Top Entertainment News: Farah Khan to Direct Rohit Shetty Film

Pankaj Tripathi Joins Cast of '83'

Stree actor Pankaj Tripathi is the latest cast member of sports drama 83 to be announced. He will essay the role of PR Man Singh, the manager of the Indian cricket team that participated in the 1983 Cricket World Cup, reports Mumbai Mirror. The Kabir Khan directorial stars Ranveer Singh, Sahil Khatter, Ammy Virk and Chirag Patil.

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Farah Khan to Direct Action-Comedy for Rohit Shetty

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has signed Farah Khan to direct an action-comedy film for his production house, Rohit Shetty Picturez.

"Sometimes the universe just conspires to give you what you didn't even imagine. Together with Rohit, who I genuinely love as a brother and whose work ethic I respect and share, I can only promise 'Mother of all Entertainers'! Cant wait to say 'roll camera' for this one," Farah said in a statement.

The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez.

Fresh off the success of Simmba, Rohit said it's a privilege for his production company to have Farah on board to direct a film for them as she is "extremely talented and hard working". "It will definitely be a wonderful association. I can't wait to start working with this extremely talented powerhouse," he added.

After giving a decade of hits as a director, Rohit has proved himself to be a successful producer as well after doing films like Golmaal Again and Simmba under his production house. In addition to Hindi films, Rohit Shetty Picturez has plans to address the digital content consuming audience with original web series and cater to Rohit's younger fans with animated content like Little Singham.

(With inputs from IANS)

Nick Jonas to Return to 'Jumanji' Franchise

Nick Jonas will reprise his role as Alex, a pilot who has been trapped in the Jumanji game for two decades, in the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the yet untitled film will also star Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Danny Glover and Danny DeVito. It is set to hit theatres on 13 December.

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Cabinet Approves Amendment to Cinematograph Act to Tackle Piracy

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday, 6 February, approved amendments to the Cinematograph Act for imposing strict penalties to combat the menace of film piracy. To check piracy, particularly the release of pirated versions of films on the internet, which causes huge losses to the film industry and the exchequer, the government has proposed to make film piracy offences punishable with imprisonment of up to three years and fines that may extend to Rs 10 lakh or both.

The proposed amendment states that any person, who without the written authorisation of the copyright owner, uses any recording device to make or transmit a copy of a film, or attempts to do so, or abet the making or transmission of such a copy, will be liable for such a punishment.

(With inputs from PTI)

Tamil Version of 'Arjun Reddy' to Be Reshot

The makers of "Varmaa", the Tamil version of the 2017 Telugu hit "Arjun Reddy", have decided to shoot the film again due to various creative and other differences.

The film has already been shot, but E4 Entertainment on Thursday announced that it will be reshot and it will now release in June instead of February this year.

"We at E4 Entertainment are not at all happy with the final version handed over to us and due to various creative and other differences, we have decided not to release this version. Instead we will start afresh, and shoot a new Tamil version of 'Arjun Reddy'," read a statement.

Dhruv Vikram, who is making his debut with "Varmaa", will be a part of the new version, while official announcements regarding the "new cast and crew including director will be made shortly".

BAFTA Suspends Bryan Singer's Nomination

The British Academy has suspended Bryan Singers BAFTA nomination for Bohemian Rhapsody.

The director faces accusations of sexual assault, which he has denied. BAFTA said the suspension would remain in place while these allegations are resolved. The 2019 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards will be held on February 10.

Bohemian Rhapsody received seven BAFTA film nominations in all. Those nominations all remain in place, but the name of Singer, who stood alongside Graham King and Anthony McCarten in the nod for best British film, has been removed, reports variety.com.

"In light of recent very serious allegations, BAFTA has informed Bryan Singer that his nomination for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has been suspended, effective immediately," the British Academy said in a statement.

"BAFTA considers the alleged behaviour completely unacceptable and incompatible with its values. This has led to Mr. Singer's suspended nomination. BAFTA notes Mr. Singer's denial of the allegations. The suspension of his nomination will therefore remain in place until the outcome of the allegations has been resolved."

Shashanka Ghosh Set for Digital Innings With 'Hey Prabhu!'

Veere Di Wedding director Shashanka Ghosh says he is exploring the life of a youngster and the complexities of living in a digital era with his project Hey Prabhu!.

Ghosh will be stepping into digital space with his web series Hey Prabhu!, which will stream on MX Player soon.

"With Hey Prabhu!, we wanted to explore this new breed of the millennials and what keeps them ticking on a daily basis," Ghosh said in a statement.

"In a world that is largely virtual and can be very convenient, the series takes a light-hearted slice of life look at their value systems and dramatises real-life problems that this breed of youngsters' battle -- be it on the home front or at work.

"It's all current, relatable and highlights the complexity of both, the little as well as the big problems," he added.

An MX Original, Hey Prabhu! is the story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary journey. It stars Rajat Barmecha as Tarun Prabhu.

Kailash Kher Unveils 'Ujjwala Bharat Ujjwala' Song

Kailash Kher has written, composed and sung "Ujjwala Bharat Ujjwala", a song for the Ujjwala Yojana that provides LPG connections to below poverty line (BPL) households. He unveiled it on Thursday.

"'Ujjwala Bharat Ujjwala' is not just another song, but a reflection of transforming Bharat - our nation experiencing an evolution from one level to a higher one, especially focusing on the interior Bharat," Kailash said in a statement.

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 1, 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

It aims to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel - LPG, so that they don't have to compromise their health in smoky kitchens or wander in unsafe areas collecting firewood.

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