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Neeraj Pandey's next titled Aiyaary
The film will star Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in the lead 
Neeraj Pandey is on a roll! While he is currently focusing on a few upcoming films, Pandey is also basking in the success of his production venture - Naam Shabana, which released last week. But, what got us excited earlier today is an all new project, that was announced on a micro blogging platform. The film maker's next directorial venture, titled 'Aiyaary', will feature Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee in the lead. Malhotra, who will be seen playing one of the lead actors in the film, took to Twitter earlier today and confirmed the news.

Aiyaary is a real life story revolving around the relationship between a mentor and a protégé. The story is set in Delhi, London, and Kashmir. Pandey, who likes to shoot in real locations, will be filming parts of it in the Valley. The film will go on floors in May 2017.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Plan C Studios, Aiyaary is a Friday Filmworks Productions and is produced by Shital Bhatia, The film is directed by Neeraj Pandey and is scheduled to release on Republic Day (January 26), 2018.

By Team Dancebee


Did Deepika visit Chittorgarh during a secret trip?
The actress is leaving no stone unturned for Padmavati
Deepika Padukone, who likes getting into the skin of her characters, is currently on a research spree to prep for her role in Padmavati. The actress went on a solo expedition to the Chittorgarh city in Rajasthan. The actress is leaving no stone unturned in order to ace the character. Earlier, Padukone was spotted carrying books based on the history of Rajasthan and recently, we are told she was busy exploring different cities in Rajasthan to understand the nature of her character in Padmavati. 

The actress traveled to Chittorgarh on her own and, in fact, walked around a lot of local places and historical sites to get familiar with all the age-old structures. As history has it, Rani Padmini came to Chittorgarh or Chittor with Rajput ruler Raja Rawal Ratan Singh after marrying him. Hence, the place is of utmost importance to Padukone and the character essayed by her. “I shot for Padmavati in November and December. There was something extremely magical about it and I hope that the magic continues when I start shooting for the film again,” stated the actress, while talking about the history.  DP is also taking extra effort to look the part and is currently growing her hair long. Ever since the actress started preparing for her character, she hasn't chopped off her locks, in order to maintain the authenticity of her character. 

Well, we can't wait to watch DP create magic on the screen as Rani Padmini. What about you?

By Team Dancebee


Parineeti Chopra croons like a boss for 'Meri Pyaari Bindu'
Banking, marketing and acting. Well, it looks like there is no stopping Parineeti Chopra. In her upcoming film titled 'Meri Pyaari Bindu', where she would be seen playing the lead opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, the actress also takes on the mantle of a singer with a soulful, melodious song titled Maana Ki Hum Yaar Nahi. Well, this single gives listeners a taste of Parineeti's singing talent. Packed with beautiful lyrics penned by Kausar Munir, Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi is a soulful composition by musical duo Sachin-Jigar. 

While playback singing for films has become common among actors, Parineeti Chopra’s single goes beyond the movie star persona, keeping both the song and video understated and soothing. The young actor has rehearsed and prepared thoroughly before taking on the mantle of a singer, and needless, the results are for everyone to see. What's next on the cards, Pari?

By Team Dancebee


Whoa! Ranbir to sport 6 different looks in Dutt Biopic
Rajkumar Hirani's much anticipated directorial venture - a biopic based on actor Sanjay Dutt has been in the news since quite sometime. Right from the buzz around casting to Ranbir Kapoor's look in the film, there is no doubt that this biopic has been making all the right noises. RK, who will be seen essaying Dutt in the film, was recently spotted on the sets, sporting long locks and a beefed up avatar. However, an insider source tells us that's not all. 

We are now told that Kapoor will be seen sporting 6 different looks in the film. That's definitely a first for the actor. RK will be seen donning various avatars sported by Sanjay Dutt, and that shall mark different phases of his life. It is a well known fact that Dutt has sported a variety of looks over the years and director Rajkumar Hirani is leaving no stone unturned to bring all of it to life on the silver screen. 
While Ranbir shall be seen in Dutt's popular looks from films like Rocky, Khalnayak among others, he will also be seen in the look sported by Dutt while in prison.  Hirani is known to bring out the best in his actors, and Kapoor is known to get into the skin of the characters he plays on screen. Well, needless to say, the union of these talented people is going to be one to watch out for!

The Dutt Biopic is slated for a Christmas 2017 release and the team has recently wrapped up the first schedule. We can't wait for the film already!

By Team Dancebee


Here's how Hrithik discovered his abilities as an artist
It's amazing how India's very own greek god - Hrithik Roshan, has shown his versatility with different roles and memorable performances in the last 17 years. Right from portraying characters that possess supreme talent and superpowers in films like Dhoom 2 and Krissh to essaying historic characters like Akbar quite skilfully, Hrithik has done it all. He is also perhaps the only mainstream Bollywood actor to have successfully essayed differently abled characters in multiple films, including Koi Mil Gaya, Guzaarish and the recently released, Kaabil. The film saw Hrithik playing a visually impaired man taking revenge for the love of his life. Kaabil went on to earn accolades, with some calling it the actor's career best performance. 

It won't be wrong to say that Hrithik’s performance in Kaabil played a major part in the film’s success. But for the actor, success is not the only takeaway from this film. He says, “I am really glad that the film has done well, but as actors, we also look for something more permanent than box office success. While filming Kaabil, I was going through a difficult time in my life. I needed to fight my own limitations in order to play this character.” 

Be it Rohit of Koi Mil Gaya, Ellen Masceranhas of Guzaarish or Rohan Bhatnagar of Kaabil; each character connected with the audiences in it's own way.  Although they are different films and roles, there was a common thread in the way Hrithik played these characters. "All of them are emotionally intelligent.  Perhaps, I could connect with these characters at some level. I have had my own struggles with my physical self.  I did stammer as a kid and I am aware how socially awkward and debilitating it can get,” he stated. 

While further talking about his takeaway from Kaabil, Hrithik said, "More than the accolades and box office success, what will remain with me is an invaluable understanding. I perhaps realised for the first time that the phrase 'differently abled' is not a polite word for disabled people. They are actually differently abled. I didn’t play Rohan Bhatnagar as a disabled guy, I played a guy who believes in himself. My way of seeing them has changed forever.” 

Well, we couldn't agree more! We hope more and more people around us realise the importance of this. More power to you, Hrithik.

By Team Dancebee 

All Hail, Fashionista Priyanka Chopra!
Our desi girl, Priyanka Chopra never fails to surprise us with her striking appearances and fantastic sartorial choices. She has successfully catapulted her way to the top. Right from featuring as the cover girl on some of the most popular magazines to appearing on talk shows and stealing our hearts at red-carpet events; it won't be wrong to say that PeeCee is now America’s very own sweetheart.

While she stole the limelight at Emmy Awards in a one-shoulder Jason Wu red chiffon gown last year, she joined the likes of Nicole Kidman and Tom Ford at the Instyle Awards where she was honored with the title of 'Breakthrough Style Star'. The global superstar also made us proud by shooting straight to the top of the best dressed list in Hollywood. We all know how Chopra, who presented at the Oscars 2016, broke the internet with her white strapless Zuhair Murad gown and the look then went on to make it to the Most Searched Google list.

After being named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine, Priyanka Chopra also made it to the Harper’s Bazaar Magazine’s Best Dressed Women in the World list. The stunning actress made it to “The New Guard” list, along with names like Oscar award winner Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson, Margot Robbie and Dakota Fanning.

L to R - Priyanka Chopra at the Golden Globes 2017, Oscars 2017 and Vanity Fair Oscars Party '17

Well, it looks like 2017 has started on a super stylish note already. Chopra gathered much praise for her custom-made hand-embroidered golden outfit from Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes earlier this year. Earlier this week, her geometric Ralph & Russo white and silver panel dress at the Oscars 2017 also got PeeCee featured in several 'Best Dressed' lists. Later, she slayed in a black gown by Michael Kors at theVanity Fair Oscars Party, which also went on to win hearts (and made headlines).

Well, clearly, there is no stopping Priyanka Chopra! With Baywatch coming this summer, we can't wait to see PeeCee showing off some of her best looks. Keep slaying, girl!

By Team Dancebee


When Shahid forged a special bond with a commando on the sets of Rangoon!

Shahid Kapoor, who shot for portions of Rangoon in Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), bonded big time with a commando stationed in the state, while shooting for the film. It so happened that the Commando, named Bomi. was assigned the duty of Shahid's security, when the cast and crew were shooting at Pasighat. 

In fact, the two grew so close, that Bomi even requested traveling with him to their schedule in Rohtung. Shahid, who had forged a great bond with the young army man, spoke to the higher authorities and convinced them to let Bomi travel with them to the next shoot location and even surprised him with gifts before leaving for Mumbai.

A source close to the unit adds, "Shahid and Bomi spent several days together while shooting Rangoon. Shahid was very interested in getting to know more about his life and the challenges soldiers face. He has a lot of admiration for our security force and was happy to see Bomi enjoy the shoot so much. On request, Shahid even ensured Bomi traveled with them to the next schedule and gifted him a leather jacket and a pair of boots, much to the commando's delight." How sweet, no?

Who else can't wait for Rangoon already?

By Team Dancebee


Makar Sankranti gets a Garba twist with Raees
Festivals in India always provide a perfect backdrop for music, dance, costumes and lavish sets to Bollywood filmmakers. Right from Ganesh Chaturthi to Diwali, Holi to Janmashtami, Bollywood films celebrate popular festivals with much fanfare and enthusiasm.   

Makers of Raees came up with the perfect surprise for upcoming Makar Sankranti festival, albeit with a twist. They have added a beautiful touch of Garba and voila! The result is a melodious, foot tapping number titled Udi Udi Jaaye, which was released earlier today. We couldn't take our eyes off SRK and Mahira's sizzling chemistry, as they danced their way into our hearts with this vibrant, beautiful number. Interestingly, this is also the first time Shah Rukh Khan will be seen doing Garba on screen. Composed by Ram Sampath with lyrics by Javed Akhtar, Udi Udi Jaye is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, Bhoomi Trivedi and Karsan Sagathia.

Director Rahul Dholakia says, “Uttarayan is one of the biggest festivals in Gujarat and Garba is our state dance. No film rooted in Gujarat can be complete without having either of them.  A majority of the writers were gujjus and we decided to incorporate a special song which also takes the story forward.”

The filmmaker adds that a special manja (thread) was called in from Surat, “SRK’s character in the film loves to fly kites and is an expert at cutting other people’s kites. There is a dialogue in the film where Shah Rukh says, ‘Agar Katne ka darr hota na, toh patang nahi chadhata, firki pakadta.’ To give the authenticity to the character we decided to use Surti manjha, which is razor sharp. A couple of times during the shoot, he actually cut his fingers,” he says. Well, like they say - no pain, no gain! The result is truly beautiful and we can't wait for January 25, 2017 already.

By Team Dancebee


Love in the time of War
The much anticipated Rangoon trailer is out and clearly, it is ready to set the screens on fire
After his last film in 2015 - Haider (the epic poetry in motion), film maker Vishal Bhardwaj is back with a bang. This year, he promises a visual treat in the form of a period love drama, titled Rangoon. The film is one of 2017's most anticipated films. Earlier today, three interesting film posters featuring the lead cast were launched online. But of course, what got us completely mind blown was the epic trailer of the film. Gotta admit, every frame of the beautiful trailer is mind-friggin-blowing!

The film is set in 1944, a time when the world was at war and India fought its own battle for independence. Kangana Ranaut plays Julia, a popular film actress based in Mumbai, and Saif Ali Khan plays a film maker smitten by Julia. One thing leads to another and the actress is sent to Burma, where she encounters a soldier named Nawab Malik, played by Shahid Kapoor. What follows is a story of love, war and deceit, in the backdrop of Rangoon. The trailer is beautifully shot, with a fantastic background score, great music ('Yeh Ishq Hai' got us addicted already) and some seriously good cinematography. While both Ranaut and Khan leave us curious with their fine act, it is Kapoor who leaves you mesmerised with his intensity and outstanding display of emotions. With a stellar cast and an excellent crew, we are sure Rangoon is ready to set the screens on fire this year.

Watch the full trailer here

Produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon is all set to release on February 24, 2017.

By Team Dancebee

Shahid Kapoor - The perfectionist
 The actor proves why he is one of the most professional artists in Bollywood
There is no arguing that Shahid Kapoor is one of the most professional and disciplined stars in the industry today. And, it won't be wrong to call him a perfectionist. A case in point would be a recent incident. where he was shooting for a brand. Kapoor, who is currently shooting for Padmavati, took a day off to shoot for a brand commercial. The star turned out to be the brand team's dream, as he did over 44 changes for the vest brand, within a span of 5 hours, and that too without any fuss or complaints.

Everyone on the sets were floored by Shahid's energy and enthusiasm. They were pleasantly surprised when he managed to wrap up a 2-day schedule within a quick span of a few hours. Says a source,  "Shahid had set aside time to shoot for the brand, despite his packed schedule for Padmavati. In order to avoid any inconvenience to the brand, he even went to the extent of doing 44 changes for the ad shoot. He managed to fit this into the 5 hours he had committed. Though one would expect those many changes to span out in the course of 2 days, Shahid managed to quickly finish them in a matter of hours and insisted on not taking any breaks to save time." Well, with new parenthood and a packed schedule, this is commendable on the actor's part. Enough reasons to love the Kapoor boy even more.

By Team Dancebee

Sunny Leone sizzles as Laila in Raees
The wait is over and we can safely say, it was worth it! If the signature tune left you hooked and wanting for more during the trailer, we are quite sure you are gonna love it. Laila from Shah Rukh Khan's much anticipated 2017 release - Raees, was finally launched today. Amidst an intense sequence and addictive tunes, we are introduced to Sunny Leone, who sizzles with her moves and looks every inch a stunner. Oh, and how can we not mention Raees bhai aka Shah Rukh Khan? With his kohled eyes and miyan bhai wala swag, SRK means business, as we see him walking into the set up with a mission. Also, don't miss Leone and Khan's sizzling chemistry, albeit for a few seconds. Burning it up, baby!

The song has been recreated and produced by Ram Sampath, with singer Pawni Pandey taking over as the vocalist.  It is a modern version of the popular 1980's song by the same name (from the film Qurbaani), originally composed by the legendary duo Kalyanji - Anandji. Laila Main Laila is peppy, fun and extremely addictive. Well, looks like we have got our favourite track for an NYE Bollywood party sorted. Go ahead! Pump up the volume with this incredible number.

Watch the full song here


By Team Dancebee

Netflix is the new home of King Khan 
Netflix secures a long-term deal with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies and will be the Global Home to his upcoming and past films
The world’s leading Internet TV network is the new home of India’s biggest film star. Netflix has announced their exclusive association with Shah Rukh Khan and his production house, Red Chillies. Under this association, all his upcoming and past films will be exclusively available to more than 86 million members globally. This association marks the beginning of a long-term relationship between both companies and the first of its kind with any Indian film production company.

The agreement between Netflix and Red Chillies Entertainment (RCE), the film production house headed by Khan, will also give Netflix members both in India and around the world exclusive subscription video-on-demand access to dozens of RCE films as well as new films that will hit Indian theatres within the next three years. The first title that will come on Netflix is Dear Zindagi which was released theatrically on 25 November. The highly-anticipated film directed by Gauri Shinde stars Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt. Among other Red Chillies titles available on Netflix will be box office hits including Happy New Year, Dilwale and Om Shanti Om.

“Shah Rukh Khan is the most sought-after actor in the Indian film industry, and has played a huge role in bringing Indian cinema to the world stage,” stated Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “His monicker 'King Khan' speaks to his status as a cultural icon and to the incredible popularity of his films among audiences worldwide.”Adds Shah Rukh Khan, “Red Chillies is surging ahead in global entertainment and for the first time, our great stories are going global on Netflix all at once and crossing all geographical barriers, waiting to be discovered over the world. No more waiting for our fans wherever they are.”

By Team Dancebee

 The Humma Song brings back magic of the 90s

After delivering back - to - back party anthems this year, Dharma Productions is ready to end the year with yet another groovy track. The Humma Song from OK Jaanu was released today and we can't get our eyes off the crackling chemistry between lead actors, Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur.  It's a sensuous, groovy and foot tapping number, shot in a vibrant and beautiful set up, where we see our lead pair (or the 'Jaanus' if we may say so) displaying some serious moves (fabulously choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant) and sizzling chemistry.

This iconic, sexy hit track of the 90s, originally composed by the maestro A.R Rahman, has been recreated by Badshah and Tanishk Bagchi for the film. While a large chunk of the lyrics remain the same, we are greeted by a signature, fun rap written and performed by Badshah. The track is well sung by Jubin Nautiyal and Shashaa Tirupati. We are hooked on to the foot-tapping rhythm of this modern day version of Humma Humma already. What about you?

Watch the full song here

By Team Dancebee


Yaarana's Saara Zamana gets a modern Twist in Kaabil
The popular retro track is reloaded as Haseeno Ka Deewana feat Urvashi Rautela
Rakesh Roshan had composed the super hit track - Saara Zamana for Yaarana in 1981. The same track has got a modern day makeover, with Urvashi Rautela sizzling in a retro reloaded version. Titled Haseeno Ka Deewana, the song is already creating buzz on social media.

The creative team has remixed Amitabh Bachchan's evergreen number (originally sung by Kishore Kumar), albeit with a twist. Speaking on this, Sanjay Gupta (director - Kaabil) said, "In our version, the song is sung by a female playback singer, Paayal Dev, and is picturised in the most ostentatious way featuring Urvashi Rautela. Those who recall Mr. Bachchan's jaw dropping outfit with bulbs on it, nothing will be left out in our song and we have attempted something very close that is sure to wow everyone. Over the weekend when this song was being shot, we had booked every single light that was available for shooting to create a similar impact at Filmistaan Studios. A huge dome was erected for the shoot and Urvashi has sizzled like never before."

Producer Rakesh Roshan adds, "The set for Haseeno Ka Deewana looked breathtaking with lights everywhere. It was an extravagant dance set! But when Urvashi walked in, her grace, poise and energy lit the set up more than the lights and she recreated the magic of the song effortlessly."

Gupta added that while the actress was very nervous to perform on the iconic song, she gave it her all and the end result is sure to blow people's mind away. "This is going to be the party anthem for sure and people will be dancing at nightclubs throughout the party season of 2016-17 and beyond," quips Gupta. Rakesh Roshan's Kaabil starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam and directed by Sanjay Gupta will release on Jan 25th, 2017.

Catch the full video of Haseeno ka Deewana here

By Team Dancebee


Shahid gets a royal welcome from the SLB Family
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, which recently went on floors, has been in the news ever since its announcement. While the casting made some serious noise, fans were delighted to know that Shahid Kapoor was finally cast opposite Deepika Padukone for the first time. The star will essay the role of Padukone's husband, Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, a just ruler and warrior, who gave his all to the battlefield. The film also stars Ranveer Singh, who has been cast as the anti-hero and Padmavati's nemesis - Allaudin Khilji.

Apart from sharing screen space with Deepika , Shahid is also working with Bhansali for the very first time and is naturally excited. Shahid was overwhelmed with the warm response he received from the filmmaker and his crew, as they welcomed him to the SLB family. The makers are fiercely guarding all the looks sported by the actor playing principal characters. We have seen that happen with all of SLB’s earlier films. However, sources reveal that Shahid looked spectacular in a royal, never-seen-before avatar as Rawal Ratan Singh.

Reveals a unit source, "Special attention is being paid to Shahid Kapoor's look and styling in the film. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to look into minute details of every character and is excited to present Shahid Kapoor in a new avatar. Shahid started shooting for Padmavati and has filmed some portions with Deepika Padukone. In fact on the very first day, he was completely overwhelmed when the entire unit clapped and cheered for him after his first shot.”

This is the first time Bhansali is making an anti-hero, that based on the tale of Hindustan’s sharp and ambitious Turk - Alauddin Khilji, and the legendary Mewar ​Queen -Padmavati. The latter was known for her beauty, intellect and the courage with which she fought her nemesis – the undefeated Khilji. Viacom18 Motion Pictures & Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati is scheduled to release on November 17, 2017.

By Team Dancebee

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Priya Adivarekar - Founder and Creative Director at Diary of a Dancebee. She is also a renowned Voice Actress and award winning artiste, with serious passion for dance. When not working round the clock, she can be seen reading, enjoying a movie-binge or listening to music.
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