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Will thwart all attempts to finish off Bollywood: Uddhav Thackeray

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Breaking his silence, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday made it clear that he would resist any moves to finish off Bollywood or shift it from Mumbai.

“Any attempts being made to finish off Bollywood or shift it elsewhere (from Mumbai) will not be tolerated and we shall oppose it,” Thackeray assured at a meeting with single-screen and multiplex cinema hall owners to discuss re-starting of film theatres in the ongoing Unlockdown phases.

“Bollywood enjoys a following and popularity across the globe. In many respects, it’s even at par with Hollywood. The film industry also generates huge employment for lakhs of people,” Thackeray said of the film industry based in Mumbai since 107 years.

However, without naming anyone, the Chief Minister rued how in past few weeks, some attempts are being made to tarnish the image of the film industry from certain quarters which is “painful”.

Thackeray’s statement assumes significance in the wake of the massive churning that is witnessed in Bollywood after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput four months ago and the series of successive events which unfolded.

Politicians, media and film stars, who have always enjoyed cosy relations in the past, were suddenly at loggerheads with unprecedented targeting of Bollywood and political personalities by some individuals that resulted in polarisation and general feelings of ill-will.

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Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon’s ‘Bachchan Pandey’ books Holi release

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‘Bachchan Pandey’ starring Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon has a new release date as it is set to arrive in cinemas on the occasion of Holi on March 18 this year.

The film, which is the first big festival release of 2022, has been helmed by writer-director Farhad Samji, who has films like ‘Housefull 3’, ‘Housefull 4’, ‘Singham’ (screenwriter) under his belt.

Akshay took to his Instagram to share a set of the film’s posters as he wrote in the caption, “Action, Comedy, Romance, Drama. L-O-A-D-I-N-G this Holi! #SajidNadiadwala’s #BachchanPandey in cinemas on 18th March, 2022 Directed by @farhadsamji”

The posters have a grungy feel with earthy colours and tones dominating the frame, they show Akshay’s character as a desi gangster. While one poster features Akshay seated on a truck pointing gun at the sky along with a group of people, the other one sees the superstar in a rugged avatar, sporting chains around his neck and a bag loaded with guns and weapons.

In addition, the film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Arshad Warsi and Pankaj Tripathi and has been produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Warda Khan Nadiadwala.

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Ranveer Singh: As a creative person, I would like to believe that I have no limits

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Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, who was most recently seen in cricket drama ’83’, refuses to be put in a box creatively.

The ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actor likes to be limitless and explore his craft in his constant pursuit for artistic excellence.

Ranveer reveals, “My constant endeavour is such that you cannot put me in a box. You can’t define me. I don’t wish to be defined because I feel defining something by its fundamental nature would be limiting me. As a creative person I would like to believe that I have no limits. That I the possibilities within my craft are limitless, that they be infinite.”

The actor adds that there’s no end to how many characters he could play for the screen, “There is no end to how much I can explore and how many different people I can become. I hope I continue that and if I keep doing the same thing, then I am stagnating. I should probably take a sabbatical, gather more life experiences, put more different characters into my jholi and then come back to work.”

On the work front, he has a string of upcoming releases including YRF’s ‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’, filmmaker Shankar’s remake of his blockbuster ‘Anniyan’, Rohit Shetty’s ‘Cirkus’ and Karan Johar’s ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahan’.

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Sahher Bambba to be seen in B Praak music video along with Emraan Hashmi

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Actress Sahher Bambba, who was last seen in the rom com ‘Dil Bekaraar’, is set to star in a yet-to-be-titled music video along with Emraan Hashmi and performed by B Praak.

The actress has been a fan of B Praak’s tracks so when the opportunity came knocking on her doors, she jumped on it.

Sharing her feelings when she first got to know about the collaboration, she said, “Working with Emraan and B Praak was a dream come true.”

Talking about her love for B Praak’s music, she says, “I’ve been a huge fan of B Praak’s music. I used to listen to his music on loop and when this opportunity came my way to collaborate with Emraan and B Praak, I was on cloud nine. It was such a fun experience working with the two of them.”

The song, which will soon hit the airwaves, has been produced by Raj Jaiswal under the music label DRJ Records, with the lyrics of the song penned by Jaani and B Praak, both of whom have also composed the song with B Praak going behind the mic for the track.

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