhai have been penned by Manoj Muntashir.

Sharing the Bhai Bhai song on Instagram, Ajay Devgn, who plays the role of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik in Bhuj: The Pride of India, told fans that the song is being released on the occasion of ‘our beloved Sanju Baba’s birthday’. He wrote,

SANJAY DUTT PLAYS RANCHORDAS PAGI IN BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA

Sanjay Dutt plays Ranchordas Pagi in Bhuj: The Pride of India. Sharing a glimpse of his character, Ajay Devgn wrote on Instagram, “Man of will power, here to empower Presenting @duttsanjay as Ranchordas Pagi.

Directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya, Bhuj: The Pride of India also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar.

Shershaah trailer out, Sidharth Malhotra brings Capt Vikram Batra alive on screen

The trailer of Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani’s upcoming film, Shershaah, dropped today, July 25. Sidharth brilliantly performs the role of Captain Vikram Batra in this war drama.

The much-awaited trailer of Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani starrer Shershaah finally released today, July 25. The film is all set to release on Amazon Prime Video on August 12. In the trailer, Sidharth brilliantly performs the role of Paramvir Chakra winner Captain Vikram Batra (PVC), while Kiara is seen essaying the character of his fiancé Dimple Cheema. The trailer launch of Shershaah took place in Kargil today. Sidharth, Kiara and Karan Johar were spotted this morning at Mumbai’s Kalina airport heading for the same.
TRAILER OF SHERSHAAH RELEASED

The makers of Shershaah announced the release date of the much-awaited film just a few days back. Now they have released the trailer of the film as well. Shershaah is directed by Tamil director Vishnu Vardhan and the film marks his directorial debut in Bollywood. It is co-produced by Dharma Productions and Kaash Entertainments. The trailer was launched ahead of Kargil Divas on July 26. The trailer opens with Sidharth Malhotra reporting as Captain Vikram Batra. We then get to see the various aspects of a soldier’s life – be it professional or personal.

The makers of Shershaah revealed Kiara Advani’s look from the film on July 19. In the poster. Kiara was seen holding on to Sidharth Malhotra’s hands. Sharing her simple yet intriguing look from the film, Kiara wrote, “The only promise that matters is the one made between two hearts and this story shows that some promises last an entire lifetime and then more. #ShershaahOnPrime releasing on 12th August! (sic).

THIS FILM IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART,” SAYS SIDHARTH MALHOTRA

Speaking about his role in Shershaah, Sidharth Malhotra said, “Playing a man in uniform always instills a sense of pride but portraying a legendary war hero like Vikram Batra was a huge responsibility to shoulder on and perform. The role called for a lot of physical and even more mental preparation to get into his shoes and bring to life the real-life story of a man whose courage and grit stood unmatched. I have tried my best to stay true to his persona and valour and I am thankful to the Batra family for trusting me. Shershaah, as a film is very close to my heart, and it is only fitting that we launch the movie’s trailer at the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations. It is an absolute honour to be here among the brave hearts of the Indian Army and their families.”

Mimi’s Param Sundari song out. Kriti Sanon shows off her killer dance moves

Param Sundari song from Kriti Sanon’s upcoming film, Mimi, released today, July 16. The actress has danced impeccably to the song created by Shreya Ghoshal and AR Rahman.

Kriti Sanon brightened the day for her fans with her dance number, Param Sundari, from her upcoming film, Mimi. The actress looks scintillating as she performs some incredible dance moves in the music video. The song’s vocals have been given by Shreya Ghoshal and it composed by AR Rahman. The lyrics of Param Sundari have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
KRITI SANON SIZZLES IN PARAM SUNDARI MUSIC VIDEO

Kriti Sanon’s Mimi trailer has been winning the Internet. It’s a total emotional rollercoaster. Now, a groovy item number from the film titled Param Sundari has been released. Kriti has given a great performance in it. She can be seen in a deep red traditional outfit with mirror work on it. She accessorised her look with heavy silver jewellery. She can be seen gliding on the floor and giving perfect expressions.

ALL ABOUT MIMI

Mimi, directed by Laxman Utekar, is inspired by the 2010 Marathi movie Mala Aai Vhhaychy. Its story follows a surrogate mother, essayed by Kriti Sanon. Talking about her character, the actress said, “I am very excited. It’s based on the subject of surrogacy but actually it’s the story of this young girl who wants to be an actor. She’s a dancer in Mandawa and she ends up being a surrogate for a couple. Then, the things that follow change her life and also change her as a person.

For Mimi, Kriti Sanon put on 15 kg of weight and she did so by gorging on fried food, chocolates and more. The actress opened up about her ‘Mimi to Mummy’ journey recently. Mimi is all set to premiere on Netflix and Jio Cinema on July 30. The film’s cast also features Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Supriya Tripathi and Manoj Pahwa.