Monday, September 22, 2014

Ungli - First Look

Presenting the first look of Ungli, produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar.
Directed by Rensil D'silva, starring Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Kangna Ranaut, Neil Bhoopalam, Angad Bedi and Sanjay Dutt. It is slated to be released on 28th November 2014.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Kareena Kapoor Khan!

An actress with many personas, truly a diva of Bollywood cinema, Kareena Kapoor Khan has shown us unparalleled potential in her history with Dharma Productions. Her versatility in style has shone through her characters in numerous blockbuster films with us. It is with great pride that we would like to wish Bebo a very Happy Birthday!

We see her make her debut in Dharma films in ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...’ as Poo, a popular fashion-obsessed diva and a student at King's College London. We see the passionate side of Bebo in ‘Kurbaan’ where she plays the role of Avantika Ahuja, who falls in love with Ehsaan Khan played by Saif Ali Khan. In ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ Kareena plays Riana Braganza, a hairstylist who tries to add zing to Rahul Kapoor's (Imran Khan) monotonous life following their marriage. Her character is a strong confident woman who knows exactly what she is doing. Even though she does not have a house or a job, she is a positive person... very similar to the way she is in real life. And let’s not overlook that unforgettable role as Dia Sharma in ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’. Her social work for the betterment of our society, especially the less fortunate also resonates in her real life .

We at Dharma Productions are tremendously honored to have worked with such a versatile and talented actor! Once again we wish Kareena a very Happy and joyous Birthday and many years of great acting ahead! Why don’t you join us in the celebration and let us know your favorite Bebo moments in our movies in the comments below…

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Mahesh Bhatt!

A film director gives direction to the cast and crew and creates an overall vision through which a film eventually becomes realized. While some film directors started as screenwriters, film editors or actors, Mahesh Bhatt, at the early age of just 26 made his debut as a director. We proudly celebrate the Birthday of one of the most amazing directors we have had with Dharma Productions; Mahesh Bhatt we would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

‘Duplicate’ was the second film Mahesh Bhatt directed for Dharma productions after ‘Gumrah’. The film has Shah Rukh Khan starring in a double role, as Bablu Chaudhary, a bubbly young man and Manu (Bablu's lookalike), who is a ruthless criminal on the run from the cops. The film is a comedy about a side-splitting mix up between these two completely opposite individuals, and is a tribute to Mahesh Bhatt’s incredible directing skills. It certainly was a great pleasure to work with a director of such great caliber in the making of this film.

Mahesh Bhatt, we thank you for all the fun times and memorable moments you have given us and our audience through films like ‘Duplicate’. Directors like you make it such a wonderful and lively experience for the entire cast and crew! We wish you all the best on your future projects and a life time of good health and happiness.

Friday, September 19, 2014

One Delicious Year of the Lunchbox!

We see them hard at work, delivering lunchboxes from the thousands of wives and mothers, to the offices of the hard working men of Mumbai on a daily basis. Between 175,000 and 200,000 lunch boxes are moved by 4,500 to 5,000 dabbawalas, all with an extremely small fee and with utmost punctuality. It is a known fact that dabbawalas make less than one mistake in every six million deliveries. But what happens when that one mistake is made? We get an epic film about a love story that emerges between a wife trying to rekindle the romance with her husband through her cooking, and a lonely stranger who is about to retire.

In ‘The Lunchbox’, Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement, receives a lunch box that is supposed to be sent to Ila’s (Nimrat Kaur) husband, Rajiv (Nakul Vaid). Soon after she realizes the mistake, Ila sends a note along with the next day’s lunchbox explaining that the lunchboxes may have been interchanged during delivery. This leads to a friendly conersation between two people who haven’t even met in person. They share their experiences and thoughts on a daily basis through this lunchbox-letter system. Through their conversations, he gets to know that she is upset as her husband seems to have lost interest in her. We can see how Saajan starts to develop feelings for Ila, when he hears of a woman’s suicide from a tall tower and fears it to be Ila. As the movie progresses along, their bond grows stronger and you’ll need to watch it to find out more!

The film was written and directed by Ritesh Batra and jointly produced by Dharma Productions in collaboration with other production houses. We are very proud of the outcome as ‘The Lunchbox’ was screened at the International Critics’ week at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and also won the Critics Week Viewers Choice Award! It was also shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and also did outstanding at the box office.

Today on its one year Anniversary, we want to remember those savory moments in the film, and we would also like to thank all the production teams and people who made this film such an outstanding success. Do join in our one year celebration and let us know your favourite moments in the comments below.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

That friend who is always dieting

We find them in all shapes and sizes. Some are chubby, some a little more chubby and then there are those who are simply XXXL! You guessed it; we are talking about those friends who always seem to be on a diet all year round. Whether you go for a nice dinner to a fancy restaurant and they order only a basic salad, or be it the times you go for pizza and they order the thin crust pizza, without any cheese or toppings! (What’s really left then?)

Everyone comes across such calorie counting friends, such as Gurpreet Kaur (Riya Vij) in Sonam Nair’s ‘Gippi’. In the film we see Gurpreet aka Gippi as an awkward school girl going through adolescence. She is extremely conscious about her overweight body and doesn't know how to handle the physical, emotional and social changes growing up entails. She steps up to the challenge and decides to shed a few extra pounds through dieting and exercise. One would say her exercise regime is a little unorthodox though, when we see her brother Booboo dangling a doughnut in front of her face while she does crunches!

We can relate to this as many of our friends need a little motivation at times, in the form of a nice tasty morsel in front of them. Dieting makes a lot of sense but exceptions can be made every now and then. How many times have our friends declined sharing a nice chocolate doughnut because ‘it has too many calories’? People need to learn to follow their diet without having to forfeit the fun times spent with others. At the end of the day, such people, just like Gippi, will succeed in their goal of losing weight, but at what cost? Was it really worth missing out on all those tasty treats just so that they become slim only to put on weight again?

It is our job as friends to make sure they keep with their diets but not go overboard with it! So if you have a chubby buddy who’s on a super strict diet and doesn’t eat anything worthwhile when you go out, do convince them that life isn’t only about dieting but also about enjoying the finer things in life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Do girls choose to make someone perfect? Or do they choose the perfect guy?

We’ve all seen and loved ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. We’ve laughed, cried and experienced every emotion with Kavya, Humpty and Angad. The movie did bring up one topic though; do girls look for perfect relationships or the perfect man? Or is it both? Here’s a reminder about the characters from the movie, hopefully after this list, you’ll be able to decide – 

1) Humpty is from Delhi and is usually roaming around with his best buddies and occasionally also decides to do his duty and take care of his dad’s bookstore. Angad, is a qualified doctor from America. 

2) Humpty has never been a great student but has found creative ways to pass his exams, like bribing the teachers, Angad on the other hand always seems serious about his career. 

3) Humpty can’t be bothered to work out, while Angad is more conscious about his fitness. 

4) Angad is an incredible cook, while Humpty would probably try and slice through an onion with the blunt side of a knife. 

5) Angad seems calm and collected at all times and never gets angry, while Humpty is a hot blooded male who will kill to keep his loved ones safe. 

6) Angad is clean and healthy, never drinks or smokes as he wants to stay that way. Humpty on the other hand always tries to live life to the fullest. 

7) Angad is always sharp, calculating every move, while Humpty is emotional and na├»ve at most times. 

So it brings us back to the question, what are girls looking for? 

Relationships are made incredible when two completely imperfect people look at each other and fill in the gaps to make their love perfect. It’s not too hard to choose, we all love that person who brings a spark into our lives, who knows what he/she is capable of and who we believe we can fall in love with. In the movie Humpty is that man. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Finally, a villain you will fall in love with!

Sanjay Dutt garnered appreciation from all quarters for his wicked smile, puffed-up eyes and malicious appearance in ‘Agneepath’. However, he admits that his 'villainous' act scared him as well. In Karan Johar's Agneepath, Sanjay essays the role of the villainous Kancha, a reprisal of the equally villainous ‘Kancha Cheena’ made notorious by the inimitable Danny Denzongpa in the original movie, while Hrithik Roshan  reprises the role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.

Dutt’s Kancha is shown as a wicked bald man who dons a black Dhoti Kurta, with an overpowering physique, tattoos on his arms, a silver ring on top of his left ear and sporting a black Dhoti Kurta. This menacing look of Sanjay Dutt in the film was painstakingly created to meet the director’s expectations. Karan Malhotra admits that Kancha’s look was designed keeping Marlon Brando’s ‘Apocalypse Now’s’ bald look in mind, Sanjay however respectfully disagrees. Other than the earrings that Brando’s Colonel Walter E Kurtz doesn’t wear Sanjay points out that Kancha doesn’t even have eyebrows and eyelashes. Sanjay was initially supposed to go in for prosthetics but when the make-up started melting in the heat of Diu, he decided to shave his head for the first time in his life.

The bald look instantly became an eye catcher in the film’s first promos, as did the dialogue, ‘Vijay Deenanath Chauhan ko marna padega’ (Vijay Deenanath Chauhan has to die), followed by vile laughter. Dutt admits that he was inspired by Jack Nicholson’s Joker in Batman and it was on his mind when he was working on Kancha‘s laugh. In an interview, Sanjay also admitted that during dubbing for the film he needed to take a break because he couldn’t see himself like this, his own portrayal of Kancha left him disturbed! Sanjay says, “Our film is not a remake but a tribute to Agneepath and its director Mukul Anand. It’s Karan Malhotra’s vision and story. It took guts for a debutant director to take on an iconic film, but he’s come through with flying colours. He even made life simple for me by sketching out Kancha perfectly.”

Everyone who’s seen the film will agree that Kancha is one villain you will grow to love, simply for the iconic way in which Sanjay Dutt has pulled off the role. For someone who has always played the more heroic roles, this was a first for Sanjay Dutt and he certainly deserves applause!