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Sussanne Wishes 'BFF' Hrithik on His Birthday

Hrithik Roshan’s former wife Sussanne Khan took to social media to wish the actor for his birthday. She shared a few pictures of the couple and their sons with a caption that read: “Happiest happy birthday to my BFF from and through this world...and onto other realms... The force will always be with you.”

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CBFC Objects to Title of Emraan Hashmi's 'Cheat India'

The Central Board of Film Certification has objected to the title of Emraan Hashmi-starrer Cheat India. Mumbai Mirror reports that according to a source close to the project, the Examining Committee deemed it controversial and misleading. The film was referred to the Revising Committee after which the makes agreed to rename it Why Cheat India. The film has been directed by Soumik Sen and releases on 18 January.

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Watch the Chilling Trailer for 'Hotel Mumbai'

The trailer for Hotel Mumbai has been released. Directed by Anthony Maras, the film is based on the events of 26 November, 2008, when terrorists laid siege to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai in addition to several other locations, including Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST), the Oberoi Trident Hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital and Nariman House.

The film stars Anupam Kher, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs.

Winning Battle Against Cancer Has Made Me a Better Performer: Manisha Koirala

From writing about her battle against cancer to inspiring many lives with her motivational talks -- and even acting in films like Sanju and Lust Stories -- Nepal-born Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala has of late been keeping herself occupied. She says perhaps her fight against cancer has made her a better performer.

Asked if her approach towards acting has changed, the Bombay famed actress told IANS: "I am more mindful of everything now. Yes, I have experienced life and that way I can say that winning the battle (against cancer) has perhaps made me a better performer. I know that these days, when I hear a story and read the character that I would perform, I go a bit deeper into it, I try to connect with the mind of my character, and there is certain nuance I look for."

Manisha released her first book titled Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life -- published by Penguin Random House. The launch was graced by Bollywood celebrities like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover, Imtiaz Ali, Rekha, Deepti Naval and Ketan Mehta, among many others.

Her growing attention to detail is something even Chopra pointed out to Manisha, who has featured in films like 1942 A Love Story, Mann, Khamoshi and Dil Se in the past. "Now when I look at a script, I do not look at the length of my role. All that matters is how substantial the character is in the narrative. I won't mind then even if it is a role of five scenes," said the 47-year-old.

Academy Award-Winning 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sound Mixer Passes Away

Gregg Rudloff, who won Academy Awards for sound mixing Mad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix and Glory and was nominated four other times, is dead. He was 63. He died in Los Angeles on January 6, reports A representative for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said that the office is treating his death as a possible suicide with results of an autopsy pending.

Rudloff was nominated for an Oscar for American Sniper, Best Picture winner Argo, Flags of Our Fathers and The Perfect Storm. He also won an Emmy for sound mixing An Early Frost in 1985. Rudloff followed his father, sound engineer Tex Rudloff, into the business. The elder Rudloff was nominated for a sound Oscar for The Buddy Holly Story and had credits on They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Taxi Driver, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Gregg Rudloff's earliest credit was on 1982's Honkytonk Man for Eastwood, followed by Risky Business, Footloose, This Is Spinal Tap, Prizzi's Honor, Stand by Me and The Princess Bride during the next five years. Later credits included Fried Green Tomatoes, White Men Can't Jump, Space Jam, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Superman Returns. In addition to Flags of Our Fathers and American Sniper, Gregg Rudloff worked on many other Eastwood films, including J. Edgar, Invictus, Gran Torino, Letters From Iwo Jima, True Crime and Absolute Power.

(With inputs from IANS)

'Stree' Director Excited to Direct A.R. Rahman

Stree director Amar Kaushik is set to direct a promo for reality television show The Voice India and he is most excited about working with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, who will be seen as the show's 'super guru'.

"I'm elated to be associated with StarPlus for a show like The Voice. I was excited to direct the promo as I have been following the international counterparts of the show and loved the concept of finding the ultimate singing sensation, solely based on their voice," Kaushik said in a statement.

"As a filmmaker, it is gratifying to work with the music maestro A.R. Rahman and it cannot get any bigger than that. The promo will definitely strike the right chord with the viewers and keep them eagerly anticipating for the show," he added.

(Source: IANS)

I like Chaos: Christan Bale

Academy Award-winning actor Christian Bale, who is known for undergoing physical transformations for his performances, says he likes chaos.

He has delivered on demanding performances -- whether it was his skeletal frame in The Machinist or the Herculean built in The Dark Knight Rises, the mentally exhausting character of a sadistic psychopath and a deranged serial killer in American Psycho or as Dick Cheney in Vice, where he has managed to bulk up and try prosthetics.

Asked if there is anything else he aspires to do, Bale told IANS here during his visit to India: "I have never had a plan or a strategy. I like chaos. So, I wait to see what happens next."

Bale was also a part of filmmaker-actor Andy Serkis' Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle, in which he essayed Bagheera.

He also scored a Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy victory for his performance as former US Vice President Dick Cheney in Vice.

Sonakshi to Start 'Dabangg 3' Shoot Soon

After wrapping up Kalank, actress Sonakshi Sinha says she will soon start shooting for Dabangg 3.

At the moment, the actress is off to Macau for a magazine shoot. After a short break in Sri Lanka to ring in the New Year, Sonakshi stepped straight into work mode as she resumed a brief schedule for the shoot of Mission Mangal, which also stars Akshay Kumar. Soon after, she flew down to Bhopal to complete her bit for multi-starrer Kalank.

"I couldn't have asked for a better start to 2019. I have just finished shooting for Kalank and will resume Mission Mangal once back from Macau and will start Dabangg 3 soon," Sonakshi said in a statement. Superstar Salman Khan will be back as Chulbul Pandey with the third part of Dabangg 3. Arbaaz Khan had said that he wants to release his production venture at the end of this year.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Inspector Ghalib’ to Tackle UP Sand Mafia

After the controversial political drama Indu Sarkar, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar is once again basing his next movie on true incidents. The project is titled Inspector Ghalib will be set in and around the sand mining mafia in Uttar Pradesh.

Trade analyst Madhur Bhadarkar tweeted, “ IT'S OFFICIAL... Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film is titled #InspectorGhalib... Based on sand mafia... Will star a top name. Casting under finalization... Starts mid-2019.”

Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt to Get Engaged Post ‘Brahmastra’?

After the big-ticket weddings in 2018, Bollywood might be gearing up for yet another big fat celeb shaadi in 2019. If reports are to be believed, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt might get engaged after the release of Brahmastra this year.

According to Filmfare, Ranbir’s mother Neetu wants the couple to exchange rings this June, but the couple wants to take it easy till the much anticipated release of the Ayan Mukerji film that also stars Amitabh Bachchan.

After Kevin Hart Debacle, Oscars to Go Host-Less This Year

For the first time in nearly three decades, the Oscars would go ahead without a host. According to media reports, the decision was taken after the Kevin Hart debacle.

According to Variety, the producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one host to helm the 91st Academy Awards. With the show lined up for 24 February, producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are busy lining up the celebs to host the segments.

Ranveer, Alia, Ranbir and Other Bollywood Stars Meet PM Modi

Major Bollywood stars such as Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan landed in the capital city Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting comes weeks after the PM met Bollywood producers and discussed issues faced by the industry, which led to the reduction in GST on film tickets by the government, reports PTI.

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UN to Organise 'Gul Makai' Screening, Director Elated

"Gul Makai" director Amjad Khan is overwhelmed that his film, on the life of Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai, will have a special screening in London. It is being organised by the UN on January 25.

"I am happy and I am very proud that my film 'Gul Makai' is being screened in London," Khan said in a statement.

UN Goodwill Ambassador Roy Fernandes said the film will be screened for 450 dignitaries from across the world. These include members of the UN and IIMSAM (Intergovernmental Institution for the use of Micro-algae Spirulina Against Malnutrition).

Members of the Indian, Pakistani and British High Commissions will also be present, along with Malala and her parents Ziauddin Yousafzai and Toor Pekai, reports IANS.

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