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20th Century Fox to release ‘Kalank’ in UK cinemas

20th Century Fox UK will release Kalank starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonkashi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur in UK cinemas on 17th April 2019.
One of the most-anticipated films of the year, Kalank, the saga of love set in 1940s, has been in the news ever since its announcement. The first teaser of the film was launched in Mumbai this week. The cast came together for the event with Varun Dhawan flying in from London for a day, where he has been filming for Street Dancer 3.

Helmed by Abhishek Varman, the film is close to Karan Johar’s heart, as it was his father, producer Yash Johar’s last project that he conceptualised 15 years ago. Karan wanted to direct the film himself following the release of Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), but unfortunately, it got pushed to the back burner.
With screenplay & directed by Abhishek Varman, the film is produced by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta & co-produced by Fox Star Studios. 
The star cast of KALANK at the teaser launch in Mumbai this week.

Sara Ali Khan to star in ‘Simmba’

There was immense curiosity after the release of the first poster of Simmba which featured Ranveer Singh, who would be cast as the film’s female lead.

Now it’s confirmed that Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar have signed Sara Ali Khan for the film, which will be directed by Rohit.

Sara will be seen opposite Ranveer, who plays the role of a notorious cop, Sangram Bhalerao. The film, which brings together the fresh pairing of Ranveer and Sara, also marks the debut collaboration between Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar.

Reliance Entertainment presents Rohit Shetty Picturez and Dharma Productions’ Simmba, which is slated to release worldwide and in UK cinemas on 28th December 2018.

Sara Ali Khan

Karan Johar is in no hurry to find Sridevi’s replacement in Shiddat

Karan Johar, who had signed late Bollywood superstar Sridevi for his production venture, Abhishek Varman’s Shiddat, is reportedly looking for her replacement after the sudden demise of the 54-year-old actress.

However, a source close to the filmmaker, says, “Karan was extremely fond of Sridevi and they shared an amazing relationship. He doesn’t want to rush to find a replacement right away. That is certainly not on his priority list.” 

“It’s just two weeks since Sridevi passed away. Reportedly, Karan will soon sit with the team and will  decide who they want to approach for the role that was offered to Sridevi. All other speculations are baseless,” added the source.   

Shiddat will also see Varun Dhawan returning to a Dharma Production produced film. 

Varun Dhawan’s ‘Rannbhoomi’ to release in 2020

Producer-director Karan Johar has chosen Shashank Khaitan to helm Rannbhoomi with Varun Dhawan. This is the third time that the trio will work together on a project. Previously, they delivered two films in the Dulhania series Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, enchanted the audience.

Rannbhoomi - Varun, Karan

This time, Shashank will switch genres and focus on creating an action-drama loaded with emotions and opulence in equal measure. A love story at heart, this 2020 release will have an element of revenge at the core of the narrative. The makers aim to turn this project into a cinematic experience worthy of a mega festive release.


Karan, confirmed the news sitting miles away in Berlin, “Rannbhoomi is Shashank’s colossal and ambitious imagination to attempt a hat-trick with Varun. Shashank and Varun make an epic blend of creative and commercial extravaganza, which is Dharma Productions’ vision for the next few projects.”

A UK theatrical distributor has not been confirmed yet.Ranbhoomi Karan, Shaishank, Varun

Karan Johar leads the Indian Delegation at the Berlin Film Festival

Karan Johar in London The 68th Annual Berlin International Film Festival that begins from today in Berlin – will not just have a strong South Asian presence with the screening of six films, but will also have substantial participation from India.

This year, Karan Johar is leading the Indian delegation, which will be discussing the Indian film market and Indo-European film collaboration. Along with the I&B and CII officials, other members of the delegation are actress Bhumi Pednekar, CBFC member Vani Tripathi Tikoo, and directors Jahnu Barua and Shaji Karun.

The I&B Ministry is participating at the European film market in association with the CII. The officials believe that the participation of filmmakers will help them showcase Indian cinema to a global audience.

The highlights of this visit – scheduled from February 16-18 – are a discussion on the India-Europe Film Collaboration at the European Film Market (EFM) and a talk and presentation on ‘The Current State of the Indian film market’ at the EFM Producers Hub.
The Indian delegation will also be interacting with the audience at different sessions at the festival.


Karan Johar to speak at World Economic Forum

Bollywood royalty Karan Johar has been invited as a cultural leader to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
This year, Karan will be participating in a session titled ‘The Weaponization of Culture’ on January 23, alongside names such as Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy, and Arlie Russell Hochschild, a professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. The session will be moderated by television anchor, Ali Velshi.
Karan Johar was invited last year as well where he was in a one on one session with Pakistani activist and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Karan Johar says, “It’s an honour to be invited as cultural leader to Davos at the WEF. Davos is a spectacular meeting ground for some of the most prolific men and women from across the globe. It’s inspiring and motivating to be amongst them.”

This year, the WEF’s opening plenary will be delivered by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on January 23. US president Donald Trump will deliver a keynote address before the close of the meeting on January 26.


Exclusive: 1st schedule of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil wrapped up in London

Karan and Ranbir during a night shoot at London St. Pancras Station
Karan and Ranbir during a night shoot at London St. Pancras Station

BollyNewsUK can exclusively reveal that the first schedule of Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has wrapped up in London, England.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma with guest appearances from Fawad Khan and Imran Abbas. 

The crew was mostly filming indoors during the first schedule here in London, mainly in Shoreditch besides a few scenes which were shot outdoors. Ranbir also filmed at London St. Pancras/Kings Cross station during a night shoot for the highly anticipated upcoming romantic movie.  The same location has previously been used for the filming of movies such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Speaking to press at Aashni+Co’s Bridal and Festive preview recently, costume designer on the film, Manish Malhotra said, “It’s always great to be in London. We are here for Karan Johar’s movie and he is my best friend, so it’s always great to work together. Anushka plays a girl from London in the movie.”

BollyNewsUK can also reveal that the entire crew will be leaving for Paris, France on Sunday where Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will filmed for a few days. Since there is no more work to be done for Ranbir in London, he has moved out of the hotel where the crew is staying to spend some time with girlfriend Katrina Kaif at an undisclosed London hotel. Katrina Kaif has just today joined Ranbir in London from Glasgow where was filming for Baar Baar Dekho. 

The next schedule of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil post Paris will then begin in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria in October.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will only join the team of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in Vienna after the release of her film, Jazbaa. The entire crew, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, will then come back to London at the end of October to begin the 2nd London schedule when more of the filming will take place outdoors.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is set to release in UK cinemas next year through 20th Century Fox. Stay tuned to for more updates about the film.

Exclusive: Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor spotted in London

Bollywood director Karan Johar is currently in London for his upcoming directorial venture, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.

BollyNewsUK spotted Karan Johar along with the CEO of his production house, Apoorva Mehta, meeting Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor on a London street.

Katrina had just arrived from Glasgow where the 32-year-old actress was filming for Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho with Sidharth Malhotra, also co-produced by Kara Johar. ‘Shaandar’ and ‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl also bumped into the group on the street where they were chatting away about all things Bollywood. 

Check out some exclusive photos here and stay tuned to for more gossip about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

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Fox to release ‘Shaandar’ in UK cinemas on 22nd October


Shaandar UK cinemas 20th Century Fox Canvas InternationalFox Star Studios will release 2015’s most awaited Bollywood romantic comedy Shaandaar  onto the silver screen on 22nd October, presented by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films.

Marking Indian cinema’s first destination wedding film, Shaandaar is the next outing by maverick director, Vikas Bahl, following the runaway success of the critically lauded and commercially successful Queen – 2014’s most celebrated Bollywood film that consequently swept up award season. Set to surpass the plaudit generated by his last cinematic offering, Bahl’s Shaandaar has been highly anticipated by audiences and critics alike since its announcement, with its trailer release generating in excess of five million views in four days.

Principally filmed against the charming backdrop of Leeds and the sweeping Yorkshire countryside, Shaandaar will appeal to cross-generational audiences, representing feelgood Indian cinema at its finest. Stylish, sassy and exuberant, Shaandaar is a breezy rom-com featuring two of India’s most accomplished artists – understated Bollywood beau, Shahid Kapoor, and the industry’s most celebrated new gen talent, Alia Bhatt. Supporting the pair onscreen is a seasoned ensemble featuring Pankaj Kapur, Sanjay Kapoor and veteran actress, Sushma Seth. Bearing the hallmarks of an evergreen, feelgood screen gem and emblematic of contemporary Bollywood filmmaking at its best, Shaandaar will charm cineastes for years to come with its loveable and timeless narrative, delightful mise en scene and polished performances. The film is complemented by a magical soundtrack courtesy of composer Amit Trivedi, who has crafted a collection of anthemic tracks that are sure to champion the airwaves.

Synopsis: A big fat, “Shaandaar” Indian wedding, which is actually a business merger between two of the biggest business families of India, is taking place at a castle in Europe. Mrs. Kamla Arora, the grandmother and matriarch of the Arora family and the sole owner of the billion-dollar family business and property, has planned the wedding herself. Kamla Arora treats everyone like her servants including her three sons, Bipin, the eldest, Vipul and Vinay. Mr.Fandwani, the groom’s father, is a brash, Sindhi businessman and the counterpart equivalent to Kamla Arora. The conspicuously ostentatious Fandwani’s dress in gold, accessorise in gold and even consume gold.

Brewing against the backdrop of the Shaandaar wedding is a love triangle between our protagonists Alia and Jaginder Joginder, and Bipin, Alia’s father. Bipin believes no man is good enough for his daughter. Alia is a dreamer. Her dreams are wholly out of touch. Jagjinder Joginder is a pragmatist and doer. He can make anything happen. For obvious reasons, Bipin hates Jagjinder Joginder.
The journey of Alia, Jagjinder Joginder and Bipin during the chaotic and lavish wedding forms the narrative of Shaandaar. A fairy tale, or nightmare, that everyone has dreamt of!

Fox Star Studios, Dharma Productions and Phantom Films present Shaandaar, releasing in UK cinemas on 22nd October.

Trailer Launch: ‘Brothers’

Dharma Productions has released the first trailer of their much-awaited sports drama film, Brothers. The action packed film stars superstar Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Jackie Shroff. 

Brothers is an official remake of Hollywood film Warrior (2011) and is co-produced by Lionsgate Films and Endemol India. The film will release in UK cinemas on 14th August through 20th Century Fox. 

The film is directed by Karan Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar. 

Watch the trailer here: 

Check out photos of the trailer launch by Yogen Shah:

Star India and Dharma Productions form a trail blazer creative partnership

Fox Star StudiosStar India has initiated a path-breaking deal with Dharma Productions to alter the landscape of the world’s largest cinema market, with a first of its kind game changing creative partnership that would see Dharma and Fox Star Studios co-produce and distribute films worldwide.

Star India, India’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, which has been redefining boundaries in entertainment, sports broadcast and digital content, through Fox Star Studios, India’s premier movie production and distribution company, which is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India, have partnered with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Bollywood’s most successful creative production house, to form a unique creative and business partnership. The deal is to produce nine films spread over a period of three years.‎

“The Indian film industry is an important market for us and this strategic partnership offers us an excellent opportunity to fundamentally change the content quality paradigm. This venture is the natural step in our progression to create entertaining and eclectic content for a global audience and to grow the business through game-changing innovation in content, marketing and distribution, ” said Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India. “Fox Star is delighted to partner with Karan Johar, a creative visionary and one of the industry’s leading director-producer’s with an impressive line-up of films planned in the coming few years,” he added.

Dharma“Movies for me have always been a blend of artistic and commercial resources. Dharma Productions has always endeavoured to attain the highest form of celluloid excellence and entertain simultaneously. I am glad we have found a partner in Star India and Fox Star Studios for a visionary 9 films alliance,” said Karan Johar. “This partnership will not only be the coming together of two forces who understand the need of the cinematic hour but also work as a unit to increase the footfall strength at the movies and empower other verticals. It’s a new age of cinema and this association is a glorious reflection of the times,” he added.

The venture will provide a much-needed impetus to the Hindi film industry that is witnessing a rapid metamorphosis with audiences becoming more judicious given the varied entertainment preferences accessible to them.

Fox Star and Dharma will collaborate and work towards the entire slate of nine films which boasts of a stellar line up of titles, helmed by the country’s finest actors, directors, including Karan himself. ‎ ‎

20th Century Fox will release upcoming Dharma Productions in UK cinemas starting with Akshay Kumar-Siddharth Malhotra starrer Brother this August. 

Karan Johar’s next directorial, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which will be filmed extensively in the UK this year will also be released worldwide and in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox in 2016.

Interview: Ranbir Kapoor talks about ‘Bombay Velvet’

Bombay Velvet UK ReleaseBollywood superstar, Ranbir Kapoor, is India’s heart-throb with millions of fans around the world. Even when the actor is in London, he is greeted by screaming fans when they spot him enjoying a meal at Nobu, relaxing at Café Rouge on James Street or shopping at Selfridges.

Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir belongs to the First Family of Indian cinema and is the grandson of India’s most noted actor, Raj Kapoor.

Kapoor learnt method acting at New York’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and is one of the few Bollywood actors with a formal training in performing arts.

In 2007, Ranbir made his acting debut with ‘Saawariya’ which won him several accolades and established him as a budding superstar. His performances in his last few films such as ‘Barfi’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and the commercial success of these movies gave him a straight ticket to the big league.

But it’s not just his work which made him so famous. After dating actress Deepika Padukone and their public break-up in the beginning of his career, he was considered an industry Casanova. There were constant affair rumours with whoever he was working with and his personal life was splashed across India’s newspapers frequently. Even today, conjecture about when and if he will marry his current girlfriend, British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif, is more of a talking point than his work.

While Ranbir was pretty open about his relationship with Deepika, he has never really admitted to being together with Katrina Kaif and neither has she. The duo are often spotted together abroad and in India. They both tend to avoid media interactions to evade questions about their personal life.

BOMBAY VELVET RANBIR KAPOOR 20TH CENTURY FOX UKAll the drama about his personal life doesn’t really affect the actor as he is currently working with some of the biggest names in the industry and is wholeheartedly focused on his job.

Kapoor can be seen in UK cinemas this month in ‘Bombay Velvet’, produced by Fox Star India, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India.

The film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and also stars Anushka Sharma and director-producer Karan Johar (My Name Is Khan) in his first full-fledged acting role.

Set against the backdrop of ambition, love, greed, and jazz, ‘Bombay Velvet’ is the story of one ordinary man, played by Ranbir Kapoor, who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a rich and successful man.

Ranbir Kapoor spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film, his co-stars, avoiding social media, being a star, friendships and much more.

How did Bombay Velvet come about for you?
It’s a strange story. I was supposed to do another film a few years ago which didn’t materialise. My friend, Vikas Bahl, who is one of the producers of Bombay Velvet gave me the script and asked me for feedback. I knew that Anurag Kashyap wanted to make this film and after reading the script I called him up myself. He told me that he couldn’t visualise me in the role as he was used to seeing me in the typical urban coming-of-age type of characters. The film did eventually happen and it’s been a dream experience for me.

Bombay Velvet UK

How was the experience of changing your appearance for the character?
It was very different especially because of the kind of character that I play in the film. He is someone on the streets of Bombay with plenty of passion and greed. I had to look the part. The look has been inspired by Indian actors Kishore Kumar and Raj Kapoor from the 1950’s as well as Robert De Niro. We tried to mix everything to bring in a new look to the character. If someone has seen ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, they will see a completely different person in me this time around. The whole crew also worked extremely hard to recreate the retro look of Bombay.

What do you have to say about the comparisons being made to Hollywood films?
The comparisons are unfortunate. We made an Indian film which is essentially a love story with its share of conflicts. It’s also something new for Indian audiences. The visuals of gangs in Bombay in the 1950’s isn’t something they are used to, hence the comparisons. I can promise everyone that it’s very much a Hindi film.

You are working with Anushka Sharma for the first time…
I have loved Anushka right from her debut film, ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. I have known her on a personal level even before we started filming for ‘Bombay Velvet’. It was really comfortable. Anushka comes with no trappings of a star. She brought a lot of positivity and talent to the role which made the experience quite enjoyable. The love story is the spine of the film and it is very important that audiences believe in it. I believe that chemistry between characters on-screen is always written by the writer and created by the director. The actors just bring the energy.

BOMBAY VELVET 20TH CENTURY FOX UKHow did you react when you were told that director-producer Karan Johar will play the antagonist in the film?
To be honest, I was shocked. I was very surprised that he was going to play the main villain in ‘Bombay Velvet’. The cunning and manipulative nature that Karan brought to the character was very unique. I don’t think any other actor in Bollywood could have done that. We also don’t realise how big of a star Karan Johar is. Even though he hasn’t really acted in movies, he is known worldwide and has brought a lot of star value to the film and weight to the character.

You are not on social media but you hate promoting a movie. Would it not be easier for you to just join the bandwagon?
I truly believe that online and digital is the way forward. I support and encourage online marketing because you reach a huge audience. I personally don’t like social media just because so much is written about my personal life. I have nothing against these platforms. It’s a double-edged sword for me. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable using social media but I do know that it can help promoting a movie.

Your father, Rishi Kapoor, recently re-joined Twitter. He is hilarious and unabashedly honest…
I know, all my friends have told me that after reading his tweets. To be honest, that’s how my father has always been like. He isn’t trying to be funny or trying to be someone he isn’t. I am glad that people are getting to know this other side of him now too.

Bombay Velvet UK CinemasDo you believe that a ‘star’ needs to remain inaccessible?
Absolutely. Actors and celebrities around the world are over-exposed nowadays. The paparazzi trend has kicked off in India too and a lot is written about our personal lives in tabloids. The sense of mystery about actors is dying because people have too much information about them. Half of the time, it’s nonsensical and extremely exaggerated information. It’s good to stay away, do your work, build a little bit of a mystery and let people discover you through your work.

There is some distrust in the movie among the main characters. Do you personally find it hard to trust people because of who you are?
It’s a tough predicament to be an actor in our industry. When you are successful, you have many people around you who want to work with you. When your films are not doing well, they all run away. It’s very important to know who your real friends are and who can be trusted. Friendships need to be on the basis of love, care and trust. It’s very hard to get this in the film industry. I have been lucky enough to find friends in the industry like Ayan Mukherji, Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Basu with whom I am also working professionally. It’s very hard though. You have to be careful because when things go bad in your life and people who you thought were friends, may just not be there for you.

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ was your first film that crossed £1M at the UK Box Office and was a blockbuster worldwide. Do you feel the pressure with this film now?
‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ was a film made with a commercial purpose. It had a quintessential love story, a beautiful heroine, a flirting hero, super hit songs and the dances. It was expected that it would do well. I didn’t expect commercial success for my film ‘Barfi’ with Priyanka Chopra. It was surprising. It’s important to surprise yourself and see how things unfold. ‘Bombay Velvet’ is that kind of film. You have to leave it to the audience because films are made for them. Movie-making is expensive and we don’t create films for ourselves or just the art purpose. They have to work at the Box Office too.

Ranbir promotes Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in LondonYou will be filming in London for the first time for Karan Johar’s next directorial, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, this summer. Are you excited?
Absolutely, especially after doing an intense film like ‘Bombay Velvet’. I have finished my film ‘Tamaasha’ with Deepika Padukone and I will be completing ‘Jagga Jasoos’ with Katrina Kaif this year too. I really want to do a light, urban love story and there is nobody better for that genre than Karan. To work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka in the film is really thrilling and another exciting chapter for me. I just hope that I can match the expectations of a Karan Johar hero. He has worked with the best of the Indian film industry and it’s really heart-warming that he has chosen me as his next leading actor.

What else can we expect from you?
‘Tamaasha’ directed by Imtiaz Ali should release by the end of the year, perhaps November. Anurag Basu’s ‘Jagga Jasoos’ should release after ‘Tamaasha’. Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ will release next year. I will also be collaborating with Ayan Mukherji for the third time. It’s not a superhero movie as many people have that misconception. He is making a mythological trilogy set in contemporary times. He will be spending ten years of his life making that trilogy and that’s definitely very exciting.

Ranbir also revealed all his favourite things: 

Food: Mutton
Drink: Pepsi
Restaurant: Peter Lugers in New York
Car: Mercedes G63
TV show: ‘True Detective’
Movie: ‘Shree 420’ and ‘Life is Beautiful’
Song: ‘Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar’ from the Indian film ‘Anari’
Book: ‘Songs My Mother Taught Me’. It’s an autobiography by Marlon Brando.
Colour: Red
Perfume: Davidoff Cool Water
Item of clothing: Sneakers
City: New York
Holiday destination: New York again

Motion Poster: ‘Bombay Velvet’

Fox Star India has released the motion poster of their upcoming film, Bombay Velvet starring superstar Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar. 

Synopsis:  Set against the backdrop of ambition, love, greed, and jazz – Bombay Velvet is the story of one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’. Jazz clubs, a passionate love story, a growing metropolis and a phenomenal hunger for a good life. Welcome to the City of Dreams. Welcome to Bombay Velvet.

The lights, the glamour, the charm, men in dapper suits and women with puffed up hairdos, the retro look of 60’s and 70’s has been brought to life beautifully by the actors and the man with great vision Anurag Kashyap.

For the first time Producer-Director Karan Johar will be playing a negative role.  Also, this is the first time that Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma will be seen sharing space onscreen.

The movie, directed by Anurag Kashypa, is set to release in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox on 15th May 2015.

Anushka Sharma

Fox Star Studios release ‘Bombay Velvet’ Trailer

Bombay Velvet UK CinemasFox Star Studios and Phantom Films have released the hotly anticipated trailer for award-winning director Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming epic saga Bombay Velvet.

Ranbir Kapoor heads up the cast of this glamorous film set during the Golden Age of Bollywood cinema and is joined by Anushka Sharma as well as Karan Johar who takes on a sinister role. 

The film is the story of an ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’. It’s the story of how one man’s Dream becomes every man’s nightmare.

20th Century Fox will release Bombay Velvet across UK cinemas on 15th May 2015. 

Watch the trailer with English subtitles here:

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Dharma Productions to remake ‘Ram Lakhan’

RamLakhanAnil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Madhuri Dixit starrer- Ram Lakhan is being remade by none other than Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar, in association with Mukta Arts.

The mix of Rohit Shetty – who is famous for his action filled masala films, and Karan Johar – known for making romantic drama films will most definitely make for an interesting remake of Subhash Ghai’s classic.

There are rumors that Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff are not too happy about the classic hit being remade. Speculations are on that Arjun Kapoor might play Anil Kapoor’s naughty role of Lakhan and that Tiger Shroff was offered the role of Ram originally played by his father Jackie Shroff.

Subhash Ghai’s take on this “Ram Lakhan is being remade by Dharma in association with Mukta Arts: “It is entirely the director’s call whom he would wish to cast today. Even I am curious to know who will accept to come on board as lead actors. It’s an interesting guess for everyone. Karan can rope in any star. Let’s wait and watch.”

Interview: Karan Johar talks about ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’

In what is billed to be one of the most loveable films to hit Indian cinema screens this summer, the must-see romantic comedy Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania weaves the classic ‘boy-meets-girl’ tale into a unique and quirky youth drama for the modern generation. The film is produced by renowned filmmaker Karan Johar’s production banner Dharma Productions and released in UK cinemas by Reliance Entertainment on 11th July 2014.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania UK Release

Bollywood sweetheart, Alia Bhatt, who also made her big-screen debut in the Karan Johar production Student of the Year and received widespread critical acclaim for her role in Highway and 2 States, convincingly plays the main female protagonist, sealing her position as one of Bollywood’s most sought after leading ladies.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania – A Reliance Entertainment release in the overseas markets, in cinemas 11th July 2014.
Karan Johar

In this interview, producer Karan Johar talks about the much-awaited film:

Is ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ in any way related to the super hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’?
Our film (‘Humpty Sharma..) is an ode to ‘DDLJ’. One will see glimpses of ‘DDLJ’ but the love story is different from ‘DDLJ’. We have made this film with honesty, integrity (and) with an intention to entertain people.

As a person you seem to be very happy & make a lot of people laugh, but most of your movies make people cry. Why is that?
I love crying and to me, cinema crying is very cathartic. I remember when I watched The Namesake with Mr Bachchan. All my pent-up emotions of losing my dad came out, even though, thematically, it had nothing to do with losing a parent. But something triggered an emotion and I just remember weeping. The second time I cried was while watching Taare Zameen Par as I was in boarding school for four days, that too, in the same one shown in the film. I remember my parents leaving me behind there. Seeing the film, I think Niagara Falls had begun and I wept and wept and I called Aamir after the show. The first film I cried was in Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se. I was eight years old and was bawling at the end of it. My mother kept explaining to me how that was not real, but that didn’t stop me from crying.

What attracted you to ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’?
I really liked the script and I found it very funny. I also loved the fact that the classic ‘boy-meets-girl’ tale has been made into a unique and quirky youth drama for the modern generation.

Alia Bhatt is often being compared to Kareena Kapoor. What is your opinion on the two Bollywood divas?
There is only one Kareena Kapoor – I am not only a huge fan of her work but I value her as a friend too. Kareena and Alia are two different people. Kareena has been in the Bollywood industry for a long time now; she has created a tremendous niche for herself and set a bar so high that it’s unfair to compare her with Alia. Alia is charming in her own way and I am sure she will make her own space. You just have to give her some time.

You have launched quite a few newcomers to Bollywood – do you think it is much easier being launched rather that doing everything on your own?
It is definitely difficult for them. Even though they are very young they have seen pretty much everything now – they have seen success, failure, insecurity and anxiety up, close and personal. They have seen too much that can eat into them. The basic perception is that it is easy, but it is really not. They have a point to prove… there are so many expectations from them. I think film fraternity and star kids have it tougher.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 11th July 2014.

‘2 States’ songs are young and energetic

The makers of 2 States, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, recently launched the song Mast Magan from the original motion picture soundtrack of the film.

The song has been shot in real locations in Tamil Nadu,a temple at Mylapore and a pier at Ennore beach.

Producer Karan Johar says, “The idea was to create a romantic album that not only has soul, but also young energy. These kind of songs have a longer shelf life.They’re not item-based or seasonal.”

Director Abhishek Varman was keen on Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy copmposing the soundtrack. The trio has composed many hit albums for both production houses producing the film, Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions.

Sajid Nadiadwala adds, “SEL have given great music in my films Housefull and Heyy Babyy. Mast Magan is my favourite track in the 2 States album and I think it will grow.”

While praising the singer Arjit Singh, Sajid says, “His voice has a haunting quality and makes the song stay with you/”

Karan mentions for lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, “He is a strong talent in music. Amitabh’s words tend to have a colloquial nature, but they also have a tremendous amount of soul.”

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor romance in the first trailer of ‘2 States’

The wait is finally over, as the trailer of Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starrer 2 States has been released by Dharma Productions.

The trailer reveals great incredible chemistry between the lead couple as they are seen romancing on-campus, while the second half shows their love being put to the test.

A Disney UTV presentation, and a Sajid Nadiadwala & Karan Johar production, 2 States has been directed by Abhishek Varman and stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

It is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel 2 States, and is slated to release in UK cinemas on 18th April, 2014.

Check out photos from the trailer launch by Varinder Chawla:

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Karan Johar talks about ‘Koffee with Karan’

Akshay and KaranKaran Johar is back on the small screen with the fourth season of Koffee with Karan. The popular and famous talk show has created a buzz and excitement amongst the participants, members of the Indian film fraternity.

Karan Johar, the host, describes it to be casual irreverence and fun vibe during the conversations with his guest. There were a set of different combinations and also first timers like Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar seen on the couch this season.

Karan finding it one of the best seasons says, “It’s been great this time, very happy and easy. The brand has been enhanced. Also, the show has been at an all time high on social media front. And on the video sharing website too, because people have been revisiting the episodes for a repeat viewing.”

The rapid fire round has been appreciated the most for its competitive nature. Karan says ” I love it when they’re competing for the hamper. We can do an entire show on the ‘Hamper wars’. The celeb guests want to win the hamper and the quiz, that’s also why they drop their guards in excitement.”

Karan promises to keep the fun going strong in his upcoming episodes. Koffee with Karan airs in the UK on Star Plus every Sunday. 

Akshay Kumar on Koffee with Karan!

Akshay and KaranAkshay Kumar will be making his Koffee with Karan debut in the UK next week on Star Plus. 

Karan Johar, the host of the chat show, has managed to entice Bollywood superstar, Akshay Kumar onto his star-studded couch for the very first time in four seasons. The show has hosted some of the biggest names in Bollywood, with several A-list stars pouring their hearts out to the charismatic interviewer.

The episode will be shown on Star Plus UK on Sunday, 26th January 2014.

The Desi Boyz actor was ready to shoot rapid fire questions at Karan Johar who introduced the format on television in India. Check out what Akshay asked the host:

AK: Who would you have as your enemy? Me, SRK or the entire Chopra family?
KJo: How can anyone choose an enemy?

AK: Now you will understand what we go through…
KJo: I will rather have you as my enemy

AK:Which celeb wife would you want to be married to? Tina, Gauri, Sussanne, Shilpa?
KJo: Tina. Undoubtedly she is the first love of my life

AK: If you were trapped on a deserted island, whose camp would you choose to survive in, SRK or Salman Khan?
KJo: Shah Rukh. I have been more protected by it in the past.

AK: If you had one film to make before you die who would you have your last hero and heroine?
KJo: I would go with an actor I have not worked with… I would say Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone

Check out what Akshay answered in his rapid fire round:

KJo: Women find Akshay Kumar sexy because?
AK: Because he can unbutton himself in public.

KJo: What do you have that the following people don’t?

The Three Khans: Height

Ranbir Kapoor: Experience

Hrithik: I can’t say abs because he has much better abs than me.

KJo: The stupidest rumour you ever heard about yourself…
AK:I am gay. With Tushaar Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.

KJo: Which celebs according to you need a stylist?
AK: Sajid Khan

KJo: A therapist?
AK: Sajid Khan

KJo: A gym membership?
AK: Sajid Khan

KJo: Hindi tutor?
AK: Nargis Fakhri

KJo: Parineeti or Alia who has the brighter future?
AK: Parineeti