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Bollywood Gupshup

Bollywood Gupshup

Make way for Laxmibai, and we don’t mean Manikarnika

While Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is making headlines ever since it went on floors, there is another Indo-British film Swords And Sceptres in the pipeline which may release just before her ambitious project. Being directed by Swati Bhise, the shooting of the film had begun in October and is reportedly set to move to the post-production stage. According to reports, the war scenes in the film need a lot of special effects and therefore the film is yet to get the VFX work done. If the deadline for the VFX work is met, then Swords And Sceptres might just release in March, weeks before Kangana’s film which intends to hit theatres in April.

Is Ileana D’Cruz secretly married to Aussie BF?

Ileana D’Cruz has been in a steady relationship with her Australian photographer boyfriend Andrew Kneebone for a while now. What with their social media accounts full of images from their various vacations and moments of togetherness. And now, if reports are to go by, the two are probably officially married already. Ileana, who happens to be the muse of her beau, often gets clicked by him. And recently, she shared one such of the beautiful pictures taken by Andrew. But this time, in the caption, she referred to him as her ‘hubby’. That’s how the speculations about her ‘secret wedding’ started doing the rounds. You have an idea?

Bahu B seems to be on quite a roll

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is suddenly back in the reckoning all over again. Not only was it reported that she is charging INR 10crore for a particular film, said to be the remake of Raat Aur Din, but also has two more films rolled up in her elegant sleeve – Fanney Khan and an untitled thriller. We now hear that the beauty has also been considered for a film that deals with surrogacy, tentatively titled Jasmine. Yes, it’s going to be a co-production between Toilet: Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh and Prernaa Arora’s production house. It is said inspired by a real life story of a woman in Gujarat who doesn’t want to have children but decides to become a surrogate mother for someone else. After a point she gets attached to the child and wants the child back. The film will roll after monsoon as the writers need time to perfect their script and prep up. Siddharth and Garima who had earlier scripted Toilet and the upcoming Shahid Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor-Yami Gautam social drama, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, will be making their directorial debut with this film. Keep watching this space for more updates.

Honeymoon over for Virat as “Nushki” gets back to work

After a wedding that was the talk of tinsel town and extended honeymoons, Anushka Sharma is back on the sets of Aanand L Rai’s Zero. Virat Kohli’s “Nushki” as he lovingly calls her, is back to work in full steam to complete her two projects – Zero and Pari. The 29-year-old got a warm welcome on the sets of Zero, which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif. The newly wedded actor was presented with flowers and her room was decorated with pictures of herself and her cricketer husband Virat Kohli. We just can’t wait to see her back on the screen!


Badhaai Ho, Ayushmann and Sanya for your new film

Ayushmann Khurrana and Dangal actor Sanya Malhotra have started with the workshops and readings of their next movie titled Badhaai Ho. Sanya had first captivated the audience with her fine performance in the 2016 hit sports drama Dangal, where she shared screen space with Ayushmann’s brother Aparshakti. Sanya is already working with director Ritesh Batra, and Badhaai Ho will be her third feature film. The film will be directed by Tevar director Amit Sharma and its storyline will follow the lives of a family that gets affected by a certain piece of news. What happens to the members of the said family following the news will form the crux of the story.


Aamir Khan and Prabhudeva? Who would have thought…

Thugs of Hindostan, with a stellar cast, including Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh is touted to be one of 2018’s most-awaited projects and rightly so. If sources are to be believed, a special dance number is being choreographed by Prabhudeva as part of the project and the rehearsals are in full swing since Christmas at YRF Studios. The song is scheduled to be shot on January 14. Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif have already worked together in Dhoom 3 and have had a song together, so their chemistry is bound to add zing to this dance number. Earlier, Prabhudeva had choreographed a song from Thugs of Hindostan that featured Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan. We have also learned that the film stars singer Ila Arun in a small yet important role. We are sure that with a trio like Aamir, Katrina and Prabhudeva joining hands, this dance number will outdo any record.

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