Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sunny days are here again

The man with the Iron fist is back again on the silver screens with his newly minted brand extension, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, starring Djharmendra, Bobby Deol and Sunny himself,  reprising the characters they assayed in the first but with an entirely different plot-line and back story. The direction though rests with new friend Sangeeth Sivan who came o the Deols with his 'Cheers' idea and earned a shot at recreating the same old magic but in a completely new setting-London. One of the AD's working on this project was none other than Sunny 's 21 year old son and the story idea came from his wife Linda/Pooja Deol. For Sunny this is an all out family affair with his brother and father sharing the frames with him while his wife and son helped with the back-end stuff.
Sunny says he always expected 'Yamla Pagla Deewana ' to crack-up the audience and the Deol magic will be at it again in the new film set to release in the second half of this year. On asked why the original's director wasnt repeated he says, ' We parted ways after that film and when we decided to make the part 2, Sangeeth was already there with 'Cheers' and it was convenient to have him direct YPD 2 for us. I have worked with him before and enjoyed the experience too."
Sunny is a proud papa today and cant stop gushing about his talented son writing and performing a hinglish rap number for the film. " My son is interested in doing films and this is just the first step towards becoming an actor -which is where his interest lies. A year or two of assisting will hold him in good stead for the future. I want him to know the ropes before he sets into the performance side."
When asked whether he wanted his son to do the things he did ( like joining a short-term acting course and learning dancing, horse riding etc) before he shot for 'Betaab, ' he is quite emphatic in saying no. " I wouldnt want my son to do those things because that is really not what acting is all about. That is merely piecemeal talent plugging and doesn't help in the long run. A stint behind the camera is much more of a learning experience." he says.
On the long hiatus between films, he says, " I am itching to get back in front of my audience. I have had
a long break and now want to do a lot of work. This year I have three films coming out- 'I Love New Year, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 and Mohalla Assi' and I hope next year too will be equally fruitful." he said as he rushed to the airport to catch a flight for further film related  promotions to be held in Delhi and Kolkata.

Veteran actor Dharamendra on his new film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2
Veteran actor Dharmemdra may have completed 52 plus years in the Industry that is celebrating it's centenary year this year but the Yamla Jat claims he is still young at heart and despite the slew of acting awards right through his career, continues to be a learner. Dharmendra has given Indian cinema  some tremendous performances and his films have always entertained - even when they were not of the crassly commercial variety. His most recent reality check which started with 'Life in a Metro' and 'Johnny Gaddar' has extended much further since with Apne and Yamla Pagla Deewana and is currently awaiting the reception of his latest YPD 2.  Today when the industry he adores is going through some tough times because of it's leading lights' (Sanjay and Salman) trysts with the law, the humble 70 plus Jat says his heart bleeds for them. " I am not the type who wants to see his words in tomorrows headlines. I'd rather call them up and speak to them about my anguish and distress."
Dharmendra may be anguished about his fellow actors' plight but on the home front the scene is hotting up for the re-envisioning of a successful brand. The Deols second film together as family , 'Yamla Pagla Deewana'  was a big hit a few years ago and it's promos had created a record of sorts for the most hits on youtube. So it was a given that they would encash on the brand by expanding the ambit of it's story into a new film. What doubles the joy for the veteran star is the involvement of his grandson, Sunny's son, who has assisted Sangeeth Sivan the director of the film and his daughter-in-law, Pooja/Linda Deol being credited with the story idea. So this second YPD outing is truly a family afffair set in London during the time of recession.
Dhamendra says he is happy with the finished product and belives, "I hope to reach right-into the hearts of my fans through this film."  It was a fun experience for the cast and crew to shoot in London. Dharamji was in his element spewing shayari after shayari and holding grand durbars every evening reminiscing about the good old days-when he was a struggler looking for work and finally landing the filmfare talent contest win way back in 1958.
" I always acted from my heart.  I never took acting lessons or attended workshops. For me my method was spontaneity and that has always worked. When critics remarked about my underplayed performance in 'Bandini' I was clueless. I never knew what underplaying was. It was pure instinct that saw me through every performance of mine."
Dharmendra says he  has no craving for awards. He doesn't keep track of the awards he has received. For him the true barometer of his success as an actor lies in his connection with his audience. If he can keep them entertained he would be satisfied. "The peoples praise is the biggest award that an actor can receive,". he opines.
Getting back to YPD2, Dharmendra was quite happy with the overwhelming love and affection he has been serenaded with on the occasion of the launch of the trailer of the film. He is quite confident the film will do well and create waves at the Box Office. " The magic of teh Deols is intact. I am sure the public will take us three lovable rogues right into their hearts once again." he says.

Yamla ,Pagla ,Deewana 2 trailer laiunch at a refurbished swank Sunny Super Sound
Yamla Pagla Deewana, released a couple of years ago,  starring the three Deols Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby had the audience rocking in the aisles and crying out for more. So Dharmendra and Sunny's production team set out to create another laugh riot with the same cast of characters but with a different storyline from the first. The connection between the two appears to be just the central characters ,which   remain the same. This one is helmed by Sangeeth Sivan who appears to have got more than what he 'cheered' for!
The launch of the first look/Trailer was a grand affair with the entire cast turning out to greet the press with all the fanfare, shor-sharaba of a typical festive scene. The two heroines looked delectable in their respective outfits. Dharam paaji was in his element serenading the media with a slew of shayaris and then wearing his heart on his sleeve while addressing the issues of  Sanjay Dutt  and Salman Khan's  trysts with the law.
The launch of the trailer was followed by the opening of the bioscope installed at Sunny Super sound.
Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol appeared to be pretty confident that YPD 2 will win the hearts of it's audience considering that the story focuses on recession and is set mainly in London. The story idea is credited to Linda Deol, Sunny's better half and their 21 year old wannabe -a-star, son also happens to have assisted Sangeeth Sivan in the making of the film. So it's a given that in the next year or so, the new Deol will be launched in a lavish family production.

Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol Launch the Theatrical Promo of ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’.
Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol along with the presence of co- actors;  Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Johny Lever and Director – Sangeeth Sivan unveiled the Theatrical Promo of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 at Sunny Super Sound Pvt Ltd.
‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ comprises of comedy, action & romance. The twisted trios; Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol are back with a bang, except they are funnier, crazier and make tigers look like whimpering cats. The sequel directed by Sangeeth Sivan follows the adventures in UK where they get into fresh troubles and fresher adventures. The rest of the cast includes Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Johnny Lever and Sucheta Khanna.
They also launched the YPD2 Bioscope which will be placed in all cinema halls across worldwide where the audience will be able to see the trailer of YPD2 in the bioscope for the first time.
Yamla Pagla Deewana is produced by YPD Films Ltd (UK) and Sunny Sounds Pvt Ltd and is stated for June 07 release, worldwide.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sona Spa, a Sona Spa: Special screening for Cast, crew and invited guests

Pic 01 - The Cast & Crew of Sona Spa (L to R): Romi Jaispal, Co-Producer - Sonal Deshpande, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Producer - Madan Paliwal, Aahana Kumrah, Writer & Director - Makrand Deshpande, Shruti Vyas, Pooja Pradhan, Anjum Sharma, Devayani, & Akkash Basnet


Pic 02: (L to R) - Irrfan Khan, Riteish Deshmukh & Makrand Deshpande 

Pic 03: (L to R) - Makrand Deshpande, KK Menon & Irrfan Khan 

Pic 04: (L to R) - Irrfan Khan, Producer - Madan Paliwal, Riteish Deshmukh, Makrand Deshpande & Co-Producer - Sonal Deshpande