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Emraan Hashmi in ‘Azhar’ – In UK cinemas 13th May

 

 

The most anticipated film on the life of one of the most celebrated and controversial cricketers in India’s history, Mohammad Azharuddin, is set to bowl audiences on 13th May 2016 with the release of AZHAR.

Azhar chronicles the life and times of the former Indian Cricket Captain, through his colourful journey. From international cricketing successes to controversial detours in his personal life, Azhar is the story of a fallen hero.

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The film is based on incidents and facts in the life of Mohammad Azharuddin, who in the 1990s became one of India’s most controversial sportsmen.  From setting world records that are yet to be broken, to getting embroiled in the first ever match fixing scandal the country witnessed, the film traces Azhar’s insurmountable highs and his tremendous lows.

Azhar stars Emraan Hashmi, credited with both critical and commercial acclaim in a career spanning over a decade, who powerfully essays the role of Mohammad Azharuddin. He is joined on screen by a stellar cast comprising Prachi Desai, who portrays the role of ‘Naureen’, the first wife of Azharuddin and Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani, the second wife of Azharuddin.

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The film is produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Sony Pictures Networks’ and directed by Tony D’Souza, an award winning American novelist and journalist.

Azhar releases in cinemas on 13th May 2016 internationally through Grand Showbiz Media & Entertainment.

Interview: “Hollywood and Bollywood are very separate things” – Nargis Fakhri

Spy Nargis FakhriBollywood actress Nargis Fakhri can now be seen in UK cinemas in the new action-comedy film, Spy, also starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney and Jude Law. 

The gorgeous actress plays a small but pivotal role in the film and has a major action sequence with actress McCarthy in the movie. 

Nargis, who was born in New York, made her Bollywood debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and was most recently seen in Main Tera Hero with Varun Dhawan. 

The 35-year-old star recently flew into London to walk the red carpet at the European premiere of Spy, held at Leicester Square, and caught up with BollyNewsUK ahead of her big night.

You have flown in from Kenya. What were you doing there?
Oh My God, I was saving rhinos (Rhinoceros). There is only one left. It was at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. He’s the last male northern white rhino in the world. Can you imagine that there will be no more once he dies? There used to be twenty-thousand from the 1960s and now there is only one left. I was there to raise awareness because people should visit the place because it’s an once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was also trying to get people to donate as they’re trying IVF and it’s very costly.

TCopyright - Facebook SPY Movie (3)he last time you were in London to promote a movie was for Rockstar (2011). How has it been so far to be here for Spy?
Wow, that was such a long time ago. I love London and it’s always nice to be here, especially when the weather is nice. It’s really close to Mumbai too as it’s only eight-hours on a flight compared to sixteen-hours to New York or even twenty-four-hours to Los Angeles.

You are represented by CAA KWAN in India, formerly known as KWAN, who joined hands with CAA, one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, a few years ago. Did ‘Spy’ happen through that association?
No, my agent in London DAA were handling everything in relation to Spy. I actually met Paul Feig, the director, in LA a while back. It was quite surprising that he knew about Bollywood and Indian cinema. He knew about the work that I had done. We were having a meal when he mentioned to me that he will be starting a movie and there is a role that he felt I was perfect for. He asked me whether I would have time for it. I said yes immediately.

Were you worried about how much screen time you’ll get in your debut Hollywood movie?
I have realised that Hollywood and Bollywood are very separate things. They don’t get each other. They have a different way of doing things. I was born in New York City and was exposed to American cinema from a young age. I have friends who are actors, writers and entertainers. I know how hard it is to get into the industry. It’s super hard. You have talented people struggling for years. Yes, same goes for Bollywood but you don’t get judged for having small part in a film in Hollywood. You can have a really small role in one film and be the leading actor in your next. It doesn’t work the same way in Bollywood. If you do a supporting role, you get pigeonholed and only end up doing that. In Bollywood you have to work with the big guys and that’s it. You can’t work with anyone else. I understand that but getting offered this part in Spy with this amazing director and cast was a no-brainer. It doesn’t matter how many minutes I’m on-screen or how big the role is, this is a big deal.

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Was the experience more comfortable for you, compared to working in Hindi movies, because English is your first language?
It was but the sense of humour culturally is very different in India. I get the American sense of humour and even the British one. In Main Tera Hero, we have a scene where Varun sings a bhajan (devotional song) to the beat of Ranbir’s Badtameez Dil. I just didn’t get that (laughs). I really questioned everyone and asked how this is funny? Anupam Kher explained it to and had to associate it with something that I would understand. Then I said, “Oh, that’s funny”. With me, it’s sometimes lost in translation in Bollywood. I literally translate everything and I don’t get the jokes. Then someone has to explain it to me. I am the poor person that has the delayed reaction to a joke (laughs).

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There is a major action sequence in the film between you and Melissa McCarty. Did you have to prepare a lot?
I had three days of choreography and quite some time over the day going over everything. There were still issues when we filmed it. I hurt myself a few times and Mellisa hurt me a couple of times too. But it turned out alright in the end.

Spy, released by 20th Century Fox, is in UK cinemas now.

This interview was first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper (National). 

 

Q&A: Nargis Fakhri talks about ‘KICK’

Nargis Fakhri will be seen in Salman Khan’s forthcoming action romantic-comedy film Kick, releasing on 25th July 2014 through UTV Motion Pictures, in a special appearance. 

Here the Main Tera Hero actress talks about working with Salman Khan for a special song in the film, Yaar Na Miley.

Were you excited to work with Salman Khan?
I was nervous! He’s such a big Bollywood star, I was afraid I’d mess something up. When I went to the set and met him, all my fears faded away. Salman is a very positive person and his sense of humour is amazing! I had such a great time working with him and the whole team.


You had some problems with your knee whilst shooting the song ‘Yaar Na Mile’. Did it affect your performance in any way?

Yes, I suffered from a ruptured knee and it was extremely painful, but I pulled myself together because I know that opportunities like this don’t appear very often. I have no idea how, but I managed to complete it in just four days.

Nargis Fakhri - KickIt’s your second item number. Do you think there will be more?
I really enjoy dancing, but I don’t want to be seen as just an item dancer. Acting is my passion and I want to do some good meaty roles. I am currently talking to different directors, but nothing has been finalised just yet.


You will be making your Hollywood debut quite soon. What do you prefer Bollywood or Hollywood?

I think it has to be Bollywood. I am feeling more comfortable in Bollywood because I have spent more time here and I do have a much better understanding about it. Besides dancing and music is my passion, this is why I prefer to spend more time here [Bollywood].


Tell us a bit more about your dance number?

It is a very urban, edgy yet sexy dance number. There was a lot to learn. At first I thought I might miss some steps, but everything went brilliantly well. Salman has a great energy and I think that is what made me so comfortable around him.

 

Kick releases in UK cinemas on 25th July 2014.

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Nargis Fakhri joins Facebook

Nargis-FakhriNargis Fakhri has launched her official Facebook page, realizing the power of the digital medium to interact with her fan base. The actor has a strong presence on twitter with over 3 lakh followers already.

Nargis regularly tweets and enjoys interacting with her fans. She also keeps them updated about her whereabouts and uses twitter to express her opinions and views. The actor, who made her debut with Ranbir Kapoor in Imtaz Ali’s Rockstar, also has an Instagram account.

She frequently posts images. Nargis enjoys being personally involved on all her digital platforms and likes to manage all the profiles single-handedly. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the actor appears to be her candid-self online, as well!

With a new Facebook page, Nargis is certainly excited about the launch, “I have never been on Facebook before. I am really excited and look forward to reaching out to my audience on the digital platform,” she says.

This happens to be a great time for the actor to launch her Facebook page, as her film, ‘Madras Café’ is scheduled for release in UK cinemas on 23rd of August. Nargis will star opposite John Abraham in the action thriller.

Facebook page Link- http://www.facebook.com/NargisFakhri

Nargis Fakhri enjoys Malvani Food

Nargis-FakhriIt comes as a surprise that Nargis Fakhri, who is known to have a perfect body in the industry, is a foodie! The gorgeous actor, who made a million hearts skip a beat with her debut film –Rockstar, enjoys trying various cuisines.

Nargis recently tweeted about her visit to Pune and being a self-confessed foodie, the actor didn’t miss the chance to visit the popular Malvani restaurant to gorge on some authentic Malvani food.

Right after her meal, she tweeted, “In Pune! Just ate some yummy yummy food! My new favorite cuisine is Malvani food. Yay for food!!!!”

Nargis is certainly one girl who doesn’t believe in starving and also loves culinary. It’s rarely that we spot actors stopping by at local food joints, impromptu!

Ranbir Kapoor & team Rockstar makes NMIMS students go berserk! Exclusive Pictures


India’s heartthrob and Rockstar Ranbir Kapoor recently made the MBA students of NMIMS, Mumbai go crazy with an exciting interaction held at the college! Organized by NDTV, host Vikram Thapa led a friendly discussion with a huge live audience of college students and Team Rockstar: Ranbir Kapoor, Director Imtiaz Ali, Nargis Fakhri and voice of Rockstar: singer Mohit Chauhan in the magnificent campus auditorium.

What they didn’t anticipate was the frenzy they generated! Upon hearing that the stars have arrived at NMIMS, the news spread like wildfire and the students from neighboring colleges such as UPG, Mithibai, etc also gathered on the roads to catch a glimpse, creating lots of chaos and traffic!

Once inside NMIMS, the stars found the auditorium was fully packed, with students even sitting on the floor and thousands had thronged the hall to catch a glimpse of Team Rockstar!  The students asked many interesting questions on the film and in general, and most could not resist from going up to the stage to get a hug from Ranbir! The rockstar then took a guitar in his hands and led the way for a great fun filled jamming session with Mohit Chauhan and the students. The entire crowd mobbed the team all the way to their cars, beseeching the team for autographs and photos!

Well, looks it was definitely one amazing interaction never to be forgotten by the students!

Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Eros International’s Rockstar releases on 11.11.11.

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Imtiaz Ali brings Kashmiri wedding rituals onscreen with Rockstar!

Director Imtiaz Ali has gone to great lengths to make sure everything shown in Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Eros International’s Rockstar is as authentic as possible. The buzz is that for the first time ever on screen a Kashmiri Pandit wedding will be shown, with all its rituals and traditions!

During the recce, Imtiaz had asked the line producer to make him meet a Kashmiri Pandit family in order to maintain authenticity. His house was located in a small hindu settlement in Srinagar and the team went all the way to his house, sat for 3 hours with his wife over tea to understand all the nitty gritties of kashmiri weddings. Great care was taken to make sure everything that would appear on screen was completely accurate and as real as possible!

They then walked to the very popular Kheer Bhawani temple, met the priest and watched his own daughter’s wedding video to have a visual understanding of the rituals. The designers Manish Malhotra and Akki Narula roamed around the streets for hours to get the traditional attire perfect to the T.

Right from the way food is served in the tram (copper plates) to the traditional Dejhor which is Kashmiri jewellery worn in the ears (symbol of a married woman) along with the shaneel fyran (velvet dress/outfit), the intricate henna pattern and the tarang (cap) the girl wears during the wedding rituals, etc, were painstakingly researched for the shoot.

In fact, during the shoot, the locals who were part of the scene were given full freedom to inform Imtiaz if something was going wrong and wasn’t part of the tradition!

The Ranbir Kapoor- Nargis Fakhri starrer releases on 11.11.11