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After Ghoomkhetu, producer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Bole Chudiyan in talks with OTT platforms

With the spike in Coronavirus cases and lockdown extension, it doesn’t seem like theatres will open anytime soon atleast not for the next six months. This has resulted in mid-budget and low-budget films taking the route of OTT platforms. With a bunch of Hindi and South films releasing on multiple OTT platforms, many producers are currently in negotiations for their films too. Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Ghoomketu is already releasing on ZEE5 this month. It seems like another project Bole Chudiyan starring Nawaz and Tamannaah Bhatia will see a digital release too.

After Ghoomkhetu, producer of Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Bole Chudiyan in talks with OTT platforms

Co-producer Rajesh Bhatia has confirmed that they are open to the idea of an OTT release. He said that if the film beams to 200 countries, they think that’s a great deal for the right price. He further said that they have an obligation towards their investors and they must meet the timely release to generate revenue. Bhatia further cited that cash flow needs to be generated in order to make more productions. He revealed that the unit is currently in negotiations with multiple web platforms.

Besides the lead actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Tamannaah Bhatia, the primary cast also includes Kabir Duhan Singh, Rajpal Yadav, and Aditya Srivastava. Bole Chudiyan is a romantic-social drama produced by Rajesh Bhatia and Kiren Bhatiaa of Woodpecker Movies. It is directed by Shamas Siddiqui.

ALSO READ: When Nawazuddin Siddiqui used kites to send messages to his neighbourhood crush and got caught!


2020-05-20 04:09:42

Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi’s shoot is yet to be completed, says director Laxman Utekar

Kriti Sanon is all set to play the role of a mother for the first time in her career with Laxman Utekar’s Mimi. The movie is a remake of a Marathi hit film, Mala Aai Vhaychya. Kriti has already been away shooting for the film for quite a few months and due to the pandemic, the movie’s shoot had to stop midway. Even though the majority of it has been shot, Laxman Utekar says that there is an entry song with Kriti that is yet to be shot.

Kriti Sanon starrer Mimi’s shoot is yet to be completed, says director Laxman Utekar

The song is supposed to be shot with a few international dancers from the UK and it can’t be done unless international flights are active. They’ve completed the shoot on March 5 and were to begin the post-production work on March 10-15. However, with the entire post-production left to be done, they might face a delay in the release of the film. Even if they wanted to, they couldn’t shoot at home since it’s a big number with several dancers.

So, as of now, edit work, the song, post-production, and music is left to complete the project. When asked about a digital release, Laxman Utekar said that it’s not possible since the film has not been completed yet.

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2020-05-18 09:31:38

Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Irrfan Khan – Manoj Bajpayee starrer aborted

Tigmanshu Dhulia who directed Irrfan Khan in one of his best film Paan Singh Tomar was all set to collaborate with his favourite actor all over again when death made other plans. Dhulia’s proposed film with Irrfan was the story of two friends growing old together. It was originally titled Bichde Sabhi Baari Baari.

Tigmanshu Dhulia's Irrfan Khan - Manoj Bajpayee starrer aborted

It was the story of two friends and their relationship over a period of 35 years. Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan were cast as the older avatars of the buddies whereas Amit Sadh and Vidyut Jamwal were to play the younger versions of the same characters.

But then Bajpayee opted out. Recalling that aborted project, Tigmanshu says, “It was the story of two friends. After it didn’t work out with Manoj Bajpayee, Irrfan Khan and I were to play the two friends. I had re-titled the film Yaara. It was a desi adaptation of the French film Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) It was the story of their journey in life from 1955 to 2010. I relocated the plot and the characters to Uttarakhand where I come from. They had to look compatible and convincing as friends. I lost close to 15 kgs for role. But we didn’t get to work together in that project. Lekin issi bahaane maine apna wazan ghata liya.”

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2020-05-18 05:44:05

Shafi Inamdar and Swaroop Sampat starrer Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Ratna Pathak Shah and Supriya Pathak’s Idhar Udhar to be back on Doordarshan

Amid lockdown, several classic shows from the 80s and the 90s have made comeback on the Television. With the growing demand for shows that are making every nostalgic, Doordarshan is bringing two of the classic sitcoms – Shafi Inamdar and Swaroop Sampat starrer Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Ratna Pathak Shah and Supriya Pathak’s Idhar Udhar.

Shafi Inamdar and Swaroop Sampat starrer Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and Ratna Pathak Shah and Supriya Pathak's Idhar Udhar to be back on Doordarhan

Idhar Udhar starred sisters Ratna Pathak Shah and Supriya Pathak. The show was directed by Anand Mahendroo and aired in 1985. The show was taken off air after the first 12 episodes. Owing to the success of Dekh Bhai Dekh, the show was revived with Ratna and Supriya along with Liliput and Bhavana Balsavar and had a time jump of 13 years.

Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi starred late Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi, Satish Shah, and Tiku Talsania. It was written by popular satirist Sharad Joshi and directed by Kundan Shah. It originally aired in 1984. The theme song was crooned by late Kishore Kumar. The episodes revolved around funny happenings in the lives of Ranjit Verma (Shafi Inamdar) and Renu Verma (Swaroop Sampat), who play a married couple along with Renu’s unmarried and unemployed younger brother Raja (Rakesh Bedi) and then Chachi’s daughter who plays the character of Rashmi.

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2020-05-15 10:46:52

Maine Pyar Kiya actress Bhagyashree joins Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi

Kangana Ranaut’s next film, Thalaivi, is a biopic on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, late J Jayalalithaa. The film is being directed by AL Vijay and the makers of the film had earlier revealed Kangana’s look at Thalaivi and Arvind Swami’s look as MGR.

Maine Pyar Kiya actress Bhagyashree joins Kangana Ranaut starrer Thalaivi

It has now been revealed that the film also stars Maine Pyar Kiya actress Bhagyashree in a pivotal role. Speaking on her role, Bhagyashree said, “I play a key role in the film and my character brings about a turning point in ‘Thalaivi’s life. Kangana and I have a lot of scenes together, and the entire team loved our on-screen chemistry. It was fun working with her because she is a fantastic artiste, who puts a lot into her performances. It was great to get back to the set after a very long time.”

When asked about working with Kangana, she said, “I had first met Kangana in 2006, when she had just started her career. Even on the set of Thalaivi, she is extremely respectful, and greets me as soon as she reaches the set.”

Thalaivi has been produced by Vishnu Vardhan Iduri and Shaailesh R Singh and directed by Vijay, Thalaivi is scheduled to release in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

ALSO READ: Maine Pyar Kiya actress Bhagyashree to make a comeback with film starring Prabhas


2020-05-15 09:43:15

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.

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2020-05-15 03:01:08

After Mahabharat, Nitish Bharadwaj starrer Vishnupuran to return on Doordarshan

Ever since nationwide lockdown was announced in March, Doordarshan has brought back many shows on television that aired in 80s and 90s. The popular mythology shows – Ramayan, Mahabharat, Shri Krishna – have seen massive viewership. Now, another show is making a comeback – Nitish Bharadwaj starrer Vishnupuran.

After Mahabharat, Nitish Bharadwaj starrer Vishnupuran to return on Doordarshan

Vishunupuran starred Nitish Bharadwaj once again as the lead character. He earlier played Lord Krishna in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat. Vishnupuran will air from May 14 at 7 pm on DD Bharati.

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Directed by Ravi Chopra and produced by BR Chopra, Vishnupuran is based on the book of the same name. It featured the stories of 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

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2020-05-14 05:25:56

SCOOP: Netflix acquires Janhvi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Ishaan Khatter – Ananya Pandey starrer Khaali Peeli for direct to OTT release

Since the past couple of months, theatres across the country have remained unoperational due to the Covid-19 lock down. But with the virus continuing to ravage the county, it seems like the lock down will in all likelihood extend. Meanwhile, this extension seems to be impacting the film industry and filmmakers who were eagerly awaiting the release of their films. Now we hear, with the continuation of the Covid-19 lock down, two major releases viz. the Janhvi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and the Ishaan Khatter – Ananya Panday starrer Khaali Peeli will see a direct release on the OTT platform Netflix.

SCOOP: Netflix acquires Janhvi Kapoor starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Ishaan Khatter - Ananya Pandey starrer Khaali Peeli for direct to OTT release

Commenting on the same, a source close to the ventures says, “Both films are produced by Zee, and with the ongoing situation not seeming to slowdown, the production house felt it was best to develop both films for a direct release on OTT.” Quiz the source whether Zee would release both films on its own streaming service and he adds, “As of now, the streaming giant Netflix has acquired both films. So yes, both films, Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl and Khaali Peeli will release on Netflix directly.”

Interestingly, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, which is the co-producer on Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, already has a standing contract with Netflix. Quiz the source whether the mega production house played a part in selling the Janhvi Kapoor starrer to the platform and he adds, “Actually no. It was a decision taken by Zee to sell the rights of the film to Neflix for a direct OTT release.” Prod him for more details and he continues, “As you are well aware, that the lock-down period will take a while to end, and even then it will still take a few more months to get audiences to theatres. Therefore, the makers of both the films decided it was financially more viable and economic for a direct OTT release.”

While our source holds his ground about both films releasing on Netflix, an official announcement is awaited. We guess till then it is a wait and watch game.

Also Read: Janhvi Kapoor reveals she flew a helicopter herself while shooting for The Kargil Girl


2020-05-12 07:44:20

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

Director Shoojit Sircar has been hinting about it for some time. Now his latest film Gulabo-Sitabo which features Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana as a squabbling landlord and tenant is said to be going straight to the digital platform.

Amitabh Bachchan - Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo to go straight to OTT

Apparently, director Sircar along with Mr. Bachchan and his co-star Khurrana are more than happy to facilitate a quick release of their corona-stuck project. In fact, a swift deal that the producers of Gulabo Sitabo has been cut with Amazon.

Also Read: Shoojit Sircar open to releasing Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Gulabo Sitabo on digital platform


2020-05-09 10:30:02

Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Ghoomketu to release digitally on Eid weekend; Ranveer Singh and Amitabh Bachchan to be seen in special appearances

ZEE5 announced its next film Ghoomketu which is set to release on 22nd May. An aspiring writer’s 101 retreats into the life of the protagonist, Ghoomketu is played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The movie is a comedy-drama from the viewpoint of an inexperienced writer struggling to make it big in the film industry in Mumbai. On his quest to come up with a great story, he is inspired by day to day mundane life activities. Will his ambition and determination exceed his talents? Or will a corrupt cop, who is on a mission to find Ghoomketu, put a brake on his 30-day escapade?

Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Ghoomketu to release digitally on Eid weekend; RanveerSingh and Amitabh Bachchan to be seen in special appearacne

Directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra and produced by Phantom Films and Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), this film will be exclusively releasing on ZEE5.

The quirk and humour in the movie are exaggerated with dramatic linguistic annotations. The film is set in a wickedly playful backdrop and will be great for the entire family to watch together. The film also has ace director Anurag Kashyap as a cop and the talented Ila Arun as Ghoomketu’s Aunt, in lead roles along with Raghubir Yadav, Swanand Kirkire, Ragini Khanna and others. The film will also see special cameos from Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha, Chitrangada Singh, Lauren Gottlieb and filmmaker Nikhil Advani.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui shares, “Ghoomketu is a quirky, never-seen-before character and I thoroughly enjoyed playing him. Anurag, who is generally behind the camera, will be seen sharing screen space with us and it was a great experience to work with him as an actor. ‘Ghoomketu’ has a phenomenal storyline which will definitely entertain the audience. During this time of the lockdown, I am glad that a humorous film that the entire family can watch is being streamed on ZEE5.”

Actor Anurag Kashyap shares, “Every film is a labour of love and I saw the conviction in the director of Ghoomketu and hence decided to do something which is my least favourite thing to do, which is act. The film is funny and heartwarming.”

Film Director Pushpendra Nath Misra adds, “Wherever we go, we are never far away from our roots. Ghoomketu, as the name suggests, is a story of the ‘journey to the beginning’. This a film where the protagonist – a writer- draws inspiration from the idiosyncrasies of his own family members. This was a dream project with a stellar cast (sublime actors, all of them), and the freedom to tell the story in a non-stereotypical way. For all the writers, their observation begins at home. This film is a celebration of our family members – our ‘Bua’s and ‘Chacha’s and ‘Dadda’s – who we (Ghoomketu) always carry in our hearts, wherever we go. I am glad it will reach the huge family audiences of ZEE5.”

Vivek Agrawal, Producer, Phantom Films says, Ghoomketu is one of those rare gems that will put a smile on your face while taking you through the struggle of a man who is out there trying his luck in Bollywood films. Bringing this story to life has been a roller-coaster ride, just like the protagonist’s journey in the film! It has been a pleasure working on ‘Ghoomketu’– a project that is relatable for many people, on so many levels and we are thrilled to have ZEE5 on board to release it.”

This quirky comedy is all set to confuse, entertain and make you laugh this Eid weekend. 


2020-05-09 08:27:21