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Reliance Entertainment brings 2014 in with a twist with the urbanist rom-com Total Siyapaa

12 December 2013 1:29 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Reliance Entertainment is set to have audiences in splits with the release of Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos), worldwide on 31st January 2014.

Billed as an ‘urban-ist rom-com’ with the feel of a Brit-Asian cross-over film, Total Siyapaa, produced by Reliance Entertainment, Friday Filmworks and Aka films, is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious mishaps which ensues when Pakistani rockstar Aman (played by the multi-talented actor and musician Ali Zafar) meets his British-Sikh love interest Asha’s (played by Yami Gautam of Vicky Donor fame) battle-axe Punjabi mother (Kiron Kher). The film is directed by E Niwas (My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves) and the script is penned by Neeraj Pandey, who is famed for his award-winning dramas A Wednesday and Special Chabbis.

Set in London, this wacky, warp-speed tale is a melting pot of cultures. The film gains pace when Aman travels to London to meet Asha’s parents who are conservative Indians »

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Neeraj Pandey’s debut novel ‘Ghalib Danger’ launched in Mumbai!

9 December 2013 7:17 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

He is one of the most respected filmmakers in India and now Neeraj Pandey now adds author to his list of talents with the release of his debut novel “Ghalib Danger”. The critically acclaimed director of much-loved films like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, who as you know from his films, is no stranger to thrillers has further explored the genre with his first book.

A fictional gangster saga set in the visually eclectic Mumbai underworld, “Ghalib Danger” revolves around the life of its main protagonist Kamran Ali. A young taxi driver by profession, Kamran stays in Mumbai and dreams of making it big someday. However a twist of fate awaited him as on an eventful day his life transforms when he saves the life of a notorious underworld don from called Mirza. As an act of gratitude, Mirza takes Kamran under his tutelage.

Speaking of his book, the celebrated »

- Stacey Yount

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Why Aman Ki Asha became Total Siyappa

4 December 2013 2:28 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

A lot of pre-release publicity is being heaped on the new comedy Total Siyappa. But the behind-the-scenes back-story of how the film lost its original title is far more interesting than Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam trying hard to be funny and cute at the media events. The film was originally titled Aman Ki Asha, as it fitted in nicely with the concept of the Indo-Pak story. However, the title is closely and inextricably associated with a cultural peace plan initiated by a publishing house. Hence calling the film Aman Ki Asha would not only have seemed an extension of the campaign mooted by the publishing house, it also might have been an infringement of copyright. When asked, director E. Niwas says the old title just didn't fit in. "We didn't want people to think it was another Veer-Zara kind of love story," says Niwas, leaving you wondering what's wrong with Veer-Zara. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Neeraj Pandey authors book on underworld

25 November 2013 4:19 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Bollywood director Neeraj Pandey, who made his debut with A Wednesday, has now become an author with a book that's based on crime and underworld. The book is titled 'Ghalib Danger' and the buzz is that he started writing this book in May this year. When asked about the book, without revealing many details he said that it is a book on crime and underworld. News is that the book will be released next month. »

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Ali Zafar - Yamis film retitled as Total Siyappa

13 November 2013 4:13 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

After making some hard hitting films like A Wednesday and Special 26, Neeraj Pandey drifted to producing the romantic film Aman Ki Asha starring Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam. And now, the writer has decided to re-title the film as Total Siyappa. Apparently, Neeraj was very unhappy with the fact that the initial title could not define the crux of the story well and hence, was in search of a new one. The initial title was based on the character names of the protagonists and Pandey believed that the film had much more to offer. The new title Total Siyappa, according to him, clearly represents the chaos in this love story. The film is set in London where romance brews between Pakistani Punjabi boy and an Indian Punjabi girl and the frenzied conditions that follow. Total Siyappa is directed by E. Niwas and is slated to release on January 31, 2014. »

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“John Day is a restless edgy drama of the doomed and the damned.” – Subhash K Jha

14 September 2013 3:09 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

This is no place for the weak. This world as we know it. And this film, as we discover with the thrill of chancing upon an unexpected little gem.

Inspired from a Spanish film, is it? I really don’t give a fig where writer-director Ahishor Solomon got the raw material for this gripping cat-and-mouse tale. Does the kitchen where the food on the table originates really mean anything? What counts is the quotient of curiosity and suspense simulated by the script. And there, John Day ranks very high.

Not for a while have we seen a film so steeped in despair, so swathed in anxiety, so audaciously draped in despair and yet it engages our senses without miring the plot in morbidity.

The story, let me tell you, is not for the squeamish. The two main characters are constantly haunted by their irrevocably tragic parts. Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda »

- Subhash K Jha

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Anjum Rizvi: A Wednesday isn't the reason for Naseer to do John Day : Trade News

23 August 2013 10:49 AM, PDT | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

A few years back Naseeruddin Shah had played a central role in A Wednesday which turned out to be a cult outing. In fact the film is a major success amongst audience till date. The film also succeeds in forging a good relationship between the actor and producer Anjum Rizvi. Now that the two are returning with John Day, is seems quite apparent that this relationship came in handy to result in yet another outing Read More »

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Did A Wednesday inspire Naseeruddin Shah to do John Day?

23 August 2013 4:40 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

A few years back Naseeruddin Shah had played a central role in A Wednesday which turned out to be a cult outing. In fact the film is a major success amongst audience till date. The film also succeeds in forging a good relationship between the actor and producer Anjum Rizvi. Now that the two are returning with John Day, is seems quite apparent that this relationship came in handy to result in yet another outing."Well, relationship and all of course matters. If that wouldn't hav »

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“‘A Wednesday’ wasn’t good enough reason for Naseer saab to do ‘John Day’” – Anjum Rizvi

23 August 2013 2:26 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

A few years back Naseeruddin Shah had played a central role in A Wednesday which turned out to be a cult outing. In fact the film is a major success amongst audience till date. The film also succeeding in forging a good relationship between the actor and producer Anjum Rizvi. Now that the two are returning with John Day, is seems quite apparent that this relationship came in handy to result in yet another outing.

“Well, relationship and all of course matters. If that wouldn’t have been the case toh phir meri shakal dekh kar hi bhaga dete,” laughs Rizvi, “Having said that, everyone knows Naseer saab. Just because of the fact that we had collaborated earlier on A Wednesday isn’t a reason good enough for him to do another film with me. If the script of John Day wouldn’t have excited him, he would have still turned me away. »

- Joginder Tuteja

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Randeep Hooda and Naseeruddin Shah star in John Day

17 August 2013 10:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

After the success of a multi starrer, A WednesdayAnjum Rizvi along with Aatef A Khan and K Asif is all to release their next film, John Day directed by Ahishor Solomon starring Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda and Elena Kazan. “Within every saint there is a beast hidden and behind every beast there is a story. Few circumstances in life can bring out the beast within you. The thin line which separates the saint and the beast, the good and evil is going to be blurred and broken forever and that is John Day”, says Ahishor Solomon.

At a press conference of the film on August 14th, Anjum Rizvi, Aatef A Khan, Randeep Hooda, Elena Kazan, Vipin Sharma and Sharat Saxena had a very interactive session. Randeep Hooda was the man of the man of the show who put his character of a policeman in plain words who has no emotions. »

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Anjum Rizvi: John Day will make you think

8 July 2013 5:43 AM, PDT | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Anjum Rizvi, the brilliant & nationally acclaimed producer that he is, having produced sensitive & hard hitting films like A Wednesday, A Flat, Fast Forward, Ahista Ahista & Charas now brings yet another film John Day starring Naseeruddin Shah, Randeep Hooda, Shernaz Patel, Vipin Sharma & Sharat Saxena, a film that will portray one's discovery to its soul.Anjum Rizvi has always chosen quality content cinema, he mentions, "I produce films which may not have the commercial esse »

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Advani all praises for Neeraj Pandey's Special 26

9 March 2013 1:10 AM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Neeraj Pandey has received many accolades for his film Special 26. The recent pat on the back came straight from the senior member of Bjp L.K Advani.L.K Advani's daughter Pratibha arranged a special screening for her parents as a gesture on their 53rd wedding anniversary.ADvani said, ''When my daughter Pratibha saw Special 26 she knew that I had liked Neeraj Pandey's first film A Wednesday, recommended this second film also to me and said, ''This is the month of February. »

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Jimmy Shergill speaks about sex scene in 'Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster Returns'

4 March 2013 9:32 AM, PST | Bollywoodmantra.com | See recent Bollywood Mantra news »

Jimmy Shergil has truly proved his mettle and talent in his recent movie, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns. When it was announced that of all actors, Jimmy Shergill will do the role of the Saheb, people were quite apprehensive, as they are always used to seeing Jimmy in mild and calm roles. Except for his role in A Wednesday, he has always done a character which is soft and calm. Saheb, in the film, is quite opposite to the roles that Jimmy has been doing. It is character for whom killing mercilessly is an everyday business and he is one who knows no setbacks in life. His life is full of gunshots. However, all the people who doubt »

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Rs 50 crore in 10-days for Akshay-Neeraj's Special 26!

18 February 2013 9:52 PM, PST | GlamSham | See recent GlamSham news »

Although director Neeraj Pandey's debut directorial venture, A Wednesday, featuring great actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher garnered huge critical acclaim and commercial success as well, it was not a big grosser.However Neeraj Pandey's teaming up with top commercial superstar Akshay Kumar seems to have changed all that. The film has not only wooed the critics (despite Akshay!) but has also managed to put quite impressive figures as well. And despite a non-glamorous »

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Akshay to do Special 26 sequel

16 February 2013 3:12 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Akshay Kumar's toned-down avatar as a fake Cbi officer carrying out mock-raids across the country in Neeraj Pandey's Special 26 has gone down extremely well with the audience. The film is a certified hit. And now the producers Viacom 18 are keen to carry the heist-tale forward into not only a sequel but an ongoing franchise, a la Hollywood heist-brand Oceans 11/12...and so on. The one who is most relieved and happy is director Neeraj Pandey who had his fingers crossed about the success of his second feature film. Says Neeraj, "There was less at stake in A Wednesday as it didn't feature any major stars. But Special 26 featured Akshay Kumar and we were anxious to see how audiences reacted to his character and performance. Fortunately audiences have embraced Akshay's unusual performance. All the actors were my first choices and I was glad that they agreed to be a part of this project. »

- Subhash K. Jha

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'Special 26' sequel, franchise in offing?

16 February 2013 2:48 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Feb 16: Akshay Kumar in the role of a fake Cbi officer, carrying out mock-raids across the country in "Special 26", has gone down well with the audience. Now, the film's production company, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, is keen to carry the heist tale forward into not only a sequel, but an ongoing franchise.

The one who is most relieved and happy is director Neeraj Pandey, who had his fingers crossed about the success of his second feature film. His first was the critically acclaimed "A Wednesday".

Both of Pandey's films so far have adapted the thriller format. But he now intends to change tracks.

"I actually wanted. »

- Anita Agarwal

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No retirement for next 30 years: Anupam Kher

12 February 2013 9:51 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, Feb 13: Actor Anupam Kher isn't thinking of retirement anytime soon and promises to keep reinventing himself.

"I am not going to retire for the next 30 years. I will keep reinventing myself and that's the beauty of cinema," Anupam said at an event.

The 57-year-old actor has been a part of the industry for over three decades and has films like "Saaransh", "Tezaab", "1942: A Love Story", "Khosla Ka Ghosla" and "A Wednesday!" to his credit.

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Marriage definitely on cards: Aftab Shivdasani

Actor Aftab Shivdasani, who is dating British Indian girl Nin Dusanj, says marriage is definitely on the. »

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Special 26: A Bollywood Mix of Argo and Ocean's Eleven

12 February 2013 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

While its trailers would have you believe that Special 26 is a Bollywood mix of Argo and Ocean's Eleven, writer/director Neeraj Pandey's follow-up to A Wednesday is more like the latter than the former—but only a bit. Set in 1987 and thankfully not based on a "true" story, Pandey's period heist comedy follows a quartet of ballsy thieves who pose as members of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (Cbi) and rob corrupt public figures of their ill-gotten wealth. But when real Cbi officer Wasim Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) catches wind of the gang's scheme, he becomes—as the genre demands—obsessed with catching the crooks. The film is superficially tense throughout, but director Pandey doesn't know what to emphasize when: square-jawed crook Ajju's »

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'Special 26' to be remade down South?

12 February 2013 6:27 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Mumbai, Feb 12: Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey-directed "Special 26", which has garnered positive response, is likely to be remade down South.

"Yes, I have received many calls since Friday. Many people from South have approached me asking for the remake rights," Pandey, who had earlier won accolades for helming "A Wednesday", told Ians.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a "Special 26" event. Released last week, the film is doing well.

However, the decision about remake rights won't be taken by Pandey, he said and added: "I don't know what is the status about it. People on the upper level will take the decision."

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- Meeta Kabra

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“Special 26 achieves a rare synthesis of real-life credibility and cinematic flamboyance.” – Subhash K Jha reviews the movie

10 February 2013 7:32 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Starring: Akshay Kumar,Manoj Bajpai, Anupam Kher, Jimmy Sheirgil, Rajesh Sharma, Kishore Kadam, Kajal Aggarwal

Written & Directed by Neeraj Pandey

Gimme raid, said the fake Cbi officers who in a daredevil swoop-down on a well-known jewellery outlet in Mumbai in 1983, escaped with a loot worth lakhs. If done today it would have been a heist worth crores.

But that’s the devilish beauty of Neeraj Pandey’s second feature film. Though set in a world where lakhs were a large fortune, he gives us a caper-thriller worth crores. The period detailing of the 1980s-the cars, hotel lobbies, clothes, hairstyle and most importantly, the attitude to wealth acquisition(scams were unknown back then, scandals were as far as the financials over-reachers went)-they all add a lustre of underscored believability to the proceedings.

Morality is a prime casualty in the tale. And if crime should not be allowed to pay in »

- Subhash K Jha

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