Thursday, December 30, 2010

There was dispute over content of 'Patiala House' trailer: Advani

There was dispute over content of 'Patiala House' trailer: Advani  

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Dec 30 (IANS) Nikhil Advani had a difference of opinion with the rest of his team over the content of the first trailer of Akshay Kumar-starrer "Patiala House" as a result of which there was delay in getting it ready for being attached to "Tees Maar Khan".

"All I'll say is, there was some dispute over the content. 'Patiala House' is not a comedy and I didn't want to pitch it as a comedy. My biggest compliment was when Rishi Kapoor (who plays Akshay's father) called up to say, 'You've hit a sixer with your first trailer," said Advani.

When Advani visited a suburban theatre to watch TMK on Friday to check out his own film's hero's latest offering. Nikhil wanted to see the first trailer of his own film "Patiala House" that was attached to "Tees Maar Khan". But the trailer of "Patiala House" was missing from the film.

"All the prints of the trailers for the Dolby theatres could't be ready in time. So only about 70 percent of the Dolby theatres could show the trailer of 'Patiala House' with 'Tees Maar Khan'. Unfortunately, I landed up in one of the theatres that didn't have my trailer attached to the film. Can you imagine? The world saw it. I couldn't," said Advani.

Was it a last-minute decision to peg the "Patiala House" trailer to "Tees Maar Khan"?

"No no. We had decided long ago to attach our first trailer to 'Tees Maar Khan'. Akshay is a co-producer on both projects. Since 'Patiala...' is not a comedy, we decided we'd wait for the release of 'Tees Maar Khan' before starting the campaign," said the director.

Akshay admits "Patiala House" takes him into another mood away from the comic. 

"There is only some black humour in 'Patiala House'. Otherwise it's a very dramatic story of a Sikh father who thinks it's unpatriotic of his British-Indian son to play cricket for the British team against India… Yes, there were creative differences over what the first trailer should look like. I am not just the actor on the project. I am the producer as well," said Akshay.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Akshay's 'Patiala House' role inspired by Monty Panesar

Akshay's 'Patiala House' role inspired by Monty Panesar  

Mumbai, Dec 28 (IANS) In his next film "Patiala House", Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will be seen essaying a role which has been inspired by England cricket team's Sikh member Monty Singh Panesar.

Panesar is the first Sikh to join England cricket team and the spinner is a crowd favourite. Panesar's parents migrated there from Punjab.

In "Patiala House", Akshay will be seen as Parghat Singh Kahlon, a British citizen whose dream is to be a pace bowler. 

The film is being directed by Nikhil Advani and also stars Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. It is slated to release in Feb next year.


Akshay Kumar plans holiday in Goa for Twinkle Khanna birthday

Akshay plans holiday in Goa for Twinkle's birthday  

By Radhika Bhirani

New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) A family holiday is the only thing on Akshay Kumar's mind after the release of "Tees Maar Khan". So the Bollywood star is off to Goa to celebrate his wife Twinkle's 36th birthday Wednesday as well as ring in the New Year with a bang.

"I am going to Goa with my family for nine days and I will just enjoy myself. We will be celebrating Tina's (Twinkle) birthday there first and then party on New Year's Eve," Akshay told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

The action star, whose cookery game show "MasterChef India" on Star Plus came to a grand end last week, says he makes sure he chalks out adequate family time every year to take Twinkle and their eight-year-old son Aarav.

"You need to strike the right balance between work and family. I manage it very carefully. My family understands the nature of my work and never bothers me when I am working. So when I am on a holiday, I never give them a chance to complain and I just have fun," he said.

He also makes sure to pamper his wife once every year.

"I like to take breaks between my projects and once every year, I take a slightly long break. At that time, I just keep a globe in front of my wife and I ask her to choose whichever destination she wants to go for a holiday, and that's where we head! She allows me complete freedom, so I can do at least this much for her," said the dutiful husband.

It was an average year for Akshay with films like "Housefull", "Khatta Meetha", "Action Replayy" and "Tees Maar Khan", apart from his presence on the small screen as the host and judge of "MasterChef India". He says the TV show was a "great learning experience" as it was not just a chance for him to get a step closer to the masses, but also a chance for him to pick up new cookery tips.

"I met so many people through this show and learnt so much. For the first time I heard of cooking fish in curd and mustard...I picked up many such new combinations and ingredients. 

"I could relate to their emotions because I also come from the same background. I could understand their feeling of staying away from home for a long time and could understand their needs in their quest for success...," said the 43-year-old, who lead a simple life in Chandni Chowk in New Delhi before he became a chef in Bangkok and then finally movedg to filmdom with "Saugandh" in 1991.

The actor, best known for his action stunts in Bollywood, says he is ready to be back with a second season of the show.

"I hope so that the channel would like to do a second season of 'Masterchef India'. I don't know yet, but Star Plus and I share quite a good rapport and hopefully we will return with the second season. I am all for it," he said.

After the holiday, Akshay is looking forward to the release of "Patiala House", the official trailer of which has been released with "Tees Maar Khan". Following that, he will begin shooting for Anees Bazmee's "Thank You".


Monday, December 27, 2010

I may contribute to Akshay's film again: Pakistani rapper Bohemia

I may contribute to Akshay's film again: Pakistani rapper Bohemia  

By Alkesh Sharma

Chandigarh, Dec 27 (IANS) US-based Pakistani rapper Bohemia, who collaborated with Akshay Kumar in "Chandni Chowk To China" for the snazzy version of the title track, is expecting to ink another deal with the Bollywood star.

"Last month I had a meeting with Akshay bhai again. Hopefully, I will again contribute in his another film. Talks are on with many other filmmakers and very soon things will be finalised," Bohemia told IANS.

"My fan base started in America and now whatever I get from outside is an added bonus. Now Bollywood is helping me. Akshay Kumar approached me for 'Chandni Chowk to China' and I could not say no as I am his big fan," he said.

Bohemia feels hip-hop or rap is not culture or society bound.

"Hip-hop and rap is something that represents a whole culture. In other forms of music there are many restrictions and you are compartmentalised into certain compositions. But rap is absolutely free, you are just naked in front of your audience and that is the real test of any musician's abilities.

"I have many fans. I do not know the reason why they are so impressed with me as I never do anything to impress anybody. I just go to the stage and scream my heart out.

"I am never bothered about my looks and clothes like other singers. I think that rap represents a culture and most of the youngsters easily relate to it."

Born as Roger David in Karachi, Pakistan, Bohemia shifted to the US when his parents decided to migrate there 14 years ago. He is now based in California. Bohemia's grandfather had converted from Sikhism to Christianity.

Talking about his fan following in India, he said: "Whenever I come to India, there is a huge queue of youngsters outside my hotel room and at the venues. I like to take out time for them and teach them about hip-hop and rap music. Hopefully, in future I would find more time to interact with youngsters and some concrete planning is on my cards," he said.

Bohemia, a big fan of Mirza Ghalib, feels rap is fast picking up in India.

"Rap is a cool quotient for kids. I do not find any difference between Indian kids and those from other countries. Kids in Europe and America are also doing the same thing. It took about 25 to 30 years for rap music to develop in America. In India, you just wait for another five years," said the singer.

Bohemia became an instant hit in 2003 with his first album "Vich Pardesan De" and followed it with "Pesa Nasha Pyar" and "Da Rap Star".

Talking about his inspiration, Bohemia said: "I was a mamma's boy and I was only 16 when my mom passed away. I was a dejected teenager in a new country.

I did not even know the language. I wanted to leave the school and home. I wanted to kill myself.

"I was on streets, running here and there, struggling in life. I did not really trust anyone. I was very blunt. The anguish, struggle and difficult phase were my inspiration. I started becoming friends with black Americans who are very good in rap. I learned many things like the English language from them," said Bohemia.

He is not too happy with the DJ culture and said: "DJs don't have knowledge of music, they are only doing mixtures. In India, we do not have DJ culture; we are just copying what we are seeing in the west. For making good music, we have to be creative."


Lucknow's Pankaj Bhadouria wins 'asterChef India

Lucknow's Pankaj Bhadouria wins 'MasterChef India'  

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) Lucknow-based Pankaj Bhadouria won Star Plus' cookery game show "MasterChef India" after she dished up a scrumptious meal on the show hosted by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. She takes home Rs.1 crore as prize money.

The dishes that won Bhadouria the prize are : Drunk Chicken Log, Cheesy Dill Salmon and Cranberry Cheese Blossom.

She was announced the winner after voting by host and judge, Akshay Kumar and his co-judges, noted chefs Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapoor, in the finale aired Saturday.

Bhadouria, 38, gave up her job as a teacher to be part of the show. Apart from the Rs.1 crore, she also gets a chance to host a cookery show and release a cookery book.

She pipped 24-year-old boy Jayanandan Bhaskar, also from Lucknow, to win the title.

Started in October 2010, the culinary show was a platform to acknowledge and encourage the skills of passionate cooks and groom them to become professionals.

The finale episode was graced by Bollywood filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan and actress Katrina Kaif, who came to promote their film "Tees Maar Khan", which also stars Akshay.


Akshay's New Year act ahead of Christmas!

Akshay's New Year act ahead of Christmas!  

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Dec 25 (IANS) Everyone wondered why Akshay Kumar dedicated his performance at Reliance Broadcast Network's Big Star awards held here to the New Year when it wasn't even Christmas time!

It turned out that Akshay's performance Tuesday night was targeted at being telecast on New Year's eve on a channel. But to the nominees who were present at the venue of the awards, it did appear odd that Akshay was singing and dancing about the New Year nine days in advance.

Said one of the stars present at the awards, "It was quite funny, really. Akshay was welcoming the year 2011 on Dec 21. We all wondered if he was trying to prove he was ahead of his times."

When contacted, Tarun Katial, Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Broadcast Network, said, "Akshay's New Year gig was part of his 'Tees Maar Khan' act. Since his performance was going to be part of the telecast of our awards on New Year's eve we decided to include it."

Incidentally, live performances at other awards functions, if targeted at a specific date, are recorded separately from the function.

Said Akshay: "The New Year bit was part of my 'Tees Maar Khan' act. Anything for my film. Also, Mr. (Amitabh) Bachchan came and joined me on stage for an impromptu jig. After that, time ceased to matter for me. I didn't care if it was Christmas or New Year."


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Patiala House Movie Cast Crew & First Look


Hari Om Entertainment Co.
People Tree Films Pvt. Ltd.
Credence Motion Picture
Under Production 


Release Date
February 11, 2011


Family Drama 

Shooting Locations (City & Country)
United Kingdom

Shooting Studios
Mehboob Studio
Bhushan Kumar
Mukesh Talreja
Kishan Kumar
Twinkle Khanna
Zoeb Springwala
Nikhil Advani

Star Cast
Akshay Kumar
Anushka Sharma
Rishi Kapoor
Dimple Kapadia
Prem Chopra
Hard Kaur
Rabbit Sack C...... Aman Kahlon
Soni Razdan
Tinu Anand
Prem Chopra
Kumud Mishra
Jeneva Talwar
Cassettes and CD's on

Anvita Dutt Guptan

Music Director
Shankar Mahadevan
Ehsaan Noorani
Loy Mendonca
Santosh Thundiyil

Remo D'Souza

Manan Sagar

Nikhil Advani
Anvita Dutt Guptan
Manoj Sikka

Anvita Dutt Guptan

Media Relations

Publicity Designs Rahul Nanda Himanshu Nanda HR Enterprises


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