This Is When Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi Will Release On Prime Video

This Is When Vidya Balan

This Is When Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi Will Release On Prime Video


Vidya Balan in a still from the teaser (courtesy vidya_balan)

Highlights

  • Vidya Balan plays the titular role in ‘Shakuntala Devi’
  • “Experience the story of an extraordinary mind!” Vidya Balan wrote
  • She made the announcement with a quirky video

New Delhi:

Eagerly waiting for Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi? You won’t have to wait too long. The 41-year-old actress, who plays the titular role in the biopic of late mathematician Shakuntala Devi, dropped the big news about the film’s release date. Shakuntala Devi, which was earlier roped in for an OTT release on Amazon Prime, will have a world premiere on July 31. Book the date! “Experience the story of an extraordinary mind!” Vidya Balan wrote while sharing the date on Twitter, which was accompanied by a quirky teaser. In the teaser, Vidya Balan can be seen doing mathematical calculations in the blink of an eye only to arrive at one number repeatedly – 31072020, which is basically the release date of the film – 31.07.2020. “Kya hua? Computer ne abhi tak jawab nahi diya?” Vidya says in the video.

Here’s her tweet, take a look:

The film was previously scheduled to hit screens on May 8 but was postponed because of the nationwide lockdown. A week after the film’s original release date, Vidya Balan made the announcement about the film’s digital release and said: “Delighted to announce that you will get to see Shakuntala Devi very soon on Prime Video with all your loved ones. Thrilled that we will be able to entertain you in these unprecedented times.”

Directed by Anu Menon, Shakuntala Devi also stars Sanya Malhotra as Vidya Balan’s onscreen daughter. The film also stars Jisshu Sengupta and Amit Sadh.

Shakuntala Devi is a biopic of mathematician Shakuntala Devi was called the “human computer” for her impressive ability to solve complex calculations quickly. Shakuntala Devi excelled in the field of mathematics and earned a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.





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What “Masterji” Saroj Khan Taught Kareena Kapoor – See Her Post


Kareena Kapoor shared this photo (courtesy kareenakapoorkhan)

Highlights

  • “There can never be another,” wrote Kareena Kapoor
  • “Love you master ji,” she added
  • “Till we dance again,” Kareena wrote in her post

New Delhi:

Kareena Kapoor, who was choreographed by Saroj Khan in the song Yeh Ishq Haye from 2007 film Jab We Met, poured her heart out in her tribute to the legendary choreographer. Saroj Khan died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Friday. She was 71. Kareena Kapoor, who played the role of a sprightly, happy-go-lucky character named Geet in Jab We Met, remembered her “Master ji” as someone who taught her an important lesson that’s stayed with her as an actress. Kareena revealed Saroj Khan told her to use her expressions to dance, not just her moves. “Master ji always told me… ‘perr nahin chala sakti toh kam se kam face toh chala (If you can’t move your feet, then move your face at least)’.” That’s what she taught me… to enjoy dancing, smile and smile through the eyes,” read an excerpt from Kareena’s post.

Kareena wrapped her tribute to Saroj Khan with these final words: “There can never be another. Dance and expression can never be the same for us actors and for everyone who loved her. Love you master ji. Till we dance again… RIP.” Kareena also dug out a throwback photo from the sets of the Imtiaz Ali-directed film and shared it along with a clip of the song.

Read Kareena’s post for “Master ji” Saroj Khan here:

During her illustrious career, Saroj Khan won the National Award thrice, one of which was for the song Yeh Ishq Haye in 2008. She also won National Awards for Dola Re Dola from Devdas and all songs of the Tamil film Sringaram.

Saroj Khan’s last choreographed song remains Tabah Ho Gaye from Kalank.





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"Saroj Khan, Will Always Be Grateful": Madhuri Dixit's Tribute To Her "Friend And Guru"

“Saroj Khan, Will Always Be Grateful”: Madhuri Dixit’s Tribute To Her “Friend And Guru”


Saroj Khan died at the age of 71 (courtesy Instagram)

Highlights

  • “I’m devastated by the loss,” tweeted Madhuri Dixit
  • “The world has lost an amazingly talented person,” she added
  • “I will miss you,” Madhuri wrote in her tweet

New Delhi:

“I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan,” tweeted actress Madhuri Dixit, who was the star of several iconic Bollywood songs choreographed by Saroj Khan. The veteran choreographer died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on July 3. She was 71. Madhuri Dixit, who also worked with Saroj Khan in the choreographer’s last Bollywood project – 2019 film Kalank, credited Saroj Khan for her reputation as a legendary dancer: “Will always be grateful for her work in helping me reach my full potential in dance.” An emotional Madhuri Dixit added in her tweet: “The world has lost an amazingly talented person. I will miss you. My sincere condolences to the family.”

“She taught me a lot, not just about dance but so much more,” Madhuri wrote in an Instagram post, shared with priceless throwbacks.

Saroj Khan, who stepped into Bollywood as an independent choreographer in 1974, was recognised for her genius after choreographing Sridevi and later Madhuri Dixit for several dance numbers.

Ek Do Teen from Tezaab, Tamma Tamma Loge from Thanedaar and Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta are some of Madhuri Dixit and Saroj Khan’s best known collaborations. During her illustrious career, Saroj Khan won the National Award thrice, one of which was for the song Dola Re Dola, starring Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, from Devdas.

Saroj Khan’s choreography in Tezaab song Ek Do Teen, starring Madhuri, is the reason that Filmfare included the Best Choreography Award category. Saroj Khan became the first recipient of the award and holds the record of highest wins with eight Filmfare Best Choreography Awards. She won for choreographing Madhuri Dixit songs in films such as Chaalbaaz, Beta, Sailaab, Devdas among others.

In the later part of her career, Saroj Khan worked with Madhuri Dixit in 2014’s Gulaab Gang and 2019 movie Kalank.





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"Saroj Khan Made Dance Look Easy": Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar And Other Stars Share Tributes

“Saroj Khan Made Dance Look Easy”: Madhuri Dixit, Akshay Kumar And Other Stars Share Tributes


Saroj Khan died at the age of 71 (courtesy Instagram)

Highlights

  • Saroj Khan died at the age of 71
  • “A genius who immortalised stars,” tweeted Nimrat Kaur
  • “Big loss to dance fraternity,” tweeted choreographer Remo D’Souza

New Delhi:

Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan, best known for choreographing iconic Bollywood songs, died of a cardiac arrest in Mumbai on July 3. She was 71. Tributes from the film fraternity, remembering Saroj Khan with fond memories, poured in on Twitter. “I’m devastated by the loss of my friend and guru, Saroj Khan,” tweeted Madhuri Dixit, who was the star of several iconic dance songs, choreographed by Saroj Khan. Actor Akshay Kumar was one of the first ones to condole Saroj Khan’s death on Twitter, describing her as someone who “made dance look easy almost like anybody can dance, a huge loss for the industry.” Actress Manisha Koirala reacted to Saroj Khan’s death with this tweet: “It was she who taught me film dance once I joined films.” Riteish Deshmukh tweeted: “Having choreographed more than 2000 songs she single-handedly changed the landscape of how songs were shot.” Choreographer Farah Khan tweeted: “Rest in peace Saroj ji.. you were an inspiration to many, myself included.”

Nimrat Kaur summed up Saroj Khan’s legacy in her tweet: “A genius who immortalised stars and the music that defined an era with her iconic work.” Choreographer Remo D’Souza described Saroj Khan’s death as a “Big loss to dance fraternity.” Tributes also poured in from the likes of filmmaker Kunal Kohli, Koena Mitra, Rakul Preet Singh and others.

Saroj Khan choreographed actresses Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit in several iconic dance songs such as Hawa Hawai, Ek Do Teen, Tamma Tamma Loge, Dha Dhak Karne Laga among others. Songs such as Dola Re Dola and Yeh Ishq Haaye are also witness to some of Saroj Khan’s genius choreography.

Saroj Khan is survived by her husband Sohanlal, son Raju, and daughters Hina and Sukanya.





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A Pic Of Dilip Kumar And Saira Banu From Padmini Kolhapure

A Pic Of Dilip Kumar And Saira Banu From Padmini Kolhapure’s Throwback Khazana


A throwback from Padmini Kolhapure’s collection (courtesy padminikolhapure)

Highlights

  • Padmini Kolhapure shared a pic of Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu
  • “My favourites,” she wrote
  • Padmini described Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu as “legends”

New Delhi:

Actress Padmini Kolhapure, in her Throwback Thursday post, took a trip down memory lane and returned with a priceless throwback from years ago. The 54-year-old actress’ post also features actor Dilip Kumar, now 97, and his wife Saira Banu, 75. Padmini Kolhapure, who co-starred with Dilip Kumar in films such as Vidhaata and Mazdoor in the Eighties, captioned her photo in these words: “My favourites Yusuf uncle (loved chatting with him) and Saira Baaji.” The Panipat actress also described Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu as “legends” and “forever greats” in her post. In the photo, Padmini can be seen engaged in conversation with Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu.

Here, take a look:

Padmini Kolhapure often fills up her Instagram with black and white memories. Just weeks ago, she shared a throwback from the muhurat of 1988 film Mar Mitenge, which was produced by her husband Pradeep Sharma. The photo starred the films co-stars Jeetendra, Mithun Chakraborty, Kader Khan, Vinod Mehra, Shakti Kapoor along with Padmini.

Ahead of that Padmini Kolhapure shared this adorable throwback of herself and Poonam Dhillon to post about having practising social distancing from years ago.

Padmini Kolhapure, who worked as a child actor in 1974 film Ishk Ishk Ishk, also dug out this photo from her treasury. Can you spot her?

Padmini Kolkapure is best known for her roles in Eighties films such as Insaaf Ka Tarazu Prem Rog Vidhaata, Woh Saat Din, Souten, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Ahista Ahista among others. She was last seen in Marathi movie Prawaas, ahead of this which featured in a significant role in the period piece Panipat. Padmini Kolhapure also featured in the TV show Ekk Nayi Pehchaan.





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"Honoured And Humbled": Alia Bhatt On Being Invited To Be Part Of Oscars Academy

“Honoured And Humbled”: Alia Bhatt On Being Invited To Be Part Of Oscars Academy


Alia Bhatt shared this photo (courtesy aliaabhatt)

Highlights

  • “I truly believe that cinema, like water, finds its level,” wrote Alia
  • “And, like water, it knows no race, class,” she added
  • “Movies are the glue that binds us,” wrote Alia

New Delhi:

Actress Alia Bhatt is among the new list of celebs, who received invites to be part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences this year. Just a day after the Oscars Academy shared the full list of invitees comprising celebs from the entertainment fraternity across the world, Alia shared a statement on social media, saying she’s “honoured” to have been chosen. “I thank the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for inviting me to be a member of the Academy. I feel honoured and humbled,” read the 27-year-old actor’s post. The Academy has also sent invites to actor Hrithik Roshan, documentary filmmakers Nishtha Jain and Amit Madheshiya, designer Neeta Lulla, casting director Nandini Shrikent, visual effects supervisors Vishal Anand and Sandeep Kamal this year.

In her note, Alia Bhatt wrote about Indian cinema getting more and more recognition on the global stage with each passing year: “There is also a deep satisfaction in seeing that the voice of Indian cinema is finding a very well deserved platform on the world stage. Every year, more actors, filmmakers and technicians from India are recognised by the Academy and Indian cinema continues to reach the hearts and homes of people all over the world.”

Alia also wrote about how the essence of films is not restricted by cast or class and is a “unifying force”: “I truly believe that cinema, like water, finds its level. And, like water, it knows no race, class, border or geography and flows freely. It takes everything in its course: audiences, who passionately love or hate it, critics who dissect it, students who immerse themselves in it. Our opinions about films may be divided, but cinema as a whole is a powerful binding and unifying force.

Alia concluded her post on a wonderful note, describing films as the force that binds people from across the world together: “In a world that can be unsure and fragmented, at a time when the very social media that is meant to connect people ends up dividing them, movies are the glue that binds us.”

The Academy, in their bio, identified Alia Bhatt with some of her critically acclaimed films such as Raazi and Gully Boy, which was India’s official entry for the 2020 Oscars but couldn’t make it to the final list.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ this year’s list of invitees comprise 36% people of color and 45% women, which is in attempt to boost diversity among Oscars nominees. Invitations were also sent out to The Farewell star Awkwafina, who was snubbed at the Oscars this year, Eva Longoria, Joker actor Zazie Beetz and would-be Bond girl Ana de Armas. Disney child star Zendaya (for Spider-Man: Far from Home) and Constance Wu, best-known for her performances in Hustlers and Crazy Rich Asians.





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Christopher Nolan’s Tenet To Get A Theatrical Release In India


John David Washington In Tenet. (courtesy: taranadarsh)

Highlights

  • The film’s release date has not be announced yet
  • The film was earlier slated to release on July 17
  • The film stars David Washington and Robert Pattinson in lead roles

New Delhi:

Fans of Christopher Nolan, we have good news for you. The filmmaker’s upcoming project Tenet will get release in theatres in India. The espionage drama was earlier slated to release on July 17 in India. However, the revised release date hasn’t been announced yet. On Thursday, Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on his social media handles and he wrote: “It’s official. Tenet – a film by Christopher Nolan – will release in cinemas in India. The release date is not finalised yet.” The film features John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in the lead roles. Tenet also stars Clemence Poesy, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh. Bollywood veteran Dimple Kapadia is also a part of the film.

Take a look at Taran Adarsh’s post here:

Tenet is a high-octane action espionage drama, which has been collaboratively produced by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas. The film has extensively been shot across seven countries, including India, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Norway, the UK, and the US. It will be difficult to decipher the plot of the film based on the trailer alone as there are no obvious giveaways, but then no Nolan movie ever has those. The trailer, however, does focus on John David and Robert Pattinson’s plan to prevent a threat that is “much worse” than the “nuclear holocaust,” – “World War 3.”

Check out the trailer here:

Christopher Nolan is best-known for directing super hit films like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight series, Inception, Interstellar, The Prestige and Memento among others.





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