Priyanka Chopra finds shooting for Mary Kom very hard

Priyanka Chopra finds shooting for Mary Kom very hard

Priyanka started shooting for the biopic last year and had to gain muscles to look the part
Months of toil and turmoil for Mary Kom have been “harder than the hardest for Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who plays the title role in the biopic on Olympic medal-winning boxer M.C. Mary Kom.

“Last two days of Mary Kom shoot. It’s been harder than the hardest. Kudos to the crew for keeping it together. All good things come to an end,” Priyanka posted on her Twitter page on April 18.

The National award-winning actress had earlier said that every day of shooting the movie had been inspirational. She had pushed her boundaries to sink her teeth into the role and in fact, also spent a lot of time with the sports icon to get her act right for the film.
Directed by Omung Kumar, the movie is slated to release on Gandhi Jayanti.

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Why Bollywooders are spending generously on a song shoot

Revealed: Why Bollywooders are spending generously on a song shoot

Shooting for Bollywood songs is increasingly becoming an expensive affair. With popular songs often paving the way to a film’s success, filmmakers are prepared to spend a whopper for song sequences

With producers these days not hesitating to spend humongous amounts on shooting Bollywood songs, the budget allocated for the picturisation of a song can safely be called an indicator of the film’s overall budget. With the makers of the Farah Khan-directed Happy New Year allegedly spending R7 crore – with director Farah Khan hinting it could be more! – on a power-packed song, these numbers are once again under the scanner. hitlist points out some songs whose shooting cost a whopper…

Rs 6 crore Estimated budget
Film: Dhoom 3 (2013)
Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya
The song was shot over two months and it featured around 200 gymnastic performers who were specially flown down from the USA for the shoot. They rehearsed over a period of 20 days in Mumbai. The costumes for the song were elaborate and were also sourced from the US.

Tha karke

Rs 5 crore Estimated budget
Film: Golmaal Returns (2008)
Director: Rohit Shetty
The song featured Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse dancing on a beach in Goa. Narendra Rahurikar created the sets. True to Rohit’s style of filmmaking, the extravagant song – that was shot over six days – featured expensive cars and bikes.

Chammak challo

Rs 3 crore Estimated budget
Film: Ra.One (2011)
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Picturised on Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor – with a big troupe adorned in traditional wears in the background – dancing together at a lavish set created at Yash Raj Studios, the song had Grammy Award-winning Akon providing the vocals as well.


Rs 4 crore Estimated budget
Film: Robot (2010)
Director: Shankar
Picturised on Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai, the song sequence was filmed at Machu Picchu in Peru, making it the first Indian video to be picturised at this Inca site. The song was choreographed by Raju Sundaram, brother of choreographer-turned-director, Prabhudeva.
Azeem o shaan shahenshah

Rs 2.5 crore Estimated budget
Film: Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Choreographer Chinni Prakash shot this song on a grand scale as it featured over 400 trained dancers and a 2,000 strong crowd. Around 350 dancers travelled to Karjat from Mumbai on a daily basis during the shoot schedule which lasted for over two weeks.

Salaam aaya

Rs 3.5 crore Estimated budget
Film: Veer (2009)
Director: Anil Sharma
Featuring 650-700 junior artistes, it took 11 days to finish shooting for this song. Sprawling sets were constructed for this number and well-detailed costumes were designed not just for the leading stars, Salman Khan and Zarine Khan, but also for the extras performing in the background.

Dola re

Rs 2 crore Estimated budget
Film: Devdas (2002)
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Featuring performances by Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, this song had some ostentatious clothing on display; in fact, the sarees featured in the song cost lakhs. Going by the film’s budget – it is said to have cost R50 crore to make – this lavishly shot song should not surprise us.

Party all night

Rs 5 crore Estimated budget
Film: Boss (2013)
Director: Anthony D’Souza
Until last year, it was the costliest Bollywood item number to be made. Around 600 foreign models were hired as background dancers for this song that was choreographed by Sumit Dutt and Raju Khan. Starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, the song was sung by rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh.

Blast from the past

>> The song, Pyar kiya to darna kya, from Mughal-e-Azam (1960) was among the costliest songs to be made that year. It is said to have cost more than R1 lakh (a huge amount at that time) to make. No wonder, shooting for this film ran into financial problems and the film took 12 years to complete shooting.

>> Titled Ajooba, this song from Jeans (1998) featured Aishwarya Rai dancing against the backdrop of the Seven Wonders of the World. The entire song cost R1 crore.

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Lisa Haydon bathes in Champagne, courtesy Akki

Lisa Haydon bathes in Champagne, courtesy Akki

Heads turned and everyone froze on the set of the Shaukeen remake yesterday when Akshay Kumar sprayed champagne on a shocked Lisa Haydon, drenching her from head to toe, reports The Indian Express.

Lisa, dressed in a short pink dress, looked at him quizzically but Akshay did not stop with the bottle of bubbly. And the actress had no option but to run back into her vanity van and change her dress.

The shoot was stopped for over 90 minutes as Lisa had to re-do her hair and makeup too before returning to the set. The incident took place at Film City where the two were picturising a song, Alcoholic, with real champagne. When contacted, Ahmed Khan who choreographed the naughty number, admitted that it was his idea to wet Lisa and not Akshay’s.

“I categorically told Akshay to go all out while spraying the bubbly on Lisa but we kept her in the dark because I wanted to capture the look of shock on her face. Champagne ka spray Lisa ke face par bahut zor se laga.” The shot of Lisa getting drenched in champagne has been canned and will be used in the film.

And how did Akshay explain his actions to a miffed Lisa? Replied Ahmed, “He told her that I had suggested it.”

Lisa was not the first choice to play Akshay’s romantic interest in the film. Nargis Fakhri had been finalised but she quit the film and the choice then was reportedly between Lisa and Yami Gautam. In this remake of Basu Chatterjee’s 1982 rib-tickler, Lisa plays Akshay’s girlfriend, whom three old men- played by Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra – lust after.


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