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First Day of PIKU filming a De Niro-Pacino Moment for Shoojit Sircar

Deepika and Amitabh Bachchan in PikuIt was something of an achievement for director Shoojit Sircar to bring megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan together in his upcoming film, PIKU. The film also stars Deepika Padukone in the title role. Speaking about the cast, Shoojit says, “I tell everyone Irrfan is the only international star we have. I was skeptical the first day he and Mr. Bachchan met on the set. It was a Robert De Niro and Al Pacino moment for me. But it all went well. Apart from the Deepika-Irrfan pairing, it is also a delight to watch Irrfan and Mr. Bachchan together.”

The director also explains that by the end of the film, Irrfan became an avid admirer of Mr. Bachchan’s style of working. For Shoojit, PIKU has been a unique experience as the film’s set became home to three different schools of acting. “All three of them are absolutely poles apart. Mr. Bachchan will constantly do rehearsals and then he will go for a take and that will be the final take. Deepika will do rehearsals but while doing that she will try to grab her movements, performances. Irrfan is very different. When he is acting and when not, is difficult to tell. It was great fun for me to have three different styles of acting. Irrfan said if somebody wants to learn acting and the process, they should work with Mr. Bachchan. He was completely mesmerised by Big B’s style of acting,” he adds.  

Shooting the film was a personal journey for the Vicky Donor director because the characters are inspired from people in his life. “The idea for the film came from Juhi Chaturvedi, the writer. This story is a bit inspired by her grandfather. Then we brought in our expertise, like I brought a lot of sequences from my family. It has been a personal journey for me and it is going to be that for the people too because the characters are identifiable. Anyone can be Piku and any old man can be like Amitabh Bachchan’s character,” the director says.

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60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏

The makers of Piku, starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan, have released a new promotional video.

Titled, “60 Days, 60 Shots – Deepika Padukone‏”, the clip features behind the scenes and candid moments of the 29-year-old actress with her director Shoojit Sircar and her co-stars.

Get ready for Indian’s cinema’s most delightful and quirky family comedy drama movie, when PIKU releases worldwide and in UK cinemas on 8th May 2015, produced by MSM Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films and Saraswati Entertainment and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd.

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The cast of Piku fight it out !

Piku Teaser YRFDeepika Padukone who will next be seen in and as Piku ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is extremely excited with the family comedy drama, so much so, that the she is going all out to ensure that she gives the slice of life family entertainer her complete focus.

As the trailer of the film is set to come out in few days and will also hit theater screens along with YRF’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, the makers have today launched a unique, quirky teaser that sees the star cast in an amusing argument over the film’s trailer and promotions.

Sources reveal that in one of the creative meetings, Deepika Padukone happened to mention a fun way of introducing the trailer, with a teaser that sees Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and herself in an argument, discussing whether the trailer is up to the mark or not, in their own character roles!

When contacted director Shoojit Sircar confirmed, “Yes, Deepika happened to bounce the idea off us and we loved it immediately because it was unlike other conventional teasers. The team further worked on the idea and we are very excited to see the way the audience reacts to it”.

PIKU releases in UK cinemas through YRF on 8th May 2015.

Deepika & Irrfan’s on-screen chemistry…

Irrfan - Deepika 4Shoojit Sircar’s Piku has become the talk of the town and is already one of the most awaited releases of 2015. Though a lot of the film is kept under wraps, sources close to the film says that Deepika Padukone plays Irrfan’s love interest in the film.

Pictures of the cast and crew from the sets have been making rounds of internet every now and then. Going by the pictures and rumors, onlookers have revealed that Irrfan and Deepika’s onscreen chemistry is going to be loved and much talked about once the trailer is released.  

A source from the film adds, “Though Irrfan’s love interest is Deepika, the film is not a typical love story and Irrfan-Deepika’s love angle is just one track in the movie, and their onscreen chemistry has taken everyone by surprise.

The source further added, “Irrfan is not an usual lover boy which is what makes him essay this character with a lot of depth.”

Director Shoojit Sircar was also very impressed with the onscreen pairing of Irrfan and Deepika.  In his earlier films also, Irrfan shared great chemistry with his co-actors like Tabu and Konkana Sen.

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, “Piku” starring Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan and Deepika Padukone is all set to release in 2015

 

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Deepika learns Bengali for new film

Deepika First Look in PIKUDeepika Padukone is currently working on her next film Piku with Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan.

After learning Tamil for Chennai Express and a Maharashtrian accent for HNY, Deepika will  now learn Bengali for Piku. The actress did workshops with director Shoojit Sircar and also took help from Moushami Chatterjee.

Deepika said, “I’ve played a Tamilian in Chennai Express, a Gujrati in RamLeela, Maharashtrian in Happy New Year, a Goan in Finding Fanny…and now a Bengali in Piku. Bengali is a soft and lovely language. It’s always fun to learn a new language and a different learning experienence.”

PIKU – The casting coup of the year

Piku On The Set - Amitabh DeepikaOne of the biggest casting coups in recent times, Shootjit Sircar’s Piku—that brings together Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irrfan together for the first time, has kicked off its second schedule in Kolkata in November 2014 having kicked off with a successful schedule in Mumbai in August-September 2014.

Produced by MSM Motion Pictures (a division of Sony Entertainment Network), in association with Saraswati Entertainment Creations Limited and Rising Sun Films, Piku is set to be one of the most awaited films of 2015 especially since Shoojit Sircar wields directorial baton post his two break away hits- Vicky Donor ( 2012) and Madras Café (2013)

A slice-of-life cinema, Piku is a quirky roller coaster ride of a crazy father-daughter relationship essayed by Amitabh and Deepika, along with Irrfan in a pivotal author backed role.

Piku also marks coming together of Shoojit Sircar and Ronnie Lahiri with Juhi Chaturvedi, who has scripted the film and earlier won accolades and awards for Vicky Donor.

Shoojit who is once again all set to create celluloid magic says, “Piku is a story that will warm your heart and make you smile! We have the best of the talent coming together for a refreshing tale of a father-daughter relationship. I am privileged to direct Mr. Bachchan along with Deepika and Irrfan.They are three powerhouse performers and it doesn’t get better than this for me. “

Amitabh Bachchan adds, “”What makes the process of filming Piku extremely enjoyable is that it is helmed by Shoojit Sircar and also stars the immensely talented Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan. The film has an interesting story and there is a lot of excitement on the sets.”

Irrfan says, “ There are several projects that I undertake in a year but there’s always that one film that you look forward to and to me Piku is that film. I am really excited and look forward to begin work on this one”

Deepika Padukone adds, “It’s a huge honor for me to be working with such stalwarts on Piku. I am extremely nervous but also very excited as Piku is the kind of cinema I believe in. Everyday I walk onto the set with butterflies in my stomach ! I hope I do justice to Piku and bring her alive onscreen in a way that audiences fall in love with her.”

Sneha Rajani, Dy. President and Head of MSM Motion Pictures, says, ” We at MSM believe in entertaining audiences with content that resonates with them by partnering with the best talent in the industry. We are really excited about Piku and am happy that that the film has commenced its first schedule and soon we will able to bring this heartwarming film to audiences across the world.

Piku is slated for release April 30th, 2015

John Abraham and Shoojit to produce a film on football

John playing footballAfter their glorious coming together in Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe, the hit jodi of producer John Abraham and director Shoojit Sircar are going for a hattrick this time.

With a film on football, a game both John and Shoojit can’t have enough of. That too set more than a century back.

Written by Gulaab Gang director Soumik Sen, Shoojit’s next with John is based on famous football club Mohun Bagan’s victory against East Yorkshire Regiment back in 1911.

By beating the foreigners, Mohun Bagan became the first native team to have won the IFA Shield. What’s more, the Indian players played barefeet wearing dhotis while the British team wore boots and shorts.

Says Shoojit: “We both love football and so when I sent over the script to John, I knew he would love it and he did. We are just prepping for the film now and will only start early next year. It will be shot almost entirely in Bengal.”

Adds Ronnie Lahiri of Rising Sun Entertainment: “After Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe, we want to continue partnering with John and keep making fresh films on innovative subjects. We don’t make a lot of sports films in our country and this one is straight from history.”