Netflix, Excel Entertainment enter into multi-year series partnership
Streaming giant on Wednesday announced a strategic multi-year partnership with Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s banner Excel Entertainment.
The banner is known for films such as ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Rock On’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Lakshya’, ‘Toofaan’ and the ‘Don’ franchise.
This creative pact dovetails Netflix’s series slate in India.
Ritesh and Farhan, Producers of Excel Entertainment, said: “Our partnership with Netflix marks a new global chapter for Excel Entertainment after 20 eventful years in storytelling. We’re excited with the opportunity to create a variety of extraordinary stories to entertain people in India and around the world. We are thrilled to begin this next chapter with Netflix.”
Excel Entertainment will produce a myriad of stories under its series banner Excel Media & Entertainment for Netflix commencing with two projects tentatively titled ‘Dabba Cartel’ and ‘Queen of the Hill’.
‘Dabba Cartel’ tells the tale of five housewives who run a high stakes secret cartel. Style, ambition, love, friendship and betrayal set in the backdrop of jazz rich 1960s Mumbai.
‘Queen of the Hill’ chronicles the dynamic relationship between two ambitious women that will change the city forever.
Monika Shergill, Vice President, Content, Netflix India, said: “We are excited to join hands with Excel Entertainment, one of India’s path-breaking creative studios. They have continuously pushed the boundaries of entertainment and given us stories
Did Kamya Panjabi MOCK Sonakshi Sinha Over Her Acting In Dahaad?
Television actress Kamya Panjabi recently voiced her opinion on the acting skills displayed in the realm of web series, taking a subtle dig at actress Sonakshi Sinha.
Panjabi, known for her roles in daily soaps like ‘Dulhan’, ‘Sanjog’, ‘Piya Ka Ghar’, ‘Doli Armaanon Ki’,, and ‘Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’, expressed her conscious decision to stay away from the OTT space explaining her love & dedication for TV.
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Responding to fellow actor Eijaz Khan’s revelation about facing bias from casting directors and the difficulties TV actors encounter when attempting to break into the web domain, Panjabi candidly shared her perspective in an interview with a news portal. She made it clear that she is not willing to sacrifice her thriving TV career to venture into OTT.
Panjabi further highlighted her concerns about the quality of acting displayed by some actors in web series, without explicitly naming anyone. She cited an example of a recent web series she watched, where the debutant daughter of a popular veteran actor had a lead role.
The acclaimed actress admitted her disappointment as she struggled to continue watching beyond the first episode, emphasizing the subpar acting skills of the veteran actor’s daughter.
Raising questions about the selection process employed by casting directors and producers, Panjabi criticized the tendency to cast actors lacking proficient acting abilities.
Video: Vicky-Sara Inhaling Helium And Singing Phir Aur Kya Chahiye Will Make You ROFL
The team of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan gathered at a suburban multiplex in Mumbai to greet and thank the media members and the audience for the overwhelming response to the film at the box office. The event saw a round of fun and games that drew enthusiastic participation from the media and the star cast.
A video shared by the paparazzi shows Vicky and Sara inhaling helium and singing a rendition of Arijit Singh’s Phir Aur Kya Chahiye. Watch the clip below.
Directed by Laxman Utekar, best known for Luka Chuppi and Mimi, the film was released in theatres on June 2.
Kaushal told reporters, “The film was narrated to us right after the second wave of COVID when the situation was a lot more tense. It was like, ‘What will happen to Bollywood? What kind of films are coming, not coming?’ Then a simple story like this came to me. I just knew this will connect with people.”
“In the last five days, we have realised that this is what we would feel in all our meetings that people will connect with it. Now, that people are loving it, for us, it’s even beyond numbers…To see families coming and watching the film is the real joy. Now that the film has worked in cinema halls, we are here to thank all of you,” he added.
Sara, 27, also thanked her director for giving her the opportunity to play the role of Somya and co-star Vicky Kaushal for being the “most superb partner”.
“It was outstanding to work with you. I don’t want to talk about how talented you are because everyone knows that. You are so humble, gracious,” she said.
Co-produced by Maddock Films and Jio Studios, ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ also stars Inaamulhaq, Sushmita Mukherjee, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, and Sharib Hashmi.
Al Pacino ‘excited’ to welcome fourth child after paternity test
Hollywood star Al Pacino is looking forward to becoming a father again at the age of 83.
The Academy Award-winning actor will welcome his fourth child into the world in just a few week’s as his 29-year-old girlfriend Noor Alfallah is eight months pregnant, his spokesperson has confirmed.
Now an insider close to Al has claimed that he has “always loved” being a dad so is looking forward to the new arrival. “Al loves being a father and always has. He is excited. Being a parent is and always was an important part of Al’s life,” the insider told People, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Al and 29-year-old Noor, who previously dated Sir Mick Jagger and billionaire Nicolas Berggruen, have been romantically linked since April 2022 when they were pictured having dinner together.
The “Scent of a Woman” actor previously explained he “gets a lot” out of fatherhood and finds it “upsetting” not being involved in his children’s lives. He told The New Yorker in 2014, “I’m responsible to them. I’m a part of their life. When I’m not, it’s upsetting to me and to them. So that’s part of the gestalt. And I get a lot from it. It takes you out of yourself.”
Three years ago, Al’s ex-girlfriend Meital Dohan admitted one of the reasons why their two-year romance came to an end was because the “Godfather” star – who is 39 years older than her – didn’t want to have any more children.
She told the Daily Mail newspaper at the time, “It was one of the most incredible love stories of my life, but there was an acknowledgment that we’re both at different places in our lives. Two years is a long time and I was like, ‘We love each other, but where is this going?’ “
“I really want to have kids. It’s harder when someone’s that much older than you, because IAstill have a family to build, while he already has a family,” she added. “At his age, it’s a rigid decision.
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