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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Actor-filmmaker Riteish Deshmukh is set to make his OTT series debut with ‘Pill’.

The makers of the upcoming series dropped a motion poster on Saturday, giving a glimpse into the dark and corrupt world of pharmaceuticals.

The motion poster features a voiceover by Riteish, who is heard saying: “Is desh mein kis bimaari se kitne log marte hain, uska data hai humare paas. Lekin kharaab dawai ke wajah se kitne logon ka jaan jaa raha hai, uska koi data nahi hai (We have data on how many people die from various diseases in this country. But we have no data on how many lives are lost due to faulty medicines).”

The caption on JioCinema’s Instagram handle read: “What’s your medicine really made of? ‘Pill’, streaming from July 12 onwards, exclusively on JioCinema Premium.”

The show will air on July 21.

In other news, Riteish will also appear in ‘Kakuda’, a horror comedy co-starring Sonakshi Sinha and Saqib Saleem.

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‘Kakuda’ is set in the curse-inflicted village of Ratodi in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. In the film, every house in the district has two doors — a normal-sized one and a smaller one.

The plot revolves around a peculiar ritual that requires the opening of the smaller door of each house every Tuesday at 7.15 p.m. Failure to comply invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house.

The film is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, who is known for ‘Munjya’.

Additionally, Riteish will direct and star in the historical action drama ‘Raja Shivaji’. The bilingual film depicts the journey of a young Shivaji, who rebelled against mighty powers and became the revered Raja Shivaji, establishing Swarajya.

The epic saga will be presented in both Hindi and Marathi. The film’s music will be composed by Maestros Ajay-Atul, and Santosh Sivan will make his debut in Marathi cinema as the visual storyteller for the film.

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Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) An active social media user, actress Divyanka Tripathi constantly shares videos and pictures with her fans.

She recently shared a post on Instagram showing a quirky ‘KBC’ questionnaire at the back of an auto-rickshaw, with the caption: “Autowala got no chill.”

A few days back, Divyanka and her husband Vivek Dahiya returned from their vacation in Europe. Recently, they shared a video recreating the vibes of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol from the 1995 cult film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ).

The snippet shows the couple driving a car in Switzerland with the caption, “What’s a drive without Bollywood, and what’s Switzerland without DDLJ?”

Their chemistry was adored by fans, with many users commenting with heart and fire emojis.

For the unversed, the couple also shared that they were robbed in Europe, losing essentials like passports, bank cards, and expensive goods.

They later informed their fans through a post that they had received an ’emergency certificate’ from the Indian embassy, making their ‘Ghar Wapsi’ possible.

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On the personal front, Divyanka and Vivek got married in July 2016 in Bhopal.

Divyanka, who participated in the 2004 reality show ‘India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj’, played the lead role of Vidya in the 2006 show ‘Banoo Main Teri Dulhann’.

The actress has also been a contestant in shows like ‘Khana Khazana’, ‘Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan’, ‘Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout’, ‘Comedy Circus’, ‘Nach Baliye 8’, and ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

She last featured in ‘Adrishyam’ as Inspector Parvati Sehgal. The show starring Eijaz Khan as Ravi Verma is streaming on Sony LIV.

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Sunny Kaushal throws Taapsee, Vikrant’s plans into disarray in ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ trailer

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Sunny Kaushal throws Taapsee, Vikrant’s plans into disarray in ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ trailer

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) The trailer of the upcoming streaming movie ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ was unveiled on Thursday.

The 161-second trailer shows how love blossoms between the lead characters played by Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey until a new character, essayed by Sunny Kaushal, enters their lives.

The trailer also shows police officer Kishore Rawat, played by Aditya Srivastava, hot on the heels of Rani (played by Taapsee).

Talking about the film, Taapsee said, “Reuniting with Rani feels like coming home, and I’m thrilled to dive back into her world again. The immense love and support I received for this film is overwhelming. Kanika has once again crafted a phenomenal arc for Rani, pushing the character to new depths.”

She also mentioned that this time around, the audience will witness a Rani who is more fierce, more passionate, and even more complex.

She lauded director Jayprad Desai for doing complete justice in bringing out the complexities of her character on screen.

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“She’s a woman who will stop at nothing for love, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience her journey,” Taapsee said.

Adding fuel to the fire is Jimmy Shergill, who plays a cop with a personal vendetta, dead set on exposing Rani’s web of lies.

With the police force back on their trail, the couple resorts to their old, twisted ways to be together, questioning whom they can trust in a world where danger lurks at every corner.

Vikrant Massey said, “Rishu is more than just a character to me; he’s a complex individual caught in a whirlwind of emotions. Reprising this role has been a fulfilling journey.

“If you thought you knew Rishu, prepare to be surprised. The sequel delves deeper into his psyche, exploring his vulnerabilities and strengths in ways we haven’t seen. The story takes unexpected turns, and I’m confident the audience will be captivated by the wild ride that awaits them.”

The trailer shows Sunny and Taapsee on a boat before the latter drowns and is presumably chased by a crocodile.

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Sunny Kaushal said, “Joining the universe of ‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ has been an incredible opportunity. The first film created a unique world that left the audience wanting more. It certainly did leave an indelible mark on them. Being able to add my own color to that canvas is by far one of the most exciting experiences.

“I have always loved the works of Taapsee, Vikrant, and Jimmy Sir, and sharing the screen with such talented actors is an absolute privilege. It’s a beautiful gripping script. Portraying Abhimanyu has been immensely rewarding and a great learning experience. I can’t wait for the audience to meet him.”

Produced by Aanand L. Rai’s Colour Yellow Productions and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series Films, the film is directed by Jayprad Desai, and written and co-produced by Kanika Dhillon.

‘Phir Aayi Hasseen Dillruba’ is set to drop on Netflix on August 9.

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High time that mangrove forests are humanised: Filmmaker Rohit Varma

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New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) While mangrove forests are depleting globally, and India does not have a different story, its importance here has not been highlighted enough.

To counter the same, wildlife filmmaker Rohit Varma is set to release his short film ‘The Last Frontier’ on July 26 – celebrated as the ‘International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem’.

While discussing the risk of habitat loss with Godrej & Boyce (G&B) – a manufacturing company pioneering biodiversity conservation, in India, he and his co-director Sara felt the need to highlight the importance of mangroves and shine a light on its preservation.

“The film was produced in the aspect ratio of 5:1, and premiered at Conscious Collective, a three-day-long event curated by G&B Design Labs. The platform’s idea was to create awareness about the need for conscious living, which was perfectly communicated by our film. The original aspect ratio needed a large screen. The 5:1 ratio wasn’t fit for a digital release. Sara and I worked on a 16:9 ratio so the film could reach a wider audience on digital platforms,” recalls Varma.

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“All of us have witnessed cyclones and subsequent destruction in urban landscapes, especially in regions where mangroves have depleted, he says, adding, “The forests make up the last barrier between the sea and land. Removing these barriers for construction activities will majorly impact people who stay close to the sea.”

The filmmaker, who approached veteran actor Shabana Azmi to lend her voice to the film and the mangroves, says the decision to humanise mangrove forests was a conscious call. “And to do so, we needed an impactful voice.”

Even as the number of documentaries made on the environment in the West outshines Indian productions, he says it would be unfair to say that Indian filmmakers are not focusing on environmental issues and that many films feature these issues in India too.

“I agree that not many mainstream films spotlight environmental issues. That is probably because they are committed to the commercial angle and the former kind of films will always garner a limited number of viewers,” Varma adds.

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Born and raised in Balaghat, a small town bordering Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Rohit, taking his passion for wildlife and photography ahead, created ‘Nature in Focus’ – a media and production house that centres on natural world stories. Today, he is a cinematographer, director & producer, and a part of various projects including ‘Mysteries of Monsoon’, ‘Project Tiger’, ‘The Real Jungle Book’, ‘The Last Frontier’ and ‘Destination Wild India’.

“One has to be in nature to understand what it is and how it works — and what it gives to us,” smiles Varma.

While Amit Kilam (Indian Ocean) agreed to compose the background music for the film, Varma says when working on wildlife films, one just dives in with an outline of the script. “It (script) gets clearer as we continue shooting. Nothing is certain in the wild so it is paramount to improvise while on the field.”

Because a wildlife film requires extensive research, the team connected with scientists and researchers who further helped shape the narrative of this film.

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While there has been an endless debate on development vs deforestation, the filmmaker believes it is important, but not at the cost of cutting down trees.

“A planned and well-researched development plan is what the earth needs and deserves. I am as much against development as I am for conscious, planned and well-researched development,” he asserts.

No documentary filmmaker is happy with almost absent distribution system for this genre in India, and Varma is no exception.

“Yes, it is not great in India. However, If the government intervenes, it would be helpful. These documentaries must reach a wider and more inclusive audience,” he says.

Currently working on a natural history film, which should be premier in October this year, Varma is also discussing some concepts with the team at Godrej. “If everything goes according to plan, we will have another film before the end of this year,” he concludes.

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Aishwarya Sharma congratulates hubby Neil Bhatt as he embarks on his new show

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Aishwarya Sharma congratulates hubby Neil Bhatt as he embarks on his new show

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) Actress Aishwarya Sharma, known for her role as Patralekha in TV show ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’, continues to entertain her fans by sharing fun-filled videos on social media.

Aishwarya recently took to her Instagram stories and cheered for her husband Neil Bhatt for his upcoming TV Show. Sharing a teaser of the show, shared on Instagram by ColorsTV, she wrote: “Congratulations @bhat_neil. All the best for your new journey.” This was accompanied by a party and celebration emojis.

The couple often posts endearing pictures and videos with one another.

Recently, Aishwarya delighted fans by recreating a classic song from the movie ‘Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega’ alongside her best friend Ashna. The video showcases their lively dance moves and Aishwarya’s active engagement on social media.

Her husband and actor Neil Bhatt is all set for his upcoming TV show ‘Megha Barsenge’, which could be seen from August 6 on Colors and Jio Cinema.

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Aishwarya Sharma gained prominence for her portrayal of Patralekha in the popular series ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’ where she impressed audiences with her performance as an antagonist alongside Neil Bhatt and Ayesha Singh. She remained a part of the show from its inception until her character’s storyline concluded with a generational shift.

Following her departure from ‘Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin’, Aishwarya ventured into Rohit Shetty’s adrenaline-pumping reality show, ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi 13.’ Her participation in the show provided a platform for her subsequent appearance on ‘Bigg Boss Season 17’ where she, along with Neil Bhatt, garnered admiration for their authentic personalities.

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Urvashi Rautela shares first look of 'Ghuspaithiya' ahead of trailer launch tomorrow

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Urvashi Rautela shares first look of 'Ghuspaithiya' ahead of trailer launch tomorrow

Mumbai, July 25 (IANS) In a thrilling revelation for cinema enthusiasts, the first look of ‘Ghuspaithiya’ has been unveiled, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated theatrical experience starring Urvashi Rautela, Vineet Kumar Singh, and Akshay Oberoi.

Urvashi Rautela shared the poster on her social media and captioned it: “Nothing is safe here, Na hum, na tum aur naa hi humare raaz! Trailer out tomorrow! #GhuspaithiyaAlert #GhuspaithiyaInTheatersOn9thAug @urvashirautela @vineet_ksofficial @akshay0beroi @ghuspaithiyathemovie @4ventertainmentofficial @surajproduction @zeemusiccompany @aafilms.official #SusiGaneshan #MRameshReddy #JyotikaShenoy #ManjariSusiGaneshan #love #UrvashiRautela #UR1 #UR7 #tollywood #bollywood #hollywood.”

‘Ghuspaithiya’ explores the intersection of suspense and human drama, anchored by a talented ensemble cast. Urvashi Rautela, known for her captivating presence on screen, joins forces with Vineet Kumar Singh and Akshay Oberoi, both celebrated for their versatile performances across genres.

The trailer release is scheduled for July 26, 2024.

Directed by Susi Ganeshan and produced by M. Ganesh Reddy, Jyotika Shenoy, and Manjari Susi Ganeshan under the banner of AAFilms, this upcoming film promises to deliver suspense and intrigue. It is scheduled for release in cinemas on August 9, 2024.

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