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Yash Raj Films to release ‘De De Pyaar De’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films have picked up the theatrical rights for Ajay Devgn starrer De De Pyaar De. The film studio will release the movie in UK cinemas on 17th May 2019.

De De Pyaar De sees Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh come together in this romantic comedy. Devgn, who plays 50-year-old Ashish, will be seen in a relationship with Rakul Preet Singh’s character Ayesha who is 26-years-old.  As their relationship progresses, they meet Ashish’s family which consists of his parents, his ex-wife and his two children. Tabu plays the ex-wife who is constantly trying to one up Ayesha while Ashish tries to keep everyone happy.

De De Pyaar De is directed by Akiv Ali and produced by Luv Films and T-Series.

Watch the De De Pyaar De trailer here:

Tabu talks about her role in ‘Drishyam’

Drishyam UK Release B4UNational award winner Tabu is choosy and the characters she plays are remembered by the audiences for years to come.
Her forthcoming film Drishyam, is no different. She is very excited to be playing the role of a tough Inspector General officer. She expressed  “Now that I am playing an IG, the command over the force is much greater, when you see it in the context of the film, it’s great such a role was written for a woman. It could have easily been done by a man but a woman is doing it.” 
Drishyam will see Ajay Devgn play the role of a cable operator Vijay Salgaonkar who is a std fourth fail, his family is very dear to him and his life revolves around them.
Tabu plays the role of a tough inspector IG Meera Deshmukh who son is missing under mysterious circumstances and the prime suspect for this is Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) & his family.
Devgn & Tabu will be pitted against each other and both have powerful roles in their domain, while one will see Tabuwho goes to many lengths to find the truth on where her missing son is, Devgn is being framed or he is guilty, is another mystery to be solved.

A Panorama Studios & Viacom 18 Motion Pictures Production, Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures distributed by B4U in the UK, Drishyam is directed by Nishikant Kamat, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak the film is all set to hit the screens on 31st July, 2015.

Revealed! the leading lady of Ajay Devgn’s next directorial venture ‘Shivaay’

Sayesha snapped on shivaay setsAjay Devgn’s next directorial venture produced by Eros International and Ajay himself is the hugely ambitious magnum opus Shivaay which is all set to release in January 2016.

Devgn wanted to keep his leading lady under wraps,and not reveal her identity till later, and despite valiant efforts from production to keep her hidden, the snapparazzi and shutterbugs around the set managed to click the fresh debutante heroine while she was doing a photoshoot for the movie.

The lady in question is none other than the grand-niece of  Saira Banu and legendary actor Dilip Kumar, she is the  daughter of actress Shaheen (leading actress of the 90’s), Sayesha. Yes you read it right, she has been cast  as the leading lady opposite Ajay Devgn in his upcoming directorial venture Shivaay which will also see Devgn don the leading actors cap along with being the Director and Producer.

We hear that many actresses from B-Town were eyeing for this very role seeing the scale of the film, but after several round of auditions Sayesha was selected, and when shown to Devgn he zeroed down on her as she fitted the role perfectly!

Well, coming from one of India’s first superstars family, looks like huge expectations are set with Sayesha who has got herself a dream launch vehicle with Devgns Shivaay!

Shivaay is produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms and Eros International.

Spotted: Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ajay Devgn in London

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ajay Devgn took out time from their respective London vacations to launch the trailer of their upcoming feature film, Satyagraha in the British capital.

Directed by Prakash Jha, the film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal and Amrita Rao.

The trailer was also launched simultaneously in Mumbai by Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay and Kareena also interacted with the Indian via video conferencing from the London venue.

Satyagraha is expected to reflect the sentiment of the youths of the country – youths that will stand up against corruption and injustice and lead to make a difference.

The film is slated to release in UK  cinemas on 23rd August  2013.

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Ajay Devgn will ‘remove objectionable portions’ from ‘Son of Sardaar’

Film actor and producer Ajay Devgn has agreed to remove the objectionable dialogues and scenes from his film Son of Sardaar before releasing it.

The actor made the promise in a meeting with Sikh religious leaders and others on Monday.

The film was involved in a controversy after the All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and other Sikh groups objected to certain dialogues and said that these were portraying Sikhs in poor light. The AISSF had pointed out some dialogues that had poked fun at Sikh community.

Devgn had earlier maintained that he knew the culture and tradition of Punjab, especially of Sikhs, and would not show anything in the film that would hurt their religious sentiments.

In a statement released by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikh religious affairs, it was stated that Ajay Devgn had agreed to omit the objectionable dialogues and scenes.

“I have explained my side to the SGPC committee. We will remove the objectionable portions,” Devgn told media at a press conference.

The actor told the SGPC sub-committee that his family came from Punjab and he knew the culture of the state and would not do anything to hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.

Son of Sardaar is set to release on 13th November 2012 nationwide in the UK.

Watch the trailer of the film here:

Ajay Devgn launches ‘SOS’ trailer online during London holiday

Taking time out from a well deserved holiday, following extensive promotions and the phenomenal international success of his current film offering, Bol Bachchan, Bollywood heavyweight, Ajay Devgn, personally launched the theatrical trailer of his eagerly anticipated Diwali release, Son of Sardaar.

From his vacation in London, the all-rounder of Indian cinema launched the teaser online and interacted with his adoring fans across social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The trailer of his upcoming home production has already received a phenomenal response from cinemagoers and critics alike, who are already gearing up for one of 2012’s most hotly awaited Indian film releases.

Co-produced by his home banner, Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Son of Sardaar will feature the superstar in a never-before seen screen avatar that will combine two of his most beloved genres – action and comedy – with state-of-the-art, gravity-defying stunt sequences performed by the actor himself and a hearty dose of screen tomfoolery seamlessly uniting in what promises to be this year’s must-see Hindi entertainer.

The trailer continues to stir the hype around the Lion King of India’s forthcoming screen offering, sure to become another international Box Office super hit for the movie star with the Midas touch.

Watch the trailer here:

Son of Sardaar releases in the UK and worldwide for Diwali 2012.

Interview: Ajay Devgn talks about ‘Bol Bachchan’

Actor Ajay Devgn talks here about his new film Bol Bachchan, directed by Rohit Shetty.  

After the action film Singham, you are teaming up again with director Rohit Shetty in the comedy Bol Bachchan 

Bol Bachchan is an entertaining movie. It is a Rohit Shetty film. The audience will get all the things they like to watch the most in Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty movies. Apart from the entertaining portion, the film also has drama and mind-blowing action.

Tell us more about your character in Bol Bachchan?
This is the first time that I have played a Pehelwan (wrestler). The role has been beautifully written, and since I had never played a Pehelwan before the entire team thought it would only enhance the film. It is good for an actor to keep playing different types of roles. Also, today’s audience doesn’t want to see an actor play the same role time and again. How long can you entertain the audience with the same type of character? The basic idea is to entertain the audience. Now you have to decide how much entertainment you can deliver through your film. We, as a team, try to give 100 per cent entertainment. WithBol Bachchan, we will be providing 100-plus per cent entertainment. I can assure you my character will entertain the audience from the beginning to the end. Yes, kids love characters like these, but who says older people don’t? Don’t they watch wrestlers on WWE, whom you can also call ‘modern Pehelwans’? This film is for people of all ages.

Singham released in July 2011 and now you have Bol Bachchan in July 2012. Was the timing deliberate?

People say if you deliver a big hit in a particular week, one should follow that trend. It is something we have been following for years. It is not a superstitious thing but where’s the harm? We released Singham within a stipulated time frame. But Bol Bachchan is a bigger film made on a bigger canvas. It is not a film we could complete and release within a specific period. Luckily, we managed to finish the film recently and thus decided to release it in July.Singham is still fresh in audiences’ minds. And let me tell you, it is not just film experts who remember which film released when, it is audiences too. At the end of the day, the audience decides the fate of a film. If they were with you for your last film, they will be with you for your next film. If you give them what they want, they will stand by you. Bol Bachchan is one such film, made purely for the audience and their entertainment.

Will Bol Bachchan become your third film that crosses the Rs 100-crore mark?
We make a film to entertain the audience. And if we succeed, we are rewarded in return. Who doesn’t want his or her film to do well? But I’m not among those who are, like, ‘Iski 100 huyee, uski nahin’. I want my films to do better than my previous ones. I’m always competing with myself.

What kind of response has the song, the trailer and the look of the film drawn?
In these times, when there’s no long-term for a film, its first look and trailer play a very vital role. Today’s audience decides whether to watch a film or not from its look and trailer. So the fate of a film is decided the day you launch your trailer. We took our own time so that the first impression of the film is appreciated. The response has been overwhelming and much bigger than expected. We wanted to convey what we had made through the trailer. We also wanted to communicate that it is an entertaining film made on a much bigger and much more entertaining canvas this time.

Tell us about the title track and performing with Amitabh Bachchan – was this always part of the film?
People associated with the project always knew this song was part of the film. From the inception itself, we had decided to have this song on Amit-ji. It is just that we shot it after we completed the entire film. Obviously, the presence of Amit-ji, even in the song, enhances the prospects of the film. The title of the film is Bol Bachchan and it also has Abhishek Bachchan. So how can this film be complete if we don’t have Amit-ji?

Looking back… Rohit Shetty started his career with Zameen, which had Abhishek Bachchan and you in the lead? 
Sometimes, things just fall into place and a project happens. This was not the first time Rohit thought of bringing us together. Before this, either the character didn’t suit Abhishek or there was another reason why we didn’t work together. But this time, with this title, we knew it had to be Abhishek. And everything worked just right. Since Abhishek and I have known each other for years, the chemistry on screen is outstanding. So many people have told me that we look good together on-screen. Real-life bonding helps on screen.

Will Bol Bachchan become your third film that crosses the Rs 100-crore mark in India?
We make a film to entertain the audience and if we succeed, we are rewarded in return. Who doesn’t want his or her film to do well? I want my films to do better than my previous ones. I’m always competing with myself.

After Bol Bachchan, you will only have Son Of Sardaar this year? 
Yes. In the recent past, I have been having two to three releases a year. I believe this is the best way to go. Son Of Sardaar will release during Diwali and, after that, I will have my next release in 2013.

Do you think comedy and action in a film will make it a success at the box office?
Making a good film is a safe bet at the ticket counter. Action and comedy always entertain but just gags and punches on a villain’s face don’t make a film entertaining. You need to have a base, a good story. Yes, comedy and action enhance the fate of a film.

Bol Bachchan releases in the UK on 6th July through 20th Century Fox. 

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.