A spectacular Carnival at Mehboob Studio celebrating cinema in India at the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival With Star India – Movie Mela 

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Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival with Star India’s Movie Mela, India’s first movie carnival witnessed a staggering turnout of over two thousand movie fans and celebrities who came together to celebrate their collective passion for the movies.

The event which was open to all delegates of the Jio MAMI 17th Mumbai Film Festival With Star India took place in the iconic Mehboob Studios in Bandra and kicked off with a session by Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi on their creative collaboration. This was followed by a once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the team of Mr. India.Sridevi, Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Satish Kaushik, Aftab Shivdasani, Huzaan Khodaiji, Karan Nath and Ahmed Khan took a walk down memory lane as an audience of 800 listened enthralled by anecdotes of how the much-loved classic was made.

Simultaneously on Stage 2 of Mehboob Studios, Kabir Khan, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar did sessions that explored their creative process. Later in the day Sonam Kapoor and Rohan Joshi of AIB were in conversation about the challenges of being a celebrity in times of social media. Huma Qureshi was in conversation with director Gurinder Chadda and Ajit Thakur, CEO of Trinity Pictures and Shridhar Raghavan conducted a masterclass on script-writing.

And that wasn’t all, Varun Dhawan was in conversation with Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand on the films that shaped him. Deepika Padukone spoke about her eight year journey in the industry.

The evening also saw a stupendous congregation of the leading talent from Bollywood for a panel that explored the altering landscape of the film industry. Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Aditya Roy Kapur and Kriti Sanon spoke candidly about the challenges of being a next gen actor. The day concluded on a musical note with composer Pritam strumming his popular hits and talking to the audience on how he made his signature tunes.

Any Shootouts at the Shootout at Wadala Kick-off Party?

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By ARYEMAN RAJ

 

Bollywood film Shootout at Wadala has been in the news right from its mahurat launch. Be it the invitation hand-out fiasco or the more recent incident of John Abraham hurting himself in a fight sequence. Must say Ekta and Sanjay Gupta do have a passion for spice and their recent joint venture will surely continue to catch eye-balls till the time the film is ready for release.

Barely a fortnight since the film started shooting and Balaji Telefilms and White Feather Films kicked off their venture, “Shootout at Wadala” with a party held at Mumbai’s suburban nightspot Escobar.

 

Hosts for the evening SURESH MEHTA, SANJAY GUPTA, ANIL KAPOOR, AKSHIT MEHTA and JOHN ABRAHAM

The party was hosted by Mr Suresh Mehta and Mr Sanjay Gupta, the director of the film.

The party was attended by the cast of Shootout at Wadala namely John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Tushar Kapoor,Sonu Sood and the petite Kangana Ranaut.  Producer and head honcho of Balaji Telefilms, Ekta Kapoor was also present at the event.

 

With such an impressive star-cast and hot, burning subject and the whiz minds of Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Gupra one can’t just wait for the film to be complete.

 

Ramesh Taurani’s Race 2 completes its second schedule

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The sequel to the 2008 blockbuster Race readies for its release, having completed its second schedule last month.

Directed by duo Abbas-Mastan ,the highly-anticipated action thriller from the house of Tips completed its second schedule through the month of Jan-Feb with starcast Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernades, Amisha Patel.

Talking about the film says director Abbas “Race 2 is in the same genre and will be made on as grand a scale as the original. We will be shooting in Turkey and Cyprus next. The story has plenty of twists and turns and every character will have gray shades,”.

Says producer Ramesh Taurani “We shot for the second schedule of the film from 23rd Jan to 24th Feb – It took off smoothly and we are very happy with the way things are shaping up.We are very excited and hope to make Race 2 bigger and better than the original”

Produced by Tips ,the action thriller Race 2 starring Saif Ali Khan,John Abraham,Deepika Padukone,Jacqueline Fernandez,Anil Kapoor and Ameesha Patel is scheduled for a tentative November release.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAHURAT OF ‘SHOOTOUT AT WADALA”

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BY ARYEMAN RAJ

Kangana Ranaut has definitely come a long way with her fashion style which clashed with her twangy accent. One did notice an improvement in Kangana’s English diction skills. Dressed almost like a show-stopper with an exclusive one-piece, Kangana will be seen in a typical Maharashtrian look and plays the love interest opposite John Abraham. Being the only female entity in this ‘male-to-order’ film, Kangana is sure she will stand out despite having played a Don’s love interest in her previous films.

Sonu Sood has no grouses over being a replacement actor for Vivek Oberoi who walked out of the film. It’s reported that Vivek wanted the director to flesh his role out more so he could stage a comeback at the box-office. Obviously Gupta refused. “When Sanjay narrated the script to me over a period of 3 hours, I was almost transported into the 70’s era. Having been a great fan of Sanjay Gupta’s films, I am sure he will do justice to all the character’s roles. And frankly I am not doing any special research for playing Dawood’s role since I am in safe hands with my director.”

And to end it off, Ekta Kapoor as usual was fashionably late and made an entry after the press conference had begun. Anil Kapoor did a paay laagu producerni-ji for her. Obviously Ekta has the knack of churning gold pots at the box-office with her recent hits. And Anil and the other star-cast definitely know which side of the bread needs to be buttered up. One can’t help but comment on the zillion coloured stone rings that adorn Ekta’s fingers with all the different coloured babaji ka dhaagas. Hope soon, one sees an engagement ring on the Czarina’s fingers too.

 

Tom Cruise coming to India?

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Tom Cruise is coming to India. Yes its official Tom Cruise is coming to India on Dec 2. He will be here for the promotions of Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol.

Tom Cruise Anil Kapoor and Vaicom 18 will host the biggest India’s fan screening where the biggest fans of Tom Cruise will get a chance to see the film, first before the world sees it.

1500 people will get a chance to see the film two week before its release in India. 1500 people from across India will enter contest and answer simple details about Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.  Will be flown to Mumbai from various parts of India and will see the film with Tom Cruise.

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, who have all distribution and marketing rights of all Paramount Pictures Films are keeping all information under wraps.

Anil Kapoor confirms fan screening but adds its too premture to talk about it.