Nimrit, first 'Bigg Boss 16' contestant, wants to see Salman shirtless

The entertainingly controversial reality show hosted by Salman Khan is back with its 16th season. As the host introduces the new season and asks viewers to "expect the most unexpected", he assures them that this season is going to be different and it won't be easy to guess what's going to happen next. Salman then went on to introduce Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia of 'Chhoti Sardarni' fame as the first contestant. A lawyer when she's not on screen, Nimrit engaged in banter with the host and accused him of "breaking hearts" by "not being shirtless" on the show. She also said that apart from being shirtless in movies, he should host Weekend Ka Waar in the same condition. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan reacts to reports of charging Rs 1,000 crore She also recalled a childhood incident and revealed how she met Salman in Ladakh when she was in Class VII and took a picture with him, which made her popular in school. She always called him her "lucky charm". 'Bigg Boss 16' airs on Colors. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 09:07 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Still from Adipurush teaser

First teaser, poster of Prabhas starrer 'Adipurush' unveiled, watch

The first teaser and poster of Om Raut's directorial 'Adipurush', which is the cinematic adaptation of the Indian epic Ramayana, have finally been unveiled on the bank of Sarayu in the holy land of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday. Starring Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Saif Ali Khan, and Sunny Singh, 'Adipurush' has grabbed the eyeballs since its inception. Its almost 2-minute-long teaser is absolutely mesmerizing and exquisite. Prabhas looks stunningly perfectly in the role of lord Rama, who in the teaser is all set to destroy the empire of evil built by Saif Ali Khan's Raavan in order to bring back his Sita (Kriti). Though the teaser's CGI leaves much to be desired, it has captivating scenes from Ravan showing his 10 heads and Lord Hanuman landing in Lanka to Lord Rama walking the Ram Setu with his 'Vanar' sena. Meanwhile, the film's first poster was also shared by Prabhas on his Instagram handle. In it, he as Lord Rama is seen kneeling down and holding a bow and arrow while aiming it at the sky. Also Read: Prabhas: Had to cut down on my remuneration for Radhe Shyam The upcoming mythological film is Om's new directorial venture after his last blockbuster 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior'. 'Adipurush', the mega Indian film produced by T Series and Retrophiles, is a visual extravaganza slated to release on January 12, 2023, in IMAX and 3D. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Om, Prasad Sutar, and Rajesh Nair, the film will be released in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 08:51 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Sajid Khan and Shehnaaz Gill. Pics/Yogen Shah

Sajid Khan joins 'Bigg Boss 16', Shehnaaz Gill sends video message

Filmmaker, comedian and actor Sajid Khan, whose was last heard in connection with the #MeToo controversy that rocked the entertainment world some years ago, has now entered the Salman Khan-hosted reality show 'Bigg Boss 16'. Sajid is known for his movies 'Housefull' and 'Housefull 2', and also for his roles in 'Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate', 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi'. After coming on to the stage, Sajid told Salman Khan that he has been sitting at home for four years and he now wants to develop a bond with the audience once again through this show. Also Read: 'Bigg Boss 16' Promo: Sidharth Shukla, Shehnaaz Gill's romantic glimpse leaves fans emotional He revealed that he is open to do all tasks and try to be humble and polite inside the house. Sajid said his sister, famous choreographer and director Farah Khan, had adviced him to show his real side on the show. Shehnaaz Gill, meanwhile, sent a video message for him saying that he should have a lot of fun and not fight. Sajid said Shehnaaz is like a younger sister to him. 'Bigg Boss 16' airs on Colors. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: From Abdu Rozik to Sajid Khan to Nimrit Kaur, meet the 16 contestants of Salman Khan's show This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 07:09 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Bigg Boss 16! THIS is what we loved about the new house on Salman Khan's show

Salman Khan's Bigg Boss 16, kicked off on Saturday and mid-day.com got an extensive tour of this season's grand, colourful house even before the contestants did! Themed around 'the circus' the house has four bedrooms, instead of one, unlike previous seasons. Each bedroom has a theme, be it monochromatic, soft pastels or rings of fire.  The entrance area has a unicorn and a lion, which is also part of the washroom decor. Don't miss the captain's room with a jacuzzi and a queen size bed! Watch video to know more!   Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Watch video! From where will Salman Khan address the contestants? Find out from Omung Kumar

02 October,2022 06:28 PM IST | Mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
Abdu Rozik, Sajid Khan, Nimrit Kaur

Bigg Boss 16: From Abdu Rozik to Sajid Khan, meet the 16 contestants

The final 16 contestants of Bigg Boss 16 were revealed on Saturday night at the premiere of the new season of the reality show hosted by Salman Khan. Like every year, this season too, the show's makers have managed to rope in contestants who will keep the audience entertained as they fight to win the show. From Abdu Rozik, to Shiv Thakare to Gori Nagori to Sajid Khan, the list of contestants of Bogg Boss 16 is undoubtedly a mixed bag of entertainment and controversy.  Here's looking at all 16 contestants of the show who will be living under the same roof for the next couple of months:  Nimrit Kaur AhluwaliaThe former Miss India Manipur 2018 rose to fame with Choti Sardarni.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Abdu Roziq He is a Tajikistani singer, musician, blogger, and boxer and holds the record for being the world's smallest singer. Recently, he had gone viral on social media following a video of him singing at AR Rahman's daughter's wedding.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Priyanka Chahar Choudhary She rose to fame with the show Udaariyan where she essayed the role of Tejo Sandhu.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Ankit Gupta Ankit is well known for his show Udaariyan, which he had quite once the show took a leap. He has a massive fan following on social media and has also been part of shows like Sadda Haq, Balika Vadhu, Begusarai, and Mayavi Maling           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) MC Stan MC Stan was all bling as he entered the house and introduced himself in his own style. Host Salman Khan who was amused by MC Stan said he has been hosting the show for over 12 years but 'aisa item pehli baar aaya hai yahan pe'.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Archana Gautam Archana is an actress, model, and beauty pageant title holder, who won Miss Bikini India 2018, represented India at Miss Cosmos World 2018, and won sub title of Most Talent 2018           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Gautam Singh VigThe actor was recently seen in the popular show Saath Nibhaan Saathiya 2. On the personal front, he got divorced to Richa Gera two years ago.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Soundarya SharmaA graduate in dental studies, Soundarya was also seen in MX Player's Raktanchal Season 2 and in a remix song with Bhojpuri industry's superstar Pawan Singh.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Shalin BhanotA known face on television, Shalin has been part of shows like Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safar, Dill Mill Gayye, Suryaputra Karn, and Naagin 4. His personal life has also been in the limelight when he was going through a divorce from his ex-wife Daljiet Kaur. Shalin was also accused of domestic violence. He also has a son with his ex-wife.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Shiv Thakare A veteran of sorts to the Bigg Boss house, Shiv has the most experience in the show. He was a winner of the Bogg Boss Marathi 2 and also has done shows like MTV Roadies Rising and The Anti-Social Network.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Manya Singh Winner of Femina Miss India 2015 and Global India National Stardom Awards 2022, Manya will be adding glamour and spice to the show with her personality.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Sumbul Touqueer KhanYou might remember her from the show 'Imlie' where she played the titular role. The actress quit the show in August this year owing to a time leap in the narrative. She has also been part of shows like Jodha Akbar, Waaris, and Ishaaron Mein.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Sreejitaa De She was last seen on TV in the show Yeh Jadu Hai Jinn Ka! On the personal front, she is engaged to Blohm Pape, a German, and has plans to get married soon.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Tina Dutta Tina Dutta rose to fame with the show Uttaran. She started her television career in 1996 with Sister Nivedita. She is also quite popular on social media and often shares glamorous pictures of herself for the gram.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Sajid Khan Ever since he was accused during the 'Me Too' movement, the filmmaker has been lying low. The filmmaker who has largely stayed away from the limelight will surely be making up for the lost time in the house.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv) Gori Nagori She rose to fame because of her popular Rajasthani son 'Le Photo Le' on which she performed.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by ColorsTV (@colorstv)

02 October,2022 05:53 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Ajay Devgn

A chase around Mumbai for Ajay Devgn's 'Bholaa'

Filming for Ajay Devgn’s next directorial venture, the action-drama, Bholaa, is close to completion as the unit takes the last leg on floors mid-October. The last schedule of the Tabu-starrer—a remake of the Tamil movie Kaithi—will be wrapped up in 14 days. Action designer Ramazan Bulut will be part of the October schedule which is set to cover a few action, chase, and dramatic sequences. “[A part of the] shoot will be done on Mumbai streets. Sets will also be constructed in Kharghar and Madh Island,” informs a source from the unit. Also Read: Ajay Devgn teases 'Drishyam 2' with 'purane bills' from 'Drishyam' Bholaa revolves around an ex-convict, who wants to be reunited with his daughter, but gets persuaded by a police officer to help catch the criminals. “Writers Sandeep Kewlani and Aamil Keeyan Khan have rewritten many scenes and characters in the Hindi remake, including Tabu’s character, to give the storyline a new spin, while keeping the emotional core intact,” says the source, adding that Devgn is currently investing his time in getting the soundtrack right. Music director Ravi Basrur of KGF franchise fame has been roped in to compose the songs and background scores.

02 October,2022 09:03 AM IST | Mumbai | Upala KBR
The climax shot in Chup

Sandeep Ravade on crafting the set of 'Chup'

Keeping the audience on tenterhooks is what thrillers do. R Balki’s Chup: Revenge of the Artist, starring Dulquer Salmaan, has been garnering appreciation for that very aspect. The man behind the curtain, production designer Sandeep Ravade of PK (2014) and Baby (2015) fame, says he faced a lot of challenges to create the set. Sandeep Ravade  Also Read: R Balki: Didn’t want to make it from filmmaker’s point of view alone “It was my first psychopath film,” starts off Ravade, adding that he was intrigued by the brief. “I was told to find an artistic way for a filmmaker to kill people, so I used different things like gardening tools.  We did not want the killer to [use a] knife. It had to be unique.” Balki had visualised a climax setting similar to Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (1957). “The last scene of Chup was in prison, while Pyaasa’s climax [was shot] in an Opera-like space. We had to keep it realistic. We added a window in the back. Whenever there was noise, Danny [Salmaan’s character] had to bang on the wall and scream ‘chup’ by keeping both his hands on the wall—a posture similar to that of Dutt saab in Pyaasa. It was difficult, but we managed it with excellent team work,” explains Ravade.

02 October,2022 08:58 AM IST | Mumbai | Mohar Basu
Alia Bhatt

Have you heard? An evolving entrepreneur

It seems Alia Bhatt believes that necessity is the mother of all inventions. The actor, who forayed into film production with Darlings, and turned entrepreneur with a kiddies clothing line, has now launched her own range of maternity wear. Breaking the news on social media, the mother-to-be shared that even though people wondered why she was launching a children’s clothing brand two years ago when she didn’t have kids, she doesn’t think anyone will ask why she is launching maternity wear now. “You don’t know how you’re going to look or feel over the next few months. And not being able to find the right thing to wear can be stressful,” she wrote and shared a glimpse of her collection. Wondering if she should buy larger sized clothes or raid actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor’s wardrobe, Alia added that what started as trying to fill a gap in her existing wardrobe has led to an entire maternity collection.  Revisiting debut days Janhvi Kapoor’s next film has taken her back in time. The actor is currently shooting for Mr And Mrs Mahi in Amer, Rajasthan. The shoot of the film is taking place at the Jagat Shiromani Temple—the same location where she shot her debut film, Dhadak (2018). Sharing pictures from the set, Janhvi wrote, “Five years later, back here #Dhadak #MrAndMrsMahi (sic).” The actor, who plays a cricketer in this heartwarming aspirational story, trained extensively for six months to play like a cricketer. Interestingly, the Sharan Sharma directorial venture is her second collaboration with Rajkummar Rao, after the comedy horror film, Roohi (2021). Also Read: Have you heard? Vicky-Sam film revived  Rumours are cute Rashmika Mandanna, who is gearing up for her maiden Bollywood release, Goodbye, was recently asked if she is still friends with her exes. “I sort of meet their families, their present, future, and past, [partners],” said the actor. Conceding that it’s not exactly a healthy practice for many, Rashmika insisted, “I have a very good relationship with them. So, that’s good.” Interestingly, she also finds the rumours of dating Vijay Deverakonda “cute”. Recalling their past films together, she added that it is easy to become friends while working with like-minded people. “I have this gang [of friends] in Hyderabad, he has his gang. We have a lot of common friends. So, when the world is [pairing up] Rashmika and Vijay, it’s cute.” 

02 October,2022 08:42 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
Team Vikram Vedha

‘Vikram Vedha’ movie review: The Tamil re-production

Vikram VedhaDir: Gayatri, PushkarCast: Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali KhanRating: 2/5 The difference between pure villain and the anti-hero, I guess, is that the latter comes with a backstory/motive attached, making it hard to hate them unconditionally. Also, the reason heroes have forever played anti-heroes on screen, revelling in darkest shades of grey—and this is way before Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar (1993). Just look at Dev Anand’s noir-thrillers, with the slightly twisted but stylish hero justifying means towards a certain end. Vikram Vedha is, in that sense, about anti-heroes—for both the lead characters that the film is named after. Before that though, this is what lay audiences call a performance driven/oriented picture. As in the sort of muscular movie people queue up for, to gawk at their favourite stars, topping the charts, with their look, armour, gaze, and the general swag of it all. On that point, it hardly ever gets better than two of the best Bollywood star-actors on screen—Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan. Both have primed themselves up for the cinemas. Roshan, in a scruffy, longish beard, droopy eyes, menacing gait, unmatchable screen presence, walking the talk, in a Purvi/UP accent. Also Read: Shruti Haasan: Have been a Neil Gaiman fan since teenage days Given the level to which Roshan prepares for parts, it might be interesting to figure how his acquired twang is nuanced differently from the Bihari one for Super 30 (2019). He plays a mass murderer of sorts, which is different from serial-killers who, I suppose, are meant to be demented. Khan, likewise, bodily pumped up for the role, shows up as a trigger-happy cop, in tight white shirts, revolver tucked in, and the G-shock Casio watch on his wrist. Speaking of accents, Khan’s “ama yaar” sounded somewhat Bhopali to me! Either way, a dhamaal for a mass entertainer is hence set in motion. Frankly, this kind of characterisation, followed by sorted action sequences, should be enough for junta to label this picture, ‘paisa vasool’, and move in, or move on. No quibbles there, whatsoever. Generous enough to appear in two-starrer movies, where he’s inevitably the second star, Khan himself has delivered a few theatrical hits, with movies that the more discerning viewers might give a two-star rating to—Tanhaji (2020), being the most recent example. And that came out right before the 2020 pandemic, which as we speak, has perhaps changed the way we receive theatrical entertainment, even if it’s only a phase. This is to place in context how mainstream films, simultaneously released from the South (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada), with their original cast, only dubbed in Hindi, has been equally lapped by North Indian crowds. That’s such a unifying trend. Also, practically everyone has access to movies from everywhere, thanks to the Internet, accessed further during lockdown. I’m guessing, if not almost sure, this Hindi remake of the Tamil Vikram Vedha (2017), must’ve been greenlit by Roshan, in particular (since he does such few films), before the pandemic. Only that this isn’t so much a remake—which is supposed to be a reinterpretation/adaptation—as it is altogether a reproduction, with the same directors (Gayatri, Pushkar), and the cast replaced, and some high-grade, memorable money-shots in place. What are we looking at here? The mass-murderer Vedha, who voluntarily surrenders himself to the encounter-cop, Vikram. The cop’s lawyer wife (Radhika Apte, strange casting), in turn, swiftly secures the gangster’s bail, which might be impossible in current circumstances. The debate is over crimes and intent. And that the gangster has stories to patiently explain his reasons for taking up the gun. We’ve been through this interplay, between the super-hero and the super-villain, in detachedly grand, mythologised settings, such as the Joker and Batman. This is realistically set in present-day Uttar Pradesh, between Lucknow and Kanpur, both of which don’t look like lived-in experiences in the film. Still, you can’t situate a script in a current location, and divorce it from its inherent politics. Bearing that in mind, and all that we consume in the news—for God’s sake, the policemen conducting fake encounter-killings is plain illegal/wrong, period. Where’s the shade of grey here? Let alone contrasted with the gangster, whose killings can only be justified, if the state has been wholly corrupted, and lost its monopoly over violence. That said, when you step in for this stylish actioner, do make sure you’re fresh, as a daisy/lily/tomato. As against exhausted after a long day at work (as I was). For, what follows are simply the two leads with guns in their hand, but they must talk, and talk, instead of simply shoot, and scoot. The loud, constant background score (‘Na-na-na-na-na-na’), drills a minor hole in your head. When Vedha is four stories down, finally; in the end, he asks Vikram once again, “Now should I tell you a romantic story?” On cue I hear myself go, “No! Oh, no!” Also Read: INSIDE PICS: Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's cocktail party and reception

02 October,2022 12:48 AM IST | Mumbai | Mayank Shekhar
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INSIDE PICS: Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's cocktail party and reception

The wedding functions for the Bollywood couple Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha have already begun. On Friday night, the couple hosted their Delhi cocktail and reception. Both, Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha looked drop-dead-gorgeous for their cocktail party and reception, which was held  in the national capital.As for Richa Chadha’s attire, she looked extremely elegant in her custom made Kresha Bajaj saree with the drape having a special meaning to the couple with Kresha and her team custom embroidered their love story onto it. On the other hand, Ali Fazal complemented his bride with a regal sherwani by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Also Read: Guru Randhawa all set to make his acting debut in Anupam Kher's 532nd filmThe event saw about 300 guests in attendance, which included family and friends from across Delhi. During the event, Richa had donned jewellery which was custom made for her by an ancestral Bikaneri jeweller family.  This will be followed with a wedding in Mumbai and a reception for their friends from the showbiz industry including Hollywood personalities such as Judy Dench and Gerard Butler. Also Read: Shruti Haasan: Have been a Neil Gaiman fan since teenage days    

01 October,2022 05:42 PM IST | Mumbai
Guru Randhawa. Pic/Yogen Shah

Guru Randhawa all set to make his acting debut in Anupam Kher's 532nd film

Popular Punjabi singer Guru Randhawa is all set to step into the world of acting and make his debut in veteran actor Anupam Kher's 532nd film. Anupam took to Instagram, where he shared a picture of himself along with Guru. Their back is towards the camera as the two seem to be reading the script of the film. The veteran star even made the singer's track 'High Rated Gabru' playing the background. Also Read: Bigg Boss 16: Watch video! From where will Salman Khan address the contestants? He captioned it: "Reading my 532nd script and it is his 1st! Even though he is already a super star. Ladies and Gentlemen! Presenting @gururandhawa - the actor! Shower him with your love and blessings! Jai Mata Di!'" Sharing the same picture, Guru wrote: "I couldn't have asked for a better launch. Reading my 1st Script and it is his 532nd." "I am a new comer and #KherSaab is a legend (Sir hates to be called that). You people have been very generous and kind to me as a singer. Now I need your love and blessings in my new journey as an ACTOR. I promise to work very hard! I couldn't have asked for a better launch. Rab Rakha!'" Also Read: One down, many to go This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 October,2022 02:27 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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