So the season of break-ups continues in Bollywood. This year has begun with a dark shadow cast over relationships, as marriages and affairs have been shattered and dirty linen washed in tabloids. Farhan Akhtar and his wife Adhuna parted ways with speculation leading to Akhtar being linked with quite a few co-stars. Malaika Arora and Arbaaz Khan issued a public statement announcing their separation and need for time apart, though stories have flown thick and fast of alleged infidelity and a vast divide in earnings. Khan’s brother Sohail and wife Seema are also said to be on a sticky wicket. Then every detail of Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut’s rollercoaster affair occupied reams of newsprint. And now, most recently, comes news of Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande parting ways. It’s no wonder then that the possibility of reconciliation between Anushka Sharma and golden boy Virat Kohli has everyone champing at the bit.
Gulshan Grover built a brand by playing villainous characters and embraced the nickname of ‘Badman’ with affection. For years he has dined out on being ‘Badman’, which almost sounds like a spoof superhero character. And now he will be seen in a mockumentary featuring himself as Badman. To premiere on the online platform Voot, this comedy directed by Soumik Sen features Grover as an onscreen villain preparing to relaunch himself as a leading man. Manisha Koirala and Mahesh Bhatt are some of the personalities on this show.
Mowgli comes to Mumbai
It was one of the most coveted roles for any young actor, and Neel Sethi bagged the part. The New York-based 12-year-old was cast to play Mowgli, the lost boy in the jungle in Disney’s reboot of the classic The Jungle Book. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Sethi was in Mumbai for a few days earlier this week to promote the film, which releases in India one week before its USA release. While Sethi does not speak any Hindi, his mother had taught him to say “I am Mowgli and this is my home” in Hindi, which he did almost perfectly. Sethi learnt parkour to help achieve many of the action scenes. “It’s like running, but a cool way of running,” he said. Almost the entire film was shot on a sound stage in Los Angeles, and while Hollywood hotshots like Scarlett Johannson, Bill Murray and Idris Elba have voiced the parts of Kaa, Baloo and Shere Khan respectively, Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan and Nana Patekar have dubbed the same parts in Hindi. The Jungle Book will also release in Tamil and Telugu.
Kareena Kapoor Khan is certainly being picky about her film roles. But her choices often pay off big time, like her last release Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the blockbuster hit that just won a National Award. Today she appears in R Balki’s Ki and Ka, opposite Arjun Kapoor. Swaroop Sampat, and Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan also appear in this love story between two people with contrasting ideologies. Kapoor plays Kabir, a progressive house husband who enthusiastically supports his wife Kia’s ambitions. After Ki and Ka, Khan will be seen as a doctor in Abhishek Chaubey’s Udta Punjab, which explores the drug abuse problems in Punjab. Let’s see which direction her choices take after this: Perhaps another big actor starrer for her to piggyback on?