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Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Meiyang Chang, Vir Das
Director: Parmeet Sethi
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Badmaash Company is releasing on
May 7, 2010
Shahid returns as conman in 'Badmaash Company'
New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) Remember Shahid Kapoor doing con jobs in Vishal Bhardwaj's hit 'Kaminey'? The actor does the same, but in a more sophisticated avatar, in 'Badmaash Company' releasing Friday.
Produced and distributed by Yash Raj Films, the movie is actor Parmeet Sethi's directorial debut. Shahid has teamed up with Anushka Sharma in the film that also stars comedian Vir Das and reality show star Chang.
Describing the film, Shahid said: 'There are very interesting characters, extremely fresh dialogues, con jobs which I have not seen in any other film, but yet very easy to understand. It's not complicated at all. It's a very fun film and there was no reason why I shouldn't be doing it.'
Set in the Bombay of 1990s, 'Badmaash Company' is about four youngsters who come together to start a business.
What makes their venture a stupendous success is that they find a way to beat the system and soon become the undisputed kings in their business. Living the life of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, the four realise that to make a business successful they don't need big money but a big idea.
With their larger than life schemes, Karan, Bulbul, Zing and Chandu go on a wild roller-coaster ride into the world of sheer glitz and glamour where the stakes are high and risks even higher. They succeed in making quick money by doing all the wrong things... but the right way.
All is hunky dory till the four entrepreneurs are forced to shut shop. They come up with yet another perfect plan to beat the system for the last time.
Shahid said a lot of research went into their looks as the film is set in the 1990s.
'We spent a lot of time deciding the look and styling of the film. We wanted it to represent the 1990s correctly but at the same time we did not want it to look boring,' he said.
'We researched on the scenario of the 1990s and used them in the film. For example, we used clothes that were in fashion like high waisted jeans, simple t-shirts which used to be tucked in, the aviators, which were all in vogue.
'Also the calculator watch that was very much in fashion at that time has been used in the movie. The film starts in 1994 and goes on for five years,' he explained.
The songs of the movie have already become a hit.
Vir Das scolded during 'Badmaash Company' shoot
New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das experienced a not-so-comic situation in real life when he got a scolding from 'Badmaash Company' director Parmeet Sethi.
Vir has a penchant for getting tattoos on his body but since most of the scenes in the movie involve Vir being shirtless on the beaches of Bangkok, he had to spend hours in the makeup room covering the tattoos.
While shooting in Bangkok, Vir decided to opt for one more tattoo on his arm, a decision that made Parmeet scold him as he had to spend extra time in covering the new one, holding up the shoot for an even longer period.
'Yes, I did get a tattoo done in Bangkok and Parmeet did scold me for it but it was nothing serious and it was all in good humour. Parmeet and I hit it off right from the first day of shoot,' said Vir.
The film, also starring Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Chang, is slated to hit the screens May 7.
Shahid Kapur promotes BADMAASH COMPNAY, beard for MAUSAM!!
Shahid Kapur, the chocolate clean shaven boy of flicks like ‘Ishq Vishq’, ‘Jab We Met’, etc, who plays lead in Yashraj Films’ ‘Badmaash Company’ opposite Anushka Sharma, has been promoting the slick flick with an uncharacteristic beard.
However it has nothing to do with Parmeet Sethi’s flick wherein he is in the role of a suave, sexy, smart con man from a middle class background.
The film will see him conning big time in the world of business in the company of three others—Anushka Sharma, Chang (who won a reality show on television and will make his debut) and Vir Das.
This Badmaash Company of Shahid Kapur is going to do the wrong thing in a right way to beat the system and earn huge money. The loophole in the present system of corporate governance is exploited by Shahid and his friends to establish their company and even succeed at their game.
However, his beard has nothing to do with this big budget Yashraj flick, and in fact, is meant for Shahid Kapur’s father upcoming flick ‘Mausam’. Shahid plays lead in ‘Mausam’ opposite Sonam Kapoor and they are expected to fly to Scotland to shoot the flick after the release of ‘Badmaash Company’ on May 7.
‘Badmaash Company’ will also see the debut of Parmeet Sethi as a director in the tinsel town. The film is important for Shahid Kapur as his last release ‘Chance pe Dance’ could not do any wonder at the box office. In fact, after ‘Kaminey’, Shahid is in dire need of a super hit flick at the box office.
'Badmaash Company' music an all-male affair
What stands out in the soundtrack of Shahid Kapoor-starrer 'Badmaash Company' is the absence of female singers. But apart from this anomaly, composer Pritam Chakraborty has stuck to his trademark style of energetic, fast-paced music.
The album contains four originals and two remixes.
The soundtrack starts off with a song called 'Ayaashi' sung by KK. It is a catchy song with a heavy use of percussion.
The upbeat track has all the qualities of becoming a hit with the youngsters.
It also has a remix version, which has nothing new to offer.
Next is a slightly off-the-road song 'Jingle jingle', which has been crooned by Mohit Chauhan in his youthful voice.
It begins with the strumming of the guitar and also has elements of rap in parts. The thematic lyrics make the song interesting.
Then there is 'Chaska' sung by Krishna. It has a slight rustic flavour but fails to generate interest. It ends up as a very ordinary song.
'Chaska' also has a remix version, which is just a little faster-paced than the original.
With 'Fakeera', the album takes a Sufi turn but with a rock base. Sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, it is an amalgamation of Indian vocals and westernised music. It is quite an appealing track.
The last number is the film's title track by Benny Dayal. The song has influences of music from James Bond films and is also musically similar to the first track 'Ayaashi'. The track is sure to become a regular at DJ consoles.
I have a 'badmaash' streak in me: Shahid Kapoor
He played a bad guy in dark thriller 'Kaminey' and will now be seen as a conman in 'Badmaash Company'. Shahid Kapoor says playing characters with a negative streak is an 'escape route' from his good-boy image in real life.
'I think I always wanted to be a good boy, but I think inherently I have a 'badmaash' (naughty) streak in me. That's why I love doing this role. This is my escape route. What I couldn't do in my childhood, (I'm) doing it in films,' Shahid told IANS in an interview.
The actor is thrilled to get such a role but adds that he doesn't play a 'kamina' (rogue) in director Parmeet Sethi's 'Badmaash Company'.
'I won't really call this guy a bad guy. 'Badmaash' is a little less of a bad guy than a 'kamina'. In 'Kaminey', from the very beginning Charlie is edgy and different, but here when the film begins you will find that the four characters are normal middle-class guys and then they get into doing these scams and schemes,' the actor explained.
'In 'Kaminey' Charlie never used to think...he was spontaneous, but here the guy is lot more of a thinker, planner and schemer. I think it's fun playing a bad guy,' he added.
'These guys want to do things on their own terms. That's what today's youth are all about? They want to set their own rules, make things in their own way. They find their own route to success. That's why the tag line says 'they want to do all the wrong things in the right way',' said Shahid.
Set in the 1990s, Sethi's directorial debut 'Badmaash Company' will see four young friends - Shahid, Anushka Sharma, Vir Das and Miang Chang from middle-class Mumbai joining hands to start a company. Their business is an instant success because they find a way to beat the system.
The actor says every con job shown in the movie is taken from crime stories published in the newspapers.
'When I spoke to him (director Sethi), he told me all con jobs have been picked up from newspapers. So these things happened and he has taken the basic thought of every con job from real incidents and that's why it will seem believable. It is the strength of the film,' the 29-year-old said.
'And he has based it in the 1990s and the period is apt for this kind of plot.'
Shahid claims 'Badmaash Company' is more believable than 2005 movie 'Bunty Aur Babli' in which Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji conned people.
'It's a genre that really excites me. These types of film are made less in India. I think films like 'Bunty Aur Babli' were not really con films...it was more of a fun movie. This one is more believable. The con jobs that have been shown in the film I haven't seen in any Hindi or English film. It's more original,' he said.
Shahid debuted in Bollywod with 'Ishq Vishk' in 2003. After that he featured in films like 'Fida', 'Dil Maange More', '36 China Town' and 'Vivah', but he got his major break with 2007 hit 'Jab We Met'. It was followed by 'Kaminey', which won him critical and commercial acclaim.
Shahid says he's been lucky to get challenging roles after Imtiaz Ali's 'Jab We Met'.
'I am happy. This is something that I hadn't done for the first three-four years of my career. Of late...it's exciting to get the opportunity to do roles like this.'
'Sometimes you get roles that break the ice. For me, 'Kaminey' and 'Jab We Met' were of those kind. It showed me new light. This film is also like that but apart from just the role, I think it's the space of the film...a con job film based in the 1990s, a very youth-oriented film and I am working with three new people.
'When I read the script, I found it very, very fresh. I have been really lucky in the last three years to get one significant film every year,' he said.
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