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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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Round-Up: Exclusive Poster for The Inhabitants, The Hatching, The X-Files & Ghostbusters Figures, All Hallows’ Eve 2, Monstrous Comic

In this round-up, we have an exclusive poster for the Rasmussen brothers' The Inhabitants, DVD release details on The Hatching, a look at Diamond Select Toys' The X-Files and Ghostbusters figures, an All Hallows' Eve 2 trailer, and Kickstarter campaign details for the comic book series Monstrous.

The Inhabitants Exclusive Poster: Hitting Blu-ray and DVD today from FilmRise, The Inhabitants was written and directed by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (John Carpenter's The Ward). To celebrate the film's home media release, we've been provided with an exclusive poster from The Inhabitants just for Daily Dead readers (shown below).

Press Release: "New York – FilmRise has acquired North American home media rights to The Inhabitants, the new supernatural thriller from the writers of John Carpenter's The Ward. The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor will release the film January 5th, 2016, on DVD and Blu-ray. The discs will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette as well as the film's trailer.
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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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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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The Stars of Brit-Flick Amar Akbar & Tony shine at the British premiere

The much anticipated British independent comedy – Amar Akbar & Tony premiered in London last Friday night to a star-studded audience at Cineworld Haymarket, in London’s West End.

The evening was hosted by legends of Radio premiere saw stars of stage and screen join the impressive cast line up which included; Rez Kempton (Amar), Martin Delaney (Tony), Karen David (Meera), Laura Aikman (Samantha), Amrita Acharia (Richa) and Goldy Notay (Sonia) and Meera Syal (Honey).

Celebrity guests included: Kevin Bishop, Michelle Collins, Rebecca Grant, Sunny and Shay Grewall, Mathew Lewis, Gemma Oaten, Seema Pathan, Nikesh Patel, Rishi Rich and Fiona Wade amongst whole a host of other stars who had turned out to support the film and its cast.

Amar Akbar & Tony, which releases nationwide on Friday 17th April, is a romantic comedy drama depicting the lives of three childhood friends in the unique and vibrant landscape of multicultural London. The title
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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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“Amar Akbar & Tony deals with universal themes like friendship and love” – Martin Delaney

In his career, Martin Delaney has starred on stage, on television and has been seen in feature films like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty playing a myriad of characters. Taking on the challenge of doing something a bit different, the young actor plays the role of Tony in the British independent film Amar Akbar & Tony a realistic, multicultural coming-of age comedy drama.

Amar, Akbar & Tony follows the lives of three childhood friends as they stumble through life from their carefree twenties into adulthood. Martin’s character Tony whose obsession with winning over the Asian woman of his dreams finds him pursuing the wrong woman.

Check out the trailer to get a feel for Martin’s Tony and the world of Amar Akbar & Tony.

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In this fabulous interview Martin Delaney tells us about playing Tony, how much the cast bonded while
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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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The Job Lot recommissioned for third series on ITV2

The Job Lot has been recommissioned for a third series.

The ITV2 comedy will begin filming new episodes in the spring, with Sarah Hadland and Russell Tovey set to return as Trish and Karl.

Laura Aikman, Jo Enright, Angela Curran, Martin Marquez and Sophie McShera will also reprise their roles in the new series.

The second series concluded with Tovey's Karl finally getting together with deputy manager Natalie, played by Aikman. The third series will see their relationship put to the test in the workplace.

Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner, said: "We're really happy to bring back this delightfully warm comedy set in a Midlands job centre. The scripts are yet again superbly written as we catch up with our favourite characters."

Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, said "The Job Lot is a brilliantly sharp comedy and we're really pleased to have it back for a third series.
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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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Waterloo Road star Laura Aikman joins BBC Three's Bluestone 42

Laura Aikman has joined the cast of Bluestone 42 series three.

The Waterloo Road actress will appear in the latter half of the BBC Three comedy series, which follows the lives of a bomb disposal team in Afghanistan.

Aikman will play a high-threat-bomb disposal expert called Ellen Best, who finds it hard to fit in with the rest of the group.

The actress said: "It's been awesome to join the cast of Bluestone 42, especially as I was already a fan of the show.

"It's also given me an amazing opportunity to learn so much about the army and make some amazing new friends, who I may never otherwise have met."

Returning cast members include Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter), Oliver Chris (Breathless), Katie Lyons (The Crimson Petal And The White) and Tony Gardner (Last Tango in Halifax).

Bluestone 42 will return to BBC Three later in 2015.
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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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The Job Lot series 2 casts Keith Duffy, Meera Syal, Mark Benton, more

ITV has confirmed more details about The Job Lot's second series.

The sitcom will begin its second run on its new home of ITV2 in the autumn, with Russell Tovey and Sarah Hadland returning as Karl and Trish.

Casualty's Laura Aikman has joined the cast as new Deputy Manager Natalie, while Sophie McShera, Tony Maudsley, Jo Enright, Martin Marquez, Angela Curran and Adeel Akhtar all return.

Among the second series' guest stars are Meera Syal as a CEO of a Midlands hot tub company and Keith Duffy as a telephone engineer with a 'roving eye'.

Mark Benton will appear as a job centre advisor who fancies Angela, and Rosie Cavaliero as Trish's rival job centre manager.

"It's great to welcome back the brilliantly beleaguered workers and job seekers of the Brownall Job Centre - and this time round with some excellent guest stars, who'll be joining our regular ensemble comedy cast,
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Actress Karen David Talks Amar, Akbar & Tony!

The amazing Karen David certainly has had a busy 2013. The actress was seen in the Us Television show Castle in a two part episode, then she filmed for the upcoming UK production Amar, Akbar & Tony. Her upcoming Ep Dust to Stars comes out on the 23rd so putting on her singing avatar she shot the videos for the tracks, planned a concert tour for the album, then back to her acting hat auditioned and won the part in a play in California and Oh Yeah… in the middle of all of that got married! As she says it has been manic but she loves it! During a little break, we were able catch up with Karen to find out more about her work on the film and her upcoming album! The interview was more a conversation and was so fabulous and well… long we had to divide it into two parts!
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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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Bula Quo! Review

Bula Quo! is a fictional feature length film about British rock and roll duo Status Quo who, when on tour in Fiji, find themselves fighting for their lives having been caught up in a gangland murder operation in which they are prime suspects. Seriously. This is a real film. Oh and guess what, there’s already been a sequel announced.

Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have been in the entertainment industry for an incredible 50 years, however there is nothing that can prepare them for their upcoming tour of Fiji, as they are scheduled to perform to thousands of adoring fans. With their publicity and security assistants Simon (Craig Fairbrass) and Caroline (Laura Aikman) running around after them like headless chickens, there is little anybody can do to prevent the ageing pair witnessing a callous murder, at the hands of local crime-lord Wilson (Jon Lovitz). With the law enforcement suspecting it
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