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REVEALED: These films are expected to be announced for direct release on Netflix on July 16!

With the Coronavirus cases increasing day by day, the chances of cinema halls opening anytime soon also appear slim. Though the exhibitors are putting up pressure and inside reports state that theatres should start next month or latest by September, the Bollywood filmmakers, it seems, have lost patience. A couple of weeks back, the exhibitors got a jolt when as many as 7 films were announced as direct-to-OTT release, on Disney+ Hotstar. And now, they are in for a far bigger shock. The worldwide streaming giant Netflix is now all set to release its list of Bollywood films, which were originally supposed to release in cinemas, but will now arrive straightaway on their platform. The announcement is expected to be made on July 16, that is, two days from now.

Bollywood Hungama has exclusively got hold of the tentative list and as many as 9 films are expected to be announced. A source says, “The list is tentative but mostly, these are the films that will be unveiled as Netflix originals to the media on the 16th.” These movies are as follows:

1. Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Earlier in the day, Bollywood Hungama had revealed that this flick is releasing on Netflix. Starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Bhumi Pednekar, it is directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, who earlier made the acclaimed 2017 flick Lipstick Under My Burkha.

2. Torbaaz

It stars Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri and was one of the first or probably the first Hindi film to be shot in Kyrgyzstan. Directed by Girish Malik, it is set in the Afghanistan city of Kabul and deals with the issue of child suicide bombers. Interestingly, its producer Rahul Mittra had, in March 2020, assured that the film would hit cinemas in October.

3. Ginny Weds Sunny

Directed by debutant director Puneet Khanna and produced by Vinod Bachchan of Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017) fame, this romcom stars Vikrant Massey and Yami Gautam. It was shot in real-life locations in Delhi and also in places like Ghaziabad, Noida, Karnal and Manali. The light-hearted flick is about Ginny and Sunny, who meet for a marital alliance, but she rejects him. Sunny then teams up with the mother, who becomes his love guru, and they together try to woo Ginny.

4. Indoo Ki Jawani

Starring Kiara Advani and Aditya Seal, this Nikkhil Advani production is about a feisty girl from Ghaziabad whose bizarre experience on a dating app results in a comedy of errors. This will be Kiara’s second Netflix film after the Karan Johar-produced Guilty, which was released in March this year.

5. Ludo

It is supposed to be in the Life In A… Metro (2007) zone, which like Ludo, is also directed by Anurag Basu. The ensemble star cast includes Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Aditya Roy Kapur, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra and Pankaj Tripathi.

6. Raat Akeli Hai

Netflix and Radhika Apte are like a match made in heaven. Hence, it’s no surprise that one of the films in the slate also includes a Radhika Apte-starrer. Raat Akeli Hai also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ila Arun and Swanand Kirkire and marks the directorial debut of casting director Honey Trehan. As per reports, this crime thriller is set in the Uttar Pradesh of 1980s, and is about the journey of a man from a rookie cop to an experienced police officer.

7. The Girl On The Train

It is the official remake of the Hollywood film of the same name and stars Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari and Avinash Tiwary. Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, it has been extensively shot in United Kingdom.

8. Anurag Kashyap’s next with Alaya F

This flick is reportedly titled Project 10 and is directed and produced by Anurag Kashyap. Shot extensively in UK, it stars Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaya F, who earlier this year, made her debut with Saif Ali Khan-starrer Jawaani Jaaneman. Anurag has described the film as a ‘young love story’.

9. Ak vs AK

The title is actually a play on the initials of its lead actors – Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor. It is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and is based on a brash film director who kidnaps the daughter of a well-known movie star. Anil’s son Harsh Varrdhan will also be seen in the film in a cameo. This is the only film in the list which was always going to release directly on Netflix and was never intended for a theatrical run.

The source signs off by saying, “Netflix has also backed Dibakar Banerjee’s Manisha Koirala-starrer Freedom and Karan Johar’s The Other (tentative title) and it’s not sure however if these films will also be included in the slate. There’s a slim chance that all films out of these might not make it on the list but one thing is for sure – the announcement is sure to grab eyeballs. Watch out.”

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2020-07-14 15:09:36

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

Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara has a Karan Johar connect

The theatrical trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara released yesterday and as expected, it has created a record of sorts. A remake of the 2014 Hollywood tearjerker The Fault In Our Stars, this Mukesh Chhabra directorial amassed 4.3 million likes on YouTube in less than 24 hours, thus beating the feat held by Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame’s trailers. A lot of love has poured out for the actor after his untimely death on June 14 this year. That this would be his final film has made Dil Bechara all the more special.

Sadly, this social media discussion about the actor has also got quite toxic. A large section of netizens began blaming the ‘nepotistic nature’ of Bollywood for his death. Karan Johar, who unfortunately is seen as the poster boy of nepotism in Bollywood, was heavily slammed along with other star kids of Bollywood. The trolling is immense and continues even after three weeks of Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise.

However, what many viewers are not aware of is that Dil Bechara has a Karan Johar connection as well. The dialogues of this film are written by Shashank Khaitan, who started his career as a writer with Karan’s Dharma Productions. He had no filmi connections and his first film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was greenlighted by KJo. Starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, it was one of the most loved films of 2014. His next flick, Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), also starring Varun and Alia, too worked big time. This was followed by Dhadak (2018), an official remake of the Marathi classic Sairat (2016) and also the launch pad of Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter. He was also one of the producers of the 2019 super-duper hit comedy Good Newwz and that of 2020 horror flick BHOOT: Part One – The Haunted Ship. He’s the only director among many directors launched by Dharma to have graduated to being a producer.

Incidentally, exactly two years ago, in the second week of July 2018, Dil Bechara was officially announced. It was then called Kizie Aur Manny. Rucha Pathak, Chief Creative Officer, Fox Star Studios, in a press statement at that time had said, “We’re especially happy that the script that we’ve been developing over the last few years is seeing the start of shoot and the title itself has come so organically from the Indian characters in the film. Kizie and Manny are characters from the imagination of Suprotim Sengupta who wrote the screenplay and Shashank Khaitan who gave them wonderful voices through his dialogues. Mukesh now is going to bring them to life”.

Dil Bechara will be released directly on Disney+ Hotstar on July 24. Moreover, it’ll be available for free viewing for non-subscribers as well.

Also Read: Farhan Akhtar, Kriti Sanon and other Bollywood celebrities react to the trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput’s Dil Bechara

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2020-07-08 04:00:07

SCOOP: Varun Dhawan’s Coolie No 1 to release in theatres; WON’T take the OTT route?

It’s been more than a month that speculations have been going arund that some of the most awaited films of the year would be straight away released on one of the biggest streaming platforms, Disney+ Hotstar. And finally, tomorrow, that is, June 29 is the day when the announcement in this regard will be made. This was confirmed by Disney+ Hotstar itself when they put up an image mentioning that they’ll make the coveted announcement tomorrow evening at 4:30 PM IST in a star studded online event. A picture of the stars who’ll attend the event was also published and these were Alia Bhatt, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan and Varun Dhawan.

As soon as this announcement was uploaded, many eyebrows were raised especially about the presence of Varun in the said image. It led to speculations that his next film, Coolie No 1, is also arriving on OTT directly. His fans were disheartened as Coolie No 1 is a masala comic caper and have chances of working in theatres. The last few films of his haven’t worked. Hence they were banking on Coolie No 1‘s theatrical release as it would have got Varun back in the big league. Sadly, the OTT speculations of its release disheartened them.

However, it turns out that Coolie No 1 is not skipping theatrical release. A source says, “As per the information that we have got, Coolie No 1 is not releasing on Disney+ Hotstar. Varun’s picture has been published alongside the others as he’s going to host the event.”

The source further adds, “Coolie No 1 is directed by Varun’s father David Dhawan who strongly believes in theatrical release. He would not let Coolie No 1 arrive on a streaming platform.” He also however cautions, “If, at the last moment, Coolie No 1 makers have made a deal for online release, then we don’t know. But that’s unlikely.”

Shedding more light on this event, the source reveals, “The event will also be attended by Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific) and Chairman, Star & Disney India. An announcement would be made of films that will arrive on Disney+ Hotstar, starting July 24 when Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara. Every Friday will then see a new film arriving on the platform. Some of the films that will be announced are Akshay Kumar’s horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb, Ajay Devgn’s patriotic actioner Bhuj – The Pride Of India, Alia Bhatt-starrer Sadak 2, and Abhishek Bachchan’s stock market saga The Big Bull. Besides, Kunal Kemmu’s comedy Lootcase and Vidyut Jammwal’s romantic actioner Khuda Hafiz are also expected to be announced.”

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Also Read: No Corona mention in Coolie No 1, clarifies David Dhawan

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2020-06-28 09:18:52

Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film Dil Bechara to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from July 24 for free

Sushant Singh Rajput had finished shooting for Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial Dil Bechara way before the lockdown was announced. The film will now be released on Disney plus Hotstar on July 24. 

Sushant Singh Rajput's last film Dil Bechara to stream on Hotstar from July 24 for free

Dil Bechara which also stars Sanjana Sanghi is the official remake of the Hollywood film The Fault In Our Stars. Disney plus Hotstar took to their Instagram handle to announce the release of the film on their platform. Sharing a poster of the film, they wrote, “A story of love, hope, and endless memories.Celebrating the late #SushantSinghRajput’s legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever.#DilBechara coming to everyone on July 24. For the love of Sushant and his love for cinema, the movie will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers.”

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A story of love, hope, and endless memories. Celebrating the late #SushantSinghRajput’s legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever. #DilBechara coming to everyone on July 24. For the love of Sushant and his love for cinema, the movie will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers. . . @sanjanasanghi96 @mukeshchhabracc #SaifAliKhan @arrahman @swastikamukherjee13 @sahilvaid24 #SaswataChatterjee @shashankkhaitan @sonymusicindia @foxstarhindi @suprotimsengupta @amitabhbhattacharyaofficial

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In memory of the late actor, the film will be accessible to everyone. Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14, 2020 in his Mumbai apartment, leaving the nation in shock. 

ALSO READ: Sushant Singh Rajput Death: Final postmortem report reveals no external injuries or foul play 

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2020-06-25 09:35:59

Hotstar-Disney rents Ramoji Film City for 3 years

For those film crews in Bollywood contemplating a move to Hyderabad’s sprawling Ramoji film City, there is some disappointing news. Apparently the affluent Hotstar-Disney organization, has rented the entire Ramoji film city for the next three years thereby putting an unofficial embargo on any other film unit desirous of shooting at the vast premise, said to be the world’s largest film city.

Hotstar-Disney rents Ramoji Film City for 3 years

Star and Hotstar were acquired by the Disney label in 2019. The merger makes Hotstar one of the most powerful OTT creators in the Asian subcontinent. By reserving India’s biggest film city for three years Hotstar intends to ensure an advantageous venue for manufacturing an incessant flow of content for consumption in these parts.

No wonder the movie theatre business seems noticeably threatened by the resources and reach of the digital manufacturers.

Also Read: Prabhas gears up to meet a crowd of 100,000 at the Saaho pre-release event at Hyderabad’s Ramoji Film City!

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2020-06-20 05:34:04

SCOOP: Vidyut Jammwal-starrer Khuda Hafiz to directly release on Disney+ Hotstar?

Vidyut Jammwal ended 2019 on a fair note as his film Commando 3 emerged as a box office hit. On television, it is faring very well and the success of this flick gave him box office credibility. His next film, Khuda Hafiz, however, won’t release in cinemas, and would directly arrive on the streaming platform, Disney+ Hotstar, if reports are to be believed.

Since the coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced on March 24, cinema halls have been shut. Although there are murmurs that the government will allow theatres to resume operations in July, the industry fears that viewers might not come out in large numbers to see films. With the indefinite postponement of films, producers began to feel the heat as it led to increase of costs. Hence, when many producers were approached by OTT giants, they decided to accept their offers for a direct release on the internet.

A source says, “The producers of Khuda Hafiz, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, too were approached. Initially, they decided to wait but when they realized that the lockdown has been extended and it’ll take a while until viewers will come fearlessly to cinemas in large numbers, they decided to discuss the offer with Disney+ Hotstar. Once they reached a consensus and agreed to the price given, they sold their film to the streaming giant.” An announcement is expected soon, adds the source.

Khuda Hafiz was launched in April 2019 as a romantic action film. Besides Vidyut Jammwal, it also stars Aahana Kumra and Shivaleeka Oberoi. Directed by Allah Ke Banday (2010) director Faruk Kabir, it is based on a real incident of a man fighting to get his wife back from a Middle-Eastern country. The film had made news last year as it was a rare Bollywood project to be shot in Uzbekistan.

Also Read: Vidyut Jammwal thinks along with Bollywood, Hollywood also needs Sidharth Shukla

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2020-06-13 09:14:56

Sushmita Sen’s comeback project Aarya was first offered to THIS actress

Sushmita Sen is all set to make her screen comeback with the digital series Aarya. The actress has signed up for the show last year itself and is now busy promoting the show. However, she was not the first choice for the role.

Sushmita Sen’s comeback project Aarya was first offered to THIS actress

Reportedly, director Ram Madhvani initially wanted to remake the 2010 Dutch series titled Penoza into a Hindi feature film. The filmmaker had first approached Kajol for the role and was in talks for the project. Kajol had loved the concept and the storyline. However, it did not work out as the actress had to step out at the last minute due to personal issues.

Later, Ram thought of approaching Sushmita. The central character in Aarya is a woman and he was looking for someone with a commanding screen presence and a terrific performer. Sushmita chose to go ahead with Aarya as her comeback. Later, when Hotstar came on board they decided to make it into a digital series.

ALSO READ: Sushmita Sen grooves to Ranveer Singh’s ‘Aankh Maarey’ in this BTS video from Aarya 

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2020-06-10 13:46:36

Bhuj and Big Bull: Ajay Devgn in talks to ink a multi-film deal with Disney+ Hotstar?

The last few months have seen several big producers exploring options for the release of their films as the cinema halls across the country were shut owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that Ajay Devgn too is looking to get two his films on OTT platform and the conversations are in the advanced stage. This films that are poised for an OTT release on Hotstar include his acting stint, the war drama Bhuj: The Pride of India and his production venture, Abhishek Bachchan starrer Big Bull.

Bhuj and Big Bull Ajay Devgn in talks to ink a multi-film deal with Disney+ Hotstar

“It’s a two film deal and the actor is being offered a big chunk of money. With no clarity around the reopening of cinema halls, the stakeholders feel it’s best to get the film on the OTT platform and entertain the audience on the small screen. While Bhuj shoot is almost complete with just patch work remaining, Big Bull is currently in the post – production stage,” revealed a source close to the development adding further that they are also exploring on by-passing the patch work scenes on the edit table through extended use visual effects on Bhuj.  “The meetings are taking place at the moment and decision will be taken within a week.”

Apart from Bhuj, Hotstar has also been in talks forever to bag the rights of Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb and the film too will gear up for a direct to digital premiere soon. “It’s a matter of time before they make an announcement. By keeping the suspense intact, the makers are trying to generate buzz and anticipation around the film. Akshay is usually the first to issue a clarification on rumours, and with that not happening, it’s certain that the film will arrive on Hotstar,” the source added.

This Friday will see the release of first big film, Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime whereas Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi is gearing up for a month end release.

Also Read: Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India team working from home to complete the VFX of the film

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2020-06-08 09:50:13

Bhuj, Big Bull and Chhalaang: Ajay Devgn in talks to ink a multi-film deal with Disney+ Hotstar?

The last few months have seen several big producers exploring options for the release of their films as the cinema halls across the country were shut owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that Ajay Devgn too is looking to get three of his films on OTT platform, and the conversations are in the advanced stage. This films that are poised for an OTT release on Hotstar include his acting stint, the war drama Bhuj: The Pride of India and two production ventures, Abhishek Bachchan starrer Big Bull and Rajkumar Rao’s Chhalaang.

Bhuj, Big Bull and Chhalaang Ajay Devgn in talks to ink a multi-film deal with Disney+ Hotstar

“It’s a three film deal and the actor is being offered a big chunk of money. With no clarity around the reopening of cinema halls, the stakeholders feel it’s best to get the film on the OTT platform and entertain the audience on the small screen. While Bhuj shoot is almost complete with just patch work remaining, Big Bull and Chhalaang are currently in the post – production stage,” revealed a source close to the development adding further that they are also exploring on by-passing the patch work scenes on the edit table through extended use visual effects on Bhuj. “The meetings are taking place at the moment and decision will be taken within a week.”

Apart from Bhuj, Hotstar has also been in talks forever to bag the rights of Akshay Kumar starrer Laxmmi Bomb and the film too will gear up for a direct to digital premiere soon. “It’s a matter of time before they make an announcement. By keeping the suspense intact, the makers are trying to generate buzz and anticipation around the film. Akshay is usually the first to issue a clarification on rumours, and with that not happening, it’s certain that the film will arrive on Hotstar,” the source added.

This Friday will see the release of first big film, Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime whereas Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi is gearing up for a month end release.

Also Read: Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India team working from home to complete the VFX of the film

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2020-06-08 09:50:13