MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan finds the idea of celebrating a film completing certain years of its release date on social media repetitive. Despite that, he chose to celebrate his film ‘My Name Is Khan’ completing 11 years of its release date on Friday. “Find celebrating ‘X’ number of yrs of a film on social media repetitive, as it become more like a yearly birthday wish rather than a milestone. But just saw #11YearsOfMyNameIsKhan and felt like saying, I think everybody involved with the film did a very fine job,” SRK tweeted on Friday.
Ace filmmaker Karan Johar too walked down the memory lane by sharing a clip featuring different scenes from the film. Karan took to Instagram to share the clip which features scenes from ‘My Name Is Khan’ starring Shah Rukh and Kajol. ‘Noor E Khuda’, a beautiful song from the movie can be heard playing in the background of the clip. KJo began his post by writing, “All we have is our stories and this one will be cherished forever.” He also thanked the whole team of the film, writing, “Thank you bhai for being the soul of this film. Kajol for being an unbreakable rock to Rizwan and us. To Shibani for writing a story that is still relevant in today’s world… And to the entire team that embarked on this challenging journey together. I will always be grateful to each and every one of you.” SRK and Kajol had reunited for ‘My Name is Khan’ after nine years and the film created magic.
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6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’: Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya talk about winning National Film Award
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): As ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ clocked six complete years on Saturday, the films’ producer-director duo Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya opened up about their sheer disbelief that their movie won the prestigious National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
On the sixth release anniversary of the cult classic, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, the dynamic duo Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya talked about their journey into making this fresh, timeless romance.
Q: DLKH was your first film as a producer at YRF. What made you take the plunge as a producer?
Maneesh: Some take the plunge, others are tripped into the pool. I am definitely the latter. Producing films was nowhere in my scheme of things but I had not anticipated the plans of one Mr Aditya Chopra. Shuddh Desi Romance had just released and I was prepping for Fan. One fine day, a conversation initiated by Adi led to me becoming a producer pretty much overnight. C ‘est la vie!
Q: You broke through in Bollywood with DLKH – did you expect this reaction when you were writing the film?
Sharat: No, one is not thinking any kind of (such thing), one is always unsure and is always trying to write with the best possible ideas one can have while writing. There was no expectation if you’re asking, I was overwhelmed by the reaction but never expected it like that.
Q: As a producer, what are the kind of stories that you want to tell?
Maneesh: Irrespective of which role I am engaged in a movie with – producer, director or story writer – I rely a lot on my instinct. It’s a lot to do with what feels right at that stage of life and you click with a narrative or a character or a genre and you back your instinct and commit to investing your time and energy to the process. So far, that’s mostly worked for me, I guess.
Q: What do you think is the USP of DLKH that it has achieved a cult status?
Sharat: I really don’t know, I honestly don’t know. I saw the film a year after it was released, again, at a film festival with the audience, and later on also, a couple of years later, again I saw it. I still don’t know what worked with the audience, but I’m assuming that it still is a hypothetical answer from my end, maybe the comedy, the characters, or I don’t know what really worked, or what was new in it, because when I hear the word ‘fresh’, I don’t know what was fresh in it? I really have no idea, I can’t break it down for myself. If I could, I would do that again.
Q: When you and Sharat were teaming up for DLKH – did you expect the film to reach where it has now?
Maneesh: All we really hoped for was for the audience to connect with the grounded and nostalgic quality of the narrative. The love and warmth the film has received over time, does validate our conviction. Each film has its own measure of ambition. This one did tick many of the boxes.
Q: You gave India a fresh, new and exciting pairing of Ayushmann and Bhumi who have now had a hattrick of hits. What do you think made these two so endearing in DLKH that people have loved them ever since?
Sharat: It’s just their talent nothing else! It’s their talent of getting into the skin of the character and becoming the characters they’ve asked for, for any film that they do. And I’m sure that is why their films work and their performances work and so ya, it is purely their own talent.
Q: What was the first thing you and Sharat said to each other when you won the National Award for the film?
Maneesh: Kya baat kar raha hai !!
Q: What was your reaction when you won the National Award for the film?
Sharat: I have very fond memories. One thing was that I got to know of it from a friend’s tweet. I didn’t know about it when it was being announced, so one of my friends tweeted it and I got to know and I was like ‘really?’ I was not expecting it and I was not even aware that awards were announced or (the film was) submitted for the awards. I’ll tell you bit by bit what had happened, my first reaction was like Oh God! I won’t be able to work the whole day now. First, it wasn’t sinking in but it sank in when there were multiple phone calls after that and I remember calling Maneesh. I told him that the film has won a National Award, not just for the film but also for the best singer (Monali) and Varun (Grover) for the best lyrics as well. So, he was also equally surprised and he said, what are you saying! And then phone calls started coming and the phone was ringing non-stop. This has never happened to me, in my life, there were so many phone calls, it was really overwhelming, a very overwhelming experience. (ANI)
Bhoomi Pednekar celebrates 6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar on Saturday celebrated the six-year anniversary of her debut movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, which released back in 2015.
The ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ actor was catapulted to stardom with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ (DLKH), in which she played the role of an overweight girl who stands up for her rights.
Bhumi believes that her debut film, directed by Sharat Katariya, was a milestone moment that paved her path to glory.
She was recently shooting in Rishikesh for her next movie ‘Badhaai Do,’ in the same house where ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ was shot. Overwhelmed by the coincidence, she took to Instagram and shared a video.
She captioned the post as, “A trip down memory lane, as I visit the place where it all started 🙂 #6yearsofdumlagakehaisha #gratitude #livingthedream.”
Bhumi added, “Thank you @yrf @sharatkatariya #ManeeshSharma @shanoosharmarahihai for making my dream come true. @ayushmannk for always being my Hero No. 1 in every way possible.”
In the video, the actor said, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha is truly a milestone moment of my life and I can’t imagine how my career would have shaped up without it. I was extremely fortunate to get this film and everyone knows how hard I worked to deliver this role.”
“It was such a coincidence that I shot at the same location again for Badhaai Do. The house which was my first ever location, for my first film was used for Badhaai Do. I was so nostalgic. What were the chances that after 6 years, I would be at the same place!” she added.
She further said, “I was super nostalgic that I was actually at the locations where I shot DLKH. I was actually standing at the same spot where I gave my first shot ever in life as an actor. I remember we had done about 11 takes for this and I was so nervous. That is where Bhumi the actor was born.”
The 31-year-old actor feels that she clearly told the industry that she meant business as an actor with her first movie. She said, “DLKH gave me an identity as an actress and enabled me to tell the world that I was different, I was hungry, I was ambitious, and that I would take incredible risks to carve my legacy in the Hindi film industry. Today, when I look back at my debut, I’m filled with gratitude towards everyone who ensured that I do my best.”
Crediting the entire team of her first film for inculcating confidence in her as an artist, she said, “Right from Shanoo, Adi sir, Maneesh Sharma, Sharat Katariya and even Ayushmann – everyone believed in me and that gave me so much confidence to go out there and present myself as an artist. DLKH is and will always be a film from which I harness confidence to take on more risks, to experiment constantly and present myself new on-screen every single time.”
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, a critically acclaimed movie, received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
The movie also featured Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa in lead roles. (ANI)
Sofia Vergara raises temperature with throwback photo from 90s
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Colombian-American actor and model Sofia Vergara, heated up Instagram with a throwback picture from the ’90s, which she shared recently.
The ‘Modern Family’ alum recently took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture of her sporting a tiny black string bikini in Miami.
The picture captioned, “#tbt Miami #the 90’s,” proved to be a big hit among her 21.1 million followers. It received more than 280,000 likes.
Vergara is no stranger to strutting her stuff online.
She recently shared several more throwback bikini snaps in late January, donning a white bikini top, a diamond choker and dangling silver earrings. (ANI)
New Superman movie for DC and Warner Bros. to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script for the feature reboot of Superman, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
According to Variety, the new Superman film, which is still in its very early development stages, will also be produced by Hannah Minghella. Presently no director is attached to the project and the search for an actor to portray Kal-El / Superman on the big screen has not yet started.
In a statement, Coates said, “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honour. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is no stranger to the superhero realm, as he has previously written the Marvel comic book series for ‘Captain America’ and ‘Black Panther’.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group said, “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world. We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
News of Coates’ attachment to the superhero project comes amid a number of recent Hollywood projects and adaptations of the author’s work.
‘Between the World and Me’ was adapted into an HBO film which debuted last November, while ‘The Water Dancer’ is getting a big-screen adaptation from a producing team that includes Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, though this is the first DC feature known to be in development under Abrams’ expansive WarnerMedia deal, he has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine. (ANI)
Kevin Hart, John Hamburg re-team for Netflix comedy ‘Me Time’
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): American stand-up comic and actor Kevin Hart has once again teamed up with John Hamburg, for a comedy set up at Netflix. Hamburg has previously written the 2018 hit comedy ‘Night School’ for the comedian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Get Hard’ star will also be producing it with Bryan Smiley, under the duo’s HartBeat Productions, and Lauren Hennessey will be the executive producer. John Hamburg, best known for writing ‘Meet the Parents’ and directing ‘Along Came Polly’, will direct and produce the Netflix comedy along with scripting for it.
The story will focus on a stay-at-home dad who finds himself with some “me time”, for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with his former best friend for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life.
The project falls under Hart’s recent deal with Netflix which calls for the actor to star and produce at least four features, while also establishing a first-look deal. The goal is to shoot the project later this year.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Hart is prepping to shoot Lionsgate’s high-profile video game adaptation Borderlands and recently wrapped Sony’s action-comedy Man from Toronto opposite Woody Harrelson. (ANI)
SARA ALI KHAN VISITS AJMER SHARIF WITH AMRITA SINGH
AJMER: Sara Ali Khan on Friday paid a visit to holy place Ajmer Sharif Dargah and wished her fans ‘Jumma Mubarak’. The ‘Kedarnath’ actress, who was accompanied by her mother and actress Amrita Singh, took to Instagram and posted pictures from their visit. Sara and her doting mother were seen twinning in green traditional ensembles. In the pictures, the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ actress can be seen sporting designer olive green suit salwar and a matching face mask. Amrita is also seen wearing a similar coloured outfit. The duo can be seen with their heads covered as they wear a holy turmeric yellow dupatta around their necks. Sara captioned the post as, “Jumma Mubarak”.
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