Simran collects 9.48 cr in 3 days; Lucknow Central collects 7.39 cr

Today's Big Release: Lucknow Central And Simran
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SIMRAN had a poor first weekend with around 9.50 crore nett collections. The film has shown some growth over the weekend but it is probably not good enough for the Monday business to come out in the Friday range. The film may have been affected a little by the cricket match on Sunday but at these low levels it will be hardly be 2-5% affect as its not a film that has found a large audience which could have been kept away on Sunday due to the cricket. In the clash with LUCKNOW CENTRAL it has won as far as the weekend is concerned as it leads by around 2 crore nett. The first weekend business of SIMRAN is as follows
Friday - 2,43,00,000
Saturday - 3,40,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 3,65,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 9,48,00,000 apprx

LUCKNOW CENTRAL has fared worse than SIMRAN with collections under 7.50 crore nett for the weekend. The film has not even been able to collect well in Lucknow and that pretty much tells the story. The only plus is that is was closest to SIMRAN on Sunday with the gap being 65 lakhs nett and maybe it can make some inroads over the weekdays though that is doubtful. This film was also probably affected by the cricket on Sunday but again to a very limited degree due to the same reasons as SIMRAN. The first weekend collections of LUCKNOW CENTRAL are as follows.
Friday - 1,74,00,000
Saturday - 2,65,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 3,00,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 7,39,00,000 apprx

Baadshaho collects 65.41 cr in 17 days; Shubh Mangal Saavdhan collects 38.64 cr

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BAADSHAHO fell badly in its third week with collections of 1 crore nett apprx. The film is on its last legs and is probably looking at a finish of 67 crore nett. It will mean the distributor share will be around 32 crore and that will mean losses of around 25% for the all India distributors of the film. BAADSHAHO had done fair business in week one due to the holiday factor but after tha collections fell fast. The film is another addition to the huge flop  list of 2017. The collections of BAADSHAHO till date are as follows.
Week One - 54,23,00,000 
Week Two - 10,18,00,000
Week Three - 1,00,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 65,41,00,000 apprx

SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN is now easily beating BAADSHAHO as it grossed 3-3.25 crore nett in its third weekend which is treble of the bigger film BAADSHAHO. The total so far for the film is close to 38.50 crore nett and it should close above 40 crore nett for the weekdays and then possibly add another 3 crore nett apprx. It is one of the rare successful films of 2017 though its mainly North and other metros that have done well. The collections of SHUBH MANGAL SAAVDHAN till date are as follows.
Week One - 23,69,00,000
Week Two - 11,70,00,000
Week Three - 3,25,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 38,64,00,000 apprx

Images: London tunes into Salman Khan's Da-Bangg The Tour

Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 19, 2017)

Fifty thousand fans whistled and screamed as Salman Khan crooned “Main Hoon Hero” at London’s O2 Arena where Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons are expected to perform next. The Dabangg Khan had performed earlier in Birmingham on September 17 to another full house. Joining Sallu on stage were his Kick-ed co-star Jacqueline Fernandez and his Dabangg biwi Sonakshi Sinha.

Rajjo and her Pandeyji celebrated seven years of their superhit first film with a special act that had Sona mouthing some of the film’s iconic dialogue, including the unforgettable, “Thappad se darr nahi lagta, pyaar se lagta hai.” Later, she moved to the beat of “Chinta Ta” and “Dhadang” alongside her Rowdy Rathore choreographer-director Prabhu Dheva.

Sallu’s lil’ ‘Hero’, Sooraj Pancholi, joined Sona and him to dance to “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi” while Prabhu Dheva shook a leg with the actor and his protégé to “Mera Hi Jalwa.” The Khan also waltzed with Daisy Shah to the romantic “Tere Naina” as rapper Badshah mouthed the lines. He then spontaneously gave the “Hangover” song new lyrics as siblings Sohail and Arpita cheered from the wings.

The two-hour concert concluded with a 20-minute finale featuring all the actors and over 100 background dancers. The party continued in Sallu’s hotel suite with Jackie and him recreating “Tan Tana Tan” from Judwaa before jetting back to Mumbai.

I am jealous of directors in my company who are making movies and I am not-Karan Johar

Karan Johar
Sarita A Tanwar (DNA; September 19, 2017)

So what will be Karan Johar’s next film? Will it have old favourite Shah Rukh Khan or will he repeat Ranbir Kapoor? This time around, will he direct yet another film on relationships or a family drama, which he does so well? So many questions. And only KJo has the answers. So we posed the questions to him, and true to self, he didn’t shy away from talking about his future plans, about his next directorial venture, and his banner. Read on...

What kind of a film do you see yourself directing next?
I actually think about that every day and I do not know the answer. I have never been more lost in my life on what I want to do next. Every day, I wake up with a different idea and I am like, ‘No, it is not exciting me’, I know the kind of film I can’t do. What I can do, I have not yet been able to tap into.

Isn’t there a sense of ‘it has to happen now. I have to direct now’?
I am very restless. I am jealous of all filmmakers in my company who are making movies and I am not. The other day, Ayan (Mukerji) had a photoshoot and I went on the sets and I was like, ‘Shit, I really want to make a movie.’ I want to be a director again. Because producing movies is amazing and it is satisfying and it is great for the company, etc., but the pleasure you get out of directing a film on your own and putting out your narrative is another thing.

Many scripts must come to you, why don’t you direct one of those?
They come to the company, none of them come to me.

Any reservations about directing a film that comes to you as a project?
If somebody sends me a script that appeals to me, I will direct it in a heartbeat.

Will your next film also be about relationships?
Might not be. I might do something away from what is expected of me. I feel, one day I will make a film that no one is expecting me to make and everyone will actually applaud it.

You do relationships so well, like Yash Chopra, why would you want to do something else?
Yes, even Yash Chopra did very interesting work. Like the film that we are remaking now, Ittefaq, is actually a song-less thriller. I would love to direct a thriller, but I just don’t know how to write one. I would love to direct one though.

If you get a thriller, will you direct it?
In a heartbeat. If I love it, I will be on the set tomorrow.

What about remaking one?
I never wanted to direct a remake of any film. If you remake, then you remake an immortal classic that you think you can interpret in a different way. Otherwise, I am not seeing a film I want to make again. We made OK Jaanu and I watch a lot of South movies; storytelling down South is on another level. It is amazing. They have better writing. We have not empowered our writers the way they have. Writing is what is sorely lacking in our cinema.

Censor Board orders around 50 cuts for Love Sonia, a film on human trafficking?

Love Soniya
Subhash K Jha (DNA; September 19, 2017)

Love Sonia, the hard-hitting film on child trafficking starring Mrunal Thakur, Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha, Rajkummar Rao and Freida Pinto has been asked to remove all the English and Hindi cuss words and abuses. Scenes of sexual abuse have also been reduced drastically.

More than 45 cuts were ordered, only then the film was granted an ‘A’ certificate. Whatever happened to the Central Board Of Film Certification’s claims that films with an ‘A’ certificate won’t require any cuts, especially when the movie deals with a socially-relevant subject?

Director Tabrez Noorani waited 12 years to make Love Sonia. “I’ve researched, visited brothels, even rescued sex workers from the flesh trade with the help of NGOs. This is the film I’ve always wanted to direct,” he reveals.

Tabrez feels not much justice has been done to the theme of human trafficking in cinema. “The only significant film I’ve seen on human trafficking is Lukas Moodysson’s Lilya 4-ever. Otherwise, Indian films on the theme like Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi and Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani do not have the bandwidth to make a broad impact.”

I have faced rejection from the age of 15-Anushka Sharma

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Anushka Sharma on the struggles she faced in her professional life and why she doesn’t talk about them
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; September 19, 2017)

Getting a break in films is not easy. Only a small percentage of the people, who try to make it as an actor, actually manages to realise their dreams. Many successful actors have spoken about the struggle they went through in their formative years. Among the A-list actresses, Anushka Sharma, who had no filmi connections had a tough time. However, she has never talked about the hardships she has faced or the rejections she braved, during her initial years. In this candid, no-holds-barred interview, the actress narrates some untold stories of her professional life. Read on...

Your story looks like a tailor-made success story. Have you never faced rejection?
I have faced rejection from the age of 15. I don’t talk about it because there’s no need to do that. But, I was constantly getting dropped from shows, picked for an ad and then would get replaced. All that has happened to me, too. Obviously, all that is also an integral part of the industry and life in general. But to experience that at the tender age of 15, to be subjected and be judged purely on the basis of how you look, it can be very mentally damaging as well. It hits your self-esteem. I have dealt with it.

But no one knew about this and you never spoke about it too. Why?
I don’t want to sit and make things into a sob story unless someone asks me about it. I don’t want to make that image. If people had asked me about it previously, I would have spoken about it. But nobody did.

Vidya Balan was removed from a film and the producer had passed some nasty comments on her. Have you also faced something as horrific?
That hasn’t happened with me where someone is so vocal about what they feel. But when people go talking about things in a roundabout manner, I’m intelligent enough to understand what they are saying. They might just tell you, ‘The look wasn’t right’. That’s an indirect way of talking about the physical aspect of you. It will always be backed by some politically correct statements, which is fake and to me, that’s far more disrespectful. I feel it’s better if someone tells me to my face that you aren’t good-looking enough for the part. Saamne hi bol do na! I prefer things to be said to me straight-up because otherwise, in that roundabout thing, you also are left confused.

So, did you instantly like Aditya Chopra because he was being honest with you, right from the first meeting?
Adi had said you are not the most good-looking girl we have seen. So it was not because of that reason that he was taking me in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. He told me that he signed me purely because of my talent and what I did in the auditions. It felt really good. I didn’t feel bad about it at all when he said I’m not the most good looking girl. Because at least he was being honest with me at that time.

Priyanka Chopra had said in our interview that a producer had called heroines like her ‘replaceable’. Have you ever been replaced without prior info?
No, I have never been replaced. But there was a director who made me say yes to a film, right at the beginning of my career, and then he never told me that the film isn’t happening. I kept thinking it will happen. But then, I called someone and I got to know he isn’t doing the film anymore. The director never bothered to even inform me. And I was supposed to be putting on a lot of weight for the film, making a physical transformation in the way I looked. I even started talking to nutritionists and all, but this fellow didn’t even have the courtesy of informing me.

If the same director comes to you again, will you work with him?
I have listened to him and heard him out because I don’t hold grudges. But when he approached me again, I didn’t do his films because they weren’t good.

Salman Khan’s former manager Reshma Shetty signed on by Priyanka Chopra?

Upala KBR (MID-DAY; September 19, 2017)

When Salman Khan ended his long-standing association with his former manager Reshma Shetty earlier this year, it sent shock waves within the industry. The manager was known to be the brains behind Khan’s strategic business moves and interesting film choices. Now, mid-day has learnt that Shetty has found another big- ticket client in Priyanka Chopra.

The Quantico actor has signed on Shetty’s company Matrix, which is reputed to be one of the best talent management agencies in the country. She will now be handling Chopra’s work in India.

Chopra is another feather in Shetty’s cap, whose company already boasts of clients like Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor Khan among others.

Interestingly, celebrity management company KWAN, co-founded by Anirban Blah and Madhu Mantena, was also in the running. Says a source, “Madhu Mantena had even met Priyanka in New York to convince her to join his company. But when Priyanka was in Mumbai last month, Reshma managed to crack the deal.”

Mantena, however, offers a different version of his meeting with Chopra. He says, “I had gone to meet her in NYC for Vikas Bahl’s Indo-French project, which will be jointly produced by Phantom Films and Reliance Entertainment and star French star Kev Adams.”

Chopra hiring Shetty is quite an interesting development, considering the actor is close to the Khan family, especially Arpita Khan Sharma. Will this affect the actor’s dynamic with Khan? The source adds, “It remains to be seen how Salman views this turn of events, given that he did not part ways with Reshma on the most amicable terms.”

When we reached out to Shetty, she confirmed the development but refused further comment.

Shahid Kapoor trains for the final battle in Padmavati

For four weeks, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s hero has been training in sword-fighting, defence tactics to take on the screen Khilji
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 19, 2017)

After prepping up Shah Rukh Khan for Mani Ratnam’s 1998 romantic thriller, Dil Se, set against the background of insurgency in the North-East, Sunil Kumar returned to train the actor for the action sequences of his period love story, Asoka, which released three years later. His list of B-town clients also includes Ajay Devgn with whom he collaborated on Rajkumar Santoshi’s hard-hitting Lajja, in which the actor had played a local dacoit. Abhishek Bachchan and South star Vikram also sought him out during the making of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan. More recently, Ranveer Singh as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Peshwa Bajirao learnt his warrior skills from this martial arts artiste and Kalaripayattu expert, who is now grooming Shahid Kapoor for another SLB film, the upcoming Padmavati.

The 36-year-old actor plays Raja Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar, and since the last four weeks, for three hours daily, Shahid has been schooling in sword-fighting to convincingly defend the honour of his Queen, the legendary beauty Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone. He takes on Ranveer, who, in a dramatic role reversal, plays bad man Alauddin Khilji.

“The actor has been training rigorously and has practiced leaping into frenzied combat situations with lightning speed. First, Shahid trained with sticks, which were then replaced by more intricate and dangerous weapons like daggers, swords, spears and flexible swords. Shahid has also been training in defence tactics against armed attacks. While most of the initial equipment was artificial, this week, the final prep involved real swords and shields. Shahid is a quick learner and a committed pupil,” informs a source close to the development.

Sunil and his team of experts from the world-renowned Kerala-based institute of CVN Kalari Nadakavu, who trained Jackie Chan for Stanley Tong’s 2005 action-fantasy-adventure, The Myth, are really particular about learning the stance accurately and Shahid has reportedly aced it. “Apart from learning the physical forms of Kerala’s ageold martial arts, Shahid was also keen to educate himself in the ancient art of surviving a battle. Sunil is also an expert in ayurvedic healing and traditional forms of rejuvenation. He has been discussing this with Shahid who is keen to incorporate the practices into his daily routine,” adds the source.

Presently, the final 20-day schedule is underway at a studio in Film City. While most of the outdoor sequences have wrapped up, the war scenes are being canned against a green screen. “The film features Shahid and Ranveer engaging in different forms of sword-fighting, including the most popular Rajputana style involving spear play. Shahid has also trained in Gatka, a mix of Angampora, which is a Sri Lankan martial arts form, besides Kalaripayattu,” the source signs off.

Varun Dhawan to go slow on Judwaa 2 promotions after overkill with Badrinath Ki Dulhania?

MID-DAY (September 19, 2017)

Stars often go on a promotional blitzkrieg ahead of their film’s release, believing it to be a key factor in determining the movie’s success. So, it comes as a surprise that Varun Dhawan has not been spearheading promotional events for his upcoming film, Judwaa 2. A source close to the actor reveals going easy on the promotional events is a deliberate move on Dhawan’s part.

The source says, “From song launches to multi-city tours and sharing film- related posts on his social media handle, Varun had done it all as part of Badrinath Ki Dulhania promotions. Many of his contemporaries had pointed out how he had gone overboard with the film’s publicity, which made him do a rethink.”

Turns out, Dhawan feels his upcoming comedy enjoys strong recall value, owing to its 1997 original featuring Salman Khan. “Since Judwaa 2 has already aroused audience curiosity, he doesn’t mind going slow on the publicity.”

Dhawan will kickstart promotions only 10 days before the film hits the screens.

Vivan Bhatena plays Tiger to Varun Dhawan's Prem and Raja in Judwaa 2

Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 19, 2017)

When Varun Dhawan was told that he would be picked up and tossed around by a hulking Vivan Bhatena in freezing London for one of the earliest action sequences in the upcoming Judwaa 2, the actor’s instinctive chuckle, “He’ll easily do it! He is so big and strong,” was cut short by director dad David, when he added that Varun would have to lift Vivan for the final stunts. “But Varun managed to pull it off,” recalls Vivan, who takes over from Mukesh Rishi’s antagonist Tiger in the 1997 film for its sequel.

“In another part, Varun was on the floor and I had to kick him. I did it a tad too hard and hurt his arm. I apologised profusely but Varun didn’t mind. He’s genuine and always eager to learn,” Vivan adds.

Besides trading punches, the Sajid Nadiadwala production, which also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu, will also be high on chase sequences through a London college with not just bikes, but cars flying as well. “Lots of kicks and fistfights ensured that everyone had a few injuries at any given point of time during shooting despite the best action directors and stunt choreographers on set,” Vivan says.

There is also a lot of payback for Varun’s twin act as Raja and Prem. Towards the end of the schedule, there was one sequence where Varun had to break a bottle on Vivan’s head, and since the unit had called for extra bottles, crew members decided to have a swing at it themselves. “It was such a roller coaster of a scene. After it wrapped up, I complained that I was the only one getting beaten up so Varun took a bottle to his head for the gag reel,” Vivan chortles.

The model-turned-TV actor, who was first spotted on the big screen as the vain cricketer Abhimanyu Singh in Chak De! India, caught Dhawan senior’s eye at Salman Khan’s farmhouse at a special screening of Hero. The veteran filmmaker was impressed by Vivan’s mercurial antagonist turn to Sooraj Pancholi’s debut leading man.

“But I never heard from him after two years of that. Then, last year, I received a call from casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s office that Davidji had a role for me. There was no way I was thinking twice about being a part of this cult franchise,” the 38-year-old actor signs off on that high note.