QuickE: Aanand L Rai On Casting SRK In Zero; ‘Sonchiriya’ Teaser

1. Here’s Why Aanand L Rai Went to SRK With Zero Script & Not Salman

During the trailer launch of Zero, Shah Rukh Khan said that Salman Khan called him and suggested that he do Zero. He had said, “It's not true that he (Aanand L Rai) asked a lot of people... Salman had actually called me and said, ‘There’s this film, do it’”.

When The Quint got a chance to chat with the filmmaker Aanand L Rai, he told us he did pitch the film to Salman but after the script was developed, he never went back to him. He said he had this idea after Raanjhanaa.

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2. ‘Sonchiriya’ Teaser Promises a Gritty, Gripping Dacoit Drama

A poster of Sonchiriya

The teaser of one of the most awaited films of 2019, Sonchiriya, is out. The Abhishek Chaubey film stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana among others.

The gritty dacoit drama by the Udta Punjab director is set in Chambal. Opening with a graphic visual, the teaser shows Manoj Bajpayee leading a team of dacoits announcing their arrival in a village. He is subtle and menacing as only he can be. Cut to a rapid succession of the other dakoos and Bhumi, who seems to be playing a young mother. This one promises a lot of gripping action for sure.

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3. Shah Rukh Khan on Falling Off the Forbes’ Wealthiest Celebs List

SRK launches the Fan trailer in Mumbai (Photo: Yogen Shah)

So how many members of the 2017 richest celebrities’ club fell off the list in 2018? Well, one of the most notable decline was that of the Zero star Shah Rukh Khan. Newly-wed actor Deepika Padukone broke into the top five on the Forbes India Celebrity 100 list -- the first woman celebrity to find place in the top five -- with earnings of Rs 112.8 crore, placing her firmly at rank 4, thanks to the commercial success of Padmaavat, and her brand endorsements. Salman Khan topped the list for the third time in a row. Forbes ranked SRK at number 13 in the list, down from the second spot he occupied in 2017.

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4. Daler Mehndi on Mika Singh’s Sexual Misconduct Case in Dubai

Daler Mehndi, singer and Mika Singh’s brother told a publication that that the girl who accused him in Dubai worked with Mika in his group since the last 3-4 years.

Singer Mika Singh was detained in United Arab Emirates (UAE) reportedly after a 17-year-old girl accused him for allegedly harassing her. Singh, who was in Dubai to perform at a party, was detained in UAE after the model lodged a complaint that the singer sent her inappropriate pictures, Gulf News reported quoting sources.

“Following efforts by the embassy, singer Mika was released at 11:30 pm last night. He will be produced before a court today,” the Indian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates told ANI.

Daler Mehndi, singer and Mika Singh’s brother told Pinkvilla that ‘the girl in question’ worked with Mika in his group since the last 3-4 years.

5. Uttarakhand Govt Calls For Ban on Sara and Sushant’s ‘Kedarnath’

Abhishek Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan at Kedarnath. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/ saralikhanfc)

According to a report in ANI, the tourism minister of Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj has called for a ban on Sara Ali Khan and Sushant Singh Rajput’s Kedarnath.

“Our committee has forwarded our advice to CM and decided that law & order should be reviewed. We asked District Magistrates to maintain peace and everyone has decided that Kedarnath movie should be banned. The movie is banned everywhere in state,” Satpal Maharaj, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister to ANI.

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