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Drama, fantasy, history, remakes — 2020 promises to be a feast for film buffs, says Abhishek Srivastava

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Here are a list of most promising films of 2020

‘83

  • A nation’s biggest sporting triumph against all odds — the 1983 World Cup.
  • Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev — star all-rounder and fearless captain of the Indian cricket team.
  • Deepika Padukone as Romi Dev, the first lady of Indian cricket.

Need any other reason why director Kabir Khan’s ’83 is so eagerly awaited?

The film will relive the extraordinary underdog tale of the Indian cricket team in the English summer of 1983. From being hopeless also-rans to being crowned world champions on the Lord’s balcony. Led by a gifted cricketer and inspirational captain — Kapil Dev Nikhanj.

#Cantwait

SARDAR UDHAM SINGH

ShoojitPikuSircar moves from slice-of-life to historical with a film on Sardar Udham Singh. Vicky Uri Kaushal gets to play a patriot from another era who is consumed by his mission to punish Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Udham Singh travels to London and awaits his chance to assassinate O’Dwyer, which he finally does 21 years after Jallianwala. The film is, aptly, slated for an October 2 release.

PRITHVIRAJ

Another comeback director this year is Chandraprakash Dwivedi, best known for his Chanakya series. Prithvirajis yet another biopic, with the spotlight on Prithviraj Chauhan and his wife Sanyogita. Akshay Kumar plays the iconic warrior king and Miss India ManushiChillar his beloved. Prithviraj marks Yash Raj Films’ third period film after the ill-fated Thugs of Hindostan and Shamshera, Ranbir Kapoor’s other release of 2020.

LAAL SINGH CHADDHA

Saving the biggest for last, there’s Aamir Khan as Laal Singh Chaddha. Aamir has often been compared with Tom Hanks because of his versatility and acting chops and now he actually steps into the Hollywood star’s shoes with the official adaptation of the 1994 Oscar winner Forrest Gump. Shooting of the film is on, with Kareena Kapoor Khan playing Aamir’s love interest and Tamil superstar Vijay Sethupathi in a vital role. Laal Singh Chaddha is helmed by Advait Chandan.

BRAHMASTRA

Ayan Mukherji’s labour of love is a starry affair with Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and South superstar Nagarjuna headlining the cast. The superhero-themed film has Ranbir emitting fire at will.

Brahmastra has been in the making for long and after three postponements, the fourth (and hopefully final) release date is summer 2020.

Most-asked question in the run-up to Brahmastra? Will Ranbir and Alia be married by the time their debut film together hits the theatres?!

ANGREZI MEDIUM

Irrfan Khan is back where he belongs — after a long battle with neuroendocrine tumour — with the sequel to the much-loved Hindi Medium (2017). This time, the film is helmed by Homi Adajania (and not Saket Chaudhary), Jaipur provides the backdrop and the starry quotient goes up a few notches with Kareena Kapoor Khan in the frame.

SOORYAVANSHI

Akshay Kumar teams up with director Rohit Shetty for the first time.

Akshay Kumar teams up with Katrina Kaif for the seventh time.

After Singham and Simmba, Shetty scores a hat-trick in uniform with  Sooryavanshi.

Expect fisticuffs and fun galore with Akshay Kumar as DCP Veer Sooryavanshi, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief.

MUMBAI SAGA

This marks the return of director Sanjay Gupta to his favourite genre — gangsta. Mumbai Saga is a mafia drama set in 1980s Bombay, when the mills were shutting down and being gobbled up by giant buildings. John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi and Suniel Shetty play pivotal roles. Jackie Shroff walked out of the film and was replaced by Mahesh Manjrekar.

SADAK 2

Mahesh Bhatt slips into the director’s chair on a film set after a gap of 21 years to gift us a sequel to the 1991 blockbuster. The Sadakjodiof Sanjay Dutt and Pooja Bhatt will be back, but more importantly Alia Bhatt will be directed by her dad for the first time. Aditya Roy Kapur stars opposite Alia, and they’ll surely be hoping to wipe out the Kalank of their last pairing. In Sadak 2, Sanjay Dutt helps Alia flee the clutches of a godman, played by Gulshan Grover.

BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA

Patriotism sounds the bugle with this heroic tale of how the Indian Air Force (IAF) Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik reconstructed the IAF base in Bhuj with the help of 300 local women during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Ajay Devgn is the never-say-die Vijay Karnik with Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha and Rana Daggubati in strong supporting roles. Bhuj also marks the directorial debut of serial-maker Abhishek Dudhaiya.

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Alia Bhatt is a big fan of Prabhas, says “I like Prabhas a lot”

His performance and screen presence in Baahubali series is awesome

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Prabhas has a massive fan following all across where his charisma does it all along with his phenomenal performances. The latest to join his league of admirers is Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt who will be next seen in Rajamouli’s pan-India release, RRR alongside stars, Ram Charan and Jr NTR. In a recent interview, the actress went on record to say that she became a big fan of Prabhas, after watching his exceptional performance in Baahubali.

Recently, during the media interactions, Alia Bhatt talked about her favourite star. The actress surprised all as Alia Bhatt said, “I like Prabhas a lot. His performance and screen presence in Baahubali series is awesome”. She further added, “I became his die-hard fan after watching Baahubali series.”.

Truly, Prabhas’ Pan-India appeal is not just the only thing that is making waves but also, his appeal amongst the leading ladies of Bollywood. His magnum opus Baahubali series became the highest grossing films of all time and was a hit amongst the audience.

Soon, Alia Bhatt will be making her debut in South Indian film Industry with RRR, which is being helmed by SS Rajamouli. On the other hand, Prabhas is keeping up all the excitement will be seen next in Prabhas’ 20th followed by Nag Ashwin’s directorial which is going to be a PAN-World release.

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Here’s why Guru Randhawa looks up to Mika Singh

Catch the singer get candid like never before, only on Zee TV’s musical chat show

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With Bollywood and music being nothing short of religions in India, Zee TV brings to its viewers the best of both worlds with its blockbuster weekend primetime offering. The channel’s first-of-its-kind music countdown show called ‘Pro Music Countdown’ is hosted by one of India’s finest RJs, social media influencer and YouTube sensation – Siddharth Kannan. The show presents superhit songs in a never-seen-before chat show format with the hottest Bollywood celebrities getting up close and personal about their career, romance and everything that’s brewing in B-town!

In the upcoming episode of the show, viewers will get a chance to get up close and personal with everyone’s favourite ‘Punjabi Munda’, Guru Randhawa. Being amongst the finest singers in our country today, Guru Randhawa’s personal and professional life has always remained under huge media spotlight. On Pro Music Countdown, Guru spoke about his journey in the  music industry and mentioned about the seniors he looks up to, including Mika Singh who continues to inspire one and all!

On being asked by Siddharth about his rapport with Mika Singh, Guru replied by saying “I have always looked at ‘Mika pajji’ as a brother and I always meet him whenever I come to Mumbai. It’s been such a long  time that he has maintained a name for himself in the industry, he is still as famous as he was 10 years old, which really inspires me. There are 2 most important things that I believe when it comes to senior artists, firstly it’s really important to respect them and secondly, it’s really important to be inspired by them.”

Even after getting so much fame, Guru Randhawa is really a down-to-earth and simple person which is very rare nowadays. How he respects is seniors is really commendable!

Watch Guru Randhawa talk about his life like never before on Pro Music Countdown on  April 5th  at 6 PM, only on Zee TV!

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Sushant Divgikar makes it to the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list – Class of 2020

Popularly known as RANI Ko-HE-Nur, he is India’s first drag queen to be featured in the list

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Sushant Divgikar is on cloud nine as he has been listed in the esteemed Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List – Class 2020. He has been featured under ‘THE ARTS’ honorees as well as in ‘Celebrities’ category. Sushant is India’s first Drag Artiste to be featured in the list and possibly the first and only ASIAN drag artist to be on this power list. The versatile artiste, Sushant has made it to this list with his sheer hard work and determination to follow his heart. He has stood by his values and contributed towards the LGBT community.

Talking about his latest achievement, Sushant Divgikar a.k.a. Rani Ko-He-Nur expressed, “I’m above and beyond the moon, stars, the entire galaxy right now and cannot contain my excitement! I am elated and feeling proud to be featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list which is of such an International repute. All the struggle and hard work I put in seems to be worth it. I would like to thank Forbes Asia team for recognizing the 14years of my life that I have given to make the performing arts and arts, in general, more conducive for diverse participation and recognizing one’s true authentic self! I hope that my journey and body of work inspires every young and ambitious person out there to spread your wings and fly high!”

Sushant has been featured amongst 300 bright and innovative young leaders from the Asia- Pacific region. These young entrepreneurs and change-makers have been selected from more than 3500 nominations, researched by a team of reporters and vetted by an A-list panel of judges who are leaders in their respective fields.

Currently, Sushant is focusing on his singing career and is working on releasing his original music in the coming month. The versatile singer is known for singing in a male as well as a female voice. His singing talent got recognition when he appeared on the singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa in 2018. He is a well-known LGBTQ activist and drag queen performer. He is involved with auditioning, mentoring and training younger drag queens and aims to make drag a more accessible art form in the country. In 2019, Divgikar made his international debut with Rainbow Riots-House of Wallenberg in Sweden and in the same year released the single “I’m Coming Out” during Stockholm Pride. In 2014, Divgikar won Mr. Gay India.

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