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Katrina Kaif crowned “Most Popular Actress 2014”

Katrina Kaif LUX LondonBollywood’s lucky mascot at the box office, Katrina Kaif, continues to rule the roost on the popularity charts as per the recent Ormax Cinematix 2014 report.

Katrina emerged the “Most Popular Actress” of last year , based on Ormax “Stars India Loves” report, conducted across 44 cities.

The Bang Bang actress elbowed out her contemporaries with a whopping 44% votes. The figure represents the popularity of each star i.e % of cine-goers who name the star as one of their two most favourite female stars.

What’s more is that the actress was recently crowned “The Hottest Woman in the World” as she bagged the Numero Uno spot on the Ultimate Guys Guide – Maxim India’s Hottest List for 2014, an annual poll with some of the most gorgeous women competing for the crown.

Katrina Kaif will return to UK cinemas in Disney’s Phantom and Jagga Jasoos this year. The actress will also unveil her wax figure at Madame Tussauds London this year.

Theatrical Trailer: ‘Bang Bang’

Fox Star India has released the theatrical trailer of ‘Bang Bang’ starring Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan.

Filmed extensively across the globe including in the United States, India, Greece, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Abu Dhabi, the wildly anticipated adventure romance Bang Bang is an official remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action blockbuster Knight & Day.

20th Century Fox will release Bang Bang in UK cinemas on 2nd October 2014. Cineworld Unlimited customers can watch the film at exclusive Unlimited screening nationwide on 1st October 2014. 

Watch the making of the music here:

Bang Bang UK Release

 

Interview: Esha Gupta talks about ‘Humshakals’

Esha Gupta UK InterviewBollywood beauty Esha Gupta will be seen in UK cinemas this month in Sajid Khan’s much awaited comedy Humshakals. 

The 28-year-old actress and former Kingfisher calendar model made her Bollywood acting debut with Jannat 2 in 2012 and subsequently starred in Raaz 3 and Chakravyuh.

Here Gupta talks to BollyNewsUK about the film and shooting in the United Kingdom..

Excerpts:

How are you feeling that ‘Humshakals’ is about to release worldwide now?
It’s just hectic as I am promoting the movie now. I have almost given eight months to a year to the making of this film. I am really excited actually. It was a lot of fun filming as it’s a typical Sajid Khan movie. I can say that it’s a really funny film from whatever I have seen while dubbing my scenes.

It was the first time you came to London when you shot for Humshakals last year. How was your experience filming here in the UK?
We had a long schedule in the UK but we also had breaks and spent time in London. I went to the Emirates Stadium (home to Arsenal Football Club) and spent good two days over there as I am a huge fan. The whole feel of London is really amazing. It was my first time ever in London actually and I am quite happy that it was because of a film. I experienced the night life, walked the ramp at Manish Malhotra’s Pratham show and explored different markets. I found the people really nice and we had nice weather too. Everything was really organised in regards to the filming. We were in London for about a month, which was quite a long time.

Esha Gupta UK InterviewHumshakals is also shot in Haslar and Chatsworth…
I really enjoyed being away from the big city too. It was a different side of the UK that people don’t always see. People only think about London when it comes to the UK. The country side and small towns were really beautiful. We filmed scenes for the mental asylum at Royal Naval Hospital in Haslar, Gosport. It was really scary and amazing at the same time. I don’t really get scared easily and like getting goose bumps. But we heard a lot of ghost stories about the place (laughs). We drove two hours every day to the location and just that drive was an incredible experience. I am happy that we were shooting there because I got to see other places than London.

How did the film come to you? There was talk that you replaced Jacqueline Fernandez in the film… Does this ‘talk’ bother you?
No, I don’t actually think that I replaced anyone. Casting is the maker’s decision and not mine. No one should feel that this is something I did because I didn’t go around asking for the role. Secondly, it is still okay because people remember who does the film at the end of the day. Every film has its own destiny. Someone was telling me recently that Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was offered to other actors but Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol acted in it. The film is so iconic and only they are remembered for it. I know that the cast went through changes but that was the director’s call. I was approached by Puja Films, owned by Vashu Bhagnani, last year in July. I was asked to meet the director, Sajid Khan, and the producer. I met them and Sajid never gave me full script actually (laughs). I was given a brief idea about the film and he told me all about my role. After a week, he gave me a brief narration with his co-writer Aakash and soon after, I was on board for the film. We did look tests, fitting and eventually we started shooting.

Esha Gupta UK Interview I have experienced Sajid Khan shouting at his actors while he was directing Housefull 2 in London. Does that still happen? Did it bother you?
(Laughs) Yes, he still does that. He starts screaming and yelling and it was a bit different for me as it was just my fourth film. Honestly, I wasn’t bothered that he would scream in front of other people. I just get baffled sometimes on such occasions as I am not able to perform correctly. But you just have to blank out and shoot your scenes. He shouts at everyone which shows he treats everyone equally, which is good (laughs).

How was your experience Saif Ali Khan? He is a rather private person sometimes… 
Most of my scenes in the film are with Saif and Riteish. I am also the kind of person who is into myself and my team, like Saif. Whatever time I have spent with him, I enjoyed. He does like to be in his own space but I think that everyone does. After a point, we all need our space. You don’t want to be with the same people you are shooting with daily all the time. Even our parents get bored with each other at some point (Laughs). Whenever I could, I was with my co-stars and director but then I also took off to spend some time with my own team. Saif was really nice and patient during the filming as I am really new in the industry. All my co-stars so far have actually been really supportive so far when we shoot for scenes as getting a perfect scene done in two takes is not my cup of tea yet (laughs).

20th Century Fox releases Sajid Khan’s Humshakals also starring Saif Ali Khan, Bipasha Basu, Riteish Deshmukh, Tamanaah and Ram Kapoor in UK cinemas on 20th June 2014 nationwide.

Interview: “The UK is like home to me” – Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone is on a high after the success of Race 2 and has her hands full with projects opposite the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

Her latest release is Karan Johar’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani also starring her ex-beau Ranbir Kapoor. After playing the sultry Aleena in Race 2, Padukone will now be seen as Naina Talwar in Ayan Mukherji’s second directorial venture, out in UK cinemas this Friday.

Naina Talwar is a simple, good-natured and extremely focused girl. Frustrated by the restrictions she needs to put on herself to achieve her dreams of being a doctor; she impulsively decides to go on a trekking trip to Manali to give herself a break.

Through the film, Naina transforms from the restricted claustrophobic person she thought she was to a free-spirited woman with a newfound love for herself and comfort within her choices. She is strong and dependable and stands firmly for rooted family values.

In a chat with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the actress talks about Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and much more…

 

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (1)There was a lot of speculation as to why you cancelled your London trip to promote Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Would you like to clarify?
Ok. So what happened is that I was filming (for Chennai Express) in Munnar. It’s a hill station in the south of India near Kerala. I was supposed to finish that schedule and come back to Mumbai on the same night and then leave for London. But it rained and we had three days of non-stop rain where we were shooting. Our schedule was delayed by three days and I could’t leave a unit of two hundred fifty people waiting there. I had to sacrifice the London bit of the promotions to finish my commitment.

Do you feel it has been really difficult for you to manage everything because you are working on several projects simultaneously?
Honestly, now that that phase is over, I can definitely say that it was very, very difficult. But more importantly, more than physically, it was more mentally and emotionally draining for me. I am glad that the particular phase is over now, more or less as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is up for release and I have also wrapped up Chennai Express (also starring Shah Rukh Khan) which will release on 8th August. The only thing I am focusing on right now is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.

You have always said that you wanted to work in a Dharma Productions film. What was your reaction when Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, produced by Karan Johar, was offered to you?
I was absolutely over the moon. I remember it started when Ayan Mukherji, the director, called me one night and said that he wants to take me out for dinner. We went out for dinner, just the two of us. I had been hearing from people that he was considering casting me but unless you actually hear from your director, you can never really believe these things. We discussed this project over dinner. He said that he was writing this film and was writing it with me in mind. He said that his ideal cast would be Ranbir and I and I was more than happy. I was sold. I told him that I will do this film for you. That’s the amount of faith I have in him as a director. I have known him from the time he was doing Wake Up Sid, actually even before that, when he was narrating the film to Ranbir. I have known him very closely throughout that entire process. I had decided back then itself that I would like to work with him if he ever offered me a movie. The script came to me much later. Of course, he gave me a one line of what Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will be about. There was no bound script at that time.

 

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (4)Ranbir said that he wasn’t aware that the character was written keeping you in mind. There was also a lot of speculation that other actresses were being considered for the film. Was that amusing?
Of course it is amusing. But you know where you stand for a particular project. You know whether you have been approached or not. You know the other names that are floating around. So of course, one finds it amusing but at the end of the day, you have to have faith in yourself and in your director. I mean, it makes for good speculation in the news but at the end, the film belongs to the person who eventually does it.

Do you agree with Ranbir’s statement that it’s easy to hide behind characters and difficult to portray a more real person in films?
I know that he has been saying this in his interviews. For me that was a surprise because I prefer doing roles that I identify with. I feel that it’s a very, very interesting observation but even though he says that he finds it difficult, I really enjoy doing these roles. For me, Naina Talwar is me. I was the reference point. I did not have to research. I did not have to observe anyone else. I just had to be me.

 

Is it not scary that people may find out more about the real Deepika Padukone through such a role?
I don’t know if it’s a scary thing or not. In that sense, you have to trust your director. You have to believe that he will present you in the best manner possible. But no, not at all as I am very comfortable with the person I am. Of course, I have my flaws and insecurities but I was more than happy to use myself as a reference point for this character.

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (3)The film is also shown from your side of the story. I think the story is narrated through a diary your character wrote. Can you tell us more about that?
I don’t really want to get into how the story plays out and reveal more about the screenplay but the film is not just about the love story between me and Ranbir. It is about these four friends, how they meet, separate and meet again. It’s also about your relationship with your parents.

 

The film also looks very commercial and razzmatazz which is very different from what Ayan Mukherji has done before. Were you concerned or surprised?
I wasn’t concerned at all. As far as the film goes, even though it looks very commercial it is very real and the scenes are pretty much in the same space how Ayan had directed Wake Up Sid. The only thing that took me by surprise were the songs. I couldn’t believe that Ayan wanted to use such commercial songs in his movie. I had expected the songs to be slightly different a little bit like Wake Up Sid’s music. The trailer has been cut in a certain way where the film may seem very commercial and glittery with a lot of dance and music. But the film as a whole is very different from that.


Eros International is also releasing the film in new territories like Russia and Israel. Your film, Cocktail, restarted the trend of Hindi movies in Russia. How does that feel?

It feels really special. I never thought that my movie would restart the trend of Hindi movies in Russia. When I think about Hindi films in Russia, I think about Rajnikanth or Raj Kapoor movies. It feels great that Cocktail started the trend again and now Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will release there too. I hope they show the film the same love.

 

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (2)As the film is being released in new territories, do you feel that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a film that will be appreciated by non-Hindi speaking audiences in the west and has the possibility of “crossing over”?
See, I don’t like terming films as commercial, art films or films that can cross over. I feel that if a film is well made, it will be appreciated. I also feel that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a universal film. I don’t feel that Hindi movies are just for a Hindi speaking audience. Our films are today reaching a wider audience because they are relatable and are being liked by people not understanding the language we speak in our films.

 

What are your expectations from the UK audience for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as your films have done better here than Ranbir Kapoor’s films?
(Laughs) I’m grateful that my films have done well in the UK. The UK is like home to me and I miss being there. I started my journey right in Leicester Square, London at the premiere of Om Shanti Om. Then I have shot for films like Love Aaj Kal, Housefull, Desi Boyz and Cocktail in London and in the UK. It’s a special place for me and it will always remain so. I hope the audience in the UK enjoys the movie and show the same love to the film as they have to some of my other films.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2013.

 

 

 

Arjun Rampal Tweets the Truth

Arjun RampalWhile Arjun Rampal is busy with the promotions of his upcoming film Inkaar, the rumor mills seem to be working overtime, spreading baseless stories about him.

Arjun, preferring to keep away from such rumors, recently tweeted rubbishing the news on the speculation about his equation with the Khans. The tweet stated, “Read a ridiculous article in Mumbai Mirror. Absolute hog wash bullshit, advice to MM go play ur games elsewhere.Donk journalism at its best”

The article referred to in his tweet was a case of yet another over-enthusiastic journalism claiming that Arjun has taken sides in the alleged Bollywood ‘camps’.

Arjun has maintained that he doesn’t believe in camps and shares a great relationship with all his co-actors. The actor has always been open to working with everyone in the industry and has never restrained from taking up good work on the basis of the equation he shares with them.

With such straight forward attitude towards work, Arjun Rampal surely put an end to all such gimmicks!