T-Series has released another video song from Nautanki Saala, relasing in UK cinemas on 12th April 2013.
Saadi Galli has been sung by the leading actor of the film Ayushmann Khurrana along with Neeti Mohan and is composed by Ayushmann Khurrana and Rochak Kohli with lyrics wirtten by Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli and Gurpreet Saini.
Eros Now surprised their international audiences by releasing the much successful Student Of the Year today.
Presented by Eros International and directed by Karan Johar, Student Of The Year set a new benchmark by breaking the box office records for films starring debutants.
The movie stars Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.
The movie was distributed overseas and in UK cinemas by Eros International.
All the international audiences who missed this path-breaking movie are in for a treat as Eros Now has added Student Of The Year to its huge movie library.
With more than 250 films, Eros Now stands as the only platform which allows audiences to watch the latest and some of the best Bollywood and Kollywood films. The website is regularly updated with latest films including English Vinglish, Cocktail, Chakravyuh, Dabangg, Khiladi 786 and Table No.21 among many others.
SOTY saw the launch of three newcomers – Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan i. The movie did well and struck a chord with the young audience.
Karan Johar, who runs Dharma Productions, is one to promote new talent constantly. In the past, he has given a platform to directors like Karan Malhotra (Agneepath), Shakun Batra (Ek Main aur Ekk Tu), Ayan Mukherji (Wake Up Sid), Rensil D’Silva (Kurbaan), Tarun Mansukhani (Dostana), Siddhartha Malhotra (We Are Family) and Punit Malhotra (I Hate Luv Storys).
The cast and director of Students of the Year recently attended the Marrakech International Film Festival.
Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt accompanied by their mentor Karan Johar were present at the screening of Student Of The Year at the 12th Marrakech International film festival.
The festival was one of the first ones to celebrate the completion of 100 years of Indian cinema where three Dharma Productions films were showcased including Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Agneepath
It was a special evening for the debutants to have their first film enter the festive arena. The three newcomers were extremely excited and thrilled with the response by the Moroccan audiences. Also present at the event was Rishi Kapoor who played an important role in Student Of The Year. Boman Irani, who was seen in a cameo in the film, was also present.
Karan Johar also tweeted about the reunion:
The debutants SID VARUN and ALIA had a blast at their first film festival outing!!! #SOTY
As the Hindi Film Industry completes 100 years, Marrakech Film Festival will be the first one to celebrate this prestigious accomplishment. As a tribute, three films from Dharma Productions will be showcased at the festival.
Marrakech International Film Festival will be held from November 30 to December 8 in the Moroccan capital. Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham will be screened on the opening night which will be attended by Amitabh Bachchan and the director himself.
Out of the tree film released by Dharma Productions this year, two will be showcased at the event. On 2nd December, Agneepath and Student Of The Year will be screened at the main square.
The entire cast of the Student Of The Year, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, will be present at the screening along with Rishi Kapoor, who will also attend the screening of Agneepath.
Dharma Productions has set a record of making the highest box office collection starring newcomers in the last decade with Student Of The Year.
Directed by Karan Johar, the film has struck the right chord with audiences worldwide.
Released on 19th October 2012, Student Of The Year marked the debut of Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh recently tweeted about the success of the film stating, “#SOTY 4-week total in *India* stands at Rs 70 cr nett. Highest total in the last decade for any film starring newcomers. Fantastic!”
The last decade has seen a number of films starring debutants but Student Of The Year has set a new benchmark by breaking the box office records.
Student Of The Year has earned £322,635 from UK cinemas.
Varun Dhawan, whose launch vehicle Student of the Year has got favourable response at the box office, says his father, filmmaker David Dhawan, is proud of him.
“He is reacting not like a director but as a father. He is just very proud that I am doing something in life and my first film has released, people have liked my performance,” the 24-year-old debutant said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Varun is elated with megastar Amitabh Bachchan praising him on social-networking site Twitter.
“Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan) has tweeted for me saying that he liked my work. So that is a really big thing for me that Amitji has said something for me,” Varun said.
Directed by Karan Johar, Student of The Year also marked the debut of former model Siddharth Malhotra and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt.
Released by Eros International in UK cinemas, the film earned £131,149 in its opening weekend.
Karan Johar is one of the most sought after directors in the Indian film industry and is also the most successful director of Indian films in the UK. All of his directorial ventures, so far, feature in the list of the top ten highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time in the United Kingdom. The director-producer is taking a risk of sorts with his new film, Student Of The Year.
The 40-year-old director is working with newcomers for the first time ever and his company, Dharma Productions is launching seven newcomers with this coming-of-age tale.
The leading male protagonists in Johar’s latest release, Student Of The Year, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra have worked with the filmmaker as assistant directors on UK blockbuster My Name Is Khan starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.
However, the leading lady of SOTY, Alia Bhatt, 19, had just finished school when she auditioned for the part and is now making her debut with a director, most established stars of the Indian film industry are vying to work with.
On a recent trip to London, Johar along with his ‘students’ spoke to Sunny Malik for BollyNewsUK about Student Of The Year and much more.
How do you feel to be in the UK for your first international promotional trip? Varun: It’s really awesome because I studied here. I studied in Nottingham. It was just a PR error and papers printed that I was studying in Manchester.
Parineeti Chopra studied in Manchester. Varun: I never met Parineeti there (laughs). Karan: All talented people study in Nottingham and Manchester. Varun: Very talented people study in Nottingham (laughs). I studied at Nottingham University and while I was there, whenever a Hindi film used to release, I would see how excited all the ‘desis’ would get. I was there when Om Shanti Om released. Cineworld was sold out in the city. It’s a strange feeling to be back in England and to come here for my own film. I am just wondering how the people from my University would react to this right now.
You three have become stars even before the release of your first film. How does it feel to have screaming fans everywhere you go? Karan: Have they? Sidharth: Have we? I think it’s too early to call us stars.Karan has just marketed us all really well (laughs). We’ll find that out on the 19th of October. Varun:We just want to be accepted as actors. Karan:So you don’t want to be known as a star at all? Varun:That’s for the audience to decide right? Karan: Everyone wants to be a movie star and while you are a movie star, it is important to be able to act. I want them to be movie stars. I don’t know what kind of actor he wants to be (laughs). I have not put in so much money for three soulful actors to emerge on celluloid. I have no interest in that. Sidharth: But that is possible only once the film is out.
Tell me a little bit about your characters in the film. Alia:My character’s name is Shanaya Singhania. She comes from a very affluent family. She is obsessed with dressing up. She loves clothes, bag and shoes and is all branded. She comes from a dysfunctional family as well. So she does tend to become a bit lonely. She is basically just like every teenage girl who wants that one guy who loves her unconditionally.
Varun: I play Rohan Nanda. He is the son of Ashok Nanda played by Ram Kapoor who is an industrial tycoon. Rohan is a bit of a rebel who does not see eye to eye with his father. There is some friction there even though for the outside world they seem like a perfectly close family. Rohan’s change in his behaviour and growth as a human being happens when he gets introduced to Abhimanyu Singh played by Sidharth. How that change happens, you will have to see in the film on 19th October.
Sidharth:I play Abhimanyu Singh in the film who is the new kid in college. He is not from an affluent background. He has come to St. Theresa on a scholarship which is a very elite school but he is very ambitious and he wants to win this competition called Student of The Year which gives him a further scholarship to get into a bigger college. He is very focused. He wants to be like Varun’s characters’ father and looks up to him.
When the trailer released on YouTube, there was a lot of criticism that came your way. A large number of fans disliked the trailer and were posting comments such as ‘Why is he (Karan) making this film’, and called it predictable etc. How did you all react to it since it’s your first film and Karan, you went back to something you enjoy after directing an emotional film like My Name Is Khan? Karan:The fact that the film came with an unreal school world and an unreal atmosphere, was the initial criticism. But you would have noticed that after a period of time, everyone started getting used to that because that was the world of the film and we were honest to it. Honestly, I was unapologetic about the presentation of this film. I wanted the first promo to be a lot of razzmatazz because I wanted people to at least notice the scale of the film. I did not want anyone to feel that it is just a newcomer film and it has been made on a tight budget and that we have cut corners or costs. We actually put ourselves out there and extended each and every bit of ourselves into the film. I held back, purposely and consciously, the soul connect of the film in the first promo and from the rest of the promos. Everyone is now suddenly saying that they can’t stop listening to the music and that it is working really, really well. But we still have held back the soul of the film. I feel, when you should walk in to see the film, you should be pleasantly surprised with the film’s inherent connect. I am glad that we started with a question mark of what it is going to be, why did Karan make this movie and why did he need to do this? I feel all these questions will be addressed and answered when the film releases.
When the cast of the film was announced, nepotism in the Indian film industry was discussed widely by fans. How did you, Alia and Varun, feel about that when you perhaps read about it? Varun:I will speak about my own experience because I did some acting classes. There were kids who were in that acting class, who were not from film families. There were people not just from India but different parts of the world like Dubai and England. When I made friends there, people told me you will get a launch because of your Dad. That is the mind-set. My Dad did not come from a film family and maybe he had that mind-set too before entering the industry. But what I did realise from the acting class and from my Dad’s experience was that when the director calls action and when you start performing, all that talk is out. The audience just wants to be entertained and they want to see a character. They want to see an actor perform and a story move forward. That is what is important. After our film releases, the audience has to decide why we are here, because of our talent or because of our background.
Alia: Honestly, it was weird in the beginning. Nobody wants to be disliked. Everybody wants to be liked. I was upset because I did not like the fact that people were saying that I have not done anything to get this opportunity. But then, I also agree and understand that, because my father is from the industry, it does come easier to me. I don’t deny that. But I don’t deny the fact that I never wanted this as much as anybody would and I have given it my five hundred per cent and I will continue to do so.
Sidharth: There is a lot of luck and destiny to thank for. Everyone else says they want new stars and talent in the country, but nobody casts anyone new in their film. He is the only one who has taken the risk.
Most production houses don’t bring new talent to the UK for promotions. Why did you decide to bring the three debutants to London? Karan: I believe that building a market overseas is very difficult. The biggest of stars nationally are still in the process and it has taken them years to build an audience outside of the country. Even though it is Sidharth, Varun and Alia’s first film, people should know about the film and should have heard of the three. Then they have to grow to like them and then they have to grow to love them. That is a process and it will take time but we have to kick-start it somewhere. At the end of the day, I know how difficult this audience is in the UK having delivered many, many films here. I actually have had an exceptional run here. But I know, it is very difficult to penetrate and really do the numbers. Dharma Productions have been one of those rare cases where the national business has been equal to the diaspora business. The overseas business is as much as the national business for My Name Is Khan which is actually a first for any feature film.
Student Of The Year is out today on general release in UK cinemas.
Sana Saeed played the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which released in the UK fourteen years ago and went on to become a blockbuster.
In her first UK interview, the actress talks to Sunny Malik about working in Karan Johar’s latest directorial Student Of The Year.
Saeed, 24, plays the role of Tanya, a sultry college girl, in Johar’s colourful coming-of-age tale.
How has the journey been for you from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Student Of The Year? It has been amazing but Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is something I did fourteen years ago. I did not know back then how lucky I was to be working with Karan Johar. I was really just a child and did not really know what was happening. With Student Of The Year, I really lived the moment and enjoyed every bit of it.
You are well-known by audiences worldwide as the little Anjali from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Do you think it is difficult to create a new image for yourself? I was just a child artist in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and even though people know me because of that, I have grown up and am completely different in Student Of The Year. Karan has really presented me and all of us in the film on a large scale. I really just hope that the audiences like what they see. I believe that I could not have asked for a better comeback than this. I could have done a leading role in any other film but that would not have been as special to me.
Karan Johar films have done exceptionally well in the UK. Do you feel the pressure? I wouldn’t say pressure but yes, it is a challenge to see how the overseas audience accepts the film. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is one of Indian cinemas most memorable films for which I am still recognised. I am just nervous to see how people accept the film and obviously I am super curious to know how will I be accepted this time again. I have seen the film and I think it’s a complete Karan Johar movie and one who has loved his blockbusters would really enjoy this one as it is fresh, vibrant and full of life.
Farida Jalal, who played your grandmother in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, is also playing a role in SOTY. How was the experience for you of working with the same people again after such a huge gap? I was really excited when I found out that she is playing a character in the film. I really wanted to meet her and tell her that I am the same girl who played Anjali fourteen years ago but unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity. But besides that, I was really happy to be working with the same people I worked with during Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The hairdresser who did my hair in that film was also working on this one, which was quite surprising. Even Manish Malhotra and make-up artist Mickey Contractor are people I worked with back then. It really says something about Karan that the same people are still working with him after such a long time.
Have you been reading comments about you online as to what fans have to say about you? I have been on Twitter for the last two years but never really used it. I only started using it a few months ago. It feels really amazing to see that people show you love for a film that released over a decade ago. I get a lot of messages and I try to reply to everyone as much as I can.
A lot of fans also complained that Dharma Productions has not promoted you as much as Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt. They are the three leading actors in the film. I am only playing the second lead in the film. I mean, they want people to know the star cast of the film so that they come to watch the film. If they don’t know Alia, Sid and Varun, they won’t even come to watch me in it (laughs). There has been a lot of feedback and I think it is good not to be in everybody’s face. I am unsure about how people are going to accept me. It is better for me to sit back and watch how it goes.
You share a lot of scenes with Varun Dhawan in the film. I am good friends with Varun in the film which is why I have more scenes with him. I have a lot of scenes around Alia and Sidharth too but not many with them.
You are good friends with Kayoze Irani, Boman Irani’s son, who is also making his debut with SOTY. Tell us something about him. I had a really good time with him. We have worked a lot together and he is really hilarious. I am sure people will enjoy watching him on-screen. He is just like his father.
What is next for you as an actress? Right now, I am not looking at anything. I am only waiting for the release of Student Of The Year. I just want to see what kind of feedback I will receive. I am, of course, as nervous as a wreck but If I am welcomed by the audience and appreciated, then I will hopefully get good projects. I just want to enjoy the moment right now.
Student Of The Year is released in cinemas nationwide on 19th October 2012.
With the growing popularity of the music of Student Of The Year, Dharma Productions has launched a mashup song which is a mix of all the upbeat numbers from the movie that have already been a rage amongst audiences worldwide.
The song has racy and groovy beats that just set the mood and get one foot tapping! The music of the film has been composed by the talented duo, Vishal- Shekhar.
Directed by Karan Johar, Student Of the Year is released in UK cinemas on the 19th of October.
Karan Johar is Varun Dhawan’s mentor and is launching him in showbiz with Student Of The Year. The newcomer is so confident about his ‘guru’ that he is ready to do anything for him.
“Karan is like a guru to me. Whatever I have learned is from him. I have a personal relationship with him. If he asks me to do something, I will do it. I trust him blindly,” said Varun.
Currently in the midst of promotions for SOTY, the 24-year-old worked as assistant director to Johar on My Name Is Khan.
The actor says he has received offers from outside Dharma Productions as well, but it was too early to talk about them at the moment.
“I have got offers but I am not allowed to talk about it. We have a contract of three films with Dharma,” he said.
Besides Varun, Alia – Mahesh Bhatt-Soni Razdan’s daughter – and model Sidharth Malhotra are making their debut in the film that also has names like Boman Irani’s son Kayoze Irani and actress Sana Saeed, who played Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.
Co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, the film is slated to release in UK cinemas on 19th October 2012.
Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year has released yet another catchy melody, Ratta Maar.
The song starts off with Rishi Kapoor playing the role of the principle of St.Teresa High School announcing the competition of Student Of The Year.
What follows is the all the college students preparing themselves for the crucial competition. Sana Saeed, who played the little Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Kayoze Irani are also prominently seen in the video.
With the release date of the film being just two weeks away, the cast and crew of the film just finished an international tour to promote their film. After getting spectacular response from their fans in London, the Student Of The Year team went to Dubai to promote the fresh and youthful film.
Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, the film releases on the 19th of October in UK cinemas.
Indian film actress Kajol interacted with a selected group of British Asian journalists ahead of a fundraising charity event that she will be attending later today in London.
Kajol is in the British capital to attend the ARTiculate Gala charity event, hosted by Pratham UK, as the guest of honour. The event will take place today at London’s Guildhall.
Speaking to BollyNewsUK at the media interaction, the 38-year-old actress talked about Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan who assisted Karan Johar during My Name Is Khan.
“The first time I heard that Karan is launching the two, I asked them that now they are on the other side of the camera, how it feels like. They both said that it was completely different and really scary,” said Kajol.
“I told Sidharth and Varun that now you know what we go through. Next time, I don’t want to hear any nonsense from you guys,” said the actress laughing.
“They were really wonderful as assistants. I have seen the trailer but not the film. But whatever, I have seen from the promos, they look fantastic in the film and touch wood they will do really well,” added the Fanaa actress.
Kajol also confirmed that she will be seen in a cameo in The Disco Song in Student Of The Year which releases on 19th October.
Indian film director and producer Karan Johar introduced the leading actors of Student Of The Year to British fans at Cineworld, Feltham on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012.
The My Name Is Khan director attended a well-organised meet and greet with debutants Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt at the cinema in west-London.
Johar and the cast were greeted by hundreds of fans, who were eager to catch a glimpse of them. Earlier on, we caught up with the cast and director who asked for some tips and about what they should do during their promotional visit to Feltham.
We told them to take as many photographs and give as many autographs as they can and drive the crowd crazy and they exactly just did that.
Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt were mobbed by screaming fans who wanted photographs with them and the actors happily posed away.
Addressing the crowd at the cinema, director Karan Johar said: “Thank you all for coming out to see us tonight and for all your love and I only have more love to give back to you. Make sure you come and give our movie love on 19th of October. If you are young, you will love it and if you are not young, it will make you feel young.”
Varun, who has spent most of his childhood in London and has studied at Nottingham University, said that it feels special to be in London and thanked fans for their love and support.
Not many people know but Alia Bhatt is a British citizen and said that London is special to her just like her first feature film as a leading actress, Student Of The Year.
Sidharth, Varun and Alia also performed on The Disco Song from the film with fans singing along and cheering the newcomers.
A lucky fan girl from London also had the chance to dance with Sidharth and Varun on Ishq Wala Love while Alia grooved to Radha with a fan from Bradford.
Johar also gave out exclusive merchandise to fans and participated along with the cast of the film in a Q&A session.
Eros International will release Dharma Productions’ Student Of The Year in UK cinemas on 19th October 2012.
Karan Johar will be promoting his forthcoming directorial Student Of The Year in London next week.
The filmmaker will be bringing the leading actors of Student Of The Year; Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra to London for a number of promotional activities.
Karan Johar and the three leading actors of the film will visit Cineworld in Feltham, West London on Monday, 2nd October to interact with UK fans.
The stars and director will interact with fans at the cinema from 20:00. Lucky fans present at Cineworld, may win tickets to see the songs from Student Of The Year with the cast and director later at 21:00.
Speaking about the promotional visit, Johar said: “I will be at Cineworld Feltham on Tuesday, October 2 at 8 pm. So please come with your family and friends. I will be introducing new upcoming talent from our film Student of the Year, Aalia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. They are the stars of tomorrow, so please don’t miss this opportunity, and give them love.”
A number of press interactions are also planned for Sidharth, Varun, Alia and Karan Johar during this short promotional trip.
Eros International will release the film in the UK on 19th October 2012.
Actor Varun Dhawan, who was an assistant director to Karan Johar while My Name Is Khan was under production, says he learned a lot from superstar Shah Rukh Khan during that time.
“During that film, his script used to be scribbled with notes. I used to take the scripts to him and asked him what it is? It was all his references, his homework. So we could just learn by looking at him,” the 24-year-old said during a promotional event for his debut film Student of The Year.
“He is an institution of acting, the way he functions, the way he goes about his work, you could just learn by looking at him,” he added.
Shah Rukh Khan, who is busy with the promotions of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, is the co-producer of Student of The Year, which marks the debut of David Dhawan’s son Varun, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt and former-model Siddharth Malhotra.
Siddharth, who also assisted Karan on My Name Is Khan, also recalled how Shah Rukh used to dole out tips to the two.
“During the shooting of My Name Is Khan, he (Shah Rukh) came to know that we both wanted to act. I used to give the clap and and then sit down. He used to prepare his lines and then suddenly he used to start talking ‘You should come early, see the props, touch things and feel them, look at your surroundings’,” Siddharth said.
“Initially I did not understand who he was talking to and then I used to look up and realised that Sir (Shah Rukh) is telling me. Then a lot of times after the shooting he used to tell me and Varun how the scene came out or how to use actions and props,” he added.
Student of The Year, an Eros International release, hits UK theatres on 19th October.
Student Of The Year is making all the noise with the release date being just a month away.
Dharma Productions has just released a brand new song titled Vele featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan showing off their fun filled and crazy life. The boys are seen partying, dancing and having the time of their live in this song.
Composed and sung by Vishal & Shekhar, the track has been choreographed by Bosc0-Ceaser.
Directed by Karan Johar himself, the film is all set for its big release on the 19th of October in the UK through Eros International.