Category Archives: Sonakshi Sinha

Eros International & Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment launch the trailer of ‘TEVAR’

On an extravagant  scale with rustic aesthetics, action, romance and music for the masses. Boney Kapoor’s Tevar  produced by Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment, Eros International, Sunil Manchanda and Naresh Agarwal has much to offer, making it a larger-than-life commercial entertainer. The trailer is every bit a glimpse into the adrenaline pumped film .

Starring Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee in leading roles, the trailer of this on-the-run love story was launched  to a packed house by the actors along with the producers and celebrated ad-filmmaker Amit Ravindernath Sharma, who makes his big Bollywood debut with the film.

Shot entirely at real locations in Agra and Mathura in India, the film captures the finer nuances of the heartland and has been told in a refreshing young style that director Amit Sharma has come to be associated with.

Says producer Sanjay Kapoor, “I’m excited to present the trailer of Tevar to audiences– Tevar isn’t just any other film to me but something Boney Kapoor, Arjun and I strongly believed in. We hope audiences enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it”.

Adds producer Sunil Lulla, “Eros goes back a long way with Boney and Sanjay and we are happy to partner them on this ambitious project – Tevar makes for the perfect entertainer and introduces Arjun Kapoor in a never-seen-before avatar”.

Boney Kapoor’s Tevar  produced by Sanjay Kapoor, Sunil Lulla, Naresh Agarwal & Sunil Manchanda stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee. Eros will release the film in UK cinemas on 9th January 2015.

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Motion Poster: ‘Tevar’

Eros International has released the first motion poster of their upcoming co-production, Tevar. The film stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee.

The action rom-com is produced by Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment & Eros International and directed by Amit Sharma.

Tevar releases in UK cinemas on 9th January 2015. 

Competition: Win tickets to Bollywood Showstoppers 2014

Bollywood Showstoppers 2014 is returning to The O2 on Sunday 3rd August. Headlined by Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ali Zafar, Jacqueline Fernandez performing for the first time in the UK and supported by musical sensation Mika Singh and the spectacular Bolly Flex dancers, the four hour spectacular is filled with extravagant entertainment, from jaw-dropping high energy dance performances to live blockbuster musical acts that will keep you on the edge of your feet.

Bollywood Showstoppers

We have teamed up with Bolly-Flex and Naz Choudhury, the director and producer of the Bolly-Flex shows, to give away a pair of tickets. Simply answer the following question using the form below:

  •  Which world-famous venue will host the Bollywood Showstoppers concert in London on 3rd August?

This Competition is now closed!

The competition closes on 30thJuly 2014. The winner will be contacted via e-mail. This competition is only open to UK residents.

Bollywood Showstoppers 2013 rocked The O2 with Bipasha Basu, Atif Aslam, Shaan and Malaika Arora and now in 2014, it just got bigger. Don’t miss out on the biggest Bollywood concert of the year, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Book your tickets here!

Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha to headline Bollywood Showstoppers 2014

Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha will headline Bollywood Showstoppers 2014 and performing for the first time in the UK. They will be supported by the musical sensation Mika Singh, the spectacular Bolly Flex dancers and more this summer in London

 The show features four hours of entertainment with jaw-dropping dance performances, live music acts and comedy. The event will take place at The O2 on Sunday 3 August 2014.

Bollywood Showstoppers Shahid & Sonakshi

Following the success of star studded Bollywood Showstoppers tour in 2013 with Bipasha, Shaan, Atif and Malaika. Flex FX Productions will bring the event back to The O2 exclusively to the UK for one night only.

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha promote ‘Holiday’ on ‘Dance India Dance’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - Dance India DanceThe audience at India’s premier dance competition ‘Dance India Dance’ (DID): Little Master Season 3 got an extra special surprise when Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and screen siren Sonakshi Sinha made a special appearance on the show to promote their forthcoming film Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which releases in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

The star duo delighted the audience when they spoke candidly about their new gritty romantic-thriller film Holiday, in which they have starring roles. Akshay and Sonakshi also spoke about a song sequence they are currently filming for Holiday, which also features veteran actor Govinda and director A.R. Murugadoss.

Whilst on set at DID both Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha delighted the young participants by chatting with them, and also entertained audience members by asking questions, cracking jokes and even demonstrating some stylish dance moves!

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned-producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned by maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Fans will be able to catch the special episode on Zee TV this Saturday 26th April 2014 at 7.30pm.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.

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Akshay Kumar turns Army intel officer in ‘Holiday’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - HolidayOne of India’s most celebrated superstars and talented actors, Akshay Kumar, is set to take on his most iconic role to date in his new film: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, releasing in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s eminent production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Holiday 2Akshay Kumar essays the role of Virat Bakshi, a military officer who is on holiday with his battalion in his bustling home city of Mumbai. However, unbeknown to his fellow officers, Virat is also an undercover Secret Defence Intelligence Agent, masterly skilled and trained in covert anti-terror intelligence operations. Whilst on a family visit to Mumbai, Virat is caught up in a gruesome terror attack that sees a crowded bus blown to pieces.

But this is just the beginning of the story for Virat, as he gets drawn into a sinister web of lies and deceit in his quest to bring the very top echelons of the terror mafia to justice before they strike again in the heart of Mumbai – the city that Virat holds closest to his heart.

This Summer audiences will be gripped with intrigue, action and thought-provoking drama interspersed with romantic elements, as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty gets set to infiltrate peoples’ hearts and minds.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment worldwide on 6th June 2014.

Sonakshi Sinha’s look inspired by Laila Ali

Sonakshi Sinha will be seen in UK cinemas again this year in the much-awaited Vipul Shah directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty.

The Rowdy Rathore actress is once again paired opposite Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar in this action filled rom-com.

We heard that Sonakshi Sinha was undertaking boxing lessons for the film and has apparently inspired her look in the film from Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali, who is a world renowned boxer.

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The braids and leather gloves that she has chosen for her boxing scenes have been “inspired” by that of Laila’s.

Holiday releases in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.


‘R…Rajkumar’ collects Rs. 45.77 crore worldwide in the opening weekend

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Eros International has announced an impressive opening weekend of R…Rajkumar at the box office with Rs. 45.77 crores worldwide.

Produced by Eros International and Next Gen Films, the mass entertainer starring Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha with its hit music and Prabhu Dheva style action, romance and signature dialogues hit the right chord with audiences and found its place in the top ten opening weekends among Hindi films this year. Monday remained steady at the box office with the masalathon raking in an attractive Rs. 5.65 crore in India.

In its opening weekend, the film grossed Rs. 39.77 crore in India (Net collections: Rs. 30.59 crore) and Rs. 6 crores overseas. It released across 2900 screens in India and 300 screens overseas.

Speaking on the film opening, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India theatrical, Eros International Media Limited, “With its mass appeal, chart busting songs and high octave action, R…Rajkumar made for a perfect commercial entertainer and has a received a big thumbs up from the junta. A large chunk of revenue has come from mass dominated circuits with single screens and multiplexes packed to capacity. With Monday holding up strong as well, we are looking to end the week with positive momentum”.

‘R…Rajkumar’ presents India’s first Custom Comic

R...Rajkumar custom comic launch (2)The R…Rajkumar team unveiled the first ever custom comic for a Bollywood film at the Reliance Digital Store in Mumbai recently.

Producer Viki Rajani, director Prabhu Dheva and the lead pair- Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor – who looked all excited to present the fun-filled comic of their upcoming film, were present at the event.

Talking about R…Rajkumar’s custom comic, producer Viki Rajani said “Movie marketing continues to become more innovative and with this film, we have attempted initiatives to reach across all mediums. I’m happy to have the first ever custom comic book for R…Rajkumar which involved direct participation by fans and showed their keen response and enthusiasm”.

Shahid and Sonakshi, ecstatic with the response the songs of the film have been receiving, said that they were eagerly looking forward to the release of the film. Shahid also danced to Gandi Baat, much to the delight of the crowd present at the event.

Excited to feature in the comic for the first time, Sonakshi said “My brothers would always be reading comics and I would never be allowed to touch them. Now I’m featuring in an R…Rajkumar custom comic. I am going to take a copy home and show it to them.”

R…Rajkumar is produced by Sunil Lulla of Eros International and Viki Rajani of Next gen films. Directed by Prabhu Dheva, this film is scheduled to hit UK cinemas on the 6th December.

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New Trailer: ‘R… Rajkumar’

Eros International has released a new trailer of their forthcoming Shahid-Sonakshi starrer R… Rajkumar.

R…Rajkumar is directed by Prabhu Dheva and produced by Sunil Lulla and Viki Rajani.

Synopsis: R… Rajkumar is the story of a young man without a purpose in life named Rajkumar (Shahid Kapoor).

R... Rajkumar UK Release (1)A rebel without a cause, he leads a carefree life and works for a drug baron named Shivraj (Sonu Sood). His life changes as one day he sees Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha), Chanda who is the epitome of beauty. Although she is educated she has a rustic charm.

Her parents died when she was young and her only surviving relative is another drug baron named Manik Parmar (Ashish Vidyarthi) who is the arch rival of Shivraj. Both Parmar and Shivraj owe allegiance to a Mafia Don named AjitTaaka(Shri Hari) who operates from Malasiya.

Rajkumar falls head over heels in love with Chanda without knowing that she is the niece of Parmar who he has been ordered to kill by his Boss Shivraj.

After some wooing Chanda succumbs to Rajkumar’s charm and falls in love with him. But before their love can flourish a deadly secret unfolds that shatters Rajkumar’s world. He has only one option left, if he wants Chanda he has to destroy the deadly drug cartel that is operated from Madhya Pradesh and has its roots in Malaysia.

What is the deadly secret that has in a moment turned Rajkumar’s life into living hell?

Will Rajkumar manage to destroy the huge drug cartel and get Chanda?

And last but not the least, will Rajkumar live to tell the tale?

The film releases in UK cinemas on 6th December 2013. 

Interview: Sonakshi Sinha talks about ‘Bullett Raja’

Sonakshi Sinha talks about her latest film, Bullett Raja, also starring Saif Ali Khan and Jimmy Shergil. 


Saif and Sonakshi in Bullett Raja (1)This is your first time working with Saif Ali Khan. Were you excited for this opportunity?
I think we make a very fresh pairing, I have wanted to work with Saif for a while now and was very excited to get the chance in Bullett Raja. Saif is a great actor and is so committed to his roles, I am very happy with how we look together on-screen and I would love the opportunity to work with him again.


Your role in the film is of a struggling Bengali actress, what did you think of your characters look in the film?
This is the second time I am playing a Bengali girl. But my character in Lootera was drastically different; I was playing a girl from the ’50s, who is a Zamindar’s daughter. In Bullett Raja, I am playing a contemporary Bengali girl. I loved my look for this role; it has a very traditional feel and there was a certain grace to it. Once I was in the costume, everyone was shocked to see how Bengali I looked. I wish the sequence we shot in that costume was a little longer, because I did not want to get out of it.


After having so much success so early in your career with your films, do you feel under pressure with every new release?
 There’s no pressure actually. I really like what I do and if I think of it as pressure it would really bog me down. I feel I’m in the right place at the right time because there are a lot of films right now where, for me as an actor, there’s something I can give to them. So I truly believe I’m in the right place at the right time.



Do you feel overshadowed by your co-stars? Does less visibility bother you?
Never. I do my work to the best of my capacity. I don’t pick a role looking at its length. I take up a film because I would like to see it. People notice me, appreciate my work and dancing skills, so where’s the question of being overshadowed? No one has any complaints.


Sonakshi and SaifHow would you describe this phase of your life?
I’ve come in at the right time and I’m getting films with great roles. It’s fabulous.


No one has ever heard of any stories of you fighting over a role or anything of that sort.
I’ve never had to fight for a role. Call it my ego or my self-respect, but I won’t pick up the phone and call a producer and fight or ask for a role. That’s not me. I’ve always got the best and my work speaks for itself.


But you’re always the Indian girl. Don’t you want to break that image?
People see me like that. I may play an Indian girl, but each role is different. If I’m offered a film where I need to play an urban character, I will. But these roles work for me. I’m not stuck in a rut and neither do I feel the need to break the norm. When a female star plays western roles only, no one asks her these questions. At 25, I can proudly say that I’m successful.



Bullet Raja releases in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox on 29th November 2013. 

Interview: Surj from RDB talks about ‘Tamanche Pe Disco’

Saif Ali Khan with RDB in Tamanche Pe Disco Song from Bullett RajaInternational urban music artists RDB are set to raise the adrenaline level with their latest track in Fox Star Studios high-rolling, high-stakes must-see action entertainer, Bullett Raja titled ‘Tamanche Pe Disco’.

Here Surj from RDB talks about the song and working with Saif Ali Khan and Sonakshi Sinha: 

How did you get on board with Tamanche Pe Disco?
It all started with a call from Sameer Gogate, who put us in touch with one of the producers of Bullett Raja, Nitin Ahuja. He had requested a track from our music bank given the short deadline. As we do, we showcased them a couple of different numbers but a pre-made version of Tamanche Pe Disco was selected.


How was it working with Saif and Sonakshi?
These superstars are very grounded. Saif was extremely focused on how he wanted the music and had a real flare for hearing a hit! After seeing our takes at the shoot, he insisted we did one scene with him for the song and it was a pleasure working with him. Sonakshi, as well as being stunning in person, was very humble and great to interact with.


Sonakshi and SaifThe song has a very rustic yet a very contemporary beat, what was the concept behind it?
We tried a slightly different approach for this song and used the lyrical knowledge of Raftaar to give it more of a UP flavour. The music still has the signature RDB sound.


What was your inspiration for the track?
The theme of the movie had some part to play with the composition of the track as well as the trademark UP gangster lifestyle.

How did Raftaar and Nindy come onboard?
The song required female vocals and who better to suit than Nindy Kaur. Raftaar not only added to the theme of the song with his lyrics but uplifted the track further by adding his rap performance to parts of the track. Nindy and Raftaar are a killer combination.


What were some fun moments on the set while shooting the song?
Every shoot is a great and unique experience, but I think this one was the fastest arranged shoot ever. The track was made within three days after which the whole shoot was arranged in two. Within a week the track was composed, paid for, excepted and shot. Only in India!


How does the track compare to what you have done earlier?
Tamanche Pe Disco represents the first time RDB has collaborated with Saif. The track also moves away from our trademark Bhangra / Punjabi beat as we experiment with a UP flavour so our fans are in for a real treat!


RDB in the song Tamanche Pe Disco from Bullett RajaWho are the key musical influencers in your life?
We would definitely say our father, our late brother Kuly and each other in the team.


What are the future projects in Bollywood that you are working on?
We have five upcoming projects, two of which are with new up and coming casts and the other three are with A-list stars. Our main highlight is that we are now officially releasing our collaboration track with T-Pain on the 21st of November with Universal in India and Three Records internationally. Our Album is also set to release in December.





Watch: ‘Tamanche Pe Disco’ from ‘Bullett Raja’

Fox Star Studios has released the first song from their next release Bullett Raja. Tamanche Pe Disco has been composed and sung by British music group RDB – consisting of Manjeet Ral, Surjeet Ral, Nindy Kaur and Raftaar.

Tamanche Pe Disco features Saif Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill and RDB. Bullett Raja is set to release in UK cinemas on 29th November through 20th Century Fox.

Watch the song here:


Saif Ali Khan turns up the heat in and as ‘Bullett Raja’

Saif and Sonakshi in Bullett Raja (1)One of Indian cinema’s most versatile actors Saif Ali Khan will return to the silver screen in a never before seen avatar as a high-rolling, high-stakes gangster in this year’s must-see action entertainer Bullett Raja. Releasing on 29th November, Bullett Raja is presented by Fox Star Studios India and produced by Brandsmith Motion Pictures and Moving Pictures.

Bullett Raja sees Saif Ali Khan essay the role of Raja Mishra, a commoner who gets transformed into Bullett Raja – a notorious, care-a-damn attitude gangster. A faithful friend and a loyal lover, living life on his own terms, setting his own rules, commanding respect and fearing no one, Bullett Raja in his true inimitable style takes on the system that creates people like him in a compelling struggle for power and ambition.

Bringing together two powerhouses, director Tigmanshu Dhulia and Saif Ali Khan, supported by a multi-star cast led by Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergil, Vidyuth Jamwal, Chunkey Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishan and Raj Babbar, Bullett Raja has huge universal appeal and is sure to strike a chord with all audiences. The music has been directed by hit music-duo Sajid-Wajid.

With an engaging story full of twists, turns and tantalising action sequences, the film promises edge-of-your-seat entertainment with a generous helping of tongue-in-cheek humour and romance as Saif Ali Khan stars in and as the formidable Bullett Raja.

Bullett Raja is presented by Fox Star Studios India. It is a Brandsmith Motion Pictures and a Moving Pictures production. Bullett Raja will be released in UK cinemas from 29th November 2013 through 20th Century Fox.


Spotted: Akshay and Sonakshi at Ajmer Sharif

As Balaji Motion Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara nears its release, the film’s leads Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha traveled to the revered Ajmer Sharif Dargah to seek blessings for the film.

It was Akshay and Sonakshi’s first ever visit to the dargah. A chopper was arranged for the celebrities to fly from Jaipur to Kishangarh, which is close to the dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. The stars were greeted by a sea of people and were hastily ushered in to the dargah amid heavy security.

Talking about his experience says Akshay, “I am happy to have visited the shrine and I hope to return soon. It was my first time. Embracing divinity and praying for the well-being of my dear ones and my film was a beautiful experience”.

The trip to Jaipur flagged off the multiple city promotional tour across the country. The actors are due to visit Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Indore & Dubai.

Balaji Motion Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha is scheduled to release on August 15, 2013.


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B4U to release Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara in UK cinemas

Sonakshi & AkshayOne of the world’s leading entertainment TV channels and Film Distribution Companies’, B4U has been named the UK and overseas theatrical distributor for this summer’s most eagerly anticipated Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara (OUATIMD) releasing on 15th August 2013. The film is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures.

Bad really is the new good as Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara sees Akshay Kumar make the transition from the role of an archetypal hero to a flamboyant bad boy, Shoaib. He is joined by Imran Khan (Aslam) and Sonakshi Sinha (Jasmine). The film also sees the return to the silver screen of Sonali Bendre (Mumtaz) in a cameo, after a hiatus of almost ten years.

Remarks Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures, “We look forward to our association in the overseas with B4U, which is among the most formidable entertainment platforms. Balaji and B4U will utilise their collective marketing muscle to derive a strong result for this hugely awaited film.”

Milan Luthria, who directed the first instalment of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and India’s most celebrated film of 2011, The Dirty Picture, has created this romantic drama shot partly in the Sultanate of Oman, and largely in Mumbai, recreating the 80s. The stirring musical score has been created by Pritam.

Says Sunil Rohra, Global CEO, B4U, “B4U is very excited to partner Balaji on their biggest film of the year, and is looking forward to be part of the hugely successful Once Upon a Time in Mumbai franchise, dobaara. We will bring our entire theatrical distribution expertise for the release of the film in global markets, besides backing it with our television platforms to make it a huge success.”

Since its inception in 1999 as a fledgling music and movie satellite portal, B4U has catapulted itself to become one of the world’s most watched entertainment TV channels, which is dedicated to all things Bollywood. The network operates three key channels – B4U Music, B4U Movies and B4U Mobile, which are at present available on more than eight different satellites, in more than 100 countries including the USA, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Mauritius, Canada and India. The collaboration with Akshay Kumar starrer Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara seals the channel’s status as a leader in the competitive global entertainment space.

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara releases in UK cinemas on 15th August 2013 through B4U.

Imran-Sonakshi in a future Balaji film?

Sonakshi and ImranAt a recent closed door screening of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Doobara held in Mumbai, senior Balaji officials were incredibly impressed with the fresh and crackling Imran-Sonakshi chemistry that is being depicted on the silver screen for the first time.

So much so that Ekta Kapoor spoke to her team members immediately about casting them together in a future Balaji film.

Says a source, “Balaji is producing a large number of films with well-known directors and has decided to cast the duo in a romantic film. The team is floored by their romance in the film.”

Ekta confirmed, “We were amazed at the sparkling chemistry between Imran and Sonakshi. They are at amazing ease with each other. They are the new romantic pair created and we would definitely like to repeat them in one of our future productions.”

Directed by Milan Luthria, the films also stars Akshay Kumar and Sonali Bendre. It releases in UK cinemas on August 15.


Interview: “I am excited about my line-up of films” – Ranveer Singh

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh speaks to BollyNewsUK about his films, co-stars, social networking and much more…

Ranveer in Lootera

How are you choosing your films?
If I have to be very honest, I go by the director’s previous work. I need to be excited about the person whom I will be putting my faith into. I am a director’s actor and for me, he is the captain of the ship. Then I look at the story of the project. It should be a story that has entertainment value and should be engaging. The story should evoke some kind of emotions out of me. Finally, I look at my part and character. It has to be a challenge that excites me because I’m going to put everything into it and I’m going to transform myself into the character. These are the main criteria that I look at when choosing a film.

Does this mean that you aren’t concerned about who plays the leading lady in your film?
No, not at all as that’s not my concern. I leave that to my director. If I am asked about my opinion, then I do say what I think. However, I don’t get involved in the casting of my heroines and I don’t make any demands. If I trust the script and my director, then I trust him to cast someone opposite me who will do justice to the role.

Ranveer Singh - Photo by Rohan ShresthaYour most recent release is Lootera, released in UK cinemas on 5th July. The director’s last release, Udaan, won many accolades and awards. Was that something that drew you towards doing his next film?
Yes. When I saw the film, I thought to myself how this director made such kind of a film in India. It was so unique and powerful. I decided back then that this is a creative mind that I would like to collaborate with. When the director, Vikramaditya Motwane, won the awards for Udaan, I won my award for my debut film Band Baaja Barat. I met him at the award function and told him that I loved his film and that I would love to work with him if he has a script for me. When I was offered the film, I loved the script and my role. The character I play in the film is slightly reserved and he doesn’t speak much, which is not usually attributed to my persona.

You were linked with your Lootera co-star Sonakshi Sinha. How do you deal with such rumours?
(Laughs) I have to give credit to Sonakshi for that rumour. She was the one who broke the ice initially and was really cool as a person. I remember the first time we met for this film was for the look test. She had started before me as we were shooting for a magazine cover. There were also all these rumours doing the rounds about us two. When I entered the room, she just shouted across ‘Hi Boyfriend’. She is really nice and comfortable to work with. She has a lot of ease to her approach towards a take and her character. I got to learn a lot from her. She chilled out throughout the whole process. She takes everything very easy and that translates into her performance. She doesn’t stress about anything and is cool as a cucumber.

So it doesn’t bother you whatever is written about you in the newspapers?
Well, both of us are mature enough to know that it’s just tabloid journalism. They need to fill space and make sales. They sensationalise news and that is part and parcel of the work that we do. We are young people and we know that we will be written about. We know better than to let such rumours affect our professional equation. I personally used to worry about these link-up stories but not anymore. I don’t subscribe to any tabloids anymore. I find them really beside the point. The point here is that I am a performer and a professional and I am here to perform and act in films. I allow all my energies to focus on that and don’t let myself to be distracted by what is being written about me. I don’t even know these days what is being written about me. When people tell me that they have read something I react with ‘Really? Is that what is being written about me?’ as I have no clue myself.

Ranveer Singh by Rohan ShresthaYour confidence was misconstrued as arrogance. Did you change yourself after almost everyone thought that you were arrogant?
When I started out I didn’t know that I have to act differently in front of people. I was just being comfortable in my own skin. I didn’t know what to say and what not to say. On whatever platform I went, I behaved just as I did with my friends, family or in my living room. I didn’t know that I shouldn’t do that. However, I have now learnt that. I don’t believe that I am arrogant. I don’t think that people who ever spoke to me would say that I am arrogant. I have developed a certain sense of tact which is important for a public figure. I know that I was misunderstood and fortunately, I still sometimes speak my mind. I still say what I am asked about and have managed to retain eighty or ninety percent of what I am. So it’s all good. As you get more experience, you learn more about how to be a public figure, which is not easy.

How do you prepare for a scene? Do you rehearse or are you very spontaneous?
I used to study a lot and do a lot of homework for acting before I performed. But now I have seen that a lot of my co-actors, especially Sonakshi Sinha, leave a lot of room for spontaneity. There is a certain organic nature that comes into the performance when you do that because it’s unplanned and unrehearsed and that’s the beauty of such a performance. I leave far more room now for spontaneity. I pretty much just learn my lines now and don’t fix a way of how I am going to perform the scene in case the director wants to change or mould the performance. He can then take it into any direction once we are on the film set.

You are recently joined Twitter and have a verified account but you don’t tweet much but retweet more…
(Laughs) Yeah, I think If I start tweeting then I will become obsessive. For the time being, I am using it as a platform for my work so that my fans know what professional work I am doing. For example, I will tweet a poster of my film. I use it as a platform for that. I had to get it verified before I started using it. It was a real battle to do that. I had to go through a lot to get it verified. There were many imposters on Twitter who were tweeting many incorrect political comments and inappropriate things about senior actors. I was getting into trouble because newspapers were picking up those tweets and were attributing them to my name. I was getting into a real mess because of these imposters which is why I wanted a verified account.

Ranveer SinghHave you experienced people on Twitter who ‘hate’ you or your work for no reason?
I was warned about this by my talent management. I was told that once I get on Twitter, there will be flak coming my way. I have been lucky though because I remember just two negative messages that were sent to me. All I see on Twitter is love. I get the warmest and full of love messages sent to me by fans. I read every message and I really can’t recall more than one or two negative messages.

What other films are you currently working on?
I am working on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela opposite Deepika Padukone. I also have another Yash Raj Films production, Gunday, releasing early next year. I will start working on Shaad Ali’s Kill Dill, also a YRF production, this year with Parineeti Chopra. I am excited about my line-up of films. There is plenty of variations of films and differences between the characters I am playing in each film. I will have four releases in a span of a year so I am happy with that.

How was your experience working with Deepika Padukone in Ram Leela?
It was amazing. She has really come into her own as a performer. She is very professional as well. The one thing I admire about her is her ability to multitask. She works very hard and that’s what I admire about her.










Rishi Kapoor-Neetu Singh’s “Tayyab Ali” recreated for “OUATIMD”

Imran and Sonakshi in Tayyab AliBalaji Motion Pictures has pulled out yet another ace from its armoury.

The second track that is due to being released from the forthcoming “Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara” is the evergreen “Tayyab Ali Pyaar Ka Dushman” from the yesteryear’s cult film, “Amar Akbar Anthony”.

Leaving no stone unturned to deliver a chartbusting soundtrack, Balaji has gone ahead and secured the official rights to recreate the original, which had been picturised on Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh.

The new track from “Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara” features Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha and was shot over 6 days on an elaborate set built at Mumbai’s Film City. It has been choreographed by Raju Khan and rendered by Javed Ali. It is expected to go on air before the start of Ramadan.

Imran plays a Muslim (Aslam) for the first time in a track that promises to be his first major ‘mass’ number.

The first track, “Ye Tune Kya Kiya”, composed by Pritam, rendered by the famous Pakistani qawwal Javed Bashir and shot on Akshay Kumar, Imran and Sonakshi, was unveiled recently and swiftly shot up the charts by emerging as the No.1 track on Youtube India.

Imran in Tayyab Ali