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Interview: Ali Zafar talks about #TeefaInTrouble

Ahead of the release of action-comedy, Teefa in Trouble, lead star Ali Zafar made a grand appearance in the UK after two exhilarating days in Dubai, interacting with fans and well wishers during several public appearances as part of the Teefa UK Takeover.

Ali sat down with BollyNewsUK Editor Sunny Malik to talk about his Pakistani film debut, setting up his production house and how he didn’t start working in Pakistan just because of the ban in India…

How has the transition from Indian cinema to Pakistani films been for you and how did the film happen?
Well, I would say it was almost like magic. When a film has to come about, it makes room for itself and everything just falls in place at the right time. I wanted to play a part in rebuilding Pakistani cinema and the industry. While I was working in India for all those years, I was always hoping and wishing for our industry in Pakistan tom attain a similar level and standard. I wanted to see content coming out of Pakistan of international caliber. Unfortunately, mostly we fell short of it over the years. This is an attempt to get there, break barriers and set benchmarks. I want to play a part in rebuilding the industry. With this, I want to give the industry and everyone around the globe a film that they would be proud of.

We’ve seen you in a lot of rom-com films in Bollywood. Teefa in Trouble has a lot of action too. Was that something you’ve always wanted to do?
I’ve always been an athlete and sportsman in addition to a huge action buff. I’ve always wanted to do action in the past but never got the chance to do it. My director, Ahsan Rahim, loves action too and we’d often discuss comic books and action films. We both wanted do action sequences in the film that have never been seen before in Pakistani cinema. I trained for about two-three months in mixed martial arts.

You’ve co-written the story with your younger brother and director. What kind of input did you bring to the script?
It was a very interesting and cosy process. We locked ourselves in my basement studio for seven days. I had already written the first draft by then but in those seven days we came up with the first draft of screenplay and dialogues. Our wavelength was very similar as Ahsan directed my first music video ‘Channo’. We’ve always wanted to do our first film together. My younger brother Daniyal studied film making in New York. We took his input as well, which was a fun process altogether.

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You’ve not just written the film and acted in it but are also producing it under your home production studio that you’ve set up. How did that happen?
If you want to do something but can’t get it through someone else, then you have to do it yourself. The dream was to have my own production house to make films and music. This is the most expensive film to come out of Pakistan. I’ve received immense love from my fans I believe that you have to pay back somehow. This is my way of giving back. The idea was never to make money but make that one film that is avant-garde in many ways.

Is it not risky putting your own money behind the most expensive Pakistani film ever?
I did not want any creative interference, which is why I didn’t just get someone else to produce the film. My first music video was also made from my own money. There is a word in Urdu “barkat” (blessing). The money earned by “barkat”, which is hard-earned, has something else to it. I also didn’t want to be dependent on anyone. I also felt that no one else would’ve been willing to take such a big risk financially. However, I believe you can only achieve great success by taking great risks. If you play it big, hopefully, you are rewarded big too.

Some people may accuse you of using Pakistani cinema simply because of the blanket ban of Pakistani actors in Bollywood as you’ve previously never worked in Pakistani films before…
My studio was set up about two years ago and the process of writing the film started approximately five ears ago. The idea first came to me while I was filming for Chashme Badoor in Goa around 2013. It all into fell into place much later. It’s not like I started thinking about doing something in Pakistan only after what happened in India.

Although you aren’t working in Bollywood anymore, their biggest studio is releasing your film internationally…
My film is very entertaining with comedy, action, romance etc. but it also has a very important message in it. I feel my work should also engage people to think about certain things in life since the world has become very materialistic. I believe a mutual admiration and trust was earned after I worked with Yash Raj Films on a few projects. I had actually discussed my ideas with Aditya Chopra quite a few times. YRF’s reaction was very flattering once they saw the content. Then it just happened and we partnered up. I had envisioned my film with the same people that are now involved in it and Yash Raj Films were one of them. When magic is meant to happen, it just happens.

Directed by Ahsan Rahim and starring, written and produced by Ali Zafar himself, Teefa in Trouble will be released in cinemas globally on 20th July 2018, distributed in UK cinemas by Yash Raj Films.

 

Rani Mukerji is back with ‘Hichki’

 

The acclaimed actress’ forthcoming film is an uplifting, inspiring entertainer.

Rani Mukerji’s next, Hichki, celebrates self-belief, resilience of human spirit and hope. The film is about turning disadvantages into opportunities and staring down at challenges and ultimately winning over them. She plays the role of Naina Mathur who has a nervous system disorder, Tourette Syndrome that forces an individual to make involuntary repetitive movements or sounds.

YRF’s Hichki has been directed by Siddharth P. Malhotra and has been produced by Maneesh Sharma. The film is set to release in UK cinemas via Yash Raj Films on Feb 23, next year.

YRF & Richard Curtis join hands for Global Goals campaign

yrfY- Films, the youth films division of India’s leading movie studio Yash Raj Films, has joined hands with The Global Goals campaign to promote the cause of gender equality in India, as the United Nations launch the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. YRF will be creating an exclusive 4 part web series titled ‘Man’s World’ for this cause in collaboration with Project Everyone, founded by British filmmaker Richard Curtis, the writer-director of iconic films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually. He is also the creator of Mr. Bean.

On 25th September at the UN, 193 world leaders will adopt the Global Goals, a series of 17 ambitious goals to end poverty, fight inequality & injustice and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall pledge the country’s commitment on September 25th at the UN General Assembly in New York.

The Global Goals campaign – with Project Everyone, Global Citizen, action/2015, and UN agency partners, aims to share these Global Goals with 7 billion people within 7 days of their announcement, and has tied up with partners across the world, to promote these goals in their respective countries. In India, Project Everyone chose YRF, to spread awareness about the Gender Equality goal across the country. International partners of Project Everyone include Aviva, Getty Images, Pearson, SAWA Global Cinema Advertising Association, Standard Chartered, Unilever, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Nations Foundation, UNDP, Unicef. Public figures and international talent supporting the campaign include Jennifer Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Daniel Craig, Gilberto Gil, Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep, Malala Yousafzai, One Direction, Sir Ken Robinson, Richard Branson, Professor Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan, A R Rahman among others.

YRF has been working closely with Curtis and his team on creating this content, a one-of-its-kind four-part, original comedy series called ‘Man’s World’, which will be launched on September 29th in the week of the Global Goals campaign. The series will be available to audiences for free on Y-films’ YouTube channel.

Filmmaker Richard Curtis says,“The Global Goals, if met, ensure the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it.

In particular, young people all over the world have the most crucial role to play in making sure their leaders deliver on their promises over the next 15 years. And that’s why we’re so delighted to partner with one of India’s leading film companies Yash Raj Films who not only understand but help beat the pulse of India’s young digital consumers.  

Our catchphrase is: ‘You can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are’. Yash Raj is helping to make millions of young people in India aware of their rights. We also believe that to make things happen you have to make things – and Yash Raj has made something great.”

Ashish Patil, Vice President: Y-Films, Brand Partnerships & Talent Management at YRF says, “Gender equality is not a woman’s issue, it’s a human issue and it affects us all. And we’re thrilled to partner with the UN & Richard for our first ever web series, Man’s World, that can get that message out there in a fun, entertaining yet meaningful manner and hopefully make an impact.“

Yash Raj Films and Bewakoof.com are back with a Bang!

 

King Khan CollectionYRF movie dialogues with a twist on t-shirts, boxers and phone covers? Yes you heard it right!

India’s most promising youth casual wear brand, Bewakoof.com has teamed up with Yash Raj Films to launch a Merchandise range titled ‘The King Khan Collection’. The collection features SRK’s most popular YRF Movie dialogues like ‘Rahul..Naam to Suna Hoga’, Bade Bade Deshon me aisi chotti chotti baaten hoti rehti hain’, ‘Kal raat kya hua tha’, ‘K..k..k..k..k..Kiran’ on t-shirts and boxers. The popularity of these iconic dialogues coupled with Bewakoof.com’s quirky take makes for an interesting and fun range of t shirts, boxers and phone covers.

Manan Mehta, VP Marketing and Merchandising, said “Team Bewakoof’s perspective on our content along with their ability to engage young audience with their product designs is the reason for our successful relationship so far. With this new range we intend to take this relationship a notch higher and are confident that our audience will love this range”

“We are excited to team up with Yash Raj Films, one of the most successful and finest film studios for the over four decades. Our official merchandise partnership with YRF clearly marks a milestone for us when it comes to merchandising potential and further strengthens our positioning in the key market areas as the coolest casual wear brand”, shares Prabhkiran Singh, Co-Founder, Bewakoof.com

For a large chunk of the audience, YRF and Bewakoof.com’s latest collection is a work of pun, for some a way to hold on to a piece they can take back home, and for many, a tribute! The collection will be live on http://www.bewakoof.com starting 13th August 2015. What are you waiting for!

YRF movies now available on Sky Store UK

In a move to cater to international audiences, Yash Raj Films has recently partnered with BSkyB, where the most loved titles produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF) have been made available on the Sky Store for audiences in UK & Ireland.

YRF Sky Store UK

From Darr to Kill Dil, about 30 films, have been made live on Sky Store (www.skystore.com) and users can watch these blockbusters digitally directly on demand, by the simple click of a button on their TV remote. The charge simply appears on the monthly bill, making for an easy transactional process. This distribution has been enabled by their partners, FilmKaravan.

The United Kingdom & Ireland have been one of the top 5 preferred territories worldwide for the banner with almost 1.5M Bollywood fans constantly seeking to watch blockbuster titles.  Speaking on this new partnership, Mr. Anand Gurnani, Vice President – Digital, Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. said , ”Consumers today want to watch their favourite content at the time they want to watch it and on a platform they prefer the most. It is important to understand their choices and enable reach via reducing friction to access our content. Our movies are easily accessible now digitally via Sky, thus tapping into a hybrid platform accessible directly on TV. Making our films available through the Sky Store platform was a natural extension to our digital distribution efforts. It’s imperative that we be where our consumers are.” 

Nicola Bamford , Director, Sky Store said: “Sky Store offers the complete service – straight to your TV, across your devices and you get the DVD in the post too. We are delighted with the early success our hybrid proposition has seen with Bollywood movies from Yash Raj Films. This partnership with Yash Raj Films enabled by FilmKaravan has further strengthened Sky’s presence amongst South Asian audiences in the UK and based on the fantastic initial response, we look forward to bringing in many more films from Bollywood studios”. 

Added, Mr. Sanjay Bachani, Managing Director, FilmKaravan, ”Yash Raj Films understand the content game and strategy exceptionally well. The pioneers of Indian Cinema are yet again at the forefront of engaging viewers in a preferred territory via the cable and satellite’s digital platform eco system. Sky Store is a great innovation by Sky and we are thrilled to facilitate this phenomenon of bridging the gap between fans and their favourite films.” It is noteworthy how Yash Raj Films’ digital footprint is spreading far and deeper through a carefully crafted and executed strategy. When it comes to innovation, YRF is always on the forefront. So when travelling to the UK & Ireland, watch your favourite YRF movie on Sky Store… and start streaming. 

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Spotted: Shah Rukh Khan shoots at Blenheim Palace for ‘FAN’

Shah Rukh Khan - FAN in Oxford - Mark Hemsworth
Copyright: Mark Hemsworth

The UK schedule of Yash Raj Films’ FAN kicked off in Oxford, England yesterday. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan filmed scenes for the movie at Blenheim Palace with a crew of 300 people including several extras from the UK. 

Blenheim Palace and its stunning gardens and parkland have been used as a location for many exciting feature films and television documentaries over the years.

Acclaimed film-maker and Visit Britain brand ambassador Karan Johar also shot with Khan at Blenheim Palace for UK blockbuster Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham almost fifteen-years ago. 

According the The Oxford Times, various scenes were shot around the palace. One such scene featured a red carpet rolled out in the main courtyard. 

BollyNewsUK can confirm that Shah Rukh Khan is now filming for FAN in London. 

FAN is directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film is set to release in UK cinemas later this year through Yash Raj Films.

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Shah Rukh Khan - FAN in Oxford - Red Carpet- Mark Hemsworth
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Indian Cinema champions the Pulp Noir genre with Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

DBB-2Yash Raj Films presents one of 2015’s most anticipated releases and a film that redefines Indian cinema as we know it, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, a darkly compelling, pulp noir offering, opening in cinemas worldwide on 3rd April 2015.

Directed by champion of new wave Indian cinema, Dibakar Banerjee, and produced by Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! presents Indian filmmaking on a world cinema platform, sure to be lauded by cineastes and critics alike. A gripping, Indian crime thriller based on the pursuits of the fictional, detective character famous in Indian literature, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! immaculately and seamlessly translates the narrative from text to screen.

Rising star of Indian cinema, Sushant Singh Rajput, features alongside Anand Tiwari and Bengali actress Swastika Mukherjee in principle roles, supported by an exceptional ensemble including Divya Menon, Neeraj Kabi, Meiyang Chang, Mark Bennington and Shivam. Every attention to detail has been paid in recreating 1940’s Calcutta and the mid-Second World War turbulence, entrenched in richly dark atmosphere and menace. Costumes have been designed by celebrated fashion designer, Manish Malhotra, while composer Sneha Khanwalkar’s haunting musical score adds a further layer to the on-screen sense of suspense and sinister.

Detetive Byomkesh Bakshi!Synopsis: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay’s popular fictional detective, Byomkesh Bakshy and presents a contemporary interpretation of Calcutta during the 1940’s. This first of its kind detective film is an adventure thriller mired in deep political intrigue. A young, astute and intelligent Byomkesh, fresh out of college, pits himself against a mega world villain, depending more on his intuition and instinct rather than concrete proof to solve the case, sometimes sidestepping the law if needed.

Yash Raj Films presents Dibakar Banerjee’s Pulp Noir offering, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, releasing worldwide on 3rd April 2015.

Shah Rukh Khan to shoot for ‘FAN’ in London

Shah Rukh Khan at Happy New Year promotions in LondonYash Raj Films’ highly anticipated next, FAN starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan will commence principal filming in the United Kingdom this month. 

FAN is directed by  Maneesh Sharma and produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films. The film has been written by Habib Faisal and already had filming schedules in India, primarily at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.

Khan has previously filmed blockbusters Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and most recently Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan in the English capital. 

Shah Rukh Khan’s FAN will also have a short schedule in Croatia this month after which the London schedule will begin. The production house has not confirmed a release date for the film yet.

 

Shah Rukh Khan mobbed by fans while leaving a Hotel in Central London during the promotions of Chennai Express.
Shah Rukh Khan mobbed by fans while leaving a Hotel in Central London during the promotions of Chennai Express.

SRK’s Happy New Year to release in China

HNY POSTER - CHINAHaving made it’s mark in the domestic and traditional overseas markets, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd magnum opus Happy New Year sets yet another milestone and becomes the first Indian film to get a release in China within months of its Indian release. The film was cleared by SARFT on 1st January 2015 for its Nationwide release to kick start the New Year.

Worldwide Distributors – Yash Raj Films (YRF) have entered in to a deal with 1905 Pictures (film distribution arm of China Central Television Movie Channel / CCTV) who will distribute locally along with China Film Group.

Happy New Year will release on 12th February, it has been given the prestigious Pre-Spring Festival release date which is reserved only for Chinese Movies and will be released in 5000 screens across China over the Chinese New Year weekend… making it the first Indian film to get this release window and the biggest opening for any Indian film. Happy New Year was the First Imported Movie (all countries including US) to be approved by Chinese Regulators in China in 2015. It will also be showcased as a Premier movie in Beijing International Film Festival.

YRF worked very closely with NPRG Global Partners as Chief Consultants / Strategic Partners, in an attempt to make Happy New Year the biggest Bollywood event by far – The film will be release as a dubbed version to reach the widest possible audiences with an International Directors cut.

YRF & NPRG also enrolled the support of the Indian Embassy Beijing to ensure that no stone was left unturned to make this the Bollywood event of the year.

Madam Xiao Ping, President China Film Group (Import Export Division): “This is the first Indian movie to come to China this year and in our meeting with Mr. Shah Rukh Khan and Yash Raj Films Chairman Mr. Aditya Chopra we discussed about many more collaborations in future hope this is just the start of a long journey.”

Liang Longfei, Chairman of 1905 Pictures said, “Under the instruction of President Xi Jinping, to reinforce China-India cultural communication, we are greatly honored to have this opportunity to import outstanding Indian films and let China audience understand and appreciate Indian films and culture. Hope 1905 Pictures will have more diversified and wider collaboration and exchange with Indian films.

Avtar Panesar, Vice President Intl. Operations YRF said, “We at YRF pride ourselves on taking the best of Indian cinema to new shores. China is a natrual partner for us and we are very excited to be working with CCTV and CFG to now introduce Indian cinema to the Chinese market at this scale – the 2 nations have much in common and films are a great way to connect.”

Happy New Year, an action-packed musical heist, is Directed by Farah Khan – Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan headline the cast.

Shah Rukh Khan is possibly the most loved Indian star globally but his appeal is unparalleled in the International markets. Film after film he breaks and set new records for himself and Indian cinema. The list of honors bestowed upon him is a long and distinguished one, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that he is a true Ambassador for Indian cinema for the world outside of India, where his popularity both within the diaspora and outside it, is unparalleled – perhaps the most compelling reason for the media to nickname him ‘King Khan”.

King Khan dominates the Top 10 charts in all key International territories:

Country

No. of films

UK

7

USA

6

Germany

6

Singapore

6

Malaysia

6

UAE

4

Australia

3

South Africa

3

New Zealand

3

Pakistan

3

No other Star single handindly rules the charts quite like King Khan.

YRF celebrates 1000 Weeks of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’

DDLJ BookYash Raj Films is celebrating 1000 Weeks of the iconic  ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ starring Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Anupam Kher, Farida Jalal and other. The studio has released a book “Aditya Chopra relives Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” as told to Nasreen Munni Kabir.

This exceptional and unique book, is a very personal story of this phenomenally popular film that turned the tide of Hindi cinema in the 1990’s and has rightfully earned pride of place among the most successful and acclaimed Indian films of all  time.

Twenty years after the release and uninterrupted run of the film, the private and reclusive Aditya Chopra, traces the journey that led to the making of his first film. He discusses his influences, shares insights on cinema, and provides fascinating details about how he went about making the movie that changed his life and that has now become part of the lives of audiences across generations. With pages full of unknown information and anecdotes about DDLJ in the words of its Director, as told to Nasreen Munni Kabir, this book is also illustrated with many rare and unseen images. 

Come fall in love all over again as we approach the milestone and celebrate DDLJ’s 1000 Weeks Of Timeless Romance and continuous run at the iconic Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.

Watch the new trailer here:

‘Kill Dil’ comes to UK cinemas on 14th November

Marking the arrival of an exciting new genre in Indian cinema – the ‘slick flick’ – Yash Raj Films presents the best of Bollywood’s new generation of talent in one of the most compelling and innovative films of the year, Kill Dil, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is a glossy action flick with spirited passion at the heart of it. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, who makes an experimental departure from earlier super hits such as Bunty Aur Babli

Super stylised but substance heavy, Kill Dil features Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra essaying their most leftfield roles to date. Making a radical departure from the comedy genre he is famous for, screen veteran Govinda depicts a negative role with equal prowess.

The buddy movie redefined for a new generation, Kill Dil combines action with romance, portrayed through a pulp fiction style of filmmaking that’s sure to be appreciated by film lovers and critics alike. The captivating mise en scene is complimented by an equally ingenious and addictive soundtrack composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers, Dev (Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and, in turn, nurtured them to kill. All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix. What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love. Kill Dil is a film about the tricks the heart plays on an unsuspecting victim of love.

Prepare for a new dawn in Indian filmmaking as the Buddy Movie gets redefined in Kill Dil, presented by Yash Raj Films, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

 

Photos: Happy New Year-SLAM team wows the UK

Director Farah Khan; actress Deepika Padukone; actors Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah charmed the UK media at the Happy New Year-SLAM Press Conference at Montcalm Marble Arch recently.

Presented by Yash Raj Films, Farhath Hussain and Think Events jointly, the Happy New Year-SLAM Press Conference was held in relation to this year’s biggest Bollywood film release and the most spectacular, Bollywood live event of the decade respectively, both featuring the industry’s most celebrated luminaries. The event was hosted by British Asian actor Ameet Chana.

On working with Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone said, “When you’ve worked with someone it makes the process so much easier. He tells me, if we are doing a particular scene together, he will tell me what to do and I will always trust him. I will never question it.”

Speaking about the experience Shah Rukh Khan said, “Everyone has to do a film like Happy New Year in their career, and I am blessed to do this. The worst thing about the end of this tour is that we are going to miss each other the most.”

Speaking about the film Abhishek Bachchan said, “I feel like every film has its own destiny. You choose a film because of the script, because the character inspires you, me more than others. I chose the film because it has my friends in it, we are in charge of making the process of the film a memorable one.”

Speaking about the film, Sonu Sood said, “It has been a life changing experience working with Farah. She is the most talented director and no other director is like her and the way she represents her actors. I’m blessed to be a part of Happy New Year and the amazing family that we have made.”

Speaking about being in London Boman Irani said, “Coming to London when I was 25 was a life changing experience. I love it here.”

Speaking about the experience Vivaan Shah said, “It has been a life changing experience. It was an electrifying tour and representing the country is a huge, huge honour.”

Navraj Panesar, GM, Yash Raj Films International Ltd said, “It is an honour to be working with Red Chillies on perhaps the biggest release of 2014. Until now, YRF have six of the top Bollywood 10 films in the UK Box Office including the number 1 film among our portfolio and we hope to make Happy New Year the seventh.”

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed worldwide by Yash Raj Films, releasing on 23rd October. 

SLAM UK concert took place at 02 Arena London on Sunday 5th October. 

Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Deepika Padukone at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Deepika Padukone at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (4)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (3)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Sonu Sood at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Sonu Sood at Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Boman and Abhishek at  Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Boman and Abhishek at  Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (5)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (4)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (3)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika and Farah Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (1)

 

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika and Farah Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (2)

 

Boman Irani Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London

 

Shah Rukh Khan Happy New Year SLAM Press Conference in London (5)

 

Spotted: ‘Happy New Year’ promotions in London

The cast of Happy New Year recently descended into the British capital to promote the highly-anticipated movie. Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah and director Farah Khan interacted with the UK media at a Central London hotel.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and is released in UK cinemas on 23rd October 2014 through Yash Raj Films. Check out photos by Hayat Khan here:

Abhishek Bachchan at Happy New Year promotions in London

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Watch: ‘Kill Dil’ Title Track

The cool killer trio is here. Catch the wild, raw and dirty killers go crazy in the infectious and catchy Kill Dil Title Track.

Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan at their besttake you straight into the ‘wild wild North’ world of the indomitable characters – Dev, Tutu and Bhaiyaji.

Kill Dil releases in UK cinemas through Yash Raj Films on 14th November 2014.

Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable, Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. Music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Gulzar.

 

YRF to release ‘Kill Dil’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films will release their upcoming production Kill Dil in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

The production house has also today released the official poster of Kill Dil after the series of teaser character posters created a huge anticipation for the first look poster.

Kill Dil Poster

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable,Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics penned by Gulzar.

The trailer of the film will be released online on 18th September 2014. 

Photos: ‘Happy New Year’ Music Launch

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd launched the music of their film Happy New Year on Monday,
September 15th, 2014 with the director Farah Khan and the cast Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan,
Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, music directors Vishal–Shekhar, Lyricist
Irshad Kamil, Singers Neeti Mohan, Kanika Kapoor, Sukhwinder Singh, Dr Zeus and the Producers.

Check out the photos here:

TV personalities Rithwik Dhanraj and Kunwar Amar set the mood for the evening by introducing the first act by singer Neeti Mohan where she sang the medley Manwa Laage which was followed by a performance by Shillong Choir. Then singer Sukhwinder Singh sang his song from the film Satakali. To get the momentum going singer Kanika Kapoor and Dr Zeus performed on the most sensual song of the album, Lovely.

London based magician Keelan Leyser, added to the awesomeness with his tricks on iPAD, but the clear show-stopper of the evening was the performance of the cast on the song India Waale, which was constantly cheered and whistled to.

“Music plays an important part in my all films. I always think of scenes and sequences keeping songs in mind.The music has always taken the story forward, and more so in HNY because a lot of the story has been told through songs. I have to thank Irshad Bhai (Kamil), Vishal-Shekhar and all the singers for doing a fantastic job. Shah Rukh is a great inspiration for making music because he has great songs down the years. I always go that extra mile for the songs because its picturized on him,” said Farah Khan, Director HNY.

Lyricist Irshad Kamil said, “Working on Happy New Year was a journey of celebration. I want to thank Farah Khan for converting every music sitting into a party. This experience will surely carry on for life as I am still not out of it, though the music is heading for its launch.”

Music Directors Vishal – Shekhar said, “HNY is our third film with Farah who’s always been like family to us. The music of the film has every bit of the trademark Farah Khan energy…vibrant and colourful, just like her. It’s always a pleasure to work with Farah and the undying faith that she has in us pushes us even harder to exceed her expectations of us each time. It’s been an honour to have composed the music for a magnum opus such as this one and the journey has been unforgettable. HNY is our fourth film with Shah Rukh and even today we can say that no one does it the way he does…from being the best producer to the most phenomenal performer. And once again, he’s brought our music to life with his magic along with the hugely talented ensemble cast. HNY is sonically massive in keeping with the larger-than-life scale of the film which has seen some amazing team work and has truly been made with a lot of heart.”

“Music has always been an integral part of an Indian film. The music of HNY is an album that can cater to all tastes. We hope that it will be liked by all as the music is happy and made from the heart,” said Venky Mysore, CEO RCE.

“Happy New Year strengthens the bond that Shah Rukh and I share. The first song India Waale is the new anthem that has received an overwhelming response across all platforms and Manwa Laange is the new love song that is topping the charts. The entire music album is so fresh and hummable that the audience will fall in love with each and every composition,” said Bhushan Kumar, CMD, T-Series.

Happy New Year is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films worldwide.

Check out the teaser of Deepika Padukone in ‘Lovely’ from the film here:

Parineeti Chopra’s challenging sequence in Daawat-e-Ishq

DEI (5)Parineeti Chopra will be seen driving an original Impala model from the year 1964 in Yash Raj Films’ next, Daawat-e-Ishq. To get used to the vehicle, the actress had to practice behind the wheel for a couple of hours before shooting for the scene.

The original Impala has mechanical settings that render the car extremely heavy, unlike the usual power steering cars. This made it tricky for Parineeti to drive the car effortlessly and the entire sequence proved a heavy-duty challenge for the actress, requiring her to put in a lot of muscle while making it look natural.

The actress loves driving cars but she admits the Impala was a tough one, despite previously having handled a jeep in Ishaqzaade. In addition to mastering the Impala, the film required numerous other exciting challenges for Parineeti, not least of all learning fluent Urdu.

Yash Raj Films will release Daawat-E-Ishq in UK cinemas on 19th September 2014. 

 Watch the making of the film here:

 

Yash Raj Films to release ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ in UK cinemas on 19th September

Prepare to fall in love with the most irresistible rom-com of 2014 as Yash Raj Films invites you to enjoy a cinematic feast for all the family when Daawat-e-Ishq opens in UK cinemas on 19th September.

A deliciously hearty comedy that’s brimming with feelgood ingredients, Daawat-E-Ishq will champion the hearts and taste buds of cinemagoers of all ages, prepared delicately with love and affection by seasoned filmmaker Habib Faisal and delivered to perfection by producer Aditya Chopra.

A filmic treat for foodies, film buffs and fans of world cinema alike, Daawat-e-Ishq is a delightful screen gem that will win over the appetites of audiences across the globe, uniting them in adulation through a beautifully crafted film recipe that’s filled with love, laughter, emotion, action, drama and indulgent measures of movie masala.

Movie magic is created by the crème of Bollywood’s new generation talent as Aditya Roy Kapur ignites the screen alongside Parineeti Chopra, respectively essaying the characters of loveable foodie flirt, Lucknow’s mashoor ‘Tariq’; and shoe salesgirl extraordinaire, Hyderabad ki azeez ‘Gulrez’! As the chemistry simmers and sizzles between them, sparks are sure to illuminate theatres the world over.

DawaatEIshq UK ReleaseAdding to the mouthwatering flavours is a charming supporting performance by screen veteran Anupam Kher. A treat for all the senses, Daawat-e-Ishq is perfectly complimented by a tantalising soundtrack courtesy of masterchefs of the recording studio, Sajid-Wajid, with each melodious track as catchy as the next, not least of all the addictive title song, which is currently dominating the airwaves in kitchens across the globe!

Synopsis: Meet Hyderabad ki tez ‘Gulrez’ (Parineeti Chopra) and Lucknow ka aashiq ‘Tariq’ (Aditya Roy Kapur) in a love story from Yash Raj Films’ kitchen, where love gets spicy, love gets sweet and love gets bitter!

A shoe-salesgirl, disillusioned with love because of her endless encounters with dowry-seeking opportunists; and a cook who can charm even the most hard-hearted with the aromas and flavours of his biryani and kebabs come face to face in a clash of the diametrically opposite but equally spicy cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow.

In her quest to find her Mr. Universe, Gulrez comes up against “Big Boss Hyderi Kebab” and in the process of arriving at a “tuning-setting”, Gullu and Taru rewrite traditional recipes of love, crush old-fashioned world-views and make their own masaledaar albeli pichchar… a deliciously romantic and original Daawat-e-Ishq!

Fall in love with the most delicious and charming rom-com of 2014 as

Yash Raj Films will release Daawat-e-Ishq in UK cinemas on 19th September.

‘Happy New Year’ trailer creates waves worldwide

Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd unveiled the first look of its next release, Happy New Year, at a grand event in Mumbai recently. Director Farah Khan was present at the event along with the entire cast of the film – Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff, Music director duo Vishal-Shekhar and Producers.

Unlike a usual trailer launch, this event was a celebration of the “Indiawaale” sentiment lent by the film. The evening began with SRK and Boman welcoming all to the grand event and introduced Fictitious Group who performed to a theme music especially made to make the eve of Independence special. Vishal and Shekhar also performed on a specially created version of the Happy New Year song, Indiawaale. This was followed by a chic fashion show by Manish Malhotra. The entire cast of the film walked the ramp. The silhouette of the collection clearly defined the theme and the sentiment of the evening. The trailer of the film was then unveiled to the audience that comprised of media and fans from across India.

Check out photos from the trailer launch here:

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Farah Khan said, “This film has all that it takes to make a Bollywood quintessential film but the most important element here is HOPE. It is hope that turns into BELIEF for anyone who works hard in life to achieve their goals. Even if you lose don’t let that bring you down and think it is the end.”

Shah Rukh Khan said, “It is not necessary that if you do not win even after repeatedly trying, that you are a loser. This is what Happy New Year is all about. This film is a celebration and most importantly it is as happy as the title is.”

Venky Mysore, CEO, Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd, said “We are delighted to bring to you a sneak preview of HNY. This is a tribute to “INDIAWAALE” and a celebration of who we are. It has been a massive project yet most enjoyable to all of us at Red Chillies. We hope the audience enjoy it as much as we have making it. We eagerly look forward to “Diwali” to bring it to the audience worldwide.”

Red Chillies used all possible Digital Platforms – Social Media, Mobile (VAS), DTH & Application Economy to ensure a large user preferred reach for the trailer.

While most of the films opt for the conventional Youtube platform, HNY trailer was first launched on Facebook’s native video player using an application wherein the trailer was not only launched on the Facebook page of HNY but also the timelines of all the users who subscribed to the app.

If this isn’t enough, the trailer was also launched on the native video player of Twitter with personalized messages from the cast of HNY. “Red Chillies and the cast of Happy New Year understand the value of developing live, personal and interactive connections with their audience, which is only possible on Twitter. From the entire cast and crew sharing every moment of film production on Twitter via their personal handles to their launching personalized trailers and posters on Twitter, Happy New Year has set a new national and global standard in the movie business,” said Rishi Jaitley, Market Director, Twitter India. The Trailer was also launched on the conventional platform of Youtube on all channels of the partners (Music Distributors T-Series and Film Distributors Yash Raj Films) on the film along with Red Chillies’ official channel. The total views of the trailer from all platforms cross a record breaking number of 4 million in 24 hours.

Below are the statistics of 24 hours from the minute the trailer was launched on all the Digital Platforms, which got it more than 4 million views:

Facebook
First film trailer to be launched on FB and becomes the most viewed movie trailer on FB Native Player across the Globe

  • 1.5 Million Trailer Views
  • 2.8 Million Post Interaction & over 18 Million FB users reached.
  • Over 360K Likes for the trailer (Highest Ever)

Twitter

  • 1.5 Billion Impressions only on Aug 14
  • 5 Hash Tags trending of Happy New Year

YouTube

  • Over than 2 Million views across various Youtube Partner Channels 

WhatsApp

  • First Film to send out the trailer via WhatsApp

Tata Sky

  • Reached Over 13 million Subscribe of a DTH & each one has to watch channel 100 when they switch on their sets before they go to any other channel of their choice

Airtel WAP

  • They have over 15 million visitors every day

SMS

  • Over 300,000 fans received it via SMS service (missed call facility)

E-Mail

  • Over 25,000 fans received it via email

Happy New Year is a rollicking, flamboyant, colourful, witty, action-packed musical bonanza. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt Ltd and distributed by Yash Raj Films in UK cinemas and worldwide.

Check out the posters of the film here:

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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.

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Neeru Bajwa at Odeon

Jimmy Shergill at Odeon

Jimmy Shergill at Odeon Cinemas

Gurpreet Ghuggi at Odeon UK

Gurpreet Ghuggi at Odeon