Nimrat Kaur cast opposite Akshay Kumar in Airlift
After the super success of Holiday, Akshay Kumar is now all set to star in Airlift, a film that's based on one of the biggest human evacuation. The film will be directed by Raja Krishna Menon.
The latest update of the film is that it is the very talented Nimrat Kaur who will be paired opposite lead star Akshay Kumar in the film. The news was confirmed by T-Series' spokesperson. Readers may recall that Nimrat Kaur, who was last seen in the critically acclaimed The Lunchbox, has also been signed up for the successful international TV Show Homeland.
Airlift, which is being produced by T-Series, Cape of Good Films with Crouching Tiger and Emmay Entertainment, will go on floors in April 2015.
Soundarya Rajinikanth joins Eros International as Director- Creative and Strategy
Soundarya Rajinikanth, who had directed her superstar father Rajinikanth in Kochadaiiyaan, has now joined Eros International as 'Director- Creative & Strategy' and also the Head of the company's digital initiatives including ErosNow in South India. In her dual role, Soundarya will be spearheading Eros Digital across all the new media platforms including ErosNow, it's on demand entertainment portal and lend her creative expertise to the company's filmed content.
In her welcome speech to Soundarya in the Eros family, Jyoti Deshpande (Group CEO - Eros International Media Ltd) said, "We are delighted to welcome Soundarya to the leadership team at Eros. We are in an exciting phase in the company with significant progress in the digital space including ErosNow, mobile, DTH, IPTV and broadband. Soundarya's experience in the digital domain makes her an ideal candidate to spearhead Eros' digital strategy and make strategic inroads in South India."
Meanwhile, Soundarya, on her part said, "I am very happy to get involved and be a part of the digital and creative processes at Eros. Eros is an established global player with the advantage of a large content library and a vision to make quality content for the future. With a fantastic film slate lined up and such exciting digital opportunities, I am looking forward to bringing on board my experience with technology and creative inputs. With the growing south industry, its rich catalogue of content and a captive audience base, we are confident of driving further growth and making our presence felt strongly".
Besides her 'new role' in Eros, Soundarya will still continue pursuing her passion of directing films. Buzz is also that she is presently scripting her next venture that is to be produced by Eros.
Shah Rukh Khan and gang gear up for SLAM The Tour
You can always trust Shah Rukh Khan to practice what he preaches. In one of his brand endorsements, he says, "One life: Make It Large". Living upto this slogan, Shah Rukh Khan and his Happy New Year team have not just planned a worldwide tour named SLAM (which we had earlier reported), but it seems like they have promised to make it like never before.
In what is touted to be a big Bollywood extravaganza, SLAM The Tour (STT) will see the stars entertaining the audiences live. Besides Shah Rukh Khan, these stars include the likes of Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Malaika Arora Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and singer Kanika Kapoor.
Speaking about STT, Shah Rukh Khan said, "I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all. I am super excited and looking forward to being in your city along with my colleagues Farah, Deepika, Madhuri, Malaika, Abhishek, Boman, Sonu, Vivaan andKanika. We promise you an evening of love, laughter and entertainment. So mark your calendar and be there at SLAM, THE TOUR."
Readers may note that the London schedule of STT will be at The O2 Arena,Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, United Kingdom on Sunday Oct 5, 2014.
Sanjay Kapoor joins the cast of Vikas Bahls Shandaar
Sanjay Kapoor, who was last seen in the Vivek Oberoi starrer Prince, will now be seen once again on the silver screen in the Shahid Kapoor- Alia Bhatt starrer Shandaar, which is being directed by Vikas Bahl.
News reports have it that he will be playing a key role in the film, which is of Alia Bhatt's sister's husband's brother. Reports also state that he is presently in London where he will be shooting for the film over the next few months.
Besides Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Kapoor, Shandaar also stars Pankaj Kapoor, who will be seen playing the role of Alia Bhatt's father in the film.
Sushant Singh Rajput starts prepping for Paani goes from 1940s to 2050
For Sushant Singh Rajput, it is time for leap of generations that could fracture any actor's performing abilities.
But Sushant, who with just three films, has prepared a roster of character-portraits rather than star-vehicles for his career, is all set to make a 110-year journey in the course of two films.
While in Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Sushant Singh Rajput plays a detective in Kolkata in the 1940s, in Shekhar Kapoor's Paani, he is cast as a ghetto-boy from Mumbai in the year 2050.
The cultural and chronological leap is tremendous. And Sushant is revelling in every bit of the challenge.
Says Sushant, "I'm ready to make a 110-year leap from my last film to the next. In Detective Byomkesh Bakshy though, I had to go back in time to the 1940s, I had solid reference points. I watched a lot of films from that era. Then of course, Dibakar was there to guide me. With Paani, there are no reference points. I've the freedom to interpret my character in any way I like. In the rehearsals and workshops, Shekhar Kapoor has allowed me complete freedom to do what I like with the character. Such supreme freedom is also a kind of captivity, as you tend to go overboard. With Shekhar's help, I am trying to make my character in Paani believable."
About his very unorthodox selection of roles...as an aspiring cricketer in his large-screen debut in Kai Po Che, a horny wastrel in Shuddh Desi Romance, a 1940s' detective in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and a ghetto-Romeo in futuristic Mumbai in Paani, Sushant says the irregular is the regular for him. "I don't think I'd be comfortable playing the typical lover-boy romancing pretty girls in designer clothes. I'd die if I've to play stereotypical characters. I may fail with some of my unconventional choices. But I'd rather die with spectacular failures than mediocre successes."