Ajay Devgn, Neeraj Pandey and Ayushmann Khurrana
It has been four years since Ajay Devgn and Neeraj Pandey*s historical venture, *Chanakya* was announced. While the period drama hasn*t gone on floors yet, news is that the actor and the filmmaker are teaming up for an edge-of-the-seat thriller now. It is also being said that Ajay*s and Neeraj*s production houses could jointly produce the yet-untitled film. Interestingly, it is a two-hero subject and the director is reportedly in talks with Ayushmann Khurrana for the parallel lead. The actor is believed to have given his nod for the project, even though he hasn*t inked the deal yet. Sources claim that pre-production for the movie is underway and Neeraj is looking to begin filming in another couple of months, with the first major schedule in Bhopal. Additionally, Anupam Kher, who has worked with the director a number of times since Special 26 (2013), has also been brought on board for a pivotal role.
Having earned laurels for *Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui* (2021), Abhishek Kapoor has begun working on his next directorial venture. Instead of casting known names, he is looking to launch new actors. Not surprising as Gattu has previously launched new faces like Sushant Singh Rajput in *Kai Po Che* (2013) and Sara Ali Khan in *Kedarnath* (2018). Moreover, he directed Farhan Akhtar*s acting debut *Rock On* (2008), and gave Rajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh their first commercial success in Kai Po Che.
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Not only Arjun Rampal, but also his son Arik is bonding big time with Vidyut Jammwal. Sharing a video of his son playing with his co-star and producer, Arjun wrote, "My son has a new friend, who he is mesmerised by. Ab toh zaroor action hero banega. Thank you Vidyut Jammwal for making him have such a blast."
Satish Kaushik is the newest cast member of Kangana Ranaut*s next directorial venture, Emergency. Sharing his look from the period drama on social media, she wrote, "Last but not the leastâ¦ Presenting the powerhouse of talent Satish Kaushik ji as Jagjivan Ram in Emergency. Popularly known as Babuji, he was one of the most revered politicians in the Indian political history." Calling the former defence minister one of the most popular and revered leaders of his time, Kangana reportedly said, "When Mrs Indira Gandhi refused his request of relaxing the Emergency, he quit the Congress and there were some grave consequences for her. For this role, I wanted someone who has strength, wit and sarcasm, and Satish ji was the obvious choice."
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Ranbir Kapoor turned a year older yesterday. He brought in his 40th birthday at his Pali Hill home on Tuesday night, in the company of family and close friends. Apart from mom Neetu Kapoor and actor-wife Alia Bhatt, RK was joined by Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji, Aditya Roy Kapur, Shaheen Bhatt, Akash Ambani and wife Shloka for the celebrations. However, cousins Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan were conspicuous by their absence. Wonder why, since Ranbir and Alia had attended Bebo*s 42nd birthday celebrations at her home only a week ago. And more so, since she was very much in town and spotted posing for pictures with actor-hubby Saif Ali Khan. Never mind if she wished Ranbir in a social media post.
It appears that Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone might team up for a movie again. At the FICCI Frames Fast Track recently, the Gully Boy actor was asked if he was collaborating with his actor-wife again. Referring to their last outing together, he said, "We*re glad that the audience loved whatever little scenes we had together in 83 . So yes, you will see me and Deepika together again very soon. There is a surprise in store." The two actors started dating when they collaborated on their first film together, Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela (2013). The only time they shared screen space after their marriage is 83, but they had limited scenes together in the sports drama. Ranveer added, "I also want to work with her again to see how the dynamics are [post marriage]. Besides, she is a fantastic actor to work with." The duo have worked together in four films so far, including Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018).
Wednesday was a day of immense sadness for the Ghattamaneni family. Mahesh Babu*s mother and veteran Telugu actor Krishna*s wife, Indira Devi passed away after a prolonged illness. Aged 70, she was recently hospitalised in Hyderabad. Venkatesh, Rana Daggubati, Vijay Deverakonda, Adivi Sesh, Trivikram, Sukumar, Allu Aravind and S Thaman from Tollywood visited Padmalaya to pay their last respects to Indira Devi. Mahesh, known to be deeply attached to his mother, was heartbroken by her demise. As a tribute to Indira Devi, Jr NTR wrote on social media, "Deeply saddened by the passing away of Indira Devi Garu. Deepest condolences to Krishna garu, Mahesh anna and family in this time of grief."
Yesterday, Ram Charan completed 15 years in the entertainment industry, since the release of his debut film, Chirutha (2007). To mark the special occasion, his actor-father Chiranjeevi took to social media to wish the RRR actor. The megastar wrote, "On reaching the 15 years milestone, fondly reflecting on Ram Charan*s journey in films. It is heartening how he has evolved as an actor from Chirutha to Magadheera, from Rangasthalam to RRR... and now to RC15 with director Shankar. Supremely pleased at his passion, body of work, dedication and his innate urge to excel at what he does. Proud of you my boy! Here*s to greater heights and greater glories that await you. Go for it. May the force be with you."