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Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:08pm | IP Logged
Bollywood celebrity Shah Rukh Khan to star in feature film shot in early 2010 in Miami

By Zachary S. Fagenson

One of Bollywood's biggest stars is slated to spend about a month in Miami shooting a film that could be seen by up to half a billion people around the globe.

Executive Producer Prashant Shah, founder, president and CEO of New Jersey-based Bollywood Hollywood Productions, said besides entertaining global audiences, his film geared for India may also draw global investors to Miami.

An "estimated $50 million was dropped into the city after they saw our film," he said of "Dostana," a 2008 Bollywood film he produced in Miami. "I know at least 50 Indian families from Southeast Asia who, after they saw the film, bought homes in Miami." This latest project, he argued, will spur even more investment in the area thanks to star Shah Rukh Khan.

Mr. Shah said filming on "Ra.One" is expected to begin in March and last about 30 days. It's also expected to generate about 1,500 additional jobs. It's a superhero film, much like "Superman" or "Spiderman," but instead of being set in a darker, grittier Gotham City-like setting, the producers chose the sun and sand of Miami for the backdrop.

Although an unfamiliar face in Miami, Shah Rukh Khan is one of the preeminent global celebrities. "Most people don't know who he is, but he's as big as Brad Pitt and George Clooney rolled together," said Robert Parente, director of the City of Miami Mayor's Office of Film and Cultural Affairs. Mr. Khan has starred in 67 films and 10 television shows and produced 14 feature films. He owns a video effects shop in India and in 2008 was named one of the 50 most influential people in the world by Newsweek magazine.

Despite the star power coming with this film, producers chose Miami even though they aren't receiving any film incentive money. Although the state more than doubled its film incentive fund from $5 million to $10.8 million this year, the money was already spoken for by the time the production team on this film chose its location.

While another US location, such as Southern California, could have provided a similar backdrop, Mr. Shah said it was his experience here in 2008 shooting "Dostana" that drew him back. And if he wanted to pursue incentives, he could have done so easily. The German government used incentives to cover 50% of costs for the filming of "Don 2," an action thriller starring Mr. Khan, scheduled to begin shooting in September next year, he said. That enthusiasm for Miami, some say, could bode well for the future of the film industry here. Industry advocates have been fighting for a restoration and overhaul of the state's film incentive program since the legislature slashed it from $25 million to $5 million in 2007.

While the team will be shooting in locations around the city, they'll be based at the Doubletree Grand in Coconut Grove. And even though Mr. Shah said the project's budget is still being worked out, Mr. Parente of the city said he expected the company to spend between "$10 million and $15 million locally."

The choice to shoot Bollywood in Miami may not be a fluke, either. Mr. Khan's latest film, "Kites," (false, it's Hrithik's film) is being edited by Miami Beach-native Brett Ratner. Mr. Ratner directed the "Rush Hour" series of films as well as the Fox series "Prison Break." And if Miami were to become one of Bollywood's production hubs, it would have a significant financial upside. The Indian film community that produces the multi-hour singing-and-dancing spectacles churns out about 900 of them annually, according to Mr. Shah. Hollywood, he added, only produces about 260 films a year. While many Bollywood films don't go beyond Indian theaters, Mr. Shah said about 400 open worldwide every year and two new Bollywood films open in North American theaters every weekend. And even if those films don't break box-office records, he said, the worst a Bollywood production does in revenue in North American theaters is $1 million, and the average is $3 million to $8 million.


Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:10pm | IP Logged
As per Shah, while the shooting will be on locations in and around the city, the cast and crew will be based at the Doubletree Grand in Coconut Grove.

Must say its good news for all SRK fans and countless children who are anxiously awaiting this exciting offering from King Khan.

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:11pm | IP Logged

The Miami Herald is the biggest general newspaper in that city and one of the most well known in the USA.

Posted on Saturday, 01.02.10


Lights, camera, KA-CHING!

Bollywood is coming back to Miami for the second time in 12 months, this time with a superhero plot and India's top movie star. Tourism officials hope the movie will bring Indian vacationers, even after the bad guy destroys Brickell Avenue.


Bollywood plans a Miami encore this spring.

Less than a year after two of India's favorite actors decamped for Miami to film a romantic comedy, Bollywood mega-star Shahrukh Khan is preparing to make the same trip to shoot one of his country's first big-budget superhero movies.

Ra.One promises to bring imaginary mayhem to South Florida as Khan's character, a Miami software engineer, accidentally gives life to a video-game villain. And while the movie's announced $3 million local budget is modest by Hollywood standards, local production officials see Bollywood's quick return to Miami as a milestone.

Just nine months ago, production officials were touting Miami's first major Bollywood movie: Dostana, the comedy starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra that went on to blockbuster status in India. Now there's another Bollywood production coming -- this one with a larger budget and an actor Newsweek last year dubbed the world's biggest movie star.

And though Ra.One won't start shooting until February at the earliest, another Indian movie crew this week was filming in Miami -- a far smaller production with an estimated budget of about $300,000 that officials still see as part of an encouraging trend.

''We used to joke that we were Hollywood East,'' said Graham Winick, Miami Beach's film coordinator. ''Now we're Bollywood West.''

Like Dostana, Ra.One won't bring the kind of windfall a Hollywood feature delivers to South Florida's production industry. India makes movies for far less money than the United States does, and Ra.One plans on bringing crews from Mumbai to avoid the higher wages demanded by many of Florida's unionized production workers.

Ra.One does plan on some local hires for its cast and crew of about 80, and the hundreds of extras needed for scenes will come from South Florida, producer Prashant Shah said.

And it will be the first major movie based in South Florida since Marley & Me wrapped in May, said Robert Parente, head of Miami's film office. ''This is an anomaly,'' Parente said of Ra.One. ''It's a pleasant one.''

Ra.One is slated to start shooting just as Florida's biggest production -- the cable series Burn Notice -- resumes filming its third season in Coconut Grove.

The two productions will bring a burst of activity for an industry that saw a sharp drop in business in 2009. The culprits: a global recession and cuts in Florida's movie and TV subsidy fund from its 2007 peak of $25 million to this year's $11 million.

Burn Notice is expected to get $4 million of that this year, with none left for Ra.One, though the Indian film plans to apply for state dollars.

Tourism officials hope the biggest payoff will come not from Ra.One's production dollars, but from its audience.

With a rapidly growing middle class, India vies with China as the travel industry's favorite emerging target.

And given India's famous devotion to its movies, placing Miami as a backdrop in two Bollywood blockbusters is seen as a global marketing coup.

Past studies credit the ''Bollywood Effect'' for bringing Indian travelers to obscure destinations in Europe and the Pacific picked as locations for Indian films. Now with India's 1.1 billion population increasingly producing affluent families, the Bollywood Effect is seen as more lucrative.

''Bollywood becomes a virtual form of tourism, and always has,'' said Itty Abraham, director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. ''The difference is now people have the income to travel to different places.''

Before this year's budget cutbacks, Miami-Dade's tourism bureau pursued India as a new market for Miami vacations (though Dostana filmed throughout South Florida, the locale was always portrayed as ''Miami.'')

Part of that campaign included special screenings of Dostana for Indian travel agents, and a meeting with Bollywood producers in Mumbai to encourage more use of Miami as a backdrop.

''It's a huge market and language is not a barrier, as it is in China,'' said Rolando Aedo, senior vice president of marketing for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is mostly funded by county taxes on hotels. ''The fact that we've got this movie that's going to deliver more media impressions than I could ever afford to buy, even in the best of times -- the timing is extremely fortunate.''

While Dostana portrayed Miami as a glamorous place to fall in love, Ra.One plans a more ominous take on the city. Khan's Shekhar must take the form of a video-game hero in order to battle the technological monster he created: a powerful being called Ra.One.

Movie producers have tentative approval to close portions of Brickell Avenue twice on Sundays in late February or March for a car chase relating to the monster mayhem caused by Ra.One. And film officials say the fights and chases will stretch into South Beach, the Miami River and other parts of downtown Miami.

But for all the planned destruction, it was Miami's postcard backdrop that lured Ra.One to South Florida, said Prashant Shah, a New Jersey-based Bollywood producer behind both Dostana and Ra.One.

''All of the big films with superhero looks always were shot in Gotham City,'' Shah said of Batman's grim hometown. ''I said, 'Why don't we do something different?''

Shah said he urged Khan, Ra.One's top producer, to bring the movie to Miami, instead of the other cities in the running: London, Tokyo, Prague or San Francisco.

''Superhero films are always take place in a very dark city,'' Shah said from his temporary office in Miami's Doubletree Grand Hotel, both Dostana and Ra.One's base of operations. ''Here we'll have the Art Deco, the blue sky, the pastels -- that's what I want to capture.''

Bollywood blogs already are buzzing about Ra.One and its Miami plans. Most of the attention centers on Khan, a Bollywood mega star often described as a cross between Brad Pitt and George Clooney in terms of fame and popularity.

''He's known as the king of Bollywood,'' said Amanda Sodhi, a blogger based in Washington, D.C., who writes for various Indian movie sites, including PlanetBollywood.com. ''Anything starring Shahrukh is a big deal.''

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:15pm | IP Logged

Jai Ho! Bollywood's Back in "Global Coup" for Miami

Updated 2:00 PM EST, Sun, Jan 3, 2010

Dharma Productions

A much-needed boost for the South Florida economy could be coming all the way from India, complete with song and dance numbers. The second major Bollywood film production of the last twelve months is set to get underway in Miami in February, this one even bigger than the last.

And that's saying something. Dostana, which wrapped last year after filming all around Miami and South Florida-as-Miami, went on to be one of the year's biggest blockbusters in Mumbai and beyond.

Now Shahrukh Khan, commonly referred to as Bollywood's answer to Brad Pitt and George Clooney rolled into one, is heading to the Magic City to make Ra.One, a film in which he plays a Miami software engineer who accidentally gives life to "techo-monster" that will go on to terrorize Brickell, South Beach, and parts of Downtown. Like Lindsay Lohan in metallic leggings, if that particular monster had the power of the universe's most popular film industry behind her (Bollywood passed Hollywood in viewership in 2004, and hasn't looked back).

The latter part is what has area film industry and tourism officials hyped. Bollywood's quick return to Miami bodes well for its continued use as a location, but with the crew coming from overseas and production budgets much, much smaller than Hollywood's (Ra.One will be made for about $3 million), the real benefit will be seen in tourism dollars.

Shahrukh Khan: if we must!

Spikes in travel by Indian tourists, commonly called the "Bollywood Effect," have regularly been experienced by destinations used as locations in Hindi-language films. For the team behind Ra.One to have chosen Miami over San Francisco, Prague, London, and Tokyo, is a "global marketing coup."

"[India] is a huge market and language is not a barrier, as it is in China,'' senior vice president of marketing for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Rolando Aedo told the Miami Herald, comparing the two biggest burgeoning tourism markets. "The fact that we've got this movie that's going to deliver more media impressions than I could ever afford to buy, even in the best of times -- the timing is extremely fortunate.''

We'll say. With tourist taxes in Miami-Dade having fallen as much as 24% this fall, ogling India's answer to George and Brad and giving directions to bewildered tourists on the street is the least we can do.

First Published: Jan 3, 2010 1:33 PM EST

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:16pm | IP Logged

Bollywood actor Khan to film in Miami

Published: Jan. 3, 2010 at 2:19 PM

MIAMI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The upcoming filming in Miami of a new superhero movie starring Indian actor Shahrukh Khan represents a new trend in filmmaking, a film official says.

The Miami Herald said Saturday that Khan will portray a Miami software engineer who mistakenly creates a video-game villain in "Ra.One," the newest film production in South Florida stemming from the Indian film industry, commonly known as Bollywood.

Film coordinator Graham Winick said such international attention to South Florida comes after the region was known for serving as a secondary location to Hollywood productions.

"We used to joke that we were Hollywood East,'' the Miami Beach film official said. "Now we're Bollywood West."

For "Ra.One" producer Prashant Shah, Miami will serve as a nice alternative to the darker settings employed by other superhero films, such as Gotham City in "Batman."

"All of the big films with superhero looks always were shot in Gotham City,'' Shah told the Herald. "I said, 'Why don't we do something different?'"

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:17pm | IP Logged
Ra1 waiting to hit the floors

IndiaGlitz [Wednesday, December 23, 2009]

'My Name Is Khan' is hogging the limelight currently, while another Shah Rukh Khan flick is counting days to get on with its shooting schedule.

Bannered under SRK's Red Chillies Entertainment, 'Ra1' is touted as a big-budget superhero movie. Starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead, this sci-fi will be directed by Anubhav Sinha. Interestingly, this film will complete the Khan-triplet for our sizzling beauty. With Aamir's '3 Idiots' releasing shortly, Bebo has 'Agent Vinod' with Saif besides 'Ra1'.

It is heard that Shahrukh will rope in foreign designers to design his costumes and not his usual designer buddies like KJo and Manish Malhotra.

'Ra1' is said to go on floors in February 2010, once 'My Name Is Khan' settles down well after its release in the Valentine's month. And if all goes well, then one can see this superhero flick before the end of 2010.

Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 13 March 2010 at 11:19pm | IP Logged
Shekhar ...

RA-ONE. This albums gonna be pretty crazy. Pushing the envelope has always been our intention and its happening here big time.

Got a crazy track down for RA-ONE... I m sure its gonna get the dance floors on fire. Jet lags work sometimes. ;-).

Edited by Zareena - 20 March 2010 at 3:21pm
Zareena IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 20 March 2010 at 3:22pm | IP Logged
Shahrukh animates Kareena!


Friday, January 08, 2010

The gal will soon be seen as a puppet in the hands of our Baadshah…

Ha but here's the twist; now it's yet another new roop for our sizzling Bebo!

The juicy khabhaar is that in Anubhav Sinha's Ra1, Kareena Kapoor will be shown as an animated character!

In this superhero flick, Shahrukh is heard to be featuring here as a videogame designer, who is quite obsessed with the animated characters. Birdies revealed that in film when SRK falls in love with Kareena, he imagines her as one of the characters.

"This is the first time Kareena will be seen in an animated avatar. Red Chillies SFX will be providing the technology to create the animated version of Kareena," added the birdies.


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