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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Zero’ releasing on 21st December 2018

Shah Rukh Khan & Aanand L Rai’s film is titled as ZERO is releasing in UK cinemas on 21st December 2018. 

Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Production come together to bring the film, also starring Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif in leading roles, produced by Gauri Khan, Zero is all set to release by 21st December 2018.

Watch the Zero Title Announcement here:

Directed by Aanand L Rai and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif ZERO is all set to release in UK cinemas by 21st December 2018. A UK distributor has not been confirmed yet. 

Exclusive: Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor spotted in London

Bollywood director Karan Johar is currently in London for his upcoming directorial venture, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.

BollyNewsUK spotted Karan Johar along with the CEO of his production house, Apoorva Mehta, meeting Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor on a London street.

Katrina had just arrived from Glasgow where the 32-year-old actress was filming for Nitya Mehra’s Baar Baar Dekho with Sidharth Malhotra, also co-produced by Kara Johar. ‘Shaandar’ and ‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl also bumped into the group on the street where they were chatting away about all things Bollywood. 

Check out some exclusive photos here and stay tuned to BollyNewsUK.com for more gossip about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

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Sidharth Malhotra is ‘excited to be shooting with Katrina in Scotland’

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Sidharth Malhotra and director Nitya Mehra kick-off Baar Baar Dekho in Glasgow, UK.

Bollywood chocolate boy Sidharth Malhotra is excited to be filming in the UK for the first time. His new film with British-Indian superstar Katrina Kaif, Baar Baar Dekho, is currently being filmed in Glasgow, Scotland.

Baar Baar Dekho is Nitya Mehra’s directorial debut who has previously assisted on films such as Life of Pi and Don (2006). The film also marks the first co-production between Excel Entertainment and Karan Johar’s Dharma Production.

Described as a timeless love story, Baar Baar Dekho will see Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra portray the roles of Diya and Jai respectively.

Speaking to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, Sidharth Malhotra said, “I am really excited to be shooting in Scotland with Katrina for over a month. I have been to that side of the world before but never filmed a movie there. Apparently we will have great weather which is far more conducive for shooting outdoors.”

“I am pretty excited to be filming with Katrina Kaif too. She has a great body of work and I think it will be great to do a love story with her. She has great star presence on-screen.”

Baar Baar Dekho will be released in UK cinemas and worldwide next year through Eros International.






Trailer & Synopsis: Katrina Kaif & Saif Ali Khan in ‘PHANTOM’

UTV Motion Pictures and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment have released the first trailer of Phantom starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif and directed by Kabir Khan. The film releases in UK cinemas on 28th August 2015.

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Phantom is a political thriller set in the volatile climate that exists in South Asia. Constant terror attacks against India have left the Indian people feeling vulnerable and angry. The Indian government and security agencies are helpless as the masterminds of the attacks are out of reach. When an infiltrator with plans to attack India is caught, the Head of India’s security agency and his team take matters into their own hands.

The film follows the protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him to India, Europe, America and the volatile Middle East. Local assets in various countries help Daniyal, including Nawaz Mistry who works for an American security agency. Daniyal and Nawaz are drawn into a battle of wits with a shrewd and ruthless enemy. With the enemy hot on their heels, Daniyal and Nawaz against all odds try and finish the job they had set out to do. Along the way they find out that in a mission like this there is always a price to pay, in this case a very personal price.

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Video: Katrina Kaif at Madame Tussauds London

Bollywood royalty Katrina Kaif unveiled her wax figure at Madame Tussauds London yesterday.

Watch a video from the event here on BollyNewsUK.com: 

“We have a long and strong relationship with the Indian film industry and our Bollywood figures are hugely popular with guests,” commented Madame Tussauds London’s General Manager, Ben Sweet.

He continued: “We are delighted to welcome Katrina to the ever growing Bollywood A-list here, the first to be featured in a glamorous new setting where guests can get up close with some of the biggest film stars in the world, from Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, to Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit-Nene”.

Katrina’s figure was created by a team of 20 sculptors and artists over a four month period, using hundreds of precise measurements taken at a sitting in Mumbai and cost £150,000 to create.

Book online now, www.madame-tussauds.com/London, to snap a picture with your favourite Bollywood Star.

Check out photos from the unveiling here:

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Katrina Kaif can’t wait to unveil her wax figure in London

Katrina Kaif at L'Oreal AwardsBollywood superstar Katrina Kaif can’t wait to unveil her wax figure at the world-famous London attraction, Madame Tussauds, on Friday 27th March. 

Speaking to press about her soon-to-be unveiled wax figure at the  L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2015 held in Mumbai recently, Kaif said, “It was really exciting when I first heard the news. It is something which will be there forever. I have grown up in London for a few years, so it brings back lot of nice memories. I would be launching it on March 27 in London at the main Madame Tussauds and I am really looking forward to it.”

2015 is the 15th anniversary of Bollywood at Madame Tussauds London, and to celebrate the world-famous attraction has created a glamorous new setting for its Indian film stars, including a brand NEW wax figure of Katrina Kaif, which guests can visit from Saturday March 28, 2015.

The stunning star has become the seventh Bollywood actor to be honoured with a figure at Madame Tussauds London – her inclusion has a special significance as she was voted for by fans*, just as Amitabh Bachcahn was in 2000.

Katrina, who collaborated closely with the Madame Tussauds artistic team to ensure total accuracy, was delighted with the figure, which is portrayed in a dancing pose wearing a beautiful sequined white, silver and gold, two piece outfit.

Katrina’s figure was created by a team of 20 sculptors and artists over a four-month period, using hundreds of precise measurements taken at a sitting in Mumbai and cost £150,000 to create.

The Dhoom:3 actress is currently working on Fitoor with Aditya Roy Kapur and Jagga Jasoos with Ranbir Kapoor. Kaif also filmed for Phantom with actor Saif Ali Khan in the English capital last year, which will release in UK cinemas later this year through Disney UTV.  

Follow @sunnymalik on Twitter for exclusive photos from the launch taking place this Friday. 

Katrina Kaif to launch her wax figure in London on Friday, 27th March

Bollywood superstar Katrina Kaif will descend into London this week to launch her wax figure at Madame Tussauds on Friday, 27th March 2015.

The Bang Bang actress won a public poll last year, beating Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, to become the next Bollywood star to have a wax figure made in her likeness for the world-famous tourist attraction. 

Fans can win a chance to attend the launch by entering a competition online: 

Katrina’s wax figure will be on public display at Madame Tussauds London from 28th March 2015. 

Katrina Kaif crowned “Most Popular Actress 2014”

Katrina Kaif LUX LondonBollywood’s lucky mascot at the box office, Katrina Kaif, continues to rule the roost on the popularity charts as per the recent Ormax Cinematix 2014 report.

Katrina emerged the “Most Popular Actress” of last year , based on Ormax “Stars India Loves” report, conducted across 44 cities.

The Bang Bang actress elbowed out her contemporaries with a whopping 44% votes. The figure represents the popularity of each star i.e % of cine-goers who name the star as one of their two most favourite female stars.

What’s more is that the actress was recently crowned “The Hottest Woman in the World” as she bagged the Numero Uno spot on the Ultimate Guys Guide – Maxim India’s Hottest List for 2014, an annual poll with some of the most gorgeous women competing for the crown.

Katrina Kaif will return to UK cinemas in Disney’s Phantom and Jagga Jasoos this year. The actress will also unveil her wax figure at Madame Tussauds London this year.

Rahull Bhat to star in ‘Fitoor’ with Katrina Kaif

Rahul BhatAnurag Kahsyap’s UGLY has worked wonders for all those associated with the film. Take Rahul Bhat for instance, the actor who was much appreciated for his work in the film, has been offered a part in Abhishek Kapoor’s FITOOR.

Starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Rekha; FITOOR is clearly one of the most eagerly awaited films of 2015, and the part Bhat is essaying had names likes Saif Ali Khan and Fawad Khan being considered.

However once Rahul auditioned, the part was all his. The actor will be off to Kashmir to shoot for the film on the 27th of January.



Confirmed: Katrina Kaif to join Bollywood line up at Madame Tussauds, London

After winning a public vote for fans to choose the next Bollywood actress to be featured at Madame Tussauds London, the world famous attraction today confirmed that Katrina Kaif will be joining the A-list line up next year.

“Our first Bollywood figure was decided by public vote when veteran superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, was portrayed in 2000,” commented Nicole Fenner, PR Manager for Madame Tussauds London. “Now, almost fifteen years and seven wax figures later, the fans have once again decided on who they want to see here – after a very close contest, Katrina Kaif will be the next Bollywood start to join our line up. We are delighted she has agreed to work with us to create her wax likeness and look forward to revealing the figure to the public in Spring 2015,” Nicole continued.

Katrina Kaif, said: “I am extremely excited that Madame Tussauds London will be creating my wax figure and the fact that fans were involved in the decision makes it even more special. It’s an amazing honour to be asked and to be featured alongside icons of the Indian film industry is humbling. I can’t wait to start work on the creation now and to meeting myself in wax next year!”

Katrina Kaif holds eyes against her own as a colour reference for Madame Tussauds London's sculptors to get them spot on for her wax figure, coming in 2015[5]Katrina has collaborated closely with the sculptors and artists to decide a dancing pose and outfit for the figure, having given a sitting in Mumbai where all the measurements required to create an accurate likeness were gathered. A team of 20 artists will work on the figure, which will cost £150,000 to produce, and completion is scheduled for Spring 2015 when it is hoped Katrina will unveil the figure herself at the legendary London attraction.

Madame Tussauds has worked closely with the Indian film industry over the last fifteen years and the Bollywood area in the London attraction is one of its most popular, featuring figures of Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor in a colourful, themed set. Since the introduction of the first Bollywood film star, Amitabh Bachchan in 2000, Asian visitors to the attraction have increased and the Bollywood factor has spread worldwide with a number of Madame Tussauds attractions around the world featuring Indian film stars.

Andre Timmins, Director of the International Indian Film Academy, added: “We are proud to have had an association with Madame Tussauds since the inception of IIFA in London in 2000. This relationship and association with the Bollywood wax figures over the years with our support has been great.  In particular with IIFA travelling the world raising the outreach of Indian cinema internationally, we feel it has contributed to the popularity of the figures and we are confident that this will be enhanced with this latest addition of Katrina Kaif.”

‘Bang Bang’ opens at No.6 on UK B.O. Chart

Bang Bang - Hrithik Roshan - Katrina Kaif - UK  (12)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:




Interview: Hrithik Roshan talks about ‘Bang Bang’

Bang Bang - Hrithik Roshan - Katrina Kaif - UK  (9)Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan is returning to UK cinemas with Bang Bang this week, the official remake of Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day.

Bang Bang is directed by Sidharth Anand and also stars the most sought-after Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif. 

Filmed extensively across the globe including in the United States, India, Greece, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Abu Dhabi, the wildly anticipated adventure romance will release in UK cinemas on 2nd October 2014 through 20th Century Fox.

Cineworld Unlimited customers can watch the film at exclusive Unlimited screening nationwide on 1st October 2014. 

Read on to find out what Hrithik Roshan has to say about the film and much more…

Why did you decide to do Bang Bang?
I always look to do something that is challenging and Bang Bang excited me right from the word go. It is a very special film for me, in fact, it is one of best films to date. Bang Bang has everything – action, romance, music, fun, adventure. It is a total entertainer and I enjoyed everything about this movie. It has been an honour to work with Siddharth Anand who has made this incredible movie and Katrina Kaif who I think is one of the most professional actors that I have worked with. Her dedication is unparalleled and that is why she is where she is today.

You have done some death-defying stunts in the film. Why take the risk?
I love the adrenaline rush. I’m an extreme guy and I love doing the action myself. It gives me a high. I have never shot such action sequences in my life – it is definitely a first in Bollywood and I thoroughly enjoyed doing them. We had an incredible crew who took care of me when I was jumping of rooftops or driving a bike or the F1 car and water skiing while attached to a sea-plane or doing the incredible stunt with the fly board that people are really loving. I mean I had a great time doing these extreme action stunts. The risk involved is the high but when you have a team that looks after you and makes sure that you are safe, there is nothing to worry. I trusted them with my eyes closed.

You said Bang Bang has everything but how would you describe the movie?
Bang Bang has everything for everyone. It is a masala movie, a complete family entertainer. I know people are calling it an action film but to me it’s a romantic film at its core. Yes, there is action and incredible never-seen-before action but it revolves around a simple, beautiful love story between my character and Katrina’s. That’s the differentiator of the film. I loved the film when I read it and it was the love story in the middle of the thrill and action that attracted me a lot.

Everyone is going ga-ga about your MJ moves in the Bang bang title track.
Yes, the reaction to the song has been incredible and I thank everyone for the love that they have showered on me and Bang Bang. When Sid first told me about the concept, I wasn’t sure as no one can do what MJ did. But then I thought MJ was an inspiration to me and now that I’m getting a chance to give a tribute to him why should I not. I have given the God of dancing my humble tribute in my own style. I’m very happy that people are liking that. I have not tried to copy because you can’t copy MJ so I danced his moves in my own way and I had a blast. I love the title track. It’s subtle and a really cool dance number. And I danced with all my heart and so did Katrina. She is an outstanding dancer and we had a great time dancing to this song.

Your chemistry with Katrina is being talked about a lot. Katrina and you have
teamed up after the successful Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. How was it working
with her?
I’m really happy that our pairing has been accepted by the audiences and that they are liking what we have done in Bang Bang. It was great working with her as usual. She is a fantastic co-worker. She is extremely professional, very hard-working and has great work ethics. If you see her career graph, these are the values that has made her one the most successful actors that she is today. Katrina is fun to work with and I hope people love the work that we have done in Bang Bang.

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Theatrical Trailer: ‘Bang Bang’

Fox Star India has released the theatrical trailer of ‘Bang Bang’ starring Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan.

Filmed extensively across the globe including in the United States, India, Greece, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Abu Dhabi, the wildly anticipated adventure romance Bang Bang is an official remake of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz action blockbuster Knight & Day.

20th Century Fox will release Bang Bang in UK cinemas on 2nd October 2014. Cineworld Unlimited customers can watch the film at exclusive Unlimited screening nationwide on 1st October 2014. 

Watch the making of the music here:

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Interview: “The UK is like home to me” – Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone is on a high after the success of Race 2 and has her hands full with projects opposite the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.

Her latest release is Karan Johar’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani also starring her ex-beau Ranbir Kapoor. After playing the sultry Aleena in Race 2, Padukone will now be seen as Naina Talwar in Ayan Mukherji’s second directorial venture, out in UK cinemas this Friday.

Naina Talwar is a simple, good-natured and extremely focused girl. Frustrated by the restrictions she needs to put on herself to achieve her dreams of being a doctor; she impulsively decides to go on a trekking trip to Manali to give herself a break.

Through the film, Naina transforms from the restricted claustrophobic person she thought she was to a free-spirited woman with a newfound love for herself and comfort within her choices. She is strong and dependable and stands firmly for rooted family values.

In a chat with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the actress talks about Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and much more…


Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (1)There was a lot of speculation as to why you cancelled your London trip to promote Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Would you like to clarify?
Ok. So what happened is that I was filming (for Chennai Express) in Munnar. It’s a hill station in the south of India near Kerala. I was supposed to finish that schedule and come back to Mumbai on the same night and then leave for London. But it rained and we had three days of non-stop rain where we were shooting. Our schedule was delayed by three days and I could’t leave a unit of two hundred fifty people waiting there. I had to sacrifice the London bit of the promotions to finish my commitment.

Do you feel it has been really difficult for you to manage everything because you are working on several projects simultaneously?
Honestly, now that that phase is over, I can definitely say that it was very, very difficult. But more importantly, more than physically, it was more mentally and emotionally draining for me. I am glad that the particular phase is over now, more or less as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is up for release and I have also wrapped up Chennai Express (also starring Shah Rukh Khan) which will release on 8th August. The only thing I am focusing on right now is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram Leela.

You have always said that you wanted to work in a Dharma Productions film. What was your reaction when Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, produced by Karan Johar, was offered to you?
I was absolutely over the moon. I remember it started when Ayan Mukherji, the director, called me one night and said that he wants to take me out for dinner. We went out for dinner, just the two of us. I had been hearing from people that he was considering casting me but unless you actually hear from your director, you can never really believe these things. We discussed this project over dinner. He said that he was writing this film and was writing it with me in mind. He said that his ideal cast would be Ranbir and I and I was more than happy. I was sold. I told him that I will do this film for you. That’s the amount of faith I have in him as a director. I have known him from the time he was doing Wake Up Sid, actually even before that, when he was narrating the film to Ranbir. I have known him very closely throughout that entire process. I had decided back then itself that I would like to work with him if he ever offered me a movie. The script came to me much later. Of course, he gave me a one line of what Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will be about. There was no bound script at that time.


Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (4)Ranbir said that he wasn’t aware that the character was written keeping you in mind. There was also a lot of speculation that other actresses were being considered for the film. Was that amusing?
Of course it is amusing. But you know where you stand for a particular project. You know whether you have been approached or not. You know the other names that are floating around. So of course, one finds it amusing but at the end of the day, you have to have faith in yourself and in your director. I mean, it makes for good speculation in the news but at the end, the film belongs to the person who eventually does it.

Do you agree with Ranbir’s statement that it’s easy to hide behind characters and difficult to portray a more real person in films?
I know that he has been saying this in his interviews. For me that was a surprise because I prefer doing roles that I identify with. I feel that it’s a very, very interesting observation but even though he says that he finds it difficult, I really enjoy doing these roles. For me, Naina Talwar is me. I was the reference point. I did not have to research. I did not have to observe anyone else. I just had to be me.


Is it not scary that people may find out more about the real Deepika Padukone through such a role?
I don’t know if it’s a scary thing or not. In that sense, you have to trust your director. You have to believe that he will present you in the best manner possible. But no, not at all as I am very comfortable with the person I am. Of course, I have my flaws and insecurities but I was more than happy to use myself as a reference point for this character.

Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (3)The film is also shown from your side of the story. I think the story is narrated through a diary your character wrote. Can you tell us more about that?
I don’t really want to get into how the story plays out and reveal more about the screenplay but the film is not just about the love story between me and Ranbir. It is about these four friends, how they meet, separate and meet again. It’s also about your relationship with your parents.


The film also looks very commercial and razzmatazz which is very different from what Ayan Mukherji has done before. Were you concerned or surprised?
I wasn’t concerned at all. As far as the film goes, even though it looks very commercial it is very real and the scenes are pretty much in the same space how Ayan had directed Wake Up Sid. The only thing that took me by surprise were the songs. I couldn’t believe that Ayan wanted to use such commercial songs in his movie. I had expected the songs to be slightly different a little bit like Wake Up Sid’s music. The trailer has been cut in a certain way where the film may seem very commercial and glittery with a lot of dance and music. But the film as a whole is very different from that.

Eros International is also releasing the film in new territories like Russia and Israel. Your film, Cocktail, restarted the trend of Hindi movies in Russia. How does that feel?

It feels really special. I never thought that my movie would restart the trend of Hindi movies in Russia. When I think about Hindi films in Russia, I think about Rajnikanth or Raj Kapoor movies. It feels great that Cocktail started the trend again and now Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani will release there too. I hope they show the film the same love.


Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - UK Release (2)As the film is being released in new territories, do you feel that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a film that will be appreciated by non-Hindi speaking audiences in the west and has the possibility of “crossing over”?
See, I don’t like terming films as commercial, art films or films that can cross over. I feel that if a film is well made, it will be appreciated. I also feel that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a universal film. I don’t feel that Hindi movies are just for a Hindi speaking audience. Our films are today reaching a wider audience because they are relatable and are being liked by people not understanding the language we speak in our films.


What are your expectations from the UK audience for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani as your films have done better here than Ranbir Kapoor’s films?
(Laughs) I’m grateful that my films have done well in the UK. The UK is like home to me and I miss being there. I started my journey right in Leicester Square, London at the premiere of Om Shanti Om. Then I have shot for films like Love Aaj Kal, Housefull, Desi Boyz and Cocktail in London and in the UK. It’s a special place for me and it will always remain so. I hope the audience in the UK enjoys the movie and show the same love to the film as they have to some of my other films.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is released in UK cinemas on 31st May 2013.




Interview: “Happiness is only real when shared with someone” – Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir in London - Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniBollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor was in London recently to promote his latest release, Karan Johar’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The young award-winning actor teamed up with Johar’s production house, Dharma Productions and with director Ayan Mukherji again after the success of Wake Up Sid (2009).

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani also unites the Kapoor lad with his ex-girlfriend Deepika Padukone on-screen after Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). The film also stars Aditya Roy Kapur ( Aashiqui 2) and Kalki Koechlin. 

In the film, Ranbir Kapoor plays the character of Bunny who is charming and fun-loving, full of spirit and an indomitable spirit of adventure. He rejects mediocrity and longs to leave his life at home behind to travel, see the world and embrace the freedom of being unattached.

Audiences will see Ranbir as Bunny grow from a young student full of unconventional ambitions to a hard-working videographer on a travel show, chasing and concretizing his dreams. He embraces a modern value system and wants to be answerable to no one but himself.

In Conversation with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, Ranbir Kapoor talks about the film and much more…

You came to London last time to promote Barfi! and had just wrapped up the schedule of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in France. How does it feel like to actually be promoting the film here now?
It is really strange as for my last release Barfi!, I kick-started the promotions in London and now I have started the promotions of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani here. I hope the love I get for this film will be similar. I am really excited as it is my second time collaborating with my most favourite person in the world, Ayan Mukherji. I have immense belief in him as a person and filmmaker. I am really excited that we collaborated on a movie like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

How was your experience playing the character of Bunny after doing different roles in Rockstar and Barfi! ?Ranbir in London - YJHD
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
was a really hard film for me because I had played characters in Rockstar and Barfi! and it is easy for an actor to hide behind characters. They have certain nuisances – the way they walk and talk. In Barfi! I didn’t even speak and I feel those characters are easier to play. Now when you have somebody who is real in an urban and contemporary setting, there is so much of yourself that you have to put out there. It has to be organic and moment to moment. I feel that it’s very tricky as it’s hard to, in some ways, reflect your own personality onto a character. However, I feel if the film and my performance are appreciated, all credit must go to Ayan. He did so much of work for me as an actor and I will always be grateful for that.

Ayan Mukherji had you in mind while writing the story but could you picture yourself playing the role when you first read the script?
Ayan is a dear friend of mine and because of that, he wrote a lot of me into the film. My character is a detached boy who has this desire of wandering around the world, meet people and see different cultures. The story is basically of him coming of age. The simple philosophy of the film is that happiness is only real when it’s shared with someone or with people around you. I think it’s a beautiful philosophy to make a film on.

Ayan also said that he wrote the character of Naila Talwar keeping Deepika Padukone in mind. But you said in an interview, before Deepika was announced as the heroine, that Katrina Kaif is starring the in the film. What happened?
I don’t know what happened at that time. There are certain dates of actors that keep fluctuating and I was under the impression that he was talking to Katrina to do the film. I wasn’t aware that Ayan had written the character keeping Deepika in mind. He had not shared that with me. I am very glad though that I collaborated with Deepika. This is the perfect film for us to do together after Bachna Ae Haseeno. I have closely followed her career and have seen all her films. To see her growth as an actor and to see her success is just amazing. I had a wonderful time working with her.

There was some criticism to the trailer as fans said that one could make out the story of the film from the three-minute footage. Was that bothering you?
We have very carefully tried to blend entertainment with the kind of films that Ayan, the director, believes in. You have to do that to get the audience into theatres. You have to add a little bit of glamour and so called poppy culture. But at heart, the film is very unadulterated and very new. It is one of the newest films I have worked in and I am not saying that because it’s coming out now. I don’t have a reference to this film. It’s not like Bachna Ae Haseeno or Deepika’s Love Aaj Kal. Yes, the setting is contemporary and urban but that is the only similarity. The characters and nuances and the dynamics between all of the characters, all of that is very new. It’s very heart-warming. I feel that if the heart of a film is in the right place and there is warmth, then that’s what really matters.

Ranbir promotes Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in London

Your character, Bunny, travels a lot in the film. Is it easy for you as an actor to travel all around the world?
My work makes me travel a lot. But besides work, I am quite lazy and if I have a few days off, I will just travel to London or New York. My job takes me to such wonderful places like Barfi! took me to Darjeeling, Rockstar took me to Prague and I shot in Delhi for a very long time. For Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani I went to Manali, Kashmir, Paris and Udaipur. I am really grateful to the kind of places my job takes me to.

You also shot with Madhuri Dixit for a special song, Ghagra.
Well, I love Madhuri. She broke my heart when she got married (laughs). The opportunity I had to work with her completes me as an actor. As the director is a dear friend, I bribed him into letting me kiss her on the cheek (laughs). It was inspiring to see her at work.

The film was supposed to release in January, then it was postponed to March and now it’s releasing on 31st May. Why were there delays?
I always believe whenever you give a film a deadline to release on a particular date, you kill the movie. A film is a piece of art. It needs to evolve and then there is editing, background music and that takes time. Sometimes you say that a film is coming out a certain date but then there are some production issues like what the correct release date is and what other films are releasing at that time. We want everyone to see the film and sometimes delays are in nobody’s hands. Sometimes you are fortunate that you get a correct release date and I think, 31st May is a great date since the IPL (Indian Premiere League) is over and most colleges have holidays. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a movie that families will enjoy.

Everyone is going gaga over your Badtameez Dil dance moves. The music has also become very popular…
The composer, Pritam is really instrumental in the success of so many movies nowadays. He is just such a great musician. He provides so much entertainment and joy through his songs. Badtameez Dil has a swing dance and the choreographer, Remo wanted to try something new. Even the hip thrusting move, even though it was simple, was catchy and that’s what matters. People said that we are trying to emulate Shammi Kapoor. Just because I am from his family people saw the similarities. The concept of the song was that we are all getting old and we all will get old at some point in our life and let’s just enjoy our youth before that. It’s a cocktail party song and the re-entry of the character Bunny in all his friends’ life. He is just trying to infuse some laughter into people’s life.

Ranbir Kapoor in London - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Jacqueline recently confirmed that you are doing a film, Roy, with her…
Yes, it’s directed by a childhood friend of mine. I am not the lead in the film. It stars Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez. I have a very interesting character role and I am really looking forward to it. I will start shooting for it by the end of the year. I hope that my friend, Vicky, makes a good film.

She said that she is a big fan of yours and looks forward to learning a lot from you…
I think she is just pulling my leg (laughs).

Everyone from the film industry keeps praising you. How does that feel?
I don’t take it in because I don’t believe it. I am still struggling as an actor, inside my head. I have so much to learn from people. I can’t really be content with so much love coming my way. I have to shut it out at some point. It feels great at that moment but then you just have to switch off and focus on what you are doing.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani opens in UK cinemas on 31st May 2013.


Katrina Kaif interview in London (Etihad Airways 2011)

Katrina Kaif is one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood. When she first debuted, the former model could not speak any Hindi, but since then has gone on to star in over twenty films and has won numerous awards for her performances. In fact, she is often described as one of the most hardworking actors in Bollywood. The 26-year-old star was last seen in Tees Maar Khan, which was highlighted by her infamous item number ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’. She is also the first Bollywood actress to have a Barbie doll created to her likeness. The actress is often called ‘lucky’, as most of her films do very well at the Box Office. As Etihad Airways brand ambassador, Kaif has just launched “Next Stop Bollywood”, an online dance competition in London. I caught up with the star to speak about her endorsements and upcoming films:

What did you think about Etihad Airways choosing a Bollywood actress as their global brand ambassador?

I thought that it was a very unusual approach of them. It’s not often for an airline to choose an ambassador. I mean, it is quite common for Indian actors to endorse certain products. I think it’s a little more common than in here in the west. But still, an airline choosing an ambassador was something almost a first of its kind.

Why did you accept the offer?

I am very familiar with Etihad Airways because as actors we travel so often to the UAE. I spend a lot of time there, especially for films. So I was very familiar with the airline. We bonded over a lot of concerns of mine. I personally thought they were doing something interesting, just what they wanted to do with the general awareness because of me being the ambassador. I thought their ideas were great and we talked about what we wanted to do. It’s been a great association so far. I think it has worked really great for both of us we are both very happy.

What do you like about travelling with Etihad Airways?

The whole approach to the lounge as it has a more relaxed attitude to travel. They treat it a bit not so intimidating and being a woman and travelling alone, I think these things are important. We also talked a lot about that. I am an actress so I travel all the time. What they are trying to do and the whole approach they have got towards travel, especially being a single woman is something I really appreciated.

You endorse various products in India, but is being a global ambassador different and comes with more responsibilities?

I do feel a bit more responsibility. Etihad is very close to me. I take this quite seriously, not that I don’t do with my other brands. But like you said, we do have a bit more of global interaction in terms of media, press or attending the match on Sunday. There is a bit more associated with it. You do have slightly bigger responsibilities.

You are here to launch an online dance competition, “Next Stop Bollywood”. How did that come about? Was that something you wanted to do?

It was their idea to be honest. They are creating more of a welcoming, fun, easy and laid back to approach to travel, not so much of a daunting task of world travel. I think that is just going hand in hand with this dance competition, as well as obviously our ad revolves around a dance, which is on TV. And then of course, you know they are keeping in mind, especially in the last year most of my work in India has been a lot to do with songs and a lot to do with the music from my films which has been really popular. You know, it’s a clever integration because a brand has an association with an actor and you also have to incorporate what the actor is doing currently. You can’t just ignore that. You have to post an entry on the song which is in the ad and you might get to meet me.

As you will be selecting the winner, give our readers some tips for videos they can post on “Next Stop Bollywood”.

Obviously, the dance competition is about the dance. I will be looking at that first and foremost. But also, you know the main thing I also believe about dance is that you can have some brilliant dances, but somehow they are not so enjoyable to watch. They don’t grab your attention on screen. They just don’t have that screen presence. So it’s not just about whether you are a technically trained dancer or technically perfect dancer. I just think it’s more about having fun. Performing the dance and enjoying what the music is trying to say rather than just executing certain choreographed dance steps.

What’s next for you with Eithad?

Right now it’s the competition, so next it will be announcing the winners, the meet and greet with the winner and media interactions. That will be the immediate plan next. I think it’s very exciting. As they come up with new ideas. With Eithad, we have always managed to something a bit more fun and vibrant. Even in the advertising pictures and the video. It’s not something you instantly think of.

Katrina Kaif’s traveling tips:

Always dress for comfort. It really annoys me when I see people dressing really uncomfortably going on a plane (laughing). I’m just thinking why would you do that? That’s important.

Everyone knows the basics e.g. Drink lots of water. I also think planning your flight schedules is very important, of course cost is important. You do have to be cost effective but also go for sensible well planned routes, rather than out of the way, back and beyond and nowhere to get back.

Now let’s talk about your films. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan? Imran thought that the title gives away too much.

Well, it’s supposed to! We are not THAT incredibly foolish that, hmm we wonder what people are going to think when they read this title. And Imran and I disagree all the time. You see, that’s not the point of the story. The point of the story is not that it’s about a boy, who falls in love with his brothers to be fiancé.

How was it working with Imran Khan? You just said that you disagree all the time.

We disagree, but in fun ways. We actually have a very odd equation in the sense that we are unlikely people to get along, but somehow we found a space that is actually really nice. He is a wonderful person.

Reportedly you are going to sing for the Soundtrack of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan?

No, that is not me! We already have one singing, dancing and guitar playing actor in the film. That is enough (laughs).

Ali Zafar is relatively new in the Hindi Film Industry. How was your experience working with him in his second feature film?

The most important thing about him is that he is talented. It doesn’t really matter what else he has done, what he is doing or what he is aiming to do. That is all his career planning. But he is really talented and as an artist, you really respect that. Even during our lunch breaks, he would just start composing a song and play his guitar. It is nice to be around people who are creative.

There are many rumours that you are doing more films with the production house. Have you signed a film opposite Shah Rukh Khan, which will be directed by Yash Chopra?

I think I will just have to say, if you maybe just give it a week or ten days. That is the time it probably comes out and let’s just wait for that (smiling).

What about the speculation that you might star in Dhoom 3 opposite Aamir Khan?

I am doing one already which is Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Now, two Yash Raj Films you have already speculated on (laughs). Maybe, I am doing two out of three but not all three of them (laughs).

I believe that you are doing the sequel to Dostana, directed by Tarun Mansukhani. When will you start shooting your first Dharma Production?

Yes, we all agreed in principle and the whole cast was announced. It is still in that status, where we don’t really know what is happening and all of us are going ahead with other projects.

Do you think it was poorly planned as you did give your dates to the director for the film?

No, I don’t think so. There is not a textbook way of getting a film on the floor. I have seen some great work happen in the films and the director’s mind and I have seen scripts down to the last word, and it turned out disastrously. So I don’t think that there is anyone right or wrong about what happened. Some things take their own time. If Tarun Mansukhani gets it together and feels its right, then it’s fantastic.

You are a successful actor yet, you don’t have your own website. Are you planning to launch an official website anytime soon?

I have no idea. I don’t know if people still do that anymore? There are like Twitter and stuff like that right?

But you said earlier, that you don’t want to be on a social network for now?

Honestly, I thought about it. If someone walks into my life and says that I will design a website for you, everything is done and just say yes. I will probably say go ahead and do it, but only if they are going to do a good job. I don’t really have the mind to that myself.

This interview first published in Ishq Magazine and BollySpice:

Prakash Jha interview on Aarakshan

Prakash Jha is one of Hindi cinema’s most renowned filmmakers. His second feature film Damul won him a National award for Best Director. Jha has directed well-known films like Dil Kya Kare, Mrityudand and Aparahan. In 2010, his directorial venture Rajneeti went on to become one of the biggest blockbuster of the year.  His next is a soci-political drama about reservation starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika
Padukone, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Baipai and Prateik Babbar.

The director took out some time to speak to me about his new release.

What does Aarakshan mean?
Aarakshan literally means reservation. India being a castist society, for centuries there has been a large section of our population which have remained deprived of progress, have ranked behind and have not been fairly treated as far as the social hierarchy is concerned.  Today, we have 49.5% seats in higher education and government jobs which are reserved in India. This particular policy has created some discomfort especially in the middle and upper middles class, who have been protesting about since years.

How do you deal with this topic in your film?
The film deals with this issue in its existence. Because of reservation a whole commercialization of education has taken place. Those who have the money can get to these commercial and coaching institutes and those who don’t have the money, they don’t fall into the bracket. These are the issues that my film tries to understand.

Was there a specific reason that you made Aarakshan?
I discovered the story of a principal who heads an institute and is very compassionate towards providing equal opportunities to deprived children and he faces a lot of opposition from those who want to create business out of
education. So it is a dramatic story, but we have tried to understand the pains on all sides and tried to show what should happen.

How did you decide on casting Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan for this socio-political film?
Well, they are good actors and I always make films that deal with social issues and larger landscapes. I am very fortunate that these actors like Mr. Bachchan, Saif, Deepika and the others that I have worked in the past, like to work on issue based films. Most of the actors that I have worked with are very hungry. They try to understand their roles and come to the set completely ready. You will be amazed what Deepika and Saif have done in this film.

How was your experience filming with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan?
All my actors are pretty dedicated, focused and well prepared, hence the shoot everyday was a pleasure. Especially, working with Mr. Bachchan, who is such a legend and yet he works every single day. Every day was a great experience for me.

How much research did you do on reservation for your film?
The research has been happening for years, but I actually started writing the script about seven years ago. When I found the emotional story and character, I went running to Mr Bachchan as we were talking about working together for a long time. I narrated the story to him and he agreed to the film. I was already doing Aparahan at that time and Rajneeti was scheduled, so this was to come seven years late (laughs). That’s how it works with me, it takes time. My co-writer and I wrote the script ten times before we shot the film.

How much work went into giving Saif Ali Khan the right look for his role?
We have not given him anything, it’s just a moustache (laughs). I think, Saif has taken the character in within himself and he has understood it. That is how he looks different. He is a great actor. He is actually the most under rated actor in Bollywood today as he has got amazing potential.

You are releasing your film during the month of Ramadan. Do you think that this will affect the business of Aarakshan in the UK and the Middle East?
It probably will, a little bit. I respect the month of Ramadan but unfortunately, I did not have many options as I am now getting two big consecutive weekends. Just after those two weekends, we have Eid and I think, I will be able to get that week too. There are some advantages and some disadvantages, but that is how it goes.

You have used pure Hindi in your dialogues. Don’t you think it will be difficult, even for Hindi speakers in the UK to understand them?
No, they are very simple dialogues. It is just the way they are spoken. I’m sure the audience
in the UK will enjoy the Hindi used in the film and they will love it.

How was it working with Deepika Padukone ?
She essayed her role like a breeze. She is very hardworking and was very well prepared. She has not only impressed me but really surprised me.

You have also worked with Katrina Kaif in Rajneeti. How are they different from each other as actors?
They are both amazing. They are hardworking, focused and hungry for work. I love them both.

What do you have to say about being denied permission to promote you film at some places?
That happens when you do a social film. There are points of view that you have to take into
account. We are a democratic country and everyone is free to say what they like to say. I respect their decision.

How did you decide on casting Prateik Babbar in your film?
He is amazing. He is really innovative in front of the camera. He is young and that is the kind of character that I needed.

Aarakshan is produced by Prakash Jha and Firoz A. Nadiawala and will be released by Reliance Entertainment on the 12th of August 2011 across cinemas in the UK.