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September 2015

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Nikkhil Advani says ‘Katti Batti’ will be an emotional ride

Wednesday September 16, 2015

Nikkhil Advani’s body of work is a mixed bag, just like the box-office receipts and critical receptions of his films. If Kal Ho Na Ho (2003) was a blockbuster, his very expensive Chandni Chowk to China (2009) was universally panned. Then he followed up the indie-flavoured acclaimed thriller D-Day (2013) with last week’s Hero, which one critic described as “a colossal bore”.


In a recent interview with tabloid!, Advani says in Katti Batti he has the charms of Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan, and a great story, and hopes to make it a success. Here are some excerpts:


Parallels are being drawn between Katti Batti and your first film, Kal Ho Na Ho, starring Shah Rukh Khan, which was a massive hit in 2003.


When [producers] UTV brought the film to me, my first reaction was whether or not I wanted to do a film that was the same space as Kal Ho Na Ho. Although it was 12 years ago, I did wonder if people would compare it to that.


But the script was so refreshing, in terms of the screenplay, the dialogues... I was convinced. I think it’s similar to Kal Ho Na Ho in the sense that the theme is aspirational but very real at the same time. In Katti Batti, for instance, you had a couple arguing about how to use the toilet. These are real conversations people have. So I think there is that connection.


You’ve done very different films, from the romantic Kal Ho Na Ho to the sports drama Patiala House and to the espionage thriller D-Day.


I think I’m enjoying that… keeping people guessing, not expecting what I’m going to make next. When I made D-Day they said it’s from the guy who made Kal Ho Na Ho. So I like to surprise people.


Do you think Katti Batti would have worked 12 years ago?


I would have wanted to make it but whether it would have been backed is a different story. I’ve always wanted to walk the path less travelled. So it’s heartening to see that studios like UTV are allowing directors to push the envelope when it comes to narrative stories.


So full marks to directors such as Shoojit Sircar (Madras Cafe, Piku), Sujoy Ghosh (Jhankaar Beats, Kahaani) who have helped us get to a place where we can see these kind of films.


When I saw Shuddh Desi Romance, I was so happy to know that it was backed by a studio whose films had previously only perpetuated the idea of arranged marriages: Yas Raj Films. And now they are making films about live-in relationships. How cool is that!


Does that mean the audience is also evolving?


The audience will watch any film that is good. It’s presumptuous for any filmmaker to say they know what the audience wants. All audiences are saying is ‘Give us good stuff and we will take it’.


Yes, the big budget films will always work, it’s the same thing in Hollywood with superhero and sci-fi films, but what’s heartening is that there is a huge market for content-driven films. And that’s where Katti Batti falls into.


So how did you end up with Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan?


When UTV sent me the script, I was very clear that I would not do it without Imran. And that was that. Kangana, I needed a few minutes to narrate it to her. But she was really receptive. It was just after Queen and she could have done the whole ‘let me read it and come back to you’. But something in it appealed to her and she started to talk like the character a few minutes into the narration.


Kangana had always been on top of my list, even before Queen. I’ve been telling people to use her since Gangster. When I saw her in Life in a… Metro, I couldn’t believe it was the same actor doing the films. So I’ve always wanted to work with her.


Would you say Bollywood is headed in the right direction?


Yes, of course. Look at the films that’s been doing well, from Barfi! to English Vinglish to Queen. It’s only content that’s driving their success. I’m so happy there is a huge movement towards content and that is very heartening.


Even big commercial stars are also picking different roles these days.


Yes, they have to change eventually too. Someone like Varun Dhawan did a film called Badlapur, that’s so different from his first two films and then did ABCD 2... it’s working brilliantly for him. The young guys are taking risks and that’s a good thing.


Even Salman [Khan] is doing Bajrangi Bhaijaan, where the focus is not entirely on him, and Shah Rukh [Khan] is doing films like Fan and Raees. So I say full credit to the moment.


What can we look forward to in Katti Batti?


You can look forward to an emotional ride. You’ll be a laughing and crying a lot and come out with tears in eyes in the end and believe that love conquers all.


So just like you did to us in Kal Ho Na Ho?


Yes, just like in Kal Ho Na Ho.


Don’t miss it!


Katti Batti will release in the UAE on September 17.

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Nikkhil Advani: I told UTV that if Imran says no, I won't do the film

Wednesday September 16, 2015

From the promos it seems Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut make quite an interesting pair in Nikkhil Advani's KATTI BATTI. The pair is indeed looking very refreshing.


Ask Nikkhil how zeroed in on Imran and Kangana and he says, “Imran was my absolute first choice. I had always decided if I was doing a film like this, it would be Imran. I had in fact told UTV that if Imran says no, I won't do the film.”


He further adds, “Kangana was a logical choice because if you see the slight hint that we have given in the trailer, Kangana's character is extremely volatile and unpredictable. She's very spontaneous and mischievous. So I always feel that in casting half the battle is won when an actor is somewhat like the character. From whatever little that I have known or read about her, she's always given me the feeling that she's independent and headstrong as a person. She takes risks and she accepts challenges. So that's why I decided to go to Kangana.”


Well, let's see if the pair can help the film scale new heights.


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Nikkhil Advani: Salman Khan told me to launch Sooraj & Athiya the way he was launched

Thursday September 12, 2015

SSuperstar Salman Khan has been the godfather & mentor to many in this industry and there are many who can never say no to him and HERO director, Nikkhil Advani is one of those people. For him, Salman Khan is his ‘incase-of-emergency-please-contact-person'.


When we caught up with the director for an interview, he told us how passionate & excited Salman was for HERO and how he hasn't compromised on anything for this debut film of Sooraj Pancholi & Athiya Shetty and wanted this to be a launch exactly like his. He also shared how just one phone call form Salman was enough for him to direct HERO.


When asked how did he decide to do a remake, he said, “Salman Khan makes a phone call and it seals your decisions. I can never say no to Salman. If anybody else would have called me up, I would have said no. I think that for Salman Khan to pick up the phone and call me and say that I'd like you to do this, is very big of him. He didn't need to do this; he could have sent a message with anybody. For me he is my ‘incase-of-emergency-please-contact-person' and he knows that.”


But Nikkhil wasn't the first person Salman called. Nikkhil said, “But I guess I was the fourth phone call; first he called Subhash Ghai, then Sooraj Pancholi and Suniel Shetty. He had been speaking to Sooraj for quite some time before he called me and he called Suniel and had spoken to him about Athiya. That's what seals the deal. I can't say no to him.”


Further he told us, “He is making the film because of Sooraj & Athiya. It's a reverse thing, he wanted to make a film for them and decided that the best film to make for them would be HERO.”


Nikkhil then told us that Salman isn't doing this for money. “I keep on saying this that I don't think Salman is making a film called HERO with Sooraj & Athiya directed by Nikkhil Advani because he is going to break the bank. This is the guy who has done BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. For him, the first day collection of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN is more than the budget of HERO. He isn't doing it for money; he's doing it for some other reason,” he said.


Salman was the generous producer who told Nikkhil that there was no budget and asked Nikkhil to launch the newcomers just like how he was. “I was flummoxed in the beginning as to why would he do so much. The only thing he kept on telling was, ‘Launch them the way I was launched. Give them the platform I was given. Make it bigger, why are you thinking so small?' I kept saying that they're newcomers, there is and should be a budget. He told me, ‘No, there should not be. Just go ahead and do what you want.' For me, I have just delivered the film that he wanted,” shared Nikkhil.


Further sharing how passionate is Salman for HERO, he said, “Salman's team was afraid that during the BAJRANGI promotions, he would turn around and say don't talk to me about BAJRANGI, talk to me about HERO. In 30 years, I don't think he has been more charged and more passionate about anything than HERO. It's something very special.”


HERO, which released yesterday, has opened to mixed reviews. We hope Salman is happy with the way things are going around for the film and the debutants are welcomed with open arms in the industry & loved by the audience just as much as their mentor is. After all, that is what Salman wanted.


Man's World India

Q&A WITH NIKKHIL ADVANI

Thursday September 10, 2015

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.


Your last film was D-Day. What was the significance of that movie in your career?


It made me relevant once again. As did my earlier animated film, Delhi Safari. I used to laugh when I read reviews that said the director of Kal Ho Naa Ho (KHNH) has made a film like D-Day. I laughed because suddenly, after 10 years, I was finally being credited for KHNH. I made Salaam-E-Ishq out of arrogance and defiance, wondering why no one believed I directed KHNH. But now D-Day had made people sit up and take notice. That was personal gratification. Professionally, however, it allowed me to set up my production company, so when I told Salman I would like to co-produce Hero, he did not scoff at it, nor did UTV, and I could go to Akshay Kumar with Airlift. D-Day was life changing.


Hero is a remake with two newcomers, and it is produced by Salman Khan. How much scope is there for you as a director with such a project?


I realized early on that Hero is not my film. I was asked to make a film that is Salman’s vision, his instinct, his baby. So I decided to follow his vision and park myself behind him. I learned this after Chandni Chowk To China, where the film was being pulled in four directions, one of which was mine. I did try to rework Hero and bring my take to Subhash Ghai’s screenplay, but it kept coming back to the same spot. When I shared that with Salim Khan, he said “Why are you trying to fix it? It’s not broken.” So I focussed on getting the locations right, making it modern. I brought my aesthetic and technique to it and groomed Sooraj (Pancholi) and Athiya (Shetty). I made it look big.


Hero is a violent, frantic, formulaic masala film. Katti Batti is very urban. Both are love stories.


I describe Katti Batti as the D-Day of romcoms. It’s edgy, funny and has surprises. I had nothing to lose with D-Day and I have nothing to lose with Katti Batti, but there’s a lot of my energy in the film. There’s a lot of all of us in that film. Any urban, middle class couple will look at it and say this has happened to me. Where all love stories end, that’s where Katti Batti begins. It’s about two people who love each other so much they cannot be with each other. Hero, on the other hand, is a remastered version of every love story that has played out in Bollywood — boy meets girl, they cannot be together owing to some conflict and there’s a happy ending.


While Sooraj and Athiya came with Hero, you have the unusual pairing of Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut in Katti Batti.


When the script of Katti Batti came to me, I was sure I wanted Imran for Maddy’s part. But when we sent feelers out to actresses saying it’s a love story directed by Nikkhil Advani and starring Imran Khan, we didn’t really have them jumping at it. Salman recommended Kangana, but I never thought she would do it. As someone who has worked for 21 years with everyone from Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol to Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan and Huma Qureshi, what you look for in your actors is for them to surprise you. That’s what an Irrfan or a Kangana do, and what an Imran has done constantly through Katti Batti.


You once said you want to make simple films. Expand.


By simple I don’t mean lowest common denominator. What I mean is that everybody who is attracted to the film should watch it and understand it — as simple as that. When Salman asked me to do Hero I asked if he was in it. He said no, so I agreed. He later asked me why I asked him that. The reason is that I cannot start with the knowledge that I have to make a Rs 300 crore film. I cannot do it. I don’t have the ability. I enjoy being under the radar and being able to do what I want to. Salaam-E-Ishq and Chandni Chowk To China taught me that.


What else have you got going on after this crazy September?


Airlift, with Akshay Kumar, is already underway. Three of my assistants are graduating to becoming directors. My company will produce their films. I am committed to Bazaar, which is my version of Wall Street. You and I were born here, in Mumbai. We have nowhere else to go. But I am enamoured by why people want to come and live in this city, which is built on sewage. What pulls them in and keeps them here? And that is being able to stand in a chawl, look up at a high-rise and say that one day I am going to reach there — and so many people have reached there. The film is about that rise. I want to bring back that Deewar, Trishul, Kaala Patthar kind of intensity into a mentor-student relationship. There is another script about a serial killer and a female cop. These are things I really want to try. UTV has asked me to do a Disney film, which I am particularly excited by because my daughter has so far not seen anything I have done.


In such a fickle industry, where relationships change after every Friday, how do you stay grounded?


Your best friends have to be from outside the industry. These are my friends from school and college and they are the guys who keep me sane. My friends from the industry would be Saurabh Shukla, Vikramaditya Motwane, Rohan Sippy, Sunhil Sippy and now Imran. And my ‘in case of emergency contact’ would be Salman Khan!


I realized early on that Hero is not my film. I was asked to make a film that is Salman’s vision, his instinct, his baby. So I decided to follow his vision and park myself behind him.


The Huffington Post

Nikkhil Advani Speaks About Helming 'Hero' And 'Katti Batti', Which Are Releasing Back To Back

Thursday September 10, 2015

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.


This is a rare occurrence, given that it’s uncommon for filmmakers to have more than one release per year anywhere in the world, much less over two consecutive Fridays.


Hero has been delivered, seal and all, and Advani doesn’t find the prospect of back-to-back releases all that overwhelming. “Hero was supposed to release in July,” he says, taking a sip of black coffee. “But then Arbaaz, Sohail, and Salim [Khan] saw the film and really liked how the film had been mounted and how well Sooraj and Athiya had done. So it was Arbaaz who suggested that it should piggyback on the success of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and release it soon after. Meanwhile, Katti Batti was always scheduled for a September 18 release. It was just a coincidence that Hero ended up coming one week before.” Salman Khan Films, the actor's home banner that made Bajrangi Bhaijaan, has also produced Hero.


Advani’s last release was the well-received spy thriller D-Day (2013), which he says was the film he made when he realised, after the critical and commercial failure of Chandni Chowk To China (2009), that he was going about things the wrong way. “When people asked me about that film, I would say, ‘I was trying to make an Akshay Kumar film.’ And they would reply, ‘But why? We came to watch your film.’”


Before D-Day, he’d made the ambitious, bilingual animated film Delhi Safari (2012), which was rejected by critics and audiences everywhere but went on to win a National Award for Best Animated Film the following year nevertheless. “I spent seven years on that film, whilst making two other films on the side,” he says. “So I didn’t really have the time to ghusao my insecurities into it, which is why I think it turned out to be the most honest film I’ve ever made.”


At the same time, he has this firm belief that Indian audiences are generally only aware of the names of perhaps five directors at any given point of time. “Only Bandra-to-Andheri crowd knows the names of filmmakers,” he says, with a grin. “For the rest of the country, it’s ‘Salman ki film’, or ‘Kangana ki nayi film aa rahi hai’.”


These parallel convictions are evident in the differences between his two upcoming films. Hero features two newbie star kids (Sooraj is actor Aditya Pancholi’s son; Athiya is Suniel Shetty’s daughter) who “didn’t know how to stand in front of a camera” when they began shooting the film. Katti Batti, on the other hand, features two-time National Award winner Kangana Ranaut, on whose performance(s) Tanu Weds Manu Returns banked upon to become one of the biggest hits of this year, as well as Imran Khan.


He did Hero for two reasons, he says: one, because Salman Khan asked him to (“I cannot say no to him,” he says); and two, because it was a remake of a film he loves. “Will it match up to the original? Of course not. You can’t reinvent the wheel,” he says. “But yes, we’ve tried to make it look glossy and cool… basically, we’ve updated it for a whole new generation who’ve never seen the original. For them, Jackie [Shroff, who debuted with the ’83 film] is Tiger Shroff’s dad.”


Katti Batti, on the other hand, is more of a director’s piece. “It’s a very honest film and we've tried to keep it as real as possible,” he says. “It’s also a very Bombay film and I’m a South Bombay guy myself. So I really didn’t have to do much preparation for it. All the situations shown in the film… I have been part of them, I’ve seen them.”


Despite Hero having all the elements of a typical ‘star kid launch film’, Advani says that they’ve tried to break the template at places. “I believe that if you have the resources, as a filmmaker and an artiste, you must try and do something, even if it’s just one scene, that pushes existing boundaries,” he says. “If you aren’t doing that much and just sticking to the formula, you’re being lazy.”


He’s trying to do the same and more with Katti Batti as well his other upcoming films: Airlift, which he is producing; Bazaar, a film centered on the world of stock markets, and an as-yet-untitled murder mystery.


But for now, after two years, he’s looking forward to having not one but two releases and is eager to see how the audience reacts. “I think the line I’ll be looking for in the reviews for Hero is that it doesn’t look like it’s their [Pancholi’s and Shetty’s] first film,” he says. “For Katti Batti, I’m hoping that Imran Khan’s performance gets noticed. I think he’s done a fabulous job.”


Glamsham.com

Nikkhil Advani: AIRLIFT is an extremely patriotic film

Thursday September 3, 2015

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.”


We had seen a photo of Akshay Kumar from AIRLIFT and after seeing it we thought Akshay was portraying an older character in the film. When we asked Nikkhil about the same, he said, “There is no first look as yet. He isn't playing an older guy, he is playing his age, he's playing a man who is 45. It's a very different role for him, it's a very different space.”


Furthermore ask him if this is going to be on the similar lines as BABY or GABBAR IS BACK and he says, “This is going to be very different from his other films primarily because BABY & GABBAR IS BACK were extremely physical and AIRLIFT is not. AIRLIFT is more about great performance and outstanding story. It is a true story of how 170 thousand people were evacuated from KUWAIT.”


Talking about the patriotic angle, he further said, “This is an extremely patriotic film. It creates a very patriotic emotion so it's different.”


Whenever Akshay has done patriotic films, he has been really loved by the masses. So let's hope this works for Akshay Kumar this time as well. But we will have to wait a little longer as the film releases on 22nd January, 2016.


August 2015

Nikkhil Advani on Salman Khan turning editor for Hero: He should’ve directed a film 10 years ago

Monday August 31, 2015

Salman Khan has personally edited Sooraj Pancholi-Athiya Shetty’s launch vehicle Hero and removed 29 minutes of footage from director Nikkhil Advani’s edited version. Rather than sulk over perceived producer interference, Advani has welcomed Salman’s inputs.


Nikkhil says, “In fact, I insisted that Salman sit on the editing with me. I knew his involvement with the editing would add immensely to the end-product. And I was right. Salman has turned Hero into another entity altogether.”


The director believes that his producer has an impeccable sense of narration. “Salman knows exactly what should stay and what should go. Every suggestion of his made sense. I incorporated all the cuts he asked me to. I’ve no qualms admitting Salman Khan has given the final shape to his film.”


Rumours of Salman turning director have been rife for quite a while now. Salman’s contribution to Dabangg and Dabangg 2 has earlier been acknowledged by his brother Arbaaz, who produced both films and let Salman take charge unofficially.


Is the time right for Salman to turn director now? “Why now? I think Salman should’ve directed a film 10 years ago. I am very lucky to have Salman on board for Hero and Aamir Khan for Katti Batti,” says Advani, who first got a chance to bond with Salman when the director made Salaam-E-Ishq with him.

June 2015

EMMAY Entertainment & Motion Pictures LLP

Kangana – Imran starrer Katti Batti trailer released

Sunday June 14, 2015

~Nikkhil Advani’s next after Kal Ho Naa Ho, D-Day showcases an entirely new space for the director~


The makers of Katti Batti have released the much awaited trailer of the film featuring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan in lead roles. The trailer highlights the unique journey of a relationship shared by the two actors as young lovers to mature adults.


Speaking about the trailer, Director Nikkhil Advani says, "Katti Batti is a journey about modern relationships in India today and I couldn't think of any other actors to fit the part. The chemistry between Kangana and Imran is fantastic. I am sure the audiences will love to see this fresh new pairing on screen."


In Katti Batti, Kangana plays the character of a Payal, a strong-minded, determined woman and Imran Khan plays, Maddy, the fully besotted lover, who is amazed by her attitude towards life. The trailer is filled with madness, love, emotion and life.Watch the trailer


Katti Batti is slated for a worldwide release on September 18, 2015.

EMMAY Entertainment & Motion Pictures LLP
Friday June 12, 2015

Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures is extremely excited to announce the upcoming trailer of its co-production venture Katti Batti. Presented by UTV Motion Pictures, the film stars Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan. It is been directed by Nikkhil Advani.


The trailer will be unveiled on Sunday June 14th at 4pm local time.


Katti Batti has fast become one of the anticipated watches for this year, following on the heels of Kangana's recent blockbuster success. The characters played by Imran and her are urban, regular young people facing easily identifiable relationship dilemmas, which are presented in a quirky, witty context.


With music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, it is the national award winning director's endeavour to recreate the magic of his past romantic films like Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam e Ishq.


Katti Batti is slated for a worldwide release on September 18, 2015.


NDTV Movies

Kangana Directed the First Seven Minutes of Katti Batti

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Tanu Weds Manu Returns star Kangana Ranaut has stepped on the other side of the camera for her upcoming film Katti Batti. She has directed the first seven minutes of Nikkhil Advani's upcoming project, in which she will be sharing screen space with actor Imran Khan.


The Queen actress took cinematographer Tushar Kantiray's blessings and offered him Re 1 to allow her to use the camera.


"It's a seven-minute uncut sequence. I had to shoot it by holding the camera in my hands which was the demand of the script. It was nerve-racking, but actors can do anything for a director who shows trust and faith in their abilities. Nikkhil (Advani) is one such director," Kangana said in a statement.


Kal Ho Na Ho director Nikkhil Advani is really impressed with the Tanu Weds Manu actress.


"One of my favourite scenes in the film is one in which Kangana's character is shooting Imran (Khan) playfully with an iPad. I wanted the scene to be authentic and organic so Tushar (Kantiray) suggested that we should allow the actress to shoot it herself," said Nikkhil.


"The lighting was completed, the set was cleared out and Kangana has shot the scene like a pro, adding one more talent to her already overflowing basket," added the D-Day director.


March 2015

Bollywood Life

Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty to miss the trailer launch of their debut film Hero because of Salman Khan?

Monday March 21, 2015

If the latest grapevine is true then these two newcomers won’t be attending the trailer launch of their own film Hero. But why? Well, its got something to do with Bhai. Read on to know full story…


That Salman Khan is launching Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty with his production venture Hero is known to all. This film, which is directed by Nikkhil Advani and is scheduled to release on July 3, is a remake of Subhash Ghai’s 1983 hit of the same name. While the Being Human star will make sure that these two newcomers have a dream debut, we hear he doesn’t want them to be present at the trailer launch of their film Hero. Yes, it may sound a bit strange but there’s a reason behind this diktat.


Apparently, Khan is very cautious about his production venture. He wants everything to be perfect and that’s why he is paying attention to every little detail. Well, that’s also the reason why he wants Sooraj and Athiya to stay away from the media as well. And therefore the whole plan to not let his lead actors to attend the trailer launch.


Looks like Bhai has already chalked the marketing plan for his film and the two newbies. But if not Sooraj and his co-star, who will unveil the trailer of much-awaited Hero remake? Buzz suggests it will be Salman Khan, director Nikkhil Advani and Subhash Ghai.


Now I dunno what the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor has in store for us but my curiosity level just went one notch up after hearing about the whole trailer launch plan. Guess Salman’s innovative idea is already working!


Gulf News

Akshay Kumar’s ‘Airlift’ in UAE: tabloid! on set

Monday March 21, 2015

The road behind the Ras Al Khaimah Exhibition Centre has been cordoned off with steel mesh and a security guard ensures that no civilians pass through. There’s an acrid smell of tyres burning in the air. Thick clouds of smoke are billowing from destroyed vehicles and armed soldiers in khakhi uniforms ambush vehicles, drag passengers from cars, and shoot them dead if they show any resistance. The city is burning; it is under siege by brutal Iraqi military forces.


But before you panic, this isn’t a real-life war.


tabloid! is on the movie set of Bollyood star Akshay Kumar’s Airlift, an ambitious tale about a massive civilian evacuation of Indian expatriates that took place during the 1990 Gulf War when Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait. It’s being partly shot in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK), and the emirate has been dressed up to look like Kuwait in the 90s.


They are on their 13th day of filming in RAK and the 180-plus crew from India will be here until the end of this month, before they proceed to shoot in Mumbai. Repeated requests not to take any pictures are made to protect the sanctity of the pivotal scene that is being filmed.


“When Saddam Hussain attacked Kuwait, there were at least 150,000 Indians displaced by war. When an invader attacks another country, people staying there don’t know what to do. It’s a story about those Indians. Whose door should they knock on?,” said Kumar in an exclusive interview with tabloid!. As he spoke, he looked at the monitor to gauge how the scene that involved him being brutally handled by the soldiers panned out.


Kumar, one of Bollywood’s most bankable actors today, plays a Kuwait-based tycoon Ranjit Katyal, who turns into a saviour for those thousands of displaced Indians and spearheads a massive Indian civilian evacuation drive. Actress Nimrat Kaur, who became a bona fide star with the sumptuous international hit The Lunchbox and recently appeared in the hit US television series Homeland, plays his wife.


“Airlift is about displacement and the sense of uprooting that you feel when you don’t know where to go. Remember, they have to deal with the loss of whatever they have built over the decades … Airlift is my first big film and it has been an incredibly enriching experience,” said Kaur.



She wasn’t on acting call on Thursday afternoon, but had dropped in on the sets. While Kumar has been in RAK since March 7 and will be here until the end of the month, Kaur had joined the crew later and even recently celebrated her birthday on the movie sets.


But Airlift, directed by Raja Krishna Menon, is not about terrorism, says Kumar.


“This is not Baby, Part 2 [Kumar’s terrorism hit]. Airlift belongs to the stories of all those families who were affected by war when Saddam attacked Kuwait … We are both playing real characters. We can’t talk about them and I am not going to reveal their names either. But we spoke to them and everything that you see in the film has been taken from experiences of real-life people who survived that war,” said Kumar.


It’s a film inspired by true events and perhaps that’s why it’s such a massive collaborative production. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Emmay Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films (the company owned by Kumar) and Abundantia Entertainment, Airlift has the makings of a war epic — a genre that has been rarely tapped in Bollywood. It’s slated to release next year on January 21 in the UAE.


“Unfortunately, we have been only stuck with India-Pakistan war in our films. I am sick and tired of it. The whole thing has become boring,” said Kumar. His on-screen wife, Kaur, couldn’t agree more.


“We have explored the 1947 India-Pakistan struggle, the post-partition issues, that trauma in detail. But I don’t think any film like this which is based on a real-life incident has been ever made,” said Kaur. Kumar, the self-made matinee idol who often tops the highest taxpaying Indian stars list, says Airlfit explores the deepest human fears and vulnerabilities.


“I had seen a film called Waqt that starred actor Balraj Sahni. He starts off as a rich man and everything is going great for him. He feels invincible like nothing can go wrong in his life because he has a lovely wife, three children, fame and money. But then there comes an earthquake and in an instant he loses his wife and everything that he has earned. It’s just one natural disaster. But it’s one film that plays in my head every day. This is one fear that I will always have,” said Kumar, letting us in on his deepest fears.


“I always fear that a giant foot — that of nature or a country attacking another — might land on my life. It’s the most horrifying feeling. If you watch this film, it may remind you of human frailties.”


Visibly disturbed at the train of his thoughts, Kumar quickly takes out his phone from his pocket and zooms in on a picture that he had clicked a few days ago during his shoot. It shows a grim-looking Kumar in a business suit standing alongside another man, who plays a labourer, in a dilapidated city.


“War is the biggest leveller. It doesn’t make any distinction between the rich and the poor, your job title or religion. It’s indiscriminate and we want to highlight that,” said Kumar, adding that Airlift will reveal the humane side of war. Before he could continue, he’s called on for one of the scenes. Suddenly, the laid-back star, who was languidly seated on the plastic chair during our interview, switches to work mode. He’s effortless in front of the camera and his working style is a telltale sign that he’s not a method actor.


“I don’t function with method acting. I like to read my script and think about what the character feels and then I just go do it. If I need to run, I don’t have to actually run,” said Kumar, suddenly huffing away and out-of-breath to underscore his point.



“Some actors sometimes in interviews say that they have been so immersed in their characters that they cannot now break away after the film is over. I read those interviews and smile. And, I know them, so when I see them soon after and they seem normal to me. But during [the] interview — they say all that,’ said Kumar with a sly smile. Noted. So what was the most challenging part about Airlift?

“The most challenging part was to create Kuwait in Ras Al Khaimah. But the RAK government has been so helpful. Today, the whole stretch of this road has been blocked. Everybody has been so supportive -and in return all they need is one photo. I want to thank each one of them.” said Kumar. A minute later, Kumar is called for another shot — but not before he stops to take a picture with one of the local guests.


Meet the producers


Bhushan Kumar of T-Series and Monisha Advani of Enmay Entertainment discuss the war epic Airlift


What made you zero down on Ras Al Khaimah as a primary location to film Airlift?


Bhushan Kumar: It’s an evacuation drama and we needed a Gulf country that could exude a 90s feel. RAK went well with how team designed the look.


Monisha Advani: Everybody here have been so helpful. RAK Tourism board have been exceptional in providing support. The other day, there was a funny incident where we were struggling to tie a scarf around Kumar and this local person just came forward to help us out. These are small incidents, but it shows how supportive everyone in RAK has been.


What’s the budget of the film?


Bhushan Kumar: We have kept the budget of the film realistic. It’s a Rs40 crore [Dh23 million] film and a good chunk of that money will go into the production of film. In my opinion, it’s reasonably priced. Also, Akshay and Nimrat was our first and only choice.


Monisha Advani: Without getting into budgets, I can tell you that his film has the biggest heart. We are celebrating the triumph of the human spirit against the backdrop of war in Airlift. And let me add that it has a clever budget, which has been supported by everyone including Akshay Kumar. He’s our superhero. Director Raja [Krishna Menon] came to us with a two-page story idea and we thought we would have to pursue Akshay aggressively for this, but within 15 minutes, he said yes.


Meet the director


Raja Krishna Menon, whose credits include Bas Yun Hi with Nandita Das (2003) Barah Aana with Naseeruddin Shah (2009), talks about the movie:


How has your day been so far?


It’s been a fantastic day. Our scene for the day with Akshay went off beautifully. It was raw, gritty and everything is going as per schedule.


What was the brief you gave to your lead actors?


It’s an emotional story of a man who finds himself through a journey triggered by external circumstances. He’s rich and has achieved everything in life, but somewhere he has forgotten where he came from. I wanted him to bring out that intangible emotion of the Indian spirit.



In conversation with ...


Viral Thakkar, visual effects (VFX) supervisor of Airlift from Riva Animation in Mumbai.


What’s the scope for special effects in Airlift?


The scope is immense since it’s a film that works at re-creating the 1990s Kuwait. There’s a lot of destruction being shown with buildings on fire, etc. We have to make sure that there are no new towers being shown on the screen and lots of have to be replaced. The invasion by tankers, the choppers, the war machinery will have to be digitally re-created. So yes, for a VFX team — such a project is a dream.


What’s your biggest challenge?


We are doing a lot of research to remain authentic to the 90s era. The idea is to take care of even the minutest details such as the car-plate numbers, road texture, which are damaged due to the war destruction, etc.


Meet


Hassan Mohammad, 20, who’s an extra on the sets of Airlift.


How did you get the job of an extra?


My friends told me that Akshay Kumar will be shooting here and that they need extras. I jumped at the offer. I have skipped my BBA classes for this role.


What’s your role?


I play a young Iraqi soldier in uniform with a gun. But it’s great see Akshay Kumar in person. I have been watching him since childhood. But it’s a different feeling to see him in the flesh. He has such a big heart and has a terrific body.

Press Release
By EMMAY Entertainment & Motion Pictures LLP

Nikkhil Advani does not have a Facebook account

Wednesday March 11, 2015

It has been brought to our notice that accounts on the popular social networking site Facebook have been created in the name of Mr. Nikkhil Advani. Such accounts maybe wrongly and mischievously attributing comments of mal-intent to Mr. Advani.


This has been brought to the attention of Facebook who have been addressing the problem and removing such content. It has also been brought to the attention of law enforcers to curb such misdoings.


This statement is issued as a matter of public record.

Deccan Chronicle
Monday March 02, 2015

After the revelation of Kangana’s artistic look in Nikkhil Advani’s upcoming rom-com ‘Katti Batti’, here’s presenting Imran Khan’s look in the film. Imran who will be essaying the role of Maddy Sharma can be seen sporting a white shirt, black jacket and formal pants in the picture.


The film touted to be a unique love story is about new age relationships and breaking up and making up in the world of today, the sort of contemporary romantic relationship never before seen on Indian celluloid.


The film is slated for a release later this year on September 18, 2015. Nikkhil Advani known for 'Kal Ho Na Ho' has put together the story of Payal played by Kangana and her relationships. From the looks of it, Kangana's character seems to be creatively bend and the actress dons the look exteremly well.


What do you think of Imran's new look?

February 2015

The Times Of India

Akshay Kumar learns to speak Arabic for Airlift

Friday February 27, 2015

Akshay Kumar's Airlift is an entertaining edge-of-the-seat thriller of the biggest human evacuation in the history of the world.


It's a story of how one wealthy and powerful businessman Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar), who has always seen himself as a Kuwaiti rather than an Indian, unknowingly becomes the man who finally saves 1,70,000 Indians stranded in Kuwait from the Iraqi invasion at a point in history, and brings them back to India safely. There are points in the film where Akshay is required to speak in Arabic.


We have learnt that past three weeks, Akshay has been learning Arabic to get the correct dialect and he has finally delivered his lines in the language. We will wait to test his Arabic once we see the film. Till then, bit-tawfiq (good luck) Akshay.

The Times Of India

Nikkhil Advani gears up for three films

Monday February 23, 2015

Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani has his hands full currently. While his upcoming directorial venture Hero is in the final stages of post-production, he's simultaneously filming Katti Batti, featuring Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut.


Besides juggling these two movies as a director, he's also managed to find time to see his next production, Airlift, starring Akshay Kumar, take off. Airlift marks a milestone for his now four-year-old production house, Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures — it's his first production that he's not directing. Impressed by a one-page brief by director Raja Menon, Nikkhil is pulling out all stops to make the movie that is based on true life events.


The film has Nimrat Kaur teaming up with Akshay for the first time. Saurabh Shukla's psychological thriller, which is currently being scripted, will also go on the floors later this year. About his strategies as a producer, Nikkhil says, "Production is an art that my partners and I are committed to mastering. We're grateful to our backers, who are the sustainers of our work philosophies. Above all, we're determined to present our actors in the best way possible."


The Times Of India

FIRST LOOK: AIRLIFT - Akki, Nimrat get intimate

Monday February 23, 2015

Their evacuation drama kicked off in a grand mansion in a Mumbai studio.


The Raja Menon-directed Airlift went on floors on Saturday in a suburban stu dio in Mumbai. A grand mansion, complete with Arabic carpets and interiors resembling an affluent Middle-Eastern household, was created for the shoot. For the leading lady, Nimrat Kaur, whose last outing on a Hindi movie set was in the indie drama, The Lunchbox, being part of a mega budget, mainstream Bollywood production is a `first-time' experience. And the actress agrees that the stakes are "much higher".


In contrast to Ila, a lonely housewife yearning for her husband's attention, Nimrat's character in Airlift is a much-loved woman enjoying a privileged life in an opulent mansion. Amrita is married to billionaire Ranjit Dayal, a Kuwaitibusinessman of Indian origin who goes on to strategise and execute the evacuation of Indians trapped in the Gulf-nation after neighboring Iraq, led by Saddam Hussein, declared war in the early 90s.


The actress admits she was a little nervous about working with Akshay Kumar. "He's a huge star and I'm only starting out," she reasons. "I've been watching his movies for two decades now. But despite the stardom, he's a lovely, down-toearth person." Day 1 with Khiladi Kumar was long but for Nimrat, time just flew by. "We shot some intimate scenes but it wasn't awkward at all thanks to Akshay who kept cracking jokes to keep the mood light," reveals the actress whose wardrobe is also dramatically different from those dull salwar-kurtas she wore in her debut film. "This film is set in the '90s and the costume designer has come up with a wardrobe for Amrita which resembles that of Kuwait's richest. I never imagined shooting this film would be so much fun and it's only the first day." Her co-star was equally excited about the project. "Rarely does one come across a story that has such a unique yet universal appeal," he pointed out. The period-drama is produced by Bhushan Kumar, alongwith Nikkhil Advani and Vikram Malhotra.


It details the world's largest civilian evacuation, master minded and spear headed by Kuwaiti billionaire, Ranjit Katyal who used the national carrier Air India, to evacuate over 170,000 Indians.

He led the endeavour at the cost of a great personal sacrifice.


The film which is targeting a January 22, 2016, release will move to Ras Al Khaimah and Bhuj next, amongst other locations carefully chosen to replicate the topography of Kuwait and Baghdad in the early '90s.


The Times Of India

Kangana Ranaut: People are actually praying to work with me

Monday February 23, 2015

Earlier this month Kangana Ranaut picked up her first Best Actress Award for her Queen act. It was home-delivered by Rekha since she wasn't at the Filmfare soiree.


Having announced that she didn't believe in awards, she'd opted to attend a party for Padma awardees Rajat Sharma and Prasoon Joshi where she was clicked with Aamir Khan "enjoying poetry instead of banging my head to music I don't understand". She admits she wasn't expecting to win in absentia and recalls being promised an award for Krrish 3 if she "showed up". Kangana who was in school in New York at the time, chose not to show up.


After bagging the black lady will she attend the next few award functions now? "You're awarding a performance not a person so it's disrespectful to make attendance a pre-condition. My Queen cinematographer, Bobby Singh, is no longer in this world, but his work deserves to be acknowledged posthumously," she asserts, pointing out that she could be shooting or unwell on that day. "But that shouldn't stop anyone from recognising my performance."


Queen told the story of Rani, ditched on the eve of her wedding by her fiance. A trip to Europe turns into a journey of self-discovery and emancipation. The journey continues with Nikkhil Advani's Katti Batti. The challenge then was to play a character who is so introverted she couldn't look anyone in the eye. The upcoming film too has thrown her a curveball with its non-linear narrative.


Having finished a course in screenplay writing in New York, she explains that Payal's character doesn't follow the regular graph: "In one scene you see her in her late 20s, in the next she's back in her teens followed by a song in her early 20s. For most films I decide in one narration if I want to do it. In this case I had a narration every other day because every scene is like a mini-film."

On the surface, the film is a love story between a middle-class boy and a rich, bohemian girl. "But as the story unfolds, Payal throws you off. You wonder if she really loves Maddy or is taking him on a ride. The journey of these two starts off on a lighter note but gets deeper emotionally," she says.


Quiz her on co-star Imran Khan and she breaks into raptures over the Mumbai boy, born in the US and brought up in UK. "In many ways he's like me... Naive, straightforward and sometimes a little unsure during a scene. After working with actors who scream on the sets, can't mind their language and run down other actresses in front of me, making me wonder if they do the same behind my back, gentlemanly Imran is a welcome relief," she smiles.


A complete contrast to Reema Kagti's Mr Chalu. What's happening to the film after Saif Ali Khan's exit? "I'm not the right person to answer that," she retorts, adding that she'll use the time to learn editing in New York, the last of the courses that will help her work with her technicians when she makes her directorial debut, instead of shouting incomprehensible orders on the sets.

In 2011, she directed a nine-minute short, The Touch. It revolved around a five-year-old with healing powers and Kangana admits it was a revelation to work with a disciplined crew which respected not just adult actors but also the child, maybe more so. "We had to make allowances for his travel, sleep and mealtimes. Which meant we got him for only three hours in an eight-hour shift. And then if he didn't want to shoot, we had to let him go," she reminisces. In contrast, Bollywood was full of actors reporting late, with scant respect for their craft or co-stars. "I started at 17 and I've gone through hell.


That's why people matter more than scripts today. I'd rather work with Aanandji (Aanand Rai, director of Tanu Weds Manu 2) and Nikkhil who pampers me silly. I enjoy the attention. I've told them that if they're directing I have to be in the film," she laughs.


And what about Sujoy Ghosh, who's returned to her with the cinematic adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X after she walked out of his Durga Rani Singh over creative differences? "Yes, Suspect X is one of the films I'm considering. Sujoy and I never had any differences. He texted me asking why I wasn't going for the Filmfare Awards given that it was my year. I told him every year is my year. Queen is just the beginning," she beams.


She admits she's had flops after Queen and projects that failed to take off. "Yet, I continue to be get offers. People are actually praying to work with me. And I continue to win awards even in absentia so Sujoy can do a celebratory jig," she says. "People like him, Anandji and Nikkhil who love and respect me and have made this journey memorable." Bhattacharya TWEETS @roshmila   Kangana Ranaut on getting awards in absentia, her hellish early years with ungentlemanly co-stars and the challenge of doing unexpected roles Earlier this month Kangana Ranaut picked up her first Best Actress Award for her Queen act. It was home-delivered by Rekha since she wasn't at the Filmfare soiree. Having announced that she didn't believe in awards, she'd opted to attend a party for Padma awardees Rajat Sharma and Prasoon Joshi where she was clicked with Aamir Khan "enjoying poetry instead of banging my head to music I don't understand". She admits she wasn't expecting to win in absentia and recalls being promised an award for Krrish 3 if she "showed up". Kangana who was in school in New York at the time, chose not to show up. After bagging the black lady will she attend the next few award functions now? "You're awarding a performance not a person so it's disrespectful to make attendance a pre-condition. My Queen cinematographer, Bobby Singh, is no longer in this world, but his work deserves to be acknowledged posthumously," she asserts, pointing out that she could be shooting or unwell on that day. "But that shouldn't stop anyone from recognising my performance."


Queen told the story of Rani, ditched on the eve of her wedding by her fiance. A trip to Europe turns into a journey of self-discovery and emancipation. The journey continues with Nikkhil Advani's Katti Batti. The challenge then was to play a character who is so introverted she couldn't look anyone in the eye. The upcoming film too has thrown her a curveball with its non-linear narrative.


Having finished a course in screenplay writing in New York, she explains that Payal's character doesn't follow the regular graph: "In one scene you see her in her late 20s, in the next she's back in her teens followed by a song in her early 20s. For most films I decide in one narration if I want to do it. In this case I had a narration every other day because every scene is like a mini-film."


On the surface, the film is a love story between a middle-class boy and a rich, bohemian girl. "But as the story unfolds, Payal throws you off. You wonder if she really loves Maddy or is taking him on a ride. The journey of these two starts off on a lighter note but gets deeper emotionally," she says.


Quiz her on co-star Imran Khan and she breaks into raptures over the Mumbai boy, born in the US and brought up in UK. "In many ways he's like me... Naive, straightforward and sometimes a little unsure during a scene. After working with actors who scream on the sets, can't mind their language and run down other actresses in front of me, making me wonder if they do the same behind my back, gentlemanly Imran is a welcome relief," she smiles.


A complete contrast to Reema Kagti's Mr Chalu. What's happening to the film after Saif Ali Khan's exit? "I'm not the right person to answer that," she retorts, adding that she'll use the time to learn editing in New York, the last of the courses that will help her work with her technicians when she makes her directorial debut, instead of shouting incomprehensible orders on the sets.


In 2011, she directed a nine-minute short, The Touch. It revolved around a five-year-old with healing powers and Kangana admits it was a revelation to work with a disciplined crew which respected not just adult actors but also the child, maybe more so. "We had to make allowances for his travel, sleep and mealtimes. Which meant we got him for only three hours in an eight-hour shift. And then if he didn't want to shoot, we had to let him go," she reminisces. In contrast, Bollywood was full of actors reporting late, with scant respect for their craft or co-stars. "I started at 17 and I've gone through hell.


That's why people matter more than scripts today. I'd rather work with Aanandji (Aanand Rai, director of Tanu Weds Manu 2) and Nikkhil who pampers me silly. I enjoy the attention. I've told them that if they're directing I have to be in the film," she laughs.


And what about Sujoy Ghosh, who's returned to her with the cinematic adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X after she walked out of his Durga Rani Singh over creative differences? "Yes, Suspect X is one of the films I'm considering. Sujoy and I never had any differences. He texted me asking why I wasn't going for the Filmfare Awards given that it was my year. I told him every year is my year. Queen is just the beginning," she beams.


She admits she's had flops after Queen and projects that failed to take off. "Yet, I continue to be get offers. People are actually praying to work with me. And I continue to win awards even in absentia so Sujoy can do a celebratory jig,"" she says. "People like him, Anandji and Nikkhil who love and respect me and have made this journey memorable."


Press Release
Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures LLP

AIRLIFT “TAKES OFF”!

Saturday February 21, 2015

Nikkhil Advani and his film production company Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures are proud to announce the commencement of principal photography of the true-life incidents inspired AIRLIFT.


Presented by T-Series and Cape of Good, in strategic partnership with Abundantia Entertainment, AIRLIFT stars Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur, along with a carefully cast ensemble of characters.


The film has been conceived and is directed by Raja Krishna Menon. His last outing in this capacity was the critically acclaimed Barah Anna.


Says an emotional Advani “I have a unique relationship with Akshay, having directed him in two films. And now, as his producer, it becomes my responsibility to fully support Raja to ensure we present Akshay in a way that he surpasses audience expectations.”


On the support he has received from Bhushan Kumar, Nikkhil concludes “Implicit mutual trust makes for a sincere project. We are grateful that Bhushan ji and his team have made themselves available to Airlift in this manner.”


Airlift will be shot in Mumbai, areas around Gujarat and Rajasthan and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.


The film is expected to release on January 22, 2016.


Source – www.emmay.com

IBN Live

Nikkhil Advani wraps up the shoot of 'Hero' with a photoshoot with Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty

Feb 19, 2015

Ace photographer Avinash Gowariker, shot with the lead pair and the director of 'Hero' on the last day of the film's shooting. Debutant actors Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty posed for some beautiful pictures along with director Nikkhil Advani. Advani and Gowariker posted the pictures on Twitter and the filmmaker wrote, "Shot 4 Hero with #Athiyashetty @soorajpancholi with their Guru @nickadvani to guide them!Great fun! @BeingSalmanKhan(sic)". The film is being produced by Salman Khan and is said to be a remake of Subhash Ghai's '80's hit film 'Hero' which launched Jackie Shroff's career in Bollywood.

Janurary 2015

Mumbai Mirror

AKSHAY TO FLY FIRST; WILL WEAR BLING LATER

January 30, 2015

In the past few weeks, speculations have been rife that Akshay Kumar's upcoming romcom, Singh Is Bling, has been shelved. However, Mirror has learnt that the Prabhudheva-directed film, co-starring KritiSanon, which was to flag off in January has been pushed to April as Akki is not happy with the way the script has turned out. And while that script is being fine-tuned, he's allotted the dates to the Raja Menon directed evacuation drama, Airlift. Producer AshviniYardi told Mirror, "Yes, we were to start early this year but we had to give away our dates so Akshay could complete his other film.

Filmfare exclusive

FIRST LOOK: KATTI BATTI

January 16, 2015.

A bespectacled Imran Khan and a quirky Kangana Ranaut make for an adorable onscreen couple for their upcoming film KattiBatti. The two have been paired up together for the very first time for a unique romantic comedy. Directed by Nikkhil Advani, the film is slated to be released on September 18.

Nikkhil Advani, who is known for films like Kal Ho Na Ho, will yet again make a romantic comedy but the leading actress Kangana Ranaut says that it is a unique love story. "It is a very good love story. It is different from the usual love stories that we get to see in Bollywood films. The element of love has been depicted in a different way in that film. The film's idea and philosophy is very good."

Indian Express

Nikkhil Advani’s ‘Hero’ starring SoorajPancholi finishes shooting

January 10, 2015

Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani’s upcoming directorial venture ‘Hero‘, starring newcomers SoorajPancholi and AthiyaShetty in the lead, has wrapped up its shooting.

The film, which is the official remake of SubhashGhai’s hit 1983 movie of the same name, is being produced by Salman Khan and shot extensively in Mumbai.

The ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ helmer is all impressed by the talents of the debutante actors Sooraj, who is the son of AdityaPancholi, and Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya.