Mumbai: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput was approached by fimmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali for as many as four films including Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela (2013), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018). Bhansali said this in the statement he gave to Mumbai Police on Monday.
Bhansali’s statement was recorded at Bandra Police Station. Police has been investigating the case from personal angle to professional rivalry angle and has so far recorded 34 statements in this case, including that of Bhansali.
The report added that Bhansali has revealed to the police that he had offered four films to Sushant, who backed out from three projects citing unavailability of dates. The three films eventually turned out to be blockbusters. The filmmaker added that he had offered a fourth film to Sushant but that did not work out.
While Bhansali had reportedly chosen Sushant for the lead roles in Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, in Padmaavat he was offered the role of the Rajput ruler Ratan Singh.
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Paramount schedules its animated movie ‘Rumble’ for 2022 release
Washington [US], January 28 (ANI): Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, American film studio Paramount Pictures is moving the release date of its animated feature film ‘Rumble’ from May 14 this year to February 18, 2022.
According to Deadline, the movie directed by Hamish Grieve is going to be set in the world of monster wrestling, where monsters are superstar athletes. Teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into becoming a champion.
The screenplay of the film has been written by Matt Lieberman and Etan Coen, with Mark Bakshi and Brad Booker producing it.
As per Deadline, currently, there aren’t any world-wide releases scheduled on February 18 next year. ‘Rumble’ would release in the wake of two February 11 untitled releases from 20th Century Studios and Universal. (ANI)
OTT platforms have opened up new avenues for actors: Tahir Raj Bhasin
New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): Ahead of the announcement of his upcoming OTT project, Bollywood star Tahir Raj Bhasin on Thursday said that he feels that this is a great time for actors to express themselves because of the availability of multiple mediums through which one can get the deserved spotlight.
“I look forward to Looop Lapeta and 83’s release and a very special OTT project that’s brewing. It’s an incredible time to be acting because of the number of mediums a film star can work in,” he said.
Last year, which marked a major change in the entertainment industry due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced lockdown, many actors made their digital debut on various streaming platforms. Tahir feels that the year has “ushered in a convergence of storytelling in digital and theatrical work.”
He said, “The year has ushered in a convergence of storytelling in digital and theatrical work coupled with an increased acceptance of the audience to watch their favourite stars who they’ve seen on the big screen, to also work in OTT. This has opened up new avenues for actors to express themselves and reach out to the audience.”
Taking part in the ongoing OTT vs Theatrical debate, Tahir said that both mediums can serve extremely different purposes while entertaining audiences to the fullest
“OTT’s lend themselves to chapter wise, episodic stories while theatres are more about the 120-minute cinematic community experience. The intersection between the two mediums has only allowed for storytellers and actors to reach their audience even though the prohibitive times we’ve all lived through,” the actor said.
The 33-year-old actor, who was last seen in Nitesh Tiwari’s ‘Chhichhore,’ alongside late actor Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor, is awaiting the release of ‘Looop Lapeta’ and ’83’. (ANI)
Halsey reveals she’s pregnant, shows off her baby bump
Washington [US], January 28 (ANI): American singer-songwriter Halsey is ringing in the new year with some big news to share! The star recently revealed that she’s expecting her first child with screenwriter Alev Aydin.
The singer took to Instagram to announce the news. In a series of pictures posted by her on the photo-sharing application, the 26-year-old singer can be seen cradling her baby bump.
“Surprise!” she captioned the photo, along with a milk bottle, rainbow, and angel emoji. She tagged her beau Alev over her belly in the first picture.
In the comments section, Alev wrote, “Heart so full, I love you, sweetness.” After seeing the cute comment, the ‘Without Me’ singer responded, “I love you!!!!!! And I love this mini human already.”
Alev re-shared the announcement on his Instagram Story, adding a pair of red heart emojis.
According to E! News, the duo first sparked romance rumours in early January when Halsey posted a photo of him on her Instagram account. For the unversed, Halsey revealed in 2018 that she’s freezing her eggs due to endometriosis, an often painful disorder that can lead to infertility, in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, is present or grows outside the uterus.
While appearing on an episode of ‘The Doctors’, Halsey, who was just 23 at the time, shared, “Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself.”
Halsey, who suffered a miscarriage while on tour in 2015, continued, “When I started touring and playing concerts and traveling, the stress and strain on my body really started to enhance the symptoms and make the experience a little bit worse.”
She also reflected on her endometriosis diagnosis. “It was the relief of knowing that I wasn’t making it all up and I wasn’t being sensitive and it wasn’t all in my head. It also kind of sucked to know that I was going to be living with this forever,” Halsey said.
However, a few months after her diagnosis, Halsey discovered that she was pregnant. She shared on ‘The Doctors’, “Before I could even really figure out what that meant to me and what that meant for my future, for my career, for my life, for my relationship…The next thing I know I was onstage miscarrying in the middle of my concert.”
“The sensation of looking a couple of hundred teenagers in the face while you’re bleeding through your clothes and still having to do the show. Realizing in that moment I never want to make that choice ever again of doing what I love or not being able to because of this disease. So I put my foot down and I got really aggressive about seeking treatment.” Halsey recalled.
Halsey added that she underwent surgery and, at the time of the interview, felt “a lot better.” Halsey has been previously linked to rapper G-Eazy, Yungblud, and actor Evan Peters. (ANI)
Zendaya addresses age gap backlash between her and co-star John David Washington
Washington [US], January 28 (ANI): Hollywood actor Zendaya addressed the intense backlash she has been facing for her new Netflix movie ‘Malcolm and Marie’, regarding the 12-year age difference between her and co-star John David Washington.
According to E! News, the 24-year-old actor addressed the 12-year age gap between her and her co-star during an interview while she was promoting the Netflix movie. She stated that she thinks the controversy is because, “I’ve played a 16-year-old since I was 16.”
Zendaya added “You have to remember, also, people grew up with me as a child”
“It’s like watching, I guess, your younger sibling now, you know, they’re grown…So it’s hard for people to wrap around the idea that I am grown in real life. You know, even though I do play a teenager on television still,” she concluded.
‘Malcolm & Marie’, a black-and-white romantic drama premieres on February 5, and it’s safe to say the Oscar buzz has already begun for the film. However, some people have been very critical regarding the age gap between the 24-year-old Zendaya and her 36-year-old co-star John David Washington. (ANI)
HBO Max drops glimpses of ‘Mortal Kombat’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Conjuring 3’ and more
Washington [US], January 28 (ANI): American subscription-based streaming service HBO Max has shared a clip featuring glimpses of the platform’s upcoming movies that are making their way to the big screens and the streamer in 2021.
Giving fans a sneak peek into what’s coming this year, the streaming platform took to Twitter and revealed the slate of forthcoming movies, which will be releasing on the streaming platform on the same day as their theatrical releases.
The brand new promo gave fans extended looks at LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam’ follow-up, the ‘Sopranos’ prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’, the Serena and Venus Williams biographical drama ‘King Richard’ starring Will Smith, the video game adaptation ‘Mortal Kombat’ and the horror sequel ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’.
Brief glimpses were also showcased for the psychological thriller ‘Reminiscence’ starring Hugh Jackman, ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ with Angelina Jolie, and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Cry Macho’.
The video also teased new footage from Warner Bros.’ other major releases this year, including Denis’ Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic ‘Dune’, James Gunn’s supervillain team-up movie ‘The Suicide Squad’, John M. Chu and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical ‘In the Heights’, the animated ‘Tom and Jerry’ film, ‘The Little Things’ starring Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, and Rami Malek and the highly-anticipated ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’.
While some of the scenes in the clip had been seen before, there are a lot of fresh looks, including a great exchange between Idris Elba and John Cena in ‘The Suicide Squad’. With several movies releasing this year, there’s certainly something for everybody to watch.
The full list of Warner Bros. titles heading to HBO Max this year on the same day as their theatrical releases includes:
1. The Little Things
2. Judas and the Black Messiah
3. Tom & Jerry
4. Godzilla vs. Kong
5. Mortal Kombat
6. Those Who Wish Me Dead
7. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
8. In The Heights
9. Space Jam: A New Legacy
10. The Suicide Squad
14. The Many Saints of Newark
15. King Richard
16. Cry Macho
17. The Matrix 4
The only film that was conspicuously absent was the upcoming ‘Matrix 4’, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and other original cast members. There are seemingly no scenes from the film in the clip. The title card at the end calls the movie simply ‘Matrix’, which could be an official title or could simply be a place holder for an official title, it’s not entirely clear. (ANI)
Taapsee Pannu starts training for Mithali Raj’s biopic ‘Shabaash Mithu’
New Delhi [India], January 28 (ANI): Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu, who will soon treat movie buffs with ‘Shabaash Mithu’, a biopic based on the life of Indian cricketer Mithali Raj, has started training for the film.
The actor posted a picture featuring herself from the preparatory session of her upcoming film. Sharing the picture of herself holding a bat, with an intense look on her face, Taapsee wrote on Twitter, “And romance with the bat n the ball has begun…. long way to go but a good start is half job done.”
“This is going to be another milestone of sorts…. For our captain cool @M_Raj03 and all her #WomenInBlue #ShabaashMithu @rahuldholakia @AndhareAjit @Viacom18Studios,” she added.
For her forthcoming movie, Taapsee is training under coach Nooshin Al Khadeer. Speaking about her role, Taapsee said that it is a ‘huge challenge’ for her as she has never played cricket but only watched the sport.
Taapsee said, “I’ve never played the game before, have just been a spectator and a hyperventilating fan of the game. Being on the other side is going to be a huge challenge I’ve thrown at myself. But I feel pressure brings out the best in me. This is probably that one common trait I can identify between me and Mithali.”
Directed by Rahul Dholakia and written by Priya Aven, ‘Shabaash Mithu’ revolves around the life of Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. The film is being produced by Viacom18 Studios.
Apart from ‘Shabaash Mithu’, Taapsee is currently shooting for ‘Looop Lapeta’, a remake of the German hit ‘Run Lola Run’. On Wednesday, the actor had shared pictures of herself at the airport and on the flight, writing, “Now ready to looop it up in Goa! Last schedule of #loooplapeta.”
Apart from ‘Looop Lapeta’ and ‘Shabaash Mithu’, Taapsee’s impressive line-up of films also includes ‘Haseen Dillruba’, ‘Rashmi Rocket’ and a sci-fi thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap. (ANI)
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