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Arjun Kapoor to highlight India’s role at The Globals Goals Citizen Festival

Arjun Image-Prasad NaikGlobal Citizen Festival kick-starts the Global Goals campaign to reach 7 billion people in 7 days following the agreement of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development

One of India’s leading “young guns” film actors and Global Goals campaign international champion, Arjun Kapoor, will be participating at this year’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park New York, today on Saturday 26th September, as an Indian Ambassador for the event.

The annual Global Citizen Festival, organised by the Global Poverty Project, is a free, action-rewarded, and advocacy driven music festival with a live audience of 60,000 people, where fans engage with social and economic development issues in order to win tickets. Hosted by Stephen Colbert, Hugh Jackman, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, Arjun will join an esteemed lineup of talent, which includes performances by Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.  The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, President of the World Bank Jim Kim, and various Heads of Government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, were guests of honor at last year’s event.

Announced guests for this year’s event includes UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; Bill and Melinda Gates; World Bank Group President Dr Jim Yong Kim;

United States Vice President Joe Biden; United States First Lady Michelle Obama; Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg; Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven;Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel;  and the Prime Minister of Malta,Joseph Muscat.

Following his advocacy and focused effort as the ambassador of WWF India, Arjun’s impact with youth and his popularity made him a natural choice for the Global Citizen Festival and Global Goals campaign.  The multifaceted actor will provide remarks at the event to showcase the progress India has made over recent decades, as well as highlight the challenges that remain, including India’s sanitation challenge.

The Global Citizen Festival will kick start the Global Goals campaign which aims to reach 7 billion people in 7 days with news of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (26 September – 2 October 2015). Conceived by renowned filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief Richard Curtis for the United Nations, the Global Goals campaign is supported by a variety of existing campaigns, including Project Everyone, action/2015 and Global Citizen. This unprecedented effort – which exists to both make the goals famous and push for their full implementation – will culminate on 25 September at the UN when 193 world leaders will adopt The Global Goals, a series of 17 ambitious targets to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030.

With India being the world’s youngest country and with more than half of its population being under the age of 25, the youth has been a driving force behind many social movements in recent years, with the ability to create positive change. Arjun’s presence will support in spreading awareness of the Global Goals far and wide with Indian youth to inspire positive action. 

A one-hour TV spectacle live from the Global Citizen Festival stage will be curated by Richard Curtis and Chris Martin (Coldplay) and will be shown on VH1 in India on 28th September 2015. The event will also be streamed live atwww.youtube.com/globalcitizen

Ranveer & Arjun receive praises for hosting IIFA

IIFA - Arjun & RanveerThe recently held IIFA Awards in Malaysia, among other things, witnessed probably the best hosts in the history of any Bollywood award show. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor came together to rock the IIFA stage and arguably bettered the Shah Rukh-Saif jodi as hosts is the general perception. 

Ranveer and Arjun were invited by the organisers to host the show because the pairing had got so much love from the audience thanks to their incredible off screen camaraderie on first Koffee with Karan and then Comedy Nights with Kapil. And, of course, the hugely successful AIB Roast which broke the internet.

The boys prepared very hard for the evening, like no two stars have done for hosting an awards show. What’s more they went and took permissions before cracking jokes on other celebs. In fact, when they started they first sweetly apologised to Aamir for the AIB Roast. When Arjun met Aamir at Yash Raj Studios, he ran the joke with him before including it in the IIFA script. So all the hullabaloo is really much ado about nothing!

Even Ranveer, who made a joke on Anurag Kashyap – and not on Ranbir Kapoor, as is being speculated – had also checked with Anurag at the Bombay Velvet screening if the director was okay with the joke before considering it. In fact, after the IIFA show Anurag met Ranveer back stage and gave him a huge hug. He and congratulated him on the show telling him how much he loved his hosting antics.

And what a show they put up, their indomitable energy bringing the house down every time they took stage. The dance, the humour, the camradiere… Bollywood has not seen something like this before.

As the organisers best summed up: “People usually get up and go after two or three hours but here everyone was rooted to their seats for the full 6 hours thanks to the amazing hosts!”

Arjun, Ranveer and Deepika

Eros International & Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment launch the trailer of ‘TEVAR’

On an extravagant  scale with rustic aesthetics, action, romance and music for the masses. Boney Kapoor’s Tevar  produced by Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment, Eros International, Sunil Manchanda and Naresh Agarwal has much to offer, making it a larger-than-life commercial entertainer. The trailer is every bit a glimpse into the adrenaline pumped film .

Starring Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee in leading roles, the trailer of this on-the-run love story was launched  to a packed house by the actors along with the producers and celebrated ad-filmmaker Amit Ravindernath Sharma, who makes his big Bollywood debut with the film.

Shot entirely at real locations in Agra and Mathura in India, the film captures the finer nuances of the heartland and has been told in a refreshing young style that director Amit Sharma has come to be associated with.

Says producer Sanjay Kapoor, “I’m excited to present the trailer of Tevar to audiences– Tevar isn’t just any other film to me but something Boney Kapoor, Arjun and I strongly believed in. We hope audiences enjoy the film as much as we enjoyed making it”.

Adds producer Sunil Lulla, “Eros goes back a long way with Boney and Sanjay and we are happy to partner them on this ambitious project – Tevar makes for the perfect entertainer and introduces Arjun Kapoor in a never-seen-before avatar”.

Boney Kapoor’s Tevar  produced by Sanjay Kapoor, Sunil Lulla, Naresh Agarwal & Sunil Manchanda stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee. Eros will release the film in UK cinemas on 9th January 2015.

TEVAR Trailer Launch (2)

TEVAR Trailer Launch (1)

Motion Poster: ‘Tevar’

Eros International has released the first motion poster of their upcoming co-production, Tevar. The film stars Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and Manoj Bajpayee.

The action rom-com is produced by Sanjay Kapoor Entertainment & Eros International and directed by Amit Sharma.

Tevar releases in UK cinemas on 9th January 2015. 

Eros International confirms UK releases

Happy Ending - First Look
First look: ‘Happy Ending’ featuring Saif Ali Khan

Eros International has confirmed their UK release schedule for the next few month to BollyNewsUK. 

The following movies will be release cinemas here through the NYSE listed studio: 

Happy Ending starring Saif Ali Khan, Illeana D’Cruz, Govinda and co-produced by Illuminati Films will release on 21st November 2014.

Action Jackson directed by Prabhu Deva starring Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha will release on 5th December 2014.

The much-awaited Tevar starring Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha will hit cinemas next year on 9th January 2015. 

Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be seen together again on the big screen in Gabbar from 23rd January 2015.

Amitabh Bachchan will return to UK cinemas with Shamitabh on 6th February 2015. The film also stars Dhanush and Akshara Hassan.

20th February 2015 will see the release of Badlapur produced by Dinesh Vijan and directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film stars Varun Dhawan, Huma Qureshi and Yaami Gautam. 

All dates are subject to change.

Interview: Deepika Padukone talks about ‘Finding Fanny’

Deepika-Padukone-Finding-Fanny first lookDeepika Padukone will be seen in UK cinemas again from 12th September 2014 in Homi Adajania’s Finding Fanny.

Finding Fanny is the story of five dysfunctional characters from Goa on a road trip to search for the long-lost love of Ferdie played by Naseeruddin Shah.

In this interview, the Om Shanti Om star talks to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film and much more.

You agreed to do Finding Fanny while you were filming for Cocktail in London. Did you ever have second thoughts afterwards as it’s a different kind of film?
No, never. I was narrated the film during Cocktail and by the end of the film, I decided that I want to be a part of Finding Fanny. Forget all my films last year that have released, as Cocktail had not even released when I said yes to Finding Fanny. The experience that I had with Dinesh Vijan (producer) and Homi Adajania (director) on Cocktail was amazing, which is why I didn’t have to think twice before saying yes to Finding Fanny. I knew that during the making of the film we will have a great time. For me that is the most important thing while making a film. I want to work with people I have a great equation with and have a good time working with. Everything else is secondary e.g. what people are going to think or what the result at the box office will be. I didn’t think of these things at all.

What attracted you to the film when you were narrated the story?
It was the script. It was so refreshing and different from anything else I have done or was offered at that time and most importantly, it stayed with me. The characters and story just stayed with me after the narration. If I may say so, I was so impressed with the script at that time and now after watching the film, it has turned out to be even better. People have watched the film a couple of days ago and we are still getting messages of how they loved the film and how the characters have stayed with them. That exactly is what the film is about. It is not a massive commercial film or a film that will change society. It’s just a simple and feel-good movie which brings warmth and a smile to your face.


Your first look was rather shocking as you were holding a butcher’s knife covered in blood…
Well, that is just another day in the life of my character Angie.

As Homi, the director, and Dinesh, the producer, are very good friends of yours, does it ever get awkward when you have creative differences during the making of a film?
Not at all. I am very comfortable with them. All the movies I have done with the two whether it was Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail or now Finding Fanny, we have all come together in a productive manner. I think because we are friends, we are comfortable with each other and we discuss everything. If someone is unhappy or has something to say, we always discuss it. It’s not necessary that we act upon it but we definitely discuss it. I think, the three of us collaborate and come together really well.

 

How was your experience working with Dimple Kapadia this time again?
For me she become a personal favourite now, not just as a co-star but as a person. She is someone I have got along very, very well. She took me out shopping and treats me like a daughter. I was moving to my new house and was looking for things for the new place. I remember she had a day off and she told me that she was going to go and look for some things as I had told her how the place was going to look like. She picked up cushion covers, carpets, candles and photo frames for me. She told me that she will call me at ten o’clock in the morning and take me shopping when I have day off. She had the whole day planned out. And sure enough, she called me at ten o’clock in the morning when I had a free day and said that she is ready and we should go. I quickly got ready, we hopped into a car and went shopping. She didn’t even allow me to pay for anything. She took me out for lunch and told me how she was extremely fond of me. I remember we came back at six or seven in the evening. I will never forget that. Even today, people ask me about her because of this new film. In one of my interviews, I praised her and I meant it. She was so touched that she sent me a bag of goodies the next day. My equation with her really goes beyond films. She is someone I connect with at an emotional level.

The duration of the film is quite short for Indian movies. Do you feel that is a plus point?
I have always believed that you have to enjoy a movie for what it is. There are filmmakers that make movies which are three hours long and then there are filmmakers that make films which are one or two hours long. I don’t think the duration of a movie matters at all. It should have no bearing of what the audience feels eventually. As long as you feel that you have enjoyed the movie and connected with the characters, that is all that matters. Suddenly there is too much focus on numbers like box office or duration. These are all silly external factors. If we manage to bring out a smile to your face at the end of the movie, that is a sign of a good film for me.

Finding Fanny

The film is being released in UK cinemas by 20th Century Fox. Do you think this being an English language film, it can reach a wider audience?
Yes, most definitely and hopefully it will. It is nice to know that a big studio like Fox is a part of a film like Finding Fanny. I do hope that it reaches a lot more people. The idea of films in general is to make them available and accessible to as many people as possible. I don’t think language should ever be a barrier. I can say that the reach our films have had in the last couple of years is phenomenal. I was shooting in Corsica (island near France) and I had fans over there. They were not of Indian origin. They were people who were born and brought up there or in France. They have seen Om Shanti Om over and over again. I can’t tell you exactly what, but it was such an overwhelming feeling.

 

Finding Fanny stars Deepika Padukone. Arjun Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah. The film is directed by Homi Adajania and releases on 12th September 2014 in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox. 

Interview: Arjun Kapoor talks about ‘Finding Fanny’

Arjun Kapoor at the Launch of Fanny Re From Finding Fanny (3)Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor is excited about his forthcoming release Finding Fanny opposite Deepika Padukone, releasing in UK cinemas on 12th September 2014 through 20th Century Fox.

Directed by Homi Adajania and produced by Dinesh Vijain (the team behind 2012 super hit Cocktail), Finding Fanny is the story of five dysfunctional characters from Goa on a road trip to search for the long-lost love of Ferdie played by Naseeruddin Shah.

In this interview Kapoor talks to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about the film and much more:


How are you feeling as Finding Fanny is about to release worldwide as it’s not a typical Bollywood movie?

Honestly, I am quite excited. Primarily because I think that the audience is ready to accept such a movie. For every ‘Rowdy Rathore’ there is also a ‘Kahaani’ that does well. We are in a good phase as our audience is ready to watch anything that connects with them. That is what I have realised. I am genuinely excited for the movie.

Finding Fanny is an English language movie…
It’s completely in English but we are also releasing a dubbed version in Hindi for a certain section of the audience, who would like to see it in the conventional style. It is however, shot and made in English.

Homi Adajania, the director, only communicates in English as well. Did that make the whole process easier?
The instructions can be in any language but what matters is what is on paper. Mani Ratnam doesn’t speak Hindi but makes the most fantastic Hindi movies. Homi is very good in articulating the emotions to his actors. He is not someone who directs you but speaks to you. It is a process that I really enjoyed. We had readings and we spent time together before the film started. I did not want to feel isolated and wanted to be a part of the world that he was creating on celluloid. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him before we started shooting. That is what enhanced the filming process as I was on the same wavelength with him by that point. I flew to Goa one week ahead of my schedule. I stayed with the crew and was driving around with them. I got my haircut and my tattoos for the film with him. This really allowed me to lose myself into his world rather than fit in.

Finding Fanny

You have also joined Twitter since we last spoke… I am glad you are not using it just for film promotions…
I decided to give all the people who appreciate my work and myself a birthday present by joining Twitter close to my birthday. I am glad you noticed that I am not using it just to promote my movies. It is an opportunity for me to give out more about myself to the world out there. Everyone complains that I am recluse and shy. I hope that being on Twitter might have broken this myth to some extent. I have joined Twitter at a time when I was ready to open up. It also allows me to put myself out there beyond the work that I do as people today like to know what kind of people we are and not just what movies we are doing. It has created an interesting disparity to how I am in real life and how my character is in Finding Fanny. 

The film was offered to Deepika Padukone during the making of ‘Cocktail’. It is speculated other actors were offered the movie and turned it down. What made you say ‘yes’ to the makers?
I don’t think my character was offered to anyone before me. I am not really sure because I have never bothered asking him about it. I know that Homi offered Deepika’s character to other actors. I think, Homi came to me post Ishaqzaade and had a very honest conversation with me. I found the challenge of doing an all English film very exciting. I was just excited that there was no reference point for me.

Tell me about working with Deepika Padukone… You two seem quite friendly…
I have known her before she made her debut. I have known her for quite a while. For me she was never Deepika Padukone, the heroine. She has always been Deepika, the friend. I have known her before she was dating Ranbir Kapoor. It made it very easy for us to work together. I think she evolved beautifully as an actor. I was very happy to be on the set with her and watch her being dedicated to become even better. She really takes her craft seriously which is nice to see as a fellow actor.

Tell me about working with producer Dinesh Vijan as he gets quite involved in the making of his productions…
Dinesh is beyond discussing box office numbers and recovery figures, which is what I like about him. I was just telling Homi a few days ago that Dinesh isn’t the type of producer who worries about the number game. His music sense is fantastic which has only further enhanced the prospects of Finding Fanny. Dinesh has never once interfered in the making of the movie asking Homi to make the film more commercial or darker or niche.

20th Century Fox is releasing the film in UK cinemas. Do you think the international studio can attract a western audience to the watch it, not because it’s in English but because of its content?
It’s a film that anyone in the world can relate to. It’s a journey about finding yourself on a road trip to find a girl called Stephanie – everyone calls her Fanny. Hence the name ‘Finding Fanny’.  I feel that the film can cut into the international market beyond the Indian diaspora. It is one of the reasons why we all were excited to try it out and give it a shot. I am really glad that Fox has seen the possibilities to exploit the film beyond the regular Hindi movie audience. Anyone in the whole world can watch the film because of the language and secondly because it’s relatable. You don’t have to be an Indian to understand the sensibilities we see in the movie. I think, now is the time for Indian filmmakers to go out there and show what kind of films we make. It can be Amsterdam, Africa, anywhere in Germany or South America or anywhere really; Finding Fanny will find an audience everywhere. It is just a matter of getting it to the audience and 20th Century Fox is the best possible studio to do that.

Finding Fanny stars Arjun Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Kapur and Naseeruddin Shah. The film is directed by Homi Adajania and releases on 12th September 2014 in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox. 

Interview: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor talk about ‘2 States’

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor were in London recently to promote their upcoming movie, 2 States.

Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik caught up with the duo and spoke about the film, an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagat.

UTV Motion Picture releases the Dharma Productions and Nadiawala Grandson production in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

This is the first time you are promoting a film in the UK. How is it going?
Arjun: I am just meeting people one by one in the room here just like I do when I promote my films in India. It doesn’t feel like I am in London and I am going to take it up with my distributors as to why they didn’t make the interviews happen out in the open (smiles). But it feels really nice to come here as an actor for the first time. I have travelled to London many times in the past as an assistant director or pleasure as I have many friends here.

You both are meeting fans at Cineworld Feltham later. Did you tell Arjun of what he should expect?
Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (1)
Alia: I have been there once before my first film, Student Of The Year, released and nobody really knew us. But the fans were very warm people (laughs).

Arjun, you don’t seem impressed…
Arjun: It’s not that I am not impressed. I just find it very surreal that people will take out the time to come and meet me. I have seen it happen with stars like Salman Khan. I have seen him not able to take one step forward because of huge crowds who were there to see him. That is true stardom and I find it surreal when something like that happens to me.

Arjun, the co-producer of the film, Karan Johar, said that Sajid Nadiawala was taken aback by his suggestion to cast you in the film. How did everything fall into place?
Arjun: Sajid Nadiwala was always passionate about making 2 States into a movie. A lot of A-list actors and directors showed interest but nothing ever materialised. When my debut film, Ishaqzaade, released Karan Johar loved it and so did the director of 2 States, Abhishek Varman. I was called into the Dharma Productions office and I read the script. I loved it and I was on board from that day. Sajid Nadiwala has seen me growing up and hanging around at Salman Khan’s house. We have taken holidays together and know each other well. I think, he was just taken aback that “Oh the time has come when Arjun is going to act in a film produced by Nadiawala Grandson.” More than anything, it was an overwhelming feeling for him that this boy he has seen growing up, will be starring in his production. I am really happy that both producers, Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiwala, showed faith in me.

Alia, were you always the first choice for the film?
Alia: I am sure I wasn’t (laughs). I was still filming for Student Of The Year and I was very young at that time. I was called in for a look test for 2 States and I really thank Abhishek Varman, the director, for having that faith in me. When I read the book, I never thought that I will be playing this character on-screen eventually. It’s his faith in me as an artist and performer that got me onto this film.

Alia, were you bothered that people were criticising Karan Johar’s decision to cast you in the film? Many fans felt that you don’t look Tamilian…
Alia: No, it didn’t bother me at all. People can be sceptical or think it’s great. At the end of the day, when I am in front of the camera, I am not Alia Bhatt, I am Ananya. I try as much as possible to be her and stay true to her. Also, being a fan of the original book, I never took it granted even for a minute that this role came to me. It was up to me to deliver my best and now when the film releases, it is up to the audience whether they accept me or not.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (3)Arjun, fans usually get disappointed when their favourite book is turned into a movie. How do you think this film will come across to the die-hard fans of 2 States and to people who have not read the book?
Arjun: Our director, Abhishek Varman knows that there is a huge fan following of the book and he kept the script very close to the source. He himself loved the book a lot. There is an old saying, ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’. He pretty much followed the flow that Chetan Bahagat wrote. Also for people who have not read the book, like me, you have to find a correlation so that people relate to these characters. He has balanced that really well and intelligently. He made it for a universal audience. 2 States is eventually a love story about two families. Two people can be in love but in our culture it is very important to be accepted by your families. The film is very relatable for someone who has not read the book and also for someone who has.

Alia, you get really irritated when people ask you about the kissing scenes shown in the trailer. Why is it such a big deal if you are kissing?
Alia: The minute you are candid and honest about how it doesn’t matter that suddenly becomes the centre of attention. They say it’s refreshing for you to be honest and not say ‘I did it because it was a part of the script’. But now every newspaper is only writing about the kiss. It is annoying because 2 States is not just about the kiss. It’s a family film and not about these two people constantly making out. We have to show the kiss in the film because it’s important in the book. Also, when people live together they kiss. How prudish can you be if you are living together but you don’t kiss?
Arjun: When two people are in love, they kiss. It’s really normal. The fact that we treat it so normally, is absurd for people.
Alia: There were rumours about us dating and journalists want to confirm the rumour by writing that they enjoy kissing each other which means they are a couple. I mean, if we were dating why would we say something like that?
Arjun: If we had said, we hated kissing each other, even that would be the headline. Eventually, when you use the word kiss, it will make it to the headline. It doesn’t matter if I have given 17 other answers as the kiss question will be the focus of the interview.

Alia meeting fansDon’t you both feel that when the press is focused so much about the kiss and the trailer shows intimate scenes, it can put off family audiences, especially here in the UK?
Alia: The families are on the poster and the film is not just about two people. The film is whole different world altogether and not about just about intimacy.
Arjun: Any sensible viewer, who watches the trailer, will know that the film is not just about kissing for three hours. It’s an aspect that comes and goes in the film. Trust me, all that you see in the film, is already out there in the trailer. I don’t think our audiences are so naive to believe the headlines that are being written about the film being all about kissing scenes. I trust our audience.

How do you feel this film will do at the UK Box Office now that films with newcomers are releasing more frequently here and some do well like ‘Highway’?
Alia: Highway was trending in the UK on Twitter on the day of release. I was very happy. I hope 2 States does well and I hope that book fans add to our audience.
Arjun: The UK has always been a very family oriented audience. This film truly represents that audience base. It is made for that audience. For me, Gunday was my big international release. I think, there is hope now that people are coming to cinemas to watch new faces now. With films like Highway, Hasee Toh Phasee or Gunday doing well here. It is a very star driven industry anyways and you need to keep working to change the audiences’ mind set to come and watch it. I am very hopeful that people will come out of the suburbs of England to the cinemas to watch the film.

This interview first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper (13th April 2014)

Alia Bhatt is single

Actress Alia Bhatt has still not found the perfect guy whom she’d like to date.

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor at The Courthouse Hotel, London for 2 States promotions. © Hayat Khan

Alia has previously been linked to her co-actors Varun Dhawan (Student of the Year, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania) and Arjun Kapoor (2 States).

The young actress however, denied dating either of the two Bollywood heartthrobs.

Says Alia, “The most most important qualities I want in my man is that he should be loyal and honest.”

“Coming from a family in which everyone has strong opinions, I don’t want a guy who will push me down,” added the Highway star.

She will next be seen in 2 States, releasing in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Arjun Kapoor is the new brand ambassador for Flying Machine

Arjun Kapoor, brand ambassador for Flying MachineFlying Machine, the iconic homegrown jeans brand from Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd announced the signing of Arjun Kapoor as its new brand ambassador.

A print and television campaign is being launched featuring Arjun Kapoor showcasing the new Spring Summer’14 collection. 

Sharing his excitement Bollywood actor, Arjun Kapoor said, “I’ve always believed style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. It’s reflected across all the choices I’ve made be it films, events or otherwise. Flying Machine has historically spoken volumes be it with their trendy clothes or their stylish campaigns. I’m super-excited to be taking over as their new brand ambassador and with their trippy new campaign, I’m hoping we are able to really define ‘The New Cool’. Here’s looking at an exciting new ride!”

Arjun Kapoor will also be seen in 2 States in UK cinemas from 18th April 2014. 

 

Photos: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor promote ‘2 States’ in London

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor today promoted their upcoming film 2 States in the British capital. 

The duo along with the writer of the best-selling novel 2 States – The Story of My Marriage also met fans at Cineworld, Feltham in the evening today. 

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Check out some photos by Hayat Khan:

 

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (3)

 

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (4)

 

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (1)

 

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in London (2)

‘2 States’ songs are young and energetic

The makers of 2 States, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor, recently launched the song Mast Magan from the original motion picture soundtrack of the film.

The song has been shot in real locations in Tamil Nadu,a temple at Mylapore and a pier at Ennore beach.

Producer Karan Johar says, “The idea was to create a romantic album that not only has soul, but also young energy. These kind of songs have a longer shelf life.They’re not item-based or seasonal.”

Director Abhishek Varman was keen on Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy copmposing the soundtrack. The trio has composed many hit albums for both production houses producing the film, Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions.

Sajid Nadiadwala adds, “SEL have given great music in my films Housefull and Heyy Babyy. Mast Magan is my favourite track in the 2 States album and I think it will grow.”

While praising the singer Arjit Singh, Sajid says, “His voice has a haunting quality and makes the song stay with you/”

Karan mentions for lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya, “He is a strong talent in music. Amitabh’s words tend to have a colloquial nature, but they also have a tremendous amount of soul.”

2 States releases in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Meet Ananya Swaminathan from ‘2 States’

2 States UK Release (4)Bollywood beauty Alia Bhatt portrays the role of Ananya Swaminathan in the upcoming Abhishek Varman directorial, 2 States.

Ananya is an intelligent, confident and beautiful girl. She is the eldest child of a middle class Tamil-Brahmin family from Chennai. Full of ambition and youthful energy, she rejects conventional outlooks on relationships, cultivating instead, her own unique viewpoint. She has unwavering faith in her ideas of right and wrong and no qualms in standing up for what she believes in.

Even though the cast, creed and community of the person she wants to marry are immaterial to her, she holds great value in the consent and happiness of her more traditional parents.

Ananya navigates the complex journey of falling in love with Krish (Arjun Kapoor), familial opposition, the madness of an unfamiliar Punjabi family and the imbalance between tradition and her own conviction, leading her to question everything she has so far believed about love and marriage… and her dreams of a life with Krish.

Come and fall in love with Ananya in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

2 States is produced by Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions.

 

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Meet Krish Malhotra from ‘2 States’

2 States UK Release (5)Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor plays the leading role in the much-awaited Dharma Production 2 States.

The 28-year-old actor plays the role of Krish Malhotra in the movie. Krish is a tall, erudite, Punjabi boy next door, aware of his reality, duty and ambition yet, lost in a distant world – as he hopes to become a writer someday. A writer, compassionate about the world around him… a world where he wants to make a difference with his words… without being preachy.

Raised by an overbearing Punjabi mother (Amrita Singh) and an alcoholic father(Ronit Roy), the only reason Krish is home, is for his mother. They find the solace of a family with each other. He would not do anything against her wishes or do something that would hurt her.

However, much to the chagrin of his mother, Krish falls in love with Ananya (Alia Bhatt), a Tamilian girl, whose nonchalance over his caste or community and encouragement to pursue his dream to become a writer, wins him over.

Krish knows his mother will not be happy with his choice of a “Madrasan” and that Ananya’s parents will not be forthcoming either. However insurmountable the task of overcoming the obstacles of the borders, states, communities and cultures… he will fight for his love… but will he succeed?

Experience Krish’s love story in UK cinemas on 18th April.

2 States is directed by Abhishek Varman and produced by Dharma Productions. 

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Synopsis: ‘2 States’

There is excitement all around as 2 States produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala is set to release in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

2 States, the movie is based on Chetan Bhagat’s real life love story and on his best-selling novel 2 States: The Story of My Marriage.

The rom-com is directed by Abhishek Varman and stars Dharma favourite Alia Bhatt and Gunday star Arjun Kapoor in lead roles.

2 States UKSynopsis: Love marriages around the world are simple. Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. They get married. In India, there are few more steps…

Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Girl’s family has to love the boy. Boy’s family has to love the girl. Girl’s family has to love the boy’s family. Boy’s family has to love the girl’s family.

And if the boy and girl still love each other, they get married.

2 States is a story about a journey of one such couple, Krish Malhotra and Ananya Swaminathan. They meet at the IIM-Ahmedabad and during the course they fall in love. Complications arise after the course comes to an end and they decide to get married.

Krish and Ananya belong to two different states of India. Krish, a North Indian Punjabi boy from Delhi, and Ananya, a Tamilian Brahmin from Chennai. They take a conscious decision; till their parents don’t agree they won’t get married. Everything goes down hill when the parents meet. There is a cultural clash and the parents oppose the wedding.

To convert their love story into a love marriage, the couple faces a tough battle in front of them. For its easy to fight and rebel, but much harder to convince.

Will Krish and Ananya’s love for each other sustain the battles? Will they manage to convince their parents and make it to their wedding? The film thus is a humorous take on inter community marriages in India.

 Disney UTV will release the film in UK cinemas on 18th April.

Arjun Kapoor’s look similar to his director Abhishek Varman.

In Dharma Productions’ 2 States Arjun Kapoor’s look is pretty similar to his director Abhishek Varman.

9. Abhishek Varman

Abhishek Varman is making his debut as a director with the film based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel but has been working behind the scenes for a few years. Abhishek was an assistant director on My Name Is Khan (like Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan) and was also the creative director of Student Of The Year.

It could be anything from hairstyle, spectacles, outfits or could be the design and patterns right from the subdued colours and styling for the character of Krish Malhotra, played by Arjun Kapoor. All these aspects have been taken from how Abhishek Varman the director of the film is in real life.

Produced by Sajid Nadiawala and Karan Johar, the film will release in UK cinemas on 18th April through Disney UTV.

 

Alia and Arjun meet Salman Khan

2 statesThe leading actors of 2 States recently met Salman Khan at a studio.

Salman Khan was shooting at Mehboob Studio for his film upcoming film KICK when he heard that Alia and Arjun were also present there for a promotional photo shoot for their upcoming film 2 states.

Salman Khan then went on the sets of 2 States to visit both the young actors. Obviously, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor both were quite excited to see Salman and happily posed to click photos with the senior actor.

Arjun Kapoor in spite of being close to the Khan family doesn’t have a good photograph with Salman and quickly grabbed the opportunity to have a click with Salman.

Watch the trailer of 2 States here:

Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor romance in the first trailer of ‘2 States’

The wait is finally over, as the trailer of Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor starrer 2 States has been released by Dharma Productions.

The trailer reveals great incredible chemistry between the lead couple as they are seen romancing on-campus, while the second half shows their love being put to the test.

A Disney UTV presentation, and a Sajid Nadiadwala & Karan Johar production, 2 States has been directed by Abhishek Varman and stars Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

It is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel 2 States, and is slated to release in UK cinemas on 18th April, 2014.

Check out photos from the trailer launch by Varinder Chawla:

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First Look: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in ‘2 States’

The first teaser poster of 2 States starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor has been released today.

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2 States is produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala under Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions respectively. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the film is based on the best selling novel by Chetan Bhagat.

The trailer of the film will be launched by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor on 28th February in Mumbai. 

Disney UTV will release the film in UK cinemas on 18 April, 2014.

Watch: ‘Jashn-E-Ishqa’ from ‘Gunday’

Jashn E Ishqa

Yash Raj Films has released the first song from their upcoming Valentines Day release Gunday.

Jashn-E-Ishqa is a celebration of the life and friendship of the two happy-go-lucky renegades (Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh) who came to be known as Gunday.

Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. For Bikram and Bala, friendship was the essence of life, the most vibrant colour.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

Yash Raj Films will release Gunday on 14th February 2014 in UK cinemas.