Jan 282018

srk_zeroIt was on Monday that Shah Rukh Khan and Aanand L Rai jointly made the title announcement of their upcoming film featuring King Khan as a dwarf. ‘Zero’, as the title reads, gave a glimpse of SRK dancing around in a vest and boxers. Now the makers have unveiled two new posters- one a character poster featuring Shah Rukh and the other, a title poster that sees a sky full of stars over the horizon with the title ‘Zero’ on it and a caption that reads, “Hum jiske peeche lag jaate hain…Life bana dete hain.” Helmed by Aanand L Rai, ‘Zero’ also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma alongside Khan.

Zero 2018

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Sep 152017

Just as Liam Neeson announces his retirement from action/thriller films because he feels he’s too old to play an action hero (hear that Shah Rukh?) we’ll see him in what we assume his last thriller, ‘The Commuter’, coming out early next year. The film seems enticing enough to hold our attention (at least that’s what we figured from the trailer) and it unfurls a dramatic criminal conspiracy Neeson is badly stuck in (as per usual).

We will see Neeson pair up with director Jaume Collet-Serra once again for this gripping mystery that unravels on the commuter rail that Neeson’s character takes daily for his commute. Micheal Woolrich (Neeson), an insurance salesman on his daily commute to work meets a mysterious woman (Vera Farmiga) who drags him into a criminal conspiracy and lures him into an enticing opportunity, which obviously comes with a downside.

Liam Neeson's Starring In A New Movie Early Next Year© slashFilm

The conversation between the two characters start when she sits next to him on the train and asks him to solve a riddle and uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on the train he’s on. Somehow the riddle turns a bit deadly and before you know it, Micheal is racing against time to solve the mystery before the last train station!

Okay, we’re not going to give away anymore of the movie. You can watch the teaser below and see what the fuss is all about.

‘The Commuter’ marks Liam Neeson and Jaume Collet-Serra’s forth movie together (enough already!), their last project being ‘Run All Night’, which was released back in 2015. We just feel this movie will do really well for Neeson post his big ‘retirement’ announcement. We expect to see a lot of his fans excited for this one as it might be his last thrillier’ish movie. Naturally you can expect Neeson to run through carriages holding a gun perhaps? And some phone action as well.

Liam Neeson's Starring In A New Movie Early Next Year© MovieWeb

His debut as an action hero was with the hit ‘Taken’, where he played a government official who is trying to find and reconnect with his daughter (watch it if you haven’t already!) and now with a dozen action movies under his belt, he plans to call it quits, right after ‘The Commuter’ hits the screens, second week of January, 2018.

Wait this one out; it’s definitely worth the winters!

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Aug 042017

JHMS-e-lIt’s not an uncommon practice to raise the prices of tickets when a film, headlined by big stars, is gearing up for release. However, if you thought that it deterred the audience from flocking to the theatres, you couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Sample this: A ticket of Shah Rukh Khan-Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal, which releases today, has been priced at Rs 2,400 at PVR Director’s Cut in Delhi.


A quick online check will tell you that the amount is almost equivalent to a one-way air ticket from Mumbai to Goa.

But, looks like no price is too steep for Khan’s fans. The Imtiaz Ali-directed film saw a huge demand in advance booking at this theatre in Delhi. As a result, the love story raked in a whopping Rs 12,15,600 from this screen alone, even before it hit the marquee. At Rs 12.15 lakh, the movie has already matched the lifetime collections of indie films.

The situation isn’t too different in Mumbai either — another stronghold of Khan. A VIP/Gold Class ticket at PVR Icon in Versova has been priced at a cool Rs 1500.

Ask trade analyst Amod Mehra what drives the audience to pay such a high price to watch a movie and he reasons, “There haven’t been any good films in the recent past, which would have motivated the audience to spend money. So, people who have the money will not mind spending a huge amount on this one.”

Projects starring any one of the Khan trio — Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh — are mounted on huge budgets. No wonder then, the tickets rates shoot up during their film’s release.

However, Mehra points out that it is the distributors and not the producers, who are to be blamed for the hike. “The production cost of a film like Jab Harry Met Sejal is really high. So, to recover that cost, distributors tend to increase the rates.”

He cautions that it may not necessarily be a smart strategy. “On the contrary, I feel if they reduce the price, it will work as an advantage and will lure more people to watch the film.”

Another trade exhibitor, on the condition of anonymity, says, “Rs 2400 plus food and conveyance is really high. But then, the advance booking shows that people who wish to spend so much, have bought the tickets. I can get a premium membership of Netflix at the same price and watch so much of content. In the end, it’s all about what you choose.”

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Jul 082017

kat-inset-khansKatrina Kaif may be busy promoting her upcoming film with former lover Ranbir Kapoor, but it’s the opportunity to work with the top three Khans of Bollywood that has her excited and feeling fortunate.

“It’s a coincidence that I am working with all of them around the same time,” says the actor, adding, “I am shooting for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Salman is an amazing co-star to work with. I am comfortable around him. Recently, I wrapped up the shoot for ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ with Aamir in Malta. His approach is meticulous, he is dedicated to his craft. And next is a film with Shah Rukh.”

Putting her failed relationship with Kapoor behind Katrina Kaif, she wishes to now focus on her work. “Over the last year-and-a-half, people have spoken more about my personal life. But I wish that the focus now shifts to my work. It hasn’t been easy to get back to the grind, but I am enjoying it,” she says.

Kaif’s last two Bollywood outings, ‘Fitoor’ and ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ (both 2016), didn’t fare well at the box office, and she doesn’t deny that failure bothers her. “When a film doesn’t do well after all the hard work [you put in], there is heartbreak. It’s not a good feeling. I’d love to experience box office acceptance.”

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Jun 222017

Salman Khan, who is among the three biggest Khan Superstars in the Bollywood industry, doesn’t shy away from answering questions about his contemporaries and giving them credit for their hard work. He calls Akshay Kumar a bigger star than all the three Khans.

Salman Khan Calls Akshay Kumar The Biggest Superstar In Bollywood© Bigg Boss 9

Akshay Kumar does more films and earns a lot more than the Khans, he says to DNA, “Today, when they say (superstars) I think there is Aamir, Shah Rukh, me, and Akshay Kumar. We do fewer films — I do two films a year, Aamir does one film in three years, Akshay does four-five films a year. So you do the math. The man who works that hard and makes the maximum amount of money, and supports those many production companies, those many units, and those many directors every four months is a bigger star.”

When asked if he could do as many films as Akshay does in a year, he replied, “I used to do that. I think Akki is the only one who understood that back in the day, char-paanch lakh ke liye itni jyaada mehnat kar rahe the, ab crores ke liye utni mehnat nahi kar rahe hain. When we were paid so little per film, we did more films. Now we get paid so much more for a film, and we are doing fewer films.”

Salman Khan Calls Akshay Kumar The Biggest Superstar In Bollywood© filmibeat

Well, if we actually get down to the maths, it makes sense. Last year, four films of Akshay were released and all the films made between Rs 100 and 150 crores. So in one year, he delivers more than Rs 400 crores. Wow!

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Dec 172012

The actor won two awards – Entertainer Of The Year and Best Romantic On-Screen Couple along with co-star Katrina Kaif – for his film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, at the Big Star Entertainment Awards held here Sunday night.

Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif at Big Star Entertainment AwardsShah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif at Big Star Entertainment Awards

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ will always be a special film for me. I will always be thankful to Yash-ji. I get really excited with awards. No matter how many I have got, they have the same affect on me, like they did when I was new in the industry. I almost become like a kid in the candy store,’ said Shah Rukh.

Shah Rukh Khan at Big Star Entertainment Awards. Pic/IANS

Shah Rukh and Katrina were also named the Best Romantic On-Screen Couple for the same film. ‘This was the first time I worked with her and see what happened! Katrina is a very hardworking girl and it was a pleasure working with her. And as far as romance is concern, I am the best one here,’ quipped Shah Rukh. ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ was Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture, before he passed away Oct 21.

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Dec 162012

Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday evening attended his friend and the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad’s birthday and he was also awarded the prestigious BrandLaureate Legendary Award.

The superstar was given this honour by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his contributions to the Bollywood film industry and as India’s foremost brand ambassador.

Shah Rukh was humbled by the honour given to him by Founder of Lord’s Tailor Mr Robert Loh, President of The BrandLaureate Dr KK Johan, and Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad.

“It is an honour to be given the Brandlaureate Legendary Award. It is always a pleasure to be amongst friends and to be given so much love and motivation to do better,” said Shah Rukh.

The BrandLaureate Legendary Award has been earlier given to the likes of Dr Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate recipient Mohammad Yunus, Ratan Tata, late Steve Jobs, Marck Zuckerburg, Michael Schumacher and more.

In 2008 Shah Rukh had become the first Indian actor to be conferred with the prestigious Malaysian title of Datuk (equivalent of the British Knighthood) by the governor of Malaysia’s southern state of Malacca for promoting tourism through his movies in that region.

Earlier this year, Shah Rukh became the first Indian film industry’s personality to be honoured with the prestigious Chubb fellowship at Yale University and very recently he was honoured with L?toile d’Or by Mohammaed VI, the King of Morocco during 12th International Film Festival of Marrakech twice in a row.

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