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Interview: Zoa Morani talks about her new film ‘Bhaag Johnny’

ACTRESS ZOA MORANI (1)​Zoa Morani is known to the industry for her impactful performance in Always Kabhi Kabhi  produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, a launch that every actress would have dreamt to be a part of.

She continued with her passion for theatre and did two highly acclaimed plays. First was Panchhatantra adapted and penned by renowned lyricist and poet Gulzar followed by Taj Mahal Ka Udghatan which is currently running successfully in different parts of India. Zoa has also made her presence felt in the world of commercials where she has been seen sharing screen space with Virat Kohli for a Cellkon Ad and Farhan Akhtar for Mc. Dowell which was shot right after the release of her film in 2012. Not to miss, she has also been associated with ace designers like Masaba Gupta and Pallavi Mohan as their show stoppers for different fashion weeks.

Presently, Zoa is seen in the newly released Bhaag Johnny where she will be romancing Kunal Khemu. The industry is eager to see this fresh on-screen couple and the wonders they will do in cinemas. Bhaag Johnny is produced by T-Series is set to release on 25th September and directed by Shivam Nair. 

Bhaag Johnny is a story about a man’s journey where he gets two choices that will lead to their respective destinies.

Synopsis: Janardhan Arora (Johnny) (Kunal Khemu) is a young ordinary Indian man who works as an accountant in Bangkok. Although he earns a successful living, he is not content and wants more from life.  Johnny has a strong desire to live his life to the fullest. So he gets involved in a security fraud not realizing the dangers that he will encounter. Johnny now is caught in a catch-22 situation where he must make a decision which will change his life forever.  He has to either kill Tanya (Zoa Morani) or save her. But life gives him an opportunity to lead two lives for 72 hours. It is in this critical situation, black and white shades of Johnny breaks out. He starts living two parallel lives. In one life, Johnny kills Tanya for his own survival.  In the other he protects Tanya despite knowing the risks. Both the journeys are fraught with difficulties. The course of events leads to their individual destination and it determines what he becomes. He realizes that destiny is a result of the choices we make.

ACTRESS ZOA MORANI (2)You made your Bollywood debut with Always Kabhi Kabhi a few years ago. What have you been upto in the meantime?
I was really young when my debut film released and had a lot to learn about acting. So I chose to take time, prepare myself better and invest in diverse roles. Also I got involved in theater which has been a really overwhelming experience. I started working in theatre with Salim Arif Sir and did plays penned by Gulzar Saab. Then I did a comedy play titled Tajmahal Ka Udghatan for which we did shows across India. The medium has taught me so much and improved me as an artist.

Bhaag Johnny is a thriller film. Why did you decide to be a part of this film?
Because of the story and my character. When I and my mother went for the narration to Vikram Bhatt, we were bowled over by the script and the way it was laid out. We were at the edge of our seats throughout the session so I came on board in an instant after that. Also the role of Taniya, a simple and independent girl who has to believe a complete stranger with her life appealed to me. 

What factors do you look at when you want to be a part of a film?
The foremost concern is always the script. The reason my second film is releasing years after my debut is also because I didn’t want to pick on projects randomly. I wanted to invest time and thought in selecting stories that would matter to me. Also the role should be of integral importance to the plot. I don’t wish to be a part of narratives where an actor is just present in the frame and do not make any difference.

Bhaag Johnny also stars Kunal Khemu. How was it like working with him?
Kunal has been really fun and interesting to work with. He has a remarkable wit which use to keep ACTRESS ZOA MORANI (4)us on our toes always. He comes with years of experience and the best thing about him lies in his ability to switch moods. One moment he is cracking jokes and laughing at something and the next moment, when the camera is on, he is fully into his character. That’s a quality I would like to master as well.

The music of the film has generated a good hype. What do you like about the soundtrack? 
I believe the soundtrack of Bhaag Johnny is a proper mix of soulful renditions and peppy dance numbers which works with audiences today. My favourite track from the film is Kinna Sona, a slow romantic number featured on me and Kunal.

As the film is produced by T-Series who are pioneers in music, what is your opinion on how important good marketing of music is for the success of a film?
I may not be the best person to comment on this business aspect of filmmaking but as a listener and someone who has grown up on Hindi film songs, I feel music has been and will always be a significant part of Bollywood. A Hindi movie is incomplete without songs. And now with newer lot of talented singers coming in and finer techniques being used, music would be of prime importance.

The film has a catch-22 situation which has already been revealed in the trailer. Don’t you think that should have been a surprise element for audiences who will see the film in cinemas?
I don’t think it has been revealed in the trailer. What we have shown there is the basic premise on which the film has been built and what it intends to offer. That is the minimum you have to include in a trailer to attract people to the theatres. Bhaag Johnny is an out and out thriller and to know what happens at the end, you have to watch the film.  

ACTRESS ZOA MORANI (5)A lot of fresh faces have been launched in Bollywood over the last few years. While many make it big, many also don’t and the industry really survives on actors who have been in the industry for many years. What’s your take on why Hindi film audiences are not as accepting to newcomers compared to the film industry in the west?
I don’t think that’s the correct thing to say. Bollywood has always been welcoming of every talent and so has been the audience. A lot of newcomers who made their debut few years back are accorded as superstars today. That’s because of a loyal audience base and their successful films. The fact is everyone has to prove their mettle at the box office to be welcomed by the masses. Some can do that, some can’t. The senior actors you are talking about have managed to do this for decades and that’s why fans have undying love for them.

What’s next for you after Bhaag Johnny?
Right after the release, we are taking our play Tajmahal Ka Udghatan to Dubai which I am highly excited about. As of now, I am giving a couple of auditions but haven’t signed anything new. The moment I do, I will be happy to let you know.

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Exclusive: “Will choreograph for Dilwale if SRK asks me” – Farah Khan

Farah Khan at London Asian Film FestivalChoreographer-turned-director Farah Khan is currently in London for the 17th London Asian Film Festival.

The Happy New Year director today attended a  choreography  master class at the Southbank Centre and a sing-along screening of Om Shanti Om starring Shah Rukh Khan at Prince Charles Cinema in the West End.   

At the master class earlier today, Khan clarified that it’s a myth that she worked for veteran choreographer Saroj Khan during the making of Aamir Khan starrer Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. In fact, Farah was assisting the director, Mansoor Khan, and only took over as the choreographer once Saroj Khan walked out. 

Farah also recalled how the same almost happened during the making of the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. “Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan called me from Switzerland and asked me if I can come the following day to shoot a song for them because Saroj Khan had not landed up on set. As much as I wanted to go, I was committed to doing a song with, hold your hearts, Nana Patekar. I couldn’t cancel that shoot as it would have been unethical and told them [SRK and Aditya Chopra] that it would be the same thing that she [Saroj Khan] did to them. I think, she found out that they called me and thought ‘This can’t happen again’ and ended up doing the song in Switzerland. However, Aditya later asked me to choreograph Ruk Ja O Dil Deewane at a set in Mumbai.”

In an interview with Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, Farah also said that if Shah Rukh Khan asks her, she will go back to choreography for his next home production, Dilwale, directed by Rohit Shetty. 

“I have just seen on Twitter that they have started filming for Dilwale. If Shah Rukh asks me to do a song for the film, I will do it,” said the director who has directed the world-famous actor in Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om and most recently in Happy New Year. 

However, Farah Khan has no interest in choreographing movie songs otherwise. “It has been twenty-three-years. I’ll do a one-off song now and then. But I don’t want to continuously do choreography.”

 

Spotted: ‘Happy New Year’ promotions in London

The cast of Happy New Year recently descended into the British capital to promote the highly-anticipated movie. Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and director Farah Khan interacted with the UK media at a Central London hotel.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and is released in UK cinemas on 23rd October 2014 through Yash Raj Films. Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Abhishek Bachchan at Happy New Year promotions in London

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‘Happy New Year’ trailer creates waves worldwide

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd unveiled the first look of its next release, Happy New Year, at a grand event in Mumbai recently. Director Farah Khan was present at the event along with the entire cast of the film – Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff, Music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and Producers.

Unlike a usual trailer launch, this event was a celebration of the “Indiawaale” sentiment lent by the film. The evening began with SRK and Boman welcoming all to the grand event and introduced Fictitious Group who performed to a theme music especially made to make the eve of Independence special. Vishal and Shekhar also performed on a specially created version of the Happy New Year song, Indiawaale. This was followed by a chic fashion show by Manish Malhotra. The entire cast of the film walked the ramp. The silhouette of the collection clearly defined the theme and the sentiment of the evening. The trailer of the film was then unveiled to the audience that comprised of media and fans from across India.

Check out photos from the trailer launch here:

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Farah Khan said, “This film has all that it takes to make a Bollywood quintessential film but the most important element here is HOPE. It is hope that turns into BELIEF for anyone who works hard in life to achieve their goals. Even if you lose don’t let that bring you down and think it is the end.”

Shah Rukh Khan said, “It is not necessary that if you do not win even after repeatedly trying, that you are a loser. This is what Happy New Year is all about. This film is a celebration and most importantly it is as happy as the title is.”

Venky Mysore, CEO, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, said “We are delighted to bring to you a sneak preview of HNY. This is a tribute to “INDIAWAALE” and a celebration of who we are. It has been a massive project yet most enjoyable to all of us at Red Chillies. We hope the audience enjoy it as much as we have making it. We eagerly look forward to “Diwali” to bring it to the audience worldwide.”

Red Chillies used all possible Digital Platforms – Social Media, Mobile (VAS), DTH & Application Economy to ensure a large user preferred reach for the trailer.

While most of the films opt for the conventional Youtube platform, HNY trailer was first launched on Facebook’s native video player using an application wherein the trailer was not only launched on the Facebook page of HNY but also the timelines of all the users who subscribed to the app.

If this isn’t enough, the trailer was also launched on the native video player of Twitter with personalized messages from the cast of HNY. “Red Chillies and the cast of Happy New Year understand the value of developing live, personal and interactive connections with their audience, which is only possible on Twitter. From the entire cast and crew sharing every moment of film production on Twitter via their personal handles to their launching personalized trailers and posters on Twitter, Happy New Year has set a new national and global standard in the movie business,” said Rishi Jaitley, Market Director, Twitter India. The Trailer was also launched on the conventional platform of Youtube on all channels of the partners (Music Distributors T-Series and Film Distributors Yash Raj Films) on the film along with Red Chillies’ official channel. The total views of the trailer from all platforms cross a record breaking number of 4 million in 24 hours.

Below are the statistics of 24 hours from the minute the trailer was launched on all the Digital Platforms, which got it more than 4 million views:

Facebook
First film trailer to be launched on FB and becomes the most viewed movie trailer on FB Native Player across the Globe

  • 1.5 Million Trailer Views
  • 2.8 Million Post Interaction & over 18 Million FB users reached.
  • Over 360K Likes for the trailer (Highest Ever)

Twitter

  • 1.5 Billion Impressions only on Aug 14
  • 5 Hash Tags trending of Happy New Year

YouTube

  • Over than 2 Million views across various Youtube Partner Channels 

WhatsApp

  • First Film to send out the trailer via WhatsApp

Tata Sky

  • Reached Over 13 million Subscribe of a DTH & each one has to watch channel 100 when they switch on their sets before they go to any other channel of their choice

Airtel WAP

  • They have over 15 million visitors every day

SMS

  • Over 300,000 fans received it via SMS service (missed call facility)

E-Mail

  • Over 25,000 fans received it via email

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films in UK cinemas and worldwide.

Check out the posters of the film here:

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SLAM! – The Tour feat. SRK, Deepika and more

The cast of the much-awaited Happy New Year along with other celebrities will tour the United States and Canada this year.

Get ready to shake a leg with  Shah Rukh Khan, Farah Khan Kunder, Deepika Padukone, Malaika Arora Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah, Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh at SLAM! – The Tour.

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“I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all. I am super excited and looking forward to being in your city along with the director & the cast of our next film Happy New Year and my colleagues Farah, Deepika, Malaika, Abhishek, Boman, Sonu, Vivaan, Kanika and Honey Singh. We promise you an evening of love, laughter and entertainment. So mark your calendar and be there at SLAM! THE TOUR,” said SRK. The actor will be performing in USA after a gap of 10 years. 

SLAM! THE TOUR CALENDER

19th Sept 2014: Toyota Center, Houston

20th Sept 2014: Continental Arena, New Jersey

21st Sept 2014: Air Canada Center, Toronto

26th Sept 2014: Sears Center Arena, Chicago

27th Sept 2014: Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), Vancouver

28th Sept 2014: SAP Center, San Jose

Slam! The Tour will also be coming to the UK in October. Watch this space for further information!