Oct 162017

Bollywood filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, who recently produced Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Lucknow Central’, says the marketing team asked him to create a scandal involving Farhan to promote the film. The producer, who was present at a panel discussion along with two young producers at the 19th Jio MAMI With Star, said this when he was asked if marketing creates pressure during film promotion or if marketing overpowers creativity.

Nikkhil said: “I got a call from the marketing person saying Kangana’s scandal is going on, tell Farhan to do a scandal. This is an actual conversation!  “Farhan has to have a scandal, otherwise our buzz won’t go up. I said ‘but what scandal?’ and they were like ‘do any scandal but we need it’.” He added: “I don’t understand it at all. How can I approach Farhan and say ‘hey let’s do a scandal, otherwise no one will watch our film’.”

The panel discussion was also attended by Vikramaditya Motwane and Prerna Arora

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Jul 242017

Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas BahlVikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikas Bahl

Soon after reports of filmmaker Vikas Bahl allegedly molesting a female colleague hit headlines in April, rumours of a rift between Bahl and the other members of the production house, Phantom Films, including Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena also spread like wildfire. But Motwane refutes the rumours, claiming that no obstacle is strong enough to break them apart.

“We boys are rock solid,” Motwane tells mid-day, adding, “Of course, there have been ups and downs, but things are good between us. Nothing is big enough to move us. Our production slate is a testament to the equation we share.”

The filmmaker adds that the team of four has a number of projects lines up in the near future, which should quell rumours of a split. “We are collaborating with Netflix and Amazon Prime. I believe that our work should speak for us. Give it time, answers will be found.”

It was suggested that Kashyap was among the wishing to part ways from the company, with news about his collaboration with Aanand L Rai for Manmarziya, giving credence to the rumours. But Motwane points out, “After Manmarziya, Anurag’s next, Mukkebaaz, will be produced by Phantom only. We are too busy focusing on the good work that needs to done to think about these rumours.”

Motwane, who is currently in the midst of the post-production work for his vigilante film, Bhavesh Joshi, featuring Harshvardhan Kapoor, might also helm Sacred Games, the Netflix originals series starring Saif Ali Khan, adapted from Vikram Chandra’s bestseller by the same name. “Saif likes us a lot, and thus, he came aboard. We are extremely excited about it.”

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Jul 162013

Mumbai, July 16: Behind every successful man there is a woman, they say and it stands quite true for actor Ranveer Singh as well.

The 28-year-old who is three-film-old in the industry and has four big films in his kitty, names none other than his manager for his success.

“She is responsible for my success. She is my boss. I wake up in the morning as per her direction and do whatever she says. Her name is Susaine Rodriguez. She is the woman behind everything,” said the actor at the success party of his recent release “Lootera”.

Post “Lootera”, the Vikramaditya Motwane directed period drama, the actor will be seen in forthcoming films like “Gunday” and “Ram Leela”.