After the resounding success of the 2018 film ‘Stree’, actor Rajkummar Rao is back with another horror-comedy titled ‘Roohi’, also starring Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma. The trailer of the upcoming film is finally out and it will give movie buffs all sorts of spooky vibes while leaving them in splits. The trailer of the film was shared by Rajkummar on Instagram. He wrote, “Watch the #RoohiTrailer at your own risk kyunki iss baar mard ko jyada dard hoga! #Roohi in cinemas 11th March, 2021.”
The nearly three-minute-long trailer, which is equal parts hilarious and scary, has all the elements — an engaging storyline, funny dialogues, drama, and spooky vibes to keep the viewers on their toes. It also features Shamur’s iconic song ‘Let The Music Play’ playing in the background. The trailer also bears resemblance to the 2018 Bollywood film ‘Stree’.
The trailer, which promises a fair share of laughs and jump scares, opens with a voiceover narrating the story of a chudail (witch), who abducts to-be-brides the moment grooms fall asleep. A few seconds into the trailer, Rajkummar and Varun are seen abducting Jahnvi (Roohi), who has been possessed by a ghost and is out to create havoc. Rajkummar tries to befriend Janhvi and thus, the drama loaded with hilarious scenes and spooky vibes heightens. How Rajkummar and Varun try to tackle the ghost in her seems to be a tricky thing for the two. The duo tries every trick in the book to fix her, creating a perfect blend of horror and fun.
The forthcoming horror-comedy is directed by Hardik Mehta. A Jio Studios Presentation, ‘Rooh’ is being produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba.
‘Roohi’, which is the first major Bollywood release post lockdown, was set to hit the cinemas in the first week of June last year but the film had to be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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SUNIEL SHETTY’S SON AHAN TO DEBUT WITH ‘TADAP’, CELEBS EXTEND BEST WISHES
MUMBAI: Veteran actor Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan Shetty is set to make his debut with Tara Sutaria in the upcoming outing ‘Tadap’. The movie will hit the big screens on 24 September 2021. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Tuesday shared the news regarding the new project on his Instagram handle. “Ahan Shetty- Tara Sutaria: #Tadap arrives in Sept 2021 #Tadap – the acting debut of #AhanShetty (son of #SunielShetty) – to release on 24 Sept 2021,” wrote Taran. “Costars #TaraSutaria… Remake of #Telugu film #RX100… Directed by #MilanLuthria… Produced by #SajidNadiadwala… Fox Star Studios presentation,” he added.
Several Bollywood celebs extended their best wishes and success to the debutant actor . Salman Khan took to Instagram and shared the poster of the film which features Ahan Shetty in an ‘angry young man’ look, as he poses on a motorbike. Wishing the actor, he wrote, “Ahan wish you all the best and success, may all your hard work, discipline and dedication pay off. The tadap of hard work should never die … @nadiadwalagrandson @ahan.shetty.”Anil Kapoor also shared the poster of ‘Tadap’ on his Twitter handle and congratulated Sunil Shetty stating that his son will surely make him proud. “Have been waiting to hear this news for awhile now! Congratulations @SunielVShetty! I am sure that #AhanShetty will make you just as proud as @theathiyashetty has! Wishing him all the success and love for #Tadap!”
Along with the release date and other details, a poster of the film was also dropped. The poster sees Tara hugging Ahan. The duo is seen standing at a stormy place while Ahan is trying to save Tara and stay close to her amid the turbulence. The poster also showcased the release date of the film and comes with a text written on it, “An incredible love story.” ‘Tadap’ is being produced under the banner of Sajid Nadiadwala’s production house and is being helmed by Milan Luthria.
TIGER SHROFF’S ‘HEROPANTI 2’ TO RELEASE ON 3 DEC
NEW DELHI: On the occasion of his 31st birthday on Tuesday, Tiger Shroff announced the release date for his upcoming film ‘Heropanti 2’ along with a new poster of the movie. The film is slated to release on 3 December this year.
The ‘Baaghi’ actor took to his Instagram handle and shared the movie’s poster, captioning it as, “My first love is back – action, thrill, like never before! Let’s celebrate this one together on the 3rd of december in cinemas.” In the new poster of the movie, Tiger looks inevitably heroic as he points his guns from the rooftop of a car. The film is the sequel of Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s 2014 debut film ‘Heropanti’. Apart from Tiger, the sequel will also star Tara Sutaria in a lead role. The first look poster of ‘Heropanti 2’ was unveiled in February 2020. The movie will be directed by Ahmed Khan, who also directed Tiger’s last release, ‘Baaghi 3’.
WITNESS KARTIK AARYAN AS A RIGHTEOUS NEWS ANCHOR IN ‘DHAMAKA’
The much-awaited teaser of Kartik Aaryan’s upcoming film ‘Dhamaka’ is out and it features him in a new avatar which will definitely pique the curiosity of viewers. The nearly one-minute-long teaser was shared by the actor on his Instagram account. He also revealed that the movie is set to stream on Netflix without giving away the release date. Kartik captioned the post, “Main hoon Arjun Pathak. Jo bhi Kahunga Sach Kahunga. #Dhamaka, Coming soon, only on Netflix.” In the intriguing teaser, the actor can be seen giving an insight into the intense, gritty, and solid character of a news anchor. Breaking away from the usually light-hearted roles Kartik ventures into the intense world of thriller cinema with ‘Dhamaka’. The teaser sees him in a raw and rustic avatar and it is all about his character and the way he is handling the stressful situation amidst live cameras. The teaser of ‘Dhamaka’ promises a gripping story woven around a news anchor reporting a hard-hitting incident of a bomb-blast in realtime.
Kartik said, “‘Dhamaka’ has been a very exciting and enriching experience for me as an actor. Working with a maverick like Ram Madhvani has allowed me to explore and showcase a new facet of my personality. I am thrilled that the film will reach audiences and my fans all around the world on Netflix.” Director Ram Madhvani said, “I have been wanting to collaborate with Kartik for some years now. And I’m thrilled he wanted to do ‘Dhamaka’. Every day Kartik gave his all to the 360-degree system with which I work. His full involvement, passion, and precise calibration as an actor is something that I hugely respect. It would be great to collaborate with him again as he made my work better.”
Travelers booking hotels online should trust instinct more than algorithms
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): A recent study suggested that travelers looking to book a hotel should trust their gut instinct when it comes to online reviews, rather than relying on computer algorithms to weed out the fake ones.
Research, led by the University of York in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, shows the challenges of online ‘fake’ reviews for both users and computer algorithms. It suggests that a greater awareness of the linguistic characteristics of ‘fake’ reviews can allow online users to spot the ‘real’ from the ‘fake’ for themselves.
Dr Snehasish Banerjee, Lecturer in Marketing from the University of York’s Management School, said: “Reading and writing online reviews of hotels, restaurants, venues and so on, is a popular activity for online users, but alongside this, ‘fake’ reviews have also increased.
“Companies can now use computer algorithms to distinguish the ‘fake’ from the ‘real’ with a good level of accuracy, but the extent to which company websites use these algorithms is unclear and so some ‘fake’ reviews slip through the net.
“We wanted to understand whether the human analysis was capable of filling this gap and whether more could be done to educate online users on how to approach these reviews.”
The researchers tasked 380 people to respond to questions about three hotel reviews – some authentic, others fake – based on their perception of the reviews. The users could rely on the same cues that computer algorithms use to discern ‘fake’ reviews, which includes the number of superlatives in the review, the level of details if it was easy to read, and appeared noncommittal.
For those who already skeptical of online reviews, this was a relatively straightforward task, but most could not identify factors such as ‘easy to read’ and ‘non-committal’ like a computer algorithm could. In the absence of this skill, the participants relied on ‘gut instinct’.
Dr Banerjee said: “The outcomes were surprisingly effective. We often assume that the human brain is no match for a computer, but in actual fact, there are certain things we can do to train the mind in approaching some aspects of life differently.
“Following this study, we are recommending that people need to curb their instincts on truth and deception bias – the tendency to either approach online content with the assumption that it is all true or all fake respectively – as neither method works in the online environment.
“Online users often fail to detect fake reviews because they do not proactively look for deception cues. There is a need to change this default review reading habit, and if the reading habit is practiced long enough, they will eventually be able to rely on their gut instinct for fake review detection.”
The research also reminds businesses that ethical standards should be upheld to ensure that genuine experiences of their services are reflected online. (ANI)
‘Game Of Thrones’ alum Indira Varma roped in for Obi-Wan Kenobi Series On Disney Plus
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): British actor Indira Varma has now become the newest entrant to join the cast of the Disney Plus series named Obi-Wan Kenobi. The ‘Game of Thrones’ alumni will play a lead on the new show that is currently being developed with Ewan McGregor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Indira will star in the series opposite Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen, who will reprise their roles as, respectively, Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his former pupil, now the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
In keeping with the cone of silence surrounding the show, details about Varma’s character have not been released at the moment. The series is expected to fall in between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’ in the ‘Star Wars’ timeline.
Producer Joby Harold, whose credits include, ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ and ‘Underground’, will be writing the show. He came aboard in April 2020 following a creative reset. ‘The Mandalorian’ veteran Deborah Chow is set to direct.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Varma is currently a series regular on ABC’s legal drama ‘For Life’, which wrapped its second season last week. She played Ellaria Sand on ‘Game of Thrones’ and her other credits include Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ and HBO’s ‘Rome’. (ANI)
Spike Lee, HBO team-up for 9/11 20th anniversary documentary
Washington [US], March 2 (ANI): American filmmaker, Spike Lee, and television network, HBO will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a multi-part documentary, chronicling the way New York has survived the past 2 decades.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the multi-part series will focus on the past two decades in New York and residents’ resilience in facing terrorism and a pandemic. The project, titled ‘NYC Epicenters 9/11- 2021 1/2 ‘, is currently under production and will offer a portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, whether from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, or the coronavirus pandemic of the past year.
Lee will marshal what HBO calls a “staggering amount of visual imagery” and the first-hand accounts of people from all walks of life. The documentary will be aired later this year on HBO and will stream on HBO Max. It will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, ‘NYC Epicenters’ is the latest project in a long-standing relationship Lee has with HBO. The Oscar-nominated filmmaker has previously directed ‘4 Little Girls’, ‘When the Levees Broke’, and most recently ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’, among other projects for HBO. (ANI)
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