Koffee with Karan: Shahid Kapoor joins Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut on the couch

It looks like the wish of Shahid Kapoor’s fans of seeing him yet again on the couch of celebrity chat show, Koffee With Karan, has come true. We hear that Shahid will be joining Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut on filmmaker Karan Johar’s chat show to promote his upcoming release, Rangoon.

According to a DNA report, “It was at the insistence of the production house that the trio is being brought together. The show that worked because of the unique pairs brought to the couch now seems to be compromising. Filmmakers, as well as the actors, feel that they must also get something out of the show. While the channel gets its TRPs, most actors get into trouble when carried away by the tone of the show and end up saying controversial things. Now actors are not only cautious about what they say, they also insist that their presence must contribute to their film’s promotion. It’s give-and-take.”

Earlier, Alia Bhatt-Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan along with his Dangal girls too promoted their films on the show. Alia Bhatt didn’t mind getting grilled by Karan Johar for the second time as she shot another episode with Varun Dhawan to promote her next, Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

A source from the production confirmed, “When Shahid appeared on the show with Mira, it was one of the most popular episodes. So, when Saif-Kangana were shooting for the show, the team decided to bring in Shahid too, and he joined them!”

Ignoring their past connection — Shahid once dated Kareena who is now married to Saif — Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan have always shared a healthy equation and have embraced new friendship. But when you have Karan Johar brewing the Koffee of his witty questions on the other side of the couch, there is no way that you can walk out clean without spilling the beans.
The episode featuring the Rangoon trio will be aired a week prior to the release of Vishal Bharadwaj film. Rangoon is scheduled to release on February 24.

My next with Salman Khan will be a big musical: Sooraj Barjatya

Spilling the beans on his next collaboration with superstar Salman Khan, director Sooraj Barjatya has revealed that the yet-untitled film will be a grand musical. The filmmaker has also made it clear that it will not be a sequel to Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, contrary to what rumours had been suggesting.

“There’s something going on right now but I need to put it on paper. It is definitely not going to be Prem Ratan Dhan Payo 2, it is something different. It will be a full-on entertainer, a big musical,” Sooraj revealed in an interview, on the sidelines of the launch of his upcoming TV production Piya Albela, to be aired on March 6.

So, while his own film script is going to take some time, Sooraj is busy producing television shows. In December, he launched Swabhiman on Colors and now he is back with a Zee TV show, Piya Albela. Further, the director is set to bring two more shows in coming months. It seems Sooraj is enjoying developing content for television as the director-producer said that the medium gives him more scope than cinema to tell stories his way.

“There are so many stories which need to be told which I find easier to tell them on this medium than films. TV gives you time to evolve characters. I have made films of three hours duration or more, I have made those big films with music, many characters. Now to make a film in two hours, have 20-30 characters and justify them is tricky,” he said. While discussing content on television, Sooraj made a revelation that he has been a huge fan of Star Plus’ daily soap, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. “I have been a huge fan of that show and that’s because it is situational in nature, There are no villains or vamps, everything arises out of relatable situations. From a narrative point of view, I like Colors show, Shakti.”

Raees: Pakistanis condemn ban on Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan’s blockbuster

Pakistan’s ban on Bollywood thriller Raees sparked a social media backlash Wednesday, after the film featuring Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan was denounced for portraying Muslims as “terrorists”.

The government decision to bar the 2017 action film came after Pakistani cinemas lifted their own ban on Indian films.

Bollywood movies and Khan in particular are immensely popular in Pakistan and the film also stars a leading Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan.

But the industry has become a political battleground amid heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed states in the disputed Kashmir region.

The film “portrays Muslims as terrorists and violent people”, Mubahsar Hassan, chairman of the Pakistan Film Censor Board, told AFP.

A second official complained about the comparison between Muslims and Hindus. “This film gave a message that all Muslims do bad things and are involved in crimes while Hindus are gentlemen and they stop them from the dirty work,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.

But fans dismissed the concerns, with many arguing that art can be about politics but politics should have no place in art. “This ban on #Raees is an example of the kind of absurdities Pakistan’s moral crusaders and grovelling bureaucrats can attain on their own,” tweeted Pakistani film maker and journalist Hasan Zaidi.

“Ban on Indian movie Raees is a ban on #Mahira for her barely acting debut. Why Pak censor boards hate Mahira so much?” said writer Haji S Pasha.

Some, however, backed the censors.

Yasmeen Ali, a lawyer and univeristy professor, wrote, “I support the ban on #Raees owing to showing muslims of a particular sect of Islam conducting heinous crimes and being terrorists”.

Pakistani cinemas last October announced a ban on Indian films following strained relations between Islamabad and Delhi, lifting it only last month.

For its part, the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association banned Pakistani actors and technicians from working on Bollywood sets after last year’s tensions.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain seven decades ago, two of them over Kashmir.

The Pakistani censor board officials said other Bollywood films such as Kaabil and Ae Dil hai Mushkil can still be shown as they do not contain objectionable content.

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