Sonu Sood starts Shakti Sagar Productions in memory of his father

Despite today being Sonu Sood's birthday, he has decided to skip the celebrations because of his father's death on February 7 this year. Rather than celebrating, Sonu Sood has decided to do something really special in the memory of his late father.

And that something special happens to be the launch of Sonu Sood's production company, which is in the name of his father, Shakti Sagar Sood. And to unveil the first poster of Sonu Sood's maiden production 2 In 1, the guest of honour was none other than the global cinema icon Jackie Chan himself. To be made under the banner of 'Shakti Sagar Productions', 2 In 1 stars Prabhu Dheva, Sonu Soon and Tamannaah. The film is being directed by Vijay.

Speaking about 'Shakti Sagar Productions', Sonu Sood said that he wanted the banner to be a gift for his father. He added that, despite his father not being around, he knew that he was always with him in spirit and his blessings are with him for a lifetime.
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Rajshri Medias Rajjat Barjatya passes away

The extremely affable and down to earth Rajjat Barjatya, who was working as the MD and CEO of Rajshri Media, passed away yesterday in the Mumbai based Jaslok Hospital. Rajjat Barjatya also happened to be the cousin brother of the renowned filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya.

News reports state that Rajjat Barjatya had been suffering from cancer for a while now and that he was admitted in Jaslok Hospital since the last 10-12 days.

Bollywood Hungama prays for the soul of the departed to rest in eternal peace.
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Emraan Hashmis son Ayaan makes his acting debut

Emraan Hashmi's six son Ayaan was in the news of late, due to his battle with the dreaded cancer. Emraan Hashmi, who nicknamed Ayaan as a 'superhero', went onto author a book titled 'Kiss of Life: How A Superhero and my Son Defeated Cancer'. It is this very superhero Ayaan, who has now made his acting debut with a short film Kids For Tigers that has been produced by Dia Mirza.

Speaking about Ayaan's acting debut, the proud father Emraan Hashmi said that just like Ayaan, he too had made his acting debut at the tender age of six years (in an ad for a mosquito repellent). He added that Ayaan had so much ease in his body language and he mouthed his lines without any signs of discomfort or inhibition. Emraan Hashmi also added that, Ayaan liked acting and telling stories, which, apparently, were all signs of an actor and a filmmaker.

Besides Dia Mirza producing the short film Kids For Tigers, it has been written by Cara Tejpal and Dia's husband Sahil Sangha and has been filmed by Rohan Shrestha.
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Ashutosh Gowarikers son assists him on Mohenjo Daro

As Ashutosh Gowariker readies his next purported opus Mohenjo Daro, his two sons Konark and Vishwang are all set to become filmmakers like their father.

In fact, the elder son Konark, who is now 25, has already embarked on his journey as a filmmaker.

Reveals the proud dad, "Konark has assisted me in Mohenjo Daro. He is passionate about filmmaking and seems to have his own ideas on how to set up the camera and compose frames. I hope, one day, he directs films that would be very different from my work."

Interestingly, Ashutosh's younger son Vishwang is also keen on filmmaking. "He is 20 and he's studying filmmaking in Boston. When he returns, he will also embark on a career as a director. So, I guess both my sons have taken after me."

Incidentally, Ashutosh is also an actor. He started his career as an actor and then graduated to direction.

"Who knows, my sons may take the opposite direction!" quips the proud father.
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Kangna Ranaut to be the face of Nakshatra Diamond jewellery

Even though the extremely talented actress Kangna Ranaut may have been in the news for the wrong reasons of late, that hasn't stopped her from achieving dizzying heights professionally.

After having been a part of many blockbuster films and the face of many famous FMCG brands, the latest update is that Kangna Ranaut has been signed up to be the face of Nakshatra Diamond jewellery.

On the films front, Kangna Ranaut will be seen in the war drama Rangoon, that also stars Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor.
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Since the past week, there have been rumours about Farah Khan replacing Ganesh Hegde on the judging panel of the upcoming season of 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'. However putting an end to all the speculations, Ganesh Hegde recently cleared the air and clarified about Farah's presence in the dance reality show.

Dancer turned choreographer Ganesh Hegde did confirm that he would be away from the show for a while and Farah Khan would join the show for those number of episodes. Further revealing details, he also mentioned that his last episode before his departure would air on September 8 and after that he would reappear for the last four episodes of 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'. The rest of the episodes will have Farah Khan as the technical judge along with Karan Johar and Jacqueline Fernandez. Though Ganesh Hegde maintained silence on why he won't be a part of the show for that time frame, he did deny the rumours of fallout between him and the show makers.

Ganesh Hegde also elaborated on the entry of Farah Khan mentioning that during the wild card entry, Farah too will enter the show and also hinted on the wild card entrants being kid contestants.
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Anil Kapoor to play Sardarji for the first time

Anil Kapoor never says die...or dye. In his 35-year career as a leading man, the ever-young Kapoor who has played everything possible from an autistic man in Eeshwar to an obese man in Badhaai Ho Badhaai to the Chief Minister in Nayak, now embarks on yet another untried path.

In his forthcoming film Mubaraka, Anil will play a turbaned Sikh for the first time.

Says the excited actor, "It would be an honour to play a Sardarji. I have a fabulous role in Mubaraka. I go into this film right after I complete the shooting of my television serial 24. Mubaraka would be the ideal stress-buster after the intense action and drama in 24."

Anil has great regards for director Anees Bazmee. "He has made some of the biggest hits in the comedy genre without resorting to vulgar double meanings. Mubaraka too is completely free of any crudity, and that's what I love about it. It is one of the most brilliant scripts I've come across in the comic genre."

Significantly, this time writer-director Anees Bazmee would be directing a script written by another writer, in this case, by Balwinder Janjua.

Says Anil, "This is a rare occasion when Anees is not directing his own script. And what a script! I also get to work with my nephew Arjun Kapoor. We play chacha-bhatija in the film."
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Fawad Khan never considered for Rani Padmavati

Reports that Pakistani actor Fawad Khan will be playing Deepika Padukone's husband in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rani Padmavati seem to be someone's figment of the imagination.

According to sources very close Bhansali, "Fawad was never even considered, let alone offered, Rani Padmavati. He was briefly considered for another project that Sanjay Bhansali was to produce, though not direct. As for Rani Padmavati two of the three principal cast members have already been locked in. The third is yet to be firmed in. It will be done in the next week."

While Deepika Padukone will be playing the title role, Ranveer Singh will be cast as the invader Alauddin Khilji who took a fancy to the Rani.

Interestingly Ranveer and Deepika, said to be a couple in real life, do not meet in Bhansali's film.

As for the Rani Padmavati's husband's part, various names keep popping up in the press every day. These include Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor and now Fawad Khan.

Says the beleaguered director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, "I keep hearing announcements of my own film's cast. Names that I've never considered let alone met are being thrown around. I've been busy recording the songs. Now the cast will be finalized and announced soon."
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Ajay Devgns Shivaay trailer to be launched amongst fans in Indore on August 7

From marketing to production to direction, Shivaay is one of Ajay Devgn's most ambitious ventures and he is striving to ensure that every aspect of the film is being looked after. The actor turned filmmaker has now decided to use the opportunity to interact with his fans, as he gears up to launch the trailer of his film.

Ajay Devgn has expressed his desire to launch the first look of Shivaay in Indore on August 7, marking the occasion of Friendship's Day. It is being said that the actor thought meeting his fans on this special day will strengthen his bond. From what we hear, the Indore based fan group of Ajay contacted the actor and suggested the idea of the trailer launch. The actor's agreement nod has obviously left his fans thrilled and it has been learnt that several large fan groups from Uttar Pradesh too may attend the event. On the other hand, besides the event, the trailer of Shivaay will also be attached to the Akshay Kumar starrer period thriller Rustom which releases on August 12.

The said event will also have Ajay introducing the leading lady of the film Sayyesha Saigal who will be making her Bollywood debut with Shivaay. The film also has stars Abigail Eames, Vir Das, Erika Kaar among others and is slated to release on October 28.
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Sanjay Dutt to star in the remake of Marathi film De Dhakka

After serving his sentence, Sanjay Dutt returned home in February and since then fans of the actor have been anxiously waiting for his Bollywood ventures. While his collaboration with Siddharth Anand for an action film didn't seem to get through, the actor has now signed a film which will be a remake of the Marathi film De Dhakka.

As this brings together yet another interesting collaboration of Sanjay Dutt with friend and filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, the actor also expressed his excitement about being a part of the film. Revealing that it is a laughter riot about a disjointed family, Sanjay added that several emotions that are a part of this comedy appealed to him. Mentioning about the kind of bond he shares with Mahesh Manjrekar, with whom he has also acted in several films, he stated that he shares a special relationship with the filmmaker. He also appreciated his skills as a director maintaining that he has always managed to extract good performances from his actors.

Confirming the news producers Sandeep Singh and Omung Kumar said, “We are really proud to come into an association with Maheshji as producers and are very confident that De Dhakka's remake in Hindi will impress the audiences and critics equally as it did in Marathi".

Speaking on this association director Mahesh Manjrekar added, "I met Sanju after a long while and I realized he has matured a lot. Looked fresh and fit. Initially I was contemplating working with him as I wanted to work on something different, a kind of film which both haven't done before, something that would surprise the audience. Then De Dhakka came and i felt it was the perfect subject. Sanjay will have the family audience and youth rooting".

While Sanjay Dutt's first release will be Marcau Bhau along with Rajkumar Hirani, the actor will soon start prepping for the Hindi remake of De Dhakka, which will be produced by Omung Kumar and Sandeep Singh.
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