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Ekta Kapoor and Imran Khan Bury The Hatchet!

Imran Khan on The Front Row - Star Plus UKImran Khan and Ekta Kapoor have proven their mettle time and again individually. The dynamic duo first came together for the much hyped OUATMD but the camaraderie faded soon with much media speculation. Soon after the release of the movie, news of their relation going sour floated around where the two stated that they would not work together again.

As they say nothing is permanent in Bollywood, in their case all it took was one face to face encounter for differences to evaporate. Ekta & Imran bumped into each other at a party. Says a source, “There were no fireworks or cold vibes. They saw each other and in minutes they were engrossed in a long conversation in a corner of the room.” 

A few days later they met again for tea and as old friendships revived; so did old projects.

While working for OUATMD, Imran and Ekta had discussed one of  Tigmanshu Dhulia’s script. The duo was very passionate about the script and thought it was an incredible script. At that time Ekta was keen to make it and Imran wanted to do it with similar zeal. The script eventually came up in their conversation and they both realised that they were still equally enthusiastic and passionate about the script.

Imran Khan confirmed the news saying, “I’m very glad that Ekta and I met face to face and cleared up our issues. I really wish we had done it sooner. Tigmanshu’s script is excellent, and it would be a shame for his film to suffer because of our disagreement. I’m really looking forward to the three of us working together.”

Ekta shared his sentiments , “I am extremely fond of Imran and thankfully we have ironed out our differences. When I heard Tigmanshu’s great script I instinctively knew that Imran was perfect for the character. He’ll do great justice to this role and we are so excited to commence this project.”

With most things in place now for Tigmanshu, he is yet to finalise the girl playing the main lead. The project is supposed to go on floors this September 2015.

Imran Khan ‘Roughs It’ In ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola - UK ReleaseBollywood’s poster boy Imran Khan has certainly toughened up his image lately and is almost unrecognizable as the rugged hero figure in director Vishal Bhardwaj’s forthcoming rustic North Indian film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, which is released through Twentieth Century Fox in UK cinemas on 11th January 2013.

Acclaimed director Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara, Maqbool) requested Imran to completely get into the skin of his character ‘Matru’ by immersing himself in the Haryana way of life. The actor spent a month, dedicating five hours every day with five ‘Jhat’ (a North Indian caste) boys from Delhi to imbibe their language and mannerisms.

The rigorous training schedule meant that Imran had to change his body language and also learn the language of Haryanvi for the role. So intense was his training that he had to eat with the Jhat boys, go shopping with them, and possibly the most daunting, he had to only speak and respond in Haryanvi, not uttering a word of English for a whole month. Imran was mentored for the part by theatre maestro NK Sharma, who runs the Delhi-based act 1theatre Group.

After the month-long, intensive training session was completed, and both Vishal Bhardwaj and NK Sharma were convinced that Imran could pass for a true native Haryanvi, did the young actor begin shooting for the film.

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana in India, Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry’s man-Friday, Matru (Imran Khan).

Much to her father’s delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (Arya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola releases in UK cinemas on 11th January 2013 by Twentieth Century Fox.

 

Watch the new song ‘Oye Boy Charlie’ here:

Imran Khan Shares his experience about Dharma Production

Imran Khan is completely impressed with Karan Johar and Dharma productions. His upcoming movie with the production house, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ featuring Kareena Kapoor has already created a buzz in the filmy duniya.

They just shot for a still photo shoot for the publicity of the movie. Without a doubt they looked fabulous together. He is all praises for his co-star for her extreme brilliance, on screen as well as off screen.

After ‘I Hate Luv Storys’, Imran is glad to be back with Dharma Productions. Karan’s support and belief in him at the lowest point of his career has been the limelight for him. He was offered ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ when he was facing a rough patch, the actor recollects. Post the shoot of the movie the bond between him Karan and Punit Malhotra (director of IHLS) has grown stronger.

Imran started shooting for the film after the release of ‘Break Ke Baad’ in 2010. Set in Las Vegas the film shows a span of five to six days in Imran’s life when Kareena Kapoor enters his life and everything changes. Speaking to me about this film and co-star Kapoor, Khan said: “I pushed for her to be in the film. Shakun Batra, the director, is a good friend of mine. He was a second assistant director on ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. I always knew that He will make a good director and He was writing the script keeping me in mind. I think, he always had Kareena Kapoor in mind while writing the female character. The first time I heard it, I also told him that it has got to be Kareena.”

Dharma Productions plans on setting new records with the much anticipated and awaited movie of 2012. The film is set to release around Valentines Day 2012.

Interview with Abhinay Deo at the UK Premiere of Delhi Belly

Exclusive Interview with Abhinay Deo.

Abhinay Deo is well known in the entertainment circuit as he has directed over 250 advertisements and made his debut in Hindi cinema with the Abhishek Bachchan starrer “Game”. Although his debut film released before Delhi Belly, the young filmmaker had completed shooting this film before he started his debut venture.
His second film as a director is produced by Aamir Khan and has opened The London Indian Film Festival 2011. Deo jetted into London to be there at the World Premiere of his second directorial and took some time out to chat to us.

Welcome to London

Thank you.

How are you feeling at the moment?

Anxious, excited… everything.

What was your first thought when you read the script of Delhi Belly ?

My thought was that this kind of a film needs to be made immediately. I wanted to jump on the film and make it immediately because I think, it was high time that a film like this got made in India for the Indian youth.

Is it hard to direct something like this, a dead pan comedy?
It is hard from the point of view that there is no precedence to it. Nobody has really done this and been able to pull this through. When there is precedence then you can always look back and say what has worked for somebody and what has not worked for somebody and use that for your advantage.
But here there was nothing of that sort in India. The bigger challenge was to get the actors tuned into deadpan stuff because they are not used to that. To make it even tougher, the basic language of the film was in English, so that made it even worse. I think from that point of view, we managed pretty well.

How would you describe the story of Delhi Belly?

Delhi Belly is about three guys and it’s kind of a span of four to five days in their life. By the end of the five days, because of the different things that have happened in their life they have come to age, almost.
It’s a story of that kind but there is no whatsoever message that we are trying to pass to the youth. It is an irreverent and fun film. It’s just a film about crazy shit that happens to them.

Imran Khan recently revealed that it took him about 5 screen tests before he was confirmed for the role. Why did it take so many screen tests for him, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor ?

First of all, the problem is that auditions in advertising, where I come from and in Hollywood are not a big thing. It happens all the time. Auditioning is the way we cast for our films, so it is a little surprising for people in Bollywood. They almost get offended, though Imran was a great sport. He was fantastic as he did not flinch at all, because he was very clear that he wanted to do this film. But we did a whole lot of auditions because it was a challenge for me to get the right actors, as we were not casting out of the usual suspects, honestly speaking. So we wanted to get the right cast, the right person from the industry, maybe not from the industry, maybe someone completely fresh. They have to fit the bit and the role. The most important part was that they needed to be natural because that was my pre-requisite. That is the reason why we had multiple auditions for all these actors before we could finalise them.

It seems like Hindi cinema has grown to be more accepting of this film, more so maybe than it would have been in 2009. Would you say that to be true?

I really don’t know. I mean who is to say that? This is speculation. I really don’t know because everything has its own time and I believe in that. Whatever happens, happens at the right time and for the right reason. So, I don’t know. If two years ago Delhi Belly would have come out, who knows what would have happened.

Would you not have liked to have Delhi Belly as your debut film ?
I would like to have a Ferrari at this point of time. I would like to go to the moon (laughs).
The point is that, it is in our hands to make sure that we work hard and that we make a great film.
After that we just need to leave a few things to fat and then just trust it, believe in it and hope for the best after that.

Are you completely happy with the final product?

Absolutely, I am ecstatic.

Tell us about working with Imran, Kunal and Vir.

You know what happened in this film was very unique. Before the film started, I wanted to do a workshop. So for fifteen days, we actually put these three boys together.
In the film, these three boys are supposed to have stayed together for almost two years and they are buddies. I wanted to make sure that these three boys look like they are best friends and that they have stayed in that space for long enough. In the workshop, we went over the script, the lines, the scenes, the camaraderie and they actually ended up becoming friends over those fifteen days.
That I think is the unique factor and all of them are fantastic actors. I think Imran Khan has just outdone himself in this movie.

What do you think is the best thing about the film?

The irreverence of the film is the best thing about the film, I think. It is absolute irreverent and is not passing any kind of message.

This is also very unusual for Aamir Khan Productions to come out with a film like Delhi Belly. How much involvement did Aamir have in the production of this film?

Yes, it is very unusual for them produce a film like this. Aamir had no involvement in the pre-production and he was not there while we were shooting. He was shooting for one of his own films. After my ‘director’s cut’ was ready (about two years ago), he saw the film and then there were two other films that he was producing; Peepli Live and Dhobhi Ghat. We all decided together that we are going to give it a bit of a pause and keep this in the cold storage because Khan is a guy who likes to take one film at a time.
He took those other two films and released them well and then we got back to this project and fine tuned the director’s cut and here we are.

The music is fabulous.
Ram Sampat is just a genius.

Which one is your favourite song?

My favourite song, of course Bhag D.K Bose is everyone’s favourite but because I have lived with these songs for so long, I really love Tere Siwa.
It’s a love song and is not very popular and it’s just in the background in the film, like most of the songs. But Tera Siwa is just a fantastic song and is one of the best love songs I have heard in a very long time.
Switty Tera Pyaar is another favourite of mine and it is just absolutely hilarious.

What do you think about the music videos as they were shot just recently?
I love the video of Switty Tera Pyaar and Nakaddwalley Disco. It’s hilarious, I mean that Qawali is mind blowing.

What about Aamir Khan’s item song? How did that come about?

We really contemplated as to how we are going to do that item song. Finally, we managed to convince Aamir to take over the item girl’s part and become an item man and rise up to the occasion and just do it.
I think that he has just outdone any item girl that I have seen before (laughs).

What should the audience expect from the film?
They should expect a laugh.  Please do not expect a message because you will be really disappointed. I would just say to the audience to enjoy the film and that it is going to be crazy fun and look forward to Delhi Bellies in their life (smiling).

What went into the decision to premiere the film at the London India Film Festival?
There was so much speculation about this movie at that time and then Cary Rajinder Sawhney, the director of the festival saw the film and he believed that this is the right film that should open the festival.

What about the reports that the film was going to premiere at Cannes Film Festival?

We were planning at a point to premiere the film at Cannes Film Festival but we missed the deadline, as we were not ready with the print.

What is next for you?

I am waiting for a script to come my way which excites me as much as Delhi Belly did.

Imran Khan on Break Ke Baad

Actor Imran Khan jetted into London in November 2010 to promote his then upcoming film; Break Ke Baad with producer Kunal Kohli.
The duo spent two days promoting the film, giving interviews, going to radio stations and attending promotional events.

I had the opportunity to speak to Imran Khan for Ishq Magazine, Germany which turned out to be a long casual chat which could have gone on for hours.

Interview: 
Congratulations on the success of I Hate Luv Storys.
Thank You

What have you been doing post the release of IHLS?
I had a little bit of shooting left for Break Ke Baad. Right after that, I started shooting for film with Katrina Kaif by Yash Raj Films called Mere Brother Ki Dulhan.

What is your upcoming film Break Ke Baad about?
It’s about a couple who have been together for a long time and they break up and after that, you see what happens. You will see how their lives are progressing independent of each other. It’s all about how they grow up and how they figure out who they want to be and what they want to do in life.

What really excited you about the film?
It’s a love Story. Ultimately, you will walk out of the cinema feeling that it is good to be in love and in a relationship. The film celebrates love and romance.

In “I Hate Luv Storys” you had very conventional female and male characters, a bit
clichéd with the woman being of course the die-hard romantic. In Break Ke Baad this is notably different as here it’s the guy doing the sacrificing while the girl gets to follow her ambition. How well do you and the people around you fit into this guy-girl cliché?
Well, yeah I guess you can call it a cliché. But in this case it is not as cut and dry as you are making it out to be. The guy is a diehard romantic and believes in Love. He will do anything to be with the girl that he loves. For me, that is a classic romantic hero. I found this really endearing and interesting in the character.It attracted me to the script. I think it is what people will take away from the film.

According to reports, you are also playing a diehard Shah Rukh Khan fan in the film?
Well, no. There is only a line but it is not like the character is a diehard Shah Rukh Khan fan.

In Break Ke Baad though, as far as I understand, the hero is Hindu while the heroine’s character is a
Muslim, yet that doesn’t seem to be an issue in the film at all.
Yes, but we don’t really develop on that and it is not an issue.

Does this mirror a change in Indian society or is this limited to Bollywood ?
I don’t think so. I think it is something we have talked about quite a bit in Hindi films. It has always been an issue in India, not necessarily in India but in Indian culture. There have always been issues and there have always been problems. But we have tried to talk about it in films a lot. In this film it is not an issue though. We don’t talk about it and we don’t give it any importance.


How was your experience shooting for Break Ke Baad? It is a very young crew and I have heard you had a lot of fun in Mauritius.

Let me tell you something. I have never been with a crew, that parties so much. Every single day after pack up there would be a party. Danish hired one of those mini buses which we called the party bus. So the location was an hour away from the hotel and we would party along the Break Ke Baad songs in the party bus.

Vishal and Shekhar have done something really different this time with the music. Which is your favourite track?
It’s an English song called “Don’t worry about me”. It’s very different and not your average Hindi film album. It has a very progressive sound and it’s great that Danish had the guts to do something different. I really hope that it does well.

The director never wanted any promotional club song or an upbeat song. How did it eventually come about though?
The “Adhoore Remix”, I don’t really care for, so the less said the better. Talking about” Doorian Bhi Hain Zaroori”, I have always been in favour
of the idea to do a lip-sync song. I am a little bit more traditionalistic in terms of films. I like the “Bollywood Masala” and some of the clichés. I think lip-sync songs do well. People like them and like the hero and heroine dancing and singing. I have always believed in it and I pushed for it. Initially, Danish did not want it but then it came up as a very serious discussion. Danish only agreed if we find a good song and Deepika and everyone else agreed as well. Danish had to find a song, which took him forever because he only wanted a really good song and was not willing to put anything else on the album.

In the interview we took from you right before your first film (Ishq Magazine), you said:
“We are in a position to change society and that’s what we should do.As actors we have that power”.
Until now, you have not shown any indication of being drawn to films with a social message though.
Has nothing suitable been offered to you? Or do you think it’s too early in your career and you first need to establish yourself?
On one hand, I have not been offered anything. On the other hand I don’t feel it’s necessary to do so only through films. Films are made for the primary reason of entertainment. As a secondary thing, if you can get across a message it is a good thing, but it’s certainly not necessary. It is something, I have tried to do in my personal life. Something I do, is encourage young people to vote. Every year, I have done campaigns to encourage people in Mumbai to vote. Animal Welfare and being economical responsible are the kind of things that I feel very strongly about and I give time and money to these causes. I don’t feel it’s necessary and don’t know whether it will work really through films.

Your upcoming film “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan” (My brother’s wife). Do you not think the title gives away too much?
Yes, I do. I was never in favour of the title but my objection was overruled.

Karan Johar signed you for another Dharma Production film called “ Short term Shaadi” (working title).
Yes, I will start shooting for the film on the 28th of this month.

The film is with Kareena Kapoor?
Yes, I pushed for her to be in the film. The guy who will be directing the film is a good friend of mine. He was a second assistant director on “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”. I always knew He will make a good director and He was writing the script keeping me in mind. I think, he always had Kareena Kapoor in mind while writing the female character. The first time I heard it I also told him that it has got to be Kareena.

What was your reaction when you heard the script of  “Break Ke Baad” for the first time ?
I said No to it.

You also said no to “I Hate Luv Storys” the first time you heard it. Does this mean you are very choosy about your scripts?
I don’t get involved in redrafting or making changes to a script. To me it either works or it doesn’t. I don’t like sitting with someone and changing the script to something else because then, It might not be what they want. I liked the first part of Break Ke Baad but not the second half. So, I told the director that I don’t feel it’s working and good luck with it, I can’t do this.

How did you come back to “Break Ke Baad” ? Were you presented a new script?
I bumped into Danish at a friend’s place. We spent the whole evening chatting and I felt that I really connected with this guy. The next morning He called me and told me that he has reworked the script. I read the script again that very day and I loved it.

Was Deepika Padukone already signed for the project when you accepted your role?
No, she wasn’t. There is a very short list of female actors in my age group. I was already shooting a film with Sonam Kapoor (I hate LUV Storys). We were looking at different female actors and this was shortly after the release of “Love Aaj Kal” which Deepika was really good in and everyone liked her. This made us really think about her and then we watched a song from “Love Aaj Kal” on Youtube called “ Choor Bazaari”. Whatever she was doing in that song was what our character, Aaliyah Khan was. ‘It’s her’ we said to each other.

The film has been promoted on Facebook and Twitter. Did you not feel that you should have stayed on Twitter for the sake of promoting “Break Ke Baad”?
I feel that is the wrong reason to be on Twitter. I think, if you are on there just to promote your film it is very cynical and people can see through that. There have been people in the past, who signed up a month before the release of their film. If I can see through that, I am pretty sure that everyone else can as well and I don’t want to be that guy.

In an Interview you said that Ranbir Kapoor called you up and said that “Luck was horrible”. You must be very close friends then ,I presume?
Yes, we are friendly and there isn’t that barrier of propriety between us. I will use that as an example, as “Luck” was generally not liked and it wasn’t successful. So there is that level of honesty between us that he could tell me that “Dude, I saw your film and I didn’t like it.” A lot of people will do the opposite and will tell you that you are doing fine and that is not helpful. So, I am using that to illustrate that there is that level of honesty between us. On a personal level, he is someone I like and on a professional level he is a hell of an actor.

What happened on Koffee with Karan Season 3 with  the lip lock between you and Ranbir Kapoor?
(Laughing) We are professional actors and we know how to fake it. It is going to be a hilarious episode. I was shattered with a lot of travelling and night shootings when I shot that episode. We actually hijacked the show from Karan Johar. It was Koffee with Ranbir and Imran and Karan was our guest (laughing).

According to reports you and Ranbir said on the episode that you want to be in Dostana 3. Was that a joke or would you want to do that?
It was a joke that had come up during Filmfare, when I and Ranbir were shooting for the first time. It was kind of nice that we referred to that joke and just carried it on.

What is happening with Delhi Belly, which is your upcoming project?
We have completed the shooting and it is in the process of editing. It has been slated for an end of April release.

It’s an Aamir Khan production and the last we have seen from the production has been something with a social message. What kind of film is Delhi Belly?

Delhi Belly isn’t that kind of a film. It is a very off beat kind of a film. It’s like a caper comedy. It’s an entertaining and fun film but with no social message.

Khan remembered me from his recent visit to London to promote IHLS. Imran signed an audio CD of “Break Ke Baad” and posed for a few pictures.
The actor then attended an expensive “Meet and Greet Dinner Party” in London on the same day.

This interview was first published in Ishq Magazine

Imran and Kunal Kohli in South London – Break Ke Baad

On Saturday night, Imran Khan and Kunal Kohli made an appearance at CHAK89 a restaurant in South London to   promote their upcoming film Break Ke Baad. For this special event tickets were sold for up to a £100, which included a private Meet and Greet time with actor Imran Khan as well as performances by an upcoming Asian British band called Deewan. A group of young dancers also paid tribute to Kunal Kohli and Imran Khan by performing on the songs of Hum Tum, Break Ke Baad and I Hate Luv Storys.

The event, which was being advertised by Atif Malik as a “Break Ke Baad Promotional Dinner Party” was earlier claimed to be fraudulent by the Times of India. The official spokesperson for Break Ke Baad had said, “We are going to the UK around the same time, but we are not aware of this.” A source close to the film had also said that the advert, which was going around on the Internet was unethical and no member of the cast and crew will make an appearance at CHAK89 on November 12.

However, those stories were false and the event did happen. During my interview with Imran earlier that day for another publication, he mentioned the meet and greet event that he was going to go to.  Atif Malik, who organised the promotional trip in the UK invited me to the event which turned out to be very special.

Imran Khan and Kunal Kohli, both looking very handsome arrived in a stretch limousine. Kunal Kohli introduced the film to guests by saying, “Break Ke Baad is about space and why people need space in their relationship. Another thing we will talk about in the film, which is also a layer of the film is when we decide to go ahead in our career path which clashes with what our parents had planned for us.”

He also went further to talk about his personal experience, “I remember when I became a filmmaker my parents asked me Why don’t I become a CA or a Doctor. Why do you want to be a filmmaker? Well if you do want to be one, then do a MBA as well.”

The crowd cheered when Imran Khan was introduced by Kohli and came on stage. Imran thanked the guests and organisers for being there with him and supporting his film. He was, of course, asked about his marriage and Imran confirmed that he is going to get married next year in court. His fiancé, Avantika, and he have been together for eight and a half years.

Talking about Break Ke Baad he said, that it’s a simple romantic comedy. At the end of the evening, Imran Khan and Kunal Kohli were mobbed by the many happy female and male fans, all which wanted a picture with them.

Therefore, Imran and Kunal were escorted out through the fire exit leaving many guests thinking that they will come back eventually. It was a wonderful event overall and a great, but expensive opportunity for fans to get up close with their favourite stars.

(This article first appeared on www.bollyspice.com. Pictures : Sunny Malik)

                               Kunal  looking bewildered at the sight of  10 photographers and 2 cameramen covering their appearance.

                             

Imran Khan enjoying a beverage at CHAK89.

                                                                                             

Dont forget to watch this exclusive video: (Courtesy of CHAK89)