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Ghayal Once Again: Slim Sunny tackles baddies

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According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the sequel to Ghayal that is currently being shot is called Ghayal Once Again contrary to reports that it was being called Ghayal 2 or Ghayal Returns. Buzz is, the film will take-off from where Rajkumar Santoshi left off and is based on a real-life event in the life of a Mumbai Police encounter specialist. After the project changed hands from directors Ashwini Chaudhury to Rahul Rawail, Sunny Deol stepped in to direct the sequel himself. The script too had to be changed thrice. According to reports, Sunny who is also co-producing the film, looked toned as he chased the baddie on the streets. The actor had won the National Award for the film and might be hoping to repeat the feat with its sequel. Starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri, Ghayal was India's answer to the Rambo series and Sunny Deol sure made a great Sylvester Stallone. The film had also done well at the box-office when it released, back in 1990.

Here are some other sequels that seem promising. 

Bollywood sequels to look forward to in 2015

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Mardaani: According to a report in Mid-day, last year's release Mardaani might soon have a sequel. The YRF film dealt with the sensitive issue of child trafficking. Apparently YRF's head honcho, Aditya Chopra has asked the film's director, Pradeep Sarkar to script a sequel to the film. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that Sarkar had earlier narrated a story but the makers didn't find it worthy of a sequel and hence are waiting to get the right script for their film. The story also has the potential to turn into a full-fledged franchise with Rani's character dealing with issues, one at a time. The director has also confirmed the possibility of a sequel but insists that the right content is needed for the film which entails a lot of research too. 

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Kick: If reports are to be believed, a sequel to Sajid Nadiadwala's blockbuster hit of the year, Kick, is already underway. According to a report in DNA, Sajid Nadiadwala has registered the title Devil which implies that talks of a sequel are on. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that Sajid Nadiadwala was very happy with the response that the 'Devil' song garnered and post rumours that the sequel would be called Devil, Sajid thought it would be apt to register the title. However, the source also insists that Sajid is quite busy with his production ventures what with Saif-Katrina's Phantom, Ranbir-Deepika's Tamasha, Varun-John-Jacqueline's Dhishoom, Tiger Shroff's next and Akshay-Abhishek-Riteish's Housefull 3, lined up for release in the 2015 and 2016. In such a situation, it would be impossible for the filmmaker to direct a film. Salman too has many films in his kitty to be able to allot dates to the sequel. The source hence speculates that the film can only go on the floors after two years. 

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Don: When the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don 2 hit theatres in 2011, the film's director Farhan Akhtar told a section of the media, "I need a break from action films. As a director, it's my right to explore different things." Three years after that dismissal, Farhan is returning to direction and the genre with the third part of the Don franchise. And SRK will again lead the cast. Confirming this, Farhan's business partner, Ritesh Sidhwani said:"How can I do Don without Don? SRK is Don and Don is SRK."The film has been in the works for some time and buzz is that Farhan, Ritesh and their team have already completed almost 50 per cent of the script. Mirror has it that the actor had several meetings with Farhan and Ritesh during a short break after the release of Chennai Express in 2013. He has since met the duo several more times to fine tune the modalities of for the third instalment of the commercially successful franchise. However the film's leading lady has not yet been cast. Priyanka Chopra had toplined the cast in the first two instalments. 

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Welcome: After the success of Welcome (2007), director Anees Bazmee is all set to direct the film's sequel, Welcome Back. While the original starred Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat and Feroz Khan, Welcome Back will also be a multi-starrer with a stellar star cast that includes the likes of John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia and Shruti Haasan, to name a few. Welcome Back is slated for a January 23 release. Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are expected to reprise their roles of Uday Shankar Shetty and Majnu Bhai from the original and the music for this film has been composed by Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand. 

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OMG - Oh My God!: Umesh Shukla's 2012 release, OMG – Oh My God! is slated to have a sequel. This satirical comedy has been adapted from the Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji. Based on the concept of blind faith in God and how a common man dares to sue Him, the film did extremely well at the box-office, which is probably why the makers are gearing-up for a sequel which is expected to release on February 15. According to a report on bollywoodhungama.com, actors Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar will co-produce the sequel. 

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ABCD - Any Body Can Dance: Ace choreographer-turned-director Remo D'Souza is making a sequel to his 3D dance film, ABCD: Anybody Can Dance, that released in 2013. While ABCD had a series of professional dancers including Prabhu Dheva, Salman Yusuff Khan, Lauren Gottlieb and Punit Pathak alongside Kay Kay Menon, the sequel will feature the newest heartthrob in Bollywood - Varun Dhawan. Joining him will be the pretty and petite actress Shraddha Kapoor. While Varun plays a waiter in the sequel, Shraddha plays a hairdresser. ABCD 2 is slated for release on June 26. 

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No Entry: Salman Khan is on a roll. After the stupendous success of Kick, the actor is busy shooting for Sooraj Barjatiya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, wherein he plays a double role, that of Prem and Ratan. Now we learn that the actor will also play a double role in Anees Bazmee's No Entry Mein Entry, which is a sequel to Bazmee's 2005 flick, No Entry. A Bollywood Hungama report says that the director is busy re-working the physical appearance of the two characters played by Salman in No Entry Mein Entry. Interestingly, Salman will be called Prem in this film too which is expected to release in 2015. Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan will join the cast in the sequel. 

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Tanu weds Manu: Anand L Rai's Tanu Weds Manu stunned everyone with a fair box-office collection. The film which released in 2011, starred R Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut and Jimmy Shergill - all of whom will also be seen in the film's sequel. Kangana will play a double role in the film - one as Tanu, who is married to Manu (R Madhavan) and the other as a Haryanvi athlete. Director Anand L Rai was quoted saying in an interview to The Times of India that while the first film delves in pre-marital complexities, the sequel explores conflict in marital life. "The plot is funnier, more twisted, and my cast is having a blast. They will journey through Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi and parts of Haryana and London too," said Anand. 

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The Xpose: The Himesh Reshammiya-starrer is also ready for a sequel. Starring Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sonali Raut and Zoya Afroz, besides the musician-turned-actor, the film has been directed by Anant Mahadevan. Himesh is apparently very excited about the sequel. In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, Himesh was quoted saying, "I'm truly excited for the sequel of The Xpose and happy for my dad, that I have given him a hit franchise as he is the official producer of the film." The sequel is expected to release on May 29. 

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Interesting trivia on Vikram starrer 'I'

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1Superstar Rajinikanth was the first to hear the idea of I from director Shankar, way back in 1996, following the release of the latter's film, Hindustani/Indian. Skeptical about the subject, Rajinikanth refused it and did two other films with Shankar, Sivaji- The Boss and Robot/Enthiran.

2Vikram essays three avatars in the sci-fi romantic thriller - a body builder, a hunchback and a werewolf.

3Vikram's bodybuilder character considers Arnold Schwarzenegger his role model. His hairstyle is also inspired by the Hollywood action hero, who attended I's audio launch in Chennai last year.

4Hollywood VFX and Props specialist Richard Taylor's team that worked on The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, the hobbit and many others, has created the special effects and props for this film at Peter Jackson's company, Weta Workshop.

5Additional prosthetic make-up for the film was done by Dominie Till and Christien Tinsley, who worked on Amitabh Bachchan's 'Auro' look in Paa.

6The costumes have been designed by Mary E Vogt, credited with Men In Black series and Batman Returns among many others.

7This is the tenth time legendary composer A R Rahman is collaborating with the techwiz director Shankar.

8The song 'Issaq Taari', said to be one of the most expensive songs in Indian cinema, sees heroine Amy Jackson converting into a mobile phone, a robot, a bubble, bike and even a pair of dumbbells.

9Chinese martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, who has worked on films like Snake In The Eagle's Shadow, Drunken Master, The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill Vol I and II among others, had designed the action for I.

10Asin and Priyanka Chopra were reportedly considered to play Vikram's leading lady. Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who had signed on, opted out citing date issues. Eventually, Amy Jackson signed up for the part.

11'Azhagan' and 'Aanazhagan' were the alternate titles, but since they were already used, Shankar decided that a single alphabet would be the title. Since I also meant beauty and explained the character of the protagonist, the alphabet was finalised as the title.

12Vikram also went bald for the film as he reportedly felt that would make changing his looks in the film easier.

13The hunchback character was the most difficult to sketch and the look was created by Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop.

14The shooting began with a two-month spell in Chennai in July 2012, followed by a 50-day schedule in nine locations in China's Hunan province. The patchwork shoot and dubbing was completed in September 2014.

15Real cyclists of China were used for a cycle fight sequence picturised in the northern Hunan province.

16For the song, 'Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal', Vikram and Amy shot in the scenic locales of Red Seabeach in Panjin and Li river in Guilin.

17One song required Vikram to wear bulky costumes. To be able to carry such heavy outfits, the actor had to gain weight. At the time of shooting, he weighed 110 kilos.

18I releases in India in four languages, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

19A sneak preview of the teaser and the song 'Ennodu Nee Irundhaal' was hosted for the critics last August. Interestingly, the teaser carried a dummy music score that was not composed by AR. Rahman.

20The complete teaser trailer, lacking decipher ability, was leaked on the internet on 2 September 2014. The person who leaked it reportedly even informed the team and challenged them to take action against him. After further inquiries, it was revealed that the culprit broke into producer V Ravichandran's office during the night and copied the teaser. However, Ravichandran refused to make changes to the leaked teaser, and planned to release it as per the original schedule.

21Ravichandran earlier had stated that the film would be releasing on October 23, 2014. But the release was pushed due to extensive post-production.

22Apart from Hindi, the film is also being dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. Vikram used to shuttle between Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad to dub in these languages everyday.

23It used to take almost 4-5 hours to complete Vikram's make over for a particular character in the film.

24I is the first Indian movie to be associated with Weta Workshop. This special effects company is based in New Zealand.

GOOFS

1Dr Vasudevan is shown as the only doctor available and is an expert on everything – from guiding body-builders in the gym to diagnosing Lingesan's serious condition.

2Lingesan is rich as a supermodel but when he gets infected, just before his wedding, he runs straight to Dr Vasudevan and does not seek second opinion from other doctors before giving up on his life.

3When Lingesan's friend poses as a reporter to check on the injured ad filmmaker, stylist and weight-lifter, he easily sneaks into their hospital wards with an I-card which is not checked properly by anyone.

4Indra Kumar is very rich but does not have any security at his farmhouse and Lingesan easily ventures inside with his ice-cream cart and attacks him. He even steals his gun without being caught by the security guards.

5When Indra Kumar is threatened by Lingesan near the poolside before the bee-attack, he could have easily saved himself by jumping into the water. But he simply waits to be attacked by the bees.

6Lee and Diya shoot for an advertisement film for I Perfumes in China for such an extensive period. They could have wrapped up a feature film in that duration.

7The flashback and flash-forward story telling is very confusing. For instance, when the hunchback takes revenge on the make up artist, one cannot tell whether the sequence is happening in India or China.

8Showing Amy in a school uniform doesn't help in passing her off as a 10-year-old. She looks young but definitely cannot pass off as being 10.

9Why does Amy's mother use the local doctor for her plumbing complaints? Ok, he is the handyman of the family. Yet, it's a bit much to say that he will make himself available for every household chore.

10Upen Patel, a super model whose contracts are signed in advance, accepts Rs. 6000/-as his fee for endorsing a local product that too after the job is done. This never happens in the advertising world. Money is always decided before the shooting of the ad film is done.


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Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film, especially since the film is a crime thriller.

Plot Summary:

Lingesan (Vikram), a deformed hunchback who was once a body builder and a handsome model, seeks revenge on another male model who is responsible for ruining his life.

His story unfolds in a small town in Tamil Nadu. Lingesan is the local body-building champion. He gets crowned Mr Tamil Nadu. He ends up angering another gym guy called Ravi. The two even break into a fight, where Lingesan beats him hands down. Ravi therefore vows revenge.

On the personal front, Lingesan's friend Babu (Santhanam) and his parents are aware that he is crazy about super-model Diya (Amy Jackson). In fact, they tease him because he buys all the products -- from sanitary napkins to ladies night-dresses just because Diya endorses them.

Lingesan, who lands small commercials for health products, one day, gets a chance to model with Diya. It so happens that Diya, who was earlier a hit pair with another super-model John (Upen Patel), is fed up of his flirtatious ways. She wants to get rid of John, so she befriends Lingesan and makes him her new ad-hero. The two of them travel to China to shoot for a perfume advertisement. Over there, they discover feelings for one another. While Lingesan actually admires Diya, she pretends to love him. After a small misunderstanding, they truly fall in love with one another. However, there is friction because a gay make-up artiste also falls in love with Lingesan, who is now called Lee.

When Lee refuses to reciprocate, the gay guy is annoyed. Back in India Lee becomes the reigning male super model and John wants to destroy him. An advertising boss also hates Lee because he is too honest and principled and refuses to do a soft-drink commercial for him (ad boss).

All the guys who hate Lee, with the help of a local doctor, inject him with the Influenza virus. This virus is so deadly that Lee starts to lose his hair and teeth. He also develops boils all over his body and becomes a hunchback. Since he is deformed, he distances himself from Diya though he had earlier promised to marry her. He is afraid of her rejection, especially since he is now a hunchback.

By a strange twist of fate, Lee is forced to kidnap Diya and take her to a hideout. Even while she is trying to figure out why this hunchback has kidnapped her, Lee keeps stepping out of his secret place and taking revenge on the men who made his life a living hell.

While trying to escape from the ugly deformed man's clutches, Diya discovers Lee's phone in his pocket. She then realises that the hunchback is actually Lingesan, her beau, who has been wrecked by the bad guys. She resolves to stick to her love and takes Lee with her to a beautiful home that they made together. Out there Diya slowly nurses him back to his original physical form and they live happily ever after.

(Do not proceed. Stop reading the plot summary right now if you don't want the crucial climax to be revealed)

Spoiler ahead - (Climax)

The doctor in the film, Vasudev (Suresh Gopi) who is Lee's benefactor is also the family doctor for Diya and her mother. This guy is two-faced; a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He is a pervert who is fantasizing about young Diya and hopes to marry her someday. While he doesn't let his secret feelings out till after the interval, he is the one who gives Lee the I (influenza) virus injection that makes him a deformed creature. The doctor is jealous because Lee and Diya are growing close. Of course, Lee takes revenge on all the five men who made his life a living hell, turn by turn. He sets the bodybuilder on fire; he ensures John is electrocuted in a fight on the train top; he mixes some hair-growing hormones in the gay make-up guy's beauty cream; he sets a beehive loose on the advertising guru after covering him with honey so that he gets stung; finally he injects the doctor with the same I virus and deforms him.

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Miley Cyrus appears naked again!

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Miley Cyrus is at it again. The pop singer has posted a picture of herself on Instagram where she is seen masturbating. Along with posting the picture above, Miley also wrote, "A masturbate a day keeps the haters away."

This is not the first time that the pop sensation has caused an uproar with her appearance. Let's take a look at Miley's other controversial outings... 

Miley Cyrus' most controversial outings

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The actor-singer has posed naked for the cover of 'V' magazine. Shedding off her clothes doesn't seem to be an issue for this actress who has appeared in the nude on many earlier occasions as well. In the picture above, Miley appears to have covered only the essentials with the bare minimum. However, in the other pictures for the magazine, Miley is seen stark naked in a bubble bath with the froth placed strategically. 

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The controversial pop music sensation is known for her rather audacious gestures. So it hardly comes as a surprise that Miley was seen biting off the head of a Barbie doll when she attended the Jeremy Scott and Moschino Party in association with Barbie. According to a report in Mid-day, the singer-actress was seen posing with a Barbie, dressed in a bright pink ensemble from Scott's Barbie collection for the Italian label Moschino. Being completely in her element, the singer took it a step ahead by eating the Barbie doll's head. 

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Miley Cyrus sported Lil' Kim daring outfit for the Halloween night. The controversial star took to Twitter to show off her tribute to Lil' Kim's dress that she wore in 1999, that has just a sequin pasty on one side. 

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For a song 'Wrecking Ball' of her fourth studio album Bangerz, Miley Cyrus went nude for the cameras. In the video, a nude Cyrus straddles a swinging wrecking ball, licks a sledge-hammer and smashes up few walls for good measure. The video had close-up scenes of Cyrus tearfully singing the song. 

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Miley Cyrus hit the stage with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards to perform to his hit track 'Blurred Lines,' but her 'twerking' dance moves and controversial outfit led to several complaints to America's broadcasting regulator, The Federal Communications Commission. 

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Miley Cyrus revealed a penis doodle drawn onto her underwear by pulling up a brown dress in a new advert for UK's Love Magazine. The 21-year-old singer is seen yelling 'Merry Christmas love' in the magazine's calendar countdown, while sticking out her tongue in-between her two fingers, according to a magazine report. 

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Miley Cyrus had made headlines for smoking pot during her acceptance speech for 'Best Video' at the 'MTV European Music Awards'. The singer has made it very clear that she is not bothered about people's reaction on her onstage antics. The 20-year-old singer took to Twitter saying that "sometimes in life, you just got to decide to not give a f**k", a magazine reported. 

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Miley Cyrus performed in semi nude attire at iHeartRadio Music Festival. Cyrus exposing herself to the fullest, sang into a faux banana microphone and lightened up the stage. The 20-year-old entertainer wore a completely sheer outfit with nipple pasties covering her breasts and dominatrix-style panties. 

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Amitabh Bachchan has no time for Obama?

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According to a report in Mid-day, Amitabh Bachchan might not be able to attend the Republic Day parade that will have American President, Barack Obama, as the chief guest. The report states that though the superstar has been invited for the event and will be present in India on January 26, he might not be able to attend the parade due to other commitments. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that though he had initially agreed to be a part of the Republic Day celebrations, he is expected to attend some promotional events for his soon-to-release film, Shamitabh and hence might not be able to fly down to Delhi. Another source has been quoted in the report as saying that since Big B had already started the promotions, it will be practically impossible for him to fly in and out of town in a day.

Bollywood is heading to an all new revolution in its promotional strategies for films. B-town stars are now devising new ways of promoting their films other than simple press conferences and public appearances. Check out the various unique strategies adopted by Bollywood actors. 

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According to a Mid-day report, newcomer Sapna Pabbi plans to have 'midnight chats' with men to promote her erotic thriller Khamoshiyan. Sapna, who will make her debut with Khamoshiyan, will be chatting with men post midnight on social networking sites, states the report. The report quoted a source, "The idea is to promote her upcoming film. As the film is an erotic thriller, the chat will be fun and flirtatious. However, the questions will be filtered." 

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Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar had a fun time at an innovative promotional event held for Kill Dil. The actors sprayed graffiti on a wall at Mahim. It was reported in mid-day that the BMC painted all over their graffiti, as it did not convey a social message and the actors then went on to re-paint the wall, this time with a social message. 

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Vidya Balan is one of the few Bollywood actors who never shy away from going overboard for the promotion of their films. The then single actress was at her daring best at the promotions of her film Kahaani as she moved around with a huge baby bump at all events. The actress played the role of a pregnant woman in the superhit film and did not mind flaunting her huge bump off screen. 

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The makers of the horror film 3 AM considered carrying out the promotions at popular haunted places. The film's promotions were as scary as the film itself. The film featured VJ and anchor Rannvijay Singh and Anindita Nayar. The 3 AM team even went scouting for such places which were convenient to access and were also sorting permissions from the required authorities. However, the actors were not so eager on the idea and had to be convinced to go ahead with such spooky promotions. 

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Hrithik Roshan devised a simple but unique strategy ahead of the release of his film Bang Bang. On the lines of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, Hrithik gave 'BangBangDare' to his Bollywood buddies on Twitter. The actor dared Shah Rukh Khan to show a picture doing his favourite abs exercise whereas he asked Sonam Kapoor to share the collection of her craziest smiles on the success of Khoobsurat. The first one to take up Hrithik's challenge was Priyanka Chopra who performed a handstand with three push ups in heels. 

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Vidya Balan was not the first Bollywood A-lister to fool people in disguises ahead of her film's promotions. Aamir Khan, who played a genius in 3 Idiots with a suspicious identity, went missing as a part of a unique hide-and-seek strategy. Mr Perfectionist as he is called, gave seven clues about his location and challenged people to spot him if they could. Aamir Khan made public appearances in disguises and the first clue was dropped by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to identify him. 

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While Vidya Balan is already an expert in promoting her films in her unique ways, UTV Motion Pictures promoted her film Ghanchakkar, also starring Emraan Hashmi, by announcing a nationwide treasure hunt. The filmmakers gave fans a chance to win Rs 1 lakh for finding the treasure. As part of the game, money was hidden in 16 cities across the country and the contestants were given clues to find it. This not only made the moviegoers curious but also gave them a chance to win some quick money. 

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Vidya Balan always sinks into her character so deep that it gets hard to differentiate her reel self from the real. The critically acclaimed actress took the promotions of her film Bobby Jasoos to a higher level by turning up in her 'detective' avatar. The actress who even fooled her father, went ahead to ask Hrithik Roshan for alms while being dressed as a beggar. Vidya Balan left Hrithik irritated who even called out to his bodyguards to throw the beggar out. 

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Rani Mukerji brought in action a less popular promotional strategy for her film Mardaani. The diva ditched star-studded events and rather flocked to small towns to meet real Mardaanis across the country. Playing a cop in the film, Rani felicitated a woman sub-inspector Pushpa Yadav in Jhansi besides meeting Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel and Pune Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar. She also celebrated Independence Day with the jawans in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of her film's release. 

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Sonali goes rehearsing on bicycle

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Sonali Kulkarni is busy in her theatre assignments these days. But this talented actress surely does know how to keep her fitness levels up to the mark while balancing her hectic schedule.

Setting an example for all who give excuses, recently, Sonali rode on a bicycle for the rehearsals of her play- 'Gardish Mein Taare'. She also uploaded a photo on twitter where she is spotted riding the bicycle wearing track pants, jacket and sunglasses. The actress wrote: "Cycling zindabad! Early morning I cycled to the rehearsal of my play near Prithvi theater, Juhu. Reached bang on time. Feeling energetic" (sic).
Director Sachin Kundalkar was one of the first people to praise the actress for her stint. Calling it as an encouraging act, the director also confessed that he is ashamed of his idleness when it comes to following a proper fitness regime!

Well, not only her fans, but seems like Sonali's act has also triggered her friends from the industry to follow suit.

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Big B to promote Shamitabh in Chennai

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Chennai is going to have a special guest this week. And it's none other than the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan who will be coming to namma city to promote his upcoming offering Shamitabh along with Dhanush and Akshara Haasan, who is making her tinsel town debut with the film. The film is directed by R Balki of Cheeni Kum and Paa fame, music maestro Ilaiyaraaja has scored the music and PC Sreeram has cranked the camera. With all these talents present under one roof, it's going to be star-studded extravaganza for Chennaiites. The team will be meeting the media and other Chennaiites at Sathyabhama University on January 23. Big B had come to Chennai to promote Paa as well, which also comprised the same director, musician and cinematographer.
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Amitabh Bachchan has no time for Obama?

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 23 Januari 2015 | 21.44

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According to a report in Mid-day, Amitabh Bachchan might not be able to attend the Republic Day parade that will have American President, Barack Obama, as the chief guest. The report states that though the superstar has been invited for the event and will be present in India on January 26, he might not be able to attend the parade due to other commitments. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that though he had initially agreed to be a part of the Republic Day celebrations, he is expected to attend some promotional events for his soon-to-release film, Shamitabh and hence might not be able to fly down to Delhi. Another source has been quoted in the report as saying that since Big B had already started the promotions, it will be practically impossible for him to fly in and out of town in a day.

Bollywood is heading to an all new revolution in its promotional strategies for films. B-town stars are now devising new ways of promoting their films other than simple press conferences and public appearances. Check out the various unique strategies adopted by Bollywood actors. 

Bollywood stars' new promotional tactics

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According to a Mid-day report, newcomer Sapna Pabbi plans to have 'midnight chats' with men to promote her erotic thriller Khamoshiyan. Sapna, who will make her debut with Khamoshiyan, will be chatting with men post midnight on social networking sites, states the report. The report quoted a source, "The idea is to promote her upcoming film. As the film is an erotic thriller, the chat will be fun and flirtatious. However, the questions will be filtered." 

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Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar had a fun time at an innovative promotional event held for Kill Dil. The actors sprayed graffiti on a wall at Mahim. It was reported in mid-day that the BMC painted all over their graffiti, as it did not convey a social message and the actors then went on to re-paint the wall, this time with a social message. 

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Vidya Balan is one of the few Bollywood actors who never shy away from going overboard for the promotion of their films. The then single actress was at her daring best at the promotions of her film Kahaani as she moved around with a huge baby bump at all events. The actress played the role of a pregnant woman in the superhit film and did not mind flaunting her huge bump off screen. 

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The makers of the horror film 3 AM considered carrying out the promotions at popular haunted places. The film's promotions were as scary as the film itself. The film featured VJ and anchor Rannvijay Singh and Anindita Nayar. The 3 AM team even went scouting for such places which were convenient to access and were also sorting permissions from the required authorities. However, the actors were not so eager on the idea and had to be convinced to go ahead with such spooky promotions. 

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Hrithik Roshan devised a simple but unique strategy ahead of the release of his film Bang Bang. On the lines of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, Hrithik gave 'BangBangDare' to his Bollywood buddies on Twitter. The actor dared Shah Rukh Khan to show a picture doing his favourite abs exercise whereas he asked Sonam Kapoor to share the collection of her craziest smiles on the success of Khoobsurat. The first one to take up Hrithik's challenge was Priyanka Chopra who performed a handstand with three push ups in heels. 

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Vidya Balan was not the first Bollywood A-lister to fool people in disguises ahead of her film's promotions. Aamir Khan, who played a genius in 3 Idiots with a suspicious identity, went missing as a part of a unique hide-and-seek strategy. Mr Perfectionist as he is called, gave seven clues about his location and challenged people to spot him if they could. Aamir Khan made public appearances in disguises and the first clue was dropped by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar to identify him. 

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While Vidya Balan is already an expert in promoting her films in her unique ways, UTV Motion Pictures promoted her film Ghanchakkar, also starring Emraan Hashmi, by announcing a nationwide treasure hunt. The filmmakers gave fans a chance to win Rs 1 lakh for finding the treasure. As part of the game, money was hidden in 16 cities across the country and the contestants were given clues to find it. This not only made the moviegoers curious but also gave them a chance to win some quick money. 

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Vidya Balan always sinks into her character so deep that it gets hard to differentiate her reel self from the real. The critically acclaimed actress took the promotions of her film Bobby Jasoos to a higher level by turning up in her 'detective' avatar. The actress who even fooled her father, went ahead to ask Hrithik Roshan for alms while being dressed as a beggar. Vidya Balan left Hrithik irritated who even called out to his bodyguards to throw the beggar out. 

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Rani Mukerji brought in action a less popular promotional strategy for her film Mardaani. The diva ditched star-studded events and rather flocked to small towns to meet real Mardaanis across the country. Playing a cop in the film, Rani felicitated a woman sub-inspector Pushpa Yadav in Jhansi besides meeting Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel and Pune Police Commissioner Meeran Borwankar. She also celebrated Independence Day with the jawans in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of her film's release. 

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Interesting trivia on Vikram starrer 'I'

TRIVIA

1Superstar Rajinikanth was the first to hear the idea of I from director Shankar, way back in 1996, following the release of the latter's film, Hindustani/Indian. Skeptical about the subject, Rajinikanth refused it and did two other films with Shankar, Sivaji- The Boss and Robot/Enthiran.

2Vikram essays three avatars in the sci-fi romantic thriller - a body builder, a hunchback and a werewolf.

3Vikram's bodybuilder character considers Arnold Schwarzenegger his role model. His hairstyle is also inspired by the Hollywood action hero, who attended I's audio launch in Chennai last year.

4Hollywood VFX and Props specialist Richard Taylor's team that worked on The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, the hobbit and many others, has created the special effects and props for this film at Peter Jackson's company, Weta Workshop.

5Additional prosthetic make-up for the film was done by Dominie Till and Christien Tinsley, who worked on Amitabh Bachchan's 'Auro' look in Paa.

6The costumes have been designed by Mary E Vogt, credited with Men In Black series and Batman Returns among many others.

7This is the tenth time legendary composer A R Rahman is collaborating with the techwiz director Shankar.

8The song 'Issaq Taari', said to be one of the most expensive songs in Indian cinema, sees heroine Amy Jackson converting into a mobile phone, a robot, a bubble, bike and even a pair of dumbbells.

9Chinese martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, who has worked on films like Snake In The Eagle's Shadow, Drunken Master, The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill Vol I and II among others, had designed the action for I.

10Asin and Priyanka Chopra were reportedly considered to play Vikram's leading lady. Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who had signed on, opted out citing date issues. Eventually, Amy Jackson signed up for the part.

11'Azhagan' and 'Aanazhagan' were the alternate titles, but since they were already used, Shankar decided that a single alphabet would be the title. Since I also meant beauty and explained the character of the protagonist, the alphabet was finalised as the title.

12Vikram also went bald for the film as he reportedly felt that would make changing his looks in the film easier.

13The hunchback character was the most difficult to sketch and the look was created by Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor's Weta Workshop.

14The shooting began with a two-month spell in Chennai in July 2012, followed by a 50-day schedule in nine locations in China's Hunan province. The patchwork shoot and dubbing was completed in September 2014.

15Real cyclists of China were used for a cycle fight sequence picturised in the northern Hunan province.

16For the song, 'Pookkalae Sattru Oyivedungal', Vikram and Amy shot in the scenic locales of Red Seabeach in Panjin and Li river in Guilin.

17One song required Vikram to wear bulky costumes. To be able to carry such heavy outfits, the actor had to gain weight. At the time of shooting, he weighed 110 kilos.

18I releases in India in four languages, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.

19A sneak preview of the teaser and the song 'Ennodu Nee Irundhaal' was hosted for the critics last August. Interestingly, the teaser carried a dummy music score that was not composed by AR. Rahman.

20The complete teaser trailer, lacking decipher ability, was leaked on the internet on 2 September 2014. The person who leaked it reportedly even informed the team and challenged them to take action against him. After further inquiries, it was revealed that the culprit broke into producer V Ravichandran's office during the night and copied the teaser. However, Ravichandran refused to make changes to the leaked teaser, and planned to release it as per the original schedule.

21Ravichandran earlier had stated that the film would be releasing on October 23, 2014. But the release was pushed due to extensive post-production.

22Apart from Hindi, the film is also being dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. Vikram used to shuttle between Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad to dub in these languages everyday.

23It used to take almost 4-5 hours to complete Vikram's make over for a particular character in the film.

24I is the first Indian movie to be associated with Weta Workshop. This special effects company is based in New Zealand.

GOOFS

1Dr Vasudevan is shown as the only doctor available and is an expert on everything – from guiding body-builders in the gym to diagnosing Lingesan's serious condition.

2Lingesan is rich as a supermodel but when he gets infected, just before his wedding, he runs straight to Dr Vasudevan and does not seek second opinion from other doctors before giving up on his life.

3When Lingesan's friend poses as a reporter to check on the injured ad filmmaker, stylist and weight-lifter, he easily sneaks into their hospital wards with an I-card which is not checked properly by anyone.

4Indra Kumar is very rich but does not have any security at his farmhouse and Lingesan easily ventures inside with his ice-cream cart and attacks him. He even steals his gun without being caught by the security guards.

5When Indra Kumar is threatened by Lingesan near the poolside before the bee-attack, he could have easily saved himself by jumping into the water. But he simply waits to be attacked by the bees.

6Lee and Diya shoot for an advertisement film for I Perfumes in China for such an extensive period. They could have wrapped up a feature film in that duration.

7The flashback and flash-forward story telling is very confusing. For instance, when the hunchback takes revenge on the make up artist, one cannot tell whether the sequence is happening in India or China.

8Showing Amy in a school uniform doesn't help in passing her off as a 10-year-old. She looks young but definitely cannot pass off as being 10.

9Why does Amy's mother use the local doctor for her plumbing complaints? Ok, he is the handyman of the family. Yet, it's a bit much to say that he will make himself available for every household chore.

10Upen Patel, a super model whose contracts are signed in advance, accepts Rs. 6000/-as his fee for endorsing a local product that too after the job is done. This never happens in the advertising world. Money is always decided before the shooting of the ad film is done.


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Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film, especially since the film is a crime thriller.

Plot Summary:

Lingesan (Vikram), a deformed hunchback who was once a body builder and a handsome model, seeks revenge on another male model who is responsible for ruining his life.

His story unfolds in a small town in Tamil Nadu. Lingesan is the local body-building champion. He gets crowned Mr Tamil Nadu. He ends up angering another gym guy called Ravi. The two even break into a fight, where Lingesan beats him hands down. Ravi therefore vows revenge.

On the personal front, Lingesan's friend Babu (Santhanam) and his parents are aware that he is crazy about super-model Diya (Amy Jackson). In fact, they tease him because he buys all the products -- from sanitary napkins to ladies night-dresses just because Diya endorses them.

Lingesan, who lands small commercials for health products, one day, gets a chance to model with Diya. It so happens that Diya, who was earlier a hit pair with another super-model John (Upen Patel), is fed up of his flirtatious ways. She wants to get rid of John, so she befriends Lingesan and makes him her new ad-hero. The two of them travel to China to shoot for a perfume advertisement. Over there, they discover feelings for one another. While Lingesan actually admires Diya, she pretends to love him. After a small misunderstanding, they truly fall in love with one another. However, there is friction because a gay make-up artiste also falls in love with Lingesan, who is now called Lee.

When Lee refuses to reciprocate, the gay guy is annoyed. Back in India Lee becomes the reigning male super model and John wants to destroy him. An advertising boss also hates Lee because he is too honest and principled and refuses to do a soft-drink commercial for him (ad boss).

All the guys who hate Lee, with the help of a local doctor, inject him with the Influenza virus. This virus is so deadly that Lee starts to lose his hair and teeth. He also develops boils all over his body and becomes a hunchback. Since he is deformed, he distances himself from Diya though he had earlier promised to marry her. He is afraid of her rejection, especially since he is now a hunchback.

By a strange twist of fate, Lee is forced to kidnap Diya and take her to a hideout. Even while she is trying to figure out why this hunchback has kidnapped her, Lee keeps stepping out of his secret place and taking revenge on the men who made his life a living hell.

While trying to escape from the ugly deformed man's clutches, Diya discovers Lee's phone in his pocket. She then realises that the hunchback is actually Lingesan, her beau, who has been wrecked by the bad guys. She resolves to stick to her love and takes Lee with her to a beautiful home that they made together. Out there Diya slowly nurses him back to his original physical form and they live happily ever after.

(Do not proceed. Stop reading the plot summary right now if you don't want the crucial climax to be revealed)

Spoiler ahead - (Climax)

The doctor in the film, Vasudev (Suresh Gopi) who is Lee's benefactor is also the family doctor for Diya and her mother. This guy is two-faced; a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He is a pervert who is fantasizing about young Diya and hopes to marry her someday. While he doesn't let his secret feelings out till after the interval, he is the one who gives Lee the I (influenza) virus injection that makes him a deformed creature. The doctor is jealous because Lee and Diya are growing close. Of course, Lee takes revenge on all the five men who made his life a living hell, turn by turn. He sets the bodybuilder on fire; he ensures John is electrocuted in a fight on the train top; he mixes some hair-growing hormones in the gay make-up guy's beauty cream; he sets a beehive loose on the advertising guru after covering him with honey so that he gets stung; finally he injects the doctor with the same I virus and deforms him.

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Ghayal Once Again: Slim Sunny tackles baddies

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According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the sequel to Ghayal that is currently being shot is called Ghayal Once Again contrary to reports that it was being called Ghayal 2 or Ghayal Returns. Buzz is, the film will take-off from where Rajkumar Santoshi left off and is based on a real-life event in the life of a Mumbai Police encounter specialist. After the project changed hands from directors Ashwini Chaudhury to Rahul Rawail, Sunny Deol stepped in to direct the sequel himself. The script too had to be changed thrice. According to reports, Sunny who is also co-producing the film, looked toned as he chased the baddie on the streets. The actor had won the National Award for the film and might be hoping to repeat the feat with its sequel. Starring Sunny Deol and Meenakshi Seshadri, Ghayal was India's answer to the Rambo series and Sunny Deol sure made a great Sylvester Stallone. The film had also done well at the box-office when it released, back in 1990.

Here are some other sequels that seem promising. 

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Mardaani: According to a report in Mid-day, last year's release Mardaani might soon have a sequel. The YRF film dealt with the sensitive issue of child trafficking. Apparently YRF's head honcho, Aditya Chopra has asked the film's director, Pradeep Sarkar to script a sequel to the film. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that Sarkar had earlier narrated a story but the makers didn't find it worthy of a sequel and hence are waiting to get the right script for their film. The story also has the potential to turn into a full-fledged franchise with Rani's character dealing with issues, one at a time. The director has also confirmed the possibility of a sequel but insists that the right content is needed for the film which entails a lot of research too. 

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Kick: If reports are to be believed, a sequel to Sajid Nadiadwala's blockbuster hit of the year, Kick, is already underway. According to a report in DNA, Sajid Nadiadwala has registered the title Devil which implies that talks of a sequel are on. A source has been quoted in the report as saying that Sajid Nadiadwala was very happy with the response that the 'Devil' song garnered and post rumours that the sequel would be called Devil, Sajid thought it would be apt to register the title. However, the source also insists that Sajid is quite busy with his production ventures what with Saif-Katrina's Phantom, Ranbir-Deepika's Tamasha, Varun-John-Jacqueline's Dhishoom, Tiger Shroff's next and Akshay-Abhishek-Riteish's Housefull 3, lined up for release in the 2015 and 2016. In such a situation, it would be impossible for the filmmaker to direct a film. Salman too has many films in his kitty to be able to allot dates to the sequel. The source hence speculates that the film can only go on the floors after two years. 

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Don: When the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don 2 hit theatres in 2011, the film's director Farhan Akhtar told a section of the media, "I need a break from action films. As a director, it's my right to explore different things." Three years after that dismissal, Farhan is returning to direction and the genre with the third part of the Don franchise. And SRK will again lead the cast. Confirming this, Farhan's business partner, Ritesh Sidhwani said:"How can I do Don without Don? SRK is Don and Don is SRK."The film has been in the works for some time and buzz is that Farhan, Ritesh and their team have already completed almost 50 per cent of the script. Mirror has it that the actor had several meetings with Farhan and Ritesh during a short break after the release of Chennai Express in 2013. He has since met the duo several more times to fine tune the modalities of for the third instalment of the commercially successful franchise. However the film's leading lady has not yet been cast. Priyanka Chopra had toplined the cast in the first two instalments. 

Bollywood sequels to look forward to in 2015

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Welcome: After the success of Welcome (2007), director Anees Bazmee is all set to direct the film's sequel, Welcome Back. While the original starred Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Katrina Kaif, Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat and Feroz Khan, Welcome Back will also be a multi-starrer with a stellar star cast that includes the likes of John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Dimple Kapadia and Shruti Haasan, to name a few. Welcome Back is slated for a January 23 release. Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are expected to reprise their roles of Uday Shankar Shetty and Majnu Bhai from the original and the music for this film has been composed by Anu Malik and Anand Raj Anand. 

Bollywood sequels to look forward to in 2015

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OMG - Oh My God!: Umesh Shukla's 2012 release, OMG – Oh My God! is slated to have a sequel. This satirical comedy has been adapted from the Gujarati play Kanji Virudh Kanji. Based on the concept of blind faith in God and how a common man dares to sue Him, the film did extremely well at the box-office, which is probably why the makers are gearing-up for a sequel which is expected to release on February 15. According to a report on bollywoodhungama.com, actors Paresh Rawal and Akshay Kumar will co-produce the sequel. 

Bollywood sequels to look forward to in 2015

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ABCD - Any Body Can Dance: Ace choreographer-turned-director Remo D'Souza is making a sequel to his 3D dance film, ABCD: Anybody Can Dance, that released in 2013. While ABCD had a series of professional dancers including Prabhu Dheva, Salman Yusuff Khan, Lauren Gottlieb and Punit Pathak alongside Kay Kay Menon, the sequel will feature the newest heartthrob in Bollywood - Varun Dhawan. Joining him will be the pretty and petite actress Shraddha Kapoor. While Varun plays a waiter in the sequel, Shraddha plays a hairdresser. ABCD 2 is slated for release on June 26. 

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No Entry: Salman Khan is on a roll. After the stupendous success of Kick, the actor is busy shooting for Sooraj Barjatiya's Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, wherein he plays a double role, that of Prem and Ratan. Now we learn that the actor will also play a double role in Anees Bazmee's No Entry Mein Entry, which is a sequel to Bazmee's 2005 flick, No Entry. A Bollywood Hungama report says that the director is busy re-working the physical appearance of the two characters played by Salman in No Entry Mein Entry. Interestingly, Salman will be called Prem in this film too which is expected to release in 2015. Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan will join the cast in the sequel. 

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Tanu weds Manu: Anand L Rai's Tanu Weds Manu stunned everyone with a fair box-office collection. The film which released in 2011, starred R Madhavan, Kangana Ranaut and Jimmy Shergill - all of whom will also be seen in the film's sequel. Kangana will play a double role in the film - one as Tanu, who is married to Manu (R Madhavan) and the other as a Haryanvi athlete. Director Anand L Rai was quoted saying in an interview to The Times of India that while the first film delves in pre-marital complexities, the sequel explores conflict in marital life. "The plot is funnier, more twisted, and my cast is having a blast. They will journey through Lucknow, Kanpur, Delhi and parts of Haryana and London too," said Anand. 

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The Xpose: The Himesh Reshammiya-starrer is also ready for a sequel. Starring Yo Yo Honey Singh, Sonali Raut and Zoya Afroz, besides the musician-turned-actor, the film has been directed by Anant Mahadevan. Himesh is apparently very excited about the sequel. In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, Himesh was quoted saying, "I'm truly excited for the sequel of The Xpose and happy for my dad, that I have given him a hit franchise as he is the official producer of the film." The sequel is expected to release on May 29. 

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Sonali goes rehearsing on bicycle

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Sonali Kulkarni is busy in her theatre assignments these days. But this talented actress surely does know how to keep her fitness levels up to the mark while balancing her hectic schedule.

Setting an example for all who give excuses, recently, Sonali rode on a bicycle for the rehearsals of her play- 'Gardish Mein Taare'. She also uploaded a photo on twitter where she is spotted riding the bicycle wearing track pants, jacket and sunglasses. The actress wrote: "Cycling zindabad! Early morning I cycled to the rehearsal of my play near Prithvi theater, Juhu. Reached bang on time. Feeling energetic" (sic).
Director Sachin Kundalkar was one of the first people to praise the actress for her stint. Calling it as an encouraging act, the director also confessed that he is ashamed of his idleness when it comes to following a proper fitness regime!

Well, not only her fans, but seems like Sonali's act has also triggered her friends from the industry to follow suit.

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