A few weeks ago, in our trade buzz column we had broken the news that Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn will be coming together for Luv Ranjan’s next and given all the juice we had on the film then. This week came the official confirmation from the makers. Same is the story with the news we broke of Vaani Kapoor being the leading lady opposite Ranbir Kapoor in SHAMSHERA which is going to be produced by YRF films. Like always, we are getting you the news ahead of others. Keep a lookout on our columns for more breaking news.

Still riding high on the success of BAAGHI 2, it seems now that Disha Patani is going to be starring in Ali Abbas Zafar’s ambitious venture BHARAT. The film already has Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra in the lead. Disha may not be playing the role of a leading ;lady but her role is quite pivotal to the story. She is going to be essaying the role of a trapeze artist in the 60s. This film explores the life journey of a man and is the remake of the Korean film AN ODE TO MY FATHER. The other details of the film have not been revealed as yet. Watch this space!

Suniel Shetty is going back to his roots now as he looks all set to make his Kannada debut. He will be doing 2 Kannada films. Of which, one is going to be on boxing and the other will see him reunite with Priyadarshan. The film with Priyadarshan is going to be a fantasy adventure drama and it is going to be multilingual. Titled Marrakar – The Lion of Arabian Sea, this film is based on the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean. While it is about pirates, it is also loosely based on Kunjali Marakkar IV [Mohammad Ali], the Muslim naval chief. The film will be releasing in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil.

John Abraham is set to play the role of Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in Nikhil Advani’s much talked about directorial BATLA HOUSE. John will be playing the role of the cop, Sanjeev, who spearheaded the Operation Batla House, a decade ago. The two are already working together for another film Satyameva Jayate. which is currently on floors with John as the lead alongside Manoj Bajpayee and is produced by Nikkhil Advani. As for Batla House, we hear that the film will be shot at many locations including Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nepal. It is expected to go on floor in September and is said to be a 50 day shoot schedule.

Still enjoying and soaking in the success of her recent release RAAZI, which is sailing through the box-office, Meghna Gulzar is moving on to another true story about Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. She has been working on the story for over a year now and is still planning to give more time researching on it before she takes it ahead. The film is going to be produced by Ronnie Screwvala. More details about the film should be out soon. Watch this space!

Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta will be collaborating for the fifth time now for the film titled SWAGAT HAI. The film is also going to star Patralekhaa in the lead opposite Rajkummar. Rajkummar and Patralekhaa who were last seen in CITY LIGHTS, a film which was directed by Hansal Mehta, will be coming together on the screen after 4 years. More details on the film will be revealed soon! Watch this space for more!

Priyanka Chopra’s Purple Pebble Pictures will be making their next Marathi venture on water scarcity. The film is titled PAANI and is going to be directed by debutant Adinath Kothare. The film is inspired by the true story of a common man and his village, Nagdarwadi, situated in the drought prone Marathwada region of Maharashtra.

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