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A Pali Hill birdie was rather amused after hear­ing about and team­ing up for

film. To jog your mem­ory, after walked free in Fe­bru­ary 2016, the actor had cho­sen Anand’s thriller for his comeback. After be­ginnning prepa­ra­tions for the role, Dutt did a re­think when he read the final draft. He felt it was a mish-mash of sev­eral Hol­ly­wood flicks like Cap­tain Phillips (2013), The Jackal (1997) and Un­der Siege (1992). Not want­ing his comeback to be la­belled a re­hash of West­ern films, Sanju Baba opted out of the pro­ject. The birdie hopes the pro­duc­ers (Yash Raj Films) have read the script. And more im­por­tantly, seen the afore­men­tioned Hol­ly­wood flicks. Or is it an en­tirely new story that Anand has come up with?

has been tak­ing on those who feel that New­ton, In­dia’s of­fi­cial en­try to the Os­cars, is a copy of the Ira­nian film, Se­cret Bal­lot (2001). The torch­bearer of in­die cin­ema has been mock­ing com­par­isons on so­cial me­dia. New­ton’s pre­sen­ter is

who is also the co­pro­ducer of Kashyap’s next Mukke­baaz. Also, Kashyap is set to di­rect Man­marziya, an­other Rai pro­duc­tion. The film was ini­tially helmed by Sameer Sharma and starred Ayush­mann Khur­rana and Bhumi Ped­nekar. It was shelved and Rai wants to start it afresh with Kashyap. The link ef­fect at work?

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