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‘Padmaavat’ protests continue in India, UK release unaffected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ set to have audiences all at sea

Expect choppy seas and inclement weather this summer, as UK audiences are swept aboard a roller-coaster of emotion and drama with this summer’s most anticipated release Dil Dhadakne Do. Watch the trailer here:

Dil Dhadakne Do is a bittersweet comedy-drama that focuses on one dysfunctional family’s array of tangled and tumultuous relationships on the high seas, as the socially ambitious Mehra family embark on a 10-day cruise that changes their lives forever.

Dil Dhadakne Do boasts an impressive pool of talent, both in front and behind the camera; it is written and directed by Zoya Akhtar (Luck By Chance, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), regarded as amongst India’s most critically and commercially successful female directors, and stars an A-list line-up of, including Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Shefali Shah (Monsoon Wedding, Gandhi, My Father), Priyanka Chopra (Fashion, Barfi, Mary Kom), Ranveer Singh (Band Baaja Baaraat, Gunday), Anushka Sharma (PK) and Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag).

Dil Dhakane Do UK Release Eros International (1)Adding their heavyweight presenter credentials to the film is Junglee Pictures, an emerging film studio spanning the development of Hindi feature films internationally and Excel Entertainment, India’s most dynamic pioneers of contemporary Indian film production, co-founded by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The engaging musical score is penned by the acclaimed lyricists and music directors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Synopsis: Dil Dhadakne Do narrates the story of Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) and his wife Neelam (Shefali Shah), one of the most popular couples in Delhi society, who decide to celebrate their forthcoming 30th wedding anniversary by planning a lavish 10–day cruise of Europe for their closest family and friends. 

Once on the ship, their picture-perfect lives start to unravel. Kamal is heading for bankruptcy and he and wife Neelam cannot tolerate being around each other. Their business savvy daughter, Ayesha(Priyanka Chopra) is sick of her marriage and wants a divorce, which leads to tensions with her husband and in-laws, who have also come along on the cruise. Completing the familial plotline is sonKabir (Ranveer Singh), who is slated to take over the family business and hopefully save the company by marrying the only daughter of the wealthy Sood family; but ever the dreamer, Kabir starts to have other ideas. He falls in love with an entertainer onboard the ship and realises he is not cut out for business after all.

Will the Mehra’s socially sink?  How will they be able to confront the society that is so fake and judgmental?  How will they swim to shore and survive as a happy family? ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ will have all the answers.

Dil Dhadakne Do is set to release in UK cinemas on 5th June 2015.

 

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‘Kill Dil’ comes to UK cinemas on 14th November

Marking the arrival of an exciting new genre in Indian cinema – the ‘slick flick’ – Yash Raj Films presents the best of Bollywood’s new generation of talent in one of the most compelling and innovative films of the year, Kill Dil, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is a glossy action flick with spirited passion at the heart of it. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, who makes an experimental departure from earlier super hits such as Bunty Aur Babli

Super stylised but substance heavy, Kill Dil features Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra essaying their most leftfield roles to date. Making a radical departure from the comedy genre he is famous for, screen veteran Govinda depicts a negative role with equal prowess.

The buddy movie redefined for a new generation, Kill Dil combines action with romance, portrayed through a pulp fiction style of filmmaking that’s sure to be appreciated by film lovers and critics alike. The captivating mise en scene is complimented by an equally ingenious and addictive soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers, Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and, in turn, nurtured them to kill. All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix. What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love.

Prepare for a new dawn in Indian filmmaking as the Buddy Movie gets redefined in Kill Dil, presented by Yash Raj Films, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

 

Watch: ‘Kill Dil’ Title Track

The cool killer trio is here. Catch the wild, raw and dirty killers go crazy in the infectious and catchy Kill Dil Title Track.

Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan at their besttake you straight into the ‘wild wild North’ world of the indomitable characters – Dev, Tutu and Bhaiyaji.

Kill Dil releases in UK cinemas through Yash Raj Films on 14th November 2014.

Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. Music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Gulzar.

 

YRF to release ‘Kill Dil’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films will release their upcoming production Kill Dil in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

The production house has also today released the official poster of Kill Dil after the series of teaser character posters created a huge anticipation for the first look poster.

Kill Dil Poster

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable,Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics penned by Gulzar.

The trailer of the film will be released online on 18th September 2014. 

Ranveer Singh changes his name to promote Ching’s Secret

My Name is Ranveer Ching posterRanveer Singh appears in his most mouth-watering role to date. The star, known for his adventurous approach to choosing movies and creating memorable cinematic characters, has been signed on as the brand ambassador for Ching’s Secret. 

Ranveer can be seen in a music video for the brand titled – My Name is Ranveer Ching! Directed by Shaad Ali with music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and lyrics by Gulzar, this high-energy video has been choreographed by none other than Ganesh Acharya, who has also devised a signature Ching’s move. While the song has been sung by Arijit Singh, Ranveer has also belted out the ‘Manchow Rap’ in his own inimitable style adding the Schezwani zing to the chartbuster. Not only that, he has also penned the lyrics for the rap.

Ranveer, who is known to choose his endorsements very judiciously, is super excited with this association. “I’m really happy to be associated with Ching’s Secret. I am personally a Hakka Chinese fanatic. So I leaped at the offer when the good folks at Ching’s Secret approached me to be their brand ambassador. I’m a big fan of their noodles, soups and their masalas – they’re really, really hot and spicy – just the way I like it. I am proud to be the face of the pioneer brand of the Hakka Chinese flavour in India and the world. Ranveer Singh and the secret of Ching- forward together ” said Ranveer.

Ching’s Secret is the brand that is partly responsible for making Chinese the second most popular cuisine in India! Synonymous with Hakka Chinese since 1996, it quite literally offers all the food ingredients and products required to make delicious Chinese at home. Catering to the demanding Indian palate that craves for Chinese with a desi twist, Ching’s has constantly come up with innovative, do-it-yourself Chinese food products. From the one-of-a-kind Schezwan Chutney to the Instant Schezchow Soup (a special blend of Schezwan and Manchow, with noodle bits) or the range of Chinese Miracle Masalas for a quick, 3-step approach to making Chinese food to the specialty sauces, Ching’s gives its die-hard customers instant Chinese gratification.

“A hatke brand like Ching’s needs an equally hatke brand ambassador. Ranveer Singh, being the hottest and most hatke star of his generation, is a perfect brand fit. As a brand aimed at today’s youth and young housewives, we felt Ranveer was the ideal youth icon who had pan-Indian appeal across all age groups,” said Mr. Ajay Gupta, MD, Capital Foods.

When a versatile actor like Ranveer and an exciting brand like Ching’s come together – the result can only be explosive. Watch out for ‘My Name is Ranveer Ching’ – appearing on a television screen near you.