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Netflix Buys British Comedy ‘Amar Akbar and Tony’

Netflix has acquired international rights to the British coming-of-age comedy “Amar Akbar & Tony” from Kino Lorber, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film, directed by Atul Malhotra, stars Rez Kempton as a Sikh, Sam Vincenti as a Muslim, and Martin Delaney as an Irish Catholic. Set in contemporary London, the trio — who were childhood friends — face unforeseen changes to their lives, such as interracial marriage, near-fatal accidents, and prison, that test old friendships and family values.

Netflix will release the film internationally on June 20 and on DVD in North America. The film, produced by Victoria Barrell and Malhotra, is touted as the first western film to feature a turbaned Sikh in the lead. The title is an homage to the 1977 Bollywood film “Amar Akbar Anthony,” which centered on the reunification of three separated brothers.

Amar Akbar & Tony” also stars Karen David and Laura Aikman. Co-stars are Amrita Acharia (“Game of Thrones”), Meera Syal,
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Interview with the cast of Amar Akbar and Tony

Stu Greenfield chats with Martin Delaney, Sam Vincenti and Rez Kempton about Amar Akbar and Tony…

With the VOD release of Amar Akbar and Tony this November there has been a buzz around this unsuspecting little British delight. Bringing together different communities and meshing cultures is the backbone of this film, and this can be seen no better than in its leading cast. The three leads Martin Delaney, Sam Vincenti and Rez Kempton spoke to Flickering Myth’s Stu Greenfield about realism, time in front and behind the camera and that time old British tradition, going down the pub!

Stu Greenfield – Do you feel the film reflects the British-Asian community?

Martin Delaney – I think it’s a positive look at British life in general. For the most part, those of us that have grown up in London and have had a healthy upbringing, live side by side no matter the cultural differences,
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Movie Review – Amar Akbar & Tony (2015)

Amar Akbar & Tony, 2015.

Directed by Atul Malhotra.

Starring Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti, Martin Delaney, Karen David, Laura Aikman, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Synopsis:

Set in present-day London, the story of three friends Amar (Rez Kempton), Akbar (Sam Vincenti) and Tony (Martin Delaney), sees twists and turns as the characters face sudden and unforeseen changes to their idealistic and trouble-free young lives.

The late 90’s and early 2000’s saw a surge in Asian-British comedy-drama films which arguably started with the popular East is East in 1999 and being followed by the equally, if not more popular Bend It Like Beckham in 2002 and Anita and Me in 2003. These films take a soft-hearted but well observed look at the merge of Asian and British cultures in various areas of the United Kingdom. This year director Atul Malhotra revives the sub-genre with his feature film and writing debut, Amar Akbar & Tony.

Loosely based on
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New Music: ‘Chain Kadi Nahi Mildaa’ by Shujat Ali Khan (Music by Rishi Rich) from the Amar Akbar & Tony Soundtrack

The extremely popular Pakistani artist Shujat Ali Khan has enjoyed great success with his recently released ‘Jaagi Mori Akhiyan’ and now he’s back to lend his vocal talents to the the beautiful and dreamy ‘Chain Kadi Nahi Mildaa‘.

The song is produced by Rishi Rich and features on the soundtrack of the movie Amar Akbar & Tony.

Amar Akbar & Tony boasts an intriguing cast line-up, balancing new and familiar faces. With Rez Kempton, Martin Delaney and Sam Vincenti taking the leads, the comedy drama also stars Bluestone 42’s Laura Aikman and former Waterloo Rd star Karen David as well as special cameos byMeera Syal and Nina Wadia as you’ve never seen them before. The film is shot in and around West London and features a highly original plotline with a gritty twist, whilst celebrating the multi-cultural landscape of Britain.

The full soundtrack album will be releasing soon on the Saregama Label.
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Juggy D Jumps on Amar Akbar & Tony Soundtrack with ‘Ruj Ruj’

It’s time to raise those arms and ‘change the lightbulbs’ as Punjabi rockstar ‘Juggy D’ teams up with his old buddy Rishi Rich to deliver another track from the soundtrack of the movie Amar Akbar & Tony.

‘Ruj Ruj’ is a brilliant heartwarming and happy bhangra tune which will have you tapping your feet in no time!

Amar Akbar & Tony boasts an intriguing cast line-up, balancing new and familiar faces. With Rez Kempton, Martin Delaney and Sam Vincenti taking the leads, the comedy drama also stars Bluestone 42’s Laura Aikman and former Waterloo Rd star Karen David as well as special cameos by Meera Syal and Nina Wadia as you’ve never seen them before. The film is shot in and around West London and features a highly original plotline with a gritty twist, whilst celebrating the multi-cultural landscape of Britain.

The full soundtrack album will be releasing soon on the Saregama Label.
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Support British Asian films: Amar Akbar & Tony Now In Theaters

A touching coming of age story, Amar Akbar & Tony follows three friends from different backgrounds as they stumble through life and the streets of Southall. Amar (Rez Kempton – Mystic Masseur, Spooks) is a Sikh whose promising legal career gets derailed, Akbar (Sam VincentiWaking The Dead, Alfie) is an ambitious charmer with the gift of the gab and some acute observations on life, while Tony (Martin DelaneyZero Dark Thirty, Flags of Our Fathers) constantly finds himself in love with the wrong woman.

The film releases this week on Friday 17th April at cinemas nationwide. Amar Akbar & Tony is a film that speaks to the British Asian experience in an honest and refreshing way that is rarely seen in UK cinema! We need your support to get the word out there and show that Britain wants and need more films like this with realistic, multifaceted characters of South Asian origin
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Director Atul Malhotra on all things Amar Akbar and Tony

Director Atul Malhotra’s romantic comedy drama Amar Akbar and Tony set in present day multicultural London is getting ready to hit the big screen on Friday April 17th.

Written by Malhotra, Aat tells the tale of a a Sikh, a Muslim and an Irish Catholic who take stock of their lives in the coming-of-age story.

The film explores the predicaments that face its lead trio – Amar (Rez Kempton), whose promising career gets derailed by a turn of events, Tony (Martin Delaney), whose obsession with winning over the Asian woman of his dreams finds him pursuing the wrong woman, while Akbar (Sam Vincenti), an ambitious charmer, tries to manage business, love and friendship with the gift of the gab.

A British Independent film, Amar Akbar & Tony‘s cast offers a mix of some of the coolest talent in the UK including Karen David, Laura Aikman, Nina Wadia, Goldy Notay, Ace Bhatti,
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“I think it is about how true friendship has no boundaries” – Karen David talks Amar Akbar & Tony

Before she sang “Galavaaant” across the castles and fields of England, actress Karen David was filming in London for Atul Malhotra’s Brit Indie film Amar, Akbar & Tony. Amar, Akbar & Tony are three best friends who all are from different backgrounds. It is about the camaraderie and love between these three friends through trials, tribulations, predicaments they face and the happy times as they grow up and come of age.

In the comedy/drama, Karen plays the mysterious character of Meera, but that is all we know! What we do know is that according to director Atul, she has done an incredible job.

Stacey got the chance to catch up with Karen and had a fun, fabulous chat about the challenges playing Meera, what she thinks is so special about this Indie film and more! Enjoy!

I know when we last talked, you were telling me that filming was in the middle of your wedding?
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Goldy Notay – “Amar Akbar & Tony is a modern look at family, honour, and the quest for love in British Asian Londoners”

Along with the cast of the three main characters of childhood friends Amar (Rez Kempton), Akbar (Sam Vincenti) and Tony (Martin Delaney), the story of the coming of age film Amar Akbar & Tony, is also enhanced by the incredible actresses that are part of the world of Aat, including the fabulous Goldy Notay (It’s A Wonderful Afterlife) .

We have a fascinating interview with Goldy Notay, where she paints the picture of working on the independent film, plus she reveals why she loved the character of Sonia, tells a driving story with actress Karen David and so much more.

What was it about this character and the script that made you want to be a part of Amar Akbar and Tony?

I had a meeting with Atul (the Director) and thought he was such a great, no-nonsense guy. I was sent the script, which I not only found laugh-out-loud funny
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Rez Kempton: “Amar Akbar & Tony is a story with heart”

Opening on April 17th, is the British Asian Independent film Amar Akbar & Tony. Directed by Atul Malhotra, the film stars a brilliant cast of actors including Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti, Martin Delaney, Karen David, Laura Aikman, Nina Wadia, Goldy Notay, and many more.

The film tells the tale of three childhood friends a Sikh, a Muslim and an Irish Catholic who take stock of their lives in contemporary London.

In the coming of age romantic comedy drama, noted actor Rez Kempton plays Amar, whose promising career gets derailed by a turn of events. What happens? Well you have to see the movie to find out!

We got the amazing chance to interview Mr. Kempton about all things Aat and he gave us some fabulous answers and real insight into the film plus so much more.

What drew you to Amar Akbar and Tony?

I loved the script. I thought Atul Malhotra
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Amar Akbar & Tony’s Music is by Rishi Rich

Award-winning producer and music mogul Rishi Rich has created a stomping score and soundtrack to the new British independent film, Amar Akbar & Tony.

The first track to be released from the soundtrack is a funky new version of the classic track from the 80s film Laawaris, and features the rappers Stax and Anaiya, with of course Rishi’s inimitable and distinct musical magic.

Rich is a highly respected name in the music scene and has made waves in the industry both in the UK and the Us. Currently signed to the Teddy Riley Group and based in Atlanta, Rishi has worked with international artists such as BlackStreet, Mary J Blige, Britney Spears and Estelle as well as Jay Sean and his own music collective The Rishi Rich Project.

Rich’s proficiency in music production and his instinctive understanding of the script and it’s characters is what led director Atul Malhotra
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New Independent British Asian film Amar Akbar & Tony

Stars of TV and the big screen are among the cast line-up in the highly anticipated independent feature film set in contemporary London. The ensemble cast features established home-grown talent alongside internationally recognized artists and some of the most promising new talent in the UK including: Rez Kempton, Martin Delaney, Sam Vincenti, Karen David, Laura Aikman (and alphabetically), Amrita Acharia, Ace Bhatti, Shide Boss, Tanveer Ghani, Mark Moraghan, Goldy Notay, Manrina Rekhi, Dev Sagoo, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia.

Amar Akbar & Tony, is an independent production by writer/director Atul Malhotra and marks his feature film debut. A romantic comedy drama depicting the lives of three childhood friends in the unique and vibrant landscape of multicultural London. The title is inspired by the 1970’s Bollywood hit ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ and also ‘takes in a spiritual influence from the film.’ says Malhotra

A Sikh, Muslim and Irish Catholic take stock of
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Amar, Akbar Tony to premiere at 16th Mumbai Film Festival

A new British independent feature – Amar Akbar & Tony by director Atul Malhotra, will be screening at the Mumbai Film Festival this October. The bitter-sweet romantic comedy has been listed in the Film India Worldwide category, and will be showing on 18th and 19th October, marking its first foray on the festival circuit.

Amusing, ironic and stark in turn, Malhotra’s Amar, Akbar & Tony, explores the rigid social taboos that can affect and distort the young and the families they interact with. It does so through the eyes of three childhood friends looking for love in multicultural London. Interracial romance, violence, sexuality, family, love and loss are themes that are explored and shared by the three main protagonists – Amar, Akbar and Tony, over a ten-year period – as the trio deal with the absurdities and unpredictability of life.

With an impressive cast starring Rez Kempton (Merchant Ivory’s Mystic Masseur), Sam Vincenti
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Award winning producer Rishi Rich to score new British film ‘Amar Akbar and Tony’

Award-winning producer and music mogul Rishi Rich is teaming up with brand new British independent film, Amar, Akbar & Tony to create the movie’s score.

Rishi is a highly respected name in the music scene and has made waves in the industry in the UK, Us and India. Rishi has worked with a breadth of artists across the globe, including Mary J Blige and Britney Spears. However, he is perhaps best known for pioneering the Asian R‘n’B fusion genre in the UK, creating The Rishi Rich Project with Jay Sean and Juggy D.

This is not Rishi’s first time working on films as he has previously produced songs for Bollywood blockbusters. He has worked with leading names in Indian cinema, such as Yash Chopra on Hum Tum and Sangeeth Sivan on Kya Kool Hain Hum.

Rishi’s proficiency in music production is what led director Atul Malhotra
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Brit-Bollywood Star Feryna Wazheir shines on red carpet at London Indian Film Festival

Upcoming Brit-Bollywood star Feryna Wazheir shone out at the red carpet gala opening of the London Indian Film Festival (Liff) last night.

Wazheir who is the Brand Ambassador for Europe’s most successful film festival celebrating Independent Indian cinema looked stunning in a beautiful couture gown by designer Mohsin Ali at O’Nitaa, as she stood alongside guest of honour Irrfan Khan.

Wazheir, who has just signed a two film deal with iRock is a great supporter of Independent cinema and said of the Festival: “Liff is a fantastic showcase for the wealth of talent that often goes unnoticed and unrecognised, certainly in the west where they may not even get screened. The fact that the festival attracts the support of respected legends like Irrfan Khan is testament to its growing appeal and success.”

Other guests on the red carpet were actress Preeya Kalidass; Rez Kemption, Martin Delaney Laura Aikman,
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British Asian film 'Amar, Akbar & Tony' starts filming in London

British Asian film Amar, Akbar & Tony has started filming in London.

Inspired by the title of 1970s Bollywood classic Amar, Akbar and Anthony, the project stars Waterloo Road actress Karen David as Meera, alongside Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti and Martin Delaney.

"I found the script so endearing and really appreciated the fresh depiction of South Asians," said David.

"Meera's character is so different from anything I've played, and it will be a wonderful challenge to play her. There are a lot of complex layers in her character. She is mysterious at first, and a lot is going on behind those eyes that you don't find out until later on in the story.

"The characters, and the storylines, are definitely going to get people talking."

The project is currently shooting in locations across London including Southall and Turnham Green.

EastEnders actors Nina Wadia and Ace Bhatti, as well as Goodness Gracious Me star Meera Syal,
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New Brit-Asian film Amar, Akbar and Tony starts shooting in West London

Stars of television and the silver screen are among the cast line-up in a major new feature film set that began shooting in London last week. The ensemble cast, featuring some of the British Asian community’s most recognised celebrities alongside talented newcomers and familiar home-grown talent, will collaborate on the film, which celebrates multiculturalism within the UK.

Amar Akbar & Tony, is an independent production by writer and first-time film director Atul Malhotra, which embodies and celebrates the unique and vibrant landscape of the UK. A comedy drama with a highly original plotline and cleverly developed script, Amar, Akbar & Tony is scheduled for release later this year.

The title alludes to the 1970s Bollywood classic (Amar Akbar and Anthony) and revolves around the strong bond of friendship akin to brotherhood between the three main characters. But that is where the similarities with the Bollywood film ends. Amar, Akbar & Tony is
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