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Naseeruddin Shah & Mithun Chakraborty to feature in Lal Bahadur Shashtri biopic

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Mumbai, Jan 11: On Lal Bahadur Shastri’s 52nd death anniversary on Thursday, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri announced he has roped in veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakaraborty for a movie on the former Prime Minister’s controversial death.

The investigative thriller film is titled “The Tashkent Files”.

“A film on the biggest cover-up of a free India required that we work with great actors with credibility. Both Naseer and Mithunda are multiple-time National Award winners. It is a privilege to work with such involved and passionate actors of our times,” Agnihotri told IANS.

The movie will have two sides to the narrative and its story is a crowd-sourced idea, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

On Thursday, Agnihotri tweeted: “On this day, our second PM Lal Bahadur Shashtri died mysteriously in Tashkent. Was it heart attack or poison? Even after 52 years, the truth of the biggest cover-up of free India has been denied to his family, followers, citizens. After years of research, I present ‘The Tashkent Files’.”

The director will cast a prominent actor for the role of Shastri. The announcement will happen soon. The film goes on floors next week.

Shastri died in Tashkent, then in the Soviet Union, soon after signing a peace pact with Pakistani rulers to end the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

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We need less corruption and scams, says Saif Ali Khan

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Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Saif Ali Khan, who is all geared up for the release of his forthcoming film ‘Baazaar,’ says “we need less corruption and scams in the country.”

Saif was present at the trailer launch of ‘Baazaar’ at Bombay Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

‘Baazaar’ is based on stock market scam and corruption. When asked about recent scams, Saif Ali Khan said, “I think it is horrible and terrible, we want less corruption and less scams.”

He said artists are in a very honest line of work. “We try and make films, we try and sell films, most of the times, press is catching movie stars to make examples of, and you should catch these guys. Seriously, press should catch these guys (those who do scams) , we’re nothing, we’re small-time people,” he said.

“The big game is happening somewhere else and we don’t even know what the game is,” he added.

Taking dig at the press, Saif said, “Someone says he did this, or that, and everyone is happy with that… it is like a dustbin. We celebrities (are always blamed ) I mean, everyone gets happy with that, we need people to blame. But the real people you should be blaming are the people who are stealing your money.”

In the movie, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Shakun Kothari as a ruthless businessman whose world revolves around money and power.

Talking about his role, Saif said it has been the most special role he has ever played in his career. “First of all, I would like to thank Nikkhil Advani for offering me such an amazing role. It is one of the most special parts that I have played in my career,” said the actor.

The film is directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh. The film also stars debutante Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte.

The film is scheduled for release on October 26.

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Sonu Sood honoured with doctorate in Taekwondo, credits his action films

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New Delhi, Sep 25: Actor Sonu Sood, who has been honoured with a doctorate degree in Taekwondo here on Tuesday, feels special that his dedication has been recognised and says he gives due credit to the slew of action films that he has starred in.

Sonu was feted in the presence of Prabhat Sharma, secretary general of Taekwondo Federation of India, at the opening ceremony of 107th International Kyorugi Referee Seminar/121st International Kyorugi Referee Refresher Course and 40th International Poomsae Referee Seminar here.

“I feel really honoured. I remember the days as a kid I had joined Taekwaondo classes and never really knew or realised that one day I will be honoured with a doctorate in it,” Sonu told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The 45-year-old actor gave credit to all the action movies he has done.

“All thanks to the action movies that I have done. I have spent so many years doing action and today when I have been honoured I feel really good. It is really special,” added the actor, who has featured in films like “Dabangg”, “Kung-fu Yoga” and “Paltan”.

He was nostalgic about his early tryst with the martial art form.

Sonu said: “I remember the first time my mother bought a Taekwondo outfit for me and took me to these classes. Today, I wish she was here to see that I have been honoured in the same action field of Tekwaondo. I am sure her blessings are doing the trick that I am getting all these honours… There are still miles to go, but the journey is on,” he added.

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Ajay Devgn begins shooting for ‘Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior’

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Mumbai, Sep 25: After trolling his wife by sharing her WhatsApp number on Twitter, Ajay Devgn has started shooting for Om Raut’s film “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior”.

The 49-year-old actor on Tuesday took to Twitter to share the clapboard of the film. The picture was clicked at the Muhurat pooja of the film on the sets.

In one of the pictures, Ajay can be seen conducting a prayer with Om Raut.

The “Raid” actor will play the role of Subedar Taanaji Malusare, a military leader in the army of Shivaji and also the founder of the Maratha Empire in 17th century India in the film.

Earlier this year, Devgn unveiled the first poster of the film on Instagram. He captioned the post, “He fought for his People, his Soil and his King Chhatrapati Shivaji. The unsung warrior of glorious Indian history, Subedar Taanaji Malusare.”

Produced by Bhushan Kumar of “T-Series”, epic drama “Taanaji – The Unsung Warrior” is slated to release on November 22, 2019.

Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn made to the headlines when he shared his wife Kajol’s number on Twitter. However, the number was obviously not right. But the tweet served as a fodder for the netizen who teased the couple for the brands they endorsed.

Angry Kajol also responded to her husband’s prank. In the tweet, she wrote that he will not be allowed entry in his home for a day.

On the other hand, Kajol is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Helicopter Eela which is scheduled to hit the screens on 12th October 2018.

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