Expresso Bollywood News Update at 11:30 am on 28 April 2023

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Expresso Bollywood News Update at 11:30 am on 28 April 2023

Latest Bollywood News Today Transcript at 11:30 AM on 28 April 2023

Let’s begin with our top story. Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her husband Nick Jonas went through a tough phase as daughter Malti Marie spent 100 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, after her birth. Recently, Priyanka shared how she thinks she won’t be able to maybe scold her daughter as she has faced the fear of losing her several times. Priyanka said during an interview with Elle – “She’s got me wrapped around her finger. I don’t even know how I’ll ever discipline her because I just don’t have it in me. I was so close to losing her so many times that she can get away with anything, and I just want to see her happy.”


After Salman Khan snubbed Filmfare awards last month, now, filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri took to his social media platform on Thursday to slam the award show where he said his film — The Kashmir Files — was nominated in seven different categories. Taking to Twitter, Vivek announced that he has “politely refused” to be a part of the awards. He wrote that filmmakers are not given their due credit and “other than the stars, nobody has a face. Nobody matters.” Vivek also pointed out that film technicians and people behind the camera, who contribute in a big way, are largely ignored.


Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane has carved out quite a niche for himself through both his acclaimed theatrical films and hugely popular streaming series. In a recent interview with Midday, it was pointed out that he has worked with everyone including Vivek Agnihotri. He reflected on his collaboration with Agnihotri, in the 2007 film Goal. Motwane said that the original script that he wrote with Anurag Kashyap for the film, starring John Abraham and Arshad Warsi, remains close to his heart. But the final film wasn’t quite what he’d written. He said – “I still believe the original script of mine is one of the best things I’ve written. I loved it.”


Meanwhile, Vikramaditya Motwane released his meta mockumentary AK vs AK in 2020, in which Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap played fictional versions of themselves. Motwane admitted in a recent chat with Midday, that the role that eventually went to Kapoor was originally written with Aamir Khan in mind, and that he even approached Akshay Kumar with it. In AK vs AK, a bitter Kashyap deals with a public controversy that affects his career by concocting a revenge plan against Kapoor. Motwane said, “The actor AK could’ve been multiple people. I said, ‘Aamir is never going to do it’, so let’s not even try. Akshay Kumar, who we did approach, didn’t outrightly say ‘get out of my office’, but it was close enough.”


A police complaint was filed against Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui after a Kolkata-based advocate accused him and the CEO of Coca-Cola of allegedly hurting the sentiments of the Bengali community. Dibyayan Banerji, a lawyer from the Calcutta High Court, has lodged a complaint and as reported by Livemint. He said – “The main advertisement by Coca-Cola for its product Sprite was in Hindi. And we have no problems with that. We only have a problem with Bengali dubbing of the ad which is running on various TV channels and websites.” According to reports the company has taken down the Bengali version of the advertisement and has issued an apology.


Meanwhile, Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha is disheartened but hopeful. The director, who recently released his pandemic-set drama Bheed, said he got overwhelming love for the film, which sadly couldn’t work wonders at the box office. Sinha, who has been in the industry for more than two decades, said it is time to understand that “something is happening with the audience”, with regards to them going to theatres. Sinha told – ” Obviously, I would have liked the film to do well. It was very surprising because the amount of love and respect I was receiving was unprecedented. It was disappointing. But I am assuming that the audience is in some sort of state of mind.”


Salman Khan’s film Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan was widely promoted on television and social media. Actor Bhumika Chawla, however, was nowhere to be seen when the movie’s cast went on The Kapil Sharma Show to promote their film. When asked if she felt bad about not being invited, Bhumika told Siddharth Kannan, “I felt a little bad but then I got over it. I know that appearing on The Kapil Sharma Show is not getting me another film. Because there were so many people in this film, they might have had a PR strategy to not include me. Somewhere, you have to give the benefit of the doubt. “


Lastly, Late actor Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha were at the cusp of their stardom when they both appeared in Gulzar’s directorial debut Mere Apne and as expected, the two actors made their mark with the film. Sinha played a villain against Khanna’s hero but it was the former’s belief that the director favoured Vinod over him. The belief was so strong that Shatrughan did not even attend the premiere of the film. In his biography, Anything But Khamosh by Bharti S Pradhan, Shatrughan recounted this discrimination that he felt and said that this may have been because Gulzar had done it at the cost of the film.” But despite the differences, Sinha wrote he held Khanna in high regard.

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