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HNY gets a wide release on iTunes

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in LondonAfter reaching out to millions of fans across the globe, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd’s film Happy New Year has added another feather to the already decorated hat. The film has got the widest release ever on iTunes, which is a first for any Indian film. Directed by Farah Khan, HNY has become the first Bollywood film to premiere in iTunes Gulf region and in 16 Latin American countries.

Confirming the news, Gaurav Verma, Chief Revenue Officer, RCE said, “Technology has always helped in overcoming barriers, sometimes they are economical and sometime language. Riding on the reach of iTunes we have been able to cater to audience in over 100 countries with regional subtitles who can now consume our movies on a swipe at their convenience. Theatrically, we reach out to 50-55 countries for a big film and digital platforms help us in expanding our reach as was the case with our earlier initiative Direct-To-Fan, which made the film available to a global audience.” 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)An action-packed musical heist, HNY was worldwide distributed by Yash Raj Films and stars Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah in key roles. HNY was released in India on 24th October last year and has been released theatrically, on D2F and on home video in many traditional and non-traditional markets since then. HNY also got the biggest release in China on their New Year weekend recently and will be available in German from 20th March on home video as well.  

Click here to watch/download Happy New Year on iTunes UK. 

Farah Khan to hold master classes at London Asian Film Festival

Farah Khan at Happy New Year promotions in LondonDance has been an integral part of Indian cinema for as long as anyone can recall, one cog of a trio of elements – timeless music and romance being the other two – that have thrilled fans, particularly of Bollywood, for more than a century.

This March, one of Bollywood’s most prolific choreographers, and film-makers, is set to thrill audiences in London when she holds film-making and choreography master-classes as part of the London Asian Film Festival 2015 (LAFF).

The multi-talented Farah Khan, director of the 2014 smash hit ‘Happy New Year’ will hold a choreography workshop and take part in a fun ‘Bollywood Razzmatazz’ at a special screening of her 2007 blockbuster romance ‘Om Shanti Om’ in Central London on day one. The second date will feature a directing and film making master class.

During her master class Khan will shed light on her remarkable Bollywood journey – from a self-taught dancer to becoming one of Bollywood’s most sought-after choreographers  and the director behind such evergreen romances as ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Main Hoon Na’, not to mention innumerable appearances on TV from ‘Dance India Dance’ to hosting ‘Bigg Boss’, the Indian version of Big Brother.

The day after her master class, Farah will lead fans at the Princes Charles Theatre in Leicester Square in a sing-and-dance-along in a first for the London Asian Film Festival, Europe’s oldest showcase for South Asian cinema.
Dr Pushpinder Choudhary, Festival Director said: “We’re honoured to have Farah Khan as our chief guest this year at our 17th programme. She’s a true role model for female film makers, in this macho centric world of cinema, she’s had phenomenal success in directing blockbuster Bollywood movies that entertain the masses with quality story telling”.

Shah Rukh and Farah KhanFarah is said to have been inspired to teach herself dance after watching the ground-breaking music video to the Michael Jackson super hit ‘Thriller’. 

She would later go on to set up her own dance troupe before entering the movie business, working on the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ way back in 1992.

Farah has not looked back since and despite being one of a handful of women in a male-dominated industry, she has established herself as one of the most sought-after choreographers in the business.

Among her credits are such iconic films as ‘Khabi Haan Khabi Naa’, ‘1942: A Love Story’, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’, ‘Dil Se’, ‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai’, ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Paheli’, ‘Bluffmaster’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Dabbangg’ and countless others.

She has made her mark outside Indian cinema as well, not least with the Broadway and West End smash ‘Bombay Dreams’ where her work was nominated for a Tony award, as well as ‘Vanity Fair’, Mira Nair’s lavish big-screen adaptation of the literary classic.

Farah’s appearance in London is part of a packed programme for this year’s 17th edition of the London Asian Film Festival, organized by Tongues on Fire. 

After a hugely successful 2014, LAFF returns with a cutting edge and entertaining roster of films and special events to thrill fans of South Asian cinema in London between 19th – 29th March 2015.

In keeping with the ethos of Tongues on Fire, the 2015 edition will be built around the theme of ‘The Power of Women’ which will be reflected in this year’s roster of special guests.

Tickets for the master classes and the film festival will be available on the Tongues on Fire website at http://www.tonguesonfire.com from 24th February.

Irshad Kamil’s book of poems launched and read by Bollywood’s best

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems- Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka,Eminent Bollywood songwriter Irshad Kamil’s first book of poems, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, was released in Mumbai today amidst much fanfare. Setting the tone for a poetic evening, Irshad read a poem from the book. It was then launched by Deepti Naval, Farah Khan, Irrfan Khan and Sonam Kapoor. They also read a few poems from the book.

Irshad is regarded as one of the top songwriters in Bollywood, his words punctuating the music of the biggest films and songs composed by eminent music composers like A.R. Rahman, Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar. Irshad’s work in films like Rockstar, Raanjhana and Happy New Year has earned him not only love and acclaim but trophies from the biggest award ceremonies like Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, et al.

Published by Vani Prakashan, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka is a compilation of 31 beautiful poems by Irshad, one for every day of the month. And before every poem there is a window of thought that transports the reader in the realms of romance and beauty. Says Irshad: “When you are writing for a film you are under different kinds of pressure and while good work can blossom under pressure, some times you need to write for yourself and just let the words flow in their own sweet time. This book is a collection of those freewheeling thoughts and ideas captured in these 31 nazms. Being amidst the contemporary times,I’ve tried to travel the lanes of love in the light of today’s reality.”

The book will soon be launched in Delhi by Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali.

Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, is now available in leading book stores throughout India and on-line portals.

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems - Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka

Photos: Abhishek Bachchan & Farah Khan win at Masala Awards 2014

The director of the recent blockbuster Happy New Year Farah Khan and actor Abhishek Bachchan walked the Red Carpet at Masala Awards 2014 which were held at Madinat Jumierah in Dubai recently.

Farah won ‘Blockbuster of the Year’ and Abhishek won the ‘Best Actor in Supporting Role’ awards for their film HNY at a grand ceremony. Abhishek was also awarded ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the awards night.

Masala Awards 2014

Masala awards 2014 held at Madinat arena ballroom,

 

Masala Awards 2014

 

Masala awards 2014 held at Madinat arena ballroom,

 

Masala Awards 2014

‘Happy New Year’ goes to the Oscar Library

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in LondonProduced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, the happiest movie of the year has now another reason to be happy after grossing Rs 350 Cr worldwide (USD 15 million overseas) recently.

Directed by Farah Khan, Happy New Year makes it to the Oscars Library now. Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has officially selected the screenplay of HNY for its permanent Core Collection.

The Oscar Library will add the screenplay which is accessible to students, filmmakers, writers, actors and others from the field of cinema, for the purpose of research. Over the years, this collection has grown to include scripts for more than 11,000 produced films spanning the years 1910 to the present.    

HNY starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah is the ultimate underdog story where a team of ‘losers , win the love of millions in their quest to pull off the biggest diamond heist ever! HNY is running strong at the Box-Office in its fourth week at Box Office.

Spotted: ‘Happy New Year’ promotions in London

The cast of Happy New Year recently descended into the British capital to promote the highly-anticipated movie. Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and director Farah Khan interacted with the UK media at a Central London hotel.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and is released in UK cinemas on 23rd October 2014 through Yash Raj Films. Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Abhishek Bachchan at Happy New Year promotions in London

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Photos: ‘SLAM! The Tour’ Press Conference in Houston

Shah Rukh Khan is ready to shake a leg with his fans in the US after a gap of 10 years. Along with Deepika Padukone, Farah Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Malaika Arora Khan, Vivaan Shah, Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh, they thrilled the audience with SLAM! THE TOUR on 19th Sep at Houston.

On this occasion Deepika Padukone, Farah Khan, SRK, Abhishak Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah addressed the media on 18th Sep 2014 at the Royal Sonesta in Houston.

UK fans can witness SLAM+ The Tour in London on 5th October 2014. 

Live Stream: ‘Happy New Year’ music launch

Red Chillies Entertainment is giving Bollywood fans around the world a chance to live stream the music launch of the much-awaited Farah Khan directorial Happy New Year tomorrow (15th September).

Get ready to witness sheer magic in a first of its kind music launch, with sizzling performances from the music makers of the film and electric performances from the stars themselves.

You can the watch the live stream here tomorrow from 12:00 (BST):

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films worldwide. Happy New Year will release this Diwali in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.

Happy New Year – A Farah Khan film starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani & Vivaan Shah is slated to release in UK cinemas this Diwali, October 2014.

 

SRK and Deepika romance in ‘Manwa Laage’

Red Chillies Entertainment has released Manwa Laage from Happy New Year featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. 

Directed by Farah Khan, the film also stars Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and introduces Vivaan Shah. 

Happy New Year releases in UK cinemas through Yash Raj Films this Diwali. Fans can also see the stars live at Slam+ The Tour in London on 5th October at The 02. 

Check out some images from the song here:

‘Happy New Year’ trailer creates waves worldwide

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd unveiled the first look of its next release, Happy New Year, at a grand event in Mumbai recently. Director Farah Khan was present at the event along with the entire cast of the film – Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff, Music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and Producers.

Unlike a usual trailer launch, this event was a celebration of the “Indiawaale” sentiment lent by the film. The evening began with SRK and Boman welcoming all to the grand event and introduced Fictitious Group who performed to a theme music especially made to make the eve of Independence special. Vishal and Shekhar also performed on a specially created version of the Happy New Year song, Indiawaale. This was followed by a chic fashion show by Manish Malhotra. The entire cast of the film walked the ramp. The silhouette of the collection clearly defined the theme and the sentiment of the evening. The trailer of the film was then unveiled to the audience that comprised of media and fans from across India.

Check out photos from the trailer launch here:

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Farah Khan said, “This film has all that it takes to make a Bollywood quintessential film but the most important element here is HOPE. It is hope that turns into BELIEF for anyone who works hard in life to achieve their goals. Even if you lose don’t let that bring you down and think it is the end.”

Shah Rukh Khan said, “It is not necessary that if you do not win even after repeatedly trying, that you are a loser. This is what Happy New Year is all about. This film is a celebration and most importantly it is as happy as the title is.”

Venky Mysore, CEO, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, said “We are delighted to bring to you a sneak preview of HNY. This is a tribute to “INDIAWAALE” and a celebration of who we are. It has been a massive project yet most enjoyable to all of us at Red Chillies. We hope the audience enjoy it as much as we have making it. We eagerly look forward to “Diwali” to bring it to the audience worldwide.”

Red Chillies used all possible Digital Platforms – Social Media, Mobile (VAS), DTH & Application Economy to ensure a large user preferred reach for the trailer.

While most of the films opt for the conventional Youtube platform, HNY trailer was first launched on Facebook’s native video player using an application wherein the trailer was not only launched on the Facebook page of HNY but also the timelines of all the users who subscribed to the app.

If this isn’t enough, the trailer was also launched on the native video player of Twitter with personalized messages from the cast of HNY. “Red Chillies and the cast of Happy New Year understand the value of developing live, personal and interactive connections with their audience, which is only possible on Twitter. From the entire cast and crew sharing every moment of film production on Twitter via their personal handles to their launching personalized trailers and posters on Twitter, Happy New Year has set a new national and global standard in the movie business,” said Rishi Jaitley, Market Director, Twitter India. The Trailer was also launched on the conventional platform of Youtube on all channels of the partners (Music Distributors T-Series and Film Distributors Yash Raj Films) on the film along with Red Chillies’ official channel. The total views of the trailer from all platforms cross a record breaking number of 4 million in 24 hours.

Below are the statistics of 24 hours from the minute the trailer was launched on all the Digital Platforms, which got it more than 4 million views:

Facebook
First film trailer to be launched on FB and becomes the most viewed movie trailer on FB Native Player across the Globe

  • 1.5 Million Trailer Views
  • 2.8 Million Post Interaction & over 18 Million FB users reached.
  • Over 360K Likes for the trailer (Highest Ever)

Twitter

  • 1.5 Billion Impressions only on Aug 14
  • 5 Hash Tags trending of Happy New Year

YouTube

  • Over than 2 Million views across various Youtube Partner Channels 

WhatsApp

  • First Film to send out the trailer via WhatsApp

Tata Sky

  • Reached Over 13 million Subscribe of a DTH & each one has to watch channel 100 when they switch on their sets before they go to any other channel of their choice

Airtel WAP

  • They have over 15 million visitors every day

SMS

  • Over 300,000 fans received it via SMS service (missed call facility)

E-Mail

  • Over 25,000 fans received it via email

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films in UK cinemas and worldwide.

Check out the posters of the film here:

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