A highlight of Tahir Raj Bhasin’s filming of the upcoming Looop Lapeta, co-starring Taapsee Pannu was the most romantic stunt he has ever shot for in his career yet.
“A lot of the romantic portions of the film were shot in Goa, including a scene where we kissed while being suspended 10 feet up in the air using cables! It was a romantic stunt. Our off days were spent on the beach close to our locations in old Goa, exploring the amazing sea food and bonding with the crew,” he said.
“The Goa schedule was incredible, just being away from the city where we had all been under lockdown through most of last year was a massive relief.
He found it effortless to work with Taapsee.
“Taapsee is very committed to the script and since carving out the romance of (their characters) Satya and Savi is such a central part of Looop Lapeta, we were both geared to breaking the ice as soon as possible. She has an incredible charming energy and a very contagious smile. Right from our first look test together, I found it effortless to make a connection and work with her,” Tahir said.
Tahir says the rawness and “crazy unpredictability” is the USP of his pairing with Taapsee.
“I’d say rawness and a crazy unpredictability. A romantic lead pair is like a dance duet and having Taapsee to playoff is an electrifying feeling on set. I anxiously await to see audience reactions to this soon. Satya and Savi’s romance shuttles between this mad attraction and visceral implosions; precisely what makes the pairing so magnetic, comic and yet relatable,” he said.
Ekta Kapoor has her plate full with 24 projects lined up for 2022
After a successful 2021 marked by a string of interesting projects and a Padma Shri win, Ekta Kapoor is all set to crank it up a notch in 2022 with more than 24 projects in the pipeline.
Some of the projects have been shot and are ready to release while some are still at the development stage.
Talking about the 2022 content calendar, Ekta says, “I am very excited to announce that my team and I are all set to release more than 24 projects in 2022. We have some amazing content ready to release across various platforms be it theatres, web shows or TV channels.”
Commenting about her production house’s tryst with experimentation, she adds, “We at Balaji have always believed in experimenting when it comes to providing entertainment to the audiences and with our upcoming projects we have tried to take the level a notch higher.”
ALTBalaji, which is the digital arm of Ekta’s production house will dole out projects like ‘#hashtagwarss’, ‘Verdict 2’, ‘Mentalhood S2’, ‘Apharan 2’, ‘Bois Locker Room’, ‘Class of 2021’, ‘Baarish 3’, ‘Band aid’, ‘Paurashpur Season 2’, ‘Bank Heist’, ‘A Cold Mess’ and ‘Farrey’.
In the TV space, shows like ‘Naagin 6’, ‘Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki 2’, ‘Kahan Hum Chale’, ‘Itna Karo na mujhe pyaar 2’ will be broadcast soon.
Coming to films, Balaji Motion Pictures’s slate looks packed with interesting projects like ‘Ek Villain Returns’, ‘Freddy’, ‘U turn’, Hansal Mehta’s untitled thriller, ‘Jersey’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘KTina’, ‘Shehzada’, ‘Shootout at Byculla’, ‘Dobaara’ and ‘LSD 2’.
Ekta is set to work with some of the biggest names in the industry like Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Neena Gupta, Disha Patani, Kareena Kapoor, Hansal Mehta and many more in the coming year.
Kriti Sanon joins the cast of ‘Shehzada’ in Delhi
Fresh from the success of ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’, Kriti Sanon has joined the starcast of ‘Shehzada’ in Delhi for the film’s second schedule.
The film is being helmed by Rohit Dhawan, who flagged off its Delhi schedule a few days back with Kartik Aaryan and Paresh Rawal.
After wrapping her work in London, Kriti Sanon joined the film crew this morning. The actress made an announcement with regards to this through her social media as she shared a boomerang of the clapboard in her Instagram story and wrote, “Shehzadi in the house.”
Talking about the development, producer Bhushan Kumar said, “We are glad to have Kriti Sanon on our Delhi set. The actress has an infectious energy. She will essay a never-before-seen character in the film. I am sure the audience will enjoy her performance on screen.”
Co-producer Aman Gill added, “Kriti Sanon is one of the most collaborative actresses. I am looking forward to working with her on our Delhi schedule. Till now, we have had a lot of fun shooting here, and I am sure the actress will add a punch of more excitement.”
Earlier, ‘Shehzada’ wrapped its 20-day first schedule in a palatial mansion set in the Film City, Mumbai. The team will now shoot some key sequences in Old Delhi, the filming for which is already underway around Jama Masjid.
In addition to Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan and Paresh Rawal, ‘Shehzada’ also stars Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy and Sachin Khedekar in key roles. The film produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Allu Arvind, S. Radha Krishna and Aman Gill, will feature music by Pritam, and will release in November, 2022.
Padmini Kolhapure: It’s an honour to sing Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’
After her comeback with ‘Dil Bekaraar’, veteran actress Padmini Kolhapure has sung the new version of the iconic song ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’.
The label released an endearing image depicting the ideal mother-daughter bond from childhood to the day of the young girl’s marriage.
Speaking on the same, Padmini says, “The emotions that a mother goes through when her daughter gets married is not something that can be put in words. From happiness to sorrow to a feeling of emptiness, one feels so many things at one time. ‘Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara’ is a rendition of all those feelings”.
The song which was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar, is from Padmini’s highly acclaimed film ‘Prem Rog’ which was directed by Raj Kapoor.
Describing the experience of working on the iconic track, the actress says, “It was like an emotional roller coaster to sing the same song and I am so proud of the way it has shaped up. There is no bigger honour than being able to give voice to a song that was sung by Lata Ji. I am excited to see how the audiences react to the video as well.”
The re-created version of the song is presented by Saregama and Dhamaka Records and will hit the airwaves on December 6.
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