T 3518 – The death of an elder celebrity vs death of a younger .. the grief of the latter more intense than that of the former .. why ..?
Because you lament the loss of opportunity in the latter .. the
unrealised possibilities pic.twitter.com/IoaJxeYOiQ
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) May 2, 2020
Actress Ileana D’cruz has replaced comedian-actor Kapil Sharma in the top list of the “most sensational celebrity” in Indian cyberspace. According to the twelfth edition of McAfee Most Sensational Celebrity survey, the 30-year-old actress’ name has been used by hackers to lure netizens to visit malicious websites.
Ileana is followed by actors Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Kriti Sanon, Akshay Kumar, Rishi Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Govinda in the list. “In today’s era, the entertainment industry and celebrities are bigger than ever before. Loyal fans feel the dire need to stay updated on industry news and gossip at all times. Ease of access through a range of connected devices has made it increasingly feasible for followers to avail instant news and information on their favourite stars,” Venkat Krishnapur, Vice-President of Engineering and Managing Director, McAfee said in a statement.
He also explained how fans and followers of celebrities are falling under the trap of cyber crooks. “While fans religiously track their icons, online security is often compromised over speed and convenience. Cyber criminals leverage this opportunity to lure unsuspicious users by directing them to malicious links that could be used to infect devices or steal identities.
“As a precaution, consumers need to think before they click and avoid suspicious links that promise free content featuring favourite celebrities, movies, TV shows or pictures to protect themselves from cyber fraud.” On the film front, Ileana will next be seen in upcoming Telugu film “Amar Akbar Anthony”.
Long-time collaborators Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla are set to reunite on screen after over two decades for a family comedy. The duo was last seen together in “Daraar” (1996). The untitled film will be co-produced by Sony Pictures International Productions in India and MacGuffin Pictures, a press release said.The movie will be directed by debutante Hitesh Bhatia. Set in Delhi, the production on the film has just begun. Bhatia has co-written the film with Supratik Sen. Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment, India said they are excited to collaborate with Kapoor after the success of “102 Not Out”.
“As we continue to ramp up our local production slate with a keen focus on stories that audiences have never seen before, we are extremely thrilled to get started on this family comedy. The moment our partners Abhishek Chaubey and Honey Trehan brought the story to us – we were sold on the idea,” Krishnani said.
Abhishek Chaubey, Partner, MacGuffin Pictures said he is looking forward to their association with SPIP and is doubly excited about “working with Rishi ji and Juhi ji on a delightful script penned by Hitesh and Supratik”.
Honey Trehan, Partner, MacGuffin Pictures added, “As producers, we’ve always been interested in making films across the genre spectrum, and I feel this is the perfect film for MacGuffin Pictures to break into the comedy / family drama genre – a pitch perfect entertainer that the whole family can sit and watch together.”
“Mulk” movie has been banned in Pakistan, according to Bollywood film’s makers who are upset over the “prejudiced verdict”. Director Anubhav Sinha has urged viewers in Pakistan to “watch the film illegally, if you must”. According to a statement issued on behalf of the makers on Thursday, the Federal Censor Board of Pakistan has banned the film, a courtroom drama around restoring the honour of a Muslim family accused of treason. Danyal Gilani, Chairman, Pakistan’s Central Board of Film Censors ( CBFC), told IANS via the social media: “Members of the CBFC unanimously decided not to approve the trailer of ‘Mulk’ as its contents flout the Censorship of Film Code, 1980.”
“Mulk” co-producer and presenter Deepak Mukut of Soham Rockstar Entertainment is disheartened. “We are disturbed by this prejudiced verdict and it’s such an irony because our film talks about this very prejudice. We urge the Pakistani Censor Board to reconsider their decision. “They will realise how essential it is to the well-being of the human race across the world.” Sinha has penned a “letter to Pakistan”, through which he raises a question about why the censors in Pakistan are not letting the citizens watch a film “that talks about co-existence”.
Addressed to “Dear citizens of Pakistan” in what he calls a “risk of being called an anti-national by some losers back home”, Sinha’s letter reaches out to film lovers across the border as they will not be able to see the film legally. “Why is it that they do not want you to see the film that talks about co-existence. I know, sooner or later, you will have access to the film. Please do watch it and give me your opinion why did the Pakistan censor board ban the film. “I really wanted you all to see this film legally, but do watch it illegally, if you must, though our digital team at home is working hard to stop all piracy,” wrote Sinha, who also pointed out how based on the trailer, some people in India thought it was pro-Muslim and people in Pakistan felt it stereotyped Muslims.
Sinha has maintained the film is about “love that all of us individuals should have”. “You have Hindus as a minority in your country and we have Muslims as a minority in ours. We all must work towards co-existing in peace and harmony.” A Benaras Media Works production, “Mulk” is produced by Mukut and Sinha. The film features Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Prateik Babbar, Rajat Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Manoj Pahwa and Neena Gupta.
Bollywood’s other releases for Friday — “Karwaan” and “Fanney Khan” — have been cleared for release in Pakistan. Satish Anand, head honcho of Eveready Group of Companies, which is releasing both movies in Pakistan, said word-of-mouth publicity could work for both movies if the viewers approve the content.
Actor Taapsee Pannu says she would love to do the biopic on Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj, but believes it is too early to talk about the project. Viacom18 Motion Pictures has acquired the rights for Mithali’s biopic, who is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only woman cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run-mark in ODIs. It was reported that the makers were keen to get Taapsee on board for the project. “The script is not in place so it’s too early to talk about it. Right now, they are collecting material and the script has not been written yet. If they offer me, I will be very happy. I really want to do a sports biopic,” Taapsee said when asked whether she is a part of the biopic.
There is buzz that she is also a part of Anurag Kashyap’s Womaniya, a film based on real-life women sharpshooters. Taapsee says she has read the script but is currently waiting for everything to fall in place. “I am still waiting for them to package the film. The entire cast and crew need to fall in place. I am waiting for that to happen. If that happens, then there will be an official announcement but yes I have read the script,” she said. Taapsee will be next seen on the big screen in Anubhav Sinha’s court-room drama Mulk. “This is a very critical film for me. So many people had told me ‘Why do you want to do this film, let it go’. So this is a test of my gut feeling, especially this year, the films I am doing, it is going to be a judgement of my script selection,” she said. The film, staring Rishi Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Rajat Kapoor among others centres around a Muslim family caught in a terror plot. Mulk is scheduled to be released on August 3.