Raazi collects 60.75 cr in 8 days

Raazi Box Office Collection Day 8: Alia Bhatt's Film Remains 'Super Strong' At the Start Of Week 2
Box Office India Trade Network

RAAZI had a huge hold on its second Friday as it collected around 4.50-4.75 crore nett and this is despite DEADPOOL 2 doing very well especially in the big centers where RAAZI is also doing its best business. The film is on course to cross 100 crore nett business.

The 100 crore nett mark is a bit irrelevant for most major films today but for this film its an achievement as its a small medium budget and on top it is a female driven film. Although there is some way to go to 100 crore nett its the strong trend that pretty much assures it will get there. The film has dropped under 10% on its second Friday from the Thursday which is rare

The business of RAAZI till date is as follows.
Week One - 56,00,00,000 apprx
Friday - 4,75,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 60,75,00,000 apprx

Even if RAAZI is judged from its hold from day one it is still extraordinary as the drop is just 38%. The growth over the second Saturday and Sunday will be huge and a 20 crore nett plus weekend should be on the cards.

The film is being driven by Mumbai and Delhi/UP as these two biggest circuits outperform. In UP its not far off from DEADPOOL 2 despite it being day 8 for RAAZI but that is mainly because DEADPOOL 2 has under performed in UP.

102 Not Out collects 42.08 cr in 15 days; Avengers: Infinity War collects 219.95 cr in 22 days

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Box Office India Trade Network

102 NOT OUT grossed 70-75 lakhs nett on its third Friday which is a bigger drop than last week when it dropped less than 50%. The film should cross HICHKI by the end of its third week and go to the 50 crore nett range in terms of lifetime business. Its a decent result for the film which has been driven well by Mumbai circuit where the business is good.

The business of 102 NOT OUT till date is as follows.
Week One - 27,63,00,000
Week Two - 13,75,00,000 apprx
Friday - 70,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 42,08,00,000 apprx

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR grossed 75 lakh nett on its fourth Friday and is now pretty certain to cross the 225 crore nett mark. The film is slowing sown but that is expected due to amount of business it has consumed already.

The collections of AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR till date is as follows
Week One - 1,56,52,00,000
Week Two - 46,93,00,000
Week Three  -  15,75,00,000 apprx
Friday - 75,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 2,19,95,00,000 apprx

Deadpool 2 collects 9.75 cr on Day 1

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Box Office India Trade Network

DEADPOOL 2 has taken the fifth highest ever opening for a Hollywood release of around 9.5-9.75 crore nett behind some very established brands like THE AVENGERS and FAST & FURIOUS. The achievement is not the fifth highest opening but the fact that it came despite an Adult certification.

The business of the Hindi version is on the lower side comparatively as mass areas like UP and Bihar have done so so business but the film has scored very well in English and the bigger centers. This could be due to the Adult certification and Ramadan which lead to a weak start in Muslim centers but big centers and the English version should drive this film to success.

The top ten Hollywood opening days in India (first full day) are as follows.
1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - 31,23,00,000
2. Fast & Furious 7 (2015) - 12,03,00,000
3. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) - 10,96,00,000
4. The Jungle Book (2016) - 10,12,00,000
5. Deadpool 2 (2018) - 9,75,00,000 apprx
6. Fast & Furious 8 (2017) - 9,57,00,000
7. Captain America (2016) - 8,46,00,000
8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - 7,93,00,000
9. Thor: Ragnorak (2017) - 7,78,00,000 apprx
10. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) - 7,48,00,000

It is nice to be written off so that you can come back stronger with a vengeance-John Abraham

John Abraham
After a two-year lull since his last outing hit screens, John Abraham finds himself flooded with films. In an interview with Sunday mid-day, he talks about returning stronger every time he's "written-off"
Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; May 20, 2018)

It has been two years since John Abraham last appeared on screen in an out-and-out actioner. Awaiting the release of his production, Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran, John confesses he's going to be seen in an avatar that's distinct from the commercial ventures he's been part of. He talks to mid-day about working on the venture, and dealing with criticism every time his films tank at the box office. Edited excerpts from the interview:

Your last, Force 2, hit screens two years ago. Have you consciously picked fewer projects over the years?
The idea was to select the right kind of subjects; case in point being Madras Café. People feel, that has been my best performance, and that is because I lived the film for a long time. I was convinced about it, and it brought out the best in me. Similarly, Parmanu is a special subject. When we narrated it to studios [to get co-producers on board] they said they hadn't come across such an interesting subject in the past few years. I didn't want to rush and sign something. I'd rather wait for a credible film. I have never been in a hurry, and have been relaxed about my work.

Suddenly, your calendar looks full. Is it an interesting phase in your career as you have four films (Parmanu, Satyamev Jayate, RAW and a film on the Batla House encounter) lined up.
It is exciting. I am enjoying my work. I signed these films over a period of time. I will soon complete Satyamve Jayate, after which, I have a two-month-long schedule of RAW. I didn't plan to do so many films at one time. I didn't sign them together. Sometimes, when I count the number of films that I am doing, I get nervous, but at the end of the day, I feel content. Currently, I am in a secure space.

Did you always want to come on board as producer on Parmanu?
Yes, I knew on the first day itself that I'd like to produce this film. Abhishek [Sharma, director] and I wanted to work together for a long time. He came to me and said, 'Let's make a comedy.' But I asked him if he had another idea too. He told me he had a 10-page idea. When I read it, it played out in my head. I decided to develop the script under my production. My team worked on it.

You have only a two-week window to promote your films. Postponing it would have given you sufficient time to promote it better. Was that not crucial?
When the verdict [against former co-producer KriAaj Entertainment] came out on May 10, I told Abhishek that we would release the film on May 25, and launch the trailer on May 11, as it was the same day that the nuclear test took place 20 years ago. The film will pick up due to [positive] word of mouth, we didn't think of postponing it. Every Indian will be proud of it as this incident made everyone take India seriously. We have tried to stick to reality, and have not taken commercial liberties.

You will also showcase real footage in the film. Did you have to take special permissions to do so?
We researched with the entire cadre that has been through this in real life. We met people who discussed the issue with our then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We narrated our script to them [his office], and they even made corrections to it. I also met Arun Jaitley, who was the defence minister when we started shooting the film, because we were shooting in Pokhran, and needed special permissions to fly drones there. We had to get a go-ahead from the Border Security Force, which we obtained. We applied for permission three months in advance and everyone was co-operative.

The kind of films that you act in are different from those you produce. Is that a conscious decision?
I turned producer because I wanted to be part of a certain kind of cinema. But, as an actor, I was hungry to do hardcore commercial cinema. My next film, Satyamev Jayate, is purely a commercial film. The idea behind running this production house was not to drive it with my star presence. If a film requires Tiger Shroff, Varun Dhawan, Rajkummar Rao or anybody else, I wouldn't have any qualms in approaching them.

How do you take to criticism?
My obituary is written every year [laughs]. [It seems] everyone has the right to have an opinion about my film. There has always been a phase in my career where, when one of my films works, the next two won't. But, I have survived for 15 years now. It is nice to be written off so that you can come back stronger with a vengeance!

You take pride in being known as an action hero.
I've always said that action is something I enjoy doing. I have always had a fascination for the genre and, coupled with my love for fitness, this genre comes naturally to me. At the same time, I try and bring a variety of it and don't like to be repetitive. Being tough is not always about bullying others. It is about being protective and that is what I am all about. I am the most non-violent guy you would meet [smiles].

What would I expect from others? To hold my hand and stand in front of the court?-John Abraham

John Abraham
Hiren Kotwani (DNA; May 20, 2018)

In the decade-and-a-half that John Abraham has been in the film industry, one thing that most people have noticed about him is that he doesn’t mince his words. When we meet the actor-producer, who is just out of a long legal battle over his production venture, Parmanu: The Story Of Pokhran that releases this Friday, he says the fight was ‘worth all the pain’.

Prod him further and he elaborates, “My director, my team and I have worked hard on the film. Many years of research has gone into it. Parmanu is not a proposal, but a story that needed to reach out to every strata of the audience and tell them that if you feel proud to be an Indian today, it’s because of what happened on May 11, 1998. Fortunately, the court judgment came on May 10 this year, and we launched our trailer on May 11 at 3:45 pm sharp, exactly the same time the tests were conducted 20 years ago. When you see Parmanu, you will understand why the story needed to be told.” Excerpts from the interview…

Now that the film is finally hitting the marquee, what are the thoughts running through your mind?
I haven’t had enough time to promote the film. The fact that the movie is releasing is a miracle in itself. I’m thankful to the honourable High Court for meting out justice and validating what I have gone through. The verdict is a relief on many fronts and most importantly, we’re here to see the film through.

Did you get any support from the film industry?
The industry wished well for me. Somewhere it was said that I was disappointed. But the fact is that I’m a very rational human being. When you are fighting a battle, it’s each man to himself. What would I expect from others? To hold my hand and stand in front of the court?

What did this whole episode teach you?
The experience taught something not just to me, but the entire industry. If you are honest in your dealings and something wrong happens, go to court and have faith in the judicial system. Overall, I learnt about a lot of things right from conceptualisation to drafts, pre-production, post-production and every header in P&A (Prints and Advertising). I got a crash course (laughs)... It taught me to choose my partners well, do a background check, where their money comes from and what they do with it because you’re talking about a high-value product. Whether it’s a Rs 35 cr, Rs 15 cr or even a Rs 5 cr film, be careful who you choose to work with.

Has it also shown you who your friends are in the industry?
I don’t need this experience to realise who my friends are. However, people have been extremely supportive of me. Karan (Johar), Nana (Patekar) and even Arjun Rampal called me. And I appreciate that. I fight my own battles. I’m not a guy with fatalistic attitude, I’m a survivor.

After the verdict, you must have got many congratulatory calls from the fraternity?
Everyone was thanking me saying, ‘You have single-handedly cleared the mess’. I was like, I’m moving on. I’ve only one thing to say; it’s my credibility before my career. Don’t mess with my name.

What prompted you to produce Parmanu, besides acting in it?
The movies that I back must have an element of risk. My job as a producer is to marry commerce with content, which is also my USP. Parmanu doesn’t educate, it entertains you. It’s an edge-of-the-seat thriller. When you walk out of the theatre after watching the film, you will feel proud to be an Indian.

You have previously backed and acted in Madras Café (2013). So are you drawn towards real stories or a historic event that not many are well aware of?
I like non-formula films, not just true stories. I’d like to do something fictional as well, something that is off the cuff and different as a producer. I feel safe as an actor because I have my banner — JA Entertainment. My scripts are curated, because my development head is not a corporate person, but a writer (Sanyuktha Chawla Shaikh) who wrote Neerja (2016) and Parmanu. You can have the fanciest restaurant, but if the chef is not good, then the food will not be good either. I can’t make proposals, I can make films.

That thought seems to continue as you’ve signed up for RAW: Romeo Akbar Walter and Batla House.
It’s coincidental that RAW and Batla House are two of the most powerful scripts I heard after Parmanu. I thank Nikkhil (Advani) for bestowing that faith in me and giving me Batla House. RAW will be the most challenging film that I have done so far. I’m nervous getting into it because director Robbie Grewal is so prepared. I worked with Kabir Khan in Kabul Express (2006) when he was just a war documentary filmmaker and did Madras Café with Shoojit Sircar when Yahaan (2005) and Vicky Donor (2012) had released. Robbie will be big soon (smiles).

For someone who has made Tere Bin Laden (2010), The Shaukeens (2014) and Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive (2016), what made you confident about Abhishek Sharma helming a subject like Parmanu?
There was no one better who could make the film the way Abhishek has researched and made it. His range is fantastic and it comes from him being well-read, knowledgeable and having a good sense of humour. The best directors are the nicest people. And he has brought about that honesty and niceness in Parmanu.

Some years ago when social media had just about started, you had said that you weren’t interested in sharing every little thing about yourself on a public platform. Considering that you are now on Twitter, what’s your take on this medium?
I could be completely wrong, but I believe there will be a time when most celebrities will get off social media due to so much intrusion and invasion in their lives. However, there are two sides to it. Celebs can choose to be open about what they want to post. I’m not saying the platform is bad, but there are so many social causes you can address through this medium. I believe in doing good for the society than myself.

Case filed against writers, director of Batti Gul Meter Chalu by Rustom writer Vipul Rawal

Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor
Bharti K Dubey (DNA; May 20, 2018)

The shoot of Batti Gul Meter Chalu (BGMC), starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, resumed after Bhushan Kumar took over the reigns from KriArj Entertainment (co-owned by Prernaa Arora and Arjun N Kapoor) due to monetary issues. However, it seems like the troubles for the film haven’t ended yet. Vipul Rawal, the writer of Rustom, has filed a complaint with the Film Writers Association (FWA) against director Shree Narayan Singh and writers Siddharth and Garima Rawal (the team behind BGMC). He has charged them with copyright infringement and unethical behaviour.

Vipul in his complaint has stated that he had registered the story titled, Roshini, in 2009. He later registered the final draft of the same in 2016. In 2017, he apparently entered into an agreement with KriArj Entertainment, after which the story was narrated to various actors. Eventually, Shahid and Shraddha were signed for the film. He further states, “The director wanted certain changes in the screenplay and for that, he decided to employ writers of his choice to make the modifications in my screenplay. The pre-production started and the dates for shooting were locked.”

Vipul says, “However, when the first teaser came out, my name wasn’t mentioned anywhere. Instead, it boldly proclaimed, ‘From the writer and director of Toilet - Ek Prem Katha’. Immediately, I sent multiple mails to the producers, who assured me that the issue will be rectified at the earliest.’’

He claims that he wrote several mails to Shree Narayan Singh, who is also the movie’s line producer, asking him to rectify the credits. He states, “The director’s partner, Nitin Chandrachud, sent me a mail saying that the subject of my film (electricity) is in public domain and anyone can write on it. This, after the entire project, was set up on the basis of the screenplay written by me. They also mentioned that they will mention my credits only as ‘concept by’, which is totally unacceptable to me.”

When contacted, Rohini Vakil, the writer’s lawyer, said, “We have sent a legal notice to them and a public notice will also be published on Saturday. I want my client’s right to be protected. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is from the writer of Rustom and not Toilet - Ek Prem Katha as claimed in the teaser.”

Did you know? Aamir Khan's elder son Junaid is his apprentice

Junaid Khan and Aamir Khan
DNA (May 20, 2018)

Aamir Khan’s first born, Junaid, has been working closely with his superstar father-filmmaker. Aamir told a source, “Junaid works with me.”

The actor-filmmaker is a forward thinker and doesn’t believe in imposing his views on his children — Junaid and Ira. He doesn’t give them career advice and they have always been free to chose their vocation.

Quite obviously, Junaid is drawn to the arts. The strapping six feet-plus 20-something lad has assisted filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani on a couple of movies. Now, he has decided to become an apprentice with Aamir, who, we are guessing, will give him the entire 360 degree drill on filmmaking and other aspects related to it. This is also Aamir’s way of spending more time with his son.

If he proves to be a chip off the old block, Junaid will be a force to reckon with in the time to come.

I couldn’t find a single reason to be happy, I cannot define that feeling-Ileana DCruz

Actor Ileana D’Cruz on how the people closest to her helped her fight depression
Raghuvendra Singh (TIMES LIFE; May 20, 2018)

Ileana D’Cruz suffered from depression some time ago and takes a while to gather her thoughts while talking on the subject. But talk she did considering depression is too important a topic to run away from in today’s world.

She was doing big films like Main Tera Hero and Happy Ending but wasn’t happy about the space she was in. “Maybe, I put a lot of pressure on myself. I remember having a talk with my agency. They told me, ‘You’re doing a Balaji film and a project with Illuminati Films. How can you say you are not doing enough?’ But I just wasn’t happy. I couldn’t find a single reason to be happy. I believed everyone else was doing a better job. You can’t really explain the feeling. But someone else who has experienced it, would relate to me,” she explains. She spoke about the topic during the World Mental Health Conclave, in Delhi, and was relieved to find women who understood what she was going through.

She also decided to open up to her boyfriend, Andrew Kneebone. He was her pillar of strength through the dark phase. “I was pushing people away from me and I wasn’t aware of it. Andrew told me that you have all signs of depression. You need to get yourself checked. I had this stupid mindset: how could I possibly have depression?” She consulted a psychologist to prove him wrong, but the diagnosis was depression.

In this phase, she felt unattractive and dreaded going to the gym, fearing people would judge her. She was 10 kilos lighter than she is now but still felt the need to shed more. She used to work out all the time. Her therapist urged her not to bottle up emotions and open up to people who love her, and she says she’s thankful for Andrew for being with her. “I had someone like Andrew with me, who understood when I needed space, and when I needed to be consoled. It’s rare to come across people like him, because depression is not an easy thing to deal with.”

One of the exercises recommended by the doctor to her was to stand in front of the mirror every morning, and say, ‘I love myself’.’ “I told them I can’t do that. I hate seeing pictures of myself. I’ll find 10 things to fault. I hate seeing my shots,” she says, adding, “I have my weak moments but I’m stronger now.”

D’Cruz says talking about depression publicly is a sort of a cleansing process. It helps others to come to terms with it. “I don’t know my reach as an actor. But if I can talk about it and help people, that’s a good thing. Depression is a big problem in India. It’s an emotional thing to talk about. Last time I spoke about it in Delhi I broke down on stage...,” she says softly. Apart from Andrew and her mother, her manager, Nimisha, was a big help as well. “She’s seen me at my worst. I’d make frantic calls to her and say I can’t do this, I can’t get out of bed, I can’t leave the room, I’m in no state to handle people and questions. She pulled me through all that.”

Professionally, the past year was good for the actor, with Mubarakan and Baadshaho. But she isn’t satisfied. She wants to do more work but at the same time also spend time with her family. “Ajay (Devgn) and I were having this conversation, where he said he too wants to spend more time with his family. I could relate to that. I want to take off for a month to spend time with my family,” she smiles adding, “I’m just trying to take each day as it comes…”

People gave my marriage to Tiger just a year or two, at the most-Sharmila Tagore

Itishree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; May 20, 2018)

Sharmila Tagore was at her candid best, at a recent event in Lucknow. Although the event was titled Motherhood and work-life balance, the Chupke Chupke, Amar Prem, Mausam and Aradhana actress spoke on a variety of subjects, including the positive changes in Bollywood since when she was an active part of the industry, her marriage to Tiger Pataudi and her grandson Taimur.

The doting and protective grandmother in Sharmila came to the fore when one among the audience gushed about her grandson, one-and-a-half-year old Taimur Ali Khan, and how everyone found him to be one of the cutest kids. Flashing her dimpled smile, Sharmila said, “He’s very sweet. He’s talking now, but not in sentences, yet. He does say ‘Abba’ and ‘Amma’ sometimes, but not that clearly. It’s more of mumbling right now. Taimur is like any other child playing his usual things. He likes his car and his toys and he likes books.”

But the veteran actress also made it clear, in the same breath, how she disapproved of the attention showered over the kid by people and on social media. “I don’t approve of this social media attention and what they (people) are doing to Taimur. People are really stalking him! They are in front of his school, the play school that he goes too, following him when he’s going with his parents and it’s not really a good thing. Because, at the moment he’s young, but he’s still understanding cameras and stuff. So one can’t really not go out, to avoid this attention. There should be some kind of request to the people to lay off Taimur. Or maybe another baby will arrive someday and they will get bored of this one,” she said.

She admits that people advised her not to marry at the peak of her career. “People said that you’re at the peak of your career and marriage may affect it. But I feel there is a timing in everybody’s life. Yes, I had to give up a lot of films. But I didn’t fall off the ladder, so to speak because Aradhana was released after I was married and it became a runaway hit. Amar Prem, Mausam, all these films released after I got married and had Saif,” she said.

About her much-talked about romance and marriage to former Indian skipper Tiger Pataudi, Sharmila said, “Ours was a love marriage. We dated for a few years and it didn’t change our opinion of each other. Nobody gave us beyond one or two years but we carried on for much longer than expected by others,” she said with a smile.

About how the industry has changed over the years, Sharmila said, “The sets are now more comfortable. In our times, the toilets on the sets used to be terrible. Now there have been many improvements, actors have huge vans with separate washrooms. The audience’s acceptance of actors has also increased. Like Saif played a villain in Omkara and he was a hero in Love Aaj Kal. So, he was accepted in both roles. Even Priyanka Chopra played a vamp in one of the movies and people still love her as a heroine in others. But in our time, we couldn’t do that.”

I don't like compromising when it comes to acting-Rajkummar Rao on prepping for Mental Hai Kya

Rajkummar Rao in Mental Hai Kya
From doing workshops to getting his ears pierced, Rajkummar Rao on how he slipped into the quirky character for Mental Hai Kya
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; May 19, 2018)

Two days into the shoot of Mental Hai Kya, Rajkummar Rao is upbeat about the thriller that sees him reuniting with his Queen (2014) co-star Kangana Ranaut. Though pictures of Ranaut shooting a sequence in pyjamas have made the rounds of the Internet, Rao refuses to divulge details about the Prakash Kovelamudi-directed project — all he is willing to say is that it's "a tough part to play."

Rajkummar Rao, we hear, attended a three-week-long workshop to get into the skin of his character. Interestingly, Kovelamudi insisted on having separate readings for Rao and Ranaut so that the actors could bring their own interpretations to the characters, on the first day of shoot. Talking about how he goes the extra mile for each of his roles, Rao says, "Whenever I get an opportunity, I do my best to undergo extreme transformation — be it going half-bald for Bose: Dead/Alive or losing weight for Trapped (2016). As an actor, I have to do whatever is required for my character. I don't like compromising when it comes to acting."

Rao also got his ears pierced for the Ekta Kapoor production. Probe him on it and he cites his love for method acting as the reason: "We tried clip-on earrings, but I wasn't convinced. I insisted on getting my ears pierced. It helps me connect with the character."