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Harshvardhan to learn Makgic Burat for Bhavesh Joshi
Harshvardhan Kapoor, who has wowed everyone with his attention to detail and the ability to get under the skin of his character quite well in Mirzya, will now train in Makgic Burat for his role in Vikramaditya Motwane's next - Bhavesh Joshi.

The newest Kapoor on the block had trained in horse riding, polo and archery for his debut film - Mirzya. For his second Bollywood outing, the actor will now learn different taekwondo blocks called Makgic Burat, for a special action sequence. Taekwondo blocks known as Makgi are used to stop and deflect an incoming attack. They engage various parts of the arm with the hand and are held in different positions such as knife-hand, closed fist among others. Each block is suitable for a particular kind of attack and may be combined with another punch or kick to make a counter-attack.

A source adds, "Harsh always goes the extra mile for his roles and enjoys the entire process. He has never had any training or experience in martial arts before and hence, wanted to train in it so that the scene looks as authentic as possible." Sounds interesting already! Who else can't wait to watch it on the big screen?

By Team Dancebee


Vidya to be a graveyard shift RJ in her next
Does Vidya Balan ever fail to surprise us? The national award winning actress, whose Kahaani 2 is all set to release this Friday, will now be seen playing an RJ once again. Albeit this time, it's gonna be the graveyard shift, and not the morning show, for the lovely actress. Ellipsis Entertainment and T-Series have come together to produce a contemporary dra-medy titled Tumhari Sulu, where Balan will play the lead protagonist - Sulochana, fondly known as Sulu. 

In the film, Sulu lands herself an unexpected job of a beautiful, fun and feisty RJ who anchors a late-night show, well known for its voyeuristic quality and semi-adult shenanigans. The film will be directed by Suresh Triveni, who has a host of top brand TVCs to his credit, including IPL’s India-Pakistan Mauka Mauka spot, which became a viral sensation. Confirming this news, producer Bhushan Kumar said, “Today the audience is evolved and wants to see real and relatable cinema. Tumhari Sulu is a lovely, heart-warming story tailor made for Vidya and we are proud to produce it with Ellipsis.”  

Producers Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar and Shanti Sivaram Maini of Ellipsis gave a joint statement which read, “In line with our vision of backing engaging and entertaining high-concept content, we are delighted to have found this gem of a script, which will make you cheer and laugh in plenty. Sulu is fun, happy-go-lucky and grounded, everything that Vidya (Balan) is even in real life. Suresh Triveni is a debut talent to watch out for and we look forward to our association with T-Series, a market leader in the filmed entertainment space.” When asked about working on his debut Bollywood film, Triveni said, “Tumhari Sulu has been handcrafted for Vidya (Balan) and to have her as a lead in my first feature is an honour. I look forward to seeing the story come alive as I have lived with it for almost a year now. I am delighted to have found great producers, Ellipsis and T-Series, for this incredible journey.” 

And finally, when asked what she really loved about her character in the film, Vidya said, “Sulu is like a nimbu. You add nimbu for taste or to balance taste. She is zesty & versatile! I think she will unleash my naughty side.” The cast and crew will start shooting for this fun film in April next year. Well, we can't wait already.

By Team Dancebee

Ranveer and Vaani shine in Befikre's You and Me
 You and Me from Befikre was launched at a fun event today and we honestly couldn't take our eyes off Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor's chemistry. During the launch, we got a glimpse of the track, which embodies a common contemporary sentiment among today’s youth- a relationship that has no labels whatsoever. Dharam and Shyra (played by Ranveer and Vaani) build up some serious level of comfort in this one, as they hang out, indulge in some fun, frolic and make the most of their time together. 

We hear that shooting for this relaxed, happy song brought in moments of unplanned enjoyment for the cast and crew. Vaani recalls, “I remember we shot around some street side food stalls and had to shoot a portion, where the two of us are eating crepes together. As it was quite cold, we absolutely loved eating them, and kept eating more than we needed to.” There is a particular scene that Ranveer finds hilarious, the one where his co-star is hopping up and down with a plaster cast in a hospital. And so, he was made to give company to his leading lady and hop around with her. Vaani adds, “Ranveer was pulling my leg in this scene, so Adi Sir (Aditya Chopra) told him that he too must shoot with a hopping motion for the song! Now the joke was on him too. Everything that you see in You and Me is a bit like that- unplanned, spontaneous and free of judgements."

The song is out and honestly, we can't get enough of it already. It's a fun number, which is hummable and has got great vocals by Nikhil D'souza and Rachel Verghese. We are loving Vishal & Shekhar's fabulous score for the album anyway. Plus, the lead pair's crackling chemistry and the scenic locales have got us excited already! Befikre is all set to release on December 9.

By Team Dancebee


SRK in ADHM's Channa Mereya is everything
Whoever made this video is a genius!!!
While the entire world is busy celebrating Shah Rukh Khan's birthday (Does he even look 51? I mean, c'mon), we were happily editing posts and working on new features, when we came across something really interesting. A video, posted a few days back by a Facebook page named 'If Acting is Religion, then Shah Rukh Khan is God of this' is busy breaking the internet. And deservingly so. The fan page dedicated to Bollywood's one and only Badshah has some of the actor's best emotional moments from his romantic films, perfectly synced to one of our favourite songs from KJO's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Channa Mereya.

Clearly, this video has way too many feels. If Ranbir made you shed a few tears, the SRK fan made version will make you cry. Now, it's difficult to choose who suits this song best. Ranbir or SRK? Well, we can do with both (SRK a little more).

Watch the full video here

By Team Dancebee


xXx Return of Xander Cage trailer is here, and Deepika Padukone is clearly killing it!

We have a new, kickass international 'Hero' in town and it is none other than the gorgeous Deepika Padukone. Yes, we say 'Hero', because calling her a Heroine would be too mainstream and boring. Go, watch the trailer of her Hollywood debut - xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and you will know what we mean! Earlier today, during the opening episode Bigg Boss 10, Padukone revealed the trailer of her much anticipated international film debut, along with host and actor Salman Khan. This also happens to be the first time that a trailer has been launched on the show. Also, we honestly couldn't take our eyes off Padukone in that gorgeous HM x Balmain outfit (full props to Shaleena Nathani).

Fans across the globe are excited for the third instalment of the popular xXx franchise. The second trailer, that has been specially cut for the Indian audience, has Padukone stealing the show with her glamorous look and fabulous action. What's worth mentioning here is the fact that the actress maintains an Indian accent while speaking in English, which adds some extra charm to the way her character, Serena Unger, speaks. In fact, she doesn't even make it look out of place and adds a great, natural touch. The stunner that she is, Padukone sizzles as Serena and gives us some major fitness goals with her perfectly sculpted body. With this, we have surely got a promising and supremely exciting trailer, that exceeds all our expectations. 

Apart from English, Paramount Pictures will also release a Hindi, Tamil and Telugu version of the film. Honestly, we can't wait for January (which also happens to be Padukone's birthday month) to arrive already. xXx: Return of Xander Cage stars Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Nina Dobrev, Tony Jaa among others and will release on January January 20, 2017.

By Team Dancebee

Everything you wanted to know about Ranveer Singh's role in Padmavati!
It is a known fact already that SLB's most ambitious film [now that Bajirao Mastani is already made], Padmavati, will go on floors next month. Ranveer Singh, who was the first star to be signed for the film, will essay the role of Alauddin Khilji and inside sources reveal that the actor's character in the magnum opus, is the most important one.

It is for the very first time that the filmmaker is making an “anti-hero” film - which tells the tale of one of Hindustan's greatest Sultan - the sharp, ambitious and larger-than-life Turk, Alauddin Khilji.
Bhansali and Ranveer have shared such a great equation over the years and have even worked together on two blockbuster movies.The filmmaker-actor duo, have always spelled magic at the box office and will now reunite for the third time.
As soon as Ranveer signed the film, the two celebrated with some home cooked Sindhi food, for which the filmmaker had to break his diet for. Ranveer, despite his busy schedule, was also part of all the major festivities at Bhansali's house, including his recent Ganesh Utsav celebrations.

A source adds, "Ranveer Singh essays the role of the larger-than-life Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. He will be portrayed in the film like never before and has been very excited about it ever since he signed the film. Alauddin Khilji is a character that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has long wanted to bring to life onscreen. Since the two share such a great equation off-screen they can't wait to start work on the movie and have their camaraderie and working chemistry, translate into cinematic magic. Ranveer is excited about the role, which promises to be his career's finest, and is prepping for it in full swing." SLB's Padmavati is scheduled to release December 15, 2017.

By Team Dancebee

T-Series launches ‘Gajanan’ featuring Ajay Devgn
It was Bhushan Kumar’s father, late Gulshan Kumar, who started the trend of producing devotional songs in India. After launching a series of super hit singles, Bhushan Kumar is now following his father’s footsteps. Kumar will be launching multiple devotional singles catering to the musical tastes of today’s youth. 

Yesterday, on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, T-Series launched the first single of this series. Titled Gajanan, the track will feature Ganesh bhakt Ajay Devgn. While the audio version of the song was launched yesterday, a special video is being created where the euphoria surrounding Mumbai's popular - ‘Lalbaug Cha Raja’ will be captured in a unique way by director Ahmed Khan. Devgn will visit Lalbaug Cha Raja on September 8. The official video of this track will be released on Sep 11. Gajanan has been composed by Jeet Gannguli, sung by Sukhwinder Singh, with lyrics by Manoj Muntashir.

By Team Dancebee 

Banjo team’s impromptu act surprises director Ravi Jadhav!
Director Ravi Jadhav was pleasantly surprised while shooting for the high-energy dance number 'Raada Raada' from his upcoming musical drama in Hindi, Banjo.

The dance track features Riteish and his group of banjo players, along with Nargis Fakhri. While filming the track, even before Ravi could okay the last shot, he was surprised by an impromptu act by the cast. Riteish, along with his banjo team and Nargis, hugged each other, which was not part of the dance performance. Ravi later learnt that the impromptu group hug was out of sheer enthusiasm and happiness for the song completion. Since the act came out naturally and went very well with the track’s ending, Ravi decided to keep it as part of the song.  

Produced by Eros International and directed by Ravi Jadhav, the much awaited Ritesh Deshmukh starrer Banjo releases on 23rd September, 2016.

By Team Dancebee

Exclusive - Confirmed! Katrina to join Twitter soon.
Every time we open requests for questions from Katrina Kaif fans on social media platforms, especially Twitter, we are flooded with Qs. But, nothing beats the most asked - "When is Katrina joining Twitter?" Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is finally over! During an interaction with Diary of a Dancebee, Kat confessed that she will be making her Twitter debut very soon.

This comes a few months after the gorgeous actress made her Facebook debut. Fans across the globe have been waiting for an opportunity to connect with the actress, but Kat preferred to stay away from social media for the longest time. It was finally a day before her birthday, in July this year, that she took the plunge and joined Facebook. "I felt it was important for me to connect with my fans, and Facebook was a great medium to start with." When quizzed by Diary of a Dancebee if she has any plans of joining Twitter anytime soon, Katrina said, "Yes! Twitter should definitely be next. My team and I are working on all the plans for my Twitter account, and things should work out soon. So, you will see me there soon."

In an earlier interview with us, Kat stated that she would take to social media only if she had more than 10 million fans following her. Well, with Katrina's fanbase growing by lakhs everyday, we can surely see her join the elite club of 'highest followers on Twitter' very soon. For more details on this development, keep an eye out for our interview with Katrina Kaif, which comes out next week.

We are super excited about this debut! You?

-- By Priya Adivarekar --

What is Deepika's favourite red carpet look?
Deepika Padukone's red carpet looks never fail to impress. Be it the girl boss with a power suit look or an elegant anarkali, Deepika nails the look and lights up the red carpet like no one else can. In a recent conversation with the popular international magazine - Vanity Fair, Bollywood's favourite Mastani confessed that she loves stepping out in a sari. 

Deepika is known for carrying all kinds of outfits and looks with great ease. Personally, she believes that clothes need to be comfortable, be it at red carpet or at home. In the interview, Deepika said, "Its always important for clothes to be an extension to your personality. My most favourite garment is the Sari. If I had a choice between a gown and a sari, I would definitely wear a sari."

The actress is seen wearing a Sari more often than her contemporaries. Her Instagram account too is filled with pictures of her donning the saris designed by various popular Indian designers. Well, we love seeing her in sarees too. What about you?

By Team Dancebee

Kangana turns Gujarati in Simran
We are quite excited about this one already! Kangana Ranuat will be seen essaying the role of a Gujarati character for the first time on screen and the film will be helmed by none other than national award winner Hansal Mehta. The story of this film revolves around a girl, who is ambitious and how she gets trapped in the world of crime. The film will be produced by Bhushan Kumar & Shailesh Singh and has been titled Simran. The national award winning actress will be seen portraying the role of a housekeeper called Praful Patel. 

Simran is scripted by Apurva Asrani and it looks like the film has already created a great buzz on social media with the first look. Simran is scheduled to go on floors this August and will be shot in the United States. Best wishes to the entire team!

By Team Dancebee

Sonakshi's Akira packs a punch!
After launching the teaser and an official poster of the film, actress Sonakshi Sinha revealed the official trailer of her upcoming action - drama, Akira. The trailer is powerful and fierce, with Sonakshi making an impact with her strong portrayal of a rebel. The film, directed by A.R Murugadoss (who previously impressed us with Ghajini and Holiday) has girl power written all over it and honestly, we can't wait to watch it on the big screen. After all, it's got Sonakshi kicking some serious ass and we love watching our female actors shining in full glory (girl power for the win, yeah).

In the trailer, we are also introduced to several other characters, including that of Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma, who will be seen playing pivotal roles. The background score sounds pretty good. Produced by Fox Star Studios and A.R Murugadoss, Akira is slated to release on September 2, 2016. Who else can't wait for this one?

By Priya Adivarekar

Shahid Kapoor's Love For Risks
We love how actor Shahid Kapoor has been getting rave reviews for his performance in the recently released, Udta Punjab. His character, Tommy Singh, with quirky and crazy nuances, has been loved by everyone. Appreciation and accolades for the actor's performance haven't stopped pouring in ever since the film released. If one observes his choice of films, the actor has been fearlessly picking up challenging roles and has never shied away from taking risks. In fact, he confessed the same in our exclusive conversation earlier this month. 

Shahid has been really brave with his choice of films. When asked about being a risk taker, Shahid says, "I don't want to be part of something that's already happened. I want to make difficult choices... scary choices. I have always tried to change my looks in most of my films. So, for me, getting in and out of a film takes time. I like it that way." 
Shedding the boy-next-door image, the actor stunned everyone with his double role in Kaminey and later, went on to sweep awards with his portrayal of Haider Meet in Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider. And his act in Udta Punjab is no different. One of the many reasons why we are eagerly looking forward to Rangoon.

Shahid just got back from an award function in Spain for a popular award function, where he hosted the awards night with actor Farhan Akhtar. He will soon be taking a much needed break (a paternity leave). But, we can't wait to see the talented actor back in action with Rangoon in February 2017.

By Team Dancebee

Nostalgia reloaded with Ekk Albela's Bholi Surat
After launching the first song, a reformed version of Bhagwan Dada-Geeta Bali’s Shola Jo Bhadke from Albela (1951), the makers of Ekk Albela have now launched recreated version of another popular song - Bholi Surat Dil Ke Khote, featuring Vidya Balan as Geeta Bali and Mangesh Desai as Bhagwan Dada. Sung by Vinay Mandke and Anwesshaa and composed by C Ramchandra, with arrangements by Santosh Mulekar, Bholi Surat is a beautiful recreation of the eponymous song from the yesteryear classic Albela.

Like the first song, Shola Jo Bhadke, this song showcases adorable chemistry between Vidya and Mangesh as Geeta Bali and Bhagwan Dada respectively. Ekk Albela is the untold story of India’s first dancing and action hero Bhagwan Dada and his extraordinary journey, as he went out to become one of the biggest legends in Hindi cinema. Directed by Shekhar Sartandel and produced by Monish Babre, It is a Kimaya Motion Pictures Production and presented by Manglmurti Films, Ekk Albela releases on 24th June, 2016. Watch Vidya and Mangesh re-create magic in Bholi surat here.

By Team Dancebee

Remember this? The first time we saw Amitabh Bachchan & Nawazuddin Siddiqui together!
While most of us can't stop praising Amitabh Bachchan and Nawazzudin Siddiqui's spectacular performances in TE3N and were delighted to watch them together, for what looks like the first time, it ain't so. During our recent conversation with AB senior, the actor confessed that it was Nawaz who informed him about working on two different projects together, way before TE3N happened. "A lot of people don't know, but he did a small part in one of my films titled Shoebite, which hasn't released (directed by Shoojit Sircar). Even back then, I was quite amazed by his talent. I was curious to know who he was and why Shoojit had not given him a bigger role to play," stated AB senior.

During a conversation on the sets of TE3N, it was Nawaz who informed Bachchan that apart from Shoebit, he was a part of an advertisement - the Miss Palampur campaign for Cadbury Diary Milk, which aired almost 8 - 9 years back. Bachchan adds, "I went back, searched it online and was shocked to know that he just had a few close ups." Well sir, so are we! But, old advertisements like these always leave a big smile on our face. Watch it here now.

By Priya Adivarekar

Flying high with Ud Daa Punjab
Undoubtedly the most talked about film of the year, the title track of Abhishek Chaubey's new-age multistarrer Udta Punjab was released earlier today. The Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh starrer is just a few weeks away from release and the brand new song has upped the buzz around the film a notch higher. Choreographed by Bosco Martis, Ud Daa Punjab is a high octane number feat Shahid, who has looks like the perfect rockstar, full of swag. Also, did we mention that we are head over heels in love with his look in the film? Trust Shahid to surprise in all his films with a unique avatar. The trippy track is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Trivedi. In case you read our album review, you already know that we absolutely swear by this energetic number.

The promotional video for the title track was recently shot at a suburban location. Minutes within the release of the video, the hashtag #UdDaaPunjab was seen trending on social media and the video has already crossed 5k+ views in less than an hour. Udta Punjab is all set to release on the 17th June.

By Team Dancebee

Shahid Kapoor shoots title track of Udta Punjab with a twist!
Shahid Kapoor is all set to film the title track of Udta Punjab this week. The song is set to be a promotional video which will feature Shahid Kapoor as Tommy Singh! A little bird tells us that the title track, a sneak peek of which was heard in the trailer of the film, is super trippy!  The video will feature the essence of parties Punjab, led by their favourite rock star Tommy Singh. The video will also showcase Tommy’s madness spreading like a fire amongst his fans. 

Bosco Martis will be choreographing the song. As for Shahid's look in the track, he will be seen donning a Tee-shirt, denim along with a bright coloured jacket making him look like a real Punjabi rockstar! What's interesting is the fact that makers have also called in a few real-life fans of Shahid, who will be seen amongst the audience in the video. This is surely set to be a pure treat for Shahid’s fans who will be getting a chance to see the actor perform live! Produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Phantom Productions, Udta Punjab is directed by Abhishek Chaubey and is set to release on June 17th 2016.

By Team Dancebee 

The Master of Transformation
Shahid Kapoor is known for his dedication and commitment to every character portrayed on screen. Be it Romeo, Haider or JJ; Shahid flawlessly steps into the shoes of his character and becomes one with it. So much, that he does not shy away from experimenting with new hairstyles and looks. If the character requires him to undergo changes in his physique, he does that too. This time, he shocked one and all with his insane transformation as Tommy Singh in the upcoming Udta Punjab. Shahid's look in the trailer, which was launched on April 17, garnered accolades and a lot of praises from critics and fans alike. In fact, even popular Punjabi musicians have been calling the actor non-stop to congratulate him on acing the look and nuances so well.

The actor, who plays a rockstar named Tommy Singh in the drug drama, went through rigorous training, multiple look tests and more, before locking the final look for the film. Makers of Udta Punjab recently released a video, where Shahid's fans could witness the transformation for real (and get inspired by the man's dedication as well). We shall leave the rest for our king of transformation to say! Watch the video and get inspired, folks.

By Priya Adivarekar

Tamannaah Bhatia in KJo's next?

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia is currently on a successful streak down South. Her last Telugu Flick Oopiri received appreciation and has been declared super-hit.  Last year, she was part of Baahubali: The Beginning and in 2016, we hear she is all set to work with Rohit Shetty in his next with Ranveer Singh and Prabhudeva’s next opposite Sonu Sood. Well, it looks like the actress is all set to make an impact this year as well.

If sources are to be believed, film maker Karan Johar has purchased the rights to remake the Hindi version of Oopiri.  The film itself was a remake of the French film The Intouchables, which is about the camaraderie that develops between a wheelchair-bound billionaire and his male caregiver.  
Incidentally, this is the second time Karan Johar has bought the rights of a movie which stars Tamannaah Bhatia in lead.  Earlier Karan Johar’s Dharma Production was one of the crucial supporters of Baahubali: The Beginning. According to sources, Karan was highly impressed by Tamannaah’s performance in Oopiri and as the actress has performed well in the Telugu version, Johar's production house is considering to cast the beautiful actress in the Hindi remake as well.

Well if that turns out to be true, it would be interesting to know who will be paired opposite Tamannaah. 

By Team Dancebee

Shraddha kicks up a Storm
For the first time ever, Shraddha Kapoor gets into kick ass rebel mode. Ah! Don't worry. It's all for her character in the upcoming film, Baaghi. The actress is seen in a never before seen avatar, performing some dare devil stunts, action sequences et all. Interestingly, this makes Shraddha the first amongst her contemporaries to venture in action and learn full proof action techniques. The actress has three major action sequences in the film and is seen fighting it out with the tough guys!  Majority of the fighting scenes involve hand to hand combat and basics of Kalaripayattu.

She trained rigorously for a month before she started shooting for the film, and would spend 6-7 hours a day to master the techniques correctly. Shraddha learnt hand to hand combat, kicking, punching and blocking for the high end action sequences in the film. She has performed all the action scenes by herself, without any harness and from what we hear, has done complete justice to her character. With a lot of hard work and effort that Shraddha has put in, her stunts ended up looking very authentic. After the trailer launch, she has received positive feedback for her action avatar from the audience.

Directed by Sabbir Khan, Baaghi is a rebellious love story produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.
Baaghi releases on April 29th and features Shraddha Kapoor with Tiger Shroff for the first time on screen.

By Team Dancebee

Shahid Kapoor's Training for Rangoon
Plus, everything you wanted to know about the Arunachal Pradesh schedule

Shahid Kapoor, along with co-star Kangana Ranaut, director Vishal Bhardwaj and the entire unit of their upcoming film - Rangoon, just got back to the city after a gruelling three-week schedule. The Casablanca-like love story is set during the Second World War, and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, managed a coup of sorts by getting permission to shoot in virgin locales of Arunachal Pradesh where the Indo-Burma border was recreatedThe crew was staying in a hotel in Rottung and while the locations are picture-perfect, the living conditions were at best spartan even for the stars. But, none of the actors complained, as they braced long drives to and between Pasighat, Rottung and Kibang. Some of these single journey drives would last eight-nine hours and would also include long treks through jungles. The shoot would begin at 4 am and the unit would pack up around 4-5 pm, once the light faded. Since there wasn't much to do except for work, everyone would be in bed by 8 pm.

Shahid Kapoor, who plays a soldier in the film, couldn't skip his workouts, as his physique needs to look a certain way for the action sequences. The actor adopted a tougher work out and was given a rigorous regime for by his trainer on request. He is following an army man's workout rigorously for strength training and muscle endurance, which includes a lot of activities like long runs, rope climbing, squats, deadlifts, pushups and pull-ups, among others.

The trainer has also allotted dumbbell swing and side bridge exercises for the actor and Shahid has been working very hard for it. He started this workout some days into the shoot of the film and spends at least an hour each day, apart from his regular workout session. Shahid, who is known to be a perfectionist, was completely immersed into the character. Rangoon is produced by filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and stars Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles. The film is all set to release on October 14, 2016.

By Team Dancebee

Tiger and Shraddha talk about Love
Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor are ready to put on their dancing shoes and set to rock and roll together like never before for a new song from Baaghi titled - Let's talk about love. The duo share a sizzling chemistry in this song. Director Sabbir Khan associates with Manj Musik once again after the popular Whistle Baja from Heropanti. The song is sung by Raftaar and Neha Kakkar.

After the success of the romantic number Sab Tera, which was much loved - the highlight being Shraddha's soulful voice, the makers of Baaghi are ready with a dance number for the fans. Baaghi has been receiving tremendous response for its trailer, which features Tiger and Shraddha flaunting their action moves. Sajid Nadiadwala's Baaghi - Rebels for Love starring Tiger and Shraddha, will see the actors going against all odds for love. Directed by Sabbir Khan, the film is set to release on April 29th, 2016.

By Team Dancebee

Emraan goes the Azhar way
Actor Emraan Hashmi, who will next be seen stepping into the shoes of ace ex-Indian cricket team captain - Mohd Azharuddin, in the film titled Azhar, seems to have picked up the cricketer's mannerisms, even off screen! The actor got so deeply involved with his character, that the cast and crew of the film, including director Tony D'Souza, and the actor's family, friends have been telling him that his mannerisms, even off the camera, bare an uncanny resemblance to that of the cricketer.

 A source from the unit adds, "Azhar had a habit of bobbing/nodding his head while talking, and he also used to eat his food in a peculiar way. Emraan had picked up those traits while shooting for the film, but subconsciously, Emraan has picked up these traits off camera as well. In fact, he even shot a couple of videos imitating Azhar."

 Tony D'Souza says," It was amusing to see Emraan and Azhar together, because they both kept nodding their heads in similar fashion, making the similarities far too obvious, even when we were not shooting." Azhar is based on the life and times of the controversial cricketer and will hit the screens this year!

By Team Dancebee

It's work and play for Purab
The birthday boy celebrates his special day in London today
Actor Purab Kohli, who has been busy shooting for the sequel of Rock On 2 and an ad film, turns a year older today. With work keeping him busy and baby girl Inaya making him smile, the 37-year-old couldn't be more happier. Purab was working double shifts, so that he could take off to London today and ring in his birthday with loved ones. He decided to put in those extra hours and work non-stop, just so that he could take that much deserved holiday!
When quizzed about his plans, the actor stated, “It's great that there's some exciting work happening at the moment, but I'm longing for some time off too and what better day to take a holiday on your birthday. I wrapped up a shoot for an ad-film last night and headed straight to the airport to catch a flight. Luckily, there was a five and a half hour time difference, so I'll still get most of the day there with my family.”

Well, bon voyage Purab! We wish you a very happy birthday. And with that, we couldn't help but share this childhood picture of the actor, that comes straight out of his personal album. How sweet!
By Team Dancebee

Sonakshi's Bohemian Rhapsody
Actress launches her debut single - Aaj mood ishqoholic hain
Social media has been buzzing with this news, ever since the actress revealed the teaser of her debut single, but the video is now out and we can't stop going "Woah". We have seen her acting, dancing and even doodling, but this time Sonakshi Sinha has gone one step ahead and turned singer with Aaj Mood Ishqholic Hai which is produced by Bhushan Kumar.  The peppy hip-hop number is composed by Meet Bros, while the lyrics have been penned by Kumar. The video (which is giving us some serious bohemian inspiration for the next party) has been shot in the locales of Goa with a sun kissed beach background. The video has been shot by Gifty, who had earlier worked on music videos like Isse Kehte Hip Hop (by Honey Singh).
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Styled by Nitasha Gaurav, the gorgeous Sonakshi is seen looking fun, fabulous and carefree in a funky bohemian look (that is perfect for music festivals and beach side parties this season). When quizzed about the song, Sonakshi stated, "The song is about being high on love. Love makes the world go round and its something that gives you a heady feeling, that nothing else can." Talking about her look in the song, she added, "I wanted a very bohemian look for the video, and best place to be in that particular style is Goa, because of its hippie vibe." Well Sonakshi, we are loving the video already and your voice is all set to give some well known singers of this genre a run for their money. Next up, a track in one of your films, maybe?

By Team Dancebee

Here's why Shahid Kapoor is a director's actor!

Shahid Kapoor is known to be a director's actor. The actor leaves no stones unturned when it comes to his character in a film. Currently. the actor is experimenting with his looks for Vishal Bharadwaj's next, Rangoon, which is already on the floors. Kapoor's unique looks in his earlier films have garnered a lot of attention and appreciation. The actor is known to have completely surrendered to his directors vision in the past, and yet again, he is focusing on getting the right look for his next. He surprised everyone when he went bald for Haider.  Currently, the actor is trying out various looks to see which one fits the bill and Vishal Bhardwaj has not given his nod to any particular look yet.

Earlier on, he had the full beard look and now, the excess beard has gone. Currently, he is seen sporting a rajputana moustache with short hair and we saw the actor taking this look to another level at designer Masaba's wedding last month. He will be changing his look several times (as required), before his director finalises the look for Rangoon. Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, Rangoon is a Casablanca-like love triangle, where Shahid will be playing an army officer. Rangoon is a dream that director Bhardwaj has been nurturing for the last seven years, making it his most ambitious film to date. The film is produced by film maker Sajid Nadiadwala and also features Shahid with Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles.

By Team Dancebee

This is what Aamir Khan has to say!
The actor responds to the social media outrage over his statement
We all know that Aamir Khan and his wife, Kiran Rao have been in the news since a few days, thanks to a statement given by Khan at a media gathering. Within minutes, social media was buzzing with outrage and Khan faced the wrath with several memes, jokes and whatsapp forwards cropping up overnight. Rude tweets and posts notwithstanding, Khan decided to come out and respond today. In an official statement given by the actor, Khan said that he has no intentions of leaving India. "Sab se pehle main ek baat saaf karna chahoonga, na mera, na meri patni ka, koi irada hai ye desh chhodney ka. Na humara aisa koi irada tha, na hai, aur na rahega. Jo koi bhi aise baat phailani ki koshish kar raha hai, usne ya to mera interview nahi dekha, ya jaan bhoojh ke ghalat faimi phelana cha raha hai. Bharat mera desh hai, main usse beinteha pyar karta goon, aur yahi meri sarzameen hai," stated Khan. 

He further added that he will continue to stand by his views on intolerance brewing up in the country. He adds, "Doosri baat, interview Ke dauran jo bhi maine kaha hai, main uss pe atal hoon. Jo log mujhe desh drohi keh rahe hain unse main kahoonga, mujhe garv hai apne Hindustani hone pe, aur iss sachchayi ke liye mujhe na kissi ki ijaat ki zaroorat nahi, aur nahi kissi ke certificate ki. Jo log iss waqt mujhe bhaddi galiyan de rahe hain kyon ke maine apni dil ki baat kahi hai, unse main kehna chahoonga ke mujhe bada dukh hai ke mera kaha woh sach sabit kar rahe hain."  

While making himself clear and responding back to all the hatred, Khan also thanked his supporters. The hashtag #IStandWithAamirKhan trended on the number 1 spot on Twitter yesterday. Khan says, "Aur, unn sare logon ka main shukriya adaa karna chahoonga jo aaj iss waqt mere saath khade hain. Humein humarey is kubsurat aur bemisaal desh ke khoobsurat charitra ko surakshit rakhna hai. Humein surakshit rakhna hai iss ki ekta ko, iss ki akhandata ko, iss ki vividhata ko, iss ki sabhyata aur sanskriti ko, iss ke itihaas ko, iss ke anekantavada ke vichaar ko, iss ki vividh bhashaoon ko, iss ke pyar ko, iss ki samvedansheelta ko, aur iss ke jazbaati takhat ko." 

The statement ends with Khan talking about a famous poem by Tagore, which for him, is more like a prayer. He stated, "Anth mein, main Rabindranath Tagore ki ek kavita dohrana chahoonga. Kavita nahi balki ye ek prarthana hai."

Jahan udta phire mann bekhauf
aur sar ho shaan se utha hua,
Jahaan gyaan ho sabke liye beroktok bina shart rakha hua,
Jahaan ghar ki chaukat si chhoti sarhadon mein na bata ho jahaan,
Jahan sach ki gehraiyon se nikle har  bayaan,
Jahaan baazuein bina thake lakeerein kuch mukamaal taraashein,
Jahaan sahi soch ko dhundla na paaye udaas murda rawayatein,
Jahan dilon dimaag talaashein naye khayaal aur unhe anjaam de,
Aise azaadi ke swarg mein, aye Bhagwaan, mere vatan ki ho nayi subah. 

By Team Dancebee

Shahid - Kangana - Saif starrer Rangoon kicks off Today
Everything you wanted to know about Rangoon, decoded here!
Vishal Bhardwaj has surprised Sajid Nadiadwala with a special gift on his 15th wedding anniversary. He kickstarts his most ambitious project, Rangoon, at Mumbai's Mehboob Studio today, followed by a shoot in the docks later in the afternoon.  Sajid plans to reciprocate the gesture by mounting the dream his director has been nurturing for the last seven years on screen, in the scale it requires.

“It's a huge film and a difficult one. My executive producers will have sleepless nights for the next six months,“ Sajid says, pointing out that Rangoon is a Casablanca-like love story set against the backdrop of the Second World War.

“Growing up, I heard a lot of love stories in school which unfolded in Pearl Harbour and Paris in those trying times. I was fascinated by the idea of romance budding during a war. Some blossomed, some were abruptly cut short, but for me all of them were as memorable as the love triangle Vishalji narrated to me.Whenever we've met, we've discussed ideas, but this one grabbed me instantly.“

He goes on to point out that while Vishal's vision is daringly different, its casting - Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapor and Kangana Ranaut and the songs penned by Gulzar and scored by Vishal, makes Rangoon a commercially viable product. Sajid is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it is an affair to remember. According to a source close to the production, 50 Japanese junior artistes have been flown down for the first schedule to correspond with the period and bring authentici ty to the project. Some British actors too are likely to join the cast later. Army barracks have been built at Mehboob Studio and props are being flown in from all over.  Vishal regards Rangoon to be an eye-opener on a chapter of history that many of us are completely unaware of. 

Vishal Bhardwaj, Sajid Nadiadwala and Shahid Kapoor share a smile, as they celebrate Nadiadwala's wedding anniversary and the Mahurat shot of Rangoon
“If you visit a cemetery in Imphal, Manipur, you will see the graves of so many young soldiers who lost their lives in the Second World War. And the dark irony is that Indians were killing Indians because some of these soldiers fought for the British army against Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army in Rangoon.It is my most expensive film to date and my most musical,“ he says.

Shahid Kapoor, who is an army officer and a gentleman, is growing a beard.  Shahid has a definite look in the film which will be developed over the next month-and a-half. He will also be meeting army officers from that era to flesh out his character. Kangana plays a diva from the `40s who has been polishing up on her dancing and riding for the role.She's also cut her hair really short.  Saif will be seen in his usual suave self but will polish up on his mannerisms. After this 10-day schedule, the unit is likely to move to the Burma border. Permission is currently being sought.

“We will be shooting intermittently till March end or early April after which the post production will start. With every film the idea is to push the envelope but with Rangoon we have to create and explore a new space. So we are yet to set a release date. For now, the focus is on love, war and all that lies in between,“ informed Nadiadwala. Sajid and Vishal are sure to leave no stone unturned to ensure that this is one of the most ambitious Indian movies that the world has ever seen. Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, which is produced by filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala and features Shahid with Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in lead roles.

By Team Dancebee

Breaking the Internet - Dilwale Trailer
Trust Shah Rukh Khan to treat us with larger than life Bollywood entertainers, one festive season after another. After breaking records at the BO last year with Happy New Year, he is back to rule, and this time, with three other amazingly good looking people in tow. Yes, we are talking about the much anticipated Dilwale, the trailer of which was launched at a grand (read: super glamorous) launch event in Mumbai earlier today. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film is packed with tons of action, comedy, drama and of course, the sizzling chemistry of our favourite pair - Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol - thus adding a touch of romance (Oh! And after you watch the trailer, one can't help but get transported to the DDLJ days. THEY ARE STILL THE SAME! NOTHING HAS CHANGED). Dilwale also stars Varun Dhawan (who plays SRK's jigri bhai aka younger brother in the film) and Kriti Sanon as the second romantic pair. The ensemble cast also includes Johnny Lever, Boman Irani, Varun Sharma, Kabir Bedi among others.

The trailer launch event saw not just the media, but also fans of SRK, who traveled from different areas, cities and states, just to cheer for their idol and the stellar star cast. The venue was studded with cars in true Rohit Shetty style, right from the red carpet to the main stage, one could see cars everywhere. This was not just a trailer launch, it was a trailer premiere and the set up lived up to that title in every sense. With SRK getting nostalgic about Varun's AD days on the sets of My Name Is Khan to SRK confessing that his son, AbRam, is walking away with all the 'popularity' these days; the Dilwale trailer launch event made our evening special.
Dilwale trailer is finally out and it has everything that you could ask from a Rohit Shetty film. Ismein Drama, emotion, action aur romance ka perfect blend hain! We were mind-blown. Quite sure that you will be too. Click on the image below and watch it now.

Watch: Dilwale Trailer

We can't wait for the songs, dialogue promos and of course, the film already! The film is all set to release on December 18, 2015 and as we all know, will clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani. Are you loving the Dilwale trailer? Tweet us your feedback at @priyaadivarekar with the hashtag #DilwaleTrailerDay

By Team Dancebee

All you need to know about Prem Ratan Dhan Payo!

After creating a tremendous buzz during the launch last week, the theatrical trailer of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo was finally released and one couldn't help but notice how the video views on YouTube multiplied within hours. The trailer continues to get millions of views, and social media is buzzing with the return of Sooraj Barjatya - Salman Khan in a typical Rajshri family drama. But for those who are still wondering what the film is all about, read on.

A quintessential family film for all age-groups, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo narrates the story of Prem Dilwala (Salman Khan), a happy go lucky and innocent man who does Ram-Leelas (stage plays based on Lord Rama) in Ayodhya, India. Whatever he earns, he donates it to a charitable fund which is run by a princess named Maithili (Sonam Kapoor). Prem is enchanted by Maithili's simplicity, how despite being a princess, she leads a normal life and is kind enough to help those in need. He decides to meet her and express his respect to the causes that she undertakes. What follows next, is dramatic, visually grand and a test of love and relationships. Like most Rajshri films, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is a complete family film that has dollops of emotions, laced into the dramatic plot of the story where Prem has to rely on his instincts and purity of his soul, to win over people and every dramatic situation that he faces. Produced by Rajshri Productions and Fox Star Studios, the film reunites director Sooraj Barjatya and megastar Salman Khan after their blockbusters Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Hum Saath Saath Hain.The film is a Diwali release and will hit the screens on 12th  Nov, 2015.

By Team Dancebee

Here's how Shahid Kapoor is prepping for Rangoon

Trust Shahid Kapoor to get into the groove and give his all, in order to ace his character. The actor is not among those, who simply shy away from taking daredevil steps. Be it shaving off his head or turning tanned for a role, Shahid is a risk taker. The actor has been in the news for his looks since quite sometime and his decision to take up a dance based reality show as a judge only gave more happiness to his fans. Currently, Shahid is in great shape and has made a style statement with his current look. So, it does make him the most good looking celebrity judge on Indian television today. And these days, he is going the no-shave way since quite sometime. But its for the reason, and that's for his much anticipated project - Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon. 

Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, this Casablanca-like love triangle has Shahid playing an army officer. The beard is integral to his look. The film also stars, Kangana Ranaut who plays an actress from the '40s, while Saif Ali Khan will be seen as a filmmaker.  Rangoon is a dream Vishal has been nurturing for the last seven years and it is his most ambitious film to date. Shahid, who is known to be a 'method' actor, has been prepping for the character since months now.

One may recall how for his first film with Vishal - Kaminey - Shahid had to go shirtless and race with the horses in one scene.  Since the character, Charlie, was lean, mean and a tough guy from the streets, the actor worked with his trainer for almost eight months, five days a week and two hours a day, for a chiselled physique and the run of a sprinter. Immediately, after the film's release, he went into a two-month overdrive to pack an eight-pack for his next musical. More recently, he shaved off his hair for a scene in Bhardwaj's Haider which required him to go bald, then grew it back, only to dye it red, for the upcoming Udta Punjab. 

Shahid's spokesperson confirmed the news and stated that the beard is indeed for Rangoon."There was a lot of pressure on him to hold off growing it but he doesn't like paste-up jobs and wants to be ready with a beard of his own when the film rolls in October,“ adding “He's really excited about reuniting with Vishal again." Shahid is currently occupied with the promotions of his next outing, Shaandaar.

By Team Dancebee

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is excited to shoot a splendid dance number for Bajirao Mastani
Be it Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Saawariya or his last release, Goliyon Ki Rasleela - Ram Leela, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is synonymous with larger-than-life cinema and grandeur. The director, who is presently shooting for his magnum-opus Bajirao Mastani in Mumbai’s Film City, is all set to unleash his trademark grandeur and majestic taste in the upcoming epic love story, Bajirao Mastani. SLB is currently shooting the splendid dance number ‘Deewani Mastani’ featuring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

The creative maverick, along with choreographer Remo D’Souza, is leaving no stone unturned to make sure the song Deewani Mastani turns out to be one of the major highlights of the period drama and is being shot at the most extravagant and expensive set – Aaina Mahal recreated in Film city. Aaina Mahal is on the lines of the mirror-covered Mughal-E-Azam set and is the most expensive set so far after the cult film. Over 20,000 intricately designed mirrors have been used to put the set together. Special karigars from jaipur were summoned to work on the embedding of the mirrors to maintain authenticity. The massive set measures 12,500 sq feet .What's even more awe inspiring is that one angle of the frame reflects in the 20,000 mirrors. Speaking about the song, Remo says, “I'm really loving the way the song is shaping up. It's better than what we imagined.”

By Team Dancebee

Lata Mangeshkar is all praise for Abhishek Bachchan & Rishi Kapoor!
Abhishek Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, who have essayed the role of a father and son in Umesh Shukla's All is Well, which released nationwide on August 21, seems to have found a fan in the legendary singer, Lata Mangeshkar. The reel-life father-son duo, who recently promoted their film on a popular reality show, left Lataji raving about their singing skills, and she took to a micro blogging site to voice her praise.

 "Ek do din pehele maine Indian idol junior ka episode dekha jis mein Rishi Kapoor ji aur Abhishek Bachchan ji aaye the, dono har bacche ke gaane ka anand le rahe the.Jab Rishi ji ko gaana gane bulaaya gaya aur unhone Main shayar to nahi ye gaana shuru kiya wo sunke main hairan reh gayi,wo itna sur mein gaate hai ye mujhe pata nahi tha,uske baad Abhishek ji ne gaaya aur wo bhi sur mein gaa rahe the,main unka abhinandan karti hun," she tweeted.

All is Well released yesterday and has received a good response from the audience so far. The family-comedy entertainer directed by Umesh Shukla is about a dysfunctional family on the run and their fun journey, where happiness does prevail. Much like the director's sleeper hit Oh My God!, All is Well too is a socially relevant yet entertaining film that the entire family can enjoy.

By Team Dancebee

Johh, Sonakshi perform high octane action sequences

Actors John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha will be seen doing some serious action sequences in the Force sequel. After shooting a major part of the earlier film in Mumbai, Abhinay Deo is now all set to go international with the sequel of Force.


Abhinay is already in Budapest for a 50-day schedule. “Sonakshi and John join us on September 5. We'll be shooting hardcore action scenes with Sonakshi too,“ confirms Abhinay. Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah adds, “Franz from South Africa will be designing the stunts for the film. I have worked with him earlier in Commando and Singh Is Kinng. We'll have rehearsals for at least a month before we start shooting."He further adds, “From Budapest we move to China for 10 days and then a fortnight in Mumbai."

Vipul, who had also produced the film - Force, is leaving no stone unturned for it's sequel. The prolific producer, who has dawned producers hat for super hit films like Holiday, Force, Namastey London among others, is personally looking into all the details related to the film and is making sure everything goes on smoothly. The film is slated for an early 2016 release.

By Team Dancebee

Shraddha is learning something new everyday!
After the huge success of Aashiqui 2, actress Shraddha Kapoor became the talk of B-town and since then, there has been no looking back for her. With back to back hit films in her kitty, it is also commendable how the actress has learnt a new element with each of her films. During the shoot of Ek Villain, Shraddha learnt how to ride a bike. In the song Galliyaan (and other scenes) the actress wanted to do the bike ride herself and not use any body double. The first look of Shraddha riding the bike also created immense buzz around the film and generated curiosity.

After turning biker girl, we saw Shraddha learning Urdu and turning into a Kashmiri avataar for her character in Haider! The actress ensured that she gets the Kashmiri dialect right and even crooned a few lines for a song in the film. Her last release, ABCD 2, saw Shraddha doing some crazy moves. For this film, the actress had to undergo training in various dance styles. The actress had worked rigorously, which ultimately resulted in the film dancing away happily into the 100 crore club.

And now, Shraddha will soon be seen in the Rock On sequel, which will have Farhan Akhtar in the lead. For this film, the actress is learning voice modulation and is also taking classes for same. It is also heard that she will be singing for the film. Well, Shraddha is one girl who believes in the motto - Learning never stops!

By Team Dancebee

Sushant Singh Rajput's fanboy moment at Farah's Eid Party
​Farah Khan's annual Eid party has always been the talk of the town. This year, Farah celebrated Eid with her close friends from the industry and treated them to delicious home cooked Eid specialities at her house. Sushant, who has been busy with the Dhoni biopic and doesn't make too many appearances, also attended this party .He gorged on the food much to Farah's delight. Jackie Shroff, who was also present at Farah's Eid party, couldn't stop praising Sushant's work and spoke to the Gen-x star about his choice of films, which Jackie felt were courageous and commendable.

Sushant was also spotted bonding with superstar Anil Kapoor over his fitness and workout regime. While Sushant was all praise for Anil Kapoor and his physique, Anil shared his fitness secrets and the two spoke at length about Kapoor's trainer, who he has been training with for years. The two were heard exchanging workout and diet tips.

But what really made this Eid party a special one for Sushant was the fact that he met his favorite actress, Tabu. It was a total fan boy moment for the actor, especially since Sushant is Tabu's biggest fan and was heartbroken when Tabu, who was offered a part in Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, couldn't be part of the film.​ Now you know, actors too have their fanboyish moments!
Apart from the above mentioned names, also present at the party were Arjun Kapoor, Sania Mirza, Sonu Sood, filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia , Shrishti and Sameer Arya, Sajid Khan, Chunky Pandey and Manoj Bajpayee.

By Team Dancebee

Priyanka Chopra's Maharashtrian Connection
With the buzz around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani touching an all time high, it is safe to say that the film is hands down one of the most awaited projects this year. People are curious to know more about the kind of sets designed for this magnum opus and were also excited to check out the on-screen avatars of the main cast - Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. The first look was released today and needless to say, it left everybody spellbound, with fans waiting anxiously for the teaser trailer to come out tomorrow (we got an exclusive sneak peek of the same and honestly, we were mind blown).

Recently, a source close to the film informed us that the makers hired a traditional Maharasthrian clothing specialist for the film. The lady, based in Pune, was assigned the task of putting together the outfits for actress Priyanka Chopra, who plays Bajirao's wife - Kashibai - in the film. Acing the traditional Maharashtrian attire during the 1700s wasn't easy and required a lot of knowledge about the fabrics, jewelry and other important details. Since Kashi was a Peshwa's wife, she would naturally dress up in a lot of  heavily embroided and rich sarees (including the nau-vaari and paithani), gold and pearl jewelry, including the traditional nath. Even PC was quite keen on having someone with knowledge about ethnic Maharashtrian clothing, as that would add more authenticity to her overall look. We have also heard that the lady would make sure that she converses with Priyanka in Marathi, in order to improve the latter's diction. We can't for the film already, folks. What about you?

By Team Dancebee

"Playing Monty was tough" - Sidharth Malhotra
Karan Malhotra's much awaited remake of Warrior, titled Brothers, is all set to release next month. While the trailer has generated enough excitement and curiosity, one thing that can't go unnoticed is the way fans of actor Sidharth Malhotra have reacted to his avatar and character in the trailer. Post Student of the Year, Sid has managed to evolve himself as not just the boy next door, but also as an action hero, with a great performance in Ek Villain. This time, he is back on the screen as Monty, a street fighter who is into hardcore MMA (mixed martial arts). Sidharth admits that the journey of essaying the role of Monty was mentally exhausting for him.

The character needed him to have extreme levels of aggression, anger and frustration. Not only was that opposite from what the young Punjabi lad is like in reality, but things became challenging when he had to have a certain degree of resentment towards his onscreen family. Being a family person, Sid found it difficult to exhibit hatred towards his onscreen father and brother. "That was the toughest part of the job," stated Sidharth, further adding though it was extremely challenging, it was beautiful learning experience. According to sources close to the actor, the mental transition that he went through during the filming has helped him further to understand Monty as a character. He admits that as he continued shooting, overtime, Sid not only felt like Monty - the street fighter - physically, but also mentally.

By Team Dancebee

Salman's Eid gift to his fans - Aaj ki party!

Its been a tradition that most of Salman’s films release on the occasion of Eid. We all know that Salman Khan’s upcoming film Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be releasing on Ramzaan Eid (July 17) this year. As part of the pre-release buzz, the makers decided to shoot a special promotional video for the occasion. They were very keen to have a song that would be purely dedicated to celebrating the festival.

It goes without saying that this particular track will soon go on to becoming the next big rage for all Salman fans. In the past, we have seen how all his songs have had a strong connect with the masses and most of them have even topped the Chart busters list across all radio stations and music channels.

The much awaited song, which is currently being shot, has been composed by Pritam. The lyrics are penned by Shabbir Ahmed and the song has been sung by Mika. It is being choreographed by Remo D'souza. And the main hookline of the song goes - "Aaj Ki Party Meri Taraf Se." The video will feature Salman Khan & Kareena Kapoor Khan. Commenting on the song, director Kabir Khan said,  "The idea was to come up with a celebratory song for Eid. Its not there in the film. But you will get to see Salman and Kareena dancing to this party number in the video." Adds Remo, "After Selfie Le Le Re .. working with SK is always a pleasure. This time, we had Kareena as well, so it was double dhamaal with a fun party track by Pritam." Well, it certainly looks like Aaj Ki Party, which comes out next week, shall be perfect to welcome both Eid & Bhai in style!

By Team Dancebee

Kareena's eco-friendly style connection

Kareena Kapoor Khan has always been a trendsetter in terms of the apparel and accessories she has sports onscreen. Her looks have always been in demand and the actress has always been admired by college going girls and teens for her style. But when it comes to her off-screen avatar, the actress has always preferred comfort over trends and is often seen sporting casual, low maintenance clothes, that she is most comfortable in.

Sources close to the actress reveal that Kareena has now taken up to eco-friendly fashion in a huge way. During her recent vacation in the Maldives, very few know that the actress was sporting eco-friendly creations that were made up of fabrics, that are not just comfortable but protects the environment as well. Of late, Kareena has been wearing and even encouraging friends and family to use apparel made up of fabrics like organic cotton, linen, hand-dyed fabrics, vegetable tanned leather, organic wool, tencel, recycled polyester among others. She believes that not only do they help the environment, but it also makes one feel comfortable and cooler, especially in the kind of climate that we experience in India.  For the actress 'less is more' has always been the motto and while she does understand that she cannot always sport eco-friendly looks onscreen, she enjoys wearing them post work.

By Team Dancebee

Kareena Kapoor Khan to go on a diet!

Yes! You heard that right. After making the world go into a tizzy with the size zero phenomenon during her Tashan days, Kareena Kapoor Khan is all set to opt for another diet. After soaking in the sun,sand and happiness at Maldives with husband Saif Ali Khan, sister-in-law Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu, the actress is now back in action and all excited to get back to work. She has already kicked off promotions for her next opposite Salman Khan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, and will soon start shooting for R.Balki's next with Arjun Kapoor.

But what really caught our attention is the fact that Bebo will be shooting for a grand commercial, which is for a brand that she endorses. Sources reveal that Kareena needs to sport a certain look for the ad and with little time on hand, the actress will go on a detox diet that involves liquids from all food groups to meet the body's requirements. She will be adopting a detox diet called the Martha Vineyard Detox Diet (which according to their official website claims to help an individual lose 21 pounds in 21 days). The diet is such that it aims at giving one's digestive system some rest, so that the body can fully focus on eliminating toxins.

Since she is someone who does not believe in crash diets, Kareena has strictly stated that in no way does she endorse or encourage strict diets as a way of life. But she will be following this particular diet for a week, before shooting for the commercial, in order to meet the requirements of the commercial's creatives. Post the shoot of this commercial, Kareena will resume her normal diet and does not plan on following it since she is a die-hard foodie. Well, we are looking forward to this commercial and her 'new' look already!

By Team Dancebee

Fans name children after Deepika's character 'Piku'

It is a known fact that Deepika Padukone's last release, Piku, has gathered a terrific response and earned tons of positive reviews, which eventually also reflected at the box office. But this time around, the love for the film has gone beyond. Team Dancebee has heard that some parents have started naming their daughter Piku after watching the film!

Deepika’s character in the film was loved by some members of the audience so much, that now they want it to become a part of their life. Her performance has been widely appreciated by audiences across and people have even started writing to Deepika, in order to congratulate her on this success.

We hear that a parent named Anuraag Chaturvedi, has renamed his younger daughter as Piku! Another fan, Deepak Katoch says that whenever he gets married he will name his daughter after Deepika’s character in the film.

Commenting on this, Padukone stated, "When Shoojit mentioned that people are naming their children Piku, I didn't believe him initially, because it is a big decision for parents. A name is something that stays for life! But I realized things were for real, only when I met some people recently. They told me that they are naming their children Piku. It is really very heartening that my character has touched so many lives. We never expected this kind of reaction and I am truly humbled."

By Team Dancebee 

Wazir to release on October 2
Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar to hit the screen on a holiday

The much awaited Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar starrer Wazir, has finally got a confirmed release date. It will be hitting the screens on 2nd October this year, making it a holiday release.

Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films and helmed by Bejoy Nambiar, the film will see Bachchan and Akhtar in the lead role.

Interestingly, this will be the first time we will see Farhan in a khaki uniform. The actor plays an ATS Cop in the film, while Bachchan is rumored to be a handicapped chess coach. Farhan has gone through a physical change for his character, as it required him to be lean and a little muscular at the same time. He is also sporting a moustache in this film and has been receiving a positive response for his new avatar. Before Wazir hits the screen, Farhan will be seen in his sister, Zoya Akhtar's multi starrer June release, Dil Dhadakne Do, that also stars Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma among others.

 By Team Dancebee

Deepika's highway tales on the sets of Piku

​​Now, we do see several actors of our generation driving their own cars and staying away from the elite 'chauffeur driven car' business, but actress Deepika Padukone had a unique experience while shooting for her upcoming film, Piku. The actress, who has been snapped quite a few times while driving her own car, was thrilled to drive a car on the highway while shooting for the film. After filming the driving sequence in Piku, the actress got excited. So much, that she actually started coming to the shoot minus her driver.​

Padukone stated, "Piku will be special because for the first time, I drove on a highway while shooting for the film.  In fact, on one of the last days of shoot, I even drove my team back from the shooting location on the highway to our base hotel. It was such a good experience. I have now started driving often in Mumbai too. Its fun."

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan; Shoojit Sircar's Piku is scheduled to release on May 8 2015.

By Team Dancebee

62nd National Film Awards Announced
Court, Killa, Queen, Haider win big

After announcing legendary veteran Actor Shashi Kapoor as the recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year, the much awaited list of National Film award winners was revealed this afternoon. Chaitanya Tamhane's Marathi - Indie film Court, that has won accolades across film festivals and is all set to release on April 17, won the prestigious Best Feature Film award. Everybody's favorite Queen walked away with the Best Hindi Film award, while actress Kangana Ranaut bagged the Best Actress award. Avinash Arun's Killa - The Fort has won the Best Marathi Film and Special mention award.

While everybody expected to see Shahid Kapoor's name on the list, he sadly missed out on winning the Best Actor award. Actor Vijay won the Best Actor award for his Kannada film, Nanu Avanalla Avalu. Haider won big in five categories, including Best Costume, Dialogues Music Direction, Singer (male) and Choreography (Bismil).
See the complete list here:

Best Feature Film: Court (Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati & English)

Best Popular Film for Providing Wholesome Entertainment: Mary Kom
Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a Director: Asha for Jaoar Majhe
Best Direction: Srijit Mukherji for Chotushkone (Bengali)
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Queen
Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
Best Supporting Actor: Bobby Simhaa for Jigarthanda (Tamil)
Best Supporting Actress: Baljinder Kaur for Pagdi The Honour (Haryanavi)
Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh, for Bismil, Haider
Best Female Playback Singer: Saivam (Tamil) and Uttara Unnikrishanan (Song: Azhagu)
Best Costume Designer: Haider (Hindi) Dolly Ahluwalia
Best Music Direction Songs: Haider
Best Music Direction Background Score: Nineteen Eighty Three (Malayalam)
Best Choreography: Sudesh - Bismil, Haider
Best Dialogue: Vishal Bhardwaj for Haider
Best Assamese Film: Othello
Best Bengali Film: Nirbashito
Best Hindi Film: Queen
Best Rabha Film: Orong
Best Haryanvi Film: Pagdi The Honour
Best Punjabi Film: Punjab 1984
Best Tamil Film: Kuttram Kadithal
Best Telugu Film: Chandamama Kathalu
Best Malayalam Film: Ain
Best Marathi Film: Killa
Best Odiya Film: Aadim Vichar
Best Kannada Film: Harivu
Best Konkani Film: Nachom - IA Kumpasar
Special Mention: Killa (Marathi)
Best Film on Environment Consevation/Preservation: Ottaal (Malayalam)
Best Educational Film: Komal & Behind the Glass Wall
Best Exploration/ Adventure Film: Life Force - India's Western Ghats
Best Investigative Film: Phum Shang
Best Animation Film: Sound of Joy
Best Short Fiction Film: Mitraa
Best Film Critic: Tanul Thakur

By Team Dancebee

Shahid Kapoor experiments with his look for Udta Punjab

If you thought we are going to write about his personal life and be all gossipy with rumors, then you are wrong. We don't really believe in publishing reports that are not official. Well here, we are talking about Shahid Kapoor's love for experimenting with his looks for a film and this time, the actor has gone ahead and tried out 15 hair styles for his upcoming film, Udta Punjab. By now, we all know that Kapoor has seen various changes over the years and has been one of the few actors who doesn't shy away from experimenting with his looks for a character. And this time, we will see him in a new avatar in Udta Punjab.

The talented actor has been meeting stylists and hair dressers to zero in on the look that he will be sporting in the film. As mentioned above, Shahid has tried more than 15 looks. These hairstyles range from short hair to keeping it messy to tying a ponytail, which we recently saw him sporting on the runway at Kunal Rawal's showcase, where Shahid was the showstopper (and pray tell me, didn't he look fantastic?). He has also been trying combinations by coloring his hair, keeping a french beard among others. In addition, he has also been pumping iron at the gym to build muscle.

Apart from the experiments in the look department, Shahid has been extensively attending workshops for the film. He has been thoroughly reading the script and in fact, also admitted on a social networking site on how this would be one of his toughest roles ever. Good luck for this project, Shahid! Ace it.

By Team Dancebee

Katrina Kaif still the face of Veet
Actress Shraddha Kapoor is an addition to the Veet family, company confirms.
As soon as the brand new TVC went on air, rumors stating that Shraddha Kapoor has replaced Katrina Kaif as the brand ambassador of Veet, a hair removal range of creams, began spreading far and wide. Put in order to put all the speculations at rest, the brand recently issued a clarification. Official sources have confirmed that Katrina Kaif is still the face of Veet and will continue to drive the campaign, while Shraddha Kapoor was signed on to establish the brand on social media platform.

An official statement from the company’s spokesperson stated, “Our association with Katrina is the most vital one, as she leads innovation and equity on the brand. As per the current plan in April we release a big news on celebration 10 years. The media is very well aware that she (Shraddha) is the addition to the roaster for the brand and is in not a replacement.” Well then, it is certainly a piece of happy news for fans of both Katrina Kaif and Shraddha Kapoor.

By Team Dancebee

First Look: Disney's first Latina princess

Disney Junior has officially announced that Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in 2016 on a special episode of Sofia the First, the network's popular show for preschoolers. Princess Elena is said to be a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom, which is inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. According to sources, it is said that Elena shall be shown as trapped inside an amulet for decades (with a story behind it, of course). Elena will be voiced by American actress Aimee Carrero and will be advised on how to rule a whole kingdom by a grand council made up of her grandfather Tito, grandmother Cici, and a royal advisor named Duke Esteban. Plus, she'll have some help from a couple of friends, including a wizard-in-training named Mateo and a magical flying creature named Skylar. 

After her introduction on Sofia, 16-year-old Elena will star in her own spin-off series, Elena of Avalor, also set to debut on Disney Junior in 2016.  We really hope to see her in a Princess film of her own sometime soon. Folks at Disney, are you listening?

By Team Dancebee

Shah Rukh Khan gets World's first life size 3D printed model in his signature pose

If there is any word apart from Talent that the folks at Red Chillies VFX can be associated with, it is "Innovation." They are known for taking things to the next level with all their films and recently, Red Chillies VFX and Autodesk India came together to make the world’s first life size 3D printed model in Khan's signature pose, as a special gift to the actor. This life size model has been designed in India and is the first of its kind around the world.     

Commenting on this incredible innovation, an overwhelmed Khan stated,“Its the first 3D printed life-size model done by Redchillies VFX and Autodesk team. It is overwhelming how technology has gone forward. I am grateful to be a part of this amazing technology. This is outstanding and I am dying to show it to my kids. Its this silver and shiny statue of mine in my classic pose. I want to thank Keitan, Harry, Red Chillies VFX team and Autodesk team who have worked so hard on it. It stands as the figure of work I have done for all these years.”

Fitting tribute to the King of Bollywood, we say!

By Team Dancebee

Action sequences shot using Octocopter Drone in Baby

Bollywood is going the high-tech way. And why not? Our western counterparts are already doing it and its definitely a boon to see new-age Indian film-makers trying to experiment with technology. Most of this is done in order to shoot complicated action sequences, which are otherwise quite impossible to film using the conventional cameras.  Akshay Kumar’s much anticipated Baby is one such film, where director Neeraj Pandey has tried new ways to filming action sequences.
With some help from Cyril Rafaeli, Hollywood's top action director (The Transporter, Hulk) who has worked on Baby, Neeraj has used the Octocopter Drone to capture fast-paced, large-scale action sequences across the deserts of Abu Dhabi. The Octocopter is a lot like the normal drone, but has advanced flexibility and payload capabilities.

Speaking on using this drone for Baby, Sudeep Chatterjee(DOP) stated,”Cutting-edge technology has expanded the imagination of film-makers today. Virtually impossible live-action sequences are now achievable, thanks to devices like the Octocopter. Neeraj  and I knew that we wanted a particular sequence in the desert to look as real as possible, but the terrain did not permit the use of normal cameras. What we have achieved with the use of this drone was a revelation for all of us”.

Produced by T-Series, Baby is all set to hit the screens on 23rd Jan, 2015.

Technical Specifications of the Octocopter Drone

Body material - Carbon fibre
Cameras used - Red Epic, Sony F55, Arri Alexa
Battery - 10,000mAh 6s lipo
Maximum payload - 9kg
Weight including gimbals and camera - 8-10kg
Endurance 15mn hovering, 6 to 8min maneuvering
 Autopilot and GPS - DJI A2
Telemetry module - DJI 2.4 Ghz
    Remote control - 9 ch RC Spektrum DX6
Stabilized camera - Aerigon IAG3 3 axis stabilization
Maximum speed - 70km/h
Vertical speed - 10m/s
Maximum altitude (with GPS) 300m
Maximum range - 500m
Remote emission range - 2km
 Battery charging time - 1hrs
 Temperature range -10 to +60c

By Team Dancebee

A.R. Rahman to produce a film
While all eyes were on the star cast of the upcoming fantasy drama - I, the big news that took the cake was music maestro A.R.Rahman's confession about him venturing into film production. While the mozart of Madras did not reveal too many details, he mentioned that he is indeed working on a film script. "I don't see myself directing a film. But yes, I am working on a script and will be producing the project. Apart from this, I can't reveal anything more. I am just focusing on my projects as a music director & waiting to see the audience reaction on 'I'," stated Rahman.

The artist, who had a good run in 2014 with as many as 14 projects across all film industries, be it in India or abroad, Rahman is looking forward to how his projects eventually fare in the Oscar race. "Three of my films - Kochadaiiyaan, Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred Foot Journey, have been shortlisted for the Oscars and we will come to know soon if any particular one makes the cut for the final Oscar race. I definitely think 2014 has been a good year," added Rahman, who has given the music and background score for Shankar's ambitious project starring Vikram - I. Rahman also said that in 2015, he has got plenty of projects, including the much awaited Hollywood film - Pele.

By Priya Adivarekar

Sony DADC brings you special Holiday offers
All the Hollywood movie fans in the house, this one's for you. As 2014 draws to a close (the folks at Home Entertainment by Sony DADC are feeling Christmasy) and the holiday season is around the corner, you can now buy and watch some of the year's biggest Hollywood blockbuster films on Blu-ray in high definition (in case you missed them in theatres). Sony DADC brings the perfect treat for film buffs with the Blu-X’mas offer this holiday season. Customers can avail exciting offers and discounts running online & in retail stores till December 31, 2014.
So, don't wait. Go get your favourite film titles today and get set to organise a fun film date with your family members over yummy food. In case you are alone, snuggle in your warm blankie this winter and indulge in the holiday spirit by watching your favourite films at the comfort of your home. Here are some of the films with exciting offers that you can buy.

Gravity, Frozen, Edge Of Tomorrow, Godzilla, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America - The Winter Soldier, The Hobbit - The desolation of Smaug,  Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, 12 years a Slave among others.

By Team Dancebee

Eros International acquires Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Hero

Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International) has announced its collaboration with the two maiden production ventures of Salman Khan Films - Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Hero.
In Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Khan teams up with Salman once again after Ek Tha Tiger, and is set for an Eid release in July 2015. The film is produced by Salman Khan and Rockline Venkatesh Films. Then there is Nikhil Advani’s Hero, which is a modern day remake of Subhash Ghai’s classic by the same name. The film will be the launchpad for Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty and will the screens in Summer 2015.

Commenting on the collaboration, Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO, Eros International said “We are delighted and excited to partner with Salman Khan for his first two production ventures and are excited to showcase this brilliant line-up to a global audience with our worldwide marketing, digital and distribution network. The combination of Salman, Kabir Khan, Eid and Bajrangi Bhaijaan, not only promises fans and audiences larger than life entertainment, but we also look forward to setting new box office records as Salman did this year. We are equally excited to launch bright new talent with Hero and are positive the audiences will embrace Nikhil’s interpretation of the classic musical romantic hit.”
Amar Butala COO Salman Khan Films said: “These are exciting times at Salman Khan Films as we launch our first two home productions. Salman and Director Kabir Khan come together again for the much awaited ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ which releases in Eid 2015 and also stars Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The second, Hero, is a co-production with Mukta Arts, and is a modern day adaptation of Subhash Ghai’s classic of the same name being directed by Nikhil Advani. We are happy to collaborate with Eros for both the films to fulfill our vision and ensure the maximum global exposure for our films.”

By Team Dancebee

Star Wars – The Force Awakens teaser trailer unveiled!
(And we think it looks awesome)

An eighty-eight second long teaser trailer of J.J. Abrams’s much anticipated next installment in the Star Wars saga was released last night (Nov 28th) and needless to say, it took the internet by storm.
After months of speculation around director J.J. Abrams’ film, Disney and Lucasfilm finally revealed the teaser of the seventh entry of this blockbuster franchise online and in about 30 North American theaters.The energetic teaser, which has been watched nearly 6 million times on YouTube (and the count keeps going up as we write this post), blasts viewers with quick, disjointed images of classic and slightly altered “Star Wars” images, like TIE Fighters, X-Wings, droids and the Millennium Falcon.

The Force Awakens is the first of three new Star Wars films being produced by Walt Disney Co. since it purchased the franchise from Lucasfilm in 2012. The six previously released Star Wars films have grossed more than $4.4 billion at the worldwide box office since 1977 and spawned a legion of devoted fans. The Star Wars franchise has attracted generations of loyal fans ever since the first film arrived in 1977 recounting the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Darth Vader. Filming began in Britain in May on Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker will star in the new film, along with several newcomers including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. Earlier this month, Disney had revealed the name of the new episode and now we have got the teaser. Guess, the going will keep getting better. The film is slated for a December 2015 release and we think it is hands down one of the most anticipated releases (Oh! And we also think it will give some tough competition to Bollywood films releasing in the same month next year).

By Team Dancebee

Divya Kumar signs Pulkit, Yami & Urvashi for her next directorial venture

After tasting success with this year's January release Yariyaan, actress turned director Divya Khosla Kumar has now announced the lead cast for her next, yet untitled film. While Pulkit Samrat will be seen as the male lead, Yami Gautam and Urvashi Rautela will be play the female leads in the film. During an earlier interview with Kumar, we were informed that while a sequel to Yariyaan will have to wait, there is another project that she might take up. Commenting on the announcement, Kumar said, “I have just finished penning the script and Bhushan (Kumar, MD, T-Series) has liked it. We both have mutually agreed on the cast. Pulkit and Yami fit the bill and for this project, I wanted actors who look slightly mature. Post the look test, we thought they were perfect for their respective roles.”

 While talking about bagging this project, Pulkit stated, “I loved the way Divya treated her debut film. I am happy to be on board for this romantic film, which also happens to the first time I will be experimenting with a genre like mature love story. My co-star Yami is a great actress and I hope our pairing is accepted well by our audience.” Yami quips, "Bhushanji spoke to me about Divya's next film. I loved the role and story flow so much, that I knew I wanted to be a part of this film. Post some look tests and script narration sessions, I happily signed the dotted line. I really like my look and character in the film and I am very excited to working on this start the project."

Interestingly, both Pulkit and Yami are also working together in another T-Series production venture, Junooniyat, which will be shot this month. Kumar's untitled project will also star Urvashi Rautela, who was chosen after featuring in Honey Singh's music video, Love Dose (also presented by T-Series). The film will go on the floors by year end in North India.  

By Team Dancebee

Akshay Kumar shoots in Abu Dhabi for Baby

Actor Akshay Kumar, who is quite well known for his love for adventure and action prowess, recently shot a mega action portion for his upcoming film, Baby. This chunk was shot in extremely tough conditions in the golden desert of Abu Dhabi.

Major portions of Baby, director Neeraj Pandey's next venture, have already been shot in Kathmandu and Istanbul, but the problems faced by the cast and crew in Abu Dhabi were insane. Burning sand dunes, hard heat winds and a temperature hovering in the fifties! While a large part of the unit was struggling to keep up with this tough terrain, one man seemed to behave like he was simply taking a jog in the park – Akshay Kumar. Yes, we know that the actor loves tough schedules and outdoor action and even in such tough conditions, Akshay was at his best. He co-operated with the portions choreographed by famous action director, Cyril Raffaelli.

A source from the production unit said, “It was extremely hot throughout the Abu Dhabi schedule and for a couple of days, the temperature almost touched 51 degree Celsius. Add to that, the fact that our shoot involved outdoor action and the conditions were really tough. We were all constantly running for shade and pouring cold water over our heads. However, while watching Akshay sir perform, it felt like he was unaffected and that we were just shooting under normal weather. He also lifted the morale of the unit and made everyone give their best. The man is made of another metal.” Producer Bhushan Kumar says, “It was commendable on Akshay's part and the entire team to shoot in the scorching heat of Abu Dhabi. Not even once did we hear the cast or crew members pulling out of the shoot or cancelling it. Hats off to Akshay and the entire team for being so professional.”

When quizzed, the Khiladi Kumar stated, "We have shot for Baby far and wide, from the wet and cold hilltops of Nepal, to the hectic and busy streets of Istanbul & Delhi. But it was the scorching heat of the Abu Dhabi desert that really took a toll on the team. We started setting up for our action portions before the sun would even rise, just in the hope of surviving a full day without severe dehydration kicking in. I don't really struggle in the heat, because I love the warmth in my bones, but the harsh conditions surely tested my endurance and strength to the fullest. The film's crew had the toughest time, for I am at least handed an umbrella every now & then. But hats off to Neeraj Pandey’s team, who like war troopers, kept pushing themselves to give their best under a hyperactive action choreographer, who never seemed to get tired." Further, he spoke about his experience of working with Cyril. "Working with him was an experience that I will never forget. Nothing seems impossible for him and I bounced off on his energy and enthusiasm to get the job done twice as fast. Post shoot, I actually got withdrawal symptoms as I enjoyed myself a little too much. Starting off at the crack of dawn, having an entire palace to ourselves, making the most of every minute and pushing ourselves to mental and physical limits, I have to admit, this was one of the most grueling yet memorable shoots of my life!"

By Team Dancebee

Jacqueline's Two Avatars in Roy

After showing off her glamorous (and geeky) avatar in Kick, actress Jacqueline Fernandes is all set to don the double role hat in Bhushan Kumar’s next, Roy. The actress will be seen sporting two completely different looks in the film. Fernandez, who is apparently paired opposite Arjun Rampal (as Ayesha) and Ranbir Kapoor (as Tia), plays the role of a movie director and an art director respectively.

Jacqueline Fernandez as Ayesha

Jacqueline Fernandez as Tia

As the art enthusiast Tia, Jacqueline will be seen in a glam avatar, complete with cropped hair, classy dresses and retro shades. On the other side, in the a role of a movie director called Ayesha, Jacqueline sports long hair, casual apparel and lots of chunky accessories like bracelets, hair bands, earrings among others. In her Ayesha avatar, she will also sport a tattoo on her neck and wrist.

Commenting on Jacqueline's double role in the film, producer Bhushan Kumar says, “This is the first time one will see Jacqueline in a double role. Both her roles are in great contrast and will definitely attract people's attention.” With the last schedule of the film currently going on in Mumbai, this T-Series production is all set to release on February 13, 2014.

By Team Dancebee

Happy New Year to become the biggest grosser of 2014 overseas

Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd has announced that Happy New Year has collected more than US$ 13 million in first 10 days of its release in the international markets. The film is set to become the biggest grosser of 2014 in the overseas market. It has the highest opening weekend in Gulf, South Africa, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany. In addition, the film saw the highest opening ever in Malaysia and many other countries across the globe. 


While talking about the big news, an overwhelmed Venky Mysore, CEO - Red Chillies Entertainment, stated,“We are delighted with the audience reaction for Happy New Year which is universal whether nationally or internationally. Their continued love and support for the film and the cast is overwhelming.” Gaurav Verma, CRO - Red Chillies Entertainment adds, “The response to HNY is phenomenal in first 10 days. The film is sustaining well and is set for a long run and will continue to create new benchmarks in international markets. We are yet to open non-
traditional markets which will add significantly to the international box office numbers.” 
Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies and directed by Farah Khan.

By Team Dancebee

Special 26 to be remade in 4 languages
Post the success of the original Hindi film, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has now sold the rights for remaking the Akshay Kumar starrer Special 26 in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, to the veteran actor, producer, and director – Thiagarajan.

Talking about the development, Ajit Andhare, COO – Viacom18 Motion Pictures commented, “Special 26 is an intelligent entertainer. The film was based on true events, which makes it universally appealing across languages. We are confident that our film will excite audiences in the South, the same way that the original material did.”

The 2013 hit Special 26 was based on a real life group of con artists who pulled off many clever robberies during the 1980's, and robbed famous businessmen and politicians by pretending to be CBI or Income tax officers. Under the pretext of conducting raids, the con artists would take away all the black money. Starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Manoj Bajpai, Kishor Kadam among others, the film garnered critical as well as box office success.

While speaking about bringing this blockbuster down South, Thiagarajan said “This time, I grabbed the golden opportunity of remaking Special 26 and I will have the honor of directing this mammoth movie, that has won accolades, acclaim and awards, in all four South Indian languages.”

By Team Dancebee

PVR Director's Rare to re-release Garm Hawa

PVR Director’s Rare, that has been consistent in showcasing quality niche films, is all set to release the digitally restored version of Garm Hawa. The film, that won the National Award in 1973 and was also India’s entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category, stars Balraj Sahni and Dinanath Zutshi in the lead roles as the Mirza brothers. Talking about the re-release of Garm Hawa, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, JMD, PVR Ltd. stated, “We are extremely pleased to be presenting Garm Hawa to the theaters via PVR Director’s Rare. With this initiative, we have been constantly trying to do away with the dearth of meaningful cinema in India. Garm Hawa is an opportunity for the generation of today to once again experience the cinematic brilliance on the big screen.”

Commenting on the re-release, director M S Sathyu, said, “I am very touched that PVR Director’s rare has decided to re-release Garm Hawa. The film tells a tale of the troubled times, when the partition ran family-deep. Showcasing this film to the people today will help bring about an empathetic connection with those who suffered the plight of the partition.”

On the restoration of the movie, Mr. R D Deshpanday, Indikino Edutainment said, “The greatest challenge we faced while restoring the film was to enhance the quality of the picture and sound without touching the content. Tricky as the entire process was, the end result is something we at Indikino are quite proud of.” The film will be screened across PVR theaters in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Ahmedabad on November 14, 2014.  

By Team Dancebee

Junooniyat to kick off in November

Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam's next titled Junooniyat is all set to kick off by the end of November. Pulkit portrays the role of an army officer in the film and to ace this part, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri wants him to spend five days in Mau before they start shooting on November 15th, in order to learn the body language and mannerisms of an army officer perfectly. Commenting on the role, Agnihotri stated," We are often blamed for the inappropriate portrayal of army officers in our films. So, I felt Pulkit should go there to understand the army officers’ way of life.”  

November is certainly a special month for Pulkit, as not only will he start shooting for the film, but is also tying the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Shweta, at a ceremony in Goa on November 3. Keeping in mind the time that he will need, the actor will start preparing for the role almost immediately after his wedding. So after soaking in the beach side weather in Goa, Pulkit will have to travel to Mau in the Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh. Talking about the actor's dillemma, Agnihotri further adds, “After his stay in Mau, he will head to Delhi for his reception. We will start filming soon after.”  Junooniyat will be shot between November 15 to December 15. Directed by Agnihotri, the film is a passionate, musical love story and will also be shot extensively at beautiful locales in Northern India like Kashmir, Manali, Amritsar among others. The film, produced by Bhushan Kumar (T-Series), will be shot in a few virgin locations in the country as well.

By Team Dancebee

Happy New Year team visits Gaiety - Galaxy

While most actors believe in putting an end to promotional activities as soon as their films hit the screen, Shah Rukh Khan believes otherwise. After getting an overwhelming response at the box office in India and breaking all records to enter the 100 crore club in style, Khan was seen promoting Happy New Year with director Farah Khan, actors Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah at the popular G7 chain of cinemas in Bandra. 

It was nice to see SRK promote the film with tons of zest, despite the fact that he was suffering from a cold and fever. After posing for the fans, Team HNY also interacted with audience and followed it up with a media interaction at the theater.

By Team Dancebee

Happy New Year 'Sharabi' launch

The cast and crew of Happy New Year got together to launch the promotional video of the song, Sharabi, at a gala event held at Enigma, JW Marriott in Mumbai on October 28. While Deepika Padukone had given the game success event on Monday a miss, it was Abhishek Bachchan who missed the rocking evening this time. 

Sticking to their "every appearance should be a fashionable one" mantra, members of the cast comprising of Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and director Farah Khan, were seen putting their best fashion foot forward. Padukone looked gorgeous in a Pankaj & Nidhi outfit, while Khan was dapper as ever in a black suit. Here's the brilliantly choreographed (with simple yet quirky steps) video feat the HNY cast. Trust Ganesh Hegde to get the perfect sets and steps together, in order to create some unique magic. Both Manj and Nindy Kaur have sung this number with great zest.
Check out the 'madness' here.

By Team Dancebee

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