Category Archives: Ayushman Khuranna

YRF Makes A Mark At The Indian Film Festival In Russia

Yash Raj Films’ production Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Yash Raj Films’ distributed film Piku won accolades and received immense praise at the recently concluded Indian Film Festival in Russia (IFFR). The festival saw Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s lead actor Ayushmann Khurrana, with industry personalities Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar in attendance along with Sarfaraz Alam – President of IFFR and Festival Director and Ashish Sharma- Director Indian Council For Cultural Relations, Indian Embassy. 

YRF Russia Film Festival

Dum Laga Ke Haisha earned the ‘Best Actor award – Ayushmann Khurrana’ and Piku was awarded the ‘Best Film – Ronnie Lahiri’ & ‘Best Director – Shoojit Sircar’ titles at the festival which took place at Formula Kino Horizont and witnessed a strong audience of 2000 plus, interestingly comprised of largely native Russians along with a very small Indian diaspora.

And that’s not all! The Russian viewers just couldn’t get enough of the Indian enterinatainment. Even the superstars of Russia, Dima Bilan and Sati Kazanova who were present longed to see more of Indian cinema while the Indian guests were awestruck to see Russian dancers perform with complete ease on Indian sounds and beats both during the opening and closing ceremony.
With its presence at the Indian Film Festival in Russia, YRF continues its endeavour of taking Indian cinema to global audiences.

 

Ayushmann’s Dubai Act Wins Praise from Thought Leaders

Ayushman KhurannaHe impressed audiences & critics with his performance in the much-applauded sleeper hit ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ this year. And Ayushmann Khurana also won over a special audience of Indian achievers with his natural, extempore act in Dubai; he performed at the annual conference of  ‘Institute of Chartered Accountants of India-UAE Chapter’. Unassuming and effortless, Ayushmann’s ability to connect with crème de la crème of the Emirate was appreciated by everyone attending this meet.

A forum where thought leaders like Anil Kumble, Rajdeep Sardesai, CA Kirit Somaiya, Rajeev Kakkar (banker), Francis Matthew (Editor at Large, Gulf News), Shekhar Gupta & Barkha Dutt discussed various relevant issues of Indian politics and elements of India’s soft power, Ayushmann brought in the element of popular cinema & music with élan. His participation at the ICAI annual conference once again highlights his multi faceted persona.

Speaking on his experience, Ayushmann said, “It was an unusual crowd to perform for; also a set of people who would appreciate a conversation on an actor’s journey. I enjoy hosting gatherings like this and thoroughly enjoyed performing before them.”

Speaking extempore on his unusual journey into Bollywood from a career spanning singing, hosting radio shows & TV, Ayushmann’s candor and natural wit brought about a pleasant conclusion to this August gathering. He also sang a few of his hit songs from films, including ‘Paani Da Rang’ from ‘Vicky Donor’; a final act that entertained everyone present here.

Ayushmann’s Dubai Act Wins Praise from Thought Leaders

Ayushman KhurannaHe impressed audiences & critics with his performance in the much-applauded sleeper hit ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ this year. And Ayushmann Khurana also won over a special audience of Indian achievers with his natural, extempore act in Dubai; he performed at the annual conference of  ‘Institute of Chartered Accountants of India-UAE Chapter’. Unassuming and effortless, Ayushmann’s ability to connect with crème de la crème of the Emirate was appreciated by everyone attending this meet.

A forum where thought leaders like Anil Kumble, Rajdeep Sardesai, CA Kirit Somaiya, Rajeev Kakkar (banker), Francis Matthew (Editor at Large, Gulf News), Shekhar Gupta & Barkha Dutt discussed various relevant issues of Indian politics and elements of India’s soft power, Ayushmann brought in the element of popular cinema & music with élan. His participation at the ICAI annual conference once again highlights his multi faceted persona.

Speaking on his experience, Ayushmann said, “It was an unusual crowd to perform for; also a set of people who would appreciate a conversation on an actor’s journey. I enjoy hosting gatherings like this and thoroughly enjoyed performing before them.”

Speaking extempore on his unusual journey into Bollywood from a career spanning singing, hosting radio shows & TV, Ayushmann’s candor and natural wit brought about a pleasant conclusion to this August gathering. He also sang a few of his hit songs from films, including ‘Paani Da Rang’ from ‘Vicky Donor’; a final act that entertained everyone present here.

Reliance Entertainment to release ‘Hawaizaade’ in UK cinemas

Hawaizaada is set to inspire a new generation of filmgoers in a tale of unwavering daring, ingenuity and glory. Releasing in UK cinemas on 30th January 2015 by Reliance Entertainment, Hawaizaada celebrates the Indian spirit of adventure and invention as well as the country’s prolific freedom struggle, as it unfolds the story of one man’s dreams and aspirations amidst considerable adversity.

Hawaizaada is the story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, an unsung hero, a vedic scholar and an expert on Sanskrit literature. He is regarded as the great Indian scholar who not only sketched out but also built the first ever airplane in 1895, eight years before the Wright Brothers, the American duo who were originally credited for being pioneers in the field of aviation. Shivkar Bapuji Talpade airplane was the first ever controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Though his effort failed, his work and research was never given its fair share of recognition or even mention. By way of this film, audiences will truly come to understand his genius.

Inspired by true events, Hawaizaada has been masterfully brought to the big screen by renowned scriptwriting-duo Vibhu Puri and Saurabh R Bhave, whose previous critically-acclaimed writing credits include Saawariya and Guzaarish. Vibhu also makes his directorial debut and masterfully brings to life all the vibrancy, old-world charm and emotion of the narrative in a thrilling cinematic experience for the whole family.

Hawaizaada (2)Hawaizaada features an ensemble cast of emerging and established actors, who all showcase their considerable talents in this thought-provoking and inspiring story. Playing the lead role of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade is multi-talented actor, musician and presenter Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor), who is joined by rising star Pallavi Sharda (Besharam), who essays the role of Sitara. The star line-up is completed by veteran award-winning actor Mithun Chakraborthy (OMG, Oh My God).
 
The film tells the story of young school drop-out ‘Shivi’ (Ayushmann Khurrana), who falls in love with popular rich girl Sitara (Pallavi Sharda). But their turbulent and tempestuous relationship does not run smoothly and Sitara decides to leave the city to spare Shivi any further pain. The heartbroken and dejected Shivi slips into a constant drunken stupor in a world filled with debauchery and sinfulness. However, His life is dramatically changed when he meets ‘Shastry’, (Mithun Chakraborthy), a Vedic scholar, who inspires him to change his shallow, unfulfilled life. Shastry shares his life-long dream of making an airplane based on the principles of the Hindu religious texts, the Vedas. Hence begins the two men’s poignant, courageous and exciting journey, one a whimsical genius and the other a witty, crazy dreamer.
 
However, the course of life and love never runs smoothly, as Shivi finds himself the perpetrator of the ultimate betrayal against his good friend Shastry. Will Shivi be able to redeem himself after his unthinkable actions and will he and his true love Sitara reunite and realise the life-long dream of his friend and mentor?
 
Hawaizaada is set to be the New Year’s must-see, feel-good film, packed with aspiration and adventure. Hawaizaada will release in UK cinemas on 30th January 2015 through Reliance Entertainment.

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Bhushan Kumar brings Ayushmann Khurrana’s next single

Ayushman KhurannaT-Series’ Bhushan Kumar, after a releasing Yo Yo Honey Singh’s latest album, released yet another non-film music track with Bollywood actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana.

After working on Nautanki Saala and giving a hit track in film Sadi Galli, Ayushmann and Bhushan together bring yet another chartbuster single ‘Mitti Di Khushboo’. Ayushmann Khurrana with his old friend Rochak Kohli released their new Punjabi single composed by Rochak and sung by Ayushmann which is written by Rochak Kohli, Gurpreet Saini, Gautam Govind Sharma. A soft earthy romantic track will feature Ayushmann Khurrana along with leading Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi for the first time. A soft number symbolizes love, heartbreak and togetherness that was launched at an event today in Mumbai.

At PVR Juhu, Bhushan Kumar unveiled the video of Mitti Di Khushboo in the presence of Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli, Huma Qureshi, Amit Roy (the video director).

Bhushan Kumar, T-Series speaks on taking his association ahead, “Mitti Di Khusboo will just mesmerize the audiences with its composition, lyrics and the way the video is shot. Huma with Ayushmann makes the video beautiful. Rochak who has composed the song has given the audience breathtaking songs like Sadi Galli and Pani Da Rang with ayushmann and Rochak, Gurpreet and gautam have crafted beautiful soothing lyrics for this particular track. I am happy to work with Ayushmann again who is so true to his work and is equally passionate about music.”

Ayushmann happy with his new release, “Mitti di Khushboo” is about rain, love & nostalgia. The festive season is on & it will be a perfect home-coming anthem for everyone. Thanks to Bhushan Kumar for getting non-film music back in the spotlight.”

Watch the song here:

Get a marketing job at Yash Raj Films

At a B-School event attended by working students in their interview-best, Ayushmann Khurrana (Mohit Chaddha) and Sonam Kapoor (Mayera Sehgal) presented a tongue-in-cheek look at the corporate world while announcing the unique promotional campaign ‘Get a Job at YRF.’

 

Along with having the required qualifications for the marketing position, one must also be able to impress Ayushmann and Sonam in the final selection round. While Ayushmann who plays Mohit – a marketing whiz kid will judge the applicant’s marketing and communication capabilities, Sonam playing Mayera – a financial brain will conduct the interview on the grounds of personal conduct and presentation skills.

Sonam and Ayushman

‘Get a Job at YRF’ has received an overwhelming response with excited and enthusiastic applicants from across India participating in it since the contest was announced!

Directed by Nupur Asthana and Produced by Aditya Chopra, Bewakoofiyaan, is a contemporary slice of life story which turns set notions about relationships on their head. The film has been written by the versatile writer/director Habib Faisal.

The film stars Rishi Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles. Bewakoofiyaan releases worldwide on 14th March 2014.

 

 

First Look: ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’

First Look YRF nextManeesh Sharma’s first independent production venture under the Yash Raj Films banner, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is directed by Sharat Katariya and stars the extremely talented Ayushmann Khurrana and YRF’s new find from one of its own – debutant Bhumi Pednekar.

On the perfect casting of Bhumi, Maneesh Sharma who has a winning streak of working with successful debutants Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor says, “For the films I have directed, Bhumi has been working closely in the casting process as an integral part of YRF’s Casting Division and many a times doubled as an actor to conduct auditions with the prospective talent. In the process I saw her enacting various roles and it was obvious what a brilliant talent she is!”

Dum Laga Ke Haisha revolves around the life of a small town couple – Prem and Sandhya. From overcoming his fear of the English language to dealing with an overbearing father, Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) discovers that his oversized and mismatched wife, Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar), who he thought was a spanner in his business and life, will actually lead him to something quite cool.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is currently under production and is slated for a 2014 release.

 

 

 

 

First Look: YRF’s ‘Bewakoofiyaan’

Yash Raj Films has released the first look of their upcoming release, Bewakoofiyaan. Starring Sonam Kapoor as Mayera and Ayushman Khurrana as Mohit, the film will release in UK cinemas on 14th March 2014. The rom-com also stars Rishi Kapoor in a pivotal role and is directed by Nupur Asthana. 

BEWAKOOFIYAAN Poster

 

Synopsis: Mohit is a marketing whiz kid vying for a step up the career ladder. Mayera is a financial brain with a penchant for shoes. They’re a young middle-class corporate couple that’s ambitious and likes the good life too.They work hard, they party hard. They’re also passionately in love with each other. Their belief: You can live on love and fresh air. Their obstacle: Mayera’s wilful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor).

The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid-level executive like Mohit simply isn’t good enough!

Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love… credit-card-junkies private-sector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?

Bewakoofiyaan, a contemporary slice of life story which turns set notions about relationships on their head is directed by Nupur Asthana and has been written by the versatile writer/director Habib Faisal. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra. This is Nupur’s second film for the Studio, after her successful directorial debut last year with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, under the Y Films banner.

 

 

 

 

Aditya Chopra to launch new producers

YRF

India’s leading production house Yash Raj Films has successfully introduced new talent, both in front of and behind the camera for years. Now Aditya Chopra will introduce and promote new Producers from the banner’s existing bunch of very successful individuals.

Yash Raj Films has always been known to have Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra as producers but going forward Aditya Chopra’s vision is to create independent producers at the helm of projects within YRF.

After his distinctive directorial debut and subsequent hit films, Maneesh Sharma will be the first such Producer to be launched. Dum Laga Ke Haisha to be directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khurrana, will be his first independent project as a Producer under the YRF banner. The film goes on floor early February and is slated for a 2014 release.

Watch YRF Talent Ayushmann Khurrana’s single O Heeriye here:

Ayushmann Khurrana in the league of Khans

AyushmanNautanki Saala is making waves with its promos and songs. The film has gained applause for its songs like ‘Saadi Galli Aaja’ by Ayushmann Khurrana and ‘Mera Mann’ by Gajendra Verma. This positive response from the audience is also reflected by Ormax Media, one of the most trusted research agencies of Hindi film industry.

The songs have done so well in ‘Ormax Heartbeats charts’ that the media house has compared it with the films of Khans. Expressing his happiness, Director of the film Rohan Sippy says, “The creative team worked very hard to make music that would stand out, and the marketing team pulled out all stops to promote the music- even without superstars in the cast, it has visibility like the music of films like Cocktail or Rockstar did. So it is extremely gratifying to read unbiased research from Ormax that tells us the audience is responding fantastically to all our efforts. The unique acting and singing talent of Ayushmann has helped us rub shoulders with albums of Khans & Kumars! We all know the importance music plays in the success of our films, so we hope that this success adds to the appeal of Nautanki Saala!”

Commenting on the same, Shailesh Kapoor, Ormax Media CEO says, “Nautanki Saala’s’ soundtrack has been performing exceptionally well on ‘Ormax Heartbeats charts’. These charts are based entirely on consumer research conducted across the country, and hence, a true measure of the audience response to the music of any film. ‘Mera Mann’ entered the charts four weeks ago and has been in the top 5 for the last two weeks. ‘Saadi Galli Aaja’ created a new Heartbeats record by entering the charts straight at no. 2 this week.”

He adds, “In the last three years, no other song has managed such a quick rise to the top. At a soundtrack level, Nautanki Saala features in the top 10 albums list at Wk –2 stage, i.e., two weeks before the film’s release. In fact, it is the only film without an established superstar like Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn or Hrithik Roshan to feature in the top 10. This signifies a strong connect with the film as well as with Ayushmann as a singer-actor. Music is a key factor influencing the opening of any film.

 

Nautanki Saala is sure to benefit from the fantastic performance of its music. Nautanki Saala, directed by Rohan Sippy, is produced by Ramesh Sippy Entertainment and T-Series. T series is the music label for the album. The film will release in UK cinemas on 12th April 2013. 

 

 

Rishi Kapoor, Ayushman and Sonam in YRF’s next

Sonam KapoorYash Raj Films has announced it’s next film, yet untitled, starring Rishi Kapoor, Ayushman Khuranna and Sonam Kapoor. 

Passionately in love Mohit Chadhdha (Ayushman) and Mayera Sehgal (Sonam), strongly believe that living on love and fresh air is possible. But Mayera’s wilful bureaucrat father, V.K. Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor), vehemently disagrees.

Who gets the last laugh in this slice-of life Delhi-comedy when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love, credit-card-junkies private-sector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal, is what the film is about. 

This fun-filled satire has been written by the versatile writer/director Habib Faisal and produced by Aditya Chopra, and will be directed by Nupur Asthana.

This is her second film for the Studio, after her successful directorial debut last year with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, under the Y Films banner.

This is both Ayushman and Sonam’s first film with YRF.

The film is expected to go on floor in February and is slated for a 2013 release.

Ayushman Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur in ‘Nautanki Saala’

Happy with the way film has shaped up and the music, which is a combination of the eclectic with massy, marketing savvy producer Bhushan Kumar has decided to give his film, Nautanki Saala an 8 week-long promotional platform. The film will has been finalized to release on 12th April  2013.

Nautanki Saala, a buddy comedy, is directed by Rohan Sippy. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film is produced by Ramesh Sippy and Bhushan Kumar, under the banner of T-Series and Ramesh Sippy Entertainment.

Nautanki Saala

Introducing Ayushman Khuranna

Ayushman Khuranna is an Indian Television actor, VJ and anchor who is foraying into Hindi movies with John Abraham’s maiden production Vicky Donor.

The 27-year-old Chandigarh-born celebrity has quite a fan base in India as he has appeared on MTV Roadies and has anchored popular reality shows like India’s Got Talent and Music Ka Maha Muqqabla.

While the UK audience, may not know his earlier work, Ayushman is sure to be recognised by them for hosting Just Dance, a dance based reality show. Just Dance was aired on Star Plus UK last year and was one of the most popular shows of the year.

Ayushman, who is a pure Punjabi and also plays one in his debut film Vicky Donor told UK reporter Sunny Malik that besides being an actor, he is a permanent VJ for MTV India.

“I am a permanent VJ for MTV India. I have also hosted IPL Season 3, India’s Got Talent (mostly the second season) and I was also a contestant in MTV Roadies which is a reality show series in India which is very popular,” said Khuranna about his work.

Now the actor, who has studied journalism, is gearing up for his first Hindi film release Vicky Donor, produced by John Abraham Productions and released by Eros International in the UK.

Also starring, Annu Kapoor and Yami Gautam, Vicky Donor is directed by Shoojit Sarcar and is a light-hearted romantic-comedy which also discusses sperm donation.

Synopsis
Dr. Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) runs a fertility clinic and sperm bank in Dariyaganj, New Delhi. If Dr. Chaddha wants to give couples their desired outcome, he needs a regular supply of good quality sperm. However, he fails to get high-quality sperm most of the time.

The perfect candidate then appears in the form of Vicky Arora (Ayushyamann Khurrana) who is a handsome, healthy and young Punjabi guy from Lajpat Nagar. Vicky needs cash to support his widowed mother and soon becomes the clinic’s most prodigious donor.

But when Vicky falls for pretty Bengali bank worker Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam), his contributions prove a major obstacle to their romance.