Krrish 3 that portrays India's first superhero is one of the most anticipated sequels in Bollywood. The film which is currently still under production, we hear, has inked a two year licensing and merchandising deal with a Mumbai based brand licensing firm, Dream Theatre.
The deal which was realized with assistance from the talent management and entertainment firm Carving Dreams will include five movie releases in the same window - two animated Krrish movies titled Kid Krrish which will be aired on kids' television channel Cartoon Network before the cinematic release of the actual movie, and two more animated Kid Krrish movies will be aired also on the same channel after Krrish 3 is released in theatres.
While the film's producers say Krrish 3 is likely to be the most marketed film of the year, and is expected to generate sales of close to US$ 3 million from merchandise, digital activation including online games and animation-related licensing alone.
With this new deal, Dream Theatre which also manages licensing rights for global brands like Angry Birds, DreamWorks Animation, Power Rangers, Noddy, Discovery Kids and Power Rangers in India adds yet another feather to their hat.
Apparently, the actor's character in the film is a stylized, crafty and an evil one, for which the actor plans on doing away with prosthetics and going for a natural look by shaving his head. However, though Suniel is adamant on the bald look he reiterates stating that his look in the film will be altogether different from friend Sanjay Dutt's bald look in Agneepath.
And with the remake of Awara, the Kapoors' illustrious home banner R. K. Films would be grandly revived. Before that the indomitable Rishi Kapoor and his lovely and talented wife Neetu Singh would be seen on screen for the first time with their son Ranbir in Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam.
One now hears Rishi and Neetu's roles are being broadened so that audiences don't feel cheated by the playing-time featuring Ranbir with his parents.
Says Rishi, "Both Neetu and I enjoyed working with Ranbir thoroughly. I had fun working with my wife and son. But I still feel there should be more of Neetu and I in Besharam. My only grouse in this otherwise-enjoyable experience was the length of our roles and Ranbir knows it. So they're trying to expand our roles. Neetu and I play cops. Our characters are seen off and on."
It's felt by the team that there aren't enough father-son golden moments between Rishi and Ranbir in Besharam. Says Rishi, "The director is trying to increase Neetu and my roles. Of course Ranbir and I have scenes together in Besharam, including the climax of the plot. But they're trying to create scenes where all three of us can be together."
Rishi says his earlier misgivings that Ranbir may be uncomfortable sharing screen-space with him, were completely unfounded. "Yeh aaj kal ke bache nahin baap hain. In any case, Besharam is not a film that requires great histrionics from either of us. Its light bubbly and frothy and a little dramatic."
Rishi Kapoor now lets out the big secret plan for the great histrionic plan with Ranbir. Says Rishi, "Besharam was the testing ground for the two of us together on screen. We would now like do something deeper. A remake of my father's Awara is on our minds. And in all likelihood we will be doing it for our banner R. K. Films."
Rishi Kapoor won't direct the neo - Awara. "No thanks. Direction is a thankless job. I don't want to get into that space at all. I am very comfortable and happy as an actor. I just want to act. I am at peace with myself. I don't have to think about anything except acting. I am having a ball. I've received loads of messages for my performance in Aurangzeb. I can't be happier. The best most touching message came from Mrs. Pam Chopra. I'll treasure it forever."
"What to do?" the brilliant actor who has four films in various section at the Cannes Film Festival. "I had no time to get myself any clothes. Ek suit ghar pe padaa hua ttha jo pehla pehna nahin ttha. Bas wohi lekar aa gaya. (There was a suit at home that I hadn't worn. I took it came here)."
But clothes certainly don't make this actor's life. Says Nawaz, "I feel blessed. To have four of my films here at Cannes, is like a dream. On Saturday we had a screening of Monsoon Shootout. On Sunday there were screenings of Lunchbox and Bombay Talkies. They were so well-received. I couldn't have hoped for a better birthday gift."
In the night Nawaz's friends hosted a birthday bash for him. Says Nawaz, "I had lots to celebrate this year. The overwhelming response to my films at Cannes is the highest point in my journey of the last one year."
At 39, Nawaz feels his life has just begun. "For 13 years I was given no room to grow as an actor. Kuch bhi milta tha main kar leta (I accepted what came my way). Gangs Of Wasseypur changed my life. Today I feel I've just begun my life. So this is my first birthday."
Ishkq In Paris, is pretty shaken by the latest spot-fixing scandals to hit the cricket IPL business.
Taking a deep breath she says, "Look, I'd still like to give the accused the benefit of the doubt. But if the allegations are true then it's really really sad for the country, for the game and for the IPL. So much faith is placed on these players. I don't think they've any business betraying us like this. If the allegations are true then let me tell you the BCCI is going to take very stern action against these players. At the same time we can't write off the game just because there might be some rotten eggs in the basket. "
Preity admits there have been times when she has felt out of place in the IPL. "I am not going to deny there are dark moments when I feel, 'What the hell am I doing here?' But on the whole the IPL experience has been very fulfilling and I've never been seriously tempted to question my place in it. I only wish people who are part of the IPL would take their responsibilities seriously. Finally it's not the players but the team owner who has to face the uncomfortable questions on the raison d'etre of the IPL."
And Preity by the grace of the cricketing Gods has learnt to take the criticism on her chin. "These last three years have made me stronger. I feel I am far more experienced now as a human being than I was three years ago. We actors lead very cocooned lives. I think being only actor limited my world-view. We go to the studios do our shots and come back home. As an entrepreneur, a cricket team owner and a producer I've had rigorous exposure to the world outside the film studio. Today I feel I am in touch with many more realities both within myself and in the outside world. Yeah, I think I'm stronger."
Raanjhanaa would now also have a Tamil version making it to the theatres. Though were murmurs around this happening for last 6-7 months, the makers were keeping a stoic silence around this. However, as per the recent developments, there was a plan in place to bring the film for the South audience as well and now it has taken a final shape.
"There would be two versions of the film, Hindi and Tamil. While the promotion of Raanjhanaa has already moved into the third gear, audience would soon be getting a glimpse of what the Tamil version would look like," informs a source.
The Tamil version has been titled Ambikapathy. Incidentally, a Tamil film with the same title was released over half a century ago which had none other than Sivaji Ganesan in the lead.
"Raanjhanaa has an entirely different storyline from the Sivaji Ganesan film though," the source adds, "The only similarity is that both films are love stories."
The decision to bring the film in Tamil was pretty much on the cards since Dhanush has an immense fan base in South. Moreover, the film has music by A.R. Rahman which can be comfortably moulded for the South audience. Incidentally, this would be first time ever that Sonam Kapoor would be seeing a film of hers release in Tamil.
When contacted, producer Krishika Lulla confirmed that the Tamil version Ambikapathy was on.
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Son of Sardaar, Ajay Devgn and the gorgeous Sonakshi Sinha are all set to team up for yet another film. Sources close to the duo have confirmed that they would be seen again in choreographer turned director Prabhu Dheva's next untitled film produced by Gordhan Tanwani of Baba Films.
This would be Devgn's first film with Prabhu while Sonkashi has already worked with the talented director in Rowdy Rathore, Rambo Rajkumar which is still under production and the famous 'Go Govinda' song in OMG Oh My God!.
Buzz is also that Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame is finalized for this project who will be seen playing an interesting role. Devgn would commence shooting for the film by the end of July, once he is back from his much awaited family trip.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, directed by Ayan Mukerji starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor has tied up with lifestyle entertainment channel Fox Traveller.
As a part of this association, the Fox Traveller crew travelled with the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani team to destinations like Manali, Mumbai, Udaipur and Paris to capture the exhilarating filming moments of the movie. The entire 'Making of YJHD' will be packaged into 8-10 episode series of one hour each.
Interestingly though in the film, Ranbir is seen playing the character of a travel buff Bunny, who is a Fox Traveller videographer, who is a dreamer, wanderer with a hunger for travel and exploring the world.
Apart from this tie up, Fox Traveller has launched a social media initiative on Facebook. In this contest, Bunny aka Ranbir Kapoor invites viewers and fans to share their fun, spontaneous, crazy, memorable travel stories. He will then select the best travel stories, which will be showcased on Fox Traveller.