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16 January 2011

The 3 times National Award winning Director Madhur Bhandarkar tries Romantic Comedy for the 1st time

Madhur Bhandarakar’s much awaited directorial film Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji (DTBHJ), produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Bhandarkar Entertainment, is all set to release on 26th January, 2011. DTBHJ is a romantic comedy starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, 3 Idiots Fame Omi Vaidya in the male leads and Shruti Hassan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shraddha Das in the female leads. It is for the first time that realistic & hard hitting and National Award winning Film Maker Madhur, who is known for making out of league films, is directing a Romantic Comedy on the slice of life. A Baba Art Limited release, the music in the film is by Pritam and is on T-Series.

With DTBHJ Madhur Bhandarkar, for the first time explores the genre of romantic comedy within realistic parameters. It is a slice of life film about three men and their encounters with love. A listless Naren Ahuja (Ajay Devgn), well into his thirties and going through a divorce, falls in love with a vibrant and bubbly June Pinto (Shazahn Padamsee) who has just stepped out of her teens. Milind Kelkar (Omi Vaidya), a naive poet and an idealistic lover, is besotted by an ambitious and practical Gungun Sarkar (Shraddha Das) who is determined to follow her dreams and a charming Casanova Abhay (Emraan Hashmi), starts feeling an alien emotion called love, when he feels increasingly drawn towards Nikki (Shruti Hassan), a modern girl who knows her wants and speaks her mind.

Struggling to cope with modern women and contemporary relationships, these three men go through a fun filled roller coaster ride of emotions with its constant highs and lows that usually accompany love. But will they succeed in their quest for happiness or love? Or does destiny have different plans for them? With its real characters and relatable situations, DTBHJ, takes a humorous look at love and the extent people will go to escape or attain it.

Started with co-producing National Award winning films ‘Traffic Signal’ and ‘Fashion’, Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Bhandarkar Entertainment’ is well known for churning out the out of the ordinary cinema and making the kind of films which not only get commercial success but also gets critical acclaim and biggest of awards and honours. The last film that Bhandarkar Entertainment co-produced was ‘Jail’. ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji’ will be the fourth film of this production house and for the first time ever a light hearted romantic comedy is being co-produced by it.

Wide Frame Pictures, sister concern of Kumar Mangat’s Big Screen (rightly known for its commercially hit films like Omkara, Sunday, 123, National Award Winner “Boond”, Aakrosh to name a few was established in the year 2009. It had its first successful venture with Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Starring veteran actors like Ajay Devgn, Konkana Sen and Paresh Rawal. Its forthcoming film is “Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji” starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Omi Vaidya and Shruti Hassan directed by one of the most renowned names of our industry, Madhur Bhandarkar is scheduled to release on 26th January 2011.


Madhur Bhandarkar: “This is the first time that I am making a slice of life romantic comedy and I hope as people loved my earlier films, they will definitely accept this movie too. The way DTBHJ is shaping up I am sure it will be a treat to watch.”

Kumar Mangat: “Madhur ji and I were in talks since quite some time to work on a film catering to romantic comedy genre and were waiting for a right script to come across, keeping the current trends in mind. Now that the film is ready and is looking very promising, we are very excited and looking forward to it.”

Ajay Devgn: “Dil to Baccha Hai Ji is a film for one and all. The youth will relate to it very well, all the three characters are drawn up fabulously. It is comedy with a soul, the subtle, intelligent sense of humour simply can’t go amiss. I can trust this one to touch everyone.”

Emraan Hashmi: “After playing a lot of intense brooding characters this subject seemed like the ideal pick for me to venture into a different kind of Romantic Comedy. It’s a film that will make you laugh, make you cry, and if u have ever been in love, this one's a must watch. Working with Madhur Bhandarkar was a great experience. It was indeed a great challenge for him to move on to a comedy genre and must say he has done a great job. I am now looking forward to the film’s release in January.”

Omi Vaidya: “When I heard that Madhur Bhandarkar wanted to cast me for this film, there was no way I could say no because Madhur's films and characters are realistic and their feelings are universal. Since my breakout role and the success of 3 idiots, everyone has been waiting enthusiastically and expectantly for my next film. Well, I can happily say it is Madhur Bhandarkar's Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, and it promises not to disappoint."

Shruti Hassan: "It was lovely working with such an accomplished director. I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with Madhur Bhandarkar so early in my career. I think it will be a fun and fresh film. Madhur Bhandarkar has always been known for his unique ideas and this is no different. I'm glad I got to be a part of this project"

Shazahn Padamsee: “Madhur sir is a superb director. Every moment has been a learning experience. Additionally it’s been a crazy joy ride as he has a whacky sense of humour. Also, everyone on the team is a darling. Honestly I don't want the shooting to end. I am already getting nostalgia pangs!”

Shraddha Das: “Getting a substantial performance oriented role in my favourite director’s movie is the biggest and best dream break I could ever ask for coming from a non-film background. Madhur is a very easy and fun director to work with, contrary to his serious films image. DTBHJ inspite of being a romantic comedy has a major realistic touch to it and my character too, definitely.”


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