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Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao – 5 stars that broke the boundaries in 2018

Who was the breakout star of 2018 – Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao, Taapsee Pannu or Ayushmann Khurrana?

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2018 was a good year for Bollywood with some amazing concept and content-based films. The people ruling the big screen were not the superstars but the next-door faces. The stories weren’t nice, of or for the elite, or stories no one could identify with. They were amazingly normal, and the characters were from amongst us. Where big films with big stars failed to interest the audience, it was the small-town stories and the Pankaj Tripathi in Stree and Surekha Sikri in Badhaai Ho that bought audiences to the theaters. Let’s take a look at the winners of the year 2018 vis-a-vis performances, and rejoice that we are finally moving towards a better future for Bollywood.

# Vicky Kaushal: The new-found national crush of this past year Vicky Kaushal, is on hyper mode, giving us amazing performances. With five releases, of which two were on OTT platforms, Love Per Square Foot (LPSF) and Lust Stories, and three theatrical films, Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan as his arsenal, he blazed his way into public hearts, and doesn’t look likely to leave soon. With his unique earthy charm and versatile acting, we are quite in love with him.

# Radhika Apte: It was hard not to spot Radhika Apte last year even for someone living under a rock, as she was ‘omnipresent’, like Netflix India titled her. Radhika was everywhere—on the big screen and  OTTs with a strong screen presence and unique roles. She appeared in six projects, of which two (Sacred Games, Ghoul) were Netflix Original series, one (Lust Stories) was a Netflix Original film, and three (Padman, Andhadhun and Bazaar) were theatrical releases. Whoa! Let me get my breath back! Every part she played was a treat, and we love that she’s all over the place, as long as she gives us the kind of performances she is.

# Ayushmann Khurana: The man for whom a normal storyline is boring and who needs something unconventional every time, Ayushmann without breaking his streak  did two very out-of-the-box roles last year. Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho were his releases that made the last leg of the year worth going to the theatres. Damn, this man even impressed us as a blind pianist. Ayushmann, is there something you can’t do?

# Rajkummar Rao: The day is not far away when Rajkummar will be the name of a genre, and his films, the master-classes. Last year, the National Award winning actor entered the Rs 100 crore club with his film Stree, where he played a ladies tailor in a village that has spirit who makes an annual festival visit. Rajkummar did what he does best, portraying vulnerability on screen has been his super power, and with such a script, magic had to happen.

# Taapsee Pannu: Taapsee is winning us with her candid Instagram profile and her superb choice of characters. Playing a lady trying to save her in-laws from false allegations in Mulk, and the complexed Rumi from Manmarziyaan, Taapsee had her heart in both, and our hearts for both. After Pink, Taapsee has become more conscious about her choices and we are the happier for that.

All of these actors were revelations last year, and we definitely crave for more from them. Luckily for the public, this lot also has a good number of projects in 2019, and the wait is getting difficult. Who is your breakout star for 2018? Do let us know in the comments section what do you feel about them!

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Kesari: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all you need to know about the movie!

Here’s everything you need to know about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari!

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Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari is one of the most exciting films of the year. After years of planning, back and forth, controversies and much more, the movie is finally complete. It’s up for release on Holi (March 21) and we can’t wait to see it, especially after looking at the promos. The teasers were fantastic, but the trailer took our breath away. Kesari‘s action sequences and plot seem engaging. Some impressive songs have also caught our attention, especially the latest one – Teri Mitti. With the release date just around the corner, we thought of compiling everything you guys need to know about the movie. And present it to you in an interesting way. So read on to know Kesari‘s review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all the important information right here.

Kesari Story

From what we know, Kesari revolves around the Battle of Saragarhi (1897). It was the bravest battle ever fought. Why bravest? Well, because 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army fought more than 10000 Afghans. Havildar Ishar Singh was the leader of the Sikh regiment, which was marked in Kesari (saffron) colour. Symbolising valor, the regiment was protecting Fort Saragarhi, which was an important relay station as the British Empire infiltrated Afghanistan. Though the 20 soldiers under Halvidar Ishar Singh were undisciplined and the Sikh leader of the Army himself was sent to the fort as a punishment, they fought the battle with bravery. Though they all lost their lives in the epic battle, they managed to kill several Afghans and held the fort for a very long time. It is an inspiring tale, which we are sure you’ll love to watch on the big screen.

Kesari Cast

Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra play titular roles. Edward Sonnenblick, R. Bhakti Klein, Mark Bennington, Toranj Kayvon, Rimple Dhindsa play pivotal roles. Vikram Kochhar, Bhawani Muzamil, Mir Sarwar, Sonia Albizuri, Rakesh Chaturvedi Om, amongst others are also a part of Kesari.

Kesari Crew

Anurag Singh is the director of Kesari, who is assisted by AD Harshit Bhatia. The film’s story is written by Girish Kohli and Anurag Singh. And while Parvez Shaikh and Lawrence Woodward are the action directors, Ganesh Acharya and Vijay Ganguly are the choreographers. Amar Butala is the co-producer, while Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Kheterpal are the co-producers. Navmeet Singh is the line producer.

The music composers include Tanishk Bagchi, Chirrantan Bhatt, Arko, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal. On the other hand, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir and Kunwar Juneja have written the lyrics for the songs. And while the cinematography is done by Anshul Chobey, the film editing is done by Manish More. Lastly, the costume design is by Sheetal Sharma and casting By Jogi Mallang (Jogi).

Kesari Controversies

While Kesari has not run into any controversy yet, there are a few things that did crop up. The first and the biggest one was Salman Khan walking away from the project. Karan Johar had announced a couple of years ago that he along with Salman and Akshay Kumar would produce this film. However, after Salman split with his manager Reshma Shetty, he walked out of this project as well.

Another blip was when Karan Johar announced Parineeti Chopra as the lead heroine of the movie. While he made the announcement, he attached Akshay Kumar’s still from the movie. Twitterati jumped onto it and slammed him and made jokes on KJo. He quickly deleted it and posted the announcement with a picture of Parineeti Chopra.

A set constructed at Wai, Maharashtra also caught fire during the shoot. While reports suggest that fireworks and ammunition used during the filming of the movie set off the fire, no official confirmation has been given. Reportedly, Rs 8 – 10 crore loss was incurred and the shooting was stalled for nearly a month.

Kesari Release date

Kesari is all set to release on Holi, which is on March 21 this year. That means the movie will release on a Thursday. And with that, the action-packed period drama will enjoy a four-day extended weekend.

Kesari Posters

The team of Kesari has released several posters. Some showcasing valor and pride, others showing the battle-ready avatar of Akshay Kumar. All these posters have caught everyone’s attention. Check each and every poster right here.

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Kesari Stills

We have seen several movie stills of Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and the Kesari team. Each and every picture looks exquisite and we can’t wait to see them on the big screen. Check out all the film stills right here.

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Kesari Trailer

While the trailer was released sometime back, it did create a massive buzz. It was heart-warming and engaging. The action sequences were out of the world, while the dialogues packed a punch. Akshay Kumar stole our hearts, while Parineeti Chopra’s screen presence was appreciated. Check out the Kesari trailer right here.

Kesari Songs

The songs of Kesari are fantastic too. From Sanu Kehndi to Ajj Singh Garjega and Teri Mitti, each track has impressed one and all. In fact, they are being played on the loop by everyone. Check out all the songs right here.

Kesari Promos

Apart from the trailer and songs, the makers have dropped several promos of the movie. From dialogue promos to the making videos, each one will leave you captivated. Check them out right here.

Kesari Budget

The budget of Kesari is around Rs 80 – 100 crore, which includes all the costs of making the movie and promoting it. This puts the movie in the mid to big-budget film bracket.

Kesari Screen-count

While there is no confirmation on the screen space, Kesari should get 3000 plus screens across India. The movie will surely work in both multiplexes as well as single screens. So it will get a fair share of both.

Kesari Box Office Predictions

Everyone is already predicting how much Kesari will earn at the box office. According to Super Cinema, Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film might open around Rs 28 – 30 crore on day 1. This will translate to a Rs 100 crore plus weekend. But it remains to be seen how much the movie will earn at the box office.

Kesari Box Office Collection

The box office collections of Kesari are still awaited. Make sure to stay tuned to this space as we get you all the collections as well as reports right here.

Kesari Review

We still have to review Kesari. Stay tuned for our mid-movie and full review right here.

Kesari Public Review

The public review of Kesari is still awaited, but what do you think? How will it be?

So there you have it! That was everything you needed to know about Kesari. How excited are you about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip about Kesari right here.

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Alia Bhatt cannot stop smiling as she celebrates her birthday in the most special way – view pics

Alia Bhatt gets warm wishes from the media on her birthday

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Not just a pretty face, she’s also a very talented actress, and more than anything, a beautiful soul. We’re talking about none other than Alia Bhatt. Ms Bhatt turned 26 today and her friends made it a special one for her. Her close buddies Karan Johar, Anushka Ranjan, Ayan Mukerji and boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor brought in her birthday at her Juhu apartment. Her parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan were also present for the celebrations.

This afternoon too was special for Alia as she celebrated her birthday with the media. She was given a bouquet of flowers and a sketch of her close-up photo. She cut the cake and seemed very happy in the pictures while she celebrated her birthday with the media. The Brahmastra beauty chose a simple black dress teamed with a pair of silver holographic daddy sneakers, and her cute smile was the perfect cherry on the top. What’s more? She also clicked selfies with the media folks.

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The Highway actress is on cloud nine as it has been a great start of the year for her with Gully Boy. And now, her upcoming movies Kalank and Brahmastra have also created a buzz among the masses. Alia will also be making her Telugu debut with Baahubali director S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR.

We wish Alia a very happy birthday!

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Deepika Padukone unveils her wax statue and Ranveer Singh couldn’t take his eyes off it

Deepika Padukone unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London

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The Bollywood Diva Deepika Padukone’s most-awaited wax statue has been finally unveiled and it is nothing but gorgeous. Deepika was accompanied by husband Ranveer Singh and he couldn’t take his eyes off the statue. While she was in London to unveil the statue, Deepika went live on her Instagram handle for her fans who were equally excited about the event. Last year, she had even posted a picture on Instagram while choosing the eye-colour for her wax-statue.

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The statue is an exact replica of the actress from IIFA 2016 when she wore a champagne-coloured lehenga with a sheer net cape over it. She had accessorized this Sabyasachi creation with diamond-emerald jewellery. This was one of the many iconic sartorial choices from her wardrobe.

At the unveiling of the wax statue, Ranveer was awestruck and he asked, ‘Can I take it home?’

Aww! Deepika was not only accompanied by Ranveer but also by her parents and in-laws for the event.

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The wax statue definitely depicts her success across the globe just like the other Indian icons who have their wax statues at Madame Tussauds. The list includes Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene. And now Deepika is one of them. Aren’t we just proud of her?

On the work front, the actress is working on her film Chhapaak which is a Megha Gulzar directorial. The film is based on the acid-attack survivor, Lakshmi Agarwal. Deepika is not just acting in the film but is also co-producing it. We’re eagerly looking forward to this project as it’s been a while since we last saw the actress on the big screen. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for the latest updates from the world of Bollywood.

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