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.

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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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Mar 112017
 

Kanagana Ranaut knows her mind and speaks it. She is not one to cower down before power or give up easily. Her recent ‘Koffee With Karan’ appearance was nothing less than explosive. Calling out Karan Johar on his own show, she made it clear that Bollywood has always been hostile to strugglers with no filmy background. Kangana’s outspokenness did not go down well with Johar who accused her of playing the victim card.

Kangana Ranaut Reveals Why She Doesn’t Want To Work With SRK, Salman Or Aamir & It’s A Clever Move © Hotstar

But there’s another interesting bit she mentioned on the show and has been vocal about before too – the fact that she doesn’t want to work with any of the big Khans of Bollywood, i.e. Shah Rukh, Salman, and Aamir.

At a time when newcomers and established stars vie with each other for an opportunity to work with any of the 3 Khans, Kangana is taking the road less travelled. Courage and individualism is not new to her. In an interview with Rajeev Masand, the ‘Queen’ star revealed the reason behind why she will never work with the Khans of Bollywood, “The only way I can last is by growth. That I will only get if I go a notch higher than my last film. In a film, there’s only one hero. There are exceptions of course. Let’s talk about a Khan film. Who is the hero in that film? When I have done and working on films that give me the possibility of building a brand of my own individually, it will be very stupid of me to go and stand behind someone else and try and encash their popularity.”

Kangana Ranaut Reveals Why She Doesn’t Want To Work With SRK, Salman Or Aamir & It’s A Clever Move © YouTube, Twitter

Ranaut is very clear on her stand and deems it a professional strategy, as she doesn’t want to get overshadowed by a Khan in a film.

Talking to Masand, she said how her strategy won’t ruin her relationships with the Khans, as it was just a professional decision she has made. “Aamir is kind to discuss his films with me. It’s not that I have a different attitude towards them when I am around them. My attitude remains the same. Until Queen, I was very open to working the Khans. After Tanu Weds Manu, I realised that if in a film, I am not the hero, it will disappoint everyone. It’s a very professional strategy that I have adopted. And Shah Rukh sir, I am a huge fan. It’s very unfortunate that our paths will never cross. Salman, I met him the other day and he loved Rangoon’s trailer, and he was very excited about it.”

In other words, she wants to be her own hero. And after how she called out the nepotism prevalent in Bollywood, we think she totally can be. 

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Mar 102017
 

While the super rich industrialists invite A-listers from Bollywood to dance at their weddings, this couple from Perth had all their stars in place when none other than Thor star, Chris Hemsworth, crashed their wedding shoot. Anneka and Kent were busy getting their wedding pictures clicked on the beach at Byron Bay in New South Wales, when Hemsworth walked in and posed for pictures with them.

Chris Hemsworth Crashed A Couple’s Wedding Photos© Instagram

Much to the embarrassment of everybody, the bride did not recognize him and kept asking the groom Kent who was this person who seemed to be crashing their wedding shoot. She confessed, “I was wondering, ‘Why we were getting a photo with a random person?’ I was saying, ‘Who is this person?’”

Chris Hemsworth Crashed A Couple’s Wedding Photos© Instagram

Turns out that Chris was taking a walk on the beach when the couple’s best man spotted him and asked him if he could take a pic or two with the newly-wed couple. He told news.com.au, “It was Chris Hemsworth on the beach and he (the best man) was like, ‘Hey, do you think you could get a photo with the bride and groom?’” And of course, Thor agreed. 

Chris Hemsworth Crashed A Couple’s Wedding Photos© Instagram

Chris Hemsworth owns a home at Byron Bay that he purchased in 2014, and is often seen chilling at the beach. Luckily, for the newly-wed couple, he was enjoying a stroll on the beach with his wife and kids. 

Now we know we will never see Shah Rukh dancing at our wedding, we wonder if getting married at a star destination might get us lucky.

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Jan 242017
 

Shah Rukh was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his upcoming ‘Raees’  was promoted with a bang until the promotional activity of travelling from Mumbai to Delhi in a train turned fatal for someone.

Man Dies At Vadodara Station During Raees Promotion© Twitter

Apparently, the train stopped at Vadodara station and as expected, there was a humungous crowd of fans who were waiting to catch a glimpse of the King Khan. However, amidst the entire chaos and madness, one man died of cardiac arrest and couldn’t be given any help since the stampede and the chaos made it impossible for anyone to reach out to him. The man in question turned out to be an uncle of someone from SRK’s crew.

Man Dies At Vadodara Station During Raees Promotion© Twitter

Shah Rukh has released an official statement clearing out the air. “One of our colleagues was travelling with us. Her uncle came down to see her at the Vadodara and then he suffered from a cardiac arrest. It’s really unfortunate because we’d really thought of this as a journey where we’d all travel and spend time with each other. And you know, when one of your own loses someone on a trip like this, it saddens us all. On behalf of everyone I’d just like to say that our blessings and prayers are with the whole family. She’s reached there, I just spoke with her. I think the burial is an hour or half an hour. We have some of our people with the family members also, so Inshallah, God will bless his soul.”

Man Dies At Vadodara Station During Raees Promotion© Twitter

Besides this, it has been reported that even two constables were injured during the promotional campaign. It is sad to know that what started as a happy journey, ended on a sad note for some.

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Jan 222017
 

You can always trust the King Khan to whip up a storm when it comes to either making his movies or promoting them. After the MNS played a dampener by banning Pakistani artists in India and threatened SRK and Karan Johar of dire consequences, their movies were left in a  jeopardy.

Shah Rukh Khan Is All Set To Travel By Train From Mumbai To Delhi To Promote ‘Raees’ Like A True Blue Desi© Red Chillies Entertainment

Shah Rukh is all set for the release of his upcoming ‘Raees’ and is ensuring that all is right in the promotional campaign of the movie. He is visible everywhere at the moment and even had a humungous promotional tour in Dubai. To raise the bar, the king is all set to promote the movie in a true desi style. Since he needs to travel around the place, for the first time ever, Shah Rukh will be travelling from Mumbai to Delhi in a train.

 

#BreakingNews: @iamsrk to travel by TRAIN from Mumbai to Delhi with Team #Raees on Monday.

— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 21, 2017

“The train is an August Kranti which will leave from Bombay Central at evening 5 p.m. and reach Hazrat Nizamuddin at 10.55 a.m. in the morning. The train has several stopovers like Andheri, Borivili, Wapi, Walsad, Surat, Baruch, Baroda, Ratlam, Kota, Savai Modhopur and Mathura,” a source explained.

Shah Rukh Khan Is All Set To Travel By Train From Mumbai To Delhi To Promote ‘Raees’ Like A True Blue Desi© Red Chillies Entertainment

The movie is all set to clash with the Hrithik’s ‘Kaabil’ on January 25th.

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Jan 192017
 

It is the season of biopics and continuing the tradition, recently Sanjay Leela Bhansali has announced his interest in making a biopic on the celebrated poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi. The choice for playing the lead was the King Khan aka Shah Rukh himself.

SRK To Work In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Biopic On Sahir Ludhianvi© Twitter

Sahir Ludhianvi was famous for writing heart-wrenching poetry and lyrics. Some of his most famous works include the songs ‘Kabhie Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’ and ‘Jo Wada Kiya Wo Nibhana Padega’. His love life with Amrita Pritam was also very controversial.

SRK To Work In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Biopic On Sahir Ludhianvi© Facebook

Apparently, Shah Rukh has loved the script and is keen to meet Bhansali in order to discuss it. In a recent interview, Shah Rukh said, “It was in Red Chilles (before), then Bhansali took it over. Jasneet is the writer. I really liked the story but we have not confirmed it. Sanjay is supposed to meet me now. I think I’ll meet him after Raees, if he is free from Padmavati. He has a couple of stories and one of them is Sahir Ludhianvi. I heard it two years ago when it wasn’t with Sanjay”. SRK is currently gearing up for his upcoming release ‘Raees’.

The movie was under the scanner in recent times when there was a ban on Pakistani artists and his movie was threatened to be withdrawn from release since the lead actress is Mahira Khan, a Pakistani actress. She is currently not able to promote the movie in the country and the movie is releasing on 25th January.

SRK To Work In Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Biopic On Sahir Ludhianvi© Twitter

Shah Rukh will be seen in an Imtiaz Ali movie post this, the one which he is shooting with Anushka. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is currently in the process of making another grandeur movie ‘Padmavati’ with Deepika, Shahid and Ranveer in the lead roles. If SRK does agree on doing this biopic, it would be a visual treat to watch the king of romance play a poet on screen.

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Jan 032017
 

It’s almost been 12 years since celebrities such as SRK Preity Zinta, Rani mukherjee, Saif Ali Khan, Priyanka Chopra and many others went around Europe for the ‘The Temptations Tour’ of 2004.

Video of SRK Playing Prank On Crew Member© Twitter

2004 was pretty much Shah Rukh’s year as he gave us our favourites like ‘Swades’, ‘Veer Zara’ and ‘Main Hoon Na’. While our hearts were definitely set on fire by Shah Rukh and Preity’s onscreen chemistry in ‘Veer Zara’, this video is reminiscent of their cute friendship.

Video of SRK Playing Prank On Crew Member© Twitter

While on tour, they not only won everyone’s hearts around the world but also shared with us many memorable pictures and videos.

Here is a video of that tour in which all the actors joined hands with Shah Rukh in playing a prank on one of their crew members over some technicality issue. The poor guy is bombarded with angry remarks from Shah Rukh, as well as the other actors but as always SRK doesn’t fail to give us a happy ending.

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