Munna Michael movie review: This Tiger Shroff film makes even Nawazuddin Siddiqui look bad
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 July 2017
Everybody, including Tiger Shroff and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is out of sync in this film. Here’s our movie review. Rating: 1/5
Cast: Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nidhhi Agerwal
Director: Sabbir Khan
Remember Lena hai, lena hai? A hit song of the 90s from a film titled Bomb Blast. That was the last time we saw Ronit Roy dancing. Here’s the video to remind you of how it looked
He shakes a leg again in Munna Michael after almost three decades, and that makes for a promising opening. His character believes Michael (Jackson, of course) lives forever, but getting thrown out of his dancing troupe, wavers his faith in dancing as a profession. So, he takes to drinking. This is what disillusioned artists do in Bollywood. But that’s not all. He then finds an orphan in a dustbin and brings him home. Because this is also what Bollywood does.
Like typical Bollywood kids, this one too grows up to become Munna (Tiger Shroff), a super dancer, in one song. His antics and need for money takes him to Delhi where he begins teaching dance steps to Mahinder Fauji (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), a land shark and a closet dancer. Their fine-tuned romance goes for a toss the moment Dolly (Nidhhi Agerwal) enters the frame. Oh, we never saw that coming!
Now, it’s finally a film where everybody would look disinterested and jump on a chance to break into a song. Why? Because this is what Bollywood does.
Some assistant must have reminded Sabbir Khan that the current year is 2017 and the film is looking like the glossier version of the ‘80s movies. So, he brings in the idea of dance face-off and a reality show. How would you fit in Tiger Shroff otherwise? How innovative!
Taking a cue from MJ’s signature moonwalking to picking a dialogue from Wong Kar-wai’s Chunking Express, Sabbir Khan keeps trying to infuse Munna with traits that can strike a balance between Delhi and Mumbai. It’s pretty simple math. Base the film in two biggest territories because that is what Bollywood does.
He isn’t done yet, but Tiger Shroff can’t bear the pressure anymore, so Sabbir Khan shifts his focus to Nawazuddin, one of the finest of our times, and makes him do one of the most bizarre roles of his lifetime.
Hamming his way to Hotel Bluestar, a property he owns in Delhi, Siddiqui probably knows how it is going to look in the end. Still he tries to not seem completely clueless. His efforts go in vein though. It’s sad to see him sleepwalking in Munna Michael after a top-class performance in Mom.
Khan’s vision of making Nawazudin Siddiqui acrobats doesn’t help either. You can easily figure out the body doubles. Even if you don’t, background dancers make sure you do. Their close ups are so over the top that you would wander whether they all decided together to look in a certain way?
Talking of close ups, the award for most exciting close up goes to Farah Khan who judges a reality show in Munna Michael. Her enthusiasm knows no boundary and every time Tiger Shroff does a summersault, you wait for Farah’s ‘oh my god’ reaction.
All this is happening because Dolly wants to make her father proud by becoming an accomplished dancer. By the way, we never meet her father. She announces her arrival with these lines:
Hil jaande sab mere naal, jab main shake karaan
From UK to Nainital, sab shake karaan.
It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but her striking similarity with Kriti Sanon might have prompted Sabbir Khan to cast her. Sanon was the heroine of Khan’s earlier film Heropanti.
We’ve sold our souls for selfies: Shah Rukh Khan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:20 July 2017
Talking about the media frenzy around his family, SRK says, “(Being photographed is) the part of stardom that we all have accepted...I think everybody in this day and age is fair game. We’ve sold our souls for selfies.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has said his family has considers paparazzi culture a part of their lives and added that his family has sold their souls for photographs.
“(Being photographed is) the part of stardom that we all have accepted...I think everybody in this day and age is fair game. We’ve sold our souls for selfies,” Shah Rukh told CNN-News18.
Shah Rukh, who is married to Gauri Khan, has three children -- Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.
In a video gone viral last month, Suhana, 17, looked helpless and uncomfortable as she tried to hide her face and turns around to escape shutterbugs while she waited for the doors of an elevator to open at a theatre’s basement. “I think the kids started feeling awkward with all the paraphernalia. Every time I go out in a public place, I don’t take them with me. My wife doesn’t come, my children don’t come. I go to functions alone or post they have gone,” Shah Rukh said.
To avoid such occasions, Shah Rukh said he made few adjustments for his family. “Some adjustments have to be made - one of them was that I sent them abroad to study. Not because of the scrutiny, but because they were feeling a little awkward with all the attention they have,” Shah Rukh said.
“I’m happy they’ve gone. Where they’re studying, to a large extent people don’t know me. (But) I’m Okay with them being photographed. I understand photographs (need) to be taken, I’ve explained it to my kids also that listen, if photographers come, stand, do the picture and say, ‘Please can I go now?’ And they’ll listen to you. I’ve known them for 25 years,” he added
Shah Rukh said his children feel that being “photographed doesn’t make you important.” “More often than not they’ll tell me how to behave with the paparazzi. They’ll say, ‘Papa, now don’t lose your temper. There will be too many people.’ I think they’re quite mature about it,” he said.
Kids’ reality shows: Former child artistes Sunidhi Chauhan, Shekhar Ravjiani weigh in on the debate
NEW DELHI:MMNN:17 July 2017
Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s tweet asking for a ban on kids’ reality shows has caused a furore in the industry. Will it yield any result or will the fire soon die down?
From Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs to The Voice, Sabse Bada Kalakaar to Junior Masterchef India and Super Dancer, reality shows featuring children are a common feature on Indian television.
Last week, filmmaker Shoojit Sircar, known for films like Piku, Pink and Madras Café, tweeted that authorities should ban reality television shows for children. The tweet got close to 12,000 likes and was retweeted over 7,000 times, reigniting a long-standing debate. Other voices joined the debate, including filmmaker Amol Gupte, who worked with child artistes in Taare Zameen Par, and protested against the long working hours and exploitative conditions.
Reality shows are sold as platforms to discover and showcase the latent talent of children. Parents and children from differing socio-economic backgrounds are attracted to the idea of a dream launchpad. In India, the success stories of singers Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, who were discovered as child artistes on reality shows, are the benchmarks that every parent with a talented child aspires towards.
Sunidhi was 13 when she won India’s first singing reality show on Doordarshan, Meri Aawaz Suno. “The year was 1996 and it was pure competition,” reminisces Sunidhi. But her opinion of today’s reality shows is decisive: children are “exposed to so much, so soon”.
“I would never want my children to go through this,” says Sunidhi, who has judged contestants on leading singing shows like Indian Idol and The Voice. “I don’t think it’s required for any reality show to make children do things that only older people would do. They don’t need to mature ahead of their age,” she says.
In the name of showcasing talent, ‘cuteness’ becomes a saleable factor, blurring the line between precocious and inappropriate. For Shekhar Ravjiani, one half of the music composer duo Vishal-Shekar, and a judge on Indian Idol Junior Season one (2013) and The Voice India Kids (2016), singing show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa back in 1997 was his first break. While he doesn’t advocate an all-out ban, there are concerns.
“Some shows encourage children to dress and behave like adults and that to me is jarring,” says Shekhar. “It takes away their purity, simplicity and most importantly their innocence and makes them aware of things that don’t matter at all.”
Behind the scenes
Reality shows featuring children have been around for a long time, but the pressures involved have changed. When Sunidhi participated in Meri Awaz Suno more than two decades ago, there was no system of vote-and-SMS from the audience. She was judged by legends such as Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupen Hazarika and Manna Dey, and the winners were chosen based on their performances alone. While a reality show was always a full-scale production, on-stage theatrics and appearances were kept to a minimum.
“There were no back stories shared with the viewers, it was all about the quality of singing,” says Sunidhi. “Their singing will tell their stories, if they are good.”
Back in the 1990s, popular dance show Boogie Woogie and the singing competition Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, both of which started as contests for adults, were introduced in an all-new avatar targeting children. “The idea then was to showcase young and obscure talent,” notes a 2008 article in Mint, “nothing was promised or bequeathed, except the vague idea that once seen, someone, somewhere would maybe sign them on for a minor playback singing role in a movie.”
For Shekhar, his reality show stint meant recognition of his talent. “In an era where being a musician wasn’t considered to be a credible career choice, my talent was given the importance that made my family and others sit up and notice,” he says.
The focus has shifted. Children on reality shows are not just ‘discovered’ or polished, but are groomed to become versatile artistes who can perform onstage and enthral millions. Meghna Prem, a TV programming and content strategist with an experience of over 20 years in the entertainment industry, says, “Teenage kids are expected to diet to look a certain way, dress a certain way. Because unlike yesteryears, today when you are selecting a reality star, s/he can’t just be a great singer and not be good looking.”
When ambition meets pressure
Aruna Broota, a Delhi-based psychologist has counselled several professional child actors and child atheletes. According to her, the pressures faced by children on reality shows are no different, perhaps worse. Not only are the participants too young to worry about discovering their ambitions, but are often under pressure from fame-thirsty parents trying to live their dreams vicariously.
“The child’s ‘ambitions’ are artificially hyped, because it’s mostly an adult who takes the decision for them,” says Broota. “S/He might have that S-Factor, or the special ability factor, be it in singing, dancing or acting. But when one starts expecting a lot from one’s s-factor in terms of competition, it distorts the personality development of the child.” At an age when all they should be worried about is playing, studying and having fun, children are entangled in a web of competition and stress.
This is not the first time that a discussion on the need to regulate child participation in reality shows has come up. In 2011, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) drew up new guidelines to prevent exploitation of children participating in TV shows and advertisements.
Over five years have elapsed since the report was released, yet the realities on the ground paint a different, disturbing picture. Under the NCPCR guidelines, no child should be made to deliver lines or enact scenes that are inappropriate for his or her age. Yet, children dancing on raunchy numbers or belting out romantic songs is mined for applause and laughs.
Happy to be hosting IIFA after so long: Saif Ali Khan
NEW DELHI:MMNN:15 July 2017
Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan, who will join the inimitable Karan Johar to host the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, says the event is going to be a lot of fun as the two have worked hard on the script.
At the IIFA Rocks green carpet, Saif said, “I am hosting after a long time. KJo and I have worked a lot on the script and have tried it to make it interesting and funny.”
He added, “We’ll make fun of ourselves and a bit of others too! I am sure it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a huge stadium, lots of people will be here, and the whole world will see the program, I am sure they will like it.”
Starting its journey in the year 2000 in London, IIFA has taken place at 15 locations across 12 countries and four continents.
Talking about one of Bollywood’s biggest awards, the Rangoon star said, “IIFA is like a gala and not just a normal award function. It has become a three-day cultural event now.”
‘Devdas’ is Shah Rukh Khan favourite film
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 July 2017
Mumbai: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has thanked the cast and crew of “Devdas” to mark 15 years of the release of his “favourite film”.
“15 beautiful years ‘Devdas’. Thanks Sanjay, Binod (Cinematographer Binod Pradhan), Bela (editor Bela Sehgal), Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Kirron Kher and cast and crew for my favourite film,” Shah Rukh tweeted on Thursday morning.
Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, “Devdas” revolves around the scion of a wealthy family who is prevented from marrying the woman he is in love with. His life spirals downward as he takes to alcohol and a life of a vice to alleviate the pain.
Currently, Shah Rukh is busy promoting his next film “Jab Harry Met Sejal”. The film is directed by Imtiaz Ali and also features actress Anushka Sharma in a key role.
Shot is picturesque locations of Budapest, Prague, Lisbon and Punjab, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” is set to release on August 4
Priyanka Chopra begins work on new Hollywood film, with Liam Hemsworth, Rebel Wilson
NEW DELHI:MMNN:11 Jul 2017
After Baywatch, Priyanka Chopra will be seen as a yoga ambassador alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine in Isn’t It Romantic?
The production of the romantic comedy is underway.
Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic?, under the direction of Todd Strauss-Schulson, read a statement.
The film follows the life of a New York City architect Natalie, who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. She has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare.
Wilson stars as Natalie, alongside Liam Hemsworth as Blake, a handsome client; Adam Devine, as her earnest best friend, Josh; and Priyanka as yoga ambassador Isabella.
Strauss-Schulson is helming the project from a screenplay by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, and Paula Pell. The movie’s filming is taking place in and around New York City.
The film is set for release beginning Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros Entertainment Company.
Watch: Tom Holland reacts to Desi Spider-Man and gets his ‘dil ka chain’ stolen
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 Jul 2017
For Indian fans of Spider-Man, the mere mention of the Marvel superhero’s name conjures certain tunes and images in our minds. Desi Spider-Man – with his uninhibited dancing, unique fighting style that utilises utensils, and tendency to stalk his lover in fields – is unforgettable, and unavoidable. And what did an Indian interviewer show Spider-Man star Tom Holland when he met him? Desi Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opened to massive box office numbers, and enthusiastic reviews on July 7. On July 5, Comic Con India posted a video interview with Holland, conducted by East India Comedy’s Sahil Shah.
Sahil told him about the character’s popularity in India, and how there is an official, Marvel version of the superhero who swings across the Mumbai skyline in a dhoti.
But this was all done to prepare Holland for the real deal – the infamous Bhojpuri Spider-Man video.
He is justifiably bemused. And then, he his made to recite the evergreen lyrics, “Eespiderman, eespiderman, tune churaya mera dil ka chain.”
The video became a popular viral sensation after being viewed millions of times. It is a dance sequence which is a part of a film.
Sushant Singh Rajput:?After MS?Dhoni biopic, people think I’ve become arrogant
NEW DELHI:MMNN:6 Jul 2017
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been called “arrogant”, especially after his film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box-office. Sushant, who stars in the recently-released film Raabta, is a bit baffled by this tag.
“Earlier, before MS, when I used to speak my mind, people used to tell me, ‘Oh you are such a refreshing personality in the industry. You are so honest and please don’t change’. Now, after MS has earned Rs 130 crore and I don’t get a single f*****g penny [out of it], they think I have become a big star. Now if I speak what I feel, people think I have become a big star and I am arrogant,” he adds.
After his success, Sushant feels that the public expects him to be full of himself. “People don’t see things that they don’t expect. So, it’s not that I have become arrogant, but it is their belief, that I have become so. I am okay with that really,” says the actor who has worked in films such as Kai Po Che! (2013), PK (2014), Raabta among others.
However, the 31-year-old actor has a unique way of handling such remarks. Unlike other actors who try not get worked up, he prefers to get affected by these comments. “I let things affect me, and I want to be bothered by all the negativity. As an actor, one of the most important things is to remain vulnerable. I have been acting for 11 years and I have access to that vulnerability part of a character, when I am playing it on-screen. That’s why people say, ‘his acting is realistic.’ So, I have to condition myself to get used to negativity, or else I can’t be a good actor,” Sushant adds.
Bakheda: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar fall in love in new Toilet- Ek Prem Katha song
NEW DELHI:MMNN:5 Jul 2017
After Hans Mat Pagli, Toilet- Ek Prem Katha has released a soothing new song, Bakheda.
The song traces the love story of Keshav and Jaya, played by Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar.
Keshav, searches for a bride in the beginning of the video and later, finds her in Jaya.
Bakheda tells of the perils and messiness of love. It has been sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh. The lyrics are by Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh the music is composed by Vickey Prasad.
Toilet- Ek Prem Katha tells the story of a newlywed woman who leaves her husband’s house because it has no indoor toilet.
The film also stars Anupam Kher, Divyendu Sharma, Sudhir Pandey and Shubha Khote and is directed by Shree Narayan Singh. It releases on August 11.
Salman Khan to shoot with Varun, Taapsee and Jacqueline for Judwaa 2
NEW DELHI:MMNN:4 Jul 2017
Salman Khan was seen in a double role in the 1997 hit Judwaa. He will make a cameo appearance in Varun Dhawan-Jacqueline Fernandez-Taapsee Pannu-starrer Judwaa 2
Bollywood star Salman Khan is all set to revisit the ’90s with a special cameo in Varun Dhawan-Jacqueline Fernandez-Taapsee Pannu-starrer Judwaa 2.
Varun, Taapsee, and Jacqueline will soon be shooting the special cameo with Salman. While his role in the film is still a secret, Taapsee shared her excitement in a press statement on Tuesday. “We are all excited to shoot with him. Something we all have been looking forward to. He’s someone who everyone loved in the original film and is an inseparable part of the franchise and I’m glad he will be part of Judwaa 2 as well,” she said.
Varun steps into the iconic double role in the film being directed by David Dhawan. He’s been posting songs from film, including Tan Tana Tan and Oonchi Hain Building, on his social media handles to ensure the buzz around the film doesn’t wane.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha gets embroiled in a Copyright issue! Here are all the details!
NEW DELHI:MMNN:1 Jul 2017
With just a few days remaining for the release of the Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, it’s needless to say that all the eyes are totally glued on to the film. The film, which happens to be a take on India’s Prime Minister’s dream project ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, recently got itself embroiled in a copyright controversy.
Filmmaker Praveen Vyas, whose 2016 docu-feature ‘Manini’, besides winning everyone’s attention and applause, also won the third prize amongst the 4500 entries which were shortlisted at the last year’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. After seeing the trailers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, Praveen Vyas was shell shocked as it resembled his ‘Manini’ in many ways. That’s why; he sent a legal notice to ‘Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ (who happen to be the film’s production and distribution company) and also a ‘cease and desist’ notice on the promotional campaign of the film.
As per a report, on his part, Praveen Vyas had allegedly stated that many scenes and dialogues from ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ were a direct copy from his Manini. Praveen Vyas added that his film Manini followed the female protagonist and her protests for the lack of a toilet in her marital home on the first night of her marriage and the events which follow that. Praveen Vyas added that, even the scenes in ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’s trailer showed the similar kind of interaction between the characters. Praveen Vyas also added that no one could make any another cinematographic work or any other copied work without his written consent if their work directly resembled his work.
Even though Praveen Vyas had sent a legal notice of copyright infringement through his lawyers of the Delhi based ‘Litmus Legal’, the makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha responded to that notice through their legal team at ‘Naik Naik & Co.’, only on June 28. Praveen Vyas added that, since the makers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ had denied all their allegations and have also refused to financially reimburse them; they will now be fighting the case in court.
Meanwhile, co-producer of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ Shital Bhatia along with Neeraj Pandey and Akshay Kumar has denied all of Praveen Vyas’ allegations. Shital clarified that their film’s script had been registered under their writers’ names, Siddharth and Garima, with the authorised industry association since the year 2013. He added that, they totally repudiate all the claims made by Praveen Vyas.
Watch this space for developments.
The Kardashian sisters invited India’s first openly gay prince over, and here’s what happened
NEW DELHI:MMNN:30 Jun 2017
The Kardashian sisters - Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney - invited India’s first openly gay prince Manvendra Singh Gohil to dinner for a new episode of their show, and here’s what happened
The Kardashian sisters - Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kourtney - had a special guest in a new episode of their reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians: India’s first openly gay prince, Manvendra Singh Gohil.
Kendall Jenner, who is an international model, first heard of the prince’s story when she visited India in February 2017 for a modelling assignment with photographer Mario Testino. She posed alongside star Sushant Singh Rajput, for Vogue India’s 10th anniversary issue.
She told her sisters about the prince, 51, when she returned home, and they put together a dinner for him. “In India,” says Kendall in a clip from the episode, “it is not acceptable to be gay.” She drew similarities between the prince, and her father Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman. “What’s similar between him and my dad is the bravery to take that chance to come out,” she says
At the dinner, the sister made an attempt to learn more about the prince, and his story. “My parents publicly disowned me and they disinherited me from the ancestral property,” he says, also talking about how people burnt him in effigy after he came out.
And while his relationship with his parents has improved over the years - he credits the media for helping change mindsets - his relationship with his ex-wife, whom he divorced in 1992, is non-existent. “We haven’t spoken since the divorce,” he says. “I felt guilty about ruining her life.”
But the prince, who came out in 2006, is working to make a change. He went to San Francisco to raise funds to make an LGBT community centre in India.
Transformers: The Last Knight movie review - Made with rusty old parts, and Mark Wahlberg
NEW DELHI:MMNN:29 Jun 2017
Transformers The Last Knight movie review: Director Michael Bay returns for the fifth time, and Mark Wahlberg for the second, to pound your brain into a pulp with wall-to-wall cacophony.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Director - Michael Bay
Cast - Mark Wahlberg, Laura Haddock, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Stanley Tucci, John Goodman
Rating - 1.5/5
There is no worse treatment a movie fan could be subjected to than being made to feel guilty for liking a movie. Millions of fans of the Transformers saga would agree. How often have we been ridiculed for sticking by director Michael Bay’s most extravagant whims, despite knowing, deep down, that his movies were only getting worse. How often have we had to defend his almost fetishistic abuse of pyrotechnics, his blatant sexism, the occasional racism, and that ever-inflating ego which he represents so well in his art…
Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth in this series of films in which giant robots decapitate, sever, and butcher each other in the most violent manner, will be the acid test for fans. It will either be the moment when you slip into full-blown denial, willingly ignoring everything that is wrong with these movies (and with yourself), or, it will be the moment you finally snap out of it (as I have).
Full disclosure: It is my opinion that the first Transformers film is a modern action classic, endlessly re-watchable, and filled with memorable characters and moments. It is Michael Bay at his best. I even wrote a long defence of the movie, arguing that it was an excellent example of the sort of film it was, a coming-of-age story disguised, like its hulking heroes, as an action blockbuster.
The Last Knight is everything the first movie wasn’t. It is the evil, gloating Megatron to that film’s earnest Optimus Prime. It represents the worst, most self-indulgent, most conceited corners of Michael Bay’s personality, and is, despite not being the worst of the lot (that honour still belongs to Age of Extinction), a monumentally overblown film that constantly threatens to crumble under its own weight – much like an ancient building with a wobbly foundation upon which new floors are illegally added every year.
When it all comes crashing down, it will take the neighbourhood with it.
Its story picks up soon after the events of Age of Extinction, which, to everyone’s surprise, made us miss Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were – and I maintain – the best parts about the Transformers movies in the first place. But now, after causing more destruction to the planet than even the humans had managed in their thousands of years pillaging its resources, the Transformers have, in the absence of their leader Optimus Prime, once again become the enemy.
The world has seemingly turned into the United Nations of Donald Trump, where no immigrants are allowed in, and those that do manage to jump over the wall (or, in this case, crash land in burning fireballs from the sky into important landmarks), are hunted by the Transformer Reaction Force. The TRF is a multinational militia of sorts whose only purpose is to locate and destroy stray Transformers – without determining whether or not they’re the heroic Autobots or the villainous Decepticons.
And Cade Yaeger, played for the second time by Mark Wahlberg, has made it his life’s mission to protect the aliens. There is also a labyrinthine subplot involving King Arthur (how unkind has the summer of 2017 been to him, am I right?), Merlin the Wizard, and a bemused Anthony Hopkins, who, in one memorable moment that will no doubt cause much second-hand embarrassment on his behalf, utters the words, “That’s a bitchin’ car”.
So much happens in this movie, and yet, we get nowhere. It is a film in perpetual motion; new characters are introduced, and swiftly sidelined; there is, for the second time in the series, after the third film Dark of the Moon, a mini Coen Brothers reunion in the cast; the story spans thousands of years, but it feels like millions; and scenes cut - and not transition - to next one without a firm idea of where the story is headed. Often, it seems, the end goal is only to arrive at the next great action set-piece. The characters – the living ones, at least – are just stepping stones, crushed under the giant robots’ weight.
It took six human beings to edit together this heap of rusty scrap metal into a whole, possibly with hammers and screws. It took four people to write it, and thousands to composite its undeniably magnificent special effects, and yet, the one man whose job it was to bring it all together, was busy flexing his muscles and smouldering at his own reflection in the mirror. Michael Bay earned a paycheck, as did the rest of his cast. And there is no more to this story than meets the eye.
The Transformers universe is lush, and filled with lore, just waiting for a talented storyteller to come and play with all the toys – just as it was first intended. But Bay is satisfied with repainting an old chassis in glossy new colours, he is happy taking state-of-the-art tech (in this case, revolutionary IMAX 3D cameras), and cranking out the same, tired stories, populated with the same stock characters – the feisty female, the racist robots, the man destined to save the planet, and, of course, this series’ Death Star, Megatron.
Now, it is up to them to win us back. No more free passes. No more passionate arguments against strangers. Shamefully, we have now arrived at a time when we must hide our true colours, for fear of being mocked, for being made to feel guilty. Here’s hoping that we wear them with pride sooner rather than later.
Rajinikanth’s 2.o makers kick-off air balloon promotional drive. See pic
NEW DELHI:MMNN:28 Jun 2017
While Akshay Kumar will be seen playing an Ornithologist in 2.o, Rajinikanth will be seen as a scientist and a robot.
Following the overwhelming response to SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise, makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s 2.o are under high pressure to draw attention with their project.
Lyca Productions, the makers of superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil science-fiction action drama 2.o, are pushing the envelope as they begin the promotional campaign for the costliest Indian film. As part of the promotions, a hot-air balloon adorned with life-sized images of Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar will travel around the world.
“We plan to take the 100-foot-tall hot-air balloon to as many balloon festivals as possible across the world. Since we see our film as a Hollywood production, we also plan to tie up the balloon over the Hollywood signage in Los Angeles,” Raju Mahalingam, creative head, Lyca Productions told The Hindu.
The balloon will fly to many countries such as London, Dubai and Australia among others as part of the promotional drive. On Tuesday, the makers gave audiences the first glimpse of the air-balloon and pictures went viral in no time. Amy Jackson is paired with Rajinikanth, and she is rumoured to be playing a humanoid robot.
A sequel to Enthiran, the film also stars Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain. While Akshay Kumar will be seen playing an Ornithologist, Rajinikanth will be seen as a scientist and a robot. The project is bankrolled by Lyca Productions.
The film’s satellite rights across all languages were recently bagged by Zee Network for a whopping Rs 100 crore, making it the highest amount paid for an Indian film. Tipped to be the most expensive Indian film being made on a budget of Rs 450 crore, 2.o is slated for release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi next year in January in a record number of screens worldwide.
Jagga Jasoos: After Govinda, now Sanjay Dutt joins Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor
NEW DELHI:MMNN:27 Jun 2017
Sanjay Dutt will be the sutradhar (narrator) for Jagga Jasoos that stars Katrina Kaif and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles.
Days after reports that Govinda has a special role in Katrina Kaif-Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Jagga Jasoos, rumours now claim that Sanjay Dutt is also part of the Anurag Basu film.
A Mid Day report claimed Sanjay will be the sutradhar (narrator)?in the movie. Ranbir Kapoor had recommended Dutt’s name for the part, it suggested.
Jagga Jasoos is a Hindi comedy-drama film directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Basu and the film’s lead actor Ranbir Kapoor.
The film also features Sayani Gupta and Adah Sharma in lead roles, and is the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father. Jagga Jasoos releases on July 14.
Tubelight movie review: Salman Khan, Kabir Khan come up with a tearjerker
NEW DELHI:MMNN:23 Jun 2017
Tubelight, as Salman Khan is fondly called in the film, completely plays to Khan’s strength of adapting a Boy Scout onscreen. Here’s our movie review. Rating: 3/5.
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu
It’s been a while since Salman Khan started playing a clumsy yet golden hearted man-child. He has aced this game by now and Tubelight might be his best shot at it.
Laxman Singh Bisht aka Tubelight is the favourite entertainer of Jagatpur in the Kumaon region. He doesn’t mind being bullied, mocked or slapped as he believes in humanity in its purest form. It also works as a tactic that will force the audiences, typically fans, to clap later in the film when he will resort to a ‘little action’.
Seeti Maar: The next big chartbuster from Allu Arjun’s DJ is here
NEW DELHI:MMNN:21 Jun 2017
Days before the release of Allu Arjun’s new film DJ, the makers have released a promo to a song Seeti Maar featuring Pooja Hegde and Arjun.
Allu Arjun is undoubtedly one of the best dancers in Telugu industry. With his latest outing, DJ aka Duvvada Jagannadham, slated for release in cinemas on Friday, its makers released the glimpse of the hit song Seeti Maar from the film on Tuesday and in no time it went viral. With its catchy lyrics and mass-appealing steps, the song immediately became a chartbuster. Directed by Harish Shankar, the film is tipped to be an action entertainer made on a whopping budget, and it marks the first time collaboration of Arjun and Harish, most popular for directing Gabbar Singh.
Industry insiders reveal that the film has come out very well and the makers are very confident about its success. In the film, Arjun plays a brahmin chef, and he apparently took his role so seriously that he gave up eating meat, while shooting the portion where he plays the chef, as he wanted to get under the skin of the character and stay pure. His dedication stunned the entire unit, including his director and co-star Pooja Hegde, who plays his love interest. It’s for the first time in his career, Arjun is playing such a character and he didn’t want anything about it to stick out like a sore thumb.
Farhan Akhtar’s short film on Vidya Balan has a strong feminist message. Watch the video
NEW DELHI:MMNN:19 Jun 2017
Farhan Akhtar has made a short film on Vidya Balan and her dad. The film is a sweet but strong message on gender equality
Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has made a short film on Vidya Balan and her dad under his initiative MARD. Amitabh Bachhchan shared the short film on Sunday.
Sharing the film, Amitabh wrote, “A short film on Vidya Balan and her Father, made by Farhan Akhtar .. a moving pertinent strong statement .”
The six-minute film shows Vidya’s father PR Balan talk about bringing up two girls in a patriarchal society and how he never prayed for a son. Vidya Balan also enters the frame and reveals how supportive her dad has been throughout.
The duo also discuss The Dirty Picture, the film that got Vidya Balan her National Award.
The short film is both encouraging and sweet. Watch it here:
Jagga Jasoos: Can Anurag Basu and Ranbir Kapoor repeat the magic of Barfi?
NEW DELHI:MMNN:15 Jun 2017
Anurag Basu gave Ranbir Kapoor a challenging role in Barfi and the actor passed the test with flying colours.
The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani.
Director Anurag Basu has wished his frequent collaborator, Pritam Chakraborty, on his birthday and said the music composer is one of greatest strengths behind his movies. Pritam turned 46 on June 14.
Salman Khan ditches his SUV for an auto rickshaw ride
NEW DELHI:MMNN:14 Jun 2017
The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani.
It’s not everyday that one would find superstar Salman Khan hopping into an auto rickshaw to take a breezy ride back home. The Sultan of Bollywood did just that as he returned from Mehboob Studios on Tuesday night. He was accompanied by filmmaker Ramesh Taurani.
Shah Rukh Khan is world’s 65th highest-paid celebrity, Salman Khan 71st in Forbes list
NEW DELHI:MMNN:13 Jun 2017
Shah Rukh Khan is ahead of his Indian contemporaries and global celebrities like Novak Djokovic, actor Amy Schumer,Tiger Woods, Neymar, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna and more.
Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are in Forbes magazines Worlds Highest-Paid Celebrities list, led by rapper P. Diddy, also known as Sean Combs.
Shah Rukh, who earned a whopping $38 million between June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017, is ranked 65 on the list ahead of his Indian contemporaries and global celebrities like tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, actor Amy Schumer, golf legend Tiger Woods, footballer Neymar and singers Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Katy Perry
Akshay Kumar tweets out new poster of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha; trailer to release on 11 June
NEW DELHI:MMNN:10 Jun 2017
Akshay Kumar released a new poster of his upcoming Toilet: Ek Prem Katha on Twitter. The film has Bhumi Pednekar opposite Kumar. The satirical comedy is directed by Shree Narayan Singh. The film is creating a lot of buzz in the run-up to its August 2017 release.
Kumar can be seen channeling the Indian bridegroom in the poster, dressed up in a yellow suit. The poster is captioned "No Toilet, No Bride," which sends out a not-so-subtle indication about what the film is based on. Pednekar is playing the bride in the film. Kumar had earlier tweeted a poster in which both Pednekar and Kumar could be seen in an Indian bride and groom's getup. The cast also includes Sana Khan and veteran actor Anupam Kher.
The film is inspired by Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which is aimed at improving sanitation facilities and reducing open defecation in the country by constructing adequate washrooms. The film is expected to have a strong social commentary on the current sanitation facilities in the country.
Kumar also tweeted that the trailer of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will be out on 11 June 2017. The film is all set to release on 11 August 2017.
This is why Salman Khan called Rohit Roy a fat cow
NEW DELHI:MMNN:8Jun 2017
It was an advice Rohit Roy badly needed when he was preparing for Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil in which he had to look leaner and younger.
During late ‘90s, Salman Khan became the fitness inspiration of a country that wanted to move on from the usual chubby Bollywood leads to muscle builders. His films Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya and Veergati worked mostly because he didn’t hesitate in showing off his chiselled body. This intro is just to make you understand how serious is Salman Bhai about his body and fitness in general.
Fate of the Furious made Rs 650 crore in two days and it''s still less than expected
New Delhi:MMNN:17 April 2017
The Fate of the Furious is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend.
Final numbers have yet to be released, but based on earlier estimates, the action-thriller is poised to set a new worldwide high-water mark. It is expected to pass the previous record of $529 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
If that happens, a large part of the credit will to China, where The Fate of the Furious has already racked up a massive $135 million in its first two days of release. It is worth noting that Chinese theaters only give studios about 25% of ticket sales, roughly half of what they receive in most major territories.
Domestically, there are indications that a franchise centered on muscle cars and physics-defying stunts, has crested. The Fate of the Furious took in an estimated $100.2 million (Rs 644 crore), an impressive result, but a steep drop off from Furious 7''s $147.2 million (Rs 947 crore) kick-off. Heading into the weekend, most analysts expected the film would roar past the $100 million mark, instead of inch over the line.
There are important reasons for the fall off. Furious 7 served as a memorial of sorts to Paul Walker, the franchise star whose 2013 death in a car accident shattered his co-stars and many fans. This time, there wasn''t the same emotional resonance. The Fate of the Furious continues the franchise without Walker, adding in series newcomers such as Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
Then there was the off-screen drama. This film had to contend with reports of off-screen tension between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson that undermined one of the franchise''s key selling points -- that these films are celebrations of family and brotherhood. Both stars steered clear of each other at the picture''s New York premiere and Diesel''s attempt to brush aside the reports of a beef between the actors left something to be desired.
Reviews were also weaker. IndieWire''s David Ehrlich labelled the film the worst of the series, while the Los Angeles Times'' Justin Chang argued the franchise had jumped the shark, or in this case, the nuclear submarine. That''s not to say there weren''t some loud advocates. Variety''s Owen Glieberman, for instance, praised the picture as a "dazzling action spectacle." Audiences agreed, handing The Fate of the Furious an A CinemaScore.
Beyond Johnson, Diesel, Mirren, and Theron, The Fate of the Furious brings back franchise veterans Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Michelle Rodriguez. F. Gary Gray, fresh off the success of Straight Outta Compton, slid into the director''s chair.
'Raabta' trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon weave magic with their dreamy chemistry
New Delhi:MMNN:17 April 2017
The much-awaited trailer of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon starrer 'Raabta' is out now and it definitely looks dreamy.
The larger than life love story of the duo fills the screen with heartfelt romance that is bound to make you go weak in the knees.
The over-two-minutes trailer starts off with the quirky romance of Sushant and Kriti's characters without spilling the beans on their respective backgrounds much.
Next comes 'Neerja' actor Jim Sarbh into the picture as the ultimate baddie. In a reincarnation story laced with vengeance, will the duo strive to make their love win is the key takeaway from the trailer. The trailer also includes a recreation of the hit melody 'Raabta' from Saif Ali Khan-starrer 'Agent Vinod'.
'Raabta', a romantic drama, which was extensively shot in Budapest is set to release on June 9. The film is directed by debutant Dinesh Vijan. He has earlier produced films like 'Badlapur', 'Cocktail' and 'Finding Fanny'.
FINALLY! Priyanka Chopra has LOCKED in on a Bollywood film!
New Delhi:MMNN:10 April 2017
Priyanka Chopra may soon be homeward bound! After making waves for years as one of Bollywood's biggest stars, Chopra decided to head West, where she has been ruling the small screen for the past couple of years as Alex Parrish on Quantico. And now she'll also be making her mark on Hollywood, being a part of Baywatch, which is due to hit screens this summer. She's won several accolades
abroad. But now, Chopra's decided to make her return to Bollywood, with intentions to return to work as soon as this summer.
The actress has promised to start work on two films when she returns to India from the US. And she's finally locked in on a project. According to Mid-Day, Pink director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has been signed on by Chopra's production house. He has reportedly been roped in to create a women-centric film, with reports that Chopra herself might have a part to play in the film. While there is no word on what kind of role she'll be taking up, whether as the lead or in a cameo, we might find out soon as Chopra will finalise all the details upon her return to Mumbai from the US.
Chopra was last seen on Indian screens in Prakash Jha's 2016 Jai Gangaajal, which only received mixed reviews. She is currently in negotiations with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, among others. Chopra is currently involved in promotional activities for her Hollywood debut Baywatch, due to release May 26. Chopra will return to the US after shooting for her Bollywood efforts amidst reports of a season 3 for Quantico and a potential role in Mission Impossible 6.
Arjun Kapoor : People are made fun of if they don't speak English well
New Delhi:MMNN:10 April 2017
Actor Arjun Kapoor says it is sad that people judge others on the basis of how well they speak English and those who struggle with the language are often made fun of. Arjun says there are people who will understand Hindi but will respond in English to sound cool.
"In India, if you're smart but don't understand English no one gives importance to you. If you can't speak English then you're looked at differently.This is the biggest issue in the country. You may understand Hindi but will speak in English to sound cool," he said.
The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of 'Half Girlfriend' here. The romantic drama is based on the novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat and also stars Shraddha Kapoor .
Arjun says there are certain actors, who also struggle with this issue but he is thankful to his grandparents for always speaking to him in Hindi.
"People are told that if you speak in English you will sound better. So, a consciousness comes in, people are made fun of, they're not taken seriously. This has personally bothered me," he said.
"The youth of today is very fluent in English but you ask them three questions in Hindi and they face a problem. We are actors so we need to learn Hindi, and thankfully my grandparents always spoke to me in Hindi so my Hindi is clean but there are many actors also (who are not fluent in the language)," he adds.
The 31-year-old actor insists Hindi is a language which one must understand as it is something which will take the country forward.
Meri Pyaari Bindu Trailer 3#: Meet Parineeti Chopra, 'Kolkata's Madonna'
New Delhi:MMNN:5 April 2017
The third chapter of Meri Pyaari Bindu, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra is out, titled Kalkatte Ki Madonna. The one-and-a-half minute video shared on YouTube, focuses on Parineeti aka Bindu's passion for singing and how Abhimanyu, played by Ayushmann supports her in her journey to become a rockstar and gets 'trapped.' Meri Pyaari Bindu, which has been shot in Kolkata, features Ayushmann Khurrana as a Bengali author.
The third trailer from the movie has the popular song Disco '82 song from the movie Khud-Daar playing in the background. The film, directed by Akshay Roy, is scheduled to release in theatres on May 12.
The first two chapters of the film, titled Samosa Aur Chutney and Gabar Aur Sambha were released on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. The makers of the film have promised to release five chapters from Abhimanyu Roy's book, in the form of trailers.
The makers of the film released the first song from the movie, titled Mana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin, even before the trailers. Parineeti Chopra made her debut as a playback singer with this song. Mana Ke Hum Yaar nahin crossed over 4 million views in a day. The 28-year-old actress received a lot of appreciation from her cousin Priyanka Chopra, Golmaal Again co-stars and other close friends.
Parineeti Chopra was last seen in 2014 movie Kill Dil.
After Meri Pyaari Bindu, Ayushmann Khurrana will be seen in Bareilly Ki Barfi. The film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, also stars Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon. He will also feature in Aanand L Rai's Shubh Mangal Savdhan opposite Bhumi Pednekar.
'Naam Shabana' box-office collection Day 5
New Delhi:MMNN:5 April 2017
Taapsee Pannu's spy thriller 'Naam Shabana' collected approximately Rs 2.50 crore on its first Tuesday (Day 5) taking its total to Rs 22.50 crore (nett), as reported by Boxofficeindia.com.
The prequel to Neeraj Pandey's 'Baby' had opened at Rs 4.75 crore and earned Rs 17.75 crore over the first weekend.
Starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, the film has an extended cameo by Akshay Kumar with many key players from the cast of 'Baby' coming together for the film. While Akshay, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa and Madhurima Tuli reprise their roles from the 2015 film, 'Naam Shabana' also stars Prithviraj Sukumaran and Manoj Bajpayee.
The film delves into the back-story of Taapsee's character Shabana Khan and shows the audience how she is trained to become a spy.
Why Sunil Grover might not quit 'The Kapil Sharma Show'
New Delhi:MMNN:22 March 2017
It is out in the open that Kapil Sharma assaulted and abused good friend and co-actor Sunil Grover on a flight recently. Post this, the latter has decided to quit the 'The Kapil Sharma Show', where he plays characters that are loved by the viewers - Dr Mashoor Gulati and Rinku Bhabhi. While Kapil apologised to Sunil in a Twitter post, Sunil's reaction to it has not yet confirmed the news that he would leave the show. While this hints at the possibility that Sunil might just return to do what he does best - make people laugh, his not making his exit public also suggests that Sunil might not be too confident to venture out alone after the failure of his previous stints.
Going by Sunil's career in Television, success had eluded the talented actor for a long time. He was a part of many shows that did not do well, which included Gutur Gu, Professor Money Plant, Lo Kar Lo Baat, Chala Lallan Hero Ban Ne and Kya Aap Paanchvi Fail Champu Hain?. None of his works did justice to the talent that he has, until he worked on Comedy Nights With Kapil, where he rose to unprecedented heights with his enactment of a cross-dressed woman, Gutthi. He left the audience in splits with his comic act and proved his mettle as a comedian.
However, his creative differences with Kapil Sharma when he was doing Comedy Nights made him switch to another channel with a new show. Sunil went on to do 'Mad In India', his own show, which turned out to be a dud, doing nothing for the comedian. He then returned to Kapil's show after a reconciliation and continues to receive the same adulation till date, even when he now plays an aged Dr. Mashoor Gulati, who offers unique medical treatments to his patients, on The Kapil Sharma Show.
Sunil now probably knows the result of working with Kapil and without him, as he has experienced both. Hence, his possibility of returning to the show cannot be ruled out completely. Also, this pretty much sums up the fact that just as Kapil is nothing without Sunil, Sunil is also a non-entity without Kapil. It is true that some people work best, when they work together. We can only hope that two bury their differences and shift their energies to create magic with their humour and wit.
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's picture from the sets of 'Tiger Zinda Hai' is perfect
New Delhi:MMNN:22 March 2017
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are all set to recreate magic on the big screen with 'Tiger Zinda Hai'. One of the most sought-after on-screen jodis, the two were last seen together in the film's prequel, 'Ek Tha Tiger' in 2012. And for those who can't wait till the film's release to witness Salman and Katrina's sizzling chemistry, here's a surprise from the actor.
Salman posted a beautiful picture of him and Kat on the sets of 'Tiger Zinda Hai' on his Instagram handle. The actress looks gorgeous in a blush-coloured tube gown while Salman is his dashing self in a black tuxedo. The picture sees the two caught in a romantic moment as they are lost in each other's eyes. Salman captioned the image, "Back together, in Tiger Zinda Hai."
This superstar wanted to play Ranbir's role in Sanjay Dutt's biopic
New Delhi:MMNN:8 March 2017
Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who is making a film on actor Sanjay Dutt's life, went to superstar Aamir Khan for a role and the latter thought that the director came to him for Sanjay's role.
Reportedly, Raju offered Aamir the role of Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt.
If reports are to be believed than Rajukumar asked Aamir that he wanted to meet him, as he was keen to cast the superstar in Sanjay Dutt's biopic. The director met Aamir with writer Abhijat, and started giving narration on Sunil Dutt's role.
The actor who was expecting that the lead role told the filmmaker that he thought that they would narrate Sanjay's role to him adding that he was not interested in playing his father.
Well, this is indeed interesting. This is known to all that actor Ranbir Kapoor is playing the lead in the film.
Though, Ranbir is a talented actor and the hard work that he is doing for the biopic is not hidden from anyone. But, things would have been different if whatever Aamir was thinking was right and he was approached for the main role.
Along with Ranbir, the biopic also features Sonam Kapoor as Sanjay's one of the love interests, Dia Mirza will be seen as his wife Manyata Dutt, and Manisha Koirala will portray Nargis Dutt.
Paresh Rawal will essay the role of Sanjay's father Sunil Dutt.
Anushka Sharma: I think I've represented ghost community well
New Delhi:MMNN:8 March 2017
Actress Anushka Sharma, who will be essaying the role of a ghost bride in her second production 'Phillauri', says she does believe in ghosts.
During media interaction to promote her upcoming flick, the 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi' star revealed, "I believe ghosts exist and I have felt it too."
The 28-year-old then described her experience of becoming one and said, "It was fun to play a non-living character. Normally we play characters which are in the flesh and its boring to portray a living character in each film. You should keep doing a different thing. I think I've represented the ghost community well by presenting their feelings in front of all of you."
Anushka ventured into production with 2015 thriller 'NH-10' and is now gearing up for her banner's next project starring Diljit Dosanjh.
When asked as to what she enjoys the most, the actress replied, "I enjoy being both, an actor and producer. I have realized that with more responsibilities, I tend to perform better. It's because I get to collaborate on a film from scratch, from the beginning of it. This is creatively an extremely satisfying experience."
"For example right now when I am working on Imtiaz Ali's film, I just act and that's it. But when it's your film, there is even more involvement which I really enjoy," added the 'PK' star.
Koffee With Karan Season 5: Zoya Akhtar has many suitors, so claims Karan Johar
New Delhi:MMNN:27 Feb. 2017
Hosting the Director's special on Koffee With Karan Season 5 this week, Karan Johar was in a mood to talk cinema with people from his side of the business. With master filmmakers Kabir Khan, Zoya Akhtar and Imtiaz Ali giving him company, Karan chatted about films, critics, Twitter reviews and reactions.
Beginning the episode with what he calls himself famous for - frivolous talk, Karan calls Zoya a seductress of Koffee With Karan and someone who is wooed by many popular directors of Bollywood like Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee and Imtiaz Ali. To this, Zoya tells Karan how she is waiting for him. When Karan replies that it might never happen, she talks about hope and wait.
Talking about box office success, all the three directors confess that figures matter. Also, Imtiaz elaborated how he appreciates the experimentation that is happening in commercial cinema now. Since Hindi films are all about song and dance, both Imtiaz and Zoya opened up about their love for shooting the musicals on set.
When the topic shifted to stars walking out of their films, Zoya revealed that initially she was cocky, and that is what helped her survive. Imtiaz told Karan how he, somehow, never faced the problem of casting people after Jab We Met. Kabir had an all together different struggle. He joked that it was difficult for him to get the producer on board and not the actor. He was a documentary film maker and that came as a barrier in getting his foothold in commercial cinema.
Quick to point out things, Karan also opened up about how actors never read narrations, and that his are over-the-top, theatrical ones, where he enacts the male lead as well as the female part.
The funniest bit of the show was when Karan confessed that he was obsessed about reading every review of his movie on Twitter. Asking the directors to share their thoughts on the same, Zoya said that these days the critique is pathetic and low ground. They are competing amongst themselves to be meaner and funnier. While Zoya talked about how one critic accused her of making films about rich people. And the same one, gave Karan 4 stars for his film. Kabir, however, came easy on it.
He said he doesn't seek reviews but reads them if he comes across any. Imtiaz was all cool about it and revealed that he doesn't read anything. Karan also ridiculed the trend of live tweet reviews and Zoya called it piracy.
In the rapid fire round, from actors who came late on sets to the best actor/actress, the directors shared their favorites with Karan, without any hesitation. The hamper was won by Imtiaz Ali and Kabir Khan. But Zoya made up for the loss by winning the Koffee Quiz.
Rivals Deepika and Katrina to come together for film with SRK?
New Delhi:MMNN:27 Feb. 2017
Aanand L Rai's ambitious dwarf film with Shah Rukh Khan has been making headlines for a while now. While we know that the film will have two leading ladies, the speculation about who will essay the roles is never-ending. According to a report in DNA, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif have been finalised to star opposite SRK.
When Ranbir Kapoor reportedly cheated on then-girlfriend Deepika with Katrina, he set the stage for the cold war between the two. Katrina was asked on Koffee With Karan if she was friends with Deepika, and her only response was an awkward silence. The two also go out of their way to ensure that they do not come face-to-face at public events.
"Aanand has been in talks with a few actresses, and has finally sealed the deal with DP and Kat. While there were reports about Deepika replacing Katrina and vice-versa, the film will have both the heroines working together for the first time," DNA quotes a source as confirming.
Adding that they both are reluctant to let go of a plum project due to personal differences, the source said, "Both the roles in Aanand's film are extremely strong and totally different from the other. The team is planning a big announcement soon. The modalities are being worked out currently."
Not OK, Jaanu: Why we don't dig the title track of the latest Aditya Roy Kapur-Shraddha Kapoor-starrer
New Delhi:MMNN:21 Dec. 2016
The video for the title song of Ok Jaanu released online today. The film is the Hindi remake of Mani Ratnam's OK Kanmani and is directed by Shaad Ali and co-produced by Karan Johar. The audio version of the track was out on Saavn at least a week before the video came out. Which gave us enough time to listen to and gauge how we felt about it.
What you probably are aware of, is that It's a direct lift off music director AR Rahman's own Mental Manadhil, which he composed for the OK Kanmani soundtrack. That much is known. And while we'd like to tell you that we were looking out for this track because it's the Hindi version of Mental Manadhil, a track that we've been in love with, even a year after OKK released, we have to say that the OK Jaanu title track left us underwhelmed.
Lost in translation?
For starters, Jonita Gandhi (who, by the way sings in Hindi as well as Tamil) was replaced by Srinidhi Venkatesh. Which seems absolutely unnecessary, considering how well Gandhi nailed the original song. But yes, we understand it's ARR's call and we would respect it had Srinidhi not got the 'aa lakeerein padhte hain' line as mangled as for it to sound like 'aale-keede padte hain'.
In Gulzar's words
And while Mani Ratnam and ARR are credited with the Tamil lyrics -- seen in context of the film are apt, for the Hindi version, they have on board the grand old poet who gave us such gems such as Horn Ok Please (Dedh Ishqiya), Kiss Of Love (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) and Ticket To Hollywood (JBJ), Gulzar.
For better or verse
Rahman's accented first word sounded less like Jaanu and more like Chainu ('Shotgun' Sinha, much?). It's followed up with these lines Jaanu... chal na kuch karte hain, Aa lakeerein padhte hain (whatever that is supposed to mean). And with verses that go thus (from what we could make out from the audio): Yeh... aayu, Yeh... vaayu, Yeh mangal pe dangal, badi na ye kisi se, tu lucky lagti hai, your guess is as good as ours about what that is supposed to mean. Never thought I'd say this, but take away the words and the OKJ team have a winner with this song.
Now, the Ok Jaanu video. It's jerkily cut to such effect that you're left wondering if there's something wrong with your bandwidth (nothing's wrong with ours, hence the inference). There's an otherwise easy chemistry between the lead pair Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, something that comes across as awkward and a little too staged here.
Real vs manufactured
OK Jaanu's video revisits most of the places Mental Manadhil did. But seen with a different eye, it does seem a little fresher and updated, thought not as raw as Mental Manadhil. If you see the Tamil video, it's real, it's relatable. There's a scene where Dulquer Salmaan and Nitya Menen (OKK lead pair) almost get run over by a bus and the reaction cannot be acted out, and we imagine, probably happened and made it to the final cut. Compare that to Shraddha's riding the Enfield and (fake) endangering the lives of at least three bystanders at Horniman Circle.
Counter that with the over-the-top-ness of OKJ's title track video. They're selling it as the 'coolest date ever' video. We don't deny its unbearable cuteness, but we take aversion to it seeming so manufactured, especially the Gateway of India selfie scene. For reference, please compare it to the original. You are encouraged to. To this writer, OKK had something, which going by the video OKJ doesn't, that makes it stand out.
Normal vs abnormal
Dulquer and Nitya's characters do things that normal people do on a date. Not like pulling a bottle of Coke off a moving vehicle (it's not an ad, guys). And if you need to know, you can open a bottle with your teeth. It's how Shraddha does it that seems...readymade. She uses her lips to pry open the bottle. Go ahead and try doing that, if you're in the mood. Just have an ambulance on speed dial. Also, good luck with the rest of the day with the sticky remnants of Coke on you.
Yeh kya tha?
On an aside, we know the best eyewear off the streets is to be found at DN Road, so there's no grouse there. We like it that in OKJ did more with the Asiatic Library that OKK did, but random band with amps and shiny mics there for your Snapchat story satisfaction? That's someone else's performance. These two -Aditya and Shraddha were being douches about crashing in.
Word to the 'wise'
And please... those sitting on your high horse about roaming around the city of Mumbai, without a helmet, spare us. On any given day, we've all seen one of these fools. Name the last time you saw an actor wear a helmet while on a bike (the Dhoom series doesn't count and even that franchise has bike scenes without helmets). At least, these actors in either OKJ or OKK aren't doing anything even remotely dangerous.
There's the argument that one should enjoy both the original and the remake on their own merits. So far, the latter is found lacking. The other argument being made is that those who haven't watched the original will enjoy the remake. And while that isn't an entirely bad thing, we have a sneaky feeling that we're right about the remake. At least, going by what we've seen so far.
Second Trailer of 'Kaabil' is emotionally charged
New Delhi:MMNN:21 Dec. 2016
The trio behind 'Kaabil' - the father-son duo of filmmaker Rakesh Roshan and superstar Hrithik Roshan, and director Sanjay Gupta - are constantly finding innovative ways of presenting their labour of love goes.
Made under the banner of FilmKraft Productions India Pvt Ltd, the film releases on January 25, 2017. While public expectation would be to have an intense and high voltage second trailer, the filmmakers have come out with one that is emotionally-charged and portrays a beautiful love story.
Talking about it, Sanjay says, "Our second trailer cuts through the clutter and is based on an emotional song that is the backbone of our film. It's easy to make high-voltage trailers, but to make one as impactful without showing any fighting or intense action is a challenge."
Following Sanjay's vision, the team has done, released a poetically cut trailer that conveys Rohan and Supriya's pain and suffering which will move you. This trailer also peels yet another layer of the movie While the first one highlighted the pure love shared by the protagonists and some brave-heart ballistics that Gupta is famous for, the second one conveys their anguish.
Ranveer Singh is all set to make his TV debut in 2018!
New Delhi:MMNN:17 Dec. 2016
We all have seen how energetic Ranveer Singh is in his real life. Be it when he hit a reality show for his movie promotions, the most recent being when he met Salman Khan in Bigg Boss house. Or when he met Karan Johar over a cup f Koffee in the last episode. It seems there's no stopping for the 31-year-old actor.
The Bollywood hero is soon planning to hit the television aswell!
According to a report in Pinkvilla, Ranveer expressed his desire in entering the small screen and was quoted as saying, "I am dying to do television. I think I have the skill set for this. I have been offered TV shows in the past three years. There were multiple television shows which they wanted me to host. But for one reason or the other-mostly date issues-things have not worked out. But it's definitely on my radar. It's something I am strongly considering."
"There have been novel concepts, some concepts that have worked internationally that people are trying to introduce in India and some popular existing shows that I have been asked or offered to take the mantle of. Nothing has worked out. But I think I am targeting 2018." 'Lootera' actor further added.
On the professional front, 'Bajirao Mastani' actor is currently busy filming Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directorial 'Padmavati' that also stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in pivotal roles.
Tamannaah Bhatia: 'Baahubali' most unexpected thing of my career
New Delhi:MMNN:17 Dec. 2016
Tamannaah Bhatia says the most unexpected thing of her decade-long career so far has been being part of S.S Rajamouli's magnum opus 'Baahubali: The Beginning'.
"It came to me when I was going through the lowest lows of my career. After a series of failures, to be part of a project like Baahubali: The Beginning is dream-like, and it's easily the most unexpected thing of my career," Tamannaah told.
In the first part of 'Baahubali', she played a rebellious warrior, Avantika. She says she has an even better role in the second installment of the franchise.
"It's a really good role. We still have some minor portion to shoot which will be wrapped up in December," she said, adding she'd do anything to be part of such a proud project.
"I would die and even kill if required to be part of Baahubali," she quipped.
Tamannaah, who has had three back-to-back hits in 2016, is gearing up to reprise Kangana Ranaut's role in the yet-untitled Tamil remake of 'Queen'.
Parineeti Chopra: Priyanka is going to be fantastic in 'Baywatch'
New Delhi:MMNN:14 Dec. 2016
Actress Parineeti Chopra says she has loved the recently released trailer of her sister Priyanka Chopra's Hollywood film 'Baywatch' and insists she will be fantastic in the film.
After garnering an overwhelming response to her American debut television show 'Quantico', Priyanka is set to make her acting debut in Hollywood with 'Baywatch'.
Recently the makers released a teaser of the much awaited film which had a blink and miss appearance of Priyanka. And this small appearance of hers has made headlines in the country.
"Of course I have seen the trailer and it's amazing. I have seen the show. 'Baywatch' is a big brand and she is part of it and it's the proudest thing," Parineeti said.
When prodded further that Priyanka does deserve to be seen more in the trailer, the 'Ishaqzaade' actress said, "I think a trailer is cut according to the story. I don't think we can get involve in it. I think she is going to be fantastic in the film. I have seen some stills of the film and she is looking amazing."
"I am sure she will be amazing in the film as well," quipped Parineeti. 'Baywatch' is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, based on the television series of the same name.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jon Bass, Priyanka Chopra, the film is set to release on May 26 next year.
'Mrs Funnybones' Twinkle Khanna returns to films
New Delhi:MMNN:14 Dec. 2016
After she hung up her acting boots following E Niwas's 2001 crime comedy, 'Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega', Twinkle Khanna dabbled in interior decoration, and film production by serving as a co-producer on 'Tees Maar Khan', 'Thank You', 'Patiala House' and 'Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty', featuring her husband Akshay Kumar, before she stumbled upon her true calling as a columnist in 2014.
While her writing, generously peppered with witty and astute observations about daily life, grew popular, Twinkle went on to become a bestselling author with the eponymous 'Mrs Funnybones' hitting stands last year and quickly followed it up with her fiction debut, 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad', which released last month.
Now, 'Mrs Funnybones' is looking at another innings at the movies, this time, from behind the scenes. Mirror has learnt that Twinkle has conceptualised her first film, R Balki's next directorial that features Akshay, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles and also has Balki regular Amitabh Bachchan in a special appearance. The film also marks the debut of the actress-turned author's production house, 'Mrs Funnybones Movies'.
A source informs Mirror, "It's Twinkle's concept that will be entirely developed by Balki who is writing the script, screenplay and dialogues. Twinkle will not be involved in the writing process. The film goes on the floors in March next year." When asked about the film, Akshay said jokingly, "She (Twinkle) is the producer and I will work on a salary."
Twinkle has always been credited as a co-producer on all 'Hari Om Productions films' (founded by Akshay and named after his late father), as is Gauri Khan for 'Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd.', and Kiran Rao for 'Aamir Khan Productions'. But unlike the other star wives, Twinkle was never involved in any aspect of her home productions. This time, however, it's entirely her baby. "There are two kinds of slates being planned for 'Mrs Funnybones Movies' for 2017 - one for mainstream films and the second for off-beat fare. All the films will be presented by Twinkle," reveals a source close to the actress-writer.
Meanwhile, Akshay's association with his partner Ashvini Yardi's 'Grazing Goat productions', which was founded in 2011 and also had Twinkle as one of its co-producers, ended with 'Singh is Bliing' in 2015, even though no formal announcement has been made by the actor.
Befikre Box Office Collection Day 1: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor's Film Collects Rs 10 Crore
New Delhi:MMNN:10 Dec. 2016
Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor's Befikre started off well at the box office with its single day earnings in double digit, says trade analyst Taran Adarsh. He shared Befikre's Day 1 box office collection and said that the Aditya Chopra-directed film is a going strong at the multiplexes. Ranveer's Befikre collected Rs 10 crore on the first day, he tweeted.
Set in Paris, Befikre is a love story more suited for today's youth looking for no-strings attached relationships. Befikre released to fairly decent reviews on December 9 and is Vaani Kapoor's second film after her 2013 debut in Shudha Desi Romance.
Taran Adarsh has only shared Befikre business in India. The film simultaneously released in USA, France and other European countries, and UK. Befikre also released in UAE during the Dubai International Film Festival.
With Befikre, Aditya Chopra made a comeback as director after eight years. This is his fourth film as director and the film marks a significant change from his style of cinema. In his previous three film, Aditya only picked Shah Rukh Khan as his lead actor. This time, he made an exception for Ranveer Singh, who according to Aditya was in the film even before he knew he would direct it. "I would not have made Befikre if an actor called Ranveer Singh did not exist," he wrote in a press statement.
In a Twitter chat with Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer said that Ranveer Singh feels 'incredibly blessed' to be called an 'Aditya Chopra hero.' Ranveer's performance made headlines thanks to the film's trailer and songs. Apart from the underwear scene, for which Ranveer said he 'slaved in the gym,' there were some incredibly funny moments.
Meanwhile, Ranveer Singh also attended a special screening of Befikre on Friday night with Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma. Aditya Chopra's mother Pamela Chopra and actor Arjun Kapoor were also at the screening.
Post the release of Befikre, Ranveer Singh, will get busy with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati co-starring Deepika and Shahid Kapoor.
Koffee With Karan: Aamir Khan to follow Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and get grilled on the show?
New Delhi:MMNN:10 Dec. 2016
No one dares to ignore the wish of Bollywood's Mr. Passionate (as Aamir Khan wants people to address him). Not even ace filmmaker Karan Johar. While attending a fashion event in Mumbai with his Dangal daughters, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, Aamir told reporters that he wishes to go to Karan Johar's celebrity talk show, Koffee With Karan but Karan is not inviting him. Here Aamir said this and there Karan took no time to send an invite to the Dangal actor.
And as per reports, even Aamir readily accepted the invitation and will be shooting for the celebrity chat show during this weekend. Also, he will not go solo. The actor will be accompanied by his Dangal onscreen daughters Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra for one particular segment. The episode will be aired on the next weekend around the release of Dangal.
This weekend. the century episode of Koffee with Karan will be adorned by Salman Khan, along with his brothers Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan.
Aamir Khan has earlier said that he will not promote Dangal on any television shows. The actor said, "We will, of course, promote Dangal on TV but not on TV shows. TV is an important medium for us. I have a different logic.
There are two aspects of marketing - one is to inform people about film's release date and the other is creating a desire amongst them to watch the movie. Being part of a big TV show doesn't ensure that people will watch your movie. Instead, our goal is to create a desire. Sometimes disappearing can create a desire."
Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao who have always kept their personal life very personal spilled the beans about each other and their love life during the previous season of Karan's show.
Aamir who is known for staying politically correct in his statements during interviews remained undiplomatic on the sassy couch as he admitted that he hadn't liked host Karan Johar much when they met for the first time.
It will be interesting to watch whether Aamir will make for an entertaining guest as compared to the previous season.
Before Shah Rukh Khan's Raees: Who was Abdul Latif, the real Raees?
New Delhi:MMNN:7 Dec. 2016
Raees Alam i.e Shah Rukh Khan's character in Raees is a gangster in Gujarat who starts his criminal empire by dealing in illicit liqour. The character, though not confirmed by the film's makers, is rumoured to be based on real-life gangster Abdul Latif who was a terror throughout Gujarat.
Latif was shot and killed by the police in Ahmedabad in an alleged 'encounter' in 1997. Reportedly, Shah Rukh Khan visited Abdul Latif's son Mustak Ahmed Abdul Latif Shaikh in Gujarat, at least twice, to research on his character and understand Abdul Latif, the person who was the backbone of Shah Rukh's Raees character.
However, when Shah Rukh noticed that meeting Latif's son was being given political overtones, the actor began maintaining a distance from Mustak. Mustak reportedly felt snubbed by Shah Rukh and demanded money up to Rs 10 crore from the actor and only then, would he allow Raees to release.
While these maybe rumours, hearsay and gossip, that Shah Rukh's character Raees and Abul Latif seems to have a lot of similarities is undeniable.
BUT WHO WAS ABDUL LATIF?
Abdul Latif began his journey in the bylanes of Ahmedabad. He began waiting on tables in gambling danes where as a teenager, he would serve liquour.
From there, Latif started his business as a bootlegger and through murder, extortion and political patronage, slowly grew big enough to monopolise the illicit liquour business of Gujarat. As Latif's business empire grew, so did his ambition and consequently, the scale of his operations. Latif soon got involved in hawala, contract killings and land dealings. He would allegedly recieve smuggled arms and ammunition brought in through the villages of Gujarat's western coast.
SAINT FOR THE MINORITIES?
It is said that Abdul Latif had a Robin Hood-like image among the Muslims of Gujarat. According to rumours and anecdotes, Latif would help underprivileged and backward Muslim youth get jobs and would provide the impoverished with food, shelter and other aid.
Latif was also known for running a parallel justice system. A large section of Gujarat's Hindu population believed that Latif was strongly communal. The gangster always ensured that his criminal associates were predominantly Muslim and in the words of a Gujarat police officer, after his arrest, "There were fireworks in the Hindu areas."
CLOSE CONNECTION TO DAWOOD IBRAHIM
Abdul Latif is known to have had close connections to Dawood Ibrahim, one of the world's most dreaded terrorists and currently wanted by the Interpol. Although Latif's name did not figure among the 198 accused in connection to the 1992 Bombay blasts, after his arrest, Latif revealed to investigators that during his 15-month stay in Karachi between August 1993 and December 1994, he would meet Dawood "almost daily."
ARREST AND EVENTUAL DOWNFALL
Abdul Latif was arrested from Delhi's Jama Masjid area on October 10 after a well-coordinated operation that lasted two months.
Reportedly, Latif, who was absconding from the police, made a crucial error which led to his arrest. While in Delhi, he was using the same public telephone booth to track his operations in Gujarat and Rajasthan and in his telephonic discussions, he would be heard saying "aisa" a lot, a word Latif was known to punctuate his conversations with.
For two months, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Gujarat Police kept trying to trace the calling number and finally they zeroed in on a public phone booth in an old Delhi locality and arrested Latif while he was making a phone call.
CASES AGAINST LATIF
A total of 97 cases were lodged against Abdul Latif in his lifetime. 10 of them involved murder, some of them were about his bootlegging business and there were some serious charges under TADA i.e Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act as well.
Apparently, one of the reasons Latif's son Mustak had a problem with Raees was director Rahul Dholakia's representation of Raees's businesses. The Latif family's lawyer Harsh Gajjar told Indian Express earlier this year, "There were 97 cases lodged against Latif in his life time. These cases were for bootlegging and serious offences under TADA, however, at no point he ran a brothel or used women for delivering liquor. By attributing such false claims in the movie trailer, the respondents have defamed the family's image in the society."
DEATH BY ENCOUNTER
In 2008, a retired director general of Gujarat Police told Times of India, "It would not be wrong to say Abdul Latif laid the foundations of the BJP's climb to power on its own strength in Gujarat."
Latif had close ties to the Janata Dal government (1990-1995) led by Chimanbhai Patel. His business flourised during Chimanbhai's regime but in 1995, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) government came into power in the state. Latif became a symbolic target for the BJP government and around the time of the 1995 elections, Latif had fled to Pakistan. Reportedly, around this time, no election speech of a BJP leader was complete without a mention of Latif and his ties with Dawood Ibrahim and the Congress.
After Latif's arrest, Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel was commemorated as a 'Hindu Hriday Samrat' and was fecilitated by his party in many districts of the state.
Latif, since his arrest, had been lodged in the Sabarmati Central jail. On November 29, 1997, Latif allegedly tried to escape after he was brought back to his jail following an investigation. The police shot him dead.
Hospitalised Dilip Kumar assures fans that he is 'feeling much better'
New Delhi:MMNN:7 Dec. 2016
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday after he complained of swelling in his right leg and fever. The thespian was rushed to the hospital by his wife Saira Banu.
Now, the legendary actor, who is days away from celebrating his 94th birthday, has informed his fans on Twitter that his condition is stable. "Feeling much better now. Was admitted to Lilavati hospital for routine checkup. Your prayers are with me," he posted.
In a series of tweets, the Padma Vibhushan awardee credited the able doctors for their treatment and thanked his fans for their best wishes.
The actor has been hospitalised quite a few times over the last few years, following major and minor ailments.
Box Office: Kahaani 2 collects 4.25 cr. on Day One, Dear Zindagi collects 2.25 cr on Day 8
New Delhi:MMNN:3 Dec. 2016
Kahaani 2 has seen fair collections on Day One as Rs. 4.25 crores came in. This is actually pretty much on the expected lines as the buzz was just about decent for the film which didn't quite see great hype enroute release.
Considering the fact that the film was coming off the super success of Kahaani, there could have been much more heat generated but that was not really the case. Nonetheless, the collections are still decent to begin with and it would all boil down to how the footfalls increase today and tomorrow.
When compared to the opening day of films belonging to similar genre (suspense dramatic thrillers) that have released in 2016, this is how Kahaani 2 stands:
Wazir - Rs. 5.57 crores
Kahaani 2 - Rs. 4.25 crores
TE3N - Rs. 2.61 crores
Madaari - Rs. 2.25 crores
The film has seen mixed range of reviews which have ranged from average to very good. Though the film doesn't have as high impact as Sujoy Ghosh's last, Kahaani, it is not the kind which would be ignored either.
There are ingredients in the film which promise a good viewing but for that the word of mouth needs to spread really fast. The film gains from the fact that there is not much of a competition from anything around it and if there are enhanced footfalls today with increase in collections by 30% - 40%, it would lead to a healthy weekend overall.
Dear Zindagi brought in Rs. 2.25 crores more on its second Friday. It is clearly slowing down after a good first five days and now stands at Rs. 49.25 crores. Ideally, the Rs. 50 crore mark should have been surpassed in the first week itself.
Considering the fact that there is no major film running alongside and there are good number of shows still reserved for it in the second week, the Gauri Shinde directed affair should have been even more stable.
Though at one point in time it had seemed that Rs. 70 crores would be a possibility for the film, currently it seems that Alia Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan starrer would be aiming at Rs. 65 crores.
Jolly LLB 2: Akshay Kumar reveals first look, film to release on February 10, 2017
New Delhi:MMNN:3 Dec. 2016
Akshay Kumar has revealed the first look of his much-awaited movie Jolly LLB 2. We have to say that Akshay has nailed the look of a small town lawyer. What stands out is his complete new avatar for the role.
Be it carrying a tiffin box to the office or wearing a pair of sports shoes or riding a scooter, the film's new poster has reinvented the look of a common man. So will we see Akshay Kumar in a funny avatar once again?
The film starring Akshay as a lawyer will release on February 10, 2017. Akshay took to Twitter and shared," And here is the first look of #JollyLLB2 as promised. Ready to meet this Jolly good fellow on 10th Feb. 2017?" The film will release on February 10, 2017.
Remember, how Akshay entertained us all with his impeccable comic act in films like Hera Pheri and Housefull? Well, Akshay seems to do it again over here. The actor is seen smiling.
What also caught our eye is this- The State vs. Jolly LLB 2-written on the poster. Going by this line, one can expect some really gritty courtroom arguments filled with hilarious moments.
Written and directed by Subhash Kapoor, Jolly LLB 2 is mostly shot in Lucknow. Jolly LLB 2 is a sequel to 2013 courtroom drama Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani.
The film saw a small time lawyer played by Arshad struggling to win a case defended by the high-profile lawyer Boman Irani. Arshad also faces threat by local goons everytime he tries to collect an evidence or finds out the truth.
Kahaani 2: Vidya Balan slept through the film, reveals Arjun Rampal
New Delhi:MMNN:30 Nov. 2016
It has been years since Vidya Balan's Vidya Bagchi unleashed the power of a lone hairpin. The audience gasped, and gasped again as Sujoy Ghosh introduced that unexpected twist in the tale and made Kahaani one of the best thrillers in Indian cinema.
Now, Vidya and Sujoy are back with Kahaani 2, this time called Durga Rani Singh. There is a new entrant in the mix and it is Arjun Rampal. Can the trio leave us gasping in the theatres again? While we will have to wait till Friday to get an answer to that, what new has Vidya tried with Kahaani 2? Because, innovation is the name of the game, isn't it?
Before Vidya could reply, Arjun had the answer ready: "Vidya will be seen sleeping in the film, throughout. Now this is something no one has ever done." It took Sujay to explain that since Vidya is in a coma in the film, she will be seen sleeping through the film.
Vidya added that Kahaani 2 gave her a chance to do action scenes, which is something she was yet to try in her career. "There is an accident sequel in the film in which I got a chance to try some stunts, something I always longed to do. Post the shoot, everyone on the set asked me was it difficult, but I actually enjoyed the process," she said.
But while Vidya enjoyed the action, there was one scene which left her traumatised. The scene is where the child actor who plays Vidya's daughter in the film jumps from the roof.
"Vidya was very badly affected by the scene. Post shoot, she cried so hard and I am sure that is something she has never done in the past," Arjun said.
On being asked how Arjun felt working with Vidya, he said, "I though Vidya would be a very serious and intellectual kind of a person, but she is a complete baby at heart. She is best in her work but as the scene gets over, there is a twinkle in her eye that brings a positive vibe on the sets. Working with her was all pleasure."
Vidya too said that she had her doubts as she had only met Arjun at social events and this was the first time that they were working together. "I never expected to gel with him so well. He has a beautiful smile and thus I love to make him smile, which is the best part of working with him," said Vidya.
Golmaal 4 to NOT clash with Rajinikanth's 2.0, producer thanks Rohit Shetty
New Delhi:MMNN:30 Nov. 2016
The 2.0-Golmaal 4 clash has been in the news for the longest time now. Earlier there were rumours, that the two wouldn't clash for various reasons but then recent reports stated, that the clash was confirmed for Diwali 2017.
But now, the final verdict is out - Golmaal 4 will NOT clash with Rajinikanth's 2.0. And we can confirm this because the producer of 2.0, has taken to social media to thank Rohit Shetty himself for the support given to 2.0 -
"Rohitji, thanks for the magnanimous support given for 2.0 !!! You are Indeed a great fan of our @superstarrajini!!!" Hey Rohit Shetty, That sure is the coolest way to show you are a big Thalaiva fan. Reports state, that Golmaal 4 will release two week prior, but no official announcements have been yet. We can only confirm that the clash is NOT happening.
Golmaal 4 bring back together the old team of Arshad Warsi, Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade. This time, Parineeti Chopra has been finalised as the female lead. As for 2.0, it a big budget sci-fi starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson.
Although certain elements of Enthiran- The robot will repeat itself in this film, the storyline is entirely different. The first look launch was held ina grand event in Mumbai. Along with 3D motion poster, three first look posters were released on social emdia. Akshay Kumar's scary avatar as DR richards stunned everybody.
Also, the face off between Rajini aka Chitti and Akshay Kumar aka Dr richards in 2.0's first look poster was epic. There are too many reasons to be excited about 2.0 - Rajinikanth's alleged triple role, Akshay Kumar's villain role, the graphics, VFX, and Amy Jackson's secretive role.
Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor to promote 'Befikre' on 'The Kapil Sharma Show'
New Delhi:MMNN:23 Nov. 2016
The handsome Ranveer Singh and gorgeous Vaani Kapoor are all set to appear on 'The Kapil Sharma Show' to promote their upcoming movie 'Befikre'.
The good-looking pair will be creating a laughter riot on Kapil Sharma's funny show.
While Ranveer will be looking dapper in a dark blue suit, Vaani will be sizzling in a blue dress.
From Kapil's comic timings to Ali and Kiku dressed as Mastani from 'Bajirao Mastani', will make you roll on the floor laughing.
The episode has been shot and will be aired soon.
Befikre is set to hit the theatres on December 9 and is directed by Aditya Chopra.
John Abraham's Force 2 beats demonetisation lull; makes Rs 20 cr on opening weekend
New Delhi:MMNN:23 Nov. 2016
Films released in past two weeks may not have garnered the revenues anticipated by trade gurus because of demonetisation, but the situation is improving now, experts maintain.
And with John Abraham starrer Force 2 raking in a decent opening week collection, things seem to be looking up.
Trade experts say the situation is relatively normal compared to the previous week and that audiences have started to walk into theatres. Single-screen theatres are the ones that had to bear the burnt, as the bulk of the audience prefers to buy tickets with cash and not online.
"There has been a huge dip. I feel sorry for the film Rock On 2 which released the week when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made this announcement. But this Friday was relatively better. I can't say good, but it was decent," Manoj Desai, Executive Director of Gaiety Galaxy and Maratha Mandir Cinema.
"Here in Gaeity Galaxy, most of the people book their tickets in cash -- which was one of the problems for them. Due to demonetisation, their priorities were different, so they preferred to sort those issues out rather than watch films," he said.
This Friday Force 2 and Tum Bin 2 had a clash at the box office. But the John Abraham starrer managed to pull in a fair amount of business.
"Overall in the first weekend, there was a huge fall in the collection, but now things are getting back to normal as Force 2 had a decent amount of crowd. We hope going ahead, things should get better," Devang Sampat, Director - Strategic Initiatives, Cinapolis India.
Force 2 was released in 1800 screens and according to this Indian Express report, gained momentum at the box office due to word of mouth publicity.
Meanwhile, the director of the film Tum Bin 2, Anubhav Sinha, is happy with Modi's move, he is also hugely disappointed as his film has been affected.
"It has affected very badly. As a producer-director, I am feeling sad as you give your blood and sweat to a film and everything is going right when suddenly an outside force, which you have no control over, actually affects the prospects. This is heart breaking,".
Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi is all set to hit the screens this Friday and Manoj Desai hopes for a good opening for the film.
"I am hoping that things will be far better for Dear Zindagi. The only problem now is that it's high time we get the new Rs 500 notes back in action so it gets easier to exchange the money. If someone comes with a Rs 2,000 note, it is not easy to give them change," said Desai.
Bigg Boss 10 November 18 highlights: Rahul Dev lashes out at Lokesh, calls her ill-mannered
New Delhi:MMNN:19 Nov. 2016
Rohan is enjoying his privileges as a captain but at the same time, he is making the lives of other contestants miserable, especially for those who didn't vote for him. On being asked by Bigg Boss two names whom he thinks deserves jail punishment, he takes Manveer and Manoj's name. Though the young man had his own reasons for doing so but the viewers and the contestants of Bigg Boss 10 are well acquainted with his reasons. It was only a day before that he had a major fight with the duo as they passed comments on his masculinity.
Lopamudra tries to reason with Rohan but he refuses to listen. He is adamant about his decision of not defining reasons for sending Manveer and Manoj to jail. The verbal spat got uglier as both yelled at each other uncontrollably. Lopamudra was irritated to a level that she banged the kitchen tray and asked Rohan to not point fingers at her.
Lokesh Kumari has shown a completely different side of hers after getting nominated for evictions this week. She has been snapping at people every now and then. Even yesterday she irritated Rahul Dev, the calmest man in the house. Rahul told her not to sway the tissue box in front of his face and went ahead to call her mannerless.
After being asked by Bigg Boss to abide by the rules of the house, Manveer and Manoj agree to take the jail punishment. But the punishment is getting severe with each passing week inside the Bigg Boss house. They had to stand in a box and had to take permission from the captain if they had to use the washroom.
Swami Om looks sad on seeing Manoj and Manveer in the jail. He tells them that he can't see his sons in the jail and he used to cry for them in the secret room. Manoj and Manveer jokingly pacify Swami by saying that the show will become dull if both of them will not act like devils.
Some respite comes in as Bigg Boss introduces a task for deciding who is the most good looking man in the house. Girls unanimously decide Gaurav and Rohan as the top two contenders. Now the fight is between Gaurav and Rohan. The one who will be the first to collect three medallions will win the tag of the most good looking man in the Bigg Boss house.
After Twinkle-Akshay, KJo Is All Set To Bring Shahid And Mira On His Koffee With Karan Couch!
New Delhi:MMNN:19 Nov. 2016
After an explosive episode with Khiladi Akshay Kumar and his wife Mrs Funny Bones aka Twinkle Khanna, looks like Karan Johar is all set to show the love story of another Bollywood couple to the world.
For the first time ever, Shahid Kapoor is all set to make an appearance on a chat show with his wife Mira Rajput and it is KJo who has done the unthinkable.
While a lot of rumours were rife that Shahid will be gracing this season with Padmavati co-star Deepika Padukone, a report carried out by DNA has managed to spill cold water on these speculations.
This will be Mira's official TV debut and what can be more interesting than doing it with your man by your side right? At the moment, the lovely couple is basking in parenthood as they welcomed their baby girl Misha in August.
The duo will shoot for the Koffee With Karan soon and the episode will be aired in mid-December after Shahid completes his first schedule of Padmavati.
Come to think of it, this season of Karan's talk show is turning out to be a big basket of surprises. Not only did he manage to rope Twinkle Khanna, he even brought Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor together for an episode. With Shahid and Mira next in the line, it keeps getting better!
Here's Everything You Should Know About Salman-Irrfan's Rs 300 Cr Film On Sikh Hero Gurdit Singh
New Delhi:MMNN:16 Nov. 2016
Even though professional rivalry has always kept Salman Khan and Irrfan Khan away from each other, there is a big news that will make fans of both the stars super happy. According to reports, Irrfan Khan and Salman Khan have joined hands for the first time for a mega-budget film project.
Based on the life of Sikh lawyer Gurdit Singh who battled for the rights of Kamagata Maru passengers to enter Canada. While Salman will be co-producing the film along with Toronto-based Indian tycoon Ajay Virmani, Irrfan Khan will be seen in the lead role. Here are all the major details about the film that looks like a promising deal in every possible way.
1. The super-expensive film will star Irrfan Khan in the lead role and will be produced by Salman Khan and Toronto-based Indian tycoon
Amar Butala, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Salman Khan Films was quoted as saying, "It's a powerful human story of struggle and triumph in which Irrfan will play a Sikh named Gurdit Singh. The story of those Sardars, Muslims and Hindus is relevant even today as we hear and read about the refugee crisis and racial profiling constantly. We have begun work on the pre-production and will announce the director and the rest of the cast in the next few days."
2. The film has been tentatively titled Lions of the Sea.
The film will impart a strong religious message and will go on the floors in 2017.
3. Irrfan will reprise the role of a real-life Sikh businessman Gurdit Singh, who in 1914 chartered the Japanese ship Komagata Maru to carry 376 south Asian passengers to Canada to challenge the anti-immigration policies.
Based on a true-life drama about 376 South Asian ocean passengers who were denied entry to Canada in 1914, this incident involved the Japanese steamship of the same name that consisted 24 Muslims, 340 Sikhs and 12 Hindus, escaping from the harrowing British Raj. It was their bold attempt to immigrate from the country and flee to Canada via Shanghai, Hong Kong, Yokohama and Vancouver.
Families of former RAW agents to watch 'Force 2'
New Delhi:MMNN:16 Nov. 2016
There is a lot of anticipation around 'Force 2', which opens in cinemas this Friday, especially since the first instalment of the action thriller was quite successful.
Starring John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles, the film revolves around the evil intention of one man who wants to put India under threat by killing agents of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), which is the country's leading intelligence agency.
The writers did extensive research to pen the script, which is inspired by true events. During this process, they were moved by the plight of the families of those agents who are on field for covert operations.
John and the makers of the film empathised deeply with them due to the perils that they face. As an ode to them, the actor-producer wants to arrange a special screening of the film for the families of former RAW agents.
John and Sonakshi have also taken the initiative and signed an online petition by Vinod Sawhney, President of Jammu Ex Sleuths Association that works for the welfare of these agents.
'Force 2', presented by Viacom18 Motion Pictures in association with Sunshine Pictures Pvt Ltd and JA Entertainment Pvt Ltd, releases on November 18.
Here's Everything You Should Know About Salman-Irrfan's Rs 300 Cr Film On Sikh Hero Gurdit Singh
New Delhi:MMNN:12 Nov. 2016
Director Gauri Shinde says actress Alia Bhatt's character in Dear Zindagi will have an instant connection with the youth.
"Alia's character in the film is one with which the youth will instantly connect and relate to. The situations she faces, people she meets and her attitude to love and relationships is reflective of the way norms in our society are evolving today," Gauri said in a statement.
The makers of Dear Zindagi have collaborated with popular dating app Tinder for the film. And in one of the teasers, Alia can be seen using it and finding her match on the app.
Gauri said: "The film deals with love and relationships in the time of Tinder. This collaboration is, therefore, perfectly synergistic."
Dear Zindagi, which also stars superstar Shah Rukh Khan, is a collaboration of Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions. The film is slated to hit the cinemas on November 25.
Venky Mysore, CEO of Red Chillies, said: "Tinder is undoubtedly one of the most trending dating platforms and we are happy to associate with the platform."
Koffee With Karan: Kapil Sharma to debut on the show and get grilled by Karan Johar?
New Delhi:MMNN:12 Nov. 2016
The guest list of Karan Johar's show, Koffee With Karan is getting bigger and better every day. The brazen host of the celebrity chat show, KJo has got an exciting guest list up his sleeves in the newly premiered fifth season. Though only the first episode has been aired, but the small screen audience is already going gaga over the latest season being high on gossip.
It was only yesterday that we informed you about Deepika Padukone's former love interest Ranbir Kapoor and current beau Ranveer Singh are coming together to share the sassy couch on the show. Now, buzz around comedy king, Kapil Sharma sipping coffee with Karan are all over the entertainment columns. Though Kapil will not share the couch with anyone, the episode is still expected to be high on humor and entertainment. Well, he really doesn't need anyone for a company. After all who will dare to bare all infront of Kapil, known for his high wit and one-liners
Until now the audiences have only witnessed Kapil taking a pinch of his guests with his spot-on comic timing in his popular the Kapil Sharma Show. But never have we seen what can happen when the king of comedy himself is on the other side of the couch. His appearance on Koffee With Karan will surely be one of the best episodes to watch out for when we'll see Kapil getting a taste of his own crackling punches as KJo too, is no less in embarrassing the heck out of his guests with his witty questions.
But one thing is for sure, the audience will roll out in laughter when these perfect TV hosts will come together. It will be interesting to see who will end up getting grilled. And for those who are still doubting the entertainment quotient of the upcoming episode, can watch out videos of the Filmfare Awards of 2015 where Kapil Sharma and Karan Johar shared the podium, and believe us they were beyond limits of humour.
Badrinath ki Dulhania first look: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan have fun in Singapore
New Delhi:MMNN:9 Nov. 2016
Last time we met Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in the same frame, the film was Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and the scene was set firmly in Delhi. Now a sequel is in the works and we already have the first look, courtesy Karan Johar.
The producer took to Twitter to share the first look and wrote, "First look!!!!! #BadrinathKiDulhania @Varun_dvn and @aliaa08 taking the. #humptysharmakidulhania franchise forward!!!"
Varun and Alia are at present shooting for the film in Singapore. The first look is also from this particular schedule from the film.
Earlier, both Alia and Varun had shared images of the shooting from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The film is directed by Shashank Khaitan.
The fun didn't end there. Alia and Varun also took a Segway to the streets of Singapore and shared the images on Twitter.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a love story of Jhansi boy Badrinath and Vaidehi. While the couple will be reprising their roles as the lead couple, the film is said to be a dark love story with unexpected twists and turns.
Talking about the film, Varun had said earlier to Filmfare, "Badrinath Ki Dulhania is not a sequel but a second installment. It's about Badrinath from Jhansi and what happens in his world. It's a bit more grown up than HSKD. It gets dark with twists and turns, which people won't expect in a Dharma movie. Director Shashank Khaitan is from theatre. So he insisted on rehearsals and workshops for Alia Bhatt and me."
Badrinath Ki Dulhania which also stars Gauahar Khan will be released on March 10 next year.
Twinkle Khanna, Karan Johar: Who's to Blame For That 'Dangerous' Koffee?
New Delhi:MMNN:9 Nov. 2016
Now, now Twinkle Khanna. In a tweet on Tuesday, the 42-year-old author has blithely dismissed her NFSW answers on Koffee With Karan as being of host Karan Johar's making.
"What does Akshay Kumar have that the Khans don't?" Karan asked Twinkle in the sneak peek of episode two of the chat show, to be aired this Sunday. Twinkle's uncensored response left husband Akshay, who was sharing the couch with her, blushing.
In Tuesday's tweet, Twinkle wrote: "Dangerous to drink Koffee with Karan Johar. He always asks me this very question on every public platform! But I put him on the spot too."
Twinkle and Akshay were trending on Monday, after the promo of their episode was released.
At the launch of Twinkle's book Mrs FunnyBones last year, Akshay confessed that he lived in fear of what his outspoken wife might or might not say in public, especially on shows like Koffee With Karan. If memory serves, he was particularly worried that she would use the word penis on air - she doesn't in the promo but she says enough to make it clear that episode Khanna-Kumar will be hilariously explosive.
"I cannot tell you what I go through," Akshay says. We're about to find out, it seems.
Here's the promo. Oh, how do we love thee, Twinkle Khanna? Let us count the ways. Props to Akshay for keeping a suitably straight face despite clearly being knocked for a six.
We're going to be super disappointed if Twinkle doesn't win this rapid fire.
Koffee With Karan 5.0 opened with Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt on the couch. Twinkle, who is a very close friend of Karan's, makes her first appearance on the show. Akshay has already been on Karan's guest list in Season 4.
Benedict Cumberbatch and the curious case of saying 'sorcerer' in American accent
London:MMNN:5 Nov. 2016
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he had a tough time saying sorcerer in an American accent in Doctor Strange.
The 40-year-old actor plays the lead role as the Marvel superhero Doctor Stephen Strange in the fantasy film, reported Female First.
"Funny enough 'sorcerer' is really hard (to say) for some reason. And that is a very important word for the character. There's a lot of Rs going on in that one," Cumberbatch said.
The British star took help from film's director Scott Derrickson to get the accent right.
"Probably Scott Derrickson, because he was there all the time. The majority of the crew were English. We had American producers and Scott, and that was sort of it."
Looks like even Akshay Kumar can't escape ageing
MMNN:5 Nov. 2016
Raising kids is not for the faint-hearted and even Akshay Kumar hailed as one of B-wood's few A-listers, defying age even at 47 thanks to a single-minded focus on healthy living, seems to have turned a little gray, even lost a little bit of hair, bringing up two young Kumars.
Mr Khiladi who flew out to Cape Town for a Diwali break, recently shared a picture of himself with his firstborn, Arav, bonding on the beach.
"That feeling when you realise your little boy is not that little anymore... almost my height and borrows my shoes," reflected the proud dad who routinely indulges his four year-old daughter Nitara, letting her accessorise his hair with cutesy rubber bands.
But all the pulling and plaiting seems to be having an adverse effect on our Samson's strong locks.Even as father and son seem mesmerised by the view, we can't peel our eyes off the fast growing bald patch.
Shivaay box office collection day 5: Ajay Devgn film is rock steady, earns Rs 56.96 cr
New Delhi:MMNN:2 Nov. 2016
After a good Diwali, things are getting even better for Ajay Devgn's Shivaay at the box office. On Monday, the film saw a serious spike in footfalls, translating into Rs 17.35 crore in box office collection and Tuesday was no different. Earlier, the film has been going steady at the BO despite mixed reviews.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the exact numbers on Twitter. He tweeted saying, #Shivaay Fri 10.24 cr, Sat 10.06 cr, Sun 8.26 cr, Mon 17.35 cr, Tue 11.05 cr [part holiday]. Total: 56.96 cr. India biz. ROCK-STEADY! With Tuesday being a holiday in many parts of India due to Bhai Dooj, the film earned Rs 11.05 crore. The expected earning of the film from the extended first weekend is likely to be over Rs 60 crore.
Until now Shivaay has done well on the single screens in comparison to the multiplexes, where Karan Johar's directorial Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been ruling. The movie made a quiet opening with a collection of Rs 10.24 crore but it has been picking up since then.
Ajay Devgn has returned as a director with this movie after eight long years. Before Shivaay, his directorial U Me Aur Hum tanked at the box-office. But the trade experts are hoping that this action-thriller will not face the same treatment.
Meanwhile, Ranbir-Anushka starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is not only doing a superb business in India but is also attracting a lot of attention of the international markets. Interestingly, ADHM too has almost similar numbers on its first Monday which is 17. 75 cr.
Love You Zindagi: An ode to the uplifting message of Alia Bhatt-SRK's Dear Zindagi
Hyderabad:MMNN:2 Nov. 2016
The new track from Dear Zindagi - 'Love You Zindagi' - is a hummable song that is in harmony with the theme of this slice-of-life film. Composed by Amit Trivedi, the song carries forward the mood of the two "takes" released by the filmmakers which show Shah Rukh Khan's character playing life coach to Alia Bhatt's character, an aspiring filmmaker.
Trivedi has used western musical instruments like violin in the song which lend it a soothing air. They complement the vocals of Jasleen Kaur Royal, whose last song 'Raatien' from the film Shivaay was appreciated for her bubbly and childlike voice. Her voice adds a layer of much-needed innocence to the song which turns that frown upside down.
While Royal's rendition of the stanza makes you fall in love with life, Trivedi's rendition of the chorus delivers the exclamation point. Kausar Munir has kept the lyrics minimalistic as the song reflects the thought of taking life with a pinch of salt. As a befitting ode to life, the words penned down by Munir bring home the point that life is all about embracing hope and letting go of everything that pulls you down.
Given its simple yet catchy lyrics and silvery music, the song reminds us of the title song of the director Gauri Shinde's last film English Vinglish, which was sung by Shilpa Rao.
We got a teaser of this melodious song in the two 'takes' of the film that were released last month but now that the entire song is out, we can safely say that it feels like a breeze and makes us look forward to the film.
Dear Zindagi stars Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan in the lead roles and is produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions.
Dear Zindagi is slated to release on 25 November.
At the time of Sholay, I didn't have a budget: Ramesh Sippy
New Delhi:MMNN:26 Oct. 2016
Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, who directed the 1975 Bollywood classic Sholay, says that he did not have enough money to finance the film at that time and had to depend on his late father, G.P. Sippy for it.
"While making Sholay, I was very lucky to have my father back me," Sippy said here on Tuesday at the fifth edition of CII Big Picture Summit 2016.
"I remember, when Dilip Kumar took Rs 1 lakh for doing a film, everybody said that the industry would close down," said Sippy.
"At the time of Sholay, I didn't have a budget. I had something in my mind which I shared with my father. The last film he did was 'Seeta Aur Geeta', which costed him Rs 40 lakh.
It turned out to be a hit. I told him that I want a crore to make a film and ended up with Rs 3 crore," he added.
Ramesh remarked that a lot of people doubted that Sholay would not do well at the box office.
"The actual cost of the star cast in the film was Rs 20 lakh, as compared to those Rs 3 crore. People even doubted our sanity at that time."
"Today if you make a film of Rs 150 crore, out of that Rs 100 crore goes to actors. There is something lopsided about the movie-making business today," he said.
Sholay, starring Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan in the lead, was a massive box office success and is considered as a cult classic in Indian cinema.
At the summit, Ramesh took part in a session, titled "Indian Cinema - Making the Journey from Volumes to Valuation". He was joined by actor-filmmaker Shekhar Kapur; Shobu Yarlagadda, co-founder and CEO, Arka Media Works; Karan Ahluwalia, Senior President & Country Head, Media and Entertainment, Fine Arts, Luxury and Sports Banking Group, Yes Bank; and Raj Kumar Akella, Founding Member, Telangana Intellectual Property Crime Unit (TIPCU).
The session was aimed at discussing monetisation and valuation of Indian films.
While Shekhar Kapur, who was moderating the session, pointed out that China is increasing its number of screens faster than India, Ramesh said, "There is a huge government support in China. The private sector is also there, and the government backs those private companies in building theaters. We don't have that kind of a system in India."
He added that more than Hollywood films, Indian regional films are giving a competition to Bollywood in India.
"It's not just the Hollywood films, a lot of regional films are also doing great business today. There are very good films coming out of various regional film industries. 'Sairat' has done a business of Rs 100 crore in Maharashtra alone. Similar things are happening in other states as well," he said.
Kaabil: Hrithik Roshan's next to be dubbed in Telugu as Balam
Hyderabad:MMNN:26 Oct. 2016
Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam-starrer Kaabil is set to be dubbed in Telugu with the title Balam. The first look poster and trailer for the Telugu version will be out on Diwali.
The film is set for a grand release on January 26 clashing with Shah Rukh Khan's next, Raees. The Hindi trailer was out on Tuesday.
The film is produced by Rakesh Roshan under his banner FilmKraft Productions and directed by Sanjay Gupta. After successful hits including Krrish, Krrish 3, Koi Mil Gaya and Kaho Na Pyar Hai, the Roshan duo are trying to make another blockbuster, especially after Hrithik's last outing with Ashutosh Gowariker, Mohenjo Daro, couldn't get numbers.
Many Bollywood flicks starring Hrithik, including Dhoom 2 and Krrish, had a big release because of his immense fan base in the two Telugu speaking states.
Kaabil is a drama thriller written by Vijay Mishra. Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam are playing the lead roles. Both the actors are visually impaired in the movie.
"My character is different from what I have done. Hrithik and I are playing blind people in the film. It required a certain kind of homework. It is challenging not just for the actors but also for the director and the rest of the crew.
But everyone is so much into their zone and they know exactly what they want. I think everybody is working really hard to rise above the script," Yami Gautami had said earlier in an interview, sharing her excitement.
Ronit Roy, Rohit Roy and Girish Kulkarni will be also playing supporting roles in the film.
Urvashi Rautela is making a special appearance in a song. Rajesh Roshan is rendering music for songs and background score of Kaabil and its Telugu version, while Sudeep Chatterjee will handle the cinematography.
Every producer who has cast Pakistani artist must pay Rs 5 crore to Army relief fund: Raj Thackeray
MUMBAI:MMNN:22 Oct. 2016
Decks were cleared for the smooth release of 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' on Saturday after a meeting of film producer Karan Johar with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Mumbai.
Film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil', that features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, ran into trouble after Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said it won't allow release of any movie in India that featured Pakistani artistes. It is due for release on October 28, ahead of Diwali.
Film & Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt, producers Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sajid Nadiadwala and Vijay Singh of Fox Star Studios were also present in the meeting.
"Every producer who has cast a Pakistani actor must contribute Rs 5 crore to the Army welfare fund," MNS chief Raj Thackeray said after the meeting.
The MNS chief also raised a question over casting Pakistani actors in Indian films. "While Pakistan has banned Indian content, why do we give them a red carpet here," Raj Thackeray asked.
Thackeray said that "producers will have to give in writing that they will not take Pakistani actors in their films in future."
Claiming victory for MNS agitation, Raj Thackeray said: "We have always protested against Pakistani artistes but Bollywood never understood earlier. Now they have realised."
Earlier, speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mukesh Bhatt said that it was "positive and constructive and 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' will release as per the schedule."
"We discussed the unfortunate events related to the film's release. I shared the film industry's emotions regarding the entire issue. We are Indians first and then comes our business," he said.
Bhatt also said that they have assured the CM that neither the Producers' Guild nor any filmmaker will work with any Pakistani artiste or technician in the future.
Also, the (Producers') Guild will call a meeting to pass a resolution on not working with Pakistani artists. A copy of the same would be sent to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as well as the chief minister, he said.
Besides, Johar has decided to put a special mention in the beginning of the film paying homage to martyrs.
"Karan Johar will display a slate of tribute for Uri martyrs before 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' starts playing out in the screens. It is a tribute from us to our soldiers," Bhatt said.
The makers of the film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, will also contribute a portion of its revenue to the Army welfare fund, he said, adding "We owe this to the Army."
Akshay's patriotism continues with Gold, story of India's first Olympic medal
New Delhi :MMNN:22 Oct. 2016
Continuing his patriotic fervour post Airlift and Rustom, Akshay Kumar recently announced his upcoming venture Gold, that depicts the story of India's first Olympic medal as a free nation.
Set in 1948, the historic story of India's first Olympic medal as a free nation, #GOLD coming to you on 15th August, 2018!
Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment, Gold will be Reema Kagti's third directorial venture, after Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Talaash, which will hit the screens on the 2018 Independence Day.
Going by the history, the Indian hockey team, captained by Kishan Lal, won its first gold at the 1948 London Olympics as an independent country, defeating Great Britain in the final.
The 49-year-old actor, known for his Independence Day releases, will hit the screens with Neeraj Pandey's Crack on August 15, next year.
The story of when India won its first Olympic #Gold medal as an independent nation. Coming 2018.
He is also gearing up for the release of his Tamil debut 2.0, alongside Thalaiva Rajnikanth, where he will be seen portraying a baddie.
Dear Zindagi take 1: Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt gives us the ride of our life
New Delhi:MMNN:19 Oct. 2016
Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt's Dear Zindagi is that oasis of peace in the middle of a crazy, fast'paced life. It is that moment when you meet yourself. It is the feeling you get when you play with a child. It is the mood that envelopes you when you land in Goa on a hard'earned vacation.
Alia Bhatt wants to be free, SRK is wrestling with the ocean and we are just happy after watching Dear Zindagi's Take one, read first teaser. The video of Dear Zindagi is about 1.31'minutes long and that is enough to give you an idea what to expect from the Gauri Shinde film. Her next after Sridevi'starrer English Vinglish is again about its female protagonist.
Alia Bhatt is a girl with the questions, Shah Rukh Khan is the man with the answer. He also seems to be her shrink. Can we have what she is having too?
The film's tagline: 'Life is a ride, you gotta keep moving' is already trending. Alia and SRK's earlier videos had us all intrigued too. She came with questions such as why are Mondays blue or why are Tuesdays impatient.
Shah Rukh's quirky answers were delivered from shower or when he was just up after good night's sleep. He then promised an orange Wednesday and the vibrant colour has truly taken over our day with Dear Zindagi teaser.
Earlier, it was said that will see Pakistani actor Ali Zafar - who is playing a key role in the film - in the film's trailer. However, it has now emerged that there will be no trailers at all, instead the film will have a series of teasers.
Film's director Gauri Shinde told a tabloid, "We have decided not to take the conventional route for this movie. We will release small videos titled Dear Zindagi take 1, take 2, take 3 and so on... The idea is to invite the viewer bit by bit into the experience of the film... It was Shah Rukh's suggestion and I was with him on that."
The film stars Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Aditya Roy Kapur other than Zafar. Alia Bhatt plays Kaira who is out searching for a perfect life.
Amitabh Bachchan starts shooting for 'Sarkar 3'
New Delhi :MMNN:19 Oct. 2016
Amitabh Bachchan started shooting for Ram Gopal Varma's upcoming film 'Sarkar 3'.
After the success of Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar in 2005 and its sequel Sarkar Raj in 2008, the director is launching the third installment in the series, 'Sarkar 3'.
The film will see Amitabh Bachchan reprising his role as Subhash Nagre. Big B took to his official Twitter account and wrote, "SARKAR 3 ka pehla din !! First day !! Larger, intriguing and oh so unpredictable !!"
'Sarkar 3' also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Yami Gautam. In the film, Yami Gautam plays the role of Annu Karkare, who wants to take revenge on Sarkar for killing her father, whereas Manoj Bajpayee plays Govind Deshpande. Manoj's character is loosely based on a very cranky and slightly violent version of Arvind Kejriwal.
The film also stars Ronit Roy, who plays Gokul Satam in 'Sarkar 3', whereas Amit Sadh plays the role of Shivaji alias Cheeku.
'Sarkar 3' also stars Jackie Shroff, who plays one of the main antagonists in the film. In 'Sarkar 3', his character is referred to as 'Sir'.
'Befikre' trailer records whopping 10 million views in 24 hours
New Delhi:MMNN:12 Oct. 2016
Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor starrer 'Befikre' seems to be celebrating the season the 'Befikre' way, as the recently released trailer garnered 10 million views in the first 24 hours.
'Befikre' took to its official Twitter handle to post an update of how the trailer is faring after a day. "Dare to Love, this December! Spreading the #Befikre zest all over the internet with 10 MILLION VIEWS in just 24hrs!" it tweeted.
The trailer shows a carefree couple living their life to the fullest. Through the teaser, Aditya Chopra promises high energy, masala and a lot of pleasant drama.
Set in vibrant and unconventional style, the characters Dharam and Shyra do not just look great together but also create magic with their no strings attached chemistry.
Ranveer and Vaani were in Paris for the trailer launch at a special ceremony at the Eiffel Tower. 'Befikre' releases on December 9.
Release date of Ranveer'Deepika'Shahid starrer 'Padmavati' finalised and no, it's Christmas this time!
New Delhi :MMNN:12 Oct. 2016
Padmavati has been in news for more reasons than one. And many a times, it's only been grabbing headlines for the wrong reasons.
Now, the makers have finally zeroed in on a date for the big budget period film.
Starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the lead, the film was speculated to hit screens on Christmas next year.
Now that would have meant a box office clash with Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai. The makers have decided to avoid the clash and hence fixed another date for the release.
The film will not hit theatres on November 17, 2017. This is almost the same time around which Ram Leela too had released three years ago.
Mirzya box office collection: Harshvardhan'Saiyami's romantic tragedy gets a tragic opening
New Delhi:MMNN:8 Oct. 2016
After the critical verdict, the audience verdict is out as well. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Mirzya starring debutants Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher budgeted at Rs 35 crore earned only Rs 2.2 crore on the day of its release (October 7).
Earlier Mr Adarsh had said that the morning and afternoon box office trends of Mirzya was pretty week and that the movie would need to pick up on Saturday and Sunday to reach a respectable total at the box office.
The film based on the Punjabi folklore of Mirza Sahiban has been noted for its visual brilliance and rich music (Shankar'Ehsaan'Loy and Gulzar). However, the film has been criticised for the performances by its lead actors and the film's overall stale pace.
Mirzya is Harshvardhan Kapoor's first Bollywood film. Born to Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, Harshvardhan has had a great start to his career on pen and paper ' a novelty project by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra ' but the box office figures of Mirzya will definitely need some improvement if Harshvardhan hopes to become a marquee name in the industry.
Finally, real supari for James Bond
New Delhi :MMNN:8 Oct. 2016
Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan, who has acted in four James Bond movies, has become the new face of the pan masala brand, peddling a product many doctors consider only slightly less harmful than its poorer cousin, gutkha.
Those behind the ad campaign indicated that they got Brosnan to sell their "mouth freshener" to try and make a splash and earn their product new respectability.
In the blizzard of jokes that buffeted social media, not too much attention was paid to one question: what if more Hollywood actors ' ageing and not'so'ageing ' look for brand endorsement opportunities in India? What will it mean for the Bollywood brigade that makes most of its money by selling products?
While the pan masala print ad, splashed across several dailies on Friday, shows Brosnan posing with a Pan Bahar can instead of a gun, the TV ad has all the trappings of a Bond film ' a sports car, smartly dressed men, gorgeous women and stunts.
Shot in Austin, Texas, it shows the 63'year'old actor beating back enemies with a tin of Pan Bahar. It ends with the tag line: "Pan Bahar - Class never goes out of style."
"We had Bollywood actors like Saif Ali Khan promoting our brand, but this time we thought of going international to enhance our product's appeal and make it look classy," said Akhil Jain, CEO with Ashoka and Company, the manufacturer and a subsidiary of the DJ Group.
"It's an elitist viewpoint that pan masala is a pedestrian product: people sitting in corporate boardrooms consume it too," said Sambit Mohanty, creative head of ad agency DDB Mudra North, which prepared the campaign.
"Our idea is to bring respectability to the product and bring it out of pockets and onto the table. It turned out to be very easy to get Brosnan: he readily agreed to promote the brand."
Brosnan's UK'based agent, Rose Parkinson, had till last night not answered an email seeking comments. The Irish actor had earlier endorsed a fabric brand with an Indian connection, Reid and Taylor, but whose roots are Scottish.
"We wanted a strong, mature and stylish face. With the response we have received with the launch of the ad campaign, I think we made a very good choice," Jain said.
Many social media users, though, trolled the pan masala ad with jokes, memes and photo'shopped images of the front'page ads, some showing Brosnan with a pan'stained white beard.
"Can advertising and brand experts tell us if going viral but becoming a laughing stock is a good brand 'strategy'?#PanBahar," tweeted cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle.
Writer and journalist Sadanand Dhume posted a tweet with a video link to the TV commercial: "In case you were wondering what happens to James Bond after he retires. Hint: It's not a happy story."
Some brand strategists were cautious in assessing the ad's possible impact.
"Getting Brosnan may have generated a lot of attention but the comments on the social media have mostly been negative or have expressed surprise," said ad maker and brand expert Santosh Desai. "Only time will tell if drafting in a Hollywood actor will be worth the money."
Health activists chided the company for getting a global celebrity to endorse a "potentially harmful" brand.
"While pan masala brands sell themselves as zero'tobacco products, they have areca nut and some other ingredients that are thought to be carcinogenic. Therefore, no sensible celebrity should endorse them," said Monika Arora, director of the health promotion and tobacco control division at the Public Health Foundation of India.
"We have appealed to Bollywood actors in the past not to endorse these products. It is unfortunate that an internationally recognised face will now promote a pan masala product."
Jain would not say how much the company had spent on its one'year agreement with Brosnan to promote the brand, whose turnover is Rs 230 crore.
Soha Ali Khan film in legal trouble?
New Delhi:MMNN:5 Oct. 2016
A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court to stop the release of 31st October, starring Soha Ali Khan and Vir Das. The film is reportedly about the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi, which led to the 1984 anti'Sikh riots.
The PIL said that the movie "is an attack on the secular fabric of India and and is contrary to the ideology of the country's oldest political party."
It added, "From whatever little is shown on trailers, it is clear that the action and words used by the characters are of offending nature; they have all ingredients to tarnish the reputation of such persons. Apart from the fact that same can't stand the test of fair comment or that of social interest, they appear to be provocative."
The plea filed by a person called Ajay Katara also sought direction to delete some offensive scenes before the release, saying there were various scenes in the movie which are aimed and targetted against a political figure of the country. The petitioner has, however, not named any leader in the petition.
The plea said that the movie's producer, Magical Dreams Production Pvt Ltd, has used a look'alike of the unnamed political figure "who has been painted in bad light.
That movie has transgressed the right of expression, in as much as a particular person has been targetted so as to invite contempt and hatred against him."
Irrfan adds mystery to India's special trailer of 'Inferno'
New Delhi :MMNN:5 Oct. 2016
Irrfan Khan is seen doing some hardcore action scenes, shows streaks of being the bad guy and then flaunts a discerning smile in the special India trailer of forthcoming Hollywood film 'Inferno', which maintains the mystery element around his character.
The special trailer was launched on Tuesday here in the presence of Irrfan and the actor quipped that the film can now be called 'Irrfano' instead of 'Inferno'.
The trailer is packed with action, suspense, mystery and thrill as the visuals are used to sketch a brief about Irrfan's character, and leaves the audience with more unanswered questions.
In the Sony Pictures Entertainment's film, Tom Hanks will be seen reprising the role of Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology at Harvard University. Irrfan is playing Harry 'The Provost' Sims, head of The Consortium, in the movie.
The film will present a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (played by Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. They race across Europe and against the clock to foil a deadly global plot, and Irrfan joins their mission to save the world.
The special trailer opens with Hanks laying out the plot of the film which also touches upon overpopulation issue. And Irrfan makes his first appearance with dialogue " 'Where is professor Langdon now?'
There are also cues that Irrfan, who has made a name for himself in India as well as West, might just be the bad guy in the film. As Irrfan's dialogue of asking someone to remove Langdon might come as a blow to the people rooting for the actor's character in the film.
However, the trailer leaves one guessing as to what's the actual intention of Irrfan's character.
After hitting jackpot with Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels & Demons', Ron Howard returned to infuse life to his popular 2013 book 'Inferno'.
The film is releasing in India on October 14 " two weeks before it opens in the US.
Irrfan is excited over the hype being generated around the film. He said: "It (India special trailer) is a very interesting move and they know how to do business. So it something amazing. You also feel very nice the way it is placed."
While Irrfan is all praise about the film and the marketing strategy, Vivek Krishnani, Managing Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment, India, hopes that the buzz reflects on the box office collections.
"We thought of coming out with a special trailer because a. India is to be perceived as a very important market for Hollywood and second because Irrfan plays a pivotal role in it...That also gives us the ability to release two weeks in advance. We are hoping combination of all these things gives us a huge box office," Krishnani said.
'Inferno' will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu along with English in more than 1000 screen in India. And Krishnani says they have planned a number of 'specific activities in regional markets' so that the film establishes a connect with audience from around the country.
MS Dhoni's fan reviews his 'untold story': A few mishits, but man'of'the'match Sushant Rajput hits a six
New Delhi:MMNN:1 Oct. 2016
Virat Kohli has just been dismissed. Mahendra Singh Dhoni senses an opportunity and decides to promote himself to counter the threat of Muralitharan. You can make out it's the dressing room at the Wankhede Stadium; there is a picture of Dilip Vengsarkar in action adorning the wall with Dhoni's famous No 7 jersey hanging next to it. You know it's Dhoni from his familiar gait, the way he holds his bat, his idiosyncrasies and mannerisms. It's a pivotal moment in the match and your heart is racing as you mutter under your breath, "Come on, Dhoni."
Of course, this is just a movie, but you can swear you are going through the same emotions and excitement you feel when watching a similar scene unfolding on your TV screen in a real match. Sushant Rajput already looks the part. There is a full house at the theater chanting "Dhoni Dhoni", creating a stadium'like atmosphere. Excited, you buckle in for the ride.
Spread over three hours, Dhoni: The Untold Story takes you through various events and places in the life of "Mahi", as everyone calls him in the movie. I have always been a Dhoni admirer. A movie on his life was an emotional, at times almost spiritual experience for me.
But despite the initial excitement, the ride didn't end as well as I expected, which is a shame for a movie about the greatest finisher in the modern game, and one that had promised so much. As a lifelong sports fanatic, I have always looked forward to movies based on sports. If it is based on cricket, then it almost becomes my responsibility to watch it. I remember watching Aamir Khan's Awwal Number on Doordarshan all those years ago, and how despite a poor script, incessant hamming, and technical flaws, I felt gratified in seeing people talk about cricket in a movie.
Aamir Khan finished that movie with a six, a feat he will repeat many years later - or earlier, if you go by the period in which the movie was set - in Lagaan, easily the best cricket movie ever made.
By the way, ever wondered how every Bollywood cricket movie ends with a six? Even Harman Baweja ended Victory with a six off Brett Lee that sailed so high, it broke a light bulb in the giant floodlights at the MCG!
It's a shame that Bollywood hadn't explored sports movies as eagerly as it should have before. Sports gives you the perfect recipe for dramatic stories where you can witness a winner and a loser, pure joy and pure agony, inspiration and shame, all unfolding at the same time, overlapped with each other.
I am glad that Bollywood is now making up for it with fictional stories, biopics, and even biopics riddled with fiction that revolve around sports. One area where we weren't at par with Hollywood sports movies was the depiction of the sport itself. Dhoni: The Untold Story addresses that part and sets the bar for future productions to emulate.
In Rajput, we have an actor who has the physique, fitness, and grace of an actual cricketer. To a trained eye, it's always easy to differentiate between an actor who is just repeating a batting motion he has just been taught, as was the case with Emraan Hashmi in his portrayal of Azhar, and one who can actually hold a bat, like Sushant can.
You fall in love with the way Sushant stands at the crease, wipes his forehead under the grill, and then throws both his hands up and bends down to take his stance. He raises his bat high every time he taps it on the ground. Every mannerism reminds you of Dhoni. Even when he is shown giving a post'match interview for the first time, he speaks just like Dhoni used to at that time, with trite remarks and deliberate pauses.
And of course, there is the famous helicopter shot, and it gets a lot of attention. From how Dhoni picks it from a friend in a local tennis ball match at Ranchi, to every time they show him batting in the middle, you are never far away from a helicopter shot. But if I had to nitpick on the technical aspects, I can point out that Sushant's grip on the bat could have been more bottom handed, to make it appear more Dhoni'like.
The first half of the movie takes you through the inspiring story of Dhoni's childhood and early cricket career. Father Anupam Kher is back in his Bend it like Beckham avatar, trying to keep Dhoni off the playground as much as possible. The way young Dhoni fights adversities, setbacks and frustrations at every step to steadily climb the ladders of success is heartwarming and should easily be the high point of the movie for a dedicated Dhoni fan.
His tongue'in'cheek remarks as a kid while walking in to bat or talking to his school coach are genuinely funny and you can almost imagine Dhoni, with his dry sense of humour, talking like that in his early days. Apart from the portrayal of the titular character, Neeraj Pandey has paid a lot of attention to detail to ensure everything in the movie looks authentic. To depict a Cooch Behar trophy match from 1999, they actually show Keenan stadium in Jamshedpur, where the match was played.
They even manage to find a proper Yuvraj Singh lookalike who scored a mammoth 358 in that match. Every match detail from Dhoni's U'19 days to his Deodhar trophy and India A performances seems well researched and accurate.
The second half of the movie is mainly about Dhoni's love interests, with brief glimpses about his life as an Indian cricketer. The major challenge in making a biopic is not what to show but what to exclude. In this case, Dhoni's India career is mostly ignored, something I already expected given the title had the words "untold story" in it. Dhoni's encounters with women in his life are fun, to begin with, but get dull and needlessly long with a few too many songs and trademark Bollywood big budget on'location scenes.
From time to time, they keep showing Dhoni shooting an ad for some product. Doing it once would have been fine, but doing it for several products, including the fairness cream that Sushant himself endorses, gets seriously annoying. All this takes a toll on the length of the movie, which is now over three hours, and all you want now is to go back to the 2011 World Cup final.
Eventually, they do go back to the match, with Ravi Shastri in his booming voice trying to add to the drama. They show actual footage from the match, but the pictures all look grainy. In an effort to overlay Sushant's face over Dhoni's, it seems they had to compromise on the resolution of the pictures and you seem deprived of watching World Cup final properly on a big screen, which would have been an experience in itself for cricket fans.
I am no movie critic, so I will refrain from out star ratings. Instead, I would like to hand out a "man'of'the'match" award to Sushant Singh Rajput for a memorable portrayal of Dhoni. The movie had set out to chase a stiff target set by Dhoni fans and despite falling short, it can claim a moral victory and take a lot of positives from it. Cricket is the real winner at the end of the day!
Karan Johar Starts Shooting For Koffee With Karan
New Delhi :MMNN:1 Oct. 2016
Filmmaker Karan Johar is all set to return to television which freshly brewed Koffee. Shooting of his popular television show Kofee With Karan has started.
Karan Johar's Koffee guest list is highly anticipated and rumour has it that his close friend and actor of films like My Name Is Khan and kuch Kuch Hota Hai Shah Rukh Khan will open the upcoming fifth season. Alia Bhatt. Karan's Student and SRK's Dear Zindagi co'star, may accompany him.
Shah Rukh, who was Karan's first guest in seasons 1 to 3 failed to make an appearance last time.
Instead, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan made their Koffee debut.
Salman was joined by his father Salim Khan while Kiran Rao kept company to Aamir.
Other popular duos from last year were Kareena Kapoor Khan and cousin Ranbir Kapoor,
Gunday co'stars Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh and Bajirao Mastani actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.