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‘I react well to pressure’

Actress Preity Zinta, whose comeback film, Ishkq in Paris saw a roller coaster ride and is now set to release in late May, says that for her, human relations are far more important than commercial interests.

Ishkq in Paris is a romantic comedy starring Preity (who is also its producer) and newcomer Rhehan Malliek. The movie, directed by Prem Soni, was scheduled to hit theatres last year but as Prem was unwell, the release date was pushed forward. “Prem was unwell. He had to go for surgery and I decided not to release the film without him. I think there are times when we have to give importance to human relations rather than business and commercial things,” Preity says.

Considering that the release of Ishkq in Paris was postponed, Preity did make losses as the producer, but she appeared unperturbed. “Sometimes, importance must be given to emotions rather than business and finance,” she adds.

Ishkq in Paris, Preity’s first home production, will have a solo release on May 24. It will hit the cinema halls when the IPL will be in its last leg, but the actress does not see that affecting the movie in any way. “As the producer we are looking for a solo release,” says the 38-year-old actress, who was last seen in the 2009 Hindi film Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, in which she did a cameo. “I agree it’s not a safe bet to release the film during the IPL.
But I don’t think it (IPL) will affect the film... I think one can give three hours for a film,” says the co-owner of the IPL team ‘Kings XI Punjab’.

Preity has chalked out plans for the promotion of her film but insists that she will not cash in on the special song performed by Salman Khan.

Asked how she handles anxiety and pressure, the Veer- Zaara star says, “I react
well to pressure, anxiety and all that. I am happy the film is coming out on
May 24.”

Translating a writer’s vision on screen

Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt says a film works at the office only if a director is able to translate a writer's vision on the screen. He feels stars can add to that. “We confuse ourselves by thinking that stars have the power to deliver blockbusters. No. If the story doesn’t work, if the director does not translate the vision that is embedded in the story with the adornments that the film needs, there are no chances of it coming anywhere close to success,” says Bhatt, known for directing films like Arth, Saaransh, Zakhm and Naam, which were high on content.

Bhatt, known for launching new talent under his banner Vishesh Films, has this time roped in relative newcomers Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor for Aashiqui 2.

Directed by Mohit Suri, the Rs 12 crore romantic-musical saga grossed over Rs 20 crore on its opening weekend. The film-maker gives credit to writer Shagufta Rafique and the entire team for the success. “What made the film work was the magic that came out from Shagufta's heart. Shagufta has a very unusual background. She is the salt of the earth and pulled the narrative from her heart,” the 65-year-old says.

“The way she narrated the story to us, we knew it had the throb and love of life,”adds Bhatt, who has also produced films like of ‘Gangster - A Love Story’, ‘Murder’ and Woh Lamhe.

“So first it was there, pulled out of the heart, then Mohit came and added a dimension to it, gave it a soul with the music and the singers, and actors gave life to it,” he adds.

Time for new ties

Yash Raj Music has finally ventured out of their confines and acquired the music rights of the Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol starrer Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.

Yash Raj Music is known for retaining the music rights of only its home production films, but with Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, they are all set to enter a different territory by acquiring the music of a non-Yash Raj Films project for the first time.

Sunny Super Sounds and the global giants, Yash Raj Music, have forged a strategic alliance with their latest offering Yamla Pagla Deewana 2.

This will be an exclusive license deal of the film, marketed by Yash Raj Music for worldwide distribution of songs and videos, across all digital and physical formats. Multi-talented
music director Toshi Sharib’s flawless compositions are sure to add a different essence to the film and will definitely get the audience to groove to its dance numbers.

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is set to release on June 7, 2013.

Indian flavour  Down Under

Ramaiya Vastavaiya, directed by Prabhu Deva is travelling to the ongoing ‘Indian Film Festival of Melbourne’, which celebrates 100 years of cinema this year.

Here, Prabhu Deva will introduce the audience to the lead in the film — Girish
Kumar, who makes his big Bollywood debut with the romantic-comedy.

Prabhu Deva and Girish Kumar will be present at a special press conference to talk about the film. Prabhu Deva will then move on to judge the ‘All Australia Bollywood Dance Competition’.

Shot in India and overseas, Girish Kumar and Shruti Haasan starrer Ramaiya
Vastavaiya is scheduled to release on July 19 this year.

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