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Interview: “Aiyaary is a thrilling story” – Manoj Bajpayee

Aiyaary UKActor Manoj Bajpayee will be seen in UK cinemas again this Friday. His latest outing Aiyaary revolves around two army officers, portrayed by Sidharth Malhotra as an army officer sharing a mentor-protégé bond with Bajpayee.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film also stars Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra in lead roles.

The award-winning actor spoke to BollyNewsUK about his role in film, co-star Sidharth Malhotra and being on location in London.

What is Aiyaary all about?
It deals with the conflict of two generations. The ideas of patriotism between the two protagonists in the film keep on clashing. That takes the shape of a bigger conflict and a cat & mouse game of sorts. At the core of it, audiences will also experience how military personnel protect the country and national interest as well as the challenges they face. That makes quite a thrilling story.

It’s quite relevant as we see millennials clashing with the older generation worldwide when it comes to ideologies. Is that an aspect of the film which may have a broader appeal internationally?
A lot has changed in the last decade. The younger generation is much more exposed to the outside world. They have a spectrum of information on their fingertips. They also look at their country in a very different way and believe that certain actions are enough to bring about change. The older generation, perhaps, realises that a lot of efforts and sacrifices are needed to achieve something for one’s nation. The ideologies are bound to clash as experience and information will have a never-ending battle.

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How was it like filming for Aiyaary in London?
We shot a major portion of the film London. My family was with me during the schedule and we all love London. My 7-year-old daughter loved being in the city and thoroughly enjoyed her stay. I was busy filming in various locations but was happy that my family was enjoying visiting historical places.

Was the experience of working with Neeraj Pandey in Aiyaary easier for you after Special 26?
We met many times much before ‘Special 26’ was made. I’ve always had great regard for him as a director after I saw ‘A Wednesday’. He has a remarkable gift of presenting a story to audiences. His storytelling resonates with all kind of audiences, and that makes him very unique. I’m grateful that he shows a lot of faith and belief in me as an actor.

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Opposite to the friction seen on-screen, you connected well with Sidharth off-screen. How did you find working with him?
Sidharth is a lovely guy. He comes from a middle-class family in Delhi, where I’ve spent a lot of time. Our values are very much the same and we both relate to each other’s journey. He is a competitive guy and has made a mark in the industry whilst being an outsider. I have a lot of admiration for him.

Aiyaari PosterStudios and distributors are focusing on the Indian Box Office more than ever, whereas the international market has taken a backseat. Do you believe international territories still hold value, especially for smaller films?
It’s still an important market. We all want our films to break even or make profit, so that we can continue to work and all markets that help us reach that goal are important. We are not looking to hit a certain number at the Indian Box Office with this film but audiences coming to see Aiyaary should love the film. That is more important to us. Throughout the film, Neeraj Pandey was not well but we carried on. We believed in the film and were passionate about it and hopefully, audiences will be able to see it on-screen.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Plan C Studios, Aiyaary is a Friday Filmworks Productions and releases in UK cinemas on 16th February 2018.

 

Interview: “Filming in London was very exciting” – Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra is the newest Bollywood heartthrob on the scene. The 33-year-old actor made his debut in 2012 with Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year‘ and has built up quite a fan following through his performances with UK hits such as Kapoor & Sons and Brothers

Hailing from an Indian Armed Forces family, Sidharth entered the film industry after working as a junior assistant director on the award-winning My Name Is Khan. He caught director Karan Johar’s eye, who then decided to launch Sidharth along with Varun Dhawan, son of director David Dhawan, and Alia Bhatt, daughter of renowned producer Mahesh Bhatt in Student Of The Year. The three actors shot to stardom in India even before their highly-anticipated debut film released.

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Malhotra has since starred in hits such as Ek Villain, Ittefaq and A Gentleman. He is gearing up for his newest release, Aiyaary, also starring Manoj Bajpayee and Rakul Preet.

Speaking to BollyNewsUK, the actor discusses his new movie and filming in the British capital…

You must be very excited starting the new year with Aiyaary
Yes, every Friday brings in new excitement. The script and content of Aiyaary is very powerful and director Neeraj Pandey always showcases intelligent content in his films. Audiences will understand the reason why we’ve made the film, as it’s very relevant now. It’s a packaged spy thriller, which I’ve never done before, so it’s something new for the audience.

The title of Aiyaary is unusal. Was that intentional to make the film mysterious?
I believe that Neeraj Pandey has a knack for finding these words when it comes to naming his films. It was also very apt for the characters as we are playing intelligence agents in the film. Aiyaary means the art of trickery, and these guys definitely have that skill. It’s also a very intriguing title, which helps us.

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Neeraj Pandey films usually share critical acclaim and box office success. Are you worried about the trend of 2017 where most movies didn’t perform well though?
No, I don’t worry about that. Every film has its own audience at the end of the day. When you sign up to do a film, you know the extent of the business it is likely to make. This is a thriller first of all, which doesn’t have the trappings of a commercial love story. It has a good subject which is relevant to the country and its youth. Also, looking at Neeraj Pandey’s track record, he has never had a film under-performing at the box office. Its more relaxing because of his past track record.

You disappeared from social media with the hashtag #SidsOffTheGrid leading up to first promotions of Aiyaary. What was that about?
(Laughs) We were just preparing audiences for what is going to happen when Aiyaary releases, as my character in the film goes off the grid. In my head, I wanted to see if people will miss me online. I was very happy to see that people were concerned, including you who messaged and called. It was very nice actually. I was back in two days, it was a fun activity.

Your last film Ittefaq was only promoted on social and digital media. However, some film studios are going back to the traditional marketing style. What do you feel works best?
The trend has really changed. It has more become about what happens on the Friday of release. Audiences want to know what the reports are, what their friends and family thought of the film, as it is an expensive experience to go to the cinema. The taxes aren’t helping either.  I believe more than marketing or public relations, it has become all about what the first day is like. Social Media has a massive reach. You can disseminate authentic information from your official accounts. There is no middle man and hence, misunderstandings are avoided. I feel, in a country like India, social media is still a new phenomenon and doesn’t have the same numbers as the US or UK. We must cater to the traditional formats of information as well. Audiences are shifting from TV and newspapers to online, albeit slowly. Although, Facebook has a great reach in India, which is great. Twitter and Instagram are fairly new, and you can’t only depend on these medium to create awareness.

Aiyaary (3)Was it distracting for you as an actor to shoot at popular tourist attractions such as Leicester Square in London?
We were filming on Oxford Street and London is always beaming with people. We were filming at 17:00, during high rush hour time. We didn’t want to lock down the area for the shoot as it was supposed to look authentic. That was a bit of an issue.
I was wearing a hood and was sweaty, as it was supposed to portray the middle of an action sequence. I was coming out of the Underground station and a steady cam was filming me walking out. During almost all of the takes, someone passing by would react to me being there. It took a lot of retakes and was a tricky situation as to whether we should announce that we are filming or just keep going as we were. We continued filming Guerrilla style and some of the fans were sweet enough to not stare into the camera during takes. It was interesting to shoot at an actual location with people around you not knowing about it.

Since the film was moved forward, do you believe the extra time you have to promote the film is a positive to take out of the situation?
We were always prepared to create good awareness for the film but, yes it does give us a bigger window now. We have been to Chandigarh, Amritsar and the Wagah border. It’s interesting as no one has spent so much time with the Armed Forces before for a film. It’s great to give them memories and I’m enjoying spending time with them.

  Reliance Entertainment releases Aiyaary in UK cinemas on 16th February 2017.

Indian cinema champions the Action Thriller Genre in Wazir

 

Wazir (4)Indian cinema makes a grand gesture to welcome in the New Year as the superbly crafted, action thriller flick, Wazir, opened in UK cinemas today on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed worldwide by Reliance Entertainment. Doing away with the post holiday season blues, Wazir promises to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled, cinematic punch.

An intelligent and thoughtful piece of filmmaking that continues to put Indian cinema on the international map, Wazir will appeal to cineastes and film connoisseurs globally. Presenting a slick and sharp narrative that will compel viewers from the opening sequence to the end credits, acclaimed filmmaker, Bejoy Nambiar, directs a heavyweight cast of the industry’s finest in Wazir. Screen legend, Amitabh Bachchan, joins a seasoned ensemble including Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh and the understated Aditi Rao Hydari, respectively delivering polished performances.

Wazir features inherent drama, suspense and thrills, which Nambiar lets arise naturally, based on a story penned by one of Indian cinema’s most accomplished creatives, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Complementing the film’s richly dark ambience is a textured soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Advaita (band) and Prashant Pillai. The first song from the film, sublime ode to love, Tere Bin, garnered unanimous plaudit and has been championing the airwaves since its release.

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Synopsis:

Wazir tells the tale of two unlikely friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster (Amitabh Bachchan) and an ATS officer (Farhan Akhtar). Both are brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate as part of wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives. Wazir is a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a gripping revenge story.

Wazir released in cinemas worldwide on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed by Reliance Entertainment.

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Reliance Entertainment to release ‘Hawaizaade’ in UK cinemas

Hawaizaada is set to inspire a new generation of filmgoers in a tale of unwavering daring, ingenuity and glory. Releasing in UK cinemas on 30th January 2015 by Reliance Entertainment, Hawaizaada celebrates the Indian spirit of adventure and invention as well as the country’s prolific freedom struggle, as it unfolds the story of one man’s dreams and aspirations amidst considerable adversity.

Hawaizaada is the story of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, an unsung hero, a vedic scholar and an expert on Sanskrit literature. He is regarded as the great Indian scholar who not only sketched out but also built the first ever airplane in 1895, eight years before the Wright Brothers, the American duo who were originally credited for being pioneers in the field of aviation. Shivkar Bapuji Talpade airplane was the first ever controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. Though his effort failed, his work and research was never given its fair share of recognition or even mention. By way of this film, audiences will truly come to understand his genius.

Inspired by true events, Hawaizaada has been masterfully brought to the big screen by renowned scriptwriting-duo Vibhu Puri and Saurabh R Bhave, whose previous critically-acclaimed writing credits include Saawariya and Guzaarish. Vibhu also makes his directorial debut and masterfully brings to life all the vibrancy, old-world charm and emotion of the narrative in a thrilling cinematic experience for the whole family.

Hawaizaada (2)Hawaizaada features an ensemble cast of emerging and established actors, who all showcase their considerable talents in this thought-provoking and inspiring story. Playing the lead role of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade is multi-talented actor, musician and presenter Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor), who is joined by rising star Pallavi Sharda (Besharam), who essays the role of Sitara. The star line-up is completed by veteran award-winning actor Mithun Chakraborthy (OMG, Oh My God).
 
The film tells the story of young school drop-out ‘Shivi’ (Ayushmann Khurrana), who falls in love with popular rich girl Sitara (Pallavi Sharda). But their turbulent and tempestuous relationship does not run smoothly and Sitara decides to leave the city to spare Shivi any further pain. The heartbroken and dejected Shivi slips into a constant drunken stupor in a world filled with debauchery and sinfulness. However, His life is dramatically changed when he meets ‘Shastry’, (Mithun Chakraborthy), a Vedic scholar, who inspires him to change his shallow, unfulfilled life. Shastry shares his life-long dream of making an airplane based on the principles of the Hindu religious texts, the Vedas. Hence begins the two men’s poignant, courageous and exciting journey, one a whimsical genius and the other a witty, crazy dreamer.
 
However, the course of life and love never runs smoothly, as Shivi finds himself the perpetrator of the ultimate betrayal against his good friend Shastry. Will Shivi be able to redeem himself after his unthinkable actions and will he and his true love Sitara reunite and realise the life-long dream of his friend and mentor?
 
Hawaizaada is set to be the New Year’s must-see, feel-good film, packed with aspiration and adventure. Hawaizaada will release in UK cinemas on 30th January 2015 through Reliance Entertainment.

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Q&A: Kangana Ranaut speaks about ‘Ungli’

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

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

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

Here Kangana Ranaut opens up about the film and more…

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

‘UNGLI’ releases in UK cinemas on 28th Nov

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

Produced by Dharma Productions, the film company helmed by supremo director and producer Karan Johar, the edgy film, with a noir comic twist, is set in a sprawling metropolis, where corruption, intimidation and violence are a way of life. A city that never sleeps, the underworld is at full force, led by a sinister mob that demands obedience and respect. Enter five rebels, who decide that they have had enough of the corruption that has blighted their city, and so decide to unite and expose the corrupt through whatever means necessary. The only thing that stands in their path is a tenacious police officer named ‘Kale’, portrayed by veteran actor Sanjay Dutt.

The ensemble cast put on admirable performances, with Emraan Hashmi (The Dirty Picture, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) taking the helm as the rebel leader ‘Nikhil’.  Other star turns come from award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut (Fashion, Queen) as the spirited ‘Maya’ and Randeep Hooda (Highway, Kick), who shines as cheeky rebel ‘Abhay’. The film also boasts a terrific supporting cast comprising of Neil Bhoopalam (No One Killed Jessica, Shaitan), Angad Bedi (F.A.L.T.U), Neha Dupia (Heyy Babyy), and Arunoday Singh (Main Tera Hero, Jism 2). Stunning actressShraddha Kapoor (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Haider) makes a special appearance in an item number not to be missed.

Ungli is directed by avant-garde filmmaker and scriptwriter Rensil D’Silva, who is responsible for some of Indian cinemas most thought-provoking screen hits, including Kurbaan, Rang De Basanti, Student Of The Year and the Indian version of award-winning US TV show 24.

Perfectly capturing the current mood in India of curbing corruption, bribery and intimidation in the upper echelons of power and authority, Ungli is a beautifully acted and directed narrative that conveys in an effective and humorous manner how five ordinary citizens can make a difference in a city blighted by dark forces, as they literally give the proverbial ‘finger’ to the corrupt and dishonest.

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

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Vidya Balan detective film ‘Bobby Jasoos’, releasing 4th July 2014

One of Bollywood’s finest actresses, Vidya Balan will turn super sleuth in her forthcoming film: Bobby Jasoos, which releases on 4th July 2014 by Reliance Entertainment. 

The gripping film sets a new benchmark for the thriller genre in Indian cinema and examines in a clever, witty and fresh way the dynamics of the gender struggle between women and men. The film celebrates the aspiration of ‘Bobby’ (Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture, Parineeta), who wants to become the number one detective in the old city area of Hyderabad. What ensues is a classic thriller caper that serves up a tantalising mix of twists and turns, as the vivacious and engaging ‘Bobby’ solves a series of mind-boggling crime cases.

Bobby Jasoos stars the talented and multi-award winning actress Vidya Balan, who once again shines in the title role of this quirky and edgy thriller. Famed for playing strong female protagonists and for breaking the stereotype of a Hindi film heroine, Vidya portrays the lady detective ‘Bobby’ with dedication and suitable aplomb, marking a new direction in the career of this ever-versatile actress.

Vidya Balan has wowed audiences since her big screen debut in the 2003 independent Bengali drama film Bhalo Theko, and has gone on to win an impressive 12 awards for her acting work and stellar contribution to the Indian film industry. She is the recipient of a National Film Award, five Filmfare awards and five Screen awards, as well as being awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.

She achieved global critical acclaim for her role in the ground-breaking film The Dirty Picture, in which she portrayed Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress noted for her exotic roles. Other notable roles include the musical drama Parineeta and the successful comedy film Lage Raho Munna Bhai. In 2013 Vidya was one of the official ambassadors for the Indian film industry at the Cannes Film Festival.

Bobby Jasoos is directed by Samar Shaikh, whose impressive cache of work includes being the assistant director on the worldwide hit franchise Dhoom. The film is co-produced by Bollywood actress Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha under their production banner Born Free Entertainment and Reliance Entertainment.

Bobby Jasoos – A Reliance Entertainment Release in Cinemas 4th July 2014

 

‘Holiday’ has a successful opening weekend

Reliance Entertainment’s Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Set For Success After Promising Opening Weekend At Global Box Office

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - HolidayBollywood icon Akshay Kumar’s latest film release Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which has set a precedent by being released in several new territories for the first time, is set to soar high at global box offices after accumulating very promising opening weekend collections, and garnering a host of positive reviews. The film has already entered the ‘Highest Grossers of 2014’ list and performed well in territories including the UK, USA, Canada, the Middle East, The Far East and Australia. In the South of India too, the film has performed very well, hailing a feather in the cap for its Tamil director A.R. Murugadoss.

Following its opening weekend, the film has amassed impressive Box Office takings of 41.32 Cr. in India alone, whilst in the UAE-GCC, the film got off to a superb start, taking 2.11 Cr. which is the highest ever single day gross for Akshay Kumar in this region. In the UK, the film is also performing very well, despite being 15 certificate release. Holiday also surpassed the overall collections of Amitabh Bachchan’s Bhoothnath Returns which stood at 37.50 crores and Yaariyaan which had a collection of 40 crores at the domestic box office.

Renowned film critic Taran Adarsh described Holiday as a ‘slick action-thriller that keeps you engrossed, enthralled and captivated all through, thanks to its fascinating premise and a watertight, razor-sharp screenplay’, whilst Times of India proclaimed the ‘Core plot to be compelling and finely directed, describing Akshay’s stunts as ‘jaw-dropping’.

Other positive reviews saw Holiday being praised as a thought-provoking, incisive and different type of action thriller film. Subhash K Jha from IANS gave the film 5 stars out of 5 and said: ‘Akshay’s character’s basic argument that terrorism can only be countered when the counter-terrorists are as fearless about losing their lives as the terrorists, is put forward with such gusto and conviction, we really can’t argue with the plot premise.’ He added: ‘the last farewell song, an ode to the dedication and sacrifices of Indian soldiers, will leave you moist eyed. This is Akshay’s most engaging entertainer in recent times.’

Mohar Basu from Koimoi said: ‘Don’t miss Holiday for the sheer fun of watching a film that wins solely for its delicious brutish action.’ He added: ‘Don’t miss this one for the reckless headlong roller coaster ride it holds for you.
Holiday is mostly a delectable film, with Akshay’s superfluous action sequences beguiling you to watch the film.’

Holiday 2The plot of this gripping film is quite unprecedented in Indian cinema and the reality and rawness of the script is evident from the start of the film. Akshay Kumar essays the role of Virat Bakshi, a military officer who is on holiday with his battalion in his bustling home city of Mumbai. However, unbeknown to his fellow officers, Virat is also an undercover Secret Defence Intelligence Agent, masterly skilled and trained in covert anti-terror intelligence operations. Whilst on a family visit to Mumbai, Virat is caught up in a gruesome terror attack.

The film truly captures the reality of the issues the world is currently facing today and has most certainly caught the attention of the India, where people have been hanging garlands on the film posters in honour of the Akshay Kumar’s engaging performance. The Bollywood icon has also spoken of how he fully submerged himself into this raw, gritty role from which he learned a huge amount around the notion of sleeper cells, the role they have played in terrorist attacks and the importance of cleaning them up to safeguard populations. Co-star Sonakshi Sinha, who plays love interest Nisha adds a glamourous female touch to the film and sets the screen alight with her feisty role as a boxer.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is in cinemas nationwide. Released by Reliance Entertainment

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha promote ‘Holiday’ on ‘Dance India Dance’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - Dance India DanceThe audience at India’s premier dance competition ‘Dance India Dance’ (DID): Little Master Season 3 got an extra special surprise when Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and screen siren Sonakshi Sinha made a special appearance on the show to promote their forthcoming film Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, which releases in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

The star duo delighted the audience when they spoke candidly about their new gritty romantic-thriller film Holiday, in which they have starring roles. Akshay and Sonakshi also spoke about a song sequence they are currently filming for Holiday, which also features veteran actor Govinda and director A.R. Murugadoss.

Whilst on set at DID both Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha delighted the young participants by chatting with them, and also entertained audience members by asking questions, cracking jokes and even demonstrating some stylish dance moves!

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned-producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned by maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Fans will be able to catch the special episode on Zee TV this Saturday 26th April 2014 at 7.30pm.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.

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Akshay Kumar turns Army intel officer in ‘Holiday’

Akshay Kumar & Sonakshi Sinha - HolidayOne of India’s most celebrated superstars and talented actors, Akshay Kumar, is set to take on his most iconic role to date in his new film: Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, releasing in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

Produced by Akshay Kumar’s eminent production company Hari Om Entertainment and Vipul A Shah’s Sunshine Pictures, Holiday is an intelligent, high-octane, edge-of-your-seat romantic thriller, which delves into the dark labyrinth of terror cells, bomb plots and international espionage.

Directed by renowned filmmaker A. R. Murugadoss, who made the worldwide blockbuster Ghajini, Holiday sees the talented and versatile actor-turned producer Akshay Kumar joined by a stellar cast comprising Bollywood siren Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg, Rowdy Rathore), who plays love interest Nisha, and veteran actor Govinda (Raavan, Partner), who ably performs the role of Akshay’s senior commanding officer. Newcomer to the Bollywood arena Freddie Daruwala shines as the ruthless and brutal leader of the terror cell. The music for the film has been penned maestro Pritam Chakraborty.

Holiday 2Akshay Kumar essays the role of Virat Bakshi, a military officer who is on holiday with his battalion in his bustling home city of Mumbai. However, unbeknown to his fellow officers, Virat is also an undercover Secret Defence Intelligence Agent, masterly skilled and trained in covert anti-terror intelligence operations. Whilst on a family visit to Mumbai, Virat is caught up in a gruesome terror attack that sees a crowded bus blown to pieces.

But this is just the beginning of the story for Virat, as he gets drawn into a sinister web of lies and deceit in his quest to bring the very top echelons of the terror mafia to justice before they strike again in the heart of Mumbai – the city that Virat holds closest to his heart.

This Summer audiences will be gripped with intrigue, action and thought-provoking drama interspersed with romantic elements, as Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty gets set to infiltrate peoples’ hearts and minds.

Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is released through Reliance Entertainment worldwide on 6th June 2014.

Interview: Sidharth Malhotra talks about ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’

Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee UKBollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra speaks to BollyNewsUK about his second Bollywood film, Hasee Toh Phasee.

Produced by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films, Hasee Toh Phasee, is set to release in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014. The film also stars Parineeti Chopra and Adah Sharma in pivotal roles.

Your second film is co-produced by Karan Johar who directed your first film. Did he offer you Hasee Toh Phasee?
The offer actually came from Phantom Films (Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane). It all started when Phantom Films wanted to co-produce a movie with Dharma Productions and they had enquired about me. From that enquiry, Karan gave me the script of the film and told me to read it and if I like it, he said that we will go further. I read it and being just one film old, I guess you can’t really figure out everything just by reading a script or your instincts aren’t great yet. I have now started meeting the directors when I read scripts which began with Hasee Toh Phasee. The film has a lot of quirky stuff like the heroine eating toothpaste, getting stuck on the love seat up in the air and a lot of other quirky things that audiences will see when they watch the movie. I met the director (Vinil Mathew) and I was sold after meeting him as he is very quirky himself in real life. Vinil has a lot work under his belt as an ad director. I think, just meeting him was the one thing why I did the film.

Hasee Toh Phasee UK Release

One can guess from the trailer that it’s a love story where the boy meets the girl and they fall in love. What else is the film all about?
That is correct. You know, films of the rom-com genre are the toughest to promote and market. Of course, every rom-com is different but everyone already knows the ending which is similar for our film (laughs). Hasee Toh Phasee is different in a way because our characters are not how people would imagine them to be. We don’t play the typical hero and heroine. Every family has the not so successful kind of boy and that is my character in the film. He is a very confused boy who doesn’t know what to do in life. He runs an unsuccessful event management company and is pressured by his family to earn a lot of money. Actually, he has to earn a certain amount of money in the film. He thinks he is cool, but he is not. He is one of those confident kind of guys but still very emotional and correct. My friends from Delhi are like that as they get a lot of pressure about their work. Then my character meets Parineeti, who is also not very popular in her family. She comes to Mumbai and meets my character and that is what the film is all about. It’s a story of how they meet for seven days and how they interact as it’s not love at first sight. It becomes very intriguing as they spend more time together and find out weird things about each other. It is a rom-com but our characters are not what audiences would usually expect from this kind of a film.

Your first co-star Alia Bhatt just said that she is not confident about the fate of her second film at the box office. Are you worried about box office success?
Well, of course, there is that aspect. But what I am more concerned about is pulling off a solo film. I am also hoping for a little appreciation in terms of acting abilities and hope that people feel that I can play variations and characters as it’s very different from Student Of The Year. The money aspect comes in much later. I think, initially you need to focus on making a good quality product. It’s Vinil Mathew’s first feature film who has to prove his directing abilities and my first solo hero film and I have to prove my mettle as an actor. It will hopefully make money but I don’t think we need to stress about it. It’s not the kind of film where we spent an extravagant amount of money and need to worry about recovering the costs. My concern is that audiences like my character, the performances and feel that we have done something different and new, yet at the same time convincing.

You sound more confident and less shy from your Student Of The Year days…
Yes, for some odd reason I have been getting this feedback from a lot of people. Maybe I was taking my character too seriously or maybe because of Karan Johar as no one else speaks in front of him and in front of Varun Dhawan (laughs). Hopefully, people will also feel a difference when they see me in Hasee Toh Phasee.

You also look much younger in some scenes…
Yes, I had to become leaner for the film and I may look younger because of the hairstyle. This is actually a film where I am playing a character that is my age, someone in his twenties, unlike Student Of The Year. I guess being leaner and not going to the gym for the film also made me look younger.

Sidharth and Parineeti - Hasee Toh PhaseeHasee Toh Phasee is quite a fun title…
It’s an apt title because the film is only about the couple. In all honesty, the title isn’t really connected to the film though in terms of the storyline (laughs). It sounds very commercial but the film isn’t really an all-out commercial film and far more muted and subtle in performances. We actually had another title when we started the film and Hasee Toh Phasee was suggested by one of the producers, Vikas Bahl.

The music album is being liked but people are really talking about your dance song ‘Shake it like Shammi’ .
Yes, we have three dance tracks and three romantic songs in the film. There is always pressure when performing for dance songs. Shake it like Shammi is almost like a solo song for me. I would also like to clarify that Shake it like Shammi is not a tribute to Shammi Kapoor. People keep writing about it as a tribute because of the ‘Shammi’ in the song. It’s just a lyrical use of the name. The character that I am playing is not that cool that he could shake it like Shammi. It’s his attempt to shake it like Shammi to impress a girl. It’s not like Badtameez Dil where the guy is cool and can do a full-on item song performance. I think it’s come out in a fun and interesting way. I hope everyone likes it.

 


During Student Of The Year, Karan Johar said that dancing is something you need to focus on. Did you spend a lot of time rehearsing for Shake it Like Shammi?

Remo D’Souza choreographed the song and was aware of that. We did a lot of rehearsals. Usually we don’t have a lot of time to rehearse. I was filming for something else but was rehearsing over night for five days for the song. It always helps to have more rehearsals as you will be more comfortable with the steps. I was quite conscious of it myself as I personally didn’t like the way I performed on the songs in Student Of The Year. I think, it also comes from the fact that I was never trained in dancing. My training began on the job. I learnt and picked up dancing as I was doing the film. It was tough for Shake It Like Shammi and Remo did make me rehearse a lot. We have some interesting steps and shots and hopefully the song will work with audiences.

 

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra - Hasee Toh PhaseeWhat is your definition of love?
It’s odd to sum up love in a few words or sentences. But for me, love is spending time with someone, being understanding of what the other person needs and being secure. I hate somebody being insecure and not giving me space, but then again, I think that is all men (laughs). There should be no pretense to it and can’t have any hidden agendas. To be in love with someone, it has to be an honest relationship and a lot of friendship. If you can have all these things and still enjoy the time you spend with someone, that is love. It also tells you a lot about a person if you go and spend some time alone with somebody. If you can manage to take break while you are dating and go away somewhere where you only have that person to talk to, that tells you a lot about how good your chemistry is.

 

HASEE TOH PHASEE opens in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014.

Sidharth Malhotra defines ‘love’

Sidharth talks about loveBollywood heart-throb Sidharth Malhotra has said that “love can’t have any hidden agendas” and should be based on “a lot of friendship.”

The Student Of The Year actor will be seen in Karan Johar’s Hasee Toh Phasee in UK cinemas this Friday. The film is directed by Vinil Mathew and also stars Parineeti Chopra.

Speaking to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, the 29-year-old said, “It’s odd to sum up love in a few words or sentences. But for me, love is spending time with someone, being understanding of what the other person needs and being secure. I hate somebody being insecure and not giving me space, but then again, I think that is all men (laughs).”

Sidharth further said, “There should be no pretense to love and can’t have any hidden agendas. To be in love with someone, it has to be an honest relationship and a lot of friendship. If you can have all these things and still enjoy the time you spend with someone, that is love.”

Malhotra also revealed that he believes spending time with someone alone gives one a better understanding of that person. “It also tells you a lot about a person if you go and spend some time alone with somebody. If you can manage to take break while you are dating and go away somewhere where you only have that person to talk to, that tells you a lot about how good your chemistry is.”

Hasee Toh Phasee releases in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014. 

Watch the new song from the film here:

‘Total Siyapaa’ release date changed to 7th March 2014

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK ReleaseBilled as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa will now release on 7th March 2014 in UK cinemas.

The film is a roller-coaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kirron Kher). The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Set in London, this wacky, warp-speed tale is a melting pot of cultures. The film gains pace when Aman travels to London to meet Asha’s parents who are conservative Indians and completely unwilling to go against their rigid beliefs.

Aman’s life descends into Total Siyapaa when he attempts, albeit unsuccessfully at first, to impress his future in-laws with hilarious and at times completely cringe-inducing consequences! The film uncannily captures the differences between India and Pakistan and hopes to foster a deeper understanding and togetherness between the two countries. Total Siyapaa also sees real life couple Anupam Kher and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

Total Siyapaa is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films and releases on Friday 7th March 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

 

Watch: ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ Trailer

Dharma Productions and Phantom Films’ have released the first trailer of their upcoming movie Hasee Toh Phasee.

The film is directed by Vinil Mathew and stars Sidharth Malhotra as Nikhil and Parineeti Chopra as Meeta. 

Hasee Toh Phasee is set to release in UK cinemas on 7th Feb, 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

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Watch: ‘TOTAL SIYAPAA’ Theatrical Trailer

Reliance Entertainment has released the first look and theatrical trailer of Total Siyapaa starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam.

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK Release

Synopsis: Settled in London, Aman (Ali Zafar) hopes to marry Asha (Yaami Gautam ), an Indian girl, also based in London. He visits her parents’ house to seek their permission to marry her. However, his plans to impress the family start failing when they discover that he is a Pakistani.

Starring Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam, Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) is about a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless Pakistani boy while visiting his girlfriend’s parents, leading to some of the funniest, chaotic and outrageous situations.

The film also stars the legendary Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher in supporting roles and is directed by Eshvar Nivas.

Total Siyapaa is written by Neeraj Pandey who impressed audiences with his directorial venture Special 26 earlier this year.The music of the London set rom-com has been composed by singer-turned-actor Ali Zafar.

The film is produced by Shital Bhatia and Reliance Entertainment in association with Neeraj Pandey, AKA Pictures Company Limited & Friday Filmworks Production.

 

Reliance Entertainment partners with Dharma Productions for UK distribution

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein UK Release

Reliance Entertainment the flagship motion picture arm of India’s Reliance Group has partnered with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions for four of their key projects for their UK and international markets release.

Reliance Entertainment will market and distribute Dharma Productions four prestigious films Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Hasee Toh Phasee, Ungli and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya in the UK and other overseas territories.

Commenting on the partnership Mahesh Ramnathan COO Reliance Entertainment said, “Reliance Entertainment is delighted to partner with Dharma Productions – India’s premier film production house. The collaboration should break new ground in the overseas markets and expand the reputation of both the companies internationally.”

Apoorva Mehta (CEO – Dharma Productions) further adds, “We are very excited about having Reliance Entertainment as our Overseas distribution partner for our next 4 releases. Our strength in content creation matched by their distribution expertise will ensure that the films have the widest possible reach in traditional and non-traditional market”.

Reliance Entertainment will release Dharma Productions Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in UK cinemas on 22nd November 2013.

 

Photos: UK Launch of ‘Besharam’

Kapoor Screen Icons Ranbir, Rishi and Neetu Host Exclusive Press Conference To Launch Besharam in the UK

 

Two generations of the iconic Kapoor acting dynasty were in the UK on Thursday, 19th September 2013 for the official launch of their new family entertainer film Besharam, which releases on 2nd October 2013 through Reliance Entertainment.

A co-production between and Movie Temple and Reliance Entertainment, hearthrob son and Indian Cinema’s iconic leading man Ranbir Kapoor was joined by his famous real-life parents Rishi [Kapoor] and Neetu [Kapoor] as the ‘Kapoor Khandan’ came together for a fun and candid press conference. Besharam marks the first time that all three Kapoor family members have acted together on the big screen.

The spacious hall was hushed in anticipation as the three Bollywood superstars made their grand entrance to a frenzy of flashblubs and applause. Taking their seats together with lead actress in the film Pallavi Sharda and Sanjeev Lamba, CEO, Reliance Entertainment, Mahesh Ramanathan, COO, Reliance Entertainment and Himanshu Mehra, partner at Movie Temple, proceedings commenced with a special viewing of the item song featuring Ranbir, Rishi and Neetu, Chal Hand Uthake Nachche.

The media were then treated to a special welcome from the man himself Ranbir, who said: ‘I am delighted to be here in the UK. This visit is even more special this time as I finally have my parents with me. Besharam is very much a family entertainer, so it is fitting that I should come with my father and mother.’

The floor was then opened up for a lively question and answer session. With the interest garnered by the fact that the Kapoor clan have acted together for the first time, the media asked the trio questions about how it felt to act together, to which Ranbir said: ‘It feels great. Both my parents are an inspiration to me. My father and mother are fabulous actors and my father has been passionate about his craft for over 40 years. I have learnt so much from both of them.’

Neetu Kapoor added: ‘For me, I took on this role in Besharam for two reasons. Firstly, it was a very unique script and concept, and secondly I could act with my family. It was nice, it felt secure and I was in my comfort zone.’

Attention then turned to beautiful leading lady Pallavi Sharda. The Indo-Australian actress spoke of her association with the Bollywood industry and of how Bollywood is perceived by the Indian community in Australia. ‘When I was growing up I was fascinated by Bollywood. I used to wear a Bindi on my forehead whenever I went out. I love Bollywood; it formed a big part of my identity when I was growing up in Australia. Australian Indians really identify with Bollywood as it acts as a way for them to connect with their roots. Indian Cinema is increasingly more cross-over nowadays in the type of films that are being made.’

She added: ‘I have had a great time working on this film. The Kapoors have been very welcoming to me during the making of this film. I had a great time.’

When asked about the key messaging behind Besharam, Ranbir Kapoor said: ‘Beshram is not about embarrassing anybody. Besharam is an attitude. It’s about listening and following your heart.’

Speaking about the evolving of the Indian film market, Rishi Kapoor said: ‘We are evolving by each film. We are making technically better films. Few films offer a message to society.’

In response to a question on what Mr Sanjeev Lamba, CEO of Reliance Entertainment’s expectations are from Besharam, he said: “Reliance Entertainment distributes and produces both Hollywood and Bollywood movies. With a strategic global outreach, our films are going over 65 – 70 countries. Besharam is a movie for all. Besharam being the most commercial family entertainer, we want it to be liked by all.”

Mr Mahesh Ramanathan, COO of Reliance Entertainment added: ‘There are 200 countries in the world. And Bollywood has gone only to 35 countries of the South Asian population. There are wonderful markets who are on the lookout for Bollywood. It is about taking the infrastructure, funding people with passion, to take the films to various markets. Reliance has one of the biggest distribution structures from India.’

Speaking about his involvement in the production, Himanshu Mehra, Partner at Movie Temple said: “I was part of Abhinav’s team with Dabbang. We realised that we could form a company and work together. We then approached to Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Ji with the script and went ahead with Besharam. Our like mindedness has helped us work in unison.”

 

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