Friday, June 24, 2016

Slain qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was slated to perform in India in Sept

Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri, who was shot dead by the Taliban in Karachi on Wednesday , frequently visited India. His previous performance was in Delhi at the Pakistan Embassy last year during the Shaan-e-Pakistan event. His performance was supposed to be the highlight of the event this September as well. Huma Nasr, the organiser of the event from Pakistan says, “I am extremely shocked and saddened with the news of his sudden death.“

“I am completely demotivated, his death is a huge loss to all of us. Last year, his performance was loved by many in Delhi. This year, we planned to present something new -we were planning a medley with Sabri saab and Pakistani sufi singers Sanam Marvi and Asrar, but we can't say anything now. I am very upset,“ added Huma. Sources say that now, Abida Parveen may replace the deceased Sufi singer in the programme.

Amjad was also in the news recently when he reportedly called for legal action to be taken regarding copyright issues for his song Bhar Do Jholi from Bajrangi Bhaijaan. After that case, sources say that he had not taken up any other Bollywood project.
Outrage over Sabri's killing on social media

The news of renowned qawwal singer Amjad Sabri of the noted Sabri Brothers group being shot on Wednesday night shocked the world. The 45-year-old Sufi musician was gunned down in Karachi by Taliban militants for what is termed as his `blasphemous' performance. He performed qawwali music from the Sufi tradition. Music lovers in Pakistan and India took to social media to pay him a tribute and express their shock over his sudden death.
RAHAT FATEH ALI KHAN: Sad loss of #amjadsabri totally speechless.May his soul Rest In peace

ALI ZAFAR: No words. This is extremely sad, disturbing and unacceptable specially since he had submitted an application for his protection! #AmjadSabri

FAWAD KHAN: Extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Amjad Sabri. My heartfelt condolences to his family .

IMRAN KHAN: Shocked at the murder of famous qawwal Amjad Sabri & his companions in Karachi. A complete failure of law & order...

SHOAIB MALIK: My heart & prayers go out to the Sabri family . May Allah give them the patience to deal with the loss & protect our society #AmjadSabri

SONU NIGAM: Amjad Sabri, Tragic departure! Not just sang wth me bt escaped death with me and my fmly on 10 April 2004 from a bomb blast in Karachi. RIP

KAILASH KHER: In #Ramzan Somebody can kill even an artist that too a spiritual singer. It sends the message how evolved humans are today . Prayers for family

ARMAAN MALIK: Sad 2 hear abt #AmjadSabri sahab's death. Don't know why innocent musicians are being killed, even tho they spread da msg of love & aman!!

AMIT TRIVEDI: Amjad Sabri from Sabri brothers qawwal group shot dead in Pakistan.
One more brilliant artist has left us. RIP

SONA MOHAPATRA: Amjad Sabri of the legendary Sabri brothers was shot dead in Karachi. Deeply shocking & disturbing.The world is indeed standing on its head.

RICHA CHADHA: RIP Amjad Sabri.You can kill an artist, but art is eternal.Big loss for music globally #stopviolence

AYUSHMANN KHURRANA: Tragic.Sabri Bros took the qawwali to the west in the 70s. #RIP

JAAVED JAAFERI: RIP #AmjadSabri..inna lillaahe wa inna elaihe raaje'oon.. Deepest condolences to the family and friends

SHOBHAA DE: Tragic . Amjad Sabri, Allah's favourite banda has taken his golden voice with him to heaven.Quwalis will never sound the same again.

SUHEL SETH: Sad! Truly sad...what's the world coming to? So much hate!

Lopamudra Raut miss united continents India 2016

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Lopamudra Raut miss united continents India 2016
Lopamudra Raut miss united continents India 2016
 Lopamudra Raut will represent India in Miss United Continents 2016
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She epitomises the true spirit of perseverance. After partici pating thrice in the Miss India pageant and winning multiple subtitles, Lopamudra Raut (Miss United Continents India 2016) has finally realised her dream of representing India on a global platform. The engineering graduate and budding entrepreneur is all set for the Miss United Continents 2016, which will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador on September 24.

A Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva finalist, Lopamudra says, “I won the Miss Intellectual and Miss Body Beautiful in the Femina Miss India Goa 2013 regional pageant. Then, I bagged the Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Adventurous and Miss Awesome Legs sub-titles in Femina Miss India 2013. I was among the top four in Femina Miss India 2014 and received the Miss Body Beautiful title again. Being referred to as `India' on a global platform is a matter of pride for me and I feel honoured to have the opportunity now.“

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Lopamudra, who will also be con tending for the Miss National Costume and Miss Congeniality subtitles among others, says, “I'm thankful to Aloe Veda for supporting me in the journey .“ Does she feel she has an edge over others? “I've experience on my side, but it's never good to underestimate others. Every country will be sending its best talent. But my learnings, and more importantly , my failures, have taught me a lot,“ she says earnestly.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


A year after her divorce, Dipika Kakar opens up about her relationship with co-actor Shoaib Ibrahim
This telly couple has been in the eye of the storm ever since they fell in love. Dipika Kakar, who was married before she entered the industry , filed for divorce, which came through in January last year. It was believed that Shoaib Ibrahim, her co-actor in Sasural Simar Ka, was the reason she called it quits with her husband, but the actress denies it completely . Now, after almost a three-year long courtship, Dipika and Shoaib have finally decided to go public with their relationship. In an exclusive interview with BT, she talks about what made her fall in love with `Prem' (his character in the TV show).


Dipika's marriage lasted three years and the divorce came through in January 2015. She says, “It's not mandatory that every love marriage should work; it can have its issues like compatibility too. Breaking off any relationship is difficult, almost traumatic.That's exactly what happened with me.My parents supported me and Shoaib helped me pull through those difficult times. We were not dating then.“


Dipika and Shoaib hit it off instantly , but it was only after Shoaib quit Sasural Simar Ka in 2013 that they realised their love for each other. Dipika says, “ After he left, I distanced myself from everyone on the set for almost two years. I got anxiety attacks once when I couldn't reach him when he was on a 40-day outdoor schedule of his project.“ They got closer gradually .

Shoaib recounts one such incident, “My father suffered a brain haemorrhage. Being the only son, I had to be there for my mother and sister while my father was recu perating. Dipika supported us emotionally .“


The couple was waiting for the right time to announce their relationship to the world.She says, “I wanted to be sure that this relationship wasn't on the rebound. Also, we were getting to know each other better. No matter how progressive we become, being a divorcee has some kind of a social stigma attached to it in our society.I had that stamp on me. But he gave me that space and despite being aware of my past, never complained about it. He has in fact always respected that. Coming from a small town, even his parents never let me feel that. I have always longed for family . Ammi sends dabba for me when my mother is not there. I feel I am more close to his mom than him.Everything is positive and we are more at peace now.“ Shoaib adds, “Also, a commitment bounds you for life if one talks about it (laughs).“


While their families are eagerly waiting for them to tie the knot, the couple wants to save money enough for a big fat Indian wedding. “It will be a combined effort and we want to save enough for the nikaah.I want it to be a destination wedding and it has turned out to be his hometown Bhopal (smiles),“ Dipika says, adding, “For now, I demand the next step should be a proposal, and that too for marriage.“

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Interview

‘I work like no one works in the industry, the hardest,’ says Bhansali

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Bajirao Mastani cost Rs 140 crore and earned Rs 357 crore. It won seven National Awards.

There couldn’t be a more apt name for the building Sanjay Leela Bhansali calls home: Magnum Opus. The Latin phrase that translates as ‘great work’ is used to describe larger-than-life epics, and for nearly two decades now, that has been the phrase used to describe Bhansali’s films.
It’s been four months since Bajirao Mastani released – the stunning love story of the Peshwa warrior Bajirao I and his second wife Mastani. Here is some more math: Bhansali had been trying to make the film for 12 years. He managed on the third attempt. After that, it took him a year to make the film, with his team working 20 hours a day. Bajirao Mastani cost Rs 140 crore and earned Rs 357 crore. It won seven National Awards.
So you expect to meet Bhansali glowing with satisfaction. Instead, he looks more tired than ever. “We worked like absolute mazdoor class – how else do you make a film of this scale in a year?” he says, as we settle down at the dining table. To his back is a small balcony, and across the balcony is the sea. “I worked so hard even after the release that I’ve fallen sick.”
Hard work is a recurrent theme in this conversation – it is the answer Bhansali resorts to with nearly every question. “I shoot like I’m never going to take another shot after that. Every centimetre, every millimetre of that screen frame matters to me.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Bhansali’s career as a filmmaker. In 1996, his directorial debut film Khamoshi, although critically acclaimed, flopped. “So I shifted gear and did Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).” This is the film that is now considered the prototype of the Bhansali school of filmmaking: opulent backdrops, rich costumes and a story filled with longing – presented like high art to mainstream audiences.
“When I’m making a Bajirao, I know it’s going to be grand. But Ram-Leela was also grand. And Black was also grand,” says Bhansali, unable to explain his grandiosity. After Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, when Bhansali first ventured to make Bajirao Mastani, Salman Khan, who was supposed to play the lead, had date issues.
“So I thought I’d make a small film – but Black became big. Maybe that’s my perspective on life. Maybe it’s what I see through the camera. Maybe because I grew up in a small house, I’ve always wanted things large.”
But could he make small budgets look grand? Can anyone? “You need to have a budget. People accuse me of wasting money. But you must know how to appreciate fine things. There are so many art forms that come together in a film – theatre, dance, music, painting, poetry – how do you put them all together to create a cinematic experience?”

All of Bhansali’s films are anachronistic love stories, about a kind of love that no longer exists. (Prabhat Shetty)

I willed all of this
Sanjay Leela Bhansali grew up in a small one-room house in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai. “It’s a fear I grew up with: that the walls are going to fall, am I going to fall? I’m sitting across that aunt who’s sitting on that balcony, is that balcony going to fall? We were all at the edge of existence.”
Bhansali’s father Navin was a failed producer, an alcoholic who lost all his money. In earlier interviews, he’d spoken about creditors knocking on the door, and how his family hid under the bed. Leela, Bhansali’s mother (whose name he has adopted as his middle name) raised the children almost single-handedly. She scraped up enough money, insisted they were educated at English-medium schools.
“But I never could pay much attention in school. I was in a la-la-land. I never liked being told what to do, so even in school plays, I never liked being an actor,” he says. After school, young Sanjay would come home, turn on the radio and “my mind would picturise the songs. I naturally understood a film space.”
He was barely eight or nine when his father took him to a film set where a cabaret was being shot: a girl was eating an apple, a semi-clad girl with horns on her head was jumping on a semi-clad man. This was the moment he learned his calling. “This was the place I was destined to be… I knew I’d be making films that nobody had made, that would be way bigger than I could think of.”
Many well-known people have said the same thing: that even as children with seemingly average or even bleak futures, they felt as though they’d make it big. Oprah Winfrey said she knew she was “destined for greatness”, Dan Brown had epiphanies of himself on stage, and closer home, Sabyasachi Mukherjee knew he was going to be “India’s most successful designer”.
“You’re asking me how could I ever know that I would be here?” says Bhansali. “I was a middle class boy in a chawl in Bhuleshwar. I willed this.”
I didn’t get love – so neither do my characters
Bhansali’s work is autobiographical in many ways: the alcoholic Devdas was inspired by his father; Seema Biswas’s door-to-door salesmanship in Khamoshi was inspired by his mother; the fact that love in his films is nearly always (for at least one person) unrequited, or unfulfilled, or unfinished is from his own life.
“I fell in love, and I never fell out of it. Therefore what I did not get, my characters also don’t get in my films, so… they always have to part in the end. That will always remain one of the recurring motifs in my films.” He bangs the table for emphasis.
If audiences understand my films, I’ll make Rs 500 crore
In Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (and in Ram-Leela), Bhansali showcased Gujarati culture (he is Gujarati). In Devdas, he portrayed Calcutta (because that is where the novel is set). Bajirao is a display of the culture of the Marathi Peshwas. Khamoshi was set in Catholic Goa. But none of this has been conscious, he says. “People say, arre aapne woh film toh Gujarat mein banai thi, then you went to Calcutta. Arre yaar. I’m only doing what comes to my heart. I’m not designing trilogies. I’m not designing culture shows,” he says. Ask him about his method – his daily working routine – and he’ll tell you it’s all a “vision”, that he is unaware of the “creative process”– almost as if films just somehow make themselves. It is a lot of hard work, he says, but finds it impossible to describe just how hard it is, or what the work entails.
He doesn’t like to talk about his life anymore “because I don’t have much of a life. And when I did, I succumbed to talking about it a few times and did not like it.” But if you do want to get to know him, he says, “I reveal myself in my movies. I take up only those stories, which are able to express a part of myself that is still lingering and not expressed.”
But isn’t the whole point of art that the viewers should be able to see themselves in it, not the creator? No, he says. “The day my audiences fully understand my work, I’ll make Rs 500 crore.”
I work like a dog, I do not know how to use a computer
“You have to present yourself, sell yourself. You have to find your own people who get their own people who together form a clique and try to achieve something together,” he says. At this point in the conversation, Bhansali finally seems comfortable, he’s talking about the way Bollywood works. But within a microsecond, the spell has broken: he catches himself just in time, and emphatically declares, “I’ve never formed a clique. I was an outsider, and I have remained an outsider.”
This is a strange response from a man who has spent more time in Bollywood than out of it. At 53, Bhansali has been part of the film industry for about three decades. He has worked with “almost everyone” (“except Aamir, because he has a different school of thought”).
He tries to explain again, but we’re back to talking about how hard he works. “Despite never having to sell myself, I reach out to people because they are good artists and they reach out to me because they respect me. I’ve been comfortable with my relationships in the industry because I work like a dog. I work like no one works in the industry, the hardest.”
But perhaps he wouldn’t know if others did work harder. Bhansali doesn’t like watching other Bollywood films. “I get jealous. A good story told well upsets me. I was very upset with Shoojit Sircar when I watched Piku. I called up Deepika and I said, I hope his mind stops working! I’m upset with Juhi [Chaturvedi] for having written it.”
What Bhansali is known for is being a hard taskmaster. In an interview with Bhansali, film critic Rajeev Masand mentioned stories about mobile phones being smashed if they rang during the shoot, for instance. Bhansali admits he is now more difficult to work with than ever. When you’re making a film, he says, “You’re imprinting something for a lifetime. If you don’t understand the importance of that moment, you shouldn’t be on my set.”
When Bhansali writes, he refuses to go out of the house till he has finished. “I don’t know how to use a computer – to switch on the laptop. Email, Facebook and Twitter – I don’t understand any of it, and I’m not interested also.”
Aishwarya was my muse. Deepika is getting there
Twelve years ago, Bajirao was supposed to be played by Salman Khan, Mastani by Aishwarya Rai, and Kashi by Rani Mukerji. Then the potential cast changed to Salman and Kareena Kapoor, but that didn’t work out either.
Apparently, the original idea was shelved after the very public Salman-Aishwarya break-up. Then, Bhansali himself shelved the film when Salman and Kareena signed on Kyon Ki (2005) because he wanted to introduce the pair first.
It’s a better film now than it would have been then, he says. “I’m subtler today. I find more in silences. Ten years ago, there were dramatic outbursts. In Devdas, for instance, the scene where Devdas is arriving goes like this: Devdas is arriving, Devdas is arriving, Devdas is arriving, Devdas is arriving. There were four scenes of ‘Devdas is arriving’. Now, I would finish it in one scene.”
It’s the job of a filmmaker – “to change a film according to the times, even if it is a historical film.” But, a large part of the Bajirao script remained as it is. “When Rani Mukerji was supposed to play Kashi, she’d keep coming to Prakash bhai [Prakash R Kapadia, who wrote the film] and say, ‘achha ab Kashi ke scenes padhiye aap’. Those were beautifully written.”
In 2007, Deepika Padukone’s debut Om Shanti Om was pitched against Sonam and Ranbir Kapoor’s debut Saawariya – both released on the same day. Om Shanti Om became a runaway hit, Saawariya became the butt of jokes at every film award show. So when Padukone began her career, she began it in the ‘other camp’.
“Deepika came to audition for Saawariy a, and she said, ‘you let me know and I’ll choose right now’. But by then I’d finalised Sonam who I love immensely also.”
They got to work together only when Kareena Kapoor walked out of Ram-Leela. “The set was made already, and it was shocking: her exit 10 days before shooting,” says Bhansali. “So, I went to Deepika. She was unwell and she had fever, and she was beautiful. The neck was so long and those watery gorgeous eyes! I thought, what is this girl all about?”
This is in many ways how Bhansali once talked about Aishwarya. “One has done three films with me, one has done two films with me. But both are beautiful, both are from Mangalore, both are wonderful girls, both are my friends…” he ticks off all the diplomatic boxes in the Aishwarya-Deepika checklist.
“Aishwarya was my muse. I could look at her and she would understand what I’m saying. Deepika has really evolved as an actor. What she’s given me, I don’t think anybody else will. Mastani was too special.”
I’m pursuing modern love
All of Bhansali’s films are anachronistic love stories, about a kind of love that no longer exists. But what about modern love?
“Love is timeless,” he says grandly. “Sure, now the changeover is faster. It’s not just about loving a person, it’s about loving yourself and so many things… but abhi bhi gile shikwe hote hain…”
And this – modern love – is what’s keeping Bhansali occupied: “That’s precisely what I’m pursuing, to change gears, and create a newer way of telling a story.”
First Things on SLB’s Mind
* One actress you haven’t worked with but would like to... Two: Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt
* One actor you haven’t worked with but would like to...
Two again! Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah
* A yesteryear actor you’d like to direct: Sanjeev Kumar, if he were alive
* A Hollywood classic you’d like to remake: Citizen Kane
* Ranveer Singh’s biggest strength: He understands nuances
* And his biggest weakness: He’s too energetic
* Your biggest insecurity as a filmmaker: To get my shot right.
* On set, one thing that makes you really mad: Incompetence or indifference
* Also on set, one thing that makes you really happy: Peanuts, and my bowl of channa. If those are there, I’m very happy.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next directorial venture to release 15th December 2017 !

After the stupendous success of the multi-award winning Bajirao Mastani , Sanjay Leela Bhansali announces his next magnum opus.

The film is slated for a grand release on 15th December 2017 and will be the director’s biggest film ever.

The celebrated director will introduce audiences to the first-of-its-kind film from his repertoire.

Since this is the filmmaker’s most ambitious film so far, there is a lot of speculation surrounding the cast.

While the maker remains tight lipped about the details, sources reveal that the casting of the film is still in process .

Says a source , ” While names of big superstars have been thrown, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is still working on the script and casting of his next directorial venture. The filmmaker will make an announcement when he is ready. As of now all that is revealed is that the film will release on 15th December 2017 and will be his biggest and most ambitious film. “

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Presenting BEKHUDI Video Song from upcoming movie TERAA SURROOR starring Himesh Reshammiya & Farah Karimaee in leading roles, directed Shawn Arranha, produced by T-SERIES FILMS in association with HR MUSIK.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Arnold Schwarzenegger to be a part of 'Robot 2'?

Endhiran 2 (Robot 2 in Hindi), which made news a while ago when Rajinikanth gave his nod to starring in the sequel, is now making headlines again with the news of another star joining the cast.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be in talks to star in the film. However, nothing is confirmed yet and the makers are reportedly looking for some big names for the project. A source said, "Talks are on with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the makers are planning to have him on board for the role of the villain. As of now, negotiations are underway, but he has not signed on the dotted line. However, nothing is final as the team has been in talks with many big stars for the past one month for the role."

When we contacted a spokesperson from the production house that is producing the film, they were reluctant to talk about it. "Things are still in the initial stage and we can't comment anything about the project at the moment," the spokesperson said.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Salman looks best with Aishwarya, say fans!

Speculation is rife about who will be cast opposite Salman Khan in Sultan? Several names have been tossed around like Kriti Sanon and Parineeti Chopra, but no one has been finalised yet. Recently, a poll was conducted to find out which heroine did Salman look the best on screen?
Among the contenders were Katrina Kaif who has co-starred with him in films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Partner, Yuvraj and Ek Tha Tiger, Priyanka Chopra who he romanced in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge, Salaam-e-Ishq and God, Tussi Great Ho, Madhuri Dixit, with whom he gave one of the biggest hits of his career – Hum Aapke Hain Koun among others and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who did one film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam with him.
The Salman-Ash pair got the maximum votes — 32% to emerge the winner. Katrina got the second highest percentage of votes of nearly 21%, while Priyanka came third with 15% votes. Kareena Kapoor Khan, who was his heroine in last year’s biggest blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan, got only 14% votes, while Sonam Kapoor, with whom he was paired in Saawariya and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, got only 10% votes. Surprisingly, Madhuri Dixit-Nene got the least votes with 8%.