Initially slated to arrive last June, Maidaan's release was rescheduled several times over, and was to hit the marquee on May 12. Now, it has been deferred again to June 23. While the film’s date with cinemas was previously altered due to technical reasons, this time around, it is for want of a clear window
After the mammoth success of Drishyam 2, the trade circuit is eagerly waiting for Ajay Devgn’s next, Bholaa. However, one film that went on floors much earlier is Maidaan. Amit R Sharma’s directorial venture stars Ajay as iconic Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who led the national team during its golden run from 1950 to 1962. Initially slated to arrive last June, the sports drama’s release was rescheduled several times over, and was to hit the marquee on May 12. Now, it has been deferred again to June 23. While the film’s date with cinemas was previously altered due to technical reasons, this time around, it is for want of a clear window. An industry source says that the change of date won’t hamper the film’s prospects. “Maidaan is the kind of film that will depend on reviews and audience’s positive word-of-mouth,” says the source.
Flying with Anil Kapoor
Something tells us every anxious flier would love to be seated next to Anil Kapoor. A young entrepreneur recently shared her pleasant experience with the actor, on social media. Apparently, she turned anxious when her Delhi-bound flight experienced mid-air turbulence. Anil, who was her co-passenger, noticed her unease and calmed her nerves by chatting with her. In a lengthy post, she revealed how the actor was a true gentleman, and kept her mind off the turbulence by talking to her. Along with a picture with the Thar actor, she wrote, “When [the plane] landed, Anil ji said, ‘A lot of people will tell you anxiety is bad. But today, due to your anxiety, we both got a chance to talk, and laugh’. He was such a genuine co-passenger.”
Valentine’s special re-release
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s evergreen romantic drama, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) has been playing in Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir cinema since its release in October 1995. Yesterday, the film, which marked Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut, was re-released in 37 cities across India as a Valentine’s week offering. Rohan Malhotra, vice-president, distribution, Yash Raj Films, says, “We are constantly requested by the audience and fans for a wider showcasing of DDLJ, so that they can watch the milestone-setting film with their friends and family in theatres. This year, on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, we have fulfilled their wish.” Over the next week, for those seeking a date with Shah Rukh’s Raj and Kajol’s Simran, DDLJ will play in cinemas in Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Gurugram, Chennai, and many other cities.
On Thursday, Drishyam 2 director Abhishek Pathak tied the knot with actor Shivaleeka Oberoi in the presence of their families and close friends in Goa. Sharing some glimpses from their wedding, the couple wrote, “You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a lot to do with destiny, fate, and what’s written in the stars. Surrounded by our loved ones, we got married in a place where our relationship bloomed. This will forever be the most magical moment of our life!” The newly-weds sought their fans’ blessings as they began a new chapter of their life. They added, “With our hearts full of love and so many memories, we can’t wait to build even more special ones, and begin this new journey together.”
Novel design for D-Day
Shraddha Arya, who plays Preeta in the TV show, Kundali Bhagya, wanted to make her on-screen wedding with Arjun — essayed by Shakti Arora — dramatic and special. After a few brainstorming sessions with the show’s designers, she chose an elegant outfit for the scene. The actor says, “We kept the accessories and make-up to the minimum, and let the outfit shine.” Admitting that her character has gotten married many times in the show, Shraddha laughs, “When I walked onto the set, everyone hooted for me, which felt like a mini-achievement.”
Shruti resumes work on Salaar
Having wrapped up her international project, The Eye, Shruti Haasan has resumed work on Salaar. While details about her character Aadya are being kept under wraps, we hear it is integral to the narrative. The actor shared a picture from the set, saying, “It’s a true blessing to make movies with beautiful souls. My two absolute beautiful souls, [director] Prashanth Neel and [DoP] Bhuvan Gowda.”
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Last year, Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra parted ways with the talent management division of Yash Raj Films. Now, we hear that YRF Talent has ended its association with three actors. Reportedly, Manushi Chhillar, Vishal Jethwa and Anya Singh are no longer a part of the YRF fold, and can collaborate with another agency. While the former Miss World made her movie debut opposite Akshay Kumar in Samrat Prithviraj (2022), Vishal forayed into the Hindi film industry as the menacing villain in Rani Mukerji-starrer Mardaani 2 (2019). Anya’s maiden offering was the studio’s 2017 musical drama, Qaidi Band. It is heard that the bosses at YRF Talent are reworking their business strategy, and will sign on newer faces in the year ahead.