BREAKING: Janhvi Kapoor’s Gunjan Saxena set for an Independence Day release on Netflix – Details

On June 9, Karan Johar announced that his next film with Janhvi Kapoor, the biopic of Kargil War Hero, Gunjan Saxena will be a direct to digital release owing to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. A source close to the producer revealed that the decision was taken to keep the cash-flows in the coming rolling, as they were offered a massive amount by Netflix. Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that the war drama is gearing up for an Independence Day release.

“It’s as patriotic a story as it gets and everyone associated with the film feels that August 15 is the best date for the film release. The idea is to pay tribute to the Indian Air Force Pilot, Gunjan Saxena, the first female to go on combat. A theatrical trailer of the film is being prepared right now and will be unveiled within the next 10 days,” revealed a source close to the development.

The source further revealed that the makers were contemplating multiple dates for the film’s release, including the Kargil Diwas on July 26. “But the post production has taken longer than expected and hence they had to delay the film by a couple of weeks. There is a possibility of the film’s trailer hitting the digital world on July 26, thereby being a fitting tribute,” the source added.

Apart from Janhvi Kapoor, the film also features Pankaj Tripathi in a pivotal role of Gunjan’s father. “The dynamic shared by the two is among the major highlights of the film, and the ones who have seen the rushes can’t stop raving about the underlying emotions in the father daughter relationship.” The film was shot extensively in Lucknow and Georgia, apart from some patchwork in Mumbai. It marks the directorial debut of Sharan Sharma and Karan has got his studio partner in Zee Studios. Stay tuned for more exclusive updates on Bollywood Hungama.

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2020-07-15 04:00:30

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.”


2020-07-14 15:09:36

Salman Khan to recite a poem in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz

Actor-director Satish Kaushik’s next directorial Kaagaz is based on the real-life story of Mritak Lal Bihari. The film is being presented by Salman Khan. Now, the actor has more to offer in the film besides being the presenter.

Salman Khan to recite a poem in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz

As per Satish Kaushik, the actor has recited a power in Kaagaz. He said that the actor has recited a very good poem that comes at the beginning and the end of the film. The poem is by Aseem Ahmed Abbasi. Satish said that Salman had recited it so well that they decided to make a video for promotion. The actor said that it is based on the lines of Kaagaz and how paper is important to us.

Amid lockdown due to COVID-19, his film has been delayed indefinitely. Led by Pankaj Tripathi, the actor-filmmaker said that there is only little work left on post-production. It was supposed to release on May 15 but now he will wait and come up with a plan on how to release it.

Meanwhile, the film is the story of Lal Bihari, a farmer from Amilo, Azamgarh whose uncle bribed an official to declare him dead so he could usurp his ancestral property. For 19 years, Lal Bihari tried everything possible to prove that he was alive and finally, the court ruled in his favour. Later, Lal Bihari prefixed his name with ‘Mritak’ (deceased) as a reminder of his struggle to exist and founded the Uttar Pradesh Association of Dead People to highlight cases like his.

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2020-06-04 07:49:11

Fukrey 3 makers plan to incorporate COVID-19 situation in the film 

The film industry has come to a halt because of the ongoing pandemic. Filmmakers are already predicting several films based on corona to come out in the near future. Now, director Mrigdeep Singh Lamba said that he is thinking of touching upon the COVID-19 situation in the third part of his hit franchise film Fukrey

Fukrey 3 makers plan to incorporate COVID-19 situation in the film 

Talking to a news agency, Lamba said that just like the previous two instalments- Fukrey and Fukrey Returns, the third film will also be high on entertainment and will have a social message. He said that the original script does not mention COVID-19 situation. However, the makers have now been contemplating and discussing the same. The filmmaker said that they need to be careful as to how they show it so that it does not seem forceful. 

Lamba further said that they had started working on Fukrey 3 before the lockdown and are now connected via phone. They have a story in place and the script is 80 per cent complete. Fukrey’s cast Pulkit Samrat, Varun Sharma, Ali Fazal, Manjot Singh, Pankaj Tripathi and Richa Chadha will be returning for the third installment with a few additions, the director confirmed. 

Meanwhile, Lamba said that if they are unable to fit in the COVID-19 situation in Fukrey 3, he plans on making a full-length feature film on it. 

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2020-05-23 04:08:41