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BOMBAY TIMES (June 15, 2013)
Sunny Deol and filmmaker Rahul Rawail met for lunch at a Chinese restaurant at 2 pm on Thursday. Sources say various issues came up for discussion between the two.
Following the lukewarm response to Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Dharmendra has reportedly advised his older son Sunny to defer all films under their two home banners — Vijayta Films and Sunny Sounds Pvt Ltd — till they are in the right frame of mind to make sound business decisions.
An official of Sunny’s company requested Rahul — he has been working on Ghayal 2 for nearly three years — to vacate their office space as the film has been deferred. Further, the film corporation that had paid money for the development of the script, wants their advance back unless the Deols can give them a definite date for commencing the project.
Rahul also needs to be paid a remuneration for his services in the last few years. The script is registered in his name, so naturally, he can stake his claim over it. If the Deols and he cannot reach an amicable agreement, Rahul may choose to take it to another actor. After all, he has given selfless time, energy and effort to this project. However, both parties maintained that it was a casual meal between friends.
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 11, 2013)
Looks like Sunny Deol’s plans to ‘redefine action’ with Ghayal Returns, the sequel to the Rajkumar Santoshi-directed 1990 blockbuster, may have to wait a while longer.
First, Ashwini Chaudhary was to direct the sequel but following the release of its teaser promo with Salman Khan-starrer Ready, Sunny had a change of heart and asked Rahul Rawail of Arjun fame to helm the project.
While the movie would have marked Rawail’s return to Sunny’s banner – Vijayta Films after he directed their first production, Betaab, in 1983, it has hit a rocky patch and may not be happening in the near future.
Rawail confirmed the news yesterday saying: “You are right. I got a message from the Vijayta Films’ office today. Though I am ready with the script, what can I do? They are the producers and this is their decision.”
Buzz in the trade is that Vijayta Films has done a rethink on their Ghayal Returns strategy simply because their latest release Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 has garnered a slightly mixed response.
While Sunny refrained from comment, a friend of his called up to say that there was a fallout between Rawail and the actor a couple of days ago, the bone of contention being the film’s writers. “The writers chosen by Sunny were not gelling well with Rawail while the writers chosen by Rawail were not up to Sunny’s expectations,” the friend said, adding: “However, Ghayal Returns not happening for now has nothing to do with YPD2. If need be, More >
Sunny Deol on why he made a sequel to Yamla Pagla Deewana
DNA (June 6, 2013)
The three Deols come together so people are expecting something different… We did an emotional film like Apne and then Yamla Pagla Deewana which was an out-and-out comedy. We loved the characters and thought let’s go ahead and make part two as it’s better to make people laugh than to make them cry!
Doesn’t franchising weigh the makers because the expectations are high? If the star cast is the same and if the audience has loved it then they will definitely expect much more from the film, putting a load on the cast. But if the story is good people will definitely like it — less or more than the previous film cannot be predicted! We can only claim ‘it’s twice as funny and twice as much fun!’
What type of a person is Sunny Deol in real life? I don’t speak much and hence am called reserved. I need to be comfortable wherever I am. Also, I am very occupied with my work and so don’t get the time to socialise much.
It is said the more you yell, the more you sell… We make good movies, but we don’t yell out (which is our drawback) so we decided to yell!
But Deols don’t like to yell? Earlier when there was limited entertainment, people were curious to know when is their favourite actor’s film releasing. But today, we literally have to knock on people’s doors and tell them, “Hi I am Sunny Deol and my movie is coming up!”
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Agencies (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 6, 2013)
The cast of forthcoming movie Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (YPD 2) had to call off their scheduled promotional activity in a Noida mall due to the crowd that had gathered to meet and greet the stars.
Dharmendra and his sons – Sunny and Bobby – came to promote their movie in a Noida mall on Tuesday, but they had to leave due to security concerns.
Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva and director Sangeeth Sivan were also there and the cast and crew were amazed to see the teeming throng of people in the jam-packed mall.
As it was not easy to control the excited fans, the film’s team left without completing the promotional activity. Even though Dharmendra and Sunny requested the audience to calm down, their words fell on deaf ears. As the crowd went out of hand, the makers had no choice but to call off the event.
The film will release on June 7.
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; June 4, 2013)
He has always been synonymous with action, but in Sangeeth Sivan’s Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Sunny Deol will be seen fighting it out with sumo wrestlers and ninjas. While the wrestlers were flown from Australia, Japan and the US, the ninjas came from France and the UK.
Says Sunny, “Keeping the size of sumo wrestlers in mind, we had to make special arrangements for them. As for the ninjas, we flew down only those who were masters at the kind of action we wanted. Our coordinator Peter Heinz took care of it.”
Unlike previous sequences, Sunny’s fight scenes in this film have comic elements. He explains, “This is not a story of vendetta. So the action, though serious, is also funny. Both adults and children will be enjoy it.” Asked if he had to go through any special training, the actor says, “I have always been a sportsperson and never trained for anything. Even during my first film, where I had to ride a horse, I just hopped on its back and took care not to fall. At the end of the day, we are actors and we have to be good at everything. The only thing I have had to work hard on is my dancing (laughs).”
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, produced by Sunny Sounds Pvt Ltd and YPD Films Ltd UK, releases June 7.
Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; June 3, 2013)
With the release of her first film just days away, model-turned-actress Kristina Akheeva is a bundle of nerves. She makes her debut opposite Sunny Deol in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, where she plays the role of an Indo-Brit girl, Reet. She says, “My character comes from a well educated, high-society family in the UK. Sunny falls in love with her at first sight and they have a sweet, cute romance. He is a tough guy, but when it comes to her, he is like a cuddly teddy bear. It’s very adorable to see Sunny so shy,” she says.
While the shooting has been one of the best experiences of her life, the actress says that the auditions were nerve-wracking. “They’d been auditioning for four months and had auditioned hundreds of girls, since they had a set look in mind. From what I heard later, when they’d asked for me, they weren’t sure I would be any good. It was like ‘we’ll do a really fast audition and send her off since her Hindi would be a problem’. We had a brief meeting — they gave me four scenes in Hindi, one being a monologue. They auditioned me in front of the entire unit. Surprisingly, it went well, though I was extremely nervous,” she reveals.
Kristina sailed through the shooting. “After my first scene with the three Deols, Dharam ji placed his hand on my head and blessed me, saying that I will be very successful. It meant so much, coming from a legend like him,” she concludes.
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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 31, 2013)
Dharmendra, 78, came to Mumbai at the age of 23 after winning the all India Filmfare talent contest. He is the replica of his mother and believes that the woman is the pillar of every home, be it his mother or his wife. He has remained humble and neutral and knows that he alone can bring himself out of a low period. While he hoped to see himself mentioned at least once somewhere with our cinema completing a 100 years, the absence of the same has made him more patient. Ahead of his upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, he talks to Bombay Times about his caring son Sunny, who has become his father, why he could not sleep after his music launch and how humanity is more powerful than religion. Excerpts:
At 78, how do you feel? I know I am getting old, but at heart, I am really young. Life has to come to an end and everyone has to go. Shohrat ka anth gumnami hai. So whatever God has given you, usko aaj samajh ke jee bhar ke jiyo. There are ups and downs in every life. I never cried or shouted when I was down nor did I look for help or find a shoulder to cry on. When I got success, it never went to my head. This is how I am going on and I hope God is with me. I am a true person, so definitely this is my strength. Why do we become actors? To be loved and admired. I am both, loved and admired. God is inside everyone and so we need to give back to people who have loved us.
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Priya Gupta and Garima Sharma (BOMBAY TIMES; May 30, 2013)
SALMAN, ARBAAZ AND SOHAIL KHAN In a family where success has been a way of life, siblings Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail Khan have never let it impact their relationship. “That’s why we can create successful films together,” says Arbaaz, adding, “We respect each other’s creative inputs and trust each other. There’s never one-upmanship between us, even though one of us may have more success. We all have a common goal — to make films and that’s why we can align all our energies together and work.”
SUNNY AND BOBBY DEOL With Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’s release on the anvil, Sunny and Bobby Deol are back with their third family outing after Apne and YPD. And their chemistry — as a family and as siblings joined at the hips — is what has the audience giving them a thumbs-up every time. Says Sunny, “It’s our bonding. People have seen us over the years as a family, so when we do a film together, they get to see the same real bonding on screen.”
ABBAS-MUSTAN Not just white, which is their trademark, they have never stayed away from each other for 54 years. “We entered the industry together and trust each other implicitly,” says Abbas.
MAHESH AND MUKESH BHATT
The Bhatts have been working together for the past 42 years and their combination of creativity and business acumen is for all to see. “He’s the cup and I am the saucer. Our ideal combo is equal to success. He is the creative genius and I am there to monetise it. More >
Dharam on why he is still garam, his health issues and his upcoming film
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 29, 2013)
Mirror caught up with Dharamendra at his residence on Monday evening. The newly renovated living room was oozing an old-world charm. The 77-yearold was in a mellow mood and while sipping his tea slipped into the nostalgia of good times spent with fellow actors and good friends—Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor. But, he was gung-ho about the present—his home production Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 set for an June 7 release. Excerpts from the conversation.
What made you make YPD 2? Apne evoked an emotional response from the audience – an achievement of sorts for us. We Deols are known to be the tough guys and it was not a kind of cinema people associated with us. After Apne, I told Sunny that we should now venture into an out-and-out comedy. That is how YPD happened. Since nowadays there’s a trend of making instalments of a film, I thought of doing a part two. However, YPD 2 is not a prequel or a sequel but a new story with Sunny, Bobby and I reprising our characters.
How come Sunny’s wife wrote the film? Pooja came up with an idea. We liked it and decided to develop it into a full-blown story. A few dialogues are mine too, but I shall not take credit for those (laughs). Like for one, when I push Bobby to impress a girl and say: “Main teri jagah hota toh ab tak uske panv bhari ho chuke hote.”
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Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 25, 2013)
While the industry is looking forward to the clash of titans at the box office this Eid – with SRK’s Chennai Express and Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again – another film slotted for a release on the same day has quietly been shifted to a later date.
Sources say that Sunny Deol’s film Singh Sahab The Great was also scheduled for an early August release. However, the actor in a move that clearly shows he doesn’t want to indulge in ego clashes, decided to postpone the release to October 11.
Our source says, “It made no sense for director Anil Sharma and Sunny to hit the theatres on Eid when already two big films are fighting for theatres. While Ronnie Screwvala has already booked many screens, Ekta is also hell bent on getting her film a fair share at the box office.” Insiders say that the muscle power of an impressive cast of Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone along with director Rohit Shetty and Milan Luthria directing Akshay Kumar-Imran Khan-Sonakshi Sinha could have been another reason why Anil and Sunny altered their initial plans.
The source adds, “It was getting difficult for Singh Saheb to get any theatres and it was a sensible decision by Sunny to not let ego hamper the film.” Sharma confirms and states, “We do not wish to be involved when two films are already fighting at the box office. Our sole aim is to have the best possible release for our own project, on October 11.”
It’s Sunny vs Sunny!
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