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posted 8 Oct 2013 02:19 by Amer Shoib

Pphotographs of Temptations Reloaded in Sydney that happened on October 6th. Mrs Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Ms Rani Mukerji, Ms Jacqueline Fernandez, Mr Meiyang Chang, Mr Honey Singh and Mr Shah Rukh Khan performed at the Bollywood Extravaganza. 


posted 5 Oct 2013 00:55 by Amer Shoib

Temptations Reloaded in Auckland that happened on October 4th. Mrs Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Ms Rani Mukerji, Ms Jacqueline Fernandez, Mr Meiyang Chang, Mr Honey Singh and Mr Shah Rukh Khan performed at the Bollywood Extravaganza. 

R...Rajkumar - Trailer Launch

posted 3 Oct 2013 08:29 by Amer Shoib

Check out the trailer launch event of "R...Rajkumar" - A film by Prabhu Dheva. The cast & the producer Viki Rajani were present to talk about their upcoming film "R...Rajkumar" slated to release on 6th Dec 2013.

Dubai Entities Join Forces to Bring All-Star Cast and Crew to Dubai for Filming of Major Bollywood Film Happy New Year Untitled Post

posted 14 Sep 2013 05:51 by Amer Shoib

Dubai Entities Join Forces to Bring All-Star Cast and Crew to Dubai for Filming of Major Bollywood Film Happy New Year 

Dubai Film and TV Commission and Atlantis, The Palm collaborate with Dubai entities to host the production of Red Chillies’ latest all-star feature film 

Dubai, UAE, September 12th, 2013 Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), in collaboration with Atlantis, The Palm are extending their full support for the smooth production of the hotly anticipated Bollywood film Happy New Year, starring screen legend Shah Rukh Khan. The filming of Red Chillies Entertainments Private Ltd.’s film, also starring Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan, and directed by Farah Khan, is already in full swing at Atlantis, The Palm.  

DFTC has partnered with Dubai Government entities to simplify the entire filmmaking process for the production team, while Atlantis, The Palm is hosting a majority of the shoot in and around the resort’s iconic grounds. Emirates Airline has also played its role in flying the stars and crew to Dubai for the production while the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has provided extensive logistical support to facilitate the overall shoot. 

Happy New Year is the latest coup in a busy and successful year for Dubai’s burgeoning media production industry. The filmmakers’ decision to shoot a significant portion of the film in Dubai confirms the emirate’s growing prominence as a production location favoured by filmmakers around the world and its capacity to accommodate a variety of large international productions. In the first half of 2013 alone, DFTC has already facilitated the Dubai-based shoots for several notable productions, including Indian films Ramaiya Vastavaiya, Ladies and Gentleman and Mental, episodes of MasterChef Australia, and Arabic TV series such as Mohal and Ya Malak Kalbi.

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film & TV Commission, commented on Happy New Year’s presence in Dubai, and the support that Dubai has been able to offer: “Happy New Year is a true mark of the success that can be achieved through the collaboration of public and private entities in Dubai. In close partnership with Atlantis, The Palm, Emirates and DTCM, we’re delighted to help facilitate the latest venture from Farah Khan and Red Chillies Entertainments, and showcase Dubai as a world-class filming destination”.

Serge Zaalof, President & Managing Director, Atlantis, The Palm said:  “Atlantis, The Palm is proud to host Dubai’s largest Bollywood film to date and showcase Dubai’s fantastic entertainment and hospitality facilities to an important international audience.  India is a significant tourism market for the resort and for Dubai, so it’s a pleasure partnering with DFTC to make this opportunity a reality.”

Speaking during filming in Dubai, Shah Rukh Khan, said: “Dubai is a beautiful city. It has a great scenic balance of ancient and modern architecture. It is not just the shopping capital of the Middle East, but is a perfect location for a film shoot. We have been shooting for our film, Happy New Year, here since September 2nd and I would like to thank Dubai Film and TV Commission, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Atlantis, The Palm and Emirates for being such gracious hosts to us. Dubai is like home for me and I have loved every bit of my experience of shooting for Happy New Year here.”

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Gulf, Middle East & Iran), said: "It is extremely rewarding for us at Emirates to support Dubai in its quest to promote the city as a film-making hub in the Middle East. The making of Happy New Year has truly enriched Dubai’s profile in a very strategic market, and we are proud to extend our support to an already impressive list of major international productions that have chosen to film in Dubai. With a diversity of locations, a cosmopolitan population and inherent hospitality, Dubai and Emirates share a similar vision in putting the city at the forefront of world cinema."

Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, CEO, Strategy and Tourism Sector Development at DTCM, said:  “The influence of film is incredibly important when it comes to travellers’ decision-making and the images people form of destinations. As such we’re delighted that Happy New Year, one of the most anticipated Bollywood films, is being filmed in the iconic grounds of Atlantis, the Palm in Dubai. Bollywood in particular is key for Dubai with India being one of our top 10 guest source markets. We’ve already seen huge numbers of visitors from India this year and we’re confident this market will remain strong as we enter a busy period in our events programme – featuring many Indian music and cultural events including 9/12 Hungama, with three of Bollywood’s biggest music stars.”

Abhishek Bachchan, Actor, said: “It has been an utter delight to shoot in different locations of Dubai for Happy New Year. The people are very humble and sweet and the hospitality is remarkable. This film becomes even more special because of the awesome experience we have had as a team while shooting our film here in Dubai.”

Deepika Padukone, Actor, added: Dubai has been a brilliant destination for holiday, relaxation and shopping. Dubai holds a special place for me because I came here for the music launch of my first film, Om Shanti Om.  Since then, the connection and the love with the people has been stronger. And now I am experiencing a whole new Dubai during the shoot of Happy New Year. It is beautiful and very easy to shoot here. I have had a great experience shooting the film here. 

Farah Khan, Director, said:  “I wrote the script of Happy New Year with Dubai in mind. In fact in this film, Dubai is not just a location but an integral character! The entire climax is shot around New Year’s Eve at Atlantis, The Palm! To have been able to secure the location and have all the logistics in place is a perfect combination. The different locations of Dubai where we have shot are essential to the film and I want to thank the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the Dubai Mall and Dubai Airport in particular for being so helpful. I will always cherish this experience of shooting Happy New Year here in Dubai.”

Jamal Al Sharif concluded: “As one of the largest centres of film production in the world, the Indian film industry offers exciting opportunities for collaboration with Dubai. Happy New Year embodies the unique partnership we have with Bollywood and greater India as we work together to establish Dubai as a unique consolidated production hub that caters to the many requirements of India’s diverse film industries.” 

Photo Caption: Farah Khan, Director of Happy New Year, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan join Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of DFTC and Serge Zaalof, President and Managing Director, Atlantis, The Palm, at a press conference held at Atlantis, The Palm to mark the successful filming of Happy New Year in Dubai.


posted 28 Aug 2013 11:41 by Amer Shoib


This October don’t fear…Boss is here Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar today released the high powered trailer for 2013’s most awaited action film of the year, “BOSS” which post the release of the teaser last week gave audiences a petit glimpse to the sure shot entertainer.

Taran Adarsh, leading film critic tweeted his first reaction of the trailer saying, “Akshay Kumar fans rejoice! Just viewed the 3-minute trailer of #Boss. Akshay is in his element. Has it all to work big time with viewers”

Industry insiders have already started calling the movie a sure shot blockbuster given the lethal combination of action, comedy, and adrenaline-pumping music that the movie promises with the trailer. Also the film has chartbuster songs composed by various music directors and one party song sung by YoYo Honey Singh. 

Considering the huge fan following of Akshay Kumar, the motion poster has been welcomed by trending the hashtag #BossIsComing in India and worldwide on Twitter by Akshay Kumar fans who call themselves “Akkians”. They plan to keep trending various hashtags during the campaign. 

Not letting much out, Akshay Kumar apparently essays the role of a gangster while Mithun plays his father. Tweeple are showering praise on Ronit Roy's appearance as a police officer just minutes after the trailer was launched. Boss also stars Aditi Rao Hydari, Shiv Pandit, Danny Denzongpa, Johnny Lever, Parikshit Sahni and Prabhu Deva. Sonakshi Sinha makes her entry in the film with a chart-buster item track. 
Akshay Kumar has already announced on Twitter and Facebook, that ‘with BOSS he is coming back to the full-on action genre, added with style and attitude!’
Surely from the looks of what has been revealed so far, an entertaining blockbuster filled with some great action scenes coupled with some great laughs, is soon making its way to the silver screen. 

BOSS releases on 16th October 2013 and is produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures in association with Cape of Good Films and Ashwin Varde Productions.

Check out the Motion Poster here: http://bit.ly/BOSSmotionposterCheck out the Teaser Trailer here: http://bit.ly/BossTeaser 

Check out the full Official Trailer here: http://bit.ly/BOSStrailer

Gulshan Grover-Chief Guest at New Jersey Parade

posted 13 Aug 2013 12:04 by Amer Shoib

Mr. Gulshan Grover as Chief Guest at New Jersey parade to celebrate India's Independence. The Parade attended by thousands was held on legendary Oak Tree Road of New Jersey where Hundreds of Indian Stores are there, selling from Sarees, samosa, Bindi and other Indian stuff .


posted 13 Aug 2013 11:46 by Amer Shoib

Will release in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan- Close on the heels of the stupendous success of Sridevi’s comeback film English Vinglish in Hong Kong and Germany, Eros International is all set to release the blockbuster in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The team is elated with the grand release of the film in these markets, especially South Korea where the film will release in over 100 screens, one of the biggest releases for an Indian film in the region. 

It’s double celebration for director Gauri Shinde, who has also received a special invite to attend the prestigious Japanese festival Aichi International Women’s festival, dedicated to advancement of women in society. Ms. Shinde will be visiting Japan for the festival at the end of August and will also interact with the press for the promotion of her film.

“English Vinglish is a universal story, nearly a year after its release, the film continues to enamor people across the world. A lot of people living abroad in an English speaking world are trying hard to learn English to be accepted by their society. With newer markets opening for the film consistently, we see resonance with global audiences for the film”, says Kumar Ahuja, President, Business Development, Eros International. “In these territories, especially South Korean audiences love Indian ethos and drama. We therefore expect the film to do good business in these territories.” This apart, Eros will also release other hits like Dabaang, Student of the Year, Agent Vinod and Chalo Dilli in the Japanese market very soon. 

Mumtaz 1 & Mumtaz 2 come together for OUATIMD Iftaar Daawat!

posted 12 Aug 2013 14:22 by Amer Shoib   [ updated 12 Aug 2013 14:23 ]

Shoaib's beautiful girlfriend has grown. Because Shoaib has grown.
Prachi Desai, who played Mumtaz, Shoaib's (Emraan Hashmi) beautiful love interest in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010) was gutted about not being cast in the sequel, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara.

As Shoaib's character grew in age and turned from a boy to man, Akshay Kumar was cast. It followed that there had to be a change in the casting of Mumtaz too. Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria convinced Sonali Bendre Behl, who has similar facial characteristics to Prachi, to return to the silver screen after a decade. (She was last seen in a cameo in Kal Ho Naa Ho.) 

Sonali's brief but impact-ful role in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara is already the topic of discussion. 

At the recent OUATIMD Iftaar Daawat held at a suburban Mumbai hotel, Ekta Kapoor managed a coup by bringing the old and new Mumtaz (Prachi Desai & Sonali Bendre Behl) together in front of the media. (See the picture attached.)
The two beauties greeted each other cordially and shared memories of shooting for the two films! 

Official Trailer:             http://youtu.be/dj9UXzyDsOA

Facebook Page:           https://www.facebook.com/OnceUponAgain

Youtube Channel:        http://www.youtube.com/user/BalajiMotionPictures?feature=watch

Twitter Page:                https://twitter.com/OUATIMAOfficial

The Lone Ranger Press Conference

posted 22 Jul 2013 13:13 by Amer Shoib   [ updated 22 Jul 2013 13:18 ]

The Cinema Journal was invited to a plush hotel for the press conference of The Lone Ranger. In attendance were the stars of the film, along with the producer and director.

Below is selected questions from the press conference.

Press: Goran the film has excellent landscapes and reminds us of the cinema of John Ford, do you agree?
Goran: We were fortunate to be able to film in such great landscapes.

Press: Johnny this was a very important role for you?
Johnny Depp: Yes it was a very important role for me because I wanted to show the true history of the wild west from the point of view of the native red Indian.

Press: Johnny how much do you personalise the shaping of your character and what is the inspiration for Tonto?
Johnny Depp: You look at the script and look for what impresses you. For Tonto one of the strongest influences was a dog I had. 

Press: Who were your idols in the movies Johnny and what research you did for him?
Johnny Depp: For me it was Marlon Brando. To not to portray Tonto as a savage, but a person with a lot of integrity with a great culture. 

Press: Will there be a sequel to the film?
Jerry Bruckheimer: All depends upon the audience and what the studio decide six months from now.

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humour, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

The film opens on August 9 across the UK.

London Indian Film Festival 2013 dazzles on opening night

posted 19 Jul 2013 04:24 by Amer Shoib   [ updated 19 Jul 2013 04:25 ]

Last night during the stars dazzled in London’s west end at the opening gala of the wonderful fourth London Indian Film Festival. The star of Oscar winners, Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, Irfan Khan graced the event. Along with British talent Preeya Kalidas, Sophia Hyatt, Rez Kempton, Feryena Wazir, Asad Shan amongst others that were also attending. Director Amit Kumar’s trigger happy Monsoon Shootout was the red carpet UK Premiere opening night film of the festival (July 18-25), that showcases the best of Indian independent cinema.   

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