Alia Bhatt doesn't have dates for Shah Rukh's film with Aanand Rai

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Updated: Fri, 19 May 2017 16:59:32 IST Updated: Fri, 19 May 2017

Aanand L. Rai's untitled film starring Shah Rukh Khan seems to be having trouble with its leading ladies. For, whoever the filmmakers have approached for the roles seems to be turning it down because of date issues. The film has two heroines in the lead. And the filmmakers had apparently approached Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif first. While Katrina is very much in the film, Deepika had to turn it down because of her prior commitment to Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 's Padmavati

Now, rumours are doing the rounds that Alia Bhatt was also approached for the second female lead. But the Badrinath Ki Dulhania actress has also opted out of her good friend Shah Rukh's film, according to a report in the Deccan Chronicle. It is worth mentioning that Shah Rukh and Alia starred in Dear Zindagi earlier.

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According to the Deccan Chronicle report, Alia didn't want to hurt or appear to be rude to Shah Rukh. So she sought her mentor, Karan Johar's advice on how to deal with the situation. On Karan's suggestion, Alia made sure that Shah Rukh knew how booked her schedule was. The petite actress reportedly asked Shah Rukh to choose dates that either suited him or to excuse her from the film. An understanding Shah Rukh was reportedly happy that Alia had made her position clear. Shah Rukh will play the role of a dwarf in the film.  

Meanwhile, Alia has two upcoming projects on hand. She will be seen in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy along with Ranveer Singh and also in Ayan Mukherjee's Dragon opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

 

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'Tubelight' Opens To 50% Occupancy On Day 1

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:42:32 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Salman Khan's eagerly awaited Eid release, Tubelight, is finally here. Now, it's not just the superstar's many fans but trade pundits also who look out for his films because they know that he can create havoc at the box office. Tubelight, however, has only managed to open with 40 per cent to 50 per cent occupancy in its morning shows today.

The film has released in approximately 4,300 screens. According to trade experts, a 50 per cent occupancy is not a great sign for a superstar's film. Nevertheless, they expect Tubelight to cross the Rs 100 crore figure in its opening weekend. And with Eid being on Monday, the collections should only rise next week. 

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The film has also got mixed reviews from critics. While some of them have loved the film and called it the best film of Bhaijaan's career, others have panned it for being slow and over-dramatic. Of course, movie reviews don't usually affect a Salman Khan film. But this is a Kabir Khan film and the fact that it has still got mixed reviews is a disturbing sign, feel the trade pundits. It remains to be seen if the early flicker from this Tubelight will light up the box office eventually.

 

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Sonam and Rhea Kapoor’s Fashion Brand Rheson Wins A PETA Award

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Bollywood fashionista Sonam Kapoor and her sister and film producer, Rhea Kapoor, launched their high street fashion label, Rheson, recently. And now, Rheson has won the Compassionate Business Award from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The award is for its bags which are made from non-leather materials.

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Of course, Sonam has had a long association with PETA and has often taken a stance against cruelty to animals. So, she was crowned PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. In 2015, she wrote a letter to the minister of environment, forest and climate change and urged him not to revoke the ban on classroom dissection for life science and zoology students in universities.

Before that, in March 2010, the actress had sent a letter on behalf of PETA to the then Maharashtra home minister, RR Patil, urging him to extend the ban on glass-coated manja beyond Mumbai to the rest of the state. She also donated “kind kites” to prevent injuries from manja among children in 2011.

 

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Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to star in third 'Tiger' film

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's fans are already eagerly awaiting their film, Tiger Zinda Hai (TZH) this December. It's a sequel to their 2012 hit, Ek Tha Tiger, and the former lovers are expected to recreate their magic on the big screen once again. But now, according to a report in DNA, talks of a third film are already taking place within Yash Raj Studios.

Salman and Katrina will continue to play their respective roles in the third part as well. According to the report, "Aditya Chopra and Salman have spoken about taking forward the Tiger franchise and end it with a third part. The main team remains the same. As of now, the plan is for Ali Abbas Zafar, who’s directing TZH, to helm the third part, too.” 

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The third sequel will continue the story from where TZH will end. “The ending of TZH is being designed in a way that it leaves room for another, most probably the final sequel. It will be a fresh story with newer characters and a bigger adventure, and will culminate the series,” said the report. 

Of course, given Salman's tight schedule, it may be a while before the third film is actually made.

 

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Alia Bhatt to begin shooting for Meghna Gulzar's 'Raazi' next month

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Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:41:08 IST Updated: Fri, 23 Jun 2017

Alia Bhatt is all set to begin shooting for director Meghna Gulzar's espionage thriller, Raazi, this July, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror. Alia will play the role of a Kashmiri girl who is married to a Pakistani army officer in the film. Vicky Kaushal will play her husband.

Raazi is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka's novel, Calling Sehmat. It is being produced by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions. The novel explores the story of a Kashmiri girl, who provides invaluable information to the Indian intelligence during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. 

Meghna told Mumbai Mirror, "I am trying to do something in a new space, recreating India and Pakistan of the ’70s on sets and real locations. A lot of research has gone into getting the period and dialect right. There are some action pieces too. Its work in progress with workshops and reading sessions."

The filmmaker was also excited about working with Alia. She felt that Alia had landed a challenging role that was unlike any character that she had played so far. As for the film's title, Meghna said: "It’s only when you agree to something that you eventually end up doing it and live with the consequences. ‘Raazi’ is a synonym of ‘sehmat’, which also means agreeable.” 

Meanwhile, Priti Shahani, president, Junglee Pictures, said in the report: “We are very excited with the entire team that has come together with us to tell this story. It’s the first time we are collaborating with Karan Johar who has a very keen understanding of connecting stories with the audience and brings immense creative value to storytelling."

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She added: "Alia has showcased her acting prowess in every film and right from start we saw her as our Sehmat. As for Meghna, it’s like homecoming for us post Talvar and she is the perfect person to tell this story.”

Raazi will be extensively shot in Punjab and Kashmir from July with a small portion being shot in Mumbai. 

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