Tubelight collects 40.50 cr in 2 days

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TUBELIGHT grossed 19.75 crore nett on its second day which is a little down from Friday but pretty much flat collections. The two day business of the film is around 40.50 crore nett which is a good number but not for this film as the expectations are much higher. Ideally the film needed that little growth on Saturday but it has not come. It would have helped if the collections went up rather than down. Big growth pre Eid was going to difficult but it had to repeat what KICK did when released in same period. That film managed in 2014 managed to add around 2% on Saturday while this film has dropped 5% on Saturday.

The surprise is mass pockets as here the reports are not good due to the slow pace of the film and Salman Khan going against his image. A 10-15% drop would have been the norm here have but the drop is just 5% with the Gujarat/Saursahtra belt even showing growth. This could be due to the fact as some of these mass places did not start huge big on day one and with pre Eid, the collections are going up and down. The other circuit to show growth is Mysore while East Punjab which has no pre Eid effect dropped 8% from a good  start on Friday. The trend in East Punjab puts a real big number out of the question but if it can show a 3 crore nett on Sunday the film still may manage a decent run. Most circuits are going to do well till Wednesday and even Thursday but the figures in East Punjab on Tuesday will tell where this film is going as by Friday it will be behaving how East Punjab behaves on Tuesday.

The opening is below expectations but there is the Muslim audience still to come post Monday and for the film to post a decent final number this audience has to turn up post Monday. It will also be crucial to have growth on Sunday as if the film is unable to grow then the writing will be on the wall.

For me, marriage is a waste of money-Salman Khan


Salman Khan in an exhaustive interview with mid-day talks about not-enough money, need-based love, luck, lawyers, and a full turnaround in his pictures and persona
Mayank Shekhar (MID-DAY; June 25, 2017)

So you've probably seen the video that viral recently, where Salman Khan cycles down Bandstand, calling out to Shah Rukh outside his house, Mannat. It gives us strange pleasure to report that he was on his way to meet us at Hotel Taj Lands End that afternoon. Unpredictable, crabby even, Salman hasn't traditionally been a journalist's delight. Unlike the quotemeister SRK. On this day however, spiffy, chatty, Salman seemed the most relaxed, warmest version of himself: a pleasant surprise. As has been his career lately, the turning point of which we were hoping to needle and nail. What wasn't a surprises how this interview got conducted: Salman, preferring to stand, and chat over smokes (thin Davidoff Lights), pacing up and down the banquet hall, once in a while walking behind the befuddled interviewer, but always entertaining, and rarely sticking to a script. This is the Salman we still know, and he rarely disappoints.

You said in an interview recently that there was a time when you were losing grip on your career, you got back, and turned tables around. What was that time?
There was a time I wasn't getting the best of films. I was only doing films from the best I got offered. Even though you work hard on those films, there's the producer and director who don't let you do much. That was a disheartening time for me.

Roughly when was this?
My creativity at that point in time was more like 'koi ghont raha hai mujhe (someone's choking me)'. As it is I've picked a script that I think will be an average film. If they let me work on it, at least I could take it to the next level. That didn't happen for me. I got fed up one day and said I'd rather not work at all. But then I realised, if I don't work, how will I survive? So I went about it like a daily 9 to 5 job.

And then I saw one film (of mine), and felt this is really not working, man: 'Yeh ek baar chhap gaya (It's in print once), it's going to be there for life.' That's when I got my act together, said now whatever I do, I won't do it for the money, or that I have dates (available on my diary), or a friend is a director/producer. I would do a movie only for scripts. If I don't get those scripts for the longest, I'll do stage shows, TV, but I will not do a film. No way!

That said, my dad (screenwriter Salim Khan) once asked me during that phase: "You're the highest paid actor in India, but how much money do you think you have?" We went into the numbers, and he said that today, if there's a medical emergency in the family, and if money can save the person, we would not have the funds to make it happen. Because, after all the court cases, lawyer fees, etc, money used to come, and the same money used to go. Coming, going, coming, going… It started from magistrate court, then sessions court, then High Court, then Supreme Court; 20 years, bro! And people are thinking: Look at this upstart; he's romancing the hottest women, smiling (on screen). Arre, that's my job!

If we just go back a few years, 'Bodyguard', 'Ready' (both 2011), were your biggest blockbusters. Those films are impossible to compare with, say 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan', 'Sultan', or even 'Tubelight', for that matter. How do you explain this vast difference?
Every six to seven years, the whole writing scenario changes, with new writers coming in. They write their first few phenomenal scripts, taking off from their personal lives, and experiences. And so it all looks new. But how many (such scripts) can you write? Six, seven, eight?

But jab ek writer ki chal rahi hai (one writer is having a good run), he gives his best in the first three scripts. After that, the quality drops. You can't keep creating. The same thing happens with music composers. To answer your question, I got lucky that the good writers or scripts started coming to me

You've said before, rather cheekily, that one thing no one can fault you for is acting, because you don't act at all.
(Laughs) That I don't know how to act.

But you're actually playing very challenging characters now. You've already called Tubelight your toughest film ever.
The screenplays, stories I'm picking up are helping me hugely, so you may think that was a (great) performance. But it was not a performance at all. It's just the screenplay of the film taking me forward. You're not doing anything (different) actually. But you're looking like a superb actor. People are crying and laughing with you. But it's not you. It's the man who's written it, making you look awesome in the film.

By and large, your core or rather hardcore audience has forever been satisfied with you simply showing up on the screen as yourself.
It looks like that, but no. When somebody works so hard (during the day), takes time off to watch a film because he likes you, you have this responsibility of always being slightly better than in your previous film. It's not a Rs 5 ticket anymore. They must take something back with them. They shouldn't say, "Arre, mazaa nahin aaya." That is one thing I keep in mind all the time: When a film releases, people should really want to watch the movie, and then they should really like it.

I don't panic towards the end of the film. I panic when I hear a script. If I go, "Accha theek hai; ah, that's nice," then I would never do it. I have to say, "This is the most awesome thing I've ever heard." And it's always the first narration. I don't read. I make the director or writer narrate it to me. If I read it then I'll visualise it differently. I want to see what the director's vision of the movie is.

If you go back to the old-world definition of a 'Bollywood' star, it's usually been an actor who plays himself, or who's himself a character, like Dev Anand, for example. The young leading men now play dramatically different roles, where you can't usually tell one character from the other. Audiences don't accept them otherwise. Yeah, it is really difficult.

In that sense, do you think you, or for that matter Shah Rukh Khan, are the last of the old-world Bollywood superstars?
It's not only that you get there, shoot a movie - rehearsal, action, cut, retake - and it's done. We've acted in, and produced so many films, so there are a lot of other things that we also take care of. We sit on the music, dialogue, story, setting, and very minute things, when we hear a script.

And then others come in, all of whom play a major part. So it's not one person's film. When you're working for so many hours under the sun or rain, and then there's lunch break, and the food's no good, then everyone's mood sours. So even the khanewala's (cook's) job on a set is as important as mine. The three meals have to be really good (laughs), otherwise everyone gets pissed off.

But you do know that if there isn't Salman in it, there is no big-budget movie, no matter how well the khanewala cooks.
I'm just saying that it's teamwork. What's the use of a focus puller, for instance, who shoots you out of focus in an action or jumping shot, and you have to keep doing it again and again? It's a bummer.

We've been observing you for almost 30 years. Not just your films, there's been a huge change in your public persona as well, lately. You were the unpredictable, aggressive type, or reported as that, up until a few years ago. You've mellowed like crazy. Was there a moment that changed you as a person?
Not really. I'm the same person. I still sit in rickshaws, walk, cycle; in fact, I just cycled here. There was, at one point in time, for whatever reason, a lot of negativity around me. I don't know what I did to deserve that negativity. And I never spoke about it. Later on, things automatically started clearing out. Till today, I'm told I'm the most misunderstood person there is. It's been 30 years that I've been here. How can I be misunderstood? If I'm indeed the most misunderstood still, then I might be the same person (that people think I am).

What gets your goat?
Now, say if someone comes and asks me something straight up, like this whole marriage shit. They're really not interested, you know that. They just want to chhapo that marriage thingy. That pisses me off. For me, I think marriage is a waste of money!

But you know why they do that. Fans want to read about you. That's what stardom's all about.
If you make a name from writing about someone, or your editor pats you on your back, or your viewership goes up, then at least show that man some respect. Because he's taken time out for you.

There are, I think, around 64 million people on my own social media platform. I can do everything there, and you'll pick it up anyway. When I tweet, it goes viral. I actually don't need to come and do this (interview) anymore. But I do it, only for the fact that there's a person whose profession this is, and from there, it goes out to fans, even if they are following me on social media.

Now it takes three minutes for me to stand and pose for photographs, "Baba, left, Bhai, right; left, right, left right." And kad-kad-kad-kad (makes clicking sounds). Now these pictures won't be fun, or great anyway, but still we all do it. It'd be very easy for me to carry a photographer along, and put all pictures up on my social media. But what's the use? You don't want to do everything.

I can't also buy the theatre, and pick up land and cultivate corn and potato for the samosa and pop-corn for the cinemas. Yeh kya baat hui? My job is to act. Let others make a living too. That's what I think.

Well, there's acting and there's stardom. One of the things we noticed, for example, with the new Forbes' highest earning entertainers list that just came out…
You know Shah Rukh and I were speaking last night, and we said, "Yeh kya (Forbes' list) hai? Hamesha, we fall short of money to buy this or that…" I still haven't been able to buy my house. I used to fall short by a few lakhs before, and then it became a crore, then few, and now I'm short by quite a few crores to buy my own place. And then this Forbes' list!

We'll come back to that. What I was talking about is that the Forbes' list of highest earning entertainers in the US is almost full of musicians. Hollywood studios just displaced movie stars with super-heroes, franchises, reboots and disaster films.
That's why I started singing (laughs).

Well they actually killed stardom there. And here, the top ones who can guarantee footfalls in the first weekend - you, Aamir, SRK, Akshay, Ajay - are in fact all pretty much from the '90s. Practically none, if hardly any, from the new lot.
I'll speak about myself. Starting out, I never saw myself in the scripts that came to me. I'd get worried. People would narrate subjects to me and I'd visualise Sanju, Jackie, Sunny. This happened to me for two years. And then came Maine Pyar Kiya (1989).

I used to earlier approach people with scripts that I'd written to direct. Which is what I wanted to do. And everyone would tell me I should be an actor. My father once said, "Yeh sab tumko tarka rahe hain (they're fobbing you off). Honestly, can you play a lawyer, a police inspector, a mohalle ka dada, who can take on people?" I said no. "Then what'll you play? A romantic hero? How long will that run? Couple of years. And then?" It made so much sense to me. Because back then, all the main actors, VK sir (Vinod Khanna), Amitji, Dharamji, were all 'men'. I was a 48-kilo li'l boy. That's when I really started working hard.

From then until now, if you see, all of us boys (from the '90s) have just grown. We're all in our 50s now, and we're still jumping, and it hurts, like crazy. But we're still working hard on ourselves because we know the value. We know a time when we wanted work, and we didn't have any.

And we all see the last 30 years like yesterday: "Kal kaam maang rahe thay yaar!" Till today all those people we've worked with - who may be nobodies now - once they come into the room, we stand up. That's the brand of men I'm talking about.

Also they've constantly upped the game.
Yeah, and so when new directors come in, you just have to learn to pick the right kind of scripts.

Which explains your $37 million per annum of personal income on the Forbes' list! Coming back to which, what do you do with that money; from what we know, you still live in a one-bedroom at Galaxy apartment.
I don't have that money. I seriously don't have that money. I was going through it and going, "Yeh paise kahan hai, bhai? Kidhar?" When a film makes Rs 500 crore, only a very nominal amount from that comes to you. It's just that your business is worth Rs 500 crore.

That said, one of the things we used to find cool about you is you never cared for others' opinions, or for money. As you mentioned, you'd just sign up films with friends or family, and make them work. Now you seem like a very astute businessman. Your Being Human products are in every mall we go to…
I'm the worst businessman ever. When you buy an Armani or Versace, the money goes to them. But with Being Human clothing, we have a partner who takes a certain amount. From what comes to us, we pay taxes, and then it goes back to Being Human. The same thing with cycles, jewellery… Our business interest is towards what we can put into the charitable trust. We were already putting in a lot. But if I ask a friend for help, after a couple of times, he'll back off, and I'll lose a friend.

So yes, there is money coming in, because of who I am today. Because my fans go to theatres to watch my movies, or shows, or television, that brings in ad revenues. And then you choose to give back. And my parents have done this all their life. It's just that we have a brand name to channelise the whole thing.

Are you coming out with Salman cell phones as well?
Not Salman cell phones (laughs). We're launching phones, yes. Even with cycles, we started with just 300, and they sold out. Now we've placed an order for 4,000.

Those are Being Human cycles. So there'd be Being Human cellphones?
Being Smart cellphones. It's a no-inventory business model. You go to the Being Human retailer, pre-order it, and that's what we supply. Not an extra phone is manufactured. Our overheads are zero.

The foundation is run by my father (Salim Khan), Dr Sandeep Loretta, Baby (Alvira) and Arpita [sisters], that's it. Even with the clothing line, Mandan (my partner) has got his staff, but we have only two people from our end. The same with cycles - there's Atul sir (brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri), and Deval. As with jewellery - only Arpita's handling from our end, and they (PNG, partners) have their own crew. And this works only because it's taken us 30 years, with all the negativity around, to build trust: "Ki yeh humko dhokha nahin dega." That could change anytime.

So you're not really sitting in the office and looking over it like a pucca businessman?
I'm working all the time. I'm shooting, there's work on scripting, producing. Then I've got five court cases going on. I also need to spend time with family. Then I approve the entire clothing line. Arpita and I approve the jewellery designs. Soon we'll start work on gym equipment. These things take a lot of time. But then the people I'm working with I've known for the longest.

So with cycles, for instance, some parts are manufactured in China, and my childhood friends - Ash and Jaggi - are doing it, because that's what they do, based out of Dubai. I used to know Jaggi when I was 12. He used to deal in cars. Back then he'd hold my finger while driving in a Mahindra jeep. I'd be on a cycle. And he'd take me around. We've still not left hands.

Coming back to films, tell us something about the romantic angle in your latest, Tubelight.
(Gets close; gently places his hand over the interviewer's on the desk). This is the beautiful romantic angle in Tubelight.

The reason I ask is even if it's a Salman action movie, there's always some lesson on love, especially for single people. I remember one sermon, when crowds went crazy in Wanted: "Don't chase girls. Chase money. Girls will chase you instead!"
Ah, yeah, chase money. True.

Do you have a personal idea or thought on love per se?
Yeah. I don't believe in love at all. I don't think there's any reason for the word 'love' to exist. The word is 'need'. It depends on whose need is more. Or who you might need at some point. But she may not need you at all. This can also turn the other way round, when you don't need her sometimes. So, basically, the need has got to be equal at all times. Which may or may not happen.

Then there is companionship, habit - that you've been together for so long - emotional connect, or the fact that both of you have flaws but you're aware of the larger picture, and that you're happy together. But 'love' is, essentially, need.

It's need-based or conditional, you mean.
Yeah.

How do things work when you're single, but extremely rich, famous, and powerful? Do you second-guess women, double-check if she may even be interested in you as a person at all?
Like I said, I don't have money.

Of course you do. Forbes can't get away with lying in their report!
Arre, Forbes ko kya pata ki mere kharche kitne hain? Every time the lawyers go to court for me, they charge as much, or even more, than I make. We do about, what, 10 appearances in a year? Inke ho jaate hain 70-80 appearances in a year! (laughs)

Fine, let's go with famous and powerful. Does it get harder to find women, or new friends, without assuming that there's an agenda?
Whenever you meet someone, they always put their best side or foot forward. Later, you get to know their flaws. You just need to balance this with the basic question: Would you able to live with it (the flaws) for the rest of your life?

Final question: You've been one of the top mass figures for almost 30 years. You also work in films where people go to vote every weekend. What changes have you seen in India, especially over the past few years, so far as the public, or their politics, or their reaction to public figures is concerned?
I think the younger generation is blessed with a lot of compassion and scruples. I'm fortunate to have a Hindu mother and a Muslim father. Nowadays I see a lot of youngsters for whom these things just don't matter - I'm Salman Khan, film releasing in Ramadan, and people go and watch Prem! All my life I've been Prem. So for them, there is no Hindu, no Muslim. It's just good people, or bad people; that's it.

Have you seen a change in that mindset, lately, or over the years?
It's changing. But soon as the younger generation starts growing up, it'll be a different world altogether. I see my nephews, who're so correct. When they see someone sleeping on the street, they take their clothes off, and part with their money. And I don't just see this in my family.

The general perception is that we're regressing as a society, with respect to openly expressing hate, bigotry.
That is because everyone wants to be really negative. But everything will change, especially on social media, the moment you're made to reveal your real identity, instead of hiding behind curtains. If you say something, whether under a real or fake identity, you ought to be held responsible for that. After that, all you have to say is, "Yaar, I didn't understand it, and I'm really sorry." You can be forgiven for it too.

Have you become more cautious as a public figure given the times now?
Obviously, I'll try and say the most correct things. To get your TRPs, you'll twist it around. The job (of being cautious) is not ours. The responsibility lies at your end. Just so your magazine or TV channel can make some money, you can't use bits and pieces from some place and turn things around. You know that you're doing it, and despite that, you do it.

If I've said something wrong, and you believe this is going to create trouble, why would you put that up? In fact it's your duty as a journalist to tell me, "Yaar, Salman, this is actually a wrong thing, and this is how it should be." Your job is to bring people together (through) your star. Unless he's (the star is) corrupt, casteist, communal, stealing from people, then you can bajao me.

No hug this year but Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan meet post-Iftar


Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 26, 2017)

Eid in 2013 was marked by superstars Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan calling time on their decade-long cold war with a hug at politician-mutual friend Baba Siddique’s iftar party. Bollywood lore has it that Salman tapped a pony-tailed SRK on the shoulder, while the latter turned his attention away from a plate of assorted delicacies to give his friend-turned-foe and former co-star a warm hug. The picture that captured the moment fuelled headlines over the next few weeks, elevating all forthcoming iftar parties hosted by Baba to the status of must-watch events on the city’s social calendar.

But this year, on Saturday evening, Salman and SRK, who have shared a decidedly warmer equation ever since, arrived and exited separately at their first iftar appearance of the year. Khan patriarch Salim, along with wives Salma and Helen, son Sohail Khan, daughters Alvira with husband Atul Agnihotri, and Arpita with son Ahil, had already arrived when Sallu walked into the Bandra five-star at around 9pm. “Salman was at his jovial best, clicking selfies with fans and posing for the photographers. When he ribbed the paparazzi, announcing that they should have dinner now, they quipped that they were waiting for SRK to arrive and recreate the duo’s annual hug. Sallu responded with a cheeky smile and entered the venue with Baba where he was joined by the host’s son, Zeeshan,” a guest told Mirror, adding that a kid rushed to him with a bowl of sheer kurma and though he wasn’t supposed to be eating it, he obliged the young fan by taking a spoonful.

The 51-year-old actor then mingled with actor-composer Himesh Reshammiya, filmmakers Sajid Nadiadwala and Bhushan Kumar, father-son duo Aditya and Sooraj Pancholi, among others. Politicians Sushil Kumar Shinde, Prithviraj Chauhan and Ashok Chauhan were also present at the bash.

SRK, who had spent the entire day shooting for Aanand L Rai’s yetuntitled romance-drama at Film City, entered quietly from the hotel’s back entrance around 11:30pm. However, Salman had already made an exit by then. “SRK looked tired after a busy week and didn’t stay for too long but at Zeeshan’s behest, ate a kebab,” the guest informed.

While everyone thought SRK was headed home, the actor actually made a pit-stop at his neighbourturned- bestie’s residence for a quiet, post-iftar meeting.

Sridevi open to the idea of Jhanvi being paired opposite actors whom she once romanced on screen

Sridevi with Janvi
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; June 26, 2017)

Sridevi is a level-headed person. Having ruled the film industry for several years, she understands its working and challenges, and now her daughter stands to benefit from the wealth of her incredible work experience.

At a time when she is playing mother to teenagers, hardly do we see her contemporaries, like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, essay dads. They are still romancing young heroines on screen. SRK worked with Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi, Akshay is working with the 20-plus Bhoomi Pednekar in Toilet - Ek Prem Katha and Salman paired opposite the 29-year-old Anushka Sharma in Sultan. And all these actors have romanced Sridevi on screen in the past.

Sri finds nothing wrong with these older actors pairing with girls in their 20s and early 30s, “Good, na! They are looking good, people are accepting them, so it’s good for them. Aamir did play a father in Dangal. But I understand what you are saying. They have still remained superstars and it’s working for them. So why should I ask them to change?”

‘I did it, too’
Now with Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi making her big-ticket debut, all eyes are set on her. One can understand that Sri must be anxious and wanting her daughter to get the best and the ultimate in terms of offers, directors and co-stars. It’s natural for her to be offered films with the 50-plus brigade that’s still ruling the industry. Would that be a shock to her? Sridevi says, “Well, I worked with an actor Nageshwar Rao, and then I worked with his son, too. It has already happened with me, so if the same happens with Jhanvi and the heroes, why not?”

Sridevi's Mom gets U/A certificate with no cuts from Censor Board

Sridevi
Subhash K Jha (DNA; June 26, 2017)

Sridevi’s Mom has come in for high praise from the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC). The film has been granted a ‘UA’ with not a single visual or audio cut.

CBFC chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani describes Mom as a modern day Mother India. “Srideviji’s performance in Mom has the same impact as Nargisji in Mother India. They both define motherhood and the ingrained sacrifices that a mother makes for a child. I’d go as far as to say Mom is the contemporary Mother India. There will not be one dry eye in the theatres when the film opens.” The film which was viewed by the CBFC’s board members on Friday had the female members in tears. “It is probably Sridevi’s career’s best performance,” says a CBFC source.

Boney Kapoor & I had our fair share of fights while working together in Mom-Sridevi

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; June 26, 2017)

"The audience is too clever, you can’t fool them,” says Sridevi, ahead of the release of her upcoming film, Mom, which marks her 300th movie in the industry, and her first in five years, after her 2012 comeback vehicle, English Vinglish. “We can feel that we’ve created a masterpiece, but, people can come out calling it absolute nonsense,” she says of the thriller, which has been produced by her husband, Boney Kapoor.

Unlike several contemporaries, who’ve failed to make a mark at the box office, or even in cinephiles’ minds, with their comeback films, Sridevi’s return has established her yet again in an ever-evolving showbiz industry. One might assume that the natural next step for an actress of her stature would be to delve into the movie-making business. But Sridevi doesn’t bat an eyelid before confessing, “Direction is not my cup of tea.” She says, “It’s a big job and comes with too much responsibility. Why should I burden myself? Giving suggestions to directors, discussing themes and providing creative inputs are things that actors do anyway. I will never turn producer. Ghar mein ek producer kaafi hai. I will support Boneyji.”

Sridevi’s refusal to turn producer doesn’t mean she’s away from the filmmaking business. She is always involved in her husband’s productions, whether she features in them or not. “I am there for the narration, and script-reading sessions. We have long discussions about the plot and loop holes. Boneyji is someone with a mind of his own. On Mom, we debated a lot. But, we both believe that healthy arguments go a long way in honing the final product. We had our fair share of fights while working together in Mom, but we were on the same page.”

A sequel to her 1987 romance drama, Mr India, is “definitely” in the pipeline, but the actress confesses that she has yet to decide if she will feature in it. “The script is still being developed. Boneyji has a few ideas that are being worked on. Who knows, there could be an announcement around the corner.”

Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Diljit Dosanjh to be seen in a film produced by IIFA

DNA (June 26, 2017)

It's official! Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur and Diljit Dosanjh will be seen together in a film to be produced by Wiz Films and Vashu Bhagnani. Wizcraft, an event management company and organisers of the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA), is set to venture into production with a full-length feature film.

“One of the films that we are producing will feature Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur and Diljit Dosanjh. The film will have elements of romance, comedy and drama. It should go on floors this year. Things are in process as far as the director is concerned,” Sabbas Joseph, founder-director, Wizcraft, said.

Joseph says they have joined hands with producer Vashu Bhagnani for the untitled venture. “This film is being produced by Vashu Bhagnani and Wiz Films. A formal announcement will be made soon. There are other projects that we are working on. For the moment, we can’t talk about any of these. They are in the pipeline.”

Buzz is, lot of big B-Town celebrities have guest appearance in the film, some portions of which will be shot at the IIFA awards, to be held in New York next month. Meanwhile Sonakshi will now be seen in the remake of the 1969 drama, Ittefaq, alongside Sidharth Malhotra. The film will be directed by debutante Abhay Chopra.

There can be a Mr Perfect-Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra
Upala KBR (DNA; June 26, 2017)

Parineeti Chopra comes across as an optimist who believes in the possibility of a Mr Perfect. Given the war like pace of her life, she likes to live in the moment and takes each day as it comes. When she isn’t facing the camera, she’s happy cleaning her house and binge watching her fav shows. Over to the actress...

Beyonce or Rihanna?
Rihanna because I love how she sings and I am a big fan of her songs.

My song of the moment...
Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin.

Flirty or intense romance?
Intense romance.

A quality in a man that draws you...
His sense of humour.

A quality in a man that puts you off...
Body odour.

Is there a Mr Perfect?
Yes. I think that there can be a Mr Perfect. There can be an amazing match of personalities and you find that, that person is perfect for you.

Live in relationships are…
Cool.

One mantra you live by.
Live in the moment. Always.

Can you describe yourself in five words?
Enthusiastic, honest, funny, loyal and lazy.

One professional mistake you would never make...
Doing a character which I would not be able to play truly. I would love to play a challenging character, but if it’s not honest I wouldn’t be able to play it. I always try and play honest characters,

Three things I wish I had...
I wish I had my own plane so that I could fly anywhere I wanted, whenever I wanted. Hopefully, one day I will. An undying metabolism, so that I could eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted. I wish there was 48 hours in a day because there is so much to do in such little time.

An average day in my life...
On the days that I am working it is like a whirlwind and there’s not even a minute to breathe. I go home at night exhausted and just pass out. And on the days that I have some time, I spend it at home cleaning my house as I love cleaning it, reading, having long showers, watching TV shows I have missed out on and binge-watching my favourite soap.

My parents have never asked for favours for me-Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan
Upala KBR (DNA; June 26, 2017)

Shruti Haasan isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade. She’s strong-headed and doesn’t shy away from talking about anything under the sun — be it nepotism or government taxes. Like her larger-than-life father Kamal, she’s time and again stuck her neck out and voiced her take on the socio-political goings-on. Her Be the Bitch video that elicited a mixed response, being a case in point. Perhaps, this refreshing honesty and a don’t-give-a-damn approach when it comes to discussing issues — be it her personal life or political affairs — make her a treat to interview. Over to the actress, who never had it easy despite hailing from an illustrious film family and who hates being seen at B-Town parties...

What is happening to Sabaash Naidu, the film with your dad?
We started shooting and I finished about 60-70 per cent of my work and then Papa suffered a leg injury so he was unable to shoot. We are going to resume shooting again and finish it because there’s only a little bit left, and hopefully release it this year. It’s a fun family entertainer. I think people expected me and Dad to do something mega intense, which we will later, but we wanted to introduce ourselves together in a film with something fun and positive.

Your dad is not diplomatic when it comes to addressing issues. You don’t seem to be like that. Comment.
There are certain things I don’t comment on because I think I am not informed enough to make an open or bold statement about — especially when it comes to politics. My dad is politically opinionated but that’s because he studied the subject and he is that kind of a person. I am wary of commenting on certain things because more than offending someone, I don’t want to come across like a misinformed idiot. When people speak on subjects they don’t know about — that’s not based on fact but on opinion. But there are certain things that I am very vocal about like women’s rights.

Your father has spoken against the Finance Ministry’s decision to tax the entertainment industry at 28 per cent as per the GST rollout. Being a part of the film industry, any opinions on that?
I wish the taxes we pay were put to better use. I am sure that every Indian feels like this. Of course, there are certain developments but for the taxes we pay, a lot of times, it is like — one second, what am I paying for? Women are not safe in this country, patrolling is not enough, but at the same time, when you compare safety to other countries like the US, you feel they are doing a great job of keeping their citizens protected. But on the other hand, I feel very sad for the situation of women, who don’t have the privileges or safety measures that I have.

Why don’t we see your mom, Sarika, in more films?
You will have to ask her. It wouldn’t be right to comment on this. She is very particular about her scripts for sure.

You left Sanghamitra because you didn’t have a bound script. Comment.
To work without a bound script and give 200 days of your life is just not a sensible decision. I have to be honest. I am answerable to myself and my conscience. Can I commit a 100 per cent treading forward with doubt? And, I have never been an actor who ditches a film like that. Whatever kind of film I do, I want to know that my heart is in it and I’m completely committed to it.

You are a star child. Do you agree with Kangana Ranaut that nepotism exists in the film industry?
I don’t completely agree. Of course, nepotism exists, but I know actresses who got parts meant for me just because they were hanging out with somebody, which is not fair. I am not going to lie and say that getting a break in films has been an uphill struggle for me. The fact is, the door is open for star children. I got my break quicker than other people, but nobody gave me a film after that. I wasn’t big in my first film and nobody was like, ‘Let’s not offend Kamal Haasan or his daughter, and offer her films’. I got a lot of criticism, and I had to work extremely hard for the first three years of my career.

Please continue
I would like to say that my parents have never asked for favours for me. I have made my career completely on my own. I have seen people whose daddies and mummies aren’t somebody, but they are favoured; they have godfathers or some backing, which I have not had. Maybe it has taken me longer than others to reach where I have but it’s my journey and one that I am really proud of. I have never been part of a camp or enjoyed favouritism. I have come, done my job, and left. That’s about it.

Did you ever feel that acting wasn’t the right choice after your first film?
Sometimes some really amazing things don’t work at all and really crappy things work. It’s really hard to say what the formula is — except for working hard and hoping for the best. There are films that I am so proud of, like 3 or D Day, even though they didn’t do so well at the box office. These are the films that I would love to show my kids because I loved being a part of them, and then there are hit films, but I think they are just all right. They didn’t change me as a person or change my life, but definitely took me to another level in my career.

You are rarely seen at parties or social events...
I am not really into that. I get very little time between my work schedules. Whatever spare time I get, I want to spend it with my family and friends who recharge my batteries. When I go to parties where I don’t know people, it makes me nervous, and I feel like I am still shooting, working, and am on my guard. Hanging out at a party with people I don’t really know is not my idea of fun.

Mom will resonate with everyone-Ravi Udyawar

Ravi Udyawar
Ravi Udyawar, the man behind Silk Route's iconic 1998 Dooba Dooba video, says his first movie is an emotional drama about the only bond that lasts forever
Aastha Atray Banan (MID-DAY; June 25, 2017)

"I wanted to make my first movie a relevant one," says Ravi Udyawar, 45, of his directorial debut Mom. Starring Sridevi and Nawazuddin Sidiqui. The July 7 release explores the relationship between mother and daughter. Udyawar, who started his career at Channel V and MTV before going on to direct music videos and advertisements, says that his first movie isn't really a thriller, which is the first impression one gets from trailers. "It's an emotional drama - about the one bond that lasts your lifetime, the one between a child and mother. And, I think everyone will relate with it."

Udyawar met Boney Kapoor in 2014, when the latter gave him the germ of the idea, and asked what he could do with it, a movie that could then serve as Sridevi's next after the much acclaimed English Vinglish. "We fleshed out the idea, even detailing the background stories of all characters. And then we went and pitched it to ma'am (Sridevi). She loved it right away and said she just had to do it." Getting Nawaz on board wasn't a hard task. Udyawar put his JJ School of Art degree to good use. "I knew how I wanted the character to look, because I think like an artist, which is what I originally am. I made sketches and carried them along when I went to meet him. And I think when you see the character, it's easier to understand it. He said yes immediately."

Udyawar credits his advertising career for helping him understand the art of filmmaking. The man behind campaigns such as L'Oreal and Asian Paints, says that it's all about grabbing eyeballs. "Advertising teaches you how to get attention in 30 seconds. It also teaches you how to design a shot - for instance, what kind of energy does a scene need. It really taught me all my technical know-how." But he also says movie making is a completely different ball game, one he is just getting a hang of.

Udyawar is no stranger to making moving images tell a story. He directed India's first underwater video when he shot Silk Route's Dooba Dooba in 1998. The song and video became iconic in the indie-pop scene. "The first day at that shoot was disastrous. This had never been done before. We put the camera in a metal box underwater, and nobody knew when the reel started, and when it went off. So, we got nothing," he laughs. But the second day, they went back and persevered. "It worked beautifully, and as you know, we created history."

Right now though, he is waiting to see Mom's fate. "You dive into these characters and you want them to come to life in that picture perfect image. Let's hope it works out."