It was only a last week that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan confirmed that she and her husband Abhishek Bachchan would be seen in Anurag Kashyap‘s Gulab Jamun together. While all the Abhi-Ash fans including myself were doing the jig at this news, looks like Anurag has managed to surprise us even further with the casting. If reports are to be believed, he seems to have managed a casting coup of sorts by also casting Amitabh Bachchan in the film!
Gulab Jamun, directed by Sarvesh-Mewara is touted as a slice-of-life film that tells the story of a three-generation family and Sr.Bachchan will play the first generation.
A source revealed that,
After initiating talks with Abhishek and Ash, the makers had given a narration to Big B last year, following which he had suggested a few tweaks to the script. It was after the wrap-up of Manmarziyan last month that conversation around this film started again. Anurag reached out to Big B with the reworked script. If all goes as planned, he will be on board soon. It is yet unknown whether he will be playing a father to Abhishek or Aishwarya.
The trio will be coming together on screen after 10 years after Sarkar Raj back in 2008. I’m super excited for this film now! Who wouldn’t be?
It was earlier this month that reports about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan coming together for Gulab Jamun started doing the rounds. The news most certainly got their fans excited about seeing the duo back on-screen after 8 long years.
Here’s what the actress revealed:
AB and I agreed to do Gulab Jamun. I told AB that he needs to decide what he wants to do after Manmarziyan.
The script apparently came their way a year and a half ago and while nothing was set in stone until recently, it was in an interview with Mid-day that Ash confirmed about being a part of the project and said:
We had agreed on the idea then. However, it was around the same time that AB decided to take time out. After the hiatus, he returned with Manmarziyan, which coincidentally is directed by Anurag Kashyap. That’s when the chatter around Gulab Jamun began again, and we finally came on board. It is a beautiful script and we fit the narrative perfectly.
She further added:
The script has to be interesting if a real-life couple is coming together.
We’re sure the script must indeed be interesting to bring the couple together on the big screen after their last film, Raavan in 2010.
When asked about how the duo judges scripts that come to them as a couple, Ash states:
We have got many scripts, and at times, we got tempted too. But then, we discuss it out loud. We take stock and say, ‘Does it excite us?’ Why should marriage define out choices? Shouldn’t we be actually approaching the story as individual actors?
We’re glad that Gulab Jamun finally did the trick and got them to share screen space once again in this Sarvesh Mewara directorial which will be produced by Phantom Films.
The industry this year has seen a lot of surprises as far as commercial success of film is concerned. It has been 7 months into 2018, and we have already seen more than 10 “HIT” films and the count is just expected to escalate further in the coming few months. While some anticipated films like Gold, Namastey England, Thugs of Hindostan, Student of The Year 2, Kedarnath, 2.0, Total Dhamaal, Zero and Simmbaare expected to set the cash registers ringing, there are several small budget-content driven films that can spring in a pleasant surprise.
This week will see the release of two such films – Fanney Khanstarring Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Rajkummar Rao and Karwaan starring Irrfan Khan, Dulqueer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar. While Fanney Khan follows the template of feel good cinema and attempts to make the audience believe that its’ okay to dream big, Karwaan on the other hand is a film about self-discovery on a road trip. The trailer of both the films have found appreciation from a limited section of audience. An added benefit for the two films is the fact that they are riding on an acclaimed star-cast, who can get the audience in cinema hall if backed by the right content.
Being small films, it isn’t a clash as such because there are enough screens, shows and audience for both the films, and what is essential here is the word of mouth publicity. After a fair start, if the two films command a positive word of mouth from their respective target audience, the biz would escalate over the weekend and the films would pose a respectable total in the long run. Over the years a lot of films have taken a slow start at the ticket window but ended up being profitable ventures by the end of their lifetime run due to the positive audience feedback – Fanney Khan and Karwaan would belong to the same category of films.
Unlike the star-driven films which are front loaded in terms of business, the content here is going to be the real star that would get the audience in the cinema hall over the weekend. Here’s looking forward to see how the audience and critics receive these two slice of life feel good films.
People are always looking for inspiration, more often than not they find it from their favourite Bollywood stars. And why would they not? Despite the glitz, glamour and luxurious life they enjoy, these actors work hard on their characters. Take Anil Kapoor for instance, turns out the actor actually took trumpet lessons for his role in Fanney Khanaccording to Mid-Day.
The trumpet is an integral part of my character in the film. My character, Fanney, plays it when he is sad or happy. So I had to make it look real. I was excited to learn a new instrument and took lessons from Ramesh Kumar Gurung. It was challenging to emote while using the instrument.
The actor also revealed that music has a special place in his career and his life. He learned how to play the sitar when he starred in Tu Payal Mein Geet (1971) as a child artiste and used to travel from Chembur to Bandra for his lessons as a 12-year-old. He even knows how to play the harmonium!
I learned to play the harmonium from Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan. Music has played an integral part in my career. I understood melody and rhythm through the characters I have played.
I definitely had no idea that the actor had taken proper training in all these instruments. Then, there’s no surprise that Anil was chosen to play the lead in the musical-comedy film, Fanney Khan.
Here’s a sneak peek of the powerhouse playing the trumpet at the promotions.
While other star kids of Bollywood are busy holidaying in the US and France, little Aaradhya Bachchan is making the most of her Parisian getaway. Yes, Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter is currently holidaying in Paris with her mommy dearest and we are so waiting to get hold of their pictures together. It could be Aishwarya’s professional commitments that prompted her to take a trip to Paris but for Aaradhya, it’s just another holiday. The little girl was all excited to get clicked with her mommy at the Mumbai airport as the duo left for this French capital. And just while we wonder to see Aish and Aaradhya’s pictures from their holiday, she posts a selfie on her Instagram account. Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya are all smiles while leaving for Paris – view HQ pics
Aishwarya took to her Instagram account to share a rather adorable selfie of hers with Aaradhya and her mother. While the picture is too cute for words, we were amazed to see the way Aish’s princess smiles like her, doesn’t she? Aaradhya has the exact smile like Aishwarya and this mother-daughter duo has vowed to break the internet with their super adorable pictures. We hope the Fanney Khan actress continues to post snaps from her Paris holiday album and give us a reason to stalk her Instagram account every day. Also Read: [Video] Aaradhya goes all MWUAH on seeing her mum Aishwarya Rai Bachchan!
Speaking of Fanney Khan, the trailer of Aishwarya’s next film will release tomorrow and we are so excited to watch it. The movie that also stars Rajkummar Rao and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles will see the actress as a singer and her red hair colour shade has impressed us already.
There was a time when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s daughter Aaradhya would get really shy on seeing the paparazzi. She would either try hiding her face or get cranky. At one point in time, it almost felt like she hates stepping out in public. But looks like as and how she’s growing up, she finally understands that shutterbugs do no harm but are in fact here to only make you feel important. I mean, you saw how she owned the Cannes red carpet by being her mum’s shadow this year. Or say for that matter, take all her recent public appearances that she has been busy lighting up with her smile. But nothing in comparison to this cutesy moment that she shared with Aishwarya at the airport this morning. ALSO READ: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya are all smiles while leaving for Paris – view HQ pics
Aaradhya seemed so happy for some reason that while she was walking hand-in-hand with Aishwarya, she suddenly stopped, looked at her mom and blew an adorable air-kiss. Like, I don’t remember ever seeing Aaradhya indulging in such PDA. But obviously, Aishwarya too was pleasantly surprised as returned the love with a bigger mwuah. Here, we have the video for you to see. Watch it and tell us if you don’t go aww seeing this adorable mother-daughter duo.
Recently, when Aishwarya was asked how does Aaradhya deal with the paparazzi, she had said, “I haven’t made a conversation out of it. She is a child and I can’t casually say that she understands it. It can never be normal as there is nothing normal about it. Aaradhya has seen it [the attention] since she was a baby, while I was exposed to it only in my twenties. Is it normal to her? I don’t know. It can’t be normal to see human beings behave strangely. But also it’s not like she woke up one day and experienced it. She has seen crowds outside our gates, media outside the airports and I would like to believe that she realises that it happens sporadically. I have been a very normal mother with her throughout. I have gone with her everywhere. I go to her school every day. I have done normal things with her like taken her to the park, visited temples, gone to the supermarket etc., so that she understands what ‘normal normal’ is and what social excitement is.”
If you loved Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the little that you got to see her in the Fanney Khan teaser, then get ready to be amazed by her moves because she’s sure to make your hearts skip a beat with her first Madonna-inspired song from the film. Yes, famous American choreographer-director, Frank Gatson Jr. has stepped into choreograph this track and looks like it’s turned to be quite a glamorous dance number as he spoke to Mumbai Mirror saying, “It was a challenge because music is supposed to tell you what to do but this song’s beats were essentially Indian, and I wanted to stay true to the culture. However, it’s turned out to be an international number.” ALSO READ: [View pics] Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Frank Gatson Jr are having the most fun on the sets of Fanney Khan
Aishwarya and Frank have been prepping hard for this song since the last one week. The pictures that we brought to you a few days back were also from the same rehearsals. But now that they have finished rehearsing, Frank reveals, “You cannot give Ash dance steps that look too young. She is not 19, she’s a woman and a mother. I had to make it likeable. She was so happy with the way the sequence shaped up, she hugged me and introduced me to her family.”
In the same Mirror interview, Frank also spoke about making a really hardworking foreigner to join Aishwarya in this song as he said, “During auditions, I came across many dancers who aren’t from India but work in Bollywood. It’s like someone coming into my all-black neighborhood and hiring white dancers. I didn’t like it, but luckily, I was able to find some fantastic dancers. Initially, it was supposed to be Ash with only female dancers but then I came across this incredible guy, hard-working and respectful, and added him in.” ALSO READ: Just 4 seconds and Aishwarya has all our attention from Fanney Khan teaser – watch video
Check out a few videos of Aishwarya from the rehearsals below:
Talking about Hollywood’s perception of Bollywood and working in Fanney Khan, Frank concluded, “The West sees Bollywood as a big deal, we talk about Indian movies all the time. I loved working on Fanney Khan, it was like working on a version of (the Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger-starrer Oscar-winning musical) Chicago.”
Fanney Khan also stars Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao and is all set to release on August 3, 2018.