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Had no idea Sushant was under depression: Mukesh Chhabra

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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise shocked everyone and now his last film Dil Bechara is getting a huge response on social media platforms. In an interview with The Daily Guardian, Dil Bechara’s director and Sushant’s close friend Mukesh Chhabra shares his emotional journey with the actor.

Q: Since how many years did you know Sushant Singh Rajput?

 A. I met him during Kai Po Che!’s shooting. I was the casting director of that movie. During that time, Sushant was a big name in the Indian television industry. Our friendship continued even after that film. Sushant was like a brother to me.

Q. When was the last time you met him?

A. Sushant called me on 27 May on my birthday. He called me and wished me. We talked for nearly 20 minutes. We also talked about our new film Dil Bechara in which he is the lead actor. We had also made a plan to meet after lockdown but unfortunately, we could not meet.

Q. Were you aware of Sushant’s depression?

A. I had no idea about his health nor did I know that he was under depression. Sushant was an introvert. He hardly discussed his personal life with anyone. Even during the shooting time, he talked about stars, the moon, and other planets. He always discussed films and books.

Q. Who informed you about Sushant’s suicide?

A. I got a call from our common friend who informed me about his suicide. After that many people called me. It was a shocking moment for me.

Q. Sushant did his last film ‘Dil Bechara’ with you and you didn’t share the film’s script with him. Why?

A. During the time of Kai Po Che!, Sushant promised to me that he will sign my first film. Dil Bechaara is my debut as a director. When I told Sushant about the film, I did not discuss the script with him, he just gave me the dates for shooting. Before resuming the shoot, I shared the script with him three days ago and he was super excited about the film

Q. Sushant was a foodie and did he make you a foodie?

A. Sushant was a foodie and he liked to travel during the shooting of Dil Bechara. In Paris, Sushant tried pasta from all restaurants. Sushant loved pasta. We used to roam in Paris even during nights. In Jamshedpur, we used to take a scooter and go to the streets during the nights.

Q: During Covid-19 theatres are closed. So, whose idea was to release this film on OTT?

A. It was a call from the production house because the entire film is an emotional journey for us and it’s Sushant’s last film. So, we decided to release it on OTT so that maximum people can watch the movie.

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Why Clooney was once shunned by Hollywood

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Actor George Clooney was shunned by Hollywood after his 1997 film, Batman & Robin, flopped. In the film, he starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman. In an interview to The Sun, the actor has revealed that Hollywood directors refused to work with him after the release of the film. Clooney, who appeared in the TV show “ER” from 1994 to 1999, thinks his fortunes changed when he teamed up with Steven Soderbergh to make the crime comedy Out Of Sight. “Steven was coming off a couple of flops and I was coming off Batman & Robin and we both needed a success,” he said.

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Yami thanks fans for constant support

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 Actress Yami Gautam has expressed her gratitude towards people for recognising her hardships and work, and says the encouragement helps her keep going forward. “Indebted for your love, not only for #GinnywedsSunny but always recognising the hardships & resilience that it takes for someone like myself to sustain here & continue to walk ahead with my head high, no matter what ! Each of one us has our own special story…this is mine,” Yami wrote on Twitter, along with a note. The note read: “The amount of love you guys have showered on our work and appreciated our performances makes all the difference to us! Your constant encouragement has been one of the most influential factors in keeping us going through thick and thin of our journey in the industry and it goes on.” The actress was recently seen in romantic-comedy Ginny weds Sunny, also starring Vikrant Massey.

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Taapsee back to work after Maldives break

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After holidaying in Maldives, actress Taapsee Pannu is happy to get back to work. On Sunday, Taapsee shared her excitement on resuming work post her exotic vacation, and also revealed that her coronavirus tests came out clear. “Getting back to the grind with rejuvenated energy, exotic tan lines and most importantly covid negative report #WorkCalls #LightsCameraActionMode,” she wrote on Instagram. Along with it, Taapsee uploaded a stunning picture of herself posing against the backdrop of the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The Pink actress travelled to the Maldives with her sisters and rumoured boyfriend Mathias Boe, who is a badminton player. She will be next seen in Haseen Dillruba, Shabaash Mithu and Rashmi Rocket. 

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24 years of DDLJ: SRK,Kajol’s statue to be unveiled in London

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 As Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s landmark film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, turns 25, a bronze statue of the actors is set to be unveiled in London’s Leicester Square. The statue will be put to display at Leicester Square as a part of ‘Scenes in the Square’ movie trail. DDLJ statue will be one of the many cinematic moments which has been immortalised as a bronze statue in that area. This will be the first ever long-term Bollywood statue erected in the UK. The announcement, thus, marks the 25th anniversary of Indian cinema’s most loved film, DDLJ, and also coincides with the big 50th year celebrations of Yash Raj Films. Directed by debutant Aditya Chopra, DDLJ shattered all box office records and is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Hindi cinema.

 It also went on to become the longest-running Hindi film of all time! DDLJ is also the winner of a record-breaking (at the time) 10 Filmfare Awards and the film literally changed the face of Bollywood globally. The film was made at a budget of Rs 4 crore, and in 1995, it collected Rs 89 crore in India and Rs 13.50 crore in overseas markets. Thus, total collections stood at Rs 102.50 crore worldwide in 1995! In today’s inflation adjusted value, DDLJ’s collection stands at a staggering Rs 455 crore in India and Rs 69 crore in overseas territories, taking the total worldwide collections to a phenomenal Rs 524 crore! The statue is set to be unveiled in the spring of 2021, when organisers hope that Shah Rukh and Kajol will be able to travel to unveil the statue in a special celebratory event. Avtar Panesar, vice president of Special Projects at Yash Raj Films, says, “We’re thrilled to be able to announce this statue, and to be the first film of Indian origin to be represented in ‘Scenes in the Square’ 

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Vishal Bhardwaj to adapt Agatha Christie stories as film franchise

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 Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is developing a film franchise based on the works of famed author Agatha Christie. The series will feature a new pair as the lead investigators. Bhardwaj has partnered with Agatha Christie Limited to develop the big screen franchise for the Indian audience. Some of Christie’s iconic characters include Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, but with his franchise Bhardwaj will create an entirely new pair of investigators, drawing inspiration from Christie’s timeless mysteries.

 Talking about the collaboration, James Prichard, great grandson of Agatha Christie, and Chairman and CEO of Agatha Christie Limited, said: “I’m truly excited at the prospect of developing a new Agatha Christie film franchise in India, and am delighted to be partnering with Vishal, who is a multitalented and visionary filmmaker with a terrific track record for adapting works to create memorable pieces of cinema. He has also demonstrated a real passion and understanding of my great grandmother’s characters and stories and I very much look forward to seeing where this project takes us.”

 Bhardwaj added: “Agatha Christie had a tremendous skill of defining emotional chaos, dysfunctional relationships and the turmoil in her characters while engaging us in a riveting mystery. It is an honour to create an Indian franchise of a pair of young investigators looking to take over the world with their intelligence and charm. ACL have been such amazing partners and we are all excited to be on this journey.” The first film will introduce a young heroine who is thrown into solving a murder, and for the case she teams up with an unlikely companion to unravel the case. The future films will follow the duo as they continue to investigate multiple murder mysteries.

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Abhishek all set to roll the dice with Rajkummar, Aditya in ‘Ludo’

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Ludo, as the name suggests, has fun, chaos and fire written on every frame. The action-packed trailer shares a glimpse of several interesting characters, each one of them facing immense trouble in their lives, which all collide at one point. The trailer of Ludo has been unveiled. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapur in pivotal roles.

 The trailer of Ludo introduces us to the film’s central characters and promises to be an intriguing ride. The Ludo trailer begins with visuals of a dice rolling and a voice in the background saying, “Ludo is life and life is ludo.” Rajkummar Rao plays a con, Abhishek Bachchan is seen bonding with a little girl child that he has kidnapped. Pankaj Tripathi is brandishing guns while mouthing quirky dialogues and Aditya Roy Kapur’s character seems like a regular modern man with his own set of ambitions. 

Fatima Sana Shaikh is caught in a web of lies and deceit. However, there is not a lot going on for Sanya Malhotra’s character. But then again, this is just a preview. It is for the second time that Fatima and Sanya have collaborated for a movie after Dangal. The main highlight of the trailer is when Abhishek Bachchan is seen threatening a man on phone after kidnapping his daughter. It is the kid who is telling Abhishek what to say to blackmail her parents which adds a touch of humour in the movie. Ludo revolves around the lives of four people who cross paths with each other due to some twist of fate.

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