Richa Chadda and Kalki Koechlin will shoot in Sweden in October

Richa Chadda

Actress Richa Chadda, who will be seen sharing screen with Kalki Koechlin in Jia aur Jia, will have to learn Tamil language for the girl bonding movie, in which the two actresses will be swapping cultural identities.

Dehli girl Richa, who tip-toed into Bollywood as Dolly in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and made it big as fiery Nagma in the crime thriller series Gangs of Wasseypur, will be seen as a Tamilian, while Kalki, who is from Puducherry, will play a Punjabi girl in Jia aur Jia.

“I will be taking Tamil lessons before we start shooting. It is difficult for me, who is a North Indian, to speak in Tamil, but itäs going to be fun, ” Richa said.

“I will undergo a training in Tamil language to get the right diction and to justify my character, ” added the actress.

Directed by Howard Rosemeyer, Jia aur Jia will be shot in Sweden and Richa will start shooting for the film in October.

“I’m looking forward to the film as Kalki is a wonderful person and it will be fun to work with her,” added the 24-year-old who was recently seen in Fukrey.

“Sources say that the film unit was highly impressed with the locations and hospitality of the local crew.”

Here’s an article we found at that made us at Connecting Bollywood very proud:

“Movie Mogul D Ramanaidu is currently producing a film titled Nenem…Chinna Pillana? and P Sunil Kumar Reddy is directing it. The film has Rahul Ravindran, Tanvi Vyas and Sanjanna in lead roles. The film’s shooting has progressing at a brisk pace and already, a major part of the film has been shot in Hyderabad and Vizag. Recently, the film unit wrapped up a majorschedule in Denmark and Sweden. Hero’s introduction scenes, two songs and several important scenes were shot in these two countries. It’s the first Telugu film which has been shot in Sweden and sources say that the film unit was highly impressed with the locations and hospitality of the local crew. M M Srilekha is scoring the music. The film will hit the screens later this year.” You’ll find the article here

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“If you’re planning a shoot in Europe, Sweden is a great option”

RahulOn his way back after shooting “Nenem …Chinna Pillana?” in Sweden, actor Rahul Ravindran Tweeted: “If you’re planning a shoot in Europe, Sweden is a great option. Beautiful country, tons of virgon locations, really sweet § helpful ppl…”

And he continued: “…sunlight in summers till 10.30 pm, an English speaking population unlike many other countries & a great line-producer in Connecting Bollywood”.

We were really proud to have you here, Rahul, and the whole Suresh Productions team! You were a great team and surely a great movie will be the outcome.

See some photos from the shoot here:

Nenem Chinna Pillana

The Times of India: Upendra’s new movie, Basavanna, to be shot in Sweden


Just as Dr Ramanidu’s Suresh Prouctions are leaving Sweden after a successful shooting, a new team is announcing its arrival. This time with the great actor and director Upendra in the leading role:

Upendra’s new film, Basavanna, will have the unique distinction of starting its shoot on foreign shores. The puja for the film was done last week in the Dodda Ganapati temple in Bangalore. But the muharat clap and shoot will start in Sweden in July.”

The Connecting Bollywood team look forward to having them with us!

Read the full Times of India article here

Dr. D. Ramanaidu’s Suresh Productions arrive for shooting in southern Sweden


Today a crew from Dr D. Ramanaidu’s Suresh Productions start shooting dance scenes for their upcoming movie “Nenem…Chinna Pillana”.
“We are very proud to welcome this first ever south Indian movie production company to Sweden and hope that they will delight in the beautiful scenery and great locations all over Scandinavia”, says Mirza Askari from Connecting Bollywood.

Follow their day to day adventures here

We are back in Mumbai!

Mirza Asakari

Lookout for this man on the streets of Mumbai! Mirza Askari is back in town to carve out the details for the next Bollywood project to be shot in Sweden, Jia aur Jia, a co-production with our friends at Bread Butter Cinemaz.

But please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mirza if you’re interested in know ing more about shooting in Scandinavia.

Just give him a call on (0091) 992 0930 719 or send him an email!

If you miss his voice, listen to Mirza being interviewed on Swedish Radio on March 1st (in Swedish)


“He brings Bollywood to Malmö”

In the leading Swedish business weekly, Affärsvärlden, Mirza Askari is portrayed in an article covering five full pages. His mission: bringing  the Indian Movie Industry to Scandinavia. Mirza and everybody at Connecting Bollywood are happy and proud for the recognition. It’s all in Swedish, but you’ll find the full article here.

He brings Bollywood to Malmö

The film is now an official hit and will go down as one more surprise hit of 2012.

“1920 Evil Returns” has collected good numbers in 1st week and due to no major release last weekend, the film was able to make dent in 2nd weekend too. It is now another official hit of 2012. The film collected 2.50 cr nett on Sunday taking the film’s total collections to 24.45 cr nett.” Read the article at

For the uninitiated: 24,45 crores =  244,5 million rupees or approximately 4,5 million USD.

Not bad for a movie with production costs of 1,8 million USD!

Congratulations Vikram Bhatt, ASA productions and all the crew and stars!

1920 – Evil Returns defies Bond and competes with Skyfall

The soothsayers had predicted that no film would withstand the might of the invincible James Bond. SKYFALL, one of the most lucrative franchises, was expected to demolish all oppositions in that particular weekend [November 2 – 4, 2012] in India. No one would’ve ever dreamt that a low cost horror film, 1920 – EVIL RETURNS, would defy Bond and compete with it. But the unthinkable has happened…

SKYFALL, which opened wide on Thursday, grabbed the most screens across the country and put up [expectedly] healthy numbers in its opening weekend, but it was the super performance of 1920 – EVIL RETURNS that shook the industry. The trends were pretty evident on Friday morning itself: Vikram Bhatt’s gamble of pitching 1920 – EVIL RETURNS against a mighty opponent had paid off. The exuberant start at the ticket window, defying the dominance of SKYFALL, said it all.

Read the full article from Bollywood Hungama here