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Shah Rukh Khan & his three UK doctorates

One of the wisest and the most knowledgeable actors in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan is the only actor in Bollywood to receive three international doctorates from three universities based in the United Kingdom. 

He recently received a Doctorate degree in Philanthropy from the University of Law, London.

Shah Rukh Khan who is the first foreign actor to be conferred the Malaysian title of Datuk – akin to a British knighthood – in 2008, received his first honorary doctorate in Arts and Culture from the University of Bedfordshire, UK in 2009.

In 2015, the Superstar earned a degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Edinburgh, and as he held the mike to convey his thoughts on life lessons from his experience left the students in awe. +

Not only this, Shah Rukh Khan who is a good orator, and motivational speaker, whose words come out from the struggles of his life received a standing ovation from audience who were scientists, academician and elites at the TED conference in Vancouver.

Khan was recently seen in his home production ZERO with Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

Photos: Deepika Padukone unveils wax figure at Madame Tussauds London

Fans of global sensation, Deepika Padukone, were left seeing double at Madame Tussauds London today as the star visited the Baker Street attraction to officially unveil her first ever figure.

The surprise appearance thrilled a select group of fans who had been invited along to get a sneak peek of Deepika’s likeness before the attraction opened to the public. Little did they know that the star herself would join them.

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Renowned for her starring role in films including Piku, Padmaavat & XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the actress has been involved in the creation of her figure from the outset and has even donated the glamourous gown that she wore at the 2016 IIFA Awards.

Expressing her thoughts, Deepika Padukone said, “As a little girl, I was a very curious kid. For me, purpose is something that is very important. However big or small, whatever I am doing in my life, purpose and why we do what we do is very important to me. After I got a call from Madame Tussauds London I was really happy and excited but over a few days, I thought what is the purpose of this? Why are we doing this, or what is it that my fans will remember me for, remember my figure for, what is it that I would like to leave behind?”

Deepika continued: “The cause of mental health is very close to my heart. It is something that I am extremely passionate about. I said that’s it, I would like for my fans, when they see my figure, I hope it reminds them of someone who did something for the cause of mental health, who worked towards creating awareness and destigmatising mental illness. I hope that it gives people a sense of upliftment and a sense of hope. I hope that message comes through.”

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The launch of Deepika’s figure coincides with the arrival of a new interactive dance wall in the attraction’s A List party room, where guests can take part in virtual dance coaching sessions to perfect their skills.

Visiting Madame Tussauds London for the first time since her childhood, Deepika brought along her family to mark her official induction in to the world-famous attraction. Millions of Deepika’s followers across the globe were also able to get in on the action as the star live streamed moments from the big reveal. She was accompanied by her husband Ranveer Singh, her family and in-laws, all flew into London last night for the event.

Deepika fans should also keep their eyes peeled for a second figure to be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Delhi later in 2019.
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Anita Dongre to showcase her designs at Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019

One of India’s leading fashion luminaries, Anita Dongre,will be among the curated portfolio of top tier South Asian designers to present their latest bridal collections at the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion, bridal and beauty extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show, taking place at The Dorchester, Mayfair on Sunday 13thJanuary 2019. 

An industry trailblazer, Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of Indian fashion for over 20 years. A connoisseur of craftsmanship, her designs showcase Indian aesthetics for the global woman of today. Internationally, her designs have been worn by personalities such as Kate Middleton, Hillary Clinton, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Sophie Trudeau to name a few, while her designs are a favourite with Bollywood A-listers such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt and many more.

Anita Dongre designs sustainable, cruelty-free clothing and accessories, thereby representing fashion with a conscience. She has helped revive dying crafts and provide opportunity to hundreds of artisans in the rural villages of India in the comfort of their homes. Nestled in the hills of Navi Mumbai, the House of Anita Dongre headquarters have been ergonomically designed to optimise the use of natural light, have a compost pit as well as a plant that helps recycle their water.

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Her latest bridal collection, Odyssey, comprises silks and Benarasi weaves adorned with intricately embroidered motifs, inspired by the wildlife of Ranthambore, in the label’s signature craft of gota patti along with handcrafted dori, sequin, pearl, zari, zardozi and cut dana work.  The colour palette presents a variety of jewel tones such as deep reds, greens, blues, and softer pastel shades, enthused by the colours of the vibrant birds and lakes of Ranthambore. The lehengas are classics with varied styles of cholis and contrasting dupattas.

Continuing to surpass itself and the expectations of discerning fashionista’s and brides-to-be annually, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019will once again transform one of the world’s most iconic, luxury venue destinations into a wonderland of bridal and beauty luxe. Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses tothe most sought after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/ occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show. 

Previous participating designers have included a who’s who curation of the leading fashion and bridal brands from India and Pakistan, uniting heritage fashion houses with the crème of new gen such as Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Gaurang, Shyamal & Bhumika, Varun Bahl, Anushree Reddy, SVA, Ridhima Bhasin, Ridhi Mehra, House of Masaba, Faraz Manan, Elan, Shehla Chatoor and many more. 

2018 being the year of the Bollywood celebrity wedding, with A-list actresses Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra tying the know in true Bollywood grandeur and style, inspired brides-to-be will have the opportunity of shopping the collections and bridal trousseau’s of some of the leading fashion designers for the Bollywood fraternity at Aashni + Co Wedding Show. 

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere. The full list of participating exhibitors and influencer panelists will be announced shortly. 

The luxe backdrop of The Dorchester will be further transformed through floral styling and production design by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant. 

 

 

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Sunday 13thJanuary 2019, 11.00am – 6.30pm

Ticket purchase via website:www.wslondon.com

Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 wraps its first schedule in London 

After much anticipation, the fourth installment of the superhit franchise Housefull went on floors a few weeks ago in the Queen’s city and has already wrapped its first schedule.

One of the most popular franchises in Bollywood, Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull series has always found London at its heart as the earlier films were shot there as well. 

Wrapping the first schedule of 25 days in London, the team celebrated the wrap of the first schedule by cutting two cakes and will now fly down to Rajasthan for the next schedule.

Sajid Khan who had directed the first two films in the Housefull franchise would return to direct the fourth installment in the series. Interestingly his sister Farah Khan was roped in to choreograph a song pictures of which had been making the rounds of the internet piquing the interests of the audience. It was a full house with Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol, Pooja Hegde, Riteish Deshmukh and Kriti Kharbanda grooving to Farah’s cues. But what gave the song its twist were doppelgangers of the royal family.

Revolving around the theme of reincarnation, the film follows a non-linear narrative and all the flashback sequences will be shot in Rajasthan. A lavishly mounted set is being built in Mumbai for the finale. Chunky Panday, Johnny Lever, Boman Irani and Nana Patekar are also a part of the House.

Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Housefull 4 will release in UK cinemas around Diwali 2019.

Gauri Khan inaugurates BollyGoods in London

The art and aesthetic behind Indian cinema was presented on one, high-end platform as BollyGoods Edition 2, London made its debut in the Capital recently at The Dorchester, Mayfair.

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The exhibition of celluloid inspired fashion, design, art and lifestyle was founded by Delhi entrepreneur Promila Jain Bahri; hosted in the UK by fashion and lifestyle influencer Shivani Ahluwalia; and inaugurated by First Lady of Bollywood Gauri Khan –Indian film producer; co-founder of film production and distribution company, Red Chillies Entertainments; interior designer; wife of superstar, Shah Rukh Khan; and one of the most stylish women in Bollywood.

BollyGoods showcased the works of scions of leading families from Indian cinema that interpret their inherited aesthetics through fashion, interiors and accessory design. The show presented the work of the hugely talented family members of Bollywood’s screen superstars, accomplished designers in their own space.

Besides the cinema born or connected, BollyGoods also presented the works of fashion designers, jewellers, couturiers, artists and graphic designers who cater to the world of Indian cinema. BollyGoods Edition 2, London raised the curtain on their latest collections for an audience of cineastes that wants to take a bit of its magic home.

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1920 London in UK cinemas now

1920 London PosterReliance Entertainment has released 1920 London, the third installment of the successful horror franchise 1920 in UK cinemas recently.

A story by Vikram Bhatt, 1920 London is produced by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. The film stars Sharman Joshi and Meera Chopra in lead roles.


Shivangi (Meera Chopra) and her husband, Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal), have everything going well for them in London until; Veer receives a gift from Rajasthan, India.

Strange things begin to happen with him and Shivangi becomes increasingly worried as his physical, spiritual and mental condition spirals out of control.

Convinced, it is black magic done on him, Shivangi decides to seek help of a spiritual healer and guru Jai (Sharman Joshi). How Jai exorcises to help the possessed man and protect his wife from evil who in turn discovers many shocking truths along the way, forms the rest of the story.



Watch the Official Theatrical Trailer for 1920 London:

A story by Vikram Bhatt, 1920 London is in UK cinemas now. 

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at The O2, London

Pakistan’s most famous Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew of the late, world-renowned singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will perform his greatest hits live for the first time at The O2 on Sunday 14 August 2016.

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The performance will coincide with Pakistan and India’s independence weekend celebrations and will be Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan’s only London show this year. Discussing his forthcoming show Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan said; “I’m very excited to be performing at The O2, London, for the second time, following my sold out tour in 2013.

“Coming to the UK is always a thrill for me and my performance is timed to fit the Independence Day celebrations for both Pakistan and India. I have a fantastic team of musicians joining me and will be performing my greatest film hits and new material, as well as my esteemed Uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s popular Qawwali numbers, to rock the arena.”

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was chosen at birth by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of qawwali music, a form of Sufi devotional popular in South Asia. Six weeks after his uncle’s death in 1997, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took his position as leader of the group and has since become one of the most talked about Pakistani artists in the world.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has performed on a variety of recordings, and his songs and vocals have featured in numerous hit Hollywood and Bollywood films including Bodyguard, My Name is Khan, Dabangg, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam, the Hollywood film Apocalypto and many more.

The maestro has released over 50 albums with over 100 hits in Bollywood and has been presented with numerous awards including Star Screen Awards for Best Male Playback 2010 and the IIFA award for best male vocalist 2011. He has also been a judge on top TV shows in India such a Chhote Ustad and Junoon, Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka. He was the headline performer at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 and recently performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in March 2016.

In 2014, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released his latest album ‘Back 2 Love’ which sold millions of copies worldwide.

The ticket will also include access to a variety of free live events and activities including Bollywood dance workshops, DJs, specially selected street food stalls and more.

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Rahat Concert

Ahead of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s performance, BBC Asian Network DJs Punjabi Hit Squad  will be on hand to entertain the crowds in the piazza from 4pm-6pm. Head down for free to be in with a chance to win prizes and see Punjabi Hit Squad live.

From 2pm, the piazza at The O2 will be hosting lots of free activity, including dance lessons from the renowned Bollywood Choreographer and Dance Entertainer Jay Kumar at 4pm and 5pm.

Throughout the day, the finest Asian street food will be on offer including; Kothu Kothu, serving up a little taste of Sri Lanka through one of its most loved street food dishes, Kothu Roti, Bun Kabab who will be dishing up traditional Pakistani Street food of bun kababs packed with different flavours and textures, and Asma Khan ofDarjeeling Express who will be serving up a selection of quality home-cooked Indian food that will take you on a journey from Calcutta in the east of India to Hyderabad in the south.

Kingfisher Beer, the leading Indian beer the world over, and Mojito Lemon UK will also be on hand to serve up refreshments.

Star TV; the ‘Exclusive Official TV Media Partner’ of the show will also be on site at the event, so come down and say hello.

 

The performance will coincide with Pakistan and India’s independence weekend celebrations and will be Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan’s only London show this year. Discussing his forthcoming show Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan said; “I’m very excited to be performing at The O2, London, for the second time, following my sold out tour in 2013. 

“Coming to the UK is always a thrill for me and my performance is timed to fit the Independence Day celebrations for both Pakistan and India. I have a fantastic team of musicians joining me and will be performing my greatest film hits and new material, as well as my esteemed Uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s popular Qawwali numbers, to rock the arena.”

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was chosen at birth by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of qawwali music, a form of Sufi devotional popular in South Asia. Six weeks after his uncle’s death in 1997, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took his position as leader of the group and has since become one of the most talked about Pakistani artists in the world.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has performed on a variety of recordings, and his songs and vocals have featured in numerous hit Hollywood and Bollywood films including Bodyguard, My Name is Khan, Dabangg, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam, the Hollywood film Apocalypto and many more.

The maestro has released over 50 albums with over 100 hits in Bollywood and has been presented with numerous awards including Star Screen Awards for Best Male Playback 2010 and the IIFA award for best male vocalist 2011. He has also been a judge on top TV shows in India such a Chhote Ustad and Junoon, Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka. He was the headline performer at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 and recently performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in March 2016.

In 2014, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released his latest album ‘Back 2 Love’ which sold millions of copies worldwide. 

 

Faraz Manan, joins Indian contemporaries at Aashni + Co Wedding Show

 

Pakistani fashion royalty and impressario, Faraz Manan, will be joining his Indian counterparts at the second, annual Aashni + Co Wedding Show in association with Mustang Productionson Sunday 10th January 2016, taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. The international fashion icon will be presented at the event by Hello! Pakistan.

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Faraz Manan has had the honour of designing couture for mainstream celebrities such as Victoria Beckham as well as the Saudi Royal Family.

His couture label has styled many Bollywood celebrities, while Faraz Manan’s Crescent Lawn was modelled thrice by Karisma Kapoor and twice by Kareena Kapoor Khan subsequently. His unprecedented status within the industry, beautiful aesthetics and attention to detail have set him apart as one of Pakistan’s top and most sought after designers.  

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How did Dilwale take over the UK? #DilwaleUKTakeover

Dilwale in LondonDilwale fever hit the United Kingdom in full force last month, as thousands of excited fans got the opportunity to meet the cast of the year’s most awaited Bollywood blockbuster in the English capital.

Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan the stars of Dilwale, in UK cinemas nationwide now, arrived at famous west-London multiplex Cineworld Feltham in style in a white Rolls Royce and were greeted by frenzied cheers and screams from staunch fans outside.

While the stars worked their way down the red carpet, taking selfies and signing autographs, the host of the evening, Bend It Like Beckham and Eastenders star, Ameet Channa, entertained eager fans inside the foyer of the cinema.

Once inside, the stars took to the stage to thank fans for their support, before breaking out in a rendition of Dilwale’s hit tracks Gerua and Manma Emotion Jaage. Lucky fans were also treated to Shah Rukh Khan reciting dialogues from legendary films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and went crazy when he did his signature dance move.

As part of the #DilwaleUKTakeover, Shah Rukh Khan appeared on ITV’s This Morning, with Holly Willoughby and Eamonn Holmes. There was a full half hour dedicated to Shah Rukh and Kajol on BBC 1’s The One Show, with Alex Jones and Matt Baker, where approximately 4 million viewers tuned in to watch Bollywood’s iconic screen couple. The following morning Shah Rukh and Varun Dhawan were whisked to Sky News for Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes, before continuing their packed day of interviews at the BBC.

On social media, the specially created #DilwaleUKTakeover hashtag took the Dilwale craze to a whole new level, as it was trending in India, Russia, Austria and other parts of Europe.

Throughout London Tube stations, Dilwale posters could be seen, reaching out to millions.

Watch some of the mania from the #DilwaleUKTakeover here:

Dilwale is a family entertainer with a perfect blend of action, romance and comedy. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments in association with Rohit Shetty Productions. The film is out in UK cinemas now. Renowned music director, Pritam, composed the music for the official motion picture soundtrack which is released here by Sony Music UK.

Dilwale has already crossed £2 at the UK Box Office and is still going strong!

Meet & Greet Shah Rukh Khan & team Dilwale in London on 1st December 2015

Dilwale UK Release - Red Chillies Entertainment (14)Red Chillies Entertainment is bringing the stars of Dilwale to London and fans will have an opportunity to meet and greet Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon on 1st December 2015. 

Fans and audiences can expect to see the cast of Dilwale set the stage on fire at the famous west-London multiplex from 19:30. Get there early to secure a good spot. 

Where:Cineworld Feltham, Leisure West, Air Park Way, Feltham TW13 7LX

Dilwale is a family entertainer with a perfect blend of action, romance and comedy. Dilwale stars Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Varun Sharma, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Johnny Lever, Boman Irani and Sanjay Mishra.

The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. in association with Rohit Shetty Productions and marketed and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures in the United Kingdom.

It will release in UK cinemas 18th December 2015.

Watch Manma Emotion Jaage from the film here:

Absolute Bollywood Live presents 50 Years of Bollywood in London

50 Years of BollywoodFor one night only, celebrate five decades of Bollywood with 88 songs at London’s Apollo Hammersmith this November.

Witness the glorious Technicolor, energy and exuberance of Indian cinema as Absolute Bollywood Live presents its lavish onstage spectacle; 50 Years of Bollywood on Sunday 22nd November 2015 at London’s destination entertainment venue Eventim Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9QH.

Showcasing the best in Bollywood music and dance over the past five decades, 50 Years of Bollywood is set to take its audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing outing, encapsulating the vivacity and joy of Bollywood – one of the world’s largest and most successful commercial film industries.  
 
Absolute Bollywood Live will indulge audiences with a carnival-esque retrospective of Indian cinema’s greatest musical hits over the past five decades, featuring popular playback singers, Ash King and Jonita Gandhi. The dynamic duo will be singing hits from oldie goldies such as Pyar Hua Ikraar Hua (Shree 420), Roop Tera Mastana (Aradhana), Laila (Qurbani) and Jumma Chumma (Hum) to the most iconic songs of recent times such as Didi Tera Devar (Hum Aapke Hai Kaun), Choli Ke Peeche (Khalnayak), Dola Re (Devdas) and London Thumakda (Queen). Their magical renditions will be brought to life by the thrilling moves of dance troupe Absolute Bollywood Dancers. Written, choreographed and directed by Absolute Bollywood Live, the extravaganza tells the story of ‘Krishna’, who is in search of his ladylove.  

Jennie Jethwani, Founder and Managing Director, Absolute Bollywood Live says: “We are delighted to be producing the first ever Absolute Bollywood Live this Diwali. Ash King and Jonita Gandhi are two world-class performers with Bollywood calibre and I am excited that we are creating this truly unique live musical experience with them and my Absolute Bollywood Dancers. The show will take the audience on a colourful and vibrant journey through 50 years of Bollywood song and dance.” 
 
Ash King, one of Bollywood’s most thrilling, new-gen music talents, is best known for smash hits songs Meherbaan (Bang Bang), Te Amo (Dum Maro Dum) and Dil Gira Dafatan (Delhi 6), with his international work to include working with Lady Gaga on her chartbuster Just Dance.  
 
Jonita Gandhi started her journey as a singer winning various competitions, gradually performing alongside celebrated Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam, as the lead female vocalist across India. Most recently, she is notable for singing the title track of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chennai Express. 
 
Come and be enchanted by the splendour of 50 Years of Bollywood this Diwali as some of UK’s creative talent recreate and bring the magic and magnificence of Bollywood to the stage.  
  
Absolute Bollywood Live presents 50 Years of Bollywood featuring Ash King, Jonita Gandhi and Absolute Bollywood Dancers on  Sunday 22nd November 2015 at the Eventim Apollo.  
 
Tickets: 
http://www.eventimapollo.com/events/detail/50-years-of-bollywood 
 

Exclusive Sneak Peek in London: #Dilwale soundtrack

Sony Music Entertainment and Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. recently launched one of the most anticipated film soundtracks of the year, ‘Dilwale’ with a worldwide exclusive listening session of three tracks from the OST at the Sony Music headquarters in London. Shah Rukh Khan sent a video message for the event and music composer Pritam interacted with the UK media via video conferencing.

Dilwale will reignite the quintessential, romantic magic of the iconic Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan on-screen pairing for the first time since 2010’s worldwide hit, ‘My Name Is Khan’.

The soundtrack for ‘Dilwale’ has been composed by renowned music director Pritam, collaborating with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya. The duo has previously come together to create hit songs for soundtracks such as ‘Cocktail’, ‘Barfi!’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and ‘Dhoom 3’.

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‘Dilwale’ features a standout musical contribution and a wide variety of genres from key ballads to anthemic dance tracks that bring to life the truly unique and evergreen chemistry of Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan. Looking back over two decades in film, Bollywood’s favourite onscreen couple has always shared a backdrop of incredibly successful music, with classic hits from ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Baazigar’, ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ and ‘My Name Is Khan’; still very much in the hearts and minds of Bollywood music lovers of all ages, all over the world. Not to forget the timeless Kajol-Shah Rukh Khan classic, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, which celebrates a landmark 20 years in cinema this month, making it the longest running film in the history of Indian cinema.

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Speaking about the launch Shah Rukh Khan through his video message said that it was a special day, as the music of a Bollywood film has never been sampled to the media in the past and that too even before the trailer has been released.

The three tracks previewed to the press at the event are titled ‘Gerua’, Manma Emotion Jaage’ and ‘Janam Janam’. The soundtrack of Dilwale will feature seven tracks in total. 

Speaking to the media at the sneak peek event, Pritam said that Dilwale is a very special movie for him. “I have never worked on a full-fledged Shah Rukh Khan movie. I composed the music for Billu which featured SRK in a special appearance. Last year on his birthday, Shah Rukh told me that he was coming to me with something special. I was extremely excited as I have always wanted to work with him. Our generation has grown up idolising SRK-Kajol.”

Gerua

Veeran Tha Dil Ka Jahaan
Jis Din Tu Daachil Hua

Duniya Ko Bhula Ke
Tumse Mila Hoon
Dil Se Nikli Hai Dua
Rang De To Mohe Gerua

” ‘Gerua’ is a romantic song picturised on SRK and Kajol in Iceland. It has been sung by Arijit Singh and Antara Mitra. I actually reworked the song after I saw the picturisation and added Bulgarian folk instruments in the track. When I found out that Kajol has been cast opposite SRK in Dilwale, I couldn’t sleep for one night. Then I stopped thinking about it. Their legacy is impossible to beat. This was the first romantic song that I played to them and they approved it straight away. The words in the song mean that ‘I should become a yogi in your love and leave the world’. We went through a few voices for Gerua but Arijit suits the track and Antara brought a freshness to it,” said Pritam about the love song ‘Gerua’

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Manma Emotion Jaage

Chooriya Re
Gooriya Re

Tere Jalwa Dekha Tu
Mana Main Mausam Jaage Re
Dil Jaaga Re
Manma Emotion Jaage

Talking about this dance party song, Pritam said, ” This song has been picturised on Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in a grand way. It’s a fun track and the main hook of the song is something that Amitabh Bhattacharya came up with.”

Janam Janam

Jaane Saath Chalna Yoohin
Kasam Kasam Aa Ke Milna Yoohin

Meri Subah Ho Tun Hi Ho
Aur Shaan Bhi

Teri Baahon Main Hoon Mere Dono Jahaan
Tu Meri Aarzoo
Tu Meri Aashiqui

Janam Janam

“After SRK and Rohit Shetty narrated the script to me, this was the track I composed on the next day. They instantly liked it as well. Janam Janam is truly the theme of the movie and is played whenever SRK-Kajol meet in the film.  While the film is a typical Rohit Shetty film, it also has a love story which is very important,” said Pritam.

‘Dilwale’ is directed by Rohit Shetty, whose last collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, ‘Chennai Express’, was a runaway, global success. The film also features the crème of Indian cinema’s new generation talent, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan, alongside a seasoned supporting cast of actors like Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Mukesh Tiwary and Varun Sharma.

Venky Mysore – CEO, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. said “Music continues to be an integral part of Indian films and that of movies featuring SRK have always been received very well world over. With the help of Sony Music this time, we wish to present every Hindi film music lover with a musical brilliance in the form of ‘Dilwale’.”

Shridhar Subramaniam – President India & Middle East, Sony Music Entertainment said, “We are committed to make Dilwale the biggest Soundtrack in the International markets by putting together one of the most aggressive and innovative marketing campaigns. The pairing of Shah Rukh Khan with Kajol has had a special place in the hearts of millions and with the addition of two young heart throbs Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon we believe that the music of Dilwale will carry forward this tradition.”  

‘Dilwale’ releases in cinemas on 18th December 2015. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. and distributed in the UK by UTV Motion Pictures. Music is on Sony Music.

Dilwale set to release on 18th December

Photos: The British Asian Trust welcomes Manish Malhotra at Aashni + Co

 

Manish Malhotra with British Asian Trust ambassador, actress Laila Rouass (2)One of The Prince’s Charities, The British Asian Trust, hosted an exclusive preview of the latest Festive collection presented by celebrated Indian designer, Manish Malhotra, on Thursday 24th September. The event took place at the UK’s leading, Indian high fashion multi-brand store, Aashni + Co, Notting Hill, London. Against the sumptuous backdrop of the fashion talent’s latest couture designs, the announcement was made of his ambassadorship for the charity to an attending guest list of VIP’s, influencers, media and The British Asian Trust ambassadors such as actress Laila Rouass; newsreader and presenter Sonali Shah; and BBC Radio news presenter, Ritula Shah.

Manish Malhotra’s creativity and genius span the broad spheres of Bollywood design, Styling, Diffusion and the Everlasting Bridal and Couture. Manish is a pioneer in the field of fashion in India today and renowned globally. His diffusion label MANISH MALHOTRA has become a success since its launch in 2004 and has proved once again why he is the country’s favourite when it comes to dressing India’s most beautiful and glamorous.  Manish, known for his bridal wear and immaculate colour sense, has designed for some of the most striking personalities in the Indian film industry, high profile politicians, industrialists, top global corporates and affluent families across the globe.  He has also been felicitated by National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi and the Indo American Society for his contribution to fashion designing.  He was also presented the Rajiv Gandhi Award by the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress 2002 for his contribution to fashion in India.

The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who wanted to do something about the widespread poverty and hardship that he saw in South Asia. He turned to the entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian diaspora, aiming to link them with innovative social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region. Since its inception, The British Asian Trust has convened funds, become a trusted navigator and raised awareness through the backing of high profile voices like Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, music mogul Simon Cowell and Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji. To date, the Trust has made a real difference in the lives of over three million people in South Asia.

Founded in 2012 by one of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers, Aashni Anshul Doshi (Shah), Aashni + Co pioneers the most desirable edit in Indian high fashion. A beautiful concept store in London’s Notting Hill with e-commerce site, Aashni + Co has been established with the purpose of providing access to visionary designers of India for the residents of UK. 

Speaking at the event, Manish Malhotra said, “I am overwhelmed at the opportunity of coming on board as an ambassador for The British Asian Trust. I have been observing their great work for some time and am looking forward to contributing in my own way. There has been an overwhelming response from guests and media this evening to the new collection also. Aashni + Co is one of the first stores in the UK to really showcase Indian fashion. I’ve been a part of Aashni + Co since the beginning. It’s a serious store and a great showcase for the West to see what’s happening in India today.”

Hitan Mehta, Executive Director, The British Asian Trust said, “It has been a great evening, celebrating and showcasing the best of the Indian fashion industry that is Manish Malhotra and at the same time raising the awareness and funds to help those disadvantaged in South Asia. We are very excited to have Manish on board as an ambassador for the Trust and would also like to say a huge thanks to Aashni Anshul Doshi for being such a fantastic supporter of the Trust.”

Aashni Anshul Doshi (Shah), Founder and Creative Director of Aashni + Co, said, “It’s been a wonderful evening with an amazing response to Manish’s new collection, as well as to the news of his ambassadorship for The British Asian Trust. We are proud of our relationship with Manish and are so delighted to be presenting his latest, festive collection in-store, as well as sharing the news of his involvement with an extremely noble cause.”

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Manish Malhotra with British Asian Trust ambassador, TV presenter Sonali Shah

Manish Malhotra with British Asian Trust ambassador, actress Laila Rouass

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L to R - Shalni Arora, wife of B & M CEO Simon Arora & Shakiba Rangoonwala, wife of Asif Rangoonwala

L to R - British Asian Trust ambassadors Sonali Shah, Manish Malhotra and Ritula Shah

Aashni Anshul Doshi (Shah)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Competition: WIN 2 tickets to ‘A.R. Rahman – The Greatest Hits Live!’ show in London

BollyNewsUK has teamed up with The O2 to give fans a chance to win tickets to the ‘A.R. Rahman – The Greatest Hits Live!’ show taking place in London on 15th August 2015.

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The double Grammy and double Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, AR Rahman returns to The O2 after five years, with a one off greatest hits show on Saturday 15 August 2015. AR Rahman will be joined by very special guests including; Haricharan, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Jonita Gandhi, and many more.

Tickets and limited VIP Packages go on general sale at 9am on Friday 12 June and are available at AXS.com or by calling 08448 24 48 24. Tickets are also available via http://www.chillitickets.com, http://www.seetickets.com and http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk.

Discussing his forthcoming UK show of the year AR Rahman said; “The UK always brings back fond memories of working on landmark projects in my career and it’s good to be back again after five years.”

The announcement follows a hugely successful intimate American tour and saw AR Rahman, performs in multiple concert halls. Throughout the US, the tour received standing ovations and critical acclaim.

Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre with the hit show Bombay Dreams, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rahman, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million albums. He is one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists, with consistent chart-toppers across multiple continents.

In 2009 TIME magazine listed him as one of the world’s most influential people and cited his first album, Roja among the “10 Best Soundtracks” of all time. Best known for his score and songs in Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has worked on more than 100 films, among them the Oscar nominated Lagaan, Bombay, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Raanjhanaa, O Kadhal Kanmani, Enthiran (Robot), Fox’s 127 Hours by Danny Boyle, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred-Foot Journey.

He is working on a composition for the film Pelé, a biopic on the Brazilian football legend, as well as the score for Disney’s Mohenjo Daro. His album Vande Mataram, released for India’s 50th anniversary of its independence in 1997 remains a firm favourite with patriotic Indians both at home and abroad.

 

Film London & Cinestaan Film Company announce 6 projects

Film LondonFilm London and Cinestaan Film Company have announced the six shortlisted projects from UK and India based on or inspired by Shakespeare’s works.

The project will see six filmmaking teams comprising Asian writers, directors and producers from the UK and India, developing projects which draw on the work of Shakespeare. The teams include Rajat Kapoor (known for acting roles in films  like of Monsoon Wedding and directing features such as Raghu Romeo), producer Smriti Jain (line producer, The Lunchbox) and Kurban Kassam (line producer, 20,000 Days on Earth, The Possibilities Are Endless). The teams are being put through their paces at an intensive Film London Microschool this week, funded by the British Council. The expert training, advice and mentoring will see the teams hone their ideas and will touch every aspect of the filmmaking process.

Following the school, one feature will be greenlit and released theatrically in 2016 as part of Shakespeare 400 – a year-long cultural programme marking 400 years since the writer’s death.

Film London has also announced a new partnership with media investment firm Bob & Co, who will bring together UK production finance for the ambitious Microwave International: Shakespeare India production via a new Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). The news comes as six filmmaking teams drawn from India and the UK begin their intensive Microschool training.

Bob & Co joins India’s Cinestaan Film Company in financing the initiative, which sees Film London’s successful training-through-production scheme spanning two continents for the first time. Film London has forged these partnerships to deliver an innovative investment model, to enable the growth of the scheme which has proved itself to be a successful incubator for exciting new talent. Leveraging private finance sees Film London breaking new ground for the scheme, and the move heralds a step forward in terms of helping stories with global appeal reach audiences across the world. Andy Brunskill of Bob & Co film subsidiary SUMS brokered the deal and will Executive Produce the venture. 

Guest speakers at Microschool will come from both continents with Ritesh Batra (director, The Lunchbox), Pete Travis (director, Dredd, Vantage Point), Jonathon Rushton (Head of Theatrical, Artificial Eye) and Pete Buckingham(founder, SampoMedia) holding sessions over the five days. Expert industry mentors include producers Andrea Calderwood (The Last King Of Scotland, A Most Wanted Man) and Tristan Goligher (45 Years, Weekend), directorsNandita Das (who has starred in over 40 films and made her directorial debut with Firaaq) and Amit Gupta (One Crazy Thing, Resistance), script developers Angeli MacFarlane (Death Of A President, I Am Slave) and Shefali Malhoutra (HBO, ITV), editor Mick Audsley (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twelve Monkeys) and providing guidance on Indian distribution is Rahul Merchant (India’s FAME cinema chain, Bubble Motion Pte Ltd).

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Securing two commercial investors from both India and the UK is a major achievement, and we are delighted both Bob & Co and Cinestaan share our ambition and can see the potential in this project. I am proud of our track record in successfully discovering and training exciting new filmmaking voices and I have high hopes of the talent we’re working with this week. It is hugely exciting to forge new partnerships and routes of finance to provide our teams with such a fantastic opportunity – with the longer term aim of strengthening links between the two industries and helping more talented filmmakers start their careers.”

Rohit Khattar, Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company said, “We are delighted that six really diverse projects have been shortlisted for the Microschool in London and are looking forward to greenlighting one of the projects for production. To partner with Film London for a film celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare is extremely exciting. Cinestaan is proud of India’s cinema heritage and this collaboration shall develop a unique production, uniting talent from India and the UK.”

Simon Flamank, Executive Director of Bob & Co, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this amazing project which will bring new talent to cinema screens. Bob & Co is well-versed in the commercial challenges and opportunities of developing film content to screen, and will provide business support to the project, alongside providing production support through our in-house production company, SUMS, headed up by Andy Brunskill. Having financed previous Microwave film Lilting and last year financing and shooting Indian-set Jet Trash, it feels like a very harmonious union all round.”

The selected projects for Microwave International: Shakespeare India are:

Realism (based on ‘Macbeth’)
Team: UK Writer/Director Ashish Ghadiali and Indian Producer Umesh Pawar

Caesar (based on ‘Julius Caesar’)
Team: UK Writer/Director Nirpal Bhogal, UK co-writer Mike Powell and Indian Producer Achin Jain

The Heart of the City (based on ‘The Taming of the Shrew’)
Indian Director Pratyusha Gupta, UK Writer Sharmila Chauhan, UK Producer Ameenah Ayub and Indian ProducerSmriti Jain

Mathura (based on ‘As You Like It’)
Indian Writer/Director Rajat Kapoor and UK Producer Uzma Hasan

The Crorepatis (based on ‘Titus Andronicus’)
Indian Writer/Director Bornila Chatterjee and Indian Writer/Producer Tanaji Dasgupta with UK Producer Kurban Kassam

Love and Longing in Rohtak (based on ‘The Merchant of Venice’)
Indian Writer/Director Vikas Chandra and UK Producer Ajay Rai

Vir Das-Soha Ali Khan starrer ‘31 October’ to be screened at London Indian Film Festival

Soha Ali Khan London Indian Film FestivalActor Vir Das, who has made a career out of playing funny roles, will be next seen in a serious role in ‘31 October’, a thriller about a Sikh family trapped in a dangerous situation during the anti-Sikh pogrom following the assassination of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Fans of Das will be delighted to know that the film, which also stars Soha Ali Khan, has been short-listed to be screened at the London Indian Film Festival on July 18 this year.

The London Indian Film Festival highlights the best of world cinema to champion creativity, originality, vision and imagination, and presents the finest contemporary international cinema from both established and emerging film-makers.

Talking about the film, producer Harry Sachdeva said, “It’s a true life story of a Sikh family in 1984 that got trapped in their house when the city was ripped apart by anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. ‘31 October’ is an edge-of-the-seat thriller about true grit and heroism.”

Vir Das and Soha Ali Khan will reportedly be attending the screening.

Spotted: Huma Qureshi & Saqib Saleem in London

Bollywood actress, Huma Qureshi, and her brother, fellow actor Saqib Saleem, recently met cast members of the super hit West End musical, Wicked, backstage post the performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. 

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Huma and Saqib are currently in London filming until August.