The year 2019 will see the release of two big budget films based on the life of two figures from history, incidentally both having links with the mighty Maratha empire. While Kangana Ranaut’s ambitious Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is based on the life of Rani Laxmibai, Maratha commander Tanaji Malusare, celebrated for his role in the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD, will be played by Ajay Devgn in Taanaji.
The first look of the film, being directed by Om Raut, was shared in July this year. Now, as 2018 drew to a close, Raut welcomed the new year with a new picture from his film that showcases Ajay as the warrior.
It was Siddharth Malhotra’s 34th Birthday on 16th January and the actor was seen celebrating his birthday with industry friends. Siddharth had also thrown a house warming party for his friends and the young actor was seen quite excited about the same. Joining his birthday bash was Jacqueline Fernandes, Sonakshi Sinha, Karan Johar, Gauri Khan, Manish Malhotra, Rakulpreet Singh, Shweta Bachchan, Kriti Sanon, Karisma Kapoor among other. Take a look at the video.
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HomeVideosReleasing Cabaret on the digital platform not a step down: Pooja Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt, whose Cabaret is releasing on a digital platform, says the medium is not a step down for her as a producer. Pooja interacted with the media here to promote Cabaret on Monday.
Asked if she feels sad that Cabaret will not have a big screen release, she said: “Not at all. At the beginning of my career, I did a small film called ‘Daddy’ which was produced by Doordarshan. During that time, people asked Mahesh Bhatt why are you launching your own daughter with a television film? Bhatt (Mahesh Bhatt) saab asked me ‘You want to be recognised as an actor or a star)’, so I told him that ‘I want to be recognised as an actor.”
“Till today, people recognise me with that film. Then, he made ‘Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee’ taking me and Rahul Roy for Zee Television. That time also people asked him why are you doing satellite release of such a good film, but Bhatt saab thought that we have to change norms and we have to go towards new platforms. So, I am just taking that legacy forward. I feel this is not a step down for me.”
“In fact, I will make an effort to release most of my films on digital platforms. I will plan more ways specifically for a digital release and not burden it with promotion and advertising budget.
“Unfortunately because of this, half of the films don’t get released. Most of the times, people finish their films but releasing a film is a different art and to do that, you need to be stubborn and you need to have patience. I always feel you need to give a dignified and proper release to the film in which Zee is supporting me for that, I am very grateful to them.”
Talking about the row with her partners, Pooja said: “Everyone knows that two years ago, ‘Cabaret’ was going to release theatrically but I didn’t want to have a bad release for this film as a producer.
“In today’s day and age, the film’s marketing and publicity are immensely important. Very often we spend more on the marketing of the film than its making. When we decided to make this film that time, it was decided we will spend Rs 7.5 crore on its marketing. But later, my partners felt that we should only spend Rs 3.5 crore to promote the film.
Directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, Cabaret
stars Richa Chadha, Gulshan Devaiah, S. Sreesanth and Gulshan Grover.
Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh launched the trailer of their upcoming film Gully Boy at a grand event in Mumbai on Wednesday. The film, directed by Zoya Akhtar, celebrates the journey of an underdog young rapper from the streets of Mumbai as he goes on to become India’s one of the most notable rap talents. Ranveer Singh said that he is born to do Gully Boy and had this film gone to some other star he would have been jealous.
During the media interaction after the trailer launch, Alia, who is also be seen sharing the screen space with her rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra later this year, was asked what it was like working with Ranveer in Gully Boy and Ranbir in Brahmastra and how similar or different they were as actors.
They have quite a few similarities. They are both superb human beings and are outstanding actors. Both of them are special to me. The only difference is that I’m doing Gully Boy with one and Brahmastra with other,” Alia said.
To which, Ranveer promptly added, “Ek thoda zyada special hai, ek thoda kam (One is a little more special than the other).”
It is believed that Ranbir and Alia bonded with each other while shooting Brahmastra. However, they first sparked romance rumours when they arrived at Sonam Kapoor’s wedding reception together last year.
Meanwhile, Gully Boy is loosely based on the life of Indian rapper Divine, who is known for songs like Meri Gully and Roots. Alia and Kalki Koechlin, play contrasting love interests. While Alia will be seen playing a lively young girl from a background similar to that of Ranveer’s character in the film. Kalki will portray the success he aspires to. It is co-produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani.