Saira reveals Manoj Kumar was ready to shelve THIS film instead of replacing her

Today, on Manoj Kumar’s birthday, Saira Banu took to Instagram and shared a long post for the veteran actor. In her post, Banu talked about Kumar’s relationship with Dilip Kumar, his first film with Saira, and an interesting anecdote from ‘Purab aur Paschim’.  The actress started by writing, “Soon after my first film, I received many offers, among which was 'SHAADI.' Here, for the first time, I played opposite Manoj ji. I was a very shy youngster and had this peculiar habit of being awkward on the sets while doing romantic numbers. Manoj ji was very understanding; he would quietly move away from the set while my solo shots were being filmed. We were both people of very few words but worked comfortably together.” Further, she talked about Manoj Kumar’s bond with her husband and superstar Dilip Kumar, saying, “Manoj ji’s idol has been Sahib. They were close and would always venture to make different types of omelets, fly kites, and indulge in 'Sher-O-Shayari.' There is a big joke, when the duo starred in 'AADMI,' Manoj ji started to assume the gestures associated with Sahib. After which Sahib laughingly said to Manoj ji, 'Yaar Tu Meri Tarah Shots Kar Le, Main Kuch Aur Tarika Nikalta Hoon'!! Ha Ha!!”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Saira Banu Khan (@sairabanu) Talking about her decision to leave the film industry and Kumar’s reaction to it, Saira Banu shared a very interesting and heart-touching anecdote: “Sahib and I had decided that I would not be continuing with my film career after our shaadi, but behold! I had signed 'PURAB AUR PASCHIM' before marriage, wherein I play a Westernized young girl opposite Manoj ji. Manoj ji declared that he would shelve his project if Sahib did not allow me to work in it. Later on, in the film, I was unwell, and Sahib told Manoj ji that we would never misunderstand if he replaced me, but Manoj ji committed that he would rather shelve the film than replace me. I will always respect him for this magnanimous gesture.” She concluded her long note by telling a rather funny story from the sets of 'Balidaan': “One day, in 'BALIDAAN' outdoors, Manoj ji and I were shooting in China-Creek. Both of us were running away from the daaku who was approaching us on horseback, and we were running away barefoot in the flowing water, handcuffed to each other. As the camera came on, the bandit was whipping away in the air in pursuit of us, and Manoj ji was supposed to grab the whip and stand in front of me to protect me like a He-Man. Instead, when the shot started, Manoj ji quickly ran behind me instead of protecting me. What a laugh!”

24 July,2024 07:24 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Jaya Bachchan calls Budget 2024 a 'drama', says, ‘I have no reaction'

Jaya Bachchan is always outspoken when it comes to sharing her opinions. The veteran actress and Member of Parliament has now reacted to the Budget 2024, which was presented on July 23. She gave an unmissable reaction to the Budget presented by Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday, stating that everything is just a drama. During an interaction with ANI outside the Parliament of India, Jaya Bachchan was asked about the Budget 2024, to which she said, "I have no reaction; ye koi budget hai reaction karne wala? It is just drama. Promises that are kept on paper will never be implemented."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Asian News International (@ani_trending) The video of Jaya Bachchan talking about the budget has received mixed reactions from the public. Meanwhile, BJP MP and actor Manoj Tiwari, while talking about the budget, shared, "...The Budget is so balanced, it has brought something special for every community and state of the country; for the youth, 4 crore employees, besides Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, even for Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and the northeast. After all this, the Opposition doesn't know how to oppose this. Whatever Rahul Gandhi said yesterday shows that the Budget is very good. They said that this is 'Sarkar Bachao Budget'. So, should we prepare 'Sarkar Girao Budget'?... If the Budget strengthens the Government, it means it is a good Budget. If you are crying after that, we can't do anything about it..." #WATCH | On #UnionBudget2024, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari says, "...The Budget is so balanced, it has brought something special for every community and state of the country; for the youth, 4 crore employees, besides Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, even for Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh,… — ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2024 Meanwhile, veteran actor Jaya Bachchan, along with her son Abhishek and daughter Shweta, offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi on Thursday. Clad in a yellow salwar kameez, Jaya was seen with Abhishek and Shweta at the premises of the temple. Abhishek was dressed in a white kurta-pyjama with a black jacket, while Shweta wore a red salwar suit. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Jaya Bachchan was last seen in the film 'Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani', which was a critical and commercial hit. She played the role of a strict matriarch in the film that also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Shabana Azmi, and Dharmendra.

24 July,2024 06:03 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Rohit Shetty on rising entourage costs: ‘It is not just actors'

The rising fees of actors are becoming a concern for many directors and producers. However, there is an exception to this trend: Rohit Shetty. He is one director who has come out in support of the actors. Rohit, who is gearing up for his upcoming cop drama ‘Singham Again’, has an ensemble cast. The movie stars actresses like Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor, along with actors including Arjun Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, and Ranveer Singh. Rohit, who has worked with actors including superstar Shah Rukh Khan, shared in an interview with News 18 Showsha, “Not really. With me, it is totally different. When we talk about the cost, it is not just the actors. Everything from travelling to ticketing and hotels—the prices for everything have gone up. It is not just actors. The whole cost has gone up for a lot of things. Keeping that in mind, just because the cast is an ensemble, a lot of money is spent on the cast, it is not like that.” Recent case of rising entourage costs A report suggested that Sajid Nadiadwala has put Ahan Shetty's "Sanki" on hold because of Ahan's high entourage costs being billed to the production. Bollywood Hungama shared in their report, quoting a source saying, “Sajid is having second thoughts about the film. The current market is not where it used to be from the satellite and digital point of view. Although Sajid managed to sell digital rights thanks to his bulk deal with Amazon Prime Video, he is not getting the kind of money he was hoping for from either the film’s satellite or digital rights. But that is not what broke the camel’s back. It was when Sajid saw his leading man’s entourage costs that he lost his patience. Ahan’s staff costs (hair, make-up, spot, stylist, driver, chef, trainer, etc.), which were billed to production, were so high that Sajid threatened to pull the plug on the film, adding that it made no business sense to produce this project.” About Rohit Shetty’s next Though Rohit Shetty’s "Singham Again" was scheduled for 15 August, it now looks like the film will get delayed as they are still finishing shooting.

24 July,2024 05:14 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Salman Khan says 'Lawrence Bishnoi and gang planned to kill him'

Actor Salman Khan believes that gangster Lawrence Bishnoi was behind the shooting outside his home, aiming to harm him and his family.  Salman Khan's statement, given to the anti-extortion cell of Mumbai Crime Branch last month, is included in the chargesheet filed earlier this month. India Today has obtained the 1,735-page chargesheet, where Salman detailed the threats he and his family have been receiving from Lawrence Bishnoi and his gang for years. In his statement, the actor mentioned that the shooting occurred early in the morning on April 14 while he was asleep. Latest update in Salman Khan Firing case:  His statement read, "I heard a cracker-like sound. Then, at around 4.55 am, the police bodyguard said that two people on a bike had fired from a weapon at the Galaxy Apartment's first floor balcony. There had been attempts to hurt me and my family prior to this as well. I have learnt that Lawrence Bishnoi has taken responsibility for the attack from social media. So, I believe that it is the Lawrence Bishnoi gang who have carried out the firing on my balcony." Talking about how he learnt that Lawrence Bishnoi and his brother Anol were responsible via Facebook, "Earlier also, Lawrence Bishnoi and his gang members in an interview talked about killing me and my relatives. So, I believe that Lawrence Bishnoi, with the help of his gang members carried out the firing incident when my family members were sleeping inside and planning to kill me and my family members so they carried out the attack." Salman Khan also described several instances when Lawrence Bishnoi and his gang threatened him. He mentioned in his statement that in 2022, his father, Salim Khan, discovered a threatening letter aimed at him and their family on a bench across from their apartment building. "After that, in March 2023, an email was received on my official email of an employee in my team threatening me and my family from Lawrence Bishnoi. In this regard, a case was registered by my team member at Bandra police station," the statement further read. Stay tuned to for further updates on the situation

24 July,2024 05:12 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Janhvi Kapoor says she called out paparazzi for clicking from the wrong angle

Celebrities have been raising the issue of paparazzi clicking them from the wrong angle. Now, Janhvi Kapoor has opened up about this discussion and shared that since she called them out, the paparazzi have stopped clicking her from behind. Janhvi Kapoor, who was recently seen in ‘Mr. and Mrs Mahi’, talked in a recent interview about the paparazzi culture. In a conversation on a recent episode of Male Feminists, Kapoor said, “I think I said something while promoting 'Mahi,' ‘Please, galat angle se mat lena,’ and since then they have been like, ‘Nahi, nahi hum peeche se nahi lenge! Arre, mudo mudo (No, we will not click from behind. Turn around)!’ Even if it is a demonstration, I really appreciate it. They put like, ‘Guess who is this’ from the back shot, and that gets the maximum amount of clickbait. So of course, they will pick on that, but I don't think that justifies such decisions. I can say that I don't like how I am being shown in this. I am not comfortable with people seeing this much of me that way. They are forced to listen to me because this is my decision and my choice.” Further, while talking about how she made the conversation palatable, Janhvi said, "Aur maine bola bhi kaise (And how did I say that)… this is also a trope that I feel a lot of women use, that I have used a lot. That I don't want to be putting off in my opinion. I want to bahut pyaar se, buddhu ban ke bas bolna chahti hoon (I want to casually put my point with love)." Janhvi recently got hospitalized, and media reports stated that it was a case of severe food poisoning. On the work front, the actress has two films in the pipeline. She will be seen essaying the role of the Deputy High Commissioner of the embassy in "Ulajh." The film, directed by Sudhanshu Saria, also stars Gulshan Devaiah, Roshan Mathew, Rajesh Tailang, and Adil Hussain in lead roles. On the personal front, Janhvi Kapoor is dating Shikhar Pahariya, and the duo was seen together at Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant’s grand wedding ceremony. The lovebirds even posed together at the function.

24 July,2024 04:46 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Siddharth Anand to cast two biggest superstars for next actioner

After War, Pathaan, and Fighter, Siddharth Anand is gearing up for his ninth film. While reports of Tiger vs. Pathaan are gaining momentum, speculations suggest that Siddharth is preparing for yet another big-budget action film. If sources are to be believed, Anand has finalized the script after thorough research and is set to commence filming in 2025. The mega-budget film will reportedly star two action heroes, leaving audiences curious and excited. Reports claim that the filmmaker aims to bring together two of Indian cinema's biggest superstars. “It’s a new genre of action, and the execution for spectacle will surprise the cinema-going audience. It’s the newness of the genre that took him time to research and complete the script,” the source was quoted as saying.As per Pinkvilla, “Siddharth is a big endorser of the action genre and he has the aim to explore new formats in this space with his directorial. After brainstorming several ideas, he has locked a big-scale two-hero action film as his next directorial. He has been working on the script for a while now and is finally in the stage of proceeding to casting,” revealed a source. As soon as this report came out netizens started their guessing game. One said it's not Tiger vs Pathaan while another user shared their wish to see Raichand bros (Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan) share a screen. Anand is also rumoured to be producing 'King,' featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Suhana Khan, and Abhishek Bachchan. Anand's project lineup continues after 'King'; he has 'Jewel Thief' and a few other films in the pipeline. Rumours suggest that the filmmaker might start the 'Tiger vs. Pathaan' film soon. The Pathaan director, along with producer Mamta Anand, has put together a slate of seven films for their banner, Marflix Pictures, which are reportedly in various stages of production. Meanwhile, it was reported earlier in March that Siddharth Anand has stepped down from the director's chair for Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan 2. There’s another twist to Pathaan 2, as reported that there will be a new spy alongside Shah Rukh in the upcoming sequel. The makers are scouting for a 20-something hero who can join the YRF Spy Universe. While SRK will headline the big-budget action film, this new spy will play his protégé as they take on baddies together. The extended cameo is expected to be a coveted role. Only time will tell who lands the spot and rubs shoulders with King Khan.

24 July,2024 04:03 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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At 39, Sonam Kapoor reveals she was offered a school girl’s role

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who has defied age with her youthful appearance despite having a kid, reveals that even in her late 30s she’s being offered roles that would be ideal for a younger person. Although she’s flattered and happy to be considered as someone who hasn’t aged much, she’d still not sign up for something that doesn’t make her look real on screen.  In an interview with The Dirty Magazine, Sonam shared, “It's weird though because the roles I'm getting offered are still of a 20-something. I just recently got offered one of a girl whom her parents want to get married. I was just like, are you sure you want to offer this film to me? It doesn't make any sense. Another role was of a girl in school, who becomes a sportsperson. I thought the role would be split between a younger actor and me, but they wanted me for both! They were like, we'll make it work. I was like, no, I can't make it work! You know, because now they can de-age you. I don't want to be de-aged! Can you imagine me de-aged?” She added, “I mean, obviously I don't look as young as a Jhanvi or a Khushi, but I'm quite grateful for the fact that people think of me as someone who's not aged much. Even though I've had a kid (Vayu) and all of that. I guess because my kid’s not been out there for the world to see? And I want to keep it that way." Sonam and Anand tied the knot on May 8, 2018, in a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony. In March 2022, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. In 2022, after their son was born, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja revealed his name as Vayu on Instagram. They also asked for blessings for their new family member. On the work front, Sonam was last seen in the 2023 crime thriller film Blind. She is gearing up to start shooting for her next movie, Battle for Bittora, later this year. (With inputs from Agencies)

24 July,2024 02:45 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon in Ghudchadi trailer

Ghudchadi trailer: Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon reunite in new romantic comedy

Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Khushalii Kumar, Parth Samthaan and Aruna Irani star in Ghudchadi, a romantic comedy with a twist. The much-anticipated trailer for Ghudchadi has been released, offering fans an exciting preview of the film set to stream on August 9th on JioCinema Premium. Building on the buzz generated by the recently unveiled poster, the trailer promises a heartwarming and humorous journey through the intertwining lives of its characters, played by an ensemble cast including Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Khushalii Kumar, Parth Samthaan, and Aruna Irani. Set in Delhi, the film is about Parth Samthaan and Khushalii Kumar falling in love and deciding to get married. While, Sanjay Dutt reunites with his long-lost love Raveena Tandon, who happens to be Khushalii's mother in the film. This leads to a whole lot of complications in the film, with no possible solution in sight. It becomes a race to the alter between the parents and the children. Watch the Ghudchadi trailer here: The colourful and eventful trailer shows that the film is set to be a commercial entertainer with song, dance, drama and emotion. It is also heartening to watch Raveena and Sanjay Dutt reunite on screen after many years. Helmed by Binnoy K. Gandhi, 'Ghudchadi' weaves together two love stories marked by unexpected twists and turns. Speaking about the trailer, the director shared his enthusiasm, "Bringing 'GHUDCHADI' to life with an exceptional star cast like Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Khushalii Kumar, Parth and Aruna ji has been a truly rewarding experience. This trailer captures the essence of the film, projecting it as an ultimate family entertainer with the laughter,  love, and delightful chaos and a very strong message too that will change the thought of children around the country about their parents and second chances in love & life! We can't wait for audiences to join us on this emotional rollercoaster!" Producer Nidhi Dutta echoed her excitement, stating, "We are thrilled to finally share the trailer of 'GHUDCHADI’. This film is close to our hearts, and we believe it will resonate with viewers for its fun narrative… the same emotion and family fun that my mothers films used to have with Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee! The chemistry between the cast is magical, and we hope the audience will fall in love with the story as much as we have when they watch Sanjay Dutt and Raveena bring back the Romance of the 90’s! Finally a film one can watch with the entire family and all generations in one room!” Directed by Binnoy K. Gandhi, the movie promises an exhilarating blend of fun, romance, and drama, 'GHUDCHADI' is set to captivate audiences of all ages. ‘GHUDCHADI’ is produced by Nidhi Dutta and Binnoy K Gandhi. Catch the film starting August 9th exclusively on JioCinema Premium.

24 July,2024 12:27 PM IST | Mumbai
Dil Bechara

4 Years of Dil Bechara: Sanjana Sanghi pens an emotional note remembering SSR

More than just a character, Kizzie Basu became an emotion that captured hearts everywhere. The unforgettable bond between Manny and Kizzie offered a love story that fans could not resist. This film also introduced Sanjana Sanghi as a leading lady, transitioning from her role as a child artist in Rockstar to becoming the endearing girl next door, winning over audiences with her charm and talent. 4 Years of Dil Bechara More than just a character, Kizzie Basu from 'Dil Bechara' became an emotion that captured the hearts of Sanjana Sanghi's fans. The bond between Manny (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) and Kizzie (played by Sanjana Sanghi) offered a love story that fans could not resist. This film also introduced Sanjana Sanghi as a leading lady, transitioning from her role as a child artist in Rockstar to becoming the girl next door. Today, as the film clocks 4 years, Sanjana Sanghi’s heart is full, having come such a long way in this industry. Looking back at her debut, the Dil Bechara actress took to her social media and shared, “4 years to this most special day. A day for me to reflect on the unbelievable journey thus far, and immerse myself in nostalgia. " She started.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Sanjana Sanghi (@sanjanasanghi96) The actress continued, "Can never be grateful enough for the boundless love you have all given Dil Bechara and Kizie Basu, always and always.  Can never be grateful enough for the excitement I feel in my heart to be given this opportunity to entertain you all. Thank you. A million times over.❤️ Miss you Sush.♾️” Directed by Mukesh Chhabra in his directorial debut, 'Dil Bechara' is a poignant coming-of-age tragedy romance that captivated audiences worldwide. Released directly on OTT platforms in 2020, the film holds special significance as the last cinematic portrayal of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Meanwhile, Sushant Singh Rajput's sister Shweta Singh Kirti is continuously seeking justice for his untimely and shocking demise. On his 4th death anniversary, she asked for the same and said that she has full faith in the government and judicial system. During a conversation with ANI, she said, "I have a lot of hope. That is why we have gathered today so that we can demand justice. I have full faith in our government and judicial system. And I have a feeling that we'll get to know what has happened. Honestly, and there are a lot of questions. He was fine till 13th. However, he was a little scared." The actor passed away in 2020 at his Bandra residence, which created a lot of controversy. The CBI was brought in to investigate the actor's death. (With inputs from ANI)

24 July,2024 12:06 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Virushka in London (Pic/virushka_forever05)

Virat Kohli lovingly wraps arm around Anushka Sharma in viral unseen pic

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are a very popular couple in Bollywood and cricket. They prefer to keep their personal lives private. However, with their huge fan base and the prevalence of social media, it's hard to stay out of the spotlight.  Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli in London A few days ago, a cute video of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli with their son, Akaay, went viral. Now, some new photos of the couple have appeared on social media. There are rumours that Anushka and Virat have permanently moved to London. Amid these rumours, the new photos of the couple are gaining attention online. In the pictures, Anushka is wearing a bright floral maxi dress. Virat, standing next to her, is dressed in a light blue t-shirt, beige shorts, and a matching cap with "LA" on it. Take a look at the latest picture of Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli in London:           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by 𝗩𝗜𝗥𝗨𝗦𝗛𝗞𝗔 (@virushka_forever05) News about Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli in London Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are currently staying in London with their kids-Akaay and Vamika. The actress had also given birth to her son in London earlier this year. It was recently reported that the couple has moved to London permanently. Now, a video of the couple along with their son Akaay roaming on the streets of London has surfaced. In the video, the couple can be seen stopping at a florist.  This is the first video where Akaay was visible. While his face was not visible, he can be seen in Virat's arms. Anushka is seen standing close to them. Virat and Anushka are seen dressed in casuals.  Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli shifted to London? The power couple has been spotted in London quite often. The rumours of them moving to London for good gained prominence after Virat flew to the country right after the victory parade in Mumbai to be with his family. Since then, many people on social media, mainly a group on Reddit, have started speculating again about whether Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are planning to leave India and move to the UK after Virat retires from cricket.

24 July,2024 11:43 AM IST | Mumbai
Picture Courtesy/Akshay Kumar's Instagram account

Motion poster of Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Fardeen Khan's film 'Khel Khel Mei

As the release date of multi-starrer 'Khel Khel Mein' is approaching soon, the makers on Tuesday unveiled the film's motion poster. The poster features the film's stellar cast including Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu, Fardeen Khan, Vaani Kapoor, Ammy Virk, Aditya Seal and Pragya Jaiswal happily posing together. Akshay could be seen donning specs.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) Sharing the poster on his Instagram account, Akshay wrote, "Yaaron waala khel... Yaari waali picture! Band Baaje ke mahaul mein... Band Bajaane waali picture! Say 'hello' to the biggest family entertainer of the year! Khel Khel Mein releasing in cinemas on 15th August 2024. #KhelKhelMein #GameIsOn." The comedy-drama will be out in theatres on August 15, 2024. It was earlier supposed to be released in September. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Vipul D Shah,Ashwin Varde, Rajesh Bahl, Shashikant Sinha and Ajay Rai, Khel Khel Mein "aims to redefine the comedy-drama genre, offering a rollercoaster ride of emotions that transcends the ordinary. Save the date for this cinematic delight, poised to leave audiences in splits and craving for more", as per the statement. Earlier this year, the makers shared a BTS photo from the sets along with the announcement of the release date, "This Independence Day, step into a mad world of laughter, drama and loads of fun! Mark your calendars for August 15, 2024 when Khel Khel Mein hits the theatres." 'Khel Khel Mein' is directed by Mudassar Aziz. 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

24 July,2024 11:07 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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