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Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar’s film starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, is India’s official entry for Oscars

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Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy has been named as India’s official entry to Oscars 2020. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy chronicled the story of Mumbai’s street rappers and was said to loosely based on rapper Naezy’s life. The movie, which released commercially across the country in February this year, also features Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash.

Celebrated actor-filmmaker Aparna Sen was the head of the jury for this year’s selection committee.

If nominated, the film will compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. As per reports, Ayushmann Khurrana’s AndhaDhun, Article 15, Badhaai Ho, Varun Dhawan’s Badla, among others were competing with Gully Boy for the nomination.

Announcing the development, producer Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “#GullyBoy has been selected as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards. #apnatimeaayega Thank you to the film federation and congratulations #Zoya @kagtireema @ritesh_sid @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 @SiddhantChturvD @kalkikanmani & cast, crew and hip hop crew.” 

Kalki, who played a pivotal role in the movie, also expressed her excitement on the film’s Oscar selection. “Woweeeeeeeee! That is just the best Saturday evening news!” she tweeted.

Released in February, the film received widespread praise from critics as well as the audience. It is among the top earners of 2019, having made Rs 238 crore worldwide.  

No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001. Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five. Assamese film Village Rockstars, directed by Rima Das, was India’s official submission to the Oscars last year.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, US.

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Frozen 2: Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra to voice Elsa and Anna in Hindi

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Actors and cousins Priyanka Chopra and Parineeti Chopra are working together for the first time on the Hollywood film Frozen 2. After Aishwarya Rai dubbed for Angelina Jolies’s Maleficent, the Chopra sisters will voice the characters of Elsa and Anna in the Hindi version of Frozen 2.

Making the announcement on social media, Priyanka wrote, “Mimi & Tisha are now Elsa & Anna! The #ChopraSisters are finally coming together for Disney’s #Frozen2. Can’t wait for you guys to see us…I mean HEAR us bring these amazing, strong characters to life in Hindi. In cinemas Nov 22.”

Their fans were elated to hear the good news. A fan wrote, “well i have no choice but to watch it in hindi then!” Another commented, “Chopra sisters ruling the world..” One more fans asked them, “Drop the trailer ladies.”

Frozen 2 is the sequel of the 2013 original. The second part of the hit franchise promises to be more intense as it traces the past of Princesses Anna and Elsa, essayed by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, respectively, and piece together their present. Wood and Brown have a role to play in solving this mystery.

Actors Sterling K Brown and Evan Rachel Wood have also joined the cast in the new film. Wood will play Anna and Elsa’s mother Queen Iduna, while Brown will play Lieutenant Matthias.

Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, who is also chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, opened up about Frozen 2 at the D23 Expo here in August, saying the film will answer questions like “why does Elsa have powers, but Anna doesn’t?”, “Where did Elsa get her powers?” and “Where were Anna and Elsa’s parents going when they died?”

Wood’s Queen Iduna avatar will be seen in flashback moments in the film, with her singing a lullaby to her daughters. Brown as Lieutenant Matthias, the leader of a group of Arendelle soldiers, who have been trapped for 30 years in the enchanted forest, appears in the present.

Buck said: “We can’t tell you whether they solve the mystery of the past or whether Elsa ever finds the answers about her powers, but we can tell you that Frozen 2 is even bigger and more epic, but most importantly, in the end Frozen 1 and Frozen 2 work together to form one complete story.”

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Kareena Kapoor says son Taimur considers paparazzi his friends but refuses to be clicked by her

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Actor Kareena Kapoor spoke to filmmaker Karan Johar during a pre-Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Star 2019 event in Mumbai on Sunday. During the course of the conversation, Kareena revealed how her son Taimur Ali Khan doesn’t like it when she takes pictures of him.

Talking about it, she mentioned, “He thinks paps are his friends. But when I want to take his photo, he says ‘Amma, no pictures’.” Karan immediately chimed in, “Taimur thinks you are Viral Bhayani,” much to everyone’s amusement. She also revealed how the paparazzi, by and large, have been polite. She added how Saif does get a little irritated and tells them so and they usually stop.

Watch Kareena Kapoor talk about her son, Taimur Ali Khan

Kareena, Karan and Alia Bhatt spoke on a number of other issues, with one being on the lack of pay parity between male and female stars. When asked if she has ever walked out of a film because she was getting paid less, Kareena had said, “There were probably different reasons of walking out of films, but not because of this particular reason. I’d love to get paid as much as my male co-stars though.”

In fact, in the course of the conversation, Kareena had joked, “Please pay me as much as you paid Akshay Kumar, I’ll run out of MAMI!”

Karan, of course, chose to give a complex understanding of how movie business works to explain pay disparity. He explained how the economics of movies is “lesser known by people who don’t understand the business and how it functions”.

Kareena will be seen next in Karan’s home production, Good News, alongside Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani. The comedy is themed around a couple desperately trying for a baby. She will also be seen in Angrezi Medium, a sequel to the hit 2017 film, Hindi Medium, starring Irrfan Khan. The new film will mark Irrfan’s return to films after getting treated for cancer.

Early next year, she will begin shooting for Takht, a Karan Johar directorial, which includes an ensemble cast with Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Alia, Janhvi Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor doing the honors.

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Pati Patni Aur Woh posters: Kartik Aaryan is Kanpur’s model husband, see pic

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Kartik Aaryan’s bouffant-style hair is combed down, the on-point fashion tees have been replaced by staid checks and brown trousers, and he is on a beat-up bike. He is the ‘adarshwadi’ pati in Pati Patni Aur Woh, the 2019 retread of Sanjev Kumar-Ranjita-Vidya Balan classic.

Going as Chintu Tyagi, he is Kanpur’s ‘most adarshwadi pati’ in the first poster of Pati, Patni Aur Woh. “Lijiye khatam ho gaya intezaar, aa gaye halaat ke shikar,” reads the inscription of the poster, describing Chintu as a ‘victim of circumstances’.

Actor Anil Kapoor was among the first to comment on the poster, writing, “Chintu Tyagi definitely looks like he’s up to something! Waiting to meet his Patni aur Woh now!” The film has Bhumi Pednekar in the role of Kartik’s wife and Ananya Pandey as the ‘woh’ of the film.

Kartik will be reuniting with his Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety co-star Sunny Singh for the film. Kartik shared the news on social media, “Sonu ke Titu aa rahe hain #ChintuTyagi se milne.. ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ mein. (Sonu’s Titu is coming to meet Chunti Tyagi in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’).” His Luka Chuppi co-star Kriti Sanon also has a special role in the film.

An adaptation of the 1978 hit, Pati, Patni Aur Woh is directed by Mudassar Aziz, who has previously directed Dulha Mil Gaya, Happy Bhag Jayegi and Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi. The original was about Ranjeet (Sanjeev), a married man with a son who has a soft corner for his secretary Nirmala (Ranjeeta).

The film will be produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and Abhay Chopra and Juno Chopra of BR Studios. “Juno, Abhay and Mudassar have given an interesting tweak to the story that matches today’s times. Kartik, Bhumi and Ananya are new age actors who are talented and add their spark to the story,” Bhushan said in a statement earlier.

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