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It is often said that cinema is aspirational, but there are times when it can be inspirational, too. Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani is all set to bring to screen one such inspiring story — that of Dr K Radhakrishnan, the former Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) and the man behind India's Mars mission aka Mangalyaan.
Bollywood has its fair share of newcomers and mentors. What makes the jodi of Nikkhil Advani and Ranjit Tiwari hatke is that while they play the producer and director, respectively, of 'Lucknow Central', there's a deep sense of paternity that runs beneath. For Nikkhil, Ranjit is his ghar ka baccha. He has proudly backed him and taught him for eight years before gearing up to display his talent as a debutant director. Here are excerpts from BT's conversation with the duo...
Dream so big that even the barricaded walls of a prison can't stop it — this was Farhan Akhtar's advice to over 4,000 inmates of Pune's Yerawada central jail. The actor, along with the cast of his upcoming film 'Lucknow Central', had visited the prison to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday.
After the teaser of their 'Teen Kabootar' song piqued the curiosity of listeners with its originality, the makers have now released the full song. Needless to say, the teaser was only a window to some musical brilliance.
The makers of 'Airlift' are geared up for another thriller inspired by true events, titled 'Lucknow Central'. The film starring Farhan Akhtar launched its first official trailer on Thursday morning, and it looks every bit intriguing.
It all began with a photograph. After two years in the film industry, assisting film makers including Sanjay Leela Bhansali, dabbling in photography and doing some ghost-writing, playing the guitar and composing music, Rohan Mehra got a photo-shoot done and posted some of the pictures on Instagram.
The film’s director Gauravv K Chawla, a protege of producer Nikkhil Advani, said in a press statement, “Baazaar is a film is meant for each and everyone who dreams of making it in the big bad world of Mumbai, and does so on their own terms.”
Who is the lead character in the movie Piku? Amitabh Bachchan who plays the elderly Bhaskor Banerjee or Deepika Padukone, who plays his daughter? It’s neither, feels Bollywood director Nikkkhil Advani — it is Shoojit Sircar, the director of the movie, who is central to the plot. Last week, on a rainy afternoon, over lunch at the Kamal Amrohi (also known as Kamalistan) Studio in Jogeshwari in suburban Mumbai, Advani spoke with a lot of passion on how Bollywood is at the cusp of change and how directors and writers are altering the power equation in the industry. Advani is a director of top grossing Bollywood movies like Kal Ho Na Ho and D-Day and is currently directing a television show for Star, called Bandi Yuddh Ke — Prisoner of War. The studio is one of those locations in Mumbai that sports a lot of green and allows film production units to create villages as well as war zones within the city.
Television has always intrigued Nikkhil Advani, right from the time he assisted Aziz Mirza on 'Nukkad' 30 years ago to now, when he's ready with his magnum opus 'P.O.W - Bandi Yuddh Ke', which will air on Star Plus in October.
He may have made his directorial debut with romantic drama "Kal Ho Naa Ho," but filmmaker Nikkhil Advani says thriller is his favorite space as it brings out the best in him.
Expectations are riding high on Nikhil Advani’s upcoming finite series, Prisoners of War (PoW). Those who have seen the promos of the show cannot stop raving about it. We caught up with the director and got him to spill the beans on his new offering.
In life there are no constants and more so in the industry. The gloom that his two directorial releases, Katti Batti and Hero, cast last year has melted. Nikhil Advani, the co-producer of this year’s first 100 crore hit Airlift, feels vindicated by its success. The film, about the 1990 exodus in Kuwait, has been touted as Akshay Kumar’s best till date. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, Airlift has salvaged his sinking spirits. “Airlift was a tough film to make as it’s based on a piece of history - full marks to Raja and his team for pulling it off so well. But it was also a dicey film to sell as a producer,” he says. He shares that the best compliment he received for Airlift was from director, Raja Menon himself. “It was 4 am and we were at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. We were both drunk. Raja looked at me and said, ‘Thank you for sticking by me’. I don’t think he will ever admit that again’,” chuckles Nikhil.
Filmmaker Nikhil Advani and his sister Monisha Advani are one of the most successful brother-sister combinations in Bollywood. Throw in their childhood friend, the extremely pleasant Madhu Bhojwani, as their third partner and you will know why Emmay Entertainment, their production house, is breaking ground.
Known for films like 'Kal Ho Na Ho', 'Salaam- E- Ishq', 'Patiala House' and more recently 'Hero' and 'Katti Batti', Bollywood film director Nikhil Advani was in Varanasi in connection with the shooting of a short film recently. "The film is part of a project in which five directors from India and Pakistan are making short films. Among the Indian directors, there's Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aparna Sen, Ketan Mehta and Bejoy Nambiar apart from me," informed the director while canning a boat scene at Raja Chet Singh Ghat on Wednesday.
So it's official! The much spoken about Akshay Kumar starrer Airlift is all set sweep the audiences off their feet on 22nd January 2016.The International Khiladi today took to social media to share the first official poster of the much awaited flick making it go viral in no time.
It’s a balmy Sunday afternoon. Director Nikkhil Advani steps out of a sound mix for his film Hero, and points up at the logo of Rajkamal Studios. “Yash Chopra used to love this place. Of course, then this complex did not have so many residential buildings,” says Nikkhil. “We shot some scenes of Mohabbatein in that studio,” he says wistfully, pointing to a locked studio gate. Advani’s schooling as an assistant to Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar and Sudhir Mishra led him to direct six films, from Kal Ho Naa Ho to Salaam-E-Ishq and D-Day. This September presents him with a curious situation — two of his films (Hero and Katti Batti) are releasing in consecutive weeks.
Nikkhil Advani, 44, has already had an exhausting day when we meet around 5 pm at Yashraj Studios in Mumbai’s Andheri (West), where he is completing the mix for his upcoming film Katti Batti, an “edgy, Dharma Production vibe” rom-com starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan. Before that film releases on September 18, he has Hero, a remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 action drama starring newcomers Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty, releasing on Friday.
We all have enjoyed seeing the romantic, comical, action & also the patriotic side of Akshay Kumar and once again we will get to see khiladi's patriotic side in his upcoming film AIRLIFT.
Ask producer Nikkhil Advani about his upcoming film AIRLIFT and he says, “I have seen about 82 minutes of the film. I think there is one last schedule that is going to happen from 20th of October onwards and then they'll release on 22nd of January.”