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Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi in Farhan Akhtar’s web series Mirzapur

Ali Fazal and Shweta Tripathi in Farhan Akhtar’s web series Mirzapur

Over the year actor Ali Fazal has been playing the sweet chocolate boy characters but Ali is all set to break his stereotype image and will be seen in an avatar he never tried it before, he will be soon debut portraying a character of a gangster in Karan Anshuman’s crime drama Mirzapur. It’s an Amazon Prime Show produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under Excel banner. The film has a rural setting from north of India as its background and Ali Fazal will be seen playing the role of a gangster adapting local language and accent with a typical look of north Indian gangster. Recently actor Shweta Tripathi also joined the list of actors to be a part of Mirzapur. This would be the first time where Shweta will be seen playing a character which she never tried it before. The series will go on floor by the end of this year. When asked Shweta about her role, she said, “In Mirzapur, I play the character Golu Gupta, the younger sister whose world lies in books. She’s a confident girl from Mirzapur who believes in living and doing things her way. Straight forward and honest, she doesn’t mice her words while talking.”

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Ayushmann Khurrana opens up about his character in ‘Dream girl’ says, “I have the confidence to be brave with my choices”

National Award winner actor Ayushmann Khurrana with his upcoming next, ‘Dream Girl’ has piqued the interests of the audience with a yet again new quirky content and a tricky subject movie where the actor is once again all set to win hearts of the audience with his complete transformation in a new look of a woman dressed in a saree. The actor known for his brave choice of films right from Vicky Donor opens to his journey to ‘Dream Girl’ talks about his character in ‘Dream Girl’.

Ayushmann Khurrana who always comes up with versatile content in every film he does, talking about his role in ‘Dream girl’ and his choice of unique films Ayushmann Khurrana shares, “More than pressure, now, I have the confidence to be brave with my choices, as my sensibility has worked with the audience. I don’t want to put any additional pressure on myself. Many subjects are taboo in India, as an artiste I get the opportunity to explore them and my discomfort in the films evoke laughter”. 

Ayushmann Khuranna has had six back to back hits and the actor who does not always look for box -office numbers, looks for content rich stories which attempts to bring change in the society. His bravest choice of films has led the actor come a long way and ‘Dream Girl’ is a witness that Ayushmann can ace any role and impress the critics and the audience. The actor will also be seen in the Shubh Mangal Saavdhan sequel essaying a gay lover and in Bala, a smalltown guy who is struggling with premature balding.  

Boasting of a crackling ensemble cast of Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Abhishek Banerjee and Raj Bhansali, Dream Girl is directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, and is produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms. Dream Girl is all set to release on 13th September 2019.

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Fans trend #HBDRitesh as Ritesh Sidhwani celebrates his birthday!

Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-founder of Excel Entertainment alongside Farhan Akhtar is the name behind a brigade of successful films. An entrepreneur, a producer and a powerhouse of talent, Ritesh Sidhwani is one of the most powerful names in the Indian Film Industry. As the producer celebrates his birthday, his fans take to the social media to wish their favourite creative icon and trend “#HBDRitesh”.

Wishes poured in from all quarters for Ritesh and saw a strong trend on twitter that the  #HBDRitesh started trending. Here are the wises from the fans.

Ritesh Sidhwani is also the creative force behind films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Rock On, Dil Chahta Hai, for which he has won IIFA, Filmfare and Silver Lotus Awards, respectively. Joining the list of superhits that he has produced, are also Gully Boy which rose to critical acclaim globally, Don 2, KGF and also a number of web series namely Mirzapur, Made In Heaven and Inside Edge, which have done extremely well on a leading OTT platform. 

His upcoming productions are KGF 2 and Syera Narsimha Reddy, both southern ventures, which are already generating national headlines owing to its strong storyline, powerful star cast and larger than life execution. 

After the huge success of Gully Boy on the work front, the producer’s next will be the second seasons of the popular series Mirzapur, Made In Heaven, and Inside Edge along with the movie, Toofan. Ever since the drop of sneak peeks, the audience is already excited for the second season of above-mentioned stories and looking at the overwhelming response, Ritesh does not fail to time and again share the glimpses for the audience.

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Waheeda Rehman returns to Udaipur after 54 years for Desert Dolphin

After a long break, legendary actress Waheeda Rehman will be seen in Manjari Makijany’s international skateboarding feature film, Desert Dolphin. Manjari is Mac Mohan’s daughter and this will mark the L.A based director’s directorial debut.

The film is set in the rustic village of Khempur near Udaipur, Rajasthan, where the filmmakers have built one of India’s largest skateparks. Interestingly, Waheeda Rehman hadn’t returned to Udaipur since she shot Guide.

She was nostalgic about shooting in Udaipur again and said, “I’ve come to Udaipur after a very long time. I was last here when we were shooting for the movie, Guide and we had stayed at the Lake Palace Hotel. I was pleasantly surprised when the filmmakers organized a memorable trip to the Palace where I could relive those memories.”

When asked how she got on board this independent project, Waheeda ji said, “I never think of project as big or small. From the very beginning, I wanted to and have been experimenting. But in my 60 years of career, I have never said yes to a project so quickly. Before this, I hadn’t heard much about skateboarding or seen a skatepark in India. But, when I heard the story of the film and its unique concept, I felt so inspired that I immediately agreed to do the film.”

“To my knowledge, this is also the first time in my career that I have worked with a female director,” adds Waheeda Rehman.

The L.A based Executive Producer, Michael P., said it was an honor to have her on board, “She’s immensely talented and a true champion of women equality both on-screen off-screen. She’s brought something special to this film.” 

Producer, Emmanuel P. of Skatepark Films told us Waheeda ji believed in the deeper intention of the story. He adds, “It was such a relief when she said yes because we were trying to connect with her for a while and knew going in that she usually doesn’t say yes to projects easily.” 

Vinati, the co-writer and Producer, Mac Productions (named after their father Mac Mohan) says, “Putting this film together has been a challenging, transformative and inspiring process for me. Just by observing Wajeeda ji at work was like attending a mini film school. She strikes the perfect work life balance.”

The Makijany sisters extensively researched the growing skate culture in India and co-wrote the screenplay. They hope to inspire the youth with this coming-of-age story where Prerna, a teenage girl finds freedom on the skateboard while Jessica an NRI, played by Amrit Maghera, finds purpose when she builds Rajasthan’s first skatepark for the local community. The film is set to release in 2020.

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