Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know 29 ENTERTAINMENT September 23, 2022 Ayushmann Khurrana, Ananya Panday Together In Dream Girl 2 I n 2019, Dream Girl, a rom-com with a social message, was a massive success at the box-office and entered the 100 crore club. While social media has been abuzz and speculations have been rife about a second installment, Balaji Motion Pictures finally put all the rumors to rest by announcing the film and its release date. Ektaa R. Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and writer- director Raaj Shandilya reunite for Dream Girl 2 and this time with Ananya Panday joining the bandwagon. The makers have dropped a teaser giving a sneak-peak into the second part of the franchise, which will have a worldwide release on June 29, 2023. This is the latest sequel that has been announced in the industry that has just seen one unequivocal hit among normal films, the sequel Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. The only other Hindi hit, The Kashmir Files, is a sequel in spirit to The Tashkent Files, while highest grosser is KGF 2, another sequel, in its Hindi version of a Kannada blockbuster. Ayushmann Khurrana will reprise his role as Pooja and Ananya Panday will play his lady love. Joining the leading pair will be a pool of actors known for their impeccable coming timing—Annu Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Seema Pahwa, Manjot Singh and Abhishek Banerjee. Dream Girl 2 traces the journey of a small-town boy, Karam (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) who is trying to live a serious life in Mathura and falls in love with Pari (played by Ananya Panday). But life is hell-bent on not taking him seriously. In a turn of events, Karam becomes Pooja which creates further chaos in his already chaotic life. The film is produced by Ektaa R. Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under the banner of Balaji Motion Pictures and will be a whacky, comic caper. Ektaa says, “Ayushmann has always been my ‘Dream Girl’, be it in the original or in the upcoming sequel. The immense love that we got for Dream Girl got us to turn it into a franchise to bring more to the audiences. Audi- ences can expect double the fun, double the pun and a doubled dose of comedy in Dream Girl 2.” Ayushmann adds, “I am super stoked! This is my sec- ond outing with Balaji Motion Pictures and I am thank- ful to Ektaa that she has carried this franchise forward and made it bigger. I have found a friend in Raaj and it is exciting to team up with him again. Ananya Panday has been paired with me and I am looking forward to see the audience reaction to our chemistry.” On joining the second installment, Ananya Panday said, “I am excited to be a part of Dream Girl 2 and about working with the dream team of Ayushmann Khurrana, one of the finest actors, and Ektaa R. Kapoor. I’m so grateful to be working with the most talented ensemble, and of course the captain of our ship, the super Raaj-sir.” Sequels of Ayushmann Khurrana Badhaai Do to Badhaai Ho Shubh Mangal Zyaada Saavdhan to Shubh Mangal Saa- vdhan Sequels of Ananya Panday Student of the Year 2 (Debut) Sequels of Ektaa R. Kapoor Kyaa Kool Hain Hum (3 films in franchise) Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2 films) Raagini MMS (2 films but a web series) Ek Villain (2 films) By RajivVijayakar T he dance song of the season, Alcoholia, com- posed by Vishal-Sheykhar (yes, Shekhar as a spelling is passé, now!), written by Manoj Muntashir and sung by Vishal, Sheykhar, Snigdhajit Bhowmik and Ananya Chakraborty was launched amidst fan frenzy from hundreds of teenage fans at Mumbai’s only mass multiplex, G-7, September 17. The specially invited teenage crowd went berserk as the song was screened, twice, and Hrithik Roshan made an appearance in front of them and later sashayed to the beats of the track from the film VikramVedha. A bunch of teenag- ers also joined him on stage as they danced to a few steps from the lat- est touted chartbuster. The media and fans witnessed the launch live on the big screen in 14 other cities across India—Lucknow, Patna, Indore, Surat, Nagpur, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Jodhpur, Noida, Na- shik, Varanasi, Ranchi, Aurangabad and Delhi. About why this venue was chosen over a typical multiplex for the song launch, Hrithik said, “This was the place where I sat with the audience watching the first-ever show of my debut film, Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai over 22 years ago. I came to see their reaction and after the show, they recognized me and showered me with so much love. I knew then what stardommeant and still means!” eliciting an appreciative smile from G-7 managing director Manoj Desai, who was in the audi- ence. He added, “Before Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai, doctors had told me that my health was not so good and I will not be able to do action films and dance. I took that as a challenge. I focused on my health and fitness. I am just happy and glad that it is nothing short of a miracle that this is my 25th film, and I am still doing action and still dancing. The 26 year-old then would be very proud of me!” said the 48 year-old actor. Directors Pushkar and Gayathri (the film is the remake of their own 2017 Tamil movie of the same name, which starred Vijay Sethupathi and R. Madhavan), choreographer Ganesh Hegde, producer Shibasish Sarkar, leading lady Radhika Apte and Yogita Bihani and Rohit Saraf among the supporting cast were present, and Hrithik and Ganesh raved about their experiences with each other while filming the catchy song on a pub set with hundreds of junior artistes. A notable feature of the song is the varied hook-steps it has, supple- mented by incredible expressions from the actor. The film is produced by YNOT Studios, Friday Filmworks, T-Series Films, Reliance Entertainment and Jio Studios, and releases September 30. Teenage Fan Frenzy At Vikram Vedha Song Launch By RajivVijayakar Photo:RajivVijayakar The cast and crew at the song launch of Alcoholia from Vikram Vedha. Photo:BalajiTelefilms / Hype PR/TeaserVideo Grab Ayushmann Khurrana plays Pooja again in Dream Girl 2, the latest sequel. D irector R. Balki’s psychological thriller Chup has been an incredible journey for the whole cast. Heading the actors’ list is Sunny Deol, who is popular for his action thrillers. Chup will mark the actor’s first-time pair-up with the director and he recently opened up on his experience of working with the director. “Balki-sir is really a great professional with a great vision. He knows what he wants and is very precise with his work, and that’s what made us finish the shoot within just 45 days. It was a great pleasure working with him and the whole team. It went very easy for us.” Filmmaker R Balki had unveiled the Chup teaser on the late legendary Guru Dutt’s birthday. Paying an ode to him, the teaser pointed to the criticism that the director received for his masterpiece, Kaagaz Ke Phool. Billed as Chup: Revenge of the Artist, it is the first film to be shot at Mumbai’s iconic institution, the J.J. School of Arts. The academy brings out exceptional talents and the film that comes as an ode to the artiste had to be shot at one of the most inspiring locations. The director opened up on the shoot of the film at the exquisite location. “Chup relates to the life of an artiste, and the School was a perfect location for us. It’s one of the most stunning architectures we have in Mumbai. We shot in Kipling’s bungalow inside the campus. It was an unforgettable ex- perience with tremendous support from the faculty and the management there,” said the filmmaker. By RajivVijayakar Sunny Deol On R. Balki’s Chup, Also First Film Shot At J.J. School Of Arts Photo:Raindrop Media Sunny Deol heads the cast of R. Balki’s Chup: Revenege of the Artist, the first Hindi film to be shot at J.J. School of Arts.