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Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt returns to the director’s chair with Sadak 2 after almost two decades but it looks like his journey is going to face a rough patch. The movie is a sequel to 1991 film Sadak and is set to release on Disney+Hotstar on 28 August.

 Since the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, cries to boycott “star kids” have been louder than ever and their anger only amplified on Wednesday when a bulk of Sushant “fans” headed to YouTube to express their feelings towards director Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2.

Mahesh Bhatt’s proximity to main accused Rhea Chakraborty has seen the Bhatts come in for sharp criticism from aggrieved Sushant fans on social media. Many of them have threatened to uninstall Disney+Hotstar application if Over-The-Top players went ahead with its scheduled release. The trailer of the film released on Wednesday and it met with a negative response.

Within hours of its release on 12 August, Sadak 2 managed to get downvoted 2.7 million times and the numbers are increasing with every refresh on it. At the time of writing this, the like-dislike ratio on Bhatt’s trailer-video is approximately 95%. The video has 164K likes.

 Sadak 2 came across like an old-school revenge plot that has very few takers today. And Alia Bhatt seems to be caught in this crossfire.

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ARJUN TAKES TIME OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

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MUMBAI: Arjun Kapoor has decided to opt for a digital detox for some time. On Monday, Arjun took to Instagram Story and posted a note that read, “Time to disappear.” His post hinted at a break from social media.

Also, as per a trade source, Arjun wants to give his full attention to ‘Ek Villain Returns’ shoot. “He is currently shooting some very important scenes for Ek Villain 2 and he wants to completely surrender to the process. He will be vanishing from social media for the next 4-5 days till he doesn’t finish this important shooting sequence,” the source added.

Directed by Mohit Suri, ‘Ek Villain Returns’ is the sequel of ‘Ek Villain’, which featured Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor, and Riteish Deshmukh in the lead roles. The upcoming project also stars John Abraham, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria.

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MUMBAI: Priyanka Chopra Jonas had a great weekend amidst the marine life as she went scuba diving into the azure blue waters of Spain. She posted a string of images and videos from her scuba diving session on Instagram. “There are days when the stress just needs to be silenced! What better way to do that than to explore the glorious underwater creations of God. I was very honoured that the camera crew from Citadel let me crash their party! Big shoutout to the @alisubbuceo team. Penelope, Victor, Alejandro and everyone else, thank you for such a magical experience. I really needed it!! Thank you @tsigel for taking us out! So fun hanging with Sam, Paul, Josh ,Tobias, Andy, Christina and Victor.Sunday well done! PS: @franklinjonas so happy you’re here,” Priyanka captioned the post.

She also posted a few more pictures and videos on her Instagram stories. In one of the images, Priyanka can be seen laughing wholeheartedly. “A much needed day in the ocean,” she wrote. 

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KARTIK’S ‘DHAMAKA’ TO BE OUT ON NETFLIX ON 19 NOV

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MUMBAI: Kartik Aaryan is all set to create dhamaka with his upcoming film ‘Dhamaka’, which is scheduled to release on 19 November this year.

Directed by Ram Madhvani, ‘Dhamaka’ will stream on Netflix. Also, the first official trailer of the film will be out on Tuesday. As per a statement, ‘Dhamaka’ follows the story of an ambitious ex-news anchor Arjun Pathak, played by Kartik, who is given another chance to go live on prime-time television when a terrorist calls him with a bomb threat. Little does he know that this call will change his life and throw him into a fast-paced game of betrayal.

Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar, and Vishwajeet Pradhan are also a part of the upcoming movie. Mrunal Thakur has a special appearance in the film. 

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‘BADHAAI HO’ TRIGGERED IMPORTANT CONVERSATION IN INDIA ABOUT LATE PREGNANCY: AYUSHMANN

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MUMBAI: Ayushmann Khurrana feels happy to be a part of films that deliver important messages. His film ‘Badhaai Ho’, which completed three years on Monday, is one among them.

“Most of my films are meant for families to come in and engage, take back an important message and most importantly, be thoroughly entertained. I have been blessed to find scripts that are new, unique and have a family audience skew as well. ‘Badhaai Ho, for me, ticked all these boxes and I’m thankful that the film triggered an important conversation in India about how society should react to late pregnancy. Society conditions us to react in a certain way when such things happen,” said Ayushmann. Helmed by Amit Sharma, the film revolves around a woman in her 50s who gets pregnant and has to face the wrath of society. Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, late Surekha Sikri and Sanya Malhotra also featured in it. 

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VIDYUT’S ‘KHUDA HAAFIZ’ SEQUEL TO BE SHOT IN EGYPT

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MUMBAI: After shooting ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II: Agni Pariksha’ in Uttar Pradesh, filmmaker Faruk Kabir has now headed to Egypt to shoot a few crucial scenes of the film.

“We want to take the second part of Khuda Haafiz to whole another level. And, I think Egypt is the best location to shoot some of the most exciting and crucial sequences of the film. I am looking forward to this trip,” said Faruk. ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II: Agni Pariksha’ features Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the lead roles. The upcoming project is a sequel to ‘Khuda Haafiz’, which was released digitally last year. The first part revolved around Sameer Choudhary (Vidyut) and his mission to save his wife Nargis (Shivaleeka), who gets trapped in the flesh trade upon her arrival in the Middle East.

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KRITI WRAPS UP ‘ADIPURUSH’, KICKSTARTS SHOOTING FOR ‘SHEHZADA’

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NEW DELHI: Indeed a busy bee! Minutes after announcing her wrap-up from the movie ‘Adipurush’, Kriti Sanon informed her fans that she has kick-started shooting for her upcoming film ‘Shehzada’ also starring Kartik Aryan in the lead role.

Taking to her Instagram Story, Kriti shared a short video in which she could be seen getting her makeup done for the first shot of ‘Shehzada’. Sharing the video, Kriti wrote, “And #Shehzada ki Shehzadi ka Day 1.” Kriti tagged Kartik in the video, which led to a series of cute exchanges between the two stars on social media.

Kartik re-shared the video on his Instagram handle too and wrote, “shuru kijiye, mai bhi aaya,” and added a heart emoticon to it. Reposting his video reply, Kriti wrote, “The place awaits you,” with a wink emoticon.

Helmed by Rohit Dhawan, ‘Shehzada’ will mark the second collaboration between Kriti and Kartik after their hit 2019 romantic film ‘Luka Chuppi’.

The upcoming project is an action-packed, musical, family film, which will be shot over various schedules in Mumbai and Delhi in the next several months and is expected to release on November 4 next year. ­

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