Meet Misha Kapoor: Shahid Kapoor-Mira Rajput pick a name for their baby girl

Shahid Kapoor and wife Mira Rajput have finally selected a name for their baby girl.

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And they’ve chosen to go for an amalgamation of both their names to come up with something short and sweet.

Misha Kapoor.

That’s the name the tot will go by.

Shahid and Mira’s baby was born on 26 August; just a month after the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary in July.

that they had sought the blessings of their spiritual guru in Amritsar before deciding on their baby’s name.

No images of their baby girl have been released in the public domain so far.

Shahid has a busy professional time up ahead: Not only does he have Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, he has also started work on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati.

Incidentally, Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukherjee had also chosen a contraction of their names for their baby girl. She is called ‘Adira’. The youngest Chopra was born in December 2015.

Krrish 4 release date changed; clash with Shah Rukh Khan-Aanand L Rai film averted

Box office clashes isn’t exactly good news for anybody, least of all the producers. While Diwali will see the mother of all box office clashes with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil locking horns with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay, there’s some respite coming in as another box office war has been averted.

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Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan, whose production Krrish 4 was all set to release on Christmas 2018 alongside Shah Rukh Khan’s project with director Aanand L Rai, has decided to back out of the clash. The filmmaker stated that he arrived at this decision since Khan had announced his film earlier and it would be “unethical” for him to release the fourth instalment of his superhero film alongside.

Talking about it in an interview to Bombay Times , Roshan said, “It is unethical for me to release my film on this date as Shah Rukh has already announced is movie…We’re here to make films, not create controversies. As far as Shah Rukh is concerned, he is like a younger brother to me.”

However, the Raees vs Kaabil clash on Republic Day 2017 remains unaffected. Khan’s Raees was slated to hit the theatres on Eid this year with Salman Khan’s Sultan. But Shah Rukh Khan postponed Raees’ release toJanuary 26 – a date that had already been booked by the Roshans for the release of their upcoming thriller, Kaabil.

Roshan stated that he will not move Kaabil’s release date ahead as he had announced his project way before Khan.

Salman Khan and Kabir Khan are teaming up for a fourth film together after Tubelight

Salman Khan is fast becoming director Kabir Khan’s lucky mascot. Or should we say, vice versa?

The duo gave us two blockbusters in Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015), and the runaway success of these projects led them to join hands again for Tubelight, which is currently under production, first in Ladakh and now in Manali.

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Now, if recent reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Kabir Khan will be teaming up again for Atul and Alvira Agnihotri’s home production.

Rajkumar Santoshi was to reportedly direct the movie but things did not fall into place. It was then Salman who recommended that Kabir take the project on.

DNA reports, “Salman has immense faith in Kabir as a filmmaker. When Atul and Alvira were looking out for a director to helm their next project, Salman suggested Kabir’s name. He has become like a family member to the Khans.”

The actor and the filmmaker are currently shooting the second schedule of Tubelight. After its completion, the director will move on to his next – a film, based on the 1983 Cricket World Cup victory of India, which will be produced by Phantom Films. The cricket drama is expected to go on floors later this year.

As for the actor, Yash Raj Films recently announced Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger, starring Khan and Katrina Kaif. The movie will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar of Sultan fame and will hit the theatres on Christmas 2017.

Jim Carrey in wrongful death suit filed by ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s former husband

Veteran comic actor Jim Carrey was sued Monday for allegedly procuring drugs under a bogus name for his ex-girlfriend, who died of an overdose last year, and then trying to hide his involvement.

According to the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Mark Burton, the estranged husband of Carrey’s former girlfriend Cathriona White, the actor “used his immense wealth and celebrity status” to obtain opioids for her.

Burton alleges that the actor purchased the drugs under the fake name “Arthur King” and then “took steps to conceal and obfuscate his involvement and culpability” after White’s death.

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Carrey’s attorney, prominent celebrity lawyer Marty Singer, dismissed the suit on Monday as nothing but a bid by Burton to extort money from the actor.

The celebrity website TMZ quoted Singer as saying White “stole” Carrey’s prescription medication and that he never gave her any pills.

“There are moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honour against the evil in this world,” TMZ quoted Carrey as saying in a statement. “I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me, or the woman I loved.”

The suit alleges that Carrey was obsessed with controlling and manipulating the 30-year-old woman with whom he had an on-again, off-again relationship since 2012 and was able to monitor surveillance cameras at a home in the Los Angeles area where White often stayed.

The actor and his assistant were allegedly aware that White had not left the home for well over a day in September, when she died, but failed to act.

News reports at the time said that she and Carrey had broken up a few days before her death.

White sent a cryptic message on her Twitter account on the day the couple reportedly broke up that read: “Signing off Twitter, I hope I have been a light to my nearest and dearest.”

According to the coroner’s office, White took her own life by overdosing on a lethal amount of prescription drugs including Ambien, Propranolol and Percocet.

The suit alleges that three pill bottles found near the body of the Irish-born makeup artist bore the name “Arthur King”.

Carrey allegedly obtained the drugs from a physician who routinely prescribed them to the actor under the false name.

The suit claims that the Canadian-born comedian tried to cover up his tracks by sending a “bogus text message” to White on 27 September, when she was already dead, enquiring as to the whereabouts of the drugs.

Burton also claims the actor engaged in a “charade” after White’s death, reneging on his offer to pay for funeral expenses.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as reimbursement for funeral expenses and attorney fees.

Carrey served as a pallbearer at White’s burial in her hometown in Ireland and wrote a tribute after her death describing her as a “truly kind and delicate Irish flower”.

Sunny Leone to soon appear in comedy show Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai

Mumbai: Actress Sunny Leone, who is doing well for herself in Bollywood and has featured in reality TV shows like Bigg Boss and Splitsvilla, will soon make her debut on the small screen with the popular show Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai.

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According to the sequence, Sunny will be entering the street where Vibhuti (Aashif Sheikh), Anita (Saumya Tandon), Angoori (Shubhangi Atre) and Manmohan (Rohitash Gaud) live. She will appear along with the director of her film to scout for her film’s hero.

Talking about shooting with Sunny, Shubhangi said in a statement: “It is a pleasure to shoot with Sunny. She has no qualms about anything and is very easy to work with.”

“She is an extremely cooperative co-actor. Hope the audiences will be surprised with this new entry. It was fun teaching her Angoori’s iconic line ‘Sahi pakde hain’.”

Sunny, who started shooting for the show on Monday, will be seen playing herself on the &TV entertainer.

Emraan Hashmi talks about that Aishwarya Rai ‘rift’ and Raaz Reboot’s censor troubles

If talk in B-town is to be believed, then the reason Emraan Hashmi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will not be starring together in Baadshaho is because of a statement the former made on the Koffee with Karan chat show two years ago, when he called the actress “plastic”.

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While one may have assumed that the two parties would have moved on from the incident considering all the time that’s passed, rumours would have otherwise: we hear that in June this year, Aishwarya was one of the first actresses to be approached for Milan Luhtria’s Baadshaho, which stars Hashmi alongside Ajay Devgn. However, she reportedly turned down the role (said to be inspired by Maharani Gayatri Devi) once she found out that several of her scenes would be opposite Hashmi. Sources claimed that the actress hadn’t forgotten the “plastic” jibe he’d levelled at her.

Emraan Hashmi — who is currently busy promoting his erotic horror thriller Raaz Reboot — has laughed off those reports.

“I don’t know who was approached for the role of the leading lady but it’s like going back into history… that (the remark on Koffee With Karan) was two years ago. The statement was made in jest and it’s all for the hamper [laughs]. I am a big fan ofAishwarya Rai   and if I meet her I will definitely apologise because there was nothing personal (to it),” Emraan told Firstpost.

He adds with a laugh, “Karan just nudges you and makes you say these things. To win a hamper makes you greedy and makes you do such foolish things.” He continues, “I have no idea whether she refused the film because of my statement — that only the makers and people who approached her know. Lot of actors are approached for a role. I haven’t had the chance to meet her. She would have forgotten this incident but obviously she was reminded of it because of articles in newspapers.”

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Film Certification has raised issues with some of the sequences in Raaz Reboot. While there have been reports that the film was cleared with an ‘A’ certificate with no cuts, Emraan revealed that the entire truth was not told: “Actually the information given out was wrong. Everything was not cleared by the CBFC, there were few omissions, which I don’t know why, never came out. The film got an ‘A’ certificate not because of erotica — which happens with most of my films — but it’s got more to do with the visual impact of the horror scenes and probably it’s not suitable for audience under 18. I’m happy with an ‘A’ certificate but what is upsetting is that certain cuss words were deleted, then the word ‘b***h’ was omitted. I fail to understand why they’re fine with retaing a few mentions of the word f**k in the film, but not b***h. I can’t figure out any logic to it. And why chop cuss words when the film has an ‘A’ certificate?” Hashmi wonders.

When we spoke with producer Mahesh Bhatt about the elements the CBFC wanted ‘toned down’ in Raaz Reboot, he said: “Even the Hollywood film Exorcist had women suddenly breaking into profanities and abuses. It shocks the viewer and makes you feel that this person has been possessed by something that is evil. The censors came down heavily on this sequence in our film but we stuck to our guns, and finally, it was the cuss words that were reduced — which I found absurd. Whether I say f**k five times or 10 times, what difference does it make? It’s a good person possessed by evil force who is saying f**k, a word that is commonly used in our social space.”

Bhatt added, “It (what gets passed and what doesn’t) all depends upon the mood of the CBFC members and their interpretation of guidelines. They know that the producer is vulnerable. He has his back against the wall and there is a clock ticking, with promotions heading to an all time high. The CBFC is in the Dark Ages, there is the demon of regression which somebody must vanquish, and only then we can have a freer and better cinema.”

John Abraham is already doing a good job as brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh

John Abraham has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism and he says he has always been fascinated with Northeast India.

I am honored to have been chosen to promote the tourism of Arunachal Pradesh. I have always been fascinated with northeast India: each state has its unique beauty, history and culture.

“It (Arunachal) is a state rich with culture, mysticism, great people and stunning views. When I’m there, all I need is some music, my boots to walk around and a mind free from all worries to be able to embrace the mesmerising beauty of Arunachal Pradesh,” said John.

The state’s Tourism Department has, with the help of Viacom18, has roped in popular action hero and Bollywood superstar as its brand ambassador.

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John’s love for the Northeast has often been highlighted through his immense support to the region.

Besides owning the Northeast football team, John has supported the seven sisters through his participation in “Run for North East”, a marathon hosted earlier in January.

Abraham further said, “I just told (state Tourism Secretary Joram) Dr Bedathat I would like to take an entire film to Arunacahal Pradesh. He then corrected me by asking me not to shoot an entire film, but to take one schedule. I am excited to explore this. We are responsible as film makers and we hope it grows in the arena of tourism. Rangoon (Vishal Bardwaj’s film with Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut) was shot there and we hope even we shoot our film there,” John said here.

It is quite unlike a Bollywood actor to take a strong stand about political matters. While previously actors and actresses have been brand ambassadors for various states, they merely shoot an ad glorifying its potential and refrain from making any statements about it. Diplomacy is the order of the day for actors from the film industry.

John Abraham has broken this mould. The actor also feels the region has been alienated.

Historically and geographically we have alienated the northeast from the rest of India. I think it’s really sad. I think it’s high time that we include the northeast in India.

Amitabh Bachchan pens a letter to granddaughters Navya, Aaradhya; imparts life advice

Mumbai: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has penned a heartfelt letter to his granddaughters Navya and Aaradhya, telling them to be independent and strong women as they grow up.

Navya, 18, is the daughter of Bachchan’s daughter Shweta, while four-year-old Aaradhya is his son Abhishek’s child.

Bachchan wrote that the two girls enjoy the luxury of a rich legacy but being the fairer sex, they are bound to face judgments and opposition from the society. Nothing, however, should bog them down, said the actor.

Amitabh Bachchan with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aaradhya and Abhishek Bachchan

“You both carry a very valuable legacy on your tender shoulders — Aaradhya, the legacy of your great-grandfather, Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and Navya, the legacy of your great-grandfather Shri H P Nanda,” Bachchan wrote.

“Both your great-grandfathers gave your present surnames celebrated fame, dignity and recognition. Both of you may be a Nanda or a Bachchan, but you are also girls, women! Because you are women people will force their thinking, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement.”

The 73-year-old star further wrote that both of them should choose their own path, one which is dictated by their
choices not the world’s.

“Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom. Don’t let anyone make you believe that the length of your
skirt is a measure of your character. Don’t let anyone’s opinion of who you should be friends with, dictate who you
will be friends with.”

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“Don’t get married for any other reason other than you want to get married. People will talk. They shall say some
terrible things. But that doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone. Never ever worry about what will people say!” the veteran actor wrote in the letter.

Towards the end of his missive, Bachchan said being a woman is not easy in today’s times but he hopes the two girls will change the situation.

“At the end of the day, you are the only one who will face the consequences of your actions, so don’t let other
people make your decisions for you. Navya — the privilege your name, your surname offers you, will not protect you from the difficulties you will face because you’re a woman. Aaradhya, by the time you see and understand this, I may well not be around. But I think what I am saying today shall still be relevant. This may be a difficult, difficult world to be a woman. But I believe that it is women like you that will change that. It may not be easy, setting your own boundaries, making your own choices, rising above people’s judgement. But you can set an example for women everywhere,” he wrote.

The actor said he would take more pride in being known as their grandfather than by his own name.

“Do this and you would have done more than I have ever done, and it will be my honour to be known not as Amitabh
Bachchan, but as your grandfather!”

Katrina Kaif: ‘Baar Baar Dekho is a very important film for me’

With couple of duds in the recent past, Katrina Kaif is leaving no stone un-turned in promoting her upcoming release Baar Baar Dekho, directed by debutante director Nitya Mehra.

Along with her co-star, Sidharth Malhotra, she’s going all out taking the film to different cities and promoting it in the most quirky way possible.

Katrina candidly elaborates, “It’s definitely very tiring and hectic but Baar Baar Dekho is a very important film for me. My previous release, Fitoor was not very well received at the box office and that was definitely heart breaking. This makes all the more important to me that I once again come with a strong film that gets audiences’ love.”

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While Katrina was saw raging success for over half a decade (with a string of hit films), it was the sudden gap between her releases that was the reason for people trying to write her off, despite the fact that only two of her films, Phantom and Fitoor failed at the box office.

To add to that, the media has only been talking only about her personal life. “It is the media’s decision to speak what they feel is important at that particular time, I can’t question the media’s decision. Yes, I agree that last two years I have had fewer releases, I had only Bang Bang and Fitoor and that is significantly less. My priorities were on other things and it’s every person’s right to focus on different things. It was a conscious decision for me to take it little slowly,” she says.

“But having said that, even now, I don’t know the pace with which I want to work. I will go by the films offered to me. If something excites and challenges me as a person, as an actor then that is the right reason for me to pick the film. If I get three great scripts at once I will do all three films together. If I get just one film and if I think that one is amazing I will do just that one film,” says the actress.

Katrina’s career seems to be looking up and if reports are to be believed, she is likely to be teamed with Fawad Khan for Karan Johar’s next under Dharma Productions, to be directed by debutant director Aditya Dhar.

Further, speculations are rife that she will share screen space with Salman Khan once again in the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger, which is tentatively titled Tiger Zinda Hai to be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and possibly also be part of Atul Agnihotri and A R Murugadoss’s next.

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Katrina clarifies, “I have not announced any of my films as yet. There are discussions happening right now with few different people on different projects but nothing is announced yet.”

Does she feel like she had a sympathy factor working for her, post her breakup with Ranbir Kapoor?

Katrina says, “I don’t think anyone gets sympathy in breakup. I think breakups are tragic, breakups are painful, end of any relationship leads to devastating time for everyone involved. I don’t think it is a matter of sympathy or not sympathy or a matter of support.”

Ajay Devgn on clash with Karan Johar: ‘Don’t waste my time thinking about anybody else’s film’

This has been the season of clashes.

It all started last year in December with Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale clashing, which was followed by rumours of a big clash between Raees and Sultan. However, we are guessing Shah Rukh Khan decided to play it safe after Bajirao Mastani did better box office business, and Sultan had a solo release.

The clash between Mohenjo Daro and Rustom is still underway, with Rustom emerging as a winner .

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However, one of the biggest clashes of this year has to been between Karan Johar’s directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn’s directorial venture Shivaay, both of which are releasing on Diwali this year.

While both Johar and Devgn have not spoken about the clash till now, Ajay has finally addressed the elephant in the room, in this DNA interview. Not known to mince his words, Devgn has been very straightforward about his stance.

“I don’t waste my time thinking about anybody else’s film. I want to concentrate on my film because, eventually, it’s the product that speaks. Why break my concentration? I’m only concerned about what I’m making,” said Ajay Devgn upon being asked if he is “prepared” for the clash with Karan Johar’s film.

He further said that when they announced the release date for Shivaay, nobody else was releasing a film at the time, and that it’s their [Dharma Productions] prerogative if they want to cash in on a good day. Devgn further informed that when he reached out to Fox Star India (who are co-producing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil) they refused to budge on the release.

This is especially a delicate clash because Devgn’s wife and actress Kajol, and Karan Johar have been thick since even before they started their careers. There have been reports of a fall out between the two since the clash.

Both these films, Shivaay and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil are very crucial to Ajay Devgn and Karan Johar respectively. This is Ajay Devgn’s second film as a director after 2008’s U Me Aur Hum and his last film was DrishyamShivaay has taken close to two years to script and make and therefore its stakes are very high.

Karan Johar, on the hand, directed his last film (Student of the Year) in 2012, and has been producing films since then. His lead actor in the film is Ranbir Kapoor, whose last few films have not been successful. Anushka Sharma is, for all practical purposes, the most “bankable” star in his film.

This must be something that plagues Johar since he was the one who conveniently “dropped” Imran Khan from his favourites list after he stopped delivering hits.

Given this background on the film, is it strange that Johar is making no sounds about his film. There are no hashtags, no first looks, no songs, not even Instagram posts about it. Just radio silence. Should we be expecting an announcement of a shift in release soon?