Secret Superstar collects 30.75 cr in 4 days

Aamir Khan Amplified Secret Superstar's Success, Says Director Advait Chandan
Box Office India Trade Network

SECRET SUPERSTAR had a fairly good weekend as it grossed over 30 crore nett in its extended first weekend. The film released on Thursday which was not a good day for collections but then picked up on the big holiday and has held up well over the weekend. The film is for a very limited audience and though some stations outside the metros are reasonable that is only down to the holiday factor and they are unlikely to do well.

DEAR ZINDAGI which had a similar audience profile with a big star guest role did 32 crore nett over the weekend. It was a three day weekend there and without a clash but it was not a holiday and the that film was also released on 600 less screens. It will be down to the metros to take the film to a respectable total as the reports from smaller cities are not too good and on top there is GOLMAAL AGAIN going very strong. The collections of SECRET SUPERSTAR till date are as follows.
Thursday - 4,75,00,000
Friday - 9,00,00,000
Saturday - 8,50,00,000
Sunday - 8,50,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 30,75,00,000 apprx

Golmaal Again collects 87.10 cr in 3 days

Golmaal Again Box Office Collection Day 3: Ajay Devgn's Film Had A 'Fantastic Weekend'
Box Office India Trade Network

GOLMAAL AGAIN has had a huge weekend with first weekend collections of 87 crore nett. The film was released on a national holiday which grossed around 30 crore nett but what is more important is how well it sustained post this holiday at these high levels. The film has stayed in the roughly the same range post the holiday showing a very negligible fall.

The film did start getting extra screens at multiplexes from Saturday as it was performing better than SECRET SUPERSTAR which had a 50% share of screens at major multiplexes on Friday and this helped the film on Saturday and Sunday. The film is phenomenal in Mumbai circuit taking in close to 35 crore nett over the weekend which is extraordinary considering RAEES at 41 crore nett has the best lifetime total this year after BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION. The other circuits have also done very well and now its on Monday to see if the film can actually become the first real big grosser of the year as far as outright Hindi films are concerned. The collections of GOLMAAL AGAIN till date are as follows.
Friday - 30,10,00,000
Saturday - 28,50,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 28,50,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 87,10,00,000 apprx

Atul Agnihotri confirms that his film with Salman Khan, Bharat, to release on Eid 2019

An official adaptation of a Korean film that starts in 1947 and ends in 2000, is being produced by Atul Agnihotri, and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar; will go on the floors in April
Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2017)

Atul Agnihotri has just booked Eid 2019 for his Salman Khan-starrer, Bharat, which takes off in April 2018 and will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean drama, Ode To My Father, which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War, the government’s decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the ’60s and the Vietnam war.

“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,” informs the producer, who saw the Korean film at the Berlin Film Festival and felt it had what was needed to make a beautiful film. “It starts in 1947 and ends in 2000 and is the journey of a country and also a person, both of whom go by the name of Bharat.”

Atul goes on to recall an interesting conversation with his father-in-law, scriptwriter Salim Khan, on the subject of getting the rights to a remake. “He pointed out that an examiner doesn’t gives marks for handwriting, he gives marks for content, and if you can find the content, it ups the odds of getting things right. That’s how it all started and now with Ali on board, the prep is on in full swing,” says Atul.

You wonder why, given how passionate he is about this story with its epic sweep, he wouldn’t want to direct it himself. “I feel I contribute better as a producer. 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,” Atul reasons, pointing out that since the film spans many eras, it will require a lot of travel and elaborate sets. “We will be shooting in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi. Prep in every department will be elaborate and is happening even as we speak. 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 parts. It won’t be about getting names together but will be honest in its depiction,” he promises.

Prod him on why he thinks that Salman is the right choice to play this protagonist and Atul insists it’s a decision taken from the heart given his long association with his brother-in-law as an actor, producer and director. “Bharat 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,” he smiles.

Since Bodyguard hit the theatres in Eid 2011, there has been plenty of speculation about a sequel and Atul admits it’s a definite possibility. “But I wasn’t sure I wanted to encash on Bodyguard 2 when I had an opportunity to make another film with Salman. I was looking for something bigger, something with more conviction. At the end of the day, Bodyguard was a formula film. What was beautiful about it was the twist in the climax. Without that we would only be taking the character forward and rather than do that, I wanted to engage in something far more challenging and cinematic,” he asserts.

On the subject of an Eid opening, Atul points out that even during Bodyguard, they felt that the festival was the best time for release and worked really hard to keep their special date with the box-office. “I’m very conscious about Salman’s fan base and what they want. And once again, I’m convinced that being a family film Bharat is worthy of coming during the festive time. Anyway, an Eid release is always every producer’s preferred choice.”

Image: Akshay Kumar removes litter from outside a Andheri studio

Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2017)

Not long after taking up against open defecation in his film, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar has put his words to action in real life. Baffled by the growing pile of trash right next to a popular Andheri studio that he has been frequenting for shoots lately, the 50-year-old actor decided to do something about it.

“Akshay decided to lead by example, hiring a team to clean up the area. He personally oversaw the progress. He is also making efforts to educate people he works with about the importance of hygiene and inspire them to not litter the sets,” a source tells Mirror.

Akshay is currently shooting for the last schedule of Reema Kagti’s sport-drama Gold in Mumbai, besides his television show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.

I don’t want to hear Main Yaar Manana Ni-Lata Mangeshkar on Vaani Kapoor's version

Vaani Kapoor
Subhash K Jha (DNA; October 24, 2017)

Vaani Kapoor recently did a music video to the remixed version of Lata Mangeshkar’s classic Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni Chahe Log Boliyan Bole song. The song has been sung by Yashita Sharma and remixed by Hitesh Modak.

For those who came in late, this dance number from Yash Chopra’s Daag (1973) filmed on Padma Khanna and another dancer identified as ‘Aruna’ was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Minoo Purushottam. The latter had just a few accompanying lines to sing. During the shooting, both dancers ended up sharing the same voice, as neither wanted the secondary ghost-voice.

So, what does the veteran singer think of the new remix of the song featuring Vaani? She says, “I haven’t heard this new version. Nor would I want to hear it. So, I wouldn’t want to comment on it. But in principle, I’ve always been opposed to remixes and cover versions of classics. They shouldn’t be touched. So many of Pancham’s, Madan Mohan’s and Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s songs have been tampered with; beats and lyrics are modified. It’s like rooms being added or removed from the Taj Mahal. These composers knew what they were doing. I don’t think their efforts need any boosting.”

Mangeshkar reminisces about Ni Main Yaar Manana Ni, “This was a special song because it was done in a robust khula-galaa Bhangra style that my sister Asha (Bhosle) specialises in. I was wondering if I was right for it. But it turned out to be a superhit in Daag.”

Now Mouni Roy bags Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Brahmastra?

Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2017)

TV actress Mouni Roy, who makes her Bollywood debut with Reema Kagti’s Gold, opposite Akshay Kumar, has bagged her second Hindi film. Mirror has learnt that the 32-year-old actress is on-board Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy adventure franchise, titled Brahmastra, which features Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan in the lead roles.

A source close to the development reveals, “Mouni recently came on board and will start shooting early next year, when the film goes on the floors. For now, Ayan is keeping other details of her role under wraps.”

Mouni’s big screen debut in the sports film, which revolves around India’s first Olympic Gold in hockey post-Independence, sees her in the role of Akshay’s onscreen wife. Soon after the news of her debut film surfaced, the actress followed it up with a commercial featuring Salman Khan for his television show, Bigg Boss, where she played the actor-host’s neighbour.

Mouni has also been in the news recently over her alleged break-up with longtime beau, TV actor Mohit Raina. But the couple quashed rumours by making a string of public appearances at Diwali parties.

This is the first time in 8 years that I am single-Kriti Kharbanda

Kriti Kharbanda went through a depressing break-up and is happier today, working and hoping to help those in need
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; October 24, 2017)

After making her Bollywood debut in the horror flick Raaz: Reboot in 2016, following it up with the romcom Guest Iin London this year, Kriti Kharbanda has her hands full with several Hindi fi lms, including Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana with Rajkummar Rao, Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 featuring the Deols, an extended cameo as Dulquer Salmaan’s love interest in Karwaan and Veerey Ki Wedding with Pulkit Samrat. However, even after a year, she’s unable to get over the fact that her debut Hindi film went bust.

“Your first film in any language is like a new start and it takes a toll when it doesn’t work. I was upset that Raaz: Reboot didn’t do well but it did get me appreciation and the songs were liked, so I was noticed,” admits the 26-year-old actress, who made a beginning with the Telugu film Boni in 2009, going on to become one of the front-runners in Kannada cinema. In 2015, she was voted Bangalore’s ‘Most Desirable Woman’ and this year, she made her Tamil film debut with GV Prakash Kumar’s action-comedy, Bruce Lee.

Kriti will be next seen in Ratnaa Sinha’s Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana in which she plays Aarti Shukla, a passionate, ambitious but gullible small-town girl. “Once upon a time, like Aarti, I too wanted to get married and balance my career and home. Today, the focus is only on work,” she adds.

Many recent releases, including Behen Hogi Teri and Bareilly Ki Barfi were filmed in Lucknow. Kriti points out that in their case, the city was an inevitable choice because Ratnaa comes from there and has seen that life up close. “To enhance the authenticity, the makers hired actual caterers for a wedding in the film. There were pani puri and kebab stalls on the set, and after every shot, Raj would say, ‘Chalo pani puri khate hain.’ I would gorge on biryani and kebabs every day, but Raj, being a vegetarian, had limited options in the City of the Nawabs and could only sample mithais,” says Kriti, adding that she gained three-and-a-half kg by the end of the film.

So, when is she inviting guests to her own wedding, you wonder, and she retorts, “This is the first time in eight years that I am single and enjoying myself. I have come to realise that till you don’t get comfortable being single, you won’t get comfortable in a relationship. I’m young and have time on my side. If a marriage works, it’s great, if it doesn’t there’s not much you can do about it. I’m not thinking about shaadi for real right now but might think about living in before taking the pheras.”

Kriti goes on to admit that she hit a low after her break-up but was lucky to have family support to see her through the difficult time. “We made it and today I can say that I have never been happier,” she says.

The actress goes on to admit that while once she wanted to be a star to be famous, today she wants to be known so her voice can be heard. “I have been through hell and there was a time when I felt alone despite my family being around, times when I wished I had someone around to help me. I remember Deepika Padukone in a TV interview admitting to suffering from depression and anxiety attacks. It takes a lot of guts to come out and talk about such issues. That day I told myself that if there is anyone, anywhere in the world who needs my help, I will be there for them,” she says.

Meanwhile, she has just wrapped up a shoot with Malayalam star Dulquer Salman in Kochi and describes him as “nice and kind, a natural at breaking the ice”. From October 27, she starts the second schedule of Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se in which she plays Bobby Deol’s lady love. “My character is a medical student from Gujarat. I was really nervous about performing in front of the three Deols, in particular Dharamji, but when he learnt this from the cinematographer, he put me at ease saying reassuringly, ‘Why are you nervous? This is going to be very good Kharbanda.’ I can’t wait to get back on the sets,” Kriti says.

I took a pay cut as I could connect with Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana on an emotional level-Kriti Kharbanda

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; October 24, 2017)

It's rare for actors to not pay heed to their remuneration before signing on the dotted line. But, when it came to her upcoming film, Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, Kriti Kharbanda was so impressed with the script that she willingly slashed her fee. “I could connect with the script at an emotional level. It was important for me to be a part of the film. So much so that I didn’t even discuss money. I just hopped on board at the price they quoted. I took a pay cut as I didn’t get paid as much as I did for my last few films.”

At a time when the industry’s leading ladies are screaming hoarse over gender pay divide, she says “equality in terms of respect is more important than materialistic changes”. “Rajkummar [Rao] and I haven’t obviously been paid equally. We both have different markets. The truth is he can get a certain kind of numbers,” says Kharbanda, who hasn’t been able to ape her success in the South, in B-Town.

She adds that the male actors are justified in demanding the money that they do, as they guarantee returns to their producers. “The male and female leads may have worked equally hard, but the hero is able to get better numbers. The junta worships the hero. How will anyone benefit if the producer suffers losses in the name of gender equality? If the producer can’t make money, even the next film won’t be made. That will only lead to the industry shutting shop.”

Arguing her side of the case further, she says, “See, Deepika Padukone demands the money because she has worked her way up. You can demand things when you deserve it.”

Once hot, now not: Has Sunny Leone lost her charm as Bollywood's favourite dancing diva?

Sunny Leone
Deepali Singh (DNA; October 24, 2017)

In recent years, Bollywood has started believing that an item song featuring Sunny Leone was the sure-shot way to bring audiences to the theatre. She is hugely popular, and everyone wanted to cash in on her fan base. Even big stars Shah Rukh Khan (Raees) and Akshay Kumar (Singh is Bling) succumbed and worked with her. But, lately, it has become clear that her massive fan following does not follow her to the theatres.

Ajay Devgn admitted in a recent interview — if you care to read between the lines — that he had a problem with the promotional strategy of the film. He hinted at the item number Piya More picturised on Sunny, which was released immediately after the chartbuster song Mere Rashke Qamar. Ajay was quoted saying, “After the first trailer, even the multiplex audience wanted to watch it. Then came the first song, again, everyone liked it. We went wrong with the material that came out after that, as that is not something the multiplex audience wants to watch. I had an issue with that. The film opened very well, but some things harmed the multiplex business.”

Comments a film enthusiast, “Look at Sanjay Dutt’s Bhoomi, how many even know that there was a song called Trippy Trippy featuring Sunny Leone? It came and went without making any splash whatsoever. There are other Sunny Leone special song-and-dance appearances, too, in recent times that have gone unnoticed, like the one in Dongri Ka Raja (Choli Block Buster) or Fuddu (Tu Zaroorat Nahi Tu Zaroori). The last time her item number was noticed in a big way, it was Laila Main Laila (Raees), but that film had Shah Rukh Khan, so how much can we really credit her for the movie’s success?”

To be fair, in current times it is not just Sunny, but item numbers, in general, aren’t helping sell more tickets for the multiplex audiences. Even Deepika Padukone’s Raabta track couldn’t help the Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon film of the same name. No one steps into theatres to watch item numbers today; there is always an online medium. Moreover, it is also an issue when there is over-exposure. Of late, Sunny has been seen in a slew of films, so dilution has happened.

It is not Sunny’s fault. She is doing what is expected of her. However, the film industry needs to have restraint when it comes to adding item songs to the narrative. A veteran filmmaker says, “If you are making an adult film, for example, Hate Story 2, you can have her do a Pink Lips. However, if you are looking at a Rs 100 crore entertainer, by default, you need family audiences to come in. You take a call if you really think Sunny’s presence can help the cause. In any case, Ajay is not naming Sunny; he is talking about the promotional campaign in general. However, there are a few lessons to be learnt for all.”

I am too young to decide what I want in life-Zaira Wasim

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; October 24, 2017)

"I'm still a teenager; there’s so much that I still have to explore,” says Zaira Wasim, who turned 17 yesterday. Like most girls her age, Wasim is certain her future is promising. But, unlike her peers, she has a resume that can make anyone take note.

With a dream debut alongside Aamir Khan as the young Geeta Phogat in Dangal (2016), Wasim is currently riding high on the success of Secret Superstar. The actor says the love that she has received is among her most celebrated birthday gifts. “It’s hard to articulate what I feel. It is overwhelming. I had anticipated this reception because the film is emotional and has a soul-stirring quality. It was exhausting to play the character.”

While a stint in Bollywood is a learning experience for every artiste, Wasim had the added opportunity of working with Khan. The young artiste is noticeably grateful when she talks about learning from Khan. “I have imbibed his aesthetic sense. What people see as his compulsiveness for perfection, is actually sheer passion for cinema.”

Her most valuable learning while working with Khan has been her understanding of the importance of “questioning your work, over and over again, to create the perfect product.” Like the young protagonist she plays in the film, Wasim says she is always attempting to discover herself in her personal life too. “I was 13 when I started Dangal, and now, I’ve turned 17. I have invested four precious teenage years in movies. My focus has always been to discover myself. I don’t dwell over how much my life has changed. I don’t let vanity get to me. While I don’t think the change has been drastic, life does feel like a dream, sometimes.”

In fact, Wasim has even made her peace with the intrusive paparazzi, which, she says, has never breached her privacy. “I don’t live here, so, I have not experienced the pap intervention. I am still getting used to being clicked when I’m around. But, I’ve never seen the harsh side of it.”

While one might assume that Wasim has paved her way for a promising career in the movies, the actor took her fans by surprise when she recently stated that she may revisit her decision to act. Wasim says, her comment had little to do with a bitter experience in Bollywood. It was propelled by her desire to explore her options. “I am too young to decide [what I want in] life. I am a teenager, setting goals, sorting out my priorities and dreaming away. I will take life as it comes. Eventually, destiny plays the biggest role in every story. I know my life will turn out just fine.”