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Richa Chadha joins hands with Arati Kadav for a sci-fi short film titled 55kms/sec shot virtually on phone

Not long ago, the idea of shooting on an iPhone was considered inventive. With the world reeling under the ramifications of a global lockdown, it’s become a great jugaad for creative professionals, who have taken to shooting short films and shows as a way of expressing their creativity. Arati Kadav, best known for her film Cargo that opened to some stellar reviews after its screening at MAMI last year has shot a short film with multiple actors virtually, while locked down at home. Kadav reached out to Richa Chadha to play a prominent role in her short. The actress known to favor experiments was excited to collaborate with Arati, as the script was unique. On her part, Kadav is known as the solo working director currently who has a penchant for science fiction, has created a novel film titled 55 kms/sec about living in a world that is on the edge. The title itself is indicative of the film’ a subject, believes the director.

Speaking about it, Kadav says, “While we are all bracing ourselves for the new normal, we made this short film as a fun exercise. It was a great idea and my team and I saw it as a way of continuing to work to cheer ourselves up. I met some spectacular and fantastic people on our virtual set. We are happy that we all could remotely come together for something that was a warm, beautiful, humbling, and unifying experience.”

Chadha, who headlines the project, tells us, “Arati is an engineer turned filmmaker. She has an interesting vision and is aces at science fiction stuff, as well as portraying the human connections. I loved collaborating with her and the actor Mrinal Dutt. This was a challenging shoot as we had to do everything ourselves, from hair and makeup to recording sound but it was well worth the effort. I am happy that we were able to create something thought-provoking and beautiful even in these grim times.”

Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza conclude their initiative on after having sent out 20000 plus PPE kits to frontline health workers across the country

After sending 20,000+ kits sent out to over 50 hospitals across the country, Bollywood celebrities Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Dia Mirza, Sonakshi Sinha, Vir Das, Richa Chadha, Pooja Hegde amongst others, concluded their initiative. Inspired by Manish Mundra, the PPE drive was spearheaded by Atul Kasbekar and was done in partnership with Tring India to protect the frontline workers who are fighting the war against COVID 19.

In a video, Vidya, Sonakshi, Ali, Dia cricketer Harbhajan Singh, commentator Harsha Bhogle representing their colleagues sent a powerful thank you message to the doctors who are on the frontline ensuring the rest of the country is safe in the confines of their homes. From KEM Hospital and Cama in Mumbai, the initiative has reached other cities like Hyderabad, Ratnagiri, Lucknow, Pune, Indore, Punjab and Delhi.

Dedicating the video to the doctors and other officials at the frontline, the actors in a powerful message heralded them as the real-time heroes.

Kasbekar says, “While all of us are safe at home under lockdown, it’s important that we celebrate them today and value them for the incredible and strenuous work they are putting in for over 100 days now. Our entire perception of heroism has altered in these times. When we started off the initiative, it was the need of the hour. While the Government officials are doing their best, it is also the duty of the citizens to step up in whatever ways they can. A bunch of us came together and Manish (Mundra) has been a big help through the process guiding us to those in need.”

Richa Chadha-Ali Fazal spill the beans on their love story

They could be two of the film industry’s most outspoken people but Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal have been fairly tight lipped about their love story. So we know that they met on the sets of Fukrey in 2012 and then made an announcement at the world premiere of Victoria and Abdul in Venice in 2017. In a cover shoot for Brides Today’s July 2020 issue, the actors gave out the details of their story. Though initially intended as the first magazine cover post wedding, the pandemic has postponed their wedding plans for the year.

Speaking to the magazine, Richa recounted the first time she knew this was love. “We were at my house watching Chaplin – the 1992 British-American biographical comedy drama starring Robert Downey Jr. I was happy to see him enjoy the movie and was grateful to have found someone with similar tastes. That is when I said, “This is really sweet, I love you.” to him. It took him three months to say I love you back to me.”

But Ali has a special reason why he loves his Kuki (as he affectionately addresses Richa). She is Ms Butterfingers, he says fondly. “She thinks I fell in love with her only because of her clumsiness – and it surely is one of the reasons. She is as clumsy as it gets. If she is eating, there will be glasses spilling , food will be all over the place, and cutlery will definitely fall. Her most embarrassing clumsy moment was in Venice. It was at a fine dining event and Judi Dench was sitting at the next table. Suddenly a bean went flying over – of course, it was from Richa’s plate. She calls it her Pretty Woman moment!”

But of all the glorious proposal stories you’ll ever hear, here’s the most heartwarmingly romantic woman. On being asked how Ali proposed, Richa said, “He had planned a romantic dinner on a small, secluded island in the Maldives. I thought it was for my birthday – I didn’t suspect a thing. We had finished eating and were sipping on champagne when Ali, being his spontaneous self, asked me to marry him. He didn’t go down on his knee, nor did he have a ring but that’s all right. After that he took a 10- minute long nap on the sand – I think it was because he may have been stressed about the proposal!”

After decades of celebrating stories of elaborate proposals, here’s a couple that committed to a lifetime of companionship with a simple promise of being there through thick and thin. Richa quotes Javed Akhtar’s iconic line, “Hamari dosti itni pakki hai ki shaadi bhi iska kuch nahi bigaad payi…”

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal pose together as a couple in their first magazine cover as a couple

They are probably one of Tinseltown’s most adorable couples, but how much do we really know about Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal? Besides a few details like they met on the sets of their film Fukrey and fell in love, the details about their love story are a well kept secret as the couple always maintained a low profile barring a few instances. Now, in a gorgeous magazine shoot for Brides Today’s June-July edition, the actors have spilled the story of how they went from best friends to life partners.

The couple was due to get married in April but the wedding was pushed owing to the ongoing global pandemic. In their first ever joint cover shoot together, weeks before the country went into lockdown, the couple paint a gorgeous picture together. Richa looks every bit as resplendent in her gorgeous lehengas, giving the world what a gorgeous bride she’d make and Ali looks his dapper best in his dulha attire. But all of it, what catches our eye is how happy they look, their eyes twinkling and heart’s content. 

For fans, the highlight from the cover issue be the journey and their complete love story.

Richa Chadha’s Quarantina series to now make its way to OTT?

Richa Chadha’s Quarantina series became a rage on the internet ever since the actress put up her first episode on her social media handles. In her two avatars as Quarantina and reporter Teena Singh, Richa has been bringing out some bizarre and funny news from all over the world. The series conceptualized, written, and shot by the actress herself has piqued curiosity on many OTT giants in the country. It is now being said that the actress has received an offer from a well-known comedy giant to produce the show for them.

A source tells us, “Richa’s impeccable comic timing has always been the talk of the town. With her Quarantina series, fans have been hooked to her social media handles. People have been religiously following it. A well known OTT platform has placed an offer to the actress to develop it as a weekly series for them. She continues to be the writer and helm the show creatively. The actress is contemplating the offer but is yet to give it her final nod.”

In an earlier interview, speaking about the series, she’d said, “The idea was to have fun. My intent is to make people laugh, unlike newsreaders whose intent seems to be to create disharmony in society. Quarantina is just a funny take on things as laughter is the best medicine and quite needed at this hour.”

Get ready to ROFL as Discovery Kids and Excel Entertainment launch the animated comic caper ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’

Dreams can be extremely powerful! But when desi-jugaad is applied to achieve dreams, it could lead to unimaginable chaos! You don’t believe it? Just ask Choocha, Hunny and Laali. Nobody knows more about the power of dreams better than these three!  The friends come together to do some masti which ultimately leads to Fukrapanti. Every time Choocha has an outlandish dream, Hunny tries to make sense of it by putting together an equally outlandish ‘desi jugaad’. While Laali tries to warn them, Bholi Punjaban is always in fray to sabotage the whole plan. But somehow, these motley crew of misfits manage to weasel their way out of trouble and get some good laughs along the way. Fukrey Boyzzz is a rib-tickling production that captures the innocent and harmless masti/mischief of kids. Get ready to ROFL starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids.

Discovery Kids, the leading kids’ channel from Discovery India, which revolutionized the Indian animation industry with ‘Little Singham’ – an animation series inspired by India’s most successful Supercop brand ‘Singham’, has teamed-up with Excel Entertainment to create this fun-filled laughter-riot based on super hit Bollywood franchise ‘Fukrey’ and ‘Fukrey Returns’.

Present at the launch of ‘Fukrey Boyzzz’ which was held in Mumbai on 25th September to introduce the new animation series, was the lead cast from Excel Entertainment’s movie Fukrey: Richa Chadha, Varun Sharma, Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh, film director Mrigdeep Lamba and film writer Vipul Vig.  Excel entertainment’s co-founder, Ritesh Sidhwani, Megha Tata, Managing Director – South Asia, Discovery and Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids were also present on the occasion.

“Fukrey Boyzzz is an apt representation of our ambition in the kids’ genre.  We will continue to innovate and invest heavily in the genre with an aim to be a consistent top 3 player,” said, Megha Tata, Managing Director-South Asia, Discovery. “We are also working towards skinning the Fukrey Boyzzz IP in multiple ways including launching branded merchandise.”

“The launch of Fukrey Boyzzz opens new horizons for us. We are making our foray into animation and are enamored with how this series has shaped-up. I am extremely excited to have characters from our Film Fukrey spread joy to everyone with their crazy antics at school,” said, Ritesh Sidhwani, Co-Founder, Excel Entertainment, as the show preview was unveiled.

Speaking about the show, Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids, said, “We are on a bold and fun journey to invest, invent and innovate our content to endearingly engage with as well as expand our audiences.  In the kids’ genre, there is plethora of content targeted at 4-8 years, however there is a prominent white space for content targeted at pre-teens broadly bracketed between 8-14 years old. With Fukrey Boyzzz and its hilarious ensemble of Choocha, Hunny, Lalli and Bholi, we are launching a new contemporary series which will have a much wider appeal. Infact, we are confident that this innocent fun feast will attract co-viewing – parents watching along with their children.”

Discovery Kids will launch Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12 in six languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and English.  The kids’ channel will launch an aggressive marketing campaign based on the core ethos of the show ‘Friends + Masti = Fukrapanti’.  Fukrey Boyzzz is produced by award winning production house ‘Paper boat’ for Discovery Kids. Watch the all new and exciting animation series Fukrey Boyzzz starting October 12th, 2019 at 1.30PM and 7.30PM every day, only on Discovery Kids!



Richa Chadha reveals on #4yearsofMasaan -“Neeraj had written Devi’s part keeping me in mind”

Masaan was written for her who would have thought that the heartbreaking story of Devi and Deepak would resonate for so long after Masaan had released. The film found a new surge of love on OTT platforms upon its release and has over time achieved a cult status amongst fans. As Richa Chadha, Vicky Kaushal and Neeraj Ghaywan celebrate four years of their memorable collaboration, Chadha fondly remembers the film as an opportunity of a lifetime.

She says, “The film was offered to me in 2012 immediately after Wasseypur;  Neeraj was an assistant on the film and that’s how we got to know each other better. Neeraj had written this part keeping me in mind. It’s the highest form of compliment for an actor when they are offered a tailor made part, when the maker has envisioned you in it even before there’s anything on paper. It will always be my most special film.”

Saif Ali Khan and Ali Fazal together for a horror comedy flick

The suave actors of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan and Ali Fazal are coming together for a comedy horror feature film titled Bhoot Police presented by one of the most reputed studios worldwide Fox Star Studios. The lead actors of country’s most successful video on demand series in recent, Sacred Games on Netflix and Mirzapur on Amazon Prime are now coming together to be seen on screen together. Fox Star Studios took to Twitter to announce the project which will be directed by Pavan Kripalani. The film also stars Dangal fame actress Fatema Sana Shaikh. The film goes on floors in August this year.

The tweet read – Bhoots beware! #PavanKirpalani  #SaifAliKhan @fattysanashaikh @alifazal9 are teaming up for #BhootPolice – a horror comedy in 3D! Shoot commences in August 2019. Presented by Fox Star Studios.

These 5 Bollywood pairs we would love to see romance on screen together!

It’s that time of the year when romance is in the air. As the world celebrates love across the globe, Indian cinema has been known to churn out some of the most iconic romantic movies, be it comedy or drama or the good old romance in a larger than life film. Actors who often act in such films become a hot topic of their chemistry and become romantic idols off screen too. People look upto on screen romance and romantic pairs and they’re often idolised for the dreamy world of romance. However there are often many pairs who have lead together in big ticket films but haven’t been cast romantically yet their chemistry and their pairing together works magically together and makes us want to definitely see than paired in a romantic interest too!

Here are 5 pairs of such actors who have worked together but we would love to see them on screen this time, as a romantic lead.

Yami Gautam and Vicky Kaushal

Their chemistry off screen on social media while promoting their massive hit film which  is still running in theatres , Uri couldn’t be ignored. The two looked amazing together off screen and the film has too done exceptionally well entering the 200 crore mark. Their amazing pairing in A high octane action film makes us wonder and crave to hopefully seem them together on screen, this time romantically

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal

While the duo have been on screen together, just not romantically. In the Fukrey franchise the two off screen real life couple never had too many scenes together. However since they went public in 2017 with their relationship, they have been on everyone’s top list to be featured together in a movie owing to the amazing off screen chemistry which is in equal measure adorable and sizzling!

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone

Definitely the top two good looking actors of Bollywood, were once almost to be seen on screen together. However the film eventually happened without them and these two amazingly equally talented and good looking actors were never paired together. However it would be a huge delight to their fans to see them together on screen!

Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan

Right from the time the episode of Sara Ali Khan’s debut on Koffee With Karan went on air, the media was abuzz with Sara’s comment of wanting to date Kartik. Instantly the internet was flooded with stories and fans pouring their messages to get these two actors on screen together. A lot has been said and done since then, now we can only wait and see as and when they actually get casted for a movie together. That would truly have a lot of their fans prayers answered. And for sure they would make for a oozing with chemistry pair on screen.

Katrina Kaif and Varun Dhawan

Much was spoken about the dance film of Katrina and Varun Dhawan coming together leaving their fans unanimously ecstatic. Soon after the reports of Katrina having said no to the

Film due to date clashes surfaced and the pair who had an amazing chemistry together even during their Koffee with Karan episode, the fans on the Internet are still waiting to see them together on screen.

Ali Fazal looks strikingly dapper on the cover of The Week Smart Life

Ali Fazal has graced the latest February cover of The Week Smart Life. Shot by the talented Subi Samuel, Ali looks his stylish best in a variety of suited up looks crafted by stylist Anisha Gandhi.

The title of the cover reads Hollywood Calling keeping in mind his great advent into the west with his work which he been garnering in Hollywood. After the release of Victoria and Abdul there’s been much buzz about his further work in the west one of which is a biopic based on the Iraqi War making him the first Indian to be starring in a biopic in the west.

On the work front here, Ali will next be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies releasing on 15th March followed by Prassthanam with Sanjay Dutt and the season 2 of the much successful series by Amazon Prime, Mirzapur.