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SCOOP: Shahid Kapoor in talks for a web series with Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK?

Last year, Manoj Bajpayee-fronted The Family Man dropped on Amazon Prime and it got a superb response from all over. It also finally put into spotlight its creators and writers, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, popularly known as Raj-DK. The director-duo has made several acclaimed films in the past like 99 (2009), Shor In The City (2011) and Go Goa Gone (2013). They were also the writers and producers of the 2018 horror-comedy blockbuster Stree. But it is The Family Man that finally got them the much needed recognition and fame.

And now it has to come to light that they are now gearing up for another series for which they are in talks with none other than popular Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor. A source close to the project says, “It’s all in the preliminary stage right now. The lockdown has thrown things out of gear. But yes it is true that Raj and DK have approached Shahid for a web series and the latter seems interested. Whether the discussions culminate into something eventually remains to be seen.”

Interestingly, Raj and DK were supposed to work with Shahid in a film called Farzi back in 2014. It was to also star Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kriti Sanon. It was kept in the backburner when Shahid decided to get married in 2015. They later approached Arjun Kapoor in 2017. Sadly, the project failed to take off.

Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s plate however is quite full at present. They have completed the shoot of The Family Man 2 and are busy with its post-production. Earlier, this year, it came to light that they are going to helm the Indian version of global series Citadel, produced by Joe and Anthony Russo of Avengers fame. There are also talks that they’ll take Go Goa Gone 2 on floors soon. And lastly, superstar Shah Rukh Khan has also given his nod and shown interest to what the duo call ‘one of their favourite scripts’. With so many projects in hand, it remains to be seen if Raj and DK will be directing all of them or would they be producing a few of these.

As for Shahid Kapoor, he delivered one of the biggest grossers of cinema last year with the intense romantic drama Kabir Singh. He’s currently working on the cricket flick Jersey. The shoot is halted at present due to the lockdown and it is expected to soon commence in a couple of months.

Also Read: Shahid Kapoor misses being on the sets of Jersey, shares photo

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2020-07-16 04:00:53

BREAKING: Netflix wins the race against Amazon to bag Bhumi and Konkona’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Ever since the cinema halls have shut in March owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Bollywood producers have moved to the OTT platforms for their film’s release. While Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana and Abhishek Bachchan among others have already confirmed the release of their films on various OTT platforms, there are many other stars who are gearing up for the digital debut. Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that streaming giant Netflix has bagged Ekta Kapoor’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare featuring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar.

BREAKING: Netflix wins the race against Amazon to bag Bhumi and Konkona’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

“Since May, the team of Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare have been talking to various digital players, including Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar. After taking into consideration the monetary offers by all platforms, it was Netflix who bagged the film by paying the maximum amount,” revealed a source close to the development, adding further that Amazon was also keen to have the film in their library considering that director, Alankrita Shrivastava’s last release, Lipstick Under My Burkha grabbed some eyeballs on their platform. “She also helmed Made In Heaven with Zoya Akhtar for Amazon. However, after a lot of discussions, her directorial finally went to Netflix.”

The story of the film revolves around two cousins Dolly and Kajal and about a secret shared by them. Major chunk of the film was set at a studio in Mumbai and also features Vikrant Massey in a pivotal role. The film is said to be a strong take on women empowerment and feminism, and considering a digital release, it is expected to grab more eyeballs than what it would have in theatres.

Also Read: In lockdown, Bhumi Pednekar discovers uncanny similarity with her character in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

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2020-07-14 10:23:24

Priyanka Chopra inks two-year multimillion-dollar television deal with Amazon

With more work coming her way, Priyanka Chopra is ensuring to be part of inclusive projects as an actor and a producer. The actress has now signed a two-year multimillion-dollar first-look television deal with Amazon, according to Variety.

Priyanka Chopra inks two-year multimillion-dollar television deal with Amazon

“I didn’t think as a 13-year-old when I was watching TV that something was missing, but now as I’m older, I wonder if I would have been a lot more confident in high school if I would have not been afraid of every other person that looked different than me,” said Chopra Jonas. “I wonder if I wouldn’t have put my head down and walked in the hallways feeling like a unicorn that everyone was staring at. I wonder if that would have changed my high school experience. I think it would have.”

Priyanka Chopra already has a couple of projects in the pipeline with Amazon. She will star in Russo Brothers’ production Citadel which stars Richard Madden in the lead role. She is also producing a reality series called Sangeet with her husband Nick Jonas which will revolve around Indian sangeet ceremonies.

The actress wants to be more female stories with her new deal. “My quest really is to be able to tell female stories, work with creators from around the world and create a cross-pollination of storytelling,” Priyanka Chopra Jonas told Variety. “Amazon is such a great partner to do that because their reach and outlook is so global. My Amazon television deal is a global deal, so I can do Hindi language, I can do English language, I can do whatever language I want.”

Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra has two Netflix productions in the pipeline – We Can Be Heroes and The White Tiger. She is also working on a wedding comedy with Mindy Kaling and biopic on Ma Anand Sheela. Besides these projects, she will star in Keanu Reeves’ The Matrix 4.

ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra honours brave women in Variety’s Power of Women: Frontline Heroes

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2020-07-01 04:12:27

EXCLUSIVE: “I’m super excited that Shakuntala Devi will be releasing on Amazon Prime”, says Sanya Malhotra

Sanya Malhotra is an actress who gives it her all while acting and overcomes the hurdles of playing characters effortlessly by truly molding into the mask of the character. Two of her films are already streaming on OTT –Pataakha and Photograph. Both released on Amazon after their theatrical runs and her upcoming film Shakuntala Devi will see a direct digital release on Amazon as well.

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Talking about her upcoming film’s release, Sanya shares, “I’m super excited that Shakuntala Devi will be releasing on Amazon Prime, it feels like I have a special relationship with Amazon because even Photograph and Pataakha had released there it received a huge response. I’m looking forward to the audience seeing Shakuntala Devi and overall I’m happy that in such times, we are able to keep the audience entertained.”

Both of the actress’ characters in these films received enormous laudation even when they were released on OTT and even saw distinctive characters with one being a character in a romantic drama film and another being a character in a comedy film. It just goes to show that Sanya is not restricted to any genres or constraints and the selection of her scripts are based upon how absorbing the plots are and if they convey meaningful messages or not.

Sanya Malhotra will be seen playing the role of Vidya Balan’s character Shakuntala Devi’s daughter in the film. Apart from Shakuntala Devi, the actress will be seen making an awe-striking appearance in the anthology film Ludo and comedy-drama film Pagglait loving to the audience her astonishing ability to adapt to characters yet again.

ALSO READ: Sanya Malhotra says she became an actor to live as many lives as possible 

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2020-06-24 13:48:50

Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi to premiere on Amazon Prime Video

After Gulabo Sitabo starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi will have its world premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The film is a biopic on late mathematical wizard Shakuntala Devi is as also known as the “human computer”.

Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi to premiere on Amazon Prime Video

On May 15, Vidya Balan announced on Twitter, “Delighted to announce that you will get to see #ShakuntalaDevi very soon on @PrimeVideo with all your loved ones. Thrilled that we will be able to entertain you in these unprecedented times. #WorldPremiereOnPrime #ShakuntalaDeviOnPrime.”

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Featuring the National Award-winning actress Vidya Balan, the film is based on the life of Shakuntala Devi, nicknamed the “human computer”, for her innate ability to make incredibly complex calculations within seconds. The film also stars Sanya Malhotra, who will be seen playing the role of Shakuntala Devi’s daughter with whom the genius enjoyed a complicated but extraordinary relationship, alongside Amit Sadh and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles.

Written and directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi has been produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions and Vikram Malhotra. The screenplay is written by Anu Menon and Nayanika Mahtani, while the dialogues are penned by Ishita Moitra.

ALSO READ: Vidya Balan’s short film Natkhat highlights consent in relationships; actress wants the film to reach every school in the country


2020-05-15 03:01:08

Amazon Prime Video to premiere Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo on June 12, 2020

A couple of days ago Bollywood Hungama was the first to report that video streaming giant Amazon Prime Video had acquired the rights of the Amitabh Bachchan – Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo. In fact, we had reported that owing to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown the Shoojit Sircar directorial would release directly on the OTT platform while forgoing a customary theatrical release. Today, Amazon Prime Video announced the global premiere of the highly anticipated Hindi film Gulabo Sitabo exclusively on the streaming service. The movie will premiere exclusively on June 12, 2020, on Amazon Prime Video and will be available in 200 countries and territories worldwide.

“At Amazon, we’re listening to our customers, and working backward from there,” said Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India. “Gulabo Sitabo is one of the most anticipated films of the year. We are happy to exclusively premiere Gulabo Sitabo on Prime Video. It is the first step in our endeavour to bring superior cinematic experiences to our customer’s doorstep.”

“This is the dawn of a new era for Indian entertainment,” said director, Shoojit Sircar. “I am happy that a global audience will be able to watch our gritty dramedy, and enjoy what the film has in store for them. Gulabo Sitabo is a quirky, light-hearted movie that the audience can enjoy with their families. It has been a wonderful experience working with Mr Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana on the film.”

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“Indian audiences have been eagerly awaiting the release of Gulabo Sitabo and we are delighted that Amazon Prime Video will now be premiering the movie for our customers. The global release of Gulabo Sitabo on Prime Video, in over 200 countries and territories, will ensure maximum reach and visibility for the film not just in India but around the world. We are excited about the new offering and are happy to, once again, bring to our customers the best of entertainment through this release,” said Gaurav Gandhi, Director and Country General Manager, Amazon Prime Video India.

Gulabo Sitabo is a slice of life, a dramedy that is a must-watch for families at home,” said actor Amitabh Bachchan, “I was excited about my role since the first time Shoojit showed me the character’s look. It took me almost 3 hours each day to get into character with its different look. I had a wonderful time working with my very talented co-star Ayushmann Khurrana. Even though we are constantly bantering in the film, it has been a pleasure working with him for the first time. This family entertainer has the power to cut across geographic boundaries and we are pleased to bring Gulabo Sitabo to audiences across the globe.”

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana said, “Gulabo Sitabo is a special film for me. It made me reunite with my mentor Shoojit da after Vicky Donor. Whatever I’m today is because of him and I’m happy that he made me a part of his vision again. Gulabo Sitabo also sees me share the screen space with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan for the first time and it’s a huge moment, it’s a dream come true for me. I have secretly wished to work with him for many, many years and Shoojit da made this happen and I will be indebted to him forever. It has truly been an honour for me to work with a legend and I feel enriched as an actor after the experience. What I love about the film is its sheer simplicity – the fleeting moments of simple humour in the banter between a landlord and tenant make this film really special. I hope audiences love the film and our chemistry when it premieres.”

Starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana, Gulabo Sitabo is the quirky tale of two slimy scheming foxes in a game of one-upmanship, each one attracting other members to their clan and each one with an agenda of his own. A Rising Sun Films production, Gulabo Sitabo is directed by Shoojit Sircar, written by Juhi Chaturvedi and produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan – Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo to go straight to OTT


2020-05-14 03:30:14

SCOOP: Amazon Prime acquires rights of Ludo and Jhund; both films to have a direct release on OTT

The Covid-19 lockdown has created a havoc for various industries, and the Indian film industry is one among them. With the pandemic not seeming to abate, filmmakers are faced with hard decisions regarding the fate of their films. After a few announcements of films being released directly on OTT platforms, we now hear that streaming giant Amazon Prime has acquired the rights of the Abhishek Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao starrer Ludo and the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Jhund.

SCOOP: Amazon Prime acquires rights of Ludo and Jhund; both films to have a direct release on OTT

Confirming the same, a source says, “Yes, Amazon has acquired rights of both films, which will now release directly on the streaming service.” Ask for details about what made the makers of Ludo and Jhund take this decision, the source continues, “Both films are T-Series productions and given the extended lock down period, the makers felt it was better to release Ludo and Jhund on the streaming service rather than wait for a theatrical release, which will take a long time.”

Further explaining filmmakers predicament these days, our source continues, “Today filmmakers are faced with a hard choice. Given the capital invested in a venture, it is their responsibility to recover as much as they can. But with theatres being shut, a major chunk of revenue has been axed. Given this situation, filmmakers are forced to search for different avenues to recover costs, and one way is with a direct release on OTT.”

While it certainly is interesting time for streaming services, an official announcement of Ludo and Jhund releasing directly on Amazon is awaited.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan starrer Jhund gets copyright violation notice from Hyderabad based filmmaker


2020-05-11 05:05:59

Amazon tech workers call for virtual strike over virus, climate concerns


Amazon tech workers are calling for a virtual one-day strike to pressure the online retail giant over warehouse safety conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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2020-04-17 09:44:00

Amazon fires 3 critics of warehouse conditions during COVID-19 pandemic


Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it had fired three critics of the company’s pandemic response for workplace violations, dismissals that drew sharp words from U.S. Senator Bernie… .

2020-04-15 05:59:00

Amazon to take on 75,000 staff as online orders surge during lockdowns


Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it would hire 75,000 more people for jobs ranging from warehouse staff to delivery drivers as the coronavirus epidemic keeps Americans locked in their… .

2020-04-13 16:05:00