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Diane Guerrero to Star in Liam Hemsworth’s Thriller ‘Killerman’

Diane Guerrero to Star in Liam Hemsworth’s Thriller ‘Killerman’
Orange Is the New Black” star Diane Guerrero has been cast opposite Liam Hemsworth in the independent feature film “Killerman” in the role of Hemsworth’s wife.

The thriller is being directed and was written by Malik Bader and is being produced by John and Michael Schwarz, Craig Chapman, Myles Nestel, and Ryan Johnson. “Killerman” also stars Emory Cohen, Zlatko Buric, and Suraj Sharma.

Hemsworth plays a small-time money launderer who is suffering from amnesia after a freak accident during a deal gone wrong. The film is currently shooting in Savannah, Ga.

Hemsworth signed on to the project in May before sales launched at the Cannes Film Festival. Bader directed the 2015 crime thriller “Cash Only,” starring Nickola Shreli as a landlord forced to resort to desperate measures to pay off his debts to banks.

Guerrero is a series regular on the CBS comedy “Superior Donuts” and plays Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” She
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Verve Signs Indian Filmmaker Bornila Chatterjee (Exclusive)

Verve Signs Indian Filmmaker Bornila Chatterjee (Exclusive)
Verve has signed writer-director Bornila Chatterjee, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The filmmaker’s sophomore feature The Hungry, which creatively sets Shakespeare’s violent revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus in an Indian wedding, premiered at Toronto earlier this month. A co-production between Film London and India’s Cinestaan, it stars Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma alongside Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi and Sayani Gupta. Amazon Prime Video India will exclusively stream the film following its theatrical release as part of the company’s long-term partnership with Cinestaan.

“There are really interesting and important perspectives that are just getting bulldozed by mainstream India,” Chatterjee...
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AFI Alums Pitch in for Classmate’s Movie

AFI Alums Pitch in for Classmate’s Movie
After three years, indie writer-director Danish Renzu and producer Tara Tucker are completing “The Illegal,” a timely film about immigrants in the U.S. The saga is a testament to the filmmakers’ perseverance — and to the power of networking while in film school.

Renzu got a degree in electrical engineering from UCLA. And when he quit his full-time job at At&T after five years to concentrate on filmmaking, a mutual friend put him in touch with Tucker, who runs Tucker/Hess Prods. with her husband, Brandon Hess.

Tucker, AFI class of 2012, roped in production designer Young Ok Lee, editor Varun Vishwanath, line producer Richard King and gaffer Martin Kobylarz, all from her graduating class. Even the Pa is from AFI, she says. And the indie film lensed on the AFI campus, as well as USC; in July, the filmmakers will go to New Delhi, India, to complete the film.

Renzu
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Phillauri’s music composer Shashwat Sachdev enthralls us with this orchestral version of Sahiba

The film Phillauri was loved by many, but what stole everyone’s heart is the music. The man responsible for this is none other than ace music composer Shashwat Sachdev, who actually made his debut in Hindi films with this Ost! One of the favorite songs of many a fan was the beautiful ballad Sahiba! Even star Suraj Sharma told us it was his favorite song and one he has played over and over.

To celebrate the success of this amazing song, Shashwat decided to give us something very special with an orchestral version of Sahiba.

Shashwat got more than 80 artists together from various parts of the world – South Korea, Iceland, Italy, Prague, Kolkata, Punjab, Chennai and Mumbai, to collaborate and create the Sahiba Orchestral.

Commenting on this, Shashwat said, “The love I received for Sahiba inspired me to do more. I hope everyone loves this as much as the first.
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Phillauri Behind the Scenes: How Anushka Became A Ghost

The makers of Phillauri have released a new behind the scenes video, this time a look into the making of the Friendly Ghost aka Anushka Sharma.

The video shows how the vfx team of Red Chillies Entertainment created the character of Shashi through incredible special effects. Check out how science combined with art works together to create the best special effect that Bollywood has ever seen.

In cinemas now, Phillauri is a complete family entertainer. Produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films and directed by Anshai Lal, the film stars Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada.

Be sure to also check out our interview with Suraj Sharma here
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Sluggish Phillauri Gets Powered By Perky Performances By Subhash K Jha review

Starring Anushka Sharma, Suraj Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh

Directed by Anshai Lal

Sad, but true. Some films work better on paper than on film. I can just imagine how excited Anushka Sharma must have been to play a ghost in a film about a restless spirit trying to find a culmination to her incomplete love story from 98 years ago.

It’s a clever premise, evoking nostalgia as well as history in cascades of poetry music and drama. Lamentably the poetry is more corny than epic, and the music, barring the Sahiba track is at best, serviceable. This is an inexcusable lapse in a film that takes us into the Punjabi heartland on two levels, the present and the past, both done in contrasting colour palates, one rusty and rugged the other peachy and saturated.

Alas, the theme of love finding a resting place in two lifetimes barely registers. For a large part,
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Phillauri Box Office Report: Anushka-Diljit starrer maintains a strong hold

Anushka Sharma's second outing as a producer, Phillauri, is maintaining a strong hold at the Box Office. The movie received rave reviews from the critics and audiences and especially in North India, people are loving the friendly-ghostly encounters that are woven with a unique storyline. Strong opening weekend Phillauri, which stars Anushka, along with ‘Life Of Pi’ fame actor Suraj Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and Mehreen Pirzada, took off with a decent start on the opening day. However, it witnessed constant growth over the weekend, all thanks to Diljit's popularity in North India which brought maximum footfalls to the theatres. The movie has earned Inr 15.25 crore in its first weekend. Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the break-up of Phillauri's Box Office collections. He wrote, "#Phillauri Fri 4.02 cr, Sat 5.20 cr, Sun 6.03 cr. Total: ₹ 15.25 cr. India biz." Phillauri also opened well in the International markets, especially
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Phillauri Movie Review

I saw the trailer for this film by chance a couple of days after it was released. It was one of those suggested videos that magically appear in your video lists and it has been on my radar ever since. As a result I broke one of my cardinal rules for film reviews – to go into a film with no expectations. Phillauri’s trailer made sure I had expectations, after all a trailer that shows a concept that showcases originality, cultural traditions that most people are aware of can be nothing but a winner right?

A plot that is based around two love stories that run in parallel across two different era’s, Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh in the past, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Perizada in the present. Phillauri looks at the tradition of matching kundali’s and then remedying any faults in the stars by performing a marriage with a tree.
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‘Phillauri’ Review: Anushka Sharma Produces a Bollywood Ghost Story That Falls Short of Its Potential

‘Phillauri’ Review: Anushka Sharma Produces a Bollywood Ghost Story That Falls Short of Its Potential
Anushka Sharma has, over her nine years in Bollywood, proven herself with powerful roles reflecting both exceptional talent and maturity that have heightened our expectations from her as an actress. The chilling thriller “NH10,” the 2015 maiden feature from her production house Clean Slate Films — one of the few in Bollywood companies helmed by a female actor — more than lived up to the company’s mission to tell risky, non-clichéd stories. Setting all that aside, while Clean Slate’s second release, “Phillauri,” has a promising premise, it’s disappointing to see first-time director Anshai Lal’s primarily play-it-safe treatment and lethargic pacing make it an underwhelming watch.

The story opens with Kanan (Suraj Sharma, of “Life of Pi” fame), who, after a three-year stint making music in Canada, has reluctantly returned home to Amritsar, Punjab to wed his high school sweetheart, Anu (Mehreen Pirzada). His trepidation towards the marriage is only
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Box Office: Worldwide collections and day wise break up of Phillauri

Box Office: Worldwide collections and day wise break up of Phillauri
The Anushka Sharma-Diljit Dosanjh-Suraj Sharma starrer Phillauri released on Friday. Despite all the hype and promotions, the film took off to a slow start. The film, which has been directed by Anshai Lal, has been doing average business in multiplex dominated markets. In this report, we take a look at the box office collections ofRead More

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Suraj Sharma: “Phillauri was a truly beautiful experience.”

Suraj Sharma began his journey in the world of making movies with the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee. The young actor’s first role was very challenging not only in the character he had to potray, but the fact that much of his role was filmed in front of a green screen with a CGI tiger. He excelled and won rave reviews. Originally from India, Sharma has been looking for an Indian film to do and finally found it in Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri.

Set in Punjab, Phillauri is about an Nri Punjabi boy named Kanan (played by Suraj Sharma) who returns to India to get married to his childhood sweetheart. As luck would have it, his horoscope reads that he is a Manglik and that he needs to marry a tree before he can marry Anu (played by Mehreen Pirzada) to
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Cbfc cracks down on Phillauri; asks to delete Hanuman Chalisa from the ghost’s domain

Cbfc cracks down on Phillauri; asks to delete Hanuman Chalisa from the ghost’s domain
A lengthy sequence showing actor Suraj Sharma reciting the Hanuman Chalisa in the bath tub in a ghost’s presence has been asked to go from Anshai Lal’s supernatural satire Phillauri. The Cbfc apparently found the sequence incongruous since ghosts are supposed to be eradicated not pacified with the recital of the Hanuman Chalisa. “This amounted to hurting of religious sentiments,” says a source from the Cbfc. Says theRead More

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Power Rangers Won’t Give Beauty And The Beast Much Trouble -- The Weekend Warrior

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.

How Will Power Rangers and Two Other Movies Fare Against Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?

This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to
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Watch: Anushka Sharma spooks Shah Rukh Khan at Mannat

It looks like Anushka Sharma's ghostly encounters are not going to end anytime soon. From pointing out a mistake in Katrina Kaif's Sheila ki Jawani to disappearing before Ranbir took down his towel, Phillauri's friendly ghost Shashi continues to surprise Bollywood stars in the most hilarious way. But this time, she managed to spooked out her deepest crush Shah Rukh Khan when she made a entered into his house Mannat uninvited. So What Happened Exactly? It so happened that Shah Rukh Khan was narrating a story of ghosts that such things don't really exist in real life by giving several live examples until Shashi aka Anushka showed up to make him believe that ghosts do exist in real life in the most romantic and cutest way ever. Shashi, who happens to be a huge fan of the King Khan, started flirting with him and told him that
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“I won’t be here for the release of Phillauri”- Suraj Sharma

“I won’t be here for the release of Phillauri”- Suraj Sharma
The Delhi boy Suraj Sharma, who attained global fame playing the lead in Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi, is now all poised for an innings in Bollywood playing the lead opposite Anushka Sharma in Phillauri. The affable actor, who now resides in New York to study acting, speaks about his aspirations with Subhash K Jha. Suraj, how had life changed since Life Of Pi? Life hasRead More

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Phillauri Ki Kahaani: Shashi on Suraj and Diljit

Releasing this Friday, is the Anushka Sharma film Phillauri, which also stars Suraj Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.

We have two very cool behind the scenes videos #PhillauriKiKahaani Chapters 2 and 3 to get you even more excited about thei film!

See what Shashi has to say about her manglik pati, Kanan (Suraj Sharma) & what makes their relation unique.

Plus all you need to know about Shashi ka pyaar and what made her fall in love with him. Let Shashi reveal a bit more about a love story that lasted beyond a lifetime.
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Dum Dum Reprise – Diljit Dosanjh soulful Version.

After releasing songs like ‘Dum Dum’, ‘Whats Up’, ‘Sahiba’ and ‘Naughty Billo’, the makers of Phillauri, have launched the reprised version of the soul-soothing ‘Dum Dum’.

While the original version of ‘Dum Dum’ is crooned by Romy and Vivek Hariharan, the new-reprised version is sung by Diljit Dosanjh. The original track is composed by Shashwat Sachdev, while the lyrics are penned by Anvita Dutt.

This soulful melody track features a montage depicting Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh’s love story. Overall, the track is mesmerising but what’s making it truly special is Diljit’s enchanting voice that brings life into this song.

Phillauri, directed by Anshai Lal, Produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films. The movie stars Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada and is set to release worldwide on March 24.
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Anushka Sharma Happy About the Response to Phillauri

Set to release on March 24th is Anushka Sharma’s Phillauri. Ever since the first look, through the trailer and the songs the feedback from fans and critics has been nothing but positive. In fact, people can’t wait to see this film!

The story revolves around a young man who has come to Punjab to get married, but a local priest says he will have to get married to a tree first in order to combat the bad setting of his stars.

The tree happens to be the home of Shashi’s (Anushka Sharma) spirit. Incidentally, the young man ends up getting married with the spirit. And what happens next, well you will have to see the film to find out!

Anushka is quite happy with the “encouraging response” from the industry and said, “I feel very happy when the audience and industry people say good things about Phillauri.
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Suraj Sharma: “Phillauri is a brilliant script”

We first saw Suraj Sharma when he made his debut onscreen as Pi, in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012. Now Suraj is set to make his Hindi film debut with Anshai Lal’s Phillauri, which stars and was produced by Anushka Sharma.

The actor’s role in Phillauri is an interesting one, he plays a Canadian young man who gets trapped in a peculiar predicament — the big fat Indian wedding and if that was not all… a ghost intervenes.

Suraj revealed recently that he instantly connected to his character in Phillauri after reading the script that Karnesh Sharma, co-producer and brother of Anushka Sharma, sent to him. “It’s a brilliant script. I find the situation my character is stuck in the most fascinating. You know, he comes back from Canada, is asked to marry a tree because he is maanglik, then asked to marry a girl only
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#WhatsUpWithShashi Contest: Phillauri’s Anushka Sharma web chats with fans

The makers of Phillauri, in which Anushka Sharma plays a friendly spirit, released a WhatsApp number where fans got the opportunity to interact with the bride in spirit herself, through a video call. The WhatsApp number +91 9867473178 was released, where fans had to send in messages, images and videos explaining in the coolest and wackiest way that why Shashi should call them and the lucky winners would get to talk to Shashi. And, Shashi made her first WhatsApp video call to a lucky contestant, Ishaan Sharma of the #WhatsUpWithShashi contest. Ishaan was thrilled to be talking to Shashi! Every week a lucky winner will be chosen, so do await your call. Phillauri, produced by Fox Star Studios and Clean Slate Films, also stars Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma. The romantic film is set to release on March 24.
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