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Sushant Singh Rajput bags ‘Half Girlfriend’

Sushant Singh RajputOne of the most anticipated films of 2016, Half Girlfriend has been in the news for several reasons. Speculation has been rife on who will essay the lead role and while many names were tossed around, finally it’s been revealed that Sushant Singh Rajput has been signed on.

From the Director of ”Aashiqui 2”, Writer of “2 States” and Producer of ”Ek Villain“, Half Girlfriend’ marks the coming together of Ekta Kapoor, Mohit Suri and Chetan Bhagat. Moreover, Mohit Suri and author, Chetan Bhagat, (who is riding high on the success of“2 States”), are all set to play co-producers as well on what is touted to be one of the greatest love stories ever.

Given the massive scale of the film, several top-notch actors have been gravitating to the project. However, after much speculation over the many big names vying for the role, Sushant Singh bagged the film. Sources reveal that Sushant went to Director Mohit Suri’s house in the dead of the night and spoke to him in the Bihari accent much like the character Madhav Jha, in Half Girlfriend.

Not only that, Sushant had read the book and almost perfected and readied himself for the role, much to Mohit’s surprise. The ‘desi twang’, coupled with his physique and overall appearance helped him nail the meeting. Mohit was taken aback, but extremely impressed and decided to cast him.

Adds director Mohit Suri, “When I was reading the book, I realized that Madhav’s character has an unique mix of naivety and ruggedness that is so intriguing and extremely crucial to the story. However the challenge was to put a face to this endearing Madhav Jha, Which I could never do until I met Sushant. I was blown away with his sheer dedication to embody the character. I was shocked at first, but impressed at how hard he had worked on perfecting certain nuances. I knew right then, that I had found my ‘Madhav Jha’.

A source reveals, ‘This is a huge film for Sushant since Mohit Suri is a master of the romantic genre and producer Ekta Kapoor goes all out to mount the film in terms of scale. Chetan’s last adaptation 2states too struck gold at the box office and the trio together, is a dream for any actor’.

Sushant Singh Rajput, who’s worked with names like Raju Hirani, Abhishek Kapoor, Dibaker Banerjee and Maneesh Sharma and Neeraj Pandey is already touted as the industry’s dark horse.

With Sushant being signed on, the leading lady is yet to be finalized

Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures backs ‘Udta Punjab’

Shahid KapoorOne of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, Udta Punjab has now received a massive studio backing from Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Telefilms.

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Udta Punjab features Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Punjabi superstar Daljit Dosanj, who will be making his Bollywood debut with this film.

Udta Punjab, which revolves around the dark drug market of Punjab, marks the association of two creative powerhouses – Phantom Films And Balaji Motion pictures. According to sources, Ekta was so impressed with the concept that when she heard it, she immediately called Madhu Mantena, who is a producer at Phantom Films to discuss a possible partnership. At that time, Phantom was in talks with many other production houses, but Ekta’s drive and passion easily made her stand apart and the deal was inked.

Commenting on the Association, Vikramditya Motwane says “Balaji were partners with us on our very first Phantom production. It’s an emotional relationship and we’re delighted to be collaborating with them again on Udta Punjab. It’s a script, a director and a cast we’re very happy with & we’re excited about the way it’s come together.” 

Ekta adds “Udta Punjab is one film I’m most excited about. I’ve always admired the work Phantom does and collaborating with them on a project that boasts of such fantastic talent is exciting.”

Udta Punjab stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Alia Bhatt. 

Ekta Kapoor to launch fashion label

Ekta KapoorBalaji headhoncho Ekta Kapoor, who pioneered the way for female producers and continues to remain the Czarina of Indian Television, now ventures into the fashion segment with her signature line EK Label.

The power player will soon make a formal announcement and launch the label that will feature sarees and jewellery that have shot to fame on her television shows.

While fashion designers continue to introduce new lines with every season, Ekta Kapoor has acted as a fashion creator who has styled and created looks, that have gone on to establish trends across a decade.

The EK Label will eventually be available online post its formal launch.

Ekta Kapoor and Imran Khan Bury The Hatchet!

Imran Khan on The Front Row - Star Plus UKImran Khan and Ekta Kapoor have proven their mettle time and again individually. The dynamic duo first came together for the much hyped OUATMD but the camaraderie faded soon with much media speculation. Soon after the release of the movie, news of their relation going sour floated around where the two stated that they would not work together again.

As they say nothing is permanent in Bollywood, in their case all it took was one face to face encounter for differences to evaporate. Ekta & Imran bumped into each other at a party. Says a source, “There were no fireworks or cold vibes. They saw each other and in minutes they were engrossed in a long conversation in a corner of the room.” 

A few days later they met again for tea and as old friendships revived; so did old projects.

While working for OUATMD, Imran and Ekta had discussed one of  Tigmanshu Dhulia’s script. The duo was very passionate about the script and thought it was an incredible script. At that time Ekta was keen to make it and Imran wanted to do it with similar zeal. The script eventually came up in their conversation and they both realised that they were still equally enthusiastic and passionate about the script.

Imran Khan confirmed the news saying, “I’m very glad that Ekta and I met face to face and cleared up our issues. I really wish we had done it sooner. Tigmanshu’s script is excellent, and it would be a shame for his film to suffer because of our disagreement. I’m really looking forward to the three of us working together.”

Ekta shared his sentiments , “I am extremely fond of Imran and thankfully we have ironed out our differences. When I heard Tigmanshu’s great script I instinctively knew that Imran was perfect for the character. He’ll do great justice to this role and we are so excited to commence this project.”

With most things in place now for Tigmanshu, he is yet to finalise the girl playing the main lead. The project is supposed to go on floors this September 2015.

Ekta, Mohit and Chetan collaborate on ‘Half Girlfriend’

Half Girlfriend The director of Aashiqui 2, writer of 2 States and producer of Ek Villain have come together to bring audiences another love story, Half Girlfriend.

Balaji and Mohit Suri who struck gold with the 100 crore hit Ek Villain team up again, after their colossal hit, this time with celebrated author, Chetan Bhagat, who is riding high on 5 Point Someone and 2 States.

Based on the love that a non English-speaking Bihari boy Madhav has for an English-speaking girl Riya, the interestingly titled film talks of changing modern relationships.

“I am delighted to team up with one of the most talented modern directors, Mohit Suri and Ekta Kapoor, an iconic producer who has understood the Indian pulse like nobody else. Between our respective readers and audiences, we will cover most of India’s film watching population,” said Chetan Bhagat. 

“Mohit and Ekta’s belief in the story, proven by their announcing the film before the book releases, only shows their strong conviction in the subject. Half Girlfriend is already one of the most awaited films and we will make sure we live up to the hype,” added the award-winning author. 

“Spielberg said when he was a kid, there was no collaboration; it was him with a camera bossing his friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself,” said Mohit Suri.

Half Girlfriend “I am delighted to be a part of what I believe is a truly creative collaboration. I am working with extremely passionate and driven professionals on an emotional & soulful story, which is among the best I’ve read in recent times,” added the Zeher director. 

Speaking of the collaboration, Ekta Kapoor said, “We are extremely excited about this partnership, which brings some great creative minds and energy together. We will leave no stone unturned in making this gorgeous and charming tale of love the biggest and most talked about release of the year.”

Half Girlfriend will release in 2016.