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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

Akshay Kumar starrer Bellbottom becomes first film to begin shooting post lockdown, to commence filming in UK

The much-anticipated thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, and Lara Dutta is the first film to commence shooting after the long lockdown. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari and written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh, the schedule of the movie begins one month from now (August). The entire team of Bellbottom will be heading to the UK for the same.

Akshay Kumar starrer Bellbottom becomes first film to begin shooting post lockdown, to commence filming in UK

Bollywood Hungama was first to break the news that Bellbottom will commence shooting in Scotland. It will be predominantly shot overseas. A source earlier said, “Given the current times, and the fact that most countries have faced economic setbacks, film shoots that are being done overseas can look at getting assistance in terms of permissions and rebates in return for in-film promotions.”

Further talking about the practicality of shooting, the source continued, “Though permissions to shoot have been acquired, strict guidelines have been laid out that will have to be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Quiz the source on whether the location of Scotland will play an integral part in the film and he continues, “As of now nothing can really be said apart from the fact that Bellbottom is a spy thriller that is set against the 80s backdrop.”

Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment Bellbottom Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Bellbottom is set to release on 2nd April 2021.

ALSO READ: After probe order, Akshay Kumar says he had permit to travel to Nashik

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2020-07-06 04:46:29

Satyameva Jayate 2: Milap Zaveri says John Abraham will perform Hulk like action scenes, has already cracked plot for third part

Filmmaker Milap Zaveri was looking forward to the shooting of Satyameva Jayate 2 with John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar from April 10, 2020. Amid nationwide lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the shoots have been halted in the country. But, the filmmaker is glad that the shooting didn’t begin since halting it midway would have led to higher losses.

Satyameva Jayate 2: Milap Zaveri says John Abraham will perform Hulk like action scenes, has already cracked plot for third part

Speaking to a daily, Milap Zaveri revealed neither did they require too many sets nor did they have to move out of Maharashtra. The shooting would have spanned over 90 days and was supposed to be filmed at real locations. He has been in touch with producers Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, and Madhu Bhojwani via video calls. The filmmaker has also gone back to tweaking the script, adding more punch lines, and discussing action scenes with the stunt directors Anbu and Arivu.

Milap further revealed John Abraham is almost like a superhero in Satyameva Jayate 2. The actor said that he will do things like he has never done before like rip a tyre or door, like Hulk. While there are rumours that John might have a triple role in the film, Milap did not confirm the same. But, he revealed that he has indeed cracked basic plot for Satyameva Jayate 3. He said that he would like to make Satyameva Jayate every few years with John. As corruption won’t go away in India, he said this franchise will take it on.

Milap Zaveri further confirmed that he is working on an action entertainer script that has been liked like Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, and Madhu Bhojwani. He has a comedy and slightly edgy scripts ready too.

Satyameva Jayate 2 is set for October 2, 2020 release.

ALSO READ: John Abraham’s TRIPLE role in Satyameva Jayate 2? Milap Zaveri clarifies

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2020-05-28 05:41:39