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‘Pushpa: The Rule’ Teaser to Drop on April 8

The makers also revealed that the teaser of the upcoming film will be unveiled on April 8 on the occasion of Allu Arjun’s birthday…reports Asian Lite News

The anticipation for the upcoming instalment of the blockbuster ‘Pushpa’ franchise, ‘Pushpa: The Rule’, which stars Telugu superstar Allu Arjun, is reaching a fever pitch.

Adding to the euphoria, the makers of the film on Tuesday shared a new poster of the film. The poster features a close-up shot of a foot, presumably of Allu Arjun, wearing a ghungroo. The foot can be seen covered in sindoor. The poster features warm colours in prominence with a hint of cool green in the depth of the centre frame. The makers also revealed that the teaser of the upcoming film will be unveiled on April 8 on the occasion of Allu Arjun’s birthday.

Sharing the poster on X, erstwhile Twitter, the makers of the film wrote, “Let the #PushpaMassJaathara begin. The most awaited #Pushpa2TheRuleTeaser out on April 8. He is coming with double the fire. #Pushpa2TheRule Grand Release Worldwide on 15th AUG 2024. Icon Star @alluarjun @iamRashmika @aryasukku #FahadhFaasil @ThisIsDSP”. Allu Arjun recently got an early birthday present as his wax statue was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Museum in Dubai. His wax statue has his signature ‘Jhukega Nahi Sala’ pose from the blockbuster film ‘Pushpa: The Rise’. The actor attended the ceremony in Dubai along with his family.  

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Prime Video’s Power-packed Lineup

The forthcoming lineup also includes a new movie titled ‘Be Happy’, led by Abhishek Bachchan. Helmed by Remo D’Souza, it also stars Nora Fatehi, Nasser, Inayat Verma, and Johny Lever…reports Asian Lite News

From the announcement of season 2 of ‘Paatal Lok’, and ‘Mirzapur 3’ to the return of ‘Bandish Bandits’, there are close to 70 series and movies scheduled to premiere on Prime Video over the next two years. Another interesting project announced by the streaming platform is Boman Irani’s ‘The Mehta Boys’, which is his directorial debut. It features Boman Irani and Avinash Tiwary in lead roles. They are joined by Shreya Chaudhary in a pivotal role.

The forthcoming lineup also includes a new movie titled ‘Be Happy’, led by Abhishek Bachchan. Helmed by Remo D’Souza, it also stars Nora Fatehi, Nasser, Inayat Verma, and Johny Lever. The list features 40 original series and movies, and 29 films that will stream on the platform, all across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu languages.

The streamer is releasing a web series, including the highly awaited Indian version of the Russo brothers’ Citadel Universe, ‘Citadel: Honey Bunny’, starring Varun Dhawan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu and directed by Raj and DK, Karan Johar-backed ‘Daring Partners’, Siddharth Roy Kapur’s ‘Matka King’ starring Vijay Varma. New seasons of older franchises such as ‘Mirzapur’, ‘Panchayat’ and ‘Suzhal- The Vortex’ will be the other attractions. The original films that will be released on the platform include ‘Subedaar’, starring Anil Kapoor, and ‘Chhorii 2’, a sequel to the horror thriller that also launched on the service.
Theatrical films including Shahid Kapoor’s ‘Ashwatthama- The Saga Continues’, Tiger Shroff’s ‘Baaghi 4’, Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Chandu Champion’, and Ranveer Singh’s ‘Don 3’ will be available on Prime Video. Take a look at the slate

Baaghi 4

Produced under the banner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Tiger Shroff’s ‘Baaghi 4’ will be available on Amazon Prime Video. The film will feature Tiger Shroff in the lead role.

Call Me Bae

Ananya Panday’s debut web series, ‘Call Me Bae’, was also announced. It also stars Vir Das, Gurfateh Pirzada, Varun Sood, Vihaan Samat, Muskkkaan Jaferi, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Lisa Mishra and Mini Mathur.

Be Happy

Remo D’Souza’s next directorial venture, ‘Be Happy’ stars Abhishek Bachchan in the lead role. ‘Be Happy’, produced by Lizelle Remo D’Souza, is centred on a father’s unrelenting drive to satisfy his daughter’s dreams and experience genuine joy. D’Souza, Tushar Hiranandani, Kanishka Singh Deo, and Chirag Garg collaborated on the script. Along with Bachchan, the film’s ensemble cast includes Nora Fatehi, Nasser, Inayat Verma, and Johnny Lever.

Paatal Lok Season 2

Jaideep Ahlawat starrer ‘Paatal Lok Season 2’ is also announced. The show stars Ishwak Singh, Tillotama Shome, Jahnu Barua, Gul Panag, Nagesh Kukunoor, Anurag Arora. Sharing the first look from season 2, Prime Video wrote, “Two seemingly disconnected cases get Hathiram and Ansari to work together again, sending them down the track of a nebulous conspiracy.”

Bandish Bandits Season 2

Returning with promises of more musical magic and the nuanced romance between Tamanna and Radhe is the charming world of Bandish Bandits. It features Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry, Sheeba Chadha, Divya Dutta, Atul Kulkarni, Rajesh Tailang, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Rohan Gurbaxani, Yashaswini Dayama, Aaliyah Qureshi, and Saurabh Nayyar.

Subedaar

Subedaar Arjun Singh (Anil Kapoor) navigates the difficulties of civilian life while navigating a tough relationship with his daughter and social unrest in this adrenaline-fueled, high-octane thriller. Once a national defender, he now has to fight domestic enemies to protect his family and house. With Anil Kapoor in the title character, Suresh Triveni is the director and Prajwal Chandrashekar and he co-wrote the screenplay.

Daldal

In the film, Bhumi Pednekar portrays Rita Ferreira, the recently appointed DCP of Mumbai, who must contend with a ruthless serial murderer. The remaining cast members of the project, which is helmed by Amrit Raj Gupta, have not yet been revealed.

Chhorii 2

With the release of her critically acclaimed horror film Chhorii 2, Nushrratt Bharuccha will once more work her magic on the screens. It is helmed by Vishal Furia and stars Soha Ali Khan.

Stree 2

Prime Video finally bagged ‘Stree 2’ starring Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkumar Rao and more. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the film will also star Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee, and Aparshakti Khuranna.

Housefull 5

The next instalment of comedy franchise films, ‘Housefull 5’ will be available post-theatrical release. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Tarun Mansukhani. Prime Video dropped the official poster and announced the release date by captioning it, “Introducing Housefull 5 with five times the laughter, madness, and confusion. #Housefull5 available post-theatrical release.”
The other titles unveiled at the event are Panchayat 3, Mirzapur 3, The Family Man 3, Singham Again and more. Prime Video also unveiled many regional titles like Surya’s Kanguva, Ghaati, Om Bheem Bush, Game Changer, Thammudu and more. Other highlights are Siddharth Roy Kapur and Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Matka King’, starring Vijay Varma, who plays a Mumbai cotton merchant who ensures that gambling doesn’t remain confined only to the elite by inventing ‘matka’. The following new releases look promising, Nikkhil Advani’s adaptation of Sanjeev Sanyal’s book, ‘The Revolutionaries’, which is based on the lives and sacrifices of our freedom fighters, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, and Ayesha Sood’s ‘In Transit’, a documentary series that explores the lives of trans and non-binary people, ‘Daring Partners’, starring Tamannaah Bhatia, Diana Penty, and Javed Jaffrey, and Uorfi Javed’s unscripted show, ‘Follow Karlo Yaar’. (ANI)

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Fitness Icons of Bollywood

To keep those paycheques raining, Bollywood personalities put in a lot of hard work in their fitness and physical attractiveness. Some choose to go to doctors for a snip and tuck and other spend time sweating it out in the gym, here’s a look at a select few are included who have inspired millions of followers worldwide by continuing to be physically active to ensure they keep up appearances. 

Anil Kapoor

Anil Kapoor is renowned for his extraordinary physical well-being, vitality, and perpetual youth. Even at sixty, he still keeps a trim and nimble body. Cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, cycling, swimming, and brisk walking are all part of Kapoor’s fitness regimen.

Suniel Shetty

Suniel Shetty is renowned for his commitment to physical well-being and the upkeep of a toned physique. His routine for physical fitness consists of martial arts, functional training, and controlled eating.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt is renowned for her toned body and focus health and fitness. To shed those postpartum kilos, adhered to a strict fitness routine that included a variety of exercises, functional training, and a well-balanced diet.

John Abraham

To build and maintain his muscular physique, John Abraham combines weight training, rigorous workouts, and clean diet.

Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff’s exceptional agility, suppleness, and martial arts prowess are well-known. To get his well-defined body, he follows a strict diet, martial arts training, and rigorous exercise routine.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty is a living example of elegance, grace, and physical fitness. Her quest to keep her body, mind, and physical fitness in good condition has been greatly aided by her dedication to yoga. Shetty combines Ashtanga, hot, and power yoga in her practice.

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Shanaya Kapoor Stuns as Showstopper for Anamika Khanna

Khanna’s collection, which brought the curtains down on day 3, was in association with Ajio Luxe…reports Asian Lite News

Bollywood actor Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya turned showstopper for ace fashion designer Anamika Khanna’s AK-OK Spring Summer ’24 collection at the Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI.

Sharing about walking the ramp for Khanna, Shanaya told reporters: “It feels very special. When I got styled for the first time in my life it was an Anamika Khanna outfit and I started with these combat boots and I felt so myself. So, finally walking for her for the AK-OK collection means a lot.”

“The embroidery is inspired by the biker vibe. The hair and make-up has been kept super grungy and carefree. Had a good time,” Shanaya added.

Khanna’s collection, which brought the curtains down on day 3, was in association with Ajio Luxe.

The designer took her inspiration from the intrepid spirit of a nomadic biker from Orissa’s Bonda Tribe. With Bonda colours, motifs and embroideries playing a stunning factor in the collection.

The garments were a collection of jackets, slouchy pants, drapes, and kaftans in whites, ivories, and blacks, expanding over to a range of prints and bolder colours like red and pink.

The designer combined thick thread work embroidery inspired by biker studs to reinvent the idea of urban wear.

Talking about the showstopper outfit, Khanna said: “This was the most fun thing I did in a long time. I mentioned to Shanaya that it’s about somebody from the tribe becoming this biker and going into the city and having fun.”

“This look that she is wearing is actually inspired from the tribe and then the biker element to it which we derived from all the studs that you see.”

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Weekend Movie Bonanza

Directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, Article 370 revolves around the escalation of terrorism in Kashmir and the government’s resolve to abolish Article 370…reports Asian Lite News

Cinemas this week are offering cinephiles a movie bonanza with many titles released across various genres. From action to comedy, to an Oscar-nominated movie, the lineup of titles being played at cinemas this week has something to offer for everyone.

Titles like Article 370 and The Teachers’ Lounge are the talk of the town. So, buckle up, put on your movie glasses, grab that bucket of popcorn, and check out the movies to watch this week. The complete list is below:

Article 370

Directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, Article 370 revolves around the escalation of terrorism in Kashmir and the government’s resolve to abolish Article 370. Yami Gautam takes on the lead role in the film as an agent from the National Investigation Agency (NIA), supported by a talented cast including Priyamani, Arun Govil, Vaibhav Tatwawadi, Skand Thakur, Ashwini Koul, and Kiran Karmarkar, among others.

The Teachers’ Lounge

The Teachers’ Lounge is a German drama film directed by İlker Çatak, who co-wrote the screenplay with Johannes Duncker. The film stars Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, and Anne-Kathrin Gummich, among others. The movie centers around Teacher Carla Nowak, who decides to intervene when one of her students is suspected of theft. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to overwhelm her.

All India Rank

Written and directed by Varun Grover, All India Rank is a slice-of-life dramedy set in the late 1990s. It follows the story of Vivek, a 17-year-old teenager who is sent away from home to a prep school to prepare for the highly competitive IIT entrance examination. Bodhisattva Sharma portrays the titular role, supported by a talented cast of veterans including Sheeba Chaddha, Kailash Gowthaman, and Saadat Khan, among others.

Mean Girls

Mean Girls is an American musical teen comedy film helmed by directors Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr., with a screenplay by Tina Fey. The ensemble cast features Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auliʻi Cravalho, and Christopher Briney, with Fey and Tim Meadows reprising their roles from the original film. The story revolves around new student Cady Heron, who finds herself catapulted to the top of the social hierarchy when she joins the elite group of popular girls known as the Plastics, led by the manipulative Regina George. However, Cady’s world takes a tumultuous turn when she falls for Regina’s former flame, leading to a series of confrontations and conflicts within their clique.

Crakk: Jeetegaa Toh Jiyegaa

Crakk: Jeetega Toh Jiyegaa is a high-octane action thriller starring Vidyut Jammwal in the lead role. It showcases the journey of a man from the slums of Mumbai to the world of underground extreme sports. Directed by Aditya Datt, the film also features Arjun Rampal, Nora Fatehi, and Amy Jackson.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Hashira Training

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Hashira Training is a captivating anime film adaptation of the immensely popular manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge, published under Shueisha’s Jump Comics. The story follows Tanjiro, a young boy whose life is shattered when his family is brutally slaughtered by demons. His sister, Nezuko, miraculously survives but is transformed into a demon. Despite her monstrous form, Nezuko retains her humanity, spurring Tanjiro on a quest to become a Demon Slayer. The film combines breathtaking animation with intense action sequences and heartfelt moments to deliver an unforgettable cinematic experience.

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Empowering Voices

 In a diverse landscape of compelling characters across various platforms, women have taken centre stage, embodying strength, resilience, and unwavering determination. From the powerful Helen Black in Audible’s ‘Marvel’s Wastelanders: Black Widow,’ voiced by Kareena Kapoor Khan to the fearless Sehmat in ‘Raazi,’ on Prime Video, each of them captures the audiences with their indomitable spirits.

Their stories, filled with courage and resilience, serve as a beacon of inspiration, just like this year’s theme of accelerating progress and encouraging women to embrace their strength and forge ahead. Whether they’re fierce warriors or brilliant minds, these women smash stereotypes and teach us how to be badass and stand out on our own. Here are ten remarkable ladies from whom we can draw inspiration this Women’s Day! 

Helen Black voiced by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Lisa Cartwright voiced by Masaba Gupta

Podcast: ‘Marvel’s Wastelanders: Black Widow’
Platform: Audible

Meet Helen Black, a powerful woman bestowed with the power to save the universe voiced by Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Lisa Cartwright, the genius mastermind voiced by Masaba Gupta, who play the role of robust female characters in this podcast series. Helen, a fierce, powerful, and intelligent character clashes with Lisa who doesn’t take herself seriously but is uniquely intuitive and smart. Both the ladies take the lead in their distinct charms assuming the roles of a superhero and spy respectively.  A one-woman deadly fighting force, Helen makes her moves smartly throughout the series, giving the audience a distinct audio experience.

Ash voiced by Prajakta Koli

Podcast: ‘Marvel’s Wastelanders: Hawkeye

Platform: Audible

With a tale of justice, resilience, and hope, Ash, voiced by Prajakta Koli, plays the role of Hawkeye’s estranged daughter. Her life takes a tragic turn when she loses the love of her life in a sudden accident. Driven by her youth and impulsiveness, she becomes motivated to seek justice, vowing to finish whoever is responsible. Turning to her father for help, she soon discovers that he, too, has a mission of his own. Pooling their motives of hope and vengeance, the series shows the heartwarming relationship between father-daughter duo Ash and Hawkeye as they collaborate to put an end to those manipulating this emerging dystopian era. Tune into this immersive experience of justice only on Audible!

Zarah Kaul voiced by Kubbra Sait

Podcast: ‘Aakhri Sawaal: Interviews Before Execution’

Platform: Audible

To discover unspoken revelations with the fearless Zarah Kaul, don’t forget to tune into the riveting series of ‘Aakhri Sawaal: Interviews Before Execution’ on Audible. The story revolves around the character of psychologist Zarah Kaul who seeks to complete her late father’s unfinished book, ‘Interviews Before Execution.’ With immense bravery and gratitude towards her father, she interviews condemned murderers on death row single-handedly, unravelling the mysteries behind their crimes.

Jenabai voiced by Kalki Koechlin and Gangubai voiced by Radhika Apte

Audiobook: ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’

Platform: Audible

Meet the strong and resilient Mafia Queens, Jenabai and Gangubai, the female dons and masterminds narrated by Kalki Koechlin and Radhika Apte respectively. They bring to life the unforgettable tales of influential women in Indian history. Despite enduring the trauma of sexual assault, in this Audible show, you will know how Jenabai who was the first mafia queen of the Mumbai underworld, climbed her way up in a predominantly male-dominated society; while Gangu finds the inner strength to stand tall and ensures her voice is heard, being a source of inspiration for countless women today.

Kavya Kulkarni voiced by Mithila Palkar

Podcast: ‘Little Things: Jab Dhruv Met Kavya, Season 1’

Platform: Audible

Kavya, a down-to-earth girl, faces life’s challenges with grace and unwavering determination, refusing to compromise on her deeply held values. The podcast narrates the chapters of Kavya and Dhruv’s lives before their paths intertwined, tracing the story of their initial meeting and the journey that led them to become inseparable soulmates. Kavya, narrated by Mithila Palkar, undergoes a remarkable evolution from a nervous individual to a mature and grown-up woman, catalysed by her encounter with Dhruv—the love of her life. As their paths intertwine, Kavya’s character unfolds, revealing layers of patience, love, and newfound wisdom, painting a vivid portrait of her growth into a more self-assured and empowered version of herself.

Amrita Sabharwal played by Taapsee Pannu

Film: ‘Thappad’

Platform: Amazon Prime

In a powerful story, Amrita, a survivor of domestic abuse, bravely refuses to stay silent. When her husband crosses the line by slapping her at a party, she takes a stand for justice. Choosing equality above all, Amrita fearlessly presses charges against him, firmly rejecting his oppressive actions. Her unwavering strength becomes a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the resilience and determination of women who refuse to yield to injustice.

Sehmat Khan Syed played by Alia Bhatt

Film: ‘Raazi’

Platform: Amazon Prime

Introducing Sehmat Khan, a fearless force of courage and sacrifice, where her name becomes synonymous with extraordinary! Once an ordinary college-going girl, she willingly set aside her dreams, youth, and college life to embark on a mission. Her selfless dedication involved providing crucial and confidential information to the Indian Agency, transforming her into a symbol of resilience and unwavering commitment to a greater cause. Her role highlighted her utmost sacrifice and dedication to her country.

Vaishali Singh played by Bhumi Pednekar

Film: ‘Bhakshak’

Platform: Netflix

The fearless investigative journalist Vishali Singh brought to life by Bhumi Pednekar in the vibrant city of Patna, brings in her due diligence. In her relentless pursuit to uncover the truth, she faces numerous challenges, from police interference to obstacles posed by child welfare authorities. Undeterred, Vaishali showcases unwavering resilience, refusing to back down until she exposes a horrifying crime within a girls’ shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

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Shade in Style

Sunglasses are a must-have accessory for any fashionista, and Tiger is no exception. Opt for a pair of classy sunglasses that not only protect your eyes but also add a touch of sophistication to your outfit…reports Asian Lite News

Tiger Shroff, the epitome of fitness and style, turns heads wherever he goes. Known for his impeccable fashion sense and effortless charm, Tiger’s wardrobe is a treasure trove of inspiration for fashion enthusiasts. Let’s take a closer look at five must-have wardrobe essentials inspired by the actor himself.

Denim Jacket: A denim jacket is a versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, making it a staple in Tiger’s wardrobe. Cop the look from Lee Cooper denim collection. Pair it with a plain white tee and chunky denim jeans for a casual yet stylish look that is sure to turn heads.

Classy Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must-have accessory for any fashionista, and Tiger is no exception. Opt for a pair of classy sunglasses that not only protect your eyes but also add a touch of sophistication to your outfit.

Comfy Formal Trousers: Tiger effortlessly blends comfort with style, and his choice of comfy formal trousers is a testament to that. Invest in a pair of well-tailored formal trousers that allow you to move freely while looking sharp and polished.

Sports Wear: Tiger’s love for fitness is well-known, and his wardrobe reflects that. Invest in some stylish sportswear that not only keeps you comfortable during your workout but also allows you to make a fashion statement while hitting the gym.

Chunky Denim Jeans: Tiger is often seen sporting chunky denim jeans that perfectly complement his muscular physique. Invest in a pair of well-fitted denim jeans that hug your curves in all the right places for a look that is both comfortable and stylish.

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Oppenheimer’ Triumphs at Producers Guild Awards, Eyes Oscar Glory

‘The Bear’, another unstoppable awards force that won big at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, got the PGA’s Danny Thomas Award for best episodic comedy series…reports Asian Lite News

 ‘Oppenheimer’ continued to steamroll its path to Oscar glory on Sunday night (US Pacific Time), claiming the top prize at the 2024 Producers Guild of America Awards, reports ‘Variety’.

Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Chuck Roven and their producing team took home the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, which recognises excellence in producing for a theatrical feature film.

Thomas, according to ‘Variety’, told the crowd that many may not know that Nolan, the film’s writer and director (and her husband), excelled most in his role as producer: “He’s absolutely brilliant, we’ve worked on 12 films now.”

‘The Bear’, another unstoppable awards force that won big at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, got the PGA’s Danny Thomas Award for best episodic comedy series.

The ceremony also saw several career achievement awards. Sarah Michelle Gellar stepped out to present super-producer Gail Berman, who made the former a star with ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, with a trophy named for Norman Lear.

“When I say that not a single person on this earth was interested in buying that television show, I mean not a single person on earth was interested in buying that television show,” Berman told the crowd at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

She persisted and wound up creating an iconic character that empowered young women around the world. Berman dedicated her award to her husband and children — the people who “lift me up when there’s barely any air left in the punching bag”, adds ‘Variety’.

At the evening’s end, Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro gave a moving tribute to Martin Scorsese, the 2024 recipient of the David O. Selznick Achievement Award. While celebrating his defining works such as ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Goodfellas’, del Toro said Scorsese is now living one of the more transformative moments in his professional life.

“An artist’s spirit cannot be tamed,” del Toro said, according to ‘Variety’. “It will remain vital, savage and even undomesticated — even in the fourth or fifth decade of a prestigious career.”

Scorsese brought the ballroom to its feet with a standing ovation. He recalled meeting a previous winner of the Selznick award, director Alfred Hitchcock, who had advice for producers in his own PGA acceptance speech.

The ‘Psycho’ director lectured filmmakers on “runaway productions”, or films that ran too long and over budget. And he advised the crowd, per Scorsese, “Make producers and directors more faithful to their wives.”

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Kiran Rao Returns with ‘Laapataa Ladies’

The story of the movie revolves around two newly-wed brides who get separated from their families and how a slip-up sets many things right…reports Asian Lite News

After treating the audience with ‘Dhobi Ghat’, the ace director and producer Kiran Rao, is again back with another project titled ‘Laapataa Ladies’. As Rao is busy in promoting her film, she recently got candid about making a comeback as a director and what makes the story set in 2001 still relatable and relevant.

She told, “My struggle continued. I kept writing for 10-12 years. I was writing stories for films, I was writing stories for the OTT series as well. But for some reason, I wasn’t completely satisfied with them.”
“When ‘Dhobi Ghat’ was released, I became a mother. I was very busy and enjoying being a mother. I don’t know how the years went by. But I kept writing. I worked in the films of Aamir Khan Productions. I also contributed to the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. But the desire to make a film was left behind. Because I was not able to complete the script.”
She continued, “In 2018, Aamir got this script. He was a judge in a screenwriting competition. And he liked the story a lot. This story won the second prize. Writer Biplab Goswami wrote it. Then I thought, yes, this is my story. But it’s been six years since it was made.”

The story of the movie revolves around two newly-wed brides who get separated from their families and how a slip-up sets many things right. In a very subtle way, using the elements of humour and hope, Kiran has attempted to address a strong social issue and women’s empowerment
However, the original story was much realistic and dark though her film comes with the elements of comedy and hope.

As she explained, ” When we met Sneha Desai as a writer, I felt that this could be done because the story was very good, which was written by Bipalab, but it was very realistic and I felt that the fun should come because this is a kind of satirical situation that two girls get separated and then what happens next. How can this be changed? And then what happens? There is a twist in the story. Sneha Desai brought the fun in the twist very well. And I will give her full credit. Biplab had also written a very good story. Sneha did this and Divyanidhi Sharma created the character of Shyam Manohar(played by Ravi Kishan).

“So the challenge was that the topics on which we have to discuss to change people’s perspective, we should do it under the table. We should do it through comedy. So that you don’t feel that someone is giving you a lecture standing and someone is explaining something to you. It’s not something to explain. The audience understands. Whatever you want to say, you don’t have to explain it. If your story touches them, then they understand. So actually, while writing, a lot of us we were conscious that the less we kept preaching, the less we kept lecturing. But I felt that the comedy element was very important. Because people then understand what you want to convey very easily, ” she added.
‘Laapata Ladies’ is set in 2001 Madhya Pradesh, a time when mobile phones were precious and the internet and technology had not made everything easily accessible. But, she feels that the story is still relatable. made. “I think this story will touch people’s hearts as emotions and dreams have no age.”

On how she decided about the locations, the director shared, “So, we saw a lot of recce tapes from the villages, because, as I said, it was the time of Covid, so we couldn’t travel that much to find them. So, from everywhere, from Bihar, UP, Delhi, MP we saw a lot of recce tapes in Maharashtra as well. So, we thought that we were getting a lot of locations together in MP. They are not that far away from Bhopal. Their shooting infrastructure is very good. The government and tourism support the film industry a lot. And we got to see very beautiful villages that haven’t changed that much in the last 20-25 years. As you have seen, it’s the story of 2001.”

“So, we also had that requirement that we don’t get a very solid house in that village. So, where there is a beautiful mud house of India, they should be there. A simplicity, a beauty, where the fields are behind the house. It’s not that there are thousands of acres of fields, but someone is living in a bungalow. We needed that kind of atmosphere that we got in MP. And we did the train shoots in Maharashtra. Train stations, we shot them in Nashik district,” the director added.

The film stars Ravi Kishan, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastav, and Nitanshi Goel. Talking about the casting of the film, and working with new as well as established names, Kiran shared, “It always comes with a challenge to work with new stars but to hire new people, you have to balance the equation. You have to keep your project within a certain size, being realistic, and then you can be free in this project. And we both felt, Aamir and I, that if the actors are completely new to this, who fit this character perfectly, then you(the audience) will believe this world in some way, and you will understand this world. You won’t think, how is this possible? You know, you will start flowing with this story. So, because of Aamir’s faith and sharp planning and design casting happened.”

Presented by Jio Studios, ‘Laapataa Ladies’ is directed by Kiran Rao and produced by Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande.
‘Laapataa Ladies’ is a story set in 2001 in rural India about two young brides who get separated during a train journey and what happens when Kishan, a police officer, takes it upon himself to probe the missing case.
The film received a standing ovation during its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.’Laapataa Ladies’ is produced by a team that has collaborated for such hits as ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Dangal’, and ‘Peepli Live’.

The film has been produced under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, with the scripting by Biplab Goswami. Sneha Desai wrote the screenplay and dialogue, while Divyanidhi Sharma jotted down the additional lines.
‘Laapataa Ladies’ will hit the theatres on March 1. (ANI)

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Deepika Padukone Partners with Hilton

Deepika Padukone said, “I’m proud to be partnering with a global brand like Hilton to share the importance of The Stay for Indians worldwide. My generation works extremely hard, and we want to see value in the experiences that we choose to invest in…reports Asian Lite News

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announces a global ambassador partnership with actress, producer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Deepika Padukone. The partnership is an extension of Hilton’s first global marketing platform, ‘Hilton. For The Stay,’ in India, spotlighting why it matters where you stay amid continued demand for travel in the region.   

This strategic collaboration marks an important milestone for Hilton, reaffirming the company’s commitment to expand in the dynamic Indian market. Recognized for her inspiring journey in the entertainment industry and beyond, Deepika embodies the spirit of modern India and resonates with the aspirations and ethos of the Indian traveler. Her resilience, innovation, and global outlook, complements Hilton’s mission to offer exceptional experiences, making her the ideal choice to champion Hilton’s global marketing platform. Deepika’s connection with her audience is built on authenticity and a shared pursuit of excellence – qualities that are at the heart of Hilton’s service philosophy.

Breaking away from conventional stereotypes and scripting her success story, Deepika’s rise in the highly competitive Bollywood and Hollywood entertainment industries, coupled with her philanthropic work mirrors the ethos of the entrepreneurial generation which is shaping contemporary India today. Acknowledged with the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for her leadership in raising mental health awareness in 2020 and named the TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World, Deepika’s achievements have set her firmly on the world stage.

Led by consumer insights, ‘Hilton. For The Stay’ was launched in July 2022, and illustrates the realities and stresses of traveling, highlighting the importance of ‘The Stay’ as a crucial element that can make or break any trip. Hilton’s hyper-localized approach for the India campaign will start with understanding the unique preferences of local consumers in the coming months. Through market research and Deepika’s synergy with the Indian audience, Hilton aims to uncover relatable tensions in travel which will be interwoven into the campaign, alongside demonstration of how Hilton is here to remove their pain points and extend our signature hospitality, for every stay. 

Deepika Padukone said, “I’m proud to be partnering with a global brand like Hilton to share the importance of The Stay for Indians worldwide. My generation works extremely hard, and we want to see value in the experiences that we choose to invest in. What I love about Hilton, is that they truly understand the importance of The Stay. A hotel stay can make or break a trip. Having your needs anticipated and looked after even before you step into the hotel lobby lets you know that you’re well taken care of. I look forward to creating lasting memories with Hilton and sharing them with the world.” 

Mark Weinstein, chief marketing officer, of Hilton, said, “Deepika’s iconic status in India coupled with her ability to effortlessly bridge tradition with modernity makes her the ideal brand ambassador for Hilton.  Through our partnership, we look forward to exploring Deepika’s unique, authentic Hilton Stay experiences.  The stories we’ll tell together will inspire travellers from across India to join Hilton Honors and experience their very own Hilton Stays.”

With 25 operating hotels and 17 hotels in the pipeline in India, Hilton has set its sights on the Indian market to triple its estate in the coming years. Its global partnership with Deepika and upcoming ‘Hilton. For The Stay’ campaign rollout cements its commitment to India as part of the company’s strategy to increase its brand visibility and strengthen its position in the hospitality market.

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