Khandaan: A Bollywood Podcast is now on it’s 62nd episode… and we’re once again doing a Corona round up. For those of you struggling with all the current events in the world and need a break, we suggest you skip the first 10 minutes because we’re not in the best of moods to be honest.
However! We soon move on to discussing the latest Red Chillies Production for Netflix: BETAAL. Sujoy is happy to report that it continues a long and proud Red Chillies tradition by being absolutely mediocre.
Asim broke character to watch KAMYAAB, another Red Chillies effort for Netflix that isn’t entirely awful. It is definitely the better reviewed project of the two.
After that gargantuan effort, Asim needed a little cheering up so he obviously looked up KAALA BAZAAR (1989), starring Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. This is a segue onto our discussion about Jackie, an actor whose work we grew up watching but never discuss for some reason. Do let us know your favorite Jackie movies.
And to round everything off, we discuss a recent article in Bollywood Hungama wherein single screen owners complain about the lack of massy content from Bollywood and the artistic ambitions of its most reliable performers.
We don’t have a timeline for you as these special episodes go back and forth, but join us next week for our regular programming!
If you want to read the Bollywood Hungama Article you can click here.
If you want to watch The 9 Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition winning films available on London Indian Film Festival you can visit: www.loveliffathome.com
(Please note that the films are geo-blocked to UK audiences only.)
Episode 32 of the Khandaan podcast brings to you the results of your vote – or that of dedicated Aamir bots, you be the judge – 1997’s Ishq, starring Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Ajay Devgan with Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Dalip Tahil, Johnny Lever, Tiku Talsania, and Mohan Joshi in key roles.
Directed by Indra Kumar, Ishq was a massive success when it came out, despite a chaotic production schedule that effectively destroyed the Aamir-Juhi pairing forever. To discuss this film, we’re joined once more by Haroon Rashid of the BBC, who has always maintained that Ishq is his all-time favorite Bollywood film. Although we did our best to ruin it for him, he ran the gauntlet and emerged more or less unscathed.
05.00 The Kalank teaser and the reign of Alia Bhatt
17.30 Sujoy watched Badla
29.30 Haroon also watched Luka Chuppi
37.30 Haroon watched Made in Heaven (with spoiler from 42.00)
For Episode 20, our guest is a fellow podcaster: Maxdavinci of The Lewd Cabal, your go-to podcast for an eclectic selection of topics including deep dives into South Indian cinema, food, sports, and a whole lot more to come. For his debut appearance on The Khandaan, Max chose an evergreen classic: 1992’s Salman Khan-starrer, Suryvanshi.
This legendary piece of cinema was allegedly a figment of Salman’s imagination – a film unmatched, as Max points out, in not only Hindi but in all Indian cinema for decades in its scope and concept. The costumes, the special effects, the homage to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the boundless racism, the indifferent songs that at least two of the four people on the podcast have seared into their lizard brain, the camera’s unerring eye for thrusting bosoms… this is a movie that offers much to the discerning viewer. Co-starring an extremely hammy Saeed Jaffrey, a disconcertingly excellent Amrita Singh, a sanskaari Sheeba, Sushma Seth, Shakti Kapoor, Kadar Khan, and Puneet Issar, Suryavanshi is a lot.
As usual, we also discuss some of the new releases and trailers – Thugs of Hindustan and Bazaar, as well as Sui Dhaaga, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam and Pataakha. We discuss the sheer and welcome reliability of filmmakers such as Vishal Bhardwaj and Mani Ratnam before somehow ending with plans to watch 1990’s Tum Mere Ho.
If there are movies or guests you would like to see featured, do remember to drop us a line at email@example.com
Give Away: If you want to win 1 of 3 Sui Dhaaga- Made In India goodie bags, head over to the Kenz Now Website by clicking here
UK entries only and competition deadline is 22 august!
Here’s the trailer and synopsis:
The film follows an organization Brand New-U which identifies networks of IDENTICALS – people who walk like you, talk like you, but are walking through different, better lives. Slater (Lachlan Nieboer) seems to have the perfect life, the perfect job and the perfect girlfriend. But when Slater’s girlfriend is abducted by Brand New-U, he is forced to become an Identical. As he moves through a series of parallel lives, he becomes more and more obsessed with finding his girlfriend, but what he must find in the end is himself.
IDENTICALS is available on Digital/VoD 15th August and DVD 22nd August
Pakistan’s most famous Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan, the nephew of the late, world-renowned singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will perform his greatest hits live for the first time at The O2 on Sunday 14 August 2016.
But we have a pair of tickets to give away for Free! and it couldn’t be easier.
Just click on the banner below and sign up with your email adress, and the lucky winner will be randomly drawn. Deadline for the the competition is 8th of August! So sign up ASAP!
Click on the image to enter the competition!
The performance will coincide with Pakistan and India’s independence weekend celebrations and will be Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan’s only London show this year. Discussing his forthcoming show Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan said; ”I’m very excited to be performing at The O2, London, for the second time, following my sold out tour in 2013.
“Coming to the UK is always a thrill for me and my performance is timed to fit the Independence Day celebrations for both Pakistan and India. I have a fantastic team of musicians joining me and will be performing my greatest film hits and new material, as well as my esteemed Uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s popular Qawwali numbers, to rock the arena.”
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was chosen at birth by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of qawwali music, a form of Sufi devotional popular in South Asia. Six weeks after his uncle’s death in 1997, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took his position as leader of the group and has since become one of the most talked about Pakistani artists in the world.
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has performed on a variety of recordings, and his songs and vocals have featured in numerous hit Hollywood and Bollywood films including Bodyguard, My Name is Khan, Dabangg, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam, the Hollywood film Apocalypto and many more.
The maestro has released over 50 albums with over 100 hits in Bollywood and has been presented with numerous awards including Star Screen Awards for Best Male Playback 2010 and the IIFA award for best male vocalist 2011. He has also been a judge on top TV shows in India such a Chhote Ustad and Junoon, Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka. He was the headline performer at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 and recently performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in March 2016.
In 2014, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released his latest album ‘Back 2 Love’ which sold millions of copies worldwide.
The ticket will also include access to a variety of free live events and activities including Bollywood dance workshops, DJs, specially selected street food stalls and more.
Which 1981 Bollywood film did the ‘Jaanisar’ director Muzaffar Ali direct?
A. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
B. Umrao Jaan
(Winners will be announced Tuesday 12/8)
(Only UK entries apply -but if you’re nice and I like you, I might make an exception!)
Jaanisar stars Pakistani actor Imran Abbas and one of India’s leading style icons and fashion entrepreneurs Pernia Qureshi.
Playback singers for the soundtrack of the film have some of the most celebrated singers of the music industry like Abida Parveen, Shreya Ghoshal and Sukhwinder Singh. Music is by Muzaffar Ali as well as Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan. It truly has some great music.
It’s pretty much the type of music you should be listening to instead of whatever guitly pleasure is looping on your playlist now!
The double Grammy and double Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, AR Rahman returns to The O2 after five years, with a one off greatest hits show on Saturday 15 August 2015. AR Rahman will be joined by very special guests including; Haricharan, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Jonita Gandhi, and many more.
You have the chance to win 2 exclusive VIP tickets* including:
• Access to The prestigious O2 VIP lounge
• Access to the After Party at Brooklyn Bowl
For a chance to win, follow us on our FB page or Twitterand us a mail on Upodcasting@gmail.com with the answer to:
What was the name of the first soundtrack composed in Hindi by AR Rahman for a Bollywood movie?
Discussing his forthcoming UK show of the year AR Rahman said; “The UK always brings back fond memories of working on landmark projects in my career and it’s good to be back again after five years.”
The announcement follows a hugely successful intimate American tour and saw AR Rahman, performs in multiple concert halls. Throughout the US, the tour received standing ovations and critical acclaim.
Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre with the hit show Bombay Dreams, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rahman, has sold more than 100 million records of his film scores and soundtracks worldwide, and sold over 200 million albums. He is one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists, with consistent chart-toppers across multiple continents.
In 2009 TIME magazine listed him as one of the world’s most influential people and cited his first album, Roja among the ”10 Best Soundtracks” of all time. Best known for his score and songs in Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman has worked on more than 100 films, among them the Oscar nominated Lagaan, Bombay, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti, Rockstar, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Raanjhanaa, O Kadhal Kanmani, Enthiran (Robot), Fox’s 127 Hours by Danny Boyle, Disney’s Million Dollar Arm and The Hundred-Foot Journey.
He is working on a composition for the film Pelé, a biopic on the Brazilian football legend, as well as the score for Disney’s Mohenjo Daro. His album Vande Mataram, released for India’s 50th anniversary of its independence in 1997 remains a firm favourite with patriotic Indians both at home and abroad.
We have 3 Blu-Ray’ss to give away from Jet Li’s 3D extravaganza. We reviewed the movie at the time of it’s release (read it here) but since then it has garnered quite a few positive reviews (reaching up to a respectable 70% on Rotten Tomatoes)
So we have 3 copies of the movie to give away in Blu-Ray and if you have a 3D TV and those nifty glasses then you can watch kicks and swords fly towards your face.
3. Answer the question: My favorite Jet Li movie is… and why?
Best answers will be announced on the show. Our Twitter feed and FB page on 15 december!
And how knows, we might just do an entire show on the best choice.
Here is a synopsis and trailer to the movie!
Legendary martial arts action star Jet Li (Romeo Must Die, The Expendables 1&2) stars in thriller film FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGONS GATE, the first ever Chinese-lingo and wuxia film to be shot in 3D and shown in the stereoscopic IMAX format.
Released by the award winning independent film company Revolver Entertainment, this epic story, set in the Ming Dynasty, is a rollercoaster ride of 3-D Kung-Fu action sequences, breathtaking scenery and visual mastery. Brought to you by the special effects team that created Avatar, it is no surprise this film has become the fourth highest grossing Chinese language film of all time.
Written and directed by the cutting-edge and internationally acclaimed visionary director, Hark Tsui – who recently became the fourth Chinese film director to join the board of judges for the 57th Cannes Film Festival and famed for his incredible work on Shanghai Blues, Seven Swords and Once Upon a Time in China – this film is a reimagining of an original classic, rather than a re-make.
FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGONS GATE is the first Wuxia Chinese language film to be shot entirely in 3D, a feat that has earned it seven nominations at the Asian Film Awards 2012 since its release in Hong Kong at the end of 2011. The film boasts special effects and action sequences that are set to redefine the standards of the industry.
Set amongst such great Hollywood 3D epics as Avatar, Transformers and Titanic 3D, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate will provide action movie buffs with a visual feast of film-making set to get the adrenaline pumping and the heart racing.
Starring some of Chinese cinema and Hollywood’s leading action and martial arts stars, including, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Kwai Lun-mei, Louis Fan and Mavis Fan, the film tells the tale of a pregnant palace maid on the verge of execution. Rescued by the owner of Dragon’s Gate Inn, the concubine is lead into a parallel story involving a band of people in search of lost treasure. Seeking refuge from an oncoming storm at Dragon Gate Inn, the plot climaxes to see the two stories converge to create an action-packed quest for treasure amidst a tale of star-crossed love, all enveloped by a time frame that marks the arrival of a catastrophic storm that threatens to destroy everything.
Here’s your chance to win DVD’s for the gritty new British Crime Flick hitting shelves in October.
We’ll be reviewing the movie on Upodcast very soon and looking at the trailer, it looks Extremely British.
‘Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Re Ro’!
Award winning independent film company Revolver Entertainment releases the gritty crime thriller GBH on DVD from 1st October 2012. The film is a powerful, no-holds-barred British tale of criminality, morality, justice and vengeance set amidst the stark and violent backdrop of the 2011 London riots.
Producer and directed by Simon Phillips (The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan), GBH takes as its core premise the age-old battle between good and evil, and sets the modern, urban story on the harsh streets of West London, as the capital is battered and burned during the infamous London riots. Boasting a talented veteran and newcomer British cast, including Nick Nevern (The Sweeney, The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, Terry) Kellie Shirley (EastEnders) Jenna Harrison (Against The Dark, Telling Lies) Roland Manookian (The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan, RocknRolla, The Business) Con O’Neil (Frank, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, A Clockwork Orange) and Peter Barrett (The Rise And Fall Of A White Collar Hooligan, Jack Falls), the story centres around lead character Damien performed by Nick Nevern, who is a London ‘copper’ with a criminal past he’s trying to forget.
Before signing up to the police force he ran with a vicious football gang with a penchant for violence and intimidation. Now that Damien is on the other side of the law, he faces a tough decision – side with his old crew or protect London as it burns and rioters run amok? Things are complicated further when he becomes romantically involved with fellow police officer Louise (Kellie Shirley, Eastenders), and is helpless to protect her when she is viciously beaten and raped by one of his former gang members. Damien decides to take matters into his own hands, with brutal and devastating consequences.
Billed as the British thriller film of the year, GBH packs a punch like no other and depicts the gritty realities of inner-city deprivation and social disillusionment, as a city is torn-apart and one man desperately fights for justice.
To celebrate the release of ‘GBH’ on DVD from 1st of October 2012, we are giving away 2 DVDs of the film. For your chance to win, simply answer the following question and send your replies to firstname.lastname@example.org:
We have a great give away today to take away the doom and gloom of UK weather!
UPODCast and HiFi-Tower want to upgrade your home cinema in this brand new competition! We’re giving away a Klarstein YX34B Mini Projector to one lucky fan. The projector is perfect for hosting a summer film party at home, and it’s ultra-compact so you can take it to go as well. Watch movies beamed up to 60″ image size.
The Klarstein YX34B Mini Home Cinema Projector has a host of connection options, so you’ll never be stuck without a choice of media. Its AV jack input can connect to DVD players and game consoles. What’s more, the projector also has USB and micro SD inputs, so you can play files directly from a digital storage device! It supports the following video formats: MPEG4, AVI, MP4, MPEG2, MPEG1, WMV (v7, v8, v9) FLV (Flash videos), 3GP (ITU H.263 encoded), ASF, DAT, RM, RMVB.
For your chance to win this prize, just answer the following question:
Which movie would be your first home cinema experience? And what would you do to make your first screening special?
Email your answer to email@example.com (don’t tweet us, don’t leave answers in the comment section), with “Klarstein Projector” in the subject line. This competition is open to residents of the mainland UK (excluding all Islands), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden).
Contest closes on 30/6/2012 and the best answers will be decided by the Upodcast team!
As most of you know we’re mildly obsessed with the music of AR Rahman, the promo’s for his fortchcoming compositions of Gautam Menon’s Ekk Deewana Tha has been doing the rounds and you have a chance to win 2 copies of the soundtrack if you take part in our competition!
Below are the rules and the Press Release, merry listening to all!
Hailing from the new age genre of Hindi cinema that presents a fresh and youth-targeted perspective, ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ retells the classic, intense love story with fresh impetus for a new generation of cinemagoers, releasing through Twentieth Century Fox on 17th February 2012. ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ weaves an emotive and powerful tale of how the path to true love never runs smoothly and that following your dreams comes at a price as it explores the highs and lows of being in love and the pleasures and pains associated with it.
The soundtrack to ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ is simply outstanding with a memorable composition by multi-Oscar winner AR Rahman (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). Lyrics have been penned by India’s most popular and sought-after lyricist, Javed Akhtar.
The music has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike, with the track “Hosana”, already populating the radio airwaves. In speaking about the music, A.R. Rahman said: “This is my favourite romantic album in recent times, while I have been doing music for many fresh actors, I hadn’t composed a fully romantic album in quite a while”. His fans have been eagerly awaiting the music launch after listening to the background score in the film’s First Look trailer.
Speaking about the film, Rahman added, “This movie is nothing but romance and humor, with a very soothing kind of narration. People will love it. Music is the expression of love and with this movie, I am trying to bring that romance back.”
Making her Bollywood debut in the female lead after a successful run in Tamil Cinema is British actress and model Amy Jackson, who is also former Miss Liverpool, Miss Teen World, Miss Teen Great Britain, and Miss England runner up. The English starlet, who is making waves with her film career in India, stars opposite Bollywood heartthrob and youth icon Prateik Babbar (‘Dhobi Ghat’, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Aarakshan’). To celebrate the release of ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ in cinemas, we are giving away 2 CDs for the film’s music soundtrack.
B. Simply answer the following question and send your replies to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with your mailing adress:
Q. Who is the music composer for ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’? (seriously, if you don’t know the answer… :-))
All Participants must be in the UK to apply!
‘Ekk Deewana Tha’ is released through Twentieth Century Fox on 17th February 2012.
If you want to see a special preview before anyone else of Bodyguard and you can attend the screening in London, you have a chance to win a pair of tickets! Check out how you can win a pair of tickets just after the jump! Read More