Oct 252017
 

There is talk that Katrina Kaif will team up with Salman Khan in ‘Bharat’, which is slated to release during Eid 2019. An adaptation of the South Korean film, ‘Ode To My Father’ (2014), it will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

The producer is Sallu’s brother-in-law, Atul Agnihotri. Kat considers Ali her brother. Sallu developed a special bond with him during the shoot of Tiger Zinda Hai. Won’t exactly be a surprise if Kat lands a role in the long-in-the-planning human drama.

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Oct 232017
 

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has booked Eid 2019 as the release date of his next film, ‘Bharat’. The 51-year-old star will play the title role in the movie, which will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. With ‘Bharat’, the actor is continuing with the trend of releasing his films on Eid. The movie is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film, ‘Ode to My Father’, which narrates modern Korean history from the 1950s to the modern day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War.

Salman Khan's new film 'Bharat' to release on Eid 2019
Salman Khan

The film will also depict the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam War.

“Bharat” will be backed by Atul Agnihotri, who attended the South Korean film’s screening at Berlin Film Festival, where it was identified as potential content for the Indian masses.

Agnihotri says their adaptation will be inspired by the original movie but the story will be based closer to home.

“It’s the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat. That film is just the starting point for ours but since it was an inspiration, we wanted in all fairness to officially own it and acquired the remake rights before going ahead with Bharat,” he said in a release.

The producer also said Salman was the right choice to play the role of the protagonist, given his long association with his brother-in-law as an actor, producer and director. The actor-producer duo’s film will hit the celluloid on the festive period once again post the blockbuster 2011 “Bodyguard”.

“It’s a character that I thought would resonate with him. It’s a huge responsibility making a film with Salman as there are big expectations that come with the job. I’m very conscious about Salman’s fan base and what they want. And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film it’s worthy of coming during the festive time. And anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice.”

Agnihotri added director Zafar is excited and “passionate” to a part of the project.

“Ali is a friend, I love his work and eventually it’s all about connecting with the source. If you speak to him, you will realise that Ali is far more passionate about the material,” he said.

Salman has worked with Zafar in 2016’s blockbuster “Sultan” and their much-awaited film “Tiger Zinda Hai” up for release on December 22.

“Bharat” will be shot on elaborate sets in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India.

“Casting will be our main agenda over the next three months and since it’s a character-driven story, we will take actors who fit the part,” he added.

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May 152017
 

'Dangal' beats 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' to top China's box office in second week‘Dangal’ beats ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ to top China’s box office in second week

Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s sports drama “Dangal” moved up in its second week at the Chinese box office and took top place from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.

According to data from Ent group — a research centre of the Chinese entertainment industry — in its second week of release, “Dangal” earned $32.5 million, giving it a 10-day cumulative of $59.7 million, reports variety.com.

“Dangal”, a story of a wrestler who trains his daughters to become world champions in wrestling, released in China as “Shuai Jiao Baba”, which means “Let’s Wrestle, Dad”, on May 5. The movie released in around 7,000 screens.

According to variety.com, the weekend score was nearly triple its opening frame, when it scored $11.3 million. The cumulative in China is now on a par with film’s score, of $58.1 million, in India.

Exhibitors in China increased the screen count for “Dangal” to some 55,000 screenings per day on Saturday and Sunday.

Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, which opened on the same day as “Dangal” and topped the box office in its first week, slipped to $15.8 million in its second week. After 10 days, it has a cumulative of $81.1 million.

“Dangal” has already broken the record of “PK” which earned Rs 100 crore in China. Aamir is among the most popular Indian actors for the Chinese who also are fans of South Korean artistes.

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