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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!

Salman Khan In and As ‘Sultan’

After the roaring blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, Salman Khan returns to YRF in and as SULTAN.

Produced by Aditya Chopra and written-directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film will commence shooting in November and will release in Eid 2016.

Stay tuned with BollyNewsUK more exciting announcements on SULTAN.

The cast of Piku fight it out !

Piku Teaser YRFDeepika Padukone who will next be seen in and as Piku ,directed by Shoojit Sircar is extremely excited with the family comedy drama, so much so, that the she is going all out to ensure that she gives the slice of life family entertainer her complete focus.

As the trailer of the film is set to come out in few days and will also hit theater screens along with YRF’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, the makers have today launched a unique, quirky teaser that sees the star cast in an amusing argument over the film’s trailer and promotions.

Sources reveal that in one of the creative meetings, Deepika Padukone happened to mention a fun way of introducing the trailer, with a teaser that sees Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan and herself in an argument, discussing whether the trailer is up to the mark or not, in their own character roles!

When contacted director Shoojit Sircar confirmed, “Yes, Deepika happened to bounce the idea off us and we loved it immediately because it was unlike other conventional teasers. The team further worked on the idea and we are very excited to see the way the audience reacts to it”.

PIKU releases in UK cinemas through YRF on 8th May 2015.

Competition: Meet the cast of ‘Happy New Year’

HNY UK BUSYash Raj Films in association with B4U and Baba Elaichi is proud to announce the Happy New Year Bus hitting the UK, ahead of this year’s biggest Bollywood release!

And to celebrate, they are offering a lucky winner the chance of a lifetime to meet King Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and the cast and director of Happy New Year in London on Sunday 5th October.

The winner will have the opportunity of meeting the team one on one and travelling with them on the Happy New Year Bus, going on to watch the stars live in action onstage.

All you need to do is click a pic of the bus in your area, mention where you spotted it and upload the pic to:

HNY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyNewYear


HNY Twitter: https://twitter.com/HNY


HNY Instagram: http://instagram.com/happynewyear


B4U Facebook: facebook.com/B4UNETWORK


B4U Twitter: @THEOFFICIALB4U

A lucky winner along with a friend will be selected to meet the stars in London on Sunday 5th October, travel on the bus and go on to see them perform live onstage. The winner will be announced on Saturday 4th October.

You can spot the Bus in the following locations:

2nd October 2014:

Leicester
Belgrave Road
Melton Road
East Park Road
City Centre
London Road
Highfields area.

Birmingham
Alum Rock – Alum Rock Road
Aston
Bordesley Green – Bordesley Green Road
Capehill – Dudley Road
Handsworth – Soho Road, Rookery Road
Small Heath – Coventry Road
Smethwick – High Street
Sparkbrook/Sparkhill – Stratford road
Walsall – Palfrey (Wednesbury Road)
Wolverhampton – Dudley Road
West Bromwich – High Street

3rd October 2014 

Slough
Farnham Road

Hayes
Uxbridge Road

Southall
King Street
South Road
Broadway

Harrow
Kenton Road

Wembley
Ealing Road
Wembley High Road

4th October 2014

East London
Ilford Lane, IG1

Cranbrook Road, IG1
High Road, Seven Kings, IG3
Green Street, E13
High Street North, East Ham, E6 
Romford Road, E15
High Street, E3 [A118]
Bow Road, E3 [A11]
Mile End Road, E1
Whitechapel Road / Whitechapel High Street, E1
Bethnal Green Road, E2 [A1209]
Commercial Road, E14

 

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. 

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

Jimmy Shergill at Odeon

Jimmy Shergill at Odeon Cinemas

Gurpreet Ghuggi at Odeon UK

Gurpreet Ghuggi at Odeon

“Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De” World Premiere in West Bromwich

Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De (1)The crème of Punjabi film talent, Jimmy Shergill and Neeru Bajwa, will bring a touch of desi glitz and glamour to the UK as they grace Odeon, West Bromwich on the evening of Thursday 7th August for the World Premiere of the most anticipated family entertainer of 2014, Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De.

Fans and guests will be wowed as their favourite Punjabi screen idols will introduce their latest film at a world exclusive in the UK. 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, on general release on 8th August, presented by Trehan Productions and being released by Yash Raj Films.

A breezy rom-com that soars high on feelgood factor, Aa Gaye Munde U.K. De 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.

 

YRF Entertainment to remake Kahaani

KahaaniYRF Entertainment will remake the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Sujoy Ghosh directed and Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani, for Western and international audiences as Deity.

Deity will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Richard Regen (Tehran) have scripted the adaptation.

The movie is a thriller about an American woman who goes to Kolkata in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at the centre of a dangerous conspiracy.  The story unfolds in the context of a colourful, week-long festival.

An excited Sujoy Ghosh said, “It’s an incredible step by YRF. Years back Aditya Chopra had said he wanted to make Kahaani for a global audience… I thought he was kidding. But obviously not. YRF has left no stone unturned on making the English version. The new script by Jose Rivera and Richard Regen is perfectly suited for the Western audience and what I am really looking forward is to see Niels direct this version. I am sure he will bring a unique vision to the Western version. I am totally excited about this!”

“Niels is the perfect director to transform the appeal of ‘Kahaani’ to ‘Deity’,” said Uday Chopra, CEO, YRF Entertainment. “Niels has an elevated understanding of both international thrillers and strong female characters and his vision for capturing the vibrancy and energy of contemporary Kolkata will appeal to audiences in the US and worldwide.”

Deity will be financed and produced by YRF Entertainment, with CEO Uday Chopra serving as Producer and Jonathan Reiman, Head of Production & Development, serving as Executive Producer.

Deity will be a compelling and exciting thriller with complex and interesting characters”, says Niels Arden Oplev. “A neo-realistic style to story and images will take the audience deep into Calcutta’s many different levels. A fascinating clash between American and Indian culture”.

Deity starts production in February 2015 and will be shot on location in Kolkata.

 

 

Rani Mukherji and Aditya Chopra tie the knot in Italy

Rani in KANKYash Raj Films has announced that Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji got married on 21st April in Italy. According to the statement, the wedding was a very small intimate affair with very close family and friends.

Rani Mukherji also released a statement saying, “I would like to share the happiest day of my life with all my fans all over the world whose love and blessings have been part of my journey all these years. I know that all my well-wishers who have waited for this day will be really happy for me. It was a beautiful wedding in the Italian countryside with just a few of our close family and friends with us.”

“The one person I missed terribly was Yash Uncle, but I know he was there with us in spirit and his love and blessings will always be with Adi and me. I have always believed in fairy-tales and with God’s grace my life has been exactly like one, and now as I enter the most important chapter of my life – the fairy-tale continues,” added the actress.

Check out some Celebrity Tweets on the marriage:

We wish the couple a very happy married life.

 

YRF announces its renewed movie slate

Yash Raj Films has renewed its slate of forthcoming films for 2014 and 2015.


MARDAANI  
 22 August, 2014

Shivani Shivaji Roy is an astute cop working in a Mumbai Crime Branch unit. Deft at picking up hidden clues and fearless in confronting hardened criminals, Shivani stumbles on a case that will change her life forever.

Starring Rani Mukerji in the lead, playing the role of a cop for the first time, the raw and gritty film will be a distinct departure from Pradeep Sarkar’s style of filmmaking.

Directed by Pradeep Sarkar and Produced by Aditya Chopra

DAAWAT-E-ISHQ – 05 September, 2014

A deliciously romantic coming together of Gulrez “Gullu” Qadir (Parineeti Chopra) a Hyderabadi shoe-sales girl disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men; and Tariq “Taru” Haidar (Aditya Roy Kapoor) a Lucknawi cook who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs.

Starring Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra

Written & Directed by Habib Faisal and Produced by Aditya Chopra

Music by Sajid-Wajid and Lyrics by Kausar Munir

HAPPY NEW YEAR – Diwali, 2014

An action-packed musical heist.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff & Vivaan Shah. Directed by Farah Khan and Produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. Music by Vishal-Shekhar and Lyrics by Irshad Kamil

Distributed worldwide exclusively by YRF

KILL DIL 14 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.

Starring Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar, Parineeti Chopra and Govinda

Directed by Shaad Ali and Produced by Aditya Chopra. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Lyrics by Gulzar

TITLI – TBD

In the badlands of Delhi’s dystopic underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business.

His struggle to do so is countered at each stage by his indignant brothers, who finally try marrying him off to ‘settle’ him.

Titli, finds an unlikely ally in his new wife, caught though she is in her own web of warped reality and dysfunctional dreams. They form a strange, beneficial partnership, only to confront their inability to escape the bindings of their family roots. But is escape, the same as freedom?

Starring Ranveer Shorey, Amit Sial and introducing Shashank Arora

Directed by Kanu Behl and Produced by Dibakar Banerjee

DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY! – 13 February, 2015

In a contemporary interpretation of war torn Calcutta during the 1940’s, the film follows the first adventure of Byomkesh (Sushant Singh Rajput), fresh out of college, as he pits himself against an evil genius who is out to destroy the world. It’s his wits against the most villainous arch criminal the world has seen, in a world of murder, international political intrigue and seduction.

Starring Sushant Singh Rajput. Directed and Produced by Dibakar Banerjee

BANK-CHOR – 06 March, 2015

A comic-caper, that tells the story of 3 morons trying to rob a bank who pick the worst day possible when everything that can go wrong, goes wrong and how they’re inadvertently caught in the crossfire of cops, industrialists and corrupt netas.

Starring Kapil Sharma. Directed by Bumpy and Produced by Ashish Patil. A Y-Films Production.

DUM LAGA KE HAISHA – 24 April, 2015

From overcoming his fear of the English language to dealing with an overbearing father, Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) discovers that his oversized and mismatched wife, Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar), who he thought was a spanner in his business and life, will actually lead him to something quite cool.

Starring Ayushmann Khurrana & Bhumi Pednekar

Directed by Sharad Kataria and Produced by Maneesh Sharma. Music by Anu Malik

FAN – 14 August, 2015

Shah Rukh Khan, the man unarguably with one of the greatest fan following globally, will now play the role of being the biggest fan himself in the forthcoming movie.

Starring Shah Rukh Khan. Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Produced by Aditya Chopra and Written by Habib Faisal

First Look: ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’

First Look YRF nextManeesh Sharma’s first independent production venture under the Yash Raj Films banner, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, is directed by Sharat Katariya and stars the extremely talented Ayushmann Khurrana and YRF’s new find from one of its own – debutant Bhumi Pednekar.

On the perfect casting of Bhumi, Maneesh Sharma who has a winning streak of working with successful debutants Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor says, “For the films I have directed, Bhumi has been working closely in the casting process as an integral part of YRF’s Casting Division and many a times doubled as an actor to conduct auditions with the prospective talent. In the process I saw her enacting various roles and it was obvious what a brilliant talent she is!”

Dum Laga Ke Haisha revolves around the life of a small town couple – Prem and Sandhya. From overcoming his fear of the English language to dealing with an overbearing father, Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) discovers that his oversized and mismatched wife, Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar), who he thought was a spanner in his business and life, will actually lead him to something quite cool.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is currently under production and is slated for a 2014 release.

 

 

 

 

Kapil Sharma to debut as leading actor with Y-Films

KapilKapil Sharma, one of the biggest names on Television, has just signed a 3-film contract with Yash Raj Films. He debuts in a film titled Bank-Chor under their Youth Films Division, Y-Films which previously made the sleeper hit of last year, Mere Dad Ki Maruti. Kapil has also signed on to YRF’s Talent Management Wing that handles celebrity endorsements & films.

Says Kapil, “It’s a privilege & a dream to be part of the YRF family and have my launch with their Youth Films Studio, Y-Films. The script is the most exciting part since it’s the kind of role that’s very unlike the stereotype of a comedian or what people could typecast me as. As an actor it’s challenging & I’m so excited that I’ve already started working on the nuances of the character. I’ve always loved & watched thrillers and this is a thriller comedy so even better. I’ve done serious theatre for years before comedy. Finally with YRF’s vision, I’ll get to do this again after a 12-year break and this script has equal scope of comedy. It’s sure to surprise my fans!”

Adds Ashish Patil, Business & Creative Head, Youth Films, Talent Management & Brand Partnerships at Yash Raj Films, “Kapil is one of the most exciting names in entertainment right now. He opens up a whole new space of films, brands & more for us. And audiences are going to get to see a whole new side of him in Bank-Chor. We’re thrilled to welcome him into the YRF jungle! 

Bank-Chor is a comic-caper, that tells the story of 3 morons trying to rob a bank who pick the worst day possible when everything that can go wrong, goes wrong and how they’re inadvertently caught in the crossfire of cops, industrialists and corrupt netas. Bank-Chor is directed by Bumpy and produced by Ashish Patil and goes on the floors in April this year.

Kapil currently hosts & produces India’s No. 1 rated non-fiction show on TV ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil.’ He has consistently swept the No. 1 spot across all comedy shows. Recently he was awarded CNN-IBN’s Indian of the Year in the entertainment category besides trophies for Best Anchor & more across shows.

 

Interview: Ranveer Singh talks about ‘Gunday’

Gunday - UK (1)Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh is on a high after a rewarding 2013 with films like Lootera earning him critical appreciation and Goliyoun Ka Rasleela –Ramleela giving him a blockbuster at the box office. The young actor made his debut in Hindi films with YRF’s Band Baaja Barat in 2010 and soon thereafter became the studio’s blue-eyed boy. His third film with the studio, spearheaded by Aditya Chopra, is called Gunday and is set in the 1970s.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Gunday will release in UK cinemas on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2014. The film also stars international recording artist and actress Priyanka Chopra along with Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan.

In conversation with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the 28-year-old talks about Gunday, his love for Govinda, the UK success of his last film and much more…

 

How would you describe the past year for you professionally?
I think it’s been a very good year. It’s just what the doctor ordered after the previous year (2012) where I didn’t have a release at all. I had a break of nineteen months which was a bit of a slump. It’s not the best thing when you don’t have any instalments in your body of work for such a long period, right in the beginning of your career. But I had two films in 2013 that have most certainly done well for me. Lootera received critical appreciation and I think, is the best reviewed film of the year [2013]. Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela is a bona fide hit at the box office and also received critical acclaim. I am really happy with the way things have gone last year. I would describe Lootera as a step forward and Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela as a giant leap forward in my career. All the nominations that I have received for my work in Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela at various award functions have also validated my belief that I had a good past year. I feel good but it’s done and in the past. I am only looking forward to this year and my forthcoming releases Gunday and Kill Dil.

 

 

You play a quiet character in Gunday. That is very opposite to how you are in real life…
Well, it’s not as quiet as you would think if you are using the word at the outset. You have to really see the film and you will realise that it’s not Ram-Lakhan or Jai-Veeru. It’s Lakhan-Lakhan or Veeru-Veeru. It’s as if both of the characters are full of life. It’s just that in a conflict or dramatic situation, one of them acts impulsively, that is the character played by Arjun Kapoor. My character is a rather calculating guy. He calculates situations in order to make a smart move. The other guy is loose cannon. He doesn’t think. My character, Vikram, is a mastermind. He has just been blessed with a sharp mind and is a real hustler.

 

Gunday Music Launch - Ranveer

Two trailers of the film have been released. Don’t you think that too much of the film has already been revealed?
No, not really. The most important things for me is that an audience going to see the film should know what they are going to get out of the film in order to avoid disappointment. I have seen a lot of trailers in my life that promised something, yet I came out of the films saying “This is not what I went to see”. Somehow you just feel disappointed and think that you saw something that you weren’t expecting. I think, Gunday has a lot to offer and we are not misleading our audience about what they will see when they come to cinemas. There is no question of too much being given away because the two-and-a-half hours have so much to offer that no one will feel that too much was revealed already.

 

Your dance steps and expressions in a song from Gunday, Tune Maari Entriyaan, remind me of Govinda…
It’s unintentional but I will admit that I grew up on Govinda, Anil Kapoor and the Khans. I was a 90s baby and I was consuming everything that was popular. Govinda is my foundation for performance. In a song like Tune Maari Entryiaan, what will come out of me will probably be inspired by Govinda. The most surreal thing is that now I am sharing screen space with him. He is someone I looked up to and after watching his films I would say “Someday even I want to be a hero.” He is really my idol and inspiration, in the true sense of the word. The first morning he came on set for Kill Dil, I turned to Shaad Ali (director) and asked him, “Do you realise what is happening?” It was such a dream come true to be directed by Shaad in a film produced by YRF that also stars Govinda. I can’t even describe the feeling of working with him. I have always dreamt of becoming an actor. Whenever I envisioned it, the director would be Shaad and the producer would be Yash Raj Films. That is all in place.

 

 

Gunday is primarily about friendship. What is friendship for you?
Friendship for me is a bond. A lot of things go into that bond e.g. trust, dependability, reliability, sharing good and bad times. Your friend has to be your confidante and your pillar of support. I have been blessed to have really close buddies. I’d take a bullet for any of them without batting an eyelid and I’m sure they would do the same for me. I know of people who unfortunately, never had these kinds of relationships. Friends are the special relationships in life that you choose. I know of people who never had that kind of connection with anyone. I know a little bit about what it means to have a friend who you think of as more than just a friend, who is almost like a brother that you never had.

 

Gunday - UK Release (3)

You are really experimenting with your style and outfits off-screen recently…
It’s just that I’m bored. It is out of sheer boredom. I could not be asked to wear one more black suit. It’s either black, grey or dark blue. It’s the same thing over and over again. I got really bored and wanted to wear something different, for my own amusement. I understand that it polarises the fashionistas out there. Some love it, some hate it, some think it’s outstanding and some think it’s ghastly. But that’s okay. I dress for myself. If I feel good about what I’m wearing when I step out, that is all what matters. But yes, sometimes I look back and think, “That suit was really ghastly. I don’t know what I was thinking.” But still, it’s okay because in the moment it seemed fine and it’s something different.

 

Your last film Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela performed better than most releases in the UK last year beating films like Krrish 3, earning almost £1 million at the UK box office. What are your expectations from Gunday now?
Wow, that is some amazing statistics. I do think that it has a lot to do with Deepika’s star value and most of all Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s brand value in the overseas market. But I did benefit from it. A lot of people watched it and I hope people liked my work. I think people have me in their mind and will watch my next film. Gunday is a big film, which I think will be enjoyed by UK audiences. It’s a credible mass entertainer. A mass entertainer has almost become an insult as they are films with no stories, item numbers and a few gags. I am very proud that Gunday is not like that and has a very good story.

 

GUNDAY releases in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014.  

(This interview was first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper, 9th 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. 

Meet the characters of ‘Gunday’

Find out more about the character of Gunday, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Ranveer Singh as ‘Bikram’
This is 1987 and Calcutta lives and swears by the legend of Bikram and Bala. If Bala is the muscle, Bikram is the mind. Bikram, the elder of the inseparable duo, is the driving force of their illegal business. Ruggedly handsome, charming with a deep inner strength, Bikram will go to any extent for those he loves. His maturity belies his age and experience. He trusts his guts and sticks to his guns.

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Gunday - UK (1)

Arjun Kapoor as ‘Bala’
If Bikram is the ice, Bala is the fire. Younger of the two, he is impulsive like a child and possesses a tendency to boil over at odd confrontations. Strongly built, Bala is passionate and fiercely loyal to the one close to his heart. He is expressive and honest and doesn’t know when to hold back his emotions. An artist at heart, he is gracious and generous with the needy. He lets his actions speak more than his words, especially at the heat of the moment.

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Gunday - UK Release

Priyanka Chopra as ‘Nandita’
At a time when Calcutta saw the rise of Bikram and Bala, another name became just as known… Nandita. There was a mystery to Nandita, a pretty Calcutta girl by daytime, she transforms into an alluring diva by evening. All admirers who ever set foot on the Calcutta cabaret floor, vouched for one thing – Nandita was the most beautiful dancer to have ever graced a night-club. It was her beauty and charisma that drew Bikram and Bala to her instantly.

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Irrfan Khan as ‘Satya’
ACP Satyajeet Sarkaar, is a rogue cop who is a legend within the Calcutta Police. He has a history of catching the most notorious of criminals by playing by his own unconventional rules. He enjoys a good duel with his adversaries. A scheming mind, a crafty warrior and a man with an ice cool temperament – he is a great judge of a situation. Whether to go for a kill or to hold back, not many are blessed with such strategic insights. His demeanour keeps him one step ahead of his opponents.

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‘Dhoom:3’ breaks all records – beats ‘Chennai Express’ at UK BO

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Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom:3 continues to create history at both the Indian and Overseas Box Office.

It is now officially the first Indian Film to cross ₹ 500 Crores Worldwide, making it the biggest Motion Picture Event of all time.

Dhoom:3 is also the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2013 in the United Kingdom earning £2,488,265 in its third weekend beating the UK lifetime collections of Chennai Express (13 weeks) of £2,181,277.

Gross Box Office Collections:
India ₹351.29 Cr

Overseas ₹150.06 Cr / $ 25.01 Million
Total ₹501.35 Cr / $ 83.56 Million

Dhoom:3’s stupendous feat of crossing ₹500 Crores worldwide, has broken multiple Box Office Records and continues to do so.

YRF releases ‘Tu Hi Junoon’ promo

Yash Raj Films has released the first extended song promo from their recently released blockbuster Dhoom:3. 

The song promos released before the release of the film were only 30 seconds long. 

After a stunning week since its release, Dhoom:3 continues to storm both the Indian and Overseas Box Office, setting new records along the way.

The film starring Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif has collected more than £1M in the first four days from UK cinemas. Dhoom:3 has also crossed the ₹200 crore mark at the domestic Box Office in India.

Watch the song, Tu Hi Junoon, shot in Chicago here:

 

Interview: “It’s the films that you leave behind that matter” – Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif is once again the female in a Yash Raj Films production. The British Indian actress stars in the highly-anticipated Dhoom:3 opposite Aamir Khan.

Also starring Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Jackie Shroff, Dhoom:3 hits UK cinemas on 20th December 2013. 

Speaking to BollyNewsUK about the film, directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya (Viktor), Kaif talks about her role, the songs in the film and much more…


Yash Raj Films was looking to cast a fresh face for Dhoom:3. They were rumoured to have considered big names from Hollywood for the female lead. Then it was announced that you were part of the franchise. How did it all happen?
Dhoom 3 UK Release (10)I know that they were looking at fresh faces in the beginning. I don’t know how or why but one day I got a call from Aditya Chopra and Viktor  and they wanted me to hear the script of Dhoom:3. They told me that the role of the girl is primarily a dancer and circus performer and of course, the love interest of Aamir in the film. They also said that it is mainly about the performance in the film as an acrobat and that I should I have a look at the script and get back to them if it interests me. When I heard the script, I thought that it was a fantastic and very strong story. Dancing is a very strong passion of mine and I thought that I may not get another opportunity of performing with some of the best dancers, technicians, choreographers and circus performers in the world. I just decided to take it on.

Dhoom:3 is set in Chicago. How was it like to film there? Did you shoot extensively outdoors like Abhishek and Aamir?
Most of my scenes are actually indoors. I did have a twenty-day schedule in Chicago which was a lot of fun. It is beautiful place to shoot in and really peaceful. A lot of the main part of my character happens inside the circus for which we had a set in Mumbai.

Dhoom 3 UK Release (13)YRF always cast you as a Non-resident Indian or someone from London. Is that a conscious decision and similar for Dhoom:3?
Well, I don’t think it’s about me when they cast me for such roles. It’s just that a lot of their films are like that where you have Indian characters living abroad. Dhoom:3 is set in Chicago and I am an Indian settled there. There is nothing much we can do about that (laughs).

‘Kamli’ is a Punjabi song in the film you perform on. The lyrics of the song are quite difficult to understand…
They are very hard, I do agree with you on that. You know, there was a lot of discussion about this. Adi and Viktor wanted the song not to be a frivolous dance performance, hence a song with easy lyrics. They wanted the lyrics of Kamli to be very contrasting with what I am doing in the song. Honestly, I said exactly what you said, that the lyrics are hard to understand. But they said that that is what they wanted out of it. They wanted it to be a contrast between the lyrics and performance. I think in that sense, they have achieved what they wanted to do. The attitude and the dance moves are very western and aggressive and the lyrics are very ethnic, almost poetic in a way. It also makes the song new in a way. Let’s see what happens.

Aamir sings a fantasy song in the film for you. We haven’t seen an anti-hero do this in the Dhoom series before. How much of a love story will we see in the film?
The song Aamir was referring to is called Junoon which is an amazing song. Actually, it is one of my favourite songs in the movie. I really wanted them to show the promo and I really wish they would. They (YRF) have a marketing strategy in place that they will only release 30 second promos. They are trying the theory of only showing little tidbits of everything and allowing the audience to come and experience the whole film in the cinema. I think that it’s a very interesting idea and for a film like Dhoom:3 there is a lot more that you will see when you watch the entire film. I believe that it will be exciting for audiences around the world because they will be seeing everything for the first time.

Dhoom 3 UK Release (3)You were going to the gym daily to prepare for your role in Dhoom:3 while you were shooting for Jab Tak Hai Jaan in London. Did you have to prepare a lot?
There was a lot of training because I don’t think that I am very athletic. If I am going to play a circus performer, I have to look the part. I have to look strong and be able to do these things.  I had to be strong enough to do the circus stunts in the song Malang, which you will see in the film. All of my stunts are done without wires, by me on my own. I had to put in a lot of training.

That is why people call you very hardworking. You sometimes don’t like being called that all the time. What would you prefer to be called instead of hardworking?
No, I am okay with anything. Actually, that’s good. I am perfectly fine with that. I think that every role demands different kind of work. In Dhoom, it’s very easy for me to talk about the work because it’s physical. You can talk about four hours of rehearsal or four hours of training. But in a lot of other films, you do character workshops. That is more difficult to talk about but is equally as hard.

 

Dhoom 3 UK Release (14)What is your character in the film all about?
I don’t know how much of the story line I should really give out. I would like for people to come and see the film and figure out my character and experience the film and take away from it what they can.  I can tell you that my character works at the circus which Aamir’s character runs. Her name is Aaliya and she is the lead performer. That is how the two meet. The rest of the story is part of the film.

You have now worked with the Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan in YRF productions. Does it matter to you who your co-star is?
You are obviously going to be excited to with actors like Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir because they are such legends. Also, working with a good actor always helps you. I really believe that. At the end of the day, it is about working in a good film. It’s the films that you leave behind that matter. For me, it’s always the film that comes first and everything else is an added bonus.

Dhoom 3 UK Release (19)How was your experience working with the hilarious Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra?
They are extremely sweet and funny boys. Every time we were interacting with them, they would make us laugh, especially Abhishek. He is a darling and a very nice person to be around.

Some people have said that the film is similar to Now You See Me. What should UK audiences expect from Dhoom:3?
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Now You See Me so I can’t help you there too much. The best thing to do with any film, not just my films, is to go in with no expectations. That is what I do when I go to watch movies. If you watch the promo and it interests you, then go and watch it. When you come out, then you can make a judgement. The best thing in life is not to have expectations. You will be pleasantly surprised if you like the film and won’t be let down if you have no expectations. Having said that, Dhoom:3 is not similar to any film. It’s an amazing script. A huge amount of effort has gone into making it and I think that hard work always pays off in the end. Now we just hope that the audience likes it and that’s all we can do.

Photos: ‘Dhoom:3’ cast meets media in Mumbai

Actors Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra and Director Vijay Krishna Acharya interacted with the Mumbai media about Dhoom:3 at YRF Studios today.

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Director’s Note:

Dhoom is a journey that started in 2003. A light footed caper that became a runaway hit. It is said that sequels are arguably the legitimate offspring of successful films. However, we at Yash Raj Films always felt that the reason to make the film should be its content and not just the tag of Dhoom. With this intent we brought Dhoom:2 to you in 2006. This time, the cops and robbers set up hid a love story within its folds. It had a dream run at the box office and it created a potential mine field of expectations for us. Inadvertently we had become our own biggest competitors. So here we are ready with Dhoom:3. Saying that expectations are sky high would seem like the understatement of the decade. So all we’d like to say is that we want to share this film with you and in all humility, we hope that it is an experience that pleases, surprises and awes its audience. In the cacophony of today’s world, we’d like to transport you to a time when an audience discovered a film in the theatre.

Yash Raj Films will release the film in UK cinemas on 20th December 2013. 

 

‘Gunday’ trailer to premiere at Durban International Film Festival

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The trailer of Yash Raj Films’ forthcoming Gunday will be unveiled at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in the presence of the film’s stars Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and leading lady Priyanka Chopra along with director Ali Abbas Zafar.

The much awaited trailer will be premiered on Friday, 13th December at the Madinat Theatre and it promises to be an explosive and delightful treat for all fans and press alike.

Gunday will be the first Indian Film to have its trailer premier at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Based in Calcutta during its most unsettled times in the ‘70’s, the film deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala, who grew from being small time, inconsequential coal thieves, to becoming the most powerful black marketing mafia-men. A story of two happy-go-lucky renegades who came to be known as – Gunday.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, Gunday is slated to release in UK cinemas on Valentines Day – 14th February 2014.