MUMBAI: Emraan Hashmi is back in the spotlight. His two major projects ‘Mumbai Saga’ and ‘Chehre’ are ready for release, and unconfirmed reports suggest he could be Salman Khan’s villain in ‘Tiger 3’. He also has a supernatural thriller ‘Ezra’ coming up.
As per modest trade estimates, the actor has Rs 200-250 crore riding on him. Emraan is more interested in the audience reaction to his upcoming films.
“This year is interesting. I am proud of these releases. There is ‘Mumbai Saga’, ‘Chehre’ and the horror film ‘Ezra’. It’s a mixed bag and I am waiting for them to release and have people enjoy them. After 20 days of ‘Mumbai Saga’ releasing, we have ‘Chehre’ coming. I am looking forward to my films,” he says.
His forthcoming roster is spread over the next several months and could define the shape of things to come for the actor, who gave the Bollywood mainstream hero one of its most maverick antiheroes twists in his early years, as the industry’s Serial Kisser. Although Emraan also has Shyam Madiraju’s offbeat crime drama ‘Harami’ in his upcoming roster, that film has been more about winning over the global festival circuit so far, than giving his Bollywood career any sort of a push.
Among his commercial line-up, only ‘Ezra’ is a solo starrer but that film belongs to his favoured horror genre which has given him some of his biggest hits. All other upcoming films are multi-hero projects.
‘Chehre’ sees him team up with Amitabh Bachchan, and the Rumy Jafry film also has the other ‘co-star’ who has never failed Emraan — catchy music. The presence of Rhea Chakraborty in the cast has added curiosity to the film, slated for an 9 April release.
‘Mumbai Saga’ is Sanjay Gupta’s new gangster drama that primarily pits Emraan’s obsessed cop against John Abraham’s don Amartya Rao. The film is slated to release on 19 March.
Finally, ‘Tiger 3’ is very much a Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif vehicle but reports have suggested that Emraan could be essaying a distinct villain in the film. The actor himself is guarded about ‘Tiger 3’. Asked if he has signed the film, he said: “I will talk about it when things are clear.” All these films are multi-hero projects that have interesting roles for him. In his early 40s now, Emraan perhaps knows going solo is not always a prudent idea in a box office scenario that is increasingly getting unpredictable (his last solo release was ‘Why Cheat India’, a film that grossly underperformed at the box office).
Also, for most of his career, he invariably shone in multi-hero projects. Random recall would bring back ‘Murder’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’, ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’, ‘Kalyug’, ‘Aksar’, ‘Gangster’, and ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’. Teaming up with Big B, Salman or John could pay off.
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FANS IN AWE OF TAAPSEE’S PHYSICAL TRANSFORMATION
MUMBAI: Actress Taapsee Pannu strives to give her best in everything she does and proof of the fact is her recent Instagram post.
On Sunday, Taapsee on her Instagram shared a picture in which she is seen standing in a field with her well-toned back muscles visible in the photograph. “Bhaut sar pe chada rakha hai ise, kisi ki nhi sunti par khud ki sunti hai ….bahut badi baat hai.#TheCalmBeforeTheStorm,” she captioned the post.
The throwback picture appears to be taken during her training session for the upcoming film ‘Rashmi Rocket’, which revolves around the life of an athlete from Gujarat. Netizens have heaped praises on Taapsee for her “amazing” physical transformation for the role. “Mind-blowing transformation,” a fan commented. “Meri sun, body banwa de yaar,” actor and Taapsee’s close friend Abhilash Thapliyal quipped.
Directed by Akarsh Khurana, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ is expected to release on OTT soon.
HAILEY TRASHES RUMOURS THAT JUSTIN ‘MISTREATS’ HER
WASHINGTON: Supermodel Hailey Bieber recently shut down rumours that her pop star husband Justin Bieber mistreats her, saying it is so out of touch with reality that it’s laughable.
Hailey slammed the critics in an interview with singer Demi Lovato on the latter’s ‘4D’ podcast this week, according to Page Six. She lashed out at the ongoing rumours and addressed what she called a persistent narrative about them as a couple. “There are so many narratives that float around about me, about him, about us together. Like, ‘Justin is not nice to her and mistreats her’ and I’m just like… it’s so far from the truth and it’s the complete and utter opposite,” the model told Demi.
The 24-year-old also said that her husband is not only her best friend but that she feels lucky to be with someone who makes her feel special every single day.
VARUN SHARMA TO HOST IPL 2021
MUMBAI: Actor Varun Sharma is super happy to host the matches of the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
Sharing his excitement about IPL, Varun said, “Cricket is the sport we all live for. As a kid who has grown up in 90s India, we breathe, live the sport. It’s such an exciting opportunity for me to do this. My live commentary is bound to be full of heart because I will speak to the audience as a fellow cricket buff. Varun, who is best known for his comedy roles in films said he will also try to add a dash of humour to his hosting skills.”
“This is not a role so a lot of the humour will be impromptu. There will be no script either. This is one of the first times that people will get a glimpse into who I am in my drawing-room on a match day. I am so thrilled to be doing this and can’t wait for this to start,” he added. The IPL 2021 season resumed yesterday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians locking horns against each other in the UAE.
TOM CRUISE GETS SNEAK PEEK OF SPACE
WASHINGTON: Hollywood star Tom Cruise got a sneak peek at what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. The actor recently took part in a call with the company’s four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up.
According To Fox News, representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed on Friday about Cruise’s call. The conversation, between the actor and the space tourists, like the entire three-day flight, was private and hence no details were released. “Maverick, you can be our wingman anytime,” read the announcement from the flight’s Twitter feed.
Cruise has starred as Navy pilot Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the 1986 film ‘Top Gun’. A sequel for the superhit movie will be coming out next year.
AMITABH RECREATES ‘JUMMA CHUMMA’ STEP ON KBC SET
MUMBAI: It’s always a delight to watch megastar Amitabh Bachchan dancing both on-screen and off-screen. In a career spanning over five decades, he has given Bollywood several iconic dance steps — especially his signature step in ‘Jumma Chumma’ from ‘Hum’ (1991).
On Sunday, Big B treated his fans with a picture, wherein he can be seen recreating ‘Jumma Chumma’ hook step on the sets of TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. “ Yeeaaah !! Jumma Chumma on set KBC .. been a while,” he wrote on Instagram.
Big B’s post has garnered several praises. Actor Ranveer Singh commented, “Arre Oh Tigerrrr, meri JAANEMANNNNNN.”
“You are absolutely amazing! We are still trying to figure how to cross the height of the bar you set decades ago and you keep raising it again and again.
AISHWARYA WRAPS-UP SHOOT FOR ‘PONNIYIN SELVAN’
MUMBAI: The wait is finally over. The first part of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan- starrer ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is all set to release in summer 2022.
On Sunday, Aishwarya took to Instagram and uploaded the film’s poster, revealing that the cast and crew have complete the shoot of the upcoming project. “Filming complete. PS-1. Summer 2022,” the poster read. For the unversed, based on the Tamil literary novel of the same name, ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ is directed by Mani Ratnam.
Mani Ratnam and Aishwarya share a special relationship with each other. Aishwarya had started her film career with Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ only. Later, they worked together in films like ‘Guru’ and ‘Raavan’. Their new project ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ also stars Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Sarath Kumar, Jayaram, and Prakash Raj among others.
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