Archive for Raja Krishna Menon

New release date for Saif Ali Khan’s Chef?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

When the release of a film is postponed, it sometimes has a domino effect on other filmmakers. Since Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos is set to release on July 14, T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment is thinking of postponing their release, Chef, featuring Saif Ali Khan in the lead. Now, in all probability, Raja Krishna Menon’s Chef will release in late August.

This means, Jagga Jasoos will release alongside Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Haseena, while Chef will release in the already busy month of August.

Padmapriya is in awe of Saif Ali Khan

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on May 5, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Padmapriya Janakiraman has worked in more than 30 films in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, and even Hindi. Her last outing in Bollywood was in Chandan Arora’s 2009 flick, Striker.

Now, the actress is back to Hindi cinema, playing Saif Ali Khan’s wife in Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon’s Chef. The director has remade Jon Favreu’s Chef, where Saif reprises Favreu’s role, while Padmapriya plays Sofia Vergara’s role.

Padma loved the whole set-up of Chef. “I can’t help gushing over the infectious and challenging energy Raja and his crew bring to the table. So difficult for me as an actor to match up to the perfection that was created on the set,” she smiles.

Most of all, Padmapriya confesses she was awed by Saif’s presence. “This is the first ever film in my acting career, where I was acting opposite an actor who I was actually star-struck about. So, throughout the film, and even now when the shooting is over, I do feel very spaced-out being around him.”

She adds, “Thanks to a wonderful script, Saif’s elegant patience and intense work space, there were definite moments that both of us shared which were powerful. And I can’t wait to witness them on the big screen.”

Raja Krishna Menon denies rumours for Saif Ali Khan’s Chef

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on May 4, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Reports in sections of the press that Saif Ali Khan’s other-half Kareena Kapoor Khan makes a brief appearance in his latest starrer Chef had the film’s director, the highly regarded Raja Kirishna Menon keeling over with amusement. “Where do they get such false information from? Kareena Kapoor Khan doesn’t have any role to play in Chef,” says Menon.

The rumour probably started when there was no report of Saif’s leading lady in Chef. It was being speculated that the film’s makers wanted to keep Kareena’s presence a secret. However the directors informs that Saif Ali Khan’s leading in Chef is the talented Telugu, Tamil, Malayali, Bengali, Hindi actress Padmapriya who was last seen in a Bollywood film playing opposite Siddharth Suryanaryan in Chandan Arora’s Striker in 2010.

“Padmapriya plays Saif’s ex-wife,” informs Raja Krishna Menon

A photo of Saif Ali Khan and Raja Krishna Menon from the first day of shooting for Chef adaptation

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Lucky charm for Saif Ali Khan’s Chef

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on April 29, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

Filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon’s wife Anuradha Shetty, who served as the production designer on his Saif Ali Khan starrer Chef (produced by Bhushan Kumar and Vikram Malhotra), has found a novel way to mark film wrap-ups. Her parting gift to the team was a key-chain (left) that corresponded with the film’s theme. “It started with Airlift. She gifted the team lockets with miniature airplanes and it proved to be a lucky charm for us,” Raja said.

A photo of Saif Ali Khan with Raja Krishna Menon

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Saif Ali Khan wraps up Chef in New York

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2017 by saifalikhanonline

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The team shot the film’s opening scenes, which showcase Saif’s character’s life as a professional chef.

Saif Ali Khan has wrapped up the final schedule of Raja Krishna Menon’s gastronomical comedy, ‘Chef’, last week in New York before leaving for London. The actor and the crew who were shooting in sub-zero temperature were hit by a snowstorm which led to below zero temperature.

Film produced by Bhushan Kumar and Vikram Malhotra, the team shot the film’s opening scenes, which showcase Saif’s character’s life as a professional chef, in the week-long New York schedule. He later leaves his life in the Big Apple behind to start a food truck in India.

The major chunks were shot in a restaurant, a diner, a bar and on the streets of Manhattan in sub-zero temperatures. Though it was miserably cold, the weather worked in the film’s favour as the script demanded snowfall. Raja said, “We have portrayed a unique side of New York, shot in places where our films rarely go to.We were hit by a snowstorm and the temperature dipped to below zero. It was really sporting of Saif and my crew to shoot in such extreme conditions so that we could use it to our advantage and create the exact mood I had envisaged for this section of the film.“

The film is a remake of Hollywood comedy-drama by the same name and is slated to release on July 14.