Bollywood Bytes: The Week of April 8th in Review

Here’s what happened this week in Bollywood: Alia Bhatt’s new trailer came out and is goosebump worthy, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are back together after 27 years, Katrina Kaif is looking sexy AF per usual Katrina Kaifiness,  Shilpa Shetty may get her own show, and Sonam Kapoor is getting married!

That’s not all though. Read on to get all the details.

1Alia Bhatt’s “Raazi” Trailer is Out

Alia Bhatt stars in Meghna Gulzaar’s directorial debut, “Raazi, ” a powerful film about a young Indian girl whose father arranges her marriage to a Pakistani soldier so she can cross the border as an Indian spy without raising any suspicions. The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s best-selling book, “Calling Sehmat.”

Bhatt’s portrayal of Sehmat looks stunning, and the trailer itself is thrilling. Bhatt apparently agreed to do the film before she even saw the script! She loved the story idea and the fact that it was based on a true story. The film also stars Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Jaideep Alhawat, and Rajit Kapoor.

After the success of films like “Highway,” “Dear Zindagi,” and “Udta Punjab,” it’s not surprising to see Bhatt take on more unique films that showcase her versatility. We can’t wait to see “Raazi!”

2Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor’s “102 Not Out” Releases First Song

Legends Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor team up after 27 years for the hilarious new film, “102 Not Out.” The filmmakers just released their first song; this peppy number is sung by Arijit Singh and composed by brothers Salim and Sulaiman.

The film is an ageless comedy directed by Umesh Shukla. Bachchan and Kapoor actually play father and son! Bachchan is the carefree 102-year-old Dattatraya Vakharia who wants to live longer than the oldest man, a 118-year-old Chinese man. However, his stress-free lifestyle has a 75-year-old bump, his son, Babulal (Kapoor). The quirky film is about how Dattatraya tries to teach his grumpy son to let loose and relax.

3Katrina Kaif’s New Regal Look

Kaif was spotted in a red kanchivaram sari decked out in gold bling shooting for Anand L. Rai’s next film “Zero.” The actress made waves in the media as we haven’t seen her take on a look like this before for any film. She even posted a snap on her Instagram of the regal look, she looks like a South Indian queen!

आज 4 ज़ीरो 📷 by @aanandlrai ♥

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@katrinakaif spotted wearing a Red Kanjivaram Saree on the sets of #Zero.

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“Zero” also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. The highly anticipated film will be the last film fans see the late legendary actress Sridevi in, she has a cameo in the film she shot before her unfortunate passing.

4Arjun Kapoor is the “Most Wanted” Actor

Kapoor has been approached for Raj Kumar Gupta’s “Most Wanted.” Gupta’s last release, “Raid” has received quite a lot of praise and he’s already working on “Most Wanted” where Kapoor will potentially play an intelligence officer.

Kapoor already has Dibaker Banerjee’s “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar,” Vipul Shah’s “Namastey England,” and Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Panipat,” under his belt for the year will he take on one more?

Well, allegedly, Kapoor loved the film’s narration and is currently working on shoot dates to see if he can manage the time to do the film in between the three he is already working on. Let’s hope we get more of Kapoor this year!

5Kaif Sisters’ First Cover Together

Katrina Kaif and sister Isabelle team up for a ravishing cover shoot for Bride’s Today Magazine. Styled by the magazine’s editor, Nupur Mehta Puri, both sisters looked absolutely gorgeous in elegant bridal lehengas by designer, Tarun Tahiliani. Isabelle even posted snaps of the cover shoot with the caption “First one’s are always special!”

How sweet are these sisters, they practically look like twins!

One more from @bridestodayin @nupurmehta18 with @katrinakaif 😍✨

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6Will Shilpa Shetty Get her own Show?

Shilpa Shetty Kundra has built an empire on not just her dhumkas and acting but as a health-conscious influencer. She has her own health and fitness channel and has released numerous top-selling yoga DVD’s. In recent news, we’ve heard Shetty-Kundra may host a new fitness reality show. The show will not just follow a “fat-to-fit” format as there will be contestants of all weights and even some with health issues. The focus of the show is to have customized fitness goals for each person with Shetty-Kundra identifying steps to bring them closer to their ideal goals.

The fitness queen will teach the contestants lifestyle changes to improve their health overall. Shetty-Kundra has stated that she is open to the show and it is an interesting concept but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

7Ranveer Singh to get Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for ‘Padmaavat’

Singh’s career is at an all-time high! Dropping hit after hit, the actor is now receiving the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for Best Actor this year for the highly acclaimed film “Padmaavat.” From loving fans to his harshest critics agree that Singh’s portrayal of Alauddin Khijli was outstanding. This will be the third award for best actor Singh has received for his role.

It’s important to note that the Dadasaheb Excellence Award isn’t the same as the Dadasaheb Phalke Award by the Indian government.

8Television’s Radhika Madan Impresses Vishal Bhardwaj

Television actress Radhika Madan as bagged her first film role! Madan is known for her role of the sweet and bubbly Ishaani in the popular show, “Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi.” Though she hasn’t been seen on television much since the hit show, it seems Madan has impressed Vishal Bhardwaj.

आ रहे है छुरियाँ चलाने!

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Madan will play the lead role in Bhardwaj’s next film, “Chhuriyaan.” The film is a comedy-drama about two sisters who are constantly at war with each other.

We hear the National Award winning filmmaker saw over 60 girls audition for the role, of which Madan and Sanya Malhotra made the cut for the lead roles.

In an industry filled with nepotism, it is refreshing to see a non-filmy actress get a shot in the big leagues.

9Jaya Bachchan’s 70th Birthday

Legendary actress Jaya Bachchan turned 70 this week! The industry came out for this lovely actress’ grand birthday party. Designers and friends Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla hosted the party filled with Bollywood’s biggest stars who all came to shower their love on Bachchan.
Guests included the whole Bachchan clan, her daughter Shweta Nanda, Karan and his mother, Hiroo Johar, Rima Jain, Sonam Kapoor, Sonali Bendre, Sara Ali Khan and more.

Husband Amitabh Bachchan also posted a special note on social media for his wife expressing his love and wishing her.

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, the greetings, wishes, calls and the feeding of sweetmeats; the gifting of love and togetherness and the welcoming of the lady on her 70th. She be a wife and a mother and she be with her ‘progress report’. Feelings and love delivered. Writings of occasion handwritten on card, the gratitude of the special day and spending the time with all about, reminiscing. Quiet, still and intimate. The best way to bring in a remembrance and the passage of time over the year gone by,”

Birthday girl. #aboutlastnight

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10Sonam Kapoor To Get Hitched

The stunning Sonam Kapoor is all set to tie the knot with boyfriend Anand Ahuja. The media is buzzing with news on when, where and how. At first, the rumor mill was churning out updates that the couple will marry in Geneva, Switzerland in May, but now there’s news that they’ll be married in Mumbai the first week of May.

Apparently, it would have been too difficult to manage flights and living arrangements for over 150 family members in Switzerland, plus difficult for the elderly members of the family to travel that far. Rumor has it, Sonam and mom Sunita are making plans for a wedding in Bandra or Juhu so it is convenient for all.

Who’s on the guest list?

Oh you know, the most fabulous people in Bollywood!

Thus far we know Sonam has invited her “Veere Di Wedding” co-stars, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar. She’s also invited Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Karan Johar and best friend Jacqueline Fernandez. Official invites are to go out soon once venues have been finalized for the wedding.

11Priyanka Chopra Meets Modi

Chopra is in Delhi for a UNICEF event and the lovely queen met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event. She managed to squeeze in a visit while shooting for “Quantico” in Ireland. While there, Chopra met with delegates, spoke about issues of child education in India, with Modi and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J.P. Nadda. She posted on social media about the event with a caption promoting the goals and missions of UNICEF.

Very grateful to the honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to meet me, Shri J.P. Nadda (Indian Health Minister) and Mrs. Michelle Bachelet, (former President of Chile, incoming #PMNCH Chair) in regards to being a patron for the Partners’ Forum which is being held in New Delhi in December this year. The aim is very important – the improvement and transformation of access to quality healthcare at at every life stage for women, children and adolescents, in an effort to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in 2030. This year, India will play host to the largest ever Partners’ Forum, with more than 1,200 delegates from more than 92 countries. It was an insightful, positive conversation which was very heartening and inspiring because of the personal commitment of everyone at the meeting. We covered a lot of ground from the various efforts being taken by individual countries & partners to building a collective environment that could help propel the change we seek for a better world. We started something important today and I am looking forward to what is being set in motion. @narendramodi #JPNadda #MichelleBachelet #2018PMNCHLive #PMNCH #PartnersForum

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