My vision for Indian content is to have a cultural impact: Ayushmann Khurrana

Young Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, who is regarded as Mr. Original in the Indian film industry because of his brilliant, envelope pushing film choices, is thrilled that India has three nominations at this year’s Oscars! Two Indian-made documentaries are going to the Oscars - All That Breathes has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film and The Elephant Whisperers for Best Documentary Short. Along with them, RRR has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song for Naatu Naatu which also won the Golden Globe in the same category. Also Read: Exclusive: Here's what we know about Huma Qureshi's next with Shreyas Talpade and Sunny Singh Naatu Naatu will compete against four other nominated songs - Applause from Tell It Like A Woman, Lady Gaga's Hold My Hand from Top Gun: Maverick, Rihanna's Lift Me Up from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and This Is A Life from Everything Everywhere All At Once. Ayushmann, who has been voted by the prestigious TIME Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the World for his talked-about, deliciously original films, says, “I have always firmly believed that India can disrupt the global content landscape with indigenous stories and by staying true to our culture and realities.” He adds, “The fact that we have three nominations at the Oscars this year with All That Breathes, The Elephant Whisperers and S.S. Rajamouli’s Naatu Naatu shows that India can be a dominant player in shaping how the world views content emerging out of India and the impact it can have on the hearts and minds of people worldwide.” About RRR and how it’s having an impact in the hearts and minds of people globally, Ayushmann says, “S.S. Rajamouli sir’s RRR has created a global celebration of India and its culture. Naatu Naatu is representation of all things Indian. I have always been inspired by great storytelling and this year’s Oscar nominations make me proud to be an Indian.“ He adds, “My vision for Indian content is that we are able to have a cultural impact on audiences across the world and tell everyone about the abundance of talent that we boast of. It is truly a renaissance age for India and I’m blessed to be living in it.” On the work front, Ayushmann’s next is the much-awaited Dream Girl 2, sequel to his blockbuster 2019 film, which releases on July 7, 2023.

29 January,2023 09:24 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut on 'Pathaan' success: India has only loved the Khans

'Queen' actress Kangana Ranaut, who is gearing up for her next directorial 'Emergency', feels that the Indian audience have always loved the three Khans of Bollywood and the success of Shah Rukh Khan's recent release 'Pathaan' is a testimony to the same. While taking to Twitter, Kangana, who recently made a come back on the micro-blogging site, tweeted as a response to a producer's tweet which read, "Big Congratulations to @iamsrk & @deepikapadukone for the runaway success of #Pathaan!!! It proves 1) Hindu Muslims love SRK equally 2) Boycotts controversies don't harm but help the film 3) Erotica & Good music works 4) India is super secular". Kangana, quoted the tweet as she wrote, "Very good analysis. This country has only and only loved all Khans and at times only and only Khans. And obsessed over Muslim actresses." Her tweet further mentioned, "So it's very unfair to accuse India of hate and fascism. There is no country like Bharat in the whole world." Also Read: Exclusive video! Anurag Kashyap: The man with the strongest spine Shah Rukh Khan has spoken with 'Pathaan' This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 06:31 PM IST | mumbai | IANS
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Exclusive video! Tina Datta: Shalin Bhanot is better as an actor than a person

Tina Datta the latest contestant to be eliminated from 'Bigg Boss 16' spoke to soon after stepping out of the house. She opened up about her relationship with Shalin Bhanot, spat with Sreejita De, friendship with Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and Archana Gautam, besides other things! Read on to know more. Speaking about her relationship with Shalin that left the audience confused she said, "I got to know him inside the house and it takes time to know a person, it's not easy because everybody puts their best foot forward. When you spend more time with a person, you get to know the person's character, personality and everything. Over a period of time I got to know that he contradicts his own statements, he lies so much. He's an extremely aggressive man, you have seen an instance where he charged at me and was on the verge of hitting me. He would say mean stuff, call me names. He would says he respects women but he didn't spare a single women and spoke filth about them, character assassinated them. Eventually, over a period of time I got to know he is a manipulator and he is  better as an actor than as a person so I had to tell myself this is not the person I want to be friends with." Moving on to her rapport with former friend and co-star Sreejita De, who hurled several allegations on Tina, the actress said, "I knew Sreejita was going in the house and it's not like we had an ugly spat so I wasn't expecting the things that she said, they are not true. Even if you know something about someone as a woman you should not put that person down." Also Read: It's mandali vs Priyanka Chahar Choudhary on Colors' ‘Bigg Boss 16’ tonight

29 January,2023 06:21 PM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza

Pathaan Box Office: Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer collects 51.50 cr

After sweeping off the box office with it's opening numbers Shah Rukh Khan's latest release, 'Pathaan' has collected 51.50 crore on day 4. Besides Shah Rukh Khan in the titular role, 'Pathaan' also stars Deepika Padukone, John Abraham and Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles. The movie which stars SRK as a RAW agent has significantly broken the weekend marks previously held by superstar Yash's 'KGF 2' and SS Rajamouli's 'Baahubali 2' with a three-day total of almost Rs.160 cr nett (Rs. 140 cr nett). Also Read: Exclusive video! Anurag Kashyap: The man with the strongest spine Shah Rukh Khan has spoken with 'Pathaan' On day 2, Pathaan collected 68 crore nett in Hindi format, while dubbed formats earned Rs. 2.5 crore nett. The total India collection on Day 2 was Rs. 70.50 crore nett (82.94 crore gross). It thus became the first Hindi film to breach the Rs. 70 crore nett collection on a single day. Meanwhile, the overseas collection was also incredible as it collected 30.70 crore. On Day 3, the film collected 38 crore.  Speaking about the success of the film director Siddharth Anand had recently said, "I'm hungrier than before to create more spectacles and immersive experiences like Pathaan." He believes the credit for the success of the film should be shared equally with the cast and crew, whose sole intention was to offer a grand theatrical experience to people. "For me, yes numbers do matter. It is a validation of all the hard work but filmmaking is also a team game. So, I share this incredible moment with the entire cast and crew of 'Pathaan'. Each one of us believed in a vision to create a never seen before theatrical experience that cuts across the length and breadth of the country and I'm glad we delivered on this promise," he added. 'Pathaan', is part of filmmaker Aditya Chopra's ambitious spy universe.

29 January,2023 05:26 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Anurag Kashyap and Amit Trivedi/Raj M Patil

Exclusive! Anurag Kashyap: Shah Rukh Khan is the man with the strongest spine

Anurag Kashyap's 'Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat' starring Alaya F and Karan Mehta who marks his debut is slated to release in theatres on 3rd February 2023. Anurag along with music director Amit Trivedi recently caught up for a conversation with and expressed joy over the audience returning to cinemas with Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham starrer 'Pathaan.' Anurag said, "People are coming back and they are dancing, they are euphoric about the movie. This euphoria is beautiful, it was missing and it's a socio-political statement. The man with the strongest spine, the most resilience and integrity who has kept quiet through everything, he has spoken. He has spoken onscreen with his work and it is beautiful. I understand what he teaches, speak with your work, don't talk unnecessarily." Also Read: Exclusive: Here's what we know about Huma Qureshi's next with Shreyas Talpade and Sunny Singh Speaking about why he chose a theatrical release over OTT, Anurag added, "Once you work with people there's always an easy way out. If I sell my film for profit I can easily give it to OTT. There are people involved who have given years of their life. Two actors, one who is a newcomer and one who has two films released. They have given five years to me and stuck with the film despite all it's difficulties. I cannot for personal profit, give it to an OTT which is what studios don't understand. For me it is important it goes out on screen, yes I have to recover costs and I'm safe that is enough! I will not ruin two peoples years of trust in me, for profit. Psychologically when you put someone on OTT they become an OTT actor, he's not seen as someone meant to do bigger things. Whether the film gets an opening or not I will put it on screen."

29 January,2023 05:04 PM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
Sameera Reddy. Pic-Sameera's Instagram handle

Sameera Reddy: I remember slipping into a dark space about my body, my career

From 'Sexy Sam' to 'Messy Mama', Sameera Reddy has definitely come a long way. Today, a mother of two, Sameera uses social media to champion body positivity and openly addresses topics that people on social media usually shy away from. From flaunting her flabs to showing her grey hair, Sameera's social media handle is a welcome space from the otherwise pretentious virtual world. Sameera’s journey of self-acceptance and putting herself out there came with good intention. Talking to about how her self-acceptance journey began, she said, “I think it began when I didn't have anybody who was guiding me though one of my major breakdowns which happened post partum. I remember slipping into a very bad, dark space about my body, my career, about being perceived as successful or how fast I could bounce back after motherhood and I cracked. I actually hid inside the house and I didn't talk to anybody. I cut off from people and I didn't have the right mindset and I wasn't getting the right messages from social media and society at that time. So when I kind of pulled myself out which almost took me two-three years, I think my first aim was I need to atleast let one person who is struggling out there to know that they are not alone. That they can get past it and that it is normal, and that's where the journey began. It began with wanting to be there for somebody who didn't have anybody.” Sameera has often addressed about being suggested for corrective surgery. While actress feels the perception has changed, it is an individual choice today. "I think there was a crazy phase about 10 years ago where everybody was getting plastic surgery, boob job, change nose, bone structure. I had to always pad my chest and was told to get a boob job done. Many times, I would think, 'Should I? Is this the norm?' because it was so openly spoken about and as an actor I questioned if I had to do it. But I didn't and I am so grateful to God I didn't because today I wouldn't have been comfortable about it. But that being said there are many people who choose corrective surgery and it is their choice. If it makes them happy, I say live and let live who are we to judge." Also Read: Sameera and her mom-in-law, Manjri Varde on their sassy relationship Sameera is now the face of the brand Westside’s Limitless campaign that advocates body positivity and inclusivity. Brands play a powerful role in shaping mindsets and breaking stereotypes. Talking about the campaign which also includes Sameera turning podcast host and discussing various topics, she said, “I think it is an absolute need of the hour and I am so happy that a brand like Westside is championing body positivity and conversation around empowering people. There is years of conditioning that we need to break. And this can only come about with conversation around it and limitless is all about going past all the barriers that maybe society and we create for ourselves. So I definitely feel it is very effective and I am so thrilled that we are doing this and the feedback has been fantastic.  In the upcoming podcast, Sameera will be discussing sex and pleasure, a topic considered a taboo in many parts of the country. “It is not only considered taboo but I think somewhere there is a certain guilt. I think in this country we feel it is wrong to be open or to communicate or to say that this is something that this ian important topic because women in general feel that we have to adhere to maybe putting ourselves in the backseat and I think that needs to change. I think if we normalise the conversation, at homes if our kids can come and ask us, it will be a healthy situation for them as they go into the world. They would know to trust their instincts and know boundaries and understand this topic better, because it does all start at home. As you go through different phases of life, as a teenager, as a older woman and man, I think it is important to have exposure to good information. So definitely , this podcast is targeting that and all age groups. Because even if you are 60 and you want to understand yourself and you want to understand your body better I think it is time you should," she said.   

29 January,2023 05:02 PM IST | Mumbai | Athulya Nambiar
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It's mandali vs Priyanka Chahar Choudhary on Colors' ‘Bigg Boss 16’ tonight

Getting to the top 6 and winning the trophy are the two goals that drive the contestants of COLORS’ ‘Bigg Boss 16’. Their ambition to win have led to many fights and in tonight’s episode a huge spat erupts among Shiv Thakare, MC Stan, Archana Gautam and Priyanka Chahar Choudhary. Shiv and Archana accuse each other of having sold their ‘imaan’ for getting ahead in the game. This spat is joined by Priyanka who accuses MC Stan of getting his hands dirty for the game. Find out how it all started in tonight’s episode. While the tension in the house peaks, Archana holds Shalin accountable for slandering two ex-housemates namely Soundarya Sharma and Tina Datta as he tries to whitewash his image. Only time will tell if Archana’s claim is true. Also Read: Exclusive: Here's what we know about Huma Qureshi's next with Shreyas Talpade and Sunny Singh After the high-voltage drama, ‘Bigg Bulletin with Shekhar Suman’ brings a fun roast segment, in which he captures the inner voices of MC Stan, Archana, Shalin, and Priyanka based on their prior interactions with other housemates in various situations that have transpired. What does their inner voice have to say about winning the game? In the previous episode, one of the most renowned filmmakers in the entertainment business, Farah Khan hosted ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ and spared no housemate, who needed a reality check. With the finale around the corner, the episode was replete with fear of eviction, truth bombs and the defensive energy of the housemates. Following waves of non-stop entertainment, the drama-filled vaar concluded on a solemn note with the eviction of Tina Datta. She was nominated for eviction along with Shiv Thakare, Shalin Bhanot and Priyanka Chahar Choudhary. Having received the least number of votes from the audience, Tina bid farewell to the show.

29 January,2023 03:23 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal plays DJ Mohabbat in 'Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat'

After much speculation surrounding the role on whom the film’s title is based, Anurag Kashyap reveals Vicky Kaushal as DJ Mohabbat in his directorial ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’. This also marks the fourth collaboration between Anurag Kashyap and the actor, who plays a special role and will feature in a never-seen-before avatar in the coming-of-age romantic film. Talking about Vicky Kaushal’s special role in the film, Anurag Kashyap says, ‘The character of DJ Mohabbat is so integral to the story, that I wanted someone special to play it. DJ Mohabbat is the voice of love , and is the conduit between two stories and I wanted someone who is that. Someone everyone loves because they trust and believe him. Vicky is that to me since I’ve known him. Always speaks his heart, never forgets , is grateful to his audience and people and the characters he plays. When I asked “if not SRK then who ?”. My whole cast and my daughter and her friends in unison said Vicky Kaushal.” Says Vicky Kaushal aka DJ Mohabbat, “Anurag Sir has been a mentor, a friend and in ways he’s been my window into the world of cinema. When he spoke to me about this role I was immediately on board and this special appearance is for a special film, made by my special friend.” ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat,' starring Alaya F and Karan Mehta who marks his debut. The film is touted to be Anurag Kashyap's ode to modern love. Presented by Zee Studios under Good Bad Films Production is slated to release on 3rd February 2023. Also Read: Anurag Kashyap instilled self belief in me, says Alaya F

29 January,2023 12:53 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
David Warner as Pathaan. Pic- David Warner's Instagram handle

WATCH: Australian cricketer David Warner joins the 'Pathaan' fever

People from around the globe are showering love upon Shah Rukh Khan and his latest release 'Pathaan', including Australian cricketer David Warner. On Saturday, Warner, who is an avid social media user, shared a video of himself where he can be seen in Pathaan's avatar. Basically, he swapped SRK's face with his own in several scenes from the blockbuster. "Wow what a film, can you name this?? #legend #icon," Warner captioned the post.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31) Warner's Pathaan avatar has left netizens in splits. "Our David Warner is totally obsessed with India.. Indian Govt please give him Indian citizenship. India also loves Our David Pathan," a social media user commented. " are looking so cute as Pathaan," another one wrote. Warner's love for Indian films is a well-known fact. He keeps sharing videos on Indian songs. He has often taken to social media, making Reels and TikTok videos on various Telugu and Hindi songs and scenes. Coming back to 'Pathaan', the film has created history at the box office. It has made Rs 313 crore worldwide in just three days. Siddharth Anand has helmed 'Pathaan', which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in the lead roles. One of the major highlights of the film is superstar Salman Khan's cameo as Tiger. Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana also have pivotal roles in the action spy film, which hit the theatres on January 25. The film marked SRK's return to the silver screen after four years. The film landed in several controversies before its release. The film mainly drew criticism for Deepika wearing a saffron bikini in the Besharam Rang song in the film.  Also Read: 'Pathaan': Badshah brings Bollywood back in business This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 09:12 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Rakhi Sawant. Pic- Yogen Shah

Rakhi Sawant cries inconsolably after mother Jaya Bheda's demise

Rakhi Sawant lost her mother on Saturday and in her first appearance in front of the media, she was seen taking her mother's mortal remains for cremation in Mumbai. Rakhi was seen crying inconsolably, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. When the paparazzi surrounded her, she informed the about her mother's passing and even expressed that her mother was in a lot of pain the day before. She was heard saying, "Maa ab nahi rahi..." as her friends consoled her and gave her much-needed emotional support. Later, Rakhi was also heard looking for her husband Adil Durrani. She even asked her friend, "Adil kahaan hai? Adil ko phone karo."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) Devastated Rakhi mourned the loss of her mother throughout the time the paparazzi captured her with their camera lenses. She further revealed that the last rites would be performed on Sunday. Rakhi's mother Jaya Bheda was diagnosed with a brain tumour and cancer. And she was hospitalised in a Criticare Multispeciality Hospital in Juhu. Rakhi always shared videos and photos of her mother on social media. In fact, a couple of days ago she uploaded a video on Instagram asking her fans and friends to pray for her mother's deteriorating health. Even during her stint in 'Bigg Boss', Rakhi revealed that she was doing the show to cover her mother's medical expenses. After her revelation in 2021, Salman Khan's brother Sohail Khan also extended financial help to her to cover the hospital bills. Also Read: Rakhi Sawant detained for circulating other actor's video links and photos on social media This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 08:08 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Sara Ali Khan

Have you heard? Sara Ali Khan, Vijay Varma join whodunit

It is not only Janhvi Kapoor who has opted out of Homi Adajania’s next, tentatively titled 'Murder Mubarak'. Aditya Roy Kapur too has exited the screen adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s bestseller, Club You To Death. The makers have reportedly finalised Sara Ali Khan and Vijay Varma to play the lead characters. Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Tripathi continue to remain pivotal pillars of the crime thriller. Sara and Vijay essay ex-lovers with resentment towards each other. Shooting is for the whodunit is slated to begin later this year.  Spy games Talking of Janhvi Kapoor, Junior NTR’s next is not the only film she has signed after quitting Homi Adajania’s Murder Mubarak. The actor has reportedly signed on director Sudhanshu Saria’s next for Junglee Pictures. The spy thriller, titled Ulajh, revolves around a woman and two men. Malayalam actor Roshan Matthews has been signed on for one of the male leads, while the other male actor is yet to be finalised. Filming for the espionage thriller is scheduled to kickstart later this year. By then, Janhvi will wrap up Mr And Mrs Mahi with Rajkummar Rao and her Telugu debut, tentatively titled NTR 30. Also Read: Have you heard? From Swiss Alps to Kashmir

29 January,2023 07:18 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
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