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Trailer: Kangana & Imran in ‘Katti Batti’

UTV Motion Pictures & Emmay Entertainment have released the first trailer of Nikhil Advani’s Katti Batti starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan.

Katti Batti is a modern day romance that traces young architect Madhav Kabra’s (Imran Khan) love for the free-spirited Payal (Kangana Ranaut). They make for a perfect couple until a sudden turn of events creates an unanswered distance between them. What follows is a series a events that tests the fate of their relationship.

The film will release in UK cinemas on 18th September 2015. 

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The Rise and Rise of Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut (2)A Tragedy Queen. Wild Child. Karma Chameleon . Woman of Substance. Kangana Ranaut has had a meteoric rise and emerged as the dark horse of the industry, creating a unique irreplaceable identity for herself.

The actress who hailed from a small town, travelled a long way with big dreams of being a superstar, and has successfully managed to do so on her own terms.

Unconventional and eccentric, Kangana never shieds away from experimenting and shedding her skin to transform into her memorable characters. While she showed tremendous promise in films like Life in a Metro and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Kangana defied stereotypes with films like Fashion and Tanu Weds Manu.The actress also stole the show in Krrish 3, as she metamorphosed into the edgy Kaya, and then went on to cement her position as possibly the best actress of her generation with Queen, for which she won a National award.

Brand Kangana has been unstoppable, as the versatile actress had audiences and critics applauding her double act in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the sequel of the 2011 sleeper hit. The social media platform was taken by storm ever since the trailer of the film was launched, with praise coming in from all quarters for the actress.

Says Bhawana Somaya, “What can one say about Kangana Ranaut who never stops to amaze you and who excels in film after film. She walks the part like a breeze…”

Says critic Raja Sen, “I’ve seen the future, baby, and it’s #Kangana”.

Raindrop Media ,who have been part of Kangana’s journey say, “Kangana is a coming-of-age actress and created a niche space for herself that only she reigns over.After the stupendous success of Tanu Weds Manu, Krissh 3 and Queen, the best is yet to come with Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.

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Kangana will be seen in UK cinemas next month in Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

Trailer: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Eros International has released the theatrical trailer of their much-awaited next release, Tanu Weds Manu Returns.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011) and stars Bollywood queen Kangna Ranaut, R Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill & Deepak Dobriyal.

The film is directed by Anand L. Rai and  produced by Krishika Lulla along with the director. Eros International will release the film in UK cinemas on 22nd May 2015.

Check out images from the trailer launch here:

Tanu Weds Manu Returns Motion Poster launched

Tanu Weds Manu UK ReleaseEros International & Color Yellow Productions launched the motion poster of their ambitious next – Tanu Weds Manu Returns, the sequel of 2011’s blockbuster Tanu Weds Manu ,directed by Aanand L Rai, in a unique wedding celebration in Delhi.

Talking about the film said producer-director Aanand L Rai, “It is wonderful to be collaborating with Eros yet again on Tanu Weds Manu Returns .The making of this film has brought back a lot of memories for all of us and we have made every effort to ensure that sequel will be just as memorable and entertaining.”

Said producer Krishika Lulla, Eros International, “Tanu Weds Manu Returns is a quirky take on marriage and we thought of launching the first look of the film by having our guests and the media join in the celebrations in the true spirit of the film.”

It was a double celebration for the team, as the launch of the motion poster of the film also happened to coincide with Kangana Ranaut’s birthday. On the occasion,the actress also took the opportunity to announce another addition to the Tanu Weds Manu franchise – Datto !

Tanu Weds Manu Kangana Ranaut BrithdaySaid Kangana Ranaut, “I am very proud of the film that we have made and extremely grateful that I got not just one but two strong characters to play. And working with Eros and Anand is like a cherry on my Birthday Cake”

After the stupendous success of Raanjhanaa, starring Sonam Kapoor & Dhanush, that went on to enter the highly coveted 100 crore club, Eros International collaborates with director-producer Aanand L Rai on Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Intense, quirky and a more twisted, Tanu Weds Manu Returns starring Kangana Ranaut and R.Madhavan is scheduled to release in UK cinemas on 29th May.

Watch the motion poster here:

No Film with Aamir Khan yet – Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut (2)Kangana Ranaut has clarified that she hasn’t been offered the Aamir Khan starrer Dangal.

Aamir Khan and Kangana Ranaut have formed a mutual admiration club of sorts. While Aamir was all praise for Kangana’s work in Queen, she too has admitted that she is an Aamir admirer. Kangana is also like him, choosy about her scripts and is allergic to award functions. During his appearance on Koffee with Karan, Aamir also said that he finds Kangana very sexy. 

Kangana returned the compliment in an interview saying she found mamu Aamir sexier than nephew Imran. After watching Queen, Aamir took to Twitter to praise Kangana’s work. The actress has also expressed her desire to work with the actor. It was probably all of this that fanned the rumours of her playing Aamir’s daughter in his next movie Dangal. The movie based on wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat will be directed by Nitesh Tiwari. 

According to reports, Kangana was to play Phogat’s daughter Geeta. The actress is amused by these reports because she hasn’t signed the film. She clarifies, “Dangal was never offered to me. I’d love to work with Mr Khan sometime soon, but we aren’t working on Dangal together,” says Kangana.

Though Kangs isn’t a part of this movie, there’s no denying the fact that it would be great to watch the two powerful performers act together.

Deepika Padukone dedicates her award to Kangana Ranaut !

Kangana Ranaut (2)As another year at the movies recently commenced, 2014 has arguably been a year of the ladies and leading the way was the industry’s dark horse, Kangana Ranaut!

National award winner and amongst IMDB’s highest scorers, Kangana Ranaut, one of Bollywood’s most versatile actresses of all time, who won accolades for her performances in Queen and Revolver Rani received praise unanimously from audiences, critics and the industry alike.

Her position as being the most versatile actress in the industry was cemented when one of Bollywood’s leading ladies Deepika Padukone decided her recent Life OK! Screen Award for Best Actor (Female) – Popular Choice to Kangana Ranaut.

This came as no surprise especially since Deepika has been all praise for Kangana and having watched Queen said, “I have seen Queen and I am jealous of Kangana’s performance, I think she was outstanding”.

Says a source,  “A few years ago Akshay Kumar dedicated his award to Aamir Khan and this time around Deepika Padukone dedicated her award to Kangana Ranaut – Ironically, both Aamir and Kangana have clearly taken a stand on award functions and have never endorsed the concept of it. Despite boycotting award functions, the industry is still dedicating awards to them.”

Not only is the actress the first mainstream cinema actor who is a critics ‘favorite but also someone they look up to and keenly take interest in. So far it was only art house cinema actors who were lauded for their performances and given their due respect, but Kangana truly acted as a game-changer.

The actress recently topped a rating poll conducted by Ormax Media to emerge the top female performer of the year for her performance in Vikas Bahl’s Queen, a film that truly acted as a turning point in Kangana Ranaut’s career, in a performance that is nothing short of the finest one has seen on celluloid in a very long time.The film directed by Vikas Bahl has got a rating of 9.1 out of 10 on popular international website IMDB, making it the first Indian film to get such a high rating.

Q&A: Kangana Ranaut speaks about ‘Ungli’

Kangana RanautThe stage is set for this year’s explosive black comedy-drama, as five vigilantes take justice into their own hands in the dark and witty urban tale Ungli (Finger), which releases on 28th November 2014 through Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas.

Produced by Dharma Productions, the film company helmed by supremo director and producer Karan Johar, the edgy film, with a noir comic twist, is set in a sprawling metropolis, where corruption, intimidation and violence are a way of life. A city that never sleeps, the underworld is at full force, led by a sinister mob that demands obedience and respect.

Enter five rebels, who decide that they have had enough of the corruption that has blighted their city, and so decide to unite and expose the corrupt through whatever means necessary. The only thing that stands in their path is a tenacious police officer named ‘Kale’, portrayed by veteran actor Sanjay Dutt.

Here Kangana Ranaut opens up about the film and more…

The film follows a group of five friends on their quest to stand up to corruption, how was it acting with Emraan, Randeep, Neil and Angad?
It was hilarious; they are a funny group of guys. After filming with them for a few weeks it started to feel like we had known each other all our lives.


This is your third film with Emraan Hashmi, how was it working with him again?

Emraan is a great guy; he is really down to earth and is a very diverse actor. We get on really well outside of work and having worked together in three films now we have become very comfortable around each other. It’s always fun to work with Emraan and I think our friendship in real life comes across in this film; it isn’t hard to act like friends when you actually are!


People have been praising your character as the heroine of the story, why do you think everyone loves your character so much?
With this type of film, men have always been at the forefront of fighting crime and standing up to corruption. I think by having a girl in the group it shows how times are changing, and that women can kick ass as well (laughs).


‘Ungli’ has attracted a lot of attention, why do you think people are so interested in this film?

I think ‘Ungli’ has a great team working on it, everyone is really focused on making this film the best it can be. It has everything that a great film needs; Rensil has done a fantastic job of combing humor and actually a really interesting message. People have been waiting for this film for years now and many didn’t think it would ever actually get released so now that a release date has been set, I think everyone is really excited to see the outcome.

UNGLI releases on 28th November 2014 through Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas

Watch: ‘Ungli’ Trailer

Dharma Productions has released the theatrical trailer of the much-awaited comedy-drama Ungli 

The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda, Sanjay Dutt, Neil Bhoopalam and Angad Bedi. Directed by Rensil D’Silva, the multi-starrer is produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar.

Ungli will be out in UK cinemas on 28th November, 2014.

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Interview: ‘I don’t like to associate myself with any camps’- Kangana Ranaut

Hungama_QueenBollywood beauty Kangana Ranaut speaks to Sunny Malik about her next release, Queen.

The film is a feel-good and female-centric flick directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. 

Queen releases in UK cinemas on 7th March 2014 through B4U.

How was your experience attending the Burberry show at the recently concluded London Fashion Week?
It was really beautiful. London was great as it didn’t rain that day. We were expecting it to rain and it didn’t. So we were quite lucky with the weather (Laughs). It was my first experience at an international fashion week and show. Burberry and I go long back as they have been dressing me for red carpet appearances and events. I was thrilled to see their collection. I loved how they received me. It was just a lovely experience.

Your film Queen was postponed from February to March and is now clashing with two other films at the UK Box Office…
The makers weren’t sure yet as we have a song called ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ and they wanted it to become slightly more popular. They wanted to market the song more extensively which is why the release date was postponed by a week. The film is now releasing on 7th March. I think, it was a call taken by the makers, the marketing team and the distributors. They all wanted to promote the music further because it’s the kind of soundtrack that grows on you after you listen to it a few times. We don’t have clichéd Bollywood numbers inspired by the 70’s which you can’t hear ever again after liking them and listening to them a few times. Vikas Bahl, the director, told me that this music needs time to become popular.

People have been praising your performance after watching just the trailer…
I am getting amazing reactions. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has apparently tweeted about the trailer. I also met him at a party recently. Mr. Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan all told me that they are eagerly waiting to watch the film. What else can one ask for? It’s very important to me because I have felt accepted for the first time. I have never received such support for any of my films before.

You have never been a part of camps… Do you feel that the film fraternity has accepted you now?
I don’t like to associate myself with any camps or such. I want to do my own thing. I like to have a little personal life whenever I can. I’d like to be my own person. I don’t want to just cling onto others. I feel that everyone has their own goals. My goal is mine and I don’t need to associate that with another person’s goals. I like to keep it that way. I’d love to work with artists such as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan, at the same time it is not the goal of my life or career. It’s not something I am working towards. I am not sure about acceptance from the film fraternity as I don’t work for anyone. I work for myself and my own happiness. It’s alright if people don’t accept me. I won’t be unhappy about it.

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Vikas Bahl just produced Hasee Toh Phasee and is known to make exceptional films. How was your experience being directed by him in Queen?
What I love about these contemporary filmmakers is their spontaneity. They allow artists to contribute to the film in many ways. Vikas allowed me to write dialogues of the film, not that I was planning to or worked towards it. It just happened very organically. He liked what I was coming up with and he let me write my own dialogues. At the same time, he understands the needs of an artist. I remember, I was working multiple shifts and was filming for Krrish 3 and Queen simultaneously. One day when I came from the sets of Krrish 3, Vikas asked me what was wrong with me as I wasn’t behaving and walking like my character Rani. I can’t just switch on and switch off. It takes me months to get into a character and I can’t just work like a robot. He understood that and respected me as an artist. He didn’t shoot with me that day. It’s nice to work with such a director because you then put your all into his film because he respects you.

Could you relate to your character Rani?
I don’t really relate to the character. She has major issues. She believes that by changing herself, she can please people around her. Her goal is to keep everyone happy. She is really naïve. I don’t identify with these traits of her personality. But at the same time, I also come from a middle class background and I understand how and why she feels that way. I have also come from a small city to a big one. But I never had issues like low self-esteem. Everyone has these phases but it’s not something I have experiences throughout my life like Rani has.

How was your experience shooting in places like Amsterdam and Paris?
We frequently shoot abroad but mainly for songs for which we dress up quite a lot. You look like an actress and people come and take pictures with you (laughs). However, for this film I had a very girl-next-door look and honestly, looked very ordinary. People would look at me and wonder why I am so special and why would someone make a movie with me (Laughs). That was a bit different. People would ask the crew “Is she the leading actress?” You know, people have this idea of a Bollywood actress wearing a chiffon saree and her hair flying (laughs) but that wasn’t the case with me.

QUEEN What kind of roles do you want to do?
I am very happy what I am being offered. I am happy with films like Queen and Revolver Rani. I am also doing the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu. I really can’t tell what exactly I want to do in the future but I would love to do a sci-fi film after doing Krrish 3. I would love to do films like Tomb Raider or Kill Bill. I want to do films which are stylish, sci-fi and about women. It will be a good change and it would challenge me as a performer. I have been missing a stylish character after Fashion. I would love to save the world in a film (laughs).

Three big films are releasing on Friday including Queen…
It’s sad as I would have loved to have a solo release for Queen (laughs).

Bollywood films with Khans or rom-coms do really well abroad and in the UK. What are your expectations from Queen?
I can’t really tell. It’s a shame that some people abroad watch my films only on DVD. Tanu Weds Manu, Fashion and Gangster are really popular abroad but everyone has seen it on DVD or TV. It is different for an audience abroad compared to our audience in India. Indian audiences are very Bollywood oriented. They watch our films every weekend. That is the only entertainment they get here. I don’t know how it works in the UK. I hope that people like it in the UK because Queen has an international appeal.

Queen- Gujariya (3)You are not on Twitter. Why is that?
I have a website which I try to update as much as possible but I am not on Facebook or Twitter. I am not a very social person (laughs).

Your interview with Anupama Chopra went viral on social media…
I never thought that the interview would go viral. That is just how I am. I had no clue that it had gone viral for the longest time. Initially, when messages started to pour in, I would get ten messages a day. I was giving a lot of interviews during the promotions of Krrish 3 and the messages just didn’t stop at all. Then I said, ‘Which interview was it?’ and people told me that it was my interview with Anupama Chopra. Then I saw it and realised that it was really nice and they had also edited it quite nicely.

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Watch: ‘Hungama’ from ‘Queen’ feat. Kangana Ranaut

The new song Hungama Ho Gaya from Queen has been released by T-Series.

The high-on-energy song features Kangana Ranaut, as Rani, with the outspoken Vijaylaxmi, portrayed by Lisa Haydon, letting their hair down at a nightclub.

A party anthem all the way, Hungama Ho Gaya is a remake of the original version sung by Asha Bhosle. The new video has our very own Rani from Rajauri dressed in plain-jane kurti and pair of jeans, losing all her inhibitions, dancing like there is no tomorrow, at an extravagant club in Amsterdam.

Amit Trivedi’s magic mixed into the song and Rani doing the happy dance, make one want to get up and hit the dance floor.

Queen is about a shy, simple girl from Rajauri, who has been dumped at the altar by her fiancé. However, she decides to go on her honeymoon, all alone. The movie is about her meeting new friends in an entirely new place, and having the time of her life.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production.

The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas through B4U on March 7th, 2014.

 

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Kangana Ranaut couldn’t wait to be ‘Queen’

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Kangana Ranaut, who plays the role of ‘Rani’, a simple, shy Rajauri girl in Queen, was very excited about shooting for the second half of the film. When the script was first narrated to Kangana, she loved how the story progressed. However, as the story entered the second half, the excitement was written clearly on her face. Her enthusiasm about shooting for the second phase of Rani’s life was obvious.

Director Vikas Bahl admits, “Kangana’s inputs played a huge role in shaping the character of Rani. Her excitement about shooting for the film, especially the second half, was natural, as she would finally get to transform and sport her infectious smile.” 

Actor Kangana Ranaut said, “I could visualize Queen having the best time of her life in the most beautiful places on Earth. I could not wait to get on my single honeymoon.”

The movie is about Kangana going on her solo honeymoon to Paris, after being dumped at the altar by her fiancé. She finds new friends in a foreign land, lets her hair down and has the time of her life. This is the part where her character experiences a beautiful transformation.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap.

Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas on March 7, 2014.

 

Watch: ‘Gujariya’ from ‘Queen’

The makers of Queen have released a brand new track celebrating life and friendship-Gujariya.

 

Vibrant with buoyant beats and the fun fusion of Hindi and English lyrics, Gujariya is supported by Amit Trivedi’s beautifully crafted music. It has robust vocal performances by Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D’souza, which leave the listener instantly humming the tune. The video of the song shows Rani, played by the gorgeous Kangana Ranaut, transforming from a shy small-town damsel into an outspoken girl, ready to face the world, head on.

Rani is shown finally letting her hair down and having the time of her life with the uninhibited and outgoing Vijay Lakshmi, played by the stunning Lisa Haydon. The leggy lass makes an entry in the film as Rani’s friend and confidante.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas on February 28, 2014

‘London Thumakda’, this season’s new shaadi song from ‘Queen’

The first song from Queen -London Thumakda is a fun wedding track, the video of which is now live on YouTube. Filled with the electrifying beats of dhol and quirky lyrics, the song of this wedding season is sure to have everyone dancing to its beats.

The video gives an insight into a typical Indian wedding. With its funny moments and flawlessly timed sprinkle of rib-tickling dialogues, the song video gives that perfect feeling of a shaadi environment, with a touch of humor.

Composed by Amit Trivedi, the man who weaves magic with music, ‘London Thumakda’ is penned by Anvita Dutt and sung by Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkad and Neha Kakkad.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production.

The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled for release on February 28, 2014.

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Kangana rocks her honeymoon solo style, in the newly released trailer of ‘Queen’

Viacom18 Motion Pictures has released the official trailer of Queen on YouTube.

The two and a half minute trailer makes one fall in love with Kangana’s vibrant character, Rani. 

Rani is a typical desi girl who is shy, nervous and excited about her wedding, all at the same time.

Clad in simplicity, Rani is one lovable character who lights up the screen with her absolute innocence.

Kangana Ranaut, who plays the role of Rani, has portrayed the role impeccably, making it easy for the audience to connect with her.

The trailer catches one’s curiosity with a twist that Rani faces on her wedding day which leads to her going on her honeymoon all by herself, changing her forever.

Directed by Vikas Bahl and under the banner of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Queen is scheduled for release on February 28, 2014.

Hrithik-Kangana’s romantic song

The latest romantic track Dil Tu Hi Bata from Krrish 3 featuring Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut was shot in Jordan.

We heard that the film crew faced a lot of trouble while shooting for the song as they took hours to reach different locations and faced sandstorms.

They had to spray themselves with insect repellent before every take, while shooting at the Dead Sea, as there were thousand of flies that troubled them.

Krrish 3 is set to release in UK cinemas on 1st November 2013 through Eros International.

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Kangna’s ‘Rajjo’ Set to Release with ‘Ram-Leela’

Kangana solo 2 BT ad.epsThe most talked about musical dramas are now set to clash. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela, the promo of which has already been unveiled, was set to enjoy a solo release in the coming festive season, however now Kangna Ranaut starrer Rajjo is too releasing on the same date.

With so much effort put in to make delightful film the Director of Rajjo Vishwas Patil says –“I was waiting for an apt time to bring the film. Even though the main character Kangna (or Rajjo) plays a Mujra wali in the film, it isn’t somber or depressing by any means”.

The release date of a film is a matter of importance and thought about at stretch. 15th November was decided as the release date for Rajjo, after a lot of brain storming. Rajjo would incidentally be arriving just 12 days after the release of Krrish 3  in which Kangna would be seen kicking butt.

While few people are talking about why Kangna wants her film release on a same date of Ram-Leela, But the makers of Rajjo says-“ However once the final cut of the Rajjo was seen by people concerned, there was an added sense of confidence. It was felt that the originally decided date would be just right to set the stage for Rajjo v/s Leela,”.

We will also get a chance to see two stunning actresses Kangna & Deepika playing title roles in their respective films, with such talent and glamour a clash in the offering would be inevitable.

About the film Kangna seem confident, she says “Rajjo is really close to my heart and I am glad it is being released this festive season. As for competition with other films, there would be one every week in any case. I am sure my producers are taking a good call and it comes from the trust and confidence they have in the product. I am particularly proud of the film and my work. The film is special and it will fetch an audience of it’s own. I strongly believe in director Vishwas Patil and music director Uttam Singh. Once you see the promos, which would be out very soon, you would know what I mean.”

Rajjo is produced by Four Pillar Films starring Kangana Ranaut, Paras Arora, Prakash Raj, Mahesh Manjrekar & Jaya Prada.

 

Kangana Ranaut –Fashion’s eccentric poster girl

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Constantly testing the limits of her versatility, Kangana Ranaut effortlessly transforms her looks from traditionally Indian to chic conservative to runway diva.

Ask the actress about her favorite designers and she is quick to reply “It’s not the designer but the design you fall in love with. With any fashion sense, you must know that looking beautiful is looking graceful. In terms of clothes I like Louis Vuitton, Bottega, Anna Sui, Moschino..the list is endless. From India I’m partial to Sabyasachi and Reza. A favorites list would be difficult. But I’m not somebody who believes in only wearing brands. Even if I wear a designer outfit, it is often something that a girl can look at and get her tailor to make”.

While the actress’ sartorial choices have several gung-ho on the social media front, sporting the biggest names in fashion with élan , Kangana who loves to experiment is also a favorite with designers on home turf who rave about her sense of style.

Says a source, “Young girls in their prime look upto Kangana as a huge fashion icon because she dares to be different and has an individual sense of style that reflects the sensibilities of the modern-age woman. While several of her contemporaries are impeccably dressed Kangana sports designs that girl’s today can sport boldly without inhibitions or the need to walk the red carpet and that’s what makes her so relatable”.

Costume designer Rushi Sharma who worked with the actress on her look in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai , all praise for her says, “Kangna knew exactly how she wanted to look and guided us. Her interest in fashion is tremendous and the best part is that she does a lot of the research for the roles that she takes up which makes our job simpler.”

Make-up artist Albert Chettiar furthers, “It was great to see an actor so professional. She has directions ready for hair styling too. She had notes with her and constantly told us what she wanted. She is the de facto stylist and make-up person for her films.”

 

On Location with Zayed Khan in London

Welcome to London
Thank you.

How has the schedule and trip been so far?
The trip has been really hectic. I have been in and out of shooting two movies. I also have been shooting for my own movie (besides Tezz), which is Love, Breakup Zindagi. We shot a portion of this film (Tezz) in November last year in Birmingham and now we have come back to finish the rest. It has been hectic, but I can’t complain as London is a nice part of the world. It is a bit distracting but nice.

What is Tezz about? It is said to be a remake of Hollywood blockbuster Speed.
There is this terrible rumour going around which is completely untrue. It has got nothing to do with Speed, nothing at all. It is basically a high paced action drama film. It deals with the antagonist and protagonist.

You are playing the good guy, I believe?
You know, I usually play the good guy. You would believe that, if I was playing the bad guy (laughs).
But I don’t know as in today’s world, what is good and what is bad as far as you choose a character in it’s totally. You see the redemption and the justification of every character. I think I will let you be the judges when you go and see the film, of whether I am good or bad.

I sense some similarities with your Bollywood film Speed in terms of genre.
Not at all, they are very different films. Priyadarshan, the director, is doing an action drama after really long time. For him to  come back into this genre and making the high-octane film that he is making was very attractive to me in the first place. And of course, I love doing action films. 
Priyadarshan is really stepping out of his shoes and has got this new baby energy towards doing this kick-ass action film. I think it was well worth it, as he is quite a challenging director to work with because he wants you to come up with the goods every day. In that sense, it has been quite nice.

Tezz has a big cast. Who do you bond with the most on the sets?
I think, with Ajay Devgn. Ajay and me go back a long way. We were neighbours when we were kids. He is a bit older than me, but we know each other since before we were actors.  Ajay is pretty much the person I would like to hang around with.

Your recent films Blue and Yuvraaj had big casts, just like Tezz. Is that a conscious decision to act in films with an ensemble cast?
I don’t know. I don’t know whether they have been good decisions or bad decisions. I just had this attitude of working in films that were larger than life. I wanted to work with very good directors in that sense, because I thought it would be great to have an experience of the sum of all the experiences they had. It would be great to be directed by stalwarts like them.  I guess, that was the conscious decision that I made. However, my fans aren’t too happy about that. They constantly coax me into doing a romantic comedy or coming in solo movies, which I am now making.  It has been quite a merry-go-round, but I don’t know if it was conscious or unconscious really.

It was reported that you and Ajay met with an accident while shooting in Birmingham for Tezz last year. What happened?
It wasn’t an accident actually. We were shooting in the canal and of course, it was freezing cold. I was sitting on this Jet Ski and there was this stunt guy, who I think misjudged an upcoming boat, which was not locked off. I don’t know whether he panicked or whether he thought that I was behind him and he had to do something to divert himself from an accident. Ultimately, we just all fell into that water. It was not only dirty and filthy, it was freezing cold. I am a really good swimmer, but I remember coming out and feeling like seventeen thousand daggers were going into my heart. I couldn’t move (laughs). Ajay was standing on the side, laughing at me and joking that it serves me right for doing my own stunts (laughs).

Are these action scenes in Tezz a bit of challenge for you?
There is a lot of satisfaction in doing action sequences yourself especially if you can really nail it.
 Of course, while shooting in London there are so many hazards and so many insurance things and everybody wants to be your mother and doctor (laughs). They just don’t allow you to do this stuff that you want to do. And considering that the film is at stake, if anything happens to you, the entire film suffers. There were certain stunts that I wanted to do and I was not allowed to do them. 
I like doing my own stunts and I have been doing so for a very long time and it gives me a high, you know (smiling).

You just turned producer with Born Free Entertainment. How did that come about?
Quite honestly, every time I wanted to do a romantic comedy, something or the other happened and it didn’t take off. I was very stubborn about the kind of romantic comedy I wanted to do and I was not willing to do a slap-stick romantic comedy or something that has been done before. I wanted to do something that is very new age, something that was a slice of life, something that takes entertainment and filmmaking sensibilities and combines them together and comes out with something new and interesting.  One day, I was sitting with Dia (Mirza) and she thought why don’t we start something as every time we want to do something, there is always such a big difference between what we think we are getting into and what it ultimately turns out to be. We are bound to make a few mistakes but you never know if you don’t venture out there. It’s like nothing ventured, nothing gained.
That’s how Love, Breakup, Zindagi came up. Dia came up with the germ of the idea, Sahil started writing it and I was involved in the editing. We have a lovely partner in Sahara Motion pictures and they have been extremely supportive.

As a producer, what is filmmaking for you about?
Any film you make has to have universal appeal and be entertaining. It has to have social relevance and most importantly it has to be economically feasible. Film making is really not a business. It’s so much to do with passion. It is also a business considering that you have to break even and make some money on top to be considered having a blockbuster film and get people’s attention too.
But I think, the fun element about being associated with something that you will be remembered for and something that is going to immortalise you, was more for the taking for us.

I have got a few questions from your Twitter fans.

Naina: When will Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene come in cinemas?
That’s a really good question actually. We have almost done the film and we have got five to ten days left. It is a really interesting film and it’s just about honest guy in a dishonest world. He has taken for this roller-coaster ride which he really does not want to be on. The producers of this film they tend to be the kind of people who look at market forces before they release a film. They have very different sensibilities about what this film should be and how it should be marketed. I don’t know, if I am the best person to answer this question.

Asim: Which of your own movies would you remake if you could?

I think Shabd was a movie very ahead of its time. This is a film; I think we could do again with this whole beautiful idea behind it. There is another one, Mission Istanbul. If we had an opportunity to revisit that and restructure it, it could have been really big. I think that is something, Apoorva (Lakhia, the director) and me ponder on, a lot. I don’t know if the editing was handled very well.

Zuha: Out of all the characters you’ve played, which one resembles you most in real life?
That is pretty difficult because I am constantly evolving as a person. I guess, during Main Hoon Na, that character represented me best at that time. If you see Love, Breakup, Zindagi ,which is coming up now, it would best resemble me right now. You are never ever really the same person.

So finally, when are you planning to join Twitter?
(Laughs) You know, I am a very private person actually. I don’t subscribe to the idea that I should have a view on somebody else’s thought or I should be telling everybody that I am out of bed and looking at the sunshine and I am really pondering over what I am going to do next in my shot to come. I find that very self-indulgent and very invasive. But my sister, Farah Ali Khan makes up for the fact that I am not on Twitter.

I was in Birmingham and this girl was shouting ‘Zayed, Zayed…’ and I was like ‘yeah’. She asked me “Are you Farah Khan’s brother?” Something just hit me and I was like ‘yaah’.
She was this blonde girl with blue eyes and I could not make the connection really. I was thinking that she wanted an autograph. But she said, “Tell her, I am a big fan” that was very sweet and I did tell her (laughs). My sister is still coaxing me to join Twitter and who knows, I might surprise everybody.

Tezz, directed by Priyadarshan stars Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Sameera Reddy, Kangana Ranaut and is produced by Ratan Jain.