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Big News: Shraddha Kapoor to replace Katrina Kaif in ABCD 3

SHRADDHA KAPOOR TO REPLACE KATRINA KAIF IN ABCD 3

Recent posts of Varun Dhawan has revealed that Shraddha Kapoor has replaced Katrina Kaif in the upcoming movie ABCD 3.

In a recent tweet, Varun Dhawan posted a picture with Shraddha Kapoor with a caption “Welcome Home Chirkut”.  Katrina Kaif is having a shortage of time because of the commitments given to upcoming Salman Khan’s movie ‘Bharat’. where she replaced Priyanka Chopra.

ABCD 3 will be directed by Remo D’Souza who said that the movie is going to be the biggest 3D dance film in the history of Bollywood.

Koffee with Karan season 6: Guests Who Will Appear On Karan Johar’s Show

The sixth season of Karan Johar’s immensely popular talk show, Koffee With Karan, has created enough buzz before its premiere on October 21.

Karan has been taking to his Instagram for a quite a while now and has been posting about all the probable pairs which are set to appear on the show. These little glimpses shared by the filmmakers have sure left us excited for the show’s premiere on Sunday.

1) Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt

The show’s premiere is all about girl power and what better way to show this than making the two most successful actresses in the industry grace the couch. Deepika and Alia will talk about Ranbir Kapoor and their journey in the industry.

2) Janhvi Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor 

Another one of the most exciting pair is the brother-sister duo. Janhvi made her debut into the film industry recently and we would love to see Arjun and her dynamic as they grace the couch.

3) Sara Ali Khan and Saif Ali Khan

Sara Ali Khan is also all set to make her Bollywood debut with the film Simmba. She will be appearing on the show with her father Saif Ali Khan and we can hardly wait.4

4Ranveer Singh and Akshay Kumar

This is an interesting dynamic and we simply cannot wait to see what fun the two have lined up for us. As they make their way on Karan’s show.

5)  Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan will be appearing on the show alone. He will be joined by Malaika Arora Khan who will judge the rapid fire round between Karan and Aamir.

6) Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif

Another pair we are excited to see. We are sure this episode will be a lot of fun and maybe some interesting secrets will be spoken by the two

Most of the reports pertaining to Koffee With Karan 6 that are floating on the Internet are about the probable guests that will appear on the show. The show will premiere soon and has left many fans excited to see celebs spill all their secrets.

Anushka & Varun’s Simplicity Weave Together An Endearing ‘Sui Dhaaga’ On Screen

Sui Dhaaga is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Sharat Katariya and produced by Maneesh Sharma under the banner of Yash Raj Films. It stars Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan in lead roles.

The project was announced in July 2017. After initial talks with Ranbir Kapoor, Dhawan was approached for the lead role, with Anushka Sharma playing the female lead. The duo posted riddles related to the theme of the film on their social media handles and confirmed it soon after that.

According to sources, the film was based on the Make In India campaign launched by the Indian Government in 2014, which was aimed at promoting the country’s indigenous textile industries. Maneesh Sharma called it “,  a heartwarming story of pride and self-reliance.” He further added, “This story finds its roots in the heart of India and reflects the passion that runs through the veins of every single Indian.” And now, the much-awaited trailer of Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan’s Sui Dhaaga is finally out. Let’s not forget, this is the first time Anushka and Varun have come together for a film.

Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan’s Sui DhaagaMade In India trailer has just hit the web and we must say, it’s beautiful in so many different ways. The simplicity with which Anushka and Varun weave magic together is so endearing. For those of you who don’t know what the film is about, Sui Dhaaga Made In India basically celebrates entrepreneurship. It’s how you make impossible, possible and achieve your dreams despite all odds.

It’s the first time Anushka and Varun have come together for a film; that too an unconventional film like Sui Dhaaga which doesn’t see both of them at their glamorous best.

Varun Shared Emotional Post Mourning The Loss of Late Actor Dr. Kavi Kumar Azad

Dr Kavi Kumar Azad, who essays the role of Dr Hansraj Hathi on the popular show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, passed away this Monday, July 9, breaking the hearts of many fans. The actor’s character was very famous and was adored for his comic timing. The producer of the show announced the news in a sad statement and now actor Varun Dhawan also mourned his loss.

Varun took to his Instagram and shared a photo of the late star. Varun who had previously shot with the actor shared that it was a pleasure to shoot with him and he was always very sweet and loving.

Kavi Kumar was not just a popular face on TV but has acted in films as well. He has worked in films like Funtoosh and Aamir Khan’s Mela. His popular comedy show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah was not just high on TRP’s but also holds the Guinness world record for airing the maximum number of episodes ever aired by a television show.

Varun is currently busy with the shoot of his upcoming film Kalank opposite Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha and Madhuri Dixit. Kalank is a period drama which is helmed by Abhishek Varman and is slated to release in April 2019.

Anushka Sharma’s ‘Pizza On The Grass’ Picture is Like Treat to Watch!!

Anushka Sharma might be missing hubby Virat Kohli, but that doesn’t stop the actress from enjoying every single day. Currently, the actress is filming for her upcoming film Sui Dhaga with Varun Dhawan in Bhopal. And while Virat is busy sharing a view from their marital home in Mumbai, the actress decided to give us a sneak peek at the sunrise and sunset from Chanderi. The actress is currently in Bhopal and it seems like Anushka has some real good company. Going by the Pari heroine’s Instagram posts it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the actress is having a fun time. No, Varun Dhawan isn’t keeping the actress entertained. It is her makeup artist, Clover Wootton’s antics that has left Anushka in splits.

And while Virat had at a recent event talked about his strict fitness and health regime, Anushka seems to be indulging in Pizza for lunch. A day back, the Zero actress was seen clicking pictures with stallions in a stable. We all know that Anushka is an animal lover, and these pics were proof that the otherwise reclusive star is super happy around the four-legged creatures.

Look at that attitude ! Uff ! 🐴💖✨

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Handsome 😍🐴😍

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Apart from Yash Raj Films’ Sui Dhaga, Anushka will be seen in Aanand L Rai’s next Zero, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles.

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Shiddat: Madhuri Dixit to fill in for Sridevi in Karan Johar’s Upcoming Film

The late actor Sridevi was all set to star in Karan Johar’s upcoming film ‘Shiddat’ being helmed by Abhishek Verman. The film reportedly had an ensemble cast comprising of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Sridevi’s sudden demise came as a shock to fans worldwide who have been waiting to see the legendary actress performing in yet another Bollywood film.

Sridevi was all set to start work on Abhishek Varman’s Shiddat which stars Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. However, because of her untimely demise, the star cast of the film will not be fortunate enough to work with the veteran actress. Recent reports suggested that Madhuri Dixit Nene was to replace Sridevi in Abhishek Varman’s film and now the late actress’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor had made an announcement about the same.

Janhvi Kapoor took to Instagram and shared a post with a picture of Madhuri and Sridevi and wrote, “Abhishek Varman’s next film was very close to mom’s heart …Dad, Khushi and I are thankful to Madhuriji for now being a part of this beautiful film…” Take a look at the post below. A report in DNA had mentioned that Karan Johar who is producing a film feels Madhuri would be the perfect choice for the role, which would now be a tribute to the late actress.

 

‘Shiddat’ is Karan Johar’s Dharma production film in collaboration with Fox Star Studios and Sajid Nadiadwala. Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra is making costumes for the entire cast from that era which is of the 1940s. A huge set is currently being built in Mumbai and the shooting of the film will start from early next year.

Varun Dhawan starts workshop to master the art of ‘Sui Dhaga’; First look out

While Anushka Sharma is celebrating the onset of her newly married life with Virat Kohli, her hardworking co-star Varun Dhawan has already started trying his hand on ‘Sui Dhaga’.

The first ever movie of Varun and Anushka together named as ‘Sui Dhaga’ has already created much buzz in the audience by the way they’ve played the riddle game on twitter. Now the first look of the movie has been revealed.

The makers of upcoming Bollywood flick ‘Sui Dhaaga,’ have revealed the first look of Varun Dhawan in which the actor can be seen working on a sewing machine.

The 30-year-old actor took to his Instagram account and posted a picture of himself working on a sewing machine with an intense look on his face.

Even though this is the first time that Varun and Anushka are going to come together on-screen, it seems like their chemistry is already rocking and they are just as excited to work together. The movie is a YRF collaboration between Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya.

The duo has made us excited way back while they announced the film in a very creative and interesting manner. Varun and Anushka teased their fans about the new project as Anushka took to Twitter to post a riddle for Varun, “आगे आगे मौजी भैया, पीछे पीछे पूँछ,बढ़ते जाएँ मौजी भैया, घटती जाए पूँछ।बोलो क्या? @Varun_dvn”.

Well, if this is all Greek to you, you are not alone. Even Varun found it too difficult and took his time to solve the puzzle. He replied to Anushka, “बहुत मुश्किल पहेली है – हेल्पलाइन लगेगी। आज रात 12 बजे बताता हूँ। (It’s a very difficult puzzle-will need helpline. Will tell tonight at 12 am.)” And going by his word, Varun posted the answer sharp at midnight, “सुई धागा। is the answer anushkaaaa @AnushkaSharma. I know this answer is extremely special to you”.

And obviously, Varun got full marks for guessing this one, “सौ बटे सौ! चलो अब पिक्चर बनाते हैं साथ में – मज़ा आएगा 🙂 @SuiDhaagaFilm @yrf (Hundred on hundred! Let’s now make the movie together-it will be fun).”
Well, Sui Dhaaga is the name of this star-studded movie, what an interesting way to announce it, don’t you think? Later, bidding us goodnight, Varun signed off saying, “आप से सौ अंक प्राप्त करने कि खुशी में मैं अब सोने जा रहा हूँ आप के साथ एक फिल्म बनाना मजेदार होगा Anushka @SuiDhaagaFilm @yrf (Glad to get a hundred points from you, I’m going to sleep now. It would be fun to make a film with you.)”

The film will hit the screens on Gandhi Jayanti 2018.

Varun Dhawan requesting people for The National Capital to go Green

Varun Dhawan the great superstar isn’t happy with the Delhi smog, he spreads a significant message. This talented actor has been working back to back on his films, all of which are turning out to be really successful. His upcoming film is going to be ‘October’ for which the actor is in Delhi. But while he’s there, he’s not all that happy with the environment of Delhi.

He shared a really meaningful message with his picture on his Instagram just today.

He shared a picture of himself wearing an anti-pollution mask and captioned it, “I have clicked this selfie to show you guys what actual smog looks like. I don’t want to preach I am equally to blame for this mess as most of the citizens of our great country, but now instead of blaming each other and the government let’s change. It’s time we go green.
As we all know that people are unhappy with the terrible air pollution in the national capital, smog is increasing day by day.
We’re delighted at least Varun is doing his bit at spreading the message of bringing a change.”

 

 

Talking about his film, ‘October’ is directed by Shoojit Sircar. While talking about the film. Varun had earlier said, “I like different genres, and as an actor; I want to dabble in every genre. I can’t explain how different a love story October is going to be. I don’t know what genre to put this film in. As a creative person, it’s very unusual and new. And you hear stories such as this one. I am excited and thrilled about that.

Do share your views on Varun Dhawan’s message in the below comment section.

By: Mini Singh

Nepotism Debate: Kangana Ranaut Pens Down Open Letter; Shares Her Perspective

It looks like the Nepotism debate is still stirring the debate. With star kids, Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan mocking Kangana Ranaut on the grand stage of IIFA, can meekly be termed as the cowardly act by the privileged few in the industry. Kangana Ranaut’s nepotism statement had sent the wave of shock in the industry, that’s why the trio poked fun on Kangana Ranaut in the IIFA award ceremony, screaming ‘Nepotism Rocks’. This, in itself, proves how much it had angered the privileged ones, and having a hard time swallowing the prevailing truth in the industry.

Following the controversy and the backlash the trio faced after the IIFA act, they do apologise for their act publically. But what kept waiting for the fans more is Queen’s reaction on the entire brouhaha. And finally, she spoke. Kangana Ranaut on Saturday penned a letter addressed mostly to her Rangoon co-star, Saif. Nowhere in her letter does Kangana take Karan Johar’s name. She also refrained from mentioning his apology as well.

Here is what Kangana wrote in her letter:

All the debate and exchange of thoughts on nepotism is exasperating but healthy. While I enjoyed some of the perspectives on this subject, I did find a few disturbing ones. This morning, I woke up to one such open letter (circulating online), written by Saif Ali Khan.

The last time I was deeply pained and upset about this issue was when Mr Karan Johar wrote a blog on it, and even once declared in an interview that there are many criteria for excelling in the film business. Talent is not one of them.

I don’t know if he was being misinformed, or simply naïve, but to discredit the likes of Mr Dilip Kumar, Mr K Asif, Mr Bimal Roy, Mr Satyajit Ray, Mr Guru Dutt, and many more, whose talent and exceptional abilities have formed the spine of our contemporary film business, is absolutely bizarre.

Even in today’s times, there are plenty of examples where it has repeatedly been proven that beyond the superficiality of branded clothes, polished accents, and a sanitised upbringing, exists grit, genuine hard-work, diligence, eagerness to learn, and the gigantic power of the human spirit. Many examples, all over the world, in every field, are a testimony to that. My dear friend Saif has written a letter on this topic and I would like to share my perspective. My request is that people must not misconstrue this and pit us against each other.
This is just a healthy exchange of ideas and not a clash between individuals.

Saif, in your letter you mentioned that, “I apologised to Kangana, and I don’t owe anyone any explanation, and this issue is over.” But this is not my issue alone. Nepotism is a practice where people tend to act upon temperamental human emotions, rather than intellectual tendencies. Businesses that are run by human emotions and not by great value-systems, might gain superficial profits. However, they cannot be truly productive and tap into the true potential of a nation of more than 1.3 billion people.

Nepotism, on many levels, fails the test of objectivity and rationale. I have acquired these values from the ones who have found great success and discovered a higher truth, much before me. These values are in the public domain, and no one has a copyright on them.

Greats like Vivekananda, Einstein and Shakespeare didn’t belong to a select few. They belonged to collective humanity. Their work has shaped our future, and our work will shape the future of the coming generations.

Today, I can afford to have the willpower to stand for these values, but tomorrow, I might fail, and help my own children realise their dreams of stardom. In that case, I believe that I would have failed as an individual. But the values will never fail. They will continue to stand tall and strong, long after we are gone.
So, we owe an explanation to everyone who either owns or wants to own these values. Like I said, we are the ones who will shape the future of the coming generations.

In another part of your letter, you talked about the relationship between genetics and star kids, where you emphasised on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes. I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!
Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home. I wonder which gene from my gene-pool gave me the keenness to observe my environment, and the dedication to interpret and pursue my interests.

You also spoke of eugenics — which means controlled breeding of the human race. So far, I believe that the human race hasn’t found the DNA that can pass on greatness and excellence. If it had, we would’ve loved to repeat the greatness of Einstein, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Vivekananda, Stephen Hawking, Terence Tao, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gerhard Richter.

You also said that the media is to be blamed since it is the real flag-bearer of nepotism. That makes it sound like a crime, which is far from the truth. Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; it takes a great deal of willpower and strength to rise above our intrinsic nature — sometimes we excel, sometimes we don’t. No one is putting a gun to anyone’s head to hire the talent they don’t believe in. So, there is no need to get defensive about one’s choices.

In fact, the subtext of all my talk on this subject has been to encourage outsiders to take the path less travelled. Bullying, jealousy, nepotism and territorial human tendencies are all part of the entertainment industry, much like any other. If you don’t find acceptance in the mainstream, go off beat — there are so many ways of doing the same thing.

I think the privileged are the least to be blamed in this debate since they are part of the system, which is set around chain reactions. Change can only be caused by those who want it. It is the prerogative of the dreamer who learns to take his or her due, and not asks for it.

You are absolutely right — there is a lot of excitement and admiration for the lives of the rich and famous. But at the same time, our creative industry gets this love from our countrymen, because we are like a mirror to them — whether it’s Langda Tyagi from Omkara or Rani from Queen, we are loved for the extraordinary portrayal of the ordinary.

So, should we make peace with nepotism? The ones who think it works for them can make peace with it. In my opinion, that is an extremely pessimistic attitude for a Third World country, where many people don’t have access to food, shelter, clothing, and education. The world is not an ideal place, and it might never be. That is why we have the industry of arts. In a way, we are the flag-bearers of hope.

“Kangana nahi bole toh achcha hai” as Nepotism debate Rocks IIFA awards stage

Amidst the humour that most Bollywood celebrities seem to harbour between each other, the occasional shot is fired. The latest controversy over nepotism turned a few heads at the IIFA awards stage when Kangana Ranaut revived the recent debate again, as Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan took over the stage, calling out her nepotism.

Karan and Saif hosted the awards ceremony this weekend joking and quipping as usual until Varun came up on stage to receive his award for ‘best performance in a comic role’ for the movie Dishoom. Saif made the initial jab with his joke directed at Dhawan, observing, “You are here because of your Papa,”; referring to David Dhawan, the acclaimed Bollywood director.

Varun immediately replied,” You are here because of your mother”, making a reference to Sharmila Tagore. Karan, not slow to catch on to the joke, chimed in, claiming that he was only in the industry because of Yash Johar, his father. The trio then shouted in unison, “Nepotism rocks”.

Kangana Ranaut had perpetuated the argument on nepotism in Bollywood during her recent appearance on Johar’s chat show, ‘Koffee with Karan’ earlier in February when she referred to Johar as “the flag bearer of nepotism”, which seemed to have somewhat vexed the director.

Saif and Varun had gone on to sing the song ‘Bole chudiyaan bole’ from Johar’s film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, to which the director immediately retorted, “Kangana Nahi bole toh achcha hai”.
A barrage of negative responses on social media followed these remarks, as people on the internet seem to be quite unhappy with the spirit in which these celebrities joked about nepotism.

Whether nepotism is a harsh reality or not is yet to be seen, as Johar remarked, ”Let’s not forgotten that I started as the son of a producer with five failures behind him.”