Producer Bachhu Singh and Director Netar Singh (Mintoo) of KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI Exclusive Chaat

PRODUCER BACHHU SINGHA : ” We Got The Best Support From Every One ”

How did you get inspired to enter the film industry ?

I was knowing music director Kalyan Barhan since the past ten years. One day, I told him that I want to produce a feature film and he took me to director Netar Singh (Mintoo) who I liked instantly  due to his endearing personality. He convinced me to make a musical love story. As Kalyan Bardhan is an excellent music composer, I thought of making this film which is now complete. It is titled KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI.

Will you continue making more films ?

I have come to know the film industry now very well and I am very happy that I met the right people. I will continue to make more films as I am of this knowledge that if I am within the budget and also know the business aspects, then there will be no problems at all.

How was the experience while you were shooting the film KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI ?

We took the local talents like Neeraj Rana and Nitesh from Himachal and heroine Sheetal came from Mumbai. Then we also took Mr.Himachal Harish, known as Harry who plays a major role in the film too. Vaishali, the Miss Himachal runner up was also cast in a major role. For the elderly characters, we had Amar Dogra and Ravneet Kaur,then Sunil Thakur and Survir Singh,Shadab Khan,Jyoti were also added to the cast.  We had scouted the best locales for the film. I liked the Tibetian Temple location as the monastery is very huge and has a magical effect. We filmed one song inside the temple and even outside on the lead pair Neeraj Rana and Sheetal. One song which introduces heroine Sheetal in the film has been partly filmed in the sangam of the three rivers. We got tremendous local support from the  MLA, the SDM and many wellknown people from Himachal. The shooting went very smooth throughout till the very last day. We have also shot the film partly in  Mumbai at Madh Island and Uttan locales, a far off place from Bhayender, Thane .

Who else has contributed heavily to the film KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI ?

Our writers Vinod Mahant,Sanjay Kore, our DoP Tapas Munsi, dance master Sunil Thakur and singers Udit Narayan, Binti Sharma, Shahid Ali, Ishita Ghosh,Priyanka, lyricists Shivam,Tarun Bisht etc. all have done a brilliant job.One more music composer C.D.Thakur who has composed two songs for this film has given catchy songs for the film.  On the whole, the cooperation which we got was much beyond our expectations and now only the dubbing and mixing of final sound=tracks are remaining to be done. We are planning to release this film in February 2018.


” Producer Bachhu Singh Gave Me Total freedom to Make KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI.”

Tell us about your experiences with director Sohail Khan.

I joined Sohail Khan in 1994 during the making of AUZAAR and continued to be his assistant director in the films like PYAR KIYA TOH DARNA KYA, HELLO BROTHER,MAINE DIL TUJHKO DIYA etc.I worked with himfor15 long years. He has been very cordial tome all the time. I have learnt a lot from him and I will continue to show my kindness to all just like him.

Why are so much fascinated with the Himachal region ?

I have been staying in Himachal region in the Mandi district and Tehsil Jogendra Nagar  since my childhood and this place is still the best suited for making films, specially love stories.Luckily for me,I got into touch with the music composer Kalyan Bardhan who was knowing producer Bachhu Singha since the past ten years. Bachhu Singha wanted to make a film with fresh faces and I was also keen to make one in Himachal. Within ten minutes of my story narration about the film KYUN LAGTE APNE HAI, Bachhu Singha gave me the green signal to make it.  I was  feeling very happy about his decision and we recorded six songs for the film. Kalyan Bardhan was humming some romantic songs and he also had many singers who are excellent in their jobs. Very soon,we all left for hunting the locations which was always in my mind and we started the shooting with sixty strong unit people,mostly they all came from Mumbai. The heroes Neeraj Rana and Nitesh are from Himachal region and heroine Sheetal came from Mumbai.But Neeraj Rana and Nitesh are also staying in Mumbai nowadays and both have cooperated very well.In fact, each and everybody from the starcast till the unit hands have supported me and Bachhu Singha till the very last day of the shooting. The film is a musical love triangle. I am sure, the audiences will be loving all the lovely locales of Himachal region and after the first digital print will come out in January 2018, we will be releasing the film in February 2018.  I also got the total cooperation from Producer Bachhu Singha to make this film. .

Interview of Mahesh Sharma, Vishnu Sharma and writer-director Raama Mehra of Keep safe Distance.

I Am Treating Film Business As Pure Business – Mahesh Sharma.

Mahesh Sharma and Vishnu Sharma, the two brothers from Kota have produced their maiden venture KEEP SAFE DISTANCE, written-directed by Raama Mehra. All the three main pillars of the film are hugely excited as their film is on the verge of completion and being readied for an early release. Ayyer Mohan of COMPLETE CINEMA spoke to all the three . Excerpts

How did you enter the film industry ?

MAHESH SHARMA::” I am in the film industry due to the inspiratiopn given to me from my younger brother Vishnu Sharma who has already seen the ins and outs of the film undustry since five years. He was shooting for a serial and on the set was Raama Mehra who was also acting in the serial. Their meeting clicked and Raama Mehra had one interesting story which Vishnu told me and we both decided to make the film KEEP SAFE DISTANCE. Actually, I am in construction business and the flow of money as easy for me to invest in a film. I am happy that the efforts of all the three of us has borne fruits and I will continue to make more films in the future too. Also, Sagar Joshi and Laxman Singh Rajput who are in my production team are working very hard and helping the film’s progress with great cooperation with all the actors, technicians,unit hands etc. who are going out of their way to make KEEP SAFE DISTANCE a very entertaining film for all ages.”

VISHNU SHARMA” Film Industry Is a Very Good Industry For Creative People”

What attracted you to the film industry ?
Vishnu Sharma:” I was inclined to the film industry from childhood. I used to watch films in cinema halls. I used to act in the school plays, then college plays and also theatre. I also acted in the RAM LEELA plays in my hometyown in Kota for several years.One day,  popular actors Mukesh Khanna and Ramesh Goel had come to Kota for judging the audition test of several new actors from Kopta and I was selected. I came to Mumbai and got roles in mega serials like  MAHARANA PRATAP,ASHOK SAMRAT. During one of the shooting stints, I met Raama Mehra and the rest is history.”

RAAMA MEHRA : “Film Industry Also Belongs To Single Producers like Mahesh Sharma and Vishnu Sharma”

Having served the film industry in several capacities as actor, writer,director since 28 years, it was the lucky phase of Raama Mehra which made him get the film KEEP SAFE DISTANCE which he has says is a daringly different story of a call girl, played by Sagarika  who is respected as a Devi by the people. How an ACP( played by Jai Yadav) comes to her life and changes her entire life forms the crux of the story. Raama says:” I had gone to meet the heroine Sagarika and luckily I saw hero Jai Yadav sitting in the same production office where Sagarika had gone to give a look test. Even producer Mahesh Sharma was happy talking to him. I loved his nature and the way he carried himself and we signed both Sagarika and Jai Yadav on the same day. Then signing actors like Kiran Kumar,Mushtaq Khan, Adi Irani was very easy as I have worked with them as an actor in several films earlier . I  also worked as assistant writer to Meeraq Mirza in 40 of his films which he had written. I made KEEP SAFE DISTANCE in just 35 shooting days in actual locales of Kota,Future Studios, Silvassa, Essel Outdoor,Khanvel Resort, Madh Island and I just have to shoot one romantic song on the lead pair Sagarika and Jai Yadav.I am also starting four more films shortly and two of them will have a bigger cast with renowned names of the film industry. Bollywood has always favoured the brave and the most creative people who are the writer and directors as they know the exact shape of the film they are making and my uncle the Late P.D. Mehra who had written several films had told me to remain active in whatever I feel good and hence I chose the acting as well as direction field which has paid me rich dividends. The corporates are definitely ruling but there are single producers like Mahesh Sharma and Vishnu Sharma who are most daring and ready to take risks and I am very much happy to make a film for these two brothers who will be making several more films in the future too.

 The First Look Of GHANTA CHORI HO GAYA Will Be Seen By One Lakh People – VIKRAM SINGH GURJAR

From acting in itsy-bitsy roles in tele-serials like Diya Aur Baati,Sasural Simar Ka,Saathiya Saath Nibhaana,Pavitra Rishta,Pavitra Bandhan,Saavdhaan India, Crime Patrol,CID,Doli Armanon Ki and lots of others, Vikram Singh Gurjar thought of turning a producer and he dared to make a film GHANTA CHORI HO GAYA which is all set for release on June 9th all over. Ayyer Mohan of COMPLETE CINEMA spoke to the daring actor-producer Vikram Singh Gurjar on 17th May at Q Labs wjhere he was involved in the last stages of the post-production work of the film. Excerpts.

How did you get inspired to turn a producer and also how you managed to make your own team of mostly new actors and  technicians ?

I hail from Indore and I am also the President of Dev Narayan Temple, Indore. The subject of the film GHANTA CHORI HO GAYA surrounded around a temple priest and also the Temple Bell which gets stolen twice which interested me a lot. There were many other subjects in my mind but I was stuck to this one which was brought to me by the director Nirbhay Singh Chaudhary. He also had his own team ready with actors and technicians. I took immediate decision to make this film and since I hail from Indore, I chose the locales for the film from Indore itself as I am very familiar to the place and I could get the locales to shoot the film very easily. I wanted hassle free shooting from Day 1 and luckily everybody cooperated with me to their fullest.I am very thrilled to see the first digital print of the film which has come out after a two-month post-production work which has been handled brilliantly by Shashikant Mena.

How are you planning to release the film GHANTA CHORI HO GAYA ?

I am in talking stages with few well known distributers and I want to release the film in at least 200 cinemas all over India.I am going to Indore for a week’s time and will be inviting several wellknown people from Indore to attend the First Look of the film on 20th May at Aasind,Bhilwara district during the Gurjar Samaj Maha Aadiveshan where over a lakh of people will be attending. Sachin Pilot will be the chief guest during this very big event.Then I will show the film to the media people in Mumbai also during the last week May in Mumbai. I am not overspending in the publicity as I feel it is a complete wastage of money.

What experiences you have gained during the making of the film ?

I was misguided by some of my own people as I was new but once I set my foot in Mumbai and came in touch with Shashikant Mena, thanks to the bosses of Q Labs, I met the right people since the last three to four months. Shashikant Mena has very managed to make the film more crisper than before by bringing down the length to 2 hrs. 17 mts from 2 hrs. 40 mts. He has a 20-year experience behind him, having worked with Nimbus, Ultra,B.N. Tiwari and several production houses.The contribution of Shashikant Mena is the biggest in this film. Also, I found many good-hearted persons from the film industry sitting at Q Labs and finally I have managed to come near the release date of the film. Hopefully, by the Grace of God, I think I will stay for a long time in the film industry and make many more films. I have already planned my next whch will be a comedy  fare titled BHOLA MOHABBAT TOUCH KAR GAYA. Again, I will be shooting the entire film in Indore locales.

What’s more in the pipeline ?

I am planning to produce  a long running tele-serial BHAGWAN SHRI DEV NARAYANJEE for Doordarshan and also a mammoth serial on the scale of MAHABHARAT which is titled BHAGDAWAT BHARAT which will be made on a multi-crore budget. But as of now, I am focussing completey in the release strategy of GHANTA CHORI HO GAYA which I feel will make everyone watching the film in the cinema halls come out happily and contented as I have made a very clean family drama with a daringly different story line, untouched before by Bollywood film makers.

विक्रम भट्ट कैंप में काम करना सौभाग्य की बात —– पवन राजपूत 

रंगमंच, टेलीविजन व फिल्म के समर्थ कलाकार पवन राजपूत अभी ऊँची उड़ान पर हैं। ग्वालियर पूत पवन सिंह राजपूत सम्प्रति विक्रम भट्ट के वेब सीरिज स्पाटलाईट में काम कर रहे हैं। पवन से इस सीरिज को लेकर हुई बातचीत के अंश :
●  छोटे-बड़े पर्दे पर काम करने के बाद अचानक ये पर्दे के पीछे जाकर काम करने का क्या अर्थ ?
—– जिसे आप पीछे कह.रहे हैं, वही आज हर जगह आगे है। कंप्यूटर आज टेबल से उछलकर पाकेट मेंआ गया है। अब तो फिल्में मोबाईल पर देखी जाने लगी हैं,टीवी धारावाहिक तक लोग घूमते-फिरते देख रहे हैं।अब वेब का ज़माना है।
● ठीक है, पर, ये सब आफर कैसे मिला ?
—– मैंने कुछ टीवी सीरियल्स में भी काम किया है। ज़ी टीवी पर चल रहे कुमकुम भाग्य में काम किया। उसके बाद  ये रिश्ता क्या कहलाता है तथा बड़ी दूर से आए हैं इत्यादि मेंभी काम किया था। इसी पता चला, विक्रम भट्ट एक वेब सीरिज बनाने जा रहे हैं। मैंने भी अप्रोच किया और मेरा चयन हो गया। यही नहीं, वायकाम 18 के एक वेब शो के लिए भी मैं सेलेक्ट हो गया हूँ।


● फिर तो बस वेब स्टार बन के रहना पड़ेगा ?
—– बिल्कुल नहीं, रास्ता सबके लिए खुला है। वेब पर तो अब बड़े-बड़े स्टार काम कर रहे हैं। फिल्म, सीरियल दोनों में काम जारी रहेगा।
● कितनी फिल्में की हैं ?
……… शुरूआत “बीहड़”  से हुई। इसमें एक खबरी की नकारात्मक भूमिका थी। उसके बाद निर्माता विकास कुमार की भोजपुरी फिल्म “बेटा” में काम किया । पूर्वांचल टॉकीज के बैनर तले बनी इस फिल्म में दिनेशजी(निरहुआ)  के साथ सेकंड लीड थी ।

● और टीवी चैनलों पर ?
—– ज़ी टीवी पर “कुमकम भाग्य” में पहला मौका मिला। उसके बाद  ” ये रिश्ता क्या कहलाता है ‘ , “बड़ी दूर से आए हैं’ इत्यादि में काम किया।
● विक्रम भट्ट को फिल्म में काम करने के लिए अप्रोच किया ?
—– अभी वैसा मौका नहीं आया है,। पर, विक्रम भट्ट के कैम्प से जुड़ना भी सौभाय की बात है

” Konkani Language Is One Of The Best Languages Of India”- P. CHANDRAKANTH

Chandrakanth has made a feature film in Konkani language which is titled ME N MY BABY which is based on the theme of women empowerment and Save The Girl Child Theory. Mohan Ayyer had a brief chat with him. Excerpts.

What inspired you to make the film ME N MY BABY ?

The sole Inspiration to make this film “Me N My Baby” is Mr.Mahesh Savani, Head of PP Savani Group (Diamond Merchant), who has adopted 472 girls throughout the State of Gujarat and monetarily helped these fatherless girls to get married. When everyone was criticizing the entire state governments on social media that they have rewarded every Olympic Player(2016) in lakhs of rupees but no one came forward to help the families of Uri Martyred Army Personnel’s, only one person came ahead and met the whole families of Uri attack jawans personally, helped them monetarily and took the responsibilities of their children education is Mahesh Savani (PP Savani Group). He is like my big brother and I would like to thank him for his strong support throughout the tenure of this entire project. Apart from it I would like to thank my brothers P.Prashanth and P.Srikanth who really supported me at each and every step for making this project a reality, and they seriously considered the research that i have done on the declining sex ratio in Goa and as well as throughout India. My best wishes for these three persons who really inspired me to make this feature film.

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What were the experiences you encountered while making the film ME N MY BABY ?

The experiences were really in a differentiating manner. If i would take the shooting part of the film, would like to thank Damodar G.Naik (Ex- Vice chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa), Sanjeev Dalvi (Director, Health Services, Government of Goa) and the staff of Entertainment Society of Goa alongwith Government of Goa for providing me their total support for the noble cause. I enjoyed a lot throughout the shoot along with my crew and Goa being a favorite destination for the film shoot. Being a Goan ,i got the chance to shoot at some beautiful locations which have not been explored so far. If i would take the sponsorship part of this film, unfortunately which is the saddest part of this entire project. My own banks(with whom I bank with, and has given lot of business) are nationalized banks has shown least interest in the subject and were really concerned about the commercial returns with respect to the sponsorship. They never tried to understand the seriousness of the ongoing “Save the Girl Child” Issue and the concerns of the Central & State Governments regarding the declining Sex Ratio. At this stage i cant reveal the names of those banks due to some circumstances.

What are the plans to release the film ?

This film was a proper nomination for the forthcoming International Film Festival of India, 2016 at Goa under the category of Indian Panorama but unfortunately has not been selected for the reasons best known to the members of Jury and Directorate of Film Festivals. We are planning for its commercial release in the month of January 2017 with the help of Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as well.

Is the film sub-titled in English language ?

The film has been subtitled professionally in English for the various National and International audience. However we do have the plans to dub in Hindi so that it can reach every corner of India under the PAN India concept for raising awareness regarding the Save the Girl Child.

What are your plans for your next film? Will you make a Bollywood film this time?

Since my roots are from Bollywood, where in I have started my professional career from the TV Serial Balika Vadhu as an Assistant Director. My absolute concentration is in Bollywood where in i am coming up with some creative scripts for the cent percent amusement of audience with respect to their Entertainment. My upcoming Hindi project is a amalgam of both Pre and Post Independence subject wherein i have included typical experience a UK return girl in India. Being a Writer Director, i am sure that it would stand as a strong nomination for the next National Award Category.

How big is the Konkani film market ?

Konkani language is one of the best languages of India and deserves to be promoted from each and every angle. Although Goa is considered to be a small State but the Konkani Cinema has brighter prospects at National and International level. Since the Goans are spread throughout India and particularly if we speak about Europe, Portuguese is the best destination and if we speak about Middle East, Dubai is considered to be favorite destination for the Konkani Cinema. We do have plans to screen the film in Dubai and Portuguese as well so that the Goans staying over there will be having a comfort to taste the Konkan touch.

Purple Pebble Pictures all set to release “VENTILATOR” on 4th of November.

Purple Pebble Pictures all set to release “VENTILATOR” on 4th of November. Many big names of industry are associated with this film….One of those is Beautiful Actress turned producer KunickaaSadanand. Here are excerpts from the conversation…

  1. Priyanka Chopra’s 1st Marathi Production “VENTILATOR” is releasing… Many big names of industry are associated with the film and One of those is you… you are associate producer for the film… & now the film is releasing… How is the feeling?

–          The journey was full of learning’s. I met many talented and wonderful people in this journey. Great experience working with Rajesh Sir, Director of the film. It was a tough task shooting in the hospital with a huge cast. But all went well & now we are at the last stage of it. It just feels amazing.

  1. We have seen Priyanka as an Actress & now she is entering Marathi Film Industry as a Producer : What you think is better Priyanka Chopra as an actress or Priyanka Chopra as a producer?

– I don’t think there should be any either or… If you are part of Film industry…it’s very important to know the craft completely. I think Priyanka will be a great producer because she is an actress. She knows one side of it & now she is learning the other side. I feel every actor should learn this aspect.

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  1. Is purple pebble pictures planning to do another Marathi Movie?

– Off course. I am sure, Purple Pebble Pictures… especially Priyanka has this ambition to make films in regional languages & let people see the culture of different Regions in India. If a good script in Marathi comes across…will definitely do a Marathi film too. Now we are doing Punjabi, we have done Bhojpuri, even the Marathi Film “VENTILATOR”which is releasing now. And we are looking at other scripts…if something worth it…Purple Pebble Pictures will surely make it. It just has to be something different just like VENTILATOR.

  1. We loved you as an Actress…can we expect you again on Screen? Or now you only will work behind the camera?

– Yes definitely, I would love to act again. At this moment I only can do Cameos as I am occupied with other two projects. Ventilator is releasing… we have to complete our Punjabi Film & even we are working on one more project. So, between all this if I could manage… would love to do something interesting which will match my caliber. Our film industry is growing… & I definitely want to be a part of it.