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Watch: John Abraham sets out to take vengeance in Rocky Handsome

An action thriller, Rocky Handsome is co-produced by John Abraham, under his home banner John Abraham Entertainment, along with producer Sunir Khetrapal under Azure Entertainment.

Directed by Nishikant Kamat, whose previous directorial films have included Drishyam, Force and Mumbai Meri Jaan; Rocky Handsome stars John Abraham and Shruti Haasan in lead roles and is distributed by Reliance Entertainment.

Watch the official trailer for Rocky Handsome here: 

Rocky Handsome is out in UK cinemas on 25th March 2016.

‘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

Bollywood Comes to London With ‘Total Siyapaa’

Total Siyapaa Poster -Bollywood has long enjoyed a love affair with London, with over 30 films recently being shot in the world-famous capital city. Such cult classics as Cocktail, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Desi Boyz, Kabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham and Namaste London to name a few have all been filmed in iconic London locations. Now adding to this stellar line-up is the eagerly anticipated new romantic comedy film Total Siyapaa.

Total Siyapaa has the notable honour of being the first Bollywood offering to be filmed entirely in London, with scenes being shot in Wimbledon, Albert Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Earl’s Court and Tower Hill. In addition, the film has been produced by local man Chris Bunyan.

Total Siyapaa is an urban-ist rom-com with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, and is produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA Films. The story is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensue 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 (Kiron Kher). 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 (Silver Linings Playbook, Bend It Like Beckham) and Kiron Kher come together on-screen for the very first time.

The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by the critically-acclaimed Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

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

Hasee Toh Phasee to release in UK cinemas on 7th Feb

Dharma Productions must-see romantic comedy film of-the-year Hasee Toh Phasee will release on 7th February 2014 through Reliance Entertainment .

Hasee Toh Phasee promises to be a rom-com with a difference, bringing together a star cast of emerging acting talent and accomplished film professionals, both in front of and behind the camera. The film is directed by Vinil Mathew.

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra - Hasee Toh Phasee

Set across Mumbai, over a decade, the film is about the relationship between the quirky, rebellious Meeta (Parineeti Chopra – Ishaqzaade), and the mischievous Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra – Student Of The Year) struggling with their respective families to fit in. Nikhil bumps into Meeta on the occasion of her sister Deeksha’s wedding, while Meeta is on the run. He falls in love with Meeta’s sister Karishma on the same day.

The film jumps to the eve of Nikhil and Karishma’s engagement. Karishma’s wealthy father, Devesh Solanki, does not approve of Nikhil as he finds him to be a no-good young man. On the day of his engagement, Nikhil promises Karishma that he will prove himself to be worthy of her within the next seven days.

In an attempt to please Karishma he decides to let Meeta live in the flat above his own house, with his crazy extended family. During the course of Meeta’s stay the pair become close and open up to each other.

In the midst of this confusion, the truth about relationships is unfolded; the strength of unions is tested and love triumphs.

Watch the new romantic song from the film here:

Reliance Entertainment to release ‘Total Siyapaa’ in UK cinemas

TOTAL SIYAPAA UK ReleaseReliance Entertainment is set to have audiences in splits with the release of Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos), in UK cinemas on 31st January 2014.

Billed as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa, produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and AKA films, is a rollercoaster 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 (Kiron 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 has been garnering positive feedback since its first theatrical trailer was released in November, with many predicting it to be one of the funniest rom-coms to come out of India in a generation.

Total Siyapaa is set to tickle the comical senses of global audiences when it releases on 31st January 2014. The film will not only be a cultural bridge but will also break down the common misconceptions between India and Pakistan, whilst helping you to deal with that most formidable of adversary – the future mother-in-law!


Photos: Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor at the BBC Asian Network

Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan BBC Asian NetworkThe lead stars of new Bollywood film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan, brought their own brand of rustic charm to the BBC’s Radio Theatre in central London recently when they took part in a unique ‘In Conversation With’ interview session.

The candid chat was presided over by BBC Asian Network’s Bollywood presenters Raj and Pablo, who quizzed the pair about their roles in the urban-rural ‘rom-com’ film, gleaned some tasty behind-the-scenes gossip, and discussed both stars successful acting careers.

A fun moment came when the pair were challenged to ‘blow the biggest chewing gum bubble’, a la Chewingam Chabaka style, in front of a full-capacity and clearly thrilled auditorium.

In Gori Tere Pyaar Mein the perfectly matched pair weave a delightful tale of love, loss and redemption in a feel-good story, which is set in the picturesque village of Jhumli in Gujarat, India. The film marks the second time that Kareena and Imran have come together on the big screen, with their first collaboration being Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, which garnered well with fans and critics alike. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein is directed by one of Bollywood’s emerging, new-wave directorial talents, Punit Malhotra,

‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ is a Dharma Productions film. The film is released by Reliance Entertainment in UK cinemas on 22nd November 2013.

 Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan

Kareena Kapoor

Imran Khan


Interview: Girish Kumar talks about ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’

Debutant actor Girish Kumar speaks to BollyNewsUK about his first film Ramaiya Vastavaiya.

RV Poster You are producer Kumar Taurani’s son… Was acting always something you wanted to do?
Yes, absolutely. Acting was always something I wanted to do. As you said, my father is a producer and I grew up in this environment. When I finished school, I told my father that this is something I want to do. I was about twelve or thirteen and wasn’t taken seriously. However, I was serious about it and took some acting courses and action classes. My father saw that I was ready to put the effort in and told me that he will give me a launch in his home production.

How did you decide on the script of the film?
We started looking at scripts and my father saw a South Indian film that he really liked. The film is called Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (also remade into Hindi as Maine Pyaar Kiya starring Salman Khan) and was also Prabhudeva’s directorial debut. When we saw the film, we were really sure that we wanted to make this film in Hindi. The writer of our film has worked with Prabhudeva twice before and was keen to get him on board for Ramaiya Vastavaiya as the director. We didn’t actually know that the film was directed by him because we saw the film in subtitles. When my father told Prabhudeva that we are remaking the South Indian film, he said ‘Oh, I made this film’. So, I guess destiny was working in its own strange ways to get us together.

Was Prabhudeva happy to launch a newcomer?
He wanted me to audition for the role before going further as he wanted to see if I’ll suit the role. He did two days of auditions with me – one day of acting scenes and one day of dancing. He saw potential in me and saw that I was ready to put the effort in. He was quite keen to get on board but was working on Rowdy Rathore at that time. He asked my father that while he is filming for Rowdy Rathore, he would like me to polish up my dancing skills. He also wanted me to become more spontaneous for my character Ram. After about eight months, after Rowdy Rathore released, he started working on my film. I was also sending him DVD’s of me dancing to songs to new choreographies and would then get feedback from him.

Was becoming a good dancer the biggest challenge of working with Prabhudeva?
I wouldn’t say that it was easy but Prabhu Sir is very kind and was very patient. He knew about my abilities and choreographed the songs accordingly.

Poster - RVWas it slightly difficult to understand what was required of you when Prabhudeva directed you since he is south Indian?
No, not at all. Prabhu Sir can speak Hindi and he always communicates in English. He knows every single word of the script and the dialogues. It was actually really easy working with him from that aspect.

Does the film have south Indian flavour to it since it’s a remake?
I wouldn’t say a south Indian but just an Indian flavour. One of our songs is Punjabi and there are different kinds of songs on the soundtrack which make the film very Indian.

Being the producers son, was it somewhere your decision to cast Shruthi Hassan in the film?
I was not involved in casting the female lead at all. What happened is that we were looking for a fresh face and Prabhu Sir expressed that he would like to cast her in the film after seeing some of her work. He spoke to my father about it and he was keen about casting her as well.

‘Jeene Laga Hoon’ sung by Atif Aslam from the soundtrack became a rage online after it was teased in the first trailer…
The official song has now hit more than 9 million views on YouTube. I am just really happy with the songs from the film as they have been loved by people even before the release of the film.

Your first feature film is getting a UK release this month which is rare since distributors aren’t releasing films with unknown faces here anymore…
It feels really great that my first film will release in UK cinemas. I know that there is a huge audience for Indian movies in the UK as I have studied here.

Where did you study here?
I studied at a college in Berkshire. I was at boarding school there for five years. I know that there are a lot of Indians who regularly watch movies at cinemas in the UK and I also have family in the UK. I am familiar with areas like Southall and Slough which have a predominant Indian population and I think it’s good that we are releasing our film overseas for them to see it. I also believe that people are aware of Prabhudeva and his work. I am very happy that I can reach many places through my first film.

Ramaiya Vastavaiya releases in UK cinemas on 19th July 2013.