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Ali Zafar and Yaami Gautam to shoot in London

Ali ZafarPakistani-actor singer Ali Zafar is coming London to start shooting for Neeraj Pandey’s production Aman Ki Asha.

He will be seen opposite Yaami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame in the new romantic-comedy being directed by E. Niwas.

“Off to London to start shoot for my next feature ‘Aman Ki Asha’ with Yami Gautam, Anupam Kher and Kirron Kher, Neeraj Panday and E. Nivas. How cold is it?,” tweeted the 32-year-old, who will play a Pakistani guy who falls in love with an Indian girl.

Ali made his Bollywood debut with Tere Bin Laden, where he also played a Pakistani boy. The singer-turned-actor also shot Anu Menon’s London Paris New York in the British capital.

Ali Zafar will be seen next in Dawid Dhawan’s Chashme Baddoor.

Akshay Kumar’s production ‘Adhantari’ to be shot in London

Tanisha Mukherjee makes glittering debut in cross-border, UK-India-Marathi drama

Ashvini Yardi & Akshay Kumar Grazing Goat Pictures, the new production powerhouse from Bollywood supremo Akshay Kumar and previous Colors TV channel head Ashvini Yardi, is set to launch one of the most ambitious Marathi film projects to date, Adhantari.

The film stars Tanisha Mukherjee, the younger sister of superstar Kajol, who makes her debut in regional Marathi cinema. A familiar face in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil films, Tanisha has now made the successful transition into the popular genre of Marathi cinema. Her previous credits include films such as Neal ‘N’ Nikki and Sarkar Raj.

Grazing Goat Pictures sees as its mission statement a desire to place regional cinema in India on the global and local film map. It has so far successfully tapped this niche market and has spearheaded investment into regional cinema across India.

Renowned for thought-provoking, unique and emotive film making across boundaries and genres, Grazing Goat Pictures delves deep to bring the audience films that are cutting edge and high-concept, resonating with multiple audiences.

Adhantari is certainly at the forefront of this trend. A film about the dilemma that a young Maharashtran student faces when he leaves the security and comfort of his homeland of India to study in the UK on a schorarship, Adhantari charts his journey of trials and tribulations as he grows and matures into the person he becomes. We find him change from an innocent young man, to a wordly-wise person with a different set of goals and priorities from which he started.

Adhantari stars a mix of Hindi cinema’s rising talent, including Sumeet Raghavan, Tanisha Mukherjee and Manse Salvi. The film will set a precedent in that it is the first time that Sumeet Raghavan and Tanisha Mukherjee have featured in a Marathi film. Setting another first, the peppy, modern soundtrack is by Apeksha Dandekar, who also has an essaying role in the film.

Filming for Adhantari starts this April with a schedule in London and Pune.

 

 

Anushka Sharma bonds with Karan Johar in London

Anushka Sharma who is currently in London for the filming of Yash Chopra’s Diwali release is reportedly bonding with filmmaker Karan Johar.

Anushka and Karan  along with Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Yash Chopra could not attend the IIFA awards in Singapore this year as they are busy with the second UK schedule of the yet-untitled film.

While many will wonder why Karan Johar is in London, BollyNewsUK can reveal that Johar is the costume designer for Shah Rukh Khan for Yash Chopra’s film.

However, Karan is being assisted by Shiraz Siddiqui who also designed Imran Khan’s costume in Ekk Main aur Ek Tu

While the fraternity attended the IIFA awards ceremony on Saturday, BollyNewsUK can reveal that , Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Anushka Sharma, Manish Malhotra and Shiraz Siddique met up for a brief meeting  in the evening in London.

The other two leading actors, Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif were however missing. 

Interestingly, Anushka Sharma was seated closely next to Johar during the meeting and left with him and Shiraz Siddique right afterwards. 

On Sunday, Katrina Kaif, Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma came together to shoot for the film in Canary Wharf, London where Katrina and Shah Rukh shot earlier this year during the first schedule of the film. 

The film is due to release in the UK through Yash Raj Films in November, 2012.

Here are some more on-set pictures of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma:


 

Spotted: John Abraham being mobbed on the streets of London (March 2011)

John Abraham filmed scenes for his upcoming film Desi Boyz at a house  in Northwood (London) .
As the word of the filming spread around, especially in an area where many Indians live, it was only a matter of a few hours that more than fifty fans were standing outside the house to catch a glimpse of their favourite actors. Many girls and aunties were shouting “We want John” repeatedly and some had been waiting for over five hours.

The Jhoota Hi Sahi star did come out for a few seconds to check if the scene he just filmed inside the house was satisfactory or needed to be reshot. While I was chatting with the Indian crew members, I overheard a mother asking her five year old son if he knows who that guy is (pointing at John Abraham).

The little boy replied: “Kunal from Dostana!”

John decided to meet them for a few minutes and within a few seconds he was surrounded by a lot of people. He posed for pictures, signed mobile covers and was basically mobbed like never before. His security guard was joined by Deepika Padukone’s bodyguard and they had a tough time when the road was blocked with fans trying to get pictures of the star.

Check out these exclusive pictures:

This article and these pictures were first published on BollySpice: http://bollyspice.com/808/exclusive-on-the-sets-of-desi-boyz-in-london/3

Bollywood’s summer splash to commence with Housefull 2

Eros International to release Sajid Nadiadwala’s HOUSEFULL  worldwide on 5th April 2012

Eros International, a leading global company in Indian filmed entertainment, has announced the release date of Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 2 on 5th April 2012. Audiences can look forward to the first big summer release next year with the much anticipated comic caper directed by Sajid Khan.

Following the very successful Housefull, Eros international, Producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Sajid Khan team up once again to release their latest venture, Housefull 2 which will mark the first of the big ticket entertainers next year.

Sequel to the super hit Housefull, Housefull 2 is also a comedy in true Sajid Khan style and stars an eclectic mix of actors including Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Riteish Deshmukh along with Asin Thottumkal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Randhir Kapoor, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Boman Irani , Chunky Pandey, Mithun Chakraborty etc.

The film started an extensive schedule in England earlier this year  filming at locations like London, Peterborough, Stamford and Tilford. While Shankhar-Ehsaan-Loy composed the music for Housefull , the soundtrack for the sequel has been composed by Sajid-Wajid.

Housefull had a very successful innings at the box office on its release on 30th April 2010. The film had grossed Rs. 95 crores worldwide in its first week with Rs. 75 crores gross coming from India (Rs. 52.3 crores nett) and Rs. 20 crores overseas.

Check out this exclusive picture on location in London:

Teri Meri Kahani

Kunal Kohli’s next, tentatively title Teri Meri Kahani has been shooting in England since last month. Leading actress Priyanka Chopra only arrived a day before the first day of the shoot, after wrapping up a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s RA.ONE.

Shahid Kapoor who plays the leading hero in the film was already in London for a shot vacation. The 30-year-old actor was often seen shopping around in the West End and indulging in pan-Asian noodles at restaurants.

The first UK schedule started in Stratford upon Avon on the 22nd July and was wrapped up in five days.Scenes for the movie were filmed outside town pubs, on the river, at the bandstand and outside Shakespeare’s birthplace.

Teri Neri Kahani is a story of a young couple, Krish (Shahid Kapoor) and Radha (Priyanka Chopra) who fall in love. According to Mr Bahri, the producer of the film, it was essential for them to shoot in Stratford, birth place of William Shakespeare, as references are made to him in the story.

“We came here to do a recce and as we walked into Henley Street we just knew we had to film here. Stratford as a location has never been seen before in Bollywood,” he told the Stratford upon Avon Harold, a local newspaper.

On last Saturday filming took place at the Old Thatch Tavern. The scene involved the Jab We Met actor getting ‘arrested’ and taken to a ‘police station’ (the tourist information office). Scenes were also shot at the bank of river Avon in a boat where the couple fell asleep together after an all-night party.

The Bandstand was used to film the all-night party on Monday evening and shooting continued until the early hours of Tuesday in Bards Walk. Kunal Kohli, the director of this love story also filmed some scenes outside the Birthplace of Shakespeare on Tuesday night.On Wednesday, the last day in Stratford, the crew filmed in the empty Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre where both actors performed on stage portraying their roles respectively.

The cast and crew has since moved to Nottingham where they will continue their second UK schedule until the 13th of August. The actors started shooting at the prestigious University of Nottingham on Friday, the 29th July. They filmed in Nottingham and Long Eaton with Priyanka Chopra until the 8th of August. Shahid Kapoor and new actress Neha Sharma will continue filming until the 12th of August 2011, where one day of shoot will also take place in Leeds.

Most of the crew will be leaving the UK on the 13th of August 2011.

On Location with Zayed Khan in London

Welcome to London
Thank you.

How has the schedule and trip been so far?
The trip has been really hectic. I have been in and out of shooting two movies. I also have been shooting for my own movie (besides Tezz), which is Love, Breakup Zindagi. We shot a portion of this film (Tezz) in November last year in Birmingham and now we have come back to finish the rest. It has been hectic, but I can’t complain as London is a nice part of the world. It is a bit distracting but nice.

What is Tezz about? It is said to be a remake of Hollywood blockbuster Speed.
There is this terrible rumour going around which is completely untrue. It has got nothing to do with Speed, nothing at all. It is basically a high paced action drama film. It deals with the antagonist and protagonist.

You are playing the good guy, I believe?
You know, I usually play the good guy. You would believe that, if I was playing the bad guy (laughs).
But I don’t know as in today’s world, what is good and what is bad as far as you choose a character in it’s totally. You see the redemption and the justification of every character. I think I will let you be the judges when you go and see the film, of whether I am good or bad.

I sense some similarities with your Bollywood film Speed in terms of genre.
Not at all, they are very different films. Priyadarshan, the director, is doing an action drama after really long time. For him to  come back into this genre and making the high-octane film that he is making was very attractive to me in the first place. And of course, I love doing action films. 
Priyadarshan is really stepping out of his shoes and has got this new baby energy towards doing this kick-ass action film. I think it was well worth it, as he is quite a challenging director to work with because he wants you to come up with the goods every day. In that sense, it has been quite nice.

Tezz has a big cast. Who do you bond with the most on the sets?
I think, with Ajay Devgn. Ajay and me go back a long way. We were neighbours when we were kids. He is a bit older than me, but we know each other since before we were actors.  Ajay is pretty much the person I would like to hang around with.

Your recent films Blue and Yuvraaj had big casts, just like Tezz. Is that a conscious decision to act in films with an ensemble cast?
I don’t know. I don’t know whether they have been good decisions or bad decisions. I just had this attitude of working in films that were larger than life. I wanted to work with very good directors in that sense, because I thought it would be great to have an experience of the sum of all the experiences they had. It would be great to be directed by stalwarts like them.  I guess, that was the conscious decision that I made. However, my fans aren’t too happy about that. They constantly coax me into doing a romantic comedy or coming in solo movies, which I am now making.  It has been quite a merry-go-round, but I don’t know if it was conscious or unconscious really.

It was reported that you and Ajay met with an accident while shooting in Birmingham for Tezz last year. What happened?
It wasn’t an accident actually. We were shooting in the canal and of course, it was freezing cold. I was sitting on this Jet Ski and there was this stunt guy, who I think misjudged an upcoming boat, which was not locked off. I don’t know whether he panicked or whether he thought that I was behind him and he had to do something to divert himself from an accident. Ultimately, we just all fell into that water. It was not only dirty and filthy, it was freezing cold. I am a really good swimmer, but I remember coming out and feeling like seventeen thousand daggers were going into my heart. I couldn’t move (laughs). Ajay was standing on the side, laughing at me and joking that it serves me right for doing my own stunts (laughs).

Are these action scenes in Tezz a bit of challenge for you?
There is a lot of satisfaction in doing action sequences yourself especially if you can really nail it.
 Of course, while shooting in London there are so many hazards and so many insurance things and everybody wants to be your mother and doctor (laughs). They just don’t allow you to do this stuff that you want to do. And considering that the film is at stake, if anything happens to you, the entire film suffers. There were certain stunts that I wanted to do and I was not allowed to do them. 
I like doing my own stunts and I have been doing so for a very long time and it gives me a high, you know (smiling).

You just turned producer with Born Free Entertainment. How did that come about?
Quite honestly, every time I wanted to do a romantic comedy, something or the other happened and it didn’t take off. I was very stubborn about the kind of romantic comedy I wanted to do and I was not willing to do a slap-stick romantic comedy or something that has been done before. I wanted to do something that is very new age, something that was a slice of life, something that takes entertainment and filmmaking sensibilities and combines them together and comes out with something new and interesting.  One day, I was sitting with Dia (Mirza) and she thought why don’t we start something as every time we want to do something, there is always such a big difference between what we think we are getting into and what it ultimately turns out to be. We are bound to make a few mistakes but you never know if you don’t venture out there. It’s like nothing ventured, nothing gained.
That’s how Love, Breakup, Zindagi came up. Dia came up with the germ of the idea, Sahil started writing it and I was involved in the editing. We have a lovely partner in Sahara Motion pictures and they have been extremely supportive.

As a producer, what is filmmaking for you about?
Any film you make has to have universal appeal and be entertaining. It has to have social relevance and most importantly it has to be economically feasible. Film making is really not a business. It’s so much to do with passion. It is also a business considering that you have to break even and make some money on top to be considered having a blockbuster film and get people’s attention too.
But I think, the fun element about being associated with something that you will be remembered for and something that is going to immortalise you, was more for the taking for us.

I have got a few questions from your Twitter fans.

Naina: When will Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene come in cinemas?
That’s a really good question actually. We have almost done the film and we have got five to ten days left. It is a really interesting film and it’s just about honest guy in a dishonest world. He has taken for this roller-coaster ride which he really does not want to be on. The producers of this film they tend to be the kind of people who look at market forces before they release a film. They have very different sensibilities about what this film should be and how it should be marketed. I don’t know, if I am the best person to answer this question.

Asim: Which of your own movies would you remake if you could?

I think Shabd was a movie very ahead of its time. This is a film; I think we could do again with this whole beautiful idea behind it. There is another one, Mission Istanbul. If we had an opportunity to revisit that and restructure it, it could have been really big. I think that is something, Apoorva (Lakhia, the director) and me ponder on, a lot. I don’t know if the editing was handled very well.

Zuha: Out of all the characters you’ve played, which one resembles you most in real life?
That is pretty difficult because I am constantly evolving as a person. I guess, during Main Hoon Na, that character represented me best at that time. If you see Love, Breakup, Zindagi ,which is coming up now, it would best resemble me right now. You are never ever really the same person.

So finally, when are you planning to join Twitter?
(Laughs) You know, I am a very private person actually. I don’t subscribe to the idea that I should have a view on somebody else’s thought or I should be telling everybody that I am out of bed and looking at the sunshine and I am really pondering over what I am going to do next in my shot to come. I find that very self-indulgent and very invasive. But my sister, Farah Ali Khan makes up for the fact that I am not on Twitter.

I was in Birmingham and this girl was shouting ‘Zayed, Zayed…’ and I was like ‘yeah’. She asked me “Are you Farah Khan’s brother?” Something just hit me and I was like ‘yaah’.
She was this blonde girl with blue eyes and I could not make the connection really. I was thinking that she wanted an autograph. But she said, “Tell her, I am a big fan” that was very sweet and I did tell her (laughs). My sister is still coaxing me to join Twitter and who knows, I might surprise everybody.

Tezz, directed by Priyadarshan stars Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani, Sameera Reddy, Kangana Ranaut and is produced by Ratan Jain.