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Ali Abbas Zafar rubbishes rumours of shelving Bade Miyan Chote Miyan 2

Fans couldn’t resist their excitement when Ali Abbas Zafar stated that a sequel to Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is in the works.

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The movie is set to have an overall budget of Rs 350 crore, making it one of the costliest Hindi films to date.

90’s films always hold a special place in our hearts. Be it the story or the cast, those films take us down memory lane. However, fans become excited when they hear that their classic films are getting a sequel. One such movie, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda in the 1998 film, is getting a sequel. Fans couldn’t resist their excitement when Ali Abbas Zafar stated that a sequel to Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is in the works.

What makes it even more intriguing are the actors that have been chosen as the main characters in the upcoming film. But recently, the news of shelving Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff starrer has been doing the rounds. However, calling the rumours baseless, director Ali Abbas Zafar said the film is very much on track and is currently in pre-production.

Quashing the rumours, Zafar said they’re in the midst of pre-production right now. I’m not sure where these rumours are originating. Months of pre-production are needed for a film of this scale. We’ll start shooting in the UK at the end of this year or early next year, he added.

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The rumours of the shelving of Bade Miyan Chote Miyan were sparked after reality personality Kamaal R Khan, aka KRK, tweeted, Producer, and director Ali Abbas Zafar has decided not to make the film #bademiyanchotemiyan with Akshay and Tiger. It is the 4th film of Akshay Kumar which has been shelved after the disastrous result of his film Samrat Prithviraj, he said.

https://twitter.com/KRKBoxOffice/status/1536573126636609536

A source close to the film’s development told an entertainment portal that Zafar and his creative team intend to make Bade Miyan Chote Miyan one of Bollywood’s biggest action thrillers. The film’s budget is expected to be around Rs 120 crore, making it the most expensive Akshay Kumar film to date.

According to the source, the director is working on the pre-production phase and developing stunt scenes with Akshay and Tiger in mind. Despite the production costing roughly Rs 120 crore, the two actors and the director are receiving fees of around Rs 200 to 210 crore each.

The movie is set to have an overall budget of Rs 350 crore, making it one of the costliest Hindi films to date.

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PM Modi pays tribute to Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, says he was a beacon of Indian music

Singer Pankaj Udhas passed away today at Breach Candy hospital, Mumbai, due to prolonged illness.

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Legendary Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas passed away at the age of 72 on Monday. The singer was suffering with age-related health issues. His daughter Nayaab Udhas confirmed the news of his death on social media.

Taking to social media, his family issued an official statement saying, with a very heavy heart, they inform the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the veteran singer as he posted a special note for Pankaj Udhas. Recalling him, the PM said, he was a beacon of Indian music, whose melodies transcended generations. His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled, the PM added.

Udhas, who gained recognition as a playback singer in Hindi films such as Naam, Saajan, and Mohra, passed away at the Breach Candy hospital at around 11 am today, as per a source close to the family .

On knowing about the sudden demise of Pankaj Udhas, his fans and many Bollywood celebrities paid their tribute to the veteran singer through different social media handle.

Taking to Instagram, singer Sonu Nigam posted his picture and said, he lost his one of the most important part of his childhood today. Sonu also said he will miss him forever and knowing that he is no more his heart cries out. Concluding his post he thanked Pankaj Udhas for being there.

Shankar Mahadevan said he is shocked by this news as it is a terrible loss to music industry.

Singer Anup Jalota took to X, to express his grief. He shareda post and said, music legend and his friend passed away. Jalota also said, he extends his heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, Pankaj Udhas was from a well-known Gujarati music family. He was the youngest of the three brothers and was born in Jetpur, Gujarat. Manhar Udhas, his older brother, was also a playback singer in the film industry. He started his carrer by learning tabla before moving on to study Hindustani vocal classical music under Ghulam Qadir Khan Sahab. After that, he received training at the renowned Gwalior Gharana.

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Yami Gautam’s Article 370 banned in Gulf countries

Yami Gautam’s Article 370, which was released on February 23, has been banned in Gulf countries.

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The Aditya Suhas Jambhale-helmed action-political thriller film Article 370, starring Yami Gautam, has been banned in Gulf countries. The film was released in the theaters on February 23, 2024.

Article 370 was successful in the domestic and overseas box office, but its overall collection might be impacted as the Gulf countries are a major market for Indian films. According to reports, Shah Rukh Khan’s blockbuster films Pathan and Jawan were able to cross the Rs 1000 crore mark due to their extensive release in the Gulf countries.

In a statement, the makers of the film expressed surprise at the ban, especially since the Gulf region has a thriving tourism industry and Indian movies are being filmed there.

The statement further added that the lack of Indian films in the region’s theaters, despite Bollywood’s contribution to the Gulf’s entertainment industry, is noteworthy. They further said that while Indian cinema enjoys a dedicated fanbase in the region, the absence of films like Article 370 highlights a concerning trend towards censorship and limited cultural exchange.

In the film, Yami Gautam can be seen playing the role of NIA officer Zooni Haksar, who is known for her honest work. The strory of the film revolves around the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

The film, directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, also stars Priyamani, Arun Givil, and Kiran Karmarkar in key roles.

During a recent speech in Jammu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned about the film Article 370. He said this movie will provide correct information to the people.

Yami Gautam responded to PM Narendra Modi’s speech on Instagram and expressed her gratitude for being able to witness his conversation about the film. She also mentioned that she and her team are committed to delivering a cinematic experience that surpasses PM’s expectations and brings this incredible story to life on the big screen.

Earlier, Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s action thriller film Fighter’s release was denied in Gulf countries except the UAE.

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Sharman Joshi, Deepshikha Nagpal, Manav Gohil, Arjan Bajwa, Jayantilal Gada at the 21st Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards

The 21st Transmedia Gujarati Awards ceremony, which took place at Mumbai’s Tulip Star Hotel, which was organised by the Managing Director of Transmedia, Jasmin Shah.

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The prestigious Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards every year honours artists and technicians from the Gujarati film industry over the past two decades. During the ceremony, popular celebrities grace the award function every year. Celebrities from film and television attended the spectacular 21st Transmedia Gujarati Awards ceremony, which took place at Mumbai’s Tulip Star Hotel, which was organised by the Managing Director of Transmedia, Jasmin Shah. For the past 21 years, he has been organising these awards on a large scale.

Actor Sharman Joshi, who is best known for his role in 3 Idiots, also attended the 21st Transmedia Gujarati Film and TV Awards. The actor was honored with the Late Govindbhai Patel Maharathi Award. Other celebrities who attended the event include Deepshikha Nagpal, producer Anand Pandit, actor Arjan Bajwa, Ganesh Jain, Urvashi Solanki, Manav Gohil, Kashish Khan,Myara Khan, music director Sanjeev-Darshan, and Jayantilal Gada.

Since its start in 2001, Jasmin Shah has successfully arranged the celebration, which honors individuals connected to the Gujarati theater and cinema industry and aims to raise morale.

The event featured a number of outstanding artistic performances. The awards show broadcasting partners were Colors Gujarati and Colors Gujarati Cinema networks.

During the award function, actor Anang Desai was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dharmendra Gohil won the Best Actor award for the Gujarati film Chal Manva Jeetva Jaiye 2, while the Best Actress award went to Mansi Parekh Gohil for Kachchh Express. Pallav Parikh won the Best Director award. Kachchh Express (Sol Sutra) bagged the award for Best Gujarati Film, and the Best Children’s Film award was given to Masti Ni Pathshala (Friends Theater Group).

Actor Manali Kantharia won the Best Actress award for the Gujarati drama Kesar, and Shaunik Vyas received the Best Actor award for the drama Man Magna Hua. While, Padmesh Pandit got the award for Best Director for his drama-film Om Namah Shivay. The Best Drama Award was given to Kesar. Mahesh Naresh won the Special Award, while Deepak Antani received the Transmedia Special Award for his magnificiant acting skills in portraying Mahatma Gandhi. Actor Lily Patel was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Actor Manav Gohil got the Best Actor award for the Gujarati film Chandlo on OTT. The Best Supporting Actor award was given to Viraf Patel for the Gujarati film Kachchh Express.

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