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India vs New Zealand: Ankita Lokhande, Anees Bazmee, Aahana Kumra cheer for the Men In Blue during the Cricket World Cup 2019

As India takes the field against New Zealand at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final today (July 9), Bollywood celebrities are watching the match and cheering for them. Here are some exclusive insights of what the stars predict…

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Ankita Lokhande, Anees Bazmee and Aahana Kumar. Picture courtesy: Instagram

The semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is on and India is taking on New Zealand today (July 09). The match is being played in Manchester, but whole of India is hooked to their TV or mobile screens, looking at how the match is progressing. Our Bollywood stars are also watching the match. In fact, some have even cancelled their work for it. We spoke to a few celebrities and we must say everyone looks excited about it.

While they cheered for the Men in Blue, Ankita Lokhande, Aahana Kumra, Asha Bhat, Anees Bazmee and Varun Mitra even predicted that the Cricket World Cup 2019 is ours and it will come home soon! They even spoke about their favourites and their plans to watch the semi-final between India and New Zealand. Here’s what they had to say…

# India is in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2019 and will battle it out with New Zealand for the coveted spot in the finals. How excited are you for the match? And what are your predictions?

Ankita Lokhande: I am super excited for the semi-finals. I am sure that India will definitely make it to the finals. Fingers crossed

Aahana Kumra: I’m very excited about the World Cup semi-finals. Both the teams are fantastic and are in their best form. As an Indian, I would love to see India win the World Cup, so forget the semi-finals, I’m just rooting straight for the World Cup.

Anees Bazmee: I am very excited for the match and am sure India will win against New Zealand and progress to the finals.

Asha Bhat: On a scale of one to 100, an absolute 100! I am pretty confident that our boys are going to win the match.

Varun Mitra: Anyone who knows me knows how important my work is for me. But today, all my work has been put on hold. Meetings have been postponed, beer has been bought, it’s match-time! My predictions are usually wrong in places where my heart is involved, so no point trying to predict. All I want to say is that I have bought enough beer for the finals as well.

# Where are you planning to watch the match?

Ankita Lokhande: I like watching cricket at home with my family and friends. I will mostly be at home for the semi-finals.

Aahana Kumra: I’m shooting, so if I do get some time off, I would like to see the match.

Anees Bazmee: Am planning to watch it with a few close ones in my office, it will be a great get together, all of us cheering for India.

Asha Bhat: I’ll be watching the match at home with my friends.

Varun Mitra: Some of my school friends are in town, so we are all sitting together at our friends’ place and watching the match.

# Do you think Rohit Sharma will hit another century?

Ankita Lokhande: I hope he does. Rohit has surprised everyone with all the five centuries and it will be amazing to watch him make his 6th century in this World Cup.

Aahana Kumra: I think Rohit Sharma is in great form and he is in the hitting streak right now. So he is definitely going to hit another century. I’m totally vouching for it.

Anees Bazmee: Well such things can’t be predicted, but I would love to see that.

Asha Bhat: He has been in such a good form and has been playing amazing cricket throughout, so no doubt about him scoring a century!

# Will India lift the World cup once again?

Ankita Lokhande: Yes. I am really looking forward to the semi-finals and finals. I am sure that India will lift the world cup once again.

Aahana Kumra: I think India will lift the World Cup again. The way they have been playing, it has been fantastic. Our players are in top form and it’s looking so good. Indians just bring so much energy into the stadium.

Anees Bazmee: I am 100 per cent sure that India will win the World Cup once again.

Asha Bhat: I shall hope and pray that it comes home this year! Our team is playing very well, so why not?

Varun Mitra: Yes, I have a feeling they will. The energy in everyone’s body language seems strong and it looks like a team who has already won.

# Which players do you love to see on the field and who are the ones to look out for?

Ankita Lokhande: I love watching Rohit’s batting and I am really impressed with Shami and Bumrah’s performance too.

Aahana Kumra: I love Dhoni. I just want him to be on field all the time. Of course, I also love Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.

Anees Bazmee: I feel our whole team is great. I’d love to see the same team from the last match being fielded. They might make one change and that is getting in Mohammed Shami and I hope that happens.

Asha Bhat: Every time Bumrah sets out to bowl, I am glued to my TV as I am expecting and pretty confident of him of taking a wicket. He is so talented!

Varun Mitra: Kuldeep Yadav because he is very unique, he’s a left arm china-man spinner. Most left arm spinners spin away from the right hander, but this guy spins it both ways. Rishabh Pant because he is the face of new India, absolutely fearless.

Well, here’s hoping that India win today and we see them in the Cricket World Cup 2019 final. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip from the world of entertainment!


Koena Mitra slams music directors of Batla House for their rendition of O Saki Saki

In an exclusive chat with CineBlitz, Koena Mitra expressed her views on the recreation of her hit Musafir song O Saki Saki, in Batla House featuring Nora Fatehi

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Koena Mitra, Pic Courtesy: Instagram

The makers of John Abraham starrer Batla House dropped the teaser of their first song from the film titled O Saki Saki. Yes, the name of the song is familiar because it is a rendition of Koena Mitra’s hit song O Saki Saki from Sanjay Dutt-starrer Musafir. And even before the team could release the song today (July 16), Koena took to Twitter and expressed how she did not like the song’s teaser and was disappointed about the rendition. Now after the release of the song, Team CineBlitz exclusively got in touch with the Musafir actress to know what she has to say about the song.

When asked if she liked the O Saki Saki‘s new version, Koena said, “It (Musafir) was my first film, my debut and it was my first huge hit so obviously it is very close to my heart and our teamwork was also very solid. I mean we had Sanjay Dutt, Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan, Sanjay Gupta, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani, Bosco Martis and Caesar Gonsalves. So we had a very powerful team. I just saw the video right now and Nora (Fatehi) has done a good job. She has done it in her way. She has done it in her own style. But having said that, I did not like the song at all. O Saki Saki has a different fanbase and the rendition is not that good. The soundtrack is a bit disappointing, but Nora is good.”

Talking about the growing trend of remixes, renditions and remakes, Koena said that she never supported it. “I never support it. I think iconic songs should not be touched. I think iconic songs like these should not be rendered into new versions. Music directors should create new songs,” said Koena.

She further said, “See, O Saki Saki is not even a very old song, so it is too early to make a rendition of it. And the same goes for other songs as well. Take the example of Tamma Tamma. When you listen to that song you will think of Madhuri Dixit. These songs are such big hits that you think of the actor when you think about the song. And for an actor, for performers, it becomes very tricky as there are harsh judgements, comparisons. We don’t want that. So the lyricist and music directors should make their own new songs.”

Talking about Batla House, the film stars John Abraham and Super 30 fame actress Mrunal Thakur in lead roles. The film is directed by Nikkhil Advani and is set to hit the theatres on August 15. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more exclusive interviews, news and updates.

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Hrithik Roshan to celebrate Guru Purnima in Bihar

Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 is a biopic of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar and that makes this trip more special

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Hrithik Roshan; Source: Varinder Chawla

Highly acclaimed by the critics, Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 is faring well at the box office too and the star couldn’t be happier with its success. The update today is that Hrithik Roshan will be taking off to Bihar to celebrate Guru Purnima tomorrow (July16). Super 30 is set in Bihar and that makes this trip more special for the actor and the whole team involved with the film.

Super 30 is a biopic on the life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar. Hrithik plays the lead role in the film, that of the Math professor, Anand Kumar, who takes on the challenge of training 30 underprivileged children to pass the IIT entrance examinations. Post the success, looks like he has decided to celebrate the auspicious day there. The actor will be travelling to Bihar to celebrate Guru Purnima – a day dedicated to celebrating teachers according to the Hindu customs.

Super 30 is directed by Vikas Bahl and also stars Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Tripathi. For more updates and gossip about Bollywood, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Scoop! Hrithik Roshan – Tiger Shroff’s untitled film will now be called WAR! Details inside…

The team of Hrithik Roshan – Tiger Shroff’s film has finally locked ‘WAR’ as the title. Read on to know more…

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Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff sharing screen space is like a big dream come true for the fans. And while there have been some updates about the film coming in; we have a huge development to share with you. Brace yourself Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff fans, for the film has finally got its title. The makers are in no mood to spill the beans about it till the release of the teaser but Team CineBlitz exclusively knows what the film will be called.

Hrithik and Tiger’s untitled film which was going by the working title Hrithik vs Tiger will be known as WAR. Yes, the makers have settled for this title and we will get to see the biggest showdown between two of the biggest and the best dancing superstars in Bollywood. The much-anticipated first look of the film  will drop on Monday (July 15).

WAR is backed by Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films and the film is helmed by Siddharth Anand. The film also stars Vaani Kapoor in a pivotal role and is slated for an October 2 release. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates.

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