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Anurag feels awkward about receiving wishes

Bollywood film-maker Anurag Kashyap, who turned 41 recently, has been overwhelmed by the plethora of wishes on a social networking platform. The director says he feels awkward about it.

The film-maker, known for movies like ‘Dev D’ and ‘Gangs of Wasseypur,’ also shares that he wants to watch the Kannada film ‘Lucia’ as his birthday gift. “’Baap re’... So many wishes... I am awkward while taking birthday wishes.

So a collective thank you to all. My birthday gift to myself would be ‘Lucia,’” his post on Twitter says. Kashyap, who is married to actress Kalki Koechlin, is currently busy with his latest film ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor.

 ‘Bombay Velvet’ is based on Indian historian Gyan Prakash’s ‘Mumbai Fables’ and it is the story of how the city became a metropolis against the backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz music.

Naseeruddin-starrer for Oscar

The official entry for the Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ from Pakistan is Zinda Bhaag, a Lahore-set comedy by Pakistani director Farjad Nabi and Indian film-maker Meenu Gaur. The movie stars Naseeruddin Shah and features Indian technicians.

   Zinda Bhaag will be released in Pakistan on September 20. According to sources, Naseeruddin is a Lahori gangster in the movie.

   A humourous look at the hopes and aspirations of ordinary Pakistanis, Zinda Bhaag marks the feature film debut of Meenu and Farjad, who have previously made documentaries together.

   This is the first time in 50 years that Pakistan is sending a movie for consideration in the foreign language film category. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the final nominees in the category on January 8. The Academy Awards will be given out on February 23.

 ‘Gunday’ in Oman

Director Ali Abbas Zafar is back in Mumbai after scouting for locations for his next movie Gunday in Oman.

 The film-maker’s post on Twitter says, “I was in Oman scouting locations for Gunday. Now back in Mumbai.” The film stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

The film is said to be based on a lot of real life events that took place between 1971 and 1988. It releases on February 14, next year.

The director is popularly known for the film Meri Brother Ki Dulhan starring Imran Khan and Katrina Kaif. Though the movie received mixed responses the director came into limelight through this film.  

New fan for Salman

It seems like Salman Khan’s popularity among women is ever growing. The actor now
has a new die-hard fan!

This time it’s actress Mandana Karimi, who is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Vikram Bhatt’s Bhaag Johnny.

The debutante is super-charmed by Sallu’s clothing brand. Mandana is keen to find out how she can be associated with Salman’s cause in some way or the other.

And if you think Mandana is enamoured by Salman’s looks, marital status or movies, you’re wrong! All she wants is to reach out and help people grow in their endeavours and be their best. But why the special interest in Salman’s brand? “It’s not about Salman; it’s about the cause I have been working for. I hail from Iran and have seen a lot of conflict and emotional upheavals while growing up.

That’s a huge reason why being human comes above everything else in my life,” explains Mandana. It’s not just Salman’s generosity that attracts people, looks like everything associated with the actor keeps him in news.

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Party time for Vivek

Actor Vivek Oberoi is in a party mood as his latest release Grand Masti, an adult comedy replete with double entendre, has earned Rs 26 crore in two days. Written by Milap Zaveri, the film has been made at a budget of Rs 35 crore.

It has earned brickbats from critics for innuendos and suggestive leery double-meaning dialogues.

   But Vivek, whose movies like ‘Prince’ and ‘Mission Istaanbul’ bombed at the box office, is undeterred by the criticism and wants to enjoy the success that has come to him after a long time.

“Party! Milap. After a humongous start, Grand Masti earned even better than Friday on Saturday with Rs 13.5 crore! Grand total is now Rs 26 crore in just two days!”, Vivek’s post on Twitter says.

   Directed by Indra Kumar, Grand Masti also features Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Sonalee Kulkarni, Kainaat Arora, Maryam Zakaria, Manjari Phadnis,
Karishma Tanna and Bruna Abdullah.

   Vivek missed Riteish, who is busy shooting for Sajid Khan’s Humshakals.
   “Missing @Riteishd my darling Masti-Khor, wish you were here to party and celebrate with us bhauuuuu! Incomplete without you man! Come back na! (sic),” Vivek’s post says.

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