Sikh organizations ask A Flying Jatt to remove religious emblems

Though director Remo D'Souza denies it, the fact of the matter is that he has been asked to remove certain religious emblems from his super-hero film A Flying Jatt. Remo's team has now taken the film back to post-production where the offending emblems are being digitally removed.

Says a source close to the project, "Though the censor board has cleared the film with no cuts, the makers of A Flying Jatt don't want to take any chance, as there have been objections from Sikh and Jatt cultural and religious organizations regarding certain shots. Better safe than sorry."

Prior to this, Sajid Nadiadwala had a knife dangling on Jacqueline Fernandez's hip digitally removed in a dance item in Dishoom when it was alleged by some Sikh organizations that the knife was disrespectful to their religion as it resembled a holy kirpan."

Ranveer Singh is back in Padmavati Deepika Padukone brings about a rapprochement

After all the hue and cry over the casting musical chairs in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rani Padmavati, Ranveer Singh who was rumoured to be contemplating a quiet exit from the project is back in the film.

Bhansali and Ranveer have collaborated over two blockbusters in the past, namely Goliyon Ki Raaslila Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani. Ranveer was the natural and only choice to play the antagonistic warrior Allauddin Khilji who covets the Rajasthani queen Padmavati, to be played by Deepika Padukone, in Bhansali's proposed epic historical.

Trouble started when Shahid Kapoor was roped in to play Deepika's husband. Ranveer rightfully wanted to see how much of the screenplay belonged to him.

The director, said to have been disgruntled with Ranveer's demand/request (depending on which side you were listening to) threatened to replace Ranveer. While names of various A-list stars from Shah Rukh Khan to Hrithik Roshan were conveniently planted as replacements, Ranveer remained gracefully mum on the subject.

"Both Bhansali and Ranveer knew Padmavati couldn't be made without Ranveer. They held their peace and enjoyed all the speculation about Ranveer's replacement," says a source.

A few days back the actor and director met and ironed out their differences. While details about their rendezvous are not known, it is strongly believed that a certain Ms Padukone played a hand in the rapprochement.

Gaurang Doshi blasts Ileana DCruz for unprofessional conduct

On Friday morning producer Gaurang Doshi woke up to a rude shock with actress Ileana D'Cruz threatening to take legal action for announcing her name as part of the Aankhen 2 cast.

Doshi claims the actress is lying when she says she turned down the offer. Rather than feel outraged and angry over what he claims to be a blatant lie, Doshi couldn't stop chuckling over Ileana's charges. "Tell me, why would I announce her name falsely? My film already has Bachchan Saab, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Arjun Rampal. What does my project gain from her presence? Is she Deepika or Katrina? Agreed she is part of a hit film (Rustom). But so is Esha Gupta."

Shedding light on what really happened Gaurang says, "Ms Ileana D'Cruz met me at the Taj Land's End two days before the Mahurat. We met at 12.30 pm. She was with her manager Nimisha. I was accompanied by my director Anees Bazmee and my co-writer Neeraj Pathak. We narrated her role and the script to Ms D Cruz. She was in her own words, very excited by the role."

Gaurang says Ileana immediately agreed to do the film. "That was why I am surprised. Just two days before the Mahurat she was all for it. We spoke terms and conditions and I agreed to get back to her with the contract in a week's time. But two days after the Mahurat she does a volte face, and claims she never agreed to do the film. I wonder who poisoned her against our project. I've so many well-wishers in the film industry, you see."

The producer breaks into peals of laughter. "I am just so amused by this. What face-value would she add to my film that I would fib about her presence? I've been able to put together Aankhen 2 after years of hardship, struggle and personal and professional pain and humiliation. People in the industry thought I was finished. The only reason I held on to the belief that I could swing a project as big as Aankhen 2 was Mr Bachchan. If he had not supported me I wouldn't be standing on my feet again. With him in my project I don't need anyone else. Mr Bachchan is God for every filmmaker. He is more than God for me."

Gaurang throws forward a challenge to Ileana, "I promise to get a bigger name than her for my film in the next few weeks. If I don't then you can re-name me 'A.shole', to go with all the 'A' names I've accumulated in my film: Amitabh, Anil, Arjun, Arshad, Anees...."

Deepika Padukone roped in as the brand ambassador of domestic airline company Vistara

Deepika Padukone is flying high with her Hollywood film and big endorsement deals. Deepika Padukone has now been roped in as the new brand ambassador of domestic airline company Vistara.

On Monday, a new multimedia brand campaign of Vistara along with its first TV commercial (TVC) will be launched. The new TVC will revolve around Deepika Padukone where they will show joy of flying with Vistara. The objective of the campaign is to reinterpret and deliver the feeling of looking forward to flying.

Talking about the campaign and collaborating with Vistara, Deepika Padukone said in a statement that it was a matter of great pride for her to be associated with Vistara, a brand that is reliable, warm and friendly; a brand that carries the lineage of Tata and Singapore Airlines. She spoke about the new TVC which aims to capture that feeling in a charming and evocative manner.

Apart from this, Deepika Padukone will be next seen in her first Hollywood film xXx: Return of the Xander Cage which also stars Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson, Ruby Rose and Nina Dobrev and is slated to release next year.

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Besides acting, Amy Jackson has decided to try her hands at something different. The model turned actress now wants to venture into cosmetic products and has decided to launch her own line of fake eyelashes.

Prior to this, international pop star Katy Perry launched her signature line of extension and color lashes in association with a cosmetic brand. Amy is currently working on this venture with a friend who also has a beauty background. Amy's signature line will have not just lash extensions but hair extensions as well as she personally enjoys experimenting with her looks. Sources claim that extensions are a major rage in London and people in here in India are just about finding their time in the spotlight in metro cities in India and the actress is hoping to cash in on the trend. Details of the venture are under wraps for the moment but Amy will be back next month after setting up the UK branch of her label and fly down to India to replicate the business model by year-end. There are plans to launch the collection in major cosmetic departmental stores and high end salons.

When contacted, Amy said, "Extensions are a rage in London but lashes and extensions have just begun to pick curiosity in Indian metros. I'm hoping to cash in on the trend. I'm really excited because I think there's so much potential in this space. Also, it allows me to pursue my second passion after acting."
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