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Stupidity Goes a Long Way in Bollywood: Emraan

Emraan Hashmi says there are not many producers who are ready to take risks in Bollywood, an industry where stupidity dominates, making it harder for actors to be smart.

The actor says today there are at least a handful people trying to push the envelope, which was not the case earlier.

"It is difficult being a smart actor in Bollywood. Stupidity goes a long way here. The audience is smart but not too many producers and directors take that (risk) and understand that. Now at least we have the new blood coming up with new stuff," Emraan told PTI.

"Back then, it was just about making escapist films with a star, do what a star is supposed to do and get bums on seats. Right now, the audience wants to see more than that," he added.

Emraan started his career in mid-2000s, gaining fame for featuring in films which were dubbed "bold". The actor eventually shed the "serial kisser" tag with films such as "Shanghai", "Ghanchakkar" and "Ek Thi Daayan" among others.

The actor says before he turned towards edgier content, he was "stuck" in a zone for a long time.

"Initially you can't voice your concerns because scripts choose you rather than you choosing scripts. When one thing works, they just stretch that to make them work again and again.

"Producers see it as safety net, a cash register. Where the audience is expected not to ask questions. Then I met filmmakers and producers who wanted to challenge me as an actor."

Emraan says, if 2018 is anything to go by, where "pure star-driven films" did not work, good concept is the need of the hour.

"Because of the influence of the web, the audience knows what they're missing out on here. They want lap up any mediocre content. Right now a handful of actors are doing a variety of things.

"The audience doesn't want to see a star-driven vehicle. They want to see another dimension of you, not you wearing the same urban clothes in a foreign location with 50 background dancers."

John Abraham Turns Spy in 'Romeo Akbar Walter' Trailer

The trailer to upcoming thriller Romeo Akbar Walter has been released. The film sees John Abraham play a man who is recruited by an officer from India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to go to Pakistan undercover during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

Watch the trailer here:

The film has been directed by Robbie Grewal and also features Jackie Shroff, Mouni Roy and Sikander Kher.

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The Prodigy Singer Keith Flint Dead at 49

Singer Keith Flint, vocalist of The Prodigy, was found dead at his home in Essex on Monday. He was 49.

An Essex police spokesman confirmed the news of Flint's demise, reported The Guardian. "We were called to concerns for the welfare of a man at an address in Brook Hill, North End, just after 8.10 a.m. on Monday. We attended and, sadly, a 49-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner," the spokesman said.

Flint had created hits such as 'Firestarter’ and 'Breathe’.

Punjabi Remake of 'Singham' to Release on 9 August

Actor Ajay Devgn, who starred in the Hindi version of Singham, on Monday announced the Punjabi remake of the film will release on 9 August. "Punjabi Singham'all set to release on 9 August, 2019. Best luck team," he tweeted.

The upcoming film will star ‘Gaal Ni Kadni' singer Parmish Verma and actress Sonam Bajwa. Parmish also took to Twitter to share the release date among netizens. He wrote: "On this special day Maha Shivratri, sharing the release date of Singham - 9 August. I can't wait for you all to witness this epic movie."

Singham was first made in the southern film industry and then followed by Bollywood. Ajay starrer Singham is directed by Rohit Shetty. It followed a valiant police officer named Bajirao Singham (Ajay), who fights against injustice.

Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor to Star in 'Malang'

Veteran actor Anil Kapoor has teamed up with Aditya Roy Kapoor, Disha Patani and Kunal Kemmu in the upcoming film Malang, which will release on February 14, 2020.

Anil tweeted on Monday: "Together we are Malang. Pleased to announce my first with all these talented artistes. Film releasing on Valentine's 2020." He also posted a photograph of himself with the film's cast.

Malang will have elements of romance, thriller and action. The film is being helmed by Mohit Suri. Mohit said in a statement: "With Malang, I am essentially returning to genre I enjoy the most, intense edgy and mad. I hope Malang is as thrilling and exciting an experience for the audience to see as much as it has already been for me."

It will be shot in Mauritius and Goa from March onwards. Also, Malang is being co-produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, Luv Ranjan Films and Northern Lights Entertainment's Jay Shewakraman.

Alia, Ranbir Launch 'Brahmastra' Logo at Prayagraj Kumbh Mela

Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor and director Ayan Mukerji launched the logo for their upcoming film Brahmastra in a light and sound show at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. About 150 drones were deployed to form various displays, including the Indian flag, the film’s title and its logo in the sky. A small puja was also held to commemorate the occasion.

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