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Kajol and PC shortlisted to play Ranveer Singh’s sister

Kajol and PC shortlisted to play Ranveer Singh’s sister

    Cousins Kareena Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor couldn’t make time for Zoya Akhtar’s next film that has siblings at the core of the story. But of course, there is much more to this family saga. Now, it is being suggested that Ranveer Singh will play the male lead. For the sister’s role, there is a wishlist. And we hear that two very talented actresses’ names are being considered. One is reportedly Priyanka Chopra and the other, Kajol. PC and Zoya share a bond because the actress has done Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2. Well, whoever it is, the project definitely sounds exciting, indicates the trade. The director remained unavailable for comment.

Priyanka Chopra

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    The era of Suraiya and Geeta Dutt, actresses who were also renowned playback singers, is long gone. But there have been others — Sulakshana Pandit and Salma Agha, for example — who got equal mileage as singers as well as actors. Even now, the singing bug sometimes bites a Bollywood actress, who then insists on lending her voice to at least one song in her own film. Rekha’s playback attempt in Khubsoorat (1980) had won her accolades. So did Sridevi’s tryst with singing in Chandni (1989).
    Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Juhi Chawla have also rendered songs.
    And, of course, the latest heroine to join the singing bandwagon is Shruti Haasan, who has earlier sung for regional films and even her Bollywood debut, Luck (2009). She will now be seen lending her voice for a song in D-Day. Here’s a look at some of the Bollywood actresses who’ve sung in their films.

Shruti Haasan and Arjun Rampal in D-Day
JIAH KHAN — Take Lite (NISHABD, 2007)
MADHURI DIXIT-NENE — Kaahe Chhed Mohe (DEVDAS, 2002)
REKHA — Sare Niyam Tod Do (KHUBSOORAT, 1980)
SASHEH AAGHA — Barbadiyaan (AURANGZEB, 2013)
PRIYANKA CHOPRA — Ullathai Killathe (THAMIZHAN, 2002)
SRIDEVI — O Meri Chandni (CHANDNI, 1989)
JUHI CHAWLA — Chalo Jaane Do (BHOOTNATH, 2008)
SALMA AGHA — Dil Ke Armaan (NIKAAH, 1982)

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The most exciting part about filmmaking is creating music

The most exciting part about filmmaking is creating music

    The music album of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is an amalgamation of different genres. The songs, especially the rock version of the title track, has created a buzz in B-Town.
    Prasoon Joshi, the scriptwriter as well as the lyricist of the film, says it was doubly challenging for him to recreate the same situations without being repetitive. “I had to interpret the same scenes twice — through the script and the songs. Adding another layer to what I had already written was a real challenge. Once I finished writing the script, I took a twomonth break and that helped immensely — it gave me a fresh perspective. I had left a few blanks in the script. I filled those blanks with the songs,” he explains. Farhan Akhtar plays the legendary sprinter, Milkha Singh, in the film.
    Rakeysh’s friendship with Prasoon goes a long way back. The latter had written the dialogues for Rang De Basanti, directed by Rakeysh. Says the director, “For me, the most exciting part about making a film is creating its music. I like spending time in the studios, jamming with the musicians. I connect with Prasoon on a different level. For me, he is a poet, not a lyricist. My approach to the film is about finding that Milkha in all of us; it’s not about Milkha, the athlete. Prasoon has interpreted the songs beautifully and given it character. The rock version track sung by Siddharth Mahadevan, Shankar’s son, is inspirational.”
    About music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Rakeysh says, “Loy is a jazz musician while Shankar is a trained Carnatic singer. Ehsaan, on the other hand, is a rock guitarist. Milkha is a person with various layers to his character. The music also had to reflect that fusion.”
    Echoing Rakeysh’s thoughts, the composers say, “Working with old friends is always a pleasure. BMB’s music is earthy and powerful, yet simple and deep — just like Milkha himself.”
    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, produced by ROMP Pictures and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, releases 12 July.

Farhan Akhtar

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Film review: Ghanchakkar feels like a rushed effort

Technically the film might have the right tone, but there is something amiss in its fabric.

The film poster

The film poster

Film: Ghanchakkar
Cast: Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Rating: **

Ghanchakkar opens on the right note. We are introduced to an odd ball couple – Sanju (Emraan) and Neetu (Vidya) who are polar opposites (his tied up hair and casual attire v/s her loud jarring 80’s ensembles) living under the same roof. What starts as a heist to loot a bank in the middle of the night and share the prize money three months later ends up being the biggest adventure of their life.

Pandit (Rajesh) and Idris (Namit) are Sanju’s accomplices who demand their share of the loot on the due date. But the story takes a serious twist when they realise Sanju is suffering from memory loss and unable to identify the place where he hid the money! From this point on, Ghanchakkar‘s script takes a bumpy roller-coaster ride.

While the premise is interesting, Gupta could have spent more time doctoring the screenplay. The second half springs up many loopholes that are glaring in your face with discrepancies. Sanju and Neetu’s chemistry, especially their banter in the early first half seems forced. 

Pandit and Idris who have equal importance and footage in the story line are reduced to the side as the story progresses with its sketchy pace. Thankfully, we are with these characters from the beginning, rooting for them to triumph and deliver something extraordinary. Unfortunately their charm wears out soon enough.

Emraan look at ease even when he’s wearing the obnoxious polka dotted night suit gifted by his OTT wife. There is a certain comfort level he seems to have reached with his approach towards playing any character. Similarly Vidya goes all out to play Neetu. Be it the guitar plastered on her short dress, or her style of holding the fork while digging into a plate of fried rice, Balan takes a risk that pays off. Both Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das are perfect candidates for these roles. Their camaraderie and banter is infectious.

The soundtrack isn’t memorable, but the background score gives the film the right mood. Technically the film might have the right tone, but there is something amiss in its fabric. Ghanchakkar has a few memorable scenes, but on the whole it feels like a rushed effort.



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How to Prevent failure of Kidneys?

How to Prevent failure of Kidneys


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BA PASS Official Movie Trailer

BA PASS Official Movie Trailer


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10 best ideas – How do I create a Video?


10 best ideas – How do I create a Video?

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How to buy Railway ticket through SMS on Mobile Phone?

How to buy Railway ticket through SMS on Mobile Phone?
The Minister of Railways Shri Mallikarjun Kharge launched SMS based ticketing system at a function here today. While addressing a gathering on the occasion, Shri Kharge said that this user-friendly service which will be effective from today i.e 28th June 2013, is being introduced in order to further improve the customer convenience and empower the common man who does not have access to internet and cannot afford to buy smart phones. He said that since the mobile penetration in India has increased rapidly and more than 80 per cent people have mobile phones, this new system will be helpful in enabling booking of tickets by masses themselves. Ticket booking through non-internet based mobile, introduced as a pilot project by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, will also help Railways in overcoming the menace of touting whereby unsuspecting people are fleeced by such elements. This will particularly be useful for labourers and workers staying away from their home and who have to book tickets for travel to their native place, the Minister added.
The Railway Minister further said that inconvenience in booking reserved railway tickets has been a cause of concern for all.  In order to facilitate easy access, Indian Railways have been making efforts by expanding the    passenger reservation system counters network.  The online booking through IRCTC has now grown up to about 45% of total reserved tickets.  This has eased the rush at counters to a great extent. While internet access in India is only about 10%, mobiles are now in easy reach and more than 80% people in our country use mobile phones, the Minister said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Vinay Mittal said that Indian Railways’ initiative of launching the non-internet based ticketing through a mobile phone would further enhance the scope and each of ticketing since it has huge potential to tap the power of mobile phone. Shri Mittal said that this service will be improved further with provision of more payment options, user-friendly interface and value added services like alerts and updates. Payment through mobiles is still in an evolving state and Commercial Banks, RBI and National Payment Corporation of India are working on providing a safe, secured and quick payment mechanism through mobile. As the payment option mature and user gets accustomed to SMS booking, it has the potential of overtaking bookings through internet as well as counters, he added.
In his welcome address, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, IRCTC, Shri Rakesh Tondon said that this is, indeed, IRCTC’s successful effort in making railway ticket booking even easier through SMS or menu based USSD technology which works on all mobile phones.  Through this service, customer can not only book ticket but also can search for stations, trains, availability, PNR enquiry, make cancellation etc, he added.
Launch of ticket booking service through mobile phones had been announced in Railway Budget 2012-13.    This initiative will go a long way in customer convenience.  With the passage of time, it is expected that mobile booking will surpass reserved ticket booking by all other modes like internet and counters.  Mobile booking is not only convenient but it also saves time and money.  The user will have to get mobile money account opened from his/her bank or mobile money providing agencies as approved by the Reserve Bank of India.
The key features of ticket booking on mobile:
§  Ticket can be booked within minutes;
§  basic mobile phones are sufficient; no internet connection is required;
§  The user will get ticket details on SMS instantly.
§  SMS along with valid ID in original can be used for travel, no printout is required.
Book your ticket through USSD:
USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based booking for Airtel subscribers*
•     Register for Airtel money by dialing *400#.
•     Load cash on this or recharge from any Airtel money outlet.
Booking Flow
•     Dial *400# and select book tickets option.
•     Select Reservation.
•     Enter your IRCTC User ID.
•     Enter the details of ticket (station, train no. date of journey, class etc.).
•     Enter mPIN for authorizing payment.
•     Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof.
•     Fare & IRCTC service charges are debited from your Airtel money account.
•     Charges: No PG Charges.
•     Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable
Helpline No.: 121
Helpline Email :
Book your ticket through SMS:
1. SMS based booking through 139*
•     Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with your bank.
•     Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) & OTP (one time password) for authorization of payment.  (More than 25 banks are providing this facility. For details, visit website:
Booking Flow
•     Send SMS, in the following syntax, to 139
      BOOK <TrainNo><FromStn.Code><ToStn.Code> <TravelDate (DDMM)><Class><Passenger-Name><Age><M/F>
•     You will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details.
•     Make payment through sending an SMS, in the following syntax, to 139
      PAY <Transaction ID as received><IMPS><Your MMID as received from the bank><OTP, your one time password received for this transaction><IRCTCUserID> and your ticket is booked.
•     Service is available to all mobile subscribers.
•     SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
•     PG charges Rs 5/- for ticket amount <Rs 5000/ and Rs 10/- for ticket amount > Rs 5000/- (as applicable by bank).
•     Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable
Helpline No.: 139
Helpline Email :
2. SMS based booking through 5676714*
•     Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with m-wallet (
•     Send SMS, to 5676717, in the following syntax START <irctc user Id> for user authentication (first time only)
Booking Flow
•     Send an SMS to 5676714 to book a ticket in the following syntax:
      BOOK<From stn.code>,<to stn.code>, <DDMMYY>, <Trainno>,<Class>,
      <passenger name>,<age>,<M/F>
•     You will receive the Transaction number.
•     Send the 2nd SMS, for payment, in the following syntax.
1.   “PAY <transaction no>, MPAY, <m-PIN>” for authorizing payment through MPAY
2.   “PAY  <mobileno>,<mmid>,<amount>, <transaction Id>,<OTP>” for authorizing payment through IMPS.
•     After payment is made booking confirmation is sent to your mobile.
•     Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking).
Helpline No. : 8882001001
Helpline Email :
3. SMS based booking through BSNL*
User should have the following:
1.   BSNL SIM card installed.
2.   Java enabled mobile phone.
3.   Andhra Bank Prepaid card.
      This is a menu driven application where user has to enter the details asked for in simple step-by-step process to get the ticket.
•     Install the application.
•     Select the Register option to get the mPIN.
•     Click the icon BSNL Prepaid Card
•     Select Ticketing > Train (IRCTC)
•     Fill up the journey details such as From stn, To Stn, Train No, DOJ, Class, Quota, passenger details.
•     Enter the mPIN to get the ticket information.
•     Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes without charges.
Helpline No. : +91-8801298038
Helpline Email :

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The intense chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in their upcoming action caper Bang Bang


The intense chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in their upcoming action caper Bang Bang sure seems to give the audience bang for their buck. Highvoltage stunts, exotic international locales and Vishal-Shekhar’s music is expected to add to that. The film, an official Hindi remake of Hollywood hit Knight And Day, has Hrithik and Katrina filling Tom Cruise’s and Cameron Diaz’s shoes respectively.

Though many producers were waiting to cast the two together as solo leads, looks like the makers of Bang Bang managed to close the deal first with the script. And director Siddharth Anand is working to ensure that the story transforms into a riveting, breathtaking action film.

Two schedules of the film are already completed and the next kickstarts this July in Europe. The crew faced rough weather during the first schedule in Thailand, but the lead pair did manage to shoot some stunning stunt sequences there. From there, they headed to Greece for the second schedule, where a romantic sequence was filmed. The film will be shot in the Far East, Europe and India.

Bang Bang, produced by Fox Star Studios, is slated for release on May 1, 2014.

Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan

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