Big B reportedly unfollowing Aishwarya Rai on Instagram raises eyebrows

The Bachchan clan is currently celebrating the acting debut of their youngest member, The Archies’ lead Agastya Nanda. While that has taken the spotlight, it seems like not everything is as merry as it looks on the outside, or at least something is amiss at the moment for a brief period. While Amitabh Bachchan has been very active celebrating his grandson on Instagram, it turns out he has done something on the photo-sharing platform that has attracted attention. As per reports, Big B no longer follows his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Instagram.Yes, you read that right. Amitabh Bachchan’s following list of some odd 74 people no longer includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The move has raised many eyebrows and has become a viral topic on the internet. There are no reports that talk about any stress between the two or in the family. However, there were rumours some time back that not everything is well between Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan.Nothing about those reports was ever confirmed or denied, but Amitabh Bachchan's unfollowing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Instagram has reignited those rumours. However, some users on the internet are claiming that Big B never followed Aishwarya at all. Some even blame the privacy setting on the app.Amitabh Bachchan’s following list of 74 people includes Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Virat Kohli, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, and Navya Naveli Nanda, among others. Whereas, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan only follows her husband Abhishek Bachchan.Meanwhile, recently at The Archies premiere, the entire Bachchan clan was seen on the red carpet cheering for Agastya. Amitabh, his son Abhishek, his wife Jaya, his daughter Shweta, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Bachchan, and her granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan, were all in attendance. Aishwarya was even reported to be advising Agastya on getting used to the cameras, the flashlights, and the paparazzi.On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan was last seen in Ganapath and will be next seen in Kalki 2898 AD alongside Prabhas and Deepika Padukone. Reports suggest that he will also start shooting for The Intern with Deepika soon. As for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, she was recently seen in Ponniyin Selvan Part 1 and 2  

09 December,2023 11:23 PM IST | Mumbai | Shachi Chaturvedi
In Pic: Rani Mukerji, Shilpa Shetty and Vaibhavi Merchant

Shilpa Shetty drops pictures from Rani Mukerji's daughter Adira's birthday bash

Actor Rani Mukerji and producer Aditya Chopra on Saturday celebrated their daughter Adira's 8th birthday with a bash at the Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai. Several B-town celebs including Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Shilpa Shetty and Neil Nitin Mukesh among others attended the party. Taking to Instagram, Shilpa shared a string of pictures on her stories from Adira's Christmas-themed birthday bash. The actress shared a picture with the mother of the birthday girl. Shilpa while sharing a picture with Rani wrote, "Love you Rani #bestpartythrower." In the picture, Rani could be seen donning an off-shoulder red dress, while Shilpa wore a yellow top paired with jeans. In another picture, The two actresses can be seen posing with choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant. Shilpa also dropped a picture of her daughter from the party and wrote, "Someone didn't want to leave #oalf." It was the rare occasion when Rani talked about her daughter when she appeared on Koffee with Karan recently. During the episode, Karan Johar talked about the legacy friendship their kids share. Karan also asked Rani how she managed to keep Adira away from the limelight and managed to keep her away from getting papped. To this, Rani said, “I just tell them not to take baby’s picture and I think they see my eyes and they get scared. I have to thank all the paparazzi and all the media people. They really love me because they kind of respect that and they know how Adi (Aditya Chopra) is and it was our decision together that we didn’t want Adira to get photographed. Because we have a very different ideas of how we want to raise Adira so that she doesn't feel privileged or she doesn’t feel very special in school and she feels like any other kid. All this while whenever I travel they always wait till Adira goes into the airport and then they click my pictures” Meanwhile, on the work front, Shilpa was last seen in the family entertainer film 'Sukhee'. The actress will next be seen in Rohit Shetty's 'Indian Police Force', alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Vivek Oberoi.  (With Input from ANI)

09 December,2023 10:34 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
The Archies Poster

The Archies: Zoya Akhtar calls nepotism debate around the film 'banal'

Zoya Akhtar directorial ‘The Archies’ starring Agastya Nanda, Suhana Khan and Kushi Kapoor among others, has recently been released on Netflix. After the release of the film, it received mixed reviews. While some are calling it a perfect watch, a few are calling out Zoya over nepotism. Now, In an interview with The Juggernaut, Zoya has defended the entire discourse on nepotism surrounding the film. The filmmaker shared,  "I think the debate is about haves and have-nots. It is about privilege, access, and social capital. I completely understand having anger or frustration at the fact that you do not have the access some people get so easily. That is a conversation to be had. Everyone needs to have the same kind of education, job opportunities, et al. But when you turn around and say Suhana Khan shouldn’t be in my film, it’s banal because it’s not going to change your life whether she’s in my film or not. You have to talk about what is going to change your life.” The filmmaker further said, “My dad (Javed Akhtar) came from nowhere and made a life for himself. I was born and bred in the industry, and I have every right to follow whatever I want to do. As part of his network and what he made, I know those people. What am I going to do, disown my dad because I want to be a filmmaker? Are you saying I can’t choose my profession? It makes no sense.” She further shares that nepotism is something when Zoya uses someone else's money and help her friend. “The actual problem is something else, and this is just like beating a dead horse… it’s not going to do anything. If every kid born into the film industry never worked in film, it’s still not going to change your life… Nepotism is when I take public money or someone else’s money and favour my friends and family. Nepotism cannot be when I take my own money! Who are you to tell me what to do with my money? It’s my money! If tomorrow I want to spend my money on my niece, it’s my problem! At the end of the day, if a director or an actor gets another job, it is solely on the audience. They decide if they want to see them or not,” Zoya concluded. A heartfelt coming-of-age tale set in the idyllic backdrop of the 1960s, ‘The Archies’ draws viewers into the lives of a beloved group of teenagers. The film is a collaborative effort between Netflix India, Tiger Baby, Archie Comics, and Graphic India. Helmed by Zoya Akhtar, the highly anticipated film exclusively released on Netflix worldwide on December 7, 2023.

09 December,2023 09:45 PM IST | Mumbai
In Pic: Ranbir Kapoor

Reports claim Sara Ali Khan never auditioned for Tripti's role in Animal

Amid media reports of casting Sara Ali Khan for Triptii Dimri’s much-hyped role in Ranbir Kapoor-starrer action drama ‘Animal’, an insider has debunked the rumours and revealed that the ‘Kedarnath’ star never even auditioned for the movie. According to the viral media reports, there was a buzz that Sara was considered for Triptii’s role of Zoya Wahab Riaz in ‘Animal’. The reports said that director Sandeep Reddy Vanga was not ‘excited’ with Sara's audition, and found Triptii better suited for the portrayal of Zoya. Now, putting rumours to rest, an industry insider revealed to IANS: “Sara Ali Khan never auditioned for ‘Animal’.” Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, 'Animal' stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. The flick revolves around the complex relationship of a business magnate Balbir Singh (Anil) and his son Arjun Singh (Ranbir). The movie has been receiving mixed reviews and has been called toxic and misogynistic. This is not the first time Sandeep Reddy Vanga has made a movie that portrays toxic masculinity; his earlier releases 'Arjun Reddy,' starring Vijay Deverakonda, and 'Kabir Singh,' starring Shahid Kapoor, were no exceptions. Amid the controversy and buzz that 'Animal' is creating, Tripti in an interview with IANS Triptib opened about if she she feel the film was misogynistic? The actress told IANS: “I think cinema is about free artistic expression, and it should be that way.” As per rfeports by Trade Ananlyst Taran Adarsh, Animal is a highest grossing ‘A’ certified film. He while sharing the bo-office report wrote, “#Animal is SENSATIONAL… Packs an EXTRAORDINARY TOTAL in Week 1… He further wrote, “#Animal Fri 54.75 cr, Sat 58.37 cr, Sun 63.46 cr, Mon 40.06 cr, Tue 34.02 cr, Wed 27.80 cr, Thu 22.35 cr. Total: ₹ 300.81 cr. #Hindi version. Nett BOC. #Boxoffice” Sharing the collection in south Indian Language he wrote, “#Animal [South Indian languages] Fri 9.05 cr, Sat 8.90 cr, Sun 7.23 cr, Mon 4.41 cr, Tue 3.80 cr, Wed 2.65 cr, Thu 1.78 cr. Total: ₹ 37.82 cr. Nett BOC. #Boxoffice ALL LANGUAGES TOTAL: ₹ 338.63 cr Nett BOC. #AnimalTheFilm” #Animal is SENSATIONAL… Packs an EXTRAORDINARY TOTAL in Week 1…⭐️ Third biggest *7 days* of all time.⭐️ Biggest *7-day* total for a film released on non-holiday.⭐️ Biggest *7-day* total for a film that faced a clash with another film.⭐️ Highest grossing ‘A’ certified film.… — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 8, 2023 On the work front, Sara was last seen in ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’. She next has ‘Murder Mubarak’ opposite Vijay Varma, ‘Metro in Dino’ with Aditya Roy Kapoor, and ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’.

09 December,2023 06:40 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Pic courtesy/ Anupam Kher's Instagram

Anupam Kher returns to his workout regime after 5 months post injury

Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Saturday gave major fitness goals to his fans, by giving a glimpse of his back workout, and said he will continue to work towards a better physique. Taking to social media, Anupam dropped a Reel video wherein he can be seen working out and flaunting his back. He is only wearing black shorts. The ‘Aiyaary’ actor gave the music of ‘Rhythm of Shiva’ to his video.  Along with the video, the 68-year-old actor wrote: “Back to my BACK: I had to stop working out for almost five months due to a fracture in my right shoulder during the shoot of #Vijay69. Now I have started all over again and decided to put this video in public domain to feel responsible and continue to work towards a better physique! Wish me good luck and send me some strength! Jai Ho! I #YearOfTheBody”.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Anupam Kher (@anupampkher) Fans took to the comment section and wrote: “Kya baat kya baat”, “inspiration forever”, “very inspiring”, “continue the hard work”. While much of the ‘Vijay 69’ details are under wraps, it will narrate the life of a man who decides to compete in a triathlon contest at the age of 69.Meanwhile, Anupam was last seen in ‘The Vaccine War’, and the web series ‘The Freelancer’. Apart from ‘Vijay 69’, he next has ‘The Signature’, ‘Kaagaz 2’, ‘Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan’ in the pipeline. 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

09 December,2023 05:27 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
In pic: Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan

Prahlad Kakkar shares, SRK always supports the crew on set and stands by them

Shah Rukh Khan is known for his humble nature and the way he treats his fans and crew members on the sets of his films. In a recent podcast hosted by Cyrus Broacha, advertising guru Prahlad Kakkar joined him for a conversation. During the podcast interaction, Prahlad praised King Khan for his easy-going and loving nature. He shared that Shah Rukh Khan always supports the crew members, even if anyone else is being harsh with them. He said, “I remember once, we were doing a noodle shoot for Nissan. I had especially selected the bowls to match the noodles. Yellow on the inside and red on the outside. And the crew misplaced my bowls, and here I am waiting for the shot and there are no bowls. They brought some other bowls, which I rejected and threw a fit, and everyone was hiding.” He added, “No one was trying to look for the bowls. Everyone was looking for a corner to hide. Shah Rukh goes backstage, collects all my girls who were scouring away and tells them, ‘Don’t worry’. Then he comes and tells me, ‘It’s okay. It doesn’t matter what bowls you use, as long as the noodles are right’.” Later in the podcast, Prahlad recalled working with Big B. While praising Amitabh Bachchan's punctuality, the ad guru recalled that even if he is 15 minutes late, Amitabh will reach exactly on time. He said, “We would step on the sets 15 minutes late, which is very good for a unit. He’d (Amitabh) be sitting there reading a newspaper with full make up. My first line is, ‘I am sorry’. The rest of the day you keep saying, ‘Sorry, sorry sorry’.” When asked about instructing Amitabh for retakes, Prahlad advised, “Don’t tell him anything; you just say, ‘Sir, can we try this again with a little nuance?'” On the work front, After a blockbuster start with Pathaan and the massive success of Jawan, Shah Rukh Khan will next be seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s upcoming film, Dunki, alongside Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. On the other hand, Amitabh Bachchan’s next projects include Kalki 2898AD and Thalaivar 170.

09 December,2023 05:26 PM IST | Mumbai
In Pic: Meghna Gulzar and Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra and Meghna Gulzar join hands for a thrilling real-life story?

Sidharth Malhotra is one of the most loved actors in Bollywood. The actor always captivates the audience with his choice of characters, from 'Shershaah' to 'Kapoors and Sons.' Sidharth has consistently made his screen presence felt with his versatility. The actor, last seen in 'Mission Majnu,' has reportedly joined hands with 'Sam Bahadur' director Meghna Gulzar. According to reports from Pinkvilla, Meghna Gulzar has cast Siddharth Malhotra for a film set against the backdrop of a horrifying true story. As per the portal's source, the film will go on floors by mid-2024. “Sid and Meghna Gulzar have been discussing a probable collaboration for a while now, and they have finally zeroed in on a subject whose narrative will take the nation by shock. It’s set against the backdrop of a horrifying true story, and the idea is to portray it with utmost sensitivity for the big screen. The film will go on floors by mid-2024,” revealed a source close to the development. The insider further revealed that Meghna is currently busy finalizing and giving touches to the script. “Meghna had done all her research on this subject through the last few years and got the source material in place for the subject. She was deeply moved by all that happened, and Sid resonated with her emotions on reading the script. Both stakeholders are looking forward to teaming up on this special project,” the source added. According to reports, the film will be produced by Junglee Pictures, who have previously worked with Meghna on 'Talwar' and 'Raazi.' On the work front, Sidharth Malhotra is gearing up for the release of his spy drama 'Indian Police Force.' Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film stars Shilpa Shetty and Vivek Oberoi in pivotal roles. He also has 'Yodha,' produced by Karan Johar, in his kitty. Meanwhile, Meghna Gulzar has recently worked with Vicky Kaushal on 'Sam Bahadur,' a biographical war drama film based on the life of India's first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw. Starring Vicky Kaushal in the role of Sam, the movie also features Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in pivotal roles.

09 December,2023 04:43 PM IST | Mumbai
In pic: Dino Morea

Dino Morea: Look back at his journey through time, nostalgia, and stardom

Dino Morea Birthday: In the world of Bollywood, few names evoke the feeling of nostalgia and bring back the golden days of a bygone era. One such name is Dino Morea, a charismatic actor who left an indelible mark on the silver screen during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Born on December 9, 1975, in Bangalore, India, Dino Morea entered the world of modelling before making a seamless transition to acting. He was referred to as the chocolate boy of the industry. With his acting skills and tall and handsome charisma, he became a heartthrob. The late '90s marked Dino's foray into acting with his debut TV series 'Captain Vyom,' in which he appeared as 'Sonic.' Later, he made his big Bollywood debut with the film ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi' (1999), a youthful romance that struck a chord with the audience. Although the film didn’t perform well at the box office, Dino’s performance in the film made him a household name. In 2002, Morea starred in the year's most successful horror thriller, 'Raaz' alongside Bipasha Basu. Directed by Vikram Bhatt, the supernatural thriller became one of the most successful films of the year and showcased Dino’s acting skills and versatility. Dino’s chemistry with co-star Bipasha Basu in 'Raaz' was palpable, and the duo received critical acclaim for their film. He won the Zee Cine Award in the category of Dynamic Duo with Bipasha Basu. After the release of 'Raaz,' King Khan, Shah Rukh, also personally applauded him for his performance in the film and said, 'Your film is really doing well.' As the years passed, Dino worked in several films like 'Gunaah' (2002), 'Rakht' (2004), and 'Aksar' (2006). Although these films remained unsatisfactory in terms of their box-office collections, they showcased his talent for getting into the skin of the character and making it more impactful. Dino has also appeared in several Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu films. Beyond his acting career, Dino's contribution to the entertainment industry extended to entrepreneurship. He launched his own production house, Clockwork Films along with several different business ventures.  With the passing of time and the rapid change in public preferences, Dino’s stardom took the backseat, and the actor started taking on more supporting roles. As we look back on Dino Morea's cinematic journey, there's a sense of nostalgia for the era when he was an integral part of Bollywood's romantic landscape.

09 December,2023 03:25 PM IST | Mumbai
Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif. Pic/Varinder Chawla

Vicky shares unseen video of Katrina's in-flight entertainment on anniversary

Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif complete two years of marriage today. They tied the knot in 2021 in Rajasthan and are among the most beloved couple of Bollywood. Marking two years of marriage Vicky Kaushal took to social media to share an unseen video with his wife Katrina.  In the video shared by Vicky, the duo is seen inside a flight. While Vicky records himself and Katrina, the latter is seen entertaining herself with some air punches. Seems like this is where Katrina practiced for all those flawless punches we see in her action films.  Sharing the video, Vicky wrote, "In-flight and in-life entertainment! Love you beautiful… keep it coming."           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif got married away from the media glare, at Six Senses Fort Barwara, Sawai Madhopur. The actor recently revealed on Koffee With Karan that his proposal to Katrina was not well-planned. "It was very last-minute. I had been warned by everyone that if you do not propose, you'll have to hear about it for the rest of your life... I did it one day before the wedding. We had planned a special dinner one day before all the guests were arriving for the wedding," he said. Vicky also explained that their busy schedules were part of the reason why the proposal was so last-minute. "She was shooting a song for Tiger 3, she was into fitness like a beast. I was shooting something else, so we just couldn't plan things," he said. During the ‘Koffee Shots’ round, the show host Karan Johar, asked the guests if they have cracked the code to get their spouses to do what they want. Talking about the same, Vicky said, “Katrina is a perfect candidate for reverse psychology. If I want her to agree on something, I have to wholeheartedly, with abundance agree to what she wants. And then she turns around and says, 'BTW I see the point in what you're saying', and then she comes around”. On the work front, Vicky Kaushal was last seen in the film 'Sam Bahadur' directed by Meghna Gulzar. Meanwhile, Katrina Kaif was last seen in the film 'Tiger 3' opposite Salman Khan. She will next be seen in the film 'Merry Christmas' opposite Vijay Sethupathi. Vicky will be seen in a special role in Dunki. 

09 December,2023 03:01 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Rashmika Mandanna in Pushpa

Rashmika to start shooting for ‘Pushpa 2: The Rule’ with Allu Arjun on Dec 13

Actress Rashmika Mandanna, who has been getting a lot of positive response to her work in the recently released Ranbir Kapoor-starrer film ‘Animal’, will start shooting for the second part of her franchise film, ‘Pushpa 2: The Rule’ with Telugu superstar Allu Arjun on December 13.As per an industry source, the actress will shoot for the sequel in Hyderabad. In the first part of the film, the actress essayed the role of Srivali and instantly became a national crush, Allu Arjun’s stellar dancing made the song a huge hit. Talking about the actress’s shooting schedule, the source said: "Rashmika Mandanna is extremely happy with the love and praise she is receiving for the film Animal. Immediately after the massive success of Animal, Rashmika will begin the shoot for the highly ambitious and blockbuster franchise ‘Pushpa 2: The Rule’ on December 13 in Hyderabad. The actress will be reprising her iconic role of Srivali in the film starring Allu Arjun.” Meanwhile, ‘Animal’ which has set the box-office on fire, has been criticised by certain section of the audience for the treatment of its female character. Rashmika recently penned a long note for her character of Gitanjali in the film and expressed her love for the same, calling her the power centre of the family. The actress will also be seen in the female-oriented film ‘The Girlfriend’. 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

09 December,2023 02:50 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif

5 hilarious things we know about Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif

Actors Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif tied the knot in 2021. Today, the duo completed two years of marriage. While they were secretive about their relationship till they tied the knot, the couple have been happily talking about each other and their relationship ever since the grand yet intimate wedding in Rajasthan on December 9, 2021.  Through their talks about their relationship, we have also come to know that the two always keep each other entertained and have shared multiple unintentionally hilarious incidents involving each other. Here's looking at five incidents where Vicky and Katrina have been hilarious:  When Katrina threatened to call off the wedding:  Vicky Kaushal recently revealed that he was called to resume shooting for 'Zara Hatke Zara Bachke' two days after the wedding. He said that Katrina was not happy with this and threatened him. "I have done half of the film’s shooting before my marriage and then I took off for my marriage. Right after the marriage, within two days, they were calling me on the set. Toh fir mujh dhamki mil gayi thi ki tumhe do din baad set pe hi jana hai toh shaadi rehne hi do (Then I got the threat that if you have to go to the set in two days then don’t get married). Then I said ‘no’ and I went to the sets of the film after five days," the actor said in an interview with Pinkvilla.  Katrina's budget meeting is Vicky's live entertainment:  Earlier this year, Vicky revaled how Katrina holds weekly budget meeting at home. He told News Tak, “The most fun experience is when she (Katrina) holds a meeting in the house every week, or every other week. She gets the entire staff together and discusses the budget of the house. She takes account of how the money is being spent, the expenses and it’s a great thing. But when that discussion happens, I enjoy it. I’m an audience and I sit with popcorn.” Nicknames:  During his recent appearance on Koffee With Karan, Vicky was asked what names Katrina used to call him. Revealing the same, Vicky revealed, "Boo, Baby and Aye'. How Vicky toned the 'Aye' left host Karan Johar and co-guest Kiara Advani in splits.  Reverse psychology and  Katrina: During the ‘Koffee Shots’ round, the show host Karan Johar, asked the guests if they had cracked the code to get their spouses to do what they want. Talking about the same, Vicky said, “Katrina is a perfect candidate for reverse psychology. If I want her to agree on something, I have to wholeheartedly, with abundance agree to what she wants. And then she turns around and says, 'BTW I see the point in what you're saying', and then she comes around”. Breaking the ice with the in-laws  On KWK, Vicky also revealed that he met Katrina's family only a week before the marriage and how they easily broke the ice. "I couldn't meet them for two years because of COVID. So, I met them for the first time, literally a week before marriage. We had a party at my place and we were all drinking and dancing," Vicky said. Vicky Kaushal added how the "ice was broken" and he said, "Instantly, we saw something in each other and just connected. Two hours into meeting each other and we were dancing on the floor to Tip Tip Barsa Paani in the first meeting. The ice was broken, melted and gone."

09 December,2023 02:12 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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