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Photos: Deepika Padukone stuns at #MetGala 2019

Deepika Padukone walked the red carpet for Met Gala 2019 yesterday in New York City and fans couldn’t keep calm as they took to Twitter hailing the couture queen.

 
The actress wore a Zac Posen custom gown of pink lurex Jacquard, embellished with 3D printed pieces meant to resemble embroidery for the Met Gala, carrying a much like Audrey hairdo with a headband to complete the theme- based look where she looks every bit gorgeous.
 
 
Fans across the globe are going gaga over the beauty and the social media is abuzz as #DeepikaPadukone saw a strong India trend.
 
 
 
The theme of the Met’s 2019 Costume Exhibition is “Camp: Notes on Fashion”. The theme comes with its exaggerated plethora of costumes that put on an exhibition by global stars who attend the gala. The exhibit is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay that defines camp as “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration.”
 
 
Deepika Padukone first appeared at the Met Ball in 2017 during the release of her first Hollywood flick, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, opposite Vin Diesel. Dressed in a slip-dress by Tommy Hilfiger along with a flower crown, Deepika set the graph right for the theme of the year which was Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-Between dedicated to the Japanese designer, Kawakubo, with her sartorial choice. 
 
 
Walking for the second time last year, Deepika looked ethereal in an Atelier couture by designer Prabal Gurung. Making a statement with her draped number, the actor accessorized her look with siren red heels, dainty diamond jewellery and bright red pout. The theme for last year’s Met Gala was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, a tricky one to follow yet Deepika flawlessly aced the couture silhouette. 
 
 
Featuring in the list of the most influential global icons, Deepika Padukone sure knows how to give us the dose of drama along with her omnipresent poise. In the presence of other attendees like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Bollywood’s leading star surely has put India on the global map with her sartorial choices and presence across the world- walking like a queen! 

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Deepika Padukone’s next, ‘Chhapaak’ wraps up Delhi schedule

Meghna Gulzar’s directorial Chhapaak, which is creating an uproar across quarters for its versatile narrative, based on a true story of an acid attack survivor has finally wrapped up its Delhi schedule. The film features Deepika Padukone alongside Vikrant Massey.

Ever since the announcement of Deepika Padukone slipping into the character of an acid attack survivor broke, the news has already generated headlines all over. The reason being that instead of a choosing a glamorous role, the leading lady of Bollywood is playing a character which challenges the notion of beauty, amongst the masses.

The film demands Deepika Pakukone to feel and live the life of an acid attack survivor touching upon all the adversities the victim feels as Malti, the character she is portraying.

Chhapaak, which highlights the life of an acid attack survivor puts forth the confidence of the victim to be taken as a lesson and marks her an inspiration for those who have faced the similar situation.

Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, the film is all set to release on 10th January 2020 in UK cinemas by 20th Century Fox. The film is produced by Deepika Padukone under her newly founded banner KA Productions. 

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Photos: Deepika Padukone unveils wax figure at Madame Tussauds London

Fans of global sensation, Deepika Padukone, were left seeing double at Madame Tussauds London today as the star visited the Baker Street attraction to officially unveil her first ever figure.

The surprise appearance thrilled a select group of fans who had been invited along to get a sneak peek of Deepika’s likeness before the attraction opened to the public. Little did they know that the star herself would join them.

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Renowned for her starring role in films including Piku, Padmaavat & XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the actress has been involved in the creation of her figure from the outset and has even donated the glamourous gown that she wore at the 2016 IIFA Awards.

Expressing her thoughts, Deepika Padukone said, “As a little girl, I was a very curious kid. For me, purpose is something that is very important. However big or small, whatever I am doing in my life, purpose and why we do what we do is very important to me. After I got a call from Madame Tussauds London I was really happy and excited but over a few days, I thought what is the purpose of this? Why are we doing this, or what is it that my fans will remember me for, remember my figure for, what is it that I would like to leave behind?”

Deepika continued: “The cause of mental health is very close to my heart. It is something that I am extremely passionate about. I said that’s it, I would like for my fans, when they see my figure, I hope it reminds them of someone who did something for the cause of mental health, who worked towards creating awareness and destigmatising mental illness. I hope that it gives people a sense of upliftment and a sense of hope. I hope that message comes through.”

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The launch of Deepika’s figure coincides with the arrival of a new interactive dance wall in the attraction’s A List party room, where guests can take part in virtual dance coaching sessions to perfect their skills.

Visiting Madame Tussauds London for the first time since her childhood, Deepika brought along her family to mark her official induction in to the world-famous attraction. Millions of Deepika’s followers across the globe were also able to get in on the action as the star live streamed moments from the big reveal. She was accompanied by her husband Ranveer Singh, her family and in-laws, all flew into London last night for the event.

Deepika fans should also keep their eyes peeled for a second figure to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Delhi later in 2019.
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Here’s how Deepika Padukone rules the month of December!

Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone who has had an eventful year, ends it with a bang with major accomplishments in the month of December. 

The actress started the month with an uproar on social media with the pictures from her grand reception in Mumbai. 

Deepika Padukone reclaimed her throne of the sexiest Asian Woman on the planet as a UK Asian newspaper crowned the actress in their annual list. Bagging the position for the second time in three years, Deepika Padukone has achieved the title soon after her marriage.

Emerging as the only woman to win a spot in the top 5 list of the richest Indian celebrities by Forbes, Deepika Padukone has set new precedents. Deepika is not only the highest paid actress in Bollywood currently but also the most commercially viable actress. As her film Padmaavat entered the 300 crore club earlier this year, Deepika became the only actress to have shouldered a woman-led film to the coveted club. 

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Sizzling on the cover of GQ for the December edition, Deepika Padukone graced the first magazine after her wedding. The pictures have been soaring the temperatures owing to her oozing sexiness. 

Earlier in the year, Deepika Padukone also featured in the TIME Magazine list of 100 most influential people in the world, Variety Magazine’s International Women’s Impact report amongst other accomplishments. 

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On the work front, Deepika Padukone will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s next based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. 

Deepika Padukone is coming to Madame Tussauds London

Today, actress Deepika Padukone took to Facebook to reveal that she will be joining the prestigious line-up of A Listers at Madame Tussauds London.

Best known for her roles in films including Piku, Padmaavat & XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the global superstar live streamed the announcement from her all-important sitting with the Madame Tussauds team. 

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Deepika Padukone said, “I am delighted and honoured to be joining the incredible list of achievers at Madame Tussauds London. Working through the ideas has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see the finished experience next year.”

Edward Fuller, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Deepika has had huge success not only in the world of Bollywood but across the globe, even featuring in this year’s TIME 100. We’ve received regular requests to create her figure as her fan base continues to grow across the world and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Madame Tussauds London next year for a chance to party with their idol.”

The world famous attraction is remaining tight lipped about details surrounding Deepika’s figure until its arrival next year. The launch will coincide with the creation of a second figure for Madame Tussauds Delhi.

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Deepika Padukone wants to keep the Jauhar outfit

Deepika Padukone in PadmaavatBollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone has been swept away with appreciation and love from all quarters for her splendid performance in Padmaavat.

Padmaavat is close to Deepika Padukone’s heart for more reasons than one.The magnum opus not only saw her team up with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the third time but also crossed the Rs 300-crore mark. The actress garnered immense love and appreciation from audience and critics alike.

The jauhar sequence, which was a major highlight of the film, was the most difficult part for Deepika. No wonder, Deepika recently reached out to SLB and requested him to give her the outfit that she had worn for the climax scene. 

Given the sentimental value of that ensemble, she wants to treasure it for life. 

Deepika Padukone shares, “Padmaavat, in its entirety, has been a journey that will stay with me forever. The climax sequence, especially, has been the most intense, challenging and memorable scene I have ever done. And to commemorate those moments, I’ve requested Sanjay sir if I could keep the outfit that I wore.”

Padmaavat proves to be Deepika Padukone’s 7th film in the 100 cr club and her hattrick in the 200 cr club. 

Now, Deepika Padukone becomes the first actress to shoulder a 300 crore film. Becoming the reigning queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone is one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. 

Deepika Padukone bags the Entertainer of the year award for Padmaavat

Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone won the Entertainer of the year award after the humongous success of her magnum opus Padmaavat.

Deepika Padukone garnered immense appreciation and love from all quarters for her powerful performance as the Rajputani Queen. Earning accolades for not just her beauty but also effortless acting, the actress was hailed by the critics and audience alike.  The actress entertained the audience with her power-packed acting doubled with her perfect expressions. Known to express just with her eyes, Deepika Padukone received praises for the climax scene where she won the hearts of the audience without speaking a single word.

Deepika Padukone got the nation dancing to the tunes of her song ‘Ghoomar’, also making a lasting impact with her powerful dialogues. Being touted as her best performance till date, Deepika Padukone’s performance is regarded worthy of every award this year. Shouldering one of the most epic period dramas ever in Bollywood, Deepika Padukone emerged to be the Queen of 100 Crore Club with her last release Padmaavat. 

Padmaavat proves to be Deepika Padukone’s 7th film in the 100 cr club and her hattrick in the 200 cr club.  Becoming the reigning queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone is one of the highest paid actresses of Bollywood. Not just films, the actress is super popular in the brand markets, with over 21 brands to her credit.For her remarkable performance in Padmaavat, Hello! Magazine has felicitated the actress with the ‘Entertainer of the year award’.

Dressed in a white gown, Deepika Padukone looked like a dream as she received the award by veteran actress Rekha.

‘Padmaavat’ protests continue in India, UK release unaffected

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bollywood epic Padmaavat, set to release in UK cinemas by Paramount Pictures UK on 25th Jan, is still facing protests in India.

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After death treats were issued to lead actress Deepika Padukone and Bhansali, followed by multiple Indian states banning the film and the local Certification Board in India refusing to classify the film, Padmaavat was postponed.

After five cuts and a name change from ‘Padmavati’ to ‘Padmaavat’ the film will finally get a general release this week.

Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to rumour-mongering.

The film that showcases the valor of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice, has from early last year sparked a furor in India inciting violence against the makers and cinemas showing the film.

The Supreme Court in India earlier this week ruled that all states must show the film. The protestors disagree saying that Padukone’s portrayal in the film ‘disrespects’ Rani Padmavati. Multiple cinema chains have already been vandalised.

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Karni Sena, a Rajput caste extremist group, last year threatened UK citizens and encouraged their followers to burn down UK cinemas screening the film. By doing so, they incited violence and committed hate crime, an offense in Britain. Rajput groups in the UK also decided to protest the film, albeit without violence.

Also starring Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, the film has been classified by the British Board of Film Classification twice, the original and edited version, both with a 12A rating.

The Mayor of London’s office informed BollyNewsUK that the Mayor‘s Office of Policing and Crime has been alerted following the threats.

The Home Office stated “The UK Government will not tolerate any groups who spread hate or deliberately raise community fears and tensions by bringing disorder and violence to our towns and cities and the police have comprehensive powers to deal with such activities.”

Cineworld Cinemas PLC, the second largest cinema operator in Europe, who also control the 60 percent of the UK Bollywood market stated, “At Cineworld we show a diverse range of films to cater to all tastes and preferences, so we look forward to releasing an edited version of Padmaavat on 25 January at our cinemas.

They added, “As always, we take security very seriously and have rigorous procedures in place to protect our customers.”

Paramount Pictures UK will release Padmaavat (Hindi) in UK cinemas from 25th January 2017 in 2D, 3D and at selected sites in IMAX 3D.

Paramount Pictures UK to release ‘Padmaavat’ on 25th January 2018

Paramount Pictures UK announced 25th January, 2018 as the UK release date of ‘Padmaavat’, after a string of bans and threats in 

India. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Padmaavat’ will release in 2D, 3D and is the first Hindi film to release in IMAX 3D release, albeit in a very limited release. It has been certified for general release by the British Board of Film Classification with a 12A classification. There will be no Tamil or Telegu release in UK cinemas.

Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh & Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering. Despite these challenges, the film that showcases the valor of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice, has managed to overcome all odds; aided by the support of well-wishers from across the film fraternity, the government authorities and the society at large.

“Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. We are humbled with the immense support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity,” said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18. He further added, “Padmaavat is a story that’s inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values. In the past, international film-makers have presented Indian stories such as Gandhi, Life of Pi, The Jungle Book and others to the world. We believe that this is the right time for us to truly make in India and show the world a tale that every Indian is proud of.”

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures said, “Padmaavat is our magnum opus – a tribute to Rajput valour created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen. The film will witness a mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages & formats covering 2D, 3D & Imax 3D in India & the world. It carries the trademark style of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, wherein each frame of the film is a timeless work of art. We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the film across select international markets including non-traditional territories. Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on the 25th of January.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories. I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film they so supported.”

 

Interview: Deepika Padukone talks about xXx: Return of Xander Cage

 

In xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone stars as Serena Unger, deadly rival turned xXx partner-in-crime in Vin Diesel’s merry band of lethal misfits. Tasked by the NSA’s Jane Marke (Toni Colette) with retrieving ‘Pandora’s Box’ –  a nifty little gadget capable of hijacking and weaponizing satellites – the third installment in the franchise sees Padukone and Diesel (joined by Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, and Rory McCann) in a race against time to save the day.  

Listed by Forbes as one of the highest paid actresses working today, 31-year-old Deepika Padukone is one of the movie’s most beloved stars in her native India. Her collaboration with co-star Vin Diesel and director DJ Caruso (I Am Number Four) in xXx marks her Hollywood debut.

What’s it like making your Hollywood debut
It’s been so exciting and so much fun. I think this was the most perfect launch of a new film that anyone could have asked for, period, especially considering what a big franchise movie it is and that Serena, my character, has such a strong part – so different from the way we’ve seen women in action films before. I think all of these things made this experience, for me, truly special.

Tell us about your character, Serena Unger, and how you approached her?
I think my approach was pretty organic. For me, Serena is someone who’s very today, very contemporary. And she’s also very relatable. I remember watching action films when I was a little girl and thinking ‘Why am I watching this movie?’ Because there was nothing to relate to. When I read the script of xXx and saw what an important role Serena plays in the story, first as an individual – strong, confident and intelligent – and then how she works with others to form a team and even lead the group when she needs to… Well, I was hooked. She has a lot of fun moments as well and a lot of romantic moments too… I think all of these things make it so, so relatable, especially for women. I think every woman has that strong, heroic voice inside them. I think Serena is the representation of that voice.

(L-R) Vin Diesel as Xander Cage, Deepika Padukone as Serena Unger, and Toni Collette as Jane Marke in xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE by Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios
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It seems like the part was written specifically for you.
In a way, yes… Vin and I had begun working together on another project that didn’t work for logistical reasons. But I had such a great experience when I met him and he remembered me from that when he decided to revive XxX.  And so I didn’t have to audition for the role. It just landed in my lap because I was right for the part. Everyone now, of course, is asking me “How does it feel to represent your country with this film?” I think all of those things are amazing, but as an actor the most important thing is just to fit the part… And so I think that it’s very, very flattering. Especially that when they decided to write the film, they thought of me first.

What kind of training did you do to prepare for it?
The physical part of it was what I needed to focus on most. The character herself was very relatable, as I said. It was something that was very organic. But the gun training, the weapons, the knives – those are the things that I needed to work on. I had done an action film in India before. But it didn’t involve any weapons. The minute you have weapons involved, the kind of focus and concentration that’s required is much more intense. And so to get there, we would rehearse every weekend. We’d film Monday to Friday, and then train over the weekend to make sure we’d get it right.

What was it like working with Vin?
I felt very comfortable. I think it helped that I’d met him before and that we had that connection. So when I walked onto the set, I felt like I already knew him. It was not a new relationship that I had to discover. But also there was DJ Caruso. You know, it’s so important to have a director who believes in you and who keeps feeding you that energy and making you believe that whatever you’re doing is beautiful and amazing. At least, I’m that kind of actor. I need my director to keep telling me that I’m doing well, because that gives me the confidence to do even more. So my sense of confidence and comfort came from Vin, but a lot of it came from DJ as well. It really came from both of them.

MUMBAI, INDIA – JANUARY 12: Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone attend the Mumbai Fan Event of the Paramount Pictures Title “xXx” on January 12, 2017 at PVR, Phoenix Lower Parel in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee /Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
MUMBAI, INDIA – JANUARY 12: Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone attend the Mumbai Fan Event of the Paramount Pictures Title “xXx” on January 12, 2017 at PVR, Phoenix Lower Parel in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ritam Banerjee /Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

What was the vibe on set like? From what I’ve heard, it sounds like the cast formed a special bond making the movie?
Absolutely, films will come and go but it’s the experience that stays with you forever. We became a real family making this film. And I think everyone really gave their best effort to make the best film possible.

What was it like to be finally filming the action sequences? Is there a particular scene that stands out for you?
There are a couple. First, there’s the one after the grenade sequence where I take down those Russian guys in hand-to-hand combat… I was in so much pain after that day! You know, almost a week after that I still couldn’t move (laughs)… The other fun sequence for me was the one with Ruby Rose, where we’re both firing weapons. We had to train constantly to get all the elements right for that, because we had to be perfectly in synch with each other. That was another really great one for me… In the film it takes place in slow motion. It’s an action sequence, but it almost looks like a beautifully choreographed dance scene.

How does your Hollywood experience compare with your Bollywood one? How are the two different and how are they similar? And how will it affect your career?
They’re exactly the same. The same energy, the same love, the same work, the same enthusiasm, the same ups and downs that any film would go through. I don’t know how my life is going to change after this movie releases. I honestly don’t know if any of that is going to be different. But the filming experience for me was exactly the same as it was back home.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: (L-R) Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone and Ruby Rose attend the European Premiere of Paramount Pictures' "xXx: Return of Xander Cage" on January 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Tony Jaa; Nina Dobrev; Donnie Yen; Vin Diesel; Deepika Padukone; Ruby Rose
LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: (L-R) Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone and Ruby Rose attend the European Premiere of Paramount Pictures’ “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” on January 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Tony Jaa; Nina Dobrev; Donnie Yen; Vin Diesel; Deepika Padukone; Ruby Rose

We’ve talked about how the part was written with you in mind. Did you have any additional input as to her development before the cameras rolled?
I actually went in a couple of weeks before they needed me to start filming and I remember doing this brainstorming session with the writer and with my director. We sat locked up in my room for an entire day, just going through it, scene by scene. She was already a well written character. But there were certain things that I thought I could add, certain things I could remove, certain feelings or emotions to highlight, which only an actor can do when you step into it and you ask certain questions. So I went through that entire process with the writer and director and I think that for me was the most fruitful experience. Because once we had that out of the way, when I actually started filming, I had no questions. I had no doubts. I knew what I was doing with Serena. I knew where her journey started and where it was going to end.

What was it like watching the finished film for the first time?
My first reaction was that we made such a beautiful movie that’s also entertaining and fun. Obviously, it’s got the adrenaline. But there’s also a socially relevant message there. It’s very difficult, I think, to come across scripts that have both. Sometimes you have films that really have a very strong message, but they’re not very entertaining. And then you have the entertaining films that just leave you feeling nothing. For me, xXx is unique. It has all the action and adventure, and it’s fun. But at the same time, it makes you think. Best of all is how DJ Caruso has blended it all together so seamlessly.

Will there be more films in the franchise? And if so, will you be back for more? Will the franchise continue?
I don’t know. I think it’s too soon to tell. I think we first need to share this film with the world before we can think of anything else… Right now we’re just focusing on sharing this with the world.

XxX: Return of Xander Cage is now in cinemas.

 

 

Trailer: ‘Bajirao Mastani’ – In UK cinemas on 18th December

Bajirao Mastani (2)It is truly a great time for cinema as once in every 50 years does a film of this caliber come from India.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali is happy to introduce to audiences his longstanding dream, Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra among others.

After piquing audience curiosity with the teaser and two spectacular songs (Deewani Mastani and Pinga) from the film, the filmmaker is all set to unleash his signature grandeur of Indian glory.

Eros International and Sanjay Leela Bhansali recely launched the trailer of the magnum opus, at a popular suburban multiplex. The trailer was received with an overwhelming response, as the audience and fans were completely arrested and spellbound by it

On the occasion said Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “Bajirao Mastani has been a story I have been yearning to tell .I have lived with it for several years and finally after a decade I this dream is being realized . Bajirao Mastani is a very intense love story …the dilemma of a man in love. Making this film has given me immense joy.”

Adds Sunil Lulla, Eros International, “It has been an honor and privilege to partner with Sanjay Leela Bhansali on this film. Bajirao Mastani has the potential of being remembered as a cult. The film promises to move you and leave you spell bound”.

Said Ranveer Singh, “Bajirao Mastani is an once-in-a-lifetime film.  Mr. Bhansali has taken me through layers of emotions, which I did not even know existed in me as an actor”.  ​

Added Deepika Padukone, “This film is definitely the toughest of my career. To play the legendary Mastani was such a dream and Sanjay sir knew exactly how he wanted me to play it. He is a director who pushes you and helps you discover something within yourself that you didn’t know existed”.

As a special surprise to the audience, Priyanka Chopra who is currently shooting for her hit international tv show in Montreal, joined the launch via live video conferencing.

Said Priyanka Chopra, “For me the film is poetry in motion. It is beautiful. Usually characters do not affect me but this film has.  There is so much emotional turmoil. It is definitely a milestone in my life”.

Eros International & Bhansali Production’s Bajirao Mastani directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra,Milind Soman and Tanvi Azmi among others will release on in UK cinemas on 18th December,2015.

Poster Unveiled: Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani #MastaniPoster

Eros International and Bhansali Productions unveiled the first grand poster of Mastani with the stunning Deepika Padukone today at Mehboob Studio.

Keeping in line with the grandeur and big scale of the magnum opus, Bajirao Mastani, Deepika Padukone unveiled the huge poster of Mastani. She spoke about her journey as Mastani and how Bajirao Mastani has been the toughest film of her career till now both physically and emotionally.

She further added that every woman will be able to relate to Mastani after watching Bajirao Mastani.

Watch the ‘Deewani Mastani’ song here:

Eros International will release the film in UK cinemas on 18th December 2015. 

See photos from the launch here:
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TAMASHA – Coming to UK cinemas on 27th November

UTV Motion Pictures will release Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s Tamasha, directed by Imtiaz Ali in UK cinemas on 27th November 2015. 

Starring superstar Deepika Padukone along with Ranbir Kapoor, the film is a modern love story with music by Oscar award-winning composer A.R. Rahman.

Watch the trailer here:

Synopsis:
Exotic island, youthful abandon, far far away, Ved and Tara – a story begins. Ved has grown up among stories. As a kid in Simla, he would collect money, even steal money so that the old storyteller would tell him stories. Ramayan, Helen of Troy, Laila Majnu, Heer Ranjha, Aladdin, Romeo Juliet. The storyteller would also say that all stories are the same. Ved wants his story with Tara to be different. So they decide to not tell each other who they are, to only lie about themselves and after returning from the island to never meet each other again.  But they do meet again. The question is whether they will be able to shape their story in the way they want. Will the muse be able to make an artist of a common man, will Ved be able to break the shackles of ordinary existence, escape the corporate rat-race and become the way Tara sees him – the exuberant story-teller? Corsica, Simla, Delhi, Calcutta, Japan – all the world is a stage – as the drama of Ved and Tara unfolds. Frolic, rage, quirk, laughter. Defeat, victory. Tamasha.  

Tamasha UK Release

Screen Format: Cinemascope Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital                                                       

Runtime: 155 mins (approx.)

Language: Hindi

Subtitles: English

Genre: Romantic Drama

Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala

Presented By: UTV Motion Pictures & Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Distributor: UTV Motion Pictures

Direction: Imtiaz Ali

Cast:  Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor

Music: A.R. Rahman

Executive Producer: Rajesh Sharma

Cinematography: S. Ravi Varman ISC

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil

Editor: Aarti Bajaj

Production Designer: Acropolis (Sumit Basu, Snigdha Basu, Rajneesh Hedao)

Sound Design: Dileep Subramaniam

Costume Designer: Aki Narula and Anaita Shroff Adajania

Choreographers: Bosco Caesar and Ashley Lobo

Casting Director: Mukesh Chhabra CSA

Executive Producer: Rakesh Madhotra

Publicity Design: Rahul Nanda & Himanshu Nanda

‘Bajirao Mastani’ Teaser released

Eros International has released the first look and a teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited Bajirao Mastani, the epic love story of an unsung warrior king and a fearless protector of the Maratha kingdom.

Watch the spectacular teaser of Bajirao Mastani on ErosNow:

Produced by Kishore Lulla & Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone & Priyanka Chopra. The film is set to release in UK cinemas on 18th December 2015. 

Priyanka in Bajirao  Mastani UK Release

Deepika Padukone innn Bajirao Mastani

Ranveer Singh in Bajirao Mastani

60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏

The makers of Piku, starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, have released a new promotional video.

Titled, “60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏”, the clip features behind the scenes and candid moments of the 29-year-old actress with her director Shoojit Sircar and her co-stars.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide and in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

Deepika and Amitabh Bachchan in Piku

‘Piku’ in UK cinemas on 8th May

PIKU UK Release YRF (1)Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of the millennium; Deepika Padukone, India’s numero uno actress; and Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s best export ever to the West, have come together for Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama PIKU, that releases in cinemas worldwide on 8th May 2015. Produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment, PIKU is being distributed in UK cinemas and worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

A fresh and ingenious comedy-drama that trails an extraordinary yet very quirky father-daughter relationship, PIKU will charm cinemagoers of all ages and is sure to be lauded by cineastes and critics alike. One of India’s most versatile directors, Shoojit Sircar, leads cross-generational audiences on a cinematic journey that represents original, Indian cinema at its most accomplished. Beautifully conveyed onscreen and balancing emotion with breezy humour, PIKU is this summer’s must-watch movie.

Among the industry’s most celebrated artists, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan lead the filmatic road trip in loveable lead roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble featuring Moushumi Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Raghuveer Yadav. Perfectly harmonising the feel-good atmosphere of the film is an infectiously catchy soundtrack, courtesy of composer Anupam Roy, Tollywood’s sensation, who marks his debut with PIKU. 

Synopsis: Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a Delhi-based architect who manages her small business, runs her home and takes care of her 70-year-old father, Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan), who spends most of his time obsessing about age related issues. Piku’s Baba must ensure that he has her attention 24/7, leaving her with little time to do anything else. Romance and getting a life of her own just don’t seem possible!  While both are deeply attached to one another, they are equally strong headed, stubborn and just won’t let go when dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and quirks!

When Bhashkor emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, the owner of the local cab service, Rana (Irrfan Khan), has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father. During this undesired road trip they learn to deal with each other’s moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashkor’s bathroom habits.

What follows is a heady mix of motion, emotion and commotion, which culminates as Piku and Bhaskhor return to their roots in Kolkata, giving us an insight into the father-daughter relationship where Bhaskor’s irritating yet endearing demeanour and Piku’s equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly dysfunctional relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

Deepika’s seven looks in ‘PIKU’

Welcome to a day in Piku’s life – she works, takes care of her dad, does the grocery shopping, manages their home, plays a nanny to her friend’s kids and much more besides.

Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of the millennium; Deepika Padukone, India’s numero uno actress; and Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s best export ever to the West, have come together for Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama PIKU, that releases in UK cinemas and worldwide on 8th May 2015.

Produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment, PIKU is being distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

Playing Nanny to a Friend's daughter
Playing Nanny to a Friend’s daughter

Taking Care of Baba
Taking Care of Baba
Girl Next Door
Girl Next Door
Cleaning Up the House
Cleaning Up the House
Grocery Casual Look
Grocery Casual Look
Saree Traditional Look
Saree Traditional Look
Independent working woman Architect
Independent working woman Architect

All Work, No Respite For Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone at the photo shoot for her upcoming release, PIKU.
Deepika Padukone at the photo shoot for her upcoming release, PIKU.

Whoever said being an actress is all about looking glamorous certainly doesn’t know the hard work that goes into being one.

Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone is one of the most successful actresses today and yet, basking in her success is the last thing on her mind and certainly nowhere in her schedule.

The actress has been putting over 18 hours of work for her upcoming film PIKU and yet her work commitments don’t cease at that. The gorgeous girl recently spent a whole day at a photo shoot and then without a break or any respite went straight into dubbing for her film. Her day ended in the wee hours of the morning, but work didn’t seem to stop there. The Cocktail actress went straight into the sets of BAJIRAO MASTANI later in the morning.

“It is amazing how she manages all her timings and gives each and every commitment of hers the due importance, she is one of the most professional girls today and seeing her work so hard, you know why she is at the very top today,” exclaimed a source close to the film PIKU. 

PIKU will release in UK cinemas on 8th May through Yash Raj Films.