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The release of Pooja Entertainment’s Dil Juunglee starring Taapsee Pannu and Saquib Saleem has been shifted to next month — March 9. The decision has been taken keeping in mind collections of Aiyaary and Padman which released this week. Aiyaary makers Neeraj Pandey and Jayantilal Gada said: “In this industry, it is crucial to help each other out and solidarity goes a long way. We appreciate that Pooja Films and Vashuji have decided to move Dil Juunglee’s release date. All films need the right space in theatres to flourish and nobody understands and appreciates that more than filmmakers.” Pooja Entertainment boss Vashu Bhagnani said: “To a producer and a filmmaker, a film is their 
baby and we want the best for our baby. 

As a producer, I do understand the pressures of the box office and it’s important to stand by other producers. There should be enough for all, hence we are moving to March 9.” (Bharati K. Dubey) 


Hansal Mehta’s drama Omerta starring Rajkummar Rao will release on April 20. Like most of Hansal’s previous films, Omerta is based on true-life events. Based on the life of British terrorist of Pakistani descent Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the film has won several accolades and featured at the Toronto International Film Festival.  (Bharati K. Dubey) 


Alia Bhatt-Ranveer Singh starrer Gully Boy will hit theatres on February 14 next year. The film, directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Excel Entertainment, follows the story of slum rappers of Dharavi, Mumbai, a statement issued here said. The makers also unveiled the first look of the film on social media in which both Alia and Ranveer are seen in simple, de-glam yet pensive looks. The Student of the Year actress has her head covered with a hijab, while the 
Padmaavat man is wearing a hoodie. Ranveer’s character has reportedly been inspired by real-life rappers, Divine and Naezy. The film also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Kalki Koechlin in pivotal roles. 


Film composer Johann Johannsson, known for giving background scores to films such as Arrival, Sicario and The Theory of Everything has died. He was 48. The Icelandic composer was found dead at his apartment in Berlin, according to The Guardian. No additional detail about his death was available. Tim Husom, his Los Angeles manager, has confirmed the news and said that Berlin authorities are investigating the death. Mandy and Mary Magdalene are the last two films for which Johannsson 
composed the score. 


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