Vaani Kapoor has a dream line-up right now. After her last release, the blockbuster "War" in 2019, she was cruising along, looking at three mega releases in 2020. Then, pandemic struck.
It's delayed her date with the box office, of course, but "Bell Bottom" starring Akshay Kumar, "Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui" with Ayushmann Khurrana and "Shamshera" with Ranbir Kapoor are still mega attractions at the box office. It's been a long wait, but with "Bell Bottom" being formally announced for theatrical release on July 27, Vaani tells you it pays to be patient.
"It's a solid product and Akshay sir, like in every film of his, is simply outstanding. One has to see the film to understand what he has done. I'm grateful that I have a big film coming out now," says Vaani.
"It's been a long wait to see my films get a release due to the virus, but I'm being super hopeful now that the audience will be entertained by them," she adds.
Vaani feels restarting the film industry has become important because the onslaught of losses has been relentless over the past year. A glossy spy thriller as "Bell Bottom" could perhaps be the right film to kickstart things once again.
"I'm really excited about the prospect of our industry restarting because it has endured the relentless onslaught of the pandemic. 'Bell Bottom' is a big screen entertainer. Hopefully, the film will play a huge hand in bringing people back to the theatres," she says.
Actress Jahnvi Kapoor's looks are trending. Keeping it fun and sassy, the young star plays with bright hues and bold colours. The millennial flaunts her envious curves in colourful bikins and a metallic maillot. In her latest pictures on Instagram, Kapoor is seen enjoying the sunset at the beach and in her villa at the Maldives.
Jahnvi wears a white bikini top by OOKIOH with a contrasting leopard print bikini bottom. She held a striking pose against the setting sun complete with wet hair. She captioned the picture: "Maybe half the beauty of every blurred sunset is that it is fleeting."
Get inspired by some of her most ravishing bikini looks.
The Farhan Akhtar-starrer "Toofaan" is all set for a digital release on July 16, the actor tweeted on Wednesday.
He wrote: "With humility, love and in dedication to the fighting spirit of the beautiful people of our nation, our film 'Toofaan' will be releasing on July 16th. #ToofaanOnPrime"
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the film also features Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, Supriya Pathak Kapur, Hussain Dalal, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Darshan Kumaar and Vijay Raaz.
The film marks the second collaboration between Farhan and Mehra. The two had earlier worked together in the 2013 release "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag".
"Toofaan" revolves around the life of Ajju, an orphan born in Mumbai's Dongri who grows up to be a local goon. His life changes when he meets a bright and a compassionate young woman Ananya, whose belief in him motivates him to find his passion as he embarks on his journey to becoming Aziz Ali, a boxing champion.
"Toofaan" will release on Amazon Prime Video.
"Bigg Boss 14" star and actress Jasmin Bhasin says the fame that the show brought her hasn't affected her in real life.
"If I start worrying about fame and burden myself with responsibilities and expectations, I'll lose myself. I've always been straightforward, I don't have filters. So, I don't think I should change because this is how I'm and that's why I'm loved by my fans. I want to stay this way, real and responsible. I would never want to lose myself, " Jasmin tells IANS.
"I'm conscious about what I say 'yes' to. I want to take up work where I'm able to motivate people and live up to their expectations. That's why I'm taking time. I have four or five offers right now. There are other people who have made me what I'm today with their love and support. I don't want to disappoint them," she says.
The actress features in singer Gurnazar's music video "Tenu yaad karaan", which dropped on Tuesday. "In this music video I'm shown as a simple village girl and have donned a no make-up look. It's a very beautiful song that will remind you about the first time you fell in love, the first time you felt butterflies in your stomach, the first time you felt something that you never felt before. It is about that first love, which is innocent and naughty. I had a wonderful time working on this one. It brought back so many memories," shares Jasmin.
The romantic track has been recorded in the voices of Gurnazar Chattha and Asees Kaur, on Gurnazar's lyrics and composition. The video is about romance blooming between a young boy and a girl at a Punjabi wedding, and features Jasmin with Gurnazar.
Director Priyanka Ghose, of the new series "Broken But Beautiful 3", says she deliberately didn't watch lead actor Sidharth Shukla's previous works before directing him.
"I had heard of Sidharth but not seen any of his work. The minute I knew I was doing this project, I googled him and thus became aware of his popularity. However, even though there were ample videos online for me to check out his work, I refrained," Priyanka tells IANS.
Priyanka, who earlier worked as assistant director in the popular series "Aarya", reveals the reason. "I didn't want to be tainted with a preconceived image of Sidharth while we were drafting the story and building Agastya (the character Sidharth plays in the series). I was hoping he would come and pleasantly surprise me with his own interpretation of Agastya. My hope turned to trust the first time we met for his narration," she says.
"The best part is he was so grounded. He had zero airs of a star and we immediately hit off a comfort level where we understood each other's interpretation of the story and the character, and were in fact on the same page regarding vision and the aesthetics," she says.
Director Enrico Casarosa says childhood memories inspired him to make the new animated film "Luca", which is ready to release digitally on June 18.
"This movie is about the friendships that change us. It's a love letter to the summers of our youth -- those formative years when you're finding yourself. I had the luck to grow up in Genoa, a port city on the Italian Riviera. It's a very specific coast because it's really steep. The mountains rise up from the ocean. The towns are stuck in time -- they're so picturesque. I always imagined them like little monsters coming out of the water," says Casarosa.
"Luca" is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta, endless scooter rides and heartwarming friendships. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend Alberto, but all the fun is threatened by a deep secret that can sabotage their friendship.
The film features the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Gaffigan among others.
'Luca' releases on Disney+ Hotstar Premium.
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Vidya Balan says the music video "Main Sherni", of her upcoming OTT film "Sherni", is a tribute to all women who have the indomitable spirit of never giving up. The video, released on Tuesday, features Vidya along with nine women who have shown courage in real life.
The song is sung by Akasa and Raftaar and features Mira Erda (F4 racer and driver-coach), Natasha Noel (body positivity influencer and yoga trainer), Eshna Kutty (social media influencer and hula-hoop dancer) and Trinetra Haldar (first transgender doctor in Karnataka), Jayshree Mane (a frontline warrior at BYL Nair Hospital), Riddhi Arya (student who delivers food to frontline warriors), Anita Devi (security guard), Seema Duggal (teacher), Archana Jadav (house help).
"The music video 'Main Sherni' is our tribute to all the women across the globe who have this indomitable spirit of never giving up. 'Sherni' is special for all of us and with this film and music video, we are celebrating women who have shown us that there is nothing a woman can't do. Just like Vidya Vincent, my character in the movie, we want to show that women are fearless and powerful, and that you don't have to roar to be a tigress. This is what we have tried to capture in this anthem," says Vidya.
Raftaar adds: "'Sherni' -- there is such undeniable power in that one word, and to be able to showcase the vitality of that word in a song was a tall order! I hope Akasa and I have managed to do that."
Akasa says: "I couldn't be prouder to be a part of a song that celebrates women, and their strengths. With this soundtrack, we are hoping to awaken the inner shernis inside every woman around the world and motivate them to never give up, chase their dream and always keep working hard. I've always been all about woman power and am truly honoured to be a part of 'Sherni' and sing a song that will be remembered for a very long time. As always it was awesome working with Raftaar on this powerful track. The lyrics and melody truly spoke to me and I am sure that listeners will get to experience what the movie is all about through the song."
Penned by Raghav, "Main Sherni" is composed by Utkarsh Dhotekar. The film "Sherni" is directed by Amit Masurkar, and will stream on Amazon Prime Video on June 18.
Salman Khan along with Zoya and Farhan Akhtar are among producers of the upcoming documentary titled "Angry Young Men", based on their fathers Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.
Directed by Namrata Rao, the project will capture the essence of Salim-Javed, who together redefined Bollywood cinema with a long list of hits in the seventies and the eighties, introducing the elements of angst, violence and machismo in consecutive hero-centric hits that gave Bollywood its greatest icon ever -- Amitabh Bachchan as the Angry Young Man.
Noted for being the first Indian screenwriters to achieve star status, Salim-Javed wrote a slew of Bachchan blockbuster classics as "Zanjeer" (1973), "Deewar" (1975), "Sholay" (1975), "Trishul" (1978), "Don" (1978), "Kaala Patthar" (1979), "Dostana" (1980), "Shaan" (1980) and "Shakti" (1982).
Although identified primarily due to their Big B-starrer Angry Young Man scripts, their memorable works extend beyond the template. They started out with films like "Andaaz", "Haathi Mere Saath" and "Adhikar" (all 1971), and also wrote "Seeta Aur Geeta" (1972), "Yaadon Ki Baaraat"(1973), "Kranti" (1981), and "Mr India" (1987) among other films, collaborating with many top stars and filmmakers of the era.
The film is produced by Salman Khan Films, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment, and Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti's Tiger Baby Films.
Director Anil Sharma turned nostalgic opening up about his 2001 blockbuster "Gadar: Ek Prem Katha", which completes 20 years of release on Tuesday.
The filmmaker feels the Sunny Deol starrer, which went on to become one of the biggest Bollywood hits of all times upon release, could never be released on OTT if it were released today. He adds even if "Gadar" opened today, it would create a similar impact at the box office.
"A film like Gadar cannot be released on OTT. It is a movie that was made to be watched around people. But even if it had come on OTT, it would still be this magical. Just like Game Of Thrones is creating magic, if this movie was also released today it would have the same impact. Gold will always be gold whether you wear in your neck, ears or as rings," Sharma said.
He recalls the extreme challenge of shooting the climax action scene, on the roof of a train.
"A challenging sequence was the climax where Sunny (Deol) had to carry my son Utkarsh (who played Sunny's son Jeeta in the film) on his shoulders and run on the train's roof with Ameesha (Patel). Utkarsh was on Sunny's shoulder and he had to run from one compartment to the other. The train was at a speed that made it even more difficult. Whenever I remember the scene, I still get anxious and get goosebumps," the filmmaker said.
"While directing that scene, I remember closing my eyes with several questions and thoughts running through my mind. When I heard the sound of the train stopping, I opened my eyes and was immensely relieved. This was one of the most difficult scenes of my life and career. I questioned myself, what if there was a mishap? I didn't have to place the child on Sunny's shoulder, it was a huge risk I took. I trusted Sunny and he completed the scene so well," he added.
"It's not my film but everyone's film. Whoever has watched the film, it's their film. On 20 years of this movie, I want to congratulate everyone as it's your film, too," Sharma summed up about the Zee Studios production.
Actress Bhumi Pednekar has resumed shooting and says it feels surreal to be back on set.
"I have been itching to be back on the set and resume work. I find myself fortunate that I'm starting to work as soon as the unlock started in Maharashtra. The industry has gone through a lot over the last one year and it has been pushed to the brink by this pandemic," Bhumi said.
The actress lauds the industry bigwigs for having started the vaccination drive to inoculate the film fraternity members.
"I'm sure that every producer will take all necessary measures to ensure that the industry restarts. It's amazing that the industry leaders have come forward to vaccinate the fraternity because that's the need of the hour. We work in a very intimate environment so safety is of prime importance to everyone," she said.
The actress recently revealed she would feature in the Akshay Kumar-starrer "Raksha Bandhan". This would mark their second collaboration after "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha". She also has "Badhaai Do" with Rajkummar Rao and "Mr Lele" with Vicky Kaushal lined up for release.
The Akshay Kumar-starrer spy thriller "Bell Bottom" has now been scheduled for a theatrical release on July 27.
Akshay posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday to announce the news.
The film was earlier scheduled for an April 2021 release but was pushed due to the second wave of Covid-19 in the country.
"I know you have patiently waited for the release of #Bellbottom. Couldn't be happier to finally announce the release of our film. Arriving on the big screens worldwide #BellBottomOn27July," Akshay captioned the video.
Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, "Bell Bottom" stars Akshay alongside Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta.