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Interview: ‘Live-in relationships are such a big taboo in India’ – Kriti Sanon

Bollywood beauty Kriti Sanon made quite a mark since her first UK theatrical release ‘Dilwale’, the sixth highest-grossing Hindi film here, released. Her Bollywood debut film ‘Heropanti’ didn’t get a UK release, but its availability on Netflix definitely helped Kriti’s popularity in the UK among Bollywood fans.

Hailing from a middle-class family out of India’s capital Delhi, Sanon moved to Mumbai to make it big in Bollywood. With over 18 Million followers on Instagram, the 28-year-old actress has amassed a pretty good fan following since she rose to fame in 2014.

Her new film ‘Lukka Chuppi’ also starring Bollywood’s new heartthrob Kartik Aryan, is a comedy of errors. In the film, the two fall in love while working on a news report and move in together to test whether their relationship would last. They decide to get married but in a comical twist their conservative neighbors and families believe they’re married in secret already.

Kriti spoke to BollyNewsUK about her new film, her social media presence and her experience of recently filming for ‘Housefull 4’ in London.

Talking about the reaction to the trailer which has been viewed almost 50 Million times on YouTube, she said: ‘The trailer is a true glimpse of the film. I felt that everyone who saw it, liked the world we presented. There is much more in the film that is funnier and better than what we’ve already put out there. I’m excited about the funny scenes in the film which we couldn’t include in the trailer as it would have given away too much.’

Discussing live-in relationships as shown in the film, Kriti said: ‘Live-in relationships are such a big taboo in Indian urban cities anyway and the film takes that concept into a small town, where you will be judged openly’

She further added about her character in the film, saying: ‘I don’t need to relate to the characters I portray. The character needs to intrigue me and I need to find it interesting. There must be layer to it and something quirky about it for me to notice it. It needs to be believable to audiences as well. I feel, its interesting to play a character that is nothing like yourself. I end up finding a few things that resemble me in most characters that I have played eventually anyways. I relate a little bit more Rashmi, the character I play in ‘Lukka Chuppi’. She is modern, educated in Delhi and chooses a life partner for herself.’

 

Kriti Sanon

 

Kriti also opened up on how much she has changed since ‘Dilwale’, which released in 2015 and how she is more confident now having a string of successes behind her: ‘I was still trying to figure out things and finding my way in the industry. I’ve tried to grow and become better with each film. After ‘Dilwale’, a lot has changed in how I approach performing a scene. I’ve also opened up a lot more as a person. When I came to Mumbai from Delhi, I didn’t have to make independent decisions. I lived at home with my family. I also had a very strong sense of right and wrong, it was very black and white. I’ve met a lot more people and have had lot of conversations over the years. I’ve opened up much more as a result of that and started seeing things from a different point of view. My performances in my recent films have also been appreciated and that gave me confidence to go out of my comfort zone. I feel very comfortable now – so yes, a lot has changed.’

Lukka Chuppi’s popularity can also be attributed to how the soundtrack of the film primarily features remakes of popular Bollywood and Indian pop songs. This has however, also drawn some criticism from fans calling the songs unoriginal.

Kriti clarified why they chose to only feature remakes in the soundtrack and how she likes them more than original songs: ‘It doesn’t bother me that people complain about the songs being remakes. I love listening to remakes and there is a recall value to them. The original Coca-Cola song has been on my playlist for ages and the new version is very cool. Remakes also tend to get more popular than original songs. That’s why the producer felt that it’s not fair to include one remake in an original soundtrack album as the remake would overshadow it. It upsets the composer of the original music album. He decided to only create remakes for the entire soundtrack. Coca-Cola has already reached over 94 million views and the view count is rising. The artists also like that being on a Bollywood soundtrack gives their songs a wider medium.’

 

With Bollywood stars now primarily only posting professionally taken photographs on their social media pages, Kriti still prefers to be true to the platforms.

‘I also share professional photographs on and off on my Instagram, as well as cover shoots and posters etc. That is work and professional. Social Media for me is a way to interact with audiences and my fans. I want to share a part of my real life. I share family photos and a lot of content with my pet as well. I randomly make videos from my bed as I just want to show that I’m normal like other people. I’m a simple middle-class girl who doesn’t really like dressing up normally. I want them to know that side of me too. I love hosting live chats and in those you can’t use photoshop (laughs), so that’s great.’

The actress was in London last year to film the highly-anticipated ‘Housefull 4’ releasing in the summer later this year. Speaking about her first time filming in the British capital she said: ‘It was amazing filming in London. It was almost like a paid holiday. We had a blast and I didn’t mind the crowd watching us filming. The weather was lovely, and we got some great shots and also had time shop (laughs). I wish our schedule was a bit longer though. The Housefull movies are always set in London and they’ve always filmed for a month or so but this time we only had nine days, which was a bit disappointing. You will know, when you see the film why it was so short.’

‘Lukka Chuppi’ is out in UK cinemas nationwide with English subtitles on 1st March 2019.

Kriti Sanon and Kartik

Katrina Kaif scorches the screen in #Zero’s ‘Husn Parcham’ 

The internet was set ablaze after the makers of Zero released the teaser of their next song ‘Husn Parcham’ featuring Katrina Kaif, and now as the song is out we know why.

Shah Rukh Khan starrer ZERO features Katrina Kaif as an actor Babita and the song showcases her in one of her hottest avatar.

Looking smoking hot in a white animal print blouse paired with a glittery sequined shorts and jacket, the lady grooves to the catchy lyrics like no other. The teaser stills of the song were enough to make her fans curious and the song is just what they would have expected.

Showcasing Shah Rukh Khan as the vertically challenged Bauua, and Katrina Kaif as a Bollywood Superstar (Babita Kumari), the Zero trailer has piqued the interest of the audience to witness one of the most anticipated films of the year. 

Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions have come together to  create ZERO. Produced by Gauri Khan, starring Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan, the Aanand L. Rai directorial is all set to release in UK cinemas on 21st December 2018.

Husn Parcham

Sonam K Ahuja in conversation with Arianna Huffington for Thrive Global India

After turning guest editor for Thrive Global India , Sonam K Ahuja earlier today joined Founder of Thrive Global & Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief , Huffington Post ,Arianna Huffington for a special discussion. 

Thrive Global India hopes to pioneer the conversation few are having in India: The importance of well-being and productivity in leading meaningful lives.

Apart from discussing how to create opportunities for more female representation in the professional arena , Sonam K Ahuja & Arianna Huffington also discussed sisterhood and self belief in women.

Ariana Huffington and Sonam Kapoor

Said Sonam K Ahuja, “The only way to live is to not think about it too much,and have incredible self belief. You need to really centre yourself and be in the moment and say – I’m amazing, I can do this and I’m the best version of myself. You need to have self belief”.

Arianna Huffington added , “I think there’s so much we can learn from the ancient wisdom of India, which is now validated by modern science. I think it’s all about the combination of ancient wisdom, modern science and then new role models, because in the end people learn through stories. Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour.

Ariana Huffington and Sonam Kapoor (2)

The evening also saw other panelists, primarily social influencers, including Amish Tripathi and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, discuss the Indian approach to believing and thriving.

Thrive Global India ,is a platform dedicated to ending India’s stress and burnout epidemic.Thrive’s website thriveglobal.in and its social media channels will present stories—including videos and podcasts—and science-based solutions to inspire and engage India’s new digital audience

Here’s how Deepika Padukone rules the month of December!

Bollywood’s leading lady Deepika Padukone who has had an eventful year, ends it with a bang with major accomplishments in the month of December. 

The actress started the month with an uproar on social media with the pictures from her grand reception in Mumbai. 

Deepika Padukone reclaimed her throne of the sexiest Asian Woman on the planet as a UK Asian newspaper crowned the actress in their annual list. Bagging the position for the second time in three years, Deepika Padukone has achieved the title soon after her marriage.

Emerging as the only woman to win a spot in the top 5 list of the richest Indian celebrities by Forbes, Deepika Padukone has set new precedents. Deepika is not only the highest paid actress in Bollywood currently but also the most commercially viable actress. As her film Padmaavat entered the 300 crore club earlier this year, Deepika became the only actress to have shouldered a woman-led film to the coveted club. 

DP Forbes

Sizzling on the cover of GQ for the December edition, Deepika Padukone graced the first magazine after her wedding. The pictures have been soaring the temperatures owing to her oozing sexiness. 

Earlier in the year, Deepika Padukone also featured in the TIME Magazine list of 100 most influential people in the world, Variety Magazine’s International Women’s Impact report amongst other accomplishments. 

DP GQ cover

On the work front, Deepika Padukone will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s next based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. 

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.

Aashni

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

Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar & Zaira Wasim to star in new Bollywood film

Priyanka Chopra is back in Bollywood with a bang!

Priyanka Chopra,Farhan Akhtar and Secret Superstar sensation Zaira Wasim will be coming together for National Award winning filmmaker Shonali Bose’s next directorial to be jointly produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Ronnie Screwvala, under their banners Roy Kapur Films and RSVP.

Title Track - Priyanka & Farhan
Priyanka and Farhan have previously worked together in Dil Dhadakne Do

Prep and script readings have been on in full swing for this stellar star cast. The film is based on an inspiring true life story. The shoot will start in Mumbai on August 8th.
This will be Priyanka Chopra’s first Hindi film to go on the floors in India after she was seen in Bajirao Mastani almost 3 years ago!

The film marks Priyanka Chopra’s 5th association with Roy Kapur and Screwvala. In the past they have collaborated on some landmark films like Fashion, Kaminey and Barfi.

The dialogues of the film will be written by National Award Winning writer Juhi Chaturvedi and Music is to be scored by Pritam.

Pooja Hegde: Farah Khan is great fun to work with

Pooja Hegde who has just wrapped the Housefull 4 schedule in London was quite excited to shoot a song recently, since it was choreographed by  ace choreographer and filmmaker Farah Khan.

Pooja Hedge

For Pooja, it was “the most incredible experience”. She said, “Farah Khan is great fun to work with. It was a fun shoot. The song is a catchy number and by the end of it, the entire unit was singing along. I was working with Farah for the first time and really looking forward to it.”

“I have learnt Bharatanatyam for around 10 years and it definitely helps. Also, Bollywood dance is not a different genre, we do incorporate a lot of other dance forms. It’s all about just enjoying the music. For this film, I am also working on my comic timing, as comedy is serious business,” she added.

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.

Irrfan watches his next, Karwaan in London.

KarwanIrrfan who has been away from the city for four months for treatment wanted to see his upcoming film Karwaan. As the film’s release date is approaching, Irrfan wished to see the final edit of his film before it hits the cinemas

Producer Ronnie Screwvala arranged a special screening of the upcoming road trip film Karwaan in London at Henry Wood House, a business centre in London.

The screening was also attended by his wife Sutapa Sikdar. “He seemed happy to see me. His wife and some close friends were also present at the screening. After the film, we spoke about it. He had some minor suggestions for the team but overall, his family and he seemed pretty pleased,” informed dialogue writer Hussain Dalal.

Meanwhile, debutant director Akarsh Khurana informs that after the trailer came out, the actor was happy with the response it was getting, particularly all the love his character Shaukat had received. 

“He spoke to me at length after the screening in London and I was happy and relieved with his response and that of his family”.

“At this point, we don’t want to burden him with promotions. His approval and blessings are with us, and that’s all that we need. He sounded good when we spoke and we’re all hoping that he bounces back from this challenging phase soon.”

Hussain who was also present for the screening told me about everyone’s reactions which were, thank God, rather favourable,” exults Akarsh.

Sharing memories from the shoot, Akarsh exclaimed, “Honestly with Irrfan sir and Dulquer in the same frame, I often had to remind myself that I was the director and not a fan. The whole shoot felt like a working picnic.”

Karwaan starring Irrfan and marking to be the debut of Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar, revolves around 3 oddballs from different walks of life who are thrown together on a somewhat bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives.

The film has been shot in the beautiful locales of Kerala which will surely be a visual delight to all the masses. 

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s creative production house RSVP in association with ‘Ishka films’, Karwaan is directed by Akarsh Khurana and is slated to release on 3rd August 2018.

Deepika Padukone is coming to Madame Tussauds London

Today, actress Deepika Padukone took to Facebook to reveal that she will be joining the prestigious line-up of A Listers at Madame Tussauds London.

Best known for her roles in films including Piku, Padmaavat & XXX: Return of Xander Cage, the global superstar live streamed the announcement from her all-important sitting with the Madame Tussauds team. 

Madame Tussauds London Deepika Padukone sitting 23.07 (1)

Deepika Padukone said, “I am delighted and honoured to be joining the incredible list of achievers at Madame Tussauds London. Working through the ideas has been so much fun and I can’t wait to see the finished experience next year.”

Edward Fuller, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Deepika has had huge success not only in the world of Bollywood but across the globe, even featuring in this year’s TIME 100. We’ve received regular requests to create her figure as her fan base continues to grow across the world and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to Madame Tussauds London next year for a chance to party with their idol.”

The world famous attraction is remaining tight lipped about details surrounding Deepika’s figure until its arrival next year. The launch will coincide with the creation of a second figure for Madame Tussauds Delhi.

Madame Tussauds London Deepika Padukone sitting 23.07 (2)

John Abraham returns to UK screens with Satyameva Jayate

John Abraham is back doing what he does best… in an heart racing action thriller that will have you questioning right and wrong. In true vigilante movie style, Abraham launches on to the screen as a kind, caring and immensely moral character, he has loved and lost… and now wants the corrupt to pay.

In a city of 200,000 policemen tasked with the safety of the people of Mumbai, a significant number don’t necessarily have the “cleanest” of vardis (uniforms).

When four such ‘dirty’ police inspectors are burnt alive in a series of merciless killings, the entire police force is rocked with terror. The media is looking for answers. The public is on the fence over these killings.

John AbrahamThese crimes reflect Vir (John Abraham) as a person. Bold, Calculating, and Unapologetic. He’s not scared of killing, or dying. It was clear that he had an agenda. A reason, a drive behind these deaths and he was far from done.

Fearing the next attack, the Commissioner calls upon one of their best bet to catch Vir. DCP Shivansh (Manoj Bajpayee) is what a proper policeman looks like. Strong, Courageous, Patriotic and most importantly, “Clean.” And of course, he’s the best at what he does.

What follows is a succession of events that will test his Probity to the fullest. He is up against Vir, who is a vigilante and will stop at nothing to complete his mission.

The trailer to Satyameva Jayate is a power packed three-minute ride… reminding audiences what makes Abraham such a great action hero. Adding more colour and depth to the film are two fabulous tracks released so far.

‘Dilbar ‘sung by Neha Kakkad is a reprise of the original track from the film Sirf Tum, and the new version sees former Big Boss star Norah Fatehi showing off some serious moves and helping the video hit over 76 million views in two weeks!

The second track ‘Paniyon Sa’ shows Abraham’s softer side with co-star Aisha Sharma. This beautiful track features the vocals of Atif Aslam and Tulsi Kumar.

Directed by Milap Milan Zaveri and produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar and Nikhhil Advani, Satyameva Jayate stars John Abraham, Manoj Bajpayee, Aisha Sharma and  Amruta Khanvilkar.

The film releases nationwide on 15th August and is distributed by Rising Star Entertainment in the UK.

Fanney Khan takes a stand on body shaming

The much-awaited film of Fanney Khan starring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Rajkummar Rao is not just a musical drama but a strong take on body shaming too.

As shown in the trailer Anil Kapoor plays a father of a teenager who is battling with her weight issues. Pihu Sand who plays Lata Sharma a 20 years old who had to put on weight for her role. Lata dreams of becoming a star performer while battling fat-shaming.

The actress had to put on a lot of weight for her role, when asked her about it she said, “I had to put on another 20 kg in six months for the role and the prep included planning Lata’s look, makeup and even her haircut. The fringe is an important part of the character.”

Pihu - Fanney Khan

Speaking about her transformation, the actress reveals that she reached 98 kg, which is the heaviest she has ever been. “Being fat was lovely because I am not shy about my body and everybody made me comfortable. Yes, I did have some health issues, but it was worth it because it was for something I love,” she asserts.

Quiz her on body-shaming remarks and Pihu admits that when she was in school, some of the boys would tease her and sometimes made her cry. “I was fat because of a medical condition. I gained weight after 12 years and I still don’t understand why being fat or thin is not okay. I connected with Lata because a few similar things happened to me in real life too,” she says, refusing to dwell on them.

The film has been making immense buzz ever since the announcement. The film brings back Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya together after 17 years.

A one of its kind musical comedy, Fanney Khan is a story about a father played by Anil Kapoor who wishes to fulfil the dream of his daughter who is an aspirational singer. 

The film also showcases Aishwarya Rai Bachchan playing a singing sensation and 
Rajkummar Rao portraying the love interest of Aishwarya in the film. 

Starring an ensemble cast, Fanney Khan will see Anil Kapoor,  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,  Rajkummar Rao and Divya Dutta in pivotal roles.

Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Anil Kapoor, Fanney Khan is directed by Atul Manjrekar. The film is set to release in UK cinemas on 3rd August 2018.

First Look #ZERO: Superstar Katrina Kaif is lost amidst crowd

On the occasion of Katrina Kaif’s birthday, Shah Rukh Khan unveiled her first look from Zero.

Katrina Kaif in ZERO

After witnessing Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero avatar, the audience now gets to see Katrina’s intriguing look from the film. Enthralling and captivating, Katrina is out to hypnotise you with her dark expressions, lost amidst a crowd.

Sharing the first look along with a note, Shah Rukh Khan says, “There are so many lovely pictures of her, but this one speaks to me beyond my friends beauty….hope u all also give it love.”

Shah Rukh also shared a note which reads, “We know she is beautiful. We know she has our hearts fluttering. She has loved like she has never been hurt. She dances like nobody’s watching her. She has lived like it’s heaven on earth.
But all us actors wait for the moment when we can sink our teeth into a character deeper than beauty and it’s trappings.

Here’s my friend on her birthday braving to enthrall us in a new avatar.
You may ask ‘Why so serious..? Hmmm…
Aapka pata nahi, mujhe toh gusse mein yeh aur bhi haseen lagti hai…
Happy Birthday my brave and beautiful Katrina…

Love, Shah Rukh

Director, Anand L Rai also tweeted sharing, ” Hail the queen!!!! A queen that transformed into a king this time!!! Wish you a very happy birthday Katrina and thanks for making #Zero possible! “.

Zero is a story that celebrates life, the first look of the film featured Shah Rukh Khan as the adorable vertically challenged man piquing the interests of the audience to witness the unusual tale. The makers have gone on to mark the festivities, as they shared the first teaser of the movie this New Year,

Continuing the tradition the second teaser was launched on Eid, giving the fans another glimpse of this year’s big Christmas release and now followed by Katrina’s look.

Touted as one of the biggest films of the year, ‘Zero’ is eagerly awaited by the audience.

Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions come together to bring ZERO, produced by Gauri Khan, starring Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan, the Aanand L Rai directorial is all set to release in UK cinemas on 21st December 2018.

Katrina Kaif’s Birthday celebrations in the English countryside

Katrina Kaif has much reason to celebrate, fresh off the blockbuster success of Tiger Zinda Hai ,the star readies for her upcoming releases Thugs of Hindostan with Aamir Khan & Zero with Shah Rukh Khan.

The superstar whose performance was well received at the highly successful US & Canadian leg of the Dabangg tour, took the internet by storm with her performances. 

After the spectacular success of the show, Katrina is now in England to celebrate her birthday with her family. She then resumes shooting for Aanand L Rai’s Zero on 18th July.

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Out to sea 🌊

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Kaif took a train to the English countryside from Central London and is currently enjoying time with her siblings, as shared on Instagram.

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Haydreaming ….🦄💃

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sizzles in Fanney Khan

Based on the 2001 Oscar nominated Belgian film Everybody’s Famous!, Fanney Khan is a
film that will have you rolling with laughter, crying at the injustices of society and cheering for the underdog.. and dancing in the aisles.

Starring Anil Kapoor, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar, Divya Dutta and newcomer Pihu Sand, the film follows Prashant Sharma, a family man, who in his younger days, dreamt of becoming a singer and songwriter. His almost dead dream finds a new life with the birth of his daughter, who he ambitiously names Lata.

Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, he takes her to singing contests where the awkward and overweight girl struggles to belt out a tune, leaving one wondering if she really has the talent to be a star singer.

Featuring Aishwariya Rai in her role as Baby Singh, we see the ever-gorgeous diva show off her moves to a tune that will become a dance anthem for the summer!

Bachchan worked with star choreographer Frank Gatson Jr to hone her dance skills for the video – and it worked! Gatson has worked with pop stars Beyonce, Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez, among others, in the past. With lyrics by Irshad Kamil and the stunning vocals of Sunidhi Chauhan the track got the film off to a flying start.

Hot on the heels of ‘Mohabbat, ’ the second track from the film ‘Halka Halla’ released this weekend, is a romantic but catchy number romantic song is composed by Amit Trivedi and sung in the melodious voice of Sunidhi Chauhan & Divya Kumar. The video which features Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao hit over 1 million views in less than 24 hours!

Fanney Khan starring Anil Kapoor, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar, Divya Dutta and introducing Pihu Sand is directed by Atul Manjrekar and produced by Bhushan Kumar,Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra & Anil Kapoor.

The film releases nationwide on 3rd August and is distributed by Rising Star Entertainment in the UK.

Kajol unveils ‘Helicopter Eela’ poster in London

The effervescent and delightful Kajol returns to the silver screen this September in a new role… as an overbearing and somewhat controlling mother!

Helicopter Eela, starring Kajol in the lead role with award-winning youngster Riddhi Sen as Vivan, her teenage son, is the story of Eela, an aspiring playback singer and single mother.

Kajol in London
Kajol unveils the first poster in London at Courthouse Hotel, Great Marlborough St.

She has given up all her dreams to raise her only son. But now her baby son ‘Vivan’ is all grown up and being a typical young millennial, doesn’t want his mother’s life to revolve around him. But being an overprotective mother, Eela has other ideas and joins her son’s college to spend more time with him! Unfortunately, her plans backfire and she suffers a backlash from Vivan for invading his privacy.

Kajol jetted in to London on Friday 13th July to reveal the official poster of her forthcoming film. The poster shows Kajol as a puppeteer, trying to control her son with the puppet strings…

Talking about her role in the film, Kajol says: “As a mother, I felt a real connection with Eela’s character.  She loves her son unconditionally and has built her life around him. But as he grows up, she finds herself becoming more and more dispensable. She has also put her life and dreams on hold, like so many mother’s do. This is a life situation that so many women face once their kids grow up. And, one that I will inevitably face is, what do I do now? How do I hold on to my baby? In a way, Helicopter Eela is a coming of age film, more for Eela rather than it is for her son!”

Helicopter Eela

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar who has become synonymous with female-centric characters in films such as Parineeti, Laga Chunri Mein Daag and Mardani, Kajol is in safe hands and Helicopter Eela is sure to be a hit with fans across the world.

Director Pradeep Sarkar says: “The story of Helicopter Eela will make you fall in love with this mother son duo!  Hope the audience enjoys the film as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Helicopter Eela is produced by Ajay Devgn, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada and Aksshay Jayantilal Gada, with music by Amit Trivedi.

Producer Mr Jayantilal Gada says;” The journey of the mother and son in the film is extremely relatable. We are glad to bring this story to the audience. The team of powerhouse talent (Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Pradeep Sarkar and Amit Trivedi) is here and have delivered a great product.”

Ajay Devgn who is producing this slice-of-life film says: “I was drawn to the story of this loving but difficult relationship between a mother and son. The script told a beautiful story, of a journey that all parents face, but it is especially true and unique to mothers and their sons. The characters played by Kajol and Riddhi Sen are extremely strong and they will have an astonishing connect with the audience across the globe.” 

Helicopter Eela releases in UK cinemas on 14th September 2018 by Eros International.

Irfan Khan’s Karwan to release in UK cinemas 3rd August

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies, Karwaan stars veteran actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) and Malayalam star Dulquer Salmaan in his Hindi debut alongside rising star Mithila Palkar.

The film depicts Avinash’s (Salmaan) journey following the death of his father in a tragic accident whilst on a pilgrimage. Upon discovering there has been a mix-up of bodies, Avinash and his friend Shaukat (Khan) set out to find his body and deliver Tanya’s (Palkar) Grandmother’s body who died in the same accident. A life-changing journey awaits, where each one finds redemption, hope, love and eventually themselves.

Filmed in only 35 days, Karwaan will take you on a journey into South India, through the stunning locales of the Western Ghats, to the ancient yet modern city of Kochi.

The film’s soundtrack is set to feature a modern feel with a rap track written and composed by rapper Slow Cheeta aka Chaitanya Sharma.

With 2 dead bodies, 1 car and a road trip of a lifetime, “Karwaan” promises, laughs, self-discovery and heart-warming moments as the most unexpected of journeys becomes a memorable adventure.

Karwaan releases in cinemas worldwide 3rd August 2018. Karwaan will be released in in UK cinemas by Pack Your Bag Films UK.

Karwan

‘Housefull 4’ kicks off in London

Sajid Khan has returned to the Housefull franchise and kicked off the fourth instalment of the film in London. The shoot has started off with choreographer and Sajid’s sister Farah Khan taking out time from her holiday in the English capital to film dance sequences with the large cast.

Housefull 4 sees Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and Chunky Pandey return to the comedy film and has added Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hedge and Kriti Kharbanda to the cast.

A song composed by Sohail Sen is currently being filmed at locations including Tower Bridge, Greenwich and will feature over 150 background dancers from London. A lavish set has been constructed too and several London buses have been hired for the sequence.  

20th Century Fox will release this Nadiadwala Grandson production in UK cinemas next year.

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20th Century Fox to release new Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor film

20th Century Fox will release the upcoming Fox Star Studios film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga in UK cinemas.

The film stars Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkumar Rao in leading roles and is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor are gearing up with gusto for their first ever screen outing together in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, a part of their iconic song of by same name from the film 1942: A Love Story, that also starred Anil and Manisha Koirala in the lead.

The makers have released the first teaser from the film and we can’t but admire the endearing bond between Sonam and her dad in the few glimpses that we get to see.


The opening shot of the teaser gives flashes from 1942: A Love Story, featuring Anil, while the song Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga plays in the background, taking viewers and listeners back in time. Soon the scenes flash-forward to 2018, and we see a demure Sonam enjoying wedding festivities with the family.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga 

Yash Raj Films to release Teefa in Trouble in UK cinemas

thumbnail_Teefa_in_TroubleLightingale Productions, spearheaded by superstar Ali Zafar, is proud to announce the first ever collaboration with one of the world’s biggest and most well respected film studios who have brought audiences with some of the most iconic films of its time. Yash Raj Films (YRF) have teamed up with Lightingale Productions for an exclusive international theatrical distribution of Teefa In Trouble. 

Speaking about this milestone, Ali Zafar has said, “I have always believed that with faith, the right intentions, goodwill and hard work, you can achieve all of your dreams. Today I feel deeply humbled to have a huge dream fulfilled. To take our cinema global in the best possible manner and to do it with a company that is not just a company but an idea… that love transcends all. My relationship with YRF goes back to 2010 when I signed up for ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, followed by ‘Kill Dil’. I have some of my best memories and experiences on those films. I still remember the time when the late Yashji asked me at lunch one day: “Oye to Lahore to ain, yeh kheer zuroor try kareen”. “You are from Lahore, you must try this “kheer (rice pudding)”! I thought to myself that the man who has induced such sweetness in our lives through his stories is making sure that I leave with an even sweater taste in my mouth. It was surreal. But what is dreamlike is that the company he formed with so much love is now going to be spreading the same passion that we have tried to create in our first film to the entire world, making sure the film is seen globally. Thank you Yashji and Aditya Chopra, for your faith and guidance. More than an inspiration, you are an institution that nurtures talent like no one. I would deeply like to honour and thank Mr. Avtar Panesar for taking that belief and trust forward by choosing us as YRF’s first of sorts to officially distribute the film in international markets. I can’t wait for the world to watch Teefa In Trouble!” 

Avtar Panesar, Vice President – International Operations Yash Raj Films said: “We at YRF share a strong and seasoned relationship with Ali Zafar having produced two movies and a music album with him; we’d like to think of YRF being his home in India. It was a natural progression, taking that relationship to the next level with Ali as Producer with Teefa In Trouble. We have never distributed any film from Pakistan or from any other part of the world earlier; And are extremely selective with the films we handle for our friends in India, we are very excited to see what Ahsan Rahim the director and Ali Zafar as producer and actor have done with Teefa In Trouble. It really was a no brainer for us. This certainly puts Ali in the great company of star producers! We’re looking forward to making this the first of many.” 

Founded in 1970 by the great, Late Yash Chopra, Yash Raj Films is regarded as one of India’s oldest and most respected storytellers with India’s most enviable film catalogue in the entertainment business. YRF’s top grossers have already placed the company in the big league of producers worldwide, making it one of the largest filmmaking entities in the nation. Indeed, Teefa In Trouble joins the league of Yash Raj Films’ distribution portfolio of some of the region’s biggest blockbusters including Race 3, Tiger Zinda Hai, Dhoom 3, Tiger Zinda Hai, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Sultan and Ali Zafar’s Kill Dil to name a few. The trailer for Teefa In Trouble to be released soon will be will be screened across 1200 plus screens in the international market.

The summer blockbuster Teefa In Trouble stars the leading multi-talented superstar Ali Zafar and introduces Maya Ali to the silver screen. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, the movie is set to release on 20th July 2018 across Pakistan and internationally.

Teefa In Trouble is packed with action, romance and comedy. The feature film has been produced by Lightingale Productions.