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Interview: Ali Zafar speaks about ‘Total Siyapaa’

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Ali Zafar speaks to BollyNewsUK about this week’s big Bollywood release, Total Siyapaa.

Total Siyapaa is a roller coaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rock star Aman (Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (Yami Gautam) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher). The film is directed by E Nivas and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey,


Total Siyapaa was due to release in January 2014. Why was it postponed?
We decided that 7th March is a better release date as it’s really cold in January in London and overseas (laughs). We want audiences to come and watch the film comfortably.


It’s now clashing at the UK Box Office with Gulaab Gang and Queen.
Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about that.


The film was earlier titled Aman Ki Asha…
That was a working title. We thought that Total Siyapaa suited the nature of the film better. The film is actually a love story and about these two people, Aman and Asha. It ends up being quite chaotic. It also has a backdrop of India and Pakistan as my character is a Pakistani and Yaami Gautam plays an Indian. Total Siyapaa is just a better title, in my opinion.


The trailer is hilarious. What kind of reactions have you received from people and your fans?
I have been getting super feedback. It is amazing that people are laughing out loud multiple times during a trailer of a few seconds. That is a big achievement. There are a lot of funny moments in the film and I am sure audiences will enjoy it.



Tell me about working with Yaami Gautam…
Yaami is a very professional, hardworking and decent girl. It was a delight to work with her.


Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (4)You have filmed London, Paris, New York in the British capital and now Total Siyappa…
We filmed at Trafalgar Square.  That was a lot of fun. We had built a set in London at Wimbledon Studios. All the scenes at Yaami’s house were shot at the studio. We completed principal shooting in 28 days. The fantastic thing about Total Siyapaa is that the story is actually based here. The guy and girl live in London. If you live in London, you will be able to relate to the film a lot. The Indians, Pakistanis and the ones that are in love and live in the UK will really understand this film.


How do you think will it be received in Pakistan as in the film a Muslim boy wants to marry a Hindu girl?
Well, let see how people react to the film. So far, the reactions in Pakistan have been positive. It’s very talked about and people are laughing. It’s all done in good humour. People in Pakistan are really looking forward to it. I am sure that they will be proud of the film once they see it.


Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (6)The ‘Shahid Afridi’ dialogue created quite a stir in Pakistan…
It’s nothing really. It was done in good humour and I didn’t get any reaction from Shahid. When audiences will see the scene, they will understand the dialogue. 


You were a huge sensation in Pakistan as a singer. How does your family feel about you being successful in Bollywood now?
They have become used to the fact that I am now working in Bollywood films. I am away a lot more from home now than I used to be as I am doing a lot of work in Mumbai. For them, I am a family member and it doesn’t matter to them whether I am a Bollywood star or whatever.


How was your experience working with Kirron Kher?
She is absolutely amazing. She has brought a lot into the film. My acting in the film is mostly about reacting to situations. She is the queen of doing comic scenes and it was quite a lot of fun reacting to her wonderful acting. 


Was it hard to maintain a straight face when doing comedy?
As a professional actor, you should be able to maintain a straight face but we do slip up occasionally and laugh it out. It’s all natural. If something really funny happens then you can’t stop but burst into laughter.



The film has been produced by Neeraj Pandey, director of A Wednesday and Special Chabbis. Were you surprised that he is making an all-out comedy film?
Neeraj is an extremely good writer. I saw A Wednesday and I really enjoyed it. I thought that he would be wonderful to work with. One day I got a message from him that he’d like to meet up. This project then came about. I don’t see people on the basis of the genre of their work. I think, if someone can write something serious, then he can also write something funny. People don’t have to be restricted to a genre creatively. That’s also how I feel about myself. I don’t want to be just stuck to a particular genre.


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How was your experience composing and singing the songs of Total Siyapaa?
It’s a very good process because usually I work on a private album and not a soundtrack. You have a lot of responsibility and it’s a lot of hard work. It’s very time consuming as well as I was acting at the same time, writing lyrics and composing the music and recording the vocals. It requires a lot of time but if people like the music then it’s all well and good.


You are working on Yash Raj Films’ Kill Dill also starring Govinda, Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra…
It’s a fantastic film and I have been wanting to do a film like that for a long time. It’s very different from how people have seen me so far. I am sure that audiences worldwide will be pleasantly surprised. It has action, drama and everything else. I am having a lot of fun and I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I am very excited.


What’s next after Kill Dil?
I haven’t decided on anything yet. I am writing something of my own and will be producing it as well.






Bollywood Comes to London With ‘Total Siyapaa’

Total Siyapaa Poster -Bollywood has long enjoyed a love affair with London, with over 30 films recently being shot in the world-famous capital city. Such cult classics as Cocktail, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Desi Boyz, Kabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham and Namaste London to name a few have all been filmed in iconic London locations. Now adding to this stellar line-up is the eagerly anticipated new romantic comedy film Total Siyapaa.

Total Siyapaa has the notable honour of being the first Bollywood offering to be filmed entirely in London, with scenes being shot in Wimbledon, Albert Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Earl’s Court and Tower Hill. In addition, the film has been produced by local man Chris Bunyan.

Total Siyapaa is an urban-ist rom-com with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, and is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films. The story is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensue when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher). The film uncannily captures the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding and togetherness between the two countries. Total Siyapaa also sees real life couple Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by the critically-acclaimed Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Total Siyapaa is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films and releases on Friday 7th March 2014 through Reliance Entertainment worldwide.

‘Total Siyappa’ to premiere in Pakistan

Ali Zafar shooting for Total Siyapaa in London (3)Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar says people in his home country are waiting for his next Bollywood film Total Siyappa and if things go as planned then the film will be premiered in Pakistan.

“People in Pakistan are loving the promo of Total Siyappa, (and) they are waiting for its release. If everything goes well, then we will have a big premiere of the film in Pakistan,” the 33-year-old said at the Zee Cine awards.

He also plans to invite for the premiere cricketer Shahid Afridi, whom he mockingly mentions in one of the dialogue in the film.

“We will also invite Shahid Afridi for the premiere and if he comes, he will enjoy the context of that particular dialogue about him,” said Ali.

The dialogue mentions Afridi in a funny way and it also created quite a stir when the promos of the movie came out.

Directed by E. Niwas, Total Siyappa also stars Yami Gautam, Kirron Kher and Anupam Kher. It hits UK cinemas on 7th March.

Watch the title song here:

Watch: ‘TOTAL SIYAPAA’ Theatrical Trailer

Reliance Entertainment has released the first look and theatrical trailer of Total Siyapaa starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam.


Synopsis: Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, also based in London. He visits her parents’ house to seek their permission to marry her. However, his plans to impress the family start failing when they discover that he is a Pakistani.

Starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam, Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) is about a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless Pakistani boy while visiting his girlfriend’s parents, leading to some of the funniest, chaotic and outrageous situations.

The film also stars the legendary Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher in supporting roles and is directed by Eshvar Nivas.

Total Siyapaa is written by Neeraj Pandey who impressed audiences with his directorial venture Special 26 earlier this year.The music of the London set rom-com has been composed by singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar.

The film is produced by Shital Bhatia and Reliance Entertainment in association with Neeraj Pandey, AKA Pictures Company Limited & Friday Filmworks Production.