March 11, 2014 | By Urvi Parikh
Atul Agnihotri’s last film as a producer, BODYGUARD broke records at the box-office, thanks to his superstar brother-in-law Salman Khan. And now Atul is gearing up for his next, O TERI, starring Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi and Sarah Jane Dias.
Ask him about how did he come on board to produce O TERI and he says, ”We were just done with BODYGUARD and we were looking for something to do. Simultaneously, Pulkit was going through a lot of scripts and that is when he came across this one and he showed it to Salman bhai. Bhai heard it and he called me up and said this is one of the better scripts I have heard and you should do this next. So I started on that and we have been at it.”
But the last film that he produced had Salman Khan in a full-fledged role. However this time he has a fresh cast. Probe him whether this will affect the business of the film and he explains, ”See, Salman Khan is a part of everything I do. Even in my four films that I made, I have never worked outside my family. Bilal Amrohi is like my son and Pulkit Samrat is like family. So even for this flick we are working in the family only. For me, it’s no difference. Plus Salman bhai also feels the responsibility. He is helping us in the promotions.”
He adds further, ”Also Salman’s star stature is so huge that it is unfair to compare O TERI with his other films. But this story has its own uniqueness. The story is of two young journalists trying to make it big in life. How can you fit anyone else in this role? Hence the fresh cast.”
However, Salman will be making his presence felt in the movie’s title-track. Sallu would be seen grooving with 60 B-boying artistes. ”With Salman bhai you have to do everything larger-than-life. His quantum of effort makes you work harder. He has done all kinds of things - movies, songs, situations. So to come up with something new and make it unique everytime is challenging and exciting. So for this song we have included visuals, dance steps and a song that will give freshness and uniqueness to his personality. We hope to get the eyeballs and attention that we are expecting,” elaborates Agnihotri.
Directed by Umesh Bisht and produced by Atul Agnihotri, O TERI is all set to release on March 28, 2014.
TNN | Mar 11, 2014
Salman Khan was spotted shooting for his upcoming film, Kick, near the Fatehpuri Masjid in Chandni Chowk on Sunday morning. Shooting for the Salman Khan-Randeep Hooda-starrer started early morning on Sunday and will go on for 10 days. The action sequences were shot on the rooftops of Chandni Chowk, where Salman rode his bicycle while being chased by Randeep. Salman’s ex-flame, Katrina Kaif, is also shooting in the city these days.
The bylanes of Old Delhi recently saw Salman Khan, along with co-actor Randeep Hooda, producer and director Sajid Nadiadwala, line producer Ravi Sarin and other members of the cast and crew of Kick, shooting for several action sequences. Khan was seen on a bicycle, sporting a mask, while Hooda was spotted chasing him for a scene. Crowds gathered on rooftops and scaled the walls of nearby buildings to get a glimpse of the actors.
By Ranjit Kumar
DC | Mehul S Thakkar | March 10, 2014
Shera is completely aware of Salman’s passion for bikes and cars and has picked up a 2 wheeler that completely matches his boss’s style and personality.
★ Salman’s bike is birthday gift from bodyguard Shera !
If a source is to be believed, Shera had gifted his “Maalik” a Continental GT, the super cool model of Royal Enfield.
Yes “Maalik” is what Shera calls Salman Khan. When we called Shera to confirm the story he said, “Yes, I did gift him the bike you are talking about but it’s been a while that I gifted it to him. I had gifted it to him on his birthday on December 27.”
Shera said he had got it customized for Salman by getting his date and month of birth 2712 on the number plate. Points out Shera, “He was the first one to possess this model in India.”
The bike is usually parked at his farmhouse in Panvel and Salman does go on a spin whenever he is in Panvel. Shera informs that even the Being Human t-shirts that Salman wears have the number 2712 printed on them. Adds Shera, “He was very happy to have received the mean machine. He made sure he told everyone about it.”
Salman is very close to Shera. Keeping in with the theme of his film, it was Shera who had launched the first look of his 2011 blockbuster Bodyguard, starring Kareena Kapoor. It is also believed that Salman Khan will soon launch Shera’s son Tiger in Bollywood.
Press Trust of India | Mumbai | March 10, 2014
Producer-director Atul Agnihotri says he would never make a film without his superstar brother-in-law Salman Khan. “I have reached out to Salman for support. I would never do a film that will not have Salman in it. He is an important part of my life. His guidance, support, instinct is something that matters to me the most. He has an eye for talent and why not use this as a resource,” Atul, 43, told PTI.
“It is always a great advantage to have him as a family. You definitely get access to him. He is a great actor, star and a wonderful human being. There are no disadvantages,” he added.
Salman Khan had first heard the script of ‘O Teri’, followed by Atul, who eventually decided come on board as the producer of the film.
“I look at it as his good advice…I took this project on his insistence is a wrong thing to say. We heard the script, liked it and it was a right script for me to back,” Atul said.
Salman Khan will be doing a special song in ‘O Teri’ for which he has already shot.
“We wanted to do something that will be worthy of his contribution. We wanted something that should have a shelf life,” the filmmaker said.
When asked if it is easy to convince Salman to come on board, Atul said, “I do get an access to communicate with him easily. I have an opportunity to talk and discuss things with him more often. I love and respect the advantage that I have. But I should satisfy his requirement, that is important.”
Atul added a few elements in ‘O Teri’ to make it more entertaining. “I tried to add scale to the film like action, song, dance, thrill, etc and make it into a good entertaining package for the audience,” he added.
Starring Pulkit Samrat, newcomer Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias and others, ‘O Teri’ is slated to release on March 28.