Jacqueline Fernandez explains why action film ‘Vikrant Rona’ is ‘super special’

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez says the upcoming film ‘Vikrant Rona’ will be super special and memorable for her. The actress has come on board Kannada star Kichcha Sudeepa’s multilingual film.

Jacqueline will be seen playing ‘Gadang Rakkamma’ who runs a tavern in a fictional place. She will also be seen shaking a leg with Kichcha Sudeepa in the film.

The makers have unveiled the first look of Jacqueline Fernandez in her screen character of Raquel D’Costa a.k.a. Gadang Rakkamma.

Talking about the same, Jacqueline shared: “The team of the film has been very welcoming and every moment that’s going into its making has been exciting for me. I thank the producers for such a grand poster reveal from the bottom of my heart. This film is going to be super special and memorable for me.”

Director Anup Bhandari expressed: “It feels amazing to be able to bring an element of surprise with each announcement. Jacqueline’s poster reveal was planned to convey the scale of the film yet again and how invested we are in fulfilling the promise of offering the audience a movie that will make their time in theatres worth it.”

“The story of the world’s new hero gets all the more exciting with the entry of Jacqueline. We’re happy to share a glimpse of what she brings to the movie. We’re on our way to creating an extravagant piece of cinema that will be remembered by generations to come and we’re thrilled about the growing anticipation surrounding it,” added producer Jack Manjunath.

The multilingual action adventure film will have a 3-D release in 14 languages and 55 countries.

Directed by Anup Bhandari, produced by Jack Manjunath and Shalini Manjunath, co-produced by Alankar Pandian, ‘Vikrant Rona’ also stars Nirup Bhandari and Neetha Ashok.

‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’ cast nostalgic as show completes 1,600 episodes

The cast of “Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai” is celebrating the success of the popular comedy show as it completes 1,600 episodes.

The actors playing the lead roles — Shubhangi Atre, Rohitashv Gour, Neha Pendse and Aasif Sheikh — shared their joy and experience of being part of the show.

Shubhangi Atre, who plays Angoori Bhabi, said she feels honoured to be recognised as Angoori Bhabi.

“I love it when fans recognise me as Angoori first and then as Shubhangi. It has been a beautiful journey so far and I am looking forward to 1,600 more episodes. A big thanks to all the viewers and fans, your undying support has been our biggest achievement so far.”

Rohitashv Gour aka Manmohan Tiwari expressed his joy and said that being part of the show has been really helpful in his career growth.

“It is surreal to think that we have completed so many episodes. An achievement like this acts as a sign of the work we put in. It reminds us of the smiles we spread daily. Being a part of the show has been a highlight in my career and I am proud to be Tiwari ji, not just to my on-screen wife, but also to the millions out there. I am truly astounded and grateful to everyone who encouraged us along the way,” he revealed.

Nehha Pendse, who’s popular as Anita Bhabhi in the show, calls herself a fan of the show. She is overjoyed with the way the audience connects with her character.

“Being the latest member of the show, I feel grateful to be a part of this unforgettable journey. As a viewer, I just love to watch this show. So I entirely resonate with the audience when they mention that they love to binge on a stress buster show like ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’,” she said.

Aasif Sheikh, who plays Vibhuti Narayan Mishra the comedy drama, finds his character closest to him.

“‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’ is very close to my heart and to see it come this far is a wonderful feeling. 1,600 episodes is a big deal no doubt, but we as a team have put in time and effort that goes beyond just the number of episodes. We have indeed come a long way, and I would like to thank our supportive viewers who have been so kind and loving towards us,” he said.

The show revolves around two neighbouring couples, the Mishras and the Tiwaris, where the husbands have a crush on each other’s wives.

The show’s producer, Binaiferr Kohli, is happy with the appreciation received so far.

“‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’ is our baby. We have watched it grow and turn into this big success story! It has become a show that uplifts anyone’s mood instantly. The idea behind creating this serial is to spread laughter and comical content that the audience appreciates,” she said.

“Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai” airs on &TV.

Vikrant Massey says boredom drives him to juggle genres

In the last two years, actor Vikrant Massey has appeared in more than five films and shared frames with actresses like Deepika Padukone, Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Konkona Sensharma, Sweta Tripathi and most recently, Kriti Kharbanda.

Interestingly, all his on-screen characters are very different from each other, and the actor says his attempt at versatility stems from the mantra ‘not to bore’ the audience.

“I think after all these years, now I am in a place to strategise my career. When I began my career, obviously I was not in a position to choose. At that time, it was like ‘beggars can’t be choosers’. I wanted to prove myself as an actor with every opportunity. But now, somewhere, my beliefs, my personality and my thoughts reflect in the kind of films I choose,” Vikrant told IANS.

The actor started his journey with television in 2007 and continued to do TV series until his Bollywood debut in 2013 with ‘Lootera’, in which he played the friend of the protagonist.

Even though he started acting with comparatively small roles in films like ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Half Girlfriend’, he gradually made his mark in ‘A Death in the Gunj’ and ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, before ‘Chhapaak’ happened in 2020.

Recently, Vikrant had two releases — ‘Haseen Dillruba’ and ’14 Phere’.

Sharing his thought behind looking for different characters in every film, Vikrant said, “I have realised that I am one of those people who get bored quite easily. After living with one character for a whole film, I do not want to do the same thing for the next project.

“So when we are talking about versatility, it is also coming from that mind space that neither do I, nor the audience should feel bored of watching me on-screen. I can’t bore my audience. That is why for the last three years, I am very consciously choosing different genres of films to engage with my audience.”

Currently, the actor is gearing up for the shooting of Vishal Furia’s ‘Forensic’ which also features Radhika Apte.

Pranati Rai Prakash opens up about her ‘Cartel’ role

Actress Pranati Rai Prakash has talked about her role in the upcoming web series “Cartel”. She describes her character as “motivated” and “emotionally volatile”.

“My character’s name in the Cartel is ‘Sumi’. She is an aspiring actress who is very motivated, loves her family but is sensitive and emotionally volatile. In the series, you’ll watch her evolution. She is the youngest member of the Angre family and the most loved one,” Pranati said.

The web series also stars Tanuj Virwani, Rithvik Dhanjani and Sanaya Pithawala. Pranati could not stop gushing about her role.

The 23-year-old actress added: “She is the youngest member of the Angre family, full of life and the most loved one. It was a great experience working with such great actors like Supriya Pathak ma’am, Jitendra Joshi sir, Rithvik Dhanjani, Tanuj Virwani who is also my co-actor for the second time! Everyone was lovely to work with, all of my co-actors.”

“Cartel” is an action-drama on MX Player and ALTBalaji. It is based in Mumbai and has a story with action, drama and powerplay.

Singapore rapper Yung Raja’s ‘Spice Boy’ ode to Rajinikanth

Singaporean rapper Yung Raja revealed his brand-new single “Spice Boy”, paying an ode to superstar Rajinikanth.

The 26-year-old bilingual rapper said: “Rajinikanth has been my idol all through my growing-up years. He’s such a legend world over.

“I wanted to give an ode of sorts to him and celebrate his supremacy in my music video and for as long as I’m creating, I’ll look back to the moments he has given me as inspiration – his style mainly, and as inimitable as it is, I belong to the generation of fans that have his swagger permanently etched in our minds.”

The three-minute cinematic video is fused together by madcap action, curly wigs, inflated sumo costumes, and disorienting close-ups.

All of this is captured by Vadbibes director Jas Tan with a carefree sense of the surreal and produced by Flightsch and RIIDEM.

Comical antics are set in formidable locations looking straight out of Christopher Nolan films, but Yung Raja takes centre stage by invoking the brash spirit of Rajinikanth’s characters.

Yung started his career in 2018 with his single “Poori Gang” and went on to become Southeast Asia’s rising hip-hop artist with “Mustafa”, “Mad Blessings”, “The Dance Song”.

His recent track “Mami” recently got featured on the American late-night talk show “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.

His latest single “Spice Boy” tries to break free from homogenous expectations of popular culture.

Continuing his crusade of making room for multi-dimensional cultural identities Yung Raja said: “Since I was a child, I’ve always been proud of my culture, my roots, my mother tongue, everything that makes me ‘me’. Learning to embrace that from a very young age is one of the reasons behind the bilingualism in my art.

“This is who I am, a bilingual boy born and raised in Singapore to traditional parents who migrated from South India. I remember first discovering hip-hop music when I was 10 years of age and how it made one of the first and strongest impressions on me creatively. That was the real beginning of my rooted identity and voice amalgamating with hip-hop culture. I believe my persona is all about staying authentic to the duality of my cultural make-up.”

The first-generation Singaporean-Indian was recently signed to US label Alamo Records, marking his entry into the US market.

The young rapper is also signed to Def Jam Southeast Asia, which is under Universal Music Group.

“Spice Boy” was released on Thursday night on all audio streaming platforms and the official music video will premiere on Yung Raja’s Vevo channel.

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Bell Bottom’ to release on Aug 19

The Akshay Kumar-starrer spy thriller “Bell Bottom” will now have a theatrical release on August 19.

The film’s release was pushed from April 2021 to July 27 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Akshay shared the news on Twitter, along with a motion poster of the film featuring the entire cast of the film.

“Mission: To Entertain you on the BIG SCREEN Date: August 19, 2021 Announcing the arrival of #BellBottom! #BellBottomInCinemasAug19 @vashubhagnani @humasqureshi @LaraDutta @ranjit_tiwari @jackkybhagnani @honeybhagnani @monishaadvani @madhubhojwani @nikkhiladvani @EmmayEntertain,” Akshay tweeted.

“Bell Bottom” is an espionage thriller set in the 1980s. The film was largely shot in Glasgow, Scotland, amid lockdown. Ranjit M. Tewari’s directorial also stars Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta Bhupathi and Huma Qureshi.

‘Radhe Shyam’ to release on January 14, 2022

Prabhas starrer period romantic drama “Radhe Shyam” will hit the big screen on January 14, next year.

Prabhas shared the film’s poster on Instagram on Friday morning. In the poster, the actor looks dapper in a classic black suit and is seen carrying a briefcase in one hand.

For the caption, he wrote: “Can’t wait for you all to watch my romantic saga, #RadheShyam, which has a brand new release date – 14th January, 2022 worldwide!”

“Radhe Shyam” also marks Prabhas’ return to the romantic genre after a gap of almost a decade. It also stars actress Pooja Hegde.

The multilingual film is helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, presented by Gulshan Kumar and T-Series.

What makes the City of Joy a favourite shooting destination

The City of Joy is currently busy hosting back-to-back shooting schedules of films with actors from different parts of the nation.

Just a few days after Kajal Aggarwal was seen shooting near Kumartuli for Tathagata Singha’s “Uma”, Yami Gautam has started shooting for director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s “Lost” in Kolkata.

Earlier, several Bollywood biggies including “Yuva”, “Kahaani”, “Piku”, “Lootera”, “Gunday” and “Parineeta” were shot across vintage and picturesque locales of the city.

What makes Kolkata a favourite with filmmakers? Answering that, producer and trade business analyst Girish Johar said: “Kolkata is one of the most beautiful cities of our country. It is rich in culture, heritage. The feel and vibe which Kolkata gives, is very intellectual and upmarket. Makers get a lot of energy from the city and its people, so they are able to tell amazing stories. That’s why it is always a key city in terms of giving and creating content.

“Since all the facilities are available and the government is also very helpful, so it is a pocket friendly city as well.”

Kolkata-based film trade analyst, Sumit Kadel shared: “Kolkata has always been Bollywood’s top choice for film shoots due to its rich heritage and vintage locations. From ’36 Chowringhee Lane’ to ‘Yuva’, ‘Parineeta’, ‘Kahaani’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Lootera’, ‘Gunday’ and many more films have ventured into Kolkata to find the real essence of their stories.

“The city has always been Bollywood’s favorite cultural destination. Even South films are opting for Kolkata, Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe being the latest one.”

While the City of Joy never fails to charm creative people like filmmakers, actors and cinematographers, mouthwatering cuisines from the land of mishti doi and roshogolla only makes the experience a little more sweet and memorable.

Sara Ali Khan looks ravishing in new photoshoot

Bollywood actress Sara Ali Khan sprinkled monochrome magic with her latest photograph dressed in a gorgeous black bikini top paired with a sarong.

Sara posted a set of images on Instagram, where she is seen posing next to a door flaunting her perfect curves in a tiny bikini top paired with a layered sarong with a thigh high slit.

“Kash Kabhi Yu Ho Na Hasrate Na Junun Ho… Tera Khyaal Ho Aur Tu Ho Dil Me Bas Sukoon Ho,” the actress captioned the image. She also posted a short clip of the shoot to her Insta Stories with the song “Khwab ho tum ya koi haqeeqat” from Dev Anand-starrer “Teen Deviyan”.

The 25-year-old actress’ picture currently has 1.7 million likes on the photo-sharing website.

Sara will be next seen in “Atrangi Re”, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Dhanush, and directed by Aanand L. Rai. “Atrangi Re” is written by Himanshu Sharma and is billed as a cross-cultural love story.

Randhir Kapoor reveals story behind selection of song ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’

Actor Randhir Kapoor shared some interesting trivia involving his father, the late legendary actor and director Raj Kapoor, when he and Randhir witnessed famous lyricist Ravindra Jain singing the song ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’ during a wedding in Delhi.

The actor goes down memory lane and shares: “My father, the late Raj Kapoor saab and I had visited Delhi for someone’s wedding and Ravindra Jain was singing there. My father was seated in the front row while I was sitting right behind him. Ravindra Jain was singing the song ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’ and my father really liked it so much that he requested him to sing it once more. He sang the song once again, with full excitement.”

Yesteryear’s famous actor Randhir Kapoor is going to be the chief guest on the show, ‘Indian Idol 12’ for the ‘Randhir Kapoor Special’ episode. He shared a few anecdotes behind this song after the performance of one of the contestants Arunita Kanjilal.

Randhir Kapoor said further that after the performance of Ravindra Jain, Raj Kapoor enquired about the song and the movie from which it was taken, he adds: “Ravindra Jain said that it was not from any film but his own song. That is when my father asked him if he could give this song to him. He readily agreed and my father said that from today, this song is mine.”

The 74-year-old actor who is known for movies like ‘Jawani Diwani’, narrates how later, Raj Kapoor invited Ravindra Jain at Randhir’s house along with a couple of his friends just to ensure that the actress Babita also listens to the song, ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’ and gives her approval.

He also added that how the very next day, when he visited the studio, he got to know that Raj Kapoor and Ravindra Jain had gone to a farmhouse in Pune and within 5 days he returned with all seven songs along with the lyrics ready for the movie, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’.

He divulges: “Ravindra Jain is one of the most talented and underrated music directors of all time. All the songs were recorded and in a week’s time the shooting started. The entire film, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ revolves around this song.”

The show airs on Sony Entertainment Television.