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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!


Salman Khan – Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah not happening? Find out!

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah was to release on Eid 2020, but Salman Khan says it is pushed. Will it happen at all?

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Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt

Super star Salman Khan took to social media yesterday and wrote, “The film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali is pushed but I will still see you all on Eid, 2020. Insha-Allah!!’ Bollywood denizens went berserk after reading this tweet from Salman. According to sources Sanjay Leela Bhansali was to start shooting of the film from this week with Alia Bhatt on a set that is being constructed at Mehboob studios in Mumbai, a stone’s throw from Salman’s residence. Also the locations and local production team are finalised in the USA! Titled Inshallah, the film is supposed to be a remake of the Hollywood hit Pretty Woman.

In his tweet, Salman hinted at another announcement of a film for which he is likely to start shooting and plans to take the release date of Bhansali. There is intense speculation that the release date could be assigned to Dabangg 3, shooting for which is already in progress.

Bhansali fans are left wondering what will happen to the film now, considering that Salman has given away the dates in all probability to another film. Hope it is not creative differences that has led to the push of Inshallah! For more gossip from Bollywood’s inside track, keep reading CineBlitz!

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Angel Has Fallen is raising the bar of the Fallen Series

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Secret Service agents live in a constant state of high alert. At any given second, they have to be ready to thwart a near-infinite number of potential threats that could come from any country, any group, or any person, without warning.  Their sacrifices—the persistent danger, the merciless demands on body and soul, the stress on their relationships—are rarely recognised publicly, but they don’t do it for the recognition.  They do it because they are driven to serve the highest office of the land and the bedrock of democracy.

That kind of devotion has always defined Mike Banning in the movie Angel has Fallen. On the job, he is a cunning, dogged, laser-focused patriot, but he is also a self-questioning and at times a self-deprecating man who has his dark corners of jagged regrets and frustrations.  He has done and seen it all.  In Olympus Has Fallen, he rescued the First Family from a North Korean-led kidnapping inside the White House.  In London Has Fallen, he kept President Asher from harm during a terrorist attack on world leaders attending the British Prime Minister’s funeral.

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Director Ric Roman Waugh jumped right away at the idea of exploring Mike Banning not just in jeopardy but in a chaotic state of mind.  He knew from making That Which I Love Destroys Me that a man like Banning would, like so many real-life warriors in the military and law enforcement worlds, have to pay the piper for the mental, physical and spiritual toll of his work.

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“What I learned making the doc is that there are a lot of modern-day warriors who have a different kind of PTSD,” explains the director.  “It’s not the classic shellshock where they are running away from war. Instead, they’ve become addicted to war, to the intensity of it, and that makes it harder for them to return to society and everyday life.  We made the documentary about members of the military, but after it premiered, I started hearing from all kinds of other people, from first responders and law enforcement and more, talking about how they were going through the same thing. So, I felt from the beginning that this would be a very authentic and interesting journey to take with Mike Banning.  He is, as he’s told in the film, a lion, but there are consequences to always being a lion.”

Butler loved Waugh’s approach to the action. “Ric’s style is all about putting you smack in the middle of the chaos,” Butler explains. “He sucks you in with a gritty realism—so that even in the most insane scenarios, you feel you are right there in the moment with Banning.” For more updates from Bollywood and show business keep reading CineBlitz.

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Scoop! Anushka Sharma cast opposite Hrithik Roshan in remake of Satte Pe Satta!

Anushka Sharma has been finalised to play the female lead in the Satte Pe Satta remake, originally played by Hema Malini

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Anushka Sharma

Bollywood has been buzzing with the big news that Anushka Sharma has committed to play the lead role opposite Hrithik Roshan in the remake of Satte Pe Satta. While she has consciously decided to cut down on work nowadays, but the actress is going to honour two big commitments, Satte Pe Satta being one of them.

This is also going to be an exciting and fresh pairing as Hrithik and Anushka have never worked together. Initially, actresses like Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were approached for the role, but the makers felt a new pairing was needed for the film.

Released in the 80’s, the original Satte Pe Satta itself was inspired by the American musical film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. The Bollywood version Satte Pe Satta featured Amitabh Bachchan in a double role with Hema Malini and Ranjeeta cast opposite him. The new remake is now being directed by Farah Khan and produced by Rohit Shetty. Stay glued to CineBlitz for more news and updates from Bollywood.

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