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MX Player’s ‘Cheesecake’ Trailer is Paw-Some and here’s why you must watch it!

A fancy apartment, a well-paying job, your beloved by your side – you might have it all, but do you continue to have a nagging feeling that something is lacking? In this fast paced life, we sometimes forget to slow down and enjoy the moment for what its worth.

This is when Cheesecake makes all the difference!
No, we’re not talking about a slice of pie but a handsome golden retriever who enters the lives of Neel (Jitendra Kumar) and Sameera (Akanksha Thakur) – a married couple who seemingly lead the perfect life but are lonely, despite being together. The 5 episodic series explores what happens when the little furball called Cheesecake helps make their life whole again.
Here’s why the paw-some trailer of MX Original Series Cheesecake, a TVF Creation has us revved to watch the series!
1. The star of the show – Cheesecake! – He’s handsome much, he’s always smiling and he will never break your heart! This golden retriever definitely steals the show!

2. Jitendra Kumar – Jitendra Kumar or Jeetu bhaiya as we all know him has stunned us with performances across mediums. The digital star has made us feel multiple emotions with his superlative performances and now he’s back with yet another rollercoaster of emotions – ‘Cheesecake’.

3. Akanksha and Jeetu reunite for this series – Having worked together in Tech Conversations with Dad, Permanent Roommates and Pitchers, Akanksha and Jeetu have been deemed as one of the most popular 0n-screen couples in the digital space. Their reunion for this series is highlight anticipated by their fans.

4. A show that will relate to all pet lovers – The trailer of ‘Cheesecake’ gives us a sneak peek into the show’s plot and how it revolves around a dog/pet. It is definitely a treat for all the dog lovers who can catch up and relate to instances that are showcased in this series. Right from ruining the cushion covers to your sandals, the pet lovers will relate to it all!

5. You can watch it for FREE on MX Player – No subscription issues, no payment and premium content that you can binge watch for FREE. Now, what more can one ask for?
Download the app now and on 29th November, get ready to welcome ‘Cheesecake’ in your hearts!

Amaan and Ayaan string along with the legendary Joe Walsh

Sarod Brothers, Amaan & Ayaan collaborate with American rock guitarist Joe Walsh on an albumSarod Brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash have announced their collaboration for a new music album with the legendary American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Joseph Fidler Walsh popularly known as Joe Walsh. The composition will be a fusion with the Sarod and the Electronic Guitar.Some of the tracks which were recorded in Beverly Hills in LA are ready. A few more sessions of recording and creating music will bring a closure to this iconic collaboration. The ablum will be due for release in early months of 2020.When asked about their experience on working for this album, the Bangash brothers said, “First of all it’s an absolute honour to share space with such an iconic artist. We have loved his work from an early era since he was a part of famous bands like James Gang, Barnstorm and Eagles. It was amazing to interact and work with a legend who is a symbol of humility grace and excellence. When we first met him, he told us how he loves the sarod and our father’s work.”They added, “We are excited for the release and we are sure this one is going to be a treat for the lovers of classical music and rock & roll. It’s a perfect amalgamation of the strings and we cannot wait to introduce the musical fireworks to our beloved audience.Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is one of the undisputed masters of the music world. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his widely acclaimed disciples and Sarod virtuosi Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash were recently felicitated at the coveted Global Music Awards under the Gold Medal category for their outstanding contribution to the global music industry and excellence in the classical music sphere. The top tier honour was bestowed on the trailblazing trio in correlation with their “Peace Worshipers” album which was released in July 2017.With a whirlwind musical tour in the US and intermittent recording sessions with Joe Walsh, the brothers surely have a packed schedule.

It’s double celebration for Divya Khosla Kumar!

With double celebrations for Divya Khosla Kumar – who turned a year older recently and is reveling in the smashing success of her latest T-Series single ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ – Bollywood fraternity attended the celebration in huge numbers and wished the gorgeous actor-director a ‘happy birthday’!

It was a packed house, as all roads led to the success celebration of T-Series’ latest song, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ which has already become the song of the year.

Present at the event was Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar and Neha Kakkar among others.

The recreation of Falguni Pathak’s iconic song has taken the internet by storm by making its way to every locker room, college campus, clubs and ruling airwaves thereby crossing 30 million views on YouTube.

Birthday girl Divya Khosla Kumar, who couldn’t contain her excitement at the success bash, said, “I was cast in a Falguni Pathak video which was the first big break for me. And again I’ve done a video of a Falguni Pathak song. I want to thank Falguni for being so generous. I’m thankful for all the positive wishes she has given. She has supported the decision of recreating her song, for the new generation who was unknown to the melody. I’m very happy with the response the video has received.”

Proud husband Bhushan Kumar said, “We launched this song 3-4 days back and it has more than 30 million views. Today, many people criticize the trend of song recreation. Lalit (Sen) praised the re-composition. He’s the best judge, and if he’s appreciating it, then it means that we have done a good job. So people who are criticizing it should stop it because we have made the song for this generation. The original song released long time back and people enjoyed it at then as well. Now, we have revisited it and many people including the original composer Lalit Sen and Falguni are happy about the recreation. Many people have criticized it, but there is a large audience that we cater to. So I’m really happy with the kind of response the song has been receiving. I’m very thankful to my audience.”

Composer Lalit Sen adds, “I’m a T-Series baby and Gulshan (Kumar) Ji gave me the chance, and then I’ve done a lot of albums for them. I’m fortunate that Vinay (Sapru) Ji and Radhika (Rao) Ji have directed this song again and Tanishk (Bagchi) has done a beautiful job, he has added more value to it. I really liked the recreation. Usually as a critic, when I’ve composed a song, I always look out for errors or loopholes, but this song is complete entertainment.”

Gulshan Kumar & T-Series presents, Bhushan Kumar’s ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ is penned by Jaani, sung by Neha Kakkar and music by Tanishk Bagchi.

Inside the Most Watched YouTube Channel in the World

Bhushan Kumar (center), chairman and managing director for Super Cassettes Industries Ltd., also known as T-Series, with music composer and singer Tanishk Bagchi (right) and Neeraj Kalyan (left), president of T-Series, at a listening session in Mumbai on Sept. 25.Inside the Most Watched YouTube Channel in the WorldIndia’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix.On a recent afternoon in the Arabian Desert, with the temperature hovering around 40C, the cast and crew of Street Dancer 3D are trying very hard to pretend they’re in London. Starring two of Bollywood’s biggest young stars, Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, the movie tells the story of rival dance crews facing off on the British capital’s mean streets. But because of the tiresome bureaucracy required to close actual London streets to blast Bollywood music for 10 hours at a time, the dance battles are being shot outside Dubai, in a theme park’s mock French village.To create the illusion of a London neighborhood, or at least a South Asian audience’s idea of one, the crew has strung Union Jacks across the village square and parked an array of borrowed sports cars on the cobblestones. Multicultural extras are wilting in the hoodies and coats they’re wearing to ward off the nonexistent English chill, and makeup artists are working furiously to hide everyone’s sweat. Between takes, a small man with a tote bag rushes in to shade Kapoor under an umbrella.As cinematic visions go, it all seems a little strained. But when the cameras roll, and the catchy flute loop of a Punjabi rap anthem gets going, Street Dancer 3D’s producer gleefully shimmies his shoulders. “These kinds of visuals—I am getting value for my money,” says Bhushan Kumar, a 41-year-old with a pompadour and a soft, boyish face. He’s clad head to toe in designer brands: Tom Ford glasses, Burberry T-shirt, Palm Angels sneakers. With the director at his side and his entourage all around, Kumar reclines in a folding chair, the picture of a man satisfied with what he sees. “It’s a good-looking location,” he says. “They’re getting great dancing with great actors. It has all the things that matter a lot.”When it comes to entertainment, Kumar has a better claim on knowing what matters to India’s 1.3 billion people than almost anyone. The head of T-Series, the country’s largest record label, he’s the custodian of a catalog of Bollywood soundtracks, Tamil pop tunes, and devotional music that accounts for a huge proportion of listening in the most music-crazy country on the planet. Since music and film are inextricably linked in India—almost all major hits come from soundtracks, and elaborate dance routines are the centerpiece of movies in almost every genre—Kumar is also a crucial cinematic tastemaker. T-Series’ in-house production arm has put out more than a dozen releases in the past year, including Kabir Singh, the second highest-grossing Bollywood title of 2019, with about $39 million in box-office revenue.In February the company achieved another milestone: It became the world’s most popular YouTube channel, dethroning Swedish gamer-troll PewDiePie. The ascent of T-Series, which has 117 million subscribers to its primary feed, caught many off guard. YouTube has been dominated by pranksters, vloggers, and beauty queens from the U.S. and Europe. No professional media producer, let alone one from Asia, had ever held the top spot. But thanks to low-cost broadband access, India is now the largest source of consumers on the open web, with more than 600 million people online. (China has more internet users, but they generally stay behind the walls of its sealed-off digital ecosystem.) And that still represents a market in its infancy—about half of India’s population doesn’t yet have internet access.Eager to cash in, Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon are all pouring resources into India and introducing products there before rolling them out elsewhere. In July, Netflix Inc. chose India to offer its first mobile-only subscription, an option that will be critical to unlocking emerging markets. Facebook wants to use the country as a test bed for payments via WhatsApp.For Kumar, the internet giants’ newfound interest is both a threat and an opportunity. With bigger budgets and fathomless technological assets, foreign companies might pose a serious challenge to Indian producers, peeling away talent and eyeballs while threatening the Bollywood hit factory that underpins his success. Or they could be valuable partners, eager for the intimate knowledge of the Indian market that only a company like T-Series can provide.Kumar believes it’s the latter. He envisions a self-reinforcing ecosystem where his YouTube channels promote his songs, his songs promote his movies and digital TV series, and when those become hits, people go back to YouTube to listen to the songs again and again, putting T-Series in an unassailable position. And with Bollywood content growing steadily more popular in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and other markets, that could make the company a global player, too.“All over the country, you ask anyone if they know T-Series, they will say yes,” Kumar says in an interview in Dubai. Soon, he adds, “everyone will know us all around the world.”Kumar credits his late father, who founded T-Series, with all of its success. Gulshan Kumar was murdered in 1997, shot 16 times as he exited a Hindu temple in broad daylight—reportedly for resisting an extortion attempt by a gang linked to Dawood Ibrahim, Mumbai’s most notorious underworld boss. Kumar refers to Gulshan in the present tense and says he believes his father is guiding T-Series from the afterlife; every film still opens with a title screen reading “Gulshan Kumar Presents.” Kumar attributes his most precious talent, his “ear sense” for picking hit songs, to his dad.Another trait Kumar seems to have inherited is technological foresight. In his father’s day, the medium of tomorrow was the cassette tape. Gulshan, whose own father was a Delhi juice vendor, opened a small shop stocking water-misting fans and other gizmos in the 1970s. A lifelong music lover, he also tried selling albums and experimenting with production on tape, hiring singers to record songs about his favorite Hindu shrine. When his cassettes began to outsell the fans, Gulshan traveled to Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea to learn more about the technology. He returned with a deal to import magnetic tape, and in 1980 he set up a factory to assemble cassettes, many featuring music from a studio he built out of his early forays into recording.Gulshan brought a disrupter’s sensibility to the business, offering tapes at deep discounts and distributing them through convenience stores and corner stalls. He commissioned albums in regional languages such as Punjabi and Bhojpuri, tapping markets competitors considered too small or fragmented to bother with. Along the way, he developed a reputation for playing fast and loose with the copyrights protecting India’s most popular songs, the ones from Hindi cinema’s “masala musicals”—mashups of action, comedy, and romance. T-Series denies that Gulshan ever engaged in outright bootlegging, but it doesn’t dispute that he exploited a copyright loophole permitting cover versions of hits.Gulshan’s distribution network put him in an excellent position to get into Bollywood soundtrack production, and in the mid-1980s he founded T-Series—the “T” an homage to the god Shiva, who’s usually depicted carrying a trident. In 1990 the label catapulted itself to the top ranks of the industry by releasing the soundtrack for the musical romance Aashiqui, which remains a bestseller. Gulshan also began aggressively snapping up the rights to Bollywood soundtracks T-Series hadn’t put together; film producers were often happy to part with them, since the company’s marketing footprint increased the odds a song would become a hit and drive box office sales. Gulshan loved film as much as he loved music, so T-Series also built a business producing its own movies.Bhushan Kumar refuses to speak about Gulshan’s murder, except to say it made him rethink his career plans. At 19, he took the company’s reins. “I knew what this business meant to my father,” he says. “I had to fulfill his dream. Any son’s job is to make his parents happy; that’s what I did.” To stabilize T-Series, he decided to focus primarily on music, accelerating his father’s song-buying strategy. Komal Nahta, a film industry analyst, estimates the company now holds the rights to as much as 70% of the Bollywood music released in the past three decades. At first, this business model looked fairly eccentric. For every big winner, T-Series was left with thousands of tracks gathering dust. After all, in the predigital era even the most music-mad Indians were only going to buy so many albums.In the developed world, the recent history of the music business goes something like this: Everything worked well until 1999, when a teenage coder named Sean Parker co-founded Napster, the first file-sharing service to achieve broad popularity. The ensuing golden age of piracy nearly wiped out the industry. Then Apple’s iTunes established a market for legitimate digital music and prepared the ground for Spotify and other streaming services.In India, things went a little differently. While piracy was widespread, iTunes never got much traction. Instead, people bought ringtones. Westerners might remember these as an oddity of the early aughts, snippets of songs bought directly from a carrier such as Verizon or AT&T; they went out of style once the iPhone provided more interesting things to do with a mobile device. For Indians, they were a sensation, offering a cheap and accessible means to obtain popular music legally. As mobile phones made inroads among the middle class, having the right ringtone, purchased for as little as 10 rupees (14¢), became an essential symbol of personal style.In 2003 a local web portal offered Kumar $500,000 for the right to scrape ringtones from the T-Series catalog. He said no and instead began playing telecom operators and ringtone aggregation companies—a thing, in India—against one another for ever-larger licensing fees. His passion for the format was unmatched. Kumar “used to work on every ringtone,” says T-Series President Neeraj Kalyan, who’s headed the label’s digital division since its 2003 creation. “He used to make multiple cuts of every song so you’d have your first stanza, your second stanza, every stanza of a song.” Each would be available as a separate ring. By the late 2000s ringtones were the music division’s largest revenue stream.As this boom was nearing its peak, T-Series noticed bootlegged versions of its songs popping up in a very different format: YouTube. The company’s relaxed attitude to copyright law didn’t extend to American digital titans, and in 2007 it sued for infringement. The eventual settlement required YouTube to train T-Series to put its own videos on the site—and to provide generous advances on revenue from the ads that would run alongside them.T-Series uploaded its first YouTube video, the peppy dance number Laung Da Lashkara, in 2011, just as ringtone sales were tailing off. It featured the stars of the film Patiala House, Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, cavorting in full Indian formal wear through a chandeliered ballroom, accompanied by troupes of backup dancers in turbans. Like a final transmission from an era that was about to disappear forever, it included an SMS code in the description below the frame, inviting viewers to set the song as their ringtone. The video was a hit, and it marked the beginning of an all-in bet on YouTube at a time when most record labels, whether in Santa Monica or Mumbai, still viewed it as an annoyance at best. T-Series immediately got to work uploading its entire catalog, available for free to anyone who wanted to watch.Despite India’s vast size, it still offered a surprisingly small pool of consumers. With underpowered mobile infrastructure, conservative telecom carriers, and a huge number of people living below the poverty line, the country lagged behind much of Asia in smartphone adoption. Just a quarter of the population enjoyed mobile internet access in 2015. Going online didn’t became a truly mass-market phenomenon until the following year, when billionaire Mukesh Ambani launched a nationwide 4G network called Reliance Jio. Ambani gave Jio a long financial leash, allowing it to offer free voice calls and ultracheap data plans. By its sixth month it had 100 million customers. Data prices fell to the lowest level in the world—about 26¢ per gigabyte, according to calculations by, which analyzes the industry.In all, about 300 million Indians have come online for the first time in the past three years. Compared with the 330 million who had access before, they’re generally poorer and less educated—and more likely to live in the rural hinterland than in Delhi or Mumbai. They skew young: 51% of India’s internet users are 24 or younger, with just 12% over 44, according to consultant Kantar IMRB. And while they practice half a dozen faiths and speak twice as many languages, they tend to have one thing in common. They love YouTube.T-Series’ headquarters is located on the outskirts of New Delhi, in a cluster of buildings in the red and cream sandstone Indians associate with the Mughal Empire. The facility’s most important work takes place in a soundproof room deep inside. There, a portly man named Ganesh spends much of each day pulverizing his eardrums with Bollywood tunes from two monster speakers, checking for distortion as each track is digitized for posterity. A heavily air-conditioned vault next door contains the fruits of his work, T-Series’ holy of holies: the bulk of the contemporary Bollywood songbook, 160,000 songs residing on 22 servers in five stacks.YouTube popularity is essentially a volume game. Channels that upload videos more consistently get recommended and promoted more often, and people are more likely to subscribe to a channel with lots of new material. By tapping its back catalog alone, T-Series has been able to upload videos at a rate of two or three per day for most of the past decade. Its new songs are an even more reliable source of clicks, often preceded by teaser videos and followed by multiple tweaked versions to attract additional eyeballs. The label offers a wide array of tailored products, from audio-only tracks for users who want to burn less data to versions with English transcriptions, so non-Hindi-speaking fans can sing along, too. For devotional music, there are accompanying slide shows of gods and shrines and portraits of Gulshan Kumar looking devout.The actual running of this online video empire requires remarkably few people. T-Series’ presence on YouTube and other streaming platforms is maintained by just 10 full-time employees, each responsible for uploading videos and songs in one language or genre. Kumar insists that T-Series’ digital popularity doesn’t owe simply to anticipating a technological shift or cannily managing its online presence. It’s all about picking hits. “An ear sense for music is the secret,” he says. “That’s the only reason we have achieved this kind of success on YouTube, because we are giving good quality music to our listeners.”In Kumar’s telling, the components of quality haven’t really changed since his father’s era. To him there are only two types of music: “romantic songs,” which provoke an emotional response, and fast-paced “beat songs,” which get you dancing. Both need a hummable melody and catchy lyrics; from there, it’s just a question of garnishing the key ingredients with whatever vocalist, instrumentation, or technological flourishes happen to be in fashion. “That’s the thumb rule of a hit song,” he says.It’s a lucrative strategy. T-Series, which still operates legally under the name Gulshan first incorporated, Super Cassettes Industries, isn’t publicly listed. But disclosures filed with the Indian government show that revenue jumped about 18.5%, to about $109 million, from 2016 to 2018—a period that wouldn’t fully capture the recent surge in YouTube subscriptions. In its 2018 financial year, it turned a profit of $29 million.That performance, however, won’t spin off anything like the financial firepower that Silicon Valley is capable of bringing to India. The major streaming services are piling in as expansion slows in developed markets. Netflix, which will spend $15 billion on programming in 2019, has backed about 40 Indian films and series, betting that some of them, like the detective drama Sacred Games, will join the growing number of local titles that have crossed over to gain international success. Inc. is expanding aggressively, too. Indians now have more than 15 streaming platforms to choose from, some charging well under $1 a month.Kumar argues that T-Series has no reason to fear this invasion, and not just because it sits behind a moat filled with more than 200 million YouTube subscribers. In recent years the company has doubled down on Bollywood, producing more than 24 films since the beginning of 2017. Two of its releases are among the top 10 earners at the Indian box office this year, led by Kabir Singh, the story of a gifted surgeon who descends into alcoholism after his girlfriend is forced to marry another man.This track record, Kumar proclaims, should make T-Series the preferred partner for anyone seeking to figure out what Indians want to watch and hear. Kumar says he’s in talks to produce several digital series with Amazon and Netflix, who are “coming to me because they want series with music.” (Both companies declined to comment.) Although Bollywood makes more nonmusicals than it once did, winning Indian hearts still generally requires songs. “If a hit song comes on in a theater,” Kumar says, “the mass audience get so excited they throw money, just out of excitement.” He means this literally.The ability to promote releases on the world’s No. 1 YouTube channel certainly boosts T-Series’ appeal to potential partners. Its rise on the platform was unprecedented. In July 2016 it had about 12 million subscribers, according to research provider Tubular Labs Inc. Within two years it passed 50 million, putting it in striking distance of PewDiePie. As the gap closed, many of YouTube’s biggest stars rallied to the defense of the controversial, racially insensitive Swede (real name Felix Kjellberg), posting videos imploring their own fans to subscribe to his channel. To urge them on, Kjellberg posted a diss track titled “bitch lasagna” that mixed chest-pumping bravado with casual racism. “I’m a blue-eyes white dragon while you’re just dark magician,” he rapped to his Indian rival. “Your language sounds like it came from a mumble rap community,” went a different verse.Kjellberg held off T-Series for a while, but his relatively infrequent posts were no match for a well-oiled Bollywood juggernaut. After admitting defeat, he uploaded a mock-congratulatory video that made light of India’s caste system, suggested T-Series had colluded with organized crime, and revived allegations that it profited from pirated songs. It also identified the real reason for his loss. “All it took,” he said, “was a massive corporate entity with every song in Bollywood.”There’s no predicting whether T-Series will retain Indians’ loyalty as their options for online diversion multiply. But to the millions of them for whom getting on the web was a life-changing transformation, the label’s primary platform is more or less synonymous with entertainment.A visit to Dharavi, a sprawling slum that abuts Mumbai’s international airport, can illustrate why. Ismail Modan, a tall, mustachioed 39-year-old, lives there with his wife and two children in a second-floor walk-up with a cracking plaster facade. The family shares a single room of 180 square feet, neatly organized with a gas stove in one corner, a cot in another, and a single window looking out at the blank wall of the next building.Until 2017 no one in the family had access to the internet. When smartphones started appearing in Dharavi, Modan, who earns about $200 a month selling surplus clothes from Mumbai’s malls, saved up to buy one. At $70, the used Samsung Galaxy J7 was a financial strain, but it quickly took center stage in his life. Previously, he had to go door-to-door to alert customers of new stock. Now he just updates his WhatsApp status, and the buyers come to him. Yasmeen, his wife, goes online to find designs for her tailoring business and recipes for the family.An ancient cathode-ray television is still perched on a shelf above the cot, but it’s been largely replaced by YouTube’s unlimited library. The family huddles most evenings around Modan’s 5.5-inch screen to watch music videos and goofy viral clips. Other times, they hook up a Bluetooth speaker to play music from T-Series and other channels. Modan’s children, 10-year-old Rehmin and 14-year-old Manas, sing along. “We used to meet friends to pass the time,” Modan says with a smile. “Now we just stay home and watch YouTube.” —With Ragini Saxena

Yet another Pagalanti from Anees Bazmee’s crazy house of laughter!

In his prolific film career as a successful writer-director spanning over three decades, Anees Bazmee has blessed Hindi cinema and movie aficionados with blockbuster comedies full of memorable characters, namely No Entry, Welcome franchise, Singh Is Kinng, No Problem, Ready, Thank You and Mubarakan among others.

Fondly referred to as the ‘King of Comedy’, the creative genius has also written several money-spinners including Shola Aur Shabnam, Bol Radha Bol, Aankhen, Raja Babu and Mujhse Shadi Karogi to name a few, thereby creating his unique brand of comedy over the years and still successfully maintaining the same with his next offering, the highly-anticipated multi-starrer comedy, Pagalpanti featuring Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Ileana D’Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda and Urvashi Rautela.

Anees informs, “Being a writer has really helped me work on so many movies in the comedy genre. I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that if I was just a director and worked on other person’s idea or story. I have always maintained that it’s easy to create buffoonery with nudity and double meaning dialogues but scoring a hit with a clean comedy that a family can sit together and enjoy is a real challenge.”

The monstrous hit maker who has a string of comedies lined up for the next year explains, “Comedy is a very serious business, and interestingly not many are aware that most of the comedy films that I have made so far, I’ve written them when I was not in the best state of mind, or in an unwell condition.”

Recollecting an interesting anecdote which also shows his professionalism and dedication towards his craft, Bazmee reveals, “When I was shooting Welcome, I was unwell for a particular schedule and when Nana (Patekar) got to know about my ill health, he was a little worried and asked me to rest. But I told him that I’ll be okay if I keep working and later when I was editing the film, my assistants told me how I shot that particular scene when I was not keeping well. As Raj Kapoor sahab said, ‘the show must go on’.”

Like his successful comedies, the characters that he creates are equally crazy, hilariously entertaining and memorable, be it Uday-Majnu bhai and RDX in Welcome or Prem and Kishan in No Entry. His highly-anticipated multi starrer laugh riot, Pagalpanti is no different! “Shooting for the movie was nothing less than a roller-coaster ride. I’m sure the audience will enjoy the crazy characters in the movie, be it Anil Kapoor’s Wifi bhai, John Abraham’s Raj Kishore, Arshad as Junky and Pulkit as Chandu. The most important challenge is to ensure that all the actors that you work with have faith in you and your vision as a filmmaker. I’m grateful that the actors that I have worked with have always had that belief in me. Maybe it’s out of their love and respect,” Anees concludes.

Rakesh Roshan’s superhero flick KRRISH 4 starring Hrithik Roshan to roll from January 2020!

The fourth part of Rakesh Roshan’s hugely popular superhero franchise, Krrish, is one of the most in-demand movies with Hrithik Roshan fans and distributors who keep asking the filmmaker when his next will start. Here’s some good news for them. Six years after Krrish 3, apparently, Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan are all set to announce the fourth series of their superhero franchise Krrish next month and filming will begin by January 2020.

Says a trade source, “After the huge success of his last two movies, Super 30 and War, Hrithik Roshan has been flooded with some really good offers but the actor is being choosy and biding his time. While there’s been talk that he has put Farah Khan and Rohit Shetty’s Seven on hold till the script is re-written, Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan, have been sitting in all creatives of Krrish 4 so they are all set to announce it by this year. Hithik’s next movie announcement will be Krrish 4 which begins shoot from January next year. They would have announced it earlier but as the filmmaker was recovering from his illness, it took time. But for the last few months, Rakesh Roshan has been sitting on the script and fine-tuning all other details.”

The source adds that the Krrish 4 script is ready. “It’s again another mind-blowing concept from Rakesh Roshan and his team. They were trying to crack something spectacularly different from the other Krrish series and they found it. Apart from Right now, team Krrish is finalising the recce and where they will begin shot. Rakesh Roshan is an extremely meticulous and is involved in every aspect of production. He is leaving no stone to make sure that Krrish 4 becomes one of the most widely watched movies, like the earlier series. One won’t be surprised if they launch Krrish 4 and begin shooting from Hrithik’s birthday (January 10) but this movie will definitely be Hrithik’s next after War!”

While the earlier three parts, Koi…Mil Gaya, Krrish, Krrish 3 were directed by Rakesh Roshan, in recent times there were rumours that instead of him Sanjay Gupta would be directing it. But the senior filmmaker had squashed all talk when he said while Gupta was involved in the creatives along with the Roshans; he himself would be directing the movie. Gupta is currently busy with the shoot of his next movie, Mumbai Saga, which gets complete by December.

Divya Khosla Kumar shoots recreated version of ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ at Mumbai’s Jogeshwari station!

After launching the teaser poster of her new song, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ recently, the multi-talented and gorgeous Divya Khosla Kumar has shot for the recreated number of Falguni Pathak’s popular song (from the 90s) today at Mumbai’s Jogeshwari station.Having been featured in various popular music videos including T-Series’ ‘Kabhi Yaadon Mein Aao’, Divya is set to impress the music lovers, especially her fans with her next lovely track, ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’.Life has come a full circle for Divya, as she started her career with one of Falguni Pathak’s popular numbers, ‘Aiyo Rama’. Interestingly, Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, who have directed the recreated track ‘Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi’ spotted Divya and casted her for ‘Aiyo Rama’ in the past.Divya informs, “Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi is one of my favourite tracks. So, when Radhikaji and Vinayji suggested it as something we can work on, I agreed immediately. It’s their idea and I’m very excited about shooting for it.”The popular actress-filmmaker who will be seen sporting different avatars in the video, explains, “As far as the audio goes it’s nowhere similar to the original song; it’s a beautiful recreation, keeping the melody intact, albeit more peppy.”“There are several songs from our Hindi music industry which are beautiful. Yet many from today’s generation have not had a chance to hear them. Recreation is one such way to introduce them to these songs with a fresh tune and flavor that is very today,” Divya adds.Divya is confident that the new recreation will be a huge success alike the original version. “The original song will always remain popular. Our version will be well accepted because of its melody, contemporary sound, concept, story and re-enactment.”After shooting for some portions in Jogeshwari, much to the surprise of the rail commuters, Divya and the team will move to South Bombay and also shoot a part in a college campus.The recreated version is a single produced by Gulshan Kumar, Bhushan Kumar and T-Series, penned by Jaani, sung by Neha Kakkar and music given by Tanishk Bagchi is completely Radhika and Vinay’s concept of how they see Divya, a talented actress, enacting their vision.

Parineeti Chopra to stay in a stadium for a week for Saina Nehwal biopic!

Parineeti Chopra goes the extra mile for Saina Nehwal biopic!

Actors going the extra mile to get into their on-screen characters has become a norm. Months before they start shooting for the film, they get into each and every element of their character’s life, be it look, language, mannerisms, body language, etc. Similarly, Parineeti Chopra too believes in pushing the envelope for her roles.

The versatile actress, who will be seen portraying India’s ace shuttler, Saina Nehwal, in her biopic, which is being helmed by Amole Gupte. She has left no stone unturned in making her character of the badminton legend appear more interesting and relatable on screen.

In doing so, Parineeti will be staying on the premises of Ram Sheth Thakur International Sports Complex based in Mumbai for a week to prep and shoot for her character. Yes, you read it right! The actress shared the news with her fans on social media and mentioned how excited she is to stay at a stadium for the first time.

Parineeti has been giving her best shot at stepping into Saina’s shoes, from prepping rigorously and learning to play badminton, to actually meeting the family of the sports icon.

A Source close to development says “Parineeti has been seen taking an early morning run around the stadium regularly and also playing badminton at the Ramsheth Thakur International Sports Complex later at night, even whilst shooting through the day”.

Director Amole Gupte adds,”Shooting and working out has gone hand in hand for Parineeti throughout the film’s schedule. Badminton sessions, gym sessions and runs in the stadium. The academy is austere and simple and I feel excited and proud to see Parineeti adapt to this sportsman’s life with dedication and commitment”.

The film is already on floors and Parineeti is deep into the prep. The biopic on Saina Nehwal is being directed by Amole Gupte, and being produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar’s T-Series.

After ‘Veere Di Wedding’, Nikhil Dwivedi to produce a female superhero trilogy ‘Nagin’

After producing an all-female film ‘Veere Di Wedding’, producer Nikhil Dwivedi is set to introduce a female super hero. The super-hero franchise is called ‘Nagin’ and will be based on a best-selling book and folklore. This three part film series will be spread across continents and will be a modern take on ‘Ichchadhari Nagin’ (shape-shifting serpent) who has special superhero powers. Nikhil is in the process of finalising an actress for the project, which is touted to be India’s first superhero film with a female lead.

Nikhil’s next production venture is Salman Khan starrer ‘Dabangg 3’, which he is producing alongside Salman Khan and Arbaz Khan. Directed by Prabhudeva, the cop drama also features Sonakshi Sinha, Kiccha Sudeep and Saiee Manjrekar. The trailer of ‘Dabangg 3’ has received an outstanding response and the movie is set to hit the screens on December 20.

Parineeti Chopra to visit Saina Nehwal’s house in Hyderabad for the first time

While the actress gears up to portray the badminton star’s role on the big screen, she will be visiting Saina’s home in Hyderabad… this is the first time she will be visiting Saina’s home .

We have seen actors pushing their boundaries while telling life stories of several personalities. And in order to give their best shot, our actors make sure that they get to know the person well, in the recent past while we have seen Ranveer Singh spend 10 days with Kapil Dev. Even Priyanka Chopra Jonas had met Mary Kom while she was essaying the wrestler’s life story on the 70mm and now her cousin Parineeti is also falling sister’s footsteps for her next, which is a biopic on Sania Nehwal.

We must say that Parineeti has been giving her best shot to step into Saina’s shoes. In the past, there were reports of how Pari was training well and hard to ace her game at badminton. Parineeti has also been taking some tips and dollops of inspiration from the ace badminton star. Though the two have been in touch and interacted regularly, an excited Parineeti says, I want to become Saina. For that I want to go to her house and see how she lives. We have met many times, but this time I want to go to her house, live like her and eat like her for a day. She has promised me that her mom will feed me the exact food that Saina eats. So i am excited to go to her house and live her life for one whole day.

The film is already on floors and Parineeti is deep into prep. The biopic on Saina Nehwal is being directed by Amole Gupte and is being produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar’s T-series.