Posts tagged Raanjhnaa
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; March 1, 2013)
Kolaveri Di made him a household name but Dhanush seems mighty keen on making his foray into Bollywood.
To begin with, the South star has developed a brilliant rapport with the director of his Bollywood debut. And the two are not only sharing food but also teaching each other different languages.
Dhanush, who has earlier acted in several South films, is finally making his debut in the Hindi film industry with Raanjhnaa opposite Sonam Kapoor. Turns out director Aanand L Rai simply loved the food the National Award-winning actor had on the sets so much that he made it a point that the cook prepared the South Indian delicacies for Anand as well.
“Aanand is a complete foodie and not at all health conscious. In fact, he has no qualms in admitting it. On the other hand, Dhanush is extremely fit and is very particular about his health. Regardless, they are sharing dabbas!” adds producer Krishika Lulla.
The Tanu Weds Manu director expresses his delight at being associated with the Bollywood newbie. “He’s very professional and it’s always great to work with someone like him. I love the food his chef packs for him. In fact, Dhanush has promised me his cook as a film release gift!” quips the filmmaker.
But not that easily, Aanand! Dhanush has apparently set a condition for his director as well. Dhanush is still brushing up his Hindi while Anand is not very familiar with Tamil.
“If he wants to continue having the food made by my cook, then he More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; February 14, 2013)
After doing several hit films down South, Dhanush is all set to make his Bollywood debut opposite Sonam Kapoor in Aanand Rai’s Raanjhnaa. While it could be expected that Dhanush’s name may not be too familiar with the Hindi- speaking audience up North, Rai tells of an incident that could change perceptions.
Says Rai, “On the first day of our shoot in the bylanes of Benares, there were almost 200 people watching the shoot from top of their buildings or even neighbourhood trees.” Dhanush apparently wanted to improvise on the scene given to him. And as soon as Rai called cut, the entire audience broke into an applause.
Rai adds, “I really couldn’t believe it as I didn’t expect people there to know Dhanush.”
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; February 5, 2013)
She may be based in Mumbai, but Sonam Kapoor is a true-blue Delhi girl. Or so it seems as coincidentally several of her films are shot in Delhi. Sonam’s next film opposite Ayushmann Khurrana will also be based in the national capital.
In the past, Miss Kapoor has acted in films like Delhi- 6, Aisha, her upcoming biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Raanjhnaa, her film opposite South star Dhanush, all shot in and around the capital.
A source says, “Just a couple of weeks ago, she wrapped up shooting for the Dhanush co-starrer in Delhi. She even spent a lot of time hanging around with students from the Delhi University. Her last schedule was hectic but she can’t wait to get back to the city.” Sonam says, “ I have been shooting in Delhi for back- to- back films and now I feel that Delhi has become practically my second home.” The actress plays Rishi Kapoor’s daughter in this rom-com.
The source adds, “The makers want to release this film mid- 2013 and are trying to wrap up the shoot soon.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 24, 2013)
Director Aanand Rai (right) of Tanu Weds Manu fame, who is currently filming Raanjhnaa with Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor in Delhi, has already chalked out plans for his next project. The director will be teaming up with Dhanush again who will co-produce the film apart from acting in it. The shooting of the bilingual film and will start post the release of Raanjhnaa.
A source told Mumbai Mirror: “Aanand Rai and Dhanush are getting along very well on the sets. Their visions of filmmaking match a lot and they are constantly bouncing off story ideas.”
Dhanush, who has produced few movies down south, already has enough experience up his sleeve to understand the nuances of filmmaking.
A source added: “They have finally zeroed in on a subject. It is a love story. They will co-produce the film. Dhanush will be acting in the film as well. However, the female lead opposite Dhanush is yet to be finalised.”
Despite repeated attempts, Aanand Rai remained unavailable for comment.
Renuka Vyavahare (BOMBAY TIMES; January 17, 2013)
Producer Krishika Lulla is confident about her forthcoming film Raanjhanaa, starring Sonam Kapoor, the Kolaveri Di sensation Dhanush and Abhay Deol. She states, “Raanjhanaa is a love story and I loved the script. I am very passionate about what I do. I do offer creative inputs when needed and discuss ideas with director Aanand Rai. Filmmaking is team work. I am very happy to have launched Dhanush in Bollywood. He rarely needs retakes. The story needed a guy who looks simple, someone people can identity with and Dhanush fit the bill. Sonam plays a simple girl from Banaras. Abhay has a good role, too. The film has been shot in Delhi and Banaras. This movie will give a new meaning to love stories in Hindi cinema.”
Raanjhanaa, produced by Eros International, releases June 28, 2013
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; January 17, 2013)
Although she earned her International Baccalaureate from Singapore — before studying political science and economics in London — Sonam Kapoor felt at home in Delhi while shooting for her upcoming film, Raanjhnaa.
The reason behind this being the warm camaraderie she shared with students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Sonam has gone back to Delhi to shoot the last schedule of her next, directed by Aanand Rai of Tanu Weds Manu fame. “After pack- up, Sonam is spotted hanging around with the students in the premise. They have developed a great bond and are often seen discussing various social issues when they get a chance,” says a source from the unit.
Moreover, thanks to the intense chill in the capital city, Sonam along with these youngsters also enjoyed bonfire evenings. “Sonam will be donning a completely new look for the film. Also, although she has been spending most of her time shooting and hanging around the campus, it’s difficult to really make out whether she’s a star or just another student from the college,” adds the source.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; January 15, 2013)
The year 2012 saw Eros International come up with a mix of potboilers and outof-the-box films. While there was masala entertainment like Housefull 2, Cocktail and Khiladi 786, there were thought-provoking films like Chakravyuh, Vicky Donor and English Vinglish, too.
Says Sunil Lulla, MD, Eros International, “We want to cater to all kinds of audience and therefore the diverse mix of films, across scales, genres and budgets. We aim to be a true studio model by not only co-producing films, but also acquiring and distributing Hindi and other regional language movies. For instance, last year we acquired the worldwide distribution rights of Son Of Sardaar and Ferrari Ki Sawaari and the overseas rights of Dabangg 2. This year, we have an eclectic blend and also plan to launch new faces.”
On her association with the company, filmmaker Gauri Shinde says, “I showed them English Vinglish and after watching it, they instantly decided to be involved. For me, as a director, it was a very satisfying association.” Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is currently shooting the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer Ram Leela, feels this film corporation has the network to take his film to its deserved potential. “Together we hope to present some great cinema on the global platform,” Bhansali adds.
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Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; January 1, 2013)
Despite offers to perform for New Year’s Eve, Sonam Kapoor has always chosen to bring in the New Year with her family instead. “It’s not something that’s dictated, but I always try to bring in the New Year spending time with my family and loved ones. For me, celebrating it with my family is very important. It’s an unsaid rule that I try to follow,” Sonam had said.
However, this year, the actress made an exception to the rule. Sonam brought in the New Year in Varanasi where she was shooting for her film Raanjhnaa. “Usually, the Kapoor family takes off to Goa for Anil’s birthday and returns only after celebrating the New Year there. However, this year Sonam was on a very tight schedule and she could not stay after celebrating her dad’s birthday on December 24. She reported back to the sets of the film on December 27 and after a working New Year, is expected to shoot there till January 10,” shares a source.
A source close to Sonam reveals that the family has always made it a point to come together on Anil’s birthday as it’s also an annual vacation for the family. Despite having a very tight shoot schedule for the film that also stars Dhanush, Sonam was keen to take a three-day break for her father’s celebrations.
“She requested director Anand Rai to let her take off from December 24-26 and instead agreed to shoot during New Year. This time around, it was a working New Year for Sonam and she brought it in on the ghats of the More >
Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; December 21, 202)
The world and its favourite deejay can go ahead and celebrate Christmas and New Year. But Sonam Kapoor will have to drop all such plans and head for Varanasi to shoot a song with Dhanush for Aanand Rai’s Raanjhnaa.
Apparently, the original plan was to shoot a five-day introductory song featuring Dhanush. However, enchanted by Varanasi’s ghats, Rai later thought of capturing his lead pair in the mellow morning mist.
Probed about Sonam not relishing the idea of working when everyone else would be busy partying, Rai said nonchalantly, “But I always shoot through festivals and celebrations. To me, my work is my biggest celebration. And I am sure Dhanush and Sonam would agree. I shot for Tanu Weds Manu with Kangna Ranaut and Madhavan even on Diwali day. My aim is to give my film all that I can. I don’t want to look back at the experience and feel I could’ve done better.”
Sonam will join the unit in Varanasi next week.
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; October 25, 2012)
Professionalism is on a high among B-Town folks nowadays! And Sonam Kapoor definitely seems one of them.
The actress is scheduled to join the team of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in Haryana after completing her shoot in Benaras for Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhnaa.
Interestingly, the holy city of UP at present is extremely hot and Sonam had been shooting in the scorching heat opposite Kolaveri Di South Indian singer-actor Dhanush. She apparently had a pretty good time despite the unfavourable weather. “The 45-day filming was very tight and rigorous. Though the shoot was a little hectic than usual, she managed to enjoy her free time by exploring the art and culture of Benaras,’ says a well-placed source.
However, Sonam is gung-ho about the shooting of her next in the chilly regions of Haryana and won’t be taking a break between these two projects. “Sonam could have flown back to Mumbai to take some time but she decided not to as she’s raring to fly to Haryana for this film based on the life of Milkha Singh,” the source adds.