Nani and Vaani Kapoor's much-awaited movie Aaha Kalyanam, which is a remake of Bollywood hit film Band Baaja Baaraat, is scheduled to release in theatres on February 21. This movie marks Yash Raj Films' production venture into South Indian film industry. Producer Aditya Chopra has made grand plans the release of the movie, which is expected to grace record number of screens across the globe.
Made on a budget of Rs 10 crores by Aditya Chopra, Band Baaja Baaraat was a Hindi romantic comedy film and besides direction, Maneesh Sharma had also penned story, while Habib Faizal wrote the screenplay for the film. Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma had played the lead roles in the movie, which has proved to be big success at worldwide Box Office. It has also garnered several awards.
Now, Aditya Chopra is bringing the same story with some changes to suit the taste of South Indian film goers. The producer has roped in debutant A Gokul Krishna to direct Aaha Kalyanam, which has been simultaneously shot in Telugu and Tamil and is released with the same title in both the languages. The movie has been creating quite a lot positive buzz ever since it was announced.
In addition, the promos of Aaha Kalyanam have soared up the viewers' expectations to the sky high. Continue to read Aaha Kalyanam movie preview in the slideshow.
Aaha Kalyanam Story
Aaha Kalyanam revolves around the story of a slacker-collegian, who partners with career-minded girl to start a wedding planner company. They achieve success, but their differences turn them into bitter rivals.
Nani - Slacker Collegian
Ranveer Singh had played slacker-collegian in Band Baaja Baaraat. Whereas, Nani is reprising this role in both Tamil and Telugu versions of Aaha Kalyanam.
Vaani - A Career-Minded Girl
Anushka Sharma had played a career-minded girl in Band Baaja Baaraat. Whereas Bollywood actress Vaani Kapoor, who made her acting debut with Shuddh Desi Romance, will be essaying Anushka's role in both Tamil and Telugu versions of Aaha Kalyanam, which marks her debut in Tamil and Telugu film industries.
Supporting Cast In Aaha Kalyanam
Actress Simran is making a special appearance in Aaha Kalyanam while Badava Gopi, MJ Sriram and a few others appear in the supporting cast of the movie.
Aaha Kalyanam Soundtracks
Salim-Sulaiman had composed nine songs including two remixes for Band Baaja Baaraat, which were chartbusters. Whereas, its Southern version Aaha Kalyanam has 10 songs penned by Thamarai and Madhan Karky. Dharan Kumar has composed tunes for the soundtracks, which have come out very well.
Loganathan's Camera Work
Loganathan Srinivasan has handled cinematography for Aaha Kalyanam. The trailer of the movie shows that he has done a brilliant work. Especially, his camera work in picturisation of songs is going to be one of the main highlights of the film.
Rumours About AK
UTV Motion Pictures were reported to have cast Ravi Teja and Trisha Krishnan in the Telugu version of the film titled Bamchikbam, but the studio later dismissed reports. Other reports suggested that Tamanna would feature in a Tamil version of the film alongside a newcomer, but Yash Raj Films maintained that they had not sold the remake rights of the film and would produce South Indian versions of the film themselves.
YRF - Controversy
Yash Raj Studios wanted to take legal action against the makers of the Telugu film Jabardasth, citing the film's plot was inspired directly from Band Baaja Baaraat. However, the producers maintained that a South Indian version would still go ahead.
The project began shoot by the end of May 2013 and shot in Hyderabad with Padam Kumar, head of Yash Raj Film's operation in South India, being appointed the creative producer on the project. Scenes were shot predominantly in a swift schedule which took place in Chennai, completing most portions of the shoot with little publicity. The team then shot a schedule in early September 2013 in Mysore in a set erected near Lalith Mahal Hotel, with rain partially disrupting progress.
Aaha Kalyanam was initially scheduled to release on February 7, 2014, but later postponed to 21 Feb 2014. Having been awarded a U/A certificate, the film is releasing in 1,000+ screens worldwide for both versions.
Telugu Nativity In AK
Many Telugu audience, who have watched the promos of Aaha Kalyanam, feel that the movie has lot of Tamil scent in it and it lacks Telugu nativity. With the film ready to hit the screens this Friday, it should be seen how viewers will receive the film in Andhra Pradesh.