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Mohanlal in Priyadarshan’s ‘Tezz’

Southern superstar Mohanlal has teamed with filmmaker Priyadarshan for 42 films in the past. He says he agreed for a cameo in Tezz, his 43rd piece of work with Priyadarshan, only for the director.

“This film Tezz just happened. I have a special appearance in the film and I did it only for Priyan. This is my 43rd film with him,” said Mohanlal.

“I always ask him ‘When are we doing a film in Hindi’. So one day he suddenly called me and said ‘Come and do a film with me’. This started as a joke. Then I said, ‘If you have a role, I will come and do it’,” he added.

Directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Ratan Jain, Tezz features Ajay Devgn, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Sameera Reddy in key roles.

The film is released by Eros International in the United Kingdom on 27th April 2012.  

“It’s great to work with Anil Kapoor” – Anil Kapoor

Actor Ajay Devgn envies the sheer dedication with which his co-actor Anil Kapoor works.

“It’s great fun to work with Anil Kapoor. The kind of dedication he has for his work I think no other actor in Bollywood would have,” Ajay said in a statement.

“He is always involved with his work and only talks about work all the time to a point it becomes boring. But then you start envying him for the dedication he has even after all these years.

“Anil Kapoor is so dedicated on the sets that you cannot distract him. No wonder he has such great body of work behind him,” he added.

Both the actors will be seen in action thriller Tezz, which releases on  27th April 2012 in the UK. The film also stars Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy, Zayed Khan and Boman Irani.

‘Tere Bina’ from ‘Tezz’ is a soulful melody – Sajid-Wajid

After the success of their hit song ‘Mast Mast Do Nain’ from Dabangg, music director duo Sajid-Wajid are looking forward to their next number ‘Tere Bina’ from Tezz. The song rendered by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been picturised on Ajay Devgn and Kangna Ranaut in the film.

Music director Wajid says “The song is a very soulful melody which is the requirement in films today. Tezz is an action film and when there is a certain amount of rawness in action, a Sufi number like this is going to create a great impact. It has been shot on Ajay Devgn and Kangna who are both fantastic actors. Ajay has something in his eyes which bring out the soulfulness of the song. Director Priyadarshan too has a special touch when it comes to romantic numbers. The song has been shot beautifully in London and caters to the mood and cinematography of the film.”

Sajid adds “Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is close to us and he is a good singer and has passion. We respect him as an artiste and singer. He is a gem of a person and our work equation with him is fantastic. Like the Dabangg song which he has sung earlier, this song too has a beautiful flavor and a Sufi touch which people will enjoy.

Producer Ratan Jain said “We had many sittings on the songs numbers and Sajid-Wajid would play many tunes. We selected this song even before we started working on the film. It’s going to be a great song.”

Tezz releases in UK cinemas on 27th April 2012 through Eros International.

Eros acquires overseas rights of TEZZ‏

Eros International Media Ltd (EIML), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry has acquired the international distribution rights of the forthcoming action thriller Tezz. The film releases worldwide on April 27, 2012.

Produced by Venus Films and directed by Priyadarshan, Tezz features an ensemble cast of Mohanlal, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Boman Irani, Kangna Ranaut, Sameera Reddy and Zayed Khan in main roles.

Commenting on the acquisition, Pranab Kapadia, President Marketing & Sales, Eros International plc said, “With its stylish look, great action and catchy music, there is a positive buzz and anticipation around Tezz overseas and we are looking forward to an exciting film by Priyadarshan.”

Synopsis:

One man is out to get back what was unjustly taken away from him… the other is willing to do whatever it takes to stop him in order to serve justice; both are pitted against each other…and both are pitted against time. Lives have already been destroyed and more lives are about to be devastated as a train speeding from Glasgow to London holds the fate of AakashRana (Ajay Devgn) and Counter Terrorism Command ArjunKhanna(Anil Kapoor), and only one of them will succeed. 

Stylishly shot across England with action sequences like none other, Tezz also features KangnaRanaut, BomanIrani, Zayed Khan, Sameera Reddy and Mohanlal.
The action has been directed by Gareth Milne and Peter Pedrero who have been involved in the stunts for films like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Quantum of Solace andThe Bourne Identitywhile the music has been scored by the hit duo Sajid-Wajid.

Producer Ratan Jain, who has changed the way thrillers have been seen in Hindi cinema with films like Khiladi and Baazigarthis time joins hands with director Priyadarshan, for 2012’s biggest action thriller, Tezz, a Venus Worldwide Entertainment Presentation set to release on April 27. The countdown begins… 

Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor buy DVD’s in London

During the London schedule of  Priyadarshan’s Tezz last year in May, Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor were spotted visiting DVD stores all over town.

Reportedly the actors had a list of must-watch films and since the film has a big cast, all actors were not required everyday on outdoor shoots.

A source revealed to The Times of India: “Anil and Ajay would spend hours watching the movies in their hotel at night. They would then shortlist the titles that could be remade into Bollywood films.”

The official trailer of Tezz was released last week and the film will release accross UK cinemas on 27th April 2012.

‘Tezz’ releases in UK cinemas on 27th April 2012

The official trailer of Tezz, a Priyadarshan film, set and filmed in the UK has been released by Venus Worldwide Entertainment.
This action-thriller starring Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Kanagana Ranaut, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Sameera Reddy and Mohanlal, produced by Ratan Jain is rumoured to be a Bollywood remake of Hollywood blockbuster Speed.

The film was largely shot in Birmingham in 2010 and in London and Scotland in the summer of 2011. The film is set to release in cinemas worldwide on 27th April 2012.  Read our interview with Zayed Khan on-location in London here.

On Location with Zayed Khan in London

Welcome to London
Thank you.

How has the schedule and trip been so far?
The trip has been really hectic. I have been in and out of shooting two movies. I also have been shooting for my own movie (besides Tezz), which is Love, Breakup Zindagi. We shot a portion of this film (Tezz) in November last year in Birmingham and now we have come back to finish the rest. It has been hectic, but I can’t complain as London is a nice part of the world. It is a bit distracting but nice.

What is Tezz about? It is said to be a remake of Hollywood blockbuster Speed.
There is this terrible rumour going around which is completely untrue. It has got nothing to do with Speed, nothing at all. It is basically a high paced action drama film. It deals with the antagonist and protagonist.

You are playing the good guy, I believe?
You know, I usually play the good guy. You would believe that, if I was playing the bad guy (laughs).
But I don’t know as in today’s world, what is good and what is bad as far as you choose a character in it’s totally. You see the redemption and the justification of every character. I think I will let you be the judges when you go and see the film, of whether I am good or bad.

I sense some similarities with your Bollywood film Speed in terms of genre.
Not at all, they are very different films. Priyadarshan, the director, is doing an action drama after really long time. For him to  come back into this genre and making the high-octane film that he is making was very attractive to me in the first place. And of course, I love doing action films. 
Priyadarshan is really stepping out of his shoes and has got this new baby energy towards doing this kick-ass action film. I think it was well worth it, as he is quite a challenging director to work with because he wants you to come up with the goods every day. In that sense, it has been quite nice.

Tezz has a big cast. Who do you bond with the most on the sets?
I think, with Ajay Devgn. Ajay and me go back a long way. We were neighbours when we were kids. He is a bit older than me, but we know each other since before we were actors.  Ajay is pretty much the person I would like to hang around with.

Your recent films Blue and Yuvraaj had big casts, just like Tezz. Is that a conscious decision to act in films with an ensemble cast?
I don’t know. I don’t know whether they have been good decisions or bad decisions. I just had this attitude of working in films that were larger than life. I wanted to work with very good directors in that sense, because I thought it would be great to have an experience of the sum of all the experiences they had. It would be great to be directed by stalwarts like them.  I guess, that was the conscious decision that I made. However, my fans aren’t too happy about that. They constantly coax me into doing a romantic comedy or coming in solo movies, which I am now making.  It has been quite a merry-go-round, but I don’t know if it was conscious or unconscious really.

It was reported that you and Ajay met with an accident while shooting in Birmingham for Tezz last year. What happened?
It wasn’t an accident actually. We were shooting in the canal and of course, it was freezing cold. I was sitting on this Jet Ski and there was this stunt guy, who I think misjudged an upcoming boat, which was not locked off. I don’t know whether he panicked or whether he thought that I was behind him and he had to do something to divert himself from an accident. Ultimately, we just all fell into that water. It was not only dirty and filthy, it was freezing cold. I am a really good swimmer, but I remember coming out and feeling like seventeen thousand daggers were going into my heart. I couldn’t move (laughs). Ajay was standing on the side, laughing at me and joking that it serves me right for doing my own stunts (laughs).

Are these action scenes in Tezz a bit of challenge for you?
There is a lot of satisfaction in doing action sequences yourself especially if you can really nail it.
 Of course, while shooting in London there are so many hazards and so many insurance things and everybody wants to be your mother and doctor (laughs). They just don’t allow you to do this stuff that you want to do. And considering that the film is at stake, if anything happens to you, the entire film suffers. There were certain stunts that I wanted to do and I was not allowed to do them. 
I like doing my own stunts and I have been doing so for a very long time and it gives me a high, you know (smiling).

You just turned producer with Born Free Entertainment. How did that come about?
Quite honestly, every time I wanted to do a romantic comedy, something or the other happened and it didn’t take off. I was very stubborn about the kind of romantic comedy I wanted to do and I was not willing to do a slap-stick romantic comedy or something that has been done before. I wanted to do something that is very new age, something that was a slice of life, something that takes entertainment and filmmaking sensibilities and combines them together and comes out with something new and interesting.  One day, I was sitting with Dia (Mirza) and she thought why don’t we start something as every time we want to do something, there is always such a big difference between what we think we are getting into and what it ultimately turns out to be. We are bound to make a few mistakes but you never know if you don’t venture out there. It’s like nothing ventured, nothing gained.
That’s how Love, Breakup, Zindagi came up. Dia came up with the germ of the idea, Sahil started writing it and I was involved in the editing. We have a lovely partner in Sahara Motion pictures and they have been extremely supportive.

As a producer, what is filmmaking for you about?
Any film you make has to have universal appeal and be entertaining. It has to have social relevance and most importantly it has to be economically feasible. Film making is really not a business. It’s so much to do with passion. It is also a business considering that you have to break even and make some money on top to be considered having a blockbuster film and get people’s attention too.
But I think, the fun element about being associated with something that you will be remembered for and something that is going to immortalise you, was more for the taking for us.

I have got a few questions from your Twitter fans.

Naina: When will Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene come in cinemas?
That’s a really good question actually. We have almost done the film and we have got five to ten days left. It is a really interesting film and it’s just about honest guy in a dishonest world. He has taken for this roller-coaster ride which he really does not want to be on. The producers of this film they tend to be the kind of people who look at market forces before they release a film. They have very different sensibilities about what this film should be and how it should be marketed. I don’t know, if I am the best person to answer this question.

Asim: Which of your own movies would you remake if you could?

I think Shabd was a movie very ahead of its time. This is a film; I think we could do again with this whole beautiful idea behind it. There is another one, Mission Istanbul. If we had an opportunity to revisit that and restructure it, it could have been really big. I think that is something, Apoorva (Lakhia, the director) and me ponder on, a lot. I don’t know if the editing was handled very well.

Zuha: Out of all the characters you’ve played, which one resembles you most in real life?
That is pretty difficult because I am constantly evolving as a person. I guess, during Main Hoon Na, that character represented me best at that time. If you see Love, Breakup, Zindagi ,which is coming up now, it would best resemble me right now. You are never ever really the same person.

So finally, when are you planning to join Twitter?
(Laughs) You know, I am a very private person actually. I don’t subscribe to the idea that I should have a view on somebody else’s thought or I should be telling everybody that I am out of bed and looking at the sunshine and I am really pondering over what I am going to do next in my shot to come. I find that very self-indulgent and very invasive. But my sister, Farah Ali Khan makes up for the fact that I am not on Twitter.

I was in Birmingham and this girl was shouting ‘Zayed, Zayed…’ and I was like ‘yeah’. She asked me “Are you Farah Khan’s brother?” Something just hit me and I was like ‘yaah’.
She was this blonde girl with blue eyes and I could not make the connection really. I was thinking that she wanted an autograph. But she said, “Tell her, I am a big fan” that was very sweet and I did tell her (laughs). My sister is still coaxing me to join Twitter and who knows, I might surprise everybody.

Tezz, directed by Priyadarshan stars Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Sameera Reddy, Kangana Ranaut and is produced by Ratan Jain.