Famous filmmaker Karan Johar will start shooting for the sequel of Dostana, which is a lighthearted tale of three friends, this summer. The lead actors of this movie are Banished Bachchan and John Abraham. Karan recently posted on his micro blogging site Twitter, “Dostana 2 starts filming this summer. The final cast will be announced at the end of the monthâ€¦of course AB and John lead the way.”
The filmmaker whose last release was Shahrukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan. Karan is still completing the last shooting schedule of his untitled film with Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. This upcoming movie is an adaptation of the Chris Columbus comedy drama Stepmom. Karan also posted on Twitter, “Sonam Kapoor’s last shooting day today for I Hate Luv Storiesâ€¦one song with Imran Khan left and it’s a film wrapâ€¦summer release.”
Filmmaker-designer Karan Johar is well known for his marketing skills. So when it came to the last day of the couture week, Karan managed to set fire on the ramp with the help of Bollywood baadshah Shah Rukh Khan and hot sensations of the film industry Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor. However the one who stole the show was SRK’s wife Gauri Khan. With no sign of hesitation, she looked like a real model on the ramp.
It was Karan and Varun Bahl’s creations together, which the Bollywood hotties rocked. Karan Johar not only disclosed one more marketing aspect but also delivered a fashion quotient.
Generally, we use the proverb that name doesn’t matter, but this one is the exactly opposite situation where name really does matter. Well we are talking about the new marketing strategy of producer Karan Johar which he adopted for his upcoming film Wake Up Sid. Karan has come up with an idea that anyone named Siddharth can watch Wake Up Sid free of cost on particular day and time. Let us clarify why only Siddharth can watch it for free. Well the main character of the film caries name Siddharth, to whom his friends calls Sid. This is applicable for all the multiplex, however all the details of the idea are yet to be finalised.
When asked to Karan he confirmed it and said, “We are going to have a free show in all the metros in the country. Be it Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai or Kolkata, there will be a screening for all the Siddarthâ€™s and one companion. Wake Up Sid is all about Siddarth becoming Sid and I think we owe that much to them. The show will be held at the same time on the same day in multiplexes. I am in the process of finalising the details.”
However, Ayan Mukerji, the director of the film said, “I think itâ€™s a great idea by Karan. When I was growing up Raj and Rahul were the names of guys around that age. However Siddarth is an old traditional name, but it is also new at the same time. Itâ€™s a cool name and a cool idea.”
Meanwhile all the Siddharths out there wake up and listen that you need to carry your id proofs otherwise you will miss the chance.
Priyanka Chopra is ready to kill the audience with her sizzling looks and style statement in her next film Pyaar Impossible. Well you must thank to the producer-director and style statement maker Karan Johar. He has already made her look like diva in his home production Dostana for which Piggy Chops had received plenty of compliments.
Meanwhile the omnipresent Karan sat down with the producer of Pyaar Impossible, Uday Chopra and other team members discussing look of Priyanka in the film. However the actress is happy receiving so much attention from Karan. Well after Dostana she must trust him more than herself.
As the title track Wake Up Sid is being popular with masses and climbing on music charts, so besides it’s having in the movie, the producer and director of the film planned to make a special video with it. The filmmakers feel that the new video will definitely put audience on dance floor.
The video has been made in three nights. However director Ayan Mukherjee had to wait for few months for Ranbir to shed off his beard that he grown for some other film. The video is choreographed by Bosco-Ceaser.
Talking about the video, Ayan, the director said, “But it’s not like a regular number. It has been shot keeping the theme of the movie in mind. It’s a slightly energetic version of the song in the movie. This song has Sid at his best at a party.”
Shooting of the video took Ranbir to stay in water for almost three hours, which ultimately irritated him when it ended. But the actor didn’t complain about it until the shot is done, even when he is scared of deep water. Producer Karan Johar had all praise for Ranbir when he saw the video.
Karan Johar has inked with the foreign studio for the international marketing and distribution of his most ambitious project My Name Is Khan. SRK and Kajol are pairing again in this film after Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam. The foreign studio has paid something between Rs 95-98 crores to Karan for his most ambitious project so far. The trade sources say that its not a great deal as any India studio may have paid amount more than that. On the other hand, Karan says, “Only a major foreign studio has the capability to take Indian cinema to the international market.”
With 2000 prints the film will be released in 600 theaters only in north America, is setting the new records for Bollywood. “MNIK is a powerful, emotional journey that will cross borders and cultures to enthrall the audiences. Karan and Shah Rukh Khan have a brilliant vision,” says Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Foreign studio.
A trade analyst said, “As of now My Name Is Khan will have the widest release for any Bollywood film in North America.”
Aamir will also try hard to break this record with his film Three Idiots which is going to release in December.
As the director-producer-host Karan Johar is in USA shooting for his next venture My Name Is Khan with the hit Bollywood pair Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, he gets a pleasant surprise every other evening. When he is done with the day’s shoot and plans for a walk, his avid fans of his TV chat show Koffee With Karan surrounds him and ask for autograph and photo with him. It’s not only that but the funniest part is that each one of them requests him – ‘May we have coffee with you?’
But, Karan refuses all the invitations, because you know one can’t digest too much coffee.
Karan Johar next producing a romantic flick to be directed by Punit Malhotra and stars actors like Sonam Kapoor and Imran Khan. And finally Karan has got a title for it as I Don’t Believe in Love Stories. One source revealed that the title of the film was very important to decide earlier as the film has to tone on it. They had tried every romantic title but didn’t finalize any. However someone from the unit came up with this title and after taking opinion from everyone, it’s decided to call it I Don’t Believe in Love Stories.
As we know that Indian students are facing racism attacks in Australia, producer-director Karan Johar expressed in disapproval in his own way. Karan’s untitled production was supposed to shoot in Australia, but now he is planning to do it in US to condemn the racial attacks. That is expected from him as his films are always NRI oriented and he himself had studied abroad.
A source revealed, “Initially, Australia was finalised for the shoot. Now the shooting schedule has been shifted to the US. Karan did not want to shoot in a country where the Indian students are facing racism. Since he is in the US now, where he is shooting for My Name Is Khan, he thought that the other film could be easily shifted here.”
The film is being directed by Siddharth Malhotra which stars actors like Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in the lead. It is a remake of Hollywood film Stepmom.
But when asked to the director, he gave a diplomatic answer. “Nothing has been confirmed as of now. We are still exploring all the locations. Whichever location suits the film better will be finalised. At the end of the day, it’s the producers call. Everything will be finalised by mid-July,” said the director.
Director-producer Karan Johar plans to remake 90’s blockbuster Agneepath. For the lead role of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, Karan has approached Hrithik Roshan. In the original film the role was played by Amitabh Bachchan. Karan is also making Hindi remake of Hollywood hit film Stepmom, for which he had to pay high amount to buy its rights. But for the remake of Agneepath he doesnâ€™t need to buy the rights as it was made by his home production. The original film was produced by his late father Yash Johar and directed by Mukul Anand starring Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty and Danny Denzongpa.
One source revealed, “Karan has been planning to remake Agneepath but he was waiting for the right time. Now, he is confident that his company, Dharma Productions, can make multiple films at the same time. The film will be directed by Karan Malhotra, who Karan thinks is one of his most promising assistants. While some changes will be made in the script to give it a contemporary feel, Karan does not want to change any dialogue as he is very confident of the dialogue in the original Agneepath.”
“Surprisingly, Karan has not approached Abhishek Bachchan to play Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, which was played by the actor’s father in the original. While Hrithik is still deciding if he wants to star in the remake, Karan is sure that Hrithik is the perfect choice. However, the Dharma Productions team is yet to decide on the actors who will play Krishnan Iyer MA, played by Mithun Chakraborty, and Kancha Cheena, played by Danny Denzongpa, in the original,” the source added later.
However Hrithik’s business manager, Ashok Vashodia said, “Karan and Hrithik are extremely close. They keep discussing various projects. However, I am unaware of any offer as far as Agneepath is concerned.”