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First Day of PIKU filming a De Niro-Pacino Moment for Shoojit Sircar

Deepika and Amitabh Bachchan in PikuIt was something of an achievement for director Shoojit Sircar to bring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan together in his upcoming film, PIKU. The film also stars Deepika Padukone in the title role. Speaking about the cast, Shoojit says, “I tell everyone Irrfan is the only international star we have. I was skeptical the first day he and Mr. Bachchan met on the set. It was a Robert De Niro and Al Pacino moment for me. But it all went well. Apart from the Deepika-Irrfan pairing, it is also a delight to watch Irrfan and Mr. Bachchan together.”

The director also explains that by the end of the film, Irrfan became an avid admirer of Mr. Bachchan’s style of working. For Shoojit, PIKU has been a unique experience as the film’s set became home to three different schools of acting. “All three of them are absolutely poles apart. Mr. Bachchan will constantly do rehearsals and then he will go for a take and that will be the final take. Deepika will do rehearsals but while doing that she will try to grab her movements, performances. Irrfan is very different. When he is acting and when not, is difficult to tell. It was great fun for me to have three different styles of acting. Irrfan said if somebody wants to learn acting and the process, they should work with Mr. Bachchan. He was completely mesmerised by Big B’s style of acting,” he adds.  

Shooting the film was a personal journey for the Vicky Donor director because the characters are inspired from people in his life. “The idea for the film came from Juhi Chaturvedi, the writer. This story is a bit inspired by her grandfather. Then we brought in our expertise, like I brought a lot of sequences from my family. It has been a personal journey for me and it is going to be that for the people too because the characters are identifiable. Anyone can be Piku and any old man can be like Amitabh Bachchan’s character,” the director says.

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60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏

The makers of Piku, starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, have released a new promotional video.

Titled, “60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏”, the clip features behind the scenes and candid moments of the 29-year-old actress with her director Shoojit Sircar and her co-stars.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide and in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

Deepika and Amitabh Bachchan in Piku

Big B and Irrfan go Bananas on the sets of ‘Piku‏’

Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama Piku that brings together Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan has been in the news from get go – be it the overwhelming response to its trailer and its first song or scoops from the set that indicate that this film has been a fun ride for the actors!

Infact the camraderie shared by the three stars was also visible in the recently released making of the poster shoot. Now we have yet another crazy anecdote to share with fans of the stars.

Amitabh Bachchan who plays the father of Deepika Padukone (Piku), was supposed to give bananas to his co-actor Irrfan Khan in a scene and the actor was to take one and eat it. The scene had a funny banter between the two.

However, there were 5-6 retakes because everyone kept cracking up thanks to the funny dialogues! In due course of so many retakes, the bunch of bananas also got over leading Big B to jokingly offer Irrfan just the left over banana stem! This moment was caught on camera with Sr. Bachchan offering a Banana stem to a visibly gregarious Irrfan! The end result: A laugh riot on the set!​

Piku Bananas Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan (2)

Yash Raj Films releases Piku in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015.

Watch the new song from the film here:

‘Piku’ in UK cinemas on 8th May

PIKU UK Release YRF (1)Amitabh Bachchan, the superstar of the millennium; Deepika Padukone, India’s numero uno actress; and Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s best export ever to the West, have come together for Shoojit Sircar’s family comedy drama PIKU, that releases in cinemas worldwide on 8th May 2015. Produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment, PIKU is being distributed in UK cinemas and worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

A fresh and ingenious comedy-drama that trails an extraordinary yet very quirky father-daughter relationship, PIKU will charm cinemagoers of all ages and is sure to be lauded by cineastes and critics alike. One of India’s most versatile directors, Shoojit Sircar, leads cross-generational audiences on a cinematic journey that represents original, Indian cinema at its most accomplished. Beautifully conveyed onscreen and balancing emotion with breezy humour, PIKU is this summer’s must-watch movie.

Among the industry’s most celebrated artists, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan lead the filmatic road trip in loveable lead roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble featuring Moushumi Chatterjee, Jishu Sengupta and Raghuveer Yadav. Perfectly harmonising the feel-good atmosphere of the film is an infectiously catchy soundtrack, courtesy of composer Anupam Roy, Tollywood’s sensation, who marks his debut with PIKU. 

Synopsis: Piku (Deepika Padukone) is a Delhi-based architect who manages her small business, runs her home and takes care of her 70-year-old father, Bhashkor Banerji (Amitabh Bachchan), who spends most of his time obsessing about age related issues. Piku’s Baba must ensure that he has her attention 24/7, leaving her with little time to do anything else. Romance and getting a life of her own just don’t seem possible!  While both are deeply attached to one another, they are equally strong headed, stubborn and just won’t let go when dealing with each other’s idiosyncrasies and quirks!

When Bhashkor emotionally blackmails Piku to take a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata, the owner of the local cab service, Rana (Irrfan Khan), has no choice but to drive them personally since none of his drivers are willing to endure Piku or her eccentric father. During this undesired road trip they learn to deal with each other’s moods and idiosyncrasies and it reveals more than Bhashkor’s bathroom habits.

What follows is a heady mix of motion, emotion and commotion, which culminates as Piku and Bhaskhor return to their roots in Kolkata, giving us an insight into the father-daughter relationship where Bhaskor’s irritating yet endearing demeanour and Piku’s equally headstrong nature may always be at loggerheads but this seemingly dysfunctional relationship is bonded by an understated and an unconditional love that leaves you wanting more.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

Spotted: Shah Rukh Khan shoots at Blenheim Palace for ‘FAN’

Shah Rukh Khan - FAN in Oxford - Mark Hemsworth
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The UK schedule of Yash Raj Films’ FAN kicked off in Oxford, England yesterday. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan filmed scenes for the movie at Blenheim Palace with a crew of 300 people including several extras from the UK. 

Blenheim Palace and its stunning gardens and parkland have been used as a location for many exciting feature films and television documentaries over the years.

Acclaimed film-maker and Visit Britain brand ambassador Karan Johar also shot with Khan at Blenheim Palace for UK blockbuster Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham almost fifteen-years ago. 

According the The Oxford Times, various scenes were shot around the palace. One such scene featured a red carpet rolled out in the main courtyard. 

BollyNewsUK can confirm that Shah Rukh Khan is now filming for FAN in London. 

FAN is directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film is set to release in UK cinemas later this year through Yash Raj Films.

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The cast of Piku fight it out !

Piku Teaser YRFDeepika Padukone who will next be seen in and as Piku ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is extremely excited with the family comedy drama, so much so, that the she is going all out to ensure that she gives the slice of life family entertainer her complete focus.

As the trailer of the film is set to come out in few days and will also hit theater screens along with YRF’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, the makers have today launched a unique, quirky teaser that sees the star cast in an amusing argument over the film’s trailer and promotions.

Sources reveal that in one of the creative meetings, Deepika Padukone happened to mention a fun way of introducing the trailer, with a teaser that sees Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and herself in an argument, discussing whether the trailer is up to the mark or not, in their own character roles!

When contacted director Shoojit Sircar confirmed, “Yes, Deepika happened to bounce the idea off us and we loved it immediately because it was unlike other conventional teasers. The team further worked on the idea and we are very excited to see the way the audience reacts to it”.

PIKU releases in UK cinemas through YRF on 8th May 2015.

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

Irrfan clears the air about ‘Welcome To Karachi’

Irrfan Khan - LIFF 2013Irrfan who is being dragged into a controversy with Vashu Bhagnani’s ‘Welcome To Karachi’ has cleared the air saying that he amicably parted ways with the producer owing to creative differences. Talking about the same, a source close to Irrfan added, “The producers were informed well in advance about Irrfan not being part of the film.

Irrfan was taken aback with the way the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. Talking about it, the actor added, “Why would I do something of this sort to a producer. I had been involved in Welcome to Karachi right from the scripting stage since a year and a half when there were no producers. When Vashuji came on board as the producer, he wanted to start immediately, but I felt we were unprepared. I suggested we delay the shoot to plan things as it’s a character-based film and needs good actors, who can get the Karachi accent right. I didn’t think we were ready with the climax either. But they were impatient to go ahead with the shoot.” To which the producer reportedly said, “I am okay if you do or don’t do the film.”

”This attitude was the exact thing which prompted me to walk away from the project. Later, I even agreed to do a cameo in the film. I even returned the money I had received from him for the shoot,” added the D-Day actor.

Welcome to Karachi is currently being shot in London and will also be filmed in other parts of the United Kingdom.

Trailer: Shahid Kapoor in and as ‘Haider’

UTV Motion Pictures has released the trailer of Haider, a Vishal Bharadwaj film starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.

An adaption of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the film also stars Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda among others.

Haider releases in UK cinemas on 2nd October through UTV Motion Pictures.

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Spotted: Irrfan Khan at Cineworld Feltham (London)

Award-winning actor Irrfan Khan made a quick visit to Cineworld Feltham in west-London last week to promote his latest release, D-Day, in association with the London Indian Film Festival.

Speaking to BollyNewsUK, the actor said: “I wish I could keep coming to London. It’s amazing to see the kind of warmth the people here have for me and the kind of hospitality they show. I am asking myself why I didn’t come to London earlier more often.” 

D-Day is out on general release in UK cinemas now. 

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London Indian Film Festival 2013

LIFF 2013 to showcase Monsoon Shootout and Bombay Talkies

Bombay Talkies

Amit Kumar’s trigger happy Monsoon Shootout will be the red carpet UK Premiere opening night film of the Fourth annual London INDIAN Film Festival (July 18-25), together with O2.

This film is a version of Sliding Doors meets a hyper-real cop thriller, which will have you on the edge of your seats. Closing the festival will be a special UK premiere of favourite Bombay Talkies with four magical stories by acclaimed directors Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap exploring 100 years of Indian cinema, studded with top independent and Bollywood stars. Both films had a triumphant reception at the recent Cannes Film Festival and special guests are expected to both screenings.

Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity. For the first time, the festival is going on tour to Bradford and Glasgow.

The festival will stretch citywide, opening in the West End at the historic Cineworld Haymarket, and continuing at BFI Southbank, Cineworld cinemas, Shaftesbury Avenue, Wood Green, Wandsworth, Staples Corner, and the O2 in Royal Greenwich, the Peckamplex and ICA near the Pall Mall, so there is a screening near you, traversing iconic sights and sounds of the city of London like a Monopoly game board.

The centrepiece ‘In conversation’ on Saturday 20th July at the BFI Southbank, will be with Actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema, talking to award winning director of Senna, Asif Kapadia. Khan’s memorable film roles include BAFTA winner, The Warrior and Oscar winners, Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi and Hollywood biggies like The Amazing Spider-Man, The Darjeeling Limited and The Namesake, and Bollywood hits Life In A Metro, Mumbai Meri Jaan, New York and Paan Singh Tomar.

As well as films in the Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi languages, and the festival’s first Pakistani film Josh, in Urdu, the festival will host a rare ‘Life in Pictures’ Masterclass, by the great South Indian Director Adoor Gopalakrishnan, on 19th July at BFI Southbank.

London Indian Film Festival also has films and events for a wide range of audiences and includes industry events at BAFTA, exploring UK and Indian subcontinent co-productions. The winner of the annual Satyajit Ray short film competition will be announced at the end of the festival at The Nehru Centre in Mayfair.

The festival is delighted to announce that their Major sponsors this year will include O2 International Sim, and the festival is also grant funded for the first time, by the BFI Film Festival Fund.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director comments, “We are delighted that the festival is growing from strength to strength. If you want to find out more about South Asian cinema come and soak yourself in a week of magnificent films in London, or catch the festival tour in Bradford and Glasgow.”

 

London Indian Film Festival 2013

 

 

London Indian Film Festival to launch in July 2013

Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the capital celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema.

The fourth annual festival will run from 18–25 July, bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of India’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of the Indian subcontinent today, in all its diversity.

The festival will stretch city-wide, opening in the West End at the Cineworld Haymarket and continue at BFI Southbank, Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue, Wood Green, Wandsworth, the O2 and ICA. For the second time the festival is also teaming up with the Tate Modern.

The London Indian Film Festival also has films and events for a wide range of audiences and includes industry events at BAFTA, exploring Indian/UK co-production and specially commissioned music and performance pieces.

A diverse range of World and UK Premieres will be screened including red carpet opening and closing nights of the hottest previews.

The latest confirmation is a centrepiece master class by actor Irrfan Khan, one of the very few Indians to straddle Hollywood, British and Indian cinema. Khan has come to world attention over the last 25 years with an impressive range of roles from under-dogs to action heroes, long distance runners and corporate megalomaniacs.

His memorable film roles include Oscar winners Life of Pi, Slumdog Millionaire and Salaam Bombay, BAFTA winner The Warrior, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Bollywood hits Maqbooland Paan Singh Tomar. The festival will be honouring this versatile actor with a dedicated evening at the BFI Southbank on Saturday 20th July.

The London Indian Film Festival’s full programme will be released on 18 June.

The major sponsors of the festival this year will include O2 International Sim, and the festival is also grant supported for the first time with Lottery funding through the BFI’s Film Festival Fund.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Festival Director says: “It’s great to be working on the zeitgeist of new Indian cinema and we aren’t just showing Indian films for Indian audiences, but kicking open the door to the rich diversity of independent cinema emerging across the Indian subcontinent today.

“These films are accessible to everyone! It’s also exciting to see some of the best of the filmmakers we have helped champion, now starting to be recognised on the world stage, where they belong. We are very proud to be showcasing these new films here, first, in London, surely the world’s number one city of culture, style and innovation.”

 

London Indian Film Festival 2013