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SRK’s smart move: Shifts ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ to August 4

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Mumbai, June 9 : Imtiaz Ali’s next movie “Jab Harry Met Sejal” — starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma — has now been set for release on August 4, thereby averting a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, sources in the know of the development have said.

After months of speculation, it was officially revealed by Shah Rukh, Anushka and Imtiaz through their social media handles late on Thursday night that the movie is titled “Jab Harry Met Sejal” — an obvious take on the Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

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Interestingly, the title is also reminiscent of Imtiaz’s superhit movie “Jab We Met”.

The romantic drama, widely shot in Prague, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest, marks the third time that the two actors have been paired after “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”.

The first glimpses reflect a positive vibe with Shah Rukh and Anushka portrayed at their jovial best.

Taking this positivity forward, Shah Rukh, who is also presenting the movie under his Red Chillies Entertainments banner, decided it would be best for the films to release a week apart, the sources close to the film told IANS.

“Seeking your love,” Imtiaz posted for fans on Facebook, alongside the film’s first two looks which carry the tagline — “What you seek is seeking you”.

As a date, August 4 will allow “Jab Harry Met Sejal” to cash in on a long weekend given that Rakshabandhan falls on August 7 — a Monday — this year. There will also be an Independence Day holiday in the subsequent week.

Additionally, both films will get their own audiences — setting a precedent for the industry where clashes of big films has been resulting in divided and damaged revenues, the sources added.

Shah Rukh’s own movie “Raees” clashed with “Kaabil” earlier this year, but emerged the front runner.

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Sanjay Dutt begins ‘Torbaaz’ shoot in Kyrgyzstan

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Actor Sanjay Dutt on Sunday began the shoot of his new film “Torbaaz” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

“New day, new film. ‘Torbaaz’,” Sanjay tweeted along with two photographs.

In one, he is seen praying with folded hands in front of a picture of Lord Ganesha, and in another image, Sanjay is seen doing ‘aarti’ with some incense sticks.

He is surrounded by the crew members of the movie, said to be an action-thriller set in Afghanistan. It is being directed by Girish Malik.

The film’s producer Rahul Mittra is excited, and tweeted that he is “enjoying minus 10 degrees in the beautiful city of Bishkek”.

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Shilpa Shetty wins PETA’s ‘Hero To Animals’ Award

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a ‘Hero to Animals’ Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten.

Shilpa’s compassion towards animals was recognised here on Saturday night by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Shilpa is beautiful inside and out and has a golden heart that beats for animals. We thank her for standing up for animals through her work and other actions,” Sachin Bangera, PETA Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations, said in a statement.

Other recipients of PETA’s Hero to Animals Award have included Zareen Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Asin, for saving a dog hit by a car; Imran Khan, for stopping a dog trainer who was smacking a dog on a film set; Sadha Sayed, for helping a puppy who just missed being hit by a car during a rainstorm; and Dia Mirza’s production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.

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‘India’s Next Top Model’ picks Ahmedabad’s Riya as winner

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Mumbai, Dec 17: Riya Subodh, who hails from Ahmedabad, has been chosen as the winner of the third season of “Indias Next Top Model”.

Sabita Karki and Shweta Raj emerged as the first and second runners-up respectively.

With the theme of “Fashion gets tough”, this season not only transformed the lives of many young girls but also provided them with the confidence to own the world.

This season saw actress-model Malaika Arora as the host and head judge, actor Milind Soman joining photographer Dabboo Ratnani on the judging panel, and actress Anusha Dandekar and grooming expert Neeraj Gaba reprising their roles as mentors.

“‘India’s Next Top Model’ is a lifetime experience for me. I am saying this because from all the contestants, I was the only one who had no experience of the big fashion world in big cities like Mumbai,” Riya said in a statement.

“The biggest highlight for me was the photoshoot with Milind Sir and Malaika Ma’am. When I decided to take part in ‘India’s Next Top Model’, I knew that this show is going to change my life forever so when judges announced my name as the winner I had all the memories coming back.

“As I look back, I must say that this wouldn’t have been possible without my parent’s support, and a special thanks to the makers of the show who gave me the new identity of a model,” she added.

Before the ultimate battle of fashion, the show’s top three faces — Riya, Shweta and Sabita, got the chance to shoot for OPPO 2018 calendar.

After the photoshoot, Anusha and Gaba surprised the finalists by getting their family members and friends.

The season’s last photoshoot was a family portrait.

While Shweta and Riya’s family members were present for the shoot, Sabita’s parents couldn’t make it. Gaba and Anusha stepped in and posed with her as her family.

Singer Monica Dogra also performed live.

The episode was aired on MTV on Saturday.

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