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B4U to release ‘All is Well’ in UK cinemas on 21st August

After the phenomenal success of Oh My God, Umesh Shukla is back again with yet another family entertainer, All Is Well.

From All Is Not Well to All Is Well, this August, UK cinema-goers will be taken on an emotional journey filled with comic moments that is sure to tickle their funny bones!

All is Well - UK Release B4U (1)In this family drama, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Asin and Supriya Pathak – communication gap takes precedence over the generation gap. 

While being on a chase from dangerous goons, the family squabble endlessly addressing their own love-hate relationship between each other.

The story casts Abhishek Bachchan as Indar, an aspiring singer in London and Asin as Nimmi his love interest in the film. 

The film tells the story of Indar who gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to be launched by a big record label in exchange for a substantial fee. 

Having tried many different ways to raise funds, Indar almost gives up – until he gets a call from his lawyer in India informing him of his father Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor) intentions to sell their family bakery business.

He packs his bags and heads to India with his girlfriend Nimmi (Asin) with the hope of securing the funds for his new album from the sale of the family business and starting a new life full of love and success with Nimmi. 

Their dreams are shattered when they’re kidnapped in the airport. Scared for their lives, they arrive in the den of the most notorious criminal in town. 

Wondering why they’ve been taken hostage, Indar has a moment of shock when introduced to his father Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor) who has also been held hostage, for not returning debts owed to the goons. 

With only one day been given as grace to the family to pay the debts, the family decide to be on the run – will they escape the goons?  Will they sell their family business? Now that Nimmi is unnecessarily involved in the mess with Indar – will she still stick with him until the end?  

Then begins a journey of fun, realisation, values and confusion which every family can sometimes relate to in their own lives.

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‘Ae Mere Humsafar’ from ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ revived in ‘All is Well’

All Is Well AbhishekAnother blockbuster in the making, T- Series has recreated the magic of the cult song “Ae Mere Humsafar” from the Aamir Khan-Juhi Chawla starrer Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in their upcoming film All is Well.

All is Well stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and Asin. Since T-Series also owns the music rights of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, the production house thought it ideal to feature the song in All is Well, directed by Umesh Shukla, under their home banner.

The music of the song is revived by composer Mithoon, of Aashiqui 2 fame with additional lyrics by Amitabh Verma. The new version of the song has been sung by Mithoon and Tulsi Kumar and will be quite a highlight in the film.

Confirming the news says producer Bhushan Kumar, “It is a iconic song that is fondly remembered even today. The song was the ideal fit for the scene and hence we have decided to use it in the film”.

Directed by Umesh Shukla, produced by T Series and Allchemy Film Productions, the movie is slated to release in UK cinemas on Aug 21, 2015.

Watch the promo of the song here:

Asin is not getting married!

Asin is not getting marriedRumors of actress Asin’s marriage to an NRI that have been floating over the social media front have the actress highly amused to say the least.

While Asin recently made a trip to LA on a vacation with her family, after a hectic professional schedule, the visit was blown out of proportion with reports of an impending marriage and career plans post it ,which hasn’t gone down well with her family and well-wishers, given that there is absolutely no truth to the information.

Clarifying the reports, Asin’s official spokesperson said, “There is no truth to the rumors doing the rounds that Asin will be getting married to an US citizen. Details of Asin’s impending marriage are merely a figment of someone’s imagination and should not be paid heed to. Asin did make a trip to the US, however it was her annual family vacation and she was accompanied by her family to LA for a much-needed break. Hope this puts an end to the rumors.”

Asin was last seen in Khiladi 786 opposite Akshay Kumar. 

 

Interview: Asin talks about ‘Khiladi 786’ and more

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Bollywood’s ‘100 crore’ actress Asin speaks to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik about her latest film Khiladi 786. 

 

You have had two blockbusters this year with ‘Housefull 2’ and ‘Bol Bachchan’. Congratulations!
It has been a really good year for me and I hope to end it on a good note with Khiladi 786.

You are paired with Akshay again after ‘Housefull 2’ in ‘Khiladi 786’. Were you concerned about being repeated with an actor in the same year ?
No, I was actually happy that I was paired with the same actor again in the same year because it just shows how much of a great working experience we had with each other. We don’t take the pressure of the Box Office, because I think, that should be handled by the makers of the film. I just do the best, to my ability, that I can with my character. I took no pressure nor was I worried about the repetitive pairing with Akshay after Housefull 2.

How different are the characters you both portray in the film compared to ‘Housefull 2’?
The characters are very different. I played a girl who lives in London in Housefull 2 and in Khiladi 786 I play 
a Maharashtrian girl for the first time – Indu Tendulkar,  who is the sister of a Don, played by Mithun Chakraborty. She is a very ‘desi’ girl and a little rough around the edges. She is not shy, coy or a sophisticated classy girl, being the sister of a Maharashtrian Don. I have gone all out to play her. Even with Akshay Kumar, in this film he plays a very Punjabi character who is from a village located near the border of Punjab and Haryana.

What do you look for in a script? What is the one factor that makes you sign a film?
It’s not just one factor. It starts with the script and secondly what my character is in the movie. Thirdly, it would be who is directing the project as the director is very important. Fourthly, I look at who is producing the film because you need a strong producer to make sure the film is completed and released properly. Finally, it would be my co-artists, whom I would be acting with in the film. Not just the leading actor, but also the whole cast of the film. These are the five important criteria that I look into and help me decide which film to take up. But everything does not come together in every project, so I look for most of these factors in a film while signing up for movies.

It seems like you have a strong sense of choosing the right film since they all make a lot of money at the Box Office.
(Laughs) It does take some planning from my side but not everything depends on that. My past films have had fun and emotional stories and appealed to the masses. I have done those movies and I guess, it really is because of intuition and sense, like you said. It takes, of course, a lot of hard work and planning.

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Do you worry about your films not doing well at the Box Office?
I don’t really worry about it because I know, success and failure are part of this profession. There is nothing permanent here. I have been in the film industry for quite a few years, not just Hindi films, and in the part of my career when I was doing South Indian movies I have also mostly experienced success. It has been quite similar with record-breaking films in the South as well. I have been around to see what happens, how equations change, how people change and how the graph changes Friday to Friday – with every new release. I don’t take success too much to my head and similarly I won’t take failure to my heart. I know these are temporary things and we should not be taking them seriously. Of course, we learn from failures and try to be better next time and for your successes, you just have to be grateful that people have accepted your hard work. I really take no such tensions. I just think that okay, this project seems fun to be part of and it looks like it will do well at the Box Office, and there is where my worry ends. The rest is up to the producers and I move on to the next project.

There are reports that ‘Talaash’ and ‘Khiladi 786’ are fighting for screen space. What is your opinion on the issue?
I have not heard about it but journalists have been asking me for the last few days. I don’t really know about it but as far as I have heard from Akshay and Himesh Reshammiya there is no problem. Himesh said at a recent press conference that we already have the screen space that we want for Khiladi 786 which is ok. I am not aware about a problem and am sure that both films will release without one, since there is a gap of a week between them, which means there is not really any direct competition between the two films.

How was your experience working with Himesh Reshamiyya as he is acting in the film, is a producer and has also composed the music?
I have worked with Himesh in a South film as he composed the music for it. It was a film with Kamal Hassan called Dasavatahaaram. We also had a song by Himesh this year in Bol Bachchan called Chalao Na Nainon Se. Now he is part of Khiladi 786, and he is not just composing the songs of the film, but also acting in the film and co-producing it. He has also written the film and is very involved in it. The music has done really well, whether it is Long Drive, Hookah Baar or Saari Saari Raat. I am glad that is the case because songs really help create buzz around a film before the release. I must say, Himesh is very focused and it was lovely working with him. He is also very work oriented. I have not had one conversation with him which was beyond work, everything is work related whenever I meet him or talk to him. He plays a Gujrati character in the film of a wedding planner and has done a very adorable job of playing the character. It has been good experience.

You are seen in both looks – desi and western – in the film.
There are certain scenes in the film that required me to stay true to the traditions or where Akshay’s Punjabi character is fantasizing a song about me and him. He imagines my character to be in typical Maharashtrian attire. That gave us an opportunity to portray my character in a traditional look. Otherwise, my character lives in Mumbai and dresses like a normal girl. There are two more fantasy songs – Saari Saari Raat and Long Drive – which required more western outfits. The looks have been designed by the directors wife, Komal.

Asin in Hookah Bar

Your fans complain that you are not on Social Networking sites. Have you given it a thought?
I have thought about it from the time Twitter came about. To be genuine about the interactions with my fans, I don’t think that I would be a person who would be regular on Twitter. I did not want to join Twitter and keep away from it from time to time. I like to keep to myself a lot of times and I like things to be more private. There are times when I want to go all out and interact but I don’t know how understanding people would be of those periods when I just want to be by myself. I am on BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) and those are people I know and I have added to my contact list. Even if I say something or make a comment, they will understand the context in which I am saying it. They know my personality and will not take it in any other way or would not misunderstand me. On Twitter there are many people, who don’t know me. There could be comments that people will not understand the tone of. I took all these things into considerations and kept away from it. I would love to interact with fans but because of these factors I chose not to.

What do you like to do when you are free?
I like to spend time at home. When I am working, I spend a lot of time away from home. I like to spend my free time at home with my loved ones, family and friends. I like to call my friends, catch up and watch movies. If I have a few days off, I like to go to a foreign destination on holiday.

 

 

Khiladi 786, directed by Ashish R Mohan and starring Akshay Kumar and Asin, will release across UK cinemas through Eros International on 7th December 2012.

 

Photos: ‘Khiladi 786’ Stars Celebrate Music Success

Khiladi Kumar attended the Khiladi 786 music success celebration youth concert at Mithibai College along with the cast and crew of the film. Akshay Kumar was spotted at his best as he danced along and flaunted his Khiladi moves.

Also present at the event were Asin, Himesh Reshammiya and Claudia Ciesla. Himesh, who has composed the songs and acted in the film, performed live at the event by singing songs from the action-packed film.

The crowd present at the event enthusiastically cheered as Akshay Kumar grooved to all the popular tracks of Khiladi 786 including Khiladi Bhaiyya, Balma, Saari Saari Raat and Hookah Bar.

Claudia Ciesla danced with Akshay to Balma, while Asin grooved to Saari Saari Raat, showing off the striking chemistry with her co-star. The cast of Khiladi 786 also gave away music CD’s of the film to the excited fans.


 

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Watch: ‘Long Drive’ from ‘Khiladi 786’

Eros International has released yet another chart-buster,  the ‘Long Drive’ song from Khiladi 786. The song is an upbeat and romantic number with Mika’s voice and Himesh Reshammiya’s music.

The video of the song features Khiladi Kumar and the gorgeous Asin enjoying a long drive in a splendid Red Ferrari numbered ‘786’.

Khiladi 786 stars Akshay Kumar, Asin, Paresh Rawal and Himesh Reshammiya and is scheduled to release in the UK on 7th of December through Eros International.

 

Watch the song here:

‘Housefull 2 is about entertaining the masses’ – Asin

Asin is known for her work in Hindi, Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam films. After working in 17 films, the 26-year-old actress made her debut in Bollywood, but chose to kick it off with a remake of one of her own Tamil films; Ghajini with Aamir Khan and Jiah Khan. The film went on to become a huge blockbuster and Asin went on to work A-list actors Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn in Vipul Shah’s London Dreams. She was more recently seen with Salman Khan in Ready, one of the highest grossing films of last year.

Next up for the Kochi-born actress is Sajid Khan’s Housefull 2 : The Dirty Dozen. Asin spoke to UK Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about her character in the film, her co-star Akshay Kumar and much more in this exclusive interview.

How different is the film from Sajid Khan’s ‘Housefull’ which released in 2009?
Housefull 2 :The Dirty Dozen has no similarities with Housefull. It’s an entirely new story although there are actors who are in both films. The characters are completely new, they are very different compared to those from Housefull. The only similarity is that a lot of people come together under one roof. Housefull 2 is about fathers, daughters and it’s about these four friends and their interrelationship and confusions which are created. That’s what the film is about. It’s obviously a comedy, an entertainer and a mainstream commercial film.

Tell me about your character in the film?
I play a girl called Heena and she is the daughter of Rishi Kapoor in the film. We are a family who live in London and have an extended family here as well. Rishi Kapoor has a brother in the film, played by his real life brother Randhir Kapoor. In the film they are called Chintu and Dabboo. Randhir Kapoor plays my uncle and he has a daughter, Bobby who is played by Jaqueline Fernandez. So, she is my cousin sister and we two families are constantly at war with each other. They are at loggerheads with each other even though they technically live under the same roof . My character is an animal rights activist. She works for an organization called LAW which means Loving Animals Worldwide. That’s about my character in the film.

Is Sajid Khan a strict director?
I don’t find him very strict but he improvises on set, gives his actors’ freedom about expressing suggestions and he gets totally involved in the scene. When he watches a scene on the monitor, he is so engrossed and enjoys it so much that he bursts out in laughter and even forgets to say cut. I think, he is a very chilled out director. He is someone who enjoys working in films and someone who loves his job and is a lot of fun to work with as well.

You worked with Akshay Kumar now after working with Aamir, Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn. How was your experience shooting with the Khiladi?
Akshay is a lot of fun. I think he is a good balance of professionalism mixed with fun. He is very disciplined about maintaining himself, about his work, about his punctuality yet he is a prankster, very laid back, has a good sense of humour and a wonderful comic timing and is witty. So, I think he is a good balance of professionalism mixed with fun and being chilled out and it was amzing working with such a person.

The film was shot in London but also in Peterborough and other parts of the UK. How different was it for you to shoot outside of London as you shot all over the city for ‘London Dreams’ already?
It was amazing. We shot at a house which was an hour drive away from London. That’s where we are supposed to be living, Rishi Kapoor’s family and Randhir Kapoor’s family. We were all staying in the city but used to drive down to the house every day to shoot. I am somebody who loves drives and somebody who absorbs everything around me. Just working with a new set of people, in a whole different atmosphere outside of London was an amazing experience for me. We used to have our lunches together in that house and we were chatting all the time. I think, just that location helped us bond really really well. The fact that we were shooting outside of India, where all the actors used to get together and we would just interact, talk, bond and build personal rapports with each other was amazing and was the best part of having shot the film there.

After working in big films like Ghajini, Ready and London Dreams, you chose a multi-starrer like Housefull 2. Why did you decide to be a part of this film?
That is exactly the reason why, because it is a mutli-starrer and I had not worked in one before. Of course, I worked in London Dreams but it was not really a multi-starrer but had Ajay and Salman in it. This was the first time I was given a film with multi-heroines. Just being part of an experience like this or just the fact that both Sajids, the producer Sajid Nadiawala and director Sajid Khan, have a successful track record in this kind of commercial cinema made me want to be part of this film. I thought that I should try my hand at it and wanted to be part of a so-called Bollywood multi-starrer and I don’t think that there has been any other film at this big scale. The film brings together the veterans of an era, it brings four boys and four girls together and I thought that it would be an experience to be part of this film.

Do you think for the UK audience, Housefull 2 is a film where they need to leave their brains at home? Or is the film an intelligent comedy?
I think it is a very unpretentious film. It is about entertaining the masses. You have to come with that mentality. Sajid Khan, the director has a pulse on what the audience likes and he likes to cater to all age groups. That is why he used these animal sequences for children, we have romantic scenes for adults, we have fight sequences for boys and we have father-daughter relationships for the family audience. Sajid had tried to keep it interesting for the different age groups but made it keeping in mind the masses.

A Nadiawala Grandson Entertainment production and an Eros International release, Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen is out in UK cinemas now.