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Alia Bhatt wraps up Gangubai Kathiawadi, calls it a life-changing experience

Gangubai Kathiawadi has been wrapped up. Alia Bhatt shared photos from the last day on the sets with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and other crew members.

Alia Bhatt today (June 27) announced the shoot wrap of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi. The actress shared three photos from the sets and penned a long note. Two of the photos shared by Alia feature herself with the director and the last picture is with the crew. Alia called shooting the film a life-changing experience as it took two years to complete it with two lockdowns and two cyclones amid a pandemic.

Alia Bhatt shared three photos to announce the shoot wrap of Gangubai Kathiawadi, which is releasing on July 30. In the pictures, the actress is seen with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the last photo feature the film crew. She wrote, “We started shooting Gangubai on the 8th of December 2019 .. and we wrapped the film now 2 years later! This film and set has been through two lockdowns.. two cyclones.. director and actor getting covid during the making!!! the troubles the set has faced is another film all together! (sic).”

She added, “But through all that and more.. what I take away is the gigantic life changing experience! Being directed by sir has been a dream all my life, but I don’t think anything would have prepared me for the journey I was on for these two years.. I walk out of this set a diff person today! I love you sir! Thank you for being you .. there is truly NO ONE like you (sic).

When a film ends a part of you ends with it! Today I’ve lost a part of me.. Gangu I love you! You will be missed. P.S – special mention to my crew – my family and friends for these two years! without you nothing would have been possible! Love you guys!!! (sic),” she concluded her note.


As the lockdown was lifted by the Maharashtra government after the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi was the first film to resume shooting. The team got back to the sets on June 15 to shoot a special song featuring the actress. With new SOPs and massive vaccination drives for all members of the film fraternity, shoots in Mumbai resumed on June 7 at Film City, Goregaon.


The film is based on Gangubai Kathiawadi, who is said to be a woman who came to Mumbai from Gujarat with her partner. But was betrayed and sold off and pushed into prostitution. Gangubai, in the middle of the last century, built ties with many underworld criminals and got a hold over certain portions of South Mumbai. She became the owner of a brothel and is said to have worked for the uplifting of women and orphans in the red light area of Mumbai, Kamathipura.

Srijit Mukherji Replaces Rahul Dholakia as Director of Taapsee Pannu’s Film Shabaash Mithu

Rahul Dholakia moved on from the director’s role of Shabaash Mithu after the film’s shoot had to be rescheduled due to lockdown.

Taapsee Pannu starrer sports drama Shabaash Mithu will now be directed by Srijit Mukherji. The film is based on the life of the captain of the Indian Women’s ODI cricket team, Mithali Raj. Rahul Dholakia moved on from the project after shoot was rescheduled due to the lockdown.

Srijit Mukherji is known for directing cinematic masterpieces such as Jaatishwar, Chotushkone, Ek Je Chhilo Raja, Gumnami as well as Forget Me Not and Bahrupiya in the upcoming anthology series Ray. “Being a cricket buff and researcher, Mithali’s tale has always been an inspiration to me. I was excited since I had first heard of this film being made and now that I am a part of it I look forward to kickstart the journey to bring this exhilarating story to the silver screen soon,” he said.

Speaking about the change of guard, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios said, “Covid disruptions have required rescheduling of shoot and as a result Rahul is moving on from Shabaash Mithu. It’s unfortunate that after sharing and nurturing this dream for a long time Rahul has to part ways. His contribution will remain, I thank him for that and wish him the very best. Srijit Mukherji will now take over the director’s mantle. Srijit has worked with us closely on Ray and our plans of making a cricket film together will now come to fruition. I am sure he will bring all his passion and craft to this dream film.

Even though Dholakia couldn’t continue with the project owing to change in schedules amidst the pandemic, he still remains very fond of the script and the team. He said, “There are some films which you know you have to do. Shabaash Mithu was that film. Covid messed up everyone’s schedules, mine was no different. Unfortunately, I won’t be directing the fabulous script written by Priya Aven and conceived by Ajit Andhare on the life of the legendary cricketer Mithali Raj. The passion of a studio head like Ajit Andhare who sat with us on all discussions- in covid, in lockdowns; at all times, the passion of a writer like Priya who worked very hard to strike the balance between emotion and cricket is commendable. Taapsee’s passion to immerse herself in the character made it a delight to work with her. Ajit has a vision and a plan for the film and the way to release it. I wish him and the team the very best for it.”

Shabaash Mithu is the tale of one of the world’s greatest woman cricketer, Mithali Raj and chronicles the highs and lows, setbacks and moments of euphoria of Mithali’s life with Taapsee Pannu essaying the titular role.

Vijay’s 65th Film Titled Beast, Poster Released on Birthday Eve

Tamil superstar Vijay’s 65th film has been titled Beast and the poster has been released on the eve of his birthday on June 22.

South superstar Vijay will be next seen in the Tamil film titled Beast. The actor will be collaborating with director Nelson Dilipkumar for the first time on the project.

The poster and the title of the film have been unveiled on Vijay’s birthday eve. He will be turning 47 on June 22. The official Twitter account of Sun Pictures shared the poster, tweeting,

According to reports, Pooja Hegde will star opposite Vijay as the leading lady. The film went on floors earlier this year and the first schedule was filmed in Georgia. Anirudh Ravichander has been roped in to compose the music of the action-thriller.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Vijay will be playing a a special agent in the movie. The makers are planning to release the film during Pongal next year.

Nelson Dilipkumar rose to fame with the film Kolamavu Kokila starring Nayanthara. The film is getting a Hindi remake titled Good Luck Jerry starring Janhvi Kapoor. Good Luck Jerry is being directed by Sidharth Sengupta and produced by Aanand L Rai.

On the work front, Vijay’s last release was Master, which co-starred Vijay Sethupathi and Malavika Mohanan. Vijay collaborated with director Lokesh Kanagaraj for the first time on the film. It is available for streaming on Zee5 and Amazon Prime Video.

Vijay Deverakonda, Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – 5 Telugu stars who need to rediscover their mojo at the box office

Vijay Deverakonda, Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – here is a look at five Telugu actors who desperately need a hit in the coming months at the box office


The pandemic has meant that we have had very few releases at the cinema halls. This has presented a very unusual situation for everyone. Actors who are going through a lean run need not worry too much about box office numbers, but then you cannot gauge exactly how well your film has done. There are a few top stars from the Telugu film industry who need a hit at the box-office to reinstate their stamp of being bankable. Here are the top five names…. Also Read – Chiranjeevi – Ram Charan, Nagarjuna – Naga Chaitanya and other famous father-son duos who are ruling the South Film industry – view pics

Vijay Deverakonda
Well, the Arjun Reddy has not had a clean hit since Taxiwaala in 2018. This was after the success of Geetha Govindam. After that, his films have fared badly at the box-office. NOTA, Dear Comrade and World Famous Lover failed to please the critics. They were no great shakes at the box office either. He has a biggie, Liger lined up but it is crucial that it does well at the ticket windows. Vijay Deverakonda has the fan following and acting chops, he just needs that right script now to bounce back. Also Read – Nagarjuna’s Wild Dog receives a THUNDEROUS response upon its OTT release on Netflix

Ram Charan
The actor delivered a blockbuster with Rangasthalam. The film made by Sukumar was a critical and commercial hit. He gave his best-ever performance as Chitty Babu. But it was followed by a complete disaster in Vinaya Vidheya Rama. The film tanked at the box office. Also Read – Vishnu Vishal, Pawan Kalyan, Dileep, Kamal Haasan: 7 South stars who took a second chance at marriage — view pics

Ravi Teja
Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja had a string of flops before he bounced back with Krack. The film also had Shruti Haasan with him. Krack made more than Rs 50 crore at the box office and kind of redeemed his status. However, he needs to follow it up with more successes.

Nandamuri Balakrishna
The veteran actor also needs a hit. His last few films, Ruler and the NTR biopic made by Krish tanked at the box office. He has a film, #NBK106 and his latest was announced on the occasion of his birthday.

Nagarjuna’s last film Manmadhudu 2 tanked at the box office. It did not even recover even 50 per cent of the costs of production. His latest was Wild Dog that came on an OTT platform. It was a decent success. But he does need a hit at the cinema halls.

Sidharth Shukla REACTS to reports of him playing Meghnad, son of Ravana, in Prabhas-Saif Ali Khan starrer Adipurush

Reports have been doing the rounds that Bigg Boss 13 winner Sidharth Shukla would be seen essaying the role of Meghnad, son of Ravana, in Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan starrer Adipurush. His new look where he was seen sporting a moustache had also sparked rumours of him being cast in the film. Putting all rumours to rest, Sidharth has finally responded to the speculations that has left his fans wondering. Also Read – From Shah Rukh Khan to Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn – here’s the LATEST UPDATES on the projects of these 10 Bollywood stars

When Sidharth was asked about being approached by the makers of Adipurush for the role of Meghnad in the film, he told Filmfare, “Honestly, it hasn’t come to me yet. So, I really don’t know if there is any truth to it or not. For me, I really don’t know because nothing has come to me.” Also Read – South News Weekly Rewind: Jr NTR dominates headlines; interesting updates about Prabhas, Kamal Haasan, Allu Arjun’s films grab attention

So far, it has been reported that Om Raut’s directorial will see Prabhas as Ram, Saif Ali Khan as Ravana, Sunny Singh as Laxman and Kriti Sanon as Sita. The film is an adaptation of Ramayan. will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. Also Read – Tuesday Trivia: Did you know Prabhas didn’t want to be an actor but had THIS profession in mind?

Meanwhile, Sidharth is currently gearing up for his upcoming web series Broken But Beautiful 3 which is a complicated man stuck between love and everything that comes with it. He plays the character of Agastya is the third season in the popular franchise produced by Ekta Kapoor. The show will stream on May 29.

Sidharth recently said that he related to Agastya’s character on a personal level. “As an actor, there are some who look towards method acting. For me, I could relate to Agastya and I feel life is all about experiences. It’s those experiences that make you. I have had many similar experiences and hence I reflected to mine and I performed,” he said.

Sidharth is known for his roles in fiction soaps such as Balika Vadhu and Dil Se Dil Tak, and reality shows such as Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and Bigg Boss 13.

Trending South News: Chiranjeevi demands Bharat Ratna for late NTR, Fans trend Thalapathy Vijay, Pre-look of Nikhil’s 18 pages and more

It was a mega celebration down in the South as people reminisced about late NTR’s films and the legend on his birth anniversary. There were also a lot of announcements, launch of pre-look or first look on social media.

Hola, it’s the end of the day, well, almost. This means it is time to get a news wrap on the latest entertainment news. Today, happened to be late superstar NTR aka Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao’s birth anniversary. It was a mega celebration down in the South as people reminisced his films and the legend. There were also a lot of announcements, launch of pre-look or first look on social media. So, without further ado, let’s have a dekko at the South Entertainment Newsmakers of the day here:
Chiranjeevi demands Bharat Ratna for late NTR

Megastar Chiranjeevi took to his Twitter handle and urged the government to confer the legendary South superstar with a Bharat Ratna. In his tweet, the Acharya actor wrote, “Legendary singer and musician Bhupen Hazarika was awarded Bharata Ratna posthumously. Similarly, Bharata Ratna should be announced for NTR posthumously and it will be a proud moment for the entire Telugu community. We are going to celebrate NTR’s 100th birth anniversary soon and on this occasion, the government should announce Bharata Ratna to the legendary actor.

Kartik Aaryan Quit Shah Rukh Khan’s Production for This Reason?

After Karan Johar’s Dostana, it seems Kartik Aaryan has lost out on another project.

After Dostana, Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan has reportedly opted out of a Shah Rukh Khan backed-film that is being bankrolled by SRK’s production house Red Chillies. Neither Kartik nor Red Chillies has issued an official statement regarding the exit though. The film was apparently scheduled to go on floors in a few months. According to a report in Times of India, Kartik had creative issues with the film’s director Ajay Bahl and was not pleased with the script. The report suggests that creative difference cropped up in the last 15 days where Kartik expressed his unhappiness over the film’s script to Bahl. Kartik Aaryan apparently had concerns about the casting of the film, too. The film was reportedly a love story.

This comes after Kartik found himself in the middle of a controversy when a few weeks ago, it was reported that he’s exited Dostana 2 due to “creative differences”, after shooting for almost 14 days. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions announced that they’d be recasting “Dostana 2″ due to “professional circumstances”. Without taking any names, the production house issued a statement about replacement in the film.

Kartik and Janhvi Kapoor had started shooting for the film in Amritsar in November 2019. The shoot was halted in March 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

KGF 2 star Yash to collaborate with Liger director Puri Jagannadh for his next?

Yash will be next seen in KGF 2, which is directed by Prashanth Neel and also features Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anant Nag and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles.

Post the monstrous success of KGF, Yash attended pan-India popularity among the fans. While audience are waiting for the second installment of this period action-thriller, the latest report suggests that the handsome hunk will collaborate ace director Puri Jagannadh for his next. Touted to be a political thriller, the film will be shot in multiple languages. Apparently, the film will be go on floors once the director wraps the shooting of Puri Jagannadh. While the official update on this is still, we hope this news turns out to be true. Also Read – Happy Birthday, Suhana Khan: THESE pics of the star kid with BFFs Shanaya Kapoor and Ananya Panday give major friendship goals.

Talking about KGF 2, it is directed by Prashanth Neel and also features Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Anant Nag and Prakash Raj in pivotal roles. It is produced by Vijay Kiragandur and Karthik Gowda under the banner of Hombale Films. The film is slated to hit the screens on July 16 at the box office. The action-thriller is the most expensive Kannada film with the budget of Rs 100 crore. Actress Raveena Tandon, who plays the character of a politician in the film, recently revealed details about her character and said, “I am playing a politician, a strong character. She is the hero as well as the villain of the film, with a very interesting story arc.” The Hindi version of the film is presented by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production banner Excel Entertainment. In a recent statement, Rocky Bhai aka Yash said, “KGF 2 is going to be massive. If you’ve seen KGF 1, you’ll have an idea of what kind of movie it is—KGF 2 will be five-folds of KGF 1!” Also Read – THESE sunkissed pictures of Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and other Bollywood actresses will make your heart beat faster

On the other hand, Puri Jagannadh is currently with Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday’s pan-India film, Liger. The film marks the first collaboration between the actor and director. Talking about the filmmaker, the Dwarka actor earlier said, “I am a fan-boy of Puri ever since I watched Pokiri. But Fighter remains the one film he has never attempted so far. Though it will still have his trademark touch, it is an out-of-the-box movie for him too.” Liger also features Ronit Roy, Ananya Panday and Ramya Krishnan in key roles. Also Read – South News Weekly Rewind: Jr NTR to collaborate with KGF 2 director Prashanth Neel; Allu Arjun tests negative for COVID-19

Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon Get Nostalgic As Debut Film ‘Heropanti’ Completes 7 Years

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon’s debut film Heropanti recently completed 7 years, and the actors took to social media to express gratitude to their fans.

Tiger Shroff who has kept the audience enthralled with his high octane action stints and swift dance moves since his debut in Bollywood reminisced about his journey in the industry so far as his debut film completed seven years. Sabbir Khan directorial Heropanti, which had marked the entry of Shroff in the film industry completed seven years and the actor shared a note of gratitude for his fans on the special occasion.

He said, “Looking back in time, I feel nothing but only and only gratitude, for all the crazy experiences and the love audiences have showered on me. Heropanti will always be a really special film to me, and I just want to thank Sajid sir, Sabbir sir who believed in me and also Kriti for being one of the best co-stars ever to debut with.”

Expressing gratitude to his fans, Tiger says, “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is all because of the Tigerian army. Here’s a big shoutout and big virtual hug to all of them, without you guys I’m nothing!

Taking to Instagram, he also shared a video montage of his favourite action scenes from all the movies he has done, and wrote, “Eternally grateful for all your love support and acceptance just wanted to put together and share some of my fav action clips through my journey as an action hero. Special thanks to my #tigerian army, as long as my legs don’t give out on me hope i can continue to entertain you lots of love always.”

However, Tiger Shroff is not the only actor who debuted in Bollywood with Heropanti; it was Kriti Sanon’s debut film as well, and the actress, too expressed her excitement about completing seven years in the industry. She also has a lineup of seven big-budget films to her name.

Expressing excitement about her upcoming films, she shared, “As an actor, I crave to get diverse roles to be able to explore sides and worlds that I haven’t done before. I’m fortunate to have gotten opportunities in such different genres.”

She added, “It’s challenging but very satisfying and I hope I’m able to do justice to all. I am probably in the most exciting phase of my career so far.”

She also shared a video montage on her Instagram handle and wrote, “7 Years of Heropanti, 7 Years in the industry, 7 years of Loving what i do.. Its been a beautiful journey so far, the best phase of my life..These pictures bring back so many memories.. Missing you guys more today”.

Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan Release Pushed, Harshvardhan Rane Exchanges His Motorbike for Oxygen Cylinders

Harshvardhan Rane set an example by deciding to sell his bike in exchange for oxygen cylinders. On the other hand, Toofaan which is to be premiered on Amazon Prime Video has now been pushed keeping the current scenario of pandemic in view.

Randeep Hooda, who will be seen playing the bad guy in Prabhu Deva’s Radhe, recently revealed that a fight scene with Salman Khan in the movie wasn’t scripted. The scene that takes place inside a washroom was imagined by Prabhu and Korean action director Myeong Haeng Heo on the spot.

During the ongoing crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, people all over the country, celebrities and commoners alike, are joining hand to help the ones in need. Recently, actor Harshvardhan Rane set an example by deciding to sell his bike in exchange for oxygen cylinders, as the country is facing an acute shortage of the same.

Tollywood superstar Allu Arjun, who tested positive for Covid-19, is currently in isolation at his home. The actor has almost recovered from the virus. He had very mild symptoms of COVID-19 when he had tested and didn’t develop any complications further. The actor is expected to come out of isolation shortly and resume the shoot for his film Pushpa.

Bigg Boss 13 contestant Shefali Jariwala, who is currently married to actor Parag Tyagi, recently opened up about her previous marriage and the abuse she faced in it. Talking to a leading daily, Shefali spoke about the abuse she faced during her first marriage with Harmeet Singh of Meet Brothers fame, which lead to their ugly divorce.

The release of ‘Toofaan’, the inspirational sports drama produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Farhan Akhtar which is to be premiered on Amazon Prime Video has now been pushed keeping the current scenario of pandemic in view and ensuring the safety of all, until normalcy is restored.