Apr 302018
 

The two-day India collection of Hollywood venture outshines that of Bollywood hits Baaghi 2, Padmaavat

Avengers
Avengers

Rewriting the rules of the Indian trade market, the Hollywood superhero trailer Avengers: Infinity War earned the highest two-day figure since its release in India on Friday. It outshined the collections of Bollywood biggies like Padmaavat and Baaghi 2.

With a collection of Rs 61.58 crore over two days of its release – earning Rs 31.3 crore on Friday and Rs 30.25 on Saturday – the coveted third instalment of the franchise has significantly left behind two of the highest grossing Indian films of the year so far. Tiger Shroff’s actioner and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s venture earned Rs 45.5 crore and Rs 56 crore respectively during that period. The Marvel franchise is even expected to beat the earnings of The Jungle Book (2016), which, with its lifetime earning of Rs 180 crore, has remained the highest earning Hollywood venture until now.

Padmavat
Padmavat

Trade analyst Amod Mehra says hitting the Rs 200-crore mark should be no mean feat for the film. “It is smashing records. I am sure it will seamlessly enter the Rs 200-crore club.”

Baaghi 2
Baaghi 2

Mehra acknowledges that not all international releases can enjoy the kind of attention that Marvel’s latest offering does. But, he points out that the film has earned this amount by releasing in a mere 2,000 screens. “When compared to the average screens that a Salman Khan or Aamir Khan film releases in [averaged at about 4,000 screens], this one has done well.”

Echoing a similar thought, distributor-exhibitor Akshaye Rathi says, “The film is not only ruling the world, but is creating fireworks in the domestic market.”

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Jan 312018
 

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif’s action drama ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, which released on December 22, 2017, has already crossed 330 crores at the Box Office

Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan
Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan in a still from the film.

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif‘s action drama ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, which released on December 22, 2017, has already crossed 330 crores at the box office. The film is considered to be 2017’s Bollywood’ biggest blockbuster The Ali Abbas Zafar directorial was not only liked by the critics but also by the masses. Salman and Katrina were both seen doing high-octane action sequences. 

The film not only emerged as one of the top grossers of 2017 but also proved to be Salman’s third venture to cross Rs 300 crore milestone. The actor’s last three big hits in the Rs 300 crore club happen to be ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, ‘Sultan’ and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ respectively.

Salman Khan’s devoted fans have showered their love on the film and box office figures are solid proof of the same. The film is Salman and Ali’s second project together.

The movie which is a sequel to 2012’s released ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ has set the Box Office on fire and continues to do so in its sixth week as well.

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Sep 082017
 

emrEveryone has been under the weather for quite some time now, and blame it on the imbalanced climatic conditions that Emraan Hashmi also couldn’t escape the deadly viral. Despite, his ill-health, the actor dressed in a casual tee and jeans, paired with golden sunglasses, enters the mid-day office with all humility. Apart from the viral that has got everyone trapped, clicking selfies is another thing that has imprisoned everyone. While, the ‘Baadshaho’ star was travelling upstairs by the elevator, a fan requested him for a selfie, and Emraan politely obliged. After 14 years of Bollywood’s experience and the ups and downs, the once typecast actor, has managed to pop out of the cocoon and emerge as a changed person with a tremendous will-power. Here, in a candid tete-a-tete with mid-day, Emraan Hashmi speaks about his ‘Baadshaho’ success, being an introvert, his upcoming film ‘Captain Nawab’ and spills the beans about many unknown facets about himself and the film industry.

Here are some of the interesting aspects from the exclusive chat:

Q: Baadshaho has made decent collections at the Box Office and has also raked in good reviews. Which is that one reaction you received that touched your heart?
A: I had gone to Gaiety theatre to watch ‘Baadshaho’ along with the public. I was sitting on the last row and gauging the responses the audience was giving. What I observed was the audience really loved my character ‘Daliya’ and hooted each time I mouthed a dialogue. So, this is one reaction that will remain very close to my heart. After all, audience is the king.

Q: You’ve already started work on your maiden production venture ‘Captain Nawab,’ how is it going on and what is the film about?
Yes, I’m already working on it. ‘Captain Nawab’ is about a double spy, who works for both India and Pakistan and lands in trouble, when both sides realise Captain Nawab’s betrayal. The character lives at the edge in Pakistan. It is a war drama.

Q: As an actor, what suddenly happened that you transited from a serial kisser- romantic hero to a character actor?
I think an actor will be as good as the script. The product also depends on the great directors and team you work with. I started receiving challenging scripts after ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai,’ this film was in a way like a gamble for me. I was typecast as a serial kisser, people had this question-whether I could do anything else. They started thinking that how will we make a big banner film with him. Till you don’t do it, people don’t imagine you like that. The audience is very unpredictable. We aren’t sure what they want. So, I think this gamble taken by Ekta Kapoor and Milan Luthria with ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’ proved beneficial for me, and I got a sense of validation that I can do such roles too. Once you get a validation from the audience, you are motivated to try. Later, when people realised that I can do such roles, ‘Shanghai’ was offered to me. Every film of mine had another flavour, but ‘Awarapan’ didn’t work at the Box Office. But even now the recall value of ‘Awarapan’ is superb. I’m not that actor which I was 10 years ago. I’ve realised that you keep evolving as a person.

Q: If given an opportunity to revive the kind of romantic films you did earlier, would you take it up at this point of your career?
Yes, I would, but I would do it with a director, who perceives this world and this genre very well. For me, it has been romantic thrillers in the long run, and there was a Vishesh Films stamp in all those films. I will never do a film like that with Vishesh Films. I think we have lived our team together successfully, but for the audience it has become stale and much predictable. If I do it, I’ll do it with someone else, who has a different eye for thriller, which I’ve tried of all the versions of getting into in the next year with ‘Captain Nawab.’It’s a fabulous script that I’ve got. It’s very difficult to face the audience in lower weekend because they have become very much predictable, that’s because they’ve seen so much. In 14 years I’ve realised that a shocker and goner film would probably for me be such a stereotype. So, we have to break that and get the audience involved in the climax scene.

Q: So, how do you break that?
You need a class director, a class writer and a subject, which maybe I just haven’t tumbled upon.

Q: Any particular director or directors you have on your wish list for such a genre?
Anyone, who’s had a great taste in films. I’ve not seen SrIram Raghavan’s films (Badlapur/Raman Raghav/Agent Vinod/Johnny Gaddar) but I’ve seen the promos and heard fantastic things about the director. I like dark kind of cinema, and many of them have told me that ‘Badlapur’ is your kind of film, it’s like my taste, I like dark films, edgy characters and thriller. So, I think he’s one of them.

Q: Has it become difficult to choose scripts, since we have Hollywood films and alternate mediums like web series and Netflix for entertainment consumption?
Yes, it has become extremely difficult, because you see the Hollywood television content; it is more powerful than films, which has taken the world over by storm. So, according to that taste we have to make a film for the multiplex audience. There need not be a direct comparison, but the audience’s world view has increased tremendously. It’s not the same as ten years ago. The audience is very vocal about their tastes, with Twitter and social media, everything has become very transparent. They’ll write on Twitter that it’s a pathetic film, don’t waste your money, and then you can see a drastic dip in collections. So, you have to be very cautious. Unless, you’re not completely sure with something, don’t get into it. But then again, sometimes we are right, sometimes we are wrong.

Q: Years of hard work goes behind making a film, so what kind of a zone do you get into when the film fails to strike the right chord with the audience and tanks at the Box Office?
I can’t allow myself to get into a zone for very long. It only lasts for a couple of days. I don’t let it sink into me and jeopardise my forthcoming films. So, I think it’s more testing over here to deal with failures. Even success drives you crazy, but failure also gives you its better. If you don’t see a help and let it define you, then you’ll destroy your career. I detach from it. It’s the same with success, I don’t let it get into my head and roam around with a bloated feeling of being successful. So, failure doesn’t really affects me. I know people who shut themselves in the rooms and don’t get out of their houses, after their film flops. But you feel bad that you give so many days of your life, you wish you could receive some more appreciation.

Q: What do you do to cope up with failure, because you don’t socialise and you aren’t a party animal too?

If you go out it and party, it brings in more negativity, because you drink alcohol and that does nothing to make you feel better. I don’t drink alcohol. I have a fantastic will power. I can deal with calamities in my life and hardships in an extremely solid way. The worst calamity that you can get is your son diagnosed with cancer. I don’t go to parties, I don’t get insecure, don’t rush here and there for work, people have my house address, if they think I can contribute something to them as an actor, they’ll come and meet me.

Q: Every Emraan Hashmi film has beautiful soundtracks, so will we get to see glimpses of it in ‘Captain Nawab’ too?
We’re still hunting for music. It’s very tough to get good music. Even for ‘Baadshaho,’ we took one and a half year to get the tracks.

Q: Is having heart-touching music in your film, an added pressure on you?
It does builds pressure. Music doesn’t guarantee you the success of the film but it’s an added periphery that you have in films. Even ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ had soothing melodious tracks but that didn’t guarantee the film’s success. It’s also the audience, I can’t let them down. They have certain expectations from the film.

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Jun 122017
 

Not a joke, just an observation. And don’t go hating us for this. Aging is a natural process. And, while we all know that it cannot be controlled and one day we will all be old and not look the way we do today. Taking care of yourself, staying fit and looking snatch, especially if you are an actor, working in a dog-eat-dog world called Bollywood, is very important. Harman Baweja made his debut with the very-hyped ‘Love Story 2050’. It tanked at the Box office, but his chemistry with Priyanka Chopra did manage to survive and create mini waves. 

Harman Baweja or Hrithik Roshan's Body Double!© India

Fast forward to 2017 when Mr. Harman was spotted in Mumbai at a restaurant and it literally took us a good 2 minutes to recognize him. Maybe it’s our eye sight, or maybe it’s his umm…unkempt beard? 

Harman Baweja or Hrithik Roshan's Body Double!© India

Judging by his appearance it looks like that the 36-year-old has definitely fallen off the rails. And we don’t blame him. The industry can be a tough place to navigate, especially if your Box Office luck hasn’t served you well. Or, maybe we are stupid and this is him preparing for a new role where he’s required to look pleasantly plump? Well, here’s hoping for the latter. 

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Dec 142012
 

Hindi movie Khiladi 786 starring Akshay Kumar and Asin in leads has surpassed Rs 50 crore mark at the domestic Box Office in India in the first week. But it is absolutely not a bad performance also. The much-hyped masala entertainer has done wonderful business at single screens across the country, but it shared its larger portion of its collection with Aamir Khan’s last week release Talaash in the multiplexes.

Barring Joker, Akshay Kumar has scored three big hits Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore and OMG! Oh My God in 2012. This huge success had created a lot of hype around his Khiladi 786, which released in 2,786 screens in the country on December 7. Besides this, Khiladi 786 also marks his comeback to action as well as Khiladi series after 12 years. The audiences were very curious to watch the movie.

Khiladi 786 opened to a very good response at single screens, where it registered an average of 90% occupancy. But it had average footfalls in the multiplexes audience across the country. The movie witnessed growth in its collection on the following days, but it was not up to the expected level.

Akshay Kumar and Asin starrer movie, which was affected by Talaash, raked in Rs 34.30 cr at the domestic Box Office in the first weekend. Its breakup is Rs 10.40 cr on Fri, Rs 11.15 cr on Sat and Rs 12.75 cr on Sun. The film was expected to cross Rs 50 crore mark at the desi collection centres, but it failed to do so.

Khiladi 786 witnessed a drop of 50% in its business on Monday. And the masala entertainer continued to drop at the desi collection centres on the following days. The movie added Rs 52.55 crores nett at the desi Box Office in the first week. Its weekdays’ breakup is Rs 5.50 cr on Mon, Rs 4.9 cr on Tue, Rs 4.1 on Wed and Rs 3.90 cr on Thu.

However, the makers of Khiladi 786, which bagged mixed reviews from film critics, had a huge amount of promotions. Besides promoting it on TV, Akshay Kumar and Asin had also visited several metros for its publicity. But both promotions and hype surrounding the movie have failed to yield good results.

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Dec 142012
 

Hindi movie Talaash starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee in leads, has done good business at Indian Box Office in the second week. Despite facing tough competition from new release Khiladi 786, the psychological suspense thriller has added a good numbers to its 14-day total collection.

Trade experts had predicted that Khiladi 786, which released in 2,785 screens in the country on December 7, would send down the collection of Talaash. As expected, it did affect its business in single screens across the country. But Talaash managed to do very good collection in multiplexes, which the former had a bad time.

Talaash, which had collected Rs 68.07 crores at the desi Box Office in the first week, witnessed 70% drop in its collection in the second week. The movie collected Rs 11.34 crore nett at the Box Office in the second weekend. On the weekdays, it raked in Rs 5.41 crores taking its 14 day total to Rs 84.82 crores nett. Its second week breakup is Rs 2.40 cr on Fri, Rs 4.14 cr on Sat, Rs 4.80 cr on Sun, Rs 1.51 cr on Mon, Rs 1.41 cr on Tue, Rs 1.26 cr on Wed and Rs 1.23 cr on Thu.

However, the Aamir-Kareena-Rani starrer has failed to surpass Rs 100 crore mark at the domestic Box Office in the second week. Trade experts say that Talaash would cross this mark in the third weekend as there are no new releases this Friday.

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