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Interview: Ali Zafar talks about #TeefaInTrouble

Ahead of the release of action-comedy, Teefa in Trouble, lead star Ali Zafar made a grand appearance in the UK after two exhilarating days in Dubai, interacting with fans and well wishers during several public appearances as part of the Teefa UK Takeover.

Ali sat down with BollyNewsUK Editor Sunny Malik to talk about his Pakistani film debut, setting up his production house and how he didn’t start working in Pakistan just because of the ban in India…

How has the transition from Indian cinema to Pakistani films been for you and how did the film happen?
Well, I would say it was almost like magic. When a film has to come about, it makes room for itself and everything just falls in place at the right time. I wanted to play a part in rebuilding Pakistani cinema and the industry. While I was working in India for all those years, I was always hoping and wishing for our industry in Pakistan tom attain a similar level and standard. I wanted to see content coming out of Pakistan of international caliber. Unfortunately, mostly we fell short of it over the years. This is an attempt to get there, break barriers and set benchmarks. I want to play a part in rebuilding the industry. With this, I want to give the industry and everyone around the globe a film that they would be proud of.

We’ve seen you in a lot of rom-com films in Bollywood. Teefa in Trouble has a lot of action too. Was that something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always been an athlete and sportsman in addition to a huge action buff. I’ve always wanted to do action in the past but never got the chance to do it. My director, Ahsan Rahim, loves action too and we’d often discuss comic books and action films. We both wanted do action sequences in the film that have never been seen before in Pakistani cinema. I trained for about two-three months in mixed martial arts.

You’ve co-written the story with your younger brother and director. What kind of input did you bring to the script?
It was a very interesting and cosy process. We locked ourselves in my basement studio for seven days. I had already written the first draft by then but in those seven days we came up with the first draft of screenplay and dialogues. Our wavelength was very similar as Ahsan directed my first music video ‘Channo’. We’ve always wanted to do our first film together. My younger brother Daniyal studied film making in New York. We took his input as well, which was a fun process altogether.

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You’ve not just written the film and acted in it but are also producing it under your home production studio that you’ve set up. How did that happen?
If you want to do something but can’t get it through someone else, then you have to do it yourself. The dream was to have my own production house to make films and music. This is the most expensive film to come out of Pakistan. I’ve received immense love from my fans I believe that you have to pay back somehow. This is my way of giving back. The idea was never to make money but make that one film that is avant-garde in many ways.

Is it not risky putting your own money behind the most expensive Pakistani film ever?
I did not want any creative interference, which is why I didn’t just get someone else to produce the film. My first music video was also made from my own money. There is a word in Urdu “barkat” (blessing). The money earned by “barkat”, which is hard-earned, has something else to it. I also didn’t want to be dependent on anyone. I also felt that no one else would’ve been willing to take such a big risk financially. However, I believe you can only achieve great success by taking great risks. If you play it big, hopefully, you are rewarded big too.

Some people may accuse you of using Pakistani cinema simply because of the blanket ban of Pakistani actors in Bollywood as you’ve previously never worked in Pakistani films before…
My studio was set up about two years ago and the process of writing the film started approximately five ears ago. The idea first came to me while I was filming for Chashme Badoor in Goa around 2013. It all into fell into place much later. It’s not like I started thinking about doing something in Pakistan only after what happened in India.

Although you aren’t working in Bollywood anymore, their biggest studio is releasing your film internationally…
My film is very entertaining with comedy, action, romance etc. but it also has a very important message in it. I feel my work should also engage people to think about certain things in life since the world has become very materialistic. I believe a mutual admiration and trust was earned after I worked with Yash Raj Films on a few projects. I had actually discussed my ideas with Aditya Chopra quite a few times. YRF’s reaction was very flattering once they saw the content. Then it just happened and we partnered up. I had envisioned my film with the same people that are now involved in it and Yash Raj Films were one of them. When magic is meant to happen, it just happens.

Directed by Ahsan Rahim and starring, written and produced by Ali Zafar himself, Teefa in Trouble will be released in cinemas globally on 20th July 2018, distributed in UK cinemas by Yash Raj Films.

 

Yash Raj Films to release Teefa in Trouble in UK cinemas

thumbnail_Teefa_in_TroubleLightingale Productions, spearheaded by superstar Ali Zafar, is proud to announce the first ever collaboration with one of the world’s biggest and most well respected film studios who have brought audiences with some of the most iconic films of its time. Yash Raj Films (YRF) have teamed up with Lightingale Productions for an exclusive international theatrical distribution of Teefa In Trouble. 

Speaking about this milestone, Ali Zafar has said, “I have always believed that with faith, the right intentions, goodwill and hard work, you can achieve all of your dreams. Today I feel deeply humbled to have a huge dream fulfilled. To take our cinema global in the best possible manner and to do it with a company that is not just a company but an idea… that love transcends all. My relationship with YRF goes back to 2010 when I signed up for ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, followed by ‘Kill Dil’. I have some of my best memories and experiences on those films. I still remember the time when the late Yashji asked me at lunch one day: “Oye to Lahore to ain, yeh kheer zuroor try kareen”. “You are from Lahore, you must try this “kheer (rice pudding)”! I thought to myself that the man who has induced such sweetness in our lives through his stories is making sure that I leave with an even sweater taste in my mouth. It was surreal. But what is dreamlike is that the company he formed with so much love is now going to be spreading the same passion that we have tried to create in our first film to the entire world, making sure the film is seen globally. Thank you Yashji and Aditya Chopra, for your faith and guidance. More than an inspiration, you are an institution that nurtures talent like no one. I would deeply like to honour and thank Mr. Avtar Panesar for taking that belief and trust forward by choosing us as YRF’s first of sorts to officially distribute the film in international markets. I can’t wait for the world to watch Teefa In Trouble!” 

Avtar Panesar, Vice President – International Operations Yash Raj Films said: “We at YRF share a strong and seasoned relationship with Ali Zafar having produced two movies and a music album with him; we’d like to think of YRF being his home in India. It was a natural progression, taking that relationship to the next level with Ali as Producer with Teefa In Trouble. We have never distributed any film from Pakistan or from any other part of the world earlier; And are extremely selective with the films we handle for our friends in India, we are very excited to see what Ahsan Rahim the director and Ali Zafar as producer and actor have done with Teefa In Trouble. It really was a no brainer for us. This certainly puts Ali in the great company of star producers! We’re looking forward to making this the first of many.” 

Founded in 1970 by the great, Late Yash Chopra, Yash Raj Films is regarded as one of India’s oldest and most respected storytellers with India’s most enviable film catalogue in the entertainment business. YRF’s top grossers have already placed the company in the big league of producers worldwide, making it one of the largest filmmaking entities in the nation. Indeed, Teefa In Trouble joins the league of Yash Raj Films’ distribution portfolio of some of the region’s biggest blockbusters including Race 3, Tiger Zinda Hai, Dhoom 3, Tiger Zinda Hai, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Sultan and Ali Zafar’s Kill Dil to name a few. The trailer for Teefa In Trouble to be released soon will be will be screened across 1200 plus screens in the international market.

The summer blockbuster Teefa In Trouble stars the leading multi-talented superstar Ali Zafar and introduces Maya Ali to the silver screen. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, the movie is set to release on 20th July 2018 across Pakistan and internationally.

Teefa In Trouble is packed with action, romance and comedy. The feature film has been produced by Lightingale Productions.

‘Kill Dil’ comes to UK cinemas on 14th November

Marking the arrival of an exciting new genre in Indian cinema – the ‘slick flick’ – Yash Raj Films presents the best of Bollywood’s new generation of talent in one of the most compelling and innovative films of the year, Kill Dil, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is a glossy action flick with spirited passion at the heart of it. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, who makes an experimental departure from earlier super hits such as Bunty Aur Babli

Super stylised but substance heavy, Kill Dil features Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra essaying their most leftfield roles to date. Making a radical departure from the comedy genre he is famous for, screen veteran Govinda depicts a negative role with equal prowess.

The buddy movie redefined for a new generation, Kill Dil combines action with romance, portrayed through a pulp fiction style of filmmaking that’s sure to be appreciated by film lovers and critics alike. The captivating mise en scene is complimented by an equally ingenious and addictive soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers, Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and, in turn, nurtured them to kill. All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix. What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love.

Prepare for a new dawn in Indian filmmaking as the Buddy Movie gets redefined in Kill Dil, presented by Yash Raj Films, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

 

Watch: ‘Kill Dil’ Title Track

The cool killer trio is here. Catch the wild, raw and dirty killers go crazy in the infectious and catchy Kill Dil Title Track.

Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan at their besttake you straight into the ‘wild wild North’ world of the indomitable characters – Dev, Tutu and Bhaiyaji.

Kill Dil releases in UK cinemas through Yash Raj Films on 14th November 2014.

Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. Music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Gulzar.

 

YRF to release ‘Kill Dil’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films will release their upcoming production Kill Dil in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

The production house has also today released the official poster of Kill Dil after the series of teaser character posters created a huge anticipation for the first look poster.

Kill Dil Poster

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable,Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics penned by Gulzar.

The trailer of the film will be released online on 18th September 2014. 

Competition: Win tickets to Bollywood Showstoppers 2014

Bollywood Showstoppers 2014 is returning to The O2 on Sunday 3rd August. Headlined by Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ali Zafar, Jacqueline Fernandez performing for the first time in the UK and supported by musical sensation Mika Singh and the spectacular Bolly Flex dancers, the four hour spectacular is filled with extravagant entertainment, from jaw-dropping high energy dance performances to live blockbuster musical acts that will keep you on the edge of your feet.

Bollywood Showstoppers

We have teamed up with Bolly-Flex and Naz Choudhury, the director and producer of the Bolly-Flex shows, to give away a pair of tickets. Simply answer the following question using the form below:

  •  Which world-famous venue will host the Bollywood Showstoppers concert in London on 3rd August?

This Competition is now closed!

The competition closes on 30thJuly 2014. The winner will be contacted via e-mail. This competition is only open to UK residents.

Bollywood Showstoppers 2013 rocked The O2 with Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Shaan and Malaika Arora and now in 2014, it just got bigger. Don’t miss out on the biggest Bollywood concert of the year, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Book your tickets here!

Interview: Ali Zafar speaks about ‘Total Siyapaa’

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Ali Zafar speaks to BollyNewsUK about this week’s big Bollywood release, Total Siyapaa.

Total Siyapaa is a roller coaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rock star Aman (Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (Yami Gautam) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher). The film is directed by E Nivas and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey,

 

Total Siyapaa was due to release in January 2014. Why was it postponed?
We decided that 7th March is a better release date as it’s really cold in January in London and overseas (laughs). We want audiences to come and watch the film comfortably.

 

It’s now clashing at the UK Box Office with Gulaab Gang and Queen.
Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that.

 

The film was earlier titled Aman Ki Asha…
That was a working title. We thought that Total Siyapaa suited the nature of the film better. The film is actually a love story and about these two people, Aman and Asha. It ends up being quite chaotic. It also has a backdrop of India and Pakistan as my character is a Pakistani and Yaami Gautam plays an Indian. Total Siyapaa is just a better title, in my opinion.

 

The trailer is hilarious. What kind of reactions have you received from people and your fans?
I have been getting super feedback. It is amazing that people are laughing out loud multiple times during a trailer of a few seconds. That is a big achievement. There are a lot of funny moments in the film and I am sure audiences will enjoy it.

 

 

Tell me about working with Yaami Gautam…
Yaami is a very professional, hardworking and decent girl. It was a delight to work with her.

 

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (4)You have filmed London, Paris, New York in the British capital and now Total Siyappa…
We filmed at Trafalgar Square.  That was a lot of fun. We had built a set in London at Wimbledon Studios. All the scenes at Yaami’s house were shot at the studio. We completed principal shooting in 28 days. The fantastic thing about Total Siyapaa is that the story is actually based here. The guy and girl live in London. If you live in London, you will be able to relate to the film a lot. The Indians, Pakistanis and the ones that are in love and live in the UK will really understand this film.

 

How do you think will it be received in Pakistan as in the film a Muslim boy wants to marry a Hindu girl?
Well, let see how people react to the film. So far, the reactions in Pakistan have been positive. It’s very talked about and people are laughing. It’s all done in good humour. People in Pakistan are really looking forward to it. I am sure that they will be proud of the film once they see it.

 

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (6)The ‘Shahid Afridi’ dialogue created quite a stir in Pakistan…
It’s nothing really. It was done in good humour and I didn’t get any reaction from Shahid. When audiences will see the scene, they will understand the dialogue. 

 

You were a huge sensation in Pakistan as a singer. How does your family feel about you being successful in Bollywood now?
They have become used to the fact that I am now working in Bollywood films. I am away a lot more from home now than I used to be as I am doing a lot of work in Mumbai. For them, I am a family member and it doesn’t matter to them whether I am a Bollywood star or whatever.

 

How was your experience working with Kirron Kher?
She is absolutely amazing. She has brought a lot into the film. My acting in the film is mostly about reacting to situations. She is the queen of doing comic scenes and it was quite a lot of fun reacting to her wonderful acting. 

 

Was it hard to maintain a straight face when doing comedy?
As a professional actor, you should be able to maintain a straight face but we do slip up occasionally and laugh it out. It’s all natural. If something really funny happens then you can’t stop but burst into laughter.

 

 

The film has been produced by Neeraj Pandey, director of A Wednesday and Special Chabbis. Were you surprised that he is making an all-out comedy film?
Neeraj is an extremely good writer. I saw A Wednesday and I really enjoyed it. I thought that he would be wonderful to work with. One day I got a message from him that he’d like to meet up. This project then came about. I don’t see people on the basis of the genre of their work. I think, if someone can write something serious, then he can also write something funny. People don’t have to be restricted to a genre creatively. That’s also how I feel about myself. I don’t want to be just stuck to a particular genre.

 

Total Siyapaa

How was your experience composing and singing the songs of Total Siyapaa?
It’s a very good process because usually I work on a private album and not a soundtrack. You have a lot of responsibility and it’s a lot of hard work. It’s very time consuming as well as I was acting at the same time, writing lyrics and composing the music and recording the vocals. It requires a lot of time but if people like the music then it’s all well and good.

 

You are working on Yash Raj Films’ Kill Dill also starring Govinda, Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra…
It’s a fantastic film and I have been wanting to do a film like that for a long time. It’s very different from how people have seen me so far. I am sure that audiences worldwide will be pleasantly surprised. It has action, drama and everything else. I am having a lot of fun and I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I am very excited.

 

What’s next after Kill Dil?
I haven’t decided on anything yet. I am writing something of my own and will be producing it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Bollywood Comes to London With ‘Total Siyapaa’

Total Siyapaa Poster -Bollywood has long enjoyed a love affair with London, with over 30 films recently being shot in the world-famous capital city. Such cult classics as Cocktail, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Desi Boyz, Kabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham and Namaste London to name a few have all been filmed in iconic London locations. Now adding to this stellar line-up is the eagerly anticipated new romantic comedy film Total Siyapaa.

Total Siyapaa has the notable honour of being the first Bollywood offering to be filmed entirely in London, with scenes being shot in Wimbledon, Albert Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Earl’s Court and Tower Hill. In addition, the film has been produced by local man Chris Bunyan.

Total Siyapaa is an urban-ist rom-com with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, and is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films. The story is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensue when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher). The film uncannily captures the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding and togetherness between the two countries. Total Siyapaa also sees real life couple Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by the critically-acclaimed Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Total Siyapaa is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films and releases on Friday 7th March 2014 through Reliance Entertainment worldwide.

‘Total Siyappa’ to premiere in Pakistan

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (3)Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar says people in his home country are waiting for his next Bollywood film Total Siyappa and if things go as planned then the film will be premiered in Pakistan.

“People in Pakistan are loving the promo of Total Siyappa, (and) they are waiting for its release. If everything goes well, then we will have a big premiere of the film in Pakistan,” the 33-year-old said at the Zee Cine awards.

He also plans to invite for the premiere cricketer Shahid Afridi, whom he mockingly mentions in one of the dialogue in the film.

“We will also invite Shahid Afridi for the premiere and if he comes, he will enjoy the context of that particular dialogue about him,” said Ali.

The dialogue mentions Afridi in a funny way and it also created quite a stir when the promos of the movie came out.

Directed by E. Niwas, Total Siyappa also stars Yami Gautam, Kirron Kher and Anupam Kher. It hits UK cinemas on 7th March.

Watch the title song here:

‘Total Siyapaa’ release date changed to 7th March 2014

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK ReleaseBilled as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa will now release on 7th March 2014 in UK cinemas.

The film is a roller-coaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kirron Kher). The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Set in London, this wacky, warp-speed tale is a melting pot of cultures. The film gains pace when Aman travels to London to meet Asha’s parents who are conservative Indians and completely unwilling to go against their rigid beliefs.

Aman’s life descends into Total Siyapaa when he attempts, albeit unsuccessfully at first, to impress his future in-laws with hilarious and at times completely cringe-inducing consequences! The film uncannily captures the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding and togetherness between the two countries. Total Siyapaa also sees real life couple Anupam Kher and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

Total Siyapaa is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films and releases on Friday 7th March 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

 

Reliance Entertainment to release ‘Total Siyapaa’ in UK cinemas

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK ReleaseReliance Entertainment is set to have audiences in splits with the release of Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos), in UK cinemas on 31st January 2014.

Billed as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa, produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA films, is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher).

The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Set in London, this wacky, warp-speed tale is a melting pot of cultures. The film gains pace when Aman travels to London to meet Asha’s parents who are conservative Indians and completely unwilling to go against their rigid beliefs. Aman’s life descends into Total Siyapaa when he attempts, albeit unsuccessfully at first, to impress his future in-laws with hilarious and at times completely cringe-inducing consequences!

The film uncannily captures the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding and togetherness between the two countries. Total Siyapaa also sees real life couple Anupam Kher and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

Total Siyapaa has been garnering positive feedback since its first theatrical trailer was released in November, with many predicting it to be one of the funniest rom-coms to come out of India in a generation.

Total Siyapaa is set to tickle the comical senses of global audiences when it releases on 31st January 2014. The film will not only be a cultural bridge but will also break down the common misconceptions between India and Pakistan, whilst helping you to deal with that most formidable of adversary – the future mother-in-law!

 

Exlusive Photos: On the sets of ‘Total Siyapaa’ in London

We were on location of Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam’s upcoming film Total Siyapaa in London earlier this year. The film was called Aman Ki Asha during its principal shooting in the British capital

Neeraj Pandey confirmed this by saying, “Yes, we had earlier called the film Aman Ki Asha as the boy’s name is Aman and girl’s name is Asha. But the film is more than that. So we have now changed it to a punjabi title, Total Siyapaa.”

Total Siyapaa is set to hit the silver screen in the UK on 31st January 2013.

Check out the photos here: 

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (2)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (6)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (5)

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (3)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (4)

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (4)

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (5)

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (6)

Yaami Gautam in London -Total Siyapaa (1)

Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam in London - Total Siyapaa (1)

Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam in London - Total Siyapaa (2)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (3)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (2)

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (1)

Watch: ‘TOTAL SIYAPAA’ Theatrical Trailer

Reliance Entertainment has released the first look and theatrical trailer of Total Siyapaa starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam.

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK Release

Synopsis: Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, also based in London. He visits her parents’ house to seek their permission to marry her. However, his plans to impress the family start failing when they discover that he is a Pakistani.

Starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam, Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) is about a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless Pakistani boy while visiting his girlfriend’s parents, leading to some of the funniest, chaotic and outrageous situations.

The film also stars the legendary Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher in supporting roles and is directed by Eshvar Nivas.

Total Siyapaa is written by Neeraj Pandey who impressed audiences with his directorial venture Special 26 earlier this year.The music of the London set rom-com has been composed by singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar.

The film is produced by Shital Bhatia and Reliance Entertainment in association with Neeraj Pandey, AKA Pictures Company Limited & Friday Filmworks Production.

 

Interview: ‘I feel uncomfortable kissing on-screen’ – Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar - Interview - London - Chashme Baddoor (1)Actor Ali Zafar took out time from filming  Aman Ki Aasha in London to speak to BollyNewsUK about his next release, Chashme Baddoor.  The film releases in UK cinemas on 5th April 2013 through Tip Top Entertainment.

Chashme Baddoor also stars Siddharth, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma, Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher and is directed by David Dhawan.

How has the shoot in London been so far ?
It’s been very cold. Last time we were here in summer. Luckily we have a good bunch of people and a good team working with us. They are very cooperative and just manage through the night. It is good and pretty relaxing. It is nice though because my family is here with me. My parents, wife and my child are here with me and we are enjoying London.

Your next release is Chashme Baddoor. What does the title mean?
Chashme Badoor relates to a woman’s beauty. It means that may the evil away be kept away. As you know, the film is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. David Dhawan has directed the film.

Salman Khan and Govinda said that David often walks into the frame without saying cut. Did he do that during Chashme Baddoor?
Yes, he did (laughs). He feels a lot and gets very emotional. He sometimes would just walk into the frame because he is an old-school director and does not watch the monitor during a take. He does not like that. He will just watch the actors as they are performing. He would just walk into the shot (laughs). That was funny.

What is the film about?
The story is about three friends who live together. I play the character of Sidharth, who was played by Farooq Shaikh in the original film. The other two friends, played by Siddharth Narayan and Divyendu Sharma, are always after girls. My character has never been with a girl before but falls in love with one, played by Tapsee. His two friends think that how can he have that girl and we can’t? They do everything to jeopardize his relationship. What happens then is the story of the film…

How similar is the film to the 1981 film of the same name?
The basic plot is the same. The film has been treated for modern times.

Ali Zafar - Interview - London - Chashme Baddoor (3)How was it working like with your co-stars Siddharth, Tapsee, Divyendu and others?
They are all very nice. Siddharth is such an experienced actor and very skilful. Divyendu is very good to watch and very subtle and natural. Tapsee is a very sweet girl. Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher were great too. It was great working with everyone.

Were you ever conscious that David Dhawan’s last film did not do well?
Not really because you can’t judge somebody from their last work right?

But people do and especially people from the industry.
It is unfair to do that and in our field, you give hits and flops. Everybody has had flops and hits in their careers. You look at the overall repertoire of work of the person. I mean David has churned out some of the biggest films in Bollywood and is one of the most successful directors in the industry. His films have done fabulous numbers.

You missed out on the promotions of Chashme Badoor in India because you are in London for Aman ki Aasha. Was the schedule here last minute because actors usually take off a month before the release for publicity?
Chashme Badoor was supposed to release in February 2013 and after that I was supposed to come to this shoot in March. The release was postponed to April. I was committed to this film which is why I had to come.

Ali Zafar - Interview - London - Chashme Baddoor (4)You have sung three songs for the OST of Chashme Baddoor. But Har Ek Friend Kameena and Early Morning are sung by Sonu Nigam. Was that strange for you to lip-sync to someone else’s voice?
Not really. I am an actor and I have to do that. Sonu is a really nice guy. I have said this before too. I met him a party and he is very nice. Har Ek Friend is a very nice song and the song was shot on all three actors.

What’s your favourite song from the film?
I like Har Ek Friend Kameena Hota Hai and Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom.

Did you miss composing music for the film?
I was happy that someone else composed the music. I was composing the music of London, Paris, New York when I started filming Chashme Baddoor. We were shooting at YRF Studios and I was also composing the music and recording the songs in the Audio Wing at YRF Studios. I would do a scene and then run to the audio wing and then run back to do another scene.

You apparently refused to kiss your co-star Tapsee in the film.
I didn’t refuse it just because it was with Tapsee. I feel a little uncomfortable kissing on-screen. That’s a personal choice. Salman Khan has never kissed on screen too.

Ali Zafar - Interview - London - Chashme Baddoor (2)Do you get into who should be cast opposite you in films?
When you have a director like David Dhawan, you know that the film is in safe hands. You should just have faith in your director.

Is Chashme Baddoor a family film?
It is a family entertainer but it depends on your relationship with your family if you will feel comfortable watching it with them or not.

After Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, there was buzz that Katrina Kaif will feature in one of your videos. You have already commented on it and so has she. What’s the status now?
It’s just that I have been really occupied. I am also composing the music of Aman Ki Aasha and filming for it simultaneously. I have been busy in the studio and on the sets. I don’t like to do things in a hurry and hassle. If I come up with a good song, which I think she would suit in, then it will happen. There is no song. When I will make the song, I will ask her.

You are also doing a film with YRF again with Parineeti and Ranveer Singh. How has your relationship been with the studio?
Very good. They are an amazing studio to work with. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was probably one of the best experiences for me. The way they operate and take care of you is amazing. They were very nice.

You were applauded for your acting in the film. Will you be doing a solo hero film for the banner?
Probably. We have spoken about it but everything will happen in due time.

Ali Zafar wows fans at Cineworld Feltham for ‘Chashme Baddoor’

Ali Zafar Cineworld Feltham The new leading man of Bollywood and renowned musical artist, Ali Zafar, dazzled fans and audiences at the UK’s biggest Bollywood hotspot, Cineworld Feltham on Saturday 23rd March. The industry’s hottest new property wowed the adoring crowds, posed for snaps, signed autographs and introduced his upcoming film release, Chashme Baddoor.

 Earlier in the day, Ali interacted with media at a press conference that took place at Montcalm Marble Arch, hosted by Sunil Shah, Chairman, Tip Top Entertainment – the film’s UK distributor – and Artist Manager, Naila Mughal. The multi-talented artist charmed attendees with his vivacious manner, charismatic personality and the odd rendition of one of his personal favourites from the film soundtrack, “Dhichkyaoon Dhoom Dhoom.”

Speaking at the press conference, Ali Zafar said, “Because of my art background and both my parents being professors, art and literature was in our house so I got to read a lot. When I read a script, I feel it is the most important thing, because ultimately that’s what’s going to be transferred onto the screen. I’ve been lucky in choosing my projects.

“Working with David Dhawan was more fun than I was told it would be. A friend of mine said ‘You must work with David Dhawan, he is a wonderful director to work with and you will have a great time.’ It turned out to be not a great time but a fabulous time because he’s so much fun on set. He gets so excited right from early morning until dawn. That’s when he packs up and that’s the really good thing about him. ..and he’s very fast.The entire team were great to work with and so was he. Chashme Badoor relates to a woman’s beauty. It means, may the evil away be kept away. The film is a remake of the 1981 film of the same name.”

Sunil Shah, Chairman, Tip Top Entertainment said, “Tip Top Entertainment is extremely excited to be presenting the film in the UK, working alongside Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. I have just returned from Mumbai myself, and I can tell you, the buzz around the film is tremendous. I hope you all share the same sentiment when the film opens in the UK.”

Ali Zafar Cineworld Feltham Chashme Baddoor is a fresh re-working of one of 80’s Hindi cinema’s most delightful screen gems, presenting a riotous comedy that is sure to engage a new generation of fans as well as charming older audiences as it pays homage to one of the most nostalgic and defining genres and films of Indian cinema over the decades.

A laugh-out-loud, family entertainer directed by comedy maestro, David Dhawan, Chashme Baddoor is a fresh re-working of one of 80’s Hindi cinema’s most delightful screen gems, presenting a riotous comedy that is sure to engage a new generation of fans as well as charming older audiences as it pays homage to one of the most nostalgic and defining genres and films of Indian cinema over the decades.

Featuring the bright young things of Bollywood’s next generation of acting talent, Chashme Baddoor stars Ali Zafar alongside former model and emerging starlet, Taapsee Pannu, and rising stars Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma. Joining the new generation on screen is a wealth of seasoned veterans including Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Anupam Kher and Lilette Dubey.

Chashme Baddoor has been re-written by the lauded director of the original version, Sai Paranjpye, with David Dhawan crafting another comedy gem with his inimitable directorial prowess. Set against a breezy Goa backdrop, the film is perfectly complemented by an infectious, upbeat musical score courtesy of composing duo Sajid Wajid, with Ali Zafar lending his hypnotising vocals to the sing-out-loud soundtrack.

Chashme Baddoor releases in the UK on 5th April, presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Tip Top Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Focus Video Production

Ali Zafar Cineworld Feltham

Ali Zafar bonds with Varun Dhawan on the sets of ‘Chashme Baddoor’

Ali ZafarAli Zafar has revealed that he became friends with actor Varun Dhawan on the sets of his new film Chashme Baddoor.

Varun Dhawan, son of director Dawid Dhawan, made his acting debut in Bollywood last year with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year. 

David’s next directorial venture Chashme Baddoor stars Ali Zafar as the leading actor and releases in UK cinemas on 5th April. Zafar spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik  about the film for ISHQ Magazine on the set of his new film Aman Ki Aasha in London. 

When asked whether he bonded on the sets with David Dhawan’s two sons Rohit Dhawan, director of Desi Boyz, and Varun Dhawan, Ali Zafar said: “They came on the sets and we have become friends. Varun came to the sets a couple of times. We also hung out afterwards. At that time, his film Student Of The Year, had not released. He is a very good and decent guy. I have great respect for both brothers. They are very humble and grounded. I think, Rohit even contributed a bit to Chashme Baddoor. He often came to the sets and discussed things with his father like the styling etc.”

“David likes to get input from his sons. He wanted the film to look fresh and young, not dated.He wanted to bring in the sensibility of the youth. He managed to do that, I think,” added the Tere Bin Laden actor. 

Chashme Baddoor brings in a new trend with “Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom”

Chashme Baddoor - David DhawanEntertainment is guaranteed when it’s a David Dhawan movie; this is evident in the trailer and songs of Chashme Baddoor. After receiving tremendous response for Ishq Mohallah, the team has launched a brand new song Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom. The movie stars Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Divyendu Sharma and Taapsee Pannu.

As funny as the title sounds, the upbeat song promises far more quirkiness. Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom is already a huge hit on radio with people humming the song and requesting for it consistently.

The video showcases Ali Zafar romancing Taapsee Pannu, having fun and dancing to a unique signature step which is sure to get picked up by the audiences. Sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Ali Zafar, the upbeat tempo aptly reflects the fun quotient in the song. Shot in the picturesque location of Mauritius, Dhichkyaaon Doom Doom is one of those songs you begin humming in the first go.

The movie is fast becoming one of the most awaited films of the year. Directed by David Dhawan and produced by Viacom 18Motion Pictures, the movie revolves around a bromance with a twist in the tale and is slated to release in UK cinemas on 5th April 2013 through Tip Top Entertainment.

Watch the song here:

Meet Ali Zafar in London

Meet Ali Zafar in London -Chashme BaddoorThe new leading man of Bollywood and renowned musical artist, Ali Zafar, will be making his first ever appearance at the UK’s biggest Bollywood hotspot, Cineworld Feltham, on Saturday 23rd March at 4.30pm. The industry’s hottest new property will be interacting with fans and audiences as part of the promotions of his upcoming film release, Chashme Baddoor.

A laugh-out-loud, family entertainer directed by comedy maestro, David Dhawan, Chashme Baddoor is a fresh re-working of one of 80’s Hindi cinema’s most delightful screen gems, presenting a riotous comedy that is sure to engage a new generation of fans as well as charming older audiences as it pays homage to one of the most nostalgic and defining genres and films of Indian cinema over the decades.

Featuring the bright young things of Bollywood’s next generation of acting talent, Chashme Baddoor stars Ali Zafar alongside former model and emerging starlet, Taapsee Pannu, and rising stars Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma. Joining the new generation on-screen is a wealth of seasoned veterans including Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Anupam Kher and Lilette Dubey.

Chashme Baddoor has been re-written by the lauded director of the original version, Sai Paranjpye, with David Dhawan crafting another comedy gem with his inimitable directorial prowess. Set against a breezy Goa backdrop, the film is perfectly complemented by an infectious, upbeat musical score courtesy of composing duo Sajid Wajid, with Ali Zafar lending his hypnotising vocals to the sing-out-loud soundtrack.

 Ali Zafar makes his first ever appearance at Cineworld Feltham to promote Chashme Baddoor on Saturday 23rd March, 4.30pm.

Chashme Baddoor releases in the UK on 5th April, presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Tip Top Entertainment.

Tip Top Entertainment to release ‘Chashme Baddoor’ in the UK on 5th April 2013

Chashme Baddoor -One of the most exciting reinterpretations of an iconic offering from Hindi cinema and featuring the hallmark characteristics of another screen classic, comedy maestro David Dhawan’s modern-day retelling of Chashme Baddoor releases in the UK on 5th April 2013, presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Tip Top Entertainment.

A laugh-out-loud, family entertainer that will appeal of cinemagoers of all ages, Chashme Baddoor is a fresh re-working of one of 80’s Hindi cinema’s most delightful screen gems, presenting a riotous comedy that is sure to engage a new generation of fans as well as charming older audiences as it pays homage to one of the most nostalgic and defining genres and films of Indian cinema over the decades.

Featuring the bright young things of Bollywood’s next generation of acting talent, Chashme Baddoor stars the industry’s most handsome new leading man, the multi-talented Ali Zafar, alongside former model and emerging starlet, Taapsee Pannu, and rising stars Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma. Joining the new generation on screen is a wealth of seasoned veterans including Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Anupam Kher and Lilette Dubey.

Chashme Baddoor has been re-written by the lauded director of the original version, Sai Paranjpye, with master of comedy David Dhawan crafting another comedy gem with his inimitable directorial prowess. Set against a breezy Goa backdrop, the film is perfectly complemented by an infectious, upbeat musical score courtesy of composing duo Sajid Wajid, with Ali Zafar lending his hypnotising vocals to the sing-out-loud soundtrack.

Synopsis: Siddharth (Sid), Jai and Omi (Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma respectively) live together in a small house in Goa. Large on life, the only thing that motivates Omi and Jai are the women in Goa, while Sid lives a modest, straight-laced life.

The two womanising slackers attempt to woo the new girl in the neighbourhood, Seema (Taapsee Pannu), deciding to seduce her in their own, rogue-ish ways. But this is not what they tell Sid and they both wax lyrical about their romantic conquests with the new girl in town.

Sid, a shy, intelligent and mild-mannered boy, is unaware of their conquests, more interested in his books and mapping a great life ahead for himself. Unbeknownst to Omi and Jai, he meets Seema himself, they become friends and, over time, Seema falls in love with this quiet, sensitive boy. When Omi and Jai get to know about the relationship, they fear Sid will come to know about their lie and decide to confess that they both previously dated Seema. Shocked to realise the girl he loves is a flirt, Sid breaks up with Seema.

Jai and Omi are relieved for some time, but on seeing Sid depressed and retreating into a shell, they feel the need to come clean about what really happened with Seema. Outraged by their behaviour, he attempts to patch things up with the girl he still loves, but Seema wants nothing more to do with him.

Enter Omi and Jai to the rescue, teaming up with Seema’s grandmother to hatch a plan to masquerade as kidnappers and kidnap Seema. As Siddharth steps in to save her, the plan takes an undesired turn in a wholly different direction!

Prepare to fall in love with 2013’s most charming romantic comedy as Chashme Baddoor releases in the UK on 5th April, presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Tip Top Entertainment.