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    Saif makes a safe return
    After three of his films – Bullet Raja, Humshakals and Happy Ending — flopped, buzz was that producers were reconsidering casting 44-year-old Saif Ali Khan in their projects and were renegotiating his remuneration. Now after some introspecting (perhaps) and (hopefully) careful reading starsaifAof scripts, Saif is believed to have signed on a few new films, at least three of which see him cast with new co-stars. In Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X, he has two smoking hot talents as his co-stars – Kangana Ranaut and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In Sameer Sharma’s Jugalbandi, Parineeti Chopra is hotly tipped as his co-star. Then in the film in which he reunites with his Omkara director Vishal Bhardwaj, the director’s favourite Shahid Kapoor is also cast. And we all know the textured past between Khan and Kapoor (Kapoor famously dated Khan’s now-wife Kareena Kapoor). Saif’s next release though will be the political thriller Phantom with Katrina Kaif.

     

     

    In cruise control
    The cast and some of the crew of June release Dil Dhadakne Do attended a humid
    brunch in Mumbai to promote the music of their forthcoming film. Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, who play father and son, were the life and soul of the event, cracking
    jokes and jumping on stage to dance along to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s tunes. Also present were Shefali Shah, who plays Kapoor’s wife, along with Priyanka Chopra who has sung her first Hindi playback song in this film but shied away from delivering a spontaneous rendition. Farhan Akhtar was seen bobbing up and down to every track that was played and Anushka Sharma looked stunning in a white jumpsuit. Keeping them company
    were supporting actors Rahul Bose and Parmeet Sethi, producer Ritesh Sidhwani, co-writer Reema Kagti and lyricist Javed Akhtar. After the event, the team interacted with the media over brunch and drinks and reminisced about the fun they had
    shooting on the large cruise ship.

     

     

    Dee-Piku outshines co-stars
    It really says something when Deepika Padukone is the more compelling reason to watch a film that also stars Amitabh Bachchan. That’s the case with today’s release Piku, in which Padukone and Bachchan play father and daughter in a quirky roller coaster ride of their crazy relationship in the film directed by Shoojit Sircar. Sircar had earlier made Vicky Donor, another feel-good situational comedy that emerged as a sleeper hit and made a star of Ayushmann Khurrana. In Piku, Padukone plays Piku, an architect who is also juggling caring for her aging father. This is not the first time Bachchan and Padukone are in a movie together: They previously played father and daughter in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. Adding to the curiosity around Piku is the unusual pairing of Padukone and Irrfan Khan who joins Baba and Piku on a road trip that turns out to be rather memorable.

     

     

    Saif makes a safe return

    After three of his films – Bullet Raja, Humshakals and Happy Ending — flopped, buzz was that producers were reconsidering casting 44-year-old Saif Ali Khan in their projects and were renegotiating his remuneration. Now after some introspecting (perhaps) and (hopefully) carstarbombayAeful readingof scripts, Saif is believed to have signed on a few new films, at least three of which see him cast with new co-stars. In Sujoy Ghosh’s adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X, he has two smoking hot talents as his co-stars – Kangana Ranaut and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In Sameer Sharma’s Jugalbandi, Parineeti Chopra is hotly tipped as his co-star. Then in the film in which he reunites with his Omkara director Vishal Bhardwaj, the director’s favourite Shahid Kapoor is also cast. And we all know the textured past between Khan and Kapoor (Kapoor famously dated Khan’s now-wife

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