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Interview: “Aiyaary is a thrilling story” – Manoj Bajpayee

Aiyaary UKActor Manoj Bajpayee will be seen in UK cinemas again this Friday. His latest outing Aiyaary revolves around two army officers, portrayed by Sidharth Malhotra as an army officer sharing a mentor-protégé bond with Bajpayee.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film also stars Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra in lead roles.

The award-winning actor spoke to BollyNewsUK about his role in film, co-star Sidharth Malhotra and being on location in London.

What is Aiyaary all about?
It deals with the conflict of two generations. The ideas of patriotism between the two protagonists in the film keep on clashing. That takes the shape of a bigger conflict and a cat & mouse game of sorts. At the core of it, audiences will also experience how military personnel protect the country and national interest as well as the challenges they face. That makes quite a thrilling story.

It’s quite relevant as we see millennials clashing with the older generation worldwide when it comes to ideologies. Is that an aspect of the film which may have a broader appeal internationally?
A lot has changed in the last decade. The younger generation is much more exposed to the outside world. They have a spectrum of information on their fingertips. They also look at their country in a very different way and believe that certain actions are enough to bring about change. The older generation, perhaps, realises that a lot of efforts and sacrifices are needed to achieve something for one’s nation. The ideologies are bound to clash as experience and information will have a never-ending battle.

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How was it like filming for Aiyaary in London?
We shot a major portion of the film London. My family was with me during the schedule and we all love London. My 7-year-old daughter loved being in the city and thoroughly enjoyed her stay. I was busy filming in various locations but was happy that my family was enjoying visiting historical places.

Was the experience of working with Neeraj Pandey in Aiyaary easier for you after Special 26?
We met many times much before ‘Special 26’ was made. I’ve always had great regard for him as a director after I saw ‘A Wednesday’. He has a remarkable gift of presenting a story to audiences. His storytelling resonates with all kind of audiences, and that makes him very unique. I’m grateful that he shows a lot of faith and belief in me as an actor.

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Opposite to the friction seen on-screen, you connected well with Sidharth off-screen. How did you find working with him?
Sidharth is a lovely guy. He comes from a middle-class family in Delhi, where I’ve spent a lot of time. Our values are very much the same and we both relate to each other’s journey. He is a competitive guy and has made a mark in the industry whilst being an outsider. I have a lot of admiration for him.

Aiyaari PosterStudios and distributors are focusing on the Indian Box Office more than ever, whereas the international market has taken a backseat. Do you believe international territories still hold value, especially for smaller films?
It’s still an important market. We all want our films to break even or make profit, so that we can continue to work and all markets that help us reach that goal are important. We are not looking to hit a certain number at the Indian Box Office with this film but audiences coming to see Aiyaary should love the film. That is more important to us. Throughout the film, Neeraj Pandey was not well but we carried on. We believed in the film and were passionate about it and hopefully, audiences will be able to see it on-screen.

Presented by Reliance Entertainment and Plan C Studios, Aiyaary is a Friday Filmworks Productions and releases in UK cinemas on 16th February 2018.

 

Paramount Pictures UK to release ‘Padmaavat’ on 25th January 2018

Paramount Pictures UK announced 25th January, 2018 as the UK release date of ‘Padmaavat’, after a string of bans and threats in 

India. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Padmaavat’ will release in 2D, 3D and is the first Hindi film to release in IMAX 3D release, albeit in a very limited release. It has been certified for general release by the British Board of Film Classification with a 12A classification. There will be no Tamil or Telegu release in UK cinemas.

Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh & Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

Based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, the movie faced resistance from its early stages due to a misinformation campaign and rumour-mongering. Despite these challenges, the film that showcases the valor of Rani Padmavati, Maharawal Ratan Singh and the famed Rajput ethos of honour, bravery and sacrifice, has managed to overcome all odds; aided by the support of well-wishers from across the film fraternity, the government authorities and the society at large.

“Padmaavat is a cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word. We hope that we will surpass the expectations of our fans from across the world. We are humbled with the immense support we have received from the government authorities, the Central Board of Film Certification and the entire film fraternity,” said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18. He further added, “Padmaavat is a story that’s inherently Indian in its context, ethos and values. In the past, international film-makers have presented Indian stories such as Gandhi, Life of Pi, The Jungle Book and others to the world. We believe that this is the right time for us to truly make in India and show the world a tale that every Indian is proud of.”

Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures said, “Padmaavat is our magnum opus – a tribute to Rajput valour created at a scale that will be a delight to watch on the large screen. The film will witness a mega-scale release across maximum screens, languages & formats covering 2D, 3D & Imax 3D in India & the world. It carries the trademark style of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, wherein each frame of the film is a timeless work of art. We have partnered with Paramount Pictures to distribute the film across select international markets including non-traditional territories. Padmaavat will create its own benchmark as an immortal classic when it releases across the world on the 25th of January.”

Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “Padmaavat is a dream come true for me. I have always been fascinated by the stories of honour, valour and vigour of our great Rajput warriors that have been captured so beautifully in our literature and this movie is my homage to those glorious stories. I would also like to thank the entire film fraternity for supporting Viacom18 and Bhansali Productions through the entire production and pre-release phase and hope they like the film they so supported.”

 

20th Century Fox to release ‘M.S. Dhoni’ in UK cinemas

20th Century Fox UK will release Fox Star India’s M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story in UK cinemas on 30th September 2016.

A new poster of the much-awaited M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story is out and gives a perfect insight into all the stages of the cricketer’s life. 

 Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who essays Dhoni’s role in the biopic,unveiled the new poster on his profile on the social media platform Twitter. The actor tweeted: “Captain. Leader. Winner. Many names & a journey unknown. Official poster – #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory #HappyBirthdayMahi”

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the movie also stars Kiara Advani and Anupam Kher.

Watch the Official Teaser M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story here:

M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story releases in UK cinemas on 30th September 2016, distributed by Fox Star Studios

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Eros International to release Housefull 3 in UK cinemas

Eros International will be releasing Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 3 in UK cinemas on 3rd June 2016.

The much-awaited film stars Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Lisa Haydon, Nargis Fakhri, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff and Chunky Pandey.

Housefull 3 is directed by duo Farhad-Sajid, who also wrote the second installment of this extremely popular franchise, which was extensively filmed in the United Kingdom.

Housefull 3 is an Eros International presentation, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. The laughter riot commences on June 3rd, 2016!

‘Aligarh’ to release in UK cinemas on 26th February

Aligarh‘Aligarh’, directed by National Award-winning director, Hansal Mehta will release in UK cinemas on 26 February 2016. 

An old Professor on the verge of his retirement is expelled from his University after a camera captures him engaged in a homosexual act. Though consensual, it triggers a controversy regarding morality and tradition. A young journalist sets on to investigate the truth and unravel the reality of this “sting operation”.

Set in a small town in Uttar Pradesh from which the film takes its name, ‘Aligarh’ is the story of a professor, Dr. S R Siras (Manoj Bajpayee) fired from his position for his sexuality and a young journalist, Deepu Sebastian (Rajkummar Rao) who tells his story to the world. Based on true events, the film depicts the unlikely friendship between the two, a relationship that will change both of them forever.

The film received a standing ovation at its World premiere at the prestigious 20th Busan International Film Festival in October 2015 and shortly thereafter opened to packed houses at the 59th BFI London Film Festival. 

Later in the month, it was selected as the opening film at the17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival on October 30th 2015; marking the second time that a Hindi film opened the festival since 1997, the inaugural year of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.

The much anticipated film will release on 26th February 2016.

Eros International presents Aligarh, directed by Hansal Mehta and written by Apurva Asrani, produced by Eros International and Karma Pictures. 

Indian cinema champions the Action Thriller Genre in Wazir

 

Wazir (4)Indian cinema makes a grand gesture to welcome in the New Year as the superbly crafted, action thriller flick, Wazir, opened in UK cinemas today on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed worldwide by Reliance Entertainment. Doing away with the post holiday season blues, Wazir promises to deliver an adrenaline-fuelled, cinematic punch.

An intelligent and thoughtful piece of filmmaking that continues to put Indian cinema on the international map, Wazir will appeal to cineastes and film connoisseurs globally. Presenting a slick and sharp narrative that will compel viewers from the opening sequence to the end credits, acclaimed filmmaker, Bejoy Nambiar, directs a heavyweight cast of the industry’s finest in Wazir. Screen legend, Amitabh Bachchan, joins a seasoned ensemble including Farhan Akhtar, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh and the understated Aditi Rao Hydari, respectively delivering polished performances.

Wazir features inherent drama, suspense and thrills, which Nambiar lets arise naturally, based on a story penned by one of Indian cinema’s most accomplished creatives, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Complementing the film’s richly dark ambience is a textured soundtrack by Shantanu Moitra, Ankit Tiwari, Advaita (band) and Prashant Pillai. The first song from the film, sublime ode to love, Tere Bin, garnered unanimous plaudit and has been championing the airwaves since its release.

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Synopsis:

Wazir tells the tale of two unlikely friends – a wheelchair-bound chess grandmaster (Amitabh Bachchan) and an ATS officer (Farhan Akhtar). Both are brought together by grief and a strange twist of fate as part of wider conspiracy that has cast a dark shadow over their lives. Wazir is a pulsating thriller, a moving character study and a gripping revenge story.

Wazir released in cinemas worldwide on 8th January 2016, produced by Vinod Chopra Films and distributed by Reliance Entertainment.

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Dilwale is coming to UK cinemas on 18th December

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and Rohit Shetty Productions are bringing Dilwale to UK cinemas on 18th December 2015.

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Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film stars Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Sharma, Johnny Lever, Boman Irani and Sanjay Mishra.

Check out the trailer here:

Rohit Shetty said, “The great response that we got from our association after Chennai Express, Mr. Khan and me wanted to gift our audience something special. Dilwale is not just an another film for me and my team but a soulful journey that’s being helmed by courageous hearts to create magic on screen.”

Shah Rukh Khan said, “Dilwale was a wonderful filmmaking experience and the results will show on screen. Never enjoyed myself more while shooting for a film, right from reuniting with Kajol after a long gap to shooting the heavy duty action sequences, it was all a delight. I’m glad to be sharing the trailer with you guys as it will give you a perfect taste of the fun family film that Rohit Shetty has made!”

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Kajol said, “Dilwale is an extremely special film. Not only for what it offers but also because of the people I have worked with here. I had a great time working on the film most specially with Shah rukh and of course Rohit as well and I think everybody is gonna have a great time watching it as we had a great time making it.”

Varun Dhawan said, “I have always been a big Rohit shetty fan. But never did I expect to do a Rohit shetty film with Shah Rukh sir and kajol ma’am. They are amazing actors and to work with them is something no one has done in my generation. Dilwale is a coming together of all generations. It’s the biggest family film ever made in Indian cinema. And I feel lucky to be a part of it.”

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Kriti Sanon said, “I feel blessed to have gotten such a big opportunity so soon in my career. Now that we have put up the first look, I can’t wait for Dilwale to release. It has been a great learning experience for me and I truly wish all our efforts are paid off upon the release of the movie.”

Dilwale is a family entertainer with a perfect blend of action, romance and comedy. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments in association with Rohit Shetty Productions. The film will release in UK cinemas on 18th December, 2015. The music of the film is composed by Pritam.

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd (RCE) headed by Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan is a company that is surging ahead in the global entertainment industry. Founded in 2002 as a film production house, RCE has branched itself into other spheres of production, starting from setting up a path breaking Special Effects studio, VFX, which brought Hollywood’s slick sophistication to Indian cinema.

Its latest venture Dilwale is a film directed by Rohit Shetty. For over a decade, Red Chillies Entertainments has witnessed success in several genres, from huge blockbusters like ‘Happy New Year’ ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Ra.One’, ‘My Name is Khan’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Asoka’ and ‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’ to critically acclaimed films like ‘Billu’. In 2005 ‘Paheli’ was India’s official entry to the Oscars. Since its inception, the movies produced by Red Chillies have also won several popular and critical awards.

Meet Dilwale in London. Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kajol, Kriti Sanon. Feltham Cineworld.

 

 

‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ becomes 3rd Highest grossing Bollywood film in UK

Eros International has announced that Bajrangi Bhaijaan is turning out to be an all time blockbuster film.

As per box office collections in the UK, the Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer has  grossed over £2.5 mn; becoming No. 3 in the UK all time box office race behind Dhoom 3 (£2.7 mn) and My Name Is Khan (£2.6 mn).

The film has crossed PK (£2.38mn) and Khabhi Khushi Kabhi Gaam (£2.4 mn) already.

Watch Tu Jo Mila from Bajrangi Bhaijaan here:

Interview: “Hollywood and Bollywood are very separate things” – Nargis Fakhri

Spy Nargis FakhriBollywood actress Nargis Fakhri can now be seen in UK cinemas in the new action-comedy film, Spy, also starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney and Jude Law. 

The gorgeous actress plays a small but pivotal role in the film and has a major action sequence with actress McCarthy in the movie. 

Nargis, who was born in New York, made her Bollywood debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and was most recently seen in Main Tera Hero with Varun Dhawan. 

The 35-year-old star recently flew into London to walk the red carpet at the European premiere of Spy, held at Leicester Square, and caught up with BollyNewsUK ahead of her big night.

You have flown in from Kenya. What were you doing there?
Oh My God, I was saving rhinos (Rhinoceros). There is only one left. It was at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. He’s the last male northern white rhino in the world. Can you imagine that there will be no more once he dies? There used to be twenty-thousand from the 1960s and now there is only one left. I was there to raise awareness because people should visit the place because it’s an once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was also trying to get people to donate as they’re trying IVF and it’s very costly.

TCopyright - Facebook SPY Movie (3)he last time you were in London to promote a movie was for Rockstar (2011). How has it been so far to be here for Spy?
Wow, that was such a long time ago. I love London and it’s always nice to be here, especially when the weather is nice. It’s really close to Mumbai too as it’s only eight-hours on a flight compared to sixteen-hours to New York or even twenty-four-hours to Los Angeles.

You are represented by CAA KWAN in India, formerly known as KWAN, who joined hands with CAA, one of Hollywood’s top talent agencies, a few years ago. Did ‘Spy’ happen through that association?
No, my agent in London DAA were handling everything in relation to Spy. I actually met Paul Feig, the director, in LA a while back. It was quite surprising that he knew about Bollywood and Indian cinema. He knew about the work that I had done. We were having a meal when he mentioned to me that he will be starting a movie and there is a role that he felt I was perfect for. He asked me whether I would have time for it. I said yes immediately.

Were you worried about how much screen time you’ll get in your debut Hollywood movie?
I have realised that Hollywood and Bollywood are very separate things. They don’t get each other. They have a different way of doing things. I was born in New York City and was exposed to American cinema from a young age. I have friends who are actors, writers and entertainers. I know how hard it is to get into the industry. It’s super hard. You have talented people struggling for years. Yes, same goes for Bollywood but you don’t get judged for having small part in a film in Hollywood. You can have a really small role in one film and be the leading actor in your next. It doesn’t work the same way in Bollywood. If you do a supporting role, you get pigeonholed and only end up doing that. In Bollywood you have to work with the big guys and that’s it. You can’t work with anyone else. I understand that but getting offered this part in Spy with this amazing director and cast was a no-brainer. It doesn’t matter how many minutes I’m on-screen or how big the role is, this is a big deal.

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Was the experience more comfortable for you, compared to working in Hindi movies, because English is your first language?
It was but the sense of humour culturally is very different in India. I get the American sense of humour and even the British one. In Main Tera Hero, we have a scene where Varun sings a bhajan (devotional song) to the beat of Ranbir’s Badtameez Dil. I just didn’t get that (laughs). I really questioned everyone and asked how this is funny? Anupam Kher explained it to and had to associate it with something that I would understand. Then I said, “Oh, that’s funny”. With me, it’s sometimes lost in translation in Bollywood. I literally translate everything and I don’t get the jokes. Then someone has to explain it to me. I am the poor person that has the delayed reaction to a joke (laughs).

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There is a major action sequence in the film between you and Melissa McCarty. Did you have to prepare a lot?
I had three days of choreography and quite some time over the day going over everything. There were still issues when we filmed it. I hurt myself a few times and Mellisa hurt me a couple of times too. But it turned out alright in the end.

Spy, released by 20th Century Fox, is in UK cinemas now.

This interview was first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper (National). 

 

Star India and Dharma Productions form a trail blazer creative partnership

Fox Star StudiosStar India has initiated a path-breaking deal with Dharma Productions to alter the landscape of the world’s largest cinema market, with a first of its kind game changing creative partnership that would see Dharma and Fox Star Studios co-produce and distribute films worldwide.

Star India, India’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, which has been redefining boundaries in entertainment, sports broadcast and digital content, through Fox Star Studios, India’s premier movie production and distribution company, which is a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India, have partnered with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Bollywood’s most successful creative production house, to form a unique creative and business partnership. The deal is to produce nine films spread over a period of three years.‎

“The Indian film industry is an important market for us and this strategic partnership offers us an excellent opportunity to fundamentally change the content quality paradigm. This venture is the natural step in our progression to create entertaining and eclectic content for a global audience and to grow the business through game-changing innovation in content, marketing and distribution, ” said Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India. “Fox Star is delighted to partner with Karan Johar, a creative visionary and one of the industry’s leading director-producer’s with an impressive line-up of films planned in the coming few years,” he added.

Dharma“Movies for me have always been a blend of artistic and commercial resources. Dharma Productions has always endeavoured to attain the highest form of celluloid excellence and entertain simultaneously. I am glad we have found a partner in Star India and Fox Star Studios for a visionary 9 films alliance,” said Karan Johar. “This partnership will not only be the coming together of two forces who understand the need of the cinematic hour but also work as a unit to increase the footfall strength at the movies and empower other verticals. It’s a new age of cinema and this association is a glorious reflection of the times,” he added.

The venture will provide a much-needed impetus to the Hindi film industry that is witnessing a rapid metamorphosis with audiences becoming more judicious given the varied entertainment preferences accessible to them.

Fox Star and Dharma will collaborate and work towards the entire slate of nine films which boasts of a stellar line up of titles, helmed by the country’s finest actors, directors, including Karan himself. ‎ ‎

20th Century Fox will release upcoming Dharma Productions in UK cinemas starting with Akshay Kumar-Siddharth Malhotra starrer Brother this August. 

Karan Johar’s next directorial, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, which will be filmed extensively in the UK this year will also be released worldwide and in UK cinemas through 20th Century Fox in 2016.

‘NH10’ UK release cancelled

NH10 Still Eros International (6)The latest Bollywood film from NYSE listed Bollywood studio Eros International, NH10 starring Anushka Sharma is not releasing in UK cinemas as planned.

The film was listed by the distributors to get a UK, overseas and Indian release on 13th March 2015. While the film may still open in other international territories, for now the film won’t be seen by UK fans.

Produced by leading lady Anushka Sharma in association with Phantom Films and Krishika Lulla from Eros International, the trailer of NH10 was censored by distributor Eros International through the British Board of Film Classification with a ‘15’ rating.

However, the feature film has not been censored yet, which is necessary for general release in the UK. Directed by Navdeep Singh, NH10 opens in Indian cinemas today, 13th March 2015.

‘Honour Killing’ World Premiere at Cineworld Feltham on 27th Feb

Delving unflinchingly into subject matter that previous filmmakers and narrators have avoided for fear of reprisal, a hard-hitting new film, ‘Honour Killing’, will get its long-awaited UK premiere on 27th February 2015 at Cineworld Cinema in Feltham. Several VIPs and dignitaries from the UK will be attending the event, including Chief Guest Dr Rami Ranger MBE, an international entrepreneur and community champion. He will be joined by several UK stars from the film, including Chloe Wicks, Sandeep Garchap, Nad Nazir, Sundeep Singh and Manjeet Johal.

The film will be screened in 11 cinemas across the UK, and will also get its Pakistan screening in cinemas on the 27th of February through GEO TV.

The gripping and thought-provoking film sheds light on the barbaric practice of murder in the name of protecting family honour, which has seen an alarming rise in cases across the UK and parts of the Western world over recent years. Police estimate up to 12 people are murdered each year in the UK in the name of honour, with a further 500 forced into marriage or attacked[1]. The actual number of cases is likely to be much higher, but the shroud of secrecy surrounding them means that cases never come to light.

Presented by HiFi Entertainment Ltd, ‘Honour Killing’ is a multicultural film primarily set in London, although the narrative also takes the story to parts of India and Pakistan. ‘Honour Killing’ is directed by maverick Indian filmmaker Avtar Bhogal, famed for a series of controversial women’s issue films exploring themes of sexual exploitation and violence in the 1990’s, manipulating traditional Bollywood conventions to the consternation of the Censor Board, critics and traditionalists alike, at the time. In ‘Honour Killing’ he brings together on screen an accomplished pool of British, Indian and Pakistani acting talent, including Bollywood film industry veteran Prem Chopra,  Bollywood and mainstream crossover artist 

Renowned international Indian film actor Gulshan Grover and Pakistani acting legend Jawed Sheikh, all of whom were keen to demonstrate their unreserved support in highlighting the global issue of ‘honour’ killings to audiences around the world.

Honour crimes are acts of violence, usually murder, committed by family members against female family members, who are perceived to have brought dishonour upon the family. A woman can be targeted by individuals within her family for a variety of reasons, including: refusing to enter into an arranged marriage; being the victim of a sexual assault; seeking a divorce, even from a violent or abusive husband; or allegedly committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that ‘dishonours’ her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life.

Comments Avtar Bhogal: “Research has shown that victims often feel government authorities have done little to help. Through the film, I would like to forward a humble request to our society to wake up and realise that we need to be involved rather than be safe on the grounds of cultural sensibilities. No doubt the issue of honour is important but does it justify the killing of a human being solely for the purpose of honour?”

‘Honour Killing’ is a film which will open debate, invoke reaction and hopefully coerce governments to take steps to prevent such depraved acts of violence and injustice from continuing to occur, not only overseas but domestically in the UK. 

 Synopsis: A strong friendship exists between a Pakistani, Punjabi and Englishman, along of whom possess their individual, staunch belief systems. During regular but minor altercations between the Pakistani and Punjabi, it is the Englishman that pacifies and reunites both. However, when the Pakistani’s daughter and Punjabi’s son fall in love, a bitter enmity alienates the two friends and their families further. As reconciliation between the two factions becomes increasingly impossible, the Englishman advocates the young couple elope and marry. As a result, tragic consequences send shockwaves through the entire community and wider society.

Honour Killing releases in UK and Pakistan on 27th February 2015.

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Crème of Punjabi film talent wow UK audiences at World Premiere of ‘Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De’

The crème of Punjabi film talent dazzled on the Red Carpet when Jimmy Shergill, Neeru Bajwa and Gurpreet Ghuggi brought a hearty dose of desi glitz and glamour to Odeon, West Bromwich last week for the World Premiere of this year’s biggest Punjabi family entertainer, Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De.

Fans, audiences and guests were wowed as their Punjabi screen idols introduced their latest film at a world exclusive in the UK. Addressing guests, Jimmy Shergill said, “Where else could we hold the premiere for Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De than the UK itself? We’re extremely proud of this film and hope you all enjoy it immensely.” Neeru Bajwa said, “Thank you all so much for the love and affection. We’re very excited about seeing the film for the very first time.”

Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De is the follow-up installment in one of Punjabi cinema’s most popular franchises, directed by doyen of Punjabi cinema Manmohan Singh. A breezy rom-com that soars high on feel good factor, the film marks this summer’s must-watch, set in the lush fields of rural Punjab and the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Jimmy Shergill, Neeru Bajwa and Gurpreet Ghuggi reprise their iconic roles, with delightful supporting performances courtesy of Om Puri, Khushboo Grewal and Guggu Gill. Harmonising the picture perfect popcorn flick is a catchy soundtrack of Punjabi summer anthems courtesy of composer Jatender Singh.

Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De is on general release now, presented by Trehan Productions, a Yash Raj Films release.

Check out images here:

Neeru Bajwa at Odeon

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Gurpreet Ghuggi at Odeon UK

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Listen: Priyanka Chopra releases first solo single, ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’

International actress and recording artist, Priyanka Chopra, has released her first solo single, ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’.

Listen to the song here:

The actress-turned-singer was signed to Universal Music, DesiHits and Interscope Records in late 2011. Priyanka released two singles, In My City and Exotic featuring will.I.am and Pitbull respectively, in the US and India last year. 

Speaking to BollyNewsUK at the sneak peek launch of the single in London a few months ago, Priyanka said, ““The single is called I Can’t Make You Love Me. It’s my first solo single and a cover of the same song by Bonnie Raitt. She is one of the people why I became a singer. My cover is really different because the original is a ballad and we have used dance music for my version of the song. When we were deciding on my next single, I really wanted I Can’t Make You Love Me to be my first solo single.”

According to InStyle.com, the track will also be a part of an upcoming Beats By Dr,Dre campaign in May for their new Pill XL sound box. The video of the song, directed by Jeff Nicholas and Jonathan Craven, will release worldwide next week.

Check out Priyanka Chopra at the GUESS store in London to launch a sneak peek of I Can’t Make You Love Me:

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Amitabh Bachchan delights UK media at exclusive Video Conference in relation to ‘Bhoothnath Returns’

Bhoothnath Returns - UKThe Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, delighted UK media at an exclusive Video Conference he took part in on Monday 7th April, in relation to his forthcoming lead role in Bhoothnath Returns. The charming screen icon warmly interacted and joked with the audience as he introduced his latest film.

Speaking about working closely with child actor Parth Bhalerao in the film, he said, “I believe the younger generation has a much brighter future than we had. Look at them, their confidence, they rarely have inhibitions while acting or in general in front of the camera. That is something which keeps us older actors on our toes! The younger lot impresses me with their sharp skills and how confidence comes naturally to them.”

The film’s message, he added, “Resonates with the current situation in India and urges everyone to go and vote. We should all be a part of the system and participate actively. The fearlessness and simplicity of the child protagonist should inspire and motivate us.”

Speaking about the genre of children-centric films in Indian cinema, he explained, “Although children’s films have been in the past too, I still feel that there is a serious dearth of films which are made for children or have a child artist as one of the main protagonists. They are the future and constitute a major part of our society, just like men or women, and that should reflect in our films too. I hope to see more films like that in the future.”

When asked about the current age of social media, Mr Bachchan said, “I think social media has immense and underestimated potential. Twitter and Facebook have given me an Extended Family (EF) as I call it. It connects not only me to the rest of the world but also people connect and form bonds with each other. I have numerous stories where they have bonded and met each other. I think it is a wonderful concept!”

Speaking about his fans in the UK, Mr Bachchan said, “They (the UK audience) have always supported us. Over the years, newer people have joined in and I hope we continue to have that special place in the hearts of the people in the UK.”

Amitabh Bachchan returns to delight audiences of all ages as he returns to the silver screen as his much loved, paranormal avatar makes a comeback in Bhootnath Returns, releasing in cinemas worldwide on 11th April 2014, directed by Nitesh Tiwari, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kishan Kumar, Renu Ravi Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, and distributed internationally by B4U.

Trailer Launch of Eros International’s ‘Purani Jeans’

Purani Jeans trailer launch (4)The trailer of Eros International NextGen Films’ much awaited youth flick Purani Jeans was launched recently  at Cinemax Versova theatre in Mumbai.

The trailer was launched by veteran actress Rati Agnihotri who also stars in the movie along with her son Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal and Brazilian actress Izabelle Leite.

Purani Jeans is a fun filled, coming of age saga, that will bring to the big screen an intense journey depicting the agony and ecstasy of youth; the story beautifully shows a memorable time in young lives when one forms enviable bonds of friendship, trust & love.

Purani Jeans stars Tanuj Virwani, Aditya Seal and Isabelle Liete and is directed by young award-winning ad film-maker Tanushri Chattrji Bassu.

Produced by Manju Lulla of Eros International and NextGen Films and music by Ram Sampat, the film is a feel good take on youth where in eventually one goes away with the thought that Friendship is indeed like a pair of old jeans …the older it gets the better it becomes!

Catch Purani Jeans in theatres on 1st May 2014!

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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.

Interview: Sidharth Malhotra talks about ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’

Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee UKBollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra speaks to BollyNewsUK about his second Bollywood film, Hasee Toh Phasee.

Produced by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films, Hasee Toh Phasee, is set to release in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014. The film also stars Parineeti Chopra and Adah Sharma in pivotal roles.

Your second film is co-produced by Karan Johar who directed your first film. Did he offer you Hasee Toh Phasee?
The offer actually came from Phantom Films (Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl and Vikramaditya Motwane). It all started when Phantom Films wanted to co-produce a movie with Dharma Productions and they had enquired about me. From that enquiry, Karan gave me the script of the film and told me to read it and if I like it, he said that we will go further. I read it and being just one film old, I guess you can’t really figure out everything just by reading a script or your instincts aren’t great yet. I have now started meeting the directors when I read scripts which began with Hasee Toh Phasee. The film has a lot of quirky stuff like the heroine eating toothpaste, getting stuck on the love seat up in the air and a lot of other quirky things that audiences will see when they watch the movie. I met the director (Vinil Mathew) and I was sold after meeting him as he is very quirky himself in real life. Vinil has a lot work under his belt as an ad director. I think, just meeting him was the one thing why I did the film.

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One can guess from the trailer that it’s a love story where the boy meets the girl and they fall in love. What else is the film all about?
That is correct. You know, films of the rom-com genre are the toughest to promote and market. Of course, every rom-com is different but everyone already knows the ending which is similar for our film (laughs). Hasee Toh Phasee is different in a way because our characters are not how people would imagine them to be. We don’t play the typical hero and heroine. Every family has the not so successful kind of boy and that is my character in the film. He is a very confused boy who doesn’t know what to do in life. He runs an unsuccessful event management company and is pressured by his family to earn a lot of money. Actually, he has to earn a certain amount of money in the film. He thinks he is cool, but he is not. He is one of those confident kind of guys but still very emotional and correct. My friends from Delhi are like that as they get a lot of pressure about their work. Then my character meets Parineeti, who is also not very popular in her family. She comes to Mumbai and meets my character and that is what the film is all about. It’s a story of how they meet for seven days and how they interact as it’s not love at first sight. It becomes very intriguing as they spend more time together and find out weird things about each other. It is a rom-com but our characters are not what audiences would usually expect from this kind of a film.

Your first co-star Alia Bhatt just said that she is not confident about the fate of her second film at the box office. Are you worried about box office success?
Well, of course, there is that aspect. But what I am more concerned about is pulling off a solo film. I am also hoping for a little appreciation in terms of acting abilities and hope that people feel that I can play variations and characters as it’s very different from Student Of The Year. The money aspect comes in much later. I think, initially you need to focus on making a good quality product. It’s Vinil Mathew’s first feature film who has to prove his directing abilities and my first solo hero film and I have to prove my mettle as an actor. It will hopefully make money but I don’t think we need to stress about it. It’s not the kind of film where we spent an extravagant amount of money and need to worry about recovering the costs. My concern is that audiences like my character, the performances and feel that we have done something different and new, yet at the same time convincing.

You sound more confident and less shy from your Student Of The Year days…
Yes, for some odd reason I have been getting this feedback from a lot of people. Maybe I was taking my character too seriously or maybe because of Karan Johar as no one else speaks in front of him and in front of Varun Dhawan (laughs). Hopefully, people will also feel a difference when they see me in Hasee Toh Phasee.

You also look much younger in some scenes…
Yes, I had to become leaner for the film and I may look younger because of the hairstyle. This is actually a film where I am playing a character that is my age, someone in his twenties, unlike Student Of The Year. I guess being leaner and not going to the gym for the film also made me look younger.

Sidharth and Parineeti - Hasee Toh PhaseeHasee Toh Phasee is quite a fun title…
It’s an apt title because the film is only about the couple. In all honesty, the title isn’t really connected to the film though in terms of the storyline (laughs). It sounds very commercial but the film isn’t really an all-out commercial film and far more muted and subtle in performances. We actually had another title when we started the film and Hasee Toh Phasee was suggested by one of the producers, Vikas Bahl.

The music album is being liked but people are really talking about your dance song ‘Shake it like Shammi’ .
Yes, we have three dance tracks and three romantic songs in the film. There is always pressure when performing for dance songs. Shake it like Shammi is almost like a solo song for me. I would also like to clarify that Shake it like Shammi is not a tribute to Shammi Kapoor. People keep writing about it as a tribute because of the ‘Shammi’ in the song. It’s just a lyrical use of the name. The character that I am playing is not that cool that he could shake it like Shammi. It’s his attempt to shake it like Shammi to impress a girl. It’s not like Badtameez Dil where the guy is cool and can do a full-on item song performance. I think it’s come out in a fun and interesting way. I hope everyone likes it.

 


During Student Of The Year, Karan Johar said that dancing is something you need to focus on. Did you spend a lot of time rehearsing for Shake it Like Shammi?

Remo D’Souza choreographed the song and was aware of that. We did a lot of rehearsals. Usually we don’t have a lot of time to rehearse. I was filming for something else but was rehearsing over night for five days for the song. It always helps to have more rehearsals as you will be more comfortable with the steps. I was quite conscious of it myself as I personally didn’t like the way I performed on the songs in Student Of The Year. I think, it also comes from the fact that I was never trained in dancing. My training began on the job. I learnt and picked up dancing as I was doing the film. It was tough for Shake It Like Shammi and Remo did make me rehearse a lot. We have some interesting steps and shots and hopefully the song will work with audiences.

 

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra - Hasee Toh PhaseeWhat is your definition of love?
It’s odd to sum up love in a few words or sentences. But for me, love is spending time with someone, being understanding of what the other person needs and being secure. I hate somebody being insecure and not giving me space, but then again, I think that is all men (laughs). There should be no pretense to it and can’t have any hidden agendas. To be in love with someone, it has to be an honest relationship and a lot of friendship. If you can have all these things and still enjoy the time you spend with someone, that is love. It also tells you a lot about a person if you go and spend some time alone with somebody. If you can manage to take break while you are dating and go away somewhere where you only have that person to talk to, that tells you a lot about how good your chemistry is.

 

HASEE TOH PHASEE opens in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014.

Priyanka found ‘Asalaam-e-Ishqum’ filming difficult

Priyanka Chopra in GUNDAYInternational recording artist and actress Priyanka Chopra, who had to slip into several outfits like corsets, fishnet stockings, and train with French cabaret dancers for the song Asalaam-e-Ishqum from her forthcoming film Gunday, says it was difficult to do the track.

“It was a really tough song for me to do and I’m glad it’s being appreciated,” Priyanka said in a statement.

The video is inspired by the chic burlesque acts of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret of Paris.

She reportedly had a tough time shooting for the song as her father (Ashok Chopra) passed away a few days before the shoot in the summer of 2013. The costumes too had to be created overnight.

“I really admire Priyanka for the courage and determination that she displayed during the shooting of the song. She put in all her pain and converted it into an intense energy, which has reflected in ‘Asalaam e Ishqum‘,” said director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Yash Raj Films will release Gunday in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014.