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Indian cinema champions the Action Thriller Genre in Wazir

 

Wazir (4)Indian cinema makes a grand gesture to welcome in the New Year as the superbly crafted, action thriller flick, Wazir, opened in UK cinemas today on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed worldwide by Reliance Entertainment. Doing away with the post holiday season blues, Wazir promises to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled, cinematic punch.

An intelligent and thoughtful piece of filmmaking that continues to put Indian cinema on the international map, Wazir will appeal to cineastes and film connoisseurs globally. Presenting a slick and sharp narrative that will compel viewers from the opening sequence to the end credits, acclaimed filmmaker, Bejoy Nambiar, directs a heavyweight cast of the industry’s finest in Wazir. Screen legend, Amitabh Bachchan, joins a seasoned ensemble including Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh and the understated Aditi Rao Hydari, respectively delivering polished performances.

Wazir features inherent drama, suspense and thrills, which Nambiar lets arise naturally, based on a story penned by one of Indian cinema’s most accomplished creatives, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Complementing the film’s richly dark ambience is a textured soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Advaita (band) and Prashant Pillai. The first song from the film, sublime ode to love, Tere Bin, garnered unanimous plaudit and has been championing the airwaves since its release.

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Synopsis:

Wazir tells the tale of two unlikely friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster (Amitabh Bachchan) and an ATS officer (Farhan Akhtar). Both are brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate as part of wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives. Wazir is a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a gripping revenge story.

Wazir released in cinemas worldwide on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed by Reliance Entertainment.

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First Day of PIKU filming a De Niro-Pacino Moment for Shoojit Sircar

Deepika and Amitabh Bachchan in PikuIt was something of an achievement for director Shoojit Sircar to bring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan together in his upcoming film, PIKU. The film also stars Deepika Padukone in the title role. Speaking about the cast, Shoojit says, “I tell everyone Irrfan is the only international star we have. I was skeptical the first day he and Mr. Bachchan met on the set. It was a Robert De Niro and Al Pacino moment for me. But it all went well. Apart from the Deepika-Irrfan pairing, it is also a delight to watch Irrfan and Mr. Bachchan together.”

The director also explains that by the end of the film, Irrfan became an avid admirer of Mr. Bachchan’s style of working. For Shoojit, PIKU has been a unique experience as the film’s set became home to three different schools of acting. “All three of them are absolutely poles apart. Mr. Bachchan will constantly do rehearsals and then he will go for a take and that will be the final take. Deepika will do rehearsals but while doing that she will try to grab her movements, performances. Irrfan is very different. When he is acting and when not, is difficult to tell. It was great fun for me to have three different styles of acting. Irrfan said if somebody wants to learn acting and the process, they should work with Mr. Bachchan. He was completely mesmerised by Big B’s style of acting,” he adds.  

Shooting the film was a personal journey for the Vicky Donor director because the characters are inspired from people in his life. “The idea for the film came from Juhi Chaturvedi, the writer. This story is a bit inspired by her grandfather. Then we brought in our expertise, like I brought a lot of sequences from my family. It has been a personal journey for me and it is going to be that for the people too because the characters are identifiable. Anyone can be Piku and any old man can be like Amitabh Bachchan’s character,” the director says.

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60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏

The makers of Piku, starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, have released a new promotional video.

Titled, “60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏”, the clip features behind the scenes and candid moments of the 29-year-old actress with her director Shoojit Sircar and her co-stars.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide and in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

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Big B and Irrfan go Bananas on the sets of ‘Piku‏’

Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama Piku that brings together Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan has been in the news from get go – be it the overwhelming response to its trailer and its first song or scoops from the set that indicate that this film has been a fun ride for the actors!

Infact the camraderie shared by the three stars was also visible in the recently released making of the poster shoot. Now we have yet another crazy anecdote to share with fans of the stars.

Amitabh Bachchan who plays the father of Deepika Padukone (Piku), was supposed to give bananas to his co-actor Irrfan Khan in a scene and the actor was to take one and eat it. The scene had a funny banter between the two.

However, there were 5-6 retakes because everyone kept cracking up thanks to the funny dialogues! In due course of so many retakes, the bunch of bananas also got over leading Big B to jokingly offer Irrfan just the left over banana stem! This moment was caught on camera with Sr. Bachchan offering a Banana stem to a visibly gregarious Irrfan! The end result: A laugh riot on the set!​

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Yash Raj Films releases Piku in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015.

Watch the new song from the film here:

‘Piku’ in UK cinemas on 8th May

PIKU UK Release YRF (1)Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of the millennium; Deepika Padukone, India’s numero uno actress; and Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s best export ever to the West, have come together for Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama PIKU, that releases in cinemas worldwide on 8th May 2015. Produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment, PIKU is being distributed in UK cinemas and worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

A fresh and ingenious comedy-drama that trails an extraordinary yet very quirky father-daughter relationship, PIKU will charm cinemagoers of all ages and is sure to be lauded by cineastes and critics alike. One of India’s most versatile directors, Shoojit Sircar, leads cross-generational audiences on a cinematic journey that represents original, Indian cinema at its most accomplished. Beautifully conveyed onscreen and balancing emotion with breezy humour, PIKU is this summer’s must-watch movie.

Among the industry’s most celebrated artists, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan lead the filmatic road trip in loveable lead roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble featuring Moushumi Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Raghuveer Yadav. Perfectly harmonising the feel-good atmosphere of the film is an infectiously catchy soundtrack, courtesy of composer Anupam Roy, Tollywood’s sensation, who marks his debut with PIKU. 

Synopsis: Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a Delhi-based architect who manages her small business, runs her home and takes care of her 70-year-old father, Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan), who spends most of his time obsessing about age related issues. Piku’s Baba must ensure that he has her attention 24/7, leaving her with little time to do anything else. Romance and getting a life of her own just don’t seem possible!  While both are deeply attached to one another, they are equally strong headed, stubborn and just won’t let go when dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and quirks!

When Bhashkor emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, the owner of the local cab service, Rana (Irrfan Khan), has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father. During this undesired road trip they learn to deal with each other’s moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashkor’s bathroom habits.

What follows is a heady mix of motion, emotion and commotion, which culminates as Piku and Bhaskhor return to their roots in Kolkata, giving us an insight into the father-daughter relationship where Bhaskor’s irritating yet endearing demeanour and Piku’s equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly dysfunctional relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

The cast of Piku fight it out !

Piku Teaser YRFDeepika Padukone who will next be seen in and as Piku ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is extremely excited with the family comedy drama, so much so, that the she is going all out to ensure that she gives the slice of life family entertainer her complete focus.

As the trailer of the film is set to come out in few days and will also hit theater screens along with YRF’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, the makers have today launched a unique, quirky teaser that sees the star cast in an amusing argument over the film’s trailer and promotions.

Sources reveal that in one of the creative meetings, Deepika Padukone happened to mention a fun way of introducing the trailer, with a teaser that sees Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and herself in an argument, discussing whether the trailer is up to the mark or not, in their own character roles!

When contacted director Shoojit Sircar confirmed, “Yes, Deepika happened to bounce the idea off us and we loved it immediately because it was unlike other conventional teasers. The team further worked on the idea and we are very excited to see the way the audience reacts to it”.

PIKU releases in UK cinemas through YRF on 8th May 2015.

Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan launch ‘Broken Horses’ Trailer

Aamir Khan & Amitabh BachchanLegendary filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recently launched the trailer of hi maiden Hollywood venture Broken Horses by Indian film superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.

 Vidhu Vinod Chopra has always set benchmarks for the Indian film fraternity and has made some of the most memorable movies that India has cherished such as the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, Mission Kashmir and Parinda. With Broken Horses, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has become the first Indian filmmaker to produce, direct and write a Hollywood film.

Speaking at the event, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said: “I am grateful to Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan who agreed to launch the trailer of my first Hollywood film Broken Horses. It is a very special film for me and special people launching the trailer will make the moment even more memorable.”  

VVCSet in the shadows of the US–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence.

Broken Horses’ cast features – Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Marquette. The cast includes popular Spanish actress, Maria Valverde, Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flanery.

Broken Horses will be marketed and distributed by UTV Motion Pictures in international markets and releases in cinemas on April 10.

 

Interview: Dhanush & Akshara talk about ‘Shamitabh’

Eros International’s Shamitabh is the latest flick to hit UK cinemas. 

The film stars the legendary Amitabh Bachchan as never seen before, with south Indian star Dhanush and newcomer Akshara Haasan.

Director R Balki (Cheeni Kum and Paa), created the story as a gift for the veteran actor on his 70th birthday, and has spent the past two years bringing his vision to life. He says of the film: “This films is a homage to a voice that over the past 40 years has become instantly recognisable the world over. The question is… who is the true star, the voice or the actor it belongs to?

Dhanush, Akshara Hassan in London Shamitabh (2)Talking to BollyNewsUK in London, Dhanush and Akshara spoke about filming Shamitabh in the English capital, the film and much more…

It is the first time that both of you are promoting a Hindi film in London. How has it been so far?
Dhanush: (Laughs) It is cold.

You filmed scenes for the movie in the capital too…
Dhanush: I love coming to London. It is one of my most favourite cities in the world. It’s the same feeling for me whether I come here for a shoot or vacation. It’s a great city and I really love being here.
Akshara: It was my first shoot abroad. It was really interesting and I loved it. It was an amazing experience, also because it was new for me. It was interesting to see how people were reacting while watching the shooting. We were just going ahead and performing our scenes.

The trailer doesn’t really give away much…
Dhanush: The film is about three different individuals and their qualities. One of them (the character played by Akshara) brings together the other two (Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan). Every character in the film has something that the other doesn’t have. We how success comes into the frame and then ego enters. The clash of egos, that is what pretty much the film is about.

There were reports that you were offered many movies. Why did you choose Shamitabh as your first film?
Akshara: I didn’t take up the earlier offers because I wasn’t ready to be an actor at that point of time.  I was exploring dance and different opportunities at that time, primarily focusing on dancing. Therefore, I didn’t start acting earlier.  It took me a while to come to this place where I decided to be an actor. I didn’t start acting earlier purely because I wasn’t ready. Shamitabh came to me shortly after I decided to be an actor. I fell in love with the film and the role.

South Indian films are now regularly being remade in Bollywood. Is it a concious decision for you to do something new when you work in Hindi movies e.g.  Raanjhana and now Shamitabh?
Dhanush: I am actually not thinking about such factors. I just want to be a part of a good script. I am not against remakes. It’s not that just the Hindi film industry is remaking Tamil or Telegu films. They also remake Hindi films. We share scripts and movies among us, which is really great.  There is nothing wrong about it. Personally, I am not a big fan of remaking movies because I would like to avoid unnecessary comparisons. It is also always a great feeling when you create something original. If the film is great and the script is good, I don’t mind remakes. I would just prefer an original film.

Dhanush, Akshara Hassan in London Shamitabh (4)How do you deal with comparisons since you both have family members in the industry and comparisons are bound to happen?
Akshara: I have been brought up in a way where I have my own identity. I feel that helps me. I feel it would let me take my family legacy forward while creating my own space as Akshara. You can’t avoid comparisons. I deal with it by creating my own identity, working hard and be focused.
Dhanush:  I have never heard anybody compare me with my father-in-law. There is reason to compare a beginner like me with a legend like Rajinikanth.  It’s not fair because he is an icon and I am a huge fan and will always be. Any actor who grew up watching his movies will have mild similarities in the way they act. His attitude, mannerism and modulation are in our system. If at all, there is a silly comparison, I would take it as a huge compliment.

You learnt Hindi for Raanjhana. In Shamitabh, Amitabh Bachchan’s voice is an integral part of the story. Was it more difficult this time around because of that?
Dhanush: I am still trying my level best to learn the language. It was a great experience working with Amitji. He made us feel comfortable. We learnt a lot by just sharing screen space with him. We all know that he has a powerful majestic voice. To perform for his voice was a big challenge and to carry his voice on these tiny shoulders was a big responsibility. I tried my best and also tried stay original. Hopefully I have done a convincing job and hopefully people will like what they see and hear.

Shamitabh is in UK cinemas now.

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Spotted: Dhanush & Akshara Haasan in London

Indian actors Dhanush and Akshara Haasan flew into the English capital this week to promote their new release, Eros International’s Shamitabh. 

Shamitabh also stars Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and is set to release in UK cinemas on 6th February 2015. 

Check out these photos by Hayat Khan of Dhanush and Akshara at a Central London Hotel:


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New Trailer, Music launch of Shamitabh

Eros International launched the music of their upcoming release, Shamitabh, at a grand event in Mumbai on Monday, 20th January 2015.

The event was attended by industry stalwarts like ‪Rajinikanth‬, Kamal Haasan, Jaya Bachchan, Gulzar, ‪Sridevi‬, ‪Ilaiyaraaja, Abhishek Bachchan,‬ Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with the Shamitabh cast Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Hassan.

The NYSE listed Bollywood studio also released a second trailer of Shamitabh on the same day. Watch the trailer here:

The leading actors of the much-awaited film along with director R Balki will also take part in several promotional activities in the English capital next week.

Shamitabh is produced by Sunil Lulla, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, R K Damani, Gauri Shinde and Abhishek Bachchan and is set to release in UK cinemas on 6th February 2015.

Check out photos from the launch here:

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Watch: ‘SHAMITABH’ Theatrical Trailer

Eros International has released the trailer of  Shamitabh starring Amitabh Bachchan, Danush and Akshara Haasan. 

The highly-anticipated film is written and directed by R. Balki. Shamitabh is produced by Rakesh Jhunjhunwaala, R K Damani, Sunil Lulla, Gauri Shinde, Abhishek Bachchan.

Shamitabh releases in UK cinemas on 6th February 2014. 

Watch the trailer and first song of the film here:

Deepika learns Bengali for new film

Deepika First Look in PIKUDeepika Padukone is currently working on her next film Piku with Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan.

After learning Tamil for Chennai Express and a Maharashtrian accent for HNY, Deepika will  now learn Bengali for Piku. The actress did workshops with director Shoojit Sircar and also took help from Moushami Chatterjee.

Deepika said, “I’ve played a Tamilian in Chennai Express, a Gujrati in RamLeela, Maharashtrian in Happy New Year, a Goan in Finding Fanny…and now a Bengali in Piku. Bengali is a soft and lovely language. It’s always fun to learn a new language and a different learning experienence.”

PIKU – The casting coup of the year

Piku On The Set - Amitabh DeepikaOne of the biggest casting coups in recent times, Shootjit Sircar’s Piku—that brings together Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan together for the first time, has kicked off its second schedule in Kolkata in November 2014 having kicked off with a successful schedule in Mumbai in August-September 2014.

Produced by MSM Motion Pictures (a division of Sony Entertainment Network), in association with Saraswati Entertainment Creations Limited and Rising Sun Films, Piku is set to be one of the most awaited films of 2015 especially since Shoojit Sircar wields directorial baton post his two break away hits- Vicky Donor ( 2012) and Madras Café (2013)

A slice-of-life cinema, Piku is a quirky roller coaster ride of a crazy father-daughter relationship essayed by Amitabh and Deepika, along with Irrfan in a pivotal author backed role.

Piku also marks coming together of Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri with Juhi Chaturvedi, who has scripted the film and earlier won accolades and awards for Vicky Donor.

Shoojit who is once again all set to create celluloid magic says, “Piku is a story that will warm your heart and make you smile! We have the best of the talent coming together for a refreshing tale of a father-daughter relationship. I am privileged to direct Mr. Bachchan along with Deepika and Irrfan.They are three powerhouse performers and it doesn’t get better than this for me. “

Amitabh Bachchan adds, “”What makes the process of filming Piku extremely enjoyable is that it is helmed by Shoojit Sircar and also stars the immensely talented Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. The film has an interesting story and there is a lot of excitement on the sets.”

Irrfan says, “ There are several projects that I undertake in a year but there’s always that one film that you look forward to and to me Piku is that film. I am really excited and look forward to begin work on this one”

Deepika Padukone adds, “It’s a huge honor for me to be working with such stalwarts on Piku. I am extremely nervous but also very excited as Piku is the kind of cinema I believe in. Everyday I walk onto the set with butterflies in my stomach ! I hope I do justice to Piku and bring her alive onscreen in a way that audiences fall in love with her.”

Sneha Rajani, Dy. President and Head of MSM Motion Pictures, says, ” We at MSM believe in entertaining audiences with content that resonates with them by partnering with the best talent in the industry. We are really excited about Piku and am happy that that the film has commenced its first schedule and soon we will able to bring this heartwarming film to audiences across the world.

Piku is slated for release April 30th, 2015

Confirmed: Katrina Kaif to join Bollywood line up at Madame Tussauds, London

After winning a public vote for fans to choose the next Bollywood actress to be featured at Madame Tussauds London, the world famous attraction today confirmed that Katrina Kaif will be joining the A-list line up next year.

“Our first Bollywood figure was decided by public vote when veteran superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, was portrayed in 2000,” commented Nicole Fenner, PR Manager for Madame Tussauds London. “Now, almost fifteen years and seven wax figures later, the fans have once again decided on who they want to see here – after a very close contest, Katrina Kaif will be the next Bollywood start to join our line up. We are delighted she has agreed to work with us to create her wax likeness and look forward to revealing the figure to the public in Spring 2015,” Nicole continued.

Katrina Kaif, said: “I am extremely excited that Madame Tussauds London will be creating my wax figure and the fact that fans were involved in the decision makes it even more special. It’s an amazing honour to be asked and to be featured alongside icons of the Indian film industry is humbling. I can’t wait to start work on the creation now and to meeting myself in wax next year!”

Katrina Kaif holds eyes against her own as a colour reference for Madame Tussauds London's sculptors to get them spot on for her wax figure, coming in 2015[5]Katrina has collaborated closely with the sculptors and artists to decide a dancing pose and outfit for the figure, having given a sitting in Mumbai where all the measurements required to create an accurate likeness were gathered. A team of 20 artists will work on the figure, which will cost £150,000 to produce, and completion is scheduled for Spring 2015 when it is hoped Katrina will unveil the figure herself at the legendary London attraction.

Madame Tussauds has worked closely with the Indian film industry over the last fifteen years and the Bollywood area in the London attraction is one of its most popular, featuring figures of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor in a colourful, themed set. Since the introduction of the first Bollywood film star, Amitabh Bachchan in 2000, Asian visitors to the attraction have increased and the Bollywood factor has spread worldwide with a number of Madame Tussauds attractions around the world featuring Indian film stars.

Andre Timmins, Director of the International Indian Film Academy, added: “We are proud to have had an association with Madame Tussauds since the inception of IIFA in London in 2000. This relationship and association with the Bollywood wax figures over the years with our support has been great.  In particular with IIFA travelling the world raising the outreach of Indian cinema internationally, we feel it has contributed to the popularity of the figures and we are confident that this will be enhanced with this latest addition of Katrina Kaif.”

Amitabh Bachchan delights UK media at exclusive Video Conference in relation to ‘Bhoothnath Returns’

Bhoothnath Returns - UKThe Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, delighted UK media at an exclusive Video Conference he took part in on Monday 7th April, in relation to his forthcoming lead role in Bhoothnath Returns. The charming screen icon warmly interacted and joked with the audience as he introduced his latest film.

Speaking about working closely with child actor Parth Bhalerao in the film, he said, “I believe the younger generation has a much brighter future than we had. Look at them, their confidence, they rarely have inhibitions while acting or in general in front of the camera. That is something which keeps us older actors on our toes! The younger lot impresses me with their sharp skills and how confidence comes naturally to them.”

The film’s message, he added, “Resonates with the current situation in India and urges everyone to go and vote. We should all be a part of the system and participate actively. The fearlessness and simplicity of the child protagonist should inspire and motivate us.”

Speaking about the genre of children-centric films in Indian cinema, he explained, “Although children’s films have been in the past too, I still feel that there is a serious dearth of films which are made for children or have a child artist as one of the main protagonists. They are the future and constitute a major part of our society, just like men or women, and that should reflect in our films too. I hope to see more films like that in the future.”

When asked about the current age of social media, Mr Bachchan said, “I think social media has immense and underestimated potential. Twitter and Facebook have given me an Extended Family (EF) as I call it. It connects not only me to the rest of the world but also people connect and form bonds with each other. I have numerous stories where they have bonded and met each other. I think it is a wonderful concept!”

Speaking about his fans in the UK, Mr Bachchan said, “They (the UK audience) have always supported us. Over the years, newer people have joined in and I hope we continue to have that special place in the hearts of the people in the UK.”

Amitabh Bachchan returns to delight audiences of all ages as he returns to the silver screen as his much loved, paranormal avatar makes a comeback in Bhootnath Returns, releasing in cinemas worldwide on 11th April 2014, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Renu Ravi Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, and distributed internationally by B4U.

Shekhar Kapur stunned by Kochadaiiyaan trailer

The trailer of South Superstar Rajinikanth’s much anticipated action packed, performance capture photorealistic film Kochadaiiyaan was revealed by Amitabh Bachchan recently. The curtain raiser also saw the presence of the renowned Director Shekhar Kapur who was called on the podium. He spoke about how impressed he was with the trailer and also praised the supreme efforts of Debutant Director Soundarya.

The video showcasing the celebrated director’s speech can be viewed here:

 

Amongst great applause, Director Shekhar Kapur said, “I was telling your father, Soundarya, that he should be very proud of you. After I saw a little bit…I first saw it when I was doing music with Rehman in his studio and I was stunned with what I saw. I told your father how wonderful it was and how proud he should be of you and then, having seen what I saw just now, I think we should all be very proud of you. We are all very, very proud of what you have achieved.”

Shehkar - KochadaiyaanThe remarkable director concluded his speech with these words, “Congratulations, it’s wonderful, its game changing, you are a fellow adventurer and I welcome you to the club”.

The renowned personalities gracing the event included Aishwarya Rai, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol, Subhash Ghai, R. Balki, Anupam Kher and Ramesh Sippy, among others, who appreciated the work of the debutant director. The film stars Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Produced by Media One Entertainment & Eros International, Kochadaiiyaan will be in theatres, soon.

Amitabh Bachchan, reprises his paranormal role in ‘Bhoothnath Returns’

The Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, returns to delight audiences of all ages as he returns to the silver screen in a lead role as his much loved, paranormal avatar makes a comeback with Bhootnath Returns, releasing in cinemas worldwide on 11th April 2014, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Renu Ravi Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, and distributed internationally by B4U.

After the unprecedented success of the prequel, Indian cinema’s older generation once again goes head to head with the younger as the legendary Amitabh Bachchan welcomes mischievously charming child artist, Parth Bhalerao. Screen magic is created when the two characters collide in Bhoothnath Returns – a delightful, ghoulish comedy drama, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, which will appeal to kids and adults alike.

Comedy kingpin, Boman Irani, plays a pivotal, supporting role in Bhoothnath Returns – a must-see for cinemagoers to witness the formidable on screen interaction between the Shahenshah and the Joker. Indulging audiences further, special appearances come courtesy of none other than superstars, King Khan Shahrukh Khan and poster pin-up Ranbir Kapoor. Meet Bros Anjjan and Palash Muchhal have created a suitably playful and spine-tingling soundtrack, with a phenomenal buzz already generated around the track, ‘Party with the Bhootnath’, featuring sensational music artist Yo Yo Honey Singh rapping alongside the Godfather of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan.

Synopsis: Bhoothnath Returns takes Bhoothnath’s story forward as the paranormal character returns to ‘Bhoot World’, where he is greeted with taunts and condemnation from the other ghosts for bringing disrepute to the ghost-community for getting bullied by a kid on Earth.

Post the humiliation, Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan) decides to redeem himself by returning to Earth to seek vengeance by scaring a bunch of kids. His search leads him to Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao), a kid from the slums who happens to be the only person who can see him. They agree to help each other but their friendship embroils them in a cause bigger than they had ever imagined. To move ahead, they will need to take on one of the country’s most powerful and corrupt politicians, Bhau (Boman Irani). The Lok Sabha elections are nearing and Bhau’s victory is a mere formality, or is it?
 In a world where the common man is afraid of politics, will a common man’s ghost overcome his fear to stand up for what’s right and fight against injustice? 
Bhoothnath Returns is an entertaining tale of good against evil, weak against powerful, past against future.

Prepare for screen magic when Amitabh Bachchan illumines screens and takes audiences on a gripping, ghost ride when Bhootnath Returns, releasing on 11th April 2014, distributed internationally by B4U.

 

Varun Dhawan meets Mr. Bachchan

Varun Dhawan recently met Mr. Amitabh Bachchan while promoting his upcoming film Main Tera Hero.

Mr. Bachchan publicly promoted and praised Varun’s performance in his debut film Student Of The Year a few years ago.

Varun has been inspired by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan since his childhood and was quite excited to meet him. Mr. Bachchan also told Varun that he has seen the trailer of Main Tera Hero and is looking forward to watching the film directed by David Dhawan.

Main Tera Hero releases in UK cinemas on 4th April 2014.

Watch Galat Baat from the film here:


Interview: ‘I don’t like to associate myself with any camps’- Kangana Ranaut

Hungama_QueenBollywood beauty Kangana Ranaut speaks to Sunny Malik about her next release, Queen.

The film is a feel-good and female-centric flick directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. 

Queen releases in UK cinemas on 7th March 2014 through B4U.

How was your experience attending the Burberry show at the recently concluded London Fashion Week?
It was really beautiful. London was great as it didn’t rain that day. We were expecting it to rain and it didn’t. So we were quite lucky with the weather (Laughs). It was my first experience at an international fashion week and show. Burberry and I go long back as they have been dressing me for red carpet appearances and events. I was thrilled to see their collection. I loved how they received me. It was just a lovely experience.

Your film Queen was postponed from February to March and is now clashing with two other films at the UK Box Office…
The makers weren’t sure yet as we have a song called ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ and they wanted it to become slightly more popular. They wanted to market the song more extensively which is why the release date was postponed by a week. The film is now releasing on 7th March. I think, it was a call taken by the makers, the marketing team and the distributors. They all wanted to promote the music further because it’s the kind of soundtrack that grows on you after you listen to it a few times. We don’t have clichéd Bollywood numbers inspired by the 70’s which you can’t hear ever again after liking them and listening to them a few times. Vikas Bahl, the director, told me that this music needs time to become popular.

People have been praising your performance after watching just the trailer…
I am getting amazing reactions. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has apparently tweeted about the trailer. I also met him at a party recently. Mr. Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan all told me that they are eagerly waiting to watch the film. What else can one ask for? It’s very important to me because I have felt accepted for the first time. I have never received such support for any of my films before.

You have never been a part of camps… Do you feel that the film fraternity has accepted you now?
I don’t like to associate myself with any camps or such. I want to do my own thing. I like to have a little personal life whenever I can. I’d like to be my own person. I don’t want to just cling onto others. I feel that everyone has their own goals. My goal is mine and I don’t need to associate that with another person’s goals. I like to keep it that way. I’d love to work with artists such as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan, at the same time it is not the goal of my life or career. It’s not something I am working towards. I am not sure about acceptance from the film fraternity as I don’t work for anyone. I work for myself and my own happiness. It’s alright if people don’t accept me. I won’t be unhappy about it.

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Vikas Bahl just produced Hasee Toh Phasee and is known to make exceptional films. How was your experience being directed by him in Queen?
What I love about these contemporary filmmakers is their spontaneity. They allow artists to contribute to the film in many ways. Vikas allowed me to write dialogues of the film, not that I was planning to or worked towards it. It just happened very organically. He liked what I was coming up with and he let me write my own dialogues. At the same time, he understands the needs of an artist. I remember, I was working multiple shifts and was filming for Krrish 3 and Queen simultaneously. One day when I came from the sets of Krrish 3, Vikas asked me what was wrong with me as I wasn’t behaving and walking like my character Rani. I can’t just switch on and switch off. It takes me months to get into a character and I can’t just work like a robot. He understood that and respected me as an artist. He didn’t shoot with me that day. It’s nice to work with such a director because you then put your all into his film because he respects you.

Could you relate to your character Rani?
I don’t really relate to the character. She has major issues. She believes that by changing herself, she can please people around her. Her goal is to keep everyone happy. She is really naïve. I don’t identify with these traits of her personality. But at the same time, I also come from a middle class background and I understand how and why she feels that way. I have also come from a small city to a big one. But I never had issues like low self-esteem. Everyone has these phases but it’s not something I have experiences throughout my life like Rani has.

How was your experience shooting in places like Amsterdam and Paris?
We frequently shoot abroad but mainly for songs for which we dress up quite a lot. You look like an actress and people come and take pictures with you (laughs). However, for this film I had a very girl-next-door look and honestly, looked very ordinary. People would look at me and wonder why I am so special and why would someone make a movie with me (Laughs). That was a bit different. People would ask the crew “Is she the leading actress?” You know, people have this idea of a Bollywood actress wearing a chiffon saree and her hair flying (laughs) but that wasn’t the case with me.

QUEEN What kind of roles do you want to do?
I am very happy what I am being offered. I am happy with films like Queen and Revolver Rani. I am also doing the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu. I really can’t tell what exactly I want to do in the future but I would love to do a sci-fi film after doing Krrish 3. I would love to do films like Tomb Raider or Kill Bill. I want to do films which are stylish, sci-fi and about women. It will be a good change and it would challenge me as a performer. I have been missing a stylish character after Fashion. I would love to save the world in a film (laughs).

Three big films are releasing on Friday including Queen…
It’s sad as I would have loved to have a solo release for Queen (laughs).

Bollywood films with Khans or rom-coms do really well abroad and in the UK. What are your expectations from Queen?
I can’t really tell. It’s a shame that some people abroad watch my films only on DVD. Tanu Weds Manu, Fashion and Gangster are really popular abroad but everyone has seen it on DVD or TV. It is different for an audience abroad compared to our audience in India. Indian audiences are very Bollywood oriented. They watch our films every weekend. That is the only entertainment they get here. I don’t know how it works in the UK. I hope that people like it in the UK because Queen has an international appeal.

Queen- Gujariya (3)You are not on Twitter. Why is that?
I have a website which I try to update as much as possible but I am not on Facebook or Twitter. I am not a very social person (laughs).

Your interview with Anupama Chopra went viral on social media…
I never thought that the interview would go viral. That is just how I am. I had no clue that it had gone viral for the longest time. Initially, when messages started to pour in, I would get ten messages a day. I was giving a lot of interviews during the promotions of Krrish 3 and the messages just didn’t stop at all. Then I said, ‘Which interview was it?’ and people told me that it was my interview with Anupama Chopra. Then I saw it and realised that it was really nice and they had also edited it quite nicely.

Watch the trailer here:

Interview: Amitabh Bachchan speaks about carrying the Olympic Torch

On Thursday, 26th July 2012, Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan proudly carried the Olympic Torch during its final relay leg around London before the much-awaited Games opening ceremony on Friday, 27th July. The superstar actor, dressed in the official Olympic Torch Relay attire and his participant number of ‘63’ emblazoned on the front, was relaxed and joyous as he took to the streets of Southwark in London, to play his part in making history.

The stately Mr Bachchan took hold of the lit torch from his predecessor at 10.57am. After a gentlemanly handshake, he began by walking with the iconic symbol. Mr Bachchan quickly picked up pace as he jogged the 0.17 mile route from Southwark along Peckham Road and Bellenden Road, all the while waving and smiling at the hundreds of adoring fans who had lined the streets to see their idol. As his relay neared its end, he handed the flame to the next participant.

In conversation with UK Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, the 69-year-old actor speaks about his experience of carrying the Olympic torch and much more.

How did this all come about that you were making history in London by being the first Indian film fraternity member to carry the Olympic torch?
Oh gosh, you give me so much importance.

You are important.
I had an invitation from the Lord Sebastian Coe who heads the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. He extended this very kind invitation to me. He asked me whether I would be interested in running with the Olympic torch and I took it on. It has been a great honour and is a privilege. That’s why I am here.

Karan Johar was invited by Visit Britain to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012 and you were invited to carry the Olympic torch. Does this show that Britain is embracing the Indian culture and the Indian film industry?
I have always believed cinema in India has been a great binding force, bringing communities together. It maybe reflects the importance that Indian cinema is having, beyond Indian shows. It was an entity that was somehow looked down upon for many years, cynically looked upon with a lot of criticism. But I think, over the years it has become a parallel culture. As a celebrity sometimes, what you say and what you do catches the attention of more people. I guess, this would be one of those moments.

It was a proud moment for Indians all over the world that you were carrying the Olympic torch on the streets of London.
It was a proud moment for me as well that they invited me to do the honour and gave me the chance to participate in such a historic event.  It has been a wonderful experience and I never ever imagined that I would be part of this.

There were of course, fans from all over the UK who came to see you. How did it feel when you were running carrying the torch and hearing screaming fans around you?
I was worried if I will be able to cover the three-hundred metres, to be honest (laughs). But really, it was a privilege to carry this prestigious torch which really represents the entire Olympic movement.

A.R. Rahman has also composed a track for the opening ceremony.
I am very happy that A.R. Rahman has composed music for the ceremony. We are all great fans of his music. The recognition he has received in the last few years is phenomenal. He has always been very deserving of such recognition. I am very happy that Organising Committee has chosen him to contribute his music to the event.

You also have a Hollywood film coming up called The Great Gatsby. Tell us something about your character and experience of working with actors from Hollywood.
I am not playing an Indian character. The role came to me from the director Baz Luhrman. He was visiting India on a tourist visit. He dropped into the office and we chatted, nothing about films though. Then, a couple of years later, he called me and said that I am making this film and would like you to play a small role in it. He said that he just that I should do it. It is a blink and miss role. It has huge international stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. The experience was wonderful.

Watch this video of Amitabh Bachchan carrying the Olympic torch: 

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