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Dhadak’s First Look Out; UP Govt Wants Padmavati’s Release Postponed & More

Dhadak, Starring Jhanvi Kapoor & Ishaan Khattar, To Release In July 2018

Sridevi’s eldest daughter Jhanvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother Ishaan Khattar are all set to make their cinema debut in Shashank Khaitan’s Dhadak. The first look posters were shared by the film’s producer Karan Johar, who is bankrolling it under Dharma Productions.

A love story, the film is said to be the Hindi remake of the Marathi film Sairat, directed by Nagraj Manjule. The film’s shooting will begin next month. Speaking to DNA, Sujay Kutty, Business Head of Zee Studio said:


“Some stories are immortal and Sairat is one such immortal story that touched a million hearts. It’s a moment of pride for Zee Studios to be recreating the magic of Sairat for the Hindi-speaking market. We are excited to be co-producing this film with Dharma Productions and look forward to the association.”

Johar is equally excited about the film and emphasises how this project promotes new talent. “At Dharma, we believe very strongly in promoting new talent. A host of first-time filmmakers, technicians, and actors have begun their journey in the entertainment industry from the corridors of our company. I am exhilarated and proud to present two sparkling new energies, new acting talents that will begin their cinema story with us,” he tells DNA.

Padmavati Row: UP Government Wants The Film’s Release Deferred In The State

The Uttar Pradesh government has reportedly written to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry about deferring Padmavati‘s release in the state as it could result in a “law and order” situation. The UP Principal Secretary (Home), Arvind Kumar, also said that on the day of its release, the administration will be be busy counting of votes for the civic polls and making arrangements for the Muslim festival Barawafat.

In the letter, Kumar wrote that “while movies based on facts, with positive stories, motivate and influence the society to move on the right path, movies with distorted historical facts, exaggeration, false and fictional stories create a vicious atmosphere in the nation and society, develop social hatred and generate serious challenges for law and order”.


Speaking to The Indian Express, Arvind Kumar said, “I was told that the CBFC has yet to take a call on its certification. Hence, the state government wanted to share the intelligence inputs it received about reactions from various social organisations so that the CBFC takes cognizance of them while taking a decision.”

This letter from the UP government comes a day after members of Karni Sena in Rajasthan vandalised a theatre in Kota for playing the trailer of the film.

BJP MLA from Chharra, Ravendra Pal Singh, said they have sent letters to the chief minister following the demand for a ban by the Kshatriya Mahasabha.

Titanic Re-Released In Theatres For 20th Anniversary

James Cameron’s Titanic, released in 1997, has completed 2o years. To mark its anniversary, the film is being re-released in select AMC Theatres, Dolby Laboratories announced on Wednesday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning film will play in 87 theaters equipped with Dolby Cinema for an exclusive one-week run, beginning December 1.

Released on December 19 in 1997, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Bill Paxton, and others. Nominated for 14 Academy awards, the film won 11 of them including Best Picture. The film also grossed over $2 billion worldwide.