The Tumhari Sulu actress Vidya Balan has been experimenting with films of late. While she ventured into regional cinema and also earned appreciation for her roles like the one in NTR biopic, the actress is also planning on venturing into short films. If sources are to be believed, Vidya is keen on trying out on a short film and has even finalized one.
Sources close to the actress confirmed that Vidya Balan has locked a 20 minute short film in which she will feature as the protagonist. The said source revealed, “Vidya has always been curious person and loves to try out something new. Of late, she found herself being inclined towards short films and wants to be a part of one. She has already liked a script of a film that will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala but the actress wants to keep it hush-hush as of now. Since it is still in the initial stages, we cannot give out too many details.” An official announcement too is expected to be made on this front.
Besides exploring the film world, Vidya Balan recently also diverted her attention towards a radio show. The actress is a radio jockey for a show called Dhun Badal Ke Toh Dekho that airs on 92.7, Big FM. On the film front, the actress will next be seen in Mission Mangal along with a host of other actresses which include Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen amongst others and also Akshay Kumar. The actress has also been brought on board for the biopic on Shakuntala Devi who was fondly known as Human Computer owing to her intelligence. The actress will also be seen in Pink remake, Nerkonda Paarvai in which she will be seen in a special appearance.
All set to make his Bollywood debut, Saaho for Prabhas is no less than another Baahubali. Big budget and sleek action is what the film boasts about and we got a glimpse of it in the last two promos. However, it seems that this Sujeeth directorial, which also stars Shraddha Kapoor, may not be able to keep up with its deadline of August 15 and there is a very crucial reason behind it! It is expected to be VFX!
Readers by now, who have seen the last two videos of Saaho, would be aware that the film is indeed VFX heavy. According to sources close to the project, considering the extensive film, they are finding it difficult to complete the project on time. The source says, “There are high chances that the release of Saaho might get deferred. The movie has extremely heavy VFX heavy there is still too much work pending. Hence, the makers feel that it is highly unlikely to meet its deadline.”
However, the makers of the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer are keen on releasing the film further. When prodded the source, it was revealed, “Yes, they want to schedule a date this year itself. However, considering that they will miss out on the Independence Day holiday, they are keen on taking advantage of the occasion of Navratri. So the release may get pushed to Dussehra.”
An official announcement on that front is yet to be made. Saaho is expected to be a trilingual and will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It also features a host of Bollywood celebrities like Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar amongst others along with Neil Nitin Mukesh as the antagonist. This will be Shraddha’s first attempt at South cinema.
The unconventional Ayushmann Khurrana is all set to tackle a new subject of pre mature balding in the forthcoming film Bala which also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam. The actor was expected to go bald for the film considering the subject that it is dealing with. However, in recent reports he confessed that he won’t be able to shave his head because the film will be portraying balding at varied stages.
Directed by Amit Kaushik, Bala will feature Ayushmann Khurrana as a bald man for the first time. However, the actor recently mentioned in reports that he won’t be able to go bald for real because it would be difficult to shoot the movie in such circumstances. He explained that with each week, they would be shooting varied stages of balding and since it will not be a natural progression, they are forced to use prosthetics.
Ever since the start of his career, Ayushmann Khurrana has been making unconventional choices when it comes to films. While his debut film Vicky Donor revolved around the life of a sperm donor, now, yet again, the actor is all set to tackle a series of subjects in the Amit Kaushik directorial Bala and it also sees him reunite with his former co-stars Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam.
Apart from balding, the Amit Kaushik directorial will also deal with the Indian society’s obsession with fairness which will be portrayed through Bhumi’s character whereas Yami will be seen as a quirky supermodel.
Katrina Kaif has been making news for the past few days and the reason is Bharat promotions. The actress is super excited to reunite with the Tiger Zinda Hai duo and the trio is all set to bring forth an emotional journey of a man named Bharat. Amidst all the promotional tours and interviews, now we hear that the actress always has been taking time out for her own cosmetics line too. If reports are to be believed, she is prepping to launch the same by the end of this year.
Current reports suggest that Katrina Kaif and her team have been dabbling with the idea for quite some time now. And as of late, the team has not only finished planning but they have also got everything together for the launch. If all goes well, the entire team has locked October this year for the launch. While she didn’t confirm the details of the launch, she did speak about it in recent reports wherein she expressed her happiness over this dream coming true.
In the same reports, she also mentioned that they have been prepping for this cosmetics line launch since the past two years and how she is finally excited to see the hard work of everyone getting paid for. Asserting that she has been involved in this cosmetics line despite her film commitments, Katrina maintained that it was never about only contacting her partner when it comes to this line but she indeed dedicated quite some amount of time for getting this range of cosmetics collection together.
On the work front, besides this, reports have it that Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Abbas Zafar will reunite once again after Bharat, for the third instalment of the Tiger series, which is a sequel to Tiger Zinda Hai.
Bollywood’s one of the most celebrated filmmakers, Rajkumar Hirani has been named as a jury member for this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, which will bring the prominent names from across the globe on the esteemed panel. The director, who has given the industry some of the classic projects including the globally acclaimed 3 Idiots, will be on the jury panel alongside Italian director Paolo Genovese and Chinese actress Zhao. They join the previously announced jury president, 2014 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Turkish director behind last year’s The Wild Pear Tree.
Joining Hirani in judging the 22nd SIFF Golden Goblet Award will also be Russia’s Aleksey German Jr. (Dovlatov), Mexican producer Nicolas Celis (Roma) and Chinese actor Wang Jingchun (Wang Xiaoshuai’s Berlin-premiering So Long, My Son).
With a popularity base for his projects across the borders in Asian markets like China, Hirani is definitely one name who has taken India on the global map for cinema and has created a mark with his artistry. Receiving accolades for his recent movie Sanju, Rajkumar has received wide appreciation and is still fondly celebrated for his movies like 3 idiots by the Chinese audience.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) is the only competitive film festival in China approved by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Adhering to its principles of promoting the development of the Chinese film industry, and the exchange and cooperation between Chinese and foreign film industries, Shanghai International Film Festival looks at promoting the country’s rising filmmaking talent and has become a ground where India is leading the list of jury panellists with Rajkumar as the frontrunner.
Consecutive with his presence at coveted panels, Rajkumar Hirani was also recently announced as a jury President for the Malaysia International Film Festival.