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Disney India to produce ‘Mohenjo Daro’ starring Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan promoting Krrish 3 in Singapore (20)Disney India’s Studio business and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd are to collaborate once again on ‘Mohenjo Daro’, after their acclaimed outing together on Jodhaa Akbar. The film will be directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde (introducing) in the lead roles.

Mohenjo Daro, an epic adventure and love story set at the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, will be grand in the sheer magnitude of its scale and design. Like Ashutosh’s earlier films Jodhaa Akbar and Lagaan, two of the most memorable Indian movies of the last two decades, Mohenjo Daro promises to be a big screen must see experience. After Jodhaa Akbar, Mohenjo Daro will be the second film together for the combination of Hrithik Roshan, Ashutosh Gowariker, AGPPL and the studio.

Commenting on the collaboration producer Sunita Gowariker said, “There has always been a natural creative synergy between UTV and AGPPL in our previous movies. This time through our collaboration with Disney we’ll have an even greater focus on entertaining families and to top that off, I’m looking forward to working again with the Disney team, that’s the fun part always!”

“After Jodhaa Akbar, we are thrilled to work with Ashutosh and Hrithik again, and we are excited about bringing another wonderful Indian story to the big screen,” said Amrita Pandey, VP and Head of Marketing & Distribution, Disney Studios, India.

The Film will go on floors in October 2014 with its first shoot schedule in South Africa.

Sajid Nadiadwala elated as Highway becomes a Super Hit

Highway UK ReleaseSajid Nadiadwala is a very happy man with Imtiaz Ali’s Highway turning out to be a super hit and profitable for all stakeholders. The Alia Bhatt-Randeep Hooda starrer, presented by Sajid was made at a cost of Rs 18.25 crore (including P&A). The movie has already clocked more than Rs 27 crore at the Indian box office and is still running successfully across theatres.

What is even more incredible is that the film has garnered this collection from just 800 screens where it was released. That apart, the film had made Rs 15.5 crore revenue even before release and the international theatrical collection is more than Rs 8 crore till date and still counting, making the total revenue pie more than 50 cr.

Sajid says: “It was both an honor and a challenge when Imtiaz entrusted me with the big responsibility of Highway’s release. We worked with our distribution partners at UTV to give the film an appropriate release across 800 screens, with carefully selected cities and cinemas across the country.”

The film, with Anil Mehta’s unmatched cinematography and A.R. Rahman’s unforgettable music, has created a very strong word of mouth wave in the audience all over.

“Highway was always a profitable film, made and marketed at a tight cost but what was really heartwarming was the way the audiences warmed up to the movie,” adds Sajid. “We not just made a super hit film but a much loved one which will be seen and remembered with much fondness for years to come.”

Says Imtiaz Ali, “Happy that the film has reached the audience. We are moved by the response and very thankful. This experience has taught us many new things.”



Alia’s different looks for ‘2 States’

UK Release - 2 STATES - Disney UTV (5)Alia Bhatt will be seen again on the big screen this year in Karan Johar’s 2 States opposite Bollywood heart-throb Arjun Kapoor.

The 20-year-old actress plays Ananya Swaminathan in the Abhishek Varman directorial, which is based on Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel of the same name.

Alia’s character in the film is inspired by Anusha Bhagat, who is married to the novelist. 

Alia Bhatt’s costumes are designed by Manish Malhotra for 2 States. Her look is also not the typical tam-brahm look. It actually changes throughout the film as it has been shot throughout India.

Various looks were designed for the young actress keeping in mind that she plays a management student and then goes to IIA Ahmadabad campus. Other looks include her playing a working woman, then meeting Arjun Kapoor’s parents in Delhi and then she gets back into traditional outfits to keep her folks back home happy.

Disney UTV will release 2 States in UK cinemas on 18th April 2014.

Interview: Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz Ali talk about ‘Highway’

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (1)Director Imtiaz Ali (Love Aaj Kal) and Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt (Student Of The Year) flew into London after the world premiere of their new film, Highway, at the International Berlin Film Festival.

The duo spoke to Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik about the much-awaited film, produced by Sajid Nadiawala Productions and presented by Disney UTV, with original motion picture soundtrack composed by Grammy award-winner A.R. Rahman.


How important is the UK success of Highway for you since everyone in India is more focused on the domestic box office?
Imtiaz Ali : I think, there is a democratic aspect in movie exhibition. All people are the same. The more people we can reach, the better it is for us. The UK has been a huge market for Indian films historically. We would like to see Highway do well here. It is quite important to me. 

You have just flown in from Berlin where the film premiered. Did you pick up any German words?
Imtiaz Ali: We didn’t pick up any German words but a lot of German food (laughs).
Alia Bhatt: We had German sausages called Currywurst.

The premiere in Berlin had a huge audience. Don’t you find it dangerous to show it to so many people and journalists one week in advance?
Imtiaz Ali: When you make a movie, it will eventually be seen by people. It needs to come out whenever it does. It’s such a public display that you can’t be secretive about it at all.

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (6)Love Aaj Kal earned over £1M back in 2009 and Student Of The Year was a big hit as well. Do you feel the pressure because of certain expectations?
Alia Bhatt: I don’t feel that I am prey to that yet. I don’t feel that people have a lot of expectations. There are expectations of me to deliver in general as people can take any situation to pull you down. The general pressure exists but a good film will always do well. Whether it is in the UK, back home in India or in Berlin. if you connect to the emotions then a film will go beyond that.

Alia stunned everyone when she sang Ishq Wala Love while meeting fans at Cineworld, Feltham for Student Of The Year in 2012. When did you discover her singing talent?
Imtiaz Ali: I discovered her singing abilities during the shoot of Highway. We used to have these impromptu parties during the shoots where Alia would sing. We all were surprised when she sang and that is when I suggested to A.R. Rahman that she should sing a song for the soundtrack. We went into the studio and she sang it. I told her that she took lesser time than what usually singers take while recording songs. It’s a matter of great happiness for me because there is a greater sense of ownership that comes when she sings her own songs and I’d like her to get a sense of ownership over this film.

Were you nervous while recording the song?
Alia Bhatt: I was nervous but I was extremely happy as well. I was so happy that I actually can’t describe it and I don’t think anyone will understand that (laughs).

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (5)How are you now choosing your films?
Alia Bhatt: I don’t have that sorted out yet. I don’t know what I am looking for or what I need yet. I am just one film old. I went with my gut instinct. I don’t believe in calculating too much. I haven’t figured that out yet.

How did you decide on casting Alia Bhatt after working with stars like Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor?
Imtiaz Ali: The only thing that I keep in mind is the character and the actors that are suitable and available to play the part. It doesn’t matter who you have worked with before. It doesn’t matter which films you have done before in my case. When I meet a person and I feel that this is my best and safest option, I go with that.

You have had an association with Eros International and Shree Ashtavanayak in the past. Why did you decide to co-produce this film with Sajid Nadiawala?
Imtiaz Ali: I’d like to be as independent as possible. I want to be a small player that can attach to anybody and make a movie. I feel that different type of collaborations are needed to make a good film. I am working with Sajid Nadiawala on this film and another one. After that, I don’t know yet. The world is open. 

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (4)Your first co-stars, Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, have taken the easier route and have done a rom-com and comedy film respectively. Did people around you tell you not do a different film like Highway so early in your career?
Alia Bhatt: I didn’t actually discuss it with anyone.

Not even you father, Mahesh Bhatt?
Alia Bhatt: He actually told me that I must to do this film when he met Imtiaz (laughs). There was no discussion there. Once the trailer was out, I did get a lot of feedback that it’s a risk and that I should have waited before doing such a film. At the same time, people were surprised and that is always nice. People like surprises. Let’s see how it goes. I didn’t calculate and didn’t think. I just feel it’s a good journey for me.

Karan Johar loves to pamper his stars. How different was it working with Imtiaz compared to him?
Alia Bhatt: The difference was that we were shooting different films. I am a very likable person so people treat me nicely (laughs).

You have shot films in Europe like Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal. Why did you decide to shoot this films completely in India?
Imtiaz Ali: The story demanded it to be shot in India. You just go with the location that goes with the story.

Alia Bhatt and Imtiaz in London (2)What is next for you after Highway?
Alia Bhatt: My film produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala, Two States, with Arjun Kapoor releases on 18th April and I think, I am going to be back in London to promote the film, hopefully.
Imtiaz Ali: There is a story I am working on. I will probably start shooting for it in July.

The film stars Deepika and Ranbir Kapoor right?
Imtiaz Ali: Ranbir is in the film. I have to yet confirm everything else.


First Look: Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor in ‘2 States’

The first teaser poster of 2 States starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor has been released today.

2 STATES - UK Release

2 States is produced by Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiawala under Dharma Productions and Sajid Nadiawala Productions respectively. Directed by Abhishek Varman, the film is based on the best selling novel by Chetan Bhagat.

The trailer of the film will be launched by Karan Johar, Sajid Nadiadwala, Chetan Bhagat, Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor on 28th February in Mumbai. 

Disney UTV will release the film in UK cinemas on 18 April, 2014.

Director Imtiaz Ali follows his instincts in ‘Highway’

On the Highway! Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, Imtiaz Ali on location- shooting for Ali's next film, 'Highway'The journey of Highway has been a liberating one, not only for the actors but for director Imtiaz Ali as well, who took off with the cast and crew with a raw script in hand.

The ace director filled in the dialogues, as their journey progressed.

“In order to keep it raw, I shot the film in a chronological manner. This also helped in character progression,” said Imtiaz Ali. He chose to shoot along the Highways of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. The director followed the same sequence in the film, as well. As Imtiaz followed his instincts, the journey unfolded with the characters evolving naturally.

However, shooting it this way presented difficulties. “We used a lot of natural light, so we had to depend on the sun a lot. There were days when it was cloudy and we couldn’t do much.”

Armed with a skeletal script, the cast and crew travelled through six north Indian states and 15 towns and cities. The film stars Randeep Hooda and Alia in lead roles.

Highway, produced by Window Seat Films and presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be released worldwide by UTV Motion Pictures. The music of the film has been composed by A.R. Rahman.

Highway will release in UK cinemas on 21st February, 2014.

Watch Maahi Ve from the film here:

Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon brave Kashmir’s weather for Heropanti

Tiger Shroff_Heropanti (2)Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon, who are all set to debut in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Heropanti, were injured during the shoot of the film in Kashmir recently.

There was heavy snowfall during the Kashmir schedule, making it a stunning, yet capricious white paradise. Amidst the whimsical weather, director Sabbir Khan was filming a romantic scene for the film, where the lead pair was made to sit on a 10 feet high swing.

Whilst shooting the scene, both Tiger and Kriti slipped and fell off the swing on the ice covered ground, injuring themselves. The actors, however, suffered minor injuries and were all eager to shoot the scene again.

Director Sabbir said, “It is extremely brave and commendable that both Kriti and Tiger were up on their feet and wanting to shoot because I was concerned we might have to call it a day. The temperature was minus 9 that day and both of them fell straight into the ice below, making the pain unbearable, especially since they were in minimum costumes from the film, as opposed to the crew, that was heavily layered for snow.

Directed by Sabbir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film also marks the debut of Kriti Sanon with Tiger Shroff. Heropanti is slated to release on May 16, 2014 in UK cinemas through Disney UTV.

‘Highway’ soundtrack released

Imtiaz Ali,  Alia Bhatt and A R Rahman at a song recording for HighwayAfter creating waves on all platforms, the soundtrack of Imtiaz Ali’s new film Highway, composed by A R Rahman with lyrics by Irshad Kamil, is now available for digital download. The film, presented by Sajid Nadiadwala, stars Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda as they take the road across six states of India.

The Highway original motion picture soundtrack has nine tracks.

Patakha Guddi, sung by the Nooran sisters- Jyoti and Sultana, is a Punjabi song celebrating the wild spirit of Alia’s character Veera. The male version of Patakha Guddi has been sung by Rahman himself which moves from Sufi tones to a hard rock number.

Rahman also sings Maahi Ve which is a ballad picturised on Alia and Randeep as they go through this journey together.

Alia takes the microphone singing the lilting lullaby Sooha Saaha where she is joined by Zeb Bangash from the popular duo musicians Zeb and Haniya. Haniya plays the ukulele in the song.

Kahaan Hoon Main has been sung by Jonita Gandhi and is a soulful song of self-discovery.

Wanna Mash Up? written by Kash and Krissy and sung by Kash, Krissy and Suvi Suresh is a surprise – a groovy western dance number all in English with rap and reggae.

Implosive Silence is a musical piece which tries to capture the sounds in Alia’s character Veera’s head as she travels on the Highway. It has vocals by Jonita Gandhi.

The opening refrain of Tu Kuja is from the famous Persian phrase but thereafter it is a pure Hindi song inspired by the Amir Khusro song ‘Kirpa karo Maharaj‘ in praise of Moinuddin Chisti. The track is beautifully sung by Sunidhi Chauhan.

Heera sung by Shweta Pandit are traditional couplets by Sant Kabir.

According to Imtiaz, “We have played on melody and simplicity – trying to get right the balance between lyrics and music.”

“Really enjoyed working with Imtiaz and his team again …May God bless us with love and success!” adds the maestro A R Rahman.

Click on the image to download the soundtrack:

Highway will release in UK cinemas on 21st February, 2014 through Disney UTV.