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An ‘85-year-old’ Rishi Kapoor in ‘Kapoor & Sons’

If one says that Rishi Kapoor is a perfectionist then that will be an underrated sentence. Rishi Kapoor spent five hours every day for a month on make up for his new look in his upcoming film.

The Kapoor actor is not at all shying away from experimenting with his looks. The actor is playing an 85 year old grouchy, bullying old man in his upcoming film, Kapoor & Sons and this is what he’s going to look like.

Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons (2)
According to a source, “Greg Cannom is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist done make-up for him. Cannom has been nominated for nine Academy Awards and has won three times for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ( 2008), Mrs Doubtfire ( 1993) and Dracula ( 1992). He has also been nominated for seven Saturn Awards and received one.”

During the shoot, he had to sit for five hours every day for almost a month and he had to wake up at 5 am. He is a drinking man and people say he has no patience, but for him to wake up early every day and sit for five hours straight was a bit

“When Karan (Johar) and the director Shakun (Batra) came to meet me, I suggested that they take Cannom because I had heard of him. I was not sure about this suggestion being agreed upon since it would be a costly affair, but Karan agreed even though he knew that this would cost him around Rs 1.5 to Rs 1.75 crore,” said Rishi Kapoor. 

“Shakun and I met up with Cannom and discussed the look and we decided that it would be a mix of Rishi Kapoor and A K Hangal’s look”, added the actor. 

Director Shakun further added, “Rishiji’s character is extremely integral to the storyline. Since he is playing a grandfather, we wanted him to look the part.”

Kapoor & Sons will release in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox on 18th March 2016.

 Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons (1)

Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons (4)

Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor & Sons (5)

Q&A: Mishti speaks about ‘Kaanchi’

KaanchiBollywood debutante, Mishti, speaks about her first film, Subhash Ghai’s next, Kaanchi. The film releases worldwide on 25th April 2014, presented by Mukta Arts Ltd and distributed internationally by B4U.

Bearing all the signature hallmarks of another evergreen classic from one of the industry’s most grandiose filmmakers, Subhash Ghai conveys a spirited tale in his inimitable style, drawing from the power of drama, music and intense characters, showcased on a large-scale cinematic canvas.

Newcomers Mishti and Kartik Tiwari make their grand entry into Bollywood alongside seasoned veterans, Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty. Already championing the airwaves are the flawless compositions of music directors, Ismail Darbar and Salim-Sulaiman.

Kaanchi is the story of the inner power and conviction of a woman who represents millions of young people and takes on the fight against injustice in her country.

Indian cinema has seen a phenomenal resurgence of female-centric films in recent times. Does ‘Kaanchi’ belong to that genre?
I would say ‘Kaanchi’ is a youth film. It’s a coincidence that the lead character is female. The film is more about the character, the gender doesn’t really matter in this instant.

What drew you to ‘Kaanchi’ as your Bollywood debut venture?
Working with the director, Subhash Ghai. I feel supremely blessed to have such luck. I just wanted to jump straight into the project. I didn’t think twice.

How did being cast by the Showman of Indian cinema in his next project come about?
I had finished college and had no plans for Bollywood or the film industry. I had done a Bengali film and the assistant director of that film was the chief assistant of Subhash Ghai. Subhash Ji had auditioned about 300 or 400 girls by this point but couldn’t find his ‘Kaanchi’ On request, I showed him some of my clips. I had no idea that auditions for the film were taking place. The rest is a fairy tale for me.

Did you feel a sense of pressure, working with one of the industry’s most acclaimed directors?
I wasn’t actually nervous. From the very beginning, Subhash Ji and his family and the entire crew accepted me as a family member. It was like one big extended family. And Subhash Ji has an amazing way with his actors. He makes everyone feel comfortable. He can even make a non actor act to the level of excellence.

Kaanchi UK ReleaseAnd how was working with Kartik?
The first time we met was at my screen test. He was there to see if we had a screen chemistry. On the first day, we gelled. We’re super good friends offscreen, which helped onscreen. The scenes came out well because of the friendship between us.

And working with veterans Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty?
Having the opportunity to work with such great, accomplished actors was a huge blessing also. It went really well. When you share screen space with such huge actors, they advise and explain things and the scenes with them were beautiful. The ease with which they perform was amazing to watch also.

Who will the film appeal to and what can audiences expect? 
‘Kaanchi’ will appeal to every class. It’s both a class film and a mass film. It’s a mass film with a bit of class and a class film with a bit of mass. It has all the masala, romance, thrills, action, a social message, politics, inspirational plots… It caters to all sections of society.

How did you get into character, and how close are Kaanchi’s character traits to yours?
Kaanchi is a character that every group of Indians can relate to – male or female. She falls in love, she fights with her mother, she loves her family and her birthplace. Her character is someone that every Indian can relate to.

What sets you apart from your contemporaries in Indian cinema as an artist?
Light is in the eyes of the beholder. I guess it’s up to the director, the audiences, up to people to decide whether they like me or not, and for what reasons. It’s really hard for me to judge myself.

Interview: 60 Seconds with Sonam Kapoor in London

Sonam Kapoor in Dior in London - Bewakoofiyan (2)Sonam Kapoor took out time from her busy London schedule recently when she was here to meet Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik to talk about her first YRF film, Bewakoofiyaan.

Bewakoofiyaan is a fresh rom-com directed by Nupur Asthana starring Rishi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Ayushman Khuranna.

The film is about a young middle-class corporate couple that’s ambitious and likes the good life too.The leading characters, Mayera and Mohit, are passionately in love but trouble begins when Mohit loses his job and Mayera’s wilful bureaucratic father, played by Rishi Kapoor, enters the story as he believes that only a rich guy can bring happiness into his daughter’s life.

The film is written by Habib Faisal and is produced by Aditya Chopra.

Watch the trailer here:

Sonam Kapoor in Dior in London - Bewakoofiyan (6)London Fashion Week is going on. Will we see you attend any shows?
No, I can’t attend any LFW shows this time. I am in London for some work and unfortunately don’t have the time.

You had a good 2013 with successful films like Raanjhaana and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Are you selecting your films more carefully now because expectations are high?
I am trying to choose films that push me as an actor. I am trying to do new and different things. I get bored really easily and I don’t want that to happen.

What do you want; box office success or awards?
I am greedy, I want both.

Your new film Bewakoofiyaan is your first YRF production. How did it come about?
Well, I have been in talks with Yash Raj for a few other projects but nothing ever materialised. I can’t tell you which other projects. It unfortunately doesn’t work that way (smiles). Nothing worked out but then this film came along and it was quite exciting. I really liked the fact that Habib Faisal (Band Baaja Barat) had written it, Nupur Asthana was directing it and that I would be acting with Rishi Kapoor. When all these things came together, I just decided that I was going to do this film.

What was the deciding factor for you while listening to the script of Bewakoofiyaan?
I think it was the fact that the story had real problems and real people. I liked that. People like my character exist in cities like Mumbai and Delhi or any Indian metropolitan cities. People in such cities are concerned about their job, their cinemas and having popcorn (laughs).

How well do you think Bewakoofiyaan will do at the overseas box office?
My films have done really well in the UK and I hope that the trend continues with Bewakoofiyaan. But I don’t know. I just hope the audience understands the film because these are problems that you face in metropolitan cities in India. However, I think that most problems are universal and hope UK audiences understand them when they watch the film.


How was it like working with Ayushman Khuranna?
It was amazing working with him because he is very pleasant, hardworking and talented. When you wake up in the morning, you want to be on the film set with someone like him.

Not many expected you to work with Rishi Kapoor after the repercussions of your Koffee with Karan episode.
Yes, but honestly most of it was media created. I have known him all my life. I call his sister ‘Maasi’ (Aunt). We are family friends. I love him and he loves me. We had a great time working together.

Sonam Kapoor in Bikini YRFWhy is it such a huge issue for people that you are wearing a bikini in the film?
It’s the Indian mentality.

A few years ago you said that actors in Bollywood need stylists. Now a lot of your contemporaries use your stylist. Are you happy with how they look now?
I am always happy with what people wear. As long as it doesn’t hurt my eyes, I am good.

Disney is producing your next film, Khoobsurat…
Yes, it’s Disney’s first production in India and they have decided to make it me with me. I am very excited about the film. I am also doing a film produced by Arbaaz Khan. He has produced the Dabangg franchise and is now producing Dolly Ki Doli. I think he likes his films to start with D (laughs).

Bewakoofiyaan releases in UK cinemas on 14th March 2014.

First Look: YRF’s ‘Bewakoofiyaan’

Yash Raj Films has released the first look of their upcoming release, Bewakoofiyaan. Starring Sonam Kapoor as Mayera and Ayushman Khurrana as Mohit, the film will release in UK cinemas on 14th March 2014. The rom-com also stars Rishi Kapoor in a pivotal role and is directed by Nupur Asthana. 



Synopsis: Mohit is a marketing whiz kid vying for a step up the career ladder. Mayera is a financial brain with a penchant for shoes. They’re a young middle-class corporate couple that’s ambitious and likes the good life too.They work hard, they party hard. They’re also passionately in love with each other. Their belief: You can live on love and fresh air. Their obstacle: Mayera’s wilful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal (Rishi Kapoor).

The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid-level executive like Mohit simply isn’t good enough!

Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love… credit-card-junkies private-sector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?

Bewakoofiyaan, a contemporary slice of life story which turns set notions about relationships on their head is directed by Nupur Asthana and has been written by the versatile writer/director Habib Faisal. The film is produced by Aditya Chopra. This is Nupur’s second film for the Studio, after her successful directorial debut last year with Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, under the Y Films banner.





Rishi Kapoor leaves Tom Struthers and John Street speechless

Rishi Kapoor D-DayTom Struthers and John Street are not easy to impress, especially for a team that has worked on some of the finest action movies in Hollywood such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Blood Diamond, Saving Private Ryan, Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight rises. However, the talented action directors were left speechless after Rishi Kapoor performed a brilliantly executed action sequence on the sets of D-Day without any training or rehearsals.

The veteran actor was shooting for an action sequence with Irrfan Khan which required him to crawl on the ground and engage in some intense hand to hand combat. Rishi Kapoor, who plays the character of Goldman, India’s most wanted criminal in the movie surprised the action director duo with his agility and accuracy in performance making the sequence look not only authentic but also extremely well executed leaving both Tom Struthers and John Street amazed. Tom Struthers was also heard saying that Rishi Kapoor’s performance was ‘one of the best he has seen’ in his career spanning over two decades.

D-Day is produced by DAR Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Directed by Nikhil Advani, D-Day stars Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Arjun Rampal, Shruti Haasan, Huma Qureshi, Akash Dahiya, Sree Swara and Chandan Roy Sanyal amongst others. The movie is slated to release on the 19th of July.

YRF presents ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’

Yash Raj Films has cast Sushant Singh Rajput of Kai Po Che fame in their upcoming release, Shuddh Desi Romance. 

From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a fresh and very real love story about the hair-raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment — Shuddh Desi Romance — a romantic comedy that tells it like it is.

Shuddh Desi Romance

Starring in this classy, candid look at the affairs of the heart in today’s desi heartland are the endearing Rishi Kapoor, exceptionally talented Sushant Singh Rajput, and the versatile Parineeti Chopra, along with debutant Vaani Kapoor.

Shuddh Desi Romance is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni, and produced by Aditya Chopra

The film releases in UK cinemas and worldwide on 13th September 2013 through Yash Raj Films.




Rishi Kapoor as ‘Rauf Lala’ in Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath

The last time veteran actor Rishi Kapoor acted in a Dharma Productions movie was Duniya (1984). After a span of 27 years and the actor was offered a role from Dharma Productions which he could not deny as it was something different.

Rishi Kapoor is playing the role of ‘Rauf Lala’ in the remake of Agneepath and his look speaks volumes about the theme of the movie and his character.

The poster picture of his look is being loved by the masses and it is creating curiosity for all his fans. Rishi Kapoor as we know is a brilliant actor and has done complete justice to the role. His look completely justifies with the detailing that has been poured into his look and the fans are going gaga over it.

Many will remember that Rishi Kapoor had fallout with producer Karan Johar after Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone made remarks about Ranbir Kapoor on an infamous talk show. However, Karan Johar was quick to bury the hatchet and looks like he is signing the senior Kapoor to make up for the controversies that occurred after the show was aired.

Rishi Kapoor had announced that no one from his family will work with Dharma Productions again. Yet Johar managed to sign him for his next directorial venture Student of the Year in the role that was rumoured to be played by Shah Rukh Khan.

Also, sources say that Rishi Kapoor has been approached by Johar to play a part in Ayan Mukerji’s next starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone titled Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Agneepath releases on the 13th of January, 2011, and along with Rishi Kapoor the entire cast of the movie and Dharma Productions hold this movie extremely close to their hearts. Sources reveal that the film is going to be bigger than where our imaginations can reach.