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Photos: ‘Happy New Year’ Music Launch

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

Check out the photos here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview: Kareena and Imran talk about ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (12)Bollywood royalty Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan flew down to London to promote their upcoming film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, directed by Punit Malhotra and produced by Karan Johar.

Synospsis: Sriram Venkat (Imran Khan) is the most shallow guy on earth who doesn’t value relationships, family, friends, life or the country. Not necessarily in that order. Because he couldn’t care less about the order. This makes him the clear ‘black’ sheep of the family.

At some point this shallow man begins to narrate the story of the crazy relationship he shared with Dia Sharma. His ex-girlfriend. A firebrand social activist who wanted to change the world. An attraction which was physical initially but then got emotional and finally veered into complex territories resulting in a clash of ideologies and mindsets which drove them apart. Bitterly. Sriram believed that charity begins and ends at home. Whilst Dia felt that you have to be the change that you want to bring about.

However, Sriram realizes that he is not over Dia and still loves her and that she is the best change that ever happened… and will happen to his life.

But Dia has moved on and is now in an obscure village in Gujarat called Jhumli.

Sriram lands up in Jhumli to take his love back… But Dia refuses to return with him. Frustrated and faced with the ultimate challenge, Sriram realizes the only way he can impress upon Dia to come back with him is by making Jhumli independent. By helping others… something he is just not accustomed to do. This is the biggest irony of his life.

What he doesn’t bargain for are the various road blocks he might face, in the face of politics, corruption and clueless villagers. But the biggest hurdle he faces eventually is himself. His own moral fabric which isn’t upto the challenge he has undertaken.

Will Sriram be able to win back his love? Will he be able to bring about the change in Jhumli as well as in himself??? This is the story of a boy and his struggle to cross a bridge… a bridge that bridges the love and gap between two people.

The film is set to release in UK cinemas on 22nd November and the two stars caught up with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik to talk about the film and much more…

 

Imran, you have flown in from New York where you were promoting Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. How did it go?
Imran: It was mad. It turns out New York is not on route from Mumbai, you go way past into a different time zone (laughs). I slept through all of the interviews and just when I got into it, I had to leave for London.

 

Kareena, you were in Beirut for Arabs Got Talent and your fans there were pretty excited to see you perform.
Kareena: We had lots of fun. They were very warm. I think that is their culture. They are loud and warm, which is nice as they are very much like us.

Imran: Basically, they are Indians (laughs).


Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (5)You were honoured at the House of Commons by the British Government and Asian Sunday Newpaper. How did that go?
Kareena: It was great. I am thankful to all of my British Asian fans who made this possible. I am sure they won’t let me down with my new movie as well.

 

The title of your new film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, is quite unique. How did that come about?
Imran: I honestly don’t know.
Kareena: I guess, because we are both fair. What else could it be (laughs)?
Imran: The script that Punit had written was called Jhumli. That is the name of the village where Kareena goes in the film and I follow her. The script that I signed on was called Jhumli and when we started filming, we had no title.

Kareena: I am just glad that the film is not called Jhumli (laughs).


Your director Punit Malhotra was an AD on Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Imran worked with him on his directorial debut I Hate Luv Stories. How was your experience working with him on Gori Teri Pyaar Mein?
Imran: Obviously, it was very different for Kareena from the first time she worked with Punit. At that time the power equation was a little different (laughs).

Kareena: So you agree that you guys bullied me?
Imran: That is not true. He was a clapper boy on that film and now he has been bumped up slightly (laughs). Punit and I were basically two love sick puppies running behind Bebo. We were both running around after her seeking her approval and affection (laughs).

 

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (7)You both have worked with Dharma Productions in the past. How would you describe your association with Karan Johar’s production house?
Imran: I Hate Luv Stories came to me when I was sitting at home for eight-nine month without work and then Karan offered me the film. I owe him a lot.


Kareena, you are sort of an in-house heroine for the banner.

Kareena: It’s like home turf for me. Karan Johar is like a brother to me. Apart from working together, we are mentally connected. He is my brother, best friend and confidante. We go beyond having a professional equation.


I was surprised to see the heroine of Punit Malhotra’s second film as a social activist. What was your reaction when you first heard the script?
Kareena: Dia is a social activist but don’t forget it’s a Karan Johar film so it as socially activist as it can be (laughs).

Imran: Don’t expect Satyagraha (laughs).
Kareena: I mean she dances on Chingam Chibake and Tooh. She is a modern girl of today. She has her ideologies and it’s a lot of fun.


There is a funny dialogue you say in the film about the Tomatino Festival that has become famous in Bollywood after Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara.
Kareena: That entire scene is actually quite good.

Imran: You have seen the funny part of it. It’s actually a very intense and dramatic scene.

 

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (9)Imran, you usually ask directors to make changes to their scripts before you sign their films. Did you do the same with this film?
Imran: It was a long journey. Punit’s initial draft of the story was of two guys who go to this village to woo these two girls back. Funnily enough, he wanted me and Saif Ali Khan to play the two roles. Imagine what fun that set would be. At a very early stage, it wasn’t working for him so he cut out the second storyline and made it about one boy and one girl. I gave Punit a hard time. I really liked the first half which is more of a rom-com but didn’t really like the second half where my character goes to win Dia back to a village. I didn’t understand the whole point about the bridge. I was settling for less but Punit stuck with it and made it better.
 

The audience now looks at films differently. People constantly want to see something new. How is this film different from other rom-coms you have done?
Imran: That is what the second half of the film adds. I swear, if Punit had listened to me and just made the film in the space of the first half, it would have been a very mediocre film. 

 

Imran, in I Hate Luv Stories your character was largely based on Punit Malhotra. How much of him will we see in this film?
Kareena: Sriram is completely like Punit.

Imran: I am pretty much playing the same character again. Sriram is not that different from Jay of I Hate Luv Stories. There is always a lot of Punit in his films (laughs).


Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (3)Kareena, who was his inspiration for your character?
Imran: There was a girl…

Kareena: Yes, I think, there was a girl whom he actually went after to.
Imran: Maybe not to a village but I feel that there was a girl like that (laughs).

 

The music is being liked by audiences…
Kareena: I like Shake that Tooh and Dhat Teri Ki. They are both wild numbers and fun. You just want to get up and shake your tooh. 


Were you apprehensive about dancing to a song like Tooh because of its lyrics?
Kareena: No, it’s a sweet song. The atmosphere of a Punjabi wedding is like that.
Imran: People are taking these things too seriously.


On ‘A date with Ek Main aur Ekk Tu’, Imran you said that you wanted to compare your ‘Tooh’ with Saif Ali Khan and Kareena will decide who has a better one. Did that ever happen?
Kareena: Oh, we still have to do that.

Imran: I think, Saif is freaking out because he knows he can’t win it. He is backing down from the challenenge (laughs).
Kareena: Don’t be so sure. You both can’t win to me (laughs).

 

 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in London (9)

Sir Ben Kingsley and Anupam Kher honoured at the The Asian Awards 2013

Sir Ben Kingsley Fellowship AwardOn a sensational star-studded night, Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Scherzinger, Kamui Kobayashi, Adi Godrej, Jiang Jinquing, Hanif Khureishi and Hollywood legend Bruce Lee were among those honoured at The Asian Awards in Partnership with UK Sotheby’s International Realty, at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The world’s first Top 100 Most Influential Asians* list was also launched, unveiling President of China, Xi Jinqping in top spot, followed by Indian leader, Sonia Gandhi, Vice Premier of China, Le Keqiang, Indian PM, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi, who is widely tipped to be India’s next PM.

Founder of The Asian Awards, Paul Sagoo said: “This year The Asian Awards has truly lived up to its name, celebrating global Asian achievement in what was a triumphant night. We are honoured with the support of our guests and winners, like Sir Ben Kingsley, George Osborne MP, Jiang Jinquing and Linda Lee who joined us for this magnificent gathering of some of the world’s most inspirational and powerful people.

“The Asian Awards also saw the launch of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential Asians’, which highlights the world’s most influential Asians today. Countless hours of research and deliberation went into creating this list and I am confident it will become a definitive guide of measuring influence among those of Asian origin.”

Lord Sebastian Coe once again hosted the dazzling awards, with spectacular entertainment from soul singer Beverley Knight, who performed for a room full of A-list guests, including Colin Jackson, Philip Treacy, Sinitta, Christian Louboutin, Gary Linekar, Peter Andre, Mitch Winehouse and James Caan. The awards partnered with charity Arms Around the Child and raised a significant sum for the foundation.

The ceremony was opened by The Asian Awards founder, Paul Sagoo, followed by a speech by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, MP, who praised the awards and congratulated the outstanding achievements of the winners.

The coveted Fellowship Award went to Sir Ben Kingsley who collected the award for his outstanding five decade career, which has seen the 69-year-old pick up practically every award in the film industry, including an Oscar for his portrayal of Gandhi. Global icon, Bruce Lee was honoured with the prestigious Founders Award, for his impact and influence on western cinema, and also to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. His wife, Linda Lee attended to receive the award.

Legendary Indian actor, Anupam Kher was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. Kher has famously crossed over into western cinema, most recently Silver Linings with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper, and is a proud ambassador for Asians in world cinema. Prominent playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist, Hanif Kureishi CBE received the Outstanding Achievement in Art award.

Nicole Scherzinger was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Music prize for her immense achievements in global music, while the Outstanding Achievement in Television award went to Nina Wadia for being a strong representative for Asians in TV.

Indian industrialist and Chairman on The Godrej Group, Adi Godrej picked up the Entrepreneur of the Year award; The Business Leader of the Year award went to the current Chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Jiang Jianging; while co-inventor of USB, Ajay Bhatt was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Science.

The Outstanding Achievement in Sport award went to Japanese race car driver, Kamui Kobayashi; Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability went to Ravi Ruia, Vice-Chairman of Essar Group; Philanthropist of the Year went to Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys and Social Entrepreneur of the Year was awarded to Masa Kogure, founder of Table for Two, which aims to end hunger in Africa.

Deepak Kuntawala, the Founder of DVK, which was a sponsor of The Asian Awards 2013, presented the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award with Peter Andre to actress Nina Wadia.

In 2010 and 2011, The Asian Awards honoured some of Asia’s leading figures, including Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan to legendary artistes, Asha Bhosle, Freddie Mercury (posthumously), Jay Sean and AR Rahman to powerful business magnate Ratan Tata, and leaders in technology such as Google’s Amit Singhal.

Mika Singh to perform at Wembley Arena in June 2013

Mika SinghThe UK will finally see the blockbuster musical powerhouse Mika Singh performing live in concert at London’s Wembley Arena on the Saturday 22nd June 2013, tickets will be on sale from the 22nd April and starting at £20.

Mika’s Bollywood career hit sky high limits after he sung a huge number of India’s most played Bollywood and Punjabi music across the world.

Some of his biggest blockbuster music tracks include Subah Hone Na De from Desi Boys, Chinta Ta Chita from Rowdy Rathore, Pungi from Agent Vinod, Desi Beat from Bodyguard, Dhink Chika from Ready, Dhanno from Housefull and not forgetting one of the most popular Punjabi songs till this date Singh Is King. Expect Mika to raise the roof at Wembley this June where the Flex FX 10 year party celebrations continue

Naz Choudhury said ‘We all at Flex FX are really excited to bring Mika Singh to the UK and really happy this will be his exclusive debut, he is a powerhouse performer and deserves a solo stage and I’m really excited to host him. This show will be dedicated to a fusion between Bhangra culture and Bollywood music so expect a range of supporting dhol acts and Bhangra dancers, Bolly Flex will be performing with Mika throughout the show to bring to life the signature dance moves. This is the first time we are doing a Punjabi style concert, so we will go all out on the experience to give the audiences the taste of Punjab. And for that it doesn’t get bigger than Mika.

He has single handedly sold out and blown away audiences world wide with his range of super hit songs. After all he sung back to back hits for many of Salman Khan’s movies which is a statement in it self. Dhamaka is coming UK, book your tickets fast, if you missed Bollywood Showstoppers you missed the Bollywood spectacular of the decade and now if you miss Mika’s Dhamaka you will be missing out on the Bollywood and Bhangra concert of the year.

Shreya Ghoshal to tour the UK this month

Shreya Ghoshal - UK concert 2013She is the small-town girl who struck all the right notes in the city of dreams. Brought up in a quaint little town called Rawatbhata in Rajasthan where her scientist father was posted, Shreya Ghoshal started learning music at the tender age of four.

Her real break came when she won a TV reality show where she impressed director Sanjay Leela Bhansali with her vocal prowess. She became the voice of the protagonist Paro played by Aishwarya Rai and went on to win a National Award for Devdas.

Shreya Ghoshal is one of the most prolific singers today, music writers have hailed her as the ‘Queen Bee of Playback’ as well as the bridge between Lata Mangeshkar and the future generation. The legendary Lata Mangeshkar has stated that she finds Shreya Ghoshal’s voice closest to her own.

She recently showcased her musical variations by making the masses groove to ‘Chikni Chameli’ and ‘Ooh La La Ooh La La’ and then ensured that they fell in love with the romantically intense ‘Teri Meri’ and ‘Saans’. With umpteen popular trophies and four National Awards in her kitty, this pitch-perfect songstress seems unstoppable at the moment!

The forthcoming U.K. & Europe Tour 2013 coincides with 100 Years of Bollywood and this landmark will be celebrated via a special tribute to the legends by Shreya Ghoshal. The tour will culminate with Shreya Ghoshal’s debut at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2013.

Commenting on the UK tour, Sherya Ghoshal says, “Be ready for a beautiful evening of lots of beautiful music. An unforgettable evening for both you and me”

UK Tour Dates:

Friday 26th April 2013 The Bridgewater Hall Manchester
Saturday 27th April 2013 The NIA Birmingham
Sunday 28th April 2013 Newport Centre Newport
Sunday 5th May 2013 De Montfort Hall Leicester
Monday 6th May 2013 Royal Albert Hall London

Meet Saif Ali Khan in London

Actor Saif Ali Khan, who has filmed his productions Love Aaj Kal and Cocktail in the British capital, will be visiting London on 14th January 2013 to promote his upcoming release Race 2.

The 42-year-old actor will be visiting the famous west-London Cineworld cinema in Feltham. Saif will meet and greet his fans at the venue from 19:00 onwards.

Race 2, directed by Abbas-Mustan, will be released by UTV Motion Pictures on 25th January 2013 in UK cinemas.

Photos: ‘Talaash’ music launch

The most awaited film from Bollywood of 2012, Talaash, is here and the film, which is a suspense drama, is accentuating the mystery, right from the kickoff of its promotional campaign i.e. the music launch which took place last week and was a huge extravaganza. The launch was attended by leading actor Aamir Khan, actress Rani Mukherji, producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, director Reema Kagti, Javed Akhtar and Zoya Akthar amongst others. 

The entire venue was turned into Hotel Lido which is one of the notorious hotels that Aamir Khan’s character goes to, in the film. The hotel is almost like a key character in the film hence keeping in mind its importance, the makers thought that re-creating the ambiance of Hotel Lido would be not only an innovative idea, but it will also have relevancy with the content of the film.

The Soundtrack of Talaash has been composed by Ram Sampath and the music director was praised by Aamir for his work in the off-beat hit film Delhi Belly, which Khan produced himself.

Speaking about working with female directors, Khan said: “I have worked with Deepa Mehta (1947 Earth) and my wife Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat) earlier. So it’s not that I’m working for the first time with a female director. It doesn’t matter if director is a male or female. That he/she is good as a person matters for me. I loved working with Reema. She knows  exactly what she wants. She was a big help and guide to me as an actor. I discovered that  I could completely trust her.”

 Talaash was originally scheduled to release in December last year and then earlier this year in June. The makers of the film then announced a new release date of 30th November for a worldwide release. “The film was completed last year in November but we wanted to make a good film. Reema Kagti, my director, took some time in editing. The final product looks good and we have no regrets about the delay,” said Aamir. 

“My role didn’t require too much research as in the case of Sarfarosh where I played a cop too. The inputs for this role were different. No role is easy to play. I try to get into the mindset of the character. I don’t want to compete with anyone. Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have been cops earlier but this is very different. My character is struggling with his past. This is not an out and out entertainer, but I liked it. It is dark, intense and edgy. After a long time people will get to see suspense drama in Hindi films,” added the 47-year-old actor about his reprising the role of a cop after several years. 

Talking about rumours that the film was offered to Don actor Shah Rukh Khan first, Khan said: “I wasn’t aware that my film was first offered to Shahrukh Khan. I don’t keep a tab on the first choice of my films. Maybe I’ll ask this question to the filmmakers henceforth.”

Talaash releases in UK cinemas on 30th November 2012. 

Enjoy the full songs of Talaash here: 

 

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Video: Ranbir Kapoor at Cineworld, Feltham (London)

Fans and media alike were enthralled by the presence of popular Bollywood actor, Ranbir Kapoor, as he entertained the crowds during a special appearance to promote his forthcoming release, UTV Motion Pictures’ Barfi! at Cineworld Feltham on Monday 27th August.  

In one of the most entertaining visits to the multiplex by any Bollywood actor to date, Ranbir emulated his fun-loving, happy-go-lucky character from the film. He managed to charm onlookers, embracing and interacting with fans, posing for snaps and signing autographs, as well as addressing the gathered crowds and meeting competition winners onstage.

He was entertained by a performance of one of the film’s already hyped song and dance sequences by selected competition winners who were delighted at the opportunity of meeting their screen hero in person.  

Directed by Anurag Basu, the film also stars Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz and music which is already creating the right ripples is composed by Pritam.

Barfi! releases in the UK and Worldwide on 14th September 2012 through UTV Motion Pictures.

Watch the video of Ranbir’s visit to Cineworld, Feltham here:

Spotted: Ranbir Kapoor promotes ‘Barfi!’ in London

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor interacted with his UK fans today at Cineworld, Feltham while promoting his forthcoming release Barfi!, also starring Priyanka Chopra.

The Rockstar actor flew into London from Paris where was filming Karan Johar’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, directed by Ayan Mukherji.

Ranbir was greeted by screaming fans at the cinema and happily posed for photos and signed autographs. He also danced with competition winners and gave out exclusive merchandise from the film.

Check out these photos from the event:

 

Directed by Anurag Basu, Barfi! will release in UK cinemas on 14th September 2012.

Spotted: Abhishek Bachchan at Omega House, London

Omega brand ambassador and Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan attended the Best of Bollywood party, a night of Bollywood celebration on 6th August 2012 in London. 

Th 36-year-old  actor also answered questions during a Q&A session at Omega House on Monday evening.

Abhishek, who has attended a few Olympic games while in the capital, said that it was a great privilege as he had never seen the Olympics live.

Speaking to BollyNewsUK about how the western world is recognizing Indian film fraternity members today, the Bol Bachchan actor said, “We are a large nation. We are everywhere. I think it is about time they stood up and recognised us. I think they have used the film industry a lot. I mean this with complete humility but the film industry is one of the greatest ambassadors for our nation, our actors especially and thankfully (laughs).”

“I think it is a great way to get attention of a nation and also to recognize. I believe that when a nation is doing well economically, all other aspects of that nation go up on the foreground. Today, India is a power to reckon with. Maybe not in the Olympics so far, but in terms of visibility, most definitely,” added Abhishek.

The actor will now join Aamir Khan and Uday Chopra in Chicago for the shooting of Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom:3.

Spotted: Karan Johar at Visit Britain Press Conference

Indian film director, producer and celebrity Karan Johar attended a press conference in London today. 

Johar, who is the brand ambassador for Visit Britain in India, met the British press on Saturday afternoon, a day after attending the inaugural ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games. 

The 40-year-old My Name is Khan director spoke about his love for London, filming Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in the UK, the opening ceremony of the Olympics and much more.

Here are photos from the event:

 

Saif Ali Khan promotes ‘Cocktail’ in London

Eros International held a press conference for their upcoming co-production with Illuminati Films, Cocktail with the leading actor of the film Saif Ali Khan and producer Dinesh Vijan at their London headquarters last week.

Cocktail, which releases in the UK and worldwide through Eros on 13thJuly, also stars Deepika Padukone and newcomer Diana Penty.

Synopsis:

When Veronica (Deepika Padukone), 24, and Meera, 23, start living together during the summer, they have different agendas. Meera is awkward and is recovering from a hoax marriage to Kunal (Randeep Hooda) who has duped her off her live-savings by using pretence of setting up a base for them in London.  She is spending her time under Veronica’s roof until she can get some footing and find a job in this foreign land. Veronica on the other hand is a wild-child, impulsive, constantly looking for distractions to escape facing issues of a troubled upbringing. Being poles apart brings the two close, forging a loyal and solid friendship.

Soon Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), 32, enters their lives, moves in with them and has a whirlwind relationship with Veronica much to Meera’s protective disapproval. Meera does not like Gautam because his ‘don’t give a damn’ attitude reminds her of her selfish husband who had conned her into coming to London in the first place. Both Gautam and Veronica, believe in living the moment and they honestly consider this a fling rather than a serious relationship. But as three people living together they all have a blast, though their intentions for each other don’t change, their friendship starts to grow strong.

So when there is friendship and romantic love, where one can’t exist without the other, and you have to make a choice, what would you choose?

Set against the vibrant backdrop of London and Capetown, Cocktail is directed by Homi Adajania and written by Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali.

Check out what Saif Ali Khan had to say at the Press Conference of Cocktail in London

 

Cocktail made for NRI’s?

There is a certain space we are comfortable in. We have looked and tried to do new things as well. But one of the spaces we are most comfortable in is a kind of a love story in perhaps the most sophisticated way, which perhaps the multiplex audience in India or the NRI audience in England and America would appreciate more than smaller centres in India. This seems to be a movie like that. We always hope that apart from those two or three areas of interest, the film could connect to parts of rural India. But we are okay with without that happening. We are budgeted accordingly and we know what our target audience is. It seems to be, in our country, it is difficult to make a film that crosses over, both class and mental boundaries. That is the challenge.

Different films and their different audiences

Some films are effective but very basic in their content. It may be a revenge story or some drama people connect to. But to make something that is impressive in terms of content and photography and maybe a slightly different, sophisticated or complicated emotion, you will find the simpler or the poorer people are in India, they will connect less to complicated emotions. Whereas fortunately or unfortunately, the more money you give somebody, the more complicated their emotions seem to become. They want a little more personal freedom, they want different things in relationships, the concept of space and selfish kind of need is perhaps something who is better off understands. Whereas in India you sometimes have six families sharing a room, so the concept of personal space is not going to be the same with someone who shares an apartment in London with their best friend. But we can’t make only films for those people because that would be in a way regressive for us. There might be a lot of money to be made but it is still a regressive thought. We try to be progressive and try to think according to our mind-set and it turns out that we make a film that is primarily for an upcoming Indian middle-class and an NRI audience.

Bollywood films to crossover? Saif doesn’t think so!

I don’t that think that (a Bollywood film crossing over) will be ever possible or whether that is ever necessary. I mean when you eat curry in England it is not the same as curry in India. I don’t think films and cultures are meant to crossover otherwise you would not have different cultures. The Indian is different to the English person because they are hugely different in their upbringing and their cultural background is completely different. I like being Indian and living in India and understand that culture. You also have the numbers in India, probably the only thing you do have is the numbers. You have crores and crores of people to reach then why are trying to reach 25 million Europeans? There is no need. For example, they don’t understand songs. They don’t understand why you want to sing a song in the middle of a scene whereas you lose half a million of your audience if you don’t have songs. You have to know who you are making the film for.

The plot

The first part is really fun where you have these three different people living together.  The second part is really fresh with Dimple Kapadia playing my mother in the film. She is trying to get Gautam married and he tells her that he is in a very stable relationship to get her off his back. When she comes to England to surprise him, he is living with these two girls and there is fun there as well. The girl he is living with (Veronica) is very scantily clad at that time, dressed as a policewoman and has dressed me in some lingerie. Veronica is quite a wild woman. She is probably one of the wilder characters that we have had in Indian cinema. She is looking for stability in love. So who this guy falls in love with, how and what it means to betray a friendship in the name of love are the themes that we deal with in Cocktail.

Advanced UK Press Previews for Cocktail? No Chance!

Maybe we are not sophisticated enough yet to know when to show what kind of screening. I am sure we will learn. But one of the conclusions we are coming to is to try too hard is wrong. To try to seduce members of the press by being charming and calling them home for dinner is wrong. Recently I have been told that some actors call journalists home for dinner and they will sit and try to make friends. If you happen to become friends, that is great. But to go out of your way to pretend to be friends in order to garner a good review does not work. You have a press show you give them champagne and if they don’t like the film they will bitch about it anyway so you are wasting your time. Also, I think it is a bad idea to put ten press people in a room and show them something. Then you start watching it as a competitive reviewer which is not how our films are meant to be seen. I think films are meant to be seen by five hundred people in a theatre and if there are two reviewers in the theatre, they might actually get a sense of what that film actually is about because there is something interactive about the screen and audience energy that is there in the room, especially with a hit film.  If you have ten reviewers in the same room, they might actually get a little bit more intellectual than they are meant to be and start reviewing it ‘better’ than the next guy. That is my experience and I am not concerned with press shows and trying to impress the reviewer anymore. I am trying to impress the audience. I probably won’t even read a review, beyond a point. I think Cocktail will still take a remarkable opening in the UK. I am extremely confident of that.  
 

Gautam – The Delhi boy


Gautam is from Delhi and is really excited to be at a nightclub in London with pretty girls. The fact that he can take somebody home quite easily is something he has not gotten over yet. Also his diction and the way he speaks are different. It was interesting for Homi to direct me like that. Gautam would say everything in a Delhi accent and we worked hard on that. He thinks he is quite cool but he is actually not. He is a very simple chap and little bit dumb in that way. That is why he allows himself to get into that triangle with these girls because he thinks it is simple. But life is not as simple as he thinks it is.

He is good in bed!

The film has a U/A certificate. There was a line in the film where a girl says he is quite good in bed. The censor said that they were uncomfortable with the word ‘bed’. I suggested red instead of bed but they just muted it.

‘Do this scene again’ said Homi Adajania

Dinesh had a lot of faith in him. When he offered me Being Cyrus he was not sure of making that film as well. I don’t know how interested he was in making a mainstream Indian film. He is a Parsi and could just about speak Hindi. He then learnt Hindi for Cocktail and learnt the dialogues. He got really into it. He is a very intelligent, focused and hardworking person. As usual, he was the first person and last to leave during the filming. He directed us so meticulously. I would often look at Deepika and say ‘I feel like I have not done a movie before’ or that I must have been really bad in all the other films because nobody has asked me to do this as many times. Homi would say do this scene again and be a little kinder in the middle and just directing and directing. I really thought the first couple of takes were okay as well. But he did not. I hope it is something special.

Imtiaz Ali sold us the story

Imtiaz Ali sold us the story of Cocktail at a fairly healthy price which is great because normally a writer is the main guy who puts the story together but he does not get the financial respect other people do. Here the writer is quite a big star. So he gets paid well and it is a good story. You wonder why he does not want to direct it so you are hoping that you paid a premium that is why you have the script. It’s not something he passed on to you out of friendship because then you would suspect it’s not really something he wants to make himself. I think he would not have minded making this film. It is a quality screenplay.

Production No. 3

Cocktail was a working title. Somebody had written it down as ‘Production No.3 – Cocktail’ because it is a mix of different personalities. We kept calling it Cocktail and then somebody said we should change the title to something like Jawaani Deewani. You know when we were makingCocktail, I thought Agent Vinod was the coolest movie we made. Dinesh was going on about Cocktail, I would say it’s a chick-flick rom-com whereas I am making the big hit. (Laughs) We just learn. Cocktail is already hotter than Agent Vinod ever was. Dinesh showed me the poster of Cocktail and I don’t know if it’s good enough because you can’t see anybody’s face. We are all looking left and right and laughing. This might be niche but everyone has loved it.

 

Watch the latest dialogue promos of Cocktail here:

‘Shooting in Nottingham and Stratford upon Avon was fun’ – Priyanka Chopra

The team behind Eros International’s Teri Meri Kahaani were in London recently for the UK Premiere of the film. Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, director and producer Kunal Kohli and producer Vicky Bahri attended a press conference at a central London venue, the UK Premiere at Cineworld, Feltham and the after party at Chak89. 

Speaking at his first ever London Press Conference 31-year-old actor Shahid Kapoor said: “It’s wonderful to be here in London despite the bad weather. We are used to that now. London is one of my favourite cities. This is the first time that one of my films is premiering in London so I am very excited.”

Teri Meri Kahaani is a fun, easy, light, entertaining romantic comedy. What is very different about the film is that it is based in three different eras. It is a two hours film so in forty minutes we have to tell a story of each era. We have 1960, 2012 and 1910. They were very different characters for me and Priyanka to play, almost like a triple role. It is a fun film which can be watched with the entire family. We are really excited about this and to know what the overseas audience thinks about it. It is a very overseas friendly audience film,” said Kapoor who has worked with Priyanka Chopra in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey a few years ago.


Priyanka Chopra who is making her international music debut this year and also attended a press conference in London earlier this year to promote the film has interacted with the UK press on various occasions. The Dostana actress recalled at the event that her film Love Story 2050 also premiered at the same venue: “I have premiered a film here before and it was absolutely wonderful. England has always given us so much love and affection and so much support for all our films. That is what we hope for Teri Meri Kahaani. In India and Hindi movies we love love. This is love mixed with entertainment.”

While she played seven different characters in 7 Khoon Maaf, Priyanka spoke about playing three different characters for this film and said that the film tells three different stories altogether, “Playing three different characters in one film was like doing three films. There are three separate love stories altogether. There is three separate eras, three separate lifetimes and completely different people.”

“The 2012 section is based right here in England. We shot in Nottingham and Stratford-upon-Avon and that was really fun. It’s contemporary and today. It is how people stay in touch over technology, like Skype, phones, SMSes and you feel like being part of each other’s life without being next to each other,” added Priyanka.

Speaking to the press, former film critic and the man behind films like Hum Tum and Fanaa, Kunal Kohli said that his leading actors share great chemistry in his latest film, “Their chemistry is amazing. Every time a love story is made and is successful, the lead pair is very crucial. Shahid and PeeCee had eight scenes in Kaminey and were absolutely sizzling and electrifying. In this film they have sixty-eight scenes. That was a pretty obvious reason to choose them. They share an amazing on-screen chemistry.”

Teri Meri Kahaani is out now. 


Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra launch ‘Barfi!’ trailer

Ranbir Kapoor is playing a deaf and mute boy while Priyanka will be seen as an autistic girl in UTV’s forthcoming film Barfi!.  

However, Ranbir claims that despite such characters, the audiences will not see a disability in the film.

“Whatever disability you see right now, you will not feel in the film. We are normal characters. PeeCee (Priyanka) is playing an autistic girl in the film, but she is like this cute puppy dog who you will fall in love with. You will not see the disability,” he said at the release of the first trailer of Barfi!  on Monday.

The film is titled after Ranbir’s character.Talking about it, Ranbir said that in the movie his character’s “name is actually Murphy but because he is deaf and mute, he says it as Barfi”.

“They cannot see the difference between letters M and B. He is happy-go-lucky. It is set in the 1970s, it’s a romantic comedy. He has a big house, and his purpose in life is to make people happy. Even in his sorrows, you will see a sense of comedy and happiness. This is his motive in life,” said Ranbir.

Barfi! is directed by Anurag Basu who last worked with Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori in Kites

Playing the role was not as tough as Ranbir had anticipated. When Basu narrated “the script to me, I thought I will really have to work a lot for this and I will have to learn sign language and all”.

“But he (Basu) was very clear to me. He told me that this was not a film to show off my acting abilities. He wanted it to be relatable. Everyone should understand the film.”

The inspiration to play the happy-go-lucky character came from Charlie Chaplin, but Ranbir clarifies that he is not trying to imitate him.

“Charlie Chaplin was an inspiration, but we have not tried to replicate it. I am Raj Kapoor’s grandson, so it will have some effect as well,” he said.

In recent times, the actor won accolades for playing a musician in Rockstar and a ruthless manipulator in Raajneeti.

Ask him about the roles he is playing and he says: “You would like to believe that with every film you grow. If there is no growth, you start reaching a saturation point and you retire. I don’t want to say that I have become a good actor. All we can do now is give it our best.”

Co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Barfi! will release in the UK on 14th September and it will see Telugu actress Ileana D’Cruz in a vital role.

Watch the trailer here: 

Photos by UTV – Disney 

Spotted: Kunal Kohli, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor at Cineworld, Feltham

Kunal Kohli, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor attended the red carpet premiere of Teri Meri Kahaani on Thursday 21st June 2012 in London.

Chopra and Kapoor met and took pictures with their fans at the cinema and signed numerous autographs as well.

They later introduced the film to the audience and also attended the after party at CHAK89 later.

Check out some photos of the Premiere:

Celebrities attend ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’ Premiere

Ferrari Ki Sawaari had its grand premiere a day before the worldwide release, after which the cast was hounded with compliments for the movie. Produced and written byVidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by debutant Rajesh Mapuskar, Ferrari Ki Sawaari is the story of a father who is dedicated to help his 12-year-old son to achieve his dreams of being a cricketer.

The film is a joyful ride that is entertaining  and should be watched along with your family. Ferrari Ki Sawaari strikes that emotional chord which makes you forget the hustle bustle of daily life and changes the way you look at life. It is apart from the norm and combines emotion beautifully along with cricket.

Sharman Joshi’s performance is heart-warming as the actor moves through an array of emotions with ease. The chemistry between the father and son o-screen appears too real to be doubted, little Ritwik is a young talented lad who is naturally expressive.

Boman Irani has proved his versatility once again as an actor as he completely lives up to the expectation of the audiences. An unforgettable moment from the film is when Sharman tells young Kayo about his grandfather’s past victories and Kayo’s heart immediately melts.

We have also heard that Vinod Chopra made sure that villagers attended the premiere and around 4 to 5 buses loaded with people came to watch the film. Reportedly, the majority of them were from Rajesh Mapuskar’s village. 

Ferrari Ki Sawaari is out on general release in the UK. 

Exclusive: Abhishek and Aishwarya attend Silver Star charity dinner in London

Indian film actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended a charity dinner in London today. The event was held by Silver Star, a Leicester based diabetes charity founded by British MP Keith Vez. 

The event, which took place today on 15th June at the Radisson Hotel (Heathrow, London), was graced by the celebrity couple who also posed with Amitabh Bachchan’s wax statue which was especially placed at the venue from London’s Madame Tussauds.

Speaking about how she handles juggling her busy lifestyle with her baby daughter, Aishwarya said: “Pretty much like everyone else here. It is not easy but this evening is amongst the first baby steps to embrace life as it is today. Being a mum is like bliss and I absolutely love it.”

Abhishek joked saying: “I don’t get much time changing nappies as I would like to. She (Aishwarya) has the honour of doing that. She does all the hard work and is fantastic.”

When asked when Aishwarya is coming back on the big-screen, she responded saying: “I have no clue. I have no idea how the last six and a half months have just flown by. We will see as it goes and you all will know whenever it is meant to be.”

Speaking about roles she would like to do in the future the actress added: “I have always said that if there is that dream role and if it does get written and you get over and done with it, then there is nothing else to look forward to. I have never thought about a dream role or a dream film.”

Talking about his upcoming film Bol Bachchan directed by Rohit Shetty also starring Ajay Devgn and Asin, Abhishek said: “It’s my first ever double role and to etch out two different characters without any similarities apart from the physicality, it really is like playing two different characters in the same film. I actually took on this film because I had just finished a spade of very intense action films and the director Rohit Shetty is a dear friend and is renowned for his comedy. I thought it’s going to be an easy comedy film where I can sit back, relax and have a lot of fun and make a successful film. It turned out to be the most difficult film of my life.  The energy level you require in comedy films is unbelievable.”

Abhishek and Aishwarya are currently in London for a private vacation.

Here are some photos from the event:

Memorial lunch in honour of Tiger Pataudi in London

A memorial lunch held in honour of Tiger Pataudi in London today was attended by Sharmila Tagore, son Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and daughters Soha Ali Khan and Saba Ali Khan. The memorial lunch was organised by the Indian Journalist Association and was held at the St. James’ Court  Hotel. 

While, Sharmila Tagore and Saif Ali Khan addressed the media at the lunch, Soha Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor who accompanied  Saif Ali Khan were also seen interacting with the guests.

Saif Ali Khan especially flew down to London for the event and will be heading back to Turkey with Kapoor tomorrow for the filming of Race 2

Here are some photos of the Khan family:

‘Thaandavam’ Press Conference in London

Former Miss Teen World and Miss Liverpool 2009, Amy Jackson attended a press conference in London today for her upcoming South Indian film Thaandavam also starring superstar Vikram.

Jackson, who was born and brought up in the UK, has been successfully working in Indian cinema for the last three years. The 21-year-old model-turned-actress started shooting her third Indian film in the British capital in the first week of April and will be leaving for India on 15th June.

Thaandavam is an action entertainer in the backdrop of two countries, India and the United Kingdom. It shows how an honest officer gets entangled into a conspiracy and his attempts to save the people and his country’s honour from the conspirators. The film is directed by Vijay of Madrasapattinam fame, which was Jackson’s debut feature film.

Speaking at the press conference about her upcoming film, Amy Jackson said: “Vijay (the director) is the reason I am here today. He introduced me not only to Indian cinemas, but the entire culture of the country. The very first time we met two years ago was in London. I have learnt a lot during the shooting of this film. It has been a lot easier for me as it is my home country and London has been fantastic. It has been great shooting here. Hopefully, the audience will really enjoy the movie when it releases in September.”  

Thaandavam also stars Anushka Shetty, Jagapathi Babu, Lakshmi Rai, Nasser, Santhanam amongst others.

Photos of Amy Jackson, Lakshmi Rai, Vikram, Vijay and more at the Press Conference:
Photo Credit: (Zartaj)

First Look – ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’

Amidst a packed house, producers Sunil Lulla and Sanjay Leela Bhansali along with director Bela Bhansali Sehgal and actors Boman Irani and Farah Khan unveiled the first look of their forthcoming film, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Gaye.

Said producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali “I’m so excited. It’s a very special moment for me especially since it’s my sister Bela’s first film. To a great extent ,whatever I am, I owe to Bela and now it’s a proud moment to introduce her”.

Added producer Sunil Lulla, Eros International, “We are very happy to be a part of this unique love story. Bela has made a fantastic debut as a director, Boman and Farah pack a punch together and Sanjay has written a fabulous script. With such formidable talent coming together, one can only expect something really exciting and fresh for audiences”.

The first look of the film that marks the directorial debut of Bela Sehgal Bhansali also saw  special guest, Bollywood diva -Madhuri Dixit grace the occasion ,as she unveiled the poster that pays tribute to the cult romantic-comedy Hum Aapke Hai Kaun.

On the occasion said Madhuri Dixit, “It’s a pleasure to be here and unveil the first look of a such an unusual story with such real characters. I wish the team the best “.

Talking about her first venture as director said Bela Bhansali Sehgal “I had always decided that my first stint as director would be a unique subject -Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is a fun feel good comedy ,a film for everyone “.

Playing Shirin Fugawala ,a 40-year-old, bubbly, straightforward, Parsi trust secretary Farah Khan couldn’t be more excited to be making her Bollywood acting debut . Said Farah, “It took a lot of convincing to get me to do the film and I’m happy to say I made the right decision. Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is just not another comedy, it will make you laugh and cry and come out with a smile “.

Added co-star Boman Irani “It was a blast shooting with Farah under the direction of Bela Sehgal-After playing a Parsi husband for 27years in real life, I get to play one in reel life “.

Starring Boman Irani and Farah Khan, Eros International and Bhansali Productions’ Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal is schedule to release on 24th August this year.

 Check out the trailer and  pictures from the event:

Watch the event here: