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



Naseeruddin, Mithun Lal Bahadur Shastri

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.



‘Race 3’ poster: Salman Khan introduces himself as the “selfless” Sikander



race 3 poster

Mumbai, March 19: Superstar Salman Khan on Monday treated his fans to the first look from his much-anticipated film “Race 3”. He will be seen as racer Sikander, who is smart, emotional but mysterious as well.

With a serious look on his face, the actor is seen wearing a smart suit with stylish glares and holding a gun in the image.

“I will introduce my ‘Race 3’ family to you this week… My name is Sikander. Selfless over selfish. ‘Race 3’ this Eid,” Salman posted on Twitter while sharing the image.

Directed by Remo D’souza, “Race 3” also stars Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem and Anil Kapoor.

His co-stars got together to post different facets of Sikander’s personality.

Anil shared: “Introducing our first racer, Sikander… For him family isn’t a word, it’s a sentence.”

Jacqueline gave a hint of the storyline with a post: “Meet Sikander, the mystery you can’t solve.”

Bobby defined his character as the “perfect friend and perfect partner”, and Saqib Saleem wrote: “He is faster than head and heart.”

Co-presented by Tips Films and Salman Khan Films, “Race 3” is produced by Ramesh S. Taurani.

Shot in Bangkok and Mumbai along with Abu Dhabi, the third instalment of the “Race” franchise is slated to release in June around Eid this year.

The film’s 35 day shoot in six locations across Abu Dhabi has already begun.


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Deepika is ‘Most Followed’, Virat Kohli bags ‘Most Engaged Account’ at Instagram Awards



Mumbai, March 19: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has the ‘Most Followed Account’ and cricket star Virat Kohli has got the ‘Most Engaged Account’ on Instagram, according to the Instagram Awards which have been announced for the first time in India.

Kohli has 19.8 million followers as on Monday. His account generated the biggest number of engagements when all likes and comments from the content that he shared in 2017 — except ‘Story’ views and video views — were aggregated.

The list, which acknowledges photo-sharing platform Instagram’s most engaging community members, also recognises Emerging Account and 20 Million Milestones.

In the Most Followed Account category, Priyanka Chopra trailed behind Deepika’s 22.4 million followers with a count of 22 million, and Alia Bhatt rounded up the top three with 20.8 million followers.

Deepika said in a statement: “Staying connected with my fans and loved ones is extremely important to me. I value the love, support and connection I share with them and I hope I continue to remain true and authentic.”

Actor Ishaan Khatter, who will be seen in “Dhadak”, has been named for India’s ‘Emerging Account’ for growing his fanbase on Instagram significantly throughout 2017.

For Ishaan, Instagram is his most loved social media platform.

“It’s a non-stop source for inspiration from people and personalities all over the world. I find it especially enjoyable because it’s about connecting through pictures and videos. On a more personal note it’s almost like a time machine for your memories and a way to immortalise your favourite moments.

“It’s lovely connecting with others through this medium and I look forward to being inspired and hopefully inspiring more people in the future, too,” he said.

Alia also got a ‘milestone plaque’ with Shraddha Kapoor in recognition for building a community of 20 million followers.


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Aamir Khan new brand ambassador for Vivo India



Aamir Khan
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo has appointed actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador for India. (Photo: Video Grab/Twitter/@Vivo_India)

New Delhi, March 19: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday announced the appointment of Bollywood actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador for India.

Aamir has been signed for future brand and product communication initiatives of Vivo India, the company said in a statement.

“We are thrilled about the possibilities that our partnership with one of the world’s biggest superstars, Aamir Khan, will open up for Vivo in India,” said Kenny Zeng, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Vivo India.

“This new association will enable us to explore newer avenues to reach our customers as we script our future growth strategy in India,” Zeng added.

Aamir will soon be seen in a full-fledged marketing campaign around the upcoming products and a new TV commercial.

“Vivo as a brand embodies the spirit of innovation and meaningful disruption,” said Aamir.

“Over the years, the brand has been constantly pushing the boundaries of smartphone technology. I am enthused to be a part of Vivo’s transformative journey in India,” the actor added.

Vivo is also associated with popular sports platforms such as Indian Premier League (IPL) and Pro-Kabaddi League in the country.

Vivo entered India in late 2014.

With a manufacturing unit in Greater Noida, the company has a robust distribution network across the country both online and offline — catering to over 400 cities in 22 states backed by 400 service centres.


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