Have you heard? Exploring southern collabs


Bollywood megastar Ajay Devgn, well-recognized for his significant role in SS Rajamouli’s cinematic sensation, RRR, is proactively seeking to bridge connections with southern India’s filmmaking talent. Following his success in RRR, the acclaimed actor has entered discussions with notable producer KE Gnanavel Raja, whose credits include Chiyaan Vikram’s Thangalaan and Suriya’s Kanguva. This prospective partnership signals a blending of cinematic cultures and expertise.

Ajay Devgn is considering an eclectic selection of genres proposed to him – a mass entertainer, a high-octane action movie, and a gripping thriller stand as his choices. Amid preparations for the upcoming release of his horror movie titled Shaitaan, Devgn plans to thoroughly review these scripts before making a decisive choice in the imminent weeks.

In a related update, the release of Devgn’s next film, Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha, a musical romantic comedy directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring Tabu, Jimmy Sheirgill, and Saiee Manjrekar, has experienced a schedule shift. Previously intended for a premiere on April 29, the conglomerate has chosen to launch the film in June instead. This strategic move is attributed to the release calendar of Ajay’s other pending film, Maidaan, thus spreading out his cinematic ventures to avoid clashing releases.

In another stride towards international fame, Nora Fatehi has sealed a contract with the Warner Music Group (WMG), marking her inaugural collaboration with a significant global record company. With her career successes in India as a backdrop, Fatehi is aspiring to elevate her musical presence on a worldwide stage through upcoming projects under the WMG banner. Declaring her ambition to become an international music star, the multifaceted performer plans to leverage her unique cultural influences to unite fans through her music and dance.

Away from the cinema, Ayushmann Khurrana, esteemed to serve as the national ambassador for UNICEF, extended his support for children’s rights at the fifth installment of the Radio4Child awards. Advocating for themes essental to the protection and development of children, he emphasized the importance of radio as a tool that transcends mere entertainment. Radiating his early experience as a radio jockey, Khurrana highlighted the medium’s potency in educating and affecting positive change within communities, especially for the younger generations.

Saif Ali Khan, joining the cricket fever, reminisced about his familial ties to the sport, particularly absorbing lessons from his father, the legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. With an acquisition of the Tigers of Kolkata Team in the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL) alongside his wife, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif expresses a fondness for cricket and the City of Joy, underscoring a sense of lineage and passion woven through both his personal and professional tapestry.

Lastly, buoyancy struck actors Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha as their production venture, Girls Will Be Girls, clinched accolades at the Sundance Film Festival. Under their joint banner, Pushing Buttons Studios, they’re set to venture into a slew of genres with an exciting slate, including crime, animation, musical comedy, documentary, and fantasy drama. Integrating their love for unconventional storytelling and their nurturing platform for artistic collaboration, the duo is poised to embolden fresh narratives and foster distinct viewing experiences for a global audience.

As instances of Bollywood’s luminaries extending their reach into diverse platforms and regions continue, we witness a dynamic era in entertainment. These forays epitomize a confluence of creative visions and the expansive essence of modern Indian cinema.

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