Gujarat becomes a favourite destination for Bollywood films
Piyush Mishra,TNN | Jan 19, 2015, 10.45 AM IST
Gujarat is set to become the second home for Bollywood, with a galaxy of superstars descending on the state this year to shoot for films that have generated high anticipation.
The lineup of productions boasts of Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raees, Hrithik Roshan's period drama Mohenjo Daro, and Amitabh Bachchan's Piku.
The trend of using Gujarat landscapes in Bollywood movies began with the Salman Khan-Aishwarya Rai film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, followed by Abhishek Bachchan's debut film Refugee, and Aamir Khan's Oscar-nominated Lagaan. Big B, Deepika Padukone, and Irrfan Khan recently shot for Piku in Surendranagar. Shah Rukh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani beauty Mahira Khan will shoot for Raees in Ahmedabad between March and April.
The industry believes that Gujarat's good law-and-order situation and its record and economical labour, is drawing the film fraternity. Actor-turned-politician Paresh Rawal says, "Many locations in Gujarat are unexploited. And people are friendly too." The BJP MP from Ahmedabad recently shot for Dharam Sankat Mein in Chandkheda. Writer-director Rahul Dholakia, who will direct Shah Rukh in Raees, says, "Several Gujarat areas give the feel of 1970s and 1980s, like the Ahmedabad pols. From Umargam to the Kutch border, the state has numerous interesting locations."
READ: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan set to join Shah Rukh Khan in upcoming movie `Raees`
Dholakia says that Bollywood might even shift to Gujarat because of its proximity to Mumbai and the easy availability of background actors. Dholakia suggests that if infrastructure is developed in the interiors of the state and good hotels come up, more stars will reach for Gujarat.
Raees, written by city-based writers, will be shot in heritage locations of Ahmedabad. Ashutosh Gowariker will create a huge set in Kutch for Mohenjo Daro. Superstars from down South have also shot in the state. One of the most popular actors of the Malayalam film industry, Fahad Fazil, was in Gujarat in December-end for Ayaal Njanalla (That Man is Not Me). Southern films like the Mahesh Babu-starrer 'Dookudu' were filmed in the Rann of Kutch.
India's entry for the Oscars in 2013, the Gujarati film The Good Road, was also shot in the state. Sanjay Leela Bhansali returned to Gujarat for Ram Leela which featured Banni plains, the white desert and Rabaris. IIM-Ahmedabad and BRTS featured prominently in the Arjun Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer 2 States while Sarkhej Roza was used to depict a Pakistani market for Rishi Kapoor's D-Day.
This land has even attracted a Pakistani filmmaker — Mehreen Jabbar who made Ramchand Pakistani here. Mira Nair's nephew and first-time director Ishaan Nair shot at Ahmedabad airport and several other locations for his Khwaish.
Films that used state's locales - Singham Returns (2014) - Rang Rasiya (2014) - 2 States (2014) - Jal (2014) - Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) - The Good Road (2013) - D-day (2013) - R Rajkumar (2013) - Ram Leela (2013) - Kai Po Che (2013) - Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster 1 & 2 (2011 and 2013) - Gandhi, My Father (2007) - Lagaan (2001) - Refugee (2000) - Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (2000) - Sooryavansham (1999) - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) - Godmother (1999) - Mirch Masala (1987) - Bhuvan Shome (1969) - Guide Film (1965) - Mother India (1957)
After endless delays, Shah Rukh Khan's next, Raees, is finally on track. A set is being erected on one of Film City's largest grounds. "The film is set in the '80s and we are mostly recreating certain parts of Ahmedabad from that time," says the film's director Rahul Dholakia. "The city has changed a lot since then and some of the old architecture is lost. The only way to get the old havelis with their intricate wood carving back is for our production designers, Anita Rajagopal and Daniel Reagan to create them here. Also, we have some action scenes which would be better to shoot on a closed set rather than on real locations," he says, adding that with all the detailing work, the set will be ready only in March which is when the film is expected to roll.
Try to pin him down to a date and he says the schedule will be locked only after the final recce and will depend on the progress on the sets. "But it's not going to be the Ides of March for sure," Rahul joked.
SRK has been spotted on the sets late at night. He is playing a gangster in the film. "He's a larger-than-life character in the film, the idea of which came from prohibition and its after-effects," says Rahul.
After a game of musical chairs which eventually led to Farhan Akhtar bowing out, SRK's nemisis is being played by Nawazudding Siddiqui. "Fortunately, it's a character driven role so it was the actor who has to adjust rather than me. When I'm discussing the role, I don't see Nawaz but my cop," he says. What's his name? "Let's leave a few surprises for later," Rahul laughs.
The biggest surprise however was Mahira Khan who sahashed across the border and beat her Bollywood colleagues to the much-coveted role of SRK's better half. "It's not about an Indian, Pakistani or an American NRI but about an artisite who fits the role. Her personality is a perfect match for the role," Rahul explains adding with a chuckle, "Please no controversies, I'm staying away from them this time." www.mumbaimirror.com/entertainment/bollywood/Ahmedabad-comes-to-Mumbai/articleshow/46050621.cms
Last Edit: Jan 28, 2015 22:29:15 GMT -8 by svetlana
Sneak peek into the sets of Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees'
Friday, 30 January 2015 - 1:00pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk
Shah Rukh Khan's Fan is almost on its way for a wrap! And he's about to start shooting for Raees.The set for Raees is being made at Film City.
Shah Rukh Khan is having one busy schedule from here onwards. The actor who is busy shooting for Maneesh Sharma's Fan will start Rahul Dholakia's Raees by mid-March.
A huge set is being recreated in Film City and since Raees is set in the 80’s, the team is recreating certain parts of Ahmedabad from that time. Ahmedabad has changed a lot since then in terms of architecture and manner of living.
So the team had no option but to recreate the city. Also, they have some action sequences which they would prefer to shoot indoors rather than on a real location.
It is a massive set up and there is work going on around the clock. The team is looking into minor and intricate details and trying to ensure that the set is complete at the earliest.
Here's few of the pictures from Film City where Raees has been set:
Nawazuddin Siddiqui to chase RAEES Shah Rukh Khan from March!
February 6, 2015 11:42:13 AM IST By Abid, Glamsham Editorial
One film that has provided lot of fodder for desk top journos is the Shah Rukh Khan starrer, RAEES. First there was news that Farhan Akhtar was to co- star with SRK and later we came to know that it would be master actor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. But the gossip mills didn't stop at that, and one read somewhere that Nawaz had refused the film and the last straw was when we heard that RAEES had been shelved. However, we recently read that a set for RAEES is being constructed and the shooting would commence soon.
As our patience was running thin, we decided to get the facts straight from Nawaz man-of-the -moment Siddiqui, firing one salvo after another at him.
Taking everything in his stride the usual calm and composed Nawaz told us, “Yes, it is true. I have signed RAEES with Shah Rukh Khan. What is also true is that I play a cop and Shah Rukh Khan, a gangster. And I am after him all the time. I will start shooting for the film from March. <i>Iske alawa main abhi aur kuch nahin bata sakta. ( I cannot disclose anything more at this stage) But as always the exclusive details will be revealed to you all (Glamsham/Bollywood Trade) as on previous occasions,” concludes the humble master actor.
Director Rahul Dholakiya opens up about his upcoming film
Raees will take Shah Rukh in a world as far removed from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge as Punjab is from London. Rahul says it wasn't difficult to convince Shah Rukh at all. "I had gone to narrate the script to Shah Rukh with my producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. I think Shah Rukh got interested. Because at mid-point he said he's doing the film. I felt like a schoolboy who has just been told he has passed. It's every director's nightmare that an actor would get bored during the script narration."
The second-half of the script had to be apparently reworked a bit. "Not much. But some changes had to be made, though not that much , because it was the unusualness of the script that appealed to Shah Rukh."
What blew Rahul's mind was Shah Rukh's memory. "I went back to him with the second-half of the script after almost a year. He remembered details from the first narration that even I had forgotten. This kind of dedication coming from a superstar of his stature left me deeply impressed."
Rahul who begins shooting for Raees in February-end is now working on Shah Rukh's look and accent. "He plays a man from the ghetto in Gujarat. He will dress and speak in a particular manner."
Buzz is that Shah Rukh Khan plays a true-life character in Raees. Says Rahul, "His characters started off as a real-life person. But as we wrote and re-wrote several drafts of the script Shah Rukh's character become more and more fictional."
The idea for the film started on the issue of Prohibition. "We wanted to make a film on the issue. And since Gujarat is the only state that has Prohibition we decided to locate our plot in Gujarat."
The last time Rahul was in Gujarat was to shoot Parzania the award winning film on the 2002 communal carnage in the State. But no, Raees and Shah Rukh Khan are not staying away from Gujarat because of the bitter aftermath of Parzania.
Explains Rahul, "It's very practical and logical to not take Shah Rukh into the crowds. He is a star with a mammoth following. And he has a massive following in Gujarat. To shoot with him on the streets in Ahmedabad is not only impractical it's probably suicidal. I remember when we were shooting with Sanjay Dutt in Kashmir for Lamha. Huge crowds would gather and obstruct the shooting."
Rahul says he didn't want a repeat of that situation. The film will be shot on a sprawling set in Mumbai representing the slums of Ahmedabad.
Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Superstar Shahrukh Khan in ‘Raees’, feels that she is lucky to make her debut with biggest Superstar of Indian cinema. She also reveals that she met SRK on audition and he was very kind to her.
According to local media reports, ‘Bol’ actress said, “I was nervous before the audition and thought I’d forget all my lines. I did meet Shahrukh. He was very kind”.
“I got a call for an audition and wasn’t told the exact details of the film, except the names of the producers and the director (Rahul Dholakia), both of whom I liked. Once I read the scenes, I found them to be interesting and went ahead and auditioned for the role. I’m a big fan of both Shahrukh and Nawaz. Luckily, I’ve had the chance to perform with some of the best actors in Pakistan, who helped me out a lot on set. I also learnt a lot from them and hope for the same with Shahrukh and Nawazuddin,” she added.
‘King of Bollywood’ also praised Pakistani actress in an interview and said, “Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Mahira Khan are there in the film (Raees). Both of them are very accomplished actors. I think the cast is really wonderful. Now I would have to excel and perform like them”.
Mahira Khan has made her presence felt among the Indian audience with her popular drama series ‘Humsafar’ starring Fawad Khan in the lead role. She will now start shooting for ‘Raees’ by the end of next month.
By Roshmila Bhattacharya, Mumbai Mirror | Mar 18, 2015, 12.00 AM IST
Nawazuddin Siddiqui on the Khans, box office success and the small films which made him big.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui admits that he's surprised by the overwhelming response to his subtly nuanced act in the recently-released thriller, Badlapur. Theatre taught him to internalise emotions and make his characters real. "I did my job but being a commercial film, I wasn't sure if the audience would notice the finer details, like the fact that I dye my hair after coming out of prison. It was suggested that I should go to a salon but I felt Layak would colour his hair himself, at home," he points out.
The film's success, following on the heels of last year's blockbuster, Kick, has put him in the hit list. But box-office performances are the least of his concerns. "I enjoy the process of making a film but once it's ready for release, I move on," he shrugs, admitting that he was disappointed when Miss Lovely, which was well-appreciated on the festival circuit, failed to bring people to theatres, due to lack of promotion.
Is that why he's now decided to steer clear of the smaller films like Haramkhor, Dekh Indian Circus, Liar's Dice, Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa and Mountain Man which despite festival raves, even a National Award and an Oscar selection, continue to languish in the cans? Instantly, Nawaz is fiercely protective of the cinema he owes his identity to. "For me it's not about big or small films but the story and director. New directors are more focused. Mountain Man should release in September and Liar's Dice by the year end. These films spend a year or two on the festival circuit. Haramkhor is currently on tour and Dekh Indian Circus did interest some buyers but beech mein kya hua mujhe pata nahin," he sighs.
Nawaz is currently in talks with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, writer, producer and director who pionered the avantgarde filmmakers' movement in Bangladesh. "There's a small film with a good script which I want to do irrespective of the money," he asserts.
Money is not a criterion. He informs that four years ago, he signed Haramkhor for a lakh and the same evening another film for over a crore. "I give all my earnings to my brother and take Rs 500 or may be Rs 1000 from him for my needs. Meri koi khwaish nahin hai, I'm happy my wife, Aaliya, who's been through the struggle with me, is seeing the good times too."
Three years ago, he got a black three-piece suit stitched. And confesses that he's worn it to 60 festivals across the world, from Cannes and Toronto to Berlin and Poland. "All black suits look alike so even if I got stitched five more, no one would know the difference. So why splurge on another suit?" he smiles. Now 'Raees' Nawaaz is gearing up to shoot with yet another Khan, after Aamir (Sarfarosh), Irrfan (The Lunchbox) and Salman (Kick).
"Shah Rukh is a big star. I'd heard the story of Raees from Rahul Dholakia, my favourite director, two years ago. Film achchi hai, with a big production house. Role bhi achcha hai. And even before I had signed the film people wanted me in it," he jokes. "When the offer finally came, it wasn't difficult to say yes."
What's it like working with the Khans? "Great! All of them have been around for 25 years or more which is a really big deal for an actor. Their journey inspires me," he muses.
But there's one Khan who obviously rubs Nawaz the wrong way. The actor says that he does not understand the rumours about him and Irrfan. "He's 20 years my senior and I respect him," he says.
Will he take a page from Irrfan's book and get into production or look to make an impact in Hollywood? "He's not the first one to make a name for himself in the West. Kabir Bedi became an international star years before, so did Om Puri, Amrish Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. If I get a good script, I'll do it. But I can't think of producing films right now. Let me focus on acting. After years I'm in a position to pick and choose and your talent is recognised by the roles you pick," he reasons.
So, if 'Bhaijaan' Salman wants him to return in Kick 2 will he? "How can I? I died in the first film," he protests. In Hindi cinema everything is possible. "Well, if they want me to return from the grave, may be, I'll do it for the Devil," he grins.
No rehearsals yet, but Shah Rukh Khan already claims to be the best man for his role in Rahul Dholakia’s Raees
The last time Shah Rukh Khan did an unconventional film was Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan. Five years on, he is trying out something different again with Maneesh Sharma’s Fan and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees.
But he insists that the two films are no different from his commercial outings. “I would not say that Raees and Fan are diametrically opposite to what I stand for. To me, these are films that I want to work in, but I just got the time only now,” he says.
Raees will feature SRK playing a Gujarati don and he shares his special connection to the film. “It’s a very earthy role, something that I have missed doing for so many years. Today, I have reached a stage in life where I would want to go in the morning on the sets and feel I have put my best foot forward. I was like this in the first seven-eight years of my career”.
The actor also sounds super confident about his film. “I have not even done a rehearsal for the film, but I can assure you that no one can do the film like me. It sounds extremely pompous and arrogant, but I am being humble at the same time,” he laughs.
He concludes, “I am not surprised because Rahul came to me with this film. I am surprised that not many filmmakers dare to make such films anymore. I wonder why more such films don’t come to me. But then, I also understand that I can only work on one film. I work for 16-18 hours a day and I get less time to focus on multiple films at the same time.”
Rahul Dholakia finally begins shooting for 'Raees', Shah Rukh to join soon
Deccan Chronicle | April 16, 2015, 17.04 pm IST
Mumbai: The wait is finally over! For all those of you, who have been wondering when Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film ‘Raees’ was going to go on floors, we finally have a lead.
A picture from the shoot location has made its way to the internet. The film that is set in the 1980s era in Ahemdabad also marks the debut of Mahira Khan. Ahmedabad has changed a lot since then in terms of architecture and manner of living and hence an entire new set is being constructed at ‘Film City’ in Mumbai. The team is recreating certain parts of Ahmedabad from that time.
Also, they have some action sequences which they would prefer to shoot indoors rather than on a real location. It is a massive set up and there is work going on around the clock.
Shah Rukh recently wrapped up the international schedule of his film ‘Fan’ in Croatia, but due to an injury that he sustained while filming there, the actor was advised to take a 15-day break to completely recover.
Shah Rukh also mentioned in an interview that he would shoot a small portion of ‘Raees’ before heading to Goa to shoot for Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’, after the 15-day break.
The film’s director Rahul Dholakia also took to Twitter to announce the news of the project going on floors. He posted, “It's been 6 crazy days of #Raees shoot. The warm ups are over, time for major league action to begin... Soon..”
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the film which will see the 'Humsafar' star playing the wife of a gangster (Shah Rukh Khan), and will also feature critically-acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a cop.
Here's a glimpse of the men at work construction the huge set.
The recently released Puneeth Rajkumar film Rana Vikrama, which is making news across the country and is opening to full theatres on a daily basis even in the National capital, seems to have become so popular that its cast members are being picked up by other film industries too.
In fact, the film's baddie, Ravi Varma, who has choreographed stunt sequences for a lot of Hindi film, will now be sharing screen space with none other than Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in his upcoming film Raees.
According to reports, the actor is apparently heading to Mumbai for the shoot in May. Meanwhile, he is also said to be busy with his directorial debut.
Shah Rukh Khan on Kajol, Dilwale, Raees and Fan! SRK is really excited about his character in the action thriller Raees. “After Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan, I am getting another power-packed character which is close to my heart. I am so excited about the character that I have not even done a rehearsal for the film.” bollyspice.com/100579/shah-rukh-khan-on-kajol-dilwale-raees-and-fan
Ravi Varma is the New Baddie
By A Sharadhaa Published: 15th April 2015 06:00 AM Last Updated: 15th April 2015 12:11 AM
Stunt choreographer Ravi Varma has currently been the talk of town for his impressive work in Pavan Wadeyar's Rana Vikrama. He surprised the audience with his guest appearance in the same film as a baddie. Continuing the exploration of his acting talent, Ravi Varma is now all set to play an antagonist in Raees where he will be sharing screen space with none other than Bolly superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Though, Ravi could not reveal too many details, he told us, "I have a guest appearance in this film too, and I cannot say anything else because of my agreement with the makers. I was preparing for the fight sequences with director Rahul Dholakia of Raees, when he asked me whether I would be interested in playing a small negative role in the film. I was immediately willing and my role was fixed over a casual conversation on the spot."
Ravi agrees that a small and important role does make an impact in a film. "For me, it was that particular character, which excited me and I agreed. Let's see, if this is one step further towards an acting career as I don't mind starting off with small roles," he says. The stunt choreographer has completed directing the action bits for Dodmane Huduga and he will soon head to Mumbai, where he will begin his work on Raees for which shooting starts from May. Meanwhile, he is also quietly preparing for his debut directorial project in Sandalwood for which he has roped in Puneeth and Shivarajkumar. "The film will go on floors from next year and it will be pathbreaking," he signs off.
Sounds arrogant, but no one can do #Raees like I can: Shah Rukh Khan When it comes to speaking his mind, Shah Rukh Khan is not one to shy away from the mic. The actor has always been known to be straight about his thoughts, adding a dash of wit to most of his answers and so on. While speaking about his upcoming films, Maneesh Sharma's Fan and Rahul Dholakia's Raees, too, the actor was at his outspoken best, mincing words be damned. A daily quoted the actor as saying, "I would not say that Raees and Fan are diametrically opposite to what I stand for. To me, these are films that I want to work in, but I just got the time only now." The superstar went on to talk about his role in Raees, that of a Gujarati don, "...an earthy role, something that I have missed doing for so many years. Today, I have reached a stage in life where I would want to go in the morning on the sets and feel I have put my best foot forward. I was like this in the first seven-eight years of my career." And that's not all. The Happy New Year star also said - and admitted, at the risk of sounding 'pompous and arrogant' that no one can do his role in Raess better than him. "I have not even done a rehearsal for the film, but I can assure you that no one can do the film like me. It sounds extremely pompous and arrogant, but I am being humble at the same time," added Khan.
Raees is being directed by Rahul Dholakia, who has to his name a National Award, which he'd won for the film Parzania.
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani is a contented man. With DDD’s music & trailer having caught the fancy of both audiences & the media, Sidhwani’s labours promise a successful film & a huge pay day.
He is also positive about ‘Raess’; the SRK- Nawazuddin starrer. A crime drama set in Eighties Ahmedabad, the film will be nearly 80 Percent complete by the end of this month. Its team will take a break from production during the monsoons as the film requires extensive outdoor shooting. Shooting will resume in September- October in Ahmedabad for the remaining portions.
Sidhwani also informed us that Reema Kagti’s ‘Mr Chalu’ is on track with Priyanka Chopra & Fawad Khan playing the leads in this one.
With three films either releasing or on floors, this is a bustling and busy year for Excel Entertainment. Credits: Pinkvilla
Pinkvilla isn't a trustworthy site. SRK said Raees wouldn't take too long to shoot (60-70 days if all goes to plan) so it's not unbelievable but in that case why is it releasing as late as mid next year? Could have released on 14 Aug this year instead of Fan. Unless the post production is going to take a long time.
^That's how Excel Entertainment works. DDD filming was done in August of 2014 but it's not releasing till June 2015. Same with Don 2- I remember shooting was over by Feb/March 2011 but it didn't release till Xmas. Also they're going for a holiday Eid 2016 release, and between 2015 Eid and 2016 Eid there are no open holidays. I actually think that Raees doesn't need to come on a holiday but that's a different story.
On May 21, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan underwent arthro scopic surgery on his left knee at South Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital. Yesterday, after resting for a week, the actor was back on the sets of Rahul Dholakia's Raees, a film in which he will be seen playing a Gujarati bootlegger.
A source associated with the film told Mirror, “A huge set has been erected in Film City and due to SRK's injury a lot of precious time has been wasted.They need to wrap up a major chunk of the schedule before monsoon hits the city as the set will have to be dismantled at that point. So he had to return to work despite being advised rest. These sequences were to be filmed last week.“
However, #SRK isn't ready to do heavy-duty action just yet as it could aggravate the injury.So for a chase sequence, a body double did all the running for him.
“Once his knee is better, Shah Rukh himself will start shooting the action scenes and there are several of them,“ added the source.
Mahira Khan revealed how shooting #Raees with Shah Rukh Khan was
Pakistani actress Mahira Khan in a recent interview to an Indian news channel, revealed how shooting Raees was with Shah Rukh Khan. MUMBAI – Mahira Khan has been in the news and attracted fascination not only from Pakistan but as well as India. The Pakistani VJ-turned-actress opened about the filming experience with none other than Bollywood’s undisputed ‘King’ Khan.
Mahira revealed that she was like a sponge and grasped every opportunity to just soak up every detail.
“I don’t know how people will take to me over there (Bollywood). But it was a very different experience. I went there like a sponge. I was just taking it all in. I didn’t want to step in on anybody’s toes. Because here, I’m very nosy. I’m in everybody’s space and job. And everyone warned me not to do this there. So I just sat, listened to them. I tried to match Mr Khan. I couldn’t, but I tried to make it better.”
Mahira also revealed that she had learned a great deal from Shah Rukh Khan and realized that only when was shooting for a song back home. “I got to learn so much from Mr Shah Rukh Khan, like actually got to learn from him. I realized this when I came back. I came back and I shot for a song in Ho Mann Jahaan and my director was like, ‘What has happened to you’. He actually said that ‘you’ve shed a layer. You’ve grown as an actor.”
Mahira Khan’s two films Bin Roye and Ho Mann Jahaan. Her highly anticipated flick Raees with Shah Rukh Khan will hit the theaters next year. Regarding the love she had received from the crew and team in India, this is what Mahira had to say:-
“The people were very kind and the crew was amazing. The crew was rooting for me. Even when I couldn’t get a dialogue right or a dance step right I could see them encouraging me. It was really nice. That’s what happened here (in Pakistan). I thought I’ll miss it there.”
Forget the clash, first look of #SRK's '#Raees' will be unveiled this Eid!
Amidst all the reports of the alleged box office battle that Bollywood's gearing up for next Eid, we have something special for all Shah Rukh Khan fans. His Raees will be pitted against Salman Khan's Sultan next year on Eid but producer Ritesh Sidhwani has already announced a special surprise for all SRK fans this Eid!
Along with good friend Salman's Bajrangi Bhaijaan hitting screens this Eid, the day will also mark another grand unveiling. That of the first look of SRK's next film- Raees. After news of the clash broke out in the media, Ritesh took to Twitter to rubbish rumours of a possible shift in Raees release dates. Instead he teased fans by saying that the team has a small surprise planned for all fans.
Rahul Dholakia has re-worked Shah Rukh's look and accent in Raees. "He plays a man from the ghetto in Gujarat. He will dress and speak in a particular manner." The idea for the film started on the issue of Prohibition. "We wanted to make a film on the issue. And since Gujarat is the only state that has Prohibition, we decided to locate our plot in Gujarat."
The buzz is that Shah Rukh Khan plays a true-life character in Raees. Says Rahul, "His character started off as a real-life person. But as we wrote and re-wrote several drafts of the script, Shah Rukh's character become more and more fictional."
Raees, the film about Prohibition in Gujarat, will be largely shot by its fine director Rahul Dholakia on a sprawling set in Mumbai representing the slums of Ahmedabad.
The last time Rahul was in Gujarat was to shoot Parzania that hard-hitting National-award winning film on the 2002 communal carnage in the State. But no, Raees and Shah Rukh Khan are not staying away from Gujarat because of the bitter aftermath of Parzania.
Explains Rahul, "It's very practical and logical to not take Shah Rukh Khan into the crowds. He is a star with a mammoth following. And he has a massive following in Gujarat. To shoot with him on the streets in Ahmedabad is not only impractical it's probably suicidal. I remember when we were shooting with Sanjay Dutt in Kashmir for Lamha. Huge crowds would gather and obstruct the shooting."
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, Jun 29, 2015 - 14:58 hrs IST With Raees and Sultan all set to clash next year, all eyes are now on the films that will star the biggest superstars of Bollywood, namely Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan respectively. Now, in order to make it special for the Raees fans, Ritesh Sidhwani announced a 'surprise' for them this Eid.
It happened so that when Yash Raj Films revealed the release date of Sultan, which will clash with Raees, the makers of the Shah Rukh Khan starrer, that is Excel Entertainment, were flooded with questions about the change in the release date of the film. However, Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment took to Twitter to mention that Raees is indeed releasing in Eid 2016 assuring them that there will be no change in dates, and now it is being said that they are all set to come up with the teaser of the film, during the occasion of Eid this year. Though Ritesh did not divulge any details, he took to Twitter once again to announce about the surprise saying, "And a little surprise for all #Raees fans this EID...chalo ho Gaya sab confusion clear".