Have you heard? Body double wanted!

Body double wanted! Though most actors perform their own stunts, many let body doubles do risky stuff. Salman Khan is no exception, and relied on Sagar Pandey for the purpose. Unfortunately, Sagar passed away on September 30 following a heart attack while training at the gym. The superstar paid tribute to him in a social media post. Along with a picture of them together, Salman wrote, “Dil se shukar ada kar raha hoon for being there with me. May your soul rest in peace brother. Thank you. #RIP #SagarPandey (sic).” Having worked with the actor for about a decade, Sagar was familiar with his body language, style, reflexes and other nuances when it came to action scenes. Talk is that his untimely demise has left a void in Salman’s professional life. The team of Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan is reportedly finding it tough to find a replacement for Sagar. More so at a time when the actor-producer is keen to release Farhad Samji’s directorial venture on December 30. Apparently, the team still has a long way to go even though they have finished about 70 days of shooting. How Salman will cope up with the remaining action scenes for his upcoming offering remains to be seen. For that, keep watching this space. In action mode Urmila Matondkar is all set to make her digital debut with the web series, Tiwari.  The actor, who trained rigorously for the last six months for Surabh Varma’s directorial venture, says, “Tiwari offered me a character and a story arc that is challenging as a performer and things that I haven’t attempted so far.” Admitting that she can’t wait to start shooting for the series, that kept her hooked till the end during the narration, Urmila adds, “Though it’s an emotional mother-daughter story at the core, at the same time, it has everything from drama to action to some thrilling twists and turns.” Also Read: Mom-to-be Alia Bhatt experiences baby kicks during award acceptance speech Feeling the kicks Alia Bhatt added yet another honour to her repertoire. The Gangubai Kathiawadi actor received the Time 100 Impact Award in Singapore on Sunday evening. Proud to represent India in the global arena, she said, “When it comes to making an impact, I hope that I can continue to do so in whatever way possible.” Alia, who is all set to welcome her firstborn with actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor, added, “But for now, tonight, this award has genuinely made an impact on me and my little one, who has relentlessly kicked me through this speech.” Money matters Talk in Tollywood is that producer Dil Raju is not too pleased with director S Shankar delaying his film starring Ram Charan, tentatively titled RC15. Apparently, the director has prioritised Indian 2 after the Kamal Haasan-starrer was revived a couple of months ago. Moreover, unhappy with the Telugu crew, Shankar brought in his Tamil crew instead, which led to an increase in the costs. Consequently, the allotted budget has been spent and RC15 is barely halfway complete. Sources say, Raju is hoping to at least recover his cost, if not make any profit from RC15. Letting go and moving on Now that Vikram Vedha has completed its first weekend in cinemas, Hrithik Roshan is letting go of his character, Vedha. The actor, who has already begun training for his next, Fighter, shared how he moves on from his screen avatars. Making the red or the black thread tied around his wrist a part of his characters, the actor said, “Vedha got it at dress rehearsals, while Kabir got it at the War mahurat puja, and I made it a part of him.” Admitting that the ritual of cutting the thread is always confusing, Hrithik shares, “For Vedha, I tried once my shoot got over but couldn’t, then when my dub got over, but again couldn’t. And then I finally did when the question I ask myself had a satisfactory answer, ‘Did I give this everything I had?’” He signed off thanking director duo Pushkar-Gayathri for giving him the opportunity to play the antagonist. Jugglebandi, anyone? Sanya Malhotra has been juggling between Delhi and Chennai for the last few weeks, and will continue to do so for a couple more. Reason being that she is shooting two different films in opposite parts of the country. On the one hand, she is filming director Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur in the capital. She plays Silloo Manekshaw to Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Manekshow in the biopic on the legendary Field Marshal. On the other hand, she is shooting for another project in the Tamil Nadu capital. So, after completing an 18-hour shift in Delhi at 2 am, Sanya takes an early morning flight to Chennai for her other big budget entertainer. Since both are crucial projects, there’s no respite for the actor till she wraps up one of them in the coming weeks. Shankar finds ‘mini Manna Dey’ on show Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Anu Malik, who are judging the latest edition of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, are said to be most impressed by Atanu Mishra. They were surprised to hear that the contestant, nine, from West Bengal is a huge fan of the late legendary singer Manna Dey and worships him like God every day before his riyaaz. His rendition of Ae meri zohra jabeen, amazed them so much that they got emotional. “I have understood that you are a true bhakt of Manna Da and the song that you have sung is a qawwali from the time when we were all kids. But the way you sang it was just fantastic,” observed Anu. Agreeing with him, Shankar added, “We must name him as the ‘Mini Manna Dey’ of our show today itself.” Also Read: Party abhi baaki hai

04 October,2022 08:07 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha

Party abhi baaki hai

After elaborate celebrations in Delhi, Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha took their wedding festivities to Lucknow, where the groom’s family hosted a special bash for the couple.  A guest from the venue tells mid-day, “Both bride and groom wore Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla outfits. Richa teamed her attire with Ali’s family heirloom paasa. The Fazals hosted a qawwali night for the duo with Indian Sabri Brothers [Farid and Amin Sabri] being especially roped in to perform at the party. Lucknow’s top caterers served Awadhi food to the guests.” Also Read: TV actress Ananya Soni pens emotional message after kidney failure The do was attended by over 250 guests. Up next, the couple brings the party to Mumbai, where a bash is planned this evening. “An estate in South Bombay has been booked for their Mumbai reception. Fazal and Chadha’s colleagues and peers from Bollywood, as well as international collaborators, will fly down to attend the bash.” Also Read: There are no more worries of viruses or social distancing, says Rashami Desai

04 October,2022 07:39 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
Amitabh Bachchan and Pavail Gulati

Two times lucky!

While actors spend years before bagging the opportunity to share screen space with Amitabh Bachchan, Pavail Gulati fittingly counts himself among the fortunate to have rubbed shoulders with the megastar on two occasions, early on in his Bollywood career. After Yudh, Gulati features alongside Bachchan in Goodbye, which also stars Rashmika Mandana and Neena Gupta in prominent roles. “I consider myself lucky to have landed this opportunity twice. I have looked up to this man all my life. My mother is his biggest fan. That fact that I work with him makes her proud,” says the actor, who features as Bachchan’s son in the film. Also Read: R Balki: There’s casualness behind his simmering intensity Working on Vikas Bahl’s directorial venture was cathartic for Gulati, who lost his pet during the shooting schedule. “Filming for this project helped me move on, and think of her [with love]. The film is emotional, and I am proud of what it stands for.” One would assume that with two mainstream films like Thappad and Dobaara behind him, Gulati would be more assured of his ability to shine before the camera. He, however, responds in the negative. “I am nervous before go-time. But, when the camera is turned on, I perform on cue. The beauty of being an actor is that no matter how much work you do, your stomach will still churn before a shot. I am in a better space than I was in the past. I want to keep my head [down] and continue working.” Also Read: Mom-to-be Alia Bhatt experiences baby kicks during award acceptance speech

04 October,2022 07:36 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
Abhishek Bachchan

R Balki: There’s casualness behind his simmering intensity

With the success of their 2009 offering, Paa, establishing that their collaborative efforts have many takers, it was only a matter of time before R Balki and Abhishek Bachchan joined hands again. In the filmmaker’s Ghoomer, Bachchan plays a cricket coach to Saiyami Kher, thereby tackling a subject that is dear to the Indian masses. Bachchan junior’s acting abilities, he says, has undergone drastic change in the decade gone by. “He is no longer weighed down by the pressures of the project, or his character. He has learnt to relax for the camera, without losing the punch in his performance. He is an understated actor — intense, but with a certain casualness behind his simmering intensity. When actors showcase the character’s depth with ease, [the performance] sparkles. I love how secure he is, and this comes from tremendous understanding of his craft,” he says. R Balki Also Read: 'Goodbye' makers reduce ticket price for release day If Bachchan banks on his demeanour to grab attention, Kher lights up the screen with her dramatic portrayals. Considering her athletic capabilities, she would arguably be a top contender for any sports-related film. Balki agrees. “Saiyami is possibly the only real sports person in the industry. She is a real athlete, so the film’s intricacies have been absorbed beautifully by her. There were days when she’d surprise me with her performance. Once, I went up to her and asked, what is so [upsetting] in your life that you can cry the way you do, in a second? She can emote at the snap of a finger. She is a reservoir of talent.” Meanwhile, Balki has his attention trained on his upcoming Netflix’s anthology series, Lust Stories. The film reportedly stars Mrunal Thakur and Neena Gupta. “I hope people will be surprised to see that we’ve made a film on this theme, sans any lust. We have made a U-Rated film on lust,” he signs off. Also Read: Revealed! Katrina Kaif to play a ghost in 'Phone Bhoot'

04 October,2022 07:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
A still from the film

'Raksha Bandhan' to be available for streaming on ZEE5 from October 5

Superstar Akshay Kumar’s 'Raksha Bandhan' will start streaming on ZEE5 on October 5, the streamer announced on Saturday. Helmed by filmmaker Aanand L Rai from a script by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon, the family drama released in theatres in August. 'Raksha Bandhan' is a story about Lala Kedarnath (Kumar) and his relationship with his four sisters. It focuses on his efforts to get his sisters married and tackles issues such as dowry and body shaming. Kumar said he is glad the movie will reach a wider audience with its release on ZEE5. “As an actor and producer, I believe in backing stories that are imbibed in our core values and that resonate with the nation. ‘Raksha Bandhan’ is an important family film that will evoke feelings of togetherness and oneness and that will unite families while making them laugh, cry and think,” the 55-year-old actor said in a statement. Also Read : Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal to host wedding reception on Oct 4 in Mumbai Rai, who earlier collaborated with Kumar for 2021’s 'Atrangi Re, said 'Raksha Bandhan' is entrenched in Indian values and customs and there is a big appetite for such films across the world. “So, with this film’s world digital premiere on ZEE5, I am glad that ‘Raksha Bandhan’ will reach a wider audience across 190+ countries who will relate to its central theme of sibling bond and love. This film is sure to lift people’s spirits and bring them closer and I can’t wait to see that happen,” he added. The movie also features Bhumi Pednekar as Kumar’s on-screen love interest, while Sadia Khateeb, Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna and Smrithi Srikanth play the role of his sisters. 'Raksha Bandhan' is produced by Zee Studios, Rai’s Colour Yellow Production and Kumar’s Cape of Good Films. Manish Kalra, Chief Business Officer at ZEE5 India, said with the release of 'Raksha Bandhan', the company continues its trend of showcasing witty, endearing, and impactful storytelling. “In today’s fast-paced world, we barely find the time to connect with our loved ones and ‘Raksha Bandhan’ serves the right opportunity to bring families together for a heart-warming story on togetherness and sibling camaraderie,” he added.  Also Read : Bigg Boss 16: New twist announced for nomination drill 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/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 October,2022 09:56 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal to host wedding reception on Oct 4 in Mumbai

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal are back in the bay after their four-day wedding festivities in Delhi and Lucknow surrounded by their friends and family. The duo who have opted for the couple name #RiAli have been sharing pictures from their cocktail, sangeet, and Mehendi ceremony.  On Monday evening, Richa Chadha was seen at Mumbai airport, arriving alone. She was dressed in a shiny salwar kurta with matching footwear. She flaunted her Mehendi while posing for the paparazzi. The couple will be hosting a grand wedding reception for their friend from the film industry. The couple has organized a reception in the city, which will be held on Tuesday evening. The celebrities expected to attend are Ayushman Khurana, Vicky Kaushal, Vidya Balan, Huma Qureshi, Karan Johar, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Shweta Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, Angad Bedi, Sanjay Dutt, Taapsee Panna, and Shefali Shah, among others.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by mid-day (@middayindia) Also Read: Pics: Inside Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's Sangeet and Mehendi ceremony Meanwhile, earlier today videos of Ali and Richa dancing to the song 'Ambarsariya' from the film 'Fukrey' went viral. 'Fukrey' was the couple's first film together and probably were it all started for the two.  Apart from 'Ambarsariya', the two also grooved to the song ‘Ranjha Ranjha’ from the 2010 film 'Raavan' featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Vikram.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by mid-day (@middayindia) The couple is expected to tie the knot tomorrow ahead of their wedding reception. On the work front, Richa will be seen in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus web-series Heeramandi. Ali Fazal will reprise Guddu in the third season of the popular Amazon Prime series Mirzapur.

03 October,2022 08:41 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Still from Adipurush teaser

'Adipurush' teaser riles up netizens; call it 'Rs 500 crore temple run'

The highly anticipated teaser of the Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, and Saif Ali Khan-starrer 'Adipurush' was unveiled in Ayodhya on Sunday, in line with the film's theme of the Ramayan. Although the teaser has managed to create a buzz around the film, the cost at which it has done so is something that might worry the makers. The film's teaser is being mercilessly trolled on social media by the netizens. The makers of 'Adipurush', which has been directed by Om Raut, have spent a fortune on the visual effects. The film has reportedly been made on a budget of over INR 400 crores, most of which has been spent on the VFX but, it seems like the output is far from what the audience was expecting. People on the Internet are venting their anger after being disappointed by the VFX. The teaser has sparked a memefest on Twitter and Instagram as the memers as having a field day. One user wrote on the Internet, "Hiring Vfx artist from team 'Oh My Friend Ganesha (sic)." Calling it a "Pogo" film over its cartoonish look, many people have called out Prabhas for not improving his fitness and using body enhancement through computer graphics. One Twitter user wrote, "700 cr Temple Run (laughing emojis)." Also Read: Kriti Sanon on 'Adipurush' co-star Prabhas: His eyes are really expressive, deep & there is something very pure Another one writes, "Exclusive: #Adipurush satellite rights bagged by POGO channel". "#disappointed with #Adipurush trailer. Only a director like Rajamouli can do justice and portray Shri Ram the way Hindus would want. All others want to mint money on the name of Shri Ram. Plus I don't want to watch (sic)." There are also some genuine fans, who want the makers to rework the graphics and save the film from impending doom as it releases in 2023. One such user wrote on Instagram, "I hope they push the release by a year and hope that some wonder kid from Red Chillies VFX (Shah Rukh Khan owned VFX studio) or Prime Focus (again a renowned VFX studio) bless them by coming on board and make this abomination at least watchable on a big screen)." 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/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 October,2022 07:40 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Siddhant Chaturvedi. Pic- PR

Siddhant Chaturvedi visits Durga Puja Pandal; shares childhood memories

Siddhant Chaturvedi has time and again given an example of his devotion towards god while celebrating every occasion with utmost joy. As the season of Navaratri is going on, the actor made his appearance at a Durga Pandal in Mumbai where he expressed how this festival is so special for him. Also Read: Durga Puja 2022: Visit these pandals in Mumbai to celebrate the festival Recently, Siddhant was seen making an appearance at a Durga pandal in the city to seek blessings from Maa Durga. The actor was seen dressed in a casual pajama kurta. He addressed the audience while sharing his memories connected to the Navaratri festival.  While speaking about his memories, Siddhant said, "My mother is from Kolkata. When I was a kid I used to go to Kolkata for my summer holidays, so whenever Durga Puja was organized there, it used to be a big occasion with the whole family. I have some connection with it from my childhood. However, I couldn't able to go to Kolkata this time but coming here made it all worth it because the power that I am feeling is so real." Moreover, apart from this, the actor was also seen celebrating the Ganpati festival with the same enthusiasm.  Also Read: Siddhant Chaturvedi shares pictures of his drastic physical transformation Talking about his future lineups, Siddhant will be next seen in 'Phone Bhoot' with Katrina Kaif and Ishaan Khatter and ‘Yudhra' where he takes on a heavy dose of action.

03 October,2022 07:20 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Alia Bhatt. Pic- Instagram

Mom-to-be Alia Bhatt experiences baby kicks during award acceptance speech

Ever since actor Alia Bhatt announced her pregnancy in June, she has been showering her fans with cute moments from her preggers diary.On Sunday, the mom-to-be gave a special and cute speech while accepting the Time100 Impact Award in Singapore. At the end of the speech, Alia gave a shout-out to her unborn baby. Yes, you read it right."I think 10 years ago when I started working, all I thought about was how I would one day take over the world. How everyone, everywhere would know who I am and how hardworking and talented and intelligent and bright and flawless I am. I wanted to be perfect and I wanted the world to know it," she said.Alia also talked about her flaws. She emphasised in her speech that she might be poor in a lot of things but emotional intelligence is not one of them as she has consciously honed that trait in herself. Also Read: Alia Bhatt to launch her own line of maternity wear She stated, "Tonight, I want to take a moment with you all to celebrate my flaws along with my strengths. For example, I'm terrible at spelling. Like, really bad. But I do know what to say to someone who's vulnerable. I have no sense of geography. Zero. I do not get directions. But I have a deep sense of respect and regard for different cultures. My general knowledge is widely known to be weak. But my emotional intelligence is something that I've worked really hard to cultivate. I have a tendency to be hard on myself with regards to my weight and my appearance. But I never say no to French fries because, you know, YOLO (You only live once)."Thanking her family members for being there for her through thick and thin, she added," Thank you to you all for patiently listening to me. Thank you to my team, for constantly being there for me. Thank you to my family; my mom (Soni Razdan) for bringing me on to this planet; my father (Mahesh Bhatt); my sister Shaheen Bhatt, who has helped put my talks into words; my husband Ranbir Kapoor. I need to give them separate awards for putting up with me on a daily basis. And lastly, when it comes to making an impact, I hope I can continue to do so in whatever way possible." Also Read: The Kesariya that almost wasn’t "But for now, tonight, this award has genuinely made an impact on me--me and my little one, who has relentlessly kicked me throughout this speech. Thank you so much," Alia concluded, receiving a round of applause from the audience. The end part of her speech won many hearts 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/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

03 October,2022 06:34 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Rashmika Mandanna and Amitabh Bachchan

'Goodbye' makers reduce ticket price for release day

The makers of the movie 'Goodbye',  Ektaa R Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Good Co. made a special announcement for the cinema lovers. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Rashmika Mandanna starrer becomes the first film to adopt the reduced pricing policy of INR 150 per ticket on the release day of the film- October 7th, 2022.  Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan shares experience of working with Ektaa R Kapoor in 'Goodbye' Legendary megastar Amitabh Bachchan made the announcement through a special video confirming the big news for people who love going to the theatres and encouraging them to watch 'Goodbye' releasing on October 7th at an amazingly slashed price across India on the big screens. 'Goodbye', the beautiful dramedy connects directly to the audience's hearts and the audience are eagerly waiting to watch the heartwarming journey of grief, love, and self-discovery magnificently depicted by the Bhalla family. Helmed by Vikash Bahl, the film has an accomplished cast consisting of Neena Gupta alongside Sunil Grover, Pavail Gulati, Ashish Vidyarthi, Elli AvrRam, Sahil Mehta, and Shivin Narang in supporting roles. Also Read: Family’s tale on love and longing Produced by Ektaa R Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures in association with Good Co., 'GoodBye' is all set for worldwide release in cinemas on 7th October 2022.

03 October,2022 05:47 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Ishaan Khatter, Katrina Kaif, and Siddhant Chaturvedi. Pic- Instagram

Revealed! Katrina Kaif to play a ghost in 'Phone Bhoot'

Have you ever imagined someone as ethereal and appealing as Katrina Kaif to be a ghost? Yes, you read it right! The gorgeous actress has been roped in by Excel Entertainment to feature in their highly-anticipated horror-comedy ‘Phone Booth’, also starring Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khattar.  While the movie’s first look featuring Katrina, Siddhant, and Ishaan has piqued curiosity amongst the audience for its unusual casting, the announcement became talk of the town over people speculating about the movie genre. After several rumours doing the rounds, it is now clear that that ‘Phone Booth’ is a fun-filled horror comedy.  Phone Bhoot is undoubtedly a film that has been the talk of the town for a long time. However, the big question that has been taking over the audience was about the film's ghost character. While we have seen Katrina essaying many glamorous characters in her vibrant filmography, this time she will be seen playing the character of Ghost for the first time in the film. As the film is slated to release this Diwali season, it would be exciting to see Katrina playing such a different role on the screen.  Also Read: Whacky Wednesday: Katrina Kaif has a solution for Alia Bhatt's 'No suhaag raat' comment Being one of the biggest female superstars in Bollywood, Katrina coming as a ghost with her distinctive charm would be a treat to watch in the film. Phone Bhoot will also mark Kartina's first film after her marriage. Moreover, the recently revealed video on the internet also captured a great time the cast is having on the sets which have raised the excitement of the audience to see this trio together in the film.  Directed by Gurmmeet Singh and written by Ravi Shankaran and Jasvinder Singh Bath, Phone Bhoot is produced by Excel Entertainment, headed by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film is all set to be released on 4th November 2022.

03 October,2022 05:16 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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