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Saif Ali Khan to release Kaalakaandi on Netflix

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 25, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan has got his kitty full this year. The actor already had Rangoon and Chef release this year. Kaalakaandi is lined-up next. Saif’s first look in the film has got us hooked. Fans were waiting for the film to release in September. But it had a run-in with the Censor Board, which resulted in the delay.

Now, we hear that the film won’t have a theatrical release. Instead it will be streamed digitally. Speaking about the film, a source indicated that Kaalakaandi will release on Netflix as the content of the film might not get a green signal from the Censor Board. Kaalakaandi is directed by Akshat Verma and with digital market reaching the rooftop; this decision might fall in favour of the cast and makers of the film.

Talking about the film, Saif earlier told a leading tabloid, “Kaalakaandi is a film I’m so happy to be part of! It’s a cross section of Mumbai with underworld goons, doomed bankers and idealistic lovers in this karmic tale about love, crime and living a lifetime in one night!! Akshat Verma has written and directed this unique movie. He’s probably the only voice that tells it exactly like it actually is. Mumbai is a crazy, beautiful city and he is captured it perfectly in this very fun and moving film.”

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Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi to have a theatrical release: producers

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on October 18, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The dismal performance of Saif Ali Khan-starrer Chef, despite winning accolades from critics, has hampered the release of the actor’s next, Kaalakaandi. After having missed its September 8 release date, the Akshat Verma-directed drama, we hear, will now only release on the digital platform.

“After struggling to find a distributor for the film due to Saif’s previous debacles, it’s unlikely that the film will see the light of day soon. In fact, the makers have decided to release it digitally after a few months. In all likelihood, it will screen on Netflix.”
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Kaalakaandi producer Ashi Dua however quashes the suggestions, stating that the team is zeroing in on a date, but is struggling to procure one given the array of films lined up in the upcoming months. “Unfortunately, most dates in November and December are taken. But, the film will have a theatrical release for sure. We have got a clearance from the Censor Board.”

Should the film hit theatres, it will only acquire limited screens, a production unit says. The source also states that the film’s rights have already been sold to digital platform. “The producers haven’t ruled out a theatrical screening, but, a major digital release is being considered,” the source says, further adding that the film’s unique concept makes it a tough sale to distributors.

One part of the trio of sub-plots in Kaalankaandi sees Khan as an ailing man, living in denial of his impending death. “The distributors’ opinion remains conservative, and they presume that a film like this one, will not be a draw.”

Saif Ali Khan’s next Kaalakaandi finds buyers

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 27, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif Ali Khan’s dark comedy Kaalakaandi has been stuck for quite some time. But now, there is good news for this niche film. Says a source, “Saif’s film was shown to a few potential buyers and two studios have liked the movies. They are now vying to back the film, which also means that it should see the light of the day soon.”

Saif Ali Khan admits that he is desperate for a hit

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The box office hasn’t particularly favoured Saif Ali Khan for the last few years, with the actor braving almost 10 debacles since his last hit, Race 2 (2013), hit the marquee. While his contemporaries dismiss BO numbers, citing that they may not reflect people’s choice, Khan, who is currently prepping for the release of his Raja Krishna Menon-directed film, Chef, confesses that he is desperate for a hit. “It is important that Chef performs well, else I will have to question what is going wrong [with my career]. It affects my image of being a star, because, a star is supposed to be bankable. Yet, it doesn’t affect my confidence.”

Khan, who is currently shooting for India’s first Netflix original, ‘Sacred Games’, says box-office success is a validation of an actor’s credibility. But, he is quick to add that the roles coming his way reveal a different story. “[Despite the debacles of my past films], I still have three films and a Netflix series in my kitty. I have been the first choice for all these projects. So, I am sure I have done something right.” Addressing himself as a “late bloomer”, Khan says he has only begun understanding which script would develop into a notable outing, recently. “I am doing better work, working with better directors than I have,” says the actor, who has Akshat Verma’s ‘Kaalakandi’ and ‘Bazaar’, by Nikkhil Advani in the pipeline.

Saif Ali Khan brainstorms with film-makers over dinner

Posted in Saif Ali Khan with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Earlier this week, Saif Ali Khan hosted a private get-together at his Bandra residence for his director-friends. Present at the brain-storming bash were Airlift-director Raja Krishna Menon, Delhi Belly writer Akshat Verma, TV show P.O.W. Bandi Yuddh Ke’s writer-director Gauravv Chawla, NH10 director Navdeep Singh and Udaan filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane, along with Saif’s Bazaar co-star Rohan Mehra. Saif’s begum, Kareena Kapoor, and little nawab, Taimur, were in Delhi for the shoot of Shashanka Ghosh’s film, Veere Di Wedding, but the actor played the perfect host, arranging a lavish spread of kebabs and other finger food and the choicest of drinks for his band of boys.

“Conversation revolved around the changing face of Hindi cinema, the future of digital media and the need for unique content. Saif, who has his own production house, is looking to collaborate on projects across mediums and found the discussion very stimulating,” informed a guest present at the dinner. The guests departed late after midnight promising the host that they would sit together again for more such creative sessions soon.

And this was not the first of such meetings. “Saif wants to understand and explore diverse genres and has been quietly building a bank of content, meeting with other filmmakers and writers as well,” the guest added.

Is Saif Ali Khan suggesting changes in Kaalakaandi trailer?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on August 30, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Saif is apparently been giving inputs for final trailer of his upcoming film Saif Ali Khan’s film Kaalakaandi was supposed to release next month. Now it has been pushed ahead due to issues with the Censor board.

Now it is said that the actor is keen about a trailer and have given his inputs. A source says, “Saif is quite hopeful about this film since the teaser managed to create a lot of buzz and got good feedback. He doesn’t want anything to go wrong and has suggested some changes, which might be incorporated in the final cut.”

It is said that Saif is little careful about this film especially because his last film Rangoon have not done well. In fact Saif’s last few films have done average business at box office.

Kaalakaandi is directed by Akshat Verma and the makers are yet to announce new release date for the film.Saif has two more films in his kitty, one is Chef and another Bazaar, which is yet to be completed.

Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakandi trailer delayed?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on August 14, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

The trailer of Saif Ali Khan-starrer Kaalakaandi was to be unveiled on August 14. However, that plan has changed now. Says an insider, “The initial plan was to launch the promo on Monday, but now it has been pushed ahead for a couple of days. They are re-editing the trailer to present it in a better way.” The film is slated for release on September 8. There is less than a month to release and the trailer is still not out. That’s unheard of. But the team was also waiting for the Chote Nawab to return from his family vacation. Now that he is back, the trailer will be released.