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Director Soumik Sen Talks Gulshan Grover and Badman

Directed by Soumik Sen (Gulaab Gang), Badman showcases Gulshan Grover in a fabulous “mokumentary” look at a Bollywood legendary villain trying to stay relevant by becoming a “Goodman” in a new film. The actor plays “himself” in a story that is literally laugh out loud funny, fun, touching and full of crazy reel and real characters. Not only does the film feature Gulshan Grover, it also has Farah Khan as “Farah Khan”, Chunky Pandey as “Chunky Pandey” and amazing special appearance scenes with Rishi Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt, Manisha Koirala, Jackie Shroff, Shootjit Sarkar, Sujoy Ghosh and many more!

Soumik Sen took the time out of his busy schedule to give us an inside look into the making of this brilliant film. Check out what he had to say in this exclusive interview!

How did the first thought of Badman come to you?

I’ve always had this idea of what happens to a villain’s career graph in Bollywood today, when heroes and heroines (Juhi in my last film too if I may add) are taking on negative roles. Where does that leave the specialised villain? Nowhere except Prakash Raj. And what would they be doing to stay relevant? And this idea came from that thought.

Tell us about writing and developing this script.

I always had the story sorted in my head. And I knew this was an attempt of a villain trying to reinvent himself as a hero, completely unaware of his age. Once Gulshan came on board, referencing his illustrious career and an era when characters were more cardboard-ish than what they are now in an evolving story telling industry, it became more fun.

You worked with Anuvab Pal on the story.

Anuvab and I are friends. And I’ve in fact acted in his web shorts too. And definitely wanted him as part of the cast given his natural comic timing. Writing wise – just jamming lines and scenarios with him was a blast.

When you went to Mr. Gulshan Grover what was the main thing you wanted to show him about the film?

Well, the idea was to cast a Real villain and do it like a mockumentary. And of course to get someone who would be sporting enough to mock himself. Apart from his illustrious career, the fact that he is a legend, it was also important to showcase that behind his larger than life roles, he is a fabulous actor anyways.

What was his first reaction?

He loved the idea. And Without any reservation.

How would you describe Badman?

I’d like to think it’s the first out and out instance in this industry where legends, stars and directors have come on board, lent their names and helped make this first web feature exclusive meant for an online platform.

What is the essence of the film?

I guess the larger story arc is about the never say die drive and endeavour that makes an artist adapt to the changing times and survive, irrespective of his age.

Tell us about working with Gulshan Grover and especially in a part like this.

Incredibly professional and committed to his craft. His infectious energy was like that of a newcomer on set. And yes, his no holds barred diving into the skin of the character. Also comedy requires an actor to be very reactive to lines, and while he has done stellar comic roles in the past, for a different audience and storytelling, his timing was always spot on.

How long did it take to shoot the film?

I shot the film in approximately 15 days.

What did you keep in mind during the shooting of the film?

Have fun. Only then will it reflect on screen.

Badman takes a lot from films and the film industry, so how much of it is true and how much of it is exaggeration and how much of it is what you guys invented for this world?

A lot of it in ways is true and then there is obviously a leap that comic imagination takes.

What was your favorite scene to shoot?

The scene where all the yesteryear villains come together to wish Gulshan on his birthday. To see the legendary Ranjeet, Deepak Shirke (Gendaswamy from the cult classic Tiranga), Shiva (Captain Zattack from Hum) and the original Badman sit down and discuss the Villains Federation of Bollywood was a memorable high.

Also to have Farah choreograph Chunky and Gulshan and the ensuing madness on set was uproarious.

So you played the Social Media director, how was it shooting for the film and directing it? And was that a commentary on Social media today?

Well absolutely. The social media manager in the film is a guy who is essentially fibbing someone alien to jargon, trends and technology and making a quick buck out of him. And like how anything new intimidates us, his persona was meant to be someone who bamboozles clients with his jargon. I’m sure we know plenty of guys like him who take advantage of the eager and moneyed.

Tell us about those amazing guest appearances, how did those all come about?

They were written into the film as you probably would have figured. And thereafter it was all a function of meeting the stars and telling them what it was. Thankfully they were all a sport and agreed.

Favorite guest appearance scene?

Very tough to pick one, but to have Rishi Kapoor who just played a 90-year-old man in Kapoor and Sons to actually tell Gulshan to follow his footsteps was a favourite.

The title song is killer, how did that come about?

It was written on a brief by the extremely talented Protiqe Majumdar, and composed by me. I had sung a scratch and when the energy was upped, I knew only Vishal Dadlani could pull it off.

You also had Farah Khan as Farah Khan, how was it to work with her?

Farah is a dear friend and a legend in her own rights. Without a doubt the person who revolutionised the way we picturise songs. But what drew me to her was the fact that she is way madder and fun a person than the film might suggest. She is a dynamite.

What about the great Chunky Pandey?

Chunky had to be cast because the script needed us to cast a man as villain opposite Gulshan who has been a hero and thrashed him (on-screen) in many films. And who better than him with his incredible comic timing. I’d like to add that it takes a special kind of confidence to be absolutely ridiculous on screen and ‘be’ Chunky Pandey. And he pulled it off like only he could.

What do you love about Badman?

The fun that I had while on set. The challenge to work within a tight budget and pull off a product, which is one of its kind. And to be the first to do anything like this in the online space before Amazon and Netflix had commissioned anything for India.

How exciting is it that the film has now gone on to film festivals and received such a wonderful response?

It’s actually way more than I had expected. I certainly didn’t anticipate it would touch the chords of so many people, despite not having a theatrical release.

Are you excited for the premiere at the London Indian Film Festival?

Yes I am. It is such a prestigious festival and I’m glad that an online film, and more importantly a comedy has found a place in such an esteemed lineup.

What is next for you?

A few things are being written and set up as we speak. A feature, another web show and a few more things.

Badman is screening at the London Indian Film Festival at Cineworld Wembley June 24, 2017 6:00 pm, Cineworld Leicester Square June 25, 2017 3:00 pm and Stratford Picturehouse June 27, 2017 6:30 pm. It also will be showcased the sister festival the Birmingham Indian Film Festival Cineworld Broad Street June 25, 2017 6:00 pm.

If you haven’t, be sure to also check out our amazing interview with Gulshan Grover as well! It is not to be missed!
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Watch: Veteran actor Ranjeet ‘demonstrating’ the difference between ‘beauty’ and ‘beti’

Watch: Veteran actor Ranjeet ‘demonstrating’ the difference between ‘beauty’ and ‘beti’
The year 2012 saw the release of the multi starrer film Housefull 2, which starred an array of stars like Akshay Kumar, Asin, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and others. Even though the film was declared as a Box-Office hit, there was one character in the film who was an instant hit amongst everyone alike. TheRead More

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Ranjeet returns to stage after a hiatus

Ranjeet returns to stage after a hiatus
<img class="size-full wp-image-659790 aligncenter" src="http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ranjeet.jpg" alt="Ranjeet" width="620" height="420" /> Known as one of the iconic villains of Bollywood, Ranjeet has been staying away from the big screen for a while. However, news is that the veteran will now star in a play, a comedy titled ‘Taak Jhaank’. In fact, despite not being too keen on theatre, Ranjeet decided to take this up because he was in love with the plot of the play. He added that the comical manner in which it was written left him impressed and he decided to go ahead with it. Hoping that the audience will like his work, Ranjeet went on to state that while people generally graduate from theatre to films, it has been the other way round for him. Ranjeet was last seen in a play way back in 2001. Besides this, the 69 year old actor also expressed his desire to judge a comedy reality show. On the Bollywood front, Ranjeet is making
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Akshay Kumar’S Airlift Unstoppable At The International Box Office

Indian cinema megastar Akshay Kumar has once again enthralled audiences with his latest film ‘Airlift’, a tense drama based on the true life events during the Gulf War of 1990 which witnessed the world’s largest human evacuation in history. Released just before India’s 67th Republic Day, the film captures the sheer brilliance of the unspoken heroic mission of India which has become an ‘Airlift’ing experience.

Airlift opened to phenomenal reviews, word of mouth and box office takings in India, and has continued its winning streak in all major international box offices over the weekend, opening to record breaking numbers.

Touted as Akshay Kumar’s Performance Of A Lifetime, Airlift has become Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing first week ever, surpassing his previous hits such as Rowdy Rathore, Houseful 2, Gabbar, Special 26, Singh Is Bling, Baby and Brothers.

The international box office for Indian cinema has historically been dominated by family dramas,
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Akshay Kumar Playing Villain to Rajnikanth’s Hero in Robot

After a hiatus of nearly six years, international actor Akshay Kumar will be seen playing a baddie in the superhero sci-fi film Robot 2 — a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster film Robot (Enthiran). Directed by S. Shankar and starring Amy Jackson, Akshay Kumar and superstar Rajinikanth, the film will be shot in 3D and will release in Tamil and Hindi. The film’s music will be composed by double Academy award-winner A.R Rahman.

As Robot 2 went on the floors, Akshay Kumar took to social media to share the news with his fans when he tweeted, “Ending the year on a high note. Super excited to be a part of Robot 2 with the one & only @superstarrajini sir!” The movie is also believed to be the most expensive Indian film, being made at a budget of over Rs 250 crore.

The film has now gone to the floor! Check out these pics!

Akshay Kumar
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‘Pulling a fast one’ – Subhash K Jha reviews Welcome Back

This….how do I describe it? Welcome Back is not a film. It’s a joke. An extended gag about two aging dons who are looking for a bride, and who fall in love with the same cheesy girl, the sudden appearance of their long-lost kid-sister who wants to marry this tall and gym-beefed tapori who is the long-lost son of a character named Ghungroo, played by Bjp MP Paresh Rawal. Rawal will have a lot of explaining to do to his High Command about what he is doing adding to a campaign quite opposite of a Swach Bharat.

In the meanwhile this….this….entity masquerading as a film has a lot of explaining to do about how and why it does what it does to some of the biggest talent in the industry. The last time Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar came together was in Vinod Chopra’s Parinda.
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'How I Met Your Mother' recap: Remember this...

I’m not ready to say goodbye. Well, yes I am. But also not. Actually, it’s ok. Not really. Ugh. Welcome to my brain for the last six weeks.

Here’s the problem: When How I Met Your Mother is good, it’s really, really good. And when encountered with one of those Really, Really Good episodes, my heart swells five sizes, I smile like I just found five accidental curlies in a basket of straight-cut french fries…and I also become very upset that How I Met Your Mother is almost over. Tonight’s episode — “Gary Blauman” — was one of those really,
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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: GQ Awards 2013

Lifestyle magazine associated events always excite me. Why? Well for some odd reason they inspire our stars to put their best foot forward as far as fashion on the night is concerned. Stars take bold choices, venture out of their comfort zone and sometimes, even succeed in delivering a winning look. GQ Awards 2013 was held over the weekend and saw some of the most glamorous faces of fashion, television and movies gracing the red carpet. Read on to find out my thoughts on their red carpet attire.

Mr and Mrs Abhishek Kapoor were feeling blue on the night, and in a good way! Whilst the Mrs rocked the flowy maxi and simple blown out hair, hubby looked dapper than ever in torn jeans, printed t-shirt, blazer and sneakers combo. Don’t you love it when men put a bit of effort into their ensemble!

The Kapoor Are Hot!

Aditi Rao Hydari
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Chashme Baddoor stars pay homage to yesteryear villains

Sajid Khan may have brought back Ranjeet on the big screen with his Housefull 2 last year and made him play Papa Ranjeet. Though David Dhawan didn't take the same route for Chashme Baddoor, he did something similar by bringing back the memories of not just Ranjeet but even Sudhir"In one of the rip roaring sequences of the film, the characters played by Sidharth and Divyendu are required to enact the part of funny baddies. This is when it was impromptu decided that the duo wou
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Villains in Indian Cinema

Villains in Indian Cinema
Pran Kishan Sikand

Pran Kishan Sikand dreamt of becoming a professional photographer. Little did he know that a measly, humble ‘paan’ (betel leaf) would change his life and set him on his destined path. It was 1939 or thereabouts. Pran was at a ‘paan’ shop at Lahore, enjoying a munch with his friends when a stranger approached him and asked whether he wanted to act in films. Pran was amused and asked his name. Stranger introduced himself as Muhammad Walli, a renowned film maker in the flourishing film district of Lahore. He said he was making a Punjabi film and Pran looked a perfect fit for the role of a villain in the film. Pran just brushed him off. Walli kept insisting that he pay a visit to the studio, and pushed a piece of paper with his address into Pran’s hands. The film was Yamla Jat (1940), a runaway hit that year.
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Papa Ranjeet is back - This time with John

Papa Ranjeet is back - This time with John
In his two scene appearance as 'Papa Ranjeet', yesteryear baddie Ranjeet was a riot as a lusty 'the-rapist' in Housefull 2. Though it was Akshay Kumar who enjoyed maximum screen time opposite Ranjeet in the Sajid Khan film, his partner-in-crime John Abraham had to watch the scenes unfold from a distance. Not anymore though as they would be sharing screen space in Shootout At Wadala where Ranjeet would be making a comeback in a villainous avtar that he is been known for. "Ranjeet would return as a smuggler in Shootout At Wadala and has a powerful verbal encounter with John Abraham. He would be enacting the role of Bhaskar Dada, a notorious smuggler from the 70s Mumbai. John, who plays Manya Surve in the film, would be getting into a face-off of sorts with Ranjeet and there is a power game being played between the two", informs a source.
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Krantiveer Review

Krantiveer Review
Movie Review: Krantiveer – The Revolution; Star cast: Introducing Jahan Bloch, Samir Aftab, Adiya Singh Rajput, Harsh Rajput, Farida Jalal, Ranjeet, Govind Namdeo, Mukesh Tiwari and Aman Verma; Director: Mehul Kumar; Rating: ** – Not A Patch On The Old One.

June 25, 2010: Designed as a sequel to the super successful Krantiveer (1994) which got Nana Patekar the Best Actor, National Award, Krantiveer – The Revolution (Ktc) is a weak attempt at recreating the patriotic fervor which the original had.

Roshni (Jahan Bloch) is the young daughter of the man responsible.
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Krantiveer The Revolution: Movie Review

STARRINGJahan Bloch, Samir Aftab, Kelly Dorji, Mukhesh Rishi, Farida Jalal, Ranjit, Govind Namdeo, Aman Verma, Ashok Samarth, Aditya Singh Rajput, Anil Nagrath , Raj Premi, Hiten Paintal and others.DIRECTIONMehul KumarSTORY The plot of the film continues from the point where the first .Krantiveer..starring Nana Patekar etc .had ended. This time it is Roshni (Jahan Bloch), Pratap Narayan Tilak.s daughter, who acts as a pivot to the whole effort of cleansing the system from within. If in the first part of the flick, it was to fight with the enemies coming from across the seas, this time it was with our own countrymen, who were definitely more vicious.
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Krantiveer - The Revolution Trailer

June 25th, that is when the next chapter of Krantiveer will be written. Directed by Mehul Kumar, Krantiveer- The Revolution stars Samir Aftab, Aditya Singh Rajput, Harsh Rajput along with Ranjeet, Farida Jalal, Govind Namdeo, Mukesh Tiwari, Aman Verma, Hiten Paintal, Raj Premi, Ashok Samarth, Anil Nagrath and introducing Jahan Bloch.

Synopsis: The young daughter of the man responsible for the last revolution Pratap Narayan Tilak is now wielding the power of media as a fearless journalist. Roshni has inherited not only the courage and sting of her legendary father but also the spirited lingo and the indomitable style.

The last time around, we rooted out the devils that came from across the seas. Now, the demons are within. And they are more vicious and wicked. We need to fight them with a new force and energy. The youth. They are now ready to act only to stop, when
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Mehul Kumar's Krantiveer-The Revolution ready for release

White City Entertainment's film Krantiveer-The Revolution, which is directed by Mehul Kumar is now ready for release.The movie is a sequel to Krantiveer (1994). Shooting and post production of the film is complete and the film will see the debut of Mehul Kumar's daughter Jahan Bloch.The film also stars Samir Aftab, Mukesh Tiwari, Ranjit, Farida Jalal, Govind Namdeo, Raj Premi, Aman Verma, Ashok Samarth, Aditya Singh Rajput and Harsh. The film also has special guest appearance by Darshan Jariwala and Suhasini ...
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