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IISuperwomanII sings for ‘Gulaab Gang’‏

Madhuri Dixit in Gulab GangCelebrating the power of women, the makers of Gulaab Gang have released a promotional song Mauj Ki Malharein. 

The unique song features the raging YouTube sensation, Lilly Singh, popularly known as Superwoman. ‘Mauj Ki Malharein’ is a melodious union of rap by the outspoken internet Diva and the Indian-ness lent by the soulful voices of singers Sadhu Sushil Tiwari and Chaittali.

Sprinkled with scenes from the film and showcasing the power of pink, the video presents a joyful camaraderie between the performers. It reveals the joy of education, hope, freedom, and ends with words by Superwoman, which defines every woman, and is sure to resonate in the hearts of the listeners.

Gulaab Gang is based on women empowerment. Produced by Anubhav Sinha, Gulaab Gang is presented by Sahara Movie Studios & Bharat Shah and is a Benaras Mediaworks Production. The film is slated to release on the 7th of March.

 

Gulaab Gang unites Madhuri and Juhi for the first time on screen

Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla in Gulab Gang (2)One of the most impactful and socially relevant films to emerge from India in recent times, cinematic tour de force, Gulaab Gang, releases in UK cinemas on 7th March 2014 to mark Women’s Day (on 8th March), produced by Anubhav Sinha, presented and co-produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Bharat Shah, distributed internationally by B4U.

A powerful, female-centric film that conveys a hard-hitting social message, Gulaab Gang sees debut director, Soumik Sen, bring together on-screen for the very first time two of Indian cinema’s most lauded actresses. The iconic Madhuri Dixit and inimitable Juhi Chawla ignite the silver screen in powerhouse performances that will resonate with audiences and cinemagoers both traditional and new, as Gulaab Gang presents Indian filmmaking at its finest on the platform of world cinema.

Gulaab Gang heralds a new dawn in Hindi cinema for multiple reasons, among them that two of the industry’s most accomplished and acclaimed female artists take centre stage in a strong, social message film about female empowerment, with women at the heart and soul of the film; the adulated and beloved Juhi Chawla delivers a career magnum opus in her first negative screen role; and the beguiling Madhuri Dixit lends her vocals to Soumik Sen’s emotive and heart-stirring soundtrack that harmoniously complements a film that will pack a punch with audiences and critics alike for years to come.

Gulaab Gang - UK ReleaseSynopsis: Somewhere in the Hindi heartland, an ashram of sorts has been set up by ‘Rajjo’ (Madhuri Dixit), where women armed with axes and sickles and dressed in pink nine yards mete out evil and seek out justice for one and all, while making hand-ground spices, hand-woven baskets and sarees. But when the party she was campaigning for reveals its true colours, Rajjo knows she has a whole new battle ahead of her, dual-headed by a corrupt force of evil in the guise of ‘Sumitra Devi’ (Juhi Chawla). 

Sumitra Devi is an institution whose money, bullet and connection-driven juggernaut of politics is a threat Rajjo hasn’t encountered before. Realising the devil incarnate is soon enough going to swamp, sabotage, silence and encompass the work she has been striving for all these years and draw her into a deadlier web of buyout, Rajjo is forced into battle with this new, unseen evil… at the ballot box. With something she has lived to learn all these years – the strength of soul, song and stick – this season the color of justice will be pink.

Proving the power in pink in Indian cinema’s most compelling, female-centric film to date, Gulaab Gang releases on 7th March 2014, produced by Anubhav Sinha, presented and co-produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Bharat Shah, distributed internationally by B4U.

Watch: ‘Gulaab Gang’ Trailer

The makers of the Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla starrer – Gulaab Gang– have released the film’s high-octane trailer along with its brand new poster.



Madhuri & Juhi Holi PosterCapturing the intensity of the movie, the trailer with its perfect mix of action and gripping dialogues, give the audience a glimpse of what happens when two icons of Bollywood come together onscreen, setting it ablaze. Gulaab Gang will show both the actresses in a brand new avatar, where one stands for justice and the other for political power.

The colorful poster encompasses the ruthless war of good v/s evil in the film, precisely, into words- ‘Is Holi gulaal nahi, Lahu bahega’. How their destinies intertwine and result in the most unexpected outcome, is what the trailer leaves you wondering.

Produced by Anubhav Sinha, Gulaab Gang is presented by Sahara Movie Studios & Bharat Shah and is a Benaras Mediaworks production, directed by Soumik Sen. Starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, the movie will hit UK cinemas on March 7th, 2014.

Anubhav Sinha Interview on Ikonz

Anubhav Sinha made his mark in Bollywood ten years ago as a director with ‘Tum Bin’. After directing action films like ‘Dus’ and ‘Cash’, the 46-year-old filmmaker started to work on his most ambitious film ‘Ra.One’ with Shah Rukh Khan.
Sinha has also written the story of this Sci-Fi Indian film which will show Khan playing a superhero and Kareena Kapoor, the leading lady, a mother on screen for the first time. Set in London and Goa, ‘Ra.One’ is this year’s most anticipated film and Khan is leaving no stone unturned for promotions. Anubhav Sinha took out some time to speak about the film to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik for Ikonz .

What is the unique selling point of ‘Ra.One’?
The story is the unique selling point of my film. The story happens to be about a superhero, so it becomes more exciting and engaging. At the end of the day, the USP of any film should be the story.

Tell me a little bit about the story of ‘Ra.One’.
The film is about a father and his son and how the son finds his father, how he conceptually finds his father and his relationship with him. I can’t tell you more about the story right now.

You also wrote the story of ‘Ra.One’. How did that come about and where did you draw your inspiration from, or was it written from personal experiences?
I don’t instinctively remember the image. I don’t know if it was a movie commercial or print commercial, I don’t know what exactly it was, but it was an image of a child controlling a human being with a remote. I found that really interesting and I ended up writing a story around it and that became ‘Ra.One’.

How did Shah Rukh Khan come on board?
When I wrote the story, I realised that I need someone who would perhaps believe in a film like this, who would believe in the vision of a superhero film in India. I spoke to him about the film and we worked on it. A few years later we started making the movie.

The film was originally to be shot in Miami but was relocated to London. What happened and did you have to make many changes to the story?
Yes, we did a technical recce (location scouting) in Miami and suddenly the budget started to seem out of control. At that point, Shah Rukh decided to recalculate the budget and that would have meant postponing the shooting there which would have resulted in serious weather issues for the filming. The whole plan of shooting outdoors had to be changed and we needed to change the country and we decided on London.

While you were shooting in London, you laughed off reports of the film being sold for distribution at a certain price. Do you think these rumours helped the film in terms of promotion or created too many expectations?
There is no way we could have controlled the expectations of the film because Shah Rukh was going to release a film of his after a gap of eighteen months, then he is also playing a superhero and then the whole of myths that get associated with such films. We were also aware that the film will have massive expectations. I agree with you that these things should make you nervous because people go into the theatre with a lot of expectations. In terms of what you have to deliver, you must do your best to go beyond it. We have tried to do that.

You are not attending any promotional events at the moment. Are you still busy with post production of your film?
I am busy 24/7. There are three to four days more and then I am going to be jobless (laughs).

There were two units shooting in London for a few days. Karan Johar was overseeing the filming at Hardwick House in Ham and you were shooting action scenes in Temple (Central London). Why was that necessary?
The filming at Battersea Power Station was extended by a few days because of the rain and we ran into the schedule of the next planned location. The need for two units came up and fortunately Karan Johar was in town and I requested him to take charge of the second unit.

Which according to you is the most interesting character in ‘Ra.One’?
At the risk of sounding pompous, I am a righteous guy (laughs), so I like heroes more than villains.
Villains are very interesting but G.One is very intriguing to me.

How was your experience working with Shah Rukh Khan?
It was fantastic. I have worked with a very wide range of actors. I have worked with big stars, newcomers and now Shah Rukh Khan. It was one of the best experiences I had.

How was it working with Kareena Kapoor and why did you decide that she should be playing the leading female character?
Kareena is a brilliant actress. There is a very wide range of emotions that her character goes through. I am a big fan of Kareena Kapoor as an audience and I really like her and wanted her to be in my movie.

Recently filmed Bollywood productions attracted huge crowds in London. Did that happen to you when you were filming Ra.One last year here in the capital?
We feared that something like that would happen but fortunately most of the times we were shooting stunts, chasing sequences and indoors. We were mostly in secured zones and for safety reasons those roads were blocked off and nobody could get there.
But obviously, there used to be some fans around but really small in numbers. We had a very large security system making sure that G.One’s look does not get clicked.

Why did you decide to get Akon on your OST?
When we decided to approach Akon, it was the tune that made us chose him. When Vishal and Shekhar, my music composers, played me the tune we were thinking about who should sing it.
One of them said that this is so much of an Akon song and I told them that we should get him to sing it then. I asked Shah Rukh Khan and he said that he will try and he delivered. It was not intended that we are bringing Akon on board to add value. That just happened.

Which is your favourite song from the OST?
That is the toughest question you have asked so far. I think, Stand By Me (Dildaara) is my most favourite song.

What about your bet that the song ‘Criminal’ from your Soundtrack is going to be bigger than ‘Chammak Challo’?
Shah Rukh reminded me last night and asked me whether I have lost the bet yet or not. I told him no, let the film release. I love both songs but regarding the bet, I have to pay him less and he pays me much more (laughs).

You are holding a Premiere in London. How are you feeling about it?
I love London. I don’t know why, I am just trying to figure out the reasons why I love it, but I just do.
Being there for a Premiere of a film that I have made over six years is ideal. I will be there with my friends, my Indian team, my UK friends and crew members and I will have a lot of fun.

Ra.One, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and distributed by Eros International Ltd will premiere in the UK at The O2 Cineworld in London on the 25th October 2011 followed by a nation-wide release on the following day.

This interview first published on Ikonz; http://bit.ly/oi5KCK

Exclusive: Anubhav Sinha: ‘Expectations of Ra.One are massive’

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has said that expectations around Shah Rukh Khan‘s Ra.One are “massive”.

The director said that the combination of the project’s star cast and its superhero genre have resulted in the level of hype currently surrounding the Diwali release.

“There is no way we could have controlled the expectations of the film because Shah Rukh was going to release a film of his after a gap of 18 months, then he is also playing a superhero and then the whole of myths that get associated with such films,” Sinha told Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik.

The filmmaker explained that his team have worked hard to meet audience expectations.

“We were also aware that the film will have massive expectations. I agree that these things should make you nervous because people go into the theatre with a lot of expectations,” he said.

“In terms of what you have to deliver, you must do your best to go beyond it. We have tried to do that.”

The London-based film, which was originally going to be shot in Miami, is to have a series of premieres in Dubai, the UK and Canada.

Red Chillies Entertainment’s Ra.One is out on general release on October 26.

By Steven Baker on Digital Spy: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/bollywood/news/a345286/anubhav-sinha-expectations-of-raone-are-massive.html

I requested Karan Johar to take charge of a Ra.One unit – Anubhav Sinha

Anubhav Sinha, who has directed Shah Rukh Khan’s most ambitious project till date ‘Ra.One’ has been in the news about other directors taking over his place due to differences with the leading actor, who is also producing the film.

These rumors started when Karan Johar came to London and was overseeing the filming on scenes between Kareena Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan at Hardwick House, Ham (south-west London).

Reportedly, Khan rented the house for a few days from a family for a hefty sum and shot scenes there while they were away on Holiday.

In an interview with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, Anubhav Sinha spoke about having two units in London for a few days and how it all came about.

“The filming at Battersea Power Station was extended by a few days because of the rain and we ran into the schedule of the next planned location. The need for two units came up and fortunately Karan Johar was in town and I requested him to take charge of the second unit,” said Sinha.

Ra.One was initially set in Miami instead on London. The Cash director explained: “We did a technical recce (location scouting) in Miami and suddenly the budget started to seem out of control. At that point, Shah Rukh decided to recalculate the budget and that would have meant postponing the shooting there which would have resulted in serious weather issues for the filming. The whole plan of shooting outdoors had to be changed and we needed to change the country and we decided on London.”

Ra.One, produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and distributed by Eros Internationals Ltd. is out on general release on the 26th October 2011.

This article first appeared on Pinkvilla