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These 9 films are all set for OTT release

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Despite cinemas gearing up to open on 15 October all over India, a new set of hyped films have been confirmed for OTT release over the next months. On Friday, Amazon Prime Video announced a slate of nine films spanning five Indian languages that will premiere directly on the streaming service. These include the Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan-starrer ‘Coolie No. 1’, the Rajkummar Rao-starrer ‘Chhalaang’, and ‘Durgavati’ featuring Bhumi Pednekar. Sara and Varun’s ‘Coolie No. 1’ will release on Christmas (25 December), while the Bhumi-starrer ‘Durgavati’ will premiere on 11 December.

 ‘Halal Love Story’ (Malayalam) is scheduled to premiere on 15 October while ‘Bheema Sena Nalamaharaja’ (Kannada) will drop on 29 October, and ‘Soorarai Pottru’ (Tamil) on 30 October. ‘Manne Number 13’ (Kannada) will premiere on 19 November, and ‘Middle Class Melodies’ (Telugu) on 20 November. ‘Maara’ (Tamil) is scheduled to premiere on 17 December. “Our previous directto-service launches were watched in over 180 countries. We are buoyed by the tremendous response we received and are excited to up the ante with another 9 eagerly-awaited directto-service premieres, spanning 5 languages, to entertain our customers through this festive season,” said Vijay Subramaniam of the streaming platform. To this, the platform’s Gaurav Gandhi added: 

“The fact that more than 50 percent of viewership of our Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam direct to digital titles came from outside of the respective home states is representative of how digital distribution can expand the audience for great content. We are super excited to present our new slate and are confident that it will delight our customers in India and around the world.”

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Akshay can ace any genre: Vaani Kapoor

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Vaani Kapoor, who will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Bell Bottom’, revealed she has been bowled over by him as he can pull off any role, any genre with the utmost ease. Vaani aid, “Akshay sir is a superstar in every possible way. He can pull off action, comedy, romance, thriller, and be the best in everything. Akshay Kumar can ace any genre! He is so talented and experienced and one can only observe and learn from him all the time. For me, it was a sheer joy to share screen space with him and work with him at least once in my life. The experience has been so lovely. He couldn’t have been more kind and wonderful. He is is very friendly on sets. I usually go back to my hotel room and not interact too much as I like being in my own space but he ensured that we all sit together and have lunches/dinners and get to know each other and be very involved like a close-knit family. I cherish this a lot because we were like a family on ‘Bellbottom’.” —Correspondent

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On the sets, like life, every little detail matters: Madhuri Dixit

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Going back to shoot life after a long coronavirus hiatus, Madhuri Dixit Nene on Saturday shared a monochromatic picture “on the sets”. The ‘Aaja Nachle’ star took to Twitter and shared an illuminating picture as she takes a look at her reflection in the mirror. In the snap, Madhuri is seen in a traditional avatar, sporting a designer blouse, while adorned in jewellery. Her hair is tied in a neat bun, festooned with jasmine. The actress looks stunningly beautiful in the traditional avatar, as she holds a mirror. Inspiring her fans to ‘bring their world together’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she penned an inspiring caption with the picture. Madhuri wrote, “On the sets, like life, every little detail matters. Stay focused and bring your world together (along with a shoot clap emoji).”

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Sana Khan ties the knot with Gujarat-based cleric Mufti Anas

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NEW DELHI: Actress and former Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan got married to cleric Mufti Anas in Surat on 20 November. Mufti is a young religious scholar from Gujarat. Her photos and videos in a white wedding gown with a hijab went viral on social media recently wherein Sana and her groom, who was seen in white kurta-pyjama and jacket, were walking down the stairs together. They were holding hands and, at the end of the clip, the two sat down with family members and cut a chocolate cake together on which “Nikaah mubarak” was written.

Sana shared the first wedding picture on Sunday on Instagram. She was dressed in a red bridal lehenga and jewellery whereas Mufti wore a white suit and was sitting next to her. Sana wrote, “Loved each other for the sake of Allah. Married each other for the sake of Allah. May Allah keep us united in this Duniya and reunite us in jannah. Fabi ayyi ala-e rabbekumaa tokazzebaan. Which of the favours of your lord will u deny #sanakhan #anassayed #nikah #married #20thnov #alhumdulillah.”

Sana had announced in October that she will be quitting her acting career to spend her life in the service of humanity and following the orders of her ‘creator’.

She made her Bollywood debut in 2005 with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ went on to star in ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’. Sana participated in ‘Bigg Boss 6’, ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6’ and ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7’ among other reality shows.

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Anupam Kher recalls shooting for ‘Lamhe’

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MUMBAI: Sridevi-Anil Kapoor starrer ‘Lamhe’ released 29 years ago, veteran actor Anupam Kher shared his experience shooting for the movie and said that he had the most amazing time filming it. Anupam shared a string of stills featuring him along with Anil and Sridevi from the film on Instagram. He wrote alongside the image: “Apart from the cult status our film #Lamhe has acquired in the last 29 years, the experience of shooting for the film will always remain one of my most treasured memories! Especially the medley song with #YashJi @anilskapoor #WahidaRehmanji, Choreographer #SarojKhanji and the ultimate #Sridevi. We had the most amazing time filming it. You can watch the medley again and again. #29yearsOfLamhe #Romance #Friendship #Love”

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Important to reinvent with every release: Armaan Malik

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Singer Armaan Malik says it is important for him to reinvent with every song. “It is really important to kind of reinvent with every release, and that is what I try to do. I always push myself to do that,” Armaan told IANS via Twitter. Talking about his third English single, he said, “’How many’ was me getting out of my comfort zone. I have never done something like this musically and even visually. I think it just keeps things interesting not only for me but also for the fans. They always want to see you in something new, so ‘How many’ is that. I will continue to do newer stuff that puts me in a different zone and challenges me.” — Correspondent

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Kartik is gearing up for an on-screen ‘Dhamaka’

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Kartik Aaryan has joined hands with filmmaker Ram Madhvani for an upcoming thriller titled ‘Dhamaka’. The film gives a bird’s eye view into the working of a news channel in the 21st century. 

Kartik is excited to step into the thriller zone and play a journalist who covers the live broadcast of a terror attack in Mumbai. “This for me is a miracle script and had me on the edge of my seat all through the narration. I knew this would give me the opportunity to explore a different side of me as an actor,” he said. Kartik can’t wait to transport himself into Madhvani’s world and see his vision translate on the big screen. “This is also the first time I am collaborating with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ram Madhvani Films and I am looking forward to this journey,” he added. Madhvani said that as a director he is inclined towards human stories. “Though this one is a thriller on the outset, there lies a lot of emotion and drama in the screenplay that leads to the adrenaline rush. This film demanded a young actor with a certain amount of rawness in the space. Kartik, being one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, fits the bill,” he said.  It is all set to go on floors this December.

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