By RAHUL RAUT
This year's most anticipated movies - Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' and Salman Khan's 'Tiger Zinda Hai' which are scheduled to release on 1st December and 22nd December respectively, might postpone. These films have strong possibility to get delayed as it might not get censor certificate untill January 2018 due to a new rule the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) has suddenly implemented.
If this happens, it will probably be the first time a film would postpone because of a delay in the censor certificate. "Apparently, the CBFC has used Rule 41 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 which states that the total time limit for getting a film censored requires 68 days. There is a process involved which begins from the scrutiny of applications, the formation of examining committee, forwarding the EC report to Chairman, communication of the order to the applicant, surrender of cuts by the producer, examination of cuts to the issue of the certificate. The producers who have applied for the censor certificates of their films have to go through this process now," Pinkvilla reported today quoting a trade source.
"If you go by that rule, it will surely mean the delay in the release dates of films like Firangi, Padmavati and Tiger Zinda Hai and none of them will get a censor certificate till January 2018. Recently, when Padmavati’s application for a censor certificate had come up for review, it was sent back as the paperwork was incomplete. Firangi has recently applied for a censor certificate while Tiger Zinda Hai is yet to apply. But everyone is choosing to keep a tight-lipped silence as nobody knows what's going on."
According to the online portal, the producers waiting for their film's censor certificate have apparently been told that there’s a backlog of films waiting to be censored. "The Rule 41 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952, has always been there but it’s never been implemented as it’s impractical. No one can show a film 68 days in advance. There has always been a backlog of films including when Pahlaj Nihalani was the Chairperson but he always accommodated everyone as he understood the gravity of the situation and would censor films according to their release dates," the source added.
If the aforementioned rule isn't skipped, not only big movies like 'Padmavati' and ''Tiger Zinda Hai' but most of the films scheduled for November and December will also get delayed as the majority of those forthcoming releases haven't been censored by CBFC yet. Due to this, the single screens and multiplexes won't have Hindi films to run which will lead to a huge loss in revenues in theatrical.
Stay tuned with us for the follow-up of this story.Read more
'Arth: The Destination' releases on 21st December and the fabulous first track from the film was unveiled in Pakistan yesterday.
The song features the powerful vocals of the mighty Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. "Sanwar Dey Khudaya" is delivered with a melodious musical backdrop by none other than the fabulous Sahar Ali Bagga. This is the first of many to come out of the stellar musical line-up for 'Arth: The Destination'.
Inspired by the classic 1982 Hindi film ‘Arth’ by Mahesh Bhatt, Shaan has reinvented the film for a new generation of audiences across the world, all with the blessing of Mahesh Bhatt himself. The film is written and directed by Shaan Shahid also starring him alongside Humaima Malik, Mohib Mirza and Uzma Hassan. Tackling issues of love, dreams and destiny may be standard film fodder, but intertwining this with the serious issues of domestic violence and extramarital affairs, is a brave move.
'Arth: The Destination' is a hugely relevant film for modern-day audiences and shows that Pakistani filmmakers are breaking the mould and are no longer afraid to tackle issues that have historically stayed hidden behind closed doors.
The film is produced by Hammad Chaudhry, Faraz Chaudhry and Shaan Shahid under their banners of HKC Entertainment, Cinestar and 5th Element Entertainment, respectively. The movie is distributed by Grand Showbiz Media & Entertainment.
By RAHUL RAUT
After the huge success of 'Jolly LLB 2', filmmaker Subhash Kapoor is in no mood to leave the successful franchise. The director is now gearing up for its third part. While the first part that released in 2013 starred Arshad Warsi in the title role, this year released second instalment of the movie saw Akshay Kumar starring in the lead.
Now, if the latest reports in trade are to be believed, 'Jolly LLB 3' will star Akshay and Arshad both in the film. What's more interesting is that both actors will be pitted against each other. While we have got the confirmation about Arshad doing this film, Akshay's involvement hasn't been confirmed yet. If it turns out to be true, 'Jolly LLB 3' will be among a rare movie where the lead heroes of two previous parts of the franchise will star together and be seen against each other.
Kapoor plans to roll 'Jolly LLB 3' after the release of his forthcoming movie, 'Mogul' which also stars Akshay as the late music maestro Gulshan Kumar.Read more
By RAHUL RAUT
Last year, Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment inked a long-term deal with Netflix giving them exclusive access to SRK's past as well as forthcoming films. And now SRK's production house and the streaming giant have joined hands to produce an original series.
Red Chillies Entertainment and Netflix India announced their first original series, "Bard of Blood" at an event in Hyderabad today. The political espionage series is based on the book of the same name written by the young Indian author, Bilal Siddiqi. The eight-episode series which has been planned to be made in Hindi, English, Urdu and other languages, is said to have never-seen-before high octane actions.
Set against the backdrop of the Indian subcontinent, the multilingual series will tell the story of an expelled spy, Kabir Anand who is recalled from his new life as a Shakespeare professor in Panchgani to save his country and a long-lost love. It's said to be a suspense thriller that takes you on a thrilling journey from the power corridors of RAW to the war-torn terrain of Balochistan.
“We have always tried to create world-class content and entertainment from India," Shah Rukh Khan said in a statement. "Netflix has shown that Indian stories have a global audience and we would love to use this platform and its reach to tell more stories."
Talking about the collaboration further, Venky Mysore, CEO of Red Chillies added, “We are delighted to extend our partnership to the Netflix Original series. Gaurav Verma and our team at Red Chillies have put it together and we can’t wait to bring this thrilling nail-biter to screens around the world."
“We believe in the global vision of Red Chillies to create groundbreaking content out of India. It’s exciting to deepen our relationship with Red Chillies and expand our slate of originals in India. We are thrilled to work with a brilliant, young writer like Bilal Siddiqi and take his gripping, inventive storytelling to Netflix members worldwide," said Reed Hastings, Netflix Founder and CEO.
PS:- With this announcement, it's being speculated that SRK might also star in the series. However, a source from Red Chillies Entertainment confirmed to us that SRK will not be a part of it as an actor. Stay tuned Asian Style Magazine for further information.Read more
One of the most eagerly awaited Pakistani films this year, 'Rangreza' is all set to release next month. The movie stars Urwa Hocane, Bilal Ashraf and Gohar Rasheed in titular roles.
A musical romance directed by Aamir Mohiuddin, the filmmakers have released a new song "Balamwa" from the film. Sung by Ustad Fareed Ayaz, Ustad Abu Mohammad and one of the film's music director Hamza Akram Qawal, this beautiful, spiritual track will get you in the mood for romance.
Presented by Vision Art Films, Usman Malkani Films, Distribution Club (Pvt) Ltd, Munir Hussain Films UK and Pepe’s Piri Piri, Rangreza will be distributed worldwide except Pakistan by B4U Motion Pictures.
'Rangreza' releases in cinemas on 21st December 2017.
The high octane, action-packed 'Tiger Zinda Hai' trailer has raised the anticipation to a whole new high. Now, the action entertainer’s next asset - the first song "Swag Se Swagat" - promises superb dancing, celebrations and a whole lot of Swag.
Featuring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, this number is the perfect party anthem for year-end celebrations. Sung by Vishal Dadlani and Neha Bhasin. The song is choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant. It’s a dance number that will see Salman and Katrina groove together after 5 years.
Shot in the small, picturesque island of Naxos, in Greece, this song features dancers from all over the world and is a big shout out to universal brotherhood. Director Ali Abbas Zafar said, “This song is about celebrating peace, love and brotherhood. It has Salman, Katrina and dancers from all over the world. The fun bit here is that the entire town, which has a very small population, found out that a big Bollywood film was being shot on their home turf. Everyone would turn up to check out the shooting and catch us filming here. When we would play out the song during the shoot, the townsfolk would be dancing on their rooftops, balconies and alleyways. In a way, they were all dancing to our tunes.”
Picturesque, peaceful and relaxed, this Grecian island and the catchy song was the perfect setting for Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to bond with these islanders. They would complete shooting and immediately hang out with the locals. ''Tiger Zinda Hai', the sequel to the most successful action film of Bollywood 'Ek Tha Tiger', will release in cinemas worldwide on 22nd December 2017.
By RAHUL RAUT
Tushar Hiranandani who has written hit films like 'Dishoom, 'Ek Villain', 'FALTU', 'ABCD 2' and 'Grand Masti' is soon turning a director. The blockbuster writer, as he is known in the industry for his back-to-back hit movies, has now penned a script for himself to venture into direction.
According to our source, the film is titled 'Saand Ki Aankh'. Phantom Films and Reliance Entertainment have come on board to produce this movie which is said to have one of the best scripts Tushar has written so far. People close to the project is saying its script is gold and it's surely going to do wonders at box office.
We haven't much information about the film right now as the details of it have been kept under wraps and the people close to the project are also not allowed to talk. The official announcement of the film is expected to be made soon.Read more
By RAHUL RAUT
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's much-loved Television show 'Dus Ka Dum' will soon return with its third season. Sony Entertainment Television which aired the last two seasons of the reality show will bring it again with none other than Salman Khan as host.
Danish Khan, the channel's Executive Vice President and Business Head, confirmed the news to IANS. When asked who would be hosting it, he confirmed Salman's name indirect, saying: "I will answer you in a way by saying you tell me who else can it come out with? So, if you're asking me who is doing 'Dus Ka Dum'... (My answer is) Is there anyone else who can do 'Dus Ka Dum'."
The new season of 'Dus Ka Dum' slated to be aired next year is said to be the most ambitious project for Sony channel. "This time, with 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC), we created a kind of world record as 3 crore people played KBC on mobile. That was our first attempt at getting a second screen -- a mobile -- in play for the television," Danish said.
"We believe 'Dus Ka Dum' will be the biggest interactive show that we have ever done. For Sony, it will be the most ambitious TV, plus second screen experience for consumers," he added.
'Dus Ka Dum' is an Indian version of the popular international reality game show 'Power of 10'. The show that aired between 2008 and 2009 helped Sony TV regain its third position in the Indian television ratings and with the new season they are hoping to jump their rank.
The official announcement about the show and the host is expected to be out within a month.Read more
Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee is known for presenting his film characters uniquely and his forthcoming 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' is going to be no different. The director has reportedly asked the film's lead pair Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra to prepare separately. Banerjee has asked them to do their workshops individually so that their real-life chemistry can be hidden and the awkwardness between them can be brought onscreen.
According to sources, this was done because, in this film, Arjun and Parineeti play characters who are constantly at loggerheads with each other. “Arjun and Parineeti have a great bond. They were loved in Ishaqzaade in which they had sparkling chemistry. In Dibakar’s film, they stumble upon each other and their journey starts off on a very unusual note. Dibakar wanted to keep Arjun and Parineeti away from each other till they meet on the sets for the first time," DNA reported quoting a source.
“In fact, from the time Arjun and Parineeti were signed on for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Dibakar asked them to not even meet socially. Arjun and Parineeti haven’t even been calling each other. Both actors have been following their director’s vision for his lead characters. It makes a lot of sense as, when they meet again, there will be a natural awkwardness that Dibakar wants at the start of the shoot," the source added.
Dibakar confirmed the news, saying, “It is essential that Arjun and Parineeti do not come across as friends at the start of the film. They have known each other for years and their personal chemistry needs to be hidden at the start of the film.We wanted to achieve this by keeping them apart. I’m hoping the two, coming from very different workshops, will surprise each other, when they do meet on their first day of the shoot.”
Produced by Yash Raj Films, 'Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar' narrates the story of a man and a woman who represent two completely different faces of India. They are united in one thing only — their mistrust, suspicion, and hate for each other. The film releases on 3rd August 2018.Read more
By FATIMA PATEL
She has just become the first Pakistani spokesperson for Loreal, is one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses with several awards and accolades to her credit.
Her last film was with none other than India’s biggest superstars Shahrukh Khan and now the actress is returning with Shoaib Mansoor’s hard-hitting, 'Verna'. Yes, we are talking about super talented and the ever so beautiful Mahira Khan.
The single mum has become a powerful and respected name within the Pakistani entertainment industry. Such is her following and support that despite her upcoming film being embroiled in controversy, the support Mahira has been receiving from all corners of the world has been overwhelming.
'Verna', which is a hard-hitting film directed by Shoaib Mansoor, who also gave Mahira her first break in films, has been denied a certificate by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) following its viewing.
The move to ban the film has left many fans on social media outraged. Film and television personalities have come out in support of the film which also includes support from across the border in the name of Deepika Padukone.
At a promotional event for 'Padmavati', Deepika Padukone backed 'Verna' and said that it was "sad" that it was banned. Deepika is quoted by media as saying, "Yes, it's sad that a small section of people don't understand the power of cinema and what it can do to the world. It brings people together, it spreads love, it's fascinating what cinema can do and it's sad that a certain group of people choose to not recognize that."
This controversy has just added interest and curiosity to the film and so expectations for the movie is rocketing.
Mahira, exclusively spoke with Asian Style Magazine, prior to the film had run into troubled waters.
The conversation started with an apology from the Bol actress for sounding groggy, as she had just had a power nap to help overcome a little cold and was settling her son, Azlaan to sleep. Behind all that glamour and bright lights came a simple single mum, who sounded deeply passionate about her work and just couldn’t wait to share everything about her intense and dramatic film 'Verna'.
Fatima: Verna is your next release after the mega-successful SRK film, Raees. So, expectations are sky high. Does that make you nervous and if so how are you managing to control your nerves?
Oh my God, Fatima I mean someone has to give me some remedy for the nerves haha. But the truth is it’s actually not really because of the Bollywood film that the expectations are so high. It’s that I have not done a film for the last two years in Pakistan and Raees didn’t come out in Pakistan either, so technically speaking they haven’t gone into cinemas or had me on their television screens in the last two years, so the wait is there. Secondly, the fact that I and Shoaib Mansoor are coming together that’s actually where the expectation lies and that’s scary because my first anything that was related to acting was Bol. So, six years ago I made a debut with Shoaib Mansoor, six years later he decides to make another film and here I am in this film and sort of spearheading it or the protagonist, whatever you would like to call it. So, that’s the reason why the expectations are so high and honestly, it’s very scary. Because while doing the film I didn’t realise that the expectations were going to be so high and now its just everywhere I go. Obviously, we’ve been promoting, and we speak to you guys. Actually, when the first poster came out, I was so surprised that people were talking about it in a way that ok let’s see what she does now and let’s see how they do this and I’m like I am not sure if I want the onus to lay on me. But it is what it is and I’m dealing with the nerves not so well.
Verna looks like a very interesting thriller based on a social cause. What else can you give away about the film?
You’re actually right. I agree with you, it is a thriller actually, so even though obviously you can tell it is about a woman seeking justice, but as a genre, if you’re asking me as a genre it is a thriller. Otherwise what I can tell you is that even though people will know it is a film about rape, it is about the kind of abuse that happens to women and men all around the world. You know when I was researching for it, I was like Oh my God, this is unreal stuff, I mean every two hours a woman is raped in Pakistan. These are just numbers that are reported. We don’t know what’s happening really, we don’t know what the numbers are in actuality. So, it is about rape. But more than anything if you were to ask me, this film is about power. How the power dynamics work in a society because rape at the end of the day is not a show of sexual frustration not at all. That’s not what it is. It’s not an act of sex for pleasure. Most of the time if you hear activists talk about it if you hear survivors speak about it, if you read about it, the one common thing that everybody talks about is that it is a show of power and so that is what Verna is about. It is about power dynamics within a society, country, in the world and how that power struggle affects people. So that’s what I would like to say, otherwise, if you would like me to elaborate on my character I could do that, but you know if I tell you a little more…
You'll be giving the storyline away.
But yeah you know I am already like half asleep and I know I am going to get better at this at the next interview and I hope I don’t give away too much (laughter).
So again, about this girl, which is an interesting character for me to play because I relate to her in many ways, but I also don’t relate to her in many ways. You know me, Mahira the person I have nervous energy, I have been told that I should be much more confident and that I should act like who I am, which is I don’t know for people I guess some hugely successful actor, but what people don’t understand is that I am not what I am in my head you know, or that there might be this nervous energy. This girl does not get nervous. Fear is not in her DNA. She doesn’t understand fear at all. So, she is a very interesting girl that I have played. I think we are all very strong, I think I am a very strong person and I am sure you are too as a woman, but it’s not about being strong, it’s just that there are certain things she just doesn’t have. She is fearless, she’s not nervous, she doesn’t get scared easily, right! So, she is almost like you could do anything to her and she’ll just be standing tall in front of you. I remember playing her I thought to myself that OK what are the things that I can add, little things you know. And I remember telling myself, just don’t bite your lips, because I do that all the time. If you notice in every single movie of mine I am biting my lips and I hate it, and I’m like why, why doesn’t someone tell me to stop. That’s me, right? And they just let it go and now people think it’s a style. It’s not a style it’s a very bad habit. I was then conscious of not having this girl bite her lips, she just doesn’t. It just doesn’t come to her.
In the film's trailer, we get to see you in a very fierce yet gruesome scene, where you are beating the daylights out of someone in a bathtub. Can you talk us through your preparation for this scene, how long did it take for you to get into the skin of the character and do that shot?
I was very excited for that scene. I was excited because I had never read anything like that. I don’t think I have ever seen that in mainstream Pakistani cinema. So, it was on paper and on paper what are you reading? You’re reading that this girl is angry and that she comes in and she goes into the bathroom and someone is lying in the bathtub and she has to beat him. So, you’re like how do I do this you know? It was December, it was minus some degrees in Islamabad there was no heating if I may say so and the water itself was very very cold and I knew that even if I do this in two to three takes, the truth is that I can’t do this in two or three takes because once I’ve entered and I start hitting inside the tub, the water splashes up and I am drenched, so I had to really get it right the first time and I remember standing waiting for Shoaib saab to call action and I just stood there and started getting angry and anger doesn’t come to me easily you know. When it does I see red for sure, but it doesn’t come easily. So, I just stood there, and I was like right OK let’s just do this and I kept thinking about the character and I had about two minutes before to go in there and do this, because you’re constantly shooting back to back. So, he (the Director) said action and I remember going in there and when I was beating whoever I was beating in that bathtub, I got hurt very badly, because I hit my wrist on the marble tub. I got bruised very badly, but the things that I was saying they were not written in the script, so he has retained all those things. But I went crazy, I mean it was because I knew this is all I have, this is it and my God, I had so much fun doing it. I went home thinking wow I know that this scene has gone well and then the next day I came on set and my AD came to me and said I have good news and bad news - By the way, this was every day. So, I was like, oh ok bring it on. So, he says the good news is that the scenes were fantastic last night, so I was like oh my God that’s amazing. Then he says, the bad news is we have to shoot it again. I was like WHAT! He’s like ya and I’m like why and he’s like it was because the camera’s shadow was coming in the glass and I am like no you can’t do that. Fatima, I cannot tell you there is no way we could replicate what we did. Trust me what we did in the first day and it’s a shoot that lasts all night because when we went into close-ups when we went into the bathtub and I was in the tub – we shot it all – it was insane. But yes it’s a very powerful scene and I do hope that people in the cinema will like it and love it the way we did it.
Thank you and we wish you all the best with the film. 'Verna' is expected to be in cinemas on 17th November.Read more