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Sanjay Leela Bhansali to cops: Had offered ‘Ramleela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Padmaavat’ to Sushant

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Sushant Singh Rajput was approached for as many as four films including “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela” (2013), “Bajirao Mastani” (2015) and “Padmaavat” (2018) by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The filmmaker asserted in the statement he gave to Mumbai Police on Monday.

Bhansali’s statement was recorded over three hours at Bandra Police Station, during which time the filmmaker was accompanied by his lawyer, reports indiatoday.in.

The report added that Bhansali has revealed to the police that he had offered four films to Sushant, who backed out from three projects citing unavailability of dates. The three films eventually turned out to be blockbusters. The filmmaker added that he had offered a fourth film to Sushant but that did not work out.

While Bhansali had reportedly chosen Sushant for the lead roles in “Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela” and “Bajirao Mastani”, both of which eventually went to Ranveer Singh, in “Padmaavat” the late actor was offered the role of the Rajput ruler Ratan SIngh, eventually played by Shahid Kapoor.

Till 2015, Sushant Singh Rajput was under a contract with Yash Raj Films (YRF) with whom he had done films like “Shuddh Desi Romance” (2013) and “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy” (2015). The actor had signed a three-film deal with the production house. The third film he was signed for was Shekhar Kapur’s directorial “Paani”, which got shelved.

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Tara Singh Returns: Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel start filming ‘Gadar 2’

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Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel from ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ have reunited for the film’s sequel, 20 years after the blockebuster.

The two will be reprising their roles in the film which has flagged off its shooting schedule. The pictures from the film’s ‘muhurat’ have gone viral.

Ameesha took to her Instagram to share an image from the film’s set, she captioned the picture, “Gadar 2. Muhurat shot. The General was kind enough to grace the occasion (sic).”

In the image, Sunny can be seen sporting a turban and red kurta, while Ameesha has donned an orange Patiala suit. Pictures from the ‘muhurat’ shot show that the styling is in line with where the first film ended. It’ll be interesting to see how the story progresses.

Sunny Deol too shared an image on his Instagram, he wrote, “We started filming of Gadar 2. Will post Tara Singh soon (sic).”

Earlier, Sunny had shared the film’s motion poster as he captioned it, “After two decades the wait is finally over! On the auspicious day of Dusshera, presenting to you the motion poster of Gadar 2. The Katha Continues…”

Anil Sharma is directing the sequel under the Zee Studios production. The film is scheduled for a 2022 release.

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Dakota Johnson says ‘no one acts normally because of Covid-19’

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Actress Dakota Johnson says her professional life has been transformed by the ongoing health crisis.

Johnson, who is best known for starring in the ‘Fifty Shades’ film franchise, said: “The thing is, people are not behaving normally. If you go to a party, you f****** rage.”

Johnson currently has a number of projects in the works, including her directorial film debut.

The movie will take place on a mythical island, but the actress won’t give away too many other details for the time being, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She told Town and Country magazine: “We talked about someone else directing, but then I was dreaming about it, having ideas all the time. It’s in my bones, this story. I’m like, ‘Is this too soon?’ But it’s happening. I’m gonna do it.”

Johnson previously co-directed Coldplay’s ‘Cry Cry Cry’ music video, which featured her boyfriend Chris Martin.

Her dad, Don Johnson, recently said he would be “happy” if his daughter married the music star.

Don said: “I don’t think much further than about the next seven or eight seconds. But listen, if she’s happy, I will be happy, and he’s a lovely guy. And if she decides to get married, I would imagine that there would be grandchildren not too far out for that. I’d be pretty excited about that part.”

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Ekta Kapoor has her plate full with 24 projects lined up for 2022

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After a successful 2021 marked by a string of interesting projects and a Padma Shri win, Ekta Kapoor is all set to crank it up a notch in 2022 with more than 24 projects in the pipeline.

Some of the projects have been shot and are ready to release while some are still at the development stage.

Talking about the 2022 content calendar, Ekta says, “I am very excited to announce that my team and I are all set to release more than 24 projects in 2022. We have some amazing content ready to release across various platforms be it theatres, web shows or TV channels.”

Commenting about her production house’s tryst with experimentation, she adds, “We at Balaji have always believed in experimenting when it comes to providing entertainment to the audiences and with our upcoming projects we have tried to take the level a notch higher.”

ALTBalaji, which is the digital arm of Ekta’s production house will dole out projects like ‘#hashtagwarss’, ‘Verdict 2’, ‘Mentalhood S2’, ‘Apharan 2’, ‘Bois Locker Room’, ‘Class of 2021’, ‘Baarish 3’, ‘Band aid’, ‘Paurashpur Season 2’, ‘Bank Heist’, ‘A Cold Mess’ and ‘Farrey’.

In the TV space, shows like ‘Naagin 6’, ‘Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki 2’, ‘Kahan Hum Chale’, ‘Itna Karo na mujhe pyaar 2’ will be broadcast soon.

Coming to films, Balaji Motion Pictures’s slate looks packed with interesting projects like ‘Ek Villain Returns’, ‘Freddy’, ‘U turn’, Hansal Mehta’s untitled thriller, ‘Jersey’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘KTina’, ‘Shehzada’, ‘Shootout at Byculla’, ‘Dobaara’ and ‘LSD 2’.

Ekta is set to work with some of the biggest names in the industry like Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Neena Gupta, Disha Patani, Kareena Kapoor, Hansal Mehta and many more in the coming year.

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