Bollywood is always popping with news, whether it’s relationship gossip, new trailer releases, birthdays celebrations, or award shows. What went down in Bollywood this week?

1Madhuri may Take on Sridevi’s Role

Karan Johar’s “Shiddat” was his father’s dream project set in 1947 Lahore, Pakistan. Johar cast Sridevi and Sanjay Dutt as a Lahori couple who are parents to Aditya Roy Kapoor and Varun Dhawan in the film. With the sudden and tragic death of Sridevi, the film has lost an integral character, though it is not confirmed as of yet, rumor has it Johar wants Madhuri Dixit-Nene to take on Sridevi’s role in tribute to the late actress. Dixit-Nene has not been approached as of yet and Johar is being respectful of the Kapoor family’s loss.

2Aamir Khan Joins Instagram

Aamir Khan’s birthday was March 14th and Khan celebrated his 53rd birthday by finally joining Instagram! He had the day off from shooting so he flew to Mumbai to celebrate with his family. Khan even cut a cake in front of the media like he does every year with his wife at his side. The generally private couple even shared a cute kiss for the cams at the airport when Rao picked up her husband and after they had a public cake cutting.

He was convinced by his wife to join Instagram and his first post is an enormous collage of his mother to honor her.

“I had to post my mom’s post as the first on Instagram because of her I am here,” Khan told media.

3From BFF’s to the Story Behind her Name, all Revealed on Alia Bhatt’s Birthday

Speaking of birthdays, March 15th was Alia Bhatt’s birthday. Fans and industry friends alike hit social media to wish the lovely young actress on her 25th birthday. Everyone from Akshay Kumar and Madhuri Dixit-Nene to Parineeti Chopra and Masaba Gupta wished Bhatt on her birthday. Her newest best friend, Katrina Kaif threw up an adorable snap of the two in matching BFF robes to wish Bhatt a happy birthday.

Her proud parents, Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan even posted loving messages about the actress for her birthday. Check out this beautiful message from her mother where she reveals how Bhatt got her name.

 

On this day 25 years ago you were born Alia. Your name had already been chosen in my head. Alia Knightly was a lovely British Indian model and when I read that name I had decided if I had a girl we would call her Alia. Luckily your father agreed. I had no idea what the name meant then. It was many years later that I found out it means ‘exalted’. And that you most certainly are. A month before you were born I had a dream. I saw your face clearly in that dream. Since then in these 25 years you have scaled great heights in your young life… true to your name. On this day, your birthday, I wish you all the best as always… but I also wish that you keep your core self intact. Your special simple sweet self intact through all the craziness and the heady ups and the not so heady downs of life … don’t lose sight of who you really are inside. Because it’s that self that will be your guide and your most precious companion. Wish we were with you today… Happy Birthday sweetheart. Have a glass for me. Love always … Mama ❤❤❤😘😘😘🎂🎂🎂🎁🎁🎁🥂🥂🥂💋💋💋🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️

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Since she was shooting for “Brahmastra” she celebrated on set with the team including Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Graces Femina Magazine’s Cover

Beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was on the cover of Femina Magazine’s March 2-18 edition. The stunning actress dons a metallic kimono with wild burgundy curls. With a silver ring, metallic manicured nails, and contoured cheeks, Bachchan keeps it simple. Then again, as one of the most beautiful women of the world, does she even need anything else?

The issue not only features a story about the career of Bachchan but their annual list of India’s most beautiful women. Bachchan is currently working on “Fanne Khan” with Rajkummar Rao and Anil Kapoor. She plays a singer in the film and rumor has it that Bachchan will be singing the four songs in her role herself!

4Is Priyanka Chopra Playing Kalpana Chawla?

With season 3 of ABC’s “Quantico” wrapping up, Priyanka Chopra is flying home to India for some time. On Instagram live, Chopra told fans that she would be announcing her next Bollywood project. We’ve heard that it may be the biopic of Kalpana Chawla, the first woman of Indian descent to fly into space! According to leading news outlets, Priya Mishra has been working on this film based on the Indian-American astronaut for 7 years, it would be her directorial debut. It would be a phenomenal story to tell and on an international scale. With Chopra balancing a career in the east and west, this film would be a wonderful way to combine the two parts of her life. Hopefully, we hear a confirmation from the star soon!

5Ranveer Singh Dedicates his Award to Sridevi

Actor Ranveer Singh took home the award for Entertainer of the Year at the recent Hello Hall of Fame Awards 2018. This is is first award for the hugely successful, “Padmavat” co-starring Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. However, the highlight of this moment was that Singh lovingly dedicated his award to the late Sridevi who recently passed away in a case of accidental drowning.

“Thank you Hello. Thank you, Sanjay Sir for giving me the opportunity to push the envelope and my craft to showcase my ability as a performer and to create a character that will hopefully be remembered in Indian cinema,” Singh said upon receiving his award at the show. “Entertainer of the year: It’s my first award for Padmaavat, first award for Alauddin Khilji. I would like to dedicate this entertainer of the year award to one of the greatest entertainers of all times – Sridevi Ji. Her contribution to Indian cinema is peerless. She will be dearly missed, fondly remembered but her legacy will shine on for those who she has inspired and I am most certainly one of them. So this is to you. Thank you so, so much ladies and gentlemen.”

 

Be sure to catch this humble cutie in his next films, “Simmba” and “Gully Boy.”

6Gauri Khan Bags her First Award

Gauri Khan also took home an award at the Hello Hall of Fame Awards and she dedicated it to her husband, how sweet! This is Khan’s first award and she was honored for her work in design. It’s so sweet to see Shah Rukh standing and cheering on his wife as she received the award which was presented to her by good friend, Karan Johar.

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After spending 30 years cheering on her husband at award shows, it was finally her turn to shine and she did so very gracefully.

7Sara Ali Khan’s Debut Back on Track

After some delays and almost being shelved, it looks like Saif Ali Khan’s daughter, Sara will finally be making her debut with “Kedarnath.” The younger Khan will star opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in this Abhishek Kapoor film. Shooting will start April 4th, and after a 20-day shooting schedule in Film City, they will move to a new location for the last portion of the film. “Kedarnath” is based on the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, Khan and Rajput play a Hindu-Muslim couple. As of now, it’s set to release December 21, 2018, which will clash with the release of Shah Rukh Khan’s “Zero.”

8Vani Kapoor Like You’ve Never Seen Her Before

Vani Kapoor oozes sex appeal and confidence in this ridiculously hot magazine cover and photo spread. Literally in awe of her beauty right now.

@_vaanikapoor_ is teaching us the art of living in the moment. Catch all the action in the March issue on stands now. Photographed by @prasadnaaik and styled by @krsna_m_ . #VaaniForMaxim #FemmeFatale #VaaniKapoor #HotRightNow #Maxim #MaximIndia

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Dressed in lace and lingerie this tall drink of water is showing the world her fierce inner queen. She not only has a photo spread but she reveals a lot more to Maxim Magazine about her life, like how she ends up only socializing with actors on set because she doesn’t have the time to meet new people. She also revealed that she’s a bit of a loner, she enjoys spending time on her own.

9Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Get Invited to Sri Lanka

Newly-weds Kohli and Sharma are giving the world some serious couple goals. They are the cutest pair and their love and support for each other should be emulated. It looks like we’re not the only ones loving this newly married couple, Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, Dayasiri Jaysekera has invited the couple to visit his country for a vacation!

“I am not inviting Kohli to play here, but I want him to spend a few days with his wife Anushka Sharma,” Jaysekera told media outlets. “After marriage, he has not visited this country. The couple can be this nation’s guest. There are several good places to see here.”

So…looks like there may be another honeymoon on the horizon?

10“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” Becomes 2018’s Highest Grossing Film After Padmavat”

“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” is a hilarious film about an over-protective bromance getting in the way of romance. Sonu is suspicious of Titu’s new fiance and a hilarious series of events take viewers on an adventure on the way to the mandap.

“Padmavati” has held on to the top position with Rs. 286.24 crores, but Akshay Kumar’s “Padman” has been dethroned as the second highest grosser of 2018. The new comedy opened to mixed reviews but it seems that fans are loving the reunion of the team behind the hit “Pyaar Ka Punchanama” and its sequel, “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2.”

The film by Luv Ranjan opened February 23rd with the third biggest weekend opening of 2018. The final count of its entire gross is yet to be made as fans are still rushing to the theater to see this comedy but the cast and crew are already celebrating their win as the second highest grossing film of the year.

11Kriti Sanon Bags a Lead Role in Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Panipat”

Actress Kriti Sanon has bagged the role of Sadashivrao, the second wife of Parvatibai in Ashutosh Gowariker’s next film “Panipat.” After the epic film “Mohenjo Daro” which failed at the box office, Gowariker has taken on another ancient storyline, “Panipat” is based on the Third Battle of Panipat between Marathas and Afghans in 1761.

I am collaborate for the first time to bring the Third Battle of Panipat to the big screen! Here’s the first Teaser Poster!! @visionworldfilm #RohitShelatkar #SunitaGowariker #AshutoshGowariker @duttsanjay @arjunkapoor @kritisanon #PanipatTeaserPoster

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Also stars Sanjay Dutt as the leader of the Afghans, Ahmad Shah Durrani, and Arjun Kapoor as the leader of the Maratha army Sadashivrao Bhau. Sanon’s role as Parvatibai is one of a supportive wife when the Marathas went up North, Parvatibai not only escorted her husband but even rallied the women in the camp for a pilgrimage at Mathura and Vrindavan. She was also there when the final battle was fought. News has it, Sanon will even begin practicing for sword fighting scenes!

12Irrfan Khan Diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine Tumor

Talented actor Irrfan Khan posted on March 5 that he has been unwell and in 10 days he would openly speak about what was going on.

Today, we recieve the unfortuanate news that the award-winning international actor is suffereing from a neuroendocrine tumor.

Neuroendocrine tumors occur when there is an abnormal tissue growth in the neurendocrine cells, or the hormone-producing cells of the body. A rare disease, the life expectancy of a person can depend on multiple factors. He is leaving the country for treatment, and we pray we hear hopeful news of a recovery.

13Punjabi Legend Daler Mehndi Convicted of Human Trafficking

Legendary singer Daler Mehendi has been convicted by the Patiala Court of Punjab of human trafficking along with his brother late Shamsher Singh in a 2003 case. Mehndi’s brother, Shamsher Singh passed away October 2017 from jaundice but they were both convicted of taking the money and illegally transferring people abroad with their troupes. The brothers would then “drop off” these illegal migrants in a foreign land. Mehendi has allegedly left 3 girls in San Francisco, CA and both brothers “dropped off” 2 boys in New Jersey during their October 1999 tour.

There were at least 35 other charges on the brothers, including fraud because they took money from people promising them passage foreign land but the brothers didn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Bakshish Singh of the Balbehera village was one such consumer who was duped and he went to the police which has led to this long case and conviction. Though Mehendi was arrested and sentenced to jail for 2 years, he was out on bail within a few days.

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