20th Century Fox UK will release Fox Star India’s M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story in UK cinemas on 30th September 2016.
A new poster of the much-awaited M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story is out and gives a perfect insight into all the stages of the cricketer’s life.
Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who essays Dhoni’s role in the biopic,unveiled the new poster on his profile on the social media platform Twitter. The actor tweeted: “Captain. Leader. Winner. Many names & a journey unknown. Official poster – #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory #HappyBirthdayMahi”
Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the movie also stars Kiara Advani and Anupam Kher.
Watch the Official Teaser M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story here:
M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story releases in UK cinemas on 30th September 2016, distributed by Fox Star Studios
20th Century Fox will release Karan Malhotra’s Brothers in UK cinemas on 14th August 2014.
An Indian adaptation of the hugely popular hit, Warrior (starring Tom Hardy), Brothers is the hard-hitting action-drama surrounding a broken family forced to face up to one another mentally and physically, all within the world of mixed martial arts and underground street fighting.
The film stars one of India’s most reputed actors Akshay Kumar (a martial artist, who has launched stars such as Kylie Minogue, Snoop Dogg and Sylvester Stallone in Bollywood) and emerging star Siddharth Malhotra. The film is a co-production between Endemol India and one of India’s leading production companies, Dharma Productions.
David (Akshay Kumar) is forced to confront his underlying problems when he finds himself reunited with his estranged family; his father (Jackie Shroff) returns after serving a ten-year prison sentence, and Monty (Sidharth Malhotra) the struggling alcoholic who is active in the world of street fighting, yearns for acceptance and love from his family. Brought together by the arrival of India’s biggest international event in mixed martial arts history, ‘Right to Fight’, the family must face each other, and their demons, to win the ultimate battle, and find redemption.
Watch the trailer here:
Star India has initiated a path-breaking deal with Dharma Productions to alter the landscape of the world’s largest cinema market, with a first of its kind game changing creative partnership that would see Dharma and Fox Star Studios co-produce and distribute films worldwide.
Star India, India’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, which has been redefining boundaries in entertainment, sports broadcast and digital content, through Fox Star Studios, India’s premier movie production and distribution company, which is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India, have partnered with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Bollywood’s most successful creative production house, to form a unique creative and business partnership. The deal is to produce nine films spread over a period of three years.
“The Indian film industry is an important market for us and this strategic partnership offers us an excellent opportunity to fundamentally change the content quality paradigm. This venture is the natural step in our progression to create entertaining and eclectic content for a global audience and to grow the business through game-changing innovation in content, marketing and distribution, ” said Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India. “Fox Star is delighted to partner with Karan Johar, a creative visionary and one of the industry’s leading director-producer’s with an impressive line-up of films planned in the coming few years,” he added.
“Movies for me have always been a blend of artistic and commercial resources. Dharma Productions has always endeavoured to attain the highest form of celluloid excellence and entertain simultaneously. I am glad we have found a partner in Star India and Fox Star Studios for a visionary 9 films alliance,” said Karan Johar. “This partnership will not only be the coming together of two forces who understand the need of the cinematic hour but also work as a unit to increase the footfall strength at the movies and empower other verticals. It’s a new age of cinema and this association is a glorious reflection of the times,” he added.
The venture will provide a much-needed impetus to the Hindi film industry that is witnessing a rapid metamorphosis with audiences becoming more judicious given the varied entertainment preferences accessible to them.
Fox Star and Dharma will collaborate and work towards the entire slate of nine films which boasts of a stellar line up of titles, helmed by the country’s finest actors, directors, including Karan himself.
20th Century Fox will release upcoming Dharma Productions in UK cinemas starting with Akshay Kumar-Siddharth Malhotra starrer Brother this August.
Karan Johar’s next directorial, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which will be filmed extensively in the UK this year will also be released worldwide and in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox in 2016.
Fox Star Studios has released the first theatrical trailer of their co-production with Visheh Films, Hamari Adhuri Kahani.
The romantic drama is directed by Mohit Suri of Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain fame and stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkumar Rao.
The movie is set to release in UK cinemas on 12th June 2015 through 20th Century Fox.
Check out the official trailer for Hamari Adhuri Kahani here:
Fox Star Studios and Phantom Films have released the hotly anticipated trailer for award-winning director Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming epic saga Bombay Velvet.
Ranbir Kapoor heads up the cast of this glamorous film set during the Golden Age of Bollywood cinema and is joined by Anushka Sharma as well as Karan Johar who takes on a sinister role.
The film is the story of an ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’. It’s the story of how one man’s Dream becomes every man’s nightmare.
20th Century Fox will release Bombay Velvet across UK cinemas on 15th May 2015.
Watch the trailer with English subtitles here:
Fox Star Studios and Sony Music India have released the first song from Emraan Hashmi starrer Mr. X.
Tu Jo Hain has been sung by popular recording artist Ankit Tiwari, who will tour the US and UK next month.
The film also stars Amyra Dastur and will be released in 2D and 3D in UK cinemas. Mr. X is written by Vikram Bhatt and Shagufta Rafique and directed by Vikram Bhatt.
The suspense sci-fi thriller is produced by Vishesh Films in association with Fox Star Studios. Mr. X will release in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015 through 20th Century Fox.
20th Century Fox will release the Emraan Hashmi starrer Mr. X in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015.
Watch the trailer here:
The film also stars Amyra Dastur and will be released in 3D as well. Mr. X is written by Vikram Bhatt and Shagufta Rafique and Vikram Bhatt.
The suspense sci-fi thriller is produced by Vishesh Films in association with Fox Star Studios.
20th Century Fox has confirmed Bollywood films due to release in 2015 for the UK territory.
The studio will be releasing films in UK cinemas acquired and/or produced by Fox Star India, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India.
The first 20th Century Fox Bollywood release here is Mr.X (3D) produced by Vishesh Films, under a three film deal with Fox Star Studios. The film is directed by Vikram Bhatt and stars Emraan Hashmi and Amyra Dastur. Mr. X (3D) will be released in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015.
15th May 2015 will see the release of the much-awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma starrer Bombay Velvet, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film is a co-production between Phantom Films and Fox Star Studios. Bombay Velvet will also see director-producer Karan Johar play the antagonist in the film and Raveena Tandon is set to make a special appearance.
The last of the three film deal with Vishesh Films, Hamari Adhoori Kahaani starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan will hit UK cinemas on 12th June 2015. Based on the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother, the film is directed by Mohit Suri (Aashiqui 2, Ek Villain).
Superstar Salman Khan is set to break records at UK cinemas again this year with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The 49-year-old actor will reunite with fashion diva Sonam Kapoor after Saawariya in the Sooraj R Barjatya directorial. The film, produced by Rajshri Productions, will be released in UK cinemas on 13th November 2015.
Commenting on the same last year, Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, India, said “Rajshri Productions have an amazing lineage and have made India’s most memorable family films. They represent the best of Indian values and have a unique understanding of Indian audiences as a result of which their cinema cuts across all audiences. Sooraj ji is one of those rare, gifted storytellers and with this partnership, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine the unique expertise of Rajshri Productions along with the worldwide marketing and distribution muscle of Fox Star Studios. We can’t wait to commence this exciting journey together!”
In January this year, Fox Star Studios joined hands with Inspired Entertainment to produce M.S.Dhoni – The untold story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput. The film is the official bio-pic on the Indian cricket captain and will be seen by fans in UK cinemas from 23rd October 2015.
Bollywood blockbuster Bang Bang produced by Fox International Productions and Fox Star Studios, starring Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan, has debuted at number six on the UK Box Office Chart.
Directed by Sidharth Anand, Bang Bang is the official remake of Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight & Day. The film was released in the UK market through 20th Century Fox on 2nd October 2014.
The rom-com action movie earned £602,193 in its opening weekend from 126 cinemas with a site average of £4,779. This figure includes the amount earned through nationwide previews on 1st October at Cineworld cinemas for ‘Unlimited Card’ customers.
Disney UTV’s Haider, released on the same day following a full UK publicity campaign including Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj promoting the film in London, opened at number sixteen. The film earned £83,619 in its opening weekend from 45 cinemas with a site average of £1,858.
Watch the trailer of Bang Bang here:
Deepika 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.
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.
Fox Star Studios has released the official teaser of the much-awaited movie Bang Bang! starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif directed by Siddharth Anand.
Bang Bang! is the official remake of Tom Cruise starrer Knight and Day. The film will release in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox.
It’s a wrap, for Humshakals. The shoot for the much-awaited comedy caper Humshakals, in Mauritius, has finally come to an end. Actor Riteish Deshmukh recently posted an image for his fans on the photo and video sharing platform, Instagram, to mark this special occasion. The image, a selfie, shows Riteish and Director Sajid Khan along with co-actor Saif Ali Khan posing for the camera.
The first look of the movie was released on the day of the India Pakistan T20 Match and has, since then, generated rave reviews for its unique ‘Nine times the fun’ positioning. Fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars on-screen in triple roles.
Humshakals stars Saif Ali Khan, Ram Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh in triple roles – a never-before for Indian cinema, along with Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta as the leading ladies as is set in the United Kingdom. Directed by Sajid Khan, produced by Vashu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment, and presented by Fox Star Studios, Humshakals is slated to release in UK cinemas on 20th June, 2014
Hrithik Roshan is reportedly performing his own stunts on the sets of Fox Star Studios’ Bang Bang despite having body doubles on set.
There were reports claiming that the Krrish star will use a body double for his stunts in the film, also starring Katrina Kaif.
An insider confirmed that body doubles have been arranged for Hrithik keeping in mind his recent brain surgery. But when Hrithik reached Shimla he was not happy with the scenes and wanted to shoot them himself.
However, Hrithik’s body doubles will be available on the sets at all times. The stunts for the film, an official remake of Tom Cruise starrer Knight and Day, are designed by Andy Armstrong who was recently working on The Amazing Spider Man 2.
Although her performance in her big comeback film English Vinglish got her much critical appreciation, Sridevi has to decide if she will agree to do a cameo.
A few days ago, Fox Star Studios sent feelers to the talented actress to make a special appearance in Amole Gupte’s upcoming film Hawaa Hawaai. The out-and-out masala movie stars Amole’s son Partho Gupte and Saqib Saleem and is being shot in various locations in the city.
The famous Mr India song, Kehte Hain Mujhko Hawa Hawai, gave Sridevi the tag of Miss Hawa Hawai.
A source close to the film told Mirror: “The makers strongly feel that she should be a part of the film since its very name is derived from one of Sridevi’s most famous songs. Her shoot is being planned for January. She will be seen in a few scenes. However, she is yet to give her nod to the cameo.”
The Nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan spends a lot of his time in the British capital for holidays and film shoots. Just recently, the 43-year-old actor was filming for Sajid Khan’s upcoming comedy flick Humshakals in London and Portsmouth.
Khan met up with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik at the UK headquarters of 20th Century Fox after a long day of shooting with co-stars Riteish Deshmukh and Tamanna here in London.
Saif Ali Khan’s latest film Bullett Raja is distributed by 20th Century Fox in the UK and coproduced by its Indian arm Fox Star Studios. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, Bullett Raja sees Saif Ali Khan essay the role of Raja Mishra, a commoner who gets transformed into Bullett Raja – a notorious, care-a-damn attitude gangster. The action comedy also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergil, Vidyuth Jamwal, Chunkey Pandey, Gulshan Grover, Ravi Kishan and Raj Babbar.
Congratulations on your first ₹ 100 crore film Race 2. Has your perception of the ‘100 crore club’ changed now that you are a part of it?
Now it’s all about the ₹ 200 crore club right?
So it doesn’t matter to you?
It does matter. The idea is to make a lot of money. It makes you a ‘star’ when your films do really well at the box office and earn ₹ 150 crores or ₹ 200 crores. It sounds good. People invest in you and you make sure that the films make money. It’s the business of our films.
You are in London for Humshakals. How has the filming been so far?
I think Humshakals is the most commercial movie that I am doing. The kind of songs and comedy that we have in the film made me feel that I’m finally doing a film which has something for everybody, which is important. I mean, Cocktail was lovely but it wasn’t for everyone. Some people may find it a little highbrow and urban. India is a simple and poor country. Our people like happiness, comedy and dances in movies. It’s nice to play such a role in Humshakals.
Your next release is Bullett Raja. What is the film about?
It’s an action movie. It’s a story of two friends who inadvertently, of course, have to end into a life of crime. But not just crime, it’s more of a political hit man kind of crime. It is set in UP where it’s almost legally acceptable that a minister will go around beating people.
Bullett Raja is being distributed by 20th Century Fox in UK cinemas. Do you think that having such a renowned and well-known distributor will help the film in terms of reaching out to newer audiences or do you think that just depends on the content of your film?
No, I think distribution is extremely important. I think the fact that they are connected so well in that amazing way and have that reputation is a plus for them. A lot of people are trying to enter the Indian market without understanding it. But the films that Fox is acquiring for production and distribution have a high chance of being successful. Someone is choosing the films correctly. America and India have different cultures. There is no connection. There is also no possibility that an executive from ‘X’ company will really understand anything. The best offer they will give you is that ‘We have a library of so many movies. Why don’t you remake one for us?’ That’s not really useful.
You usually team up with Eros International for your own productions. They recently started the trend of Indian movies in Russia again with your production ‘Cocktail’. Do you get involved in the distribution aspect of films that you are not producing like Bullett Raja?
No I don’t. I also think that one should work with lots people. I just work on the philosophy of not putting all your eggs in one basket. Hopefully some other people know what they are doing.
How was your experience working with your director Tigmanshu Dhulia?
It was really good. He is a very sensible guy. Something about him reminds me of Sunny Deol, not as a person but because of the kind of films he makes and likes. I think he was even involved in his production house. He likes films like Gaddar but at the same time he has an artistic side and makes films like Paan Singh Tomar. Actually, instead of calling him artistic I should call him good as a he is a good filmmaker. But I would like to nudge him into making more of a commercial movie. He took a tough character in Bullett Raja and made him funny. I mean my character is scared of flying, is charming and naughty with the girl. He is a great friend, has tremendous heroic qualities like bravery and loyalty but is on the bad side of the law.
It’s also a fresh pairing with Sonakshi Sinha for you after a long time. Was that a conscious decision?
Variety is certainly the spice of life in terms of movies. It feels great. How stupid of me not to have worked with different actresses earlier. My pairing with Deepika is great and successful but dancing with Tamanna for Humshakals was fantastic and really cool. We were doing some really great steps and I really thought that it was brilliant. Even for Bullet Raja, Sonakshi has had very successful films but is very down to earth. When you speak to her, you feel like she is someone you have gone to school with, generations apart (laughs).
Does that bother you when people say that you are 40+?
No, because I feel that I’m looking better, at least on most days I don’t know about today, than ever. When you are on top of your game, it doesn’t bother you. But when you aren’t it, will probably start worrying you. When you look in the mirror and you see too many lines and if someone points that out to you, you will feel bad. I feel that forty is the new thirty.
I still enjoy your movies from the 90’s.
I am better now, I think. I do watch them and I think that I did work hard on them. I was watching something the other day where I was hanging off a bridge or something. It was Yaar Gaddar and I was hanging off the Navashima Docks Bridge. Then I had a rat song where I had a rat in my pant. I had to pull it out and say ‘Dekho Mera Chuha’.
What sets your film apart from similar genre films like Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore?
Our film is actually not unlike Dabangg rather than Rowdy Rathore. That is a crazy take on a cop and this is a rather entertaining take on a Mafia guy. It’s not normal for a Mafia guy to behave like my character does. There is also a bit of a western vibe to it because it’s set in that environment. It’s much more entertaining than it should be in that sense.
Bullett Raja is released in UK cinemas this Friday, 29th November 2013.
Actors Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Tamannaah filmed scenes for their upcoming film Humshakals at Hyde Park Corner in London earlier today.
Directed by Sajid Khan, Humshakals is produced by Vashu Bhagnani and also stars Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta.
Check out the photos here: