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Pankaj Tripathi’s Kaleen Bhaiyya has resurrected the love for traditional villains

After wowing the world with his cool-daddy act in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Pankaj Tripathi returns in a month to reprise his iconic character of Kaleen Bhaiyya in Mirzapur’s second season. Left at the delicious cliffhanger, the tent pole outing has Tripathi play the part of a menacing mafioso. Tripathi, known for his stellar performances, fits into every shade of the character with impeccable ease. Long after the era of villains has gone, Tripathi has brought to the fore a layered villainous character everyone loves to loathe.

Pankaj Tripathi as Kaleen Bhaiya

Tripathi tells us, “In our younger years, the idea of a villain was rather limited. It was obviously by virtue of how the stories played out, villainous was a little over the top in their tonality. With Mirzapur and Gurgaon earlier or even Sacred Games, I have been able to explore the dark side of the human psyche in greater depth. I choose the negative characters wisely. None of them should be similar and each of them should be distinctly different from the other. The motivation of each of these characters is starkly different. Kaleen is intoxicated by the power he commands so he operates out of protecting his self-worth. I am glad that writers are writing unique negative characters who do more than just have an ominous laugh. There are strong back stories, a character graph that defines why the man is a certain way. Long formats also allow you to delve deeper into these aspects. Kaleen doesn’t out rightly look villainous because you are familiarised with the many facets of the man. These are not traditional villainous parts but I am glad that these parts are 2.0 versions of Mogambos, Shakaals, and Gabbars of yesteryear.”

Anjum Sharma to woo audience in Mirzapur 2

Amazon Prime Video series Mirzapur featuring Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal and Divyendu Sharma received a humongous response from the audience for its gripping storyline, impactful characters and dialogues, creating huge anticipation and curiosity amongst them.

The series that ended on an interesting note also introduced the character of Sharad Shukla, essayed by actor Anjum Sharma, who is set to enter the world of crime and take on the Mafias including Kaleen Bhaiya and Guddu portrayed by Pankaj Tripathi and Ali Fazal respectively.

Anjum’s character has generated high interest in the audience, making them hungry to know more about his game of action in the second series and how he stands against them.

A source informs, “From here on, it’s going to be rivalry and drama between these interesting and powerful characters. From being a peace-loving guy to being someone who is set to take on the biggest mafias of his state, Sharad Shukla is set to change the dynamics of the world of crime in season 2.”

“The pre-production work has already begun and is expected to roll soon. Things are moving at a very exhilarating speed considering the huge anticipation,” the source adds.

Talking about Sharad’s character, director Gurmmeet Singh informs, “Sharad’s casting was slightly tricky because we knew that season 2 would see his character emerge and become more powerful in the series. So we were very clear that we needed someone who could easily carry his own weight and is a seasoned actor. We convinced Anjum that even though his part wasn’t long enough in the first series, it will carry forward in the next season. We are lucky that it worked out both ways and we had Anjum to play “Sharad”.

Having been actively involved in Theatre for over a Decade, Anjum has been part of the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and Farhan Akhtar’s Wazir. The talented actor has also been part of a popular digital film for Hotstar- Baaki Itihaas, based on the writing of renowned writer Baadal Sarkar.

 

Pankaj Tripathi now bags his first international project with Chris Hemsworth!

The versatile actor Pankaj Tripathi has explored a variety of platforms and mediums to entertain his audiences more than a decade. He is one of the best actors currently Bollywood has. Pankaj after giving memorable performances in his last few releases like Newton, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Stree, web show Mirzapur, Pankaj now sets his eyes on Hollywood. Pankaj we now hear will soon start shooting for his first ever Hollywood film with none other than Hollywood’s hot favourite actor Chris Hemsworth aka Thor from Avengers of the Marvel Universe.

In November last year, Chris was in India to shoot debutante director Sam Hargrave’s thriller film Dhaka. Sam has been the second unit director for Avengers Infinity War, Atomic Blonde. They shot principal portions of the film in Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The film also stars Golshifteh Farahani, David Harbour, Randeep Hooda, Manoj Bajpayee amongst many others. As per the sources, Pankaj Tripathi will be joining the cast in Bangkok, Thailand to shoot the next leg of the film. This would be the first time Pankaj will be seen in a Hollywood project working with an international crew. Pankaj will be seen in a pivotal character sharing screen space with Chris. The film Dhaka is a thriller and will be released as Netflix Originals.

Fatima Sana Shaikh to Don a saree on screen for the first time

In the recent times, Fatima Sana Shaikh has been seen wearing a saree at events and festivals and the actress undoubtedly has stunned in the ethnic attire.

Earlier, the picture from the sets of Anurag Basu’s next was leaked featuring Fatima donning a brown saree which left the fans intrigued and excited to see the actress donning a saree on screen for the first time.

Fatima Sana Shaikh looked enticing in a coral pink saree as she attended an event in the city. The actress is looking breathtakingly beautiful as she pulled off saree with ease.

At the event, The actress wore an embellished sari and teamed it with a sleeveless blouse, which was adorned with meticulous accents. The pallu of the sari featured a metallic touch and was accentuated by intricate ruffled accents. To accessorize her look she paired it with chic earrings and a delicate ring keeping it minimal and classy. The makeup was light and refreshing and highlighted by a glossy pink lip shade and impeccable kohl. The side-swept tresses completed her traditional look.

In the actresses last outings, Fatima was seen wearing sports apparel and warrior attire.

Fatima Sana Shaikh made her big debut with the record-breaking film Dangal, in which she was essaying the role of wrestler Geeta Phogat.

With just her first 2 films, Fatima Sana Shaikh has the opportunity of the kind of reach that no other newcomer got so early on in his/her career.

Fatima Sana Shaikh will be seen sharing the screen with Rajkummar Rao in Anurag Basu’s next for which the actress finished the first schedule in Bhopal.

 

Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon revive the 90’s with ‘Poster Lagwa Do’

A family that dances together, stays together! Welcome to Guddu and Rashmi’s life – a couple who doesn’t want to dance or stay with the family!

Kriti Sanon and Kartik Aaryan’s first song from their much anticipated film Luka Chuppi is already making us groove on our seats! In true 90’s style. The song features a barrage of dancers, 150 to be exact along with some super fun steps too. The couple is seen doing “ luka chuppi” with the family, played by Pankaj Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Aparshakti Khurrana amongst others.

The foot tapping redux has been recreated by White Noise studios and has been choreographed by Vijay Ganguly.

Dinesh Vijan says, “Poster Lagwa Do was the first song we selected for the album. Actually, much before we even knew how we could use it, we acquired it, it just so happened that it fit so aptly into our plot! The video has turned out to be super fun too. It’s unlikely to use the full cast in a promotional song, as it isnt easy getting everyone back together! But it all worked out and it’s looking great!”

Dinesh Vijan presents ‘Luka Chuppi’, a Maddock Films production in association with Jio Studios, directed by Laxman Utekar, featuring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon releases on 1st March, 2019.

Bhushan Kumar produces Anurag Basu’s next

After working together on Anurag Basu’s previous films as a music label, Bhushan Kumar has joined hands with the director for a yet to be titled film.  The multi-starrer film is an action comedy that is about unavoidable jeopardies of life! The film has four different stories set in a quintessential Indian metro. It is a slice of life film with stories intersecting with each other with drama and emotion.

The producer – director duo have already signed Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanya Malhotra & Pankaj Tripathi. Anurag has already shot major sequences with Abhishek in Mumbai and Kolkata last year.  The director was busy shooting with Rajkummar and Fatima in Bhopal recently.

The signed actors will soon start for their respective portions while Bhushan Kumar and Anurag Basu are yet to sign few more actors to join the ensemble. The character and roles of the actors are still under wraps, but what is heard of is that every actor has a chance to explore something they haven’t tried before.

Ranveer Singh and Pankaj Tripathi share mutual fondness and admiration for each other

Actors Ranveer Singh and Pankaj Tripathi the two sides of the coin in Bollywood. Both the actors represent a different kind of cinema in their own ways. Ranveer Singh is a highly power-packed and electrifying performer in commercial Bollywood films. Whereas the versatile actor Pankaj Tripathi represents a very different kind of cinema that is content-based and appeals to the masses. Even though both the actors represent two different genres of cinema has immense love for each as co-actors and as human beings. They do not shy away to showcase their love for each other on any platform. 

Recently both Ranveer and Pankaj shared for a shoot and they both couldn’t stop raving each other’s performances. The duo surely has the charisma and zing to attract the audience towards them as well showcasing their fondness towards each other. Here are some candid pictures from their meeting!

Vikrant Massey impresses all in the crime-thriller ‘Mirzapur’!

Enchanting the audiences with his simple yet realistic performances, Vikrant Massey earned quite applause for his role in Amazon Prime’s amusing gorefest – Mirzapur!

In this web’s response to Gangs Of Wasseypur, Vikrant plays a typically clueless good boy who gets pushed into the world of crime. The talented actor is skilled enough to gain all the attention from his viewers in spite of his character being helplessly embroiled into ambition, greed, horrid games and morbid atrocities without any sign of initial rebel against power.

This young, promising actor didn’t just woo the audience with his effortlessly nuanced performance but a lot of revered critics reviewed only to shower him with appreciation for his part in this crime thriller.

For instance, The Indian Express opined, “Vikrant Massey plays the innocent docile boy and we are hoping that his character will find a direction in the upcoming episodes.” In the meanwhile, Times Now News rated him saying, “Vikrant Massey is of the first rate.”

Firstpost reviewed him as a peaceful distraction from animosity, increasing death counts and gloomy circumstances saying, “Massey provides a relief from the constant gore, and lends the story a fleeting balance.”

Popular site Scroll.in affirms, “Vikrant Massey is terrific in his role, managing to earn some sympathy even though his character is never up to any good.” In.com finally avers on his diction quoting, “Vikrant Massey delivers his lines wonderfully.”

Vikrant Massey has an impressive mix of content-driven plus mainstream projects to his name like Mirzapur, Lipstick Under My Burkha, A Death in the Gunj, Dil Dhadkne Do and Lootera for which his power packed and impactful performances were highly appreciated.

Pankaj Tripathi will be seen as 90’s over dramatic massy hero

Pankaj Tripathi has been lauded for his role in his recent Stree. Each time the actor comes on screen, audiences anticipate some hilarity in the form of smart witty dialogues and shocked expressions to follow.

Apart from Stree, the actor is also currently shooting for Shakeela and Luka Chuppi, two extremely different films with diverse roles. The interesting aspect of the actor’s role in Shakeela is that Pankaj will have to channel his inner 90s superstar for the same.

The actor for the first time ever will be seen as the over dramatic hero of the 90s, an era where films were massy and heroes were idolized because of their over the top style.

In the film Pankaj who plays an actor/producer will be seen rocking not just the outfits like bell bottomed pants, multi-coloured shirts and shoes but will take on the role of being a rambunctious hero who is overconfident, talented and knows he will get the girl.

Atul Srivastava and Divyendu Sharma seen onscreen again

Atul Srivastava is seemed to having a very exciting September with two movies releases back to back in the same month. He was last seen in ‘Stree’ playing Raj Kumar Rao’s ‘Deddy’ and now will be seen playing Divyendu Sharma’s father in ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’.

‘Stree’ has recently joined the 100crore club and there is high possibility that Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ will also join the club.

Atul and Divyendu were last seen sharing screen space in Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.

When asked about his experience of working with Divyendu, Atul Srivastava said, “It was a good experience working with Divyendu once again. He is a good actor and we used to discuss scenes.”

Though we would be seeing him playing a father on screen for the second time both the characters are completely different from each other. In ‘Stree’ he was playing a very open minded and fun loving ‘deddy’ who made the audience laugh on his jokes and the way of explaining sex to his son’. But in Batti Gul Meter Chalu he will be seen playing a father whose son commits suicide and he is hoping that his son is given the justice he deserves.

‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ is directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Bhusan Kumar and has actors like Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Divyendu Sharma.