Check out the top ten grossing films in India across all languages

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Box Office India Trade Network

The question that pops up in the mailbox regularly is that why is not the business of dubbed versions not included on the website especially when major Hindi films are dubbed in other in languages. Basically dubbing films is a token gesture and business will be in the 3-5% range of the Hindi version. Even a film collecting 10 crore nett in Hindi can be dubbed and it can do upwards of 25 lakhs nett.

The biggest problem is when dubbed business is included than you have to include films of that language as well to have the correct picture. Then the tax picture comes into play as a film doing a huge proportion of its business in Tamil will be paying much less tax than a predominantly Hindi film so NETT numbers make little sense. This can be explained better by the two charts below. First one is the top ten grossing films in HINDI and then the second one is top ten grossing films in all languages. In the second one  some regional films come into play, even the topmost one then becomes a non Hindi release.

Top Ten Grossing Hindi Films NETT
1. Dangal (2016) - 3,74,53,00,000
2. PK (2014) - 3,37,72,50,000
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - 3,15,49,00,000
4. Sultan (2016) - 3,00,67,25,000
5. Dhoom 3 (2013) - 2,60,63,00,000
6. Kick (2014) - 2,11,63,00,000
7. Chennai Express (2013) - 2,07,69,00,000
8. 3 Idiots (2009) - 2,01,37,25,000
9. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) - 1,94,30,50,000
10. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) - 1,86,14,50,000

Top Ten Grossing Films NETT (All Languages)
1. Baahubali (2015) - 4,19,56,00,000
2. Dangal (2016) - 3,87,28,00,000
3. PK (2014) - 3,37,72,50,000
4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - 3,15,49,00,000
5. Sultan (2016) - 3,00,67,25,000
6. Dhoom 3 (2103) - 2,71,63,00,000
7. Robot (2010) - 2,13,84,00,000
8. Kick (2014) - 2,11,63,00,000
9. Chennai Express (2013) - 2,07,69,00,000
10. Kabali (2016) - 2,05,16,00,000

As can be seen above, the dubbed business changes the rankings totally. Another point to note is when a film is dubbed into another language then that business is not coming from a HINDI film, sometimes even the name is changed.

The figures in GROSS for all languages will change the rankings due to lower taxes for regional films and those are the ones that have to be used when you are not comparing like for like and they will put up tomorrow.

GST (Good and Service Tax) is supposed to be implemented soon and it will probably be one slab across the country which will give fairer playing field but its probable the state governments will give some sort of exemptions to regional films to make tax lower while there will be no relief as usual for Hindi films which always get step motherly treatment from the government. The plus will the highest slab in GST will be a little lower than the present taxes at an all India level.

Noor collects 5.20 cr in 4 days

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Box Office India Trade Network

NOOR dropped 50% on Monday from Friday as it collected just 60 lakhs nett. The collections so far are a little over 5 crore nett in four days and the week looks like finishing at around 6.75 crore nett and that will be it.

The last few weeks saw a season of heroine orientated films with PHILLAURI, NAAM SHABANA, BEGUM JAAN and NOOR and NOOR has come worst off by a distance with non of the other films proving successes either. The business of NOORover the first four days is as follows.
Friday - 1,25,00,000
Saturday - 1,60,00,000
Sunday - 1,75,00,000
Monday - 60,00,000
TOTAL - 5,20,00,000

NOOR will finish at around 7 crore nett, BEGUM JAAN at 19 crore nett while PHILLAURI has done 25 crore nett and NAAM SHABANA is looking at a near 37 crore nett finish making it the best of the lot.

Producer sends notice to Ram Jethmalani for transferring exclusive rights to his biopic to Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khanand Kunal Kemmu
Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; April 25, 2017)

Six months after mid-day had first reported that a biopic on eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani was in the works, a dispute over ownership rights to the project has now arisen. Producer Raj Khan says he will drag to court the 94-year-old lawyer, who had previously told us Khan's team would "have the right to tap upon any aspect [of my life] that they wish to". But Khan claims Jethmalani has transferred permissions for exclusive rights to Soha Ali Khan's Renegade Films.

In a notice to Soha and brother Saif Ali Khan on April 10, Raj Khan alleges the team "dishonestly tried to hijack" his work, "by trying to eliminate him from his own project". "I have also sent notices to Mr Jethmalani and co-producer Ronnie Screwvala. I have had the rights for over three years and have invested a lot of time, money and resources into making it. I was surprised to learn that Soha's team was promoting the project as their own. When I confronted Mr Jethmalani, he said, 'Mujhe laga woh tere log hain' (I thought they were part of your team). But he hasn't done anything," says Khan, pointing out that a lawyer of his calibre cannot be fooled by a bunch of producers. "Reputed Supreme Court lawyer Ravi Bakshi will fight the case for me."

Khan, who was also set to play a pivotal role in the film, even considered collaborating with Soha's team, given that they are "big players" in the industry, but claims they were unwilling, with their lawyer blatantly suggesting he could take up whichever recourse he deemed suitable.

When we reached out to Ronnie's team, his spokesperson refused to comment on the development but confirmed a biopic on Jethmalani's life was in the works, even insisting that the rights were procured legally. However, lawyer Shweta Bansal, who is representing Soha, and advising Ronnie and Jethmalani's team, said, "[A legal notice was served] to Soha's team, and copies to the other parties. Soha and Kunal have exclusive media rights to his life. His [Khan's] accusations have no merit. In fact, Mr Jethmalani has issued a letter stating that except for them, nobody else has the rights to a film, web series or any other media content on him."

In a letter shared by Shweta with us, Jethmalani's team writes Khan "has no life rights from me but wants to make the movie based on information in the public domain. The movie will have no inputs from me." As per the letter, "Soha and Kunal would have irrevocable media rights". Bansal adds, "This agreement [with Renegade] dates to February 2016."

Jethmalani was unavailable for comment' His secretary, Sanjay Ahluwalia, confirmed a legal agreement was chalked out with Soha' and Jethmalani would help both parties with details.

Ram Jethmalani with Raj Khan
Ram Jethmalani with Raj Khan

Salim Khan gave me a big, tight hug after watching Tubelight's first cut-Kabir Khan

Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; April 25, 2017)

Salman Khan has always maintained that his father Salim is his biggest critic. In his interviews, the actor has spoken about being his father giving his opinion on his films. And he added that his dad’s feedback always mirrored the audience’s reactions to his film.

Kabir Khan, who directs Salman in Tubelight, feels the same way about the veteran writer, and makes it a point to show him his films before anyone else and did the same with Tubelight. Says Kabir, “I showed him the first cut. He came out of the edit room and without saying a word, gave me a big, tight hug. Need I say more?”

As it turns out, Salim’s inputs worked for Bajrangi Bhaijaan as well. It was his idea to exclude the end-credits dance track Aaj Ki Party from the final cut. Papa Khan says, “I told Kabir to not put the song at the end of Bajrangi Bhaijaan because it was diluting the impact of the film.” He confirms having watched Tubelight and calls it “a beautiful film” and adds, “Kabir has made it well.”

On the other hand, Kabir is grateful to Salim Khan for being a great support while developing the story. “I always make it a point to narrate the script to him before I start filming. How many people have the privilege of getting a living legend to doctor their script? He has always come up with invaluable inputs for me. For Tubelight, too, he gave me a few pointers that made the screenplay better,” reveals Kabir.

In fact, the catchline in the posters — Kya Tumhe Yakeen Hai — is actually his brainchild. But Salim doesn’t like to take credit for it completely. “We were all discussing it and it is always a team effort,” says the star father modestly.

Sonakshi Sinha, Armaan Malik get into a war of words over her selection for Justin Bieber's Mumbai concert

The actress will reportedly be singing as part of the opening act for the Justin Bieber concert in Mumbai, but Kailash Kher and Armaan Malik are not amused
Lakshmi V and Purvaja Sawant (BOMBAY TIMES; April 25, 2017)

Bombay Times was the first to confirm that pop sensation Justin Bieber will be visiting India for his maiden tour and perform in Mumbai on May 10 (Justin Bieber seals his date with India, February 15). Several Bollywood celebrities are going to be a part of the concert and Sonakshi Sinha is one of them. Apparently, the actress will launch her new single in the opening act.

But this doesn't seem to have gone down too well with musicians in the industry. In an interview two days ago, Kailash Kher had reportedly spoken about Sonakshi being got on board to perform at Bieber's concert. He said, “It doesn't give a good message internationally. They (people overseas) will think that Sonakshi must be a big singer in India. Then she will get concert offers, and then probably Sonakshi will laugh them off saying, 'I am not a singer but an actor' (sic).“

Singer Armaan Malik supported Kailash's view and tweeted, “Actors are actors & singers are singers. Leave the stage & mic to us, that's our playground not yours (sic).“ Sonakshi shot back with a series of tweets to Armaan, “Secure artist wud always encourage another artist to grow their skills and follow their dreams. Art in any form should not be suppressed. And this is definitely not the same tune you were singing when you wanted me to sing for you (sic).“

While Sonkashi didn't want to elaborate on her tweets and comment further on the issue, both Kailash and Armaan spoke to BT...

“In that interview, I was asked for my views on the changing music trend in the country and the impact we have made on the international scene. I answered on a lighter note that we have a long way to go when it comes to making an impression, because whenever an international artiste comes to the country, we pitch him/her against a popular actor or any other celebrity. I found this funny and thought I should point this out. I believe we should get an artiste from the same field to share the stage with an international celebrity. When we don't get a singer to open the act for Justin Bieber, it looks like there are no musicians in our country. This sends out a wrong message. I have nothing against any actor. It was just my opinion that a person from the same field as the international celebrity should represent our country. We have so many proficient singers for whom even Bieber can open the act. There's Asha Bhosle, who is the queen of live performances. Singers like Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam have done so many live shows. It's not like there's a dearth of musicians in the country.“

“I have voiced my opinion on how singers are shunned in this country and actors are given more importance. It's nothing against Sonakshi or anyone in particular. I liked how Kailashji put a very valid point across and I supported his thoughts. I didn't even tag Sonakshi, she tweeted to me herself. I truly believe 'singers are stars' in their own right and it's high time people in this country see this change happen. I am not against any actor singing. All I feel is that the true singers in this country don't get what they deserve.“
The actress’s selection as one of the opening acts for the popstar’s India gig has invited criticism from musicians
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2017)

Sonakshi Sinha’s selection as one of the opening acts for Justin Bieber’s upcoming India concert was met with sharp criticism online, most notably by singers Kailash Kher and Armaan Malik. Kailash had contended in an interview, “It doesn’t give a good message internationally. They (people abroad) will think that Sonakshi must be a big singer in India. And then she will get concert offers from Canada, and then probably Sonakshi will laugh them off saying, ‘I am not a singer but an actor.’”

Soon after, Armaan took to Twitter to second Kailash’s statement, posting, “Agree with @Kailashkher sir! Actors are actors & singers are singers. Leave the stage & mic to us, that’s our playground not yours (sic).”

Sonakshi defended herself by arguing that “a secure artist wud always encourage another artist to grow their skills and follow their dreams. Art in any form should not be suppressed (sic)” and pointed out to Armaan, “… this is definitely not the same tune you were singing when you wanted me to sing for you.” Armaan proceeded to tell her that she was mistaking him for his brother, composer Amaal Malik, who jumped into the fray to clarify that he and Armaan haven’t been together at any recent event and definitely hadn’t approached her jointly for a collaboration.

While the actress has chosen not to comment on the matter, Amaal told Mirror, “I feel when an international singing icon tours our country, it is important to put forward our own icons, like Arijit Singh, KK, Sonu Nigam, Armaan. India has some incredible talent that should represent us at such big international gigs. Parineeti (Chopra), Alia (Bhatt) and Shraddha (Kapoor) have done a good job with playback singing recently. I got Salman (Khan) sir to sing 'Main Hoon Hero Tera' for me. This is okay for films but for music concerts as big as Justin Bieber’s, I stand with Kailash Kher. Pure musical artistes should get the opportunity to perform instead of actors who are not conventional musicians.”

About Sona’s remark that he’d approached her for a song, Amaal clarifies, “Yes, I was open to the idea but the song never materialised. But Armaan and I never went to her for a collaboration. The idea was the brainchild of the team of her recently released film and Sonakshi was keen on doing a track. Keeping in mind the genre, situation and the required singing style, the track seemed tough to pull off. I needed true-blooded singers to deliver those melodies and do 100 per cent justice to them.”

Rangoon's failure was heartbreaking-Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut
Speaking for the first time on Rangoon’s debacle, Kangana admits she ‘felt like sh*t’
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; April 25, 2017)

"Can you believe they removed it from the film,” asks Kangana Ranaut as she sits pretty with perfect curls minutes before walking the ramp for a fabric launch. She is referring to a scene from her last film, Rangoon, that had her character, Julia, brutally whipping herself. In an interview with mid-day in January, she had said Julia inflicts pain on herself out of shame since “she is so sucked in by her guilt”. Unit hands had even broken into applause after her take.

Kangy admits her confidence taking a beating following the film’s debacle. “I, for one, thought the film had all the ingredients to be a profitable business proposition. It [film’s failure] was heartbreaking. Before this film, every time people asked me if failure throws me back, I knew the answer was no. Do I go into a low zone? Well, this time around I was affected. Maybe when you are bigger and grow more, both success and failure become more of your responsibility. I felt Rangoon’s failure was targeted at me. Various people used that time of my life to direct their anger at me (presumably referring to Karan Johar’s reaction to her nepotism comment). I felt it was unnecessary that when I was dealing with a vulnerable phase in my career; they were hitting out at me. Rangoon was mounted on a humungous budget and publicised around my character. When something like that doesn’t fare well, you do feel like sh* t.”

Ask her if she has done enough introspection and she agrees that the film lacked on many accounts. “The last few minutes didn’t come together. We missed our shot at creating a glorious film by a small margin. It was indeed a difficult time dealing with that phase, but not as much as it might have been for a few other people involved with the project.” Does a flop on her resume put her in a weaker spot and restrict her from being her usual outspoken self? “I am not outspoken because I feel I command a certain opening for films and enjoy a great deal of success at the movies. Even when my films don’t do as well, I don’t stop feeling strongly about issues. But I don’t use opportunities of professional hallmark to lash out at people. I will speak regardless. I notice how people start talking irrationally if your film hasn’t worked. Something tells me that if it had [worked], they would have stayed quiet.”

Kangana says she is not one to waste time pondering over what didn’t work. She is too busy focusing on the road ahead. “I have just wrapped up Simran. We will release the first poster in mid-May. I begin shooting for Manikarnika in June. My director, Krish, is in Jhansi for a recce. And the film I will direct is in the last leg of scripting,” she adds, rising from her chair as her catwalk turn is announced at the Liva Crème launch event.

Kangana Ranaut in a still from  Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon

BREAKING: Baahubali 2 to release across 8,000 screens

Baahubali 2 is all set to be the biggest release in the history of Indian cinema
Joginder Tuteja (DNA; April 25, 2017)

It’s official. Baahubali 2 is on course for what the trade believes will be the biggest release in the history of Indian cinema. With the film guaranteed to appear in an upward of 6,000 screens (and efforts on to bring that number closer to 7K), the sequel to SS Rajamouli’s epic war drama starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia, is already off to what is being seen as a blockbuster start.
Screened wide

Says a source, “Bollywood films run on close to 5,000 screens across the country. In South India, 3,000-odd screens cater to major Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. Do the math. With no other film (Hindi or otherwise) arriving alongside Baahubali 2 on April 28, the only face-off in theatres will be the one on screen — between Prabhas and Rana Daggubati.”

To put things into perspective, the biggest Hindi films release in 4,500-5,000 screens at best (dubbed versions included). The biggest South film doesn’t exceed 2,500-3,000 screens on arrival.

Adds the source, “After being made at the biggest budget ever, it’s natural that the film’s placement will reflect that. Also, given the number of languages, the film will release in, it is expected to take in the biggest opening in the history of Indian cinema. EVER."

Numbers don’t lie
The source continues, “Even if you assume the film releases across 6,500 screens, the first-day collections could well be to the tune of Rs 60 crore. Also, as April 28 is not a holiday, one cannot expect cent per cent collections all over, but they will be huge. Expect numbers to be in the excess of Rs 50 crore, at least. Don’t be surprised if numbers turn out to be even bigger since a film has never had such a lavish pan-India release before.”

If you don't kill your ego, it will kill your relationship-Alia Bhatt

Rachana Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; April 25, 2017)

She's got an easy-going vibe. She's minty cool to talk about everything under the sun, a quality that's rare among actresses. In Shah Rukh Khan's words, Alia Bhatt is too good too soon. And finally, the actress, who has been juggling various assignments, has found an opportunity to follow SRK's advice: to go easy on work. For the next few months, the li'l Miss Bhatt will be unwinding in her new home, learning Kathak, cooking and catching up on movies and life. Even as she is enjoying this break, Alia talks to BT about movies, marriage and much more. Excerpts...

Buzz is that your father (Mahesh Bhatt) and you are expected to collaborate on a film this year...
We are doing a lot of brainstorming. It's not like we don't want to work together, but it should be at the right place at the right time on the right stuff. My father says that I shouldn't do a film with him just because I am supposed to... I should work with the home banner only when I want to. If we are collaborating creatively for the first time, it should be on something that makes us all happy.

Do you see yourself getting into production?
Never say never! I can see myself getting into production at some point because I can then push exciting and young talent, but I don't think I will have the bandwidth for direction.

Your father always has wise words to dole out to you, regardless of the occasion. Has he always been like that?
Whether I have a release around the corner or if it's something else, he always sends encouraging messages, shares his thoughts and guides me. On the other hand, my mother (Soni Razdan) is more concerned about whether I am eating on time, resting enough and where I am shooting. She wants details on everything, though I don't stay in the same house anymore. Her primary concern is my well-being. Parents never change.

Do you think you've already taken the first step by moving out?
From the time I have started living alone, I've begun to enjoy my own company. I like being by myself. I watch TV and do other things in my spare time. I make it a point to have one meal in a day without watching TV or even looking up at the ceiling. It is strange, but therapeutic.

Professionally, you're on a break before your next film begins. Is Shah Rukh Khan's word of caution making you take time off work?
I agree with Shah Rukh Khan, and I am slowing down because of that. Having said that, I don't completely agree when people say that don't play all your cards now. I don't think anyone has a fixed deck of cards. I believe more in the theory that matter is neither created nor destroyed. It just changes shape and form. I feel humans also change and evolve. There's no full stop unless you believe there is one for you. I don't believe there's a full stop for me, but I agree that there is no need to burn out. So, I am not doing a film for some months and I have plans to use the time appropriately.

In the time that you have taken off, what do you plan to do?
I'll learn to play the piano. I'm also going to take kathak classes, learn how to cook, and watch English and Hindi movies that I haven't seen before. It will be a great reset button for me. I want to use every day of these months fruitfully. I get confused when I have nothing to do, though I think it's important to feel that way once in a while.

Does this come rather easily to you because you have moved out of your parents' home and are living on your own?
The difference between living with your parents and living separately lies in the sense of ownership the latter gives you. When you live with your parents, your sense of ownership is to them and not to the house. They are the base of the mountain that holds everything together. When you move into your own house, you are the base of the mountain. I think I had a space of my own even when I lived with my parents, but it's the thinking that has changed.

Now that you have such a strong sense of independence, how far do you think you are from marriage?
Very far. I'm just 24 years old now. I love babies and want to have my own. But I have to have that kind of equation with my partner to move into that space. Aisa nahi hai ki excitement mein sab ho jayega.

What is your take on marriage, given the society today, and the way the youth perceives relationships?
There are two ways of looking at it. I am not against marriage. Look at Shahid (Kapoor) and Mira. They are sweet together and they set a great example for arranged marriages. It's a lifelong commitment. The relationship will change and evolve with time, but you need a basic connection and understanding with each other to go through the numerous phases of life together. Even my father had a first marriage which didn't work and then his second marriage worked out beautifully. I've seen people with failed first marriages trying their hand at it all over again. I don't call it a mistake or a taboo. It's a complicated space. You don't have to get it right each time and you can't go wrong each time either. That is the reason you need to think it through. Before jumping into it, you should know for sure whether you want it.

What do you seek in your companion?
The best part is, you don't have to look for anything. It's a sort of synergy where each one of you balances the flaws of the other and uses the pros effectively. You have to inspire your partner and accept him or her with their flaws. Don't negate or try to change anything because companionship is working together as one entity. And in all of this, ego should be crushed. If you don't your kill ego, it will kill your relationship.

No matter how good a relationship is, do you think women always end up giving more?
Honestly, women don't give themselves as much as they give others in any relationship. They won't care for themselves, but they'll be out there for their sons, husbands, brothers, parents, name it. Women forget that they need to give themselves some time and space, too. As soon as you realise that you need to focus on yourself, you become easy with yourself. For instance, it's not like my mother doesn't have issues, but she has a very strong relationship with herself. And at some point, I see myself going that route.

Do you think a live-in relationship can be a solution to finding the perfect mate?
I am not campaigning for or against live-in relationships. To each his own. Though I have not been in a live-in space, I think sometimes you just want to try and live with that person to know things better. Sometimes, it's also exciting when you're trying to know each other after marriage. If you have lived together, you already know each other's ways and are used to each other. There are pros and cons for both. What you want to do with your friend, companion, whatever you want to call it, should be your decision.

There’d be no hero without a stuntman-Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar
Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; April 25, 2017)

Celebrated as an action hero, Akshay Kumar has a long experience in performing stunts in films. The actor has, for the past few years, also been vociferous about the hazards that stuntmen face on a daily basis, including the lack of insurance cover. Now, he has come up with a unique initiative — an insurance scheme for stunt artistes in Bollywood — in collaboration with cardiac surgeon Dr Ramakanta Panda. An amount of Rs 6 lakh will be provided to a stunt artiste for physical injury or accident on set; in case of death, the compensation has been set at Rs 10 lakh.

“If there was no stuntman, there would be no hero. When a romantic hero does romance, he is not risking his life. A stunt artiste is,” Akshay said.

The star also rued the fact that no award show felicitates them. Ejaz Gulab, general secretary of Movie Stunt Artiste Association, says, “We had approached many insurances companies in the past for our members’ security, but none cooperated. We are thankful to Akshay for securing our lives.”

Priyanka Chopra comes home to a week full of parties

The actress is celebrating “homecoming week”
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 25, 2017)

Priyanka Chopra, who successfully crossed over to Hollywood in 2015 with the primetime TV show, Quantico, has been routinely returning home during work breaks. She’s now down in Mumbai for three weeks before she jets back to promote her big screen debut, Baywatch. Ever since the 34-year-old actress touched down on Saturday, there have been speculations aplenty of her signing multiple films, including Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next production, the Sahir Ludhianvi biopic, and the Kalpana Chawla biopic to be helmed by debutante director Priya Mishra. However, the actress’s spokesperson insists the actress has only been catching up with family and friends, determined to celebrate her “homecoming week”, and will only start fi alising projects in the coming week.

On Saturday, she was at a house party by producer-friend Ritesh Sidhwani and his wife, Dolly. Other guests included Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, his sister Zoya and their filmmaker friend Nitya Mehra, directors Karan Kapadia, Homi Adajania with stylist wife, Anaita Shroff, and photographer Abheet Gidwani. Ranveer shared an elevator selfie with his two faves, Zoya and PeeCee, and captioned it – ‘Mama Zo and Madame Mercurial’.

After partying through Saturday, Priyanka had a slumber party of sorts at her Andheri home with one of her oldest besties, Tamanna Sharma Dutt. Today, she is hosting a bash with producer mom, Madhu Chopra, at a popular Khar watering hole to celebrate the success of her Marathi production, Ventilator, which bagged three National Awards for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The guest list includes Ventilator director Rajesh Mapuskar and the cast, including Ashutosh Gowariker and Boman Irani. Teams of their three productions, Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi, Sarvann and Pahuna, will also attend.