Entertainment http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment.rss en Thu Dec 30 18:43:55 IST 2021 https://www.theweek.in/privacy-an-settlement.html kerala-hc-junks-dileep-plea-to-quash-fir-in-murder-conspiracy-case <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kerala-hc-junks-dileep-plea-to-quash-fir-in-murder-conspiracy-case.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/1/30/dileep-court-pti.jpg" /> <p>&nbsp;The Kerala High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea from Malayalam movie actor Dileep to quash an FIR filed against him in connection with the 2017 actress assault case or transfer the conspiracy case to the CBI.</p> <p>The court declared the Crime Branch of Kerala Police could continue to probe the case.</p> <p>The FIR accuses Dileep of conspiring to threaten and kill officials probing the actress assault case.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Dileep had argued the murder conspiracy FIR against him was motivated by personal animosity as all male members of his family were implicated in it. His lawyers had earlier argued that there was absence of any material in the murder conspiracy FIR to indicate commission of any of the offences and the entire case was based on something allegedly 'wished' by him.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Crime Branch of Kerala Police, represented by Director General of Prosecution (DGP) T.A. Shaji and Additional Public Prosecutor P. Narayanan, on the other hand, had contended before the court that the allegations in the FIR made out offences that warrant setting in motion of the investigation machinery.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>They had contended that the alleged utterances by the accused of threatening to harm the officials indicated what was in their mind and was a “manifestation” of their agreement or conspiracy.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kerala-hc-junks-dileep-plea-to-quash-fir-in-murder-conspiracy-case.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kerala-hc-junks-dileep-plea-to-quash-fir-in-murder-conspiracy-case.html Tue Apr 19 13:59:37 IST 2022 kevin-bacon-farrah-mackenzie-join-netflix-film-leave-the-world-behind <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kevin-bacon-farrah-mackenzie-join-netflix-film-leave-the-world-behind.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/19/farah_kevin.jpg" /> <p>Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon and Farrah Mackenzie of "United States of Al" fame are the latest additions to the cast of Netflix's "Leave the World Behind".<br> </p> <p>&nbsp; According to Variety, previously announced stars on the film include Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali, Ethan Hawke and Myha'la Herrold.</p> <p>Based on the bestselling novel by Rumaan Alam, the story revolves around a couple vacationing in a rental house on Long Island, who are surprised when the homeowners arrive bearing news of a mysterious blackout.</p> <p>"Mr Robot" creator Sam Esmail is attached to direct and adapt the book. Previously, Esmail and Roberts worked together on the first season of the Amazon Prime Video series "Homecoming".</p> <p>Washington is also producing "Leave the World Behind" along with Roberts through her Red Om Films banner and Esmail and Chad Hamilton through Esmail Corp. Author Alam serves as an executive producer on the film.</p> <p>Higher Ground, the Obamas' production banner, recently came on as an executive producer.&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kevin-bacon-farrah-mackenzie-join-netflix-film-leave-the-world-behind.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/19/kevin-bacon-farrah-mackenzie-join-netflix-film-leave-the-world-behind.html Tue Apr 19 12:08:14 IST 2022 r-madhavans-son-vedaant-bags-gold-medal-at-danish-open-swimming-meet <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/18/r-madhavans-son-vedaant-bags-gold-medal-at-danish-open-swimming-meet.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/18/vedaantf.jpg" /> <p>Actor R Madhavan says he is "overwhelmed and humbled" with his son Vedaant's winning streak after he scored his second medal, a gold, in swimming at the Danish Open in Copenhagen.</p> <p>&nbsp; The 16-year-old bagged gold in the men's 800m freestyle and bettered his personal best time by a whopping 11:48 to stop the clock at 8:17.28, edging past local swimmer Alexander L Bjorn by 0.10 to stand atop the podium on Sunday night.</p> <p>Madhavan took to Instagram and posted a video of his son from the ceremony.</p> <p>"... Today it's a Gold in 800m for @vedaantmadhavan. Overwhelmed and humbled. Thank you Coach @bacpradeep sir @swimmingfederation.in @ansadxb and the entire team," the 51-year-old actor wrote.</p> <p>On Friday, Vedaant had won the silver medal in the 1500m freestyle event, before bettering his 200m freestyle time to finish 12th overall in the event.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Danish Open concludes on April 19. PTI JUR&nbsp; &nbsp;RDS RDS 04181108</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/18/r-madhavans-son-vedaant-bags-gold-medal-at-danish-open-swimming-meet.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/18/r-madhavans-son-vedaant-bags-gold-medal-at-danish-open-swimming-meet.html Mon Apr 18 11:29:18 IST 2022 bts-announces-new-album-to-be-out-on-june-10 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/bts-announces-new-album-to-be-out-on-june-10.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/health/images/2019/2/17/K-Pop-band-BTS-perform-on-ABC-Good-Morning-America-2019-reu.jpg" /> <p>South Korean music group BTS will release their new album on June 10, their management agency BigHit Music announced Sunday.</p> <p>The development of the new album comes as BTS complete their 'Permission to Dance On Stage' tour at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, US.</p> <p>BigHit Music took to Weverse, the global fan community forum, to share the news.</p> <p>"BTS will be back with another new album on June 10, 2022," the agency said in a statement.</p> <p>Details on the new album will be provided in a separate notice at a later date, they added.</p> <p>"We look forward to your love and support for BTS' new album," BigHit said.</p> <p>The official BTS Twitter page also dropped an announcement teaser covering the journey of the band that started in 2013.</p> <p>The 50 second-long video flashed 'WE ARE BULLETPROOF' and '2022.6.10' towards the end of the clip.</p> <p>Many members of the ARMY, the fan group of the Grammy nominated band, took to social media and asked if the name of the new album was 'WE ARE BULLETPROOF'.</p> <p>BTS released the song "We Are Bulletproof : Part 2" in 2013 and followed it up with "We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal", as a continuation of the previous track.</p> <p>The septet, comprising RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, released their last album 'BE' in December 2020.</p> <p>Post 'BE', BTS released two back-to-back English singles "Butter" and "Permission to Dance" in May and July 2021, respectively.</p> <p>They were nominated for the second time for a best pop duo/ group performance Grammy for "Butter", but lost out to Doja Cat and SZA's "Kiss Me More".&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/bts-announces-new-album-to-be-out-on-june-10.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/bts-announces-new-album-to-be-out-on-june-10.html Sun Apr 17 15:20:22 IST 2022 samantha-wraps-shoot-of-telugu-film-shaakuntalam <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/samantha-wraps-shoot-of-telugu-film-shaakuntalam.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/17/shaakuntalamf.jpg" /> <p>Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu on Sunday said she has finished dubbing for her upcoming multilingual mythological drama <i style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Shaakuntalam</i><span style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">.</span><br> </p> <p>In the film, written and directed by Gunasekhar, <i>The Family Man 2</i>&nbsp;star reportedly features as the legendary princess Shakuntala.<br> <br> Samantha took to Instagram and posted a picture from the dubbing studio, writing, "And it's a wrap!"</p> <p><i>Shaakuntalam</i>&nbsp;also stars Dev Mohan, Mohan Babu and Sachin Khedekar among others. Produced by Neelima Guna, the film went into production last year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><i>Shaakuntalam</i>&nbsp;will be released in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada.&nbsp;</p> <p>Samantha will also be seen in Tamil romantic comedy <i>Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kaadhal</i>&nbsp;and Telugu sci-fi thriller <i>Yashoda</i>.&nbsp;</p> <p>She last featured in a special appearance in the 'Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava' song from the pan India blockbuster <i>Pushpa: The Rise</i>&nbsp;(2021).&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/samantha-wraps-shoot-of-telugu-film-shaakuntalam.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/samantha-wraps-shoot-of-telugu-film-shaakuntalam.html Sun Apr 17 14:02:02 IST 2022 benedict-cumberbatch-to-host-snl-in-may <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/benedict-cumberbatch-to-host-snl-in-may.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/may-27-2018/people/105-benedict-cumberbatch.jpg" /> <p><i>The Power of The Dog</i>&nbsp;star Benedict Cumberbatch will host <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, the long-running sketch series, on May 7.<br> </p> <p>Cumberbatch's appearance on <i>SNL</i>&nbsp;will come a day after his Marvel Studios movie <i>Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness</i>&nbsp;hits the screens on May 6.</p> <p>This will be two-time Oscar-nominated actor's second hosting gig after he made his debut back in November 2016, reported Deadline.</p> <p>For the episode, the British star will collaborate with indie rock band Arcade Fire who will take the <i>SNL&nbsp;</i>stage as musical guest.</p> <p>Cumberbatch was recently nominated for a best actor in a leading role Academy Award for his performance in Jane Campion's <i>The Power of The Dog</i>.</p> <p>The upcoming episode of <i>SNL</i>&nbsp;will mark Arcade Fire's fifth appearance as musical guest, following stints in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2018.<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/benedict-cumberbatch-to-host-snl-in-may.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/17/benedict-cumberbatch-to-host-snl-in-may.html Sun Apr 17 12:28:51 IST 2022 jon-batiste-to-debut-as-actor-with-musical-movie--the-color-purp <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/16/jon-batiste-to-debut-as-actor-with-musical-movie--the-color-purp.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/11/24/jon-batiste-grammy-ap.jpg" /> <p>Multiple Grammy-winning singer Jon Batiste will make his feature acting debut with &quot;The Color Purple&quot; movie musical.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The upcoming Warner Bros project is the feature adaptation of author Alice Walker's iconic novel, as well as the Oscar-nominated 1985 film from Steven Spielberg and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that it inspired.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The story revolves around a woman named Celie Harris, to be played by newcomer Fantasia Barrino, and tracks her life-long struggles as an African American woman living in the South during the early 1900s.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Variety, Batiste will essay the role of Grady, husband to Taraji P. Henson's Shug Avery. His character is a debonair, sweet-talking piano man who is &quot;the epitome of charm and eloquence&quot;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The film's cast also includes Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Ciara as Nettie, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Tamala J. Mann as First Lady, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie and Oscar nominee Aunjanue Ellis as Mama, mother to Celie and Nettie.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Blitz Bazawule, the filmmaker behind Beyonce's video &quot;Black Is King&quot;, is set to direct the modern take on the musical.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who made her feature acting debut in Spielberg's &quot;The Color Purple&quot; and earned an Oscar nomination, is producing via her Harpo Films banner with Spielberg under his Amblin Entertainment.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones, both of whom were behind the Broadway musical, will also produce.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Batiste recently had a big night at the 2022 Grammy Awards where he picked up five trophies, including album of the year for &quot;We Are&quot;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2020, the musician won the best original score prize for Disney-Pixar's Soul&quot;, an honor he shared with fellow composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/16/jon-batiste-to-debut-as-actor-with-musical-movie--the-color-purp.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/16/jon-batiste-to-debut-as-actor-with-musical-movie--the-color-purp.html Sat Apr 16 13:10:12 IST 2022 kgf-chapter-2-mints-rs-134cr-day-one-india-box-office <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/kgf-chapter-2-mints-rs-134cr-day-one-india-box-office.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/12/3/kgf-2-chapter.jpg" /> <p>Period action drama <i>KGF: Chapter 2</i>, featuring South star Yash, has collected Rs 134 crore on its opening day in India.</p> <p>Directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Hombale Films, the multilingual film released in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi on Thursday. The movie was presented in North-Indian markets by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment and AA Films.</p> <p>According to a statement, issued by Excel Entertainment, the film has grossed Rs 134.36 crore of which Rs 63.66 has been earned in the Hindi (speaking market).</p> <p><i>KGF: Chapter 2</i> follows the story of Rocky (Yash), an orphan rising from poverty to become the king of a gold mine. The first film came out in 2018.</p> <p>In addition to Yash, the sequel features Bollywood actor Raveena Tandon and marks Sanjay Dutt's debut in Kannada films.</p> <p><i>KGF: Chapter 2 </i>also stars Prakash Raj, Malavika Avinash, Srinidhi Shetty, among others.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/kgf-chapter-2-mints-rs-134cr-day-one-india-box-office.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/kgf-chapter-2-mints-rs-134cr-day-one-india-box-office.html Fri Apr 15 15:18:26 IST 2022 vivek-agnihotri-says-time-to-work-delhi-files-political-reactions <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/vivek-agnihotri-says-time-to-work-delhi-files-political-reactions.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2022/4/2/63-Vivek-Agnihotri-new.jpg" /> <p>After the huge box office success of his last film <i>The Kashmir Files</i>, director Vivek Agnihotri is all set to work on his next—<i>The Delhi Files</i>. Agnihotri took to Twitter on Friday to share the news.</p> <p>&quot;I thank all the people who owned #TheKashmirFiles. For last four years, we worked very hard with utmost honesty &amp; sincerity. I may have spammed your TL but it's important to make people aware of the GENOCIDE &amp; injustice done to Kashmiri Hindus. It's time for me to work on a new film (sic),&quot; Agnihotri tweeted. In a second tweet, he wrote “#DelhiFiles”. The filmmaker, however, has not yet revealed the plot of film. While there are speculations the movie is based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, some say it is on the 2020 Delhi riots.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Actor Anupam Kher tweeted in support of the new film.&nbsp;</p> <p><i>The Kashmir Files,</i> which released countrywide on March 11, depicted the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s. The film, which courted controversy over the representation of facts, had received a massive push from the Centre with even PM Modi praising the film. Many states like Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Bihar, Goa, Haryana and Uttarakhand have made the movie tax free. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday termed The Kashmir Files “a bold representation of truth”.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted to make a sensitive film that has universal resonance... The whole world loves this film, the sensibilities of this film are international. I wanted to show the truth to the whole world,&quot; Agnihotri had said at a press conference. The movie featured Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumaar, and others.</p> <p>Agnihotri's tweet also triggered political reactions. BJP's Majinder Singh Sirsa said welcomed Agnihotri's next film and that he had requested the director to work on a film on the atrocities of 1984 Sikh genocide. “I hv requested him personally to show atrocities of 1984 Sikh Genocide when Gandhi Family led &amp; justified this pogrom of mass killing of innocent Sikhs. And like Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs still carry wounds of 1984 genocide (sic), he tweeted.”</p> <p>BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla took a dig at the Congress and AAP. He tweeted: “Even before subject of #TheDelhiFiles has been unveiled entire Cong-PAAP ecosystem is saying “Delhi files is communal project”.</p> <p>He further wrote: “Are bhai!Instigating anti Hindu violence in name of CAA is secular? Tahir Hussain is secular? 1984 Sikh genocide is secular?”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/vivek-agnihotri-says-time-to-work-delhi-files-political-reactions.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/vivek-agnihotri-says-time-to-work-delhi-files-political-reactions.html Fri Apr 15 15:26:03 IST 2022 shaunak-sen-all-that-breathes-cannes-festival-screening <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/shaunak-sen-all-that-breathes-cannes-festival-screening.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/5/16/cannes-rep-afp.jpg" /> <p>Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen's documentary<i> All That Breathes</i> will premiere in the Special Screening segment at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, the organisers announced Thursday.</p> <p>The announcement was shared on the official Twitter page of the film gala.</p> <p><i>All That Breathes </i>follows two siblings, Mohammad Saud and Nadeem Shehzad, who have devoted their lives to rescue and treat injured birds, especially the Black Kites. Working out of their derelict basement in Wazirabad, the Delhi brothers become the central focus of the film and their story zooms out to document a larger snapshot of the city, where the air is toxic and the ground is on a slowburn of social turmoil.</p> <p>In January, the 90-minute long film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, a film gala that promotes independent cinema and filmmakers. It is Sen's second directorial after the acclaimed 2016 <i>Cities of Sleep,</i> which was about the homeless scouting for places to sleep in the capital.</p> <p>Sen has also produced the acclaimed documentary with Aman Mann and Teddy Leifer. Also part of the Special Screening line-up at Cannes are Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind by Ethan Coen and "The Natural History of Destruction" by Sergei Loznitsa. Meanwhile, South Korean star Lee Jung-jae's directorial debut <i>Hunt</i> will premiere in the Midnight Screening section of the prestigious film gala.</p> <p>Lee, a popular name in his native South Korea, shot to international fame and acclaim following the release of <i>Squid Game, </i>a Netflix survival drama series last September. "Fumer Fait Tousser" by Quentin Dupieux and "Moonage Daydream" by Brett Morgen are also part of the Midnight Screening segment.</p> <p>The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival runs from May 17 to 28.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/shaunak-sen-all-that-breathes-cannes-festival-screening.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/15/shaunak-sen-all-that-breathes-cannes-festival-screening.html Fri Apr 15 10:36:38 IST 2022 pics-of-ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-as-married-couple-out <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/pics-of-ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-as-married-couple-out.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/14/alia.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor got married on Thursday with just family and close friends in attendance.</p> <p>A few hours after the ceremony, Alia posted a few pictures of the two on her Instagram.</p> <p>“Today, surrounded by our family and friends, at home … in our favourite spot - the balcony we’ve spent the last 5 years of our relationship - we got married,” she wrote, posting the pictures.</p> <p>“With so much already behind us, we can’t wait to build more memories together … memories that are full of love, laughter, comfortable silences, movie nights, silly fights, wine delights and Chinese bites.”</p> <p>“Thank you for all the love and light during this very momentous time in our lives. It has made this moment all the more special,” the actor wrote.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/pics-of-ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-as-married-couple-out.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/pics-of-ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-as-married-couple-out.html Thu Apr 14 19:46:50 IST 2022 ranbir-kapoor-and-alia-bhatt-get-married <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/ranbir-kapoor-and-alia-bhatt-get-married.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/14/ranbir-alia-wedding.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt got married on Thursday, in Mumbai, in the presence of their close friends and family members.</p> <p>The marriage took place at Vastu apartment where Ranbir and Alia live on different floors.</p> <p>The couple will reportedly pose for pictures at 7 pm on Thursday. This will be their first appearance before the camera as married couple.</p> <p>Those who attended the wedding included Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Sachin Tendulkar, Soni Razdan, Shaheen Bhatt, Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji, and Luv Ranjan.</p> <p>The two started dating while filming <i>Brahmastra</i>, which has been in the making for eight years.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/ranbir-kapoor-and-alia-bhatt-get-married.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/ranbir-kapoor-and-alia-bhatt-get-married.html Thu Apr 14 18:06:17 IST 2022 alia-bhatt-ranbir-kapoor-tie-the-knot-today <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/alia-bhatt-ranbir-kapoor-tie-the-knot-today.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2018/6/23/66-alia-bhatt.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood's much anticipated celeb wedding is finally here. Lovebirds Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are set to tie the knot on Thursday, at Ranbir's residence Vastu in Mumbai.</p> <p>The pre-wedding functions had started on Thursday at RK House. The wedding ceremony will be an intimate affair attended by close family members and a few friends. A video of Neetu Kapoor and Ranbir's sister Riddhima Kapoor arriving at Vastu for the wedding has been trending on social media since Thursday morning.</p> <p>Alia and Ranbir are expected to move into Krishna Raj Bungalow, which is currently under renovation.</p> <p>On the work front, Ali and Ranbir are awaiting release of their film <i>Brahmastra.</i> On Thursday, <i>Brahmastra </i>director Ayan Mukerji released a gift for the couple—teaser of a romantic track from the movie. “For this sacred journey they are going to embark on soon! Ranbir and Alia... my closest and dearest people in this world... My happy place, and my safe place... Who have added everything to my life... And given themselves completely and selflessly to our movie!,” he wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>He added: "We just had to share a piece of their union, from our movie, from our song Kesariya, to celebrate them... as a gift to them, and to everyone.”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/alia-bhatt-ranbir-kapoor-tie-the-knot-today.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/alia-bhatt-ranbir-kapoor-tie-the-knot-today.html Thu Apr 14 13:05:58 IST 2022 actor-cuba-gooding-jr-pleads-guilty-forcible-touching <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/actor-cuba-gooding-jr-pleads-guilty-forcible-touching.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/14/cuba-gooding-ap.jpg" /> <p>Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to forcibly kissing a worker at a New York nightclub in 2018 in a deal that is likely to keep him out of jail.</p> <p>Gooding also publicly apologised for the first time to two other women who accused him of similar behaviour in separate encounters, calling himself a celebrity figure who meant no harm. His admissions were part of a plea deal that came nearly three years after the Oscar-winning Jerry Maguire star was arrested in the case that saw several delays as his lawyers sought to get charges reduced or dismissed.</p> <p>"I apologise for making anybody ever feel inappropriately touched," he said. "I am a celebrity figure. I come into contact with people. I never want them to feel slighted or uncomfortable in any way."</p> <p>Gooding, 54, accused of violating three different women at various Manhattan night spots in 2018 and 2019, pleaded guilty to just one of the allegations. He told the judge he "kissed the waitress on her lips" without consent at the LAVO New York club.</p> <p>The deal lets Gooding avoid any possibility of jail time if he continues "alcohol and behaviour modification" counselling for six months. After that, he can withdraw the misdemeanour plea and instead plead guilty to a lesser violation of harassment.</p> <p>Gooding was arrested in June 2019 after a 29-year-old woman told police he fondled her without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar &amp; Lounge near Times Square. The accuser in that encounter, Kelsey Harbert, was allowed to speak in court on Wednesday, recounting how, out of nowhere, Gooding grabbed her breast "as if I was a piece of meat for dinner that night".</p> <p>Harbert, now 31, told the court she thought Gooding was getting off easy, while his accusers continue to suffer. "I feel very sad and feel very lost for what I can do," she said.</p> <p>A few months after his arrest, Gooding was charged in two additional cases as more women came forward to accuse him of abuse.</p> <p>The new charges alleged he pinched a server's buttocks after making a sexually suggestive remark to her at TAO Downtown and forcibly touched the woman at LAVO, both in 2018.</p> <p>Gooding had previously pleaded not guilty to six misdemeanour counts and denied all allegations of wrongdoing. His lawyers have argued that overzealous prosecutors, caught up in the fervour of the #MeToo movement, are trying to turn commonplace gestures or misunderstandings into crimes.</p> <p>Judge Curtis Farber earlier had ruled if the Gooding case went to trial, prosecutors could have called two additional women to testify about their allegations that Gooding also violated them. Prosecutors say the judge had since reversed that decision a ruling that factored into their decision to not go to trial.</p> <p>"We credit and believe all the survivors in this case," said prosecutor Coleen Balbert. But under the circumstances, Wednesday's outcome "is a fair and equitable disposition," she added.</p> <p>Along with the criminal case, Gooding is accused in a lawsuit of raping a woman in New York City in 2013. After a judge issued a default judgment in July because Gooding hadn't responded to the lawsuit, the actor retained a lawyer and is fighting the allegations.</p> <p>Gloria Allred, an attorney representing three of Gooding's accusers, said in a statement that they would press ahead with civil litigation to hold him accountable. "Justice was significantly delayed in this case for many reasons, and I do not feel that justice was achieved today with the entry of this plea, although I do understand why under the circumstances that the prosecution offered a plea," she said.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/actor-cuba-gooding-jr-pleads-guilty-forcible-touching.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/actor-cuba-gooding-jr-pleads-guilty-forcible-touching.html Thu Apr 14 11:45:18 IST 2022 kristen-stewart-star-romantic-thriller-love-lies-bleeding <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/kristen-stewart-star-romantic-thriller-love-lies-bleeding.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/november-07-2021/people/73-Kristen-Stewart.jpg" /> <p>Hollywood star Kristen Stewart is set to topline a romantic thriller film from director Rose Glass.</p> <p>Titled <i>Love Lies Bleeding, </i>the film has been set up at Hollywood studio A24 and examines a romance fueled by ego, desire and the American Dream.</p> <p>Glass, best known for her 2019 indie hit <i>Saint Maud, </i>is directing from the script she co-wrote with Weronika Tofilska, as per The Hollywood Reporter.</p> <p>The story centres on the extreme qualities it takes to succeed in the competitive world of bodybuilding. Stewart will take on the co-lead part, the protective lover of a female bodybuilder.</p> <p>A24 will produce alongside Andrea Cornwell for Lobo Films and Oliver Kassman for Escape Plan Productions. Stewart was most recently nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain's <i>Spencer.</i> She will next star in filmmaker David Cronenberg's upcoming sci-fi drama, <i>Crimes of the Future.&nbsp;</i></p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/kristen-stewart-star-romantic-thriller-love-lies-bleeding.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/14/kristen-stewart-star-romantic-thriller-love-lies-bleeding.html Thu Apr 14 10:56:01 IST 2022 lights-cameras-stardust-and-security-alia-ranbir-wedding-festivities-kick-off <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/lights-cameras-stardust-and-security-alia-ranbir-wedding-festivities-kick-off.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2018/6/23/66-alia-bhatt.jpg" /> <p>They never did confirm the date but celebrations for the endlessly discussed Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor wedding appeared to have kicked off on Wednesday with friends and family, including father of the bride Mahesh Bhatt and mother of the groom Neetu Kapoor, seen driving into the couple's apartment complex.</p> <p>With no concrete information from either family, it was all about the optics.</p> <p>Hordes of media personnel kept vigil outside the Bandra apartment 'Vastu', situated in a usually quiet lane that today was the cynosure of attention with telephoto lens focused closely on occupants behind rolled up car windows. That many of the guests were dressed in yellow and green finery gave credence to speculation that it was the haldi' and mehendi' ceremony.</p> <p>According to Yusuf Ibrahim, Alia's security in-charge, the team has been asked to provide protection for four-five days.</p> <p>"The wedding is indeed happening The families have started arriving," Ibrahim told PTI without getting into any more details.</p> <p>The speculation is that the wedding might happen on Thursday.</p> <p>For reporters and photographers tasked with covering the star wedding, the last several days have been akin to piecing together a jigsaw - white curtains used as screens on windows, celeb designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee branded bags going in, stray comments from family and studied silence from Alia and Ranbir.</p> <p>Reporters stationed outside the building spotted Neetu Kapoor as well as her daughter Riddhima Kapoor Sahni and granddaughter Samara who arrived together. Ranbir's cousins, actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karisma Kapoor, and Aadar and Armaan Jain along with their mother Rima Jain reached shortly after.</p> <p>Filmmakers Karan Johar and Ayan Mukerji, the couple's close friends, were also inside.</p> <p>A fleet of vans covered in white curtains were seen entering the apartment complex, leading many to speculate that the bride was travelling in one of those vehicles to avoid getting 'papped'.</p> <p>Around 3.30 pm, Mahesh Bhatt and Alia's half-sister, actor Pooja Bhatt were photographed reaching the building.</p> <p>Apart from a battery of mediapersons outside the residence, and the couple's private security, policemen were deployed for security. “We have put police security in an attempt to maintain law and order as well as controlling the crowd at the venue, where the wedding of the couple is scheduled," a Mumbai Police official said.</p> <p>The couple's security team as well as police personnel present on ground tried to make a clear passage for the guests' cars which were being repeatedly blocked by the paparazzi.</p> <p>To prevent any pictures from the wedding getting leaked, red stickers were put on mobile phones of all security staff members stationed at the building to distinguish them from the media.</p> <p>An apartment in 'Vastu' where the couple lives on different floors was illuminated on Tuesday evening while the Kapoor family's sprawling bungalow in Chembur has also been decked up with flowers and lights.</p> <p>For many journalists, particularly women, stationed outside to capture any details they could, it was a harrowing experience, and not just because so few details were forthcoming.</p> <p>As morning stretched into evening, several journalists rued the lack of essential facilities, especially washrooms. One good Samaritan living in the building adjacent to 'Vastu' opened the doors of her home so women reporters could use the toilet and offered water to media personnel.</p> <p>The day began with Mukerji releasing a gift on Instagram, a teaser of a romantic track from his upcoming movie <i>Brahmastra</i>, which stars the couple and is produced by Johar.</p> <p>"For Ranbir and for Alia! And... For this sacred journey they are going to embark on soon! Ranbir and Alia... my closest and dearest people in this world... My happy place, and my safe place... Who have added everything to my life... And given themselves completely and selflessly to our movie!</p> <p>"We just had to share a piece of their union, from our movie, from our song Kesariya, to celebrate them... as a gift to them, and to everyone," the filmmaker wrote.</p> <p>The video ends with a message from the team of <i>Brahmastra</i> wishing the couple "all the love and light".</p> <p>Johar, who has produced <i>Brahmastra</i> via Dharma Productions, shared the same teaser on his Instagram page.</p> <p>“Love is light and I know the amount of light you have brought into each other's and our lives with your love. To new beginnings and more #RanbirKapoor @aliaabhatt #brahmastra,” he wrote.</p> <p>Neetu Kapoor, on her part, went down memory lane about her own engagement to her late husband and veteran actor Rishi Kapoor.</p> <p>Fond memories of baisakhi day as we got engaged 43 years back on 13th April 1979, the veteran actor wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>As in previous celebrity weddings, when hashtags such as 'Virushka', 'Deepveer' and 'Vickat' became trends, the social media celeb buzz of the day was 'Ranlia' and 'Ralia', a portmanteau of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's first names.</p> <p>The two started dating while filming <i>Brahmastra</i>, which has been in the making for eight years.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/lights-cameras-stardust-and-security-alia-ranbir-wedding-festivities-kick-off.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/lights-cameras-stardust-and-security-alia-ranbir-wedding-festivities-kick-off.html Wed Apr 13 20:26:38 IST 2022 theft-at-sonam-kapoors-house-nurse-husband-arrested <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/theft-at-sonam-kapoors-house-nurse-husband-arrested.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/3/25/Sonam-Kapoor-latest.jpg" /> <p>A nurse working in actor Sonam Kapoor's Delhi residence was arrested along with her husband for allegedly stealing cash and jewellery worth Rs 2.4 crore in February from the house in plush Amrita Shergill Marg, police said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Aparna Ruth Wilson takes care of the actor's mother-in-law, they said and added that Wilson's husband Naresh Kumar Sagar is an accountant at a private firm in Shakarpur.</p> <p>Wilson and her husband live in Sarita Vihar and she works as a nurse and home medical care assistant.</p> <p>The theft took place on February 11 and an FIR was registered on February 23 when it was reported at Tughlaq Road Police Station, police said.</p> <p>The complainant in the case was the manager of Kapoor and her husband Anand Ahuja's house that employs over 20 people, they said.</p> <p>"The Delhi Police Crime Branch along with a team of the Special Staff Branch of the New Delhi district conducted a raid in Sarita Vihar on Tuesday night. They apprehended Wilson and her husband, both 31 years old," a senior police officer said, adding that they have been arrested.</p> <p>The stolen jewellery and cash are yet to be recovered, he said.</p> <p>"Wilson has undertaken home care duties on several occasions on the patient's requirement. This kept her close to the patient whose jewellery were stolen by the accused and later given to her husband. Her husband had also been arrested," said Amrutha Guguloth, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi).</p> <p>"Both have been formally arrested and police remand is being sought. Further investigation is underway," she said.</p> <p>The FIR was registered under Indian Penal Code section 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master), police said.</p> <p>The Tughlaq Road police station had transferred the case to the Special Staff Branch of the New Delhi district for investigation, they said, adding that the Crime Branch was also probing the matter.</p> <p>In March, the Faridabad Police had busted a gang of highly-sophisticated cybercriminals that had allegedly duped Kapoor's father-in-law's export-import firm of Rs 27 crore.</p> <p>The police had then said the tricksters had been duping Harish Ahuja's Shahi Export Factory by misappropriating Rebate of State and Central Taxes and Levies licenses, meant for his firm, on the basis of his forged Digital Signature Certificate.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/theft-at-sonam-kapoors-house-nurse-husband-arrested.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/theft-at-sonam-kapoors-house-nurse-husband-arrested.html Wed Apr 13 17:12:20 IST 2022 ranveer-singh-perform-2022-iifa-awards <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/ranveer-singh-perform-2022-iifa-awards.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/october-17-2021/people/72-Ranveer-Singh.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is all set to enthral the audiences with his performance at the 22nd edition of the IIFA Awards, the organizers announced on Wednesday.</p> <p>The much-anticipated event, to be held on May 20 and 21 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, will be hosted by Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Maniesh Paul. The announcement was made by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) in a statement.</p> <p>Singh, who is the brand ambassador of Yas Island, said he is super thrilled to entertain the viewers with a performance that will be super special. "The 22nd edition of the biggest celebration of Indian cinema - the International Indian Film Academy &amp;amp; Awards, is taking place in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and it doesn't get bigger than this! I am looking forward to a KHAAS IIFA experience at Yas because I know that from the hospitality to the awe- inspiring celebrations, it's going to be epic, the 36-year-old actor said.</p> <p>Besides Singh, actors Varun Dhawan, Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nora Fatehi are also set to perform at the award show.</p> <p>The IIFA Awards will take place at the Etihad Arena, part of Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/ranveer-singh-perform-2022-iifa-awards.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/ranveer-singh-perform-2022-iifa-awards.html Wed Apr 13 13:45:58 IST 2022 mai-the-kardashians-death-on-the-nile-what-to-watch-ott-platforms <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/mai-the-kardashians-death-on-the-nile-what-to-watch-ott-platforms.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/13/ott-collage.jpg" /> <p>OTT viewers are in for a treat this week with many movies and shows dropping on various streaming platforms. From reality show<i> The Kardashians</i>, to Agatha Christie adaptation <i>Death on the Nile </i>and Netflix thriller Mai, here is a quick look at what to watch this week on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar. Late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar's last film <i>James</i> also releases on SonyLIV on April 14.</p> <p>Here is a quick look at upcoming releases:</p> <p><b>Mai: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 15</b></p> <p>The Netflix original series features Sakshi Tanwar in the lead role as a mother who sets off on a mission to avenge her daughter's tragic death. Directed by Atul Mongia, the crime thriller series features an ensemble cast of Vivek Mushran, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anant Vidhaat, Raima Sen, Ankur Ratan, Prashant Narayanan, Vaibhav Raj Gupta and Seema Pahwa.</p> <p><b>The Kardashians: Disney + Hotstar</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 14</b></p> <p>The Kardashian-Jenner family returns with a new reality series after the much popular <i>Keeping Up With the Kardashians</i> went off air last year. Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, and Khloé Kardashian will be back to give a glimpse into what's going on in their homes and relationships. The show is also expected to feature Kanye West, Scott Disick and Travis Barker. According to reports, the show will track Kim's dramatic divorce from Kanye.</p> <p><b>Bachchan Paandey: Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 15</b></p> <p>The Akshay Kumar-starrer had released on theatres on March 18. The action-comedy is directed by Farhad Samji of <i>Housefull 4</i> fame. <i>Bachchan Pandey</i> also stars Kriti Sanon, Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Tripathi, Jacqueline Fernandez and Prateik Babbar.</p> <p><b>Death on the Nile: Disney + Hotstar</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 15</b></p> <p>Actor-filmmaker Kenneth Branagh's<i> Death on the Nile </i>had released theatrically in Feebruary. The mystery-thriller is based on the 1937 Agatha Christie novel of the same name. The film is Branagh's follow-up to his 2017 blockbuster The Murder on the Orient Express. Branagh reprises his role of detective Hercule Poirot. The film boasts of star-studded ensemble including Ali Fazal, Armie Hammer, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Russell Brand and Emma Mackey.</p> <p><b style="font-size: 0.8125rem;">Anatomy of a Scandal: Netflix</b><br> </p> <p><b>Release date: April 15</b></p> <p>The upcoming British anthology drama is based on Sarah Vaughan's book by the same name. It depicts various scandals within the elite class of the United Kingdom. Created by David E. Kelley and Melissa James Gibson, the drama series features Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller among others.<br> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/mai-the-kardashians-death-on-the-nile-what-to-watch-ott-platforms.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/mai-the-kardashians-death-on-the-nile-what-to-watch-ott-platforms.html Wed Apr 13 18:42:44 IST 2022 gilbert-gottfied-actor-comedian-dies-67 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/gilbert-gottfied-actor-comedian-dies-67.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/13/gilbert-ap.jpg" /> <p>Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and legendary standup comic known for his raw, scorched voice and crude jokes, has died. He was 67.</p> <p>Gottfried died from a rare genetic muscle disease that can trigger a dangerously abnormal heartbeat, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement. "In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honour," his family said in a statement posted on Twitter.</p> <p>Gottfried was a fiercely independent and intentionally bizarre comedian's comedian, as likely to clear a room with anti-comedy as he was to kill it with his jokes.</p> <p>"The first comedian I saw who would go on and all the other comics would go in the room to watch, standup comic Colin Quinn said on Twitter.</p> <p>He first came to national attention with frequent appearances on MTV in its early days and with a brief stint in the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s. Gottfried also did frequent voice work for children's television and movies, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney's <i>Aladdin</i>.</p> <p>"Look at me, I'm so ticked off that I'm molting," a scratchy-voiced Gottfried said early in the film as his character shed feathers.</p> <p>To a younger generation he's known as the voice of Digit the bird on PBS Kids' Cyberchase.</p> <p>Gottfried was particularly fond of doing obscure and dated impressions for as long as he could milk them, including Groucho Marx, Bela Lugosi and Andrew "Dice" Clay. He would often do those voices as a guest on the Howard Stern show, prompting listeners by the dozens to call in and beg Stern to throw him off.</p> <p>In his early days at the club the Comedy Store in Hollywood, the managers would have him do his impression of then-little-known Jerry Seinfeld at the end of the night to get rid of lingering patrons.</p> <p>Gottfried was especially beloved by his fellow comedians and performers. Jon Stewart said that getting to open for Gottfried was one of the great thrills of his early standup career. "He could leave you gasping for breath," Stewart tweeted, just indescribably unusually hilarious."</p> <p>"I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried, actor Marlee Matlin said on Twitter. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my interpreter. (Gottfried bore a close resemblance to Matlin's American Sign Language interpreter Jack Jason.)</p> <p>Gottfried was interviewed by The Associated Press last month following Will Smith's Oscar night slap of Chris Rock. While he took the attack seriously, saying it might imperil other comedians, he couldn't resist wisecracks. He said that before on stage, he just had to worry about wearing a mask. Now I have to worry about wearing a football helmet. He later added: If Will Smith is reading this, dear God, please don't come to my shows.</p> <p>The year has already seen the loss of several beloved comedians, including Louie Anderson and Bob Saget.</p> <p>In January, Gottfried tweeted a picture of the three men together, with the text, This photo is very sad now. RIP Bob Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Both good friends that will be missed.</p> <p>Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, the son of a hardware store owner and a stay-at-home mom. He began doing amateur standup at age 15. He thought he was getting his big break when he landed a spot on Saturday Night Live alongside Eddie Murphy in 1980. But he was given little to do on the show. He later said a low point was playing the body in a sketch about a funeral. He would last only 12 episodes.</p> <p>But he would find his own way, doing bits on MTV and as a both beloved and hated guest on talk shows.</p> <p>He had roles in Beverly Hills Cop II and the Problem Child films and presented bad movies as host of USA Up All Night from 1989 to 1998.</p> <p>And he had recurring voice roles on Ren and Stimpy," The Fairly OddParents and several spin-offs of Aladdin.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/gilbert-gottfied-actor-comedian-dies-67.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/gilbert-gottfied-actor-comedian-dies-67.html Wed Apr 13 11:26:51 IST 2022 stranger-things-season-4-trailer-eleven-friends-got-to-war-new-enemy <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/stranger-things-season-4-trailer-eleven-friends-got-to-war-new-enemy.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/13/stranger-things-4.jpg" /> <p>Netflix has finally released the trailer of<i> Stranger Things</i> season 4, giving fans a glimpse into the horrors that await Eleven and her friends. In the new season, we see the children trying to move on with their school life, but that is not so easy. The past is back to haunt them, and the they are in 'the eye of the storm'.</p> <p>Season 4 shifts between California where the Byers family has moved, and Russia, where Jim Hopper is shown to be. The third season had left fans heartbroken with the scene of Hopper sacrificing his life to save the kids and the city of Hawkins. Later, in the teaser for Season 4, the makers hinted that Hopper was not dead, but taken captive by the Russians. In the trailer, a man is seen telling Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) that without her, they can't win the war.</p> <p>As the story returns to the Upside Down, the trailer reveals that the battle has just gotten much bigger and the enemy stronger.</p> <p>Volume 1 of <i>Stranger Things </i>season 4 premieres on May 27 and volume 2 drops on Netflix on July 1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/stranger-things-season-4-trailer-eleven-friends-got-to-war-new-enemy.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/13/stranger-things-season-4-trailer-eleven-friends-got-to-war-new-enemy.html Wed Apr 13 10:56:03 IST 2022 kangana-ranauts-dhaakad-to-release-on-may-20 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/kangana-ranauts-dhaakad-to-release-on-may-20.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2021/9/30/65-Dhaakad.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut-starrer <i>Dhaakad</i> will be released theatrically on May 20, the makers announced on Tuesday.</p> <p>The action movie is directed by Razneesh Razy Ghai and produced by Deepak Mukut and Sohel Maklai.</p> <p>The 35-year-old actor stars in the movie as Agent Agni.</p> <p>“I enjoyed the love and admiration that came my way for the way I pulled off the action scenes in <i>Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi</i>. In our cinema, we rarely have heroines performing action scenes in the real sense. When <i>Dhaakad</i> came my way, I felt happy to see that someone had dared to visualise a woman in a hardcore commercial film as an action heroine. I am all for dare-devilry and doing something that pushes the envelope. There is nothing that does it like a good commercial film," the 35-year-old actor said in a statement.</p> <p>The film also features Saswata Chatterjee, Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta in pivotal roles.</p> <p>Razy Ghai lauded the National Award-winning actor, saying that she has worked hard for the movie.</p> <p>“While constructing this character, we were clear that Agent Agni had to be one of a kind. We have seen no one as feisty and bold as her. It was reassuring to have someone like Kangana Ranaut with us who not just worked on the looks of her character, but went all out to get in perfect form for <i>Dhaakad</i>. She also got into the mind space of the character wonderfully," the director said.</p> <p>Mukut said he hopes <i>Dhaakad</i> sets new standards in how women-led actioners are designed in Bollywood.</p> <p>“We wanted a slick and engaging action thriller and we went all out to just make that with full gusto and all heart. The film has a sensitive subject at its core and I laud at how it's been rendered on screen. It's entertaining and a rollercoaster ride that I relished making," the producer said.</p> <p>Maklai said he is happy that Ranaut has taken the film to the heights that the team had envisioned.</p> <p><i>Dhaakad</i> is presented by Soham Rockstar Entertainment Pvt Ltd in association with Kamal Mukut, Sohel Maklai Productions and Asylum films.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/kangana-ranauts-dhaakad-to-release-on-may-20.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/kangana-ranauts-dhaakad-to-release-on-may-20.html Tue Apr 12 16:56:15 IST 2022 want-tos-hine-light-kannada-film-industry-kgf-star-yash <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/want-tos-hine-light-kannada-film-industry-kgf-star-yash.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/3/10/yash-insta.jpg" /> <p><i>KGF </i>star Yash says an actor either works his way up the ladder in cinema or becomes an overnight star but he has experienced both sides of the phenomenon in his career.</p> <p>Yash, whose real name is Naveen Kumar Gowda, made his debut in Kannada industry with <i>Moggina Manasu</i> in 2008 and later delivered many commercial hits, including <i>Modalasala,</i> <i>Rajadhani, Kirataka</i>, <i>Drama,</i> <i>Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari</i>, <i>Masterpiece</i> and <i>Santhu Straight Forward.</i></p> <p>But the Prashanth Neel-directed period action film <i>K.G.F: Chapter One </i>changed the course of the 36-year-old actor's career as he found a wider acceptance from the audiences beyond the Kannada film industry for his role of Rocky, a high-ranking assassin in Mumbai who works his way to the throne of Kolar Gold Fields.</p> <p>"Generally, an actor gets the opportunity to be an overnight star or he would have earned it gradually, going step by step. So if it doesn't happen in your debut, then eventually you get it but it takes time.</p> <p>“I took a lot of time to establish myself and then got the success. After becoming successful in the Kannada industry, I got to know how it feels to be an overnight star with <i>K.G.F.</i> Outside of Karnataka, not many people would have heard about me before<i> K.G.F.</i> But they accepted me. So KGF brought that change in my life,” Yash said.</p> <p>The actor, who was born in Boovanahalli, a village in Hassan district of Karnataka, said he always wanted to showcase the treasure trove of stories that his native film industry has to offer to the rest of the country and the world.</p> <p>“My vision since the beginning was to represent my industry and get that due respect from the rest of the country. When Karnataka is doing so well in other fields, I wanted to shine a light on my industry.”</p> <p>Yash is now back as Rocky for <i>K.G.F: Chapter Two</i>, in which he will go up against Sanjay Dutt’s Adheera. In the second installment, the character of Rocky has a “different dimension”, the actor said.</p> <p>“It is more vibrant. I wouldn't call playing this character a challenge but it was exciting. We created a whole world with chapter one but with chapter two, the layers open up. Because of the way the audience liked the film and made it a success, we had ample resources for chapter two and we have made it an even better movie,” he added.</p> <p>With the sequel, Yash said the responsibility was to provide an even better experience to the audiences because people wholeheartedly liked ‘K.G.F’. "When you get so much success, it doesn't mean that you can relax with the work. Success is a responsibility and we have to always think about doing better than the last time.”</p> <p>Yash credited the film’s director for making it easy for him to play Rocky. “As an actor, when you know the nuances of that performance, then you know your job. Once you get a hold of it, then it becomes very natural and easy. And I, especially, get involved in every process.</p> <p>“I'm involved from the moment the story gets written. This is why I never think about how to say a dialogue. And when I see a writer writing a dialogue, I know the reason behind it and the impact it will have on the story, the characters and the viewers.”</p> <p>Yash believes that there shouldn't be any competition between regional movies and the Hindi film industry. Instead, they should try to work together to take on the world.</p> <p>“India has already come together as one industry because there's multiple language options with pan Indian films. Now, what happens is we have a film with a universal concept and we make it in such a way that technically or aesthetically, it will be very good. Plus, you cater it to the people in their language..” Yash said actors and filmmakers today realise the importance of the dubbing process.</p> <p>“I don't think that dubbing can be taken lightly. It's not easy. Every film is dubbed. Even if I make a Kannada film, often I have to go and dub it. Even if I make a Hindi film, I have to dub it. I haven't dubbed <i>K.G.F: Chapter Two</i> because I didn't dub the first one. It's a sequel and a continuation.</p> <p>“But the next film, I'm very sure I'm going to dub just to provide the authenticity and my voice. I always feel that I can communicate better with my voice. But in total, this dubbing is not like the previous dubbing where we don't know how the dialogues are being dubbed. So it's about making an extra effort to reach every nook and corner of this country.”</p> <p>With <i>K.G.F </i>concluding with the second part, Yash said an actor should always be identified with his or her “recent work”. “At the same time, let them respect what you have done in the past. For example, we still talk about <i>Sholay,</i> <i>Deewar </i>and <i>Zanjeer.</i> But it is not that after these films, people don't like Amit ji's films.</p> <p>“I always believe that when I did my first film, then people recognised me with that film. Then after a few films, they recognised me by another movie's name. Now it is KGF. So it is good to be associated with the present film.” But actors cannot bask in the glory of one film all the time. “No actor would be happy about it. People should like us in other roles as well and expect us to do even better with the next project. Currently, I want Chapter Two to be better than the first one.”</p> <p><i>K.G.F: Chapter Two</i> also features Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Prakash Raj. The film will release on Thursday.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/want-tos-hine-light-kannada-film-industry-kgf-star-yash.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/want-tos-hine-light-kannada-film-industry-kgf-star-yash.html Tue Apr 12 15:31:55 IST 2022 ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-wedding-what-we-know-so-far <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-wedding-what-we-know-so-far.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/2/6/alia-ranbir.jpg" /> <p>The virtual buzz around Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's probable weekend wedding has taken an physical form clearly evident from the view outside the Bollywood star couple's residence, where the paparazzi are camped to capture the minutest of developments, with the families and the management teams of the couple keeping mum about the nuptials.</p> <p>Ranbir (39) and Alia are reportedly set to tie the knot this week in the presence of their family and close friends. There has been, however, no official confirmation on the wedding date so far from both the families.</p> <p>Rumour mill has been churning with speculation, from the dates— one of the three April 14,15 or 17—to the wedding location, which keeps changing from the Kapoor family's iconic Chembur bungalow to the couple's Vastu building apartment in Pali Hill—a posh neighbourhood in Bandra.</p> <p>While Ranbir owns a house in the Vastu Building, Alia reportedly lives on rent in the same building, but on a different floor. On a humid Monday afternoon, nearly 10 media photographers were stationed outside their residence, patiently waiting to capture any movement regarding the wedding.</p> <p>As shutterbugs continued to wait to catch glimpses of the preparations from inside the apartment, the security team tied a huge white curtain between the building's fencing and a tree, covering an important view from where the paparazzi could access the flat's entrance.</p> <p>There were moments of jubilation when the battery of paparazzi spotted designer clothes by celebrity designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, which most dubbed as the "wedding clothes of the bride and groom", being taken into the apartment complex in a cab. When asked about how the paparazzo was certain those were the couple's attire for the D-day, he quipped, "Intuition".</p> <p>"It's definitely related to the wedding, if not theirs (Ranbir or Alia's), then someone else's. But these designer clothes arriving at a time like this will naturally lead to such speculation," said a paparazzo, associated with one of the most followed Instagram pages dedicated to sharing celebrity pictures.</p> <p>The speculation game regarding the wedding was serving as an amusement to the actors' security staff, including Yusuf Ibrahim, the security in-charge of Alia Bhatt (29). Ibrahim's 911 Protection team is reportedly tasked with supervising the entire security of the wedding.</p> <p>Even as the media struggled to get any official word from the families, Ranbir's actor-mother Neetu Kapoor and Alia's filmmaker-father Mahesh Bhatt were spotted shooting for their respective commitments in the city. Both Neetu Kapoor and Mahesh Bhatt, however, didn't divulge any details regarding the wedding.</p> <p>Last night, the iconic RK Studios (established by Ranbir's filmmaker-grandfather Raj Kapoor which was acquired by the realty firm Godrej Properties in 2018) was lit up, leading many to assume that it marked the official beginning of the wedding preparations. "Even if you put a curtain or not confirm anything to us, we will find a way. We will show the Ranbir-Alia wedding," joked a paparazzo, before making way for a swanky car, which he thought was of a celebrity.</p> <p>However, it was a visibly annoyed resident, honking his way through the media, to enter the apartment building.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-wedding-what-we-know-so-far.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/ranbir-kapoor-alia-bhatt-wedding-what-we-know-so-far.html Tue Apr 12 11:34:07 IST 2022 britney-spears-announces-pregnancy-opens-up-perinatal-depression <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/britney-spears-announces-pregnancy-opens-up-perinatal-depression.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/march-28-2021/people/129-Britney-Spears.jpg" /> <p>Britney Spears announced on Monday that she was pregnant with her third child.</p> <p>In a post on Instagram, the pop star said she decided to take a pregnancy test after she put on weight post her Hawaii vacation with partner Sam Asghari. "I thought 'Geez... what happened to my stomach???'" Spears wrote, saying that Asghari, whom she refers to online as her "husband," speculated she was "food pregnant." She added: “So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby.”</p> <p>The announcement comes five months after a Los Angeles court ended the 13-year controversial guardianship overseen by her father James Spears. In June 2021, Britney complained in court that the conservatorship prevented her from marrying or having more children. Her revelation that she was being prevented from removing a contraceptive IUD had sparked massive outrage from fans and rights groups who pushed for #FreeBritney movement. and She is mother to two sons, Sean and Jayden, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.</p> <p>In her post on Monday, she also opened up about perinatal depression during her previous pregnancies. She said women were not allowed to speak about such thing then, but now there is freedom. “Women didn't talk about it back then... some people considered it dangerous if a woman complained like that with a baby inside her... but now women talk about it everyday... thank Jesus we don't have to keep that pain a reserved proper secret," the pop star wrote.</p> <p>She said that this time she will be doing yoga, and added that she won't be stepping out much to avoid the paparazzi.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/britney-spears-announces-pregnancy-opens-up-perinatal-depression.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/12/britney-spears-announces-pregnancy-opens-up-perinatal-depression.html Tue Apr 12 11:14:38 IST 2022 tamil-is-the-link-language-ar-rahman-reacts-to-amit-shahs-hindi-remark <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/tamil-is-the-link-language-ar-rahman-reacts-to-amit-shahs-hindi-remark.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2018/4/13/ar-rahman.jpg" /> <p>Oscar-winning musician A.R. Rahman has rued the "north-south" divide in the country and called for unity for the nation to be more powerful.</p> <p>Responding to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's "Hindi should be alternative to English" remark, he said, "Tamil is the link language."</p> <p>In his address at a CII event in Chennai, Rahman reminisced his encounter with a Chinese man seven years ago and said the latter was all praise for north Indians and about their "charming movies."</p> <p>He wondered if the man had watched south Indian movies, Rahman said, adding he was "deeply disturbed" over the remarks.</p> <p>"South India-north India (divide), I think India is India. For me, it doesn't matter. Somebody does good here, north Indians benefit, somebody does good there, we benefit, the borders are broken. It is very easy to divide people through art, movies. This is the time to unite, celebrate differences...this is the time to show more unity so that we can be more powerful and we can lead the world," he said.</p> <p>Later, when asked about a "Central minister's" remarks that "Hindi should be the link language," apparently referring to those of Shah, Rahman said "Tamil is the link language."</p> <p>Shah had last week said Hindi should be accepted as an alternative to English and not to local languages.</p> <p>Presiding over the 37th meeting of the Parliamentary Official Language Committee, Shah had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of running the government is the official language and this will definitely increase the importance of Hindi.</p> <p>Incidentally, an image posted Rahman on Tamil language then on Twitter in the wake of Shah's comments had triggered an animated debate in the social media on languages.</p> <p>An artistic depiction of a white saree-clad woman in the centre, against a background of red was seen as a subtle reference to mother Tamil and opposition to imposition of Hindi, with voices coming for and against the composer.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/tamil-is-the-link-language-ar-rahman-reacts-to-amit-shahs-hindi-remark.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/tamil-is-the-link-language-ar-rahman-reacts-to-amit-shahs-hindi-remark.html Mon Apr 11 19:12:26 IST 2022 vijay-reveals-why-he-hasnt-given-an-interview-in-10-years <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/vijay-reveals-why-he-hasnt-given-an-interview-in-10-years.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/11/vijay-interview-beast.jpg" /> <p>Kollywood actor Vijay, who is gearing up for the release of his action-thriller <i>Beast</i>, appeared for a one-on-one interview after a gap of more than 10 years.</p> <p>The actor, in his interview to <i>Beast</i> director Nelson, said he hasn't be giving interviews as he had a negative experience years ago.</p> <p>He said after he read the interview that he had given, he felt that the interviewer misrepresented things that he had said. "I thought, why give into controversy? Let me not speak for a while, and continued that for long."</p> <p>"I had said something, but it came off as harsh when the interview was written down. I felt that it was not me when I read the interview."</p> <p>I can explain it to my family members that I am not arrogant as the interview may have suggested, but I can't explain it to the whole world, the actor said.</p> <p>He said he now only speaks at the functions.</p> <p>Speaking about <i>Beast</i>, he called Nelson a “clever director.”</p> <p>Vijay said music director Anirudh Ravichander surprises him every time.</p> <p>The actor revealed that he is a firm believer. "I go to church, I get a good feeling when going to church. Not just only church, I go to temples and mosques as well. I feel divinity in temples as well."</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/vijay-reveals-why-he-hasnt-given-an-interview-in-10-years.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/vijay-reveals-why-he-hasnt-given-an-interview-in-10-years.html Mon Apr 11 18:36:55 IST 2022 ishaan-khatter-wraps-war-drama-pippa <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/ishaan-khatter-wraps-war-drama-pippa.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2018/april-01-2018/people/88-ishaan-khatter.jpg" /> <p>Actor Ishaan Khatter on Monday said he has finished filming for his upcoming war drama movie <i>Pippa.</i></p> <p>Backed by producers Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, the film is directed by Raja Krishna Menon of<i> Airlift</i> fame.</p> <p><i>Pippa</i> is billed as a heroic tank battle film that underscores the bravery of Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta (Khatter), a veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron, who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.</p> <p>Khatter announced the film wrap on his Instagram account. "Filled with gratitude for the experience of this film. It's been a dream to work with a team as excellent as this one. Humbled and brimming with love. This is your Captain Balram Singh Mehta signing off from #Pippa," the actor wrote alongside fresh stills from the movie.</p> <p>The film is based on Brigadier Mehta's book <i>The Burning Chaffees</i>. Its title is taken from the Russian amphibious war tank called the PT-76, popularly known as <i>Pippa.</i></p> <p>Maestro AR Rahman has composed the music.</p> <p>Produced by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, <i>Pippa </i>also features actors Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.</p> <p>The film will hit the theatres on December 9 this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/ishaan-khatter-wraps-war-drama-pippa.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/ishaan-khatter-wraps-war-drama-pippa.html Mon Apr 11 14:55:54 IST 2022 actress-assault-case-kavya-madhavan-interrogated-wednesday <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/actress-assault-case-kavya-madhavan-interrogated-wednesday.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/8/11/kavya-madhavan-fb.jpg" /> <p>Kavya Madhavan will be interrogated by the Kerala Crime Branch on Wednesday, in connection with the 2017 actress assault case. Kavya, who was initially summoned for questioning on Monday, had expressed inconvenience to reach Kochi from Chennai.</p> <p>The&nbsp;Crime Branch decided to quiz Kavya after a leaked audio clip of a purported conversation between actor Dileep's brother-in-law TN Sooraj and his friend Sarath suggested Kavya was aware of the crime. Kavya's husband Dileep is the eight accused and alleged mastermind of the crime.</p> <p>Stating that “fresh facts” are coming to light, the police have approached the Kerala High Court seeking more time to complete the investigation.</p> <p>The probe team has recorded the statement of Dileep's ex-wife and actress Manju Warrier, <i>The New Indian Express </i>reported. She has identified the voices of Dileep, his brother Anoop, Sooraj and Sarath in the audio clip, the report stated.</p> <p>The actress-survivor, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films, was abducted and allegedly molested in her car for two hours by some persons who had forced their way into the vehicle on the night of February 17, 2017 and later escaped in a busy area. The entire act was filmed by those persons to blackmail the actress. There are 10 accused in the case and police have arrested seven. Dileep was arrested subsequently and released on bail.</p> <p>-with PTI inputs</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/actress-assault-case-kavya-madhavan-interrogated-wednesday.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/actress-assault-case-kavya-madhavan-interrogated-wednesday.html Mon Apr 11 14:06:39 IST 2022 writer-actor-shiv-subrahmanyam-passes-away <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/writer-actor-shiv-subrahmanyam-passes-away.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/11/shiv-subrahmanyam.jpg" /> <p>Veteran screenwriter-actor Shiv Subrahmanyam , known for penning critically-acclaimed films <i>Parinda, 1942: A Love Story,</i> and<i> Chameli,</i> has died, filmmaker Hansal Mehta confirmed on Monday.</p> <p>Mehta took to Twitter and posted a note about Subrahmanyam's demise, writing that it was a "terrible news to wake up to". "With profound and heartfelt grief, we wish to inform you of the passing of one of the most dignified and noble souls to inhabit human form - our dearest Shiv Subrahmanyam. Incredibly talented, he was much loved and revered personally as well as professionally.</p> <p>"We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Divya, her mum, dad, Rohan, Rinki and family; Bhanu chitti and all of Shiv's family, and his huge legion of friends and fans," the note read, adding that Subrahmanyam's cremation will be held at Mokshdham Hindu Shamshanbhoomi, Andheri.</p> <p>The cause of the actor-writer's death has not been shared with the media yet. Various colleagues and industry friends including actor Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, among others took to Twitter to pay homage to Subrahmanyam.</p> <p>"Terrible news. The sadness doesn't end. A great guy, and incredible talent. Gone too soon. #RIP #respect," Shorey said.</p> <p>Pakistani filmmaker Beena Sarwar wrote that the news is "incredibly tragic" because Subrahmanyam passed away two months after the death of his only son. "Gutted to hear this news. Incredibly tragic, esp as it happened just two months after the passing of his and Divya's only child - Jahaan, taken by a brain tumour 2 weeks before his 16th birthday. RIP," she tweeted.</p> <p>Mishra said he was at a loss of words. Subrahmanyam had written Mishra's 1996 drama<i> Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin</i> and the acclaimed 2003 political drama <i>Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.</i></p> <p>"Effing crazy. Nuts! Shiv, man! We lost each other some time ago. And now this! There is nothing to say," he tweeted.</p> <p>Bajpayee wrote, "Rest in peace Shiv! Such a tragic news one woke up to! Condolences to the family &amp; friends!"</p> <p>Subrahmanyam started his film journey as a writer, penning the screenplay of Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 1989 drama<i> Parinda.</i> He later worked with the director on <i>1942: A Love Story.</i></p> <p>As an actor he last featured in Karan Johar-backed <i>Meenakshi Sundareshwar i</i>n 2021. His other onscreen appearances were in films <i>2 States, Hichki</i>, <i>Stanley Ka Dabba, Kaminey</i> and the 2011 TV show<i> Mukti Bandhan, </i>on which he played business tycoon IM Virani.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/writer-actor-shiv-subrahmanyam-passes-away.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/writer-actor-shiv-subrahmanyam-passes-away.html Mon Apr 11 11:37:18 IST 2022 shahid-kapoor-jersey-postponed-avoid-clash-kgf-2 <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahid-kapoor-jersey-postponed-avoid-clash-kgf-2.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/11/jersey-poster.jpg" /> <p>Actor Shahid Kapoor-led drama <i>Jersey </i>has been postponed and will now open in cinemas on April 22.</p> <p><i>Jersey </i>was set to hit the theatres on April 14 along with the much-awaited actioner <i>KGF: Chapter 2.</i> Producer Aman Gill said the team wanted the film to reach the audiences in the "widest possible way" and hence decided to postpone the release by a week.</p> <p>"As a team, we have put our blood sweat and tears into Jersey' and would like our beloved film to reach all of you in the widest possible way. <i>Jersey </i>will now release on 22nd April," Gill said in a statement.</p> <p>Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, the film is a Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu blockbuster of the same name.<i> Jersey</i> is presented by Allu Arvind and produced by Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi and Gill. It also stars Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahid-kapoor-jersey-postponed-avoid-clash-kgf-2.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahid-kapoor-jersey-postponed-avoid-clash-kgf-2.html Mon Apr 11 10:59:52 IST 2022 film-with-ali-abbas-zafar-ready-shahid-kapoor <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/film-with-ali-abbas-zafar-ready-shahid-kapoor.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2019/6/4/Shahid-Kapoor-next-project.jpg" /> <p>Actor Shahid Kapoor says his action film with <i>Tiger Zinda Hai</i> director Ali Abbas Zafar is complete and they are hoping to release the movie some time this year.</p> <p>Presented by Jio Studios in association with Zafar's AAZ Films, Offside Entertainment and The Vermillion World, the film is billed as a "stylised relentless action-packed ride". Talking about the yet untitled project, Shahid said the film is a departure from the "typical" action movies.</p> <p>"Ali's film is ready. It is a kind of action that I have not done before. It is new for me and him. It is an edgy action, not like the typical one, it has a quirk to it," the actor, who has previously starred in action films such as <i>Kaminey</i> and <i>R... Rajkumar,</i> said.</p> <p>"It (doing action) is very tiring and I have lost a lot of weight. I had a great time working on it. Ali and I have known each other for a decade and we decided to collaborate on this. It will come out this year," Shahid said.</p> <p>Apart from Zafar's film, the 41-year-old actor is set to make his OTT debut with a Prime Video series from <i>The Family Man</i> creators Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. The show is an interesting and exciting project, he said, calling it a "quirky crime drama".</p> <p>Last year, Shahid was also signed to play a paratrooper in an action film titled <i>Bull</i>, inspired by events from the life of Brigadier Bulsara. Set in the 1980s, the film marks the directorial debut of Aditya Nimbalkar, who has worked extensively with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.</p> <p>The actor said the logistical details on<i> Bull </i>are still being worked out. "<i>Bull</i> is still later in the future. It might not happen immediately. It's just a few logistical things that need to be worked out. It is not on agenda right now," he added.</p> <p>Shahid is currently awaiting the release of <i>Jersey</i>, a Hindi remake of National Award-winning Telugu sports drama of the same name. The actor said he is grateful for the varied offers coming his way today but it is difficult to find interesting opportunities all the time.</p> <p>"I have a film coming out two-and-half years after a super successful film without having another release (in between). It is great for me," he said.</p> <p><i>Jersey</i> is the actor's first release since 2019's <i>Kabir Singh</i> and the actor said he believes in doing "qualitative work". "You can only be good or better than the opportunity that is in front of you. I am thankful that opportunities are coming my way. It is difficult to find that consistently because great characters and films don’t happen every day... In the last two-three years, I am happy with the work that I am doing. I'm feeling good about it deep down," he added.</p> <p>Gowtam Tinnanuri, who directed the original <i>Jersey,</i> has helmed the Hindi version as well. The film also features Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur. Presented by Allu Arvind and backed by Aman Gill, Dil Raju, S Naga Vamsi, <i>Jersey</i> is set to be released on April 14.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/film-with-ali-abbas-zafar-ready-shahid-kapoor.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/film-with-ali-abbas-zafar-ready-shahid-kapoor.html Mon Apr 11 10:27:53 IST 2022 bryan-cranston-aaron-paul-to-reprise-breaking-bad-roles-in-final-season-of-better-call-saul <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/bryan-cranston-aaron-paul-to-reprise-breaking-bad-roles-in-final-season-of-better-call-saul.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/10/better-call-soul-bb.jpg" /> <p>Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to return as Walter White for the final season of spin-off series Better Call Saul.&nbsp;</p> <p>Actor Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman in the cult crime drama show, will also be reprising his role of Jesse Pinkman in the upcoming season of Bob Odenkirk-led Better Call Saul.</p> <p>AMC network confirmed Cranston and Paul's return in a Twitter post.</p> <p>"They are coming back," the network posted.</p> <p>Cranston and Paul have played White and Pinkman in five seasons of the show as well as Netflix feature film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which came out in 2019.</p> <p>The sixth and final season of Better Call Saul is divided into two parts. It will premiere on April 18 and run until late May, before picking up again in July.</p> <p>Better Call Saul follows the story of con-man turned small-time lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk), beginning six years before the events of Breaking Bad, showing his transformation into the persona of criminal-for-hire Saul Goodman.</p> <p>It also stars Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/bryan-cranston-aaron-paul-to-reprise-breaking-bad-roles-in-final-season-of-better-call-saul.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/bryan-cranston-aaron-paul-to-reprise-breaking-bad-roles-in-final-season-of-better-call-saul.html Sun Apr 10 17:49:22 IST 2022 anil-kapoor-harsh-varrdhan-kapoors-thar-to-premiere-on-netflix-in-may <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/anil-kapoor-harsh-varrdhan-kapoors-thar-to-premiere-on-netflix-in-may.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/10/anilharsh.jpg" /> <p>Streaming giant Netflix on Monday announced its upcoming film Thar, starring Bollywood actors and real-life father-son duo Anil Kapoor and Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, will premiere on May 6.<br> </p> <p>The revenge noir thriller marks the directorial debut of Raj Singh Chaudhary and is produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC).</p> <p>Chaudhary has also written the film and penned the dialogues with Anurag Kashyap.</p> <p>Inspired by Western Noir genre, <i>Thar</i> is set in the eighties and features Harsh Varrdhan as Siddharth, an antique dealer.</p> <p>The movie traces Siddharth's journey through a remote village in Rajasthan that has recently been rocked by a series of violent killings. As the local cop Surekha Singh investigates these killings he crosses paths with Siddharth.</p> <p>Thar, which is the second collaboration between Anil Kapoor and Harsh Varrdhan after AK vs AK where the two were seen as themselves, also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Satish Kaushik.&nbsp;<br> </p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/anil-kapoor-harsh-varrdhan-kapoors-thar-to-premiere-on-netflix-in-may.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/10/anil-kapoor-harsh-varrdhan-kapoors-thar-to-premiere-on-netflix-in-may.html Sun Apr 10 11:17:09 IST 2022 ukraine-crisis-priyanka-chopra-asks-world-leasders-stand-up-refugees <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/ukraine-crisis-priyanka-chopra-asks-world-leasders-stand-up-refugees.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/october-24-2021/people/priyanka-chopra-jonas.jpg" /> <p>Actor Priyanka Chopra has urged world leaders to stand up and deal with the "humanitarian and refugee crisis" emerging out of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.</p> <p>Chopra, who is the goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, took to her Instagram on Friday and posted a video, appealing to the world leaders to support the crisis in Eastern Europe and asked for action to be taken to help the displaced people from Ukraine. "World leaders, this is a direct appeal to you. We need you to answer the call from activists and advocates working to support the humanitarian and refugee crisis that we are watching unfold every day in Eastern Europe. We need you to take immediate action to help the displaced people from Ukraine, and all around the world,” she said.</p> <p>Chopra stated that more than two million children have been forced to leave everything behind in search of safety in the neighbouring countries.</p> <p>"Together with 2.5 million children internally displaced inside Ukraine, it’s one of the fastest, largest large-scale displacements of children since World War II. These numbers are staggering,” she said.</p> <p>The actor believes the traumatic experiences of the war will forever be etched into the memories of many youths. "None of these children will ever be the same again after what they have seen and what they have experienced,” she said.</p> <p>"So the leaders of the UK, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Australia, when you meet to decide how much funding you will give to support humanitarian aid, will you stand up for refugees everywhere? Will you contribute the billions they need," she added.</p> <p>On a concluding note, Chopra asked her fans and followers to support the cause. “I'm asking everyone who sees this video to please amplify this call. Post yourself, share a video from an activist or share this video, so that our leaders know we need the world to stand up and support refugees. This is the largest refugee crisis we have seen as human beings,” she said.</p> <p>Earlier, Chopra in the month of February had dubbed the Russian military attack on Ukraine as "terrifying" and said it was difficult to understand how the situation had escalated to a "catastrophic point".</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/ukraine-crisis-priyanka-chopra-asks-world-leasders-stand-up-refugees.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/ukraine-crisis-priyanka-chopra-asks-world-leasders-stand-up-refugees.html Sat Apr 09 14:40:48 IST 2022 sonam-kapoor-delhi-home-robbed <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/sonam-kapoor-delhi-home-robbed.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/january-10-2021/people/sonam.jpg" /> <p>Actress Sonam Kapoor and husband Anand Ahuja's Delhi home was robbed, with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.41 crore being stolen, according to reports.</p> <p>The robbery took place on February 11 and the complaint was lodged before the police on February 23, police statement said, NDTV reported on Saturday. &quot;A complaint was made on 23.02.22 that there was a theft at R/o Harish Ahuja, Amrita Shergil Marg. They complained that some cash and jewellery combined worth 2.4 crore was stolen. They had noticed it on 11.02.22 but complained only on 23.02.22. Immediately FIR was registered and an investigation started. Teams have been formed and an examination of the evidence is underway. Further investigation is in process,&quot; the police said in a press release. According to reports, cops are questioning over 25 employees. Sonam's father-in-law Harish Ahuja, mother-in-law Priya Ahuja and Anand's grandmother Sarla Ahuja live here.</p> <p>Sonam and Anand are expecting their first child. They made the announcement on social media recently, and shared adorable photographs from a maternity shoot. Sharing the photos, the couple wrote, &quot;Four hands. To raise you the very best we can. Two hearts. That will beat in unison with yours, every step of the way. One family. Who will shower you with love and support. We can't wait to welcome you. #everydayphenomenal #comingthisfall2022.&quot;</p> <p>On the work front, Sonam was last seen opposite Dulquer Salmaan in The Zoya Factor, which released in 2019.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/sonam-kapoor-delhi-home-robbed.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/sonam-kapoor-delhi-home-robbed.html Sat Apr 09 14:26:24 IST 2022 jennifer-lopez-ben-affleck-get-engaged <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/jennifer-lopez-ben-affleck-get-engaged.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/9/jennifer-lopez-affleck-ap.jpg" /> <p>Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are engaged, the music icon confirmed on her official website.</p> <p>The couple, who rekindled their romance in 2021 nearly 18 years after they called off their last engagement, are planning to get married now.</p> <p>Lopez, 52, first teased the exciting and special announcement on her Facebook and Instagram page, following which she shared an email to her inner circle. The message shared on Lopez's website for fans included a clip of the singer admiring a huge, green diamond on her ring finger.</p> <p>Lopez and Affleck, 49, first started dating after working on the movie <i>Gigli</i>. They got engaged in November 2002, but Lopez called off the engagement in early 2004, and got married to singer Marc Anthony by June of the same year. The couple went on to have twins Max and Emme in 2008.</p> <p>Affleck married actor Jennifer Garner in 2005 and welcomed three children together: daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel.</p> <p>Fondly addressed as 'Bennifer' by the fans and media alike, Lopez and Affleck reconciled last year in May following the pop star's split with Alex Rodriguez.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/jennifer-lopez-ben-affleck-get-engaged.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/jennifer-lopez-ben-affleck-get-engaged.html Sat Apr 09 12:16:28 IST 2022 will-smith-gets-10-year-oscars-ban-over-chris-rockslap <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/will-smith-gets-10-year-oscars-ban-over-chris-rockslap.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/3/29/will-smith-oscar-ap.jpg" /> <p>The motion picture academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following his slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.</p> <p>The move comes after a meeting of the academy's Board of Governors to discuss a response to Smith's actions. It is unclear whether the ban would apply to future nominations.</p> <p>The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behaviour we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage, the academy said in a statement.</p> <p>I accept and respect the Academy's decision, Smith said in response. He pre-emptively resigned from the academy last week during the run-up to the meeting, calling his actions "shocking, painful, and inexcusable.</p> <p>The academy also apologised for its handling of the situation and allowing Smith to stay and accept his best actor award for <i>King Richard</i>. During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry, the academy said. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short - unprepared for the unprecedented.</p> <p>In a statement in the days following the Oscars, the academy said Smith was asked to leave the ceremony but refused.</p> <p>But it's not clear how the message was delivered to Smith or what form it took, and several media outlets reported that he was never formally told to leave the Dolby Theatre. The Los Angeles Times reported in a story Thursday that Oscars producer Will Packer told Smith: Officially, we don't want you to leave. We want you to stay.</p> <p>The ban means Smith will not be presenting one of the major awards at next year's Oscars, as is tradition for the best actor winner.</p> <p>The academy in its Friday statement also expressed deep gratitude to Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances.</p> <p>The academy's statement did not address whether Smith could be nominated for Oscars during his 10-year ban. Nor did it take any action to revoke Smith's Academy Award. The academy has not revoked Oscars from expelled members Harvey Weinstein or Roman Polanski.</p> <p>With his resignation last week, Smith lost the ability to vote for nominees and winners.</p> <p>At the March 27 Academy Awards, Rock came out to present the best documentary Oscar and made jokes about several attendees, including Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2,' can't wait to see it, Rock said. Pinkett Smith, who has spoken publicly about her hair loss condition, alopecia, had a closely shaved head similar to that of Demi Moore in the 1997 movie.</p> <p>Smith strode from his front-row seat on to the stage and smacked Rock, stunning the comedian, the theater crowd and viewers at home. Many thought it was a planned gag set up by the show or the men themselves, but the seriousness of the situation set in after Smith returned to his seat and angrily twice shouted at Rock to keep my wife's name out your (expletive) mouth. Rock said he had no interest in pursuing charges when asked by police backstage.</p> <p>Smith took the stage again less than hour later to accept his Oscar, tearfully apologising to the academy but notably omitting any mention of Rock. He compared himself to Richard Williams, the man he played in King Richard, a fierce defender of his family. Later that night, Smith danced with his trophy and his family and rapped along with his own songs in celebration of his win at the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party.</p> <p>Rock has only briefly addressed the attack publicly, saying at one comedy concert in Boston this week that he was still kind of processing what happened.&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/will-smith-gets-10-year-oscars-ban-over-chris-rockslap.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/09/will-smith-gets-10-year-oscars-ban-over-chris-rockslap.html Sat Apr 09 10:24:33 IST 2022 neetu-kapoor-sidesteps-queries-on-ranbir-alia-wedding-says-lets-see-when <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/neetu-kapoor-sidesteps-queries-on-ranbir-alia-wedding-says-lets-see-when.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/magazine/theweek/leisure/images/2018/6/23/66-alia-bhatt.jpg" /> <p>"Let us see when," veteran actor Neetu Kapoor said on Friday, dodging queries about the wedding of her son Ranbir Kapoor with his actor-girlfriend Alia Bhatt.</p> <p>Though both the families have refused to confirm or deny any reports, speculation about the much discussed wedding is seemingly endless with some media outlets putting out the details, beginning with a mehendi function on April 13, followed by haldi and sangeet on April 14, and the marriage ceremony on April 16 at the Kapoor family's ancestral home, RK House, in Chembur.</p> <p>There are other reports that the wedding will take place on April 17 at Ranbir's house in Bandra.</p> <p>Asked about the reports, Neetu Kapoor, who is busy promoting her upcoming dance reality show 'Dance Deewane Juniors', sidestepped all questions, only saying she hopes the star couple gets married soon.</p> <p>"I have been hearing about it (the wedding) for two years but I don't know when (it will happen). Let's see when. Sometimes, it is going to happen in Ranthambore, RK Studios...places and dates keep changing (referring to media reports). I hope and pray it happens very soon," the 63-year-old actor told PTI.</p> <p>She said she is having fun reading about the different wedding dates circulating in the media. "Let the astrologers come out with dates, some are saying April 15, 17. We are having good fun."</p> <p>The actor said Alia and Ranbir make a great pair. "As an actor, she is world class and nobody can beat her. As a person, she is the purest form of human being. She is lovely, uncorrupted by the world, no negativity, no jealousy, nothing, she is just pure. And so is Ranbir, he is also pure. They make a great pair."&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/neetu-kapoor-sidesteps-queries-on-ranbir-alia-wedding-says-lets-see-when.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/neetu-kapoor-sidesteps-queries-on-ranbir-alia-wedding-says-lets-see-when.html Fri Apr 08 18:22:20 IST 2022 first-captain-america-comic-sells-for-dollar31-million-at-auction <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/first-captain-america-comic-sells-for-dollar31-million-at-auction.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/8/captamerica.jpg" /> <p>The 1940 comic marking Marvel superhero Captain America's first appearance has been sold at an auction today for $ 3.1 million.&nbsp;<br> </p> <p>According to The Hollywood Reporter, the price is just short of the record of $3.6 million, set in 2014 for Spider-Man's first comic appearance.<br> </p> <p>The "Captain America Comics No. 1" was sold as part of Heritage Auctions' comics and comic art events.&nbsp;</p> <p>The comic was released in December 1940, a year before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that would push the United States into World War II, and features one of the comics medium's most iconic covers: the hero punching Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.</p> <p>Comic legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Captain America for Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel Comics.</p> <p>Captain America aka Steve Rogers made debut in Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011 with <i>Captain America: The First Avenger</i>. Hollywood star Chris Evans essayed the role of the superhero.&nbsp;</p> <p>He reprised the part in standalone projects <i>Captain America: The Winter Soldier, </i>and<i> Captain America: Civil War </i>as well as the ensemble films <i>The Avengers , Avengers: Age of Ultron , Avengers: Infinity War </i>and <i>Avengers: Endgame</i>.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/first-captain-america-comic-sells-for-dollar31-million-at-auction.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/08/first-captain-america-comic-sells-for-dollar31-million-at-auction.html Fri Apr 08 11:10:29 IST 2022 will-there-be-a-sequel-to-rrr <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/will-there-be-a-sequel-to-rrr.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/4/13/rrr-poster.jpg" /> <p>South star Jr NTR has said there should be a sequel to S.S. Rajamouli's blockbuster <i>RRR</i>, much on the lines of the filmmaker's hit franchise <i>Baahubali</i>.</p> <p>Rajamouli's latest period action drama, featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan, has so far reportedly minted Rs 1,000 crore at the global box office.</p> <p>This is the filmmaker's third consecutive blockbuster after <i>Baahubali: The Beginning</i>&nbsp;and its sequel, <i>Baahubali: The Conclusion</i>.</p> <p>During a special event to celebrate the film's success on Wednesday, Jr NTR said fans' demand for a sequel is fair.</p> <p>"I am pretty sure that if he doesn't make (a sequel), you are going to kill him for sure. He needs to make 'RRR 2', there needs to be a conclusion to this also! I was speaking to a journalist and I don't know how but I said <i>RRR </i>franchise. So, hopefully it becomes true. He should make 'RRR 2,'" the actor told reporters.</p> <p>Charan said for now he feels content and is glad that the film could release after a series of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>"Of course, we all will be delighted again if Rajamouli sir thinks of 'RRR 2'," he added.</p> <p>Rajamouli said both his leading stars got out of the <i>RRR </i>headspace pretty quickly, while he is still trying to "cool off from the heat which the movie generated".</p> <p>"Let it cool down. Of course, for me it would be a great pleasure, not because of what it'll do at the box office, but because I will have more time to spend with my brothers. That'll be more exciting for me. But let time unravel what we have," the filmmaker added.</p> <p>The success press event was organised by Jayantilal Gada of Pen Studios, which acquired the north India theatrical rights and all languages digital and satellite rights for <i>RRR</i>.</p> <p>It was also attended by superstar Aamir Khan, filmmaker Karan Johar and veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar.</p> <p>Produced by D V V Entertainment, the film released on March 25 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi.</p> <p><i>RRR </i>is a fictional tale of two Indian freedom fighters from the early 20th century - Alluri Sitarama (Charan) and Kumaram Bheem, played by Jr NTR.</p> <p>Rajamouli said there is a lot of appreciation from the audience for <i>RRR </i>but what has been "significantly different" was the number of western audiences liking the film.</p> <p>"This is the kind of thing I note, that these many people are liking my film, so next time when I make a film, I should keep this in mind. I shouldn't let it bother me, weigh me down but think that there is a wider audience listening to your story. Not the numbers, but the love and appreciation from different audiences matters," the director said.</p> <p>The film's Hindi version alone has reportedly collected close to Rs 200 crore at the box office.</p> <p>Many trade critics have applauded the team of the film for reviving the post-pandemic box office in a major way.</p> <p>Rajamouli said when the film was getting postponed multiple times, the team was "unsure about the occupancy of theatres".</p> <p>"From the audience's side, I never had a doubt, I always believed that once the film is out, they will come to the theatres. But from the health department side, we didn't know what was coming when. Those were anxious moments for all the films. Once the theatres opened, 'RRR' brought the audiences back to the theatres, that's the biggest achievement for me," Rajamouli said.</p> <p><i>RRR </i>also features Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn in key roles.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/will-there-be-a-sequel-to-rrr.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/will-there-be-a-sequel-to-rrr.html Thu Apr 07 22:17:25 IST 2022 netflix-show-mai-is-one-of-its-kind-unlike-anything-made-so-far-say-creators-of-the-series <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/netflix-show-mai-is-one-of-its-kind-unlike-anything-made-so-far-say-creators-of-the-series.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/11/mai-netflix.jpg" /> <p>Netflix is coming up with its next original, <i>Mai </i>that has Sakshi Tanwar in the lead role as a grieving mother who transforms from being meek to merciless after her daughter's tragic murder.</p> <p>In a Zoom interview, creators of the show, Atul Mongia and Anshai Lal, speak about their journey and how <i>Mai </i>came about. While, Atul Mongia who has been a casting director for seven years before he decided to quit and focus on writing the script for <i>Mai</i>, Anshai who came back into the public eye after a while post <i>Phillauri </i>says <i>Mai </i>is a &quot;one of its kind story that is unlike anything made so far.&quot;</p> <p>Netflix's India series head Tanya Bami refers to <i>Mai </i>as a hybrid between a thriller and a drama and admits that ever since Netflix entered India, the streaming service has been betting big on India Originals. &quot;Nothing matters to us more than succeeding in India,&quot; says Bami. In the past four months, the platform has had eight to nine launches of its India Originals. &quot;We are coming up with many more originals and true crime documentary series this year,&quot; says Bami. Netflix has released 85+ orignals since its launch in India.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Excerpts from a roundtable with Atul, Anshai and Bami: &nbsp;</b></p> <p><b>How did the very idea of <i>Mai </i>come into being?</b></p> <p><b>Atul</b>: It almost came about as an accident. &nbsp;In 2015, I was writing a film for myself and I had been doing it for six to seven months and needed a break. But when I took a break, I still wanted to keep writing something and this was an idea in my head for a long time. Just for the fun of it I thought of writing it in the form of a show. And that is how it began. It came about in ten days that I wrote it and that happened in 2015. Then, in 2018, Karnesh Ssharma and I had been discussing doing something for the last couple of years and that is when suddenly I remembered that I had written something that would be of interest to Netflix as a show. Karnesh and I then pitched that to Netflix in 2018.</p> <p><b>Anshai, we are seeing you after a long time post <i>Phillauri</i>. Where had you been all this while and what brought you to <i>Mai</i>?</b></p> <p>Post <i>Phillauri, </i>I was working on a project which didn't take off. I also worked as a creative producer for <i>Bulbul</i>. Atul and Sakshi had already been working together at the time when I entered the fray in late 2020. There &nbsp;is a scene in the trailer where Sakshi has a danda (lathi) in her hand and says <i>Meri beti ko kisne maara, batao</i>. And once I saw that I just knew I had to be a part of it. The script of course was very good and such scripts don't come by too often so I did not want to pass on such an opportunity. &nbsp;</p> <p><b>The plot revolves around a mother's revenge for her daughter's death. Is it inspired from any real-life event?</b></p> <p><b>Atul</b>: What fascinates me about my mother’s native place, Shajahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, where I spent my summer vacations, is the fact that you will find the worst kind of people there, including criminals and gangsters, and you will also find the best and nicest people in that state. So, the state of UP is such that the best and the worst co-exist together and that excites me. That is the theme I have explored in <i>Mai </i>—how a woman from a very simple and loving family, is pushed into the other, darker side of UP because of her circumstances and how she navigates all these diverse worlds of the good and the bad.</p> <p><b>What are the trends we can expect on Netflix in the coming months?</b></p> <p><b>Bami</b>: During the lockdown and shortly after, we saw that there is an uptake for lighter content. We did see comedy as the top performing genre during the lockdown. But the trend that comes immediately after is crime thrillers.</p> <p><b>Is there anything common between the storylines of <i>Mai </i>and the other film, <i>MOM</i>, which featured late actress Sridevi?</b></p> <p><b>Anshai and Atul</b>: None of us have watched <i>MOM</i>. But we are sure this story is different.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/netflix-show-mai-is-one-of-its-kind-unlike-anything-made-so-far-say-creators-of-the-series.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/netflix-show-mai-is-one-of-its-kind-unlike-anything-made-so-far-say-creators-of-the-series.html Mon Apr 11 11:05:35 IST 2022 actor-sreenivasan-put-on-ventilator-support <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/actor-sreenivasan-put-on-ventilator-support.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/6/19/sreenivasan-actor.jpg" /> <p>Veteran Malayalam actor Sreenivasan has been put on a ventilator following bypass surgery. The actor was admitted to Apollo Adlux hospital in Angamaly last week after he had complained of chest pain. In an angiogram, it was shown that the 66-year-old from triple vessel disease. He was put on life support for three days after the bypass surgery. He was shifted out of the ventilator but was put back on it as he had an infection. Doctors say he is responding well to medicines.&nbsp;</p> <p>The actor has two sons- Dhyan and Vineeth, both actors. Sreenivasan was last seen in the movie, Aravindante Athidikal, which also starred his son, Vineeth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sreenivasan is known for movies like Sandesham, Veendum Chila Veetukaryangal and Nadodikattu.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/actor-sreenivasan-put-on-ventilator-support.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/07/actor-sreenivasan-put-on-ventilator-support.html Thu Apr 07 11:17:48 IST 2022 ed-sheeran-wins-copyright-dispute-over-shape-of-you <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/ed-sheeran-wins-copyright-dispute-over-shape-of-you.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/january-03-2021/people/ed-sheeran.jpg" /> <p>Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won a copyright dispute over the song 'Shape Of You', as the court, on Wednesday, observed that the singer “neither deliberately nor subconsciously” copied a phrase form British grime track, ‘Oh Why’, while writing his song.</p> <p>'Shape Of You' is the most streamed&nbsp;song in Spotify.</p> <p>Sheeran and co-writers of the song, John McDaid Steve McCutcheon, were accused of copying from 'Oh Why' by Sami Chokri and Ross O’Donoghue.</p> <p>Judge Antony Zacaroli pointed out that while there may be similarities between a phrase used in both the songs, such similarities may only be a starting point for a copyright violation dispute.</p> <p>‘Shape of You’, released in &nbsp;2017, had won a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for the song.</p> <p>During the hearing, Sheeran told the court that he "always tried to be completely fair" while crediting contributors, and denied that he "borrows" ideas from unknown songwriters.</p> <p>In a video statement on Instagram after the verdict, the singer said, "I am obviously happy with the result. I feel like claims like this are way too common now and have become a culture where a claim is made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than taking it to court, even if there is no basis for the claim, and it’s really damaging to the songwriting industry. There are only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music and coincidences are bound to happen if 60,000 songs are being released a day on Spotify, that is 22 million songs a year, and there are only 12 notes that are available.”</p> <p>"I don’t want to take anything away from the pain and hurt suffered from both sides of this case but I just want to say I am not an entity, I am not a corporation, I am a human being, I am a father, I am a husband, I am a son," he said.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/ed-sheeran-wins-copyright-dispute-over-shape-of-you.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/ed-sheeran-wins-copyright-dispute-over-shape-of-you.html Wed Apr 06 20:48:55 IST 2022 want-to-break-trend-so-something-different-shahid-kapoor-ott-debut <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/want-to-break-trend-so-something-different-shahid-kapoor-ott-debut.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/gallery/shots/2021/december-05-2021/people/72-Shahid-Kapoor.jpg" /> <p>Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor, who is set to make his digital debut with a series by <i>The Family Man</i> creators Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, says he wanted to challenge himself as an actor with his foray in streaming.</p> <p>Dubbed as a quirky crime drama series, the show is created and written by Nidimoru and DK for Prime Video. It is co-written by Sita R Menon, Suman Kumar and Hussain Dalal.</p> <p>"The choice to go on to the OTT platform was to break the trend, was to do something different and challenge myself. I have been doing this for almost 20 years, I need to feel challenged and excited," the actor said.</p> <p>"If I am not doing something new, I will get bored of it and then the audience will get bored too. I always feel the need to bring out little change, so that it is fresh. So, this (show) was an opportunity to do that," he added.</p> <p>The 41-year-old actor said an artiste one must strive to deliver a refreshing tale on OTT platforms as viewers are already exposed to varied content.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/want-to-break-trend-so-something-different-shahid-kapoor-ott-debut.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/want-to-break-trend-so-something-different-shahid-kapoor-ott-debut.html Wed Apr 06 15:45:54 IST 2022 dasvi-naradan-abhay-season3-what-to-watch-ott-platforms-this-week <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/dasvi-naradan-abhay-season3-what-to-watch-ott-platforms-this-week.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/6/ott-collage.jpg" /> <p>Many movies released on streaming platforms last week—majority of them had released in theatres first. This week, too, a few films are headed the OTT way. Besides movies, a few shows also return with fresh seasons this week.</p> <p>Here is a quick look at what to watch on streaming platforms this week:</p> <p><b>Dasvi: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 7</b></p> <p>The social comedy led by Abhishek Bachchan revolves around an 8th grade pass politician, Ganga Ram Chaudhary, who ends up behind bars following his involvement in a teacher recruitment scam. He eventually decides to follow his dream of completing his class 10 education from jail. The film, directed by Tushar Jalota, also features Nimrat Kaur and Yami Gautam Dhar in pivotal roles. “Tushar has made a very sweet entertaining film that has a subliminal message about how education is important,” Abhishek had said in an interview.</p> <p><b>Naradan: Amazon Prime Video</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 8</b></p> <p>The Tovino Thomas-starrer thriller had released in theatres in March. The film which follows the journey of a television journalist throws light into social issues and the business of news. Directed by Aashiq Abu, the film also features Anna Ben, Sharafudheen, and Vijayaraghavan in main roles.</p> <p><b>Abhay Season 3: ZEE5</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 8</b></p> <p>The crime thriller series starring Kunal Khemu is back with a new season. Khemu reprises the title role of SP Abhay Pratap Singh who is on the lookout for a killer. The series directed by Ken Ghosh also stars Vijay Raaz, Asha Negi, Rahul Dev, Tanuj Virwani, Divya Agarwal and Vidya Malvade.</p> <p><b>Elite season 5: Netflix</b></p> <p><b>Release date: April 8</b></p> <p>The Spanish thriller teen drama is back with another season. The show follows high schoolers at Las Encinas and deals with themes like class divide, sexuality and crime. It stars Itzab Escamilla, Maria Pedraza, Ester Exposito, Miguel Herran in key roles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/dasvi-naradan-abhay-season3-what-to-watch-ott-platforms-this-week.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/dasvi-naradan-abhay-season3-what-to-watch-ott-platforms-this-week.html Wed Apr 06 15:17:31 IST 2022 audience-loves-larger-than-life-characters-sanjay-dutt <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/audience-loves-larger-than-life-characters-sanjay-dutt.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2020/7/29/sanjay-dutt-kgf.jpg" /> <p>Sanjay Dutt's most memorable performances are the ones where he has played morally complex characters, and looking back, the actor says it was his 1993 movie <i>Khal Nayak</i> that helped him step out of his comfort zone and take on larger-than-life characters.</p> <p>Dutt made a spectacular entry in Hindi cinema with 1981 film <i>Rocky </i>and later headlined films such as <i>Vidhaata,</i> <i>Imaandaar, Jeete Hain Shaan Se</i>, <i>Ilaaka</i>, <i>Taaqatwar</i> and <i>Thaanedar.</i></p> <p>But playing Ballu in Subhash Ghai's super hit <i>Khal Nayak</i> gave him an opportunity to experiment with his choices, instead of restricting himself in good guy roles.</p> <p>"It's a risk that I took in my career when I played characters with different shades. It paid off because I was convinced that I could challenge myself as an actor. If I'm not convinced, then how will audiences be convinced?</p> <p>"It was when I did 'Khalnayak' that I realised that I should look for roles out of my comfort zone," Dutt said in an interview while discussing his roles in <i>Daud,</i> <i>Daag: The Fire</i>, <i>Vaastav, Kaante </i>and <i>Musafir.</i></p> <p>His characters in these films were also larger-than-life figures, the 62-year-old actor said.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"I believe playing larger-than-life characters is an important phase in an actor's life because the public love these characters. I have learned this during my 40 years long career. So I prefer doing these kinds of roles and I love them."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>He said that when he would feature in the films alongside his contemporaries like Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Sunny Deol, the drive was always to grow as actors, something that's missing in the current generation of actors.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>"Actors today are very dedicated to their craft. They are not conscious. But with us -- me, Jackie (Shroff) and Anil (Kapoor) -- we were not insecure. I worked with everyone in the industry when I started out. Same goes for Anil and Jackie, and even Sunny.</p> <p>"From Dilip (Kumar) sir to Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan), we worked with everyone. We were not insecure as we wanted to learn from these stalwarts. When I worked with Amitji, I was like, 'I'm sharing screen space with him, what can I learn from him?' This was our way of thinking when we were working. I believe this thought process should come back," he added.</p> <p>Dutt now stars in Kannada movie <i>K.G.F: Chapter 2</i>, the much-awaited follow up to 2019 hit <i>K.G.F.</i></p> <p>Headlined by Kannada superstar Yash, the film will see Dutt in the role of Adheera, a character that was teased towards the end of the first movie. Dutt said it was out of the blue that the makers of the sequel approached him to play the main antagonist Adheera.</p> <p>"I got a call one day and these people wanted to come and meet me. So they came and I was totally amazed by the character. I asked them how and why they thought of me playing Adheera in the movie. They told me that they want only me to play this role.</p> <p>"This is a really exceptional character. Adheera is so strong as a character and I instantly said yes to it."</p> <p>Dutt revealed that <i>K.G.F: Chapter Two</i> was "the first ever offer that came from the South".</p> <p>"I don't know why (I was never approached before)... I believe there is no segmentation today as the whole industry is one big family, which is a good thing for Indian cinema. We now represent the Indian film industry."</p> <p>Talking about his character Adheera, the actor said the role is completely different from Kancha Cheena, the bald-headed antagonist of Hrithik Roshan-starrer <i>Agneepath.</i></p> <p>"This character is as strong as Kancha Cheena was in 'Agneepath'. But where the character is different is his unpredictable nature. He has a different look and a challenge. Adheera is out there to rightfully claim back KGF. He is right in his own way that he wants his kingdom back," he said.</p> <p>In the film's trailer, Dutt looked extremely menacing and fierce as Adheera with braided hair and a moustachioed persona.</p> <p>The actor revealed that he has often looked for parts during his entire career where the character has a certain style statement. However, the process of getting the look right is often a challenge.</p> <p>"I do search for characters that have a certain style, be it Ballu from <i>Khalnayak</i>, Ajju from <i>Kaante</i>, Billa from <i>Musafir </i>or Kancha Cheena from 'Agneepath'. But it is always a challenge to get the look right.</p> <p>"I remember, when I did Agneepath, the director told me that he wants me to go bald for the character. I was initially taken aback and told him how I can do that. They initially tried using prosthetics but it didn't work out because of the hot weather at the time. It was then that I decided to shave my head. Here the challenge was to get tattoos and shlokas written on the head."</p> <p>Directed by Prashanth Neel and also starring Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Prakash Raj, <i>K.G.F: Chapter Two</i> will be released in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi on April 14.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/audience-loves-larger-than-life-characters-sanjay-dutt.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/audience-loves-larger-than-life-characters-sanjay-dutt.html Wed Apr 06 13:03:05 IST 2022 rashmika-mandanna-boards-vijay-film <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/rashmika-mandanna-boards-vijay-film.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2021/12/30/Rashmika-Mandanna-fb.jpg" /> <p>Actor Rashmika Mandanna will feature opposite South star Thalapathy Vijay in an upcoming film, the makers announced on Tuesday.</p> <p>The yet-untitled film marks the first collaboration between Vijay and Mandanna, who shot to nationwide fame with her latest blockbuster <i>Pushpa.</i></p> <p>The casting was announced by the makers on Mandanna's 26th birthday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Wishing the talented and gorgeous @iamRashmika a very happy birthday. Welcome onboard #Thalapathy66 @actorvijay @directorvamshi #RashmikaJoinsThalapathy66," the official account of the production banner tweeted.</p> <p>The film will be written and directed by Vamshi Paidipally. It will be produced by Dil Raju and Shirish under the banner Sri Venkateswara Creations.</p> <p>Mandanna will be making her Hindi debut with the upcoming spy thriller <i>Mission Majnu</i>, featuring Sidharth Malhotra.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/rashmika-mandanna-boards-vijay-film.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/06/rashmika-mandanna-boards-vijay-film.html Wed Apr 06 11:04:54 IST 2022 viajy-beast-banned-kuwait-due-portrayal-pakistan <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/05/viajy-beast-banned-kuwait-due-portrayal-pakistan.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/5/beast-viajy.jpg" /> <p>Tamil actor Vijay’s much-anticipated next release <i>Beast </i>has been banned in Kuwait, according to reports. Trade analyst Ramesh Bala took to Twitter to share the update on Tuesday.</p> <p>He speculated the reason for the ban could be the ‘portrayal of Pakistan, terrorism’ in the film. “#Beast is banned by the Ministry of Information in #Kuwait. Reason could be Portrayal of Pak, Terrorists or Violence. Recently Indian Movies #Kurup and #FIR were banned in #Kuwait. Of late, #Kuwait Censor is becoming very strict in GCC compared to other countries in the region,” he tweeted.</p> <p>The action thriller features Vijay as a spy. B<i>east </i>is scheduled to release in theatres on April 13, and will lock horns with another eagerly awaited film—Yash’s <i>KGF2.&nbsp;</i></p> <p>Vijay’s 65<sup>th</sup> film, <i>Beast</i> is<i> </i>directed by Nelson Dilipkumar and produced by Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Pictures. The film features an ensemble cast of Pooja Hegde, actor-director Selvaraghavan, Yogi Babu, Shine Chacko, Redin Kingsley, Aparna Das and VTV Ganesh. Music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The song ‘Arabic Kuthu’ from the film is already a viral hit.</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/05/viajy-beast-banned-kuwait-due-portrayal-pakistan.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/05/viajy-beast-banned-kuwait-due-portrayal-pakistan.html Tue Apr 05 15:00:21 IST 2022 shahbaz-choudhry---a-speed-coach-with-a-different-approach <a href="http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahbaz-choudhry---a-speed-coach-with-a-different-approach.html"><img border="0" hspace="10" align="left" style="margin-top:3px;margin-right:5px;" src="http://img.theweek.in/content/dam/week/news/entertainment/images/2022/4/11/Shahbaz-Choudhry.jpg" /> <p>The preeminent name Shahbaz Choudhry is promptly becoming a global force in the world of fast bowling. His name first came to prominence as the man behind the world’s largest fast bowling resource, Pace Journal, working alongside international superstar, Tymal Mills. Attributing credit to the success of Pace Journal, Shahbaz points out certain points such as incredible design, captivating writing, and exclusive timeless content. All of these, he says, have equally contributed to the success of Pace Journal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Shahbaz's sagacity has always made him seem effortless be it on-field or off-field.</p> <p>His stirring passion and insightful knowledge on the art of fast bowling have been recognized by hundreds of thousands of cricketers and coaches around the world who invest their precious time in avidly consuming the content produced by the brand.</p> <p>'Knowledge is handy whereas wisdom is rare.' Shahbaz belongs to such a rare community and thus holds great value in his respective field. The heap of information and the boundless wisdom that he has in fast bowling steered him to becoming the author of his first book, "The Book of Pace" published in late 2020. The book drew him closer to the world of coaching, where Shahbaz could get hands-on experience and fine-tune his craft by working with aspiring fast bowlers of all ages and abilities.</p> <p>Shahbaz being a dynamo and a go-getter always attracts tasks worth his time. Lately, he was ordained as the lead technical fast bowling coach for Pace Clinic in the United Kingdom alongside colleague, Tymal Mills, Punjab Kings Batting Coach, Julian Wood, and the Lead Strength &amp; Conditioning Coach of the England National Team, Rob Ahmun.</p> <p>His unprecedented approach stems from the experiences he endured in his journey. The way he accepts the situations and bounces back tells all about his potential. He allows himself to make mistakes but also remembers to never repeat them and move on with a positive lesson.</p> <p>He's the honest and straightforward alignment of facts and his opinions that are rooted in his experiences are enough to enlighten any soul that has a passion to absorb real knowledge and wisdom in the world of fast bowling:</p> <p>“As a coach, you might be tricked into thinking that your role is to make changes all the time. I have a different approach. Before making changes, I look at whether the bowler can operate at their maximum intensity first. During my youth, I made the fatal error of obsessing over technique - this led me to completely lose my ability to bowl, and subsequently, I lost my professional contract.”</p> <p>“After founding Pace Journal and interacting with thousands of fast bowlers, I realized that we are all the same and have a burning desire to do whatever it takes to improve. I think that the majority of my time spent with bowlers is in protecting them from allowing their curiosities to ruin them.”</p> <p>“Don’t get me wrong, there are absolutely times where making changes is necessary. But you also have to train to express yourself maximally. I’ve found that bowlers focus too much of their attention on making changes and because of that, they don’t get to reach their full potential at all because they’ve spent the majority of their time chopping, changing, thinking, ruining, rebuilding, and once again, changing their bowling action again and again. You get trapped in this cycle which is extremely hard to break out of”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“Ever wondered how some bowlers produce speeds over 140kph when their technique goes completely against science? The answer is in their ability to operate at THEIR maximum potential. This isn’t something that you are born with, it’s an ability that you must develop.”</p> <p>'A person who has been through the lowest of times can teach you how to reach the highest of all.' Shahbaz's journey and experience are at par with other prominent fast bowling coaches who have seen huge success at the highest level. Although new to the world coaching, Shahbaz’s work has already seen bowlers increase their speed by up to 15mph.</p> <p>Jock Campbell, former Strength &amp; Conditioning Coach of Australia during 2000 - 2005, who is best known as the coach that helped Brett Lee reach the magical 160kph mark mentioned that “Shahbaz’s passion for the art of fast bowling&nbsp;<a href="https://theweeklymail.com"></a><a href="https://theweeklymail.com"><u>is</u></a>&nbsp;unparalleled. He has experienced the highs and lows both physically and mentally of what it is to be&nbsp;<a href="https://thefrontiertimes.com"></a><a href="https://thefrontiertimes.com"><u>a</u></a>&nbsp;fast bowler, which even the greatest ones go through.”</p> http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahbaz-choudhry---a-speed-coach-with-a-different-approach.html http://www.theweek.in/news/entertainment/2022/04/11/shahbaz-choudhry---a-speed-coach-with-a-different-approach.html Mon Apr 11 15:32:35 IST 2022