Category Archives: Farah Khan

Pooja Hegde: Farah Khan is great fun to work with

Pooja Hegde who has just wrapped the Housefull 4 schedule in London was quite excited to shoot a song recently, since it was choreographed by  ace choreographer and filmmaker Farah Khan.

Pooja Hedge

For Pooja, it was “the most incredible experience”. She said, “Farah Khan is great fun to work with. It was a fun shoot. The song is a catchy number and by the end of it, the entire unit was singing along. I was working with Farah for the first time and really looking forward to it.”

“I have learnt Bharatanatyam for around 10 years and it definitely helps. Also, Bollywood dance is not a different genre, we do incorporate a lot of other dance forms. It’s all about just enjoying the music. For this film, I am also working on my comic timing, as comedy is serious business,” she added.

Exclusive: “Will choreograph for Dilwale if SRK asks me” – Farah Khan

Farah Khan at London Asian Film FestivalChoreographer-turned-director Farah Khan is currently in London for the 17th London Asian Film Festival.

The Happy New Year director today attended a  choreography  master class at the Southbank Centre and a sing-along screening of Om Shanti Om starring Shah Rukh Khan at Prince Charles Cinema in the West End.   

At the master class earlier today, Khan clarified that it’s a myth that she worked for veteran choreographer Saroj Khan during the making of Aamir Khan starrer Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. In fact, Farah was assisting the director, Mansoor Khan, and only took over as the choreographer once Saroj Khan walked out. 

Farah also recalled how the same almost happened during the making of the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. “Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan called me from Switzerland and asked me if I can come the following day to shoot a song for them because Saroj Khan had not landed up on set. As much as I wanted to go, I was committed to doing a song with, hold your hearts, Nana Patekar. I couldn’t cancel that shoot as it would have been unethical and told them [SRK and Aditya Chopra] that it would be the same thing that she [Saroj Khan] did to them. I think, she found out that they called me and thought ‘This can’t happen again’ and ended up doing the song in Switzerland. However, Aditya later asked me to choreograph Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane at a set in Mumbai.”

In an interview with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, Farah also said that if Shah Rukh Khan asks her, she will go back to choreography for his next home production, Dilwale, directed by Rohit Shetty. 

“I have just seen on Twitter that they have started filming for Dilwale. If Shah Rukh asks me to do a song for the film, I will do it,” said the director who has directed the world-famous actor in Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om and most recently in Happy New Year. 

However, Farah Khan has no interest in choreographing movie songs otherwise. “It has been twenty-three-years. I’ll do a one-off song now and then. But I don’t want to continuously do choreography.”

 

Irshad Kamil’s book of poems launched and read by Bollywood’s best

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems- Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka,Eminent Bollywood songwriter Irshad Kamil’s first book of poems, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, was released in Mumbai today amidst much fanfare. Setting the tone for a poetic evening, Irshad read a poem from the book. It was then launched by Deepti Naval, Farah Khan, Irrfan Khan and Sonam Kapoor. They also read a few poems from the book.

Irshad is regarded as one of the top songwriters in Bollywood, his words punctuating the music of the biggest films and songs composed by eminent music composers like A.R. Rahman, Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar. Irshad’s work in films like Rockstar, Raanjhana and Happy New Year has earned him not only love and acclaim but trophies from the biggest award ceremonies like Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, et al.

Published by Vani Prakashan, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka is a compilation of 31 beautiful poems by Irshad, one for every day of the month. And before every poem there is a window of thought that transports the reader in the realms of romance and beauty. Says Irshad: “When you are writing for a film you are under different kinds of pressure and while good work can blossom under pressure, some times you need to write for yourself and just let the words flow in their own sweet time. This book is a collection of those freewheeling thoughts and ideas captured in these 31 nazms. Being amidst the contemporary times,I’ve tried to travel the lanes of love in the light of today’s reality.”

The book will soon be launched in Delhi by Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali.

Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, is now available in leading book stores throughout India and on-line portals.

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems - Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka

Photos: Abhishek Bachchan & Farah Khan win at Masala Awards 2014

The director of the recent blockbuster Happy New Year Farah Khan and actor Abhishek Bachchan walked the Red Carpet at Masala Awards 2014 which were held at Madinat Jumierah in Dubai recently.

Farah won ‘Blockbuster of the Year’ and Abhishek won the ‘Best Actor in Supporting Role’ awards for their film HNY at a grand ceremony. Abhishek was also awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the awards night.

Masala Awards 2014

Masala awards 2014 held at Madinat arena ballroom,

 

Masala Awards 2014

 

Masala awards 2014 held at Madinat arena ballroom,

 

Masala Awards 2014

Interview: Deepika Padukone & Farah Khan talk about ‘Happy New Year’

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and director Farah Khan have come together once again after Om Shanti Om (2007). The duo sat down with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik to talk about their new venture Happy New Year, also starring Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah.

Happy New Year is out now in UK cinemas and is released by Yash Raj Films.

Happy New Year was planned right after Main Hoon Na released in 2004. How much has the story and film evolved from the original idea?
Farah Khan: When I planned the film, I did not have a script. It was just an idea and I thought that the script will happen. But it didn’t and took quite some time. I actually wrote another script of Happy New Year and Deepika Padukone was supposed to be in the film. This happened before Om Shanti Om started rolling. It was supposed to star Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Zayed Khan. I told Deepika that I will cast you opposite Zayed but if you are really good, then opposite Shah Rukh. Then I again, wrote another script of Happy New Year which had nothing to do with a heist. It just didn’t gel for both, Shah Rukh and me. I then quickly wrote Om Shanti Om in two weeks and luckily I had a heroine waiting (laughs). Poor thing would call me every week and ask “What’s happening? I have been offered a movie, should I take it?”
Deepika Padukone: When you are new to the industry, you don’t know how people function. I had agents and at that time it was a very new thing. Now everyone has an agent to look after their film work. They used to panic and say ‘maybe she has cast someone else’. At that point, it was a huge break for me and I wanted it to happen. Farah kept calling me though and reassured me that whenever the film happens, it will have me in it.
Farah Khan: I made her go to acting classes and she did a Kannada film so that she can be easy in front of the camera.

Deepika Padukone and Farah Khan at Happy New Year promotions in London

Farah, you announced this film, Happy New Year, after patching up with Shah Rukh…
Farah Khan: Actually, I had exactly two weeks before we patched up finished the script of Happy New Year. I didn’t even know that he will be starring in it because I wasn’t planning on approaching him. I guess it is meant to be.

A new actress was to be launched in the film. What changed your mind?
Farah Khan: Deepika didn’t have dates. She was doing a lot of movies at that time.

Happy New Year promotions in London with Deepika Padukone

Deepika, everyone is fighting for your dates…
Deepika Padukone: Nobody is fighting for me dates. Let me put this straight; she assumed that I was busy. Okay, now I am going to say this. Apparently, everyone was calling her and telling her that they want to do the movie. I never want to step on someone’s toes. She is Maa for me.
Farah Khan: I was worried that if I will ask her and she refuses it, I will die (laughs).
Deepika Padukone: I never go to a director and say ‘I want to do your movie’ and apparently, other people were doing that. Farah was wondering why I wasn’t picking up the phone and expressing my desire to do the film. Basically, we both kept talking about Happy New Year and would ask each other ‘So what’s happening?’
Farah Khan: Then finally one day I put ‘Even Czar is asking, who is the heroine of Happy New Year?’ as my BBM status.
Deepika Padukone: Then Shah Rukh asked me if I want to do the film. I told him ‘I can’t believe you guys took so long’.
Farah Khan: She was actually really busy. She was supposed to start Imtiaz Ali’s film at that time.
Deepika Padukone: I was supposed to start it back then. Happy New Year was also supposed to start around the same time. For whatever reason, Imtiaz Ali’s film got delayed and it all fell into place.

John Abraham was also supposed to star in the film.
Farah Khan: John was approached and was really excited. I guess some people are only excited beforehand.
Deepika Padukone: I guess, when you are making a film and you have just two actors, it is much easier to put it together and with six people it gets complicated. Someone can be confirmed in the beginning but by the time the film stars rolling, things can change.
Farah Khan: People also get a bit nervous as it has an ensemble cast. It is one of the few ensemble movies where everyone has good part to play. I can’t say that Boman’s role is not important.

Farah Khan at Happy New Year promotions in LondonHow did you manage to keep everyone happy give every character importance?
Farah Khan: All my actors were fabulous team players. See, it starts with Shah Rukh. If he decides to be the ‘star’ then it permeates down but he, Abhishek and Deepika were excellent team players. Everyone decided that it’s not a film about one person. It’s not easy to manage six actors. Just getting on the set on time takes a lot.

You are quite temperamental as a director right?
Farah Khan: No!
Deepika Padukone: Even her shouting has so much humour. We are usually laughing when she shouts.
Farah Khan: I would be temperamental if I don’t shout one day and I shout on another but I do it every day (laughs).

Happy New Year is out now in UK cinemas. 

Photos: Happy New Year-SLAM team wows the UK

Director Farah Khan; actress Deepika Padukone; actors Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah charmed the UK media at the Happy New Year-SLAM Press Conference at Montcalm Marble Arch recently.

Presented by Yash Raj Films, Farhath Hussain and Think Events jointly, the Happy New Year-SLAM Press Conference was held in relation to this year’s biggest Bollywood film release and the most spectacular, Bollywood live event of the decade respectively, both featuring the industry’s most celebrated luminaries. The event was hosted by British Asian actor Ameet Chana.

On working with Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone said, “When you’ve worked with someone it makes the process so much easier. He tells me, if we are doing a particular scene together, he will tell me what to do and I will always trust him. I will never question it.”

Speaking about the experience Shah Rukh Khan said, “Everyone has to do a film like Happy New Year in their career, and I am blessed to do this. The worst thing about the end of this tour is that we are going to miss each other the most.”

Speaking about the film Abhishek Bachchan said, “I feel like every film has its own destiny. You choose a film because of the script, because the character inspires you, me more than others. I chose the film because it has my friends in it, we are in charge of making the process of the film a memorable one.”

Speaking about the film, Sonu Sood said, “It has been a life changing experience working with Farah. She is the most talented director and no other director is like her and the way she represents her actors. I’m blessed to be a part of Happy New Year and the amazing family that we have made.”

Speaking about being in London Boman Irani said, “Coming to London when I was 25 was a life changing experience. I love it here.”

Speaking about the experience Vivaan Shah said, “It has been a life changing experience. It was an electrifying tour and representing the country is a huge, huge honour.”

Navraj Panesar, GM, Yash Raj Films International Ltd said, “It is an honour to be working with Red Chillies on perhaps the biggest release of 2014. Until now, YRF have six of the top Bollywood 10 films in the UK Box Office including the number 1 film among our portfolio and we hope to make Happy New Year the seventh.”

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films, releasing on 23rd October. 

SLAM UK concert took place at 02 Arena London on Sunday 5th October. 

Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Deepika Padukone at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Deepika Padukone at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (4)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (3)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Sonu Sood at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Sonu Sood at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Boman and Abhishek at  Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Boman and Abhishek at  Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (5)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (4)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (3)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika and Farah Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika and Farah Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Boman Irani Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (5)

 

Spotted: ‘Happy New Year’ promotions in London

The cast of Happy New Year recently descended into the British capital to promote the highly-anticipated movie. Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and director Farah Khan interacted with the UK media at a Central London hotel.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and is released in UK cinemas on 23rd October 2014 through Yash Raj Films. Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Abhishek Bachchan at Happy New Year promotions in London

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Competition: Meet the cast of ‘Happy New Year’

HNY UK BUSYash Raj Films in association with B4U and Baba Elaichi is proud to announce the Happy New Year Bus hitting the UK, ahead of this year’s biggest Bollywood release!

And to celebrate, they are offering a lucky winner the chance of a lifetime to meet King Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and the cast and director of Happy New Year in London on Sunday 5th October.

The winner will have the opportunity of meeting the team one on one and travelling with them on the Happy New Year Bus, going on to watch the stars live in action onstage.

All you need to do is click a pic of the bus in your area, mention where you spotted it and upload the pic to:

HNY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear


HNY Twitter: https://twitter.com/HNY


HNY Instagram: http://instagram.com/happynewyear


B4U Facebook: facebook.com/B4UNETWORK


B4U Twitter: @THEOFFICIALB4U

A lucky winner along with a friend will be selected to meet the stars in London on Sunday 5th October, travel on the bus and go on to see them perform live onstage. The winner will be announced on Saturday 4th October.

You can spot the Bus in the following locations:

2nd October 2014:

Leicester
Belgrave Road
Melton Road
East Park Road
City Centre
London Road
Highfields area.

Birmingham
Alum Rock – Alum Rock Road
Aston
Bordesley Green – Bordesley Green Road
Capehill – Dudley Road
Handsworth – Soho Road, Rookery Road
Small Heath – Coventry Road
Smethwick – High Street
Sparkbrook/Sparkhill – Stratford road
Walsall – Palfrey (Wednesbury Road)
Wolverhampton – Dudley Road
West Bromwich – High Street

3rd October 2014 

Slough
Farnham Road

Hayes
Uxbridge Road

Southall
King Street
South Road
Broadway

Harrow
Kenton Road

Wembley
Ealing Road
Wembley High Road

4th October 2014

East London
Ilford Lane, IG1

Cranbrook Road, IG1
High Road, Seven Kings, IG3
Green Street, E13
High Street North, East Ham, E6 
Romford Road, E15
High Street, E3 [A118]
Bow Road, E3 [A11]
Mile End Road, E1
Whitechapel Road / Whitechapel High Street, E1
Bethnal Green Road, E2 [A1209]
Commercial Road, E14

 

Spotted: Team #HNY arrives in India

After a very successful Tour in USA and Canada, team Happy New Year arrived back in India in the wee hours of this morning (1st October). Media welcomed them, with whom director Farah Khan, actors Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah shared their experience of the tour.

The team then got on a special Happy New Year bus to journey back to their respective houses.

The USA/Canada tour covered six cities – Houston, New Jersey, Washington DC, Chicago, Vancouver and San Jose. The star cast of the film will now visit London over the weekend. 

FARAH KHAN, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, SRK, SONU SOOD,DEEPIKA PADUKONEA AND VIVAAN SHAH BN6A8425

VIVAAN SHAH, SONU SOOD, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, FARAH KHAN, SHAH RUKH KHAN, DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND BOMAN IRANI AT MUMBAI AIRPORT BN6A8396

VIVAAN SHAH, SONU SOOD, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, FARAH KHAN, SHAH RUKH KHAN, DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND BOMAN IRANI AT MUMBAI AIRPORT BN6A8403

VIVAAN SHAH, SONU SOOD, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, FARAH KHAN, SHAH RUKH KHAN, DEEPIKA PADUKONE AND BOMAN IRANI AT MUMBAI AIRPORT BN6A8412

Photos: Houston & New Jersey experience ‘Slam! The Tour’

The artists of the biggest Bollywood extravaganza SLAM! The Tour performed at Toyota Center in Houston, TX and Continental Arena in New Jersey on 19th Sep and 20th Sep respectively. Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and singers Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh set the stage on fire with their enthralling performances in front of the live audiences where both the concerts were houseful.

The opening act of the evening was Vivaan’s performance on the SLAM track by Ram Sampath followed by Deepika’s performances on Aahu Aahu and Titli. Shah Rukh Khan entered the show in his larger than life style on aerial cable and danced on his famous numbers Chammak Challo, Kaali Kaali Aankhe, Suraj Hua Maddham and Don. Abhishek entered from the crowd and asked the thrilled audience to stand up and he rapped the song Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai and then performed on Kajrare, Maa Da Ladla, Desi Girl and Nandu Bhede from Happy New Year.

Farah and Boman performed on a special medley on which they made every one laugh with their conversation about how Boman wanted to be a lead actor in Farah’s movie and it reminded the audience of their comic chemistry in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi. Malaika performed on the song Devil from Kick and Sonu joined her on Munni Badnam Hui later.

Deepika also danced on her new song Lovely by Kanika Kapoor from Happy New Year, Angrezi Beat, Tu Hi Din Chadhe and Balam Pichkari. Shah Rukh and Deepika’s chemistry in the romantic number Satrangi Re was never seen before in front of the live audience.

Abhishek shot the biggest Selfie video in Houston and New Jersey which he took from the stage capturing the entire crowd from his phone and then he later on posted it on Instagram and Twitter which went viral immediately.

Yo Yo Honey Singh performed on Char Bottle Vodka, Blue Hai Paani, Tere Town Main and when he started singing Lungi Dance, Shah Rukh joined him and called Abhishek, Boman, Vivaan and Sonu also on stage. Baby Doll fame Kanika also performed on Jugni with English dance duo Suleman Mirza and Madhu Singh of Signature group.

The highlight of the most awaited show was when Shah Rukh invited a couple each from Houston and New Jersey from the crowd and asked them few questions which led to the winning couple getting a luxury bike. While the artists created frenzy, a lot of fans have come to watch SLAM The Tour from India, Australia, Brazil, Middle East and from different American states.

This exciting tour which began in Houston on Friday and then in New Jersey will be followed by performances in cities like Washington DC (September 21), Chicago (September 26), Vancouver in Canada (September 27) and San Jose (September 28). They will also travel to The O2 Arena in London in UK on October 5.

Photos: ‘SLAM! The Tour’ Press Conference in Houston

Shah Rukh Khan is ready to shake a leg with his fans in the US after a gap of 10 years. Along with Deepika Padukone, Farah Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Malaika Arora Khan, Vivaan Shah, Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh, they thrilled the audience with SLAM! THE TOUR on 19th Sep at Houston.

On this occasion Deepika Padukone, Farah Khan, SRK, Abhishak Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah addressed the media on 18th Sep 2014 at the Royal Sonesta in Houston.

UK fans can witness SLAM+ The Tour in London on 5th October 2014. 

Photos: Houston gears up for SLAM! The Tour

The artists of the biggest Bollywood extravaganza SLAM! The Tour landed in Houston on 17th Sep 2014. Farah Khan, Deepika Padukone, Maliaka Arora Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and singers Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh spent the first day rehearsing for the grand concert which will be held in Houston on 19th Sep.

BOMAN IRANI FARAH KHAN, SONU SOOD, BOMAN IRANI AND VIVAAN SHAH

YO YO HONEY SINGH, FARAH KHAN, SRK, BOMAN IRANI, ABHISHEK BACHCHAN, DEEPIKA PADUOKONE, SONU SOOD AND VIVAAN SHAH

While the artists created frenzy as soon as they landed in Houston, a lot of fans have come to watch SLAM! The Tour from India, Australia, Brazil, Middle East and from different American states. 

UK fans can witness SLAM+ The Tour in London on 5th October 2014. 

Photos: ‘Happy New Year’ Music Launch

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd launched the music of their film Happy New Year on Monday,
September 15th, 2014 with the director Farah Khan and the cast Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan,
Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, music directors Vishal–Shekhar, Lyricist
Irshad Kamil, Singers Neeti Mohan, Kanika Kapoor, Sukhwinder Singh, Dr Zeus and the Producers.

Check out the photos here:

TV personalities Rithwik Dhanraj and Kunwar Amar set the mood for the evening by introducing the first act by singer Neeti Mohan where she sang the medley Manwa Laage which was followed by a performance by Shillong Choir. Then singer Sukhwinder Singh sang his song from the film Satakali. To get the momentum going singer Kanika Kapoor and Dr Zeus performed on the most sensual song of the album, Lovely.

London based magician Keelan Leyser, added to the awesomeness with his tricks on iPAD, but the clear show-stopper of the evening was the performance of the cast on the song India Waale, which was constantly cheered and whistled to.

“Music plays an important part in my all films. I always think of scenes and sequences keeping songs in mind.The music has always taken the story forward, and more so in HNY because a lot of the story has been told through songs. I have to thank Irshad Bhai (Kamil), Vishal-Shekhar and all the singers for doing a fantastic job. Shah Rukh is a great inspiration for making music because he has great songs down the years. I always go that extra mile for the songs because its picturized on him,” said Farah Khan, Director HNY.

Lyricist Irshad Kamil said, “Working on Happy New Year was a journey of celebration. I want to thank Farah Khan for converting every music sitting into a party. This experience will surely carry on for life as I am still not out of it, though the music is heading for its launch.”

Music Directors Vishal – Shekhar said, “HNY is our third film with Farah who’s always been like family to us. The music of the film has every bit of the trademark Farah Khan energy…vibrant and colourful, just like her. It’s always a pleasure to work with Farah and the undying faith that she has in us pushes us even harder to exceed her expectations of us each time. It’s been an honour to have composed the music for a magnum opus such as this one and the journey has been unforgettable. HNY is our fourth film with Shah Rukh and even today we can say that no one does it the way he does…from being the best producer to the most phenomenal performer. And once again, he’s brought our music to life with his magic along with the hugely talented ensemble cast. HNY is sonically massive in keeping with the larger-than-life scale of the film which has seen some amazing team work and has truly been made with a lot of heart.”

“Music has always been an integral part of an Indian film. The music of HNY is an album that can cater to all tastes. We hope that it will be liked by all as the music is happy and made from the heart,” said Venky Mysore, CEO RCE.

“Happy New Year strengthens the bond that Shah Rukh and I share. The first song India Waale is the new anthem that has received an overwhelming response across all platforms and Manwa Laange is the new love song that is topping the charts. The entire music album is so fresh and hummable that the audience will fall in love with each and every composition,” said Bhushan Kumar, CMD, T-Series.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films worldwide.

Check out the teaser of Deepika Padukone in ‘Lovely’ from the film here:

Live Stream: ‘Happy New Year’ music launch

Red Chillies Entertainment is giving Bollywood fans around the world a chance to live stream the music launch of the much-awaited Farah Khan directorial Happy New Year tomorrow (15th September).

Get ready to witness sheer magic in a first of its kind music launch, with sizzling performances from the music makers of the film and electric performances from the stars themselves.

You can the watch the live stream here tomorrow from 12:00 (BST):

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films worldwide. Happy New Year will release this Diwali in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.

Happy New Year – A Farah Khan film starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani & Vivaan Shah is slated to release in UK cinemas this Diwali, October 2014.

 

“Slam+ The Tour” in London feat. SRK, Deepika, Abhishek

Get ready for the ultimate Bollywood event of the century, SLAM+ The Tour,coming to The O2 London on Sunday 5th October 2014, where the King of Indian cinema and the second highest paid actor in the world, Shah Rukh Khan, will take to the London stage for the first time in over a decade. Brought to audiences by entertainment impresario and leading Bollywood show organiser Farhath Hussain in association with live event promoter Think Events, SLAM+ The Tour will be the biggest concert extravaganza of its kind in Europe, bringing a total of 135 cast and crew from India.

SLAM+ The Tour promises to be a night of wonder with a feast of big star names, riveting music and alluring dance sequences all interspersed with breathtaking visuals and impressive staging. Not since the frenzy that was stirred with the Temptations concert a decade ago in 2004, headlined by Shah Rukh Khan, has a live event again inspired such excitement and hype.

Joining silver screen royalty ‘King Khan’ will be a bevvy of Bollywood A-list actors, actresses, directors and choreographers, including the reigning queen of the Indian film industry Deepika Padukone along with Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, director Farah Khan, and newcomer Vivaan Shah.

As a special treat for the audience, Farhath Hussain and Think Events will exclusively bring to UK shores the legendary actress Madhuri Dixit, who will join the stellar line-up to SLAM her way into the hearts of her fans. Bollywood’s dance diva Malaika Arora along with singing sensation Kanika Kapoor will peform to the latest floor-fillers to set pulses racing. The show will be expertly choreographed by Geeta Kapoor (Dance India Dance).

Speaking about SLAM+ The Tour and his return to the UK stage, international megastar Shah Rukh Khan says: ‘I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all. I am super excited and looking forward to being in your city along with my colleagues Farah, Deepika, Madhuri, Malaika, Abhishek, Boman, Sonu, Vivaan and Kanika. We promise you an evening of love, laughter and entertainment. So mark your calendar and be there at SLAM+ The Tour.”

The maestro behind the hugely successful Temptations concert in 2004 and now the spectacle that will be SLAM+ The Tour, is promoter extraordinaire Farhath Hussain. Farhath Hussain is responsible for bringing to the UK some of the most spectacular live events ever seen, in what is the world’s second largest consumer of Bollywood outside of India.

Speaking about the exciting new venture, he said: ‘I am thrilled to be bringing the global superstar of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh Khan, back to the UK with SLAM+ The Tour. After Temptations 2004, this will be a very nostalgic experiece. SLAM+ The Tour will be truly magical and mesmerising, like nothing ever seen before on this scale. The line-up of mega stars, including Madhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan and Malika Arora, will be a dream experience for fans. With the ticket lines opening soon, fans should get ready to be part of this historic event.”

The event is co-promoted by Keven of Think Events. Farhath and Keven have collaborated over the last four years to revolutionise Asian concerts in the UK, treating UK audiences to the best of live shows over recent years. They plan to take their already un-paralleled portfolio of events to a new level by joining forces once again to deliver their best yet with SLAM+ The Tour.

Keven says:“Entertainment doesn’t get much bigger than SLAM+ Bollywood’s biggest stars will grace the worlds most iconic concert venue with absolutely thrilling performances. I am delighted that international superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be headlining the event, along with other Bollywood icons, for what will be an absolutely exhilirating and power-packed show. Fans are surely in for a very special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is not to be missed!

SLAM+ The Tour takes place on Sunday, 5th October 2014 at The O2 London, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX. To book tickets visit http://www.axs.com or call 08448 24 48 24. Tickets are priced at £35, £55, £75, £95, £125. Limited VIP and VVIP tickets are also available.

Slam The Tour in London

‘Happy New Year’ trailer creates waves worldwide

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd unveiled the first look of its next release, Happy New Year, at a grand event in Mumbai recently. Director Farah Khan was present at the event along with the entire cast of the film – Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff, Music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and Producers.

Unlike a usual trailer launch, this event was a celebration of the “Indiawaale” sentiment lent by the film. The evening began with SRK and Boman welcoming all to the grand event and introduced Fictitious Group who performed to a theme music especially made to make the eve of Independence special. Vishal and Shekhar also performed on a specially created version of the Happy New Year song, Indiawaale. This was followed by a chic fashion show by Manish Malhotra. The entire cast of the film walked the ramp. The silhouette of the collection clearly defined the theme and the sentiment of the evening. The trailer of the film was then unveiled to the audience that comprised of media and fans from across India.

Check out photos from the trailer launch here:

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Farah Khan said, “This film has all that it takes to make a Bollywood quintessential film but the most important element here is HOPE. It is hope that turns into BELIEF for anyone who works hard in life to achieve their goals. Even if you lose don’t let that bring you down and think it is the end.”

Shah Rukh Khan said, “It is not necessary that if you do not win even after repeatedly trying, that you are a loser. This is what Happy New Year is all about. This film is a celebration and most importantly it is as happy as the title is.”

Venky Mysore, CEO, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, said “We are delighted to bring to you a sneak preview of HNY. This is a tribute to “INDIAWAALE” and a celebration of who we are. It has been a massive project yet most enjoyable to all of us at Red Chillies. We hope the audience enjoy it as much as we have making it. We eagerly look forward to “Diwali” to bring it to the audience worldwide.”

Red Chillies used all possible Digital Platforms – Social Media, Mobile (VAS), DTH & Application Economy to ensure a large user preferred reach for the trailer.

While most of the films opt for the conventional Youtube platform, HNY trailer was first launched on Facebook’s native video player using an application wherein the trailer was not only launched on the Facebook page of HNY but also the timelines of all the users who subscribed to the app.

If this isn’t enough, the trailer was also launched on the native video player of Twitter with personalized messages from the cast of HNY. “Red Chillies and the cast of Happy New Year understand the value of developing live, personal and interactive connections with their audience, which is only possible on Twitter. From the entire cast and crew sharing every moment of film production on Twitter via their personal handles to their launching personalized trailers and posters on Twitter, Happy New Year has set a new national and global standard in the movie business,” said Rishi Jaitley, Market Director, Twitter India. The Trailer was also launched on the conventional platform of Youtube on all channels of the partners (Music Distributors T-Series and Film Distributors Yash Raj Films) on the film along with Red Chillies’ official channel. The total views of the trailer from all platforms cross a record breaking number of 4 million in 24 hours.

Below are the statistics of 24 hours from the minute the trailer was launched on all the Digital Platforms, which got it more than 4 million views:

Facebook
First film trailer to be launched on FB and becomes the most viewed movie trailer on FB Native Player across the Globe

  • 1.5 Million Trailer Views
  • 2.8 Million Post Interaction & over 18 Million FB users reached.
  • Over 360K Likes for the trailer (Highest Ever)

Twitter

  • 1.5 Billion Impressions only on Aug 14
  • 5 Hash Tags trending of Happy New Year

YouTube

  • Over than 2 Million views across various Youtube Partner Channels 

WhatsApp

  • First Film to send out the trailer via WhatsApp

Tata Sky

  • Reached Over 13 million Subscribe of a DTH & each one has to watch channel 100 when they switch on their sets before they go to any other channel of their choice

Airtel WAP

  • They have over 15 million visitors every day

SMS

  • Over 300,000 fans received it via SMS service (missed call facility)

E-Mail

  • Over 25,000 fans received it via email

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films in UK cinemas and worldwide.

Check out the posters of the film here:

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Interview: Producer and Choreographer Farah Khan talks about ‘Joker’

Farah Khan made her debut as choreographer with Aamir Khan’s Joh Jeeta Wohi Sikander and quickly achieved recognition with her work  in the Indian film industry.

The 47-year-old has till date choreographed dance routines in more than 80 Hindi films, directed three films, acted in one as a leading actress and made her debut as a producer with Shirish Kunder’s Joker.

Khan spoke to BollyNewsUK about the film produced under her banner Three’s Company in association with UTV Motion Pictures and Hari Om Entertainment. 

Synopsis: In 1947, when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, an oversight ensured that the village of Paglapur didn’t find a place in either country. The village had the distinction of housing the largest mental asylum in the region and in the melee that ensued during Partition, the asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic in Paglapur. And that’s how it stayed for the following 60 years. While the world outside changed, Paglapur remained isolated, with no electricity, television or sanity.

Now, decades after the world forgot this village, a NASA scientist of Indian origin, Agastya (Akshay Kumar) and his beautiful wife find themselves on the road to Paglapur. Agastya is working on a top-secret project for creating a device to communicate with aliens. So why is he in a village whose colourful inhabitants include a man who speaks in gibberish, another who thinks he is a lamp-post and everyone else, who think Mahatma Gandhi is still around, fighting for independence? And more importantly, what are they going to do that will soon turn the universe’s spotlight onto this forgotten village? 

What is your production Joker about? Tell us something about the film.
If you have seen the promos, it’s a sci-fi movie set in a rural setting. It’s a full on commercial movie with all the trappings of a commercial film like big stars, songs but the story is something that is very new and not tried before. The film has crop circles, aliens and flying saucers.

Why did you decide to market the film using aliens ?
Joker does not fit in any particular fixed genre as such. I think, films based on stories are always difficult to market. If it a straight-on action film or a south remake, then you are set. Those films are easy to make because you don’t have to think of anything. With a movie like Joker, because there is no precedent, then you have to do something out of the box which we have been doing. We took a call that the aliens are our USP and I think, it worked for us because children are loving the aliens

You have been a choreographer, director, an actor and now you have produced Joker under Three’s Company. How has the experience been for you?
I did not realize that the producer needs to promote the film so much. I am really going to be at the hospital soon after these promotions are over. But actually, Shirish has looked after everything. I have only come in at the end where marketing and promoting the movie is concerned.

You are really good at promoting your films.
I am a people’s person and Shirish is not very media friendly and he does not want to be either. He feels that it won’t make a difference if he talks about the film until people like the film. I am debutante actress and debutante producer, all within a span of two weeks. It is exciting and I am hoping that the film does well because then I will have a hit product to my name.

Let’s talk about your leading actors. Why did you cast Sonakshi Sinha opposite Akshay Kumar ?
We were the first people who casted them together.  After Dabangg we signed Sonakshi for Joker. It was the first film she signed after her debut film and the first film she signed with Akshay. It just so happened that Akshay signed her for Rowdy Rathore and because of our VFX effects which take time, Rowdy Rathore released first.  It is good for us though because people like their pairing.

Joker was supposed to be shot and released in 3D. What happened?
We took a call not to release the film in 3D. All the big film this year have been in 2D and we could have been the first film to come in 3D but because we were delayed many 3D films were released before Joker, like Ra.One and Don 2. The entire novelty factor of Joker being in 3D went away. In a way, I am glad because I took my kids to see Spiderman in  3D and the glasses did not fit them. They were getting really irritated because it was dark as well. I was happy that they can at least enjoy Joker as it is.

Does this also mean that there is still a long way to go for 3D in Indian theaters?
There are actually quite a few 3D cinemas in India. They maybe need to improve the quality a bit because the film gets really dark when you put on the glasses.

Do you think the audiences in India want to see films in 3D?
I think it will come to a day when all films will be made in 3D. That is the future. They will probably invent a way to see films in 3D without the glasses and then we all will be happy.

The expectations are high up whenever you choreograph a song. Was choreographing Kafirana a challenge in that way?
You see, it is always a challenge to do an item song because I myself have done so many and they have all been big hits. An item song at the end is always going to be an item song. There will be a signature step and dancers and yet you have to do something new. With Kafirina, what is different is that we have Chitrangada Singh in the song as she has never been seen in that avatar before. She does not have that image of an item girl. She is known for her urban sensualities and we have shown her quite raw which was exciting.  

You as a director and now producer have only done films that are set in India. Why have you never set your films in cities like London? Do you plan to shoot in London anytime soon?
If we get a script that requires the film to be set in London, 
 then we will have to shoot there. With Joker, it really required a village in India where they don’t even have electricity or water. We required a village that has been forgotten on the map of India. If we feel we have to do a story about something that only happens in Britain, we will. But how many films that are shot in London actually require being set there because of the story? How many of those movies are actually London centric? They don’t and are not. These stories can be set in Delhi, Mumbai or anywhere. I think, the London commission also helps out and filmmakers want a glamorous look. That is why they go and shoot over there.

Joker is out now in UK cinemas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Joker is not your regular, run-of-the-mill Bollywood product’ – Farah Khan

Even before its release Joker has gone where no other Bollywood film ever has. This Shirish Kunder film happens to be the only film to have appeared in the New York Times as one of the most awaited films of the year.

An elated Farah said, “It was a big moment for us because we haven’t even started on the promotions for Joker. It’s an achieve­ment to get written about without any PR involved.”

After the debacle of their past films — Shirish’s Jaaneman and Farah’s Tees Maar Khan — one can understand their enthusiasm.

Joker, Farah says, will be all of one hour, 40 minute-long.

“I think the reason why a prestigious publication such as the New York Times chose to mention Joker is because it’s not your regular, run-of-the-mill Bollywood product,” she adds.

The couple is confident that their film will be able to break clutter and set a trend. 

Interview: Akshay, Katrina & Farah talk about ‘TMK’

 

It was a cold and rainy Wednesday in London on the 15th of December 2010. As I made my way to a central London five-star hotel on the London Underground, I was writing up some questions that I could ask Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and director Farah Khan (Om Shanti Om).

I arrived at the Hotel and  found out that Katrina, who was in Dubai promoting Tees Maar Khan, will arrive later. I did not have to wait long and soon found myself in a room with the man himself; Akshay Kumar and the fabulous director Farah Khan.

I introduced myself to both and Farah asked me if I am “The Sunny” from Twitter. I quickly responded with a wide smile and a yes. The interview was arranged via Twitter as they initially had no time for all the interviews.

What is the USP of Tees Maar Khan?
Akshay: I have never done this kind of role.The title itself is a very unique title. Also, that I am working with Farah for the first time and on top we have Sheila is the USP of the film.

There are already talks about a sequel before the release. Is that confirmed?
Akshay: If we get the right story for a sequel which can continue with a part of whatever this story is about, but also at the same time it depends on how successful this film becomes and if they like the character. Only then, there is a point of making a part two.

Farah: I think it’s a great franchise. It’s a character based film, like you have genres like Pink Panther and Austin Powers. I think Tees Maar Khan can be the first Indian film with a character based caper comedy.

How was your experience working with Akshay Kumar?
Farah: He is absolutely fabulous to work with and he is sitting right next to me, so I won’t say anything else (laughs). As an actor, as a star there is no one better to have in your film.He is bang on time and if I need him at six in the morning, He will be there at 5:30. Other than that, He will do anything that you ask him to do, he gives 200% and he improvises and will give you two to three variations of every shot. In fact, we always did one shot my way and one his way.

Your film Main Hoon Na was a commercial entertainer, yet had a bit of a message woven in there with Project Milap and that at a time before Veer Zaara was a huge success. Is Tees Maar Khan just an entertainer or more than that in some way?

Farah: I don’t really think we have any social massages.“Do we have any ?” 

Akshay: No, I don’t think so. Do movies like Pink Panther and Austin Powers have social messages? No, so it’s the same kind of genre. It’s releasing during Christmas and we want people to come and enjoy themselves.

Farah: But it’s a cleverly written film.

Akshay: Let me tell you something about the film. This guy Tees Maar Khan has been given a job to remove 10 thousand kilos of antiques from a moving train and he has to do it alone. That is what the film is about and Shirish has cleverly written this film but in a funny way.


You have 
been collaborating with many International Artists like RDB, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris. But for TMK you didn’t. Is there any specific reason for this decision?
Farah: I am an International artist Sunny, I take offence at that (laughs).

Akshay: This film does not demand it and we don’t have to bring in someone just for the sake of it.

Farah: We have Katrina Kaif and she is an International artist, she is from London. (laughs)”

Tees Maar Khan came into trouble with the censor board because of some words, the name Sheila and a bare midriff. I thought the censor board had become more relaxed, what happened?
Farah: Yeah, what is that?  We were actually quite baffled by that too, because I swear, I thought this is a children’s movie. I did not even go for the censor screening because I thought that we are definitely going to get through.

Akshay: And you know in London we got PG and not even a single cut.

So we don’t have the cut here?
Akshay and Farah: No.

Akshay: No, No wait a minute, there is no cut in India. The only cut is “Beep ki Jawaani”.

Farah: No, Its “Beep Ki Lutti Izzat.”


Akshay: Yeah (repeats the line).


Farah: So you can put in anything you want instead of beep (laughs). Also, the new censor board is not relaxed. The earlier censor board was, but from the last two months…


Akshay interrupts: But when they saw “Sheila Ki Jawaani”they were relaxed (laughs).


Farah: (Laughs) No, when they saw Sheila they said you have to remove the name and then I was not relaxed at all. There were some unusual requests that her stomach can be seen etc.


Akshay: But then she explained that when we wear a Saree, then it’s obvious that you see the stomach.


Farah: and half the country wears Sarees, so yes it was quite unusual. The chairman of the censor board is very sensible and the revising committee was more than fair.”


This is the first time Akshay is playing a Muslim character.
Farah Khan: Yes.

Akshay Kumar:No it’s not the first time. But that film was not successful so you don’t know about it (laughs).

Farah Khan: Ok that means, that it’s the first time (laughs)

Akshay Kumar: Ok, I take my words back (laughs).”

How did Akshay’s character Tabrez Mirza Khan become Tees Maar Khan?
Farah: Both have the same acronyms;TMK. Tees Maar Khan is a title given to Tabrez by his fans and by his cronies. Tees Maar Khan actually means a smart aleck, somebody who is very smart and very good at what he does.For example; you think you are a Tees Maar Khan means like you think, you are over smart.”

I hope you don’t take offence at this but I have to ask you…
 Farah: What went wrong with Shah Rukh Khan and me and why is he not in my film? I am actually giving out crowns for this question (laughs).”


Akshay, were you affected by how the media has tried to make this all a feud between you and Shah Rukh with all the rumours that the film was rejected by him in the first place?
Farah:Let me just put this rumour to rest as the first person I called was Akshay.

Akshay: I will tell you why she called me by the way. She called me because I am the only person, who is awake in the morning at 6 o’clock and if anyone else would have been awake the role would have gone to him. (Laughs) I am just joking…

Farah: When my husband Shirish was directing it, the script went around to certain producers but when we decided that we will produce it and I will direct, Akshay Kumar was the only choice.

You have only given super hits so far and secondly this is the first film for your own production house so how did you deal with the pressure?
Farah: Actually Sunny, I didn’t have to deal with the production pressures. Shirish looked after the production. Akshay was a fabulous co-producer, the money was always on time and so was he. Sometimes the money would come before him (laughs).

There was also news about Katrina being constantly late on the sets.
Farah and Akshay: No, No..

Farah: Katrina is very hardworking. There were times when she was late and that was because the costume had not arrived on time or the costume designer was not there. Especially in Sheila Ki Jawaani, we stitched the clothes onto her so that nothing would give away while she was dancing. She is late today for your interview that I can’t handle (laughs). But she was bang on time for the shooting.

How did Salman Khan come into the film for Wallah Re?
Farah: It was the simplest thing on earth. I asked him that everyone is going on about, that you are doing a song in my movie so why not do it. And He said okay, when do you want me to come and do it? It was that simple.

Khan asked me whether I want to take a picture with her and then tweet it. She also said that she would have taken it on her phone but doesn’t know where it is, probably dead of battery lying around.After this very fun and friendly interview, I waited  in the Hotel lobby for Katrina Kaif to arrive from the airport, so that I can get an Interview with her too. Just after half an hour, I saw Katrina Kaif in a beautiful white dress, walking towards the press room. She was more beautiful and taller than I imagined her to be. And the wait continued

Katrina Kaif

When you were shooting Sheila Ki Jawaani, did you realize that it is going to be so big?
I don’t have any thoughts in my mind to fight anyone or compare it with any other song. It’s about doing the best that I can do. In my opinion, Sheila Ki Jawaani is very very different to Munni Badnaam which it is being compared to,which coincidentally Farah Khan has choreographed anyway.

Do you think there is too much emphasis placed on sexuality rather than beauty nowadays in films?
I would still like to think that it’s about beauty and not sexuality. That’s what I have in my mind. I am the one performing on the song. Farah has conceptualised it. The words she has described to me are loving and enjoying the dance, energy and confidence.

What is the most challenging part of your role?
The song (laughs). All her (Farah Khan) movies have that one special song with the girl. I was not going to let her down but I was really nervous about it. I put in a lot of hours to make sure, I look and dance well.

What was the first thing that attracted you to do TMK ? 
It was Farah Khan. It was like Farah Khan is directing her next film and I would like to work with her. Then, luckily for me there were a lot of things that I found challenging and then in terms of the character, I thought it is a very funny look.

Playing a wannabe actress in the film, did you draw any inspirations from any real life actresses for your role?
I hope not (laughs). My character’s problem is that she is obsessed with cinema and acting, for all the wrong reasons. She is obsessed with the glamour, make up, costumes, people looking at her and not in the acting or scenes.

So it’s a fun look at it. But I will ask Farah: Were you inspired by anyone?

Farah: I don’t think I am going to answer that question.

This interview was first published in Ishq Magazine.