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Netflix Plans Kartik Aaryan’s Diwali Dhamaka?

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Netflix  is planning  a huge diwali dhamaka, and it’s called, what else,  Dhamaka . In the Ram Madhvani- directed thriller that  stars the  hot-and-happening Kartik Aaryan as a celebrated  news anchor  grappling with a wily terrorist who threatens  to blow up Mumbai city, Netflix  feels they’ve a  potential  blockbuster on hand.

 Sources say  the plan is to  give this premium  product the full –on Diwali treatment.

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And  rightly so. The  gap between theatrical and  OTT release is rapidly  shrinking. A Diwali release, at  home or in theatres would now be received with  equal fervor.

“And  why not? A Kartik Aaryan release  in theatres is big business. It would be no less on the digital platform. I’m sure Dhamaka will be  as  big a  blockbuster on  OTT as it would have been  in theatres, just as  Bhuj: The  Pride Of  India  would have been a disaster on  any platform,” says  Roshan Singh a leading movie exhibitor in Bihar.

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 Interestingly Dhamaka is the remake  of a 2013  Korean  thriller Terror Live .Another Korean remake Netrikann featuring  Nayanthara as a  blind  ‘eyewitness’ in a hit-and-run case is a smash hit  on  the OTT  platform.

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“Kartik Aaryan Has The Hunger To Excel,” Ram Madhvani On The Pleasure Of Making Dhamaka 

With refreshing humility Ram Madhvani says he  is grateful to his actors for  making his  work  what it is. “Sushmita…

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Kartik Aaryan’s Dhamaka To Premiere In November

The wait is finally over. Ram Madhvani’s terror-media thriller Dhamaka will be premiered in November 2021, a source  close to the…

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Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Mood Trailer’ For Dhamaka Is A Movie In Itself

Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Mood Trailer’: Teasers, trailers   and preview clips  are becoming increasingly innovative. They have to. The competition is not…

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Kartik Aaryan Loses His Voice During Bhool Bhulaiya Climax

The  shooting of Anees Bazmi’s comedy-horror Kartik Aaryan Bhool  Bhulaiya  2 has turned  out to be  far more adventurous than was expected. Firstly the…

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The Real Reason Why Kartik Aaryan’s Film Has Undergone A Title Change

Currently the  Mumbai film industry seems  to be under a  lot  of  pressure  from radical elements. We hear  characters  in…

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Kartik Aaryan Resumes Shooting For Bhool Bhulaiya 2

Prolific filmmaker  Anees Bazmi  who thinks  laughter  is the best medicine for Covid,is back to shooting with  his leading man…

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Kartik Aaryan’s Grin-to-Grim Quartet , No Comedy for 2 Years

Bhool Bhulaiya  2  will be Kartik Aaryan’s last comedy for  at least  a year. Breaking the  glass ceiling has  become a   career …

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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