Monday, September 14, 2009
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) After starring in back-to-back duds like "Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic" and "Saawariya" and doing a few cameos in the last two years, Bengali beauty Rani Mukherjee returns to the big screen in a new avatar in "Dil Bole Hadippa!". Releasing Friday, the film will see the actress playing a man too!
Produced and distributed by Yash Raj Films (YRF), the romantic comedy is the directorial debut of Anurag Singh, who has been an associate director for five films with filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and with Sanjay Gadhvi for "Dhooom 2".
The movie also marks the entry of Shahid Kapoor into the YRF camp. He is paired opposite Rani.
The film tells the story of Veera (Rani), a fire-cracker of a girl who lives in a small village but dreams of playing cricket in the big league. Rohan (Shahid) is an accomplished captain of a county cricket team in England and returns to India to captain his father's cricket team, which has been losing consecutively since the last eight years.
In a village where girls don't play cricket, Veera has to wear a turban and beard to disguise herself as a man to fulfil her dreams. Her brilliance on the field earns her rave points and an entry into Rohan's team.
"There is something which the film says very subtly because preachy films can be really boring. 'Dil Bole Hadippa!; is very entertaining and in the end, it just leaves you with a thought," Shahid had said.
The 31-year-old actress also hit the gym in vengeance for her toned look in the movie.
"Rani is very committed towards her body and her dedication has resulted in mind-blowing results. She is looking outstanding," celebrity trainer Satyadev 'Satya' Chaurasia had told IANS.
Debutant director Anurag Singh says the film has been shot entirely in villages.
"There is no trace of any city or skyscrapers in it. We did all our shooting in villages outside Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Amritsar over 80 days," he said.
Asked why he chose Rani and Shahid for the lead role, he said: "I wanted to bring in a pair which had never worked together before. There is some sort of freshness about Rani and Shahid working together. There was instant chemistry between the two," he added.
The film has had its share of controversies too. Initially, the title of the film was "Hadippa" but the rights to the same had been bought by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali who refused to part with it on YRFs request. The movie title was then announced to be "Dil Bole Hadippa!"
Then the Punjabi Cultural And Heritage Board showed displeasure over Rani's character in the film donning a patka instead of a pagdi, since an adult Sikh normally wears a pagdi and not a patka.
The Sikh community also raised objection regarding the use of a patka sign in place of a dot on letter 'I' in the movie title "...Hadippa".
Apparently, this is YRF's second film on a sport after their hockey-centric 2007 hit "Chak De! India". Also starring Anupam Kher and Dalip Tahil along with item girls Rakhi Sawant and Sherlyn Chopra, the movie premiered at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
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Posted by Mahindra Gorele at 8:25 AM
By Gurmukh Singh
Toronto, Sep 13 (IANS) "Dil Bole Hadippa", which stars Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee, became the first Bollywood film to premiere at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) before its release in India. And debutant director Anurag Singh just can't contain his excitement.
"I am over the moon at this privilege given to 'Dil Bole Hadippa' to be the first-ever Bollywood film to be premiered at the Toronto festival before its release in India," Anurag, son of producer K.P. Singh, told IANS here.
"It is a family entertainment masala which will appeal to anyone. Its rip-roaring music will be a hit, I guess," he said.
Set wholly in rural Punjab, the Yash Raj Films production also stars Sherlyn Chopra, Anupam Kher, Dalip Tahil and Rakhi Sawant. Singh said they chose the Punjabi-sounding title and Punjab for the shooting because of the north Indian state's cultural vibrancy and its global appeal.
"Another unique thing about this film-cum-comedy is that there is no trace of any city or skyscrapers in it. We did all our shooting in villages outside Chandigarh, Ludhiana, and Amritsar over 80 days," he said.
Asked why he chose Rani and Shahid for the lead role, he said: "I wanted to bring in a pair which had never worked together before. There is some sort of freshness about Rani and Shahid working together. There was instant chemistry between the two. For Shahid, it is an entirely different role after 'Kaminey'."
Singh, who has assisted Rakesh Roshan in five films, said he was asked to direct "Dil Bole Hadippa" by Aditya Chopra, his childhood friend. And it was while writing the script that Singh visualised Rani and Shahid as the lead pair.
"When Aditya and I were working on the script, we had only Rani and Shahid in mind. The two agreed to the role the moment we sat with them with the script," Singh said.
"Aditya, Hrithik Roshan and I grew up together. In fact, Aditya and I watched every single movie every Friday for 20 years. So doing 'Dil Bole...' is kind of a home production for me. And it was Hrithik who asked me to work with his dad. I have learnt my art from Rakesh Roshan," he said.
The film is set for release in India and 20-odd countries Sep 18.
Singh, who has a three-film contract with Yash Raj Films, said he looked forward to a break before starting on his next venture.
"I will take a month's break and then think about the next film," said the director who also co-produced films like "Hum To Mohabbat Karega" and "Jurm".
"What's your Rashee?" is another Bollywood film being premiered next week at the festival that is on till Sep 19.
Posted by Mahindra Gorele at 7:54 AM