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20th Century Fox 2015 Bollywood releases confirmed

20th Century Fox has confirmed Bollywood films due to release in 2015 for the UK territory.

The studio will be releasing films in UK cinemas acquired and/or produced by Fox Star India, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India.

The first 20th Century Fox Bollywood release here is Mr.X (3D) produced by Vishesh Films, under a three film deal with Fox Star Studios. The film is directed by Vikram Bhatt and stars Emraan Hashmi and Amyra Dastur. Mr. X (3D) will be released in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015.

15th May 2015 will see the release of the much-awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma starrer Bombay Velvet, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The film is a co-production between Phantom Films and Fox Star Studios. Bombay Velvet will also see director-producer Karan Johar play the antagonist in the film and Raveena Tandon is set to make a special appearance. 

Bombay Velvet UK

The last of the three film deal with Vishesh Films, Hamari Adhoori Kahaani starring Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan will hit UK cinemas on 12th June 2015.  Based on the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother, the film is directed by Mohit Suri (Aashiqui 2, Ek Villain). 

First Look: Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in Humari Adhoori Kahaani
First Look: Vidya Balan and Emraan Hashmi in Humari Adhoori Kahaani


Superstar Salman Khan is set to break records at UK cinemas again this year with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. The 49-year-old actor will reunite with fashion diva Sonam Kapoor after Saawariya in the Sooraj R Barjatya directorial.  The film, produced by Rajshri Productions, will be released in UK cinemas on 13th November 2015.

Commenting on the same last year, Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, India, said “Rajshri Productions have an amazing lineage and have made India’s most memorable family films. They represent the best of Indian values and have a unique understanding of Indian audiences as a result of which their cinema cuts across all audiences. Sooraj ji is one of those rare, gifted storytellers and with this partnership, we have the extraordinary opportunity to combine the unique expertise of Rajshri Productions along with the worldwide marketing and distribution muscle of Fox Star Studios. We can’t wait to commence this exciting journey together!” 

In January this year, Fox Star Studios joined hands with Inspired Entertainment to produce M.S.Dhoni – The untold story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput. The film is the official bio-pic on the Indian cricket captain and will be seen by fans in UK cinemas from 23rd October 2015.

Sushant Singh Rajput in M.S. Dhoni - The untold story
Sushant Singh Rajput in M.S. Dhoni – The untold story

 

Irshad Kamil’s book of poems launched and read by Bollywood’s best

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems- Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka,Eminent Bollywood songwriter Irshad Kamil’s first book of poems, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, was released in Mumbai today amidst much fanfare. Setting the tone for a poetic evening, Irshad read a poem from the book. It was then launched by Deepti Naval, Farah Khan, Irrfan Khan and Sonam Kapoor. They also read a few poems from the book.

Irshad is regarded as one of the top songwriters in Bollywood, his words punctuating the music of the biggest films and songs composed by eminent music composers like A.R. Rahman, Pritam and Vishal-Shekhar. Irshad’s work in films like Rockstar, Raanjhana and Happy New Year has earned him not only love and acclaim but trophies from the biggest award ceremonies like Filmfare, Screen, IIFA, et al.

Published by Vani Prakashan, Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka is a compilation of 31 beautiful poems by Irshad, one for every day of the month. And before every poem there is a window of thought that transports the reader in the realms of romance and beauty. Says Irshad: “When you are writing for a film you are under different kinds of pressure and while good work can blossom under pressure, some times you need to write for yourself and just let the words flow in their own sweet time. This book is a collection of those freewheeling thoughts and ideas captured in these 31 nazms. Being amidst the contemporary times,I’ve tried to travel the lanes of love in the light of today’s reality.”

The book will soon be launched in Delhi by Ranbir Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali.

Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka, is now available in leading book stores throughout India and on-line portals.

L-R-Farah Khan, Deepti Naval, Irshad Kamil, Sonam Kapoor, Irrfan Khan at the Mumbai launch of Irshad Kamil's book of poems - Ek Maheena Nazmon Ka

Sonam Kapoor learns driving a Jeep for ‘Dolly Ki Doli’

Sonam Kapoor in DollySonam Kapoor, who is known to be a fashion icon, is seen driving a jeep in new film Dolly ki Doli.

Sonam left no stone unturned, when it came to preparing for her role in the film. She even learned driving for the movie, as in the film you see her fleeting away at several occasions for which it was required for her to drive.

So Sonam ensured that she took a special 21 day driving class and drove a jeep in the film.

​Says a source, “Sonam Kapoor rides a jeep in the film for which she had to go back to the drawing board and take driving lessons…While Sonam does know the basics she had never driven a jeep before and took a 21 day crash course so that she was comfortable behind the wheel before she got into the next schedule of the film”.

Dolly Ki Doli is in UK cinemas now. 

Q&A: Sonam Kapoor talks about Disney’s ‘Khoobsurat’

Check out a Q&A of Sonam Kapoor about Khoobsurat, which releases in UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 through Walt Disney Pictures in association with Anil Kapoor Film Company.

Rekha played your role in the original Khoobsurat, did you find any inspiration from her?
People are drawing comparisons, obviously, but I can never be as good as her, and this is not just about Rekhaji. Meena Kumari, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn … they were all icons and I am inspired by all of them. I am also inspired by other women who are artists. I am inspired by clothes that I find beautiful, or by art. I am not trying to imitate or ape someone and there is more to me than just the clothes. My paintings, for instance. I love art. I collect books. I do so many things and there are so many other facets to my personality as well. But I guess I can’t really carry my paintings or my books around with me, so it’s my clothes that become the talking point.”

Sonam in Disneyland

Will Rekha watch the film?
Rekha is close to our family. She has seen Aisha. So we will be showing Rekha this film. In fact, she will be one of the first people to see it. She has given me her blessing.

Do you think you will be as good as Rekha?
I don’t think I can do justice to what Rekha has done. This film is an ode to Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s filmmaking. There are very few films that have been wholesome entertainers and have great value. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films appealed to all, as they were fun films with a message. Today, such films are made by Raju Hirani. It is a huge responsibility but it was exciting to work on this film.


How did you manage to sign Fawad Khan as your prince?
We auditioned a lot of actors for the film and thought he would be right for the role. He’s big in India as well. I don’t know anyone who watches TV and doesn’t know Fawad. In fact, he has a bigger fan following than me. We were shooting for a TV show recently, and there were girls taking pictures of his van even when he hadn’t stepped out. And it [the decision to cast him] has got nothing to do with being an Indian or a Pakistani; an artiste is an artiste. He is the perfect hero. In our industry, we have so many boys, but what we don’t have is men. When you meet Fawad, you realise he is a man.

Did you feel like you had other responsibilities, other than acting, as this is your home production?
When I take on a job as an actor, I only concentrate on doing that, otherwise there is a conflict. You have to just do your best with what you have got. So, it’s just the matter of taking each day, enjoying my work, and saying that I will be a selfish actor who will do my best for the film.

Sonam in Disneyland

For you, what do you want the audience to take away from this film?
In line with the idea of the film, which is to be happy and positive. This movie shows that life, and movies by extension, don’t have to be dreary and dark. They can be colourful and cheerful.

 

Sonam Kapoor Shows the Royals How to Loosen up in ‘Abhi Toh Party’

The new track from Khoobsurat, ‘Abhi Toh Party’ will surely have you on the dance floor. The song is sung by the new Rapster of Bollywood, Badshah, who sung the chartbuster ‘Saturday, Saturday’ from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.

In a never-before-seen persona, Sonam Kapoor looks relaxed and at ease in her ensemble of a cropped top, jacket and dhoti pants, finishing her look with ornate, chunky jewellery.

The song is set in a formal party, where a bored-looking Dr Mili Chakravarty (Sonam Kapoor) livens up the party with her sensational dance-moves. What’s more, she even includes some of her own superstar father’s (Anil Kapoor) iconic and inimitable dance steps.  

Khoobsurat releases in UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 through Walt Disney Pictures in association with Anil Kapoor Film Company.

Khoobsurat - PosterSynopsis: Walt Disney Pictures and Anil Kapoor Film Company is all set to have its fairytale beginning, as it launches into the magical realm of Indian cinema with its Bollywood offering – ‘Khoobsurat’ – releasing on 19th September 2014.

Khoobsurat, directed by Shashanka Ghosh (Waisa Bhi Hota Hai II, Mumbai Cutting), is a family entertainer which revolves around a royal misfit (the sensational Sonam Kapoor) who ultimately falls in love with her prince charming(latest Pakistani hearthrob, Fawad Khan).

Khoobsurat is a quirky, modern romantic comedy about what happens when a vibrant, hopelessly romantic physiotherapist meets a handsome young Rajput prince who is the complete opposite of her – and is engaged to someone else. It is a battle of values between two individually crazy families — one that encourages discipline and self-restraint versus the other, which is all for spontaneity and open-mindedness. The film also features veteran actors Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak Shah and Aamir Raza Husain.

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.

BEWAKOOFIYAAN Poster

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.

Watch: First trailer of ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’

Bhagh Milkha Bhagh The official first teaser trailer for the new Viacom18 Motion Pictures Pvt film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has released to widespread buzz.

The 90 second trailer shows highlights from the remarkable film along with lead star Farhan Akhtar’s amazing look as central protagonist Milkha Singh, who is known as ‘the flying Sikh’, as he overcame much adversity in his life to triumph both on the athletics track as well as off it.

The film is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures along with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Bafta nominated Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6) who also directs the film, and stars two of Bollywood’s biggest stars Farhan Akhtar (Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), who plays Milkha Singh, and Sonam Kapoor (Saawariya, I Hate Luv Storys).

The film features a compelling soundtrack by music supremos Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and is distributed by India’s leading film and entertainment company Viacom18 Motion Pictures Pvt.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a real fairy tale story of an average Indian who thought he could outrun the winds…and he did!

Watch the first teaser trailer here:

 

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag releases on 12th July 2013 in UK cinemas through Viacom18 Motion Pictures Pvt.

ANIL KAPOOR & SONAM KAPOOR, TO ENDORSE EMGEE GROUP’S REAL ESTATE PROJECTS

Sonam Kapoor in Dior in London - Bewakoofiyan (6)The internationally renowned and most celebrated Bollywood father-daughter duo, Mr. Anil and Ms. Sonam Kapoor, have been announced as the Brand Ambassadors for EMGEE Group, a leading global real estate developer, synonymous with luxurious living.

With over four decades of experience in carving out the most coveted and desirable residences across India, the EMGEE Group are now presenting their luxurious habitats to a wider audience with opulent projects planned in Spain, Eastern Europe and other international territories. The brand’s European operations will be headquartered in London with representative offices across the continent to market their Indian and global projects, driven by a team of informed and experienced talent.

 

To convey EMGEE Group’s unique philosophy of discerning living requires a deep commitment to perfection and only pioneers, who reflect the EMGEE Group’s tenets of achievement, style and recognition can transmit this vision. The EMGEE GROUP is pleased to have Anil and Sonam Kapoor as Brand Ambassadors, who with their unique style and talent are now entrusted with expressing the values and presenting the inspired creations of the EMGEE GROUP to greater heights.

Luminary and Bollywood veteran Anil Kapoor, who continues to pave his wave across the international mainstream cinema following projects such as ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘24’’ ‘Cities’ and ‘Mission Impossible IV’, commented on his association with the group – “After decades in the film industry, this is only my second endorsement. Being a celebrity I have a moral responsibility to what I represent and would only support a company or brand that shares the unique values which I believe in. EMGEE Group’s large team of passion driven individuals knitted together by the desire to help build people’s aspirations, exemplified by their tagline “We House Your Dreams”, have accomplished commendable accolades with unsurpassed finesse. This central philosophy encompassing passion, quality, integrity and transparency forms the pillar of my family too and thus my daughter Sonam and I are delighted to partner in their progress”.

Bollywood diva, youth fashion icon, and L’Oreal Paris Ambassador, Sonam Kapoor commented, “What I love about the designs and architecture of EMGEE Group are that they craft dramatically innovative homes in energy packed sustainable spaces with unparalleled comforts. “Anantam” – their luxury villas and apartments at Dona Paula in Goa – are a case in point where sculptural finesse in concrete is adorned in the infinite beauty of nature. EMGEE Group’s endeavour in spearheading several trailblazing initiatives including the green revolution, elegant juxtaposing of enviable contemporary design concepts with untamed nature is what sets them apart and is a close replica of my own persona.”

EMGEE Group was founded by its CMD Mr. Mudhit Gupta, who is powered by his passion to house people’s dreams and providing them with unrivalled lifestyles through the homes they live in. In speaking about the association with the Anil and Sonam Kapoor, Mr. Mudhit Gupta comments: “EMGEE Group’s foundation is built on the principles of Quality, Delivery, Integrity, Eco-Friendliness and Innovation. We strive to offer unrivaled lifestyle living at exotic locations in India and Europe. Anil and Sonam Kapoor are a perfect fit as Brand Ambassadors as they epitomize family values. Today, Anil is not only a Bollywood star but also an international actor of great repute with his work in Hollywood being highly appreciated by one and all. Sonam is reckoned as a youth icon in the country defining true elegance and style at a young age, symbolizing qualities that EMGEE Group stands for and our association with them will help us scale new heights by strengthening our bond with our target audience.”