Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pankaj Tripathi roped in for Season 2 of Sacred Games?

Actor Pankaj Tripathi had a successful year in the year 2017 with multiple releases that even won him a National Award for his film Newton. The year 2018 already saw him in some interesting projects including Tamil film Kaala, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hai, Phamous, Kaalakandi, Punjabi film Harjeeta and very recently in Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane's video on demand series on Netflix Sacred Games. The series is divided into 8 episodes and has Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Neeraj Kabi, Kubra Sait, and Luke Kenny amongst many others. Sacred Games is a crime thriller drama and has kept viewers on the edge of their seat.

Set in Mumbai with multiple twists and turns in each episode takes Vikram Chandra's novel adaptation to a great height. Out of the entire cast of Sacred Games, the surprise package is Pankaj Tripathi who plays a very important character that has the efficiency to take the plot for its makers for part series. The Masaan actor’s role has wickedness, a very ruthless yet very subtle and calm character that has been played by Pankaj in his own stride. The plot ends at a point where it has the full potential of a Sacred Games Season 2 where Pankaj will be seen as one of the main characters. The makers already roped him to play the main antagonist in season 2 where he will be more dreaded and fearless than Nawazuddin in season 1.

We cannot wait to see this super talented actor to play the part in Sacred Games Season 2, who has left his mark on each role he has played so far.

Friday, July 13, 2018

First Look Posters Of Bollywood's Next Controversial Film, ‘Hotel Milan’

After creating quite a stir with his directorial debut, the highly controversial ‘Coffee With D’, the director Vishal Mishra is back with yet another controversial film, 'Hotel Milan'. The film is produced by Haresh Patel's A D Films.

Shot in Uttar Pradesh, ‘Hotel Milan’ takes a stand against anti-Romeo squad and political hooliganism in northern state.

Vishal Mishra is delighted to collaborate with Haresh Patel, whose A D Films has been involved in distribution and production for two decades and distributed films like ‘Race 3’, ‘Rustom’, ‘Kahaani 2’, ‘ Udta Punjab’, ‘Commando 2’, 'Rowdy Rathore’, 'Grand Masti', 'Shivaay' and ‘Entertainment'. He has also been the producer for more than ten Gujarati films and made his debut in Bollywood as a producer with ‘Machine’ (2017).

Looking forward to present the film to the audiences, director Vishal Mishra said, ”It’s my pleasure to collaborate with Hareshji who has three decades of experience in production and distribution. He signed me within minutes after our first narration. It’s quite a daring film and I’m blessed to have a team with a big heart.”

The film has some of the finest actors, Kunal Roy Kapur, Karishma Sharma (Ragini MMS 3), Jaideep Ahlawat, Zeishan Quadri (Gangs of Wasseypur 3), Rajesh Sharma (Tanu Weds Manu Returns, MS Dhoni) and Zakir Hussain (Judwaa 2) in pivotal roles.

 ‘Hotel Milan’ is set to release on 14th of September and the trailer will be out in August.

Why did Taapsee choose to work on Mulk?

Taapsee Pannu is shooting for Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Badla in Scotland and also stars Amitabh Bachchan. The Pink actress has been shooting for films back to back and has two films out for release within 3 weeks of each other. Soorma which is up for release this week, will see Taapsee play the character of Harpreet Kaur, an Indian field hockey player, opposite Diljit Dosanjh’s Sandeep Singh, whereas the Anubhav Sinha helmed courtroom drama, Mulk will see Taapsee play the role of a defence lawyer.

Mulk is based on one of the most controversial topics not just in India, but the world; Islamophobia.  An issue as sensitive and controversial as this, a lot of people were wary about the way it would be received by the audience. However, Taapsee being the fiery woman she is, wanted things to change and therefore decided to act in the film. She wanted to be the voice for a cause that not everyone wants to be associated with; the cause of humanity. In order to get the point of view of Muslims who are ostracized as a whole due to Islamic terrorist activities, the Naam Shabana actress wanted to work in a film that would resonate in the minds of the audience in general.

She said, " I have grown up in an area in delhi where I didn’t really come across many Muslims but in Mumbai my life is practically run by 3 important people who all are a part of Muslim community and I never really realised that or considered that until I started seeing people pointing it out or the world politics going bizarre. This really made my voice my opinion through my work and hence I felt the urge to say yes to Mulk apart from the fact that Anubhav sir had beautifully crafted this story. I think it’s high time the elephant in the room is addressed.

Kajol launches poster of Helicopter Eela in London; kickstarts promotions of the film in London

The charming actress, Kajol is all set to return to the big screen with her upcoming film Helicopter Eela which release worldwide on 14th September.

The actress who is currently in London has started the promotions of Helicopter Eela by launching the poster amidst media there.

With the tagline ‘She is here, there and everywhere..’ we cannot wait to see Kajol play a controlling and possessive mother! 

Helmed by Pradeep Sarkar, Eela is a story of a single mother and an aspiring singer who gives up all her dreams to raise her only child, played by National award winning actor Riddhi Sen. Her son who is a typical young millennial doesn’t want his mother life to revolve around him. Being an over protective mother she decides to join her son’s college, which eventually suffers a backlash for invading the son’s privacy.

Talking about her role in the film, Kajol says, “As a mother, I felt a real connection with Eela’s character.  She loves her son unconditionally and has built her life around him. But as he grows up, she finds herself becoming more and more dispensable. She has also put her life and dreams on hold, like so many mother’s do. This is a life situation  that so many women face once their kids grow up. And, one that I will inevitably face is, what do I do now? How do I hold on to my baby? In a way, Helicopter Eela is a coming of age film, more for Eela rather than it is for her son!”

Director Pradeep Sarkar says,” The story of Helicopter Eela will make you fall in love with this mother son duo!  Hope the audience enjoys the film as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Producer Mr Jayantilal Gada says,” The journey of the mother and son in the film is extremely relatable. We are glad to bring this story to the audience. The team of powerhouse talent (Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Pradeep Sarkar and Amit Trivedi) is here and have delivered a great product.”

Ajay Devgn who is producing this slice-of-life film says,” I was drawn to the story of this loving but difficult relationship between a mother and son. The script told a beautiful story, of a journey that all parents face, but it is  especially true and unique to mothers and their sons. The characters played by Kajol and Riddhi Sen are extremely strong and they will have an astonishing connect with the audience across the globe.”

Ajay Devgn & Jayantilal Gada (Pen) presents, co-produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Vikrant Sharma, Reshmaa Kadakia, Kushal Kantilal Gada, Neeraj Gala and produced by Ajay Devgn, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, Helicopter Eela is all set to release on 14th September 2018.  The film will be distributed internationally by Eros International

5 reasons why you should definitely watch Ant-Man and The Wasp

Actor Paul Rudd returns to the silver screen as Scott Lang in Ant-Man and The Wasp, and this time his crime fighting partner Hope VanDyne (played by Evangeline Lily), joins as the film’s headlining superheroine!

Following the massive behemoth of a movie, Avengers: Infinity War, in Antman And The Wasp, Marvel Studios has a refreshing light-hearted treat for its fans with humour and wit, scaled up a notch, along with a pertinent lead up to Avengers 4.

The much anticipated sequel will see Scott and his allies in the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, bridging the gap between that and Ant-Man's next appearance in 2019's Avengers film. Back in action are familiar faces such as Michael Douglas as Hank Pym and the laughable rogue Luis, with anticipated new recruits such as Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, and the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer opposite Douglas. Already breaking records at overseas territories where the film has released, global reviews for the Antman sequel have been unanimously positive.

While you book your tickets to the next Marvel biggie, here are 5 things you definitely must watch out for in the film!

1. The Wasp 
With this sequel being the first Marvel film to headline a super-heroine, Evangeline Lilly's The Wasp not only has shrinking powers as well as wings for flight and blasters, but she kicks some major villainous ass, as shown in the trailers. She pairs up with Ant-Man spectacularly and even steals the show in some of the scenes, according to reviews. Along with Captain Marvel, The Wasp is one of the newest super-heroines to watch out for.

2. Michelle Pfeiffer in action 
One of the most beautiful and acclaimed actresses, Michelle Pfeiffer (And who can forget Catwoman) is back to the superhero business, playing Hank Pym’s wife and the original Wasp, Janet VanDyne, who shrank down too far to stop a missile on a mission and got stranded in the Quantum Realm. How her role plays out in the film is something to watch out for.

3. Lead up to Avengers 4- a kick ass end credits scene 
Global reviews have indicated a tremendously important and connective end-credit scene, that builds up to Avengers 4, and gives a hint of how Ant-Man might possibly feature in the post Infinity War scenario-definitely not to be missed if you suffer from superhero FOMO!!

4. Michael Pena's LOL dialogues 
Playing one of Scott Lang’s partners in crime, Luis, in the first Ant-Man film, Peña easily became a fan-favorite. His talent for witty and fast monologues provided some seriously comic relief in the first part. The trailers and reviews promise a more amped up humour element, specially in scenes with Michael Pena and Paul Rudd

5. Giant Ant-Man, Hello Kitty gum and lots more VFX! 
A supersized Ant-Man shocking people on a yacht, a huge Hello Kitty gum machine hurtling down a busy road, car chases and superheroes galore, Ant-Man and the Wasp has the trademark Marvel crowd pleasing action sequences that will satisfy any cine-goer.

Marvel Studio's Ant-Man And The Wasp releases today in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu

Ajay Devgn to play India’s legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in a biopic

While India cheers on, engrossed in the football fever as their favourite teams competing at the World Cup, not many would know that India was once called the ‘Brazil of Asia’ for its football team. Not only did the team win accolades by beating some of the top teams in the world, but also went onto win Gold at the 1962 Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia, beating South Korea, one of the toughest teams at that time. 

The story of Indian football architect, Syed Abdul Rahim, the coach and manager who was responsible for taking the Indian football team to such great heights, is all set to be turned into a feature film.

Produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta, the untold journey of Indian Football will see Ajay Devgn essay the role of the unsung hero. The yet-untitled film will be directed by Amit Sharma, while the screenplay and dialogues are written by Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah respectively.

Talking about the film, Boney Kapoor said, “It’s amazing to see football, world's biggest game, having such a fever in India, and yet our team is not being sent to important tournaments. When my partners Akash Chawla and Joy Sengupta brought me the true story of Syed Abdul Rahim, I was amazed that not many are even aware of this unsung hero and the achievements of that great team which had heroes like Chunni Goswami, P.K. Banerjee, Balaram, Franco, Arun Ghosh among others. With the momentum of Khelo India getting pace, it's time to push India."

"An actor like Ajay is most apt for essaying this character. We hope that the film inspires millions of youngsters and soon India plays in the World Cup and becomes a potent force in World Football”, he added while talking about casting Ajay Devgn.

Shariq Patel, CEO, Zee Studios added, “Zee Studios believes in backing good content, and showcasing great characters. We are happy to collaborate with Boney Kapoor once again to tell the story of India's football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim. Ajay Devgn essaying the character makes it even more special."

Nandita Das to be conferred with prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman!

Delhi-based think tank Odisha Forum will soon confer the prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman to 6 eminent persons on July 13.

Among the 6 honourees is actor, thinker, filmmaker and activist Nandita Das, who will be conferred the award at Odisha Forum’s annual function at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. Commenting her receipt of this award, “While I never lived in Odisha, my father has instilled in me his own passion for Odiya food, craft, arts and culture. In my childhood, I went to Odisha every single year. So while I feel like a global citizen, I still feel deeply connected to my roots in Odisha. Though I always say I’m half Odiya, half Gujarati and I’ve done films in 10 different language - it’s nice to be pan-Indian - it also does feel special to be selected for this honor by the Odisha Forum.”

Nandita Das will be joined by Dr Swarup Ranjan Mishra, a member of parliament from Kenya who is also a reputed doctor and social worker, Dr Susmita Mohanty, a space entrepreneur and designer, Dr Pinaki Panigrahi, a doctor-scientist and pioneer in Public Health, Ms. Sharon Lowen, a noted exponent of Odissi dance and Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, an agricultural scientist.

A known talent and voice in India, Nandita Das, apart from being one of the finest actresses of our time, is also a conscientious activist who speaks her mind.

Her second directorial venture, 'Manto', narrates a turbulent time of great change that greatly influenced author and playwright, Saadat Hasan Manto’s life. The film is a compelling portrait of a courageous writer and complex man, known for his fearless opinions. The film is deeply relevant to our times as Manto wrote about the unsavoury, difficult truths that no one dared to talk about, many of which remain part our society today.

Pankaj Tripathi roped in for Season 2 of Sacred Games?

Actor Pankaj Tripathi had a successful year in the year 2017 with multiple releases that even won him a National Award for his film Ne...