This week in Bollywood we’ve got a few comebacks in the works: Priyanka Chopra makes her return to Bollywood, and Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Sanjay Dutt reunite on the big screen after 20 years. Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor are also returning to the big screen after 27-years and they’re singing an original new song together!
“Raazi” released its first song, Hrithik Roshan may be playing a prince for Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Karan Johar’s “Kalank” has finally begun shooting. Also, Aamir Khan plans on spending 10 years on his next project!
This Week’s Bollywood Bytes:
1Priyanka Chopra Makes her Bollywood Comeback
Chopra will finally be making a Bollywood film after a 2-year hiatus from the big screen. The “Quantico” star will be reuniting with Salman Khan for Ali Abbas Zafar’s next directorial venture, “Bharat.” The film is based on a South Korean film titled “An Ode to my Father” which follows the story of a man who is separated and later reunited with his family during the Korean War.
The Indian adaptation will follow a similar format, following Khan’s character over a span of 60 years and include Indian historical moments like the India-Pakistan partition. Chopra is thrilled to be working with Khan and Zafar again. From the looks of his teasing on Twitter, Khan is excited to work with his “Salaam-e-Ishq” co-star again as well.
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) April 18, 2021
2Sridevi to be Honored at the 8th Annual Asian Awards in London
The 8th Asian Awards will be honoring the late legendary actress Sridevi with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award. The timeless actress rose to fame in the 80s starring in iconic films like “Mr. India” and “Himmatwala.” She was the recipient of numerous FilmFare awards as well as Stardust Awards, Zee Cine Critic awards, National Film Awards and even the Padma Shri. Her unfortunate death has left a mark on the industry her millions of fans around the world.
“Sridevi was a remarkable figure in the Indian cinema industry,” said Paul Sagoo, founder of the Asian Awards in a press release. “An icon on-screen, she was the greatest actress of her time in a golden generation for Indian cinema. Her untimely passing earlier this year reminded the world of her talent and sheer brilliance in her art and highlighted her iconic status. We are honoured to pay tribute to Sridevi and celebrate her astonishing career at the 8th Asian Awards.”
The Asian Awards was created to celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence of pan-Asians across the globe in all fields from music and movies to industrialists and politicians. Previously stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Zayn Malik, Bruce Lee, Sachin Tendulkar, Freddie Mercury, Kunal Nayyar and more have attended and were even honored at the event. This year’s award show will take place in London next week.
3Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma To Shoot in USA
Get Ready Alabama, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma are coming! The duo along with filmmaker Anand L. Rai stopped by the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai recently because they will be shooting the climax of their film “Zero” in America.
Guess who stopped by the consulate today? @iamsrk @AnushkaSharma & @aanandlrai had a great chat with #CGKagan about #HollywoodBollywood and filming their upcoming film #ZeroTheMovie @RocketCenterUSA. Good luck to the entire cast & crew and enjoy your time in Sweet Home Alabama! pic.twitter.com/vg5xJU7Z35
— US Consulate Mumbai (@USAndMumbai) April 18, 2021
The film hits theaters this Christmas and we will see Khan playing a dwarf for the first time in his 25-year acting career. The film has some science fiction twisted into and rumor has it the film’s climax will take place on Mars! Let’s hope it all makes sense when we see the film.
4Aamir Khan to Spend 10 Years on his Next Film!
Aamir Khan has been known to be a unique and unconventional actor. His attention to detail has even won him the title of Mr. Perfectionist in the industry. He is deeply invested in his work but this time Khan has taken a huge leap by deciding to spend the next 10 years of his life working on his next project, a re-creation of the Mahabharata.
We’re positive the film will break records and be his biggest project yet. Khan also plans on casting new and upcoming talents for his project. According to FilmFare reports, the actor will not include any well-established actors in the film besides himself.
5Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor Sing for “102 Not Out”
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor return together after 27 years for “102 Not Out.” Bachchan was determined to create a unique duet with Kapoor as they have sung together in previous films. Check out the fun track with Bachchan dancing with street performers.
The track was actually composed by Bachchan as well! He was determined to get a fresh new song for the film, and get his friend Kapoor to sing.
“Bachchan saab ne kahaki mera aur Chintu ji (Rishi Kapoor) ka hamesha gana raha hai filmon mein like Chal chal mere bhai ya Lambu ji Tingu ji… I suggested him to do a mix up of old songs. But Bachchan saab suggested to create a new song and he told that he will compose it as well.” said filmmaker Umesh Shukla at their recent music launch. “He sung himself aur Chintu ji se bhi gawaya. Raat ko 11 baje Bachchan saab studio jaate the aur subah 4 baje tak song par kaam karte the. Sometimes I said that I won’t be able to come to the studio. So he used to say that it’s ok, you stay at home. I will make you hear song later. His dedication is just amazing.”
The hilarious new film stars Bachchan as a carefree 102-year-old man and Kapoor has his grumpy 75-year-old son. The last time the duo were seen together was in the film “Ajooba.”
6Sanjay Leela Bhansali Wants Alia Bhatt for his Next Film
After the mega-hit “Padmaavat,” Sanjay Leela Bhansali has begun casting his next project, a film based on the life of poet Sahir Ludhianvi. After much speculation, Abhishek Bachchan has been roped in for the male lead, and now we hear Alia Bhatt may join the cast.
Bachchan will be playing the role of Ludhianvi, a legendary poet known for songs like “Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Wo Kahaan Hain,” “Woh Subah Kabhi Toh Aayegi,” and “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein.”
Bhatt is Bhansali’s top choice for the role of Amrita Pritam, Ludhianvi’s longtime companion and soulmate. Bhansali has expressed interest in working with Bhatt to the media and is impressed with her growing versatility and has praised her confidence and talent. Bhatt hasn’t confirmed anything as of yet. Currently, she is working on promoting her upcoming film “Raazi” co-starring Vicky Kaushal which releases May 11.
7Karan Johar’s “Kalank” Hits the Floor
Karan Johar’s highly awaited film “Kalank” releases its all-star cast and has finally hit the floors! Starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha. The team shared snaps on social media about the first day of shooting.
“Kalank has been an emotional journey for me. A germ of an idea that I had nearly 15 years ago; a film that was in pre-production stage helmed by my father,” Johar said, according to PinkVilla. “I am now proud to pass it on to the capable and visionary hands of our director, Abhishek. The film is a beautifully structured story by Shibani Bathija, and has an exceptionally fluid narrative and screenplay by Abhishek.”
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 18, 2021
The men in RED and BLACK 🙂 Day 1 of #Kalank calls for a visit to set from the 3 most important people! What a way to begin the film!! @karanjohar @NGEMovies #DavidDhawan ♥️@Varun_dvn pic.twitter.com/U3iMTs912I
— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) April 18, 2021
— Dharma Productions (@DharmaMovies) April 18, 2021
This project was close to the heart of the late Yash Johar. He had been working on this project and researched the story by visiting Lahore, Pakistan. The late Sridevi was also originally part of this project as well, and Dixit-Nene has stepped into the role to honor her. This film will reunite Dutt and Dixit-Nene after 20 years!
Just finished my shoot with @AnilKapoor and #indrakumar on the sets of #TotalDhamaal and was phenomenal as usual. Now arrived at the sets of #Kalank with @karanjohar for the look test. The sets are breathtaking. Can’t wait for you to see both films!!
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) April 18, 2021
Currently, the actress is shooting “Total Dhamaal” where she will be seen opposite Anil Kapoor after over 10 years.
8Hrithik Roshan To Play a Prince
After “Guzaarish,” Hrithik Roshan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali have new plans to collaborate. This time it is a period drama tentatively titled “Prince.”
Not much else has been revealed about the film, but it is interesting to see these two working together once again. Roshan is currently filming “Super 30” which is based on the life of Professor Anand Kumar. The actor also has a Yash Raj Film with Tiger Shroff. He’s also working on “Krissh 4.”
9Will Katrina Kaif Co-Host ‘Bigg Boss’ With Salman Khan?
The latest “Bigg Boss” show has a “jodi” theme so to keep with the theme, perhaps host Salman Khan will take on a partner-in-crime?
Khan has been hosting the show solo for 12 seasons, but following this new theme we hear that Katrina Kaif may be his co-anchor. Thus far, she’s only being considered for the role of co-anchor and has not been confirmed. However, Kaif is fun, lovable, has great chemistry with Khan and is one of the few actresses that can tease him and get away with it because of their deep friendship.
It would be fabulous to see these two on the small screen on a weekly basis.
10“Raazi” Releases its First Song
Alia Bhatt’s “Raazi” is a thrilling film with a trailer that will give you goosebumps! Bhatt plays Sehmat in the film, the daughter of an Indian army official who arranges her marriage to a Pakistani soldier so she can cross the border as an Indian spy. Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar and the team just launched the film’s trailer and its first track, titled “Ae Watan.” Bhatt even sang a few lines from the song at the event.
The song was written by Gulzar and sung by Arijit Singh. It was composed by the trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. Co-starring Vicky Kaushal, this historical drama is based on the novel “Calling Sehmat” by Harinder Sikka. Speaking at the launch, Bhatt expressed the pressure and responsibility she felt in portraying this role because it was based on a true story.
“I felt the pressure because it was a true story,” said Bhatt during the song launch. “This is the first time I am representing a character from a true story. That’s a job of responsibility and I hope there is the right amount of representation of emotions, so people feel it’s real.”
The film is set to release on May 11, 2018.
11Pakistani Singer Meesha Shafi Accuses Ali Zafar of Sexual Harassment
With the #MeeToo movement, millions of women are sharing their struggles with sexual harassment from Hollywood to Bollywood. Pakistani singer Meesha Shafi is the latest to come out, claiming that singer and actor Ali Zafar has sexually harassed her multiple times.
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— Meesha Shafi (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2021
“I have been subjected, on more than one occasion, to sexual harassment of a physical nature at the hands of a colleague from my industry: Ali Zafar,” Shafi wrote on Twitter. “These incidences did not happen when I was young, or just entering the industry. This happened to me despite the fact that I am an empowered, accomplished woman who is known for speaking her mind! This happened to me as a mother of two children.”
Zafar has come out denying the accusations first saying that he is aware and fully supports the #MeToo movement. He denies Shafi’s allegations and intends to deal with them seriously.
“I intend to take this through the courts of law and to address this professionally and seriously He rather than to lodge any allegations here, contesting personal vendettas on social media and in turn disrespecting the movement, my family, the industry and my fans. Ultimately I am a strong believer that the truth, always prevails,” Zafar writes on his Twitter.
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2021