Expresso Bollywood News Update at 11:30 am on 2nd December 2022

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Let’s begin with our top story. The first teaser of director Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur, starring Vicky Kaushal as General Sam Manekshaw, has just dropped. The video showcases a battalion of army officers parting to make way for Sam Bahadur. Sam Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and his military victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war led to the creation of Bangladesh. The biopic also stars Sanya Malhotra as Manekshaw’s wife Silloo and Fatima Sana Shaikh as former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. The film is slated for release on December 1, 2023.
“Madhur Bhandarkar’s “”India Lockdown”” will retell the story of how the country came to a standstill after Covid-19 hit the country. His ZEE5 original, which releases today, will relive the horrors of the time that affected people of all strata, as they fought for basic survival. Shweta Basu Prasad essays the role of Mehrunissa, a sex worker, struggling to survive, during the lockdown.
In an interview recently, she talked about how playing the character made her aware of the difficult times these women faced, and said that it gave her a chance to voice a community, those who are otherwise marginalised. India Lockdown also stars Prateik Babbar and Ahana Kumra.”
“Moving on, Actor Paresh Rawal revealed in a recent interview that there is a lot to learn from Amitabh Bachchan, beyond his considerable skills as a performer. Recalling Bachchan’s well-publicised financial woes during the 90s, Rawal said that Bachchan handled the situation with uncommon dignity.
In an appearance on Neelesh Misra’s The Slow Interview series, Paresh Rawal remembered asking Bachchan about that time, and what struck him the most was his response. Rawal had asked him then if he had confided in his family when things became very difficult. And Bachchan had said, ‘Why? Let them live their life.’ Rawal recalled that Bachchan owed people so much money, but he had never bad-mouthed anybody.”
“Shehnaaz Gill’s fans love her unfiltered nature, but during the latest episode of her chat show Desi Vibes, the actor said that she was sometimes afraid of letting her guard down because some trolls on the internet believe she was doing this to gain sympathy.
Her latest episode featured actor Ayushmann Khurrana and during a chat about displaying their emotions in public, Ayushmann called her “courageous” as she was not afraid of being herself. To this, Shehnaaz said that she had also started refraining from sharing what she truly feels. Shehnaaz lost her dear friend, actor Sidharth Shukla, in 2021. The two had been close since their time on Bigg Boss and Shehnaaz had often expressed her fondness for him on the show.”
“Recently, in an interview, actor Piyush Mishra called out people who have been speaking against the Vivek Agnihotri directorial “” The Kashmir Files””.
He said that those who are calling the film a ‘propaganda’ film haven’t been to Kashmir or haven’t seen the “real India.” The film had once again become a topic of discussion after Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid called it a ‘vulgar’ and a ‘propaganda’ film at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival of India earlier this week. The film starred Anupam Kher in the lead role, and became a word-of-mouth hit, earning nearly Rs 340 crore at the global box office.”
Meanwhile, Rohit Shetty’s cop universe keeps expanding. The filmmaker will soon be reuniting with Ajay Devgn for another part of Singham titled “Singham Again”. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share details and said that the filming of Singham Again will begin after Ajay is done with his next directorial Bholaa. The cop universe first started with Ajay Devgn’s Singham in 2011 and was followed by Ranveer Singh’s Simmba. Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi joined the franchise in 2021. Rohit Shetty is currently looking forward to Cirkus, which stars Ranveer Singh, and is set to release on December 23.
“Actor Janhvi Kapoor visited the old famous Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday, the 1st of December. Janhvi frequently visits the famous Tirupathi temple, especially on the occasion of her mother, late actor Sridevi’s birth anniversaries. On the work front, Janhvi was recently seen in a survival thriller film Mili alongside Sunny Kaushal and Manoj Pahwa.
The film was directed by Mathukutty Xavier. It was Janhvi’s first professional collaboration with her producer father Boney Kapoor. The film gathered decent responses from the audience. She will be next seen in an upcoming sports drama film “”Mr and Mrs Maahi”” opposite Rajkummar Rao.”
“Superstar Shah Rukh Khan announced wrapping up the Saudi Arabia schedule of Rajkumar Hirani’s directorial “”Dunki”” on Wednesday, the 30th of November. On December 1st, the actor was seen praying in the holy city of Mecca.
In photos that have been posted on social media fan pages, Shah Rukh Khan is seen surrounded by people and wearing a white garment as he performed Umrah.
Dunki also stars Taapsee Pannu. It is set to release in theatres in 2023. Besides Dunki, SRK has Pathaan and Jawan also in the pipeline. Pathaan will release in cinema halls on January 25, 2023.”
“Lastly, Rakul Preet Singh and Sumeet Vyas-starrer slice-of-life drama “”Chhatriwali”” will have a direct-to-digital release early next year on ZEE5, the streaming platform announced on Thursday, 1st of December. The film produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar aims to drive home a strong social message on the importance of male contraceptives and safe sex.
Set in Haryana, the film features Rakul in the role of a quality control head in a condom factory. The makers announced the film’s digital release on the occasion of World Aids Day. Rakul Preet Singh said that Chhatriwali was special as it is an entertaining film with a thought-provoking social message.”

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