Arijit Singh replaced by Atif Aslam in A Flying Jatt

Lightning, they say, never strikes the same place again. But Arijit Singh's career has been struck by lightning twice, originating from the same place.


While his song 'Jag Ghoomiya' in Sultan was re-rendered by Ustad Rahat Ali Khan, his new track for the film A Flying Jatt has now been dubbed in the voice of Atif Aslam.

While the people close to the development including composers Sachin-Jigar maintain the news is a hoax, sources close to Arijit Singh reveal that Bollywood's finest singer today has indeed been dubbed and snubbed again.

A very talented filmmaker-musician wonders what was the need to replace Arijit. "He has such an amazing voice! And he exercises such great control over the seven musical notes. Unusual for today's singer to be so deeply trained in Hindustani classical music. I can understand a singer as great as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan being brought in place of Arijit. But Atif Aslam can't hold one note in place. He sings off-key and his diction is faulty. Why are we importing bad talent to replace good indigenous talent?"

Arijit Singh himself remains noncommittal about the snub. "No one is irreplaceable, in any walk of life. Whether you are a singer or a doctor, there will always be others to take over your place."

Did the two singers from across the border speak to Arijit Singh before stepping in?

"No, that protocol is not followed by any singer today. If I replaced a singer, I wouldn't be expected to consult whichever singer I was replacing," says Arijit Singh.

Shyam Benegals committee recommends suggestions for anti-smoking clause to CBFC

Couple of years ago, Anurag Kashyap started a fight against the constant smoking warnings that are issued in almost every scene which depicts smoking in a film besides the other short film that plays at the beginning of every film. And now the new committee headed by Shyam Benegal has a few changes to be recommended when it comes to anti-smoking warnings in films.

Central Board of Film Certification has constantly maintained that the audio visual and the continuous warnings are extremely important when it comes to films depicting smoking as according to them they have a bad effect on the society. Taking into consideration the constant appearance of smoking disclaimers that pop up when every character lights a cigarette in the film and the fact that such pop-ups disturb the smooth flow of the film, now the Benegal Committee has suggested changes like a static disclaimer with a standard visual background along with an audio that will be played only for a minimum period. They have also further recommended that it should be applicable for all Indian language films. However, along with them, the committee has mentioned that the frequency of smoking scenes should be reduced. It has been suggested that the presence of high profile actors and superstars may give a boost to the campaign.

Besides smoking, the committee also tackled the problem of the delay in issuing use of animals certificate which takes a long time to get cleared. They have various recommendations on the issue including the concept of licensed supplier of performing animals who will train and protect them as per law for films and other forms of entertainment.

Rajiv Rai and Sonam get divorced

Filmmaker Rajiv Rai, son of the famous producer Gulshan Rai, is well known for his films like Mohra, Gupt and Tridev. The latest update on him is that, he is now officially divorced from his wife, yesteryear actress Sonam, after 25 years of their marriage. The official divorce of Rajiv Rai and Sonam came through on July 25 this year.

Speaking about the divorce, Rajiv Rai said that they had decided to go in for a legal separation in June last year and that the petition for divorce by mutual consent was filed on January 21 this year. He added that, they (Sonam and him) neither had a showdown or argument anytime nor any verbal disagreements over the decision. He also added that, while there was no specific reason why things didn't work out for them, they were trying hard to make their marriage work, but somewhere along the way it fell apart.

Elaborating on his life before the official divorce came through; Rajiv Rai said that, they (Sonam and him) had been living separately since 2001. He added that Sonam and he had been holding on to their marriage for a long time and that they were waiting for their son to turn 18 years of age. Their son, who is 23 (and is working in a production house), has accepted their divorce with a lot of maturity. Rajiv Rai also added that it was totally upto their son to choose whoever he wanted to live with.

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SC rejects Rajpal Yadavs plea tells him to surrender

Readers may recall that we had reported about the funny man Rajpal Yadav being embroiled in a legal tangle with a Delhi-based businessman M.G. Agarwal. The latest update on the same is that the Supreme Court has now ordered Rajpal Yadav to surrender before the Tihar Jail and serve 10 days of imprisonment. Rajpal Yadav, who was found guilty of producing a false affidavit, has already served four days in jail of the stipulated ten days.

For the uninitiated, Rajpal Yadav had taken money in 2010 from M.G. Agarwal in order to make his directorial debut film Ata Pata Laapata. Rajpal Yadav, besides failing to repay the borrowed amount (despite court's repeated undertakings), had produced false affidavit in his defense.

In a hearing that took place four days ago, Rajpal Yadav pleaded to grant him time to repay the amount, which the Supreme Court rejected.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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