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Interview: Ali Zafar talks about #TeefaInTrouble

Ahead of the release of action-comedy, Teefa in Trouble, lead star Ali Zafar made a grand appearance in the UK after two exhilarating days in Dubai, interacting with fans and well wishers during several public appearances as part of the Teefa UK Takeover.

Ali sat down with BollyNewsUK Editor Sunny Malik to talk about his Pakistani film debut, setting up his production house and how he didn’t start working in Pakistan just because of the ban in India…

How has the transition from Indian cinema to Pakistani films been for you and how did the film happen?
Well, I would say it was almost like magic. When a film has to come about, it makes room for itself and everything just falls in place at the right time. I wanted to play a part in rebuilding Pakistani cinema and the industry. While I was working in India for all those years, I was always hoping and wishing for our industry in Pakistan tom attain a similar level and standard. I wanted to see content coming out of Pakistan of international caliber. Unfortunately, mostly we fell short of it over the years. This is an attempt to get there, break barriers and set benchmarks. I want to play a part in rebuilding the industry. With this, I want to give the industry and everyone around the globe a film that they would be proud of.

We’ve seen you in a lot of rom-com films in Bollywood. Teefa in Trouble has a lot of action too. Was that something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always been an athlete and sportsman in addition to a huge action buff. I’ve always wanted to do action in the past but never got the chance to do it. My director, Ahsan Rahim, loves action too and we’d often discuss comic books and action films. We both wanted do action sequences in the film that have never been seen before in Pakistani cinema. I trained for about two-three months in mixed martial arts.

You’ve co-written the story with your younger brother and director. What kind of input did you bring to the script?
It was a very interesting and cosy process. We locked ourselves in my basement studio for seven days. I had already written the first draft by then but in those seven days we came up with the first draft of screenplay and dialogues. Our wavelength was very similar as Ahsan directed my first music video ‘Channo’. We’ve always wanted to do our first film together. My younger brother Daniyal studied film making in New York. We took his input as well, which was a fun process altogether.

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You’ve not just written the film and acted in it but are also producing it under your home production studio that you’ve set up. How did that happen?
If you want to do something but can’t get it through someone else, then you have to do it yourself. The dream was to have my own production house to make films and music. This is the most expensive film to come out of Pakistan. I’ve received immense love from my fans I believe that you have to pay back somehow. This is my way of giving back. The idea was never to make money but make that one film that is avant-garde in many ways.

Is it not risky putting your own money behind the most expensive Pakistani film ever?
I did not want any creative interference, which is why I didn’t just get someone else to produce the film. My first music video was also made from my own money. There is a word in Urdu “barkat” (blessing). The money earned by “barkat”, which is hard-earned, has something else to it. I also didn’t want to be dependent on anyone. I also felt that no one else would’ve been willing to take such a big risk financially. However, I believe you can only achieve great success by taking great risks. If you play it big, hopefully, you are rewarded big too.

Some people may accuse you of using Pakistani cinema simply because of the blanket ban of Pakistani actors in Bollywood as you’ve previously never worked in Pakistani films before…
My studio was set up about two years ago and the process of writing the film started approximately five ears ago. The idea first came to me while I was filming for Chashme Badoor in Goa around 2013. It all into fell into place much later. It’s not like I started thinking about doing something in Pakistan only after what happened in India.

Although you aren’t working in Bollywood anymore, their biggest studio is releasing your film internationally…
My film is very entertaining with comedy, action, romance etc. but it also has a very important message in it. I feel my work should also engage people to think about certain things in life since the world has become very materialistic. I believe a mutual admiration and trust was earned after I worked with Yash Raj Films on a few projects. I had actually discussed my ideas with Aditya Chopra quite a few times. YRF’s reaction was very flattering once they saw the content. Then it just happened and we partnered up. I had envisioned my film with the same people that are now involved in it and Yash Raj Films were one of them. When magic is meant to happen, it just happens.

Directed by Ahsan Rahim and starring, written and produced by Ali Zafar himself, Teefa in Trouble will be released in cinemas globally on 20th July 2018, distributed in UK cinemas by Yash Raj Films.

 

‘Kill Dil’ comes to UK cinemas on 14th November

Marking the arrival of an exciting new genre in Indian cinema – the ‘slick flick’ – Yash Raj Films presents the best of Bollywood’s new generation of talent in one of the most compelling and innovative films of the year, Kill Dil, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is a glossy action flick with spirited passion at the heart of it. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, who makes an experimental departure from earlier super hits such as Bunty Aur Babli

Super stylised but substance heavy, Kill Dil features Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra essaying their most leftfield roles to date. Making a radical departure from the comedy genre he is famous for, screen veteran Govinda depicts a negative role with equal prowess.

The buddy movie redefined for a new generation, Kill Dil combines action with romance, portrayed through a pulp fiction style of filmmaking that’s sure to be appreciated by film lovers and critics alike. The captivating mise en scene is complimented by an equally ingenious and addictive soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers, Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and, in turn, nurtured them to kill. All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix. What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love.

Prepare for a new dawn in Indian filmmaking as the Buddy Movie gets redefined in Kill Dil, presented by Yash Raj Films, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

 

Watch: ‘Kill Dil’ Title Track

The cool killer trio is here. Catch the wild, raw and dirty killers go crazy in the infectious and catchy Kill Dil Title Track.

Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan at their besttake you straight into the ‘wild wild North’ world of the indomitable characters – Dev, Tutu and Bhaiyaji.

Kill Dil releases in UK cinemas through Yash Raj Films on 14th November 2014.

Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. Music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Gulzar.

 

YRF to release ‘Kill Dil’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films will release their upcoming production Kill Dil in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

The production house has also today released the official poster of Kill Dil after the series of teaser character posters created a huge anticipation for the first look poster.

Kill Dil Poster

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable,Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics penned by Gulzar.

The trailer of the film will be released online on 18th September 2014. 

Reliance Entertainment to release ‘Total Siyapaa’ in UK cinemas

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK ReleaseReliance Entertainment is set to have audiences in splits with the release of Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos), in UK cinemas on 31st January 2014.

Billed as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa, produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA films, is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues 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 is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Set in London, this wacky, warp-speed tale is a melting pot of cultures. The film gains pace when Aman travels to London to meet Asha’s parents who are conservative Indians and completely unwilling to go against their rigid beliefs. Aman’s life descends into Total Siyapaa when he attempts, albeit unsuccessfully at first, to impress his future in-laws with hilarious and at times completely cringe-inducing consequences!

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 and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

Total Siyapaa has been garnering positive feedback since its first theatrical trailer was released in November, with many predicting it to be one of the funniest rom-coms to come out of India in a generation.

Total Siyapaa is set to tickle the comical senses of global audiences when it releases on 31st January 2014. The film will not only be a cultural bridge but will also break down the common misconceptions between India and Pakistan, whilst helping you to deal with that most formidable of adversary – the future mother-in-law!