This week in Bollywood we see a bit of controversy from Saroj Khan’s bizarre comments on the casting couch and some brilliant new trailers including Sanjay Dutt’s biopic, “Sanju” starring Ranbir Kapoor.
There are also some updates on the highly anticipated wedding of Bollywood royalty, Sonam Kapoor and the adorable new baby announcement from Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira.
Catch up on your weekly Bollywood Bytes:
1Ranbir Kapoor’s “Sanju” Teaser
Vidhu Vinod Chopra and RajKumar Hirani have joined forces for their next venture, a biopic on the life of Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir Kapoor has taken on the challenge of portraying the life of this badass legend and from the looks of the teaser he’s was definitely the right choice for the job. Kapoor looks so much like Dutt and the transition of his look through the years is amazing.
Not just his physical appearance, but Kapoor’s style of talking, his style of walking, and all the little nuances that make Dutt so unique were all picked up so fluidly by Kapoor.
The film will look in-depth at the ups and downs in the life of the cinema legend. Dutt has seen great heights in his career and even begged for money on the streets and been to jail as a suspected terrorist. The teaser alone gives us high expectations for this biopic, be sure to catch this film releasing June 29.
2Saroj Khan Shocks Industry with Casting Couch Comments
Master choreographer Saroj Khan dropped a bizarre comment about the casting couch in the Bollywood industry, and many people in the industry are upset by her statements in response to Telegu actress Sri Reddy who stripped to protest the casting couch in the Telugu film industry.
“Government ke log karte hain to tum film industry ke peeche kyun pade ho? Wo to roti to bhi deti hai, rape karke chorr to nahi deti. (Even people in the government abuse girls and women, why are you after the film industry? The industry also provides livelihood, it does not discard the woman after that).”
Of course, the choreographer faced tons of backlash from both fans and industry members for her crass words, she did apologize stating that the entire conversation wasn’t presented clearly. Industry members like Shatrughan Sinha and Richa Chadha believed that Khan was misrepresented and agreed that there is abuse of women in all areas so the film industry shouldn’t be the only one targeted. While others like Ranbir Kapoor made light of the situation when he answered questions the “Sanju” trailer launch saying that if it’s there, he’s never faced it while laughing with the filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra and RajKumar Hirani.
Radhika Apte and Usha Jhadav are speaking out about their experiences regarding the casting couch in a documentary. Looks like Bollywood may have their own #MeToo movement on the rise.
3Shahid and Mira Kapoor Announce Pregnancy
Shahid and Mira Kapoor are the cutest parents in the film industry, and they just released an adorable Insta-post announcing the arrival of their second child! The “Padmavat” actor had an arranged marriage in 2015 that quickly turned to love. They welcomed their first child, little Misha soon after the wedding, and now Misha just announced she’s going to be a big sister!
How precious! Congrats to the couple!
4Veere Di Wedding Trailer Give Girls All the Feels
It’s finally here! The trailer for “Veere Di Wedding” released and the ultimate chick flick speaks to 20-30-something girls everywhere. With marriage-obsessed families that value a girl only by whether or not she gets married and marriages that end up being more about the “perfect wedding” than the perfect marriage.
Starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania, the film follows this group of independent, powerful young women who happen to be at different stages in their life, but holds each of them together is each other. Find out how their friendship helps them all survive the turmoil of their lives when the film releases June 1.
5Deepika Padukone at the Time Gala
Bollywood’s sweetheart, Deepika Padukone attended the recent Time 100 Gala in New York City wearing a stunning white sari-gown by Anamika Khanna. Padukone made Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list this year.
She is one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actors, male or female, and she even founded the organization Live, Love, Laugh that works to reduce the stigma around mental health stigma.
The talented international actress spoke about fighting for equal pay and her struggles with depression at the Time 100 Gala.
“…for some of us I think who do think of giving up once in a while, I want you to know that we’re all in this together,” Padukone said at the Time 100 Gala, “and most importantly that there is hope, because in the words of Stephen Fry, ‘We’ll be sunny one day.’”
Padukone was one of three Indians honored at the gala, cricketer Virat Kohli and Ola co-founder, Bhavish Aggarwal were also honored.
6Sonam Stays Mum on Wedding Plans
The update is that Sonam Kapoor and beau Anand Ahuja will be wed on May 7th or 8th and the wedding will take place at Kapoor’s aunt, Kavita Singh’s house in Bandra. The reception will be at The Leela in Mumbai. The “Veere Di Wedding” actress has asked her family, her father, and sister to keep mum about wedding details until the time is right.
Thus far we know the guest list includes stars like Swara Bhaskar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Mohit Marwah, Jhanvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Farah Khan may be choreographing some dance performances for wedding events. Rumor has it, Jhanvi Kapoor will even perform to a Sridevi song at the wedding in a tribute to her late mother. They’ve designed elegant E-invites to all their events in order to conserve paper.
Keep it locked for more updates on the wedding news!
7Will Priyanka Chopra Be Meghan Markle’s Bridesmaid?
Chopra and Markle’s friendship has the media buzzing about whether the Bollywood beauty queen will play bridesmaid to the new American princess. Chopra has confirmed that she will not be a bridesmaid for the royal wedding, though many news outlets have confirmed that Chopra will be at the wedding as a guest.
Chopra and Markle have become fast friends when they met at the annual ELLE Women in Television dinner. They bonded instantly and have developed a deep friendship over the past few years. Chopra has stood up for Markle many times and recently she was praising her good friend again in an interview with PEOPLE Now speaking about the upcoming wedding on May 19.
“I’m super excited about her and her big day,” Chopra said. “It’s not just going to be life-changing for both of them, it’s life-changing for the world that needs to see strong women as icons, and I think Meghan has the potential to be that…She’s just a really real girl. She’s a girl’s girl. She’s a really relatable young woman who is concerned about the world just like you and I are. That’s what I love the most about her. I feel like her authenticity is what’s going to make her really stand out in this new life she’s going to take on.”
8Guru Randhawa’s Next Hit: “Raat Kamaal Hai”
Randhawa has dropped some popular hits recently like “Suit Suit,” with urban desi artist, Arjun, “Ban Ja Rani” from the movie “Tumhari Sulu” and the most recent single, “High Rated Gabru.” Randhawa teamed up with Tulsi Kumar on this new track, and the lovely Khushali Kumar the music video for the song “Raat Kamaal Hain.” This track is a foot-tapping number released right in time for the summer.
Randhawa shows off some acting skills and dance moves for this video too, check it out.
9Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez Shooting in Kashmir
Khan and Fernandez are heating up Kashmir while they shoot their next film, “Race 3.” The duo have been shooting a romantic song in the lush valleys of Kashmir recently and Fernandez posted an adorable new post on her Instagram.
It will be an elaborate shoot, as the Mumbai Mirror reports that 10 battery-operated cars were provided for the shoot. The team will also be shooting some portions of the song in the resort town of the Thajiwas glacier and then head to Ladakh to wrap up the shooting. The latest film in the “Race” series is directed by Remo D’Souza and also stars Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem, Daisy Shah and Freddy Daruwala. Be ready for the action-packed drama to unfold June 15.
10Ranveer Singh and Kalki Koechlin Turn Rapper
For their upcoming film, Zoya Akthar’s “Gully Boy,” Singh and Koechlin have created a song! The actors are showing off their rapping skills in this film as they both play musicians. Singh plays a rapper and Koechlin’s character studied music at Berkeley University. Rumor has it Singh is already taking lessons and preparing for the role and the track. Koechlin however, is not taking lessons but she’s been listening to and studying rap music artists like Divine and Naezy. She’s working with Anand Tiwari to learn the song as well. We can’t wait and see what magic these two talented actors cook up in “Gully Boy.”