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Kunal Kohli’s ‘Uff’ in ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’

Director Kunal Kohli has revealed that he has tried to ape late filmmaker Vijay Anand’s style while shooting the song “Uff” for his forthcoming film Teri Meri Kahaani.

“One of the best directors of the 1960 era was Vijay Anand and I have tried to shoot the song like a tribute to him. Shot it like the way he used to shoot the songs, like in ‘Teesri Manzil’ and films like that,” said Kohli.

“So I have given it that flavour of music and the shooting style as if it’s a Vijay Anand song,” he added.

Teri Meri Kahaani, starring Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, is a love story that spans across three eras 1910, 1960 and 2012. It is slated for release June 22.

Shahid says the word ‘Uff’ is very typical of the 1960 era.

 “‘Uff’ I think is a very interesting word. You have heard a lot of ‘uffs’ and ‘yahoo’ in the 1960s,” the 31-year-old said.

The song has been sung by Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan, and composer Wajid of duo Sajid-Wajid, is all praise for them.

“The way he (Sonu) has sung it, I think you’ve just got to hear it to believe it. I feel that in whichever film Sonu or Sunidhi sing for me, that film is complete for me,” Wajid said.

Teri Meri Kahaani will have a UK Premiere at Cineworld, Feltham on 21st June which will be attended by the actors and director of the film.

Teri Meri Kahani

Kunal Kohli’s next, tentatively title Teri Meri Kahani has been shooting in England since last month. Leading actress Priyanka Chopra only arrived a day before the first day of the shoot, after wrapping up a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s RA.ONE.

Shahid Kapoor who plays the leading hero in the film was already in London for a shot vacation. The 30-year-old actor was often seen shopping around in the West End and indulging in pan-Asian noodles at restaurants.

The first UK schedule started in Stratford upon Avon on the 22nd July and was wrapped up in five days.Scenes for the movie were filmed outside town pubs, on the river, at the bandstand and outside Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Teri Neri Kahani is a story of a young couple, Krish (Shahid Kapoor) and Radha (Priyanka Chopra) who fall in love. According to Mr Bahri, the producer of the film, it was essential for them to shoot in Stratford, birth place of William Shakespeare, as references are made to him in the story.

“We came here to do a recce and as we walked into Henley Street we just knew we had to film here. Stratford as a location has never been seen before in Bollywood,” he told the Stratford upon Avon Harold, a local newspaper.

On last Saturday filming took place at the Old Thatch Tavern. The scene involved the Jab We Met actor getting ‘arrested’ and taken to a ‘police station’ (the tourist information office). Scenes were also shot at the bank of river Avon in a boat where the couple fell asleep together after an all-night party.

The Bandstand was used to film the all-night party on Monday evening and shooting continued until the early hours of Tuesday in Bards Walk. Kunal Kohli, the director of this love story also filmed some scenes outside the Birthplace of Shakespeare on Tuesday night.On Wednesday, the last day in Stratford, the crew filmed in the empty Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre where both actors performed on stage portraying their roles respectively.

The cast and crew has since moved to Nottingham where they will continue their second UK schedule until the 13th of August. The actors started shooting at the prestigious University of Nottingham on Friday, the 29th July. They filmed in Nottingham and Long Eaton with Priyanka Chopra until the 8th of August. Shahid Kapoor and new actress Neha Sharma will continue filming until the 12th of August 2011, where one day of shoot will also take place in Leeds.

Most of the crew will be leaving the UK on the 13th of August 2011.

Bollywood stars hang out in London despite riots

Bollywood glitterati Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Ali Zafar, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma descended into London a few days ago. Unbeknownst to them, the city was in its most dangerous time in decades, when riots spread across the capital.

Shah Rukh, Ranbir and Anushka arrived on the 8th of  August 2011 to attend the logo and new identity  unveiling   of Hero Motocorp (formerly known as Hero Honda). The high-profile corporate event was also attended by Oscar award-winning music composer A.R Rahman, American singer Akon and former tennis player Boris Becker.

The event was held at The O2, London on Tuesday, the 9th of August 2011. All three actors rehearsed for their speeches and performances a day before on Monday. While Ranbir and Anushka took time out to do some shopping in the West End, Shah Rukh did not leave his residence except for his rehearsal.

Ranbir Kapoor posed with bikes, King Khan performed with Akon and gave a brilliant speech and Anushka performed with several dancers to entertain the audience at the event. After attending the event, Khan met up with good pal Priyanka Chopra, who was in the UK for a film shoot.

The 7 Khoon Maaf actress wrapped up her shoot for Teri Meri Kahani in Nottingham on the same day Khan, Kapoor and Sharma arrived in London. She immediately took off for London and was there for three days. A source close to the project has informed us that the remaining schedule of the film with Shahid Kapoor and upcoming actress Neha Sharma will be wrapped up on the 12th of August in the UK. The next schedule will be in Chandighar, India.

Another source has revealed that Priyanka and Shah Rukh had meetings with the owners of Cineyug, a concert and event management company while they were in London. They have apparently agreed to do a show here soon. It might be a promotional concert that Shah Rukh is planning for his upcoming sci-fi flick Ra.One, but details are being kept under the wrap at the moment. Priyanka has since left London and started the shooting of Burfee in India.

Actor and singer Ali Zafar, who made a sensational debut with Tere Bin Laden in Bollywood has been vacationing in London too for a couple of days.

I can assure you all, that all these actors are/were safe from the riots happening in the UK. I met Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra during their stay in London. Check out these pictures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Imran and Kunal Kohli in South London – Break Ke Baad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                             

Imran Khan enjoying a beverage at CHAK89.

                                                                                             

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

Kunal Kohli on Break Ke Baad and more..

(This Interview first published in Ishq Magazine)

Kunal Kohli arrived in London on the 11th of Novemeber 2010 to promote his first non Yash Raj Films production “Break Ke Baad”. He spent the whole next day with the Brit-Asian media, promoting the Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer. I had the opportunity to get the last interview, just before he was leaving for something.

  • Why did you decide to promote the film in the UK and US at last minute?
    I had always planned to come to the UK and US. They are important and growing markets. Imran is a relatively new actor. He has been around for 2 to 3 years. I think he needs all the push that he can get and should get in the UK. Karan Johar (Producer of Imran Khan starrer I Hate LUV Storys) did a wonderful job of promoting him here. I am trying to take that here on further.
  • You have co produced TPTM with YRF before. This is your first production independently. How was your experience?
    I think it was very nice and a learning experience. I am very happy to be a producer. It gives me joy to see into every minute detail and make sure that everyone else is happy.
  •  How much involvement did you have on the sets of Break Ke Baad ?
    I was on the sets a lot but I was never on sets to check up what was happening and not to interfere. I just made sure that everything is going good. I just went on the sets because I love being on the sets and it was a lovely and friendly set with a lot of nice people. So I actually just went on set to meet the lovely people.
  • Did you ever have the urge to get involved with anything on the set like a director does?
    No, I was very clear from the start that Danish Aslam is directing it and he will do a good job of it. So I had no urges to say anything except: “Can I have some tea please?” (laughing)
  • Danish has assisted you on your previous projects. How did he come up with Break Ke Baad?
    I knew that Danish Aslam will make a good director one day. After Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic I thought that he is ready to be a director and asked him whether he has a script.
    He gave me a 20 page concept of Break Ke Baad and 47 drafts later we had a script (laughing).
  • How much involvement did you have in the script writing ?
    I did contribute a bit to the script but not enough to be called a writer. That is why the story credit is Danish and Renukha. They consulted me all through the process and we worked together on the script.
  • The music of Break Ke Baad is very different. Danish Aslam did not want any promotional songs or remixes initially but  did end up with both . How did that happen ?
    This was just one of the jokes, that you say in-house with your crew. He thought he did not need one, but after we talked about it he agreed that it won’t harm anyone.  
  • Imran-Deepika, was that always your first choice ?
    Yes, they were. Imran was in and out of the film. He first agreed, but then left because of script issues, however came back after we made changes to the script. It was in and out for Imran so he came into the film “ Break Ke Baad” (after a break). But once Deepika Padukone was confirmed she remained on the project.
  • Will we see you back as a director soon ? Will you produce your upcoming projects yourself?
    Of course, I am primarily a filmmaker and will always be one. I am starting a film with Saif Ali Khan very soon. Yes, I will produce it and I have always been involved with the production of my films in some way or the other.

After the interview, I found out that Kunal was suffering from food poisoning and was heading out to buy medicine when I arrived. He did make an appearance at CHAK89 in London to promote the film with Imran Khan. He aborted his promotional trip to the States and went back to Mumbai instead.

Also, He recently confirmed that Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor will be in his next directorial venture. Nobody really knows why Saif Ali Khan was ousted from the film.

(This Interview first published in Ishq Magazine) Photos: Sunny Malik

Promoting Break Ke Baad