‘Coffee With D’ director Vishal Mishra says he is sad that popular comedian and actor Sunil Grover refused to promote the film.
Coffee with D is a film which revolves around a journalist’s attempt to fix an interview with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and how he manages it in the end.
“Sunil and his performance is definitely one of the strongest driving forces in the film and it’s really disheartening to see that he has turned down from speaking about it at all,” Vishal said in a statement.
He added: “We are encouraging the underworld to rule the film industry by being scared and let them curb our freedom of speech and expression.”
Mishra and producer Vinod Rahani had earlier alleged that they were receiving threatening phone calls since December last year, from different numbers and locations on a daily basis. They had also filed a complaint against callers who had been threatening them to make changes in the film if it shows the underworld don in bad light.
Talking about the changes, Mishra said: “The release date has been pushed already. The least one can expect is staying on their word in this situation, as we know we haven’t portrayed anything that is ethically wrong.”
RACIST DIATRIBE: Marc Anwar posted offensive Tweets about Indian people and has subsequently been sacked from the nation’s most popular TV soap ( Pic cred: YouTube)
Corrie actor released after racist tweets
After tweeting alleged racist rants about Indian people this week, Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has been sacked from the soap.
The 60-year-old actor, who was born in Pakistan, joined the show in 2014 to play the role of Sharif Nazir and has left the show ‘with immediate effect’ for the comments posted from his protected account.
The alleged tweets from Anwar's Twitter were critical of India over the disputed Kashmir region and called on Pakistani actors to stop working in the country, amid heightened tensions between the two nations over the divided Himalayan territory following deadly attacks by militants.
The tweets also referred to Indian people as ‘b*******’ and ‘p***-drinking c****’.
In a YouTube video posted on Sunday 25th September, Mr Anwar apologised for his behaviour.
He said: “I'd like to offer my sincere apologies for my tweets on Friday.
“The language was unacceptable and I feel I've let a lot of people down. I hope everyone I offended can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Fiyaz Mughal, director of the charity Faith Matters, said: “It’s unacceptable for anyone today to put material online that targets a segment of a population. You can’t just blame a whole group of people for a conflict.”
ITV said in a statement: “We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.
“We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."
ITV confirmed that pre-filmed episodes with the actor will still air, but his presence in the show will be minimised until his character can be written out.
BATTERED AND BRUSIED: Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar had a freak ‘rush of blood to the head’ whilst training in his garden
Coronation Street fans were in shock this week after Corrie actor Qasim Akhtar posted a photograph of his bloodied face on social media.
The Corrie heart-throb’s face looked like it had gone through a few rounds with Mike Tyson after he revealed that he had blacked out in a freak accident.
25-year-old Qasim, who plays Zeedan Nazir in the award-winning soap, was exercising at home when he lost consciousness and fell on the patio, leaving a painful looking cut over his right eye.
The actor, who is now recovering, has been flooded with concerned messages and well-wishes from his co-stars Sally Ann Matthews, Kym Marsh and Jane Danson.
He wrote on Instagram: “So, I’ve just got out of A and E. Training in the garden earlier - had a sudden rush of blood to my head and hit the stone deck face first after blacking out. Great start to the weekend.”
He later explained: “I think I just got an unusual amount of blood rush to my head and fainted.”
Kym, who plays Rovers Return barmaid Michelle Connor, asked: “Are you ok doll?” to which he replied: “I am now mrs. Codeine and rest for me this weekend.”
Jane, who plays pregnant Leanne Battersby, tweeted: “Aw love, hope you feel ok soon, that looks so sore x”
And he told Sally Ann, who plays Jenny Bradley: “I’m counting my blessings I didn’t land two feet to the right off the corner of a step.”
Brave Qasim admitted that his injury was ‘very very sore’ but tweeted that he will be ‘back in work tomorrow’.
He said: “I’m a soldier haha this won’t stop me. I’ll be back on it Monday.”
Qasim has been on the ITV soap since 2014, when he was cast as the son of Kal, played by Jimi Mistry. He has also played Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 show ‘Shameless’.
The ‘hit’ actor director of Tiger Shroff and Sabbir Khan is back and this time it’s bigger and better making the dance-move-maestro Michael Jackson very, very proud.
This action-packed dance drama titled ‘Munna Michael’ will be the third teaming up of director Sabbir and Tiger after two consecutive hits - ‘Heropanti’ and ‘Baaghi’, and is dubbed for release in September this year.
The film is based on the story of Munna, a street boy from Teen Batti in Mumbai, who loves dancing and grows up idolising the legendary dancer, Michael Jackson. The romantic musical dance drama laced with stylised power-packed action promises to be a mass entertainer.
Commenting on the project, Producer Viki Rajan said: “Tiger is phenomenal in his action as well as dance and his role in ‘Munna Michael’ is tailor-made to showcase his winning moves.
“Sabbir and Tiger have proven their hit pairing and audiences can once again look forward to magic in this musical action entertainer.”
Director Sabbir Khan said, “I had spoken to Tiger about a story and a character called ‘Munna Michael’ had been in mind a year ago. I think it got stuck in his head and when he reached out to me recently asking what was happening with it, I narrated the script to him which he loved.
“‘Munna Michael’ is a unique character and I think Tiger will do full justice to it. It’s our third outing together and we are hoping to score a hat trick.”
Actor John Abraham and director Nishikant Kamat have been friends for years but the two will go head to head onscreen in the upcoming ‘Rocky Handsome’.
The film, set in Goa, Mumbai, Pune and Seychelles, traces the journey of a man who goes on a rampage when the only person he cares about (a little girl) is kidnapped. Nishikant, who has directed the action thriller, also plays the antagonist — a Goan ganglord, Kevin Pereira.
His assistant directors believed that, since he knew the script inside out, he was the right choice for the role. Asked about it, Nishikant says, "I'm confident in front of the camera, but acting and directing simultaneously can be scary."
Talking about his friend, director and now co-actor's look and performance, John Abraham says: "When I learnt that Nishi would play the villain, I was quite excited. When I saw him getting out of his vanity van on the day of the shoot, sporting a baldpate and suit, I thought he looked mean. You need a strong bad guy to stand up against Rocky Handsome and he is the man to watch out for."
Arguable Bollywood’s biggest badmaash baddy, Ranjeet’s name figures among the most-notorious gunday (villains) of the Hindi film industry. His screen image is that of a ‘rapist’ and despite that says that he has “always been a shy person”.
Marking 50-years of being in the film-industry he says: “Despite the image of a villian, I have never been involved in any kind of controversy all these years. I can say that I have lived very gracefully.”
With his signature-style of unbuttoned shirts, hairy chest and huge medallions around his neck, he’s done no less than 500 various roles in films, including some 350 scenes of molestation.
“Work is work for me. I can do any work in the field of acting. Be it films, television or theatre, I am willing to do anything,” says Ranjeet.
He had been selected for the Indian Air Force, and thought his career would lie here, but never intended to go into acting.
He happened to be in Bombay (now Mumbai) once and was attending a party where a producer asked him if he would be interested in films. “I immediately said yes and my film career started,” Ranjeet said, adding that the first role he was offered never saw the light of the day as the film was never made.
Ranjeet, who studied in Delhi’s Hindu College for some time, got into the film industry in 1966-67, playing the role of Rekha’s brother in the movie ‘Saawan Bhado’.
He was given the screen name ‘Ranjeet’ by superstar Sunil Dutt with whom he did ‘Reshma aur Shera’ in 1968. He started doing villainous roles from his third film ‘Sharmelee’ with Shashi Kapoor and Rakhee.
Having successfully created a name for himself in negative (vile and repugnantly perverted, may we add) roles, Ranjeet says that he has learnt to live with his image of a villain and a rapist.
“My family, which was very orthodox, threw me out of the house when they learnt that I had raped the heroine in the film (Sharmelee).
“For some time, I had to stop signing films. I had to convince the family that I was only acting,” Ranjeet recalled.
“I am still a very shy person. I am a vegetarian and hardly drink,” he said.
After almost five decades in Bollywood, actor-villain Ranjeet says that he was always a self-made man. “I am completing 50 years in the film industry, I have lived life on my own terms, I never had a godfather,” says Ranjeet.
“The Indian film audience still waits for the thrill of the entry of the villain. However, now the lines have changed. A lot of heroes are also doing anti-hero and negative characters,” he said.
Ranjeet feels that the days of the iconic’ villains – the likes of K.N. Singh, Pran, Prem Chopra, Amjad Khan, Gulshan Grover, Amrish Puri and Shakti Kapoor are well and truly over.
Aamir Khan is cutting his London trip short as he’s promised to celebrate his 51st birthday with his mum in India.
Currently Khan is shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Dangal’, where he plays the role of Mahavir Phogat who encourages his daughters Geeta and Babita to take up wrestling.
He’s already shot for the film in his beefed-up physique as a grown up Mahavir Singh Phogat, but for the younger version of the character Aamir will be loosing around 70 lbs in weight.
Aamir’s trip had played a dual purpose of preparation for the film whilst spending some quality time with his 21-year-old son Junaid (from Aamir’s first wife Reena Dutta) who is studying film-making in England.
A source said: “He was supposed to be there till the end of the month but will have to cut short his trip and return in six days.
“His mother (Zeenat Hussain) is in her 80s now and wants Aamir who turns 51 on 14th March by her side on his birthday.”
So, as promised, Aamir will fly back to India in time to ring in his 51st birthday with mummy.
HOME BOUND: Waris has since returned home and thanked AeroMexico for their eventual co-operation
Airline requested actor remove religious headwear before boarding
Sikh actor and model Waris Ahluwalia claims he was barred from boarding an AeroMexico flight bound for New York on Monday because of his traditional turban.
41-year-old Ahluwalia - who has appeared in the Wes Anderson films, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, and ‘The Life Aquatic’ - says he was stopped trying to board a flight to New York for fashion week.
Ahluwalia wrote on his Instagram account that whilst going through security, AeroMexico staff told him he would have to fly a more 'inclusive' airline when he refused to remove his holy headwear.
He then refused to board another flight until he received an apology.
Ahluwalia has asked for 'a public apology from AeroMexico, Sikh awareness training for airport security, and training on how to screen passengers with religious headwear.’
UNMOVED: The story was told through Waris’ Instagram account
Speaking with The Washington Post on Monday night, he said: “I realise that this isn't about my convenience or getting home for lunch today. I realise that if I walk away, somebody else was going to go through this experience again.”
He added: “It doesn't feel like a choice I can make. I don't think I can just get on that plane.”
Ahluwalia has since returned to his New York home after talks with the airline and updated his followers on Instagram about his travels.
He wrote: “Home sweet home. Thank you to each and every one of you on social media for your support and for continuing the dialogue on tolerance and understanding of all cultures.
“It is with your help we were able to effect change. This is one small step forward for humanity. Keep the conversation alive, and with patience, LOVE will prevail.”
US guidelines, which were put into effect in 2010, no longer require air passengers to remove turbans if it makes them uncomfortable, and Sikhs have argued body scanners and metal detectors already make it unnecessary.
This is not the first time that Ahluwalia has been targeted because of his faith.
In 2013, he became the first Sikh man to appear in an advertising campaign for GAP.
Racist graffiti was then daubed over several billboards featuring Ahluwalia sporting a beard and turban.
The slogan for the national retailer's holiday campaign was ‘Make Love’ but one person scrawled over a poster that appeared in The Bronx, ‘Make Bombs’. The offensive scribbles also included the line: ‘Please stop driving taxis!’.
Tiger Shroff, who is juggling two high-octane action films, Remo D'Souza's 'A Flying Jatt' and Sabbir Khan's love saga, 'Baaghi: A Rebel For Love', suffered a slipped disc while shooting a sequence for his superhero flick last week.
He was advised three weeks' rest but there's no stopping Jackie Shroff's young cub.
The 25-year-old actor was back on the sets in three days with a physiotherapist in tow to ensure that he doesn't overexert himself. And though in a lot of pain, Tiger is determined to give both films his best shot.
Says Tiger: "I've been through some really gruelling schedules. The stunts in both films and lack of rest have led to this injury. Before I've had a chance to recover, I'm back for another action-packed schedule of 'A Flying Jatt'.
“I'm not complaining since I'm surrounded by wonderfully supportive people. I will fight it out with painkillers and my physiotherapist," he asserts.
After a hiatus of nearly six years, international actor Akshay Kumar will be seen playing a baddie in the superhero sci-fi film ‘Robot 2’ — a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster film ‘Robot’ (Enthiran).
Directed by S. Shankar and starring Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar and superstar Rajinikanth, the film will be shot in 3D and will release in Tamil and Hindi. The film’s music will be composed by double Academy award-winner A.R Rahman.
As the news hit the floors, Akshay Kumar took to social media to share the news with his fans when he tweeted, “Ending the year on a high note. Super excited to be a part of Robot 2 with the one & only @superstarrajini sir!”
The movie is also believed to be the most expensive Indian film, being made at a budget of over Rs 250 crore.
Kriti Sanon is acting opposite Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Varun Dhawan in Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’.
Sharing the screen with these mega superstars must feel incredible, knowing Kriti we’re sure she would’ve managed well.
Anyway, in a recent interview, Kriti spoke about her relationship with her co-stars, particularly with Kajol. She spoke about how Kajol is like the older sister she never had, although she does have has a younger sister who is four years her junior.
Despite the age difference Kriti that Kajol is like a motherly figure and she had to establish this kind of relationship on screen as well.
Sonakshi Sinha who started off her career as a costume designer, says she wanted to be an astronaut and she blames fate which switched her career from fashion to cinema.
The daughter of Bollywood-actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, made her breakthrough in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s starrer ‘Dabangg’ in 2010.
In a recent interview, Sonakshi revealed that she wanted to become an astronaut. She further admitted that her maths was so bad that no institute would have given her an admission. Sonakshi boasted about her sketching skills and how she thought she’d become an artist because she was so good at art.
None the less, Sona became an actress and she said that there were a lot of people that inspired her when she was making her career choices, ending it with the statement of: “I was always a courageous girl.”
After adding many hit flags to his career as an actor, Irrfan Khan is all set to begin a new venture as a producer.
Yes, you heard that right. Irrfan Khan would soon be co-producing a film ‘Kaash’.
Apparently, this film will mark the directorial debut of fashion photographer Ishaan Nair, nephew of Mira Nair.
Irrfan's wife Sutapa Sikdar is also associated with the project. It will star Kalki Koechlin in a special role. The film is a joint collaboration between Mira Nair, Irrfan Khan, Sailesh Singh and Shimit Amin.
Speaking on the kind of scripts he is looking to produce, Irrfan said: "I am looking at producing films which will give audience something fresh. And also something that projects my vision of story telling. I would like to produce or co-produce. As a co-producer I would like to handle the creative side of things and would want someone to handle the financial part of it as a partner.
"I'm on lookout for more scripts which will be refreshing in storytelling. Content is the king," said Irrfan on a concluding note.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui clarifies on his Hollywood film opposite Nicole
There is a price that one has to pay for success, and even the master and passionate actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who still has his feet firmly on the ground, has to face it.
For those of you who are not quite familiar with him, he’s had a subtle climb in the industry and now has some noticeable and acclaimed performances in films tucked under his belt.
He’s earnt his respect in films such as ‘Black Friday’ (2004), ‘New York’ (2009), ‘Peepli Live’ (2010), ‘Kahani’ (2012), ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (2012) and ‘Talaash’ (2012).
We were quite shocked when we heard rumours that Nawazuddin’s PR had claimed that he is starring in a film opposite Nicole Kidman and has scenes with her.
When we called Nawaz, he was shooting for Kabir Khan’s next project, and promised to get back to us as soon as he was through, and as always he did.
Here is what Nawaz said: “You know me very well. I don’t have a PR as I am here to work and if my director is satisfied, that gives me utmost satisfaction. I don’t know where it came from that I’m doing a Hollywood film opposite Nicole.”
Giving us the exclusive details Nawaz told us: “You know I had this very nice mail from Garth Davis, where he asked me to do this one scene/short appearance in his film. If you want I can forward it to you. That is it! And I’m doing it.
“I don’t have the gift of the gab, but as my well-wishers had advised I try to talk, give interviews and answer queries. But not while I am shooting, as I have my utmost attention and focus on that.
“The only person I talk to is my mother who is sick, not even my brothers or relatives. People have to understand that. It really pains me to read such unsubstantiated stories,” concludes the humble actor.
A Bengaluru-based artist Vidushini Prasad has decided to sue the family of actor and BJP functionary Shatrughan Sinha, claiming that the image of Ganesha printed on the wedding invites of his son Kush was lifted from her collection without permission.
Kush Sinha's wedding with Taruna Agarwal, the daughter of a prominent NRI family from London, was held in Mumbai on 6th January.
Prasad said: "I've spoken to my lawyer. We're not accusing the Sinha family but we will send a notice to them as we don't know which agency designed it for them."
Reiterating that monetary issues have not prompted her action, Prasad said: "In the past Delhi University and many others have called me seeking permission to use my paintings on cover pages. I've allowed them to without charging any royalty. But they acknowledged that the artwork was mine."
The image used on the invite was a Madhubani-style painting from the signature collection Prasad had done for a city lifestyle store for their Ganesha festival collection last year.
"I'd done about 35 paintings for the store. I did not expect a card meant for such a reputed family will be designed by agencies or people who steal. I hope it does not happen with any other artist," she said.
India’s leading actor joins the Swiss pioneering watch brand’s star team of sports & celebrity ambassadors
Ranbir Kapoor joins TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious and high-end chronographs, has just announced the signing of Bollywood Superstar Ranbir Kapoor for a long-term partnership as a Brand Ambassador.
With this association, TAG Heuer reinforces its leadership position by becoming the only brand in the industry endorsed by two of the biggest names in Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.
The versatile actor and today’s youth icon, Ranbir Kapoor joins a renowned roster of international sports stars and celebrities that includes football superstar and two time winner of the Ballon d’Or award Cristiano Ronaldo, WTA tennis champion Maria Sharapova, Hollywood film actress Cameron Diaz, Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier and the entire crew of 2013 America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA.
The Swiss Avant-Garde watchmaker is best known for breaking rules: harnessing mental fortitude to overcome technology restraints and deliver ground breaking innovation.
Their ‘Don’t crack under pressure’ campaign asserts the powerful truth that achievement is due as much to mental strength as to physical capabilities. A truth that is exhibited in the daring watches and chronographs produced by TAG Heuer.
“Far more than a claim, it is a powerful mindset,” said TAG Heuer CEO Stephane Linder.
“Those who know TAG Heuer may recognize the motto, a tribute to an early 90’s campaign which for many remains the most archetypal expression of TAG Heuer’s unbreakable determination.
“The campaign captures the mental strength of our Dream Team, athletes and partners, who reflect the values of the TAG Heuer shield. Be it Cristiano Ronaldo the perfectionist, Maria Sharapova the irresistible, Shah Rukh Khan the King of Bollywood or our latest ambassador Ranbir Kapoor. In India, we are proud to have two of the best names in Bollywood sporting TAG Heuer and we see a great future with them in the coming years.”
“TAG Heuer has always been one of my dreams,” said Ranbir Kapoor. “It started when I was really young, it was the first watch I wanted to own in my life. I remember my parents gifted it to me on my 13th birthday.
“So now, to be associated with the brand is really humbling for me. I really have to pinch myself to believe that I am part of the TAG Heuer family.
“I think TAG Heuer stands for the four principle P’s that is prestige, precision, passion and performance. I think that is something we all and especially I can identify with; the way I look at my career, my life. I believe these are very important aspects for how one should approach their life, their work and their relationships.”
Through his successful career in Bollywood films, Ranbir has become one of the most popular celebrities in India. He is the recipient of several awards and nominations, including five Filmfare Awards for his memorable performances in movies like ‘Rockstar’, ‘Barfi’, ‘Wake Up Sid’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and many more.
Apart from winning accolades for his experimental style of acting, he has also been listed as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ in India and in 2013 he topped Filmfare's poll of the ‘Most Stylish Young Actor’ and was one of the recipients of ‘People of the Year’ award by the Limca Book of Records.
In addition to acting in films, Ranbir is a football enthusiast and supports numerous charities and causes.
He endorses the Spanish football club FC Barcelona and is the vice-captain of the All Stars Football Club, a celebrity football club that raises money for charity. He is a co-owner of the Indian Super League football team ‘Mumbai City FC’, and is the co-founder of the production company ‘Picture Shuru Productions’.