Slider – BollySpice.com http://bollyspice.com The latest movies, interviews in Bollywood Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 A Tribute to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge! http://bollyspice.com/a-tribute-to-dilwale-dulhania-le-jayenge/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:20:48 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=31014 With now 20 years of DDLJ magic we wanted to bring this favorite feature back. One thing you must know about BollySpice is that we all write about what we love, which is Bollywood, and for many of us here on the team, one of the films we love the most is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ. The film debuted on October 20, 1995 and 20 years later it is still playing! Since many of our writers do love DDLJ so much, we wanted to pay tribute, once again, to this iconic film! First the story: Dilwale Dulhania Le

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With now 20 years of DDLJ magic we wanted to bring this favorite feature back.

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One thing you must know about BollySpice is that we all write about what we love, which is Bollywood, and for many of us here on the team, one of the films we love the most is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ. The film debuted on October 20, 1995 and 20 years later it is still playing! Since many of our writers do love DDLJ so much, we wanted to pay tribute, once again, to this iconic film!

First the story:
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is a story about human relationships.

Chaudhry Baldev Singh (Amrish Puri) is a London based immigrant. He, along with his wife Lajwanti (Farida Jalal) and two daughters Simran (Kajol) and Chutki (Pooja Ruparel) have been living in London for the past several years. A true Indian at heart, Chaudhry Baldev Singh is a man of great morals and has tried to imbibe the very same in his daughters. He has brought them up with the belief that they are strangers in this foreign land and are here purely for financial reasons. They will all return one day back to Punjab, back to his roots, his land, his culture, one that he so strongly believes in.

Simran like any other girl dreams of this perfect man and waits for him to walk into her life. Soon enough, she realises the mere futility of her dreams as her marriage has already been arranged to her father’s best friend’s son Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi).

Raj Malhotra (Shah Rukh Khan), another London based immigrant is a regular rich spoilt brat brought up in the lap of luxury. He is a true playboy at heart. But he shares a beautiful relationship with his father Dharamvir Malhotra (Anupam Kher) where they are more like best friends.

Raj and Simran along with other friends meet on the Eurail. They go through an entire gamut of emotions. From initial hatred, to being acquaintances, to friendship and finally falling in love. They realise their true feelings for each other only when they part at the end of the trip.

Raj is aware of Simran’s pre-planned marriage and feels there is no hope. Simran confides in her mother about her feelings for Raj. She tells her that she can’t see life without him. Chaudhry overhears the conversation and gets furious. He makes an impulsive decision to leave for Punjab overnight. Meanwhile Raj is motivated by none other than his father, who tells him that if he truly loves Simran, he has to go and get her.

The second half of the film takes us to Punjab, to Chaudhry’s entire family. A family that consists of his mother (Achla Sachdev), his brother (Lalit Tiwari), his unmarried sister (Himani Shivpuri) and his best friend Ajit Singh (Satish Shah). In search of Simran, Raj lands up in Punjab. Does Raj manage to win over the entire family? Does he manage to win over Chaudhry Baldev Singh? And does he finally manage to take his ‘dulhan’ (bride) away?

Just reading that takes you back doesn’t it? Now read on to see why we fell and are still in love with DDLJ!

Some memories:

Steven was lucky enough to see the film where it is still playing today, Maratha Mandir, and said: The only place to watch the YRF project is, of course, the Maratha Mandir cinema. I found watching these two icons of Hindi film in a Bombay temple of cinema, almost akin to darshan.

Janine: As a young film enthusiast in my native Scotland, I had barely been aware of the Hindi film industry and the films which it produced.  After my move away from the countryside of the north and ventured to Edinburgh I was exposed to a culture I wanted to know more about.  Viewing DDLJ was an education like no other! 

Stacey: DDLJ was actually the first Bollywood movie I ever saw, I loved it from the very beginning but I remember calling my husband half way through the film and saying, “I have found the perfect movie”. I still think that today and can watch it any time it is on and many times I get out my DDLJ DVD to fall in love again.

Sheetal had quite a bit to say on the subject of why DDLJ is so amazing and we agree with every point!

She says, I love the whole movie and singling out one bit is not fair to DDLJ or as I like to say, the holy grail of Indian Cinema. It is a complete entertainer in true Bollywood spirit. Here’s why:

• It is a love story of epic proportions yet has the fun and charm of a romantic comedy.

• It is a compelling family drama that spans two generations and two continents. What makes the family drama portions of the movie a pleasure to watch are the brilliantly written relationships that illustrate the trust people put in family, how each member is bound to family, often to their detriment, in terms of love, awe and fear. Personally, I loved the the dichotomy between Kher’s character and Puri’s character, two very different kinds of Dads but who ultimately brought up two doting kids, who would willingly lay their lives on the line for their fathers.

• It has action, albeit momentarily, fuelling the intense climax, showing the audience the lead character’s breaking point (because through out the movie one thinks nothing can phase Raj) and in doing so showing real faces of the other characters.

• It has beautiful song and dance routines. Tujhe Dekha is essentially a love anthem of the DDLJ generation while Mere Khawbon Mein Jo Aaye speaks the mind of every girl who has ever dreamt of finding love. That being said, the remaining songs are masterpieces as well. My personal favourite to Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyaar Sajana.

• It’s a journey movie, about discovering new worlds and in doing so discovering yourself and those that you travel with. As a consequence it showcases Europe, London and India in all its oomph and glory, so the film’s also a visual delight.

• It is also socially relevant in that it tells audiences to see beyond first impressions, question blind faith and give things a fighting chance.

• It has sound-proof casting down to the very last extra with every single performance, whether is be the protagonist SRK or the brief appearance of Mandira Bedi, worthy of standing ovations.

• Lastly, on a personal note, for a cynic like me, who takes everything with a pinch of salt, it makes me want to fall in love every time I see it. In this way it lives up to its mission statement: Come fall in love.   

With (for the lack of a better word) such awesomeness in its every nook and cranny, it is no surprise that DDLJ is the longest running film of Indian Cinema.

Mahak has just one more to add to that: I loved the father daughter relationship in the movie.  Late Amrish Puri and Kajol made it look so alive. 

Steven was also lucky to interview Yash Chopra, click here to have a listen as he talks about the film!

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite scenes: This is by no means a full list but we had to limit it a bit or we would just put every scene down!

Steven’s favourite scene in DDLJ occurs when Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s characters encounter each other as their train pulls out of London’s Kings Cross Station. The energy and vibrancy of the sequence as Raj pulls Simran onboard, is incredibly cinematic. When studying Indian Cinema in the UK, I lived just around the corner from the location, so walking through the station would typically induce hazy, filmic fantasy.

For Janine this is comedy at its best

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For Charla the scene on the bridge where SRK says he loves her and then bursts out laughing is one of her favorites. That scene starts off really emotional, and you indeed feel that he is confessing his love. but then even though he says it’s a joke, the conversation takes a serious turn and he asks he what she would do if she fell in love…

The moment she walks away and he is just waiting, waiting for her to turn around saying “Palat palat”…that is outstanding. When she turns and looks at him it is beautiful. As you know this is only the beginning. 

There is one scene that made Stacey fall in filmi love with Shah Rukh Khan and which Bhargavi calls the perfect ‘awww’ moment. It is the moment in the train station right after Simran invites Raj to her wedding, She says you will come. He says not a word. He just looks at her, and in his eyes is ‘think Simran, see me, I love you’ and so much more, and the whole audience sighs. He walks away, finally Simran realises and we are on our way to the happy ending!
 

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Of course then there is the iconic scene of the echoing mandolin and Simran running to Raj through the mustard field. This is another perfect moment in a film full of perfect moments. Sing with me Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Jaana Sanam Pyar Hota Hai Deewana Sanam

Charla also love the scene when Simran’s mum is telling Raj to elope with her daughter, and he tells her there is no way he is doing that. In fact, that scene always makes Charla cry!

Here are a couple, well okay, a few more!

When they are playing that singing game and SRK ends up holding Priti’s hand is so funny!

When Kajol is stopped by the police on the way to Zurich. SRK comes to her rescue… His words ‘Main Raj Malhotro and yeh Raj Malhotri’ and ‘Kutto, Saalo, Kameeno.. Bon jovi Bon jovi’ 🙂

The scene with Raj saying: “pyaar karti ho mujse?” Simran: “sabse zyaada..” Raj: “bharosa hai mujpe?” Simran: “khud se zyaada”

Trupti loves the whole train scene at the end when SRK is leaving and Kajol is begging Amrish Puri to let her go and he does with a “Jaa Simran jaa… Jee le apni zindagi” Epic!

Of course everyone loves the HAPPY ENDING and once more we hear the Bade bade deshon mein, aisi choti choti baatein hoti rahti hain.

All we can say is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge play on!

As you can tell, we sort of think DDLJ Rocks. We would love to know what you love about the film so leave us a comment!

With contributions by: Stacey Yount, Trupti Kantilal, Steven Baker, Bhargavi Sameeran, Sheetal Tiwari, Charla Manohar, Janine Gall, Mahak Dawan

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“He told me that he couldn’t visualise me in the role…” – Ranbir Kapoor talks Bombay Velvet and more http://bollyspice.com/he-told-me-that-he-couldnt-visualise-me-in-the-role-ranbir-kapoor-talks-bombay-velvet-and-more/ Fri, 15 May 2015 18:10:28 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=102162 Bollywood superstar, Ranbir Kapoor, is India’s heart-throb with millions of fans around the world.  Even when the actor is in London, he is greeted by screaming fans when they spot him enjoying a meal at Nobu, relaxing at Café Rouge on James Street or shopping at Selfridges. Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir belongs to the First Family of Indian cinema and is the grandson of India’s most noted actor, Raj Kapoor. Kapoor learnt method acting at New York’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and is one of the few Bollywood actors with a formal training

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15may_BombayVelvet-Ranbir01Bollywood superstar, Ranbir Kapoor, is India’s heart-throb with millions of fans around the world.  Even when the actor is in London, he is greeted by screaming fans when they spot him enjoying a meal at Nobu, relaxing at Café Rouge on James Street or shopping at Selfridges.

Born to actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir belongs to the First Family of Indian cinema and is the grandson of India’s most noted actor, Raj Kapoor.

Kapoor learnt method acting at New York’s Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and is one of the few Bollywood actors with a formal training in performing arts.

In 2007, Ranbir made his acting debut with Saawariya which won him several accolades and established him as a budding superstar. His performances in his last few films such as Barfi and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and the commercial success of these movies gave him a straight ticket to the big league.

But it’s not just his work which made him so famous. After dating actress Deepika Padukone and their public break-up in the beginning of his career, he was considered an industry Casanova. There were constant affair rumours with whoever he was working with and his personal life was splashed across India’s newspapers frequently. Even today, conjecture about when and if he will marry his current girlfriend, British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif, is more of a talking point than his work.

While Ranbir was pretty open about his relationship with Deepika, he has never really admitted to being together with Katrina Kaif and neither has she. The duo are often spotted together abroad and in India. They both tend to avoid media interactions to evade questions about their personal life.

All the drama about his personal life doesn’t really affect the actor as he is currently working with some of the biggest names in the industry and is wholeheartedly focused on his job.

Kapoor will be seen in UK cinemas this month in Bombay Velvet, produced by Fox Star India, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Star India.

15may_BombayVelvet-Ranbir02The film is directed by Anurag Kashyap and also stars Anushka Sharma and director-producer Karan Johar (My Name Is Khan) in his first full-fledged acting role.

Set against the backdrop of ambition, love, greed, and jazz, Bombay Velvet is the story of one ordinary man, played by Ranbir Kapoor, who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a rich and successful man.

Here Ranbir Kapoor speaks about the film, his co-stars, avoiding social media, being a star, friendships and much more.

How did Bombay Velvet come about for you?
It’s a strange story. I was supposed to do another film a few years ago which didn’t materialise. My friend, Vikas Bahl, who is one of the producers of Bombay Velvet gave me the script and asked me for feedback. I knew that Anurag Kashyap wanted to make this film and after reading the script I called him up myself. He told me that he couldn’t visualise me in the role as he was used to seeing me in the typical urban coming-of-age type of characters. The film did eventually happen and it’s been a dream experience for me.

How was the experience of changing your appearance for the character?
It was very different especially because of the kind of character that I play in the film. He is someone on the streets of Bombay with plenty of passion and greed. I had to look the part. The look has been inspired by Indian actors Kishore Kumar and Raj Kapoor from the 1950’s as well as Robert De Niro. We tried to mix everything to bring in a new look to the character. If someone has seen Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, they will see a completely different person in me this time around. The whole crew also worked extremely hard to recreate the retro look of Bombay.

What do you have to say about the comparisons being made to Hollywood films?
The comparisons are unfortunate. We made an Indian film which is essentially a love story with its share of conflicts. It’s also something new for Indian audiences. The visuals of gangs in Bombay in the 1950’s isn’t something they are used to, hence the comparisons. I can promise everyone that it’s very much a Hindi film.

15may_BombayVelvet-Ranbir03How did you react when you were told that director-producer Karan Johar will play the antagonist in the film?
To be honest, I was shocked. I was very surprised that he was going to play the main villain in Bombay Velvet. The cunning and manipulative nature that Karan brought to the character was very unique. I don’t think any other actor in Bollywood could have done that. We also don’t realise how big of a star Karan Johar is. Even though he hasn’t really acted in movies, he is known worldwide and has brought a lot of star value to the film and weight to the character.

You are not on social media but you hate promoting a movie. Would it not be easier for you to just join the bandwagon?
I truly believe that online and digital is the way forward. I support and encourage online marketing because you reach a huge audience. I personally don’t like social media just because so much is written about my personal life. I have nothing against these platforms. It’s a double-edged sword for me. Personally, I don’t feel comfortable using social media but I do know that it can help promoting a movie.

Do you believe that a ‘star’ needs to remain inaccessible?
Absolutely. Actors and celebrities around the world are over-exposed nowadays.  The paparazzi trend has kicked off in India too and a lot is written about our personal lives in tabloids. The sense of mystery about actors is dying because people have too much information about them. Half of the time, it’s nonsensical and extremely exaggerated information.  It’s good to stay away, do your work, build a little bit of a mystery and let people discover you through your work.

15may_BombayVelvet-Ranbir04There is some distrust in the movie among the main characters. Do you personally find it hard to trust people because of who you are?
It’s a tough predicament to be an actor in our industry. When you are successful, you have many people around you who want to work with you. When your films are not doing well, they all run away. It’s very important to know who your real friends are and who can be trusted.  Friendships need to be on the basis of love, care and trust. It’s very hard to get this in the film industry. I have been lucky enough to find friends in the industry like Ayan Mukherji, Imtiaz Ali and Anurag Basu with whom I am also working professionally. It’s very hard though. You have to be careful because when things go bad in your life and people who you thought were friends, may just not be there for you.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was your first film that crossed £1M at the UK Box Office and was a blockbuster worldwide. Do you feel the pressure with this film now?
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was a film made with a commercial purpose. It had a quintessential love story, a beautiful heroine, a flirting hero, super hit songs and the dances. It was expected that it would do well. I didn’t expect commercial success for my film Barfi with Priyanka Chopra. It was surprising. It’s important to surprise yourself and see how things unfold. ‘Bombay Velvet’ is that kind of film. You have to leave it to the audience because films are made for them. Movie-making is expensive and we don’t create films for ourselves or just the art purpose. They have to work at the Box Office too.

15may_BombayVelvet-Ranbir06You will be filming in London for the first time for Karan Johar’s next directorial, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, this summer. Are you excited?
Absolutely, especially after doing an intense film like Bombay Velvet. I have finished my film Tamaasha with Deepika Padukone and I will be completing Jagga Jasoos with Katrina Kaif this year too. I really want to do a light, urban love story and there is nobody better for that genre than Karan. To work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka in the film is really thrilling and another exciting chapter for me. I just hope that I can match the expectations of a Karan Johar hero. He has worked with the best of the Indian film industry and it’s really heart-warming that he has chosen me as his next leading actor.

What else can we expect from you?
Tamaasha directed by Imtiaz Ali should release by the end of the year, perhaps November. Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos should release after Tamaasha. Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will release next year. I will also be collaborating with Ayan Mukherji for the third time. It’s not a superhero movie as many people have that misconception. He is making a mythological trilogy set in contemporary times. He will be spending ten years of his life making that trilogy and that’s definitely very exciting.

Bombay Velvet is released in UK cinemas on May 15.

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Piku Movie Review http://bollyspice.com/piku-movie-review/ Sun, 10 May 2015 06:16:06 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=102092 Relationships are complicated things. Real relationships are emotionally exploitative, and we are sometimes the exploited and sometimes the exploiter. The regular commercial films don’t (or can’t afford to) have insights like these. It is the slice of life films like Piku that show us how the relationships that suffocate us can also be the ones that mean the most to us. So we have the perpetually irritable Piku (Deepika Padukone) whose hypochondriac father Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan) is obsessed with his bowel movements. A difficult man to live with, he is nonetheless the centre of Piku’s universe. Into this not-so-cozy family

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Piku PosterRelationships are complicated things. Real relationships are emotionally exploitative, and we are sometimes the exploited and sometimes the exploiter. The regular commercial films don’t (or can’t afford to) have insights like these. It is the slice of life films like Piku that show us how the relationships that suffocate us can also be the ones that mean the most to us.

So we have the perpetually irritable Piku (Deepika Padukone) whose hypochondriac father Bhaskor (Amitabh Bachchan) is obsessed with his bowel movements. A difficult man to live with, he is nonetheless the centre of Piku’s universe. Into this not-so-cozy family enters Rana (Irrfan), the taxi stand owner who volunteers to drive Piku and Bhaskor to Kolkata after all his drivers refuse to drive the constantly bickering father-daughter duo. He observes them and begins to understand Piku’s frustrations.

It’s all about loving your parents but not the Karan Johar way. Piku looks at parents as regular human beings who can be selfish as well as manipulative with their children’s affections. However, it stops short of being judgemental. What we get here are some exceptionally well fleshed out characters and their hilarious everyday interactions. Real people who shout when irritated, fight to let out their frustrations, and then forget it all immediately when a new conversation begins.

Writer Juhi Chaturvedi and director Shoojit Sircar first got together for the delightful Vicky Donor. That film was centered around sperms, this one is all about fecal emissions. And just like Vicky Donor never got sleazy despite its subject, Piku never slips into bawdy toilet humour. The writer-director duo pepper the everyday conversations between their characters with potty talk (of varied colours and sizes!) and you can’t help but smile and wrinkle your nose at the same time.

However, when a film is character driven it needs more than one subject to base its conversations on. The father-daughter bickering gets repetitive after a time. Irrfan’s character comes as a breath of fresh air but the centre point of interest still remains Bhaskor’s constipation. This makes the narrative somewhat flat in the second half. I would have liked to see at least one tender moment between father and daughter at some point in the film for the unconventional ending to make the right impact. Too many in-your-face brand placements also take away the magic of the moment quite a number of times.

What stays magical throughout though are the brilliant performances. Amitabh Bachchan plays the eccentric Bhaskor with visible relish. The famous Big B baritone disappears, his Bengali accent sparkles, the rudeness seems inborn, and his obsession with his real/imaginary ailments is hysterical. You can feel his disappointment when his BP comes out normal and his excitement when the thermometer shows his temperature up by a single point. Then there is Irrfan who does things with his eyes and smile that very few actors can. And oh so effortlessly! Deepika surprises with a natural and highly nuanced performance. Her eyes speak volumes and never once does she seem like a lightweight in front of her great co-actors. The best thing is that none of these three actors manage to outshine the others – they come together in complete harmony on the screen. The rest of the casting is also spot on be it the hapless servant, the maid who gets fired, Bhaskor’s brother and his wife, or even the drivers of Irrfan’s taxi stand. Mousami Chatterjee as Piku’s aunt was a delight.

Piku falls short of being a masterpiece due to too much focus on motion and not enough on emotion. Nevertheless it is a cute little film that deserves a watch. Go for it!

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“The film is a journey, the film is a discovery” – Deepika Padukone on Piku http://bollyspice.com/the-film-is-a-journey-the-film-is-a-discovery-deepika-padukone-on-piku/ Sun, 10 May 2015 01:10:00 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=102094 Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irfaan Khan, Piku has been a much talked about film ever since it was announced. The trailers and posters from were quirky and fun, which built anticipation for the film. We talked to Deepika Padukone about the film and she told us why she chose Piku, how it was working with two powerful performers, and much more! What goes into your decision of what films you decide you want to do? There’s definitely no formula to it. I think from the start of my career it has always been my instinct. You are offered

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15may_deepikainterview-01Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Irfaan Khan, Piku has been a much talked about film ever since it was announced. The trailers and posters from were quirky and fun, which built anticipation for the film. We talked to Deepika Padukone about the film and she told us why she chose Piku, how it was working with two powerful performers, and much more!

What goes into your decision of what films you decide you want to do?

There’s definitely no formula to it. I think from the start of my career it has always been my instinct. You are offered a few films every couple of months, if it is something that I identify with, if it is something that I connect with, if it is something that I find exciting and challenging as an actor I do it. If it is not then there is always another time. I’ve always believed that there is no formula to it and you just have to be honest with your choices and your reasons to doing a film.

What drew you to Piku, I mean besides the cast and the director.

The script. You know it’s not a film that only I identify with. I think every woman is going to identify with that character, with that part. I am with the film because we all are working women, we all multi-task, we all try and balance our lives between our work, our relationships, our families, friends, social obligations, trying to find time for ourselves; there is so much that a woman does. I think a woman always multi-tasks beautifully. And it is also a very quirky take on a father and daughter’s relationship. The film is called Piku because it is her world, her life, it’s her journey and all these various aspects of her life. And the main thing it also talks about is constipation. She’s living with her father who is constantly irritable because he is at this age now where he’s always sick and he’s constipated. And the film talks about that too. But it also told in a very very entertaining manner without it being gimmicky or caricature-ish.

15may_deepikainterview-02Mr. Amitabh Bachchan plays your father. How was it to act and work with him?

Well, I’ve worked with him before. This is not our first film together. We’ve worked together before. We’ve met socially many many times. He is someone I am very comfortable around. He has a great sense of humor. He’s an amazing human being and most importantly when he walked on set he was the character. So I was not looking to acting with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. It was Dobashkar Baneerji that I was interacting with.

Then there is also Irrfan Khan…

Yes, it was the first time we are starring together and it was the first time I was starring opposite him on this film. I think in a way we were discovering each other as people and some of that discovery we were going through personally is what has translated on screen because everyone is liking the chemistry between the two of us. That is what everyone was talking about when they saw the trailer, and he is such a fine actor and I am sure I have got to learn a lot from him.

Watching the behind the scenes videos it certainly looked like you guys really were on a journey together and had fun making it.

Absolutely, absolutely, because I mean for me other than Amitji I was working with everybody else for the first time. And Irrfan for example working with Shoojit, me and Amitji for the first time. A lot of us were working with each other for the first time, discovering each other’s personalities, energies, just discovering each other. And in a sense the film is also about that. The film is a journey, the film is a discovery.

Do you think there is a difference playing a character in a simple pared down film like this compared to one say like Ram-Leela that has all the big sets, costumes? Is there one that is harder?

15may_deepikainterview-03No. I think every film is difficult in different ways. Some might be difficult in terms of getting the character right, some might be physically demanding. Every character is demanding in different ways. And Piku is challenging in its own way right from the way we’ve shot it, I won’t get into details because people who might be reading this will get bored. Just the way we shot it, the characterization of Piku, it’s new for me. So it’s been challenging in a different way.

Did you learn anything about your craft while making this film?

A lot. But again that’s a personal thing and I’ve always believed that every film teaches you something and every experience teaches you something. I can’t think of something right now but I am sure subconsciously I’ve learnt a lot just being in this movie.

What are audiences going to love about Piku?

I think it’s the fact that it is so relatable. I don’t know if you have been following the comments on Twitter, everyone is talking about how real it is, how relatable it is and that’s what Piku is. Like I said its just not a character that I have identified with it a story of all our lives. Every girl, every Indian family is going to identify with this part and with the situation in this film. And the fact that it has been told in an extremely entertaining way. It is a very entertaing film.

The early reviews were outstanding, how does that feel?

Extremely overwhelming. In fact, as we speak right now the film’s about to release tomorrow and we are nervous and excited at the same time. Having said that I think it’s the first time in my career where we’ve started showing the film to an audience almost a week before the release. This never happened before and it tells a lot about the film itself. But right now as we speak and the response we are getting is definitely overwhelming.

What is next after Piku.

I have Tamasha that releases on the the 27th of November and Bajirao Mastaani. Tamaasha is directed by Imtiaz Ali and Bajirao Mastaani is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is releasing on the 18th of December.

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Box Office – Akshay Kumar’s Gabbar Is Back marching towards the 100 crore mark http://bollyspice.com/box-office-akshay-kumars-gabbar-is-back-marching-towards-the-100-crore-mark/ Fri, 08 May 2015 06:37:15 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=102044 After Baby, it is an Akshay Kumar film again that has managed to bring audience in theaters and brought a smile back on the face of exhibitors and distributors. If the weekend was quite good for Gabbar Is Back with constant escalation on every passing day, the weekdays were stable too with collections continuing to pour. The film had a healthy Monday as well due to partial holiday in some parts of the country. Though there were some drops visible on Wednesday and Thursday, it was expected and not alarming since single screens in particular were holding really well. As

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After Baby, it is an Akshay Kumar film again that has managed to bring audience in theaters and brought a smile back on the face of exhibitors and distributors. If the weekend was quite good for Gabbar Is Back with constant escalation on every passing day, the weekdays were stable too with collections continuing to pour. The film had a healthy Monday as well due to partial holiday in some parts of the country. Though there were some drops visible on Wednesday and Thursday, it was expected and not alarming since single screens in particular were holding really well. As a result, the first week ended around a healthy 60 crore mark.

The film enters the second week with an opportunity to score further since the start has been good and word of mouth positive as well. Moreover, Piku is primarily for multiplexes while Kuch Kuch Locha Hai, a massy affair, has its own target audience which won’t cut much into Gabbar Is Back. The Krish directed film has got good number of shows in the second week as well which should work in its favor.

Gabbar Is Back is currently going neck to neck with Baby which had managed 64 crore in its first week but it was an extended one with eight days due to its Republic Day release. The Neeraj Pandey starrer had managed to cross the 95 crore mark and all eyes are now on Gabbar Is Back to hit the 100 crore mark. Obviously, a good run in the second week with a steady third weekend would hold the key.

As for the other release Sabki Bajegi Band, it was a non-starter and didn’t find traction whatsoever. The film is out from most centers in the second week.

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Check out Shraddha Kapoor’s killer moves in ABCD 2’s Bezubaan Phir Se http://bollyspice.com/check-out-shraddha-kapoors-killer-moves-in-abcd-2s-bezubaan-phir-se/ Thu, 07 May 2015 12:59:40 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=102041 We have the first song from the highly-anticipated film ABCD 2 and can we say WOW! ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’, along with being a rocking song. is a complete visual treat featuring Shraddha Kapoor as she burns the dance floor with her mind blowing moves along with co-star Varun Dhawan and the rest of the ABCD 2 gang. This foot tapping, techno number is an extension of the original track Bezubaan from the first film which was a chartbuster, and this version is definitely a step ahead of it. The song has been sung by Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda & Madhav

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We have the first song from the highly-anticipated film ABCD 2 and can we say WOW! ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’, along with being a rocking song. is a complete visual treat featuring Shraddha Kapoor as she burns the dance floor with her mind blowing moves along with co-star Varun Dhawan and the rest of the ABCD 2 gang. This foot tapping, techno number is an extension of the original track Bezubaan from the first film which was a chartbuster, and this version is definitely a step ahead of it. The song has been sung by Vishal Dadlani, Anushka Manchanda & Madhav Krishna, written by Mayur Puri and composed by Sachin – Jigar.

Check it out!

Here’s something cool, ‘Bezubaan Phir Se’ was the first song that Shraddha shot for along with the crew. Speaking about the song, Shraddha said, “Bezubaan Phir Se was the first song we shot, the first time I put on the ABCD 2 dancing shoes. The dancers and us were so excited, nervous, had rehearsed & were geared up!”

This video gives glimpses of each character’s strengths and their passion for dance, something the actress herself swears by. The talented actress said, “Bezubaan Phir Se is special to each & every dancer of ABCD2. Our characters in the film, each has different struggles & dreams but, a common passion to express through dance!”

Having received tremendous response for her dancing skills in the trailer, Shraddha is grateful to her fans for all their love and hopes that Bezubaan Phir Se will carve a special place in their hearts too.

ABCD 2 hits theaters on June 19th and we can’t wait!

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Box Office – Akshay Kumar’s Gabbar Is Back enjoys Best Weekend of 2015 http://bollyspice.com/box-office-akshay-kumars-gabbar-is-back-enjoys-best-weekend-of-2015/ Mon, 04 May 2015 10:46:48 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=101925 Finally, after a long wait, ‘achche din aa gaye’. 2015 has been terrible as far as opening weekend for a film is concerned. Roy was the only film to cross the 10 crore mark and that too fizzled after two good days. Other than that, the only film to enjoy a decent weekend was Baby which went on to grow on word of mouth. Hence, all hopes hinged on Akshay Kumar to deliver again with Gabbar Is Back. He managed to do that with the film which not only managed to take the best start of the year (with first

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Gabbar Is Back Akshay Kumar Kitne Aadmi ThayFinally, after a long wait, ‘achche din aa gaye’. 2015 has been terrible as far as opening weekend for a film is concerned. Roy was the only film to cross the 10 crore mark and that too fizzled after two good days. Other than that, the only film to enjoy a decent weekend was Baby which went on to grow on word of mouth. Hence, all hopes hinged on Akshay Kumar to deliver again with Gabbar Is Back. He managed to do that with the film which not only managed to take the best start of the year (with first day billing as 13 crore) but also a healthy weekend which managed to cross the 40+ crore mark.

Now this is the best opening weekend that a film has enjoyed this year and it is a heartening sign to see audience stepping into theaters all over again. What is all the more remarkable is to see the wide disconnect between a bunch of self-esteemed critics, who don’t seem to enjoy Bollywood forever, and the ‘aam junta’ who want their dose of entertainment. While on one side there were one and two star ratings coming for the film from this select group, on other side there were patrons enjoying what first time Bollywood director Krish had to offer.

Coming to Gabbar Is Back, the film is set to enjoy good hold right through the week and then penetrate well into the second week as well.

As for the second release of the week, Sabki Bajegi Band, it has gone totally unnoticed with neither audience nor critics interested in checking out what it had to offer. Yet another disaster in Bollywood’s kitty.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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Dil Dhadakne Do Music Review http://bollyspice.com/dil-dhadakne-do-music-review/ Mon, 04 May 2015 02:30:51 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=101920 Dil Dhadakne Do is the eagerly awaited Zoya Akthar venture, hot on the heels of Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara. It re-assembles the winning musical-lyrical combination of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar and features vocals from Siddharth Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra amongst others. Given the success of Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara, the expectations for Dil Dhadakne Do are more than reasonable and Bollyspice is keen to see how it fares. The title track certainly starts things off with bang. The techno-rock track features an infectiously catchy hook with decent lyrics to boost. Priyanka Chopra encapsulates the

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dddmusicreviewDil Dhadakne Do is the eagerly awaited Zoya Akthar venture, hot on the heels of Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara. It re-assembles the winning musical-lyrical combination of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Javed Akhtar and features vocals from Siddharth Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh, Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra amongst others. Given the success of Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara, the expectations for Dil Dhadakne Do are more than reasonable and Bollyspice is keen to see how it fares.

The title track certainly starts things off with bang. The techno-rock track features an infectiously catchy hook with decent lyrics to boost. Priyanka Chopra encapsulates the attitude and confidence of the track perfectly but Farhan Akhtar’s vocals sound rather strained at times. Otherwise, the track has all the making of a chartbuster.

Pehli Baar is classic rock and for that matter classic Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. It is a very likeable duet by Sukriti and Siddharth with a trendy yet old-worldly charm to it. Siddharth is particularly outstanding, his vocals a brilliant mix of the new and the old and Sukriti complements him well. Lyrics on the other hand are strictly okay but other than that it is quite a nice track.

Gallan Goodiyaan is an up beat track of the Punjabi persuasion and Sukwinder Singh, Shankar Mahadevan and Yashmita Singh definitely bring their special brand of enthusiasm to make it all the more enjoyable.

The jazzy Girls Like To Swing, features a brilliant orchestration and Sunidhi Chauhan does not miss a beat with an equally fantastic performance. Lyrics start off on the poorer end of the scale but eventually do pick up. Ultimately, Sunidhi’s inherent style and charm more than makes up for it.

The poignant Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi is another classic Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composition, featuring a great ensemble of vocals from Vishal Dadlani, Alyssa Mendonsa, Sapna Pathak, Farhan Akhtar and Divya Kumar. Further, the haunting melody extenuates the reflective lyrics beautifully, bringing the album to a bittersweet close.

In summary, Dil Dhadakne Do is a short, elegant and entertaining collection of songs from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, re-affirming why the trio are one of India’s leading composers. Arguably, it is less introspective than Zindagi Na Milengi Dobara but equally impressive. If designations are to be made, the title song easily stands out as a top entertainer with the remaining tracks being close runner ups. In any event, it is one of the more enjoyable soundtracks of 2015.

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Bombay Velvet Music Review http://bollyspice.com/bombay-velvet-music-review/ Wed, 29 Apr 2015 02:19:56 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=101703 I’ll preface this review with an admission: I played the clarinet in the school band for about two years, so you can understand why I fell so hard for the Bombay Velvet soundtrack as a band nerd. Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus takes the audience to 1960s Bombay, which is emerging as a metropolis that’s teeming with gangsters, film journalists, femme fatales, and underdogs. Kashyap recruited Amit Trivedi for this fantastic album, that’s as nuanced as it is danceable. Trivedi teamed up with The City of Prague Big Band, and Mickey McCleary for the album that merges jazz standards, classic Bollywood,

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bombayvelvetposter05I’ll preface this review with an admission: I played the clarinet in the school band for about two years, so you can understand why I fell so hard for the Bombay Velvet soundtrack as a band nerd. Anurag Kashyap’s magnum opus takes the audience to 1960s Bombay, which is emerging as a metropolis that’s teeming with gangsters, film journalists, femme fatales, and underdogs. Kashyap recruited Amit Trivedi for this fantastic album, that’s as nuanced as it is danceable. Trivedi teamed up with The City of Prague Big Band, and Mickey McCleary for the album that merges jazz standards, classic Bollywood, and swing with such seamless ease.

The album starts off with the rollicking, Aam Hindustani, a 9-minute gem that hooks you in with a terrific prelude. From the opening clarinets that segue into the madcap horns and trumpets, Trivedi goes for the carnival-esque sound that would be right at home in the circus or a Charlie Chaplin film. Shefali Alvares is stunning here with her powerhouse vocals and scatting like a jazz champ near the end. Alvares has particular relish with Amitabh Bhattacharya’s fun lyrics that situate us in Prohibition-era Bombay, “Pyar mein thenga, bar mein thenga.” An absolute delight that you can savour.

Next is the catchy, Mohabbat Bhuri Bimari, which has three versions for the listener to enjoy. Version 1 is Mickey McCleary’s take and he utilizes the brass band to full effect to create such a jaunty and fun song.  Shalmali Kholgade is terrific here, with her sultry drawling and nasal voice that makes this one my pick of the lot. If you want something a bit quieter, then Version 2 with Amit Trivedi at the helm and Neeti Mohan is your pick. Turning down the brass and horns, this version offers a more waltzing feel, especially with Mohan’s lovely voice. Mohan is the star here with her seemingly improvised moments of scatting, hiccupping, and laughing. The song puts you right in the moment, as if you were listening to this live in a club. Version 3 gives you Shefali Alvares’ take, which cuts the improvised feel and offers more of a straight rendition of the track that’s much less peppy and energized.

Neeti Mohan continues her star run with Ka Kha Gha, which interestingly opens with a trumpet variation of “Arre Re Kya Hua” perhaps that’s just me, but I love it all the same. The lyrics by Bhattacharya are swooningly romantic as sung by Mohan, who scats like a pro and infuses such emotion into the song. Whether it’s growling alongside the horns or holding the high notes without ending up shrill, Mohan’s versatility is on full display here. What a class act.

Prepare for a swoon-attack with Dhadaam Dhadaam, a stunningly composed gem that whisks you away with a dreamy violin opener to the saxophone solos that lace the track. Once again, Neeti Mohan is in top form, this time transforming into a torch singer belting out the high notes like Whitney Houston, and bringing that quivering sadness to the finale. Even if you’re not a jazz fan there’s so much to enjoy in Mohan bringing the aching sadness to Amitabh Bhattacharya’s simple lyrics.

bombayvelvetstillNaak Pe Gussa follows in the same jazz standard style with the rising tempo, breezy orchestration, but a little more flirtatious this time. The lyrics are lovely, and Mohan revels in that slinky and sultry register, which elevates it into a lasting romantic song.

Sylvia is a clever song that admonishes the Sylvia of the famous Nanavati murder case, which took the tabloids and Bombay high society by storm. Trivedi amps up the carnival-esque interludes from Aam Hindustani but gives his own stamp on an OP Nayyar style melody. The song instantly brings a smile to your face with its kooky horns that mimic a buzzing bee, or the cowbell chiming in, much like the comedy cowbell from “Hum The Wo Thi” from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. Mohan matches the jaunty track with her energetic vocals.

After surprising us with the fantastic ladies at the helm, Trivedi showcases another side of Papon in Darbaan. Papon’s distinctive voice sounds right at home alongside the trumpet solos and sedate piano melody. However, it’s the trumpet interludes that win you over, as they add a bit of zest to a rather plain jazz song.

Shefali Alvares is back with the peppy, Shut Up, which is the only weak spot of the album. Alvares does an admirable job in the beginning of the song, but tends to get a bit pitchy towards the end, when the orchestra almost threatens to drown her out. Apart from Alvares’ vocals, the song ends up a bit of mish-mash of what it wants to be: a sedate jazz number or a big band gem? Skip this one.

Ranbir Kapoor and Mohit Chauhan have become inseparable as a hero-singer team, so I’m interested to see how Behroopia will be picturized onscreen as it’s a modern number that could fit in any of Kapoor’s recent films. Trivedi doesn’t keep the jazz at bay, and embraces the trumpets and flute that lace the track. Chauhan and Mohan have an easy chemistry together and both seem to be at their seductive best.

Lastly is FIFI, which is another Mickey McCleary’s remix of CID’s “Jaata Kahaan Hai Deewane” with his perennial favourite Suman Shridhar. The pair worked wonders with Hawa Hawaii and Khoya Khoya Chand for Shaitan, and FIFI is no different, an absolute party jam. Sridhar’s baby voice works well in conjuring up a slinky 1920s sound, which makes me want them to pair up to do an electro-swing album like Parov Stellar. Keep this one on repeat.

The three remaining instrumental tracks are equally as impressive. The Bombay Velvet Theme features a haunting oboe melody that segues into the usual thriller sounds of heavy guitar riffs and pulsating horns. The next one is Conspiracy, a piece that’s likely to be placed at some tense moment with all the cascading strings, and foreboding oboe. Tommy Gun has a bit of an edge over the rest with its arresting drum solos, that gives you a bit of whiplash along the way.

Bombay Velvet is definitely one of 2015’s best soundtracks of the year for its sheer innovation and attention to throwback details of jazz, big band, swing, and classic Bollywood sounds. It’s also a glimpse of Amit Trivedi operating at his peak by inverting the classic sounds of 1960s music and making it his own tune. All of these songs are bound to grow on you, if anything just marvel at how Trivedi and McCleary bring out the versatility and style with their gang of girls: take a bow Neeti Mohan, Shefali Alvares, Shalmali Kholgade, and Suman Sridhar.

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Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in Vishal Bhardwaj’s next http://bollyspice.com/shahid-kapoor-and-saif-ali-khan-in-vishal-bharwajs-next/ Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:08:34 +0000 http://bollyspice.com/?p=101482 Here’s some exciting casting news! Vishal Bhardwaj is bringing together Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor in one of his next films! Along with our excitement, Saif is looking forward to working on the film as well. “I love Vishal’s films, the way he characterizes his actors. I am really looking forward to it,” the actor said at a press event. This will be the first time the two have shared screen space before. Of course, both actors have had career defining performances that drew rave reviews working with the director. Saif’s brilliant turn as Langda Tyagi in Omkara and

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imageHere’s some exciting casting news! Vishal Bhardwaj is bringing together Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor in one of his next films!

Along with our excitement, Saif is looking forward to working on the film as well. “I love Vishal’s films, the way he characterizes his actors. I am really looking forward to it,” the actor said at a press event.

This will be the first time the two have shared screen space before.

Of course, both actors have had career defining performances that drew rave reviews working with the director. Saif’s brilliant turn as Langda Tyagi in Omkara and Shahid both as the brothers Charlie and Guddu in Kaminey and his outstanding performance in and as Haider.

Rumor has it that this new film is an intense love story, so who will the heroine be and what roles will Saif and Shahid play? We can’t wait to know more!

Sadly, we will have quite a long wait since both actors are filming many projects this year and this may not start until 2016. But you can bet we will keep you in the know with all the news about this exciting project!

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