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Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Rangoon’ is all set to release on 24 February next year

National Award winning filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming period drama Rangoon is all set to release on February 24 next year.

The film which stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan is set in the 1940s amidst the turmoil of India’s independence struggle and will festure some epic historic references.

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The film wrapped its final shoot schedule a couple of weeks back and the entire team, including Bhardwaj, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, are delighted with the results.

“I am very happy with what we have achieved during the shooting of Rangoon. This film is closest to my heart and I want to make sure this is seen as my best work,” Bhardwaj said in a statement.

“Given that it’s Shahid’s birthday on 25th February, there is no better way to celebrate,” Bhardwaj, who previously directed Haider added.

The Maqbool helmer says for him and Saif, Rangoon is “even more” special since it has been ten years since Omkara.

“Seeing the confidence and excitement in the team of Rangoon, looks like we have much to expect in early 2017,” he added.

IPL 2016 Opening ceremony: Bollywood stars set the stage alight ahead of new season

Mumbai: A glitzy mix of Bollywood razzmatazz and high-octane performances, including that of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo’s smash-hit rap ‘Champion dance’, marked a glittering opening ceremony which set the ball rolling for the ninth edition of the IPL on Friday night.

The two hour and 15 minute long event was less spectacular as compared to the previous editions but the cine stars still managed to put up an entertaining show, enthralling the gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.

Ranveer Singh performs during the opening ceremony of IPL. PTI

Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh kept the audience glued to their seats during the opening gala attended by the BCCI top brass, franchise team owners, players and support staff of all the eight participating teams.

The crowd at the indoor stadium enjoyed every bit of Bravo’s much-anticipated ‘champions dance’. In white blazer and black trousers, Bravo, a part of the West Indies World Twenty20 winning team, swayed to his ‘Champion dance’ as the fellow cricketers and crowd cheered him.

Bravo also danced to another number ‘Chalo Chalo’ and was joined on the stage by Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tewari who sang an Indian version of ‘Champion’ — ‘Hindustan Mein Bade Bade Champion.

Like earlier opening ceremonies, the cricket segment was short and limited to only the oath taking ceremony by the skippers of the eight teams. Indian team Director Ravi Shastri ushered the eight captains to sign the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge for fair play.

Serena just two steps away from calendar-year Slam sweep as the semi-finals line-up is set

The penultimate stage is set for the sixth step in Serena Williams’ campaign to put an exclamation mark on her storied career by winning a fourth successive U.S. Open to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam sweep.

History would heavily favour Williams in the U.S. Open semi-finals on Thursday at Flushing Meadows.

She owns 21 grand slam singles titles, which is 21 more than the other three players combined, and is gunning for her seventh U.S. Open singles trophy while the others are straining to reach their first U.S. final.

File picture of Serena Williams. Getty

Unfancied Italians Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci have also made just one grand slam singles semi-final between them before, while world number two Simona Halep has made the semi-final stage at just two other grand slams.

The 32-year-old Vinci, ranked 43rd, will meet Williams, who has won their four previous meetings, including the most recent last month in the quarter-finals at Toronto.

“She played me really tough, and I didn’t really expect that,” said Williams, who has won 53 of 55 matches this year and won the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles.

“I’m not going to underestimate her. She played really well. She’s not in the semi-finals of a grand slam for no reason. She knows what to do and she knows what to play.

“Definitely a little bit more old school … it’s fun to see people that can still come to the net and still hit slice and still hit one-handers. It’s different. It’s good for tennis.”

Vinci, who has won 25 doubles titles in her career, is 22-20 in singles matches and without a singles title this season.

She is already thrilled by her performances in New York.

“I think I’m at the end of my career, so my semi-final, first (slam) semi-final, it’s incredible,” said the 32-year-old.

“I’m very proud of myself. I have nothing to lose, just play my game.

“I know that I have a lot of experience, but when you play against Serena doesn’t matter.

“You have to play better, then better, then better.”

Pennetta, 33, also draws a difficult assignment against Halep. The Italian has a 3-1 career edge, but lost 6-3 7-5 in their last encounter earlier this year in Miami.

The veteran said she would not overlook the power of the short, quick-footed Romanian, who she rated as more powerful than former world number one Victoria Azarenka, who fell in three sets to Halep in the quarter-finals.

“To make a winner to her you have to finish the point seven times,” Pennetta said. “She’s always there, always in – the ball always comes back.”

Halep, who has won three times this year, lost in the second round at the French Open, where she was runner-up in 2014, and beaten in the first round at Wimbledon.

That led her to take a hiatus before rediscovering her form on the hardcourts running up to the U.S. Open.

“I don’t have big muscles. I’m not tall. I have power inside,” Halep said. “I fight.

“Every point is a big challenge. I do everything I can. I run for every ball, and that makes me stronger in this moment.”