The week in Bollywood was turning out to be just ordinary until Friday when Irrfan Khan took to Twitter to give all his fans and media a heartbreaking news. The 51-year-old has been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour and will be away from the country for sometime to get treated for the same and recuperated amongst his family and closest friends.
The actor also promised to give us all another update about further diagnoses in about 10 days and social media is flooded with get well soon messages, wishing the actor a speedy recovery. Back home in Mumbai, a new song from his upcoming film BlackMail – Badla – was launched amid media fanfare where the interaction was mostly around Irrfan and his health. Director Abhinay Deo assured the media that Irrfan is unwell and taking treatment but he is in high spirits. He also revealed that the film BlackMail will release on time, on April 6, since the lead actor wants it that way.
While Irrfan’s health update had everyone worried, earlier in the week, a health care on the sets of Thugs Of Hindostan in Jodhpur, where Amitabh Bachchan was shooting, gave fans sleepless nights. The superstar was in the middle of the shoot when he complained of feeling uneasy and unwell. A team was senior doctors flew in from Mumbai to Rajasthan to attend to Bachchan and ascertain the seriousness of the situation. The megastar was back on his feet and on the sets of the film post a few hours of rest.
Another shocker was news about actor Narendra Jha’s sudden demise. The actor, who was seen in films like Kaabil, Raees amongst others, died of a cardiac arrest, he was 55. After Sridevi’s shocking death, Jha’s passing away once again came as a rude reminder of how cruel and unpredictable life can be.
Amongst all these gloomy updates, we also saw some new beginnings. Varun Dhawan cannot stop raving about how special his film October has been for him. And he finally released the trailer of the Shoojit Sircar film this week. Starring Banita Sandhu as the female lead, the film explores the complexity of relationships and the joy and pain attachments bring along with them. Varun is being applauded for his earnest performance and fans have already given October thumbs up based on its trailer. The film releases in April this year.
Alia Bhatt, who turned 25 on March 15 also used the opportunity to share glimpses from her upcoming film Raazi and reveal about when the trailer will be out. She plays a Kashmiri spy in this Meghna Gulzar’s film based on the novel Calling Sehmat and has a great buzz around it. Alia pairs up with Vicky Kaushal in this one and the fresh pairing is already being looked forward to.
But that’s in the future. The actress is currently in Bulgaria shooting for Brahmastra and on her birthday, she gave an interview to a leading daily where she tried to clear the air about her relationship status with Ranbir Kapoor but only ended up leaving room for further speculation. We also saw how Ranbir’s mother Neetu Kapoor was going out of the way to celebrate the birthday girl’s special day.
Another biggie of the year – Race 3, that releases on Eid 2018 had people talking after Salman Khan released the logo of the film and officially started the countdown to the action thriller this week.
Rajkummar Rao also attracted attention for the trailer of his new film Omerta where he plays Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, one of the most dreaded terrorists of our times. The film directed by Hansal Mehta aims at bringing to fore the concept of Jihad, Pakistan funded terrorism and what motivates young, educated men to pick up the gun and go on a killing spree in the name of god and religion.
Meanwhile, a new film was announced this week starring Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon. The three are all ready to bring alive the historical battle of Panipat and the first look poster, though had a Baahubali-like feel to it, has fans waiting in anticipation. Arjun is touted to play a Maratha warrior while Dutt will be playing an Afghan in the film.
And now something to end the Bollywood week in review on a happy note – Aamir Khan who celebrated his 53rd birthday on March 14, came back to Mumbai from Jodhpur for two days to be with his loved ones. At the airport, he was greeted by his wife Kiran Rao and the two then treated media shutterbugs and fans to some romantic PDA as they broke into a hug and a passionate smooch. They later recreated the romantic moment at the birthday celebrations with the media. The two have been known for lip-locking in public at previous occasions as well but this time, they took everyone by surprise and gave couples some relationship goals about how to keep the love and spark alive in a marriage or a long term relationship.
Interestingly on Friday, Sunny Leone and husband Daniel Weber too indulged in a public smooch and shared the picture on social media. They two were celebrating 10 years of togetherness and the pictures was apt.
As we move ahead into the next week, we will have our eyes on the box office figures of Ajay Devgn’s Raid. The film has got great reviews (RAID REVIEW) and the good word of mouth should help the business. We have Rani Mukerji’s Hichki releasing next week so we can expect the promotions to go full throttle. And of course, we will also be focusing on any health update coming in about one of our most talented actors Irrfan Khan.