Raid collects 39.75 cr in 3 days

Raid Box Office Collection Day 3: 'पैडमैन' को पछाड़ साल की दूसरी सबसे बड़ी फिल्म बनी 'रेड', जानें अब तक की कमाई
Box Office India Trade Network

RAID picked up well over on Saturday and Sunday to record decent weekend figures of 39.75 crore nett. The growth on Sunday was 25% which is very good as its Sunday that most film struggle to make healthy gains nowadays. It is the Sunday growth which has made it the second highest weekend of 2018 beating PAD MAN by a small margin though it did get a wider release than PAD MAN.

The wider release as compared to PAD MAN worked in its favour on Sunday as multiplexes and single screens in second tier cities collected well. The film grossed 12.50 crore nett apprx in Mumbai, 7.75 crore nett apprx in Delhi/UP and 3.50 crore nett apprx in East Punjab. The film scored well in Bihar with 1.10 crore nett over three days where PAD MAN grossed 1.28 crore over seven days.

The first weekend collections of RAID are as follows
Friday - 9,75,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 13,25,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 16,75,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 39,75,00,000 apprx

The film has done well to get to 39.50 crore nett from an under 10 crore nett start and now it is about the all important Monday.

Pad Man went to 60 crore nett in the first week with help from some partial holidays and it will be must for Raid to match that total if it is to have any chance of emerging a HIT.

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety collects 92.83 cr in 24 days

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Box Office Day 18: हर कोई देखना चाह रहा फिल्म, 100 करोड़ की कमाई के करीब
Box Office India Trade Network

SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY had another excellent weekend as it grossed around 5 crore nett which is a drop of under 50% from last week and this with the competition of RAID. The film has seen under 50% drops every week..

To put into perspective the fourth weekend business of SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY is that it has beaten all the releases of 2016, 2017 and 2018 barring BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION, DANGAL, TIGER ZINDA HAI and PADMAAVAT along with SULTAN. These films are the biggest grossers of this time period with the first named going above 500 crore nett and DANGAL, TIGER ZINDA HAI and SULTAN going over 300 crore nett. It has beaten all the other big films over the last two years or so in its fourth weekend.

The collections of SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY till date are as follows.
Week One - 44,56,00,000
Week Two - 27,89,00,000 
Week Three - 15,43,00,000
Friday - 1,10,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 1,75,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 2,10,00,000 apprx
Fouth Weekend - 4,95,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 92,83,00,000 apprx

Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar sign Sara Ali Khan as leading lady in Simmba

BOMBAY TIMES (March 20, 2018)

After the release of the first poster of Simmba which featured Ranveer Singh, there was immense curiosity about who would be cast as the film’s female lead. Now it’s confirmed. Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar have signed Sara Ali Khan for the film, which will be directed by Rohit. Sara will be seen opposite Ranveer, who plays the role of a notorious cop, Sangram Bhalerao.

The film, which brings together the fresh pairing of Ranveer and Sara, also marks the debut collaboration between Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar.

Reliance Entertainment presents Rohit Shetty Picturez and Dharma Productions’ Simmba, which is slated to release worldwide on December 28, 2018.
DNA (March 20, 2018)

Sara Ali Khan has barely taken baby steps in Bollywood and she has already landed two big films. The beautiful and promising daughter of Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan had earlier signed Abhishek Kapoor’s romantic saga, Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.

Now, she has been selected by Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar to play the female lead in Simmba. She will romance none other than today’s biggest craze, Ranveer Singh in the cop-drama, which is jointly produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez and Dharma Productions. The movie is set to release on December 28 this year.

Guess after all, things have worked out well for Sara. The youngster, who had actually started out by going to Karan for her first break long before she was roped in for Kedarnath, has completed a full circle and landed up in Rohit and KJo’s perfectly capable hands once again.

Reliance Entertainment presents, Rohit Shetty Picturez and Dharma Productions’ Simmba is slated to release worldwide on December 28, 2018.

Rohit Shetty, Sara Ali Khan and Karan Johar

Priyanka Chopra to romance Salman Khan in Bharat?

Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra
Harshada Rege (DNA; March 20, 2018)

There has been much speculation about which film Priyanka Chopra will pick for her next Bollywood outing. Now, a casting coup will see PC sharing screen space with Salman Khan after a gap of 10 years. The two will unite for Bharat, which is being produced by Atul Agnihotri. Her last release was Jai Gangaajal, which hit the screens in 2016, and had her playing a tough cop.

Khan factor!
There was buzz that the actress would be cast opposite Aamir Khan when the latter was in talks for Salute. Well, looks like instead of Aamir, she has bagged a movie with another Khan — Salman. The two were cast opposite each other for the first time in Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004). Since then, they have also worked in Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007) and God Tussi Great Ho (2008).

Calling the shots
Bharat is being directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who has become a Salman favourite after the two collaborated on Sultan (2016) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017). “Priyanka has also worked with Ali in Gunday (2014) and shares a good rapport with him. This film will see the three of them collaborate for the first time,” says a source. Apparently, Ali met PC in New York recently, where she was shooting for the next season of her international TV series Quantico. Bharat is expected to roll out mid-2018. Says a source, “The fact that their jodi is coming together after such a long time will surely be exciting news for their fans.”

Die-hard Salman Khan fan evades Tiger Zinda Hai ban in Pakistan; books theatre for private screening

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; March 20, 2018)

Three months after Tiger Zinda Hai was banned in Pakistan for showing the country’s “national security and law enforcement institutions in a demeaning manner”, a die-hard Salman Khan fan, based out of Lahore, evaded the government’s decision to screen the film. The youngster, who prefers to remain anonymous to ensure his safety, booked an auditorium at a Lahore theatre and hosted a private screening of the film on March 17 for his friends, family and fellow Salman fans.

Keen on watching Salman’s latest offering, the youngster procured the digital rights for a one-time viewing of the Ali Abbas Zafar-directed film. Speaking to mid-day, an attendee revealed that the screening saw a turnout of 150-strong members. “It was a great experience. Tiger Zinda Hai depicts the ties of love between India and Pakistan in such a pure way. We were cheering and hooting during Salman’s action scenes. The film may have been banned here, but we endorse the idea of brotherhood that it promotes. We wish we didn’t have to hold the screening discreetly. We want to tell Salman Bhai we have immense love for him and his movies.”

The attendee added that the initial plan was to organise a home screening for some close friends, but the increasing number of participants compelled them to book a theatre. “The man, who took the initiative, had to pay a hefty sum for the digital rights. The movie was screened via a USB in the digital cinema projector.”

Though Salman was unavailable for comment, his father Salim Khan was ecstatic to hear of the initiative. He said, “It’s a wonderful gesture. I feel films from India should be allowed to release in Pakistan, and their films should be allowed to screen here. That will happen only once the situation between the two countries improves.”

Alia Bhatt out of action following shoulder injury on Brahmastra sets in Bulgaria?

Actress hurt her shoulder while filming an action sequence in Bulgaria for her next; advised to take it easy for a few weeks
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 20, 2018)

Alia Bhatt who has been busy with Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy adventure, Brahmastra, in Bulgaria since February has met with an accident. The actress who turned 25 with a party on the sets on Thursday, was filming an action sequence two days later, when she injured her shoulder.

The injured shoulder is currently in an arm sling and Alia has been advised to take it easy for the next couple of weeks.

The unit had flown down to the location weeks in advance to prep for the heavy-duty action sequences. To stay fit, Alia has taken diet advice from nutritionist Angie Kassabie, who’s worked with stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Britney Spears, Robert De Niro, Eva Longoria to John Travolta, Lady Gaga and Gerard Butler. The actress who had been perfecting her kicks and chops months before they went on the floors, was giving an applause-worthy performance till she hit this roadblock. The gutsy girl has no plans of flying back home and wants to remain in the thick of action. However, concerned for their leading lady, the team will avoid shooting any scenes that could aggravate the injury.

The film’s spokesperson confirmed the news to Mirror, saying, “Yes, on Saturday, Alia injured her shoulder while filming an action sequence. The schedule has been tough and challenging on several levels and this accident has set us back by two days. However, our highest priority is Alia’s recovery. She has been advised minimal movement of the arm which means she cannot resume filming her action sequences in the near future to prevent any further trauma to her shoulder.”

The Karan Johar production, the first in a trilogy, also features Ranbir Kapoor in the lead opposite Alia. He reportedly plays a superhero with special powers. There’s also Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy.
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; March 20, 2018)

Alia Bhatt, who celebrated her 25th birthday last week, has suffered an accident on the sets of Brahmastra, in Bulgaria. She injured herself while shooting for an action scene in the superhero flick. Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the main lead and Alia, his on-screen romantic interest, have high-octane stunt sequences in the Ayan Mukerji directorial.

Says a source, “The team was shooting for a scene when Alia fell and hurt herself. She has injured her right shoulder and arm. There’s a clot on her arm, so she has been advised bed rest.” As a result, the actress will be out of action for a few weeks. “She is in a lot of pain. Her right arm is bandaged and held up in a sling, so she can’t exert it or her shoulder for the next 15 days,” adds our source.

The Brahmastra team was supposed to wrap up the shoot and return to India by the end of this month. But now, the team is looking for options. “In the current scenario, Alia can’t film any stunt sequences. She can only shoot for close-up scenes and the team is checking if they would need any right now.” We got in touch with the Brahmastra team who confirmed the news about the accident. However, there was no clarity on whether the star would head back home right away.

Ranveer Singh passes up a chance to be the Hindi voice of Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2?

Actor was offered to dub for the Deadpool sequel in Hindi but had to decline as he is shooting with Zoya Akhtar for their next film
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 20, 2018)

Varun Dhawan lent his voice to the dubbed Hindi version of Captain America: Civil War, Priyanka Chopra to The Jungle Book and Tiger Shroff to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now, Mirror has learnt that Ranveer Singh was approached to mouth the Hindi dialogues for David Leitch’s Hollywood film, the Deadpool sequel with Ryan Reynolds in the titular role. It was an assignment close to the 32-year-old actor’s heart but he had to turn down the offer as he is busy with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy in which he plays a rapper.

According to a source close to the development, Ranveer is the Deadpool of India going by his mannerisms and quirks and the makers wanted to tap his star power to give Deadpool — a character with urban appeal — a wider reach and affinity in local Hindi-speaking territories. “Ranveer was extremely keen but he just couldn’t make time in his Gully Boy schedule as he is shooting at night every day,” rues the source.

While promoting the Fox Star Studios production, Reynolds had informed Mirror (February 4, 2016) that the foul-mouthed anti-hero is his alter-ego. “I like to think I’m inherently likable on screen. So I had to push myself to up the unlikeable factor a few notches. It’s sometimes liberating to play a character that doesn’t give a damn,” he had asserted. It’d have been interesting to hear Ranveer who delights in breaking rules and shattering stereotypes as the ‘voice’ of Ryan’s deadly anti-hero in Hindi.

There was a buzz that I am an ordinary looking guy and I won't make it-Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn
DNA (March 20, 2018)

A bonafide superstar, Ajay Devgn has displayed incredible range as a performer.  For decades, he has been the common man’s hero. But his journey to stardom wasn’t without hurdles. The makers of Rani Mukerji’s Hichki, which releases this week, have asked prominent people to share their untold weaknesses and how they converted them into their strengths. Ajay revealed his biggest hichki to Rani. And the National Award-winning actor sure has an inspirational message for the junta.

Talent speaks for itself
The actor said, “When I started out in the industry, there was this huge buzz that ‘he is an ordinary-looking guy and he won’t make it. He won’t become a hero’. I used to hear all of that, and it felt like a hichki. But I didn’t pay heed to any of it and went ahead with my acting.” In an industry, where looks are sometimes given more importance than an actor’s acting abilities, the Bollywood superstar ensured everyone took notice of his talent by delivering great performances as well as box-office blockbusters.

Keep the focus
Having overcome this hichki and gone on to amass massive success, Ajay encourages everyone to ignore the hichkis in their life and instead focus on their goals.

Many people still know me as Shah Rukh or Salman’s heroine-Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; March 20, 2018)

Rani Mukerji is one of those few actresses who has romanced all the three Khans on screen, at some point of time in her life. She has played Shah Rukh Khan’s love interest in six films, she’s been paired opposite Salman Khan in five and she’s played the lead heroine to Aamir Khan in three movies, (the last being Talaash six years ago).

Today, the 90s reunions are happening. Anil Kapoor is doing films with many of his previous leading ladies — there’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Fanne Khan, Madhuri Dixit in Total Dhamaal and Juhi Chawla in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. When asked if she would love to work with the Khans again, Rani smiles, “I’d love to do a film with them again; because my learning, right from the beginning of my career, has been thanks to them. I respect them immensely and for who they are today. It’s not normal to maintain their stardom for so many years. There definitely has to be something in them which is why they are ruling even today.”

The actress adds, “There’s something special about Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir and nobody can deny that. More than that, the fact that they are so sincere towards their craft and their work; which is something you have to learn. As an actor, it’s not about working with a co-star. It is about what all you take back working with them. And I’ve learnt a lot working with the Khans.”

Talking about the way they have remained superstars over the last three decades, Rani explains, “Khan is not a word anymore. Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir are institutions by themselves. And to be able to be in the same frame as them is a matter of pride. Today, so many people still know me somewhere in India because I was Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan’s heroine. There have been so many times where people have spoken about Ghulam for that matter. You cannot take that away from me.”

Things would probably have been different had Kapil Sharma approached me now-Sunil Grover

In an exclusive interview with Bombay Times, Sunil Grover talks about his latest war of words with Kapil Sharma and the possibility of a reunion
Tanvi Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; March 20, 2018)

The weekend saw another war of words between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover (aka Gutthi) on Twitter. It all started when Sunil responded to a fan’s tweet, saying he was not doing Kapil’s upcoming comedy show because he hadn’t been approached for it. This did not go down well with Kapil, who accused Sunil of lying. Kapil claimed that he had approached Sunil a number of times in the past, but in vain. This led to a series of tweets between the two, which made it evident that things are still not well between them. Sunil and Kapil had their first fallout in March 2017 on a flight. The tiff was so ugly, that Sunil walked out of Kapil’s show, which he was a part of. Though Kapil tried to make amends, the rift remained. Following their latest spat, BT got in touch with Sunil, who spoke about his current equation with Kapil and their once-strong friendship going kaput. Excerpts...

Just when Kapil Sharma is set to return to TV with a new comedy show, you have had another fallout with him. This time around, people feel that it’s a publicity stunt on your part. Your views?
People can think whatever they want to, but that’s not true. As soon as the promos of Kapil’s show went on air, I was flooded with messages asking if I was going to work with him again. I did not respond initially, but later, I felt that my fans and viewers deserve an answer. That’s when I responded saying that I never got a call to be on his show.

But Kapil has accused you of lying. He says that he has approached you many times and even visited you twice, pleading with you to be back on his show...
Kapil is very creative and he can make a comedy out of any situation. He is a good comedian, I am not as good as him. Having said that, when we worked together, we had a good understanding. It’s only after the mid-air fight that I decided to opt out of his show. I have always maintained silence and never spoke about it to anyone. I agree that after that incident, he did send two people from his team to my house and they asked me many times to rejoin his show, but I was not interested that time. My clarification on Twitter was about him not inviting me for his upcoming show and that’s true.

Obviously, since you have already refused him many times, he must have assumed that you would not want to be a part of his team. Would you have said ‘yes’ had he invited you?
That’s true, but a lot of time has passed since then. I don’t know what my answer would have been; that’s too hypothetical for now. The fact is, his team did not make an offer. I had walked out then because I didn’t like what happened, but things would probably have been different had he approached me now. I haven’t done anything on television in the past two years, so I am looking for good opportunities. Now that Kapil and his team have not offered me anything, I am in the process of working on a different project.

Do you miss your friendship with Kapil?
I think it's all destiny. Jo babaji karenge theek karenge. We are both doing well in life, and in the future too, we will do well in life. I just wish him well and I might sound like a saint, but I really want his show to do well.

Many members of Kapil's team left him and found another comedy show, The Drama Company. You were also invited, but you did not want to be a part of it. The show, however did not do as well as Kapil’s show. Do you feel Kapil has a stronger grip over comedy given that his shows have clicked more?
I haven’t watched much TV in the last year, but whatever people are doing or trying to do in the comedy genre is very good. It’s not easy to write those scripts and execute them. Kapil is good and that’s why his shows have worked well. I did not want to be a part of that show because I was not in the frame of mind.

In your tweet on Sunday morning, you asked Kapil to take care of his health, saying that God has given us only one liver and two kidneys. Do you feel that you are stretching it too far?
I just want Kapil to look after his health. Now what people conclude of this is up to them. I was his colleague and I think itna bolna toh banta hai.