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Karan Johar hails Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, says friendship for the ages

Karan Johar posted a selfie that he took at a recent event on Instagram with his two favourite stars, Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh.

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2023 was a memorable year for Karan Johar as he returned to his directing seat with Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. The family romantic comedy gained a lot of affection and praise from both critics and viewers. With the year coming to an end, the director took a minute to thank his leading men, Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, from the bottom of his heart.

In addition to praising their extraordinary talent, Karan thought about the close bond the three of them have.

On December 26, Karan Johar posted a selfie that he took at a recent event on Instagram with his two favourite stars, Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh. Alia looked great in a red-print white pantsuit that matched the men’s sharp black formal wear. Karan showed his love for the gifted pair in a caption.

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Karan started off by saying he doesn’t own any of the credit for Alia’s artistic growth and giving the movie Highway credit for her real breakthrough. Before the year ends, he said, he felt like sharing this with everyone. Alia had not been under his direction since 2012, the day she arrived on set. When he saw her combination of Manish Malhotra, Mickey Contractor, and Flavian, he knew they had the Rani he had always imagined.

The Kuch Kuch Hota Hai director said, he was unprepared for the actor who came next. He also said that he is not claiming any credit. He would always appreciative to Imtiaz Ali for guiding her on life’s journey and shaping her into the performer she attained in the end. Although officially SOTY is her debut, highway will always be her real artistic debut.

Ranveer Singh received a tonne of appreciation from Karan Johar for his careful preparation for Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani. And he said, Ranveer Singh. The natural power that cannot be replaced. The performer gets ready and never gets in your way. He never disclosed to him how much he was practicing for his role as Rocky Randhawa, Karan added. Karan also said Ranveer Singh is irreplaceable.

As soon as Karan shared this post, both Alia and Ranveer were quick enough to reply. Taking to comment section Ranveer called it cute while Alia just expressed her feeling by simply writing K in the comment section and she also added a red heart emojis to it.

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Jacqueline Fernandez stuns in custom sequin gown at Cannes 2024

Jacqueline Fernandez opted for shimmering rose gold custom gown crafted by Mikael D Couture for her red carpet walk.

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Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez has made a dazzling debut at the prestigious 77th Cannes Film Festival, showcasing her breathtaking beauty. Adorned in a striking metallic gown, the Bollywood actor illuminated the iconic red carpet, where she represented a high-end vehicle brand.

The Race 3 actor gracefully grabbed the spotlight in a shimmering rose gold custom gown crafted by Mikael D Couture. Enhancing the ensemble, she adorned herself with earrings from the collection of exquisite Hassanzade Jewellery. She styled her hair with classic soft waves, completing the look with effortless elegance. 

Earlier, before leaving Mumbai to attend the red carpet, she said about her overwhelming sense of excitement as she eagerly awaited her return to the Cannes Film Festival this year, especially with the added thrill of partnering with BMW. She felt anticipation building within her as she looked forward to the event, cherishing the chance to showcase the rich cultural tapestry of the Southeast Asian diaspora on the world stage. Jacqueline expressed how it is a momentous occasion for her to grace the prestigious red carpet, a pathway walked by countless cinematic icons, and she feels deeply honoured by the opportunity.

The last time Jacqueline attended the film festival was in 2015 when she received an invitation from the Queen of Malaysia, marking her debut on the grand stage. Notably, during that visit, she also had the privilege of attending supermodel Naomi Campbell’s 45th birthday celebration aboard a private yacht, adding an extra touch of glamour to her Cannes experience.

Regarding her professional endeavours, Jacqueline was last seen 2023 action comedy film Selfiee directed by Raj Mehta.The film starred Akshay Kumar, Emraan Hashmi, Diana Penty, Mrunal Thakur and Nushrat Bharucha. The actor is currently working on her latest project titled Fateh.

Meanwhile, this year, newbies Kiara Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sobhita Dhulipala and Cannes veteran Aishwarya Rai also attended the prestigious film festival.

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Malayalam film industry crosses Rs 1,000 crore worldwide, Bollywood, Telugu films left struggling

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Malayalam film industry crosses Rs 1,000 crore worldwide, Bollywood and Telugu films are left struggling. The Malayalam film industry has surpassed the Rs 1,000 crore mark at the worldwide box office in 2024. This comes at a time when bigger industries like Bollywood and Telugu cinema are facing struggles with box office performance.

There have been a series of critically praised and commercially successful films this year. Movies like Manjummel Boys, Aadujeevitam, and Aavesham, which reportedly grossed over Rs 240.94 crore, Rs 157.44 crore, and 153.52 crore worldwide, and Guruvayoorambala Nadayil resonated with audiences, resulting in a growing collection from January to April 2024, which reached Rs 985 crore.

Last year, Mathrubhumi further reported that the industry had witnessed a total global gross of about Rs 500 crore with the success of films like Kannur Squad, RDX, Neru, and Romancham. Malayalam cinema has so far contributed 20 percent of India’s total gross collection in 2024, while Bollywood has contributed only 38 percent.

Malayalam cinema has been mentioned for its fresh storylines and willingness to experiment with genres. Some critics argue that Bollywood films have become standard and repetitive, relying heavily on big stars and exaggerated song-and-dance sequences. Telugu cinema, too, has faced criticism for its focus on larger-than-life action movies and star power over strong scripts.

This achievement marks an important moment for Malayalam cinema. It highlights the industry’s ability to produce exciting content that resonates with audiences not only in India but also globally. While the reasons behind the struggles of Bollywood and Telugu cinema are complex and warrant further examination, the contrasting fortunes of these film industries paint an interesting picture of the current trends in Indian cinema. It remains to be seen if the big-budget film industries can adapt and recapture their audiences’ attention, or if Malayalam cinema can sustain its momentum at the box office.

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Yami Gautam, Aditya Dhar welcome baby boy Vedavid

The couple announced the pregnancy news during the trailer launch of their film Article 370 in February this year.

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Bollywood couple Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar on Monday announced the birth of their baby boy Vedavid. The Bollywood actor and her filmmaker husband shared the news through an Instagram post. They shared a picture of Lord Krishna holding a baby boy in a collaborative social media post.

The Instagram post read that they are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Vedavid  who graced them with his birth on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritya. The couple also expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the professionals at Surya Hospital, with special mention to Dr Bhupender Awasthi and Dr Ranjana Dhanu. 

They added that as they embark on this beautiful journey of parenthood, they eagerly anticipate the bright future that awaits their son. Many fans and Bollywood celebrities showered blessing and congratulatory messages. 

Ranveer Singh, who is expecting his first child with wife Deepika Padukone took to Instagram and showered love to the family.  Ayushmann Khurrana, who is Gautam’s Vicky Donor co-star, also expressed heartiest congratulations to the couple. Neha Dhupia, Mriunal Thakur, Hrithik Roshan also showered blessings and congratulated the couple on their parenthood.

Yami Gautam and Aditya Dhar got married on June 4, 2021 in Himachal Pradesh. The couple announced the pregnancy news during the trailer launch of their film Article 370 in February this year. Yami Gautam had revealed that she filmed action scenes during the starting month of her pregnancy. She said that it was very difficult and mentally draining to shoot during the pregnancy period. She also credited her husband Aditya Dhar and her team for being pillars of strength and support.    

On the work front, Yami Gautam has an exciting lineup of projects in her kitty. The actor is set to appear in director Rishab Seth’s upcoming action comedy film Dhoom Dhaam, alongside Pratik Gandhi and Mukul Chadda. The film centers on Veer Khurana and Koyal Chadda, a mismatched couple in an arranged marriage. Their wedding night takes an unexpected turn when a case of mistaken identity leads them to go on the run, searching for the mysterious person named Charlie.

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