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January 21, 2019

Pritam roped in for SRK's next flick

Songs composed by musician duo Vishal and Shekhar have been a constant fixture in Shah Rukh Khan’s recent films including Happy New Year (2014), Chennai Express (2013) and Ra One (2011). So it was a bit surprising to note that Pritam (right) had been roped in to do the music for SRK’s next project with Rohit Shetty.

It is well known in Bollywood that Honey Singh and Vishal and Shekhar share an acrimonious past. This is because the composer duo was upset when SRK roped in Yo Yo to sing the Lungi Dance track for Chennai Express. Vishal then launched a verbal tirade against the singer-rapper online. There had been no prior agreement for Honey to come on board.

According to the grapevine, it seems that due to past incidents they (SRK & Rohit) have made a conscious decision to work with Pritam in the next project.

Pritam has remained unavailable for comment and the makers, too, were tight-lipped about the music composers. However Just Bollywood managed to catch up with Vishal Dadlani and asked him to comment.

Vishal Dadlani: Odd. We were never supposed to do this film, so I don’t know where that’s coming from. I guess someone’s PR-people got a little over-enthusiastic. We’ve hardly been in Bombay for the last three months, having been on tour constantly, so no real idea or concern, either way. Of course, Shah Rukh, Rohit and Pritam are all good friends of ours, and we wish them the best.


Bollywood siblings who didn’t really make it

As it is, being a star child is hard enough. It’s worse in Bollywood because you always get compared to your parents, but it seems like being a star sibling can have just about the same effects on your career. Here are some star siblings who didn’t quite make it in Bollywood.



Kajol’s baby sister was written off right after her debut in Sssshhh(2003), which wasn’t really a problem because a shaky launch doesn’t seal anyone’s fate in tinsel town. Her disastrous decision to be a part of Neal ’n’ Nikki (2005), however, was the final nail in the coffin of Tanisha’s career. She went on to be a part of Bigg Boss and romanced Armaan Kohli, and we aren’t sure if that counts as success.



After a failed debut with Prem(1995), Sanjay’s career was lukewarm at best. Even big brothers Boney and Anil Kapoor couldn’t do anything to help. It seems that the only reason Sanjay is still around is because he is part of a star-studded clan.



It took Saif Ali Khan ten long years to make a mark in Bollywood, but he got there. Today, he is one of industry’s top actors. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about his sister Soha. She has been in the news more for her relationship with Kunal Khemu than for her films. Soha did give us a pleasant surprise in 2006 with Rang De Basanti, but it all went downhill again.



If you haven’t heard of Sonakshi Sinha’s elder brother, you aren’t the only one. With a debut as forgettable as Sadiyaan (2010), this was bound to happen. Looks like Sonakshi got all of Shotgun Sinha’s acting genes.



Ameesha Patel does not have a very high-flying career now, but she has tasted her fair-share of success. Her brother Ashmit, on the other hand, has been a disaster since he first appeared on-screen in Inteha(2003). A scandalous MMS, an appearance in Bigg Boss and a much talked about, whirlwind romance with Veena Malik hardly make him a Bollywood success.



Manisha Koirala is just as successful as Ameesha and has a brother who is even lesser known than Ashmit. Siddharth acted in a few films but failed to get noticed and had it not been for the last name, no one would have connected him to Manisha to begin with. His most memorable venture is Anwar (2007) probably because of the songs. The film flopped – so did Sid’s career.


Additional reporting by Shakun Saini


Keep calm and watch DDLJ

Fans of this cult movie that was released over 20 years ago were gasping in horror last week when it was said that its 1009 week run at the Maratha Mandir theatre would come to an end. The movie has been playing at that cinema since its release so understandably, fans were guttered to hear of this. Apparently the last show was supposed to be on February 19, but the Maratha Mandir management, flooded with requests and pleas, decided to reconsider their decision.

“We are very happy to announce that Raj & Simran will continue to draw audiences and reinforce the timeless romance the movie has embodied over the last two decades,” Yash Raj Films confirmed in a statement.

“Given this, it has been mutually decided to continue the screening in the same 11:30 am morning show - without breaking the uninterrupted run of the movie,” the production company added.

DDLJ released on October 19, 1995. The cult romantic film, which marked Aditya Chopra’s debut as a director, completed 1000 weeks in December last year.



Hema Malini made her Bollywood debut opposite Raj Kapoor.

A politician, Bahratnatyam dancer, mother of two, movie star, director and producer, Hema Malini juggles many hats. Very few must know that Hema Malini directed SRK’s first film Dil Aashiyana Hai but it released after Deewana, hence making it his debut in Bollywood.Hema Malini began her career with regional cinema when she performed as a dancer in a Tamil film in 1961.

In 1964, she was rejected by Tamil Director, C.V.Sridhar who thought she was too thin to act. She then performed as a dancer on the song Singara Therukku Sela from the 1963 Tamil film Idhu Sathiyam starring S A Asokan as the hero. She finally made her Bollywood debut opposite Raj Kapoor in the 1968 film Sapno Ka Saudagar which did not do well at the box office.

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