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Interview: Farhan Akhtar talks about ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

Farhan Akhtar as Sunny Gill in Dil Dhadakne Do
Farhan Akhtar as Sunny Gill in Dil Dhadakne Do

Director-producer-actor Farhan Akhtar talks to BollyNewsUK about his new venture Dil Dhadakne Do. The film is directed by his sister, Zoya Akhtar, and sees Farhan acting in the film as well as producing it under Excel Entertainment.

Dil Dhadakne Do also stars Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Shefali Shah and Anushka Sharma. The film is currently playing in UK cinemas nationwide. 

How has the experience been of being a part of Dil Dhadakne Do as a producer and an actor?
It’s been an amazing journey. I am a huge admirer of the way the Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti write movies. The films both have directed, always had really well-written scripts with well-written characters. It was fun to play a character again in a Zoya Akhtar movie. As a producer, Ritesh Sidhwani and I know that making a movie with Zoya will be a fun, engaging and interesting experience.

It’s been hard to cast actors in the projects whenever you and Zoya have collaborated together…
I must tell you, that is a part and parcel of film-making. It doesn’t only happen to Zoya. Any director you speak to, will tell you the exact same story. It has happened to me too. It happened to me while I was making Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya. At the end of the day, every film has its own destiny. There is no retrospect thinking into what if someone else was playing a certain character. You just go with the best that you get. Maybe Zoya didn’t get the cast that she wanted when she started the film but she usually ends up with a really good set of actors.

Dil Dhadakne Do is more focused on the Mehra family and you play a supporting character…
Even during the making of Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara, I didn’t think of any expectations viewers will have from my performance in the film.  We do everything in the best interest of the film. That really is my focus. I completely agree with you that the film predominantly focuses on the Mehra family and I play a supporting part. I am very happy with the role that I am playing and it’s very important in the context of Priyanka Chopra’s subplot in the movie. There is also a key moment in the film that occurs between Priyanka, Rahul Bose and myself in the film. When Zoya narrated the film to me, that scene resonated very strongly with me. I felt very connected to the script and I just wanted to do it regardless of how big my part was. Whatever people think about the film or a character when they watch it can’t be predicted. Sometimes we do a film just about one character and nobody really cares. That’s happened too (laughs).

How do you decide whether a role is right for you or not?
It’s difficult to explain. I don’t think it’s a logical process. Everyone has an instinct and that tells a person why something is better than something else. As an actor, it’s a creative instinct that you have. There are many factors though like the environment, your mood at the time when you were offered a film, the experience you had on your most recent film and many others. However, they are all on a subconscious level. There is an emotional reaction to the narration when you hear it and there is a voice inside you which tells you “Wow, this is it!” or it may say “You aren’t feeling this. Let it pass”. If you really have to stop and think about it and convince yourself, I feel that is very difficult. It may work for others but I don’t think I could do it.

Title Track - Priyanka & Farhan

As a producer, was it quite difficult logistically to film all over Europe?
The film is widespread all over Europe and filming on the cruise comes with its own set of rules. We had a cast of over twenty actors almost constantly on the cruise. Additionally, we had over seventy crew members. We were a huge contingent of people moving around in many different locations. It was logistically very difficult to do. We also worked with people who brought the right energy and felt like the core team. Nobody felt that they were doing anybody a favour by being there. That truly helped because the energy was very positive around everything that we did.

At the Indian Box Office, films based in India are doing better now than films set abroad. Do you feel Dil Dhadakne Do will appeal to the masses in India?
I feel that if it’s a good story and if it connects with people, then everything else doesn’t matter. It has to resonate with people on an emotional level. If that happens, then the location doesn’t matter. Of course, the location should make sense. You can’t just shoot any movie on the Mediterranean Sea because it’s a great location. It’s the people in the film, their dilemmas and problems that makes people eventually like a film or not. These terms ‘NRI Films’ were not put forward by the film industry. They were used by trade people because they had to categorise films to market them. We don’t think of movies like that.

What’s next for you? People have been demanding Don 3…
Yes, they have. To be honest, at the moment my hands are full. We have Dil Dhadakne Do now and then we have another production Bangistan releasing in July. I also start filming for Rock On 2 in August. We also have a production called Wazir starring Amitabh Bachchan due to release post October sometime on a good weekend. There are a lot of things happening at the moment for me and I don’t have the mental space to make decisions of what I am going to do next after all these things at the moment. Direction is truly a part of who I am. I enjoy directing. I am just really enjoying the scripts that I am getting at the moment. I wouldn’t say no to good scripts just because I should be getting back to direction.

This interview was first published in The Asian Today Newspaper (June 2015 issue). 

Interview: Ranveer Singh talks about Dil Dhadakne Do, Priyanka Chopra & Anushka Sharma

Ranveer SinghBollywood star Ranveer Singh is back on our silver screens with Zoya Akhtar’s summer blockbuster, Dil Dhadakne Do. Also starring Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah and Anushka Sharma, the movie is a comedy-drama set on a cruise ship.

The story begins in the sparkling lifestyle of popular Delhi socialite family and primarily revolves around the two siblings; portrayed by Ranveer and Priyanka.

Speaking to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, Ranveer talked about the new craze of ‘dubsmashing’ videos, filming in Europe, working with Priyanka again and much more…

You have been interacting with your fans on Twitter very frequently lately…
Yes, I love communicating with my fans over Twitter. I like getting feedback about what people like and dislike about my work. My favourite part about social media is that they have direct access to me and vice versa. I really appreciate everything they write to me and it puts a smile to my face every day. It’s also a great medium to get your work out there. Internet has become such a major part of everyone’s life and digital marketing is huge now. I remember, the brand for my first advertisement didn’t have budgets for TV spots and we decided to only release it digitally. That opened up my eyes because it did really well and the reach was enormous. That gave me the belief that social media is important to promote your work as well as for interactions with fans.

Your Dubsmash videos are pretty amazing too…
(Laughs) We were doing interviews with a TV channel and they suggested that I should do one. A lot of people had sent me their ‘dubsmashes’ and I thought why not? I tried it and I really liked it. I did one with Priyanka and one from an old Anil Kapoor movie. These things amuse me more than anyone else (laughs). But I’m glad that other people enjoy them too. I do them for my own enjoyment though, in all honesty. It gives me a kick.

You play a typical Punjabi character in the film. You are Sindhi but are quite Punjabi in nature. It wasn’t very hard then to portray the role, or was it?
I am Sindhi and there is a little bit of Sikh in me as well. My paternal grandmother was a Muslim so I’m a little bit of a mix. My family came from Karachi, they were based there. It was actually very easy to get into the character unlike the current movie that I’m filming for, Bajirao Mastani with Deepika and Priyanka. It’s a Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie and I had to lock myself up for three weeks in a hotel room to work on my voice, body language, appearance and everything really. That was a big process but getting into Kabir Mehra’s character was pretty straightforward. He comes from a business family like I do, he was raised and comes from an urban area and is in the same age group as me. The character is demographically and socio-economically very similar to me. I noticed, while dubbing for the movie, that Dil Dhadakne Do is the closest to who I am compared to any other characters that I’ve played in the past.Ranveer & Farhan (1)

You are a big Anil Kapoor fan and it’s quite apparent from thepromos that you enjoyed every moment of working with him…
Yes, I’m glad you noticed (laughs). That applies to off-screen too as he’s such a great guy. He’s warm, hilarious and genuine. He doesn’t give you the ‘senior’ vibe and it’s more like acting with a ‘bro’. I had the great opportunity of working with another childhood idol of mine from the 90’s, Govinda, in Kill Dil. It was different because it felt like he was my senior and I would just listen to his stories and learn from his experiences. That was fun but with Anil it’s different. We work out together and we really bonded during the making of the film.

DilDhadakneDoPosterThere is quite a lot of buzz that you are working with Anushka Sharma again…
Well, Anushka is an absolutely stunning actress. Above all and beyond everything, I have tremendous respect for her talent and acting abilities. She’s the best part of most of the movies that she’s been in. She really made a mark with NH10 as an actor and producer. I was very happy and excited that I have such a solid co-actor to work with. I was actually pleasantly surprised that Anushka will portray the role. I never thought that she would take on such a role. But this shows us exactly how secure she is as an actress to make these choices as it’s an ensemble film. I was over the moon when she signed the film and had a blast catching up with her. I did two movies with her back-to-back at the start of my career. We lost touch after that but it was good catching up with her while working on Dil Dhadakne Do. She makes acting very easy for her co-stars so that was great.

You have changed tremendously from the time you made your acting debut with Anushka. Did she notice the changes?
Well, I was trying to make it a pleasurable experience for her to shoot with me for this film. That is because I know what a pain in the #@#@ I was in my first and second film. I had all these questions and I was overenthusiastic. I had to be guided at every step and that can be quite a painful process. She was trying to get her job done but also had to deal with this novice rookie actor. I can’t imagine that to be a pleasurable experience but she was kind and nice to me. This time I made sure that I could be the best co-actor for Anushka. I even asked her that a few times whether I have become better now and if I am less of a pain now (laughs).

Farhan, Priyanka, Anushka, Ranveer (1)In Gunday, you and Priyanka Chopra played lovers, in Dil Dhadakne Do you portray siblings and in your next, Bajirao Mastani you play a married couple. Isn’t that a bit weird?
It’s weird. I’m not going to lie. It’s a bit of a dysfunctional relationship that we share. She has pretty much played my girlfriend, my sister and wife back-to-back in the span of a year-and-a-half. It’s weird but also testimony to the fact that Priyanka is a very competent actor. She can fit into any mould. It’s weird when you say it like that (laughs) but Priyanka is really professional. We trust our directors and we hope our audiences have evolved to accept two actors playing different characters for different movies.

How was it like filming all over Europe and on a cruise for most of the film?
It was like a paid holiday (laughs). There was not much work. It was pretty much just having a conversation whether it was a bar, on a couch, in a room or on a bus. It’s not like Bajirao Mastani which is emotionally and physically draining. As it was an ensemble cast, I would have two days off every week and I would find a new place to go to every time. It really felt like a holiday. I don’t think any other shooting experience will match up to this.

Dil Dhadakne Do is now in UK cinemas nationwide.

This interview was first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper. 

Farhan Akhtar & Priyanka Chopra Come Together For The First Time To Lend Vocals For “Dil Dhadakne Do” Title Track

International acting and singing sensation Priyanka Chopra has teamed up with Bollywood co-star, actor-producer Farhan Akhtar to lend her voice to the title track of this year’s most awaited release, Dil Dhadakne Do. Written by Javed Akhtar, the video of the song features Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma & Farhan Akhtar 

While Farhan has sung songs in movies like Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Priyanka had lend her voice for Bollywood movies like Mary Kom. But this will be the first time that the two performers will come together and create musical magic onscreen.

This song will mark a new milestone in Priyanka Chopra’s singing career. Her international singing debut was In My City feat., while her second single Exotic was with international rapper Pitbull. Her third single I Can’t Make You Love Me went on to chart topping heights and was even featured in the top 100 international songs and albums. 

Dil Dhadakne Do is a comedy-drama set on a cruise ship. The story begins in the sparkling lifestyle of popular Delhi socialite couple Neelam and Kamal Mehra. In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, they invite their family and close friends for a 10-day cruise around Turkey. A holiday that will change the lives of the Mehras forever.

‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is presented by Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment, and produced by Excel Entertainment. The film is set to release internationally on 5th June 2015.

Ranveer & Farhan

Ranveer, Priyanka, Farhan

Farhan, Priyanka, Anushka, Ranveer

‘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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First Look: ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

Priyanka ChopraExcel Entertainment has released first look images of actors Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma from their upcoming film, Dil Dhadakne Do.

The Zoya Akhtar directorial is a bittersweet comedy drama about a family that takes a trip that changes them forever.

Kamal and Neelam Mehra, one of the most popular couples in Delhi society are entering their 30th year of marriage. This is an occasion that calls for a lavish celebration in their circles. Kamal and Neelam take these social responsibilities very seriously and invite close family and friends on a 10 day cruise of Europe.

Once on the ship, their lives start to unfold. Kamal is heading to bankruptcy; Neelam and him can barely tolerate each other. Their business savvy daughter, Ayesha is sick of her marriage and wants a divorce, which leads to a lot of drama with her husband, and in laws who are also there. Their son Kabir, who is slated to take over the family business and hopefully save the company by marrying the only daughter of the wealthy Sood family, starts to have other ideas. He falls in love with an entertainer on board the ship and realizes 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? This is what Dil Dhadakne Do is about.

Dil Dhadakne Do is directed by Zoya Akhtar, presented by Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment and produced by Excel Entertainment.

The film is set to release in UK cinemas on 5th June 2015 through NYSE listed Bollywood studio Eros International.

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Eros to release Dil Dhadakne Do & Bangistan in UK cinemas

Dil Dhadakne Do - UK Release - EROS PosterEros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global film company in the Indian film entertainment industry has acquired the international rights of Excel Entertainment’s eagerly awaited films – Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do and Karan Anshuman’s Bangistan.

Dil Dhadakne Do, in Zoya’s trademark style boasts of an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah. Shot mostly in foreign locales on a cruise ship, the film is a drama centered around a dysfunctional Punjabi family.

Film critic turned director Karan Anshuman’s Bangistan, a hilarious parody  stars Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat as two rival, blundering terrorists with Jacqueline Fernandez making a special appearance.

Speaking on the announcement, Jyoti Deshpande, CEO, Eros International Media Ltd said, “After a successful association for Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, we are happy to once again partner with Excel who are known to make films that entertain as well as consistently offer a fresh take on cinema. Dil Dhadakne Do and Bangistan are looking extremely promising and we are looking forward to showcase these films internationally through our digital and distribution network”.

Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Excel Entertainment added, “We are happy to collaborate with Eros for these two exciting projects and present them on a worldwide platform through their outstanding distribution network”.

Eros will release Bangistan on 17th April, 2015 and Dil Dhadakne Do on 5th June, 2015 in UK cinemas and the international markets.

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