Fukrey Returns collects 31.65 cr in 3 days

Fukrey Returns New Song Is Mohammed Rafi's O Meri Mehbooba Redux
Box Office India Trade Network

FUKREY RETURNS did very well in its first weekend to collect 31.50 crore nett plus as Sunday added in the 12.50-12.75 crore nett range. The growth on Sunday was held back by the Delhi NCR area which was at a very high level already. The Delhi/UP collections have gone over 10 crore nett for the weekend to around 10.50 crore nett which is simply huge for a film like this. Mumbai is around 9 crore when the average is Mumbai to be better than Delhi/UP by around 30% for most films. The Mumbai figures itself are good which shows the sort of acceptance the film has found in the North. East Punjab also netted a huge 4.50 crore nett which gives North India a 15 crore nett total and almost 50% of the all India business of the film. The weekend collections of FUKREY RETURNS are as follows
Friday - 8,00,00,000
Saturday - 11,00,00,000
Sunday - 12,65,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 31,65,00,000 apprx

The film should see a good trend on Monday as the Delhi/UP and East Punjab markets tend to hold better post the weekend especially the former but if Mumbai can start matching Delhi/UP later on in the week or in the second week that is what will take the film to a totally different another level.

Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli tie the knot in Tuscany

Newlyweds to move into their sea-facing penthouse in Worli before the year ends
Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 12, 2017)

Just weeks after rumours of a wedding intensified, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who had been dating on and off for the last four years, tied the knot at 2:30 pm at the Borgo Finocchieto, a luxurious villa in the Italian countryside of Tuscany, on December 11. The traditional Hindu ceremony was followed by an evening of dance, dinner and drinks. “Today, we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans and well-wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey,” Virat and Anushka said in a joint statement after the ceremony.

The wedding, which was preceded by a mehendi ceremony on December 10, was a closely guarded affair with over 50 security personnel to ensure privacy. There were only 44 guests in attendance, including Virat’s mother Saroj and sister Bhavna, Anushka’s parents Ajay Kumar and Ashima and brother Karnesh. Also present was Virat’s close friend and long-time business partner, Bunty Sajdeh. Twenty two private villas were booked for the occasion, with the wedding taking place in an 800-year-old vineyard. An insider told Mirror that the 29-year-old bride, who, along with her groom, was dressed in Sabyasachi couture, had always wanted to tie the knot in a vineyard. While the wedding guests were treated to Indian and Italian cuisine, dhol and nagada players as well as Punjabi dancers who had been flown in from Delhi two days before the ceremony, kept them entertained.

Buzz of a December wedding had first gained momentum when Virat pulled out of India’s three-match ODI and three-match T20 matches against Sri Lanka, while Anushka ducked out of her busy acting schedule. They intensified when Anushka’s family pandit, Anand Maharaj, who had officiated a private pooja and the couple’s roka ceremony last year in Rishikesh, accompanied the family on their flight to Milan on December 9. Since the couple had not had an official engagement ceremony, Virat gifted a diamond ring to his new bride on the day of the wedding.

Next up, a grand reception in Delhi is to take place on December 21 and will be attended by the couple’s close friends from the Capital. “But the cricketers cannot make it to the celebration because of the ongoing series so Virat is hosting a bash at a Mumbai five-star on December 26, where the entire cricket team, including mentor-friend Sachin Tendulkar and buddy Yuvraj Singh, will be in attendance. The Bollywood brigade is expected to be represented by Anushka’s former co-stars, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, filmmaker Karan Johar, Katrina Kaif and Rani Mukerji, along with Mukesh and Nita Ambani,” a source close to the development told Mirror.

After the Mumbai reception, Mr and Mrs Kohli will be travelling to South Africa, where the skipper is to start prep for an upcoming series. Anushka will spend New Year’s Eve with her new husband before returning to the Bay in the first week of January to begin the next schedule of the Anand L Rai-directed untitled film co-starring SRK and Kat. She will also start prep for Sui Dhaaga with Varun Dhawan, which kicks off in February. Meanwhile, Virat will be in South Africa for the next two months for the series, which includes three tests, six One Day Internationals and three T20 matches.

Just before the year draws to a close, Anushka, who presently resides in Versova, will move into the couple’s marital home, a sea-facing penthouse in Worli, which they had bought together two years ago.

Zaira Wasim molestation row: Vikas Sachdeva in lock-up for 2 days, booked for sexual assault


Swati Deshpande (THE TIMES OF INDIA; December 12, 2017)

Mumbai: A special court on Monday remanded senior corporate executive Vikas Sachdeva (39), accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old actor aboard an aircraft, in two days’ police custody, following his arrest on Sunday night.

The actor was with her mother in business class on a late-night Delhi-Mumbai Vistara flight on Saturday. Sachdeva, a frequent flyer, seated in 2F, right behind the actor (1F), was accused of placing his foot on her armrest and rubbing her back and neck.

Sachdeva stood quietly in court on Monday and was taken out barefoot by cops. Outside the Dindoshi court, his wife Divya, fighting tears, and other family members stressed that he was “innocent; a family man”. Sachdeva, a highly placed official in an entertainment company, has been charged with ‘sexual assault’ under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, punishable with 3-5 years’ imprisonment, and ‘sexual harassment’ under the IPC’s section 354.

While the case has once again sparked the ‘good touch, bad touch’ debate, a co-passenger told the police on Monday that he did not see Sachdeva “misbehaving”.

Meanwhile, the actor and her mother took a Vistara flight back home via Delhi on Monday morning.

AbRam and Taimur should do a film together-Kareena Kapoor

SRK-Kareena
DNA (December 12, 2017)

Kareena Kapoor Khan recently shot an episode with Shah Rukh Khan for a talk show, prior to an awards night. During their conversation, Kareena told SRK how she feels that the Baadshah has not worked that often with the men from the Kapoor khandaan.

While SRK has romanced both Kareena and Karisma Kapoor in films, he has only done one film with Rishi Kapoor (Deewana) and a cameo in Ranbir Kapoor's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. To this, Shah Rukh said, "Since you are complaining about me not doing films with the Kapoor men, we should make sure that the next generation of our families work together. Hum log AbRam aur Taimur ko saath mein kaam karayenge." To this, Bebo laughed and said, "We have to make them work together someday. And they are both very, very good looking anyway."

Going by how popular the two kids already are on social media, we might get to see them doing a film in the next 20 years. Another Kal Ho Naa Ho, maybe?

Anil Kapoor-Juhi Chawla to reunite on screen?

Anil-Juhi
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; December 12, 2017)

It seems 2018 will be the year of reunions. And Anil Kapoor is likely to topline it. Why? After sharing screen space with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Fanney Khan and Madhuri Dixit Nene in Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal, he will now reunite with Juhi Chawla for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.

A source reveals, “After casting Anil with his daughter Sonam Kapoor for the first time in his film, Vidhu has now signed Juhi. It’s a family drama which has a lot of humour and emotions. That’s what excited Juhi and she immediately agreed.” Although Anil and Juhi have done eight films together, they will be coming back together on screen after over a decade. Their last outing was Salaam-e-Ishq that released in 2007. Our source says, “Both the actors have been great friends, so their chemistry is expected to be electrifying in this movie, too. It was not too difficult to convince Juhi since she’s already comfortable with Anil.”

Adds the source, “Juhi and Anil will be seen as Sonam’s parents in the film while Rajkummar Rao plays her love interest.”

My new song will have references to Kylie Jenner-Diljit Dosanjh


Diljit Dosanjh has also recorded a song for the Sandeep Singh biopic and is gearing up to judge a reality show
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 12, 2017)

Diljit Dosanjh is shooting his third Hindi film, Shaad Ali’s Soorma, in Chandigarh. He plays a field hockey player and ex-Indian team captain Sandeep Singh and admits he’s never played hockey or for that matter any sport and was always only interested in music. “I only took part in a 400-metre race once, which is why when Soorma came to me I wasn’t keen as other films on hockey are being made as well. But it was pointed out to me that this was Sandeep paaji’s biopic and since I knew a little about his life, I read the script and was instantly convinced it would make for a good film,” reminisces Diljit who started practising a week before Diwali and inspired by his coach-cum-role model was on the field even on the festival day. “I have learnt a lot from Sandeep paaji and his older brother Bikramjeet who’s always on the set to guide us, including his famous drag flicks.”

After making a mark for himself in Punjabi cinema, the actor had made his Hindi film debut with Abhishek Chaubey’s 2016 drug drama Udta Punjab, followed by the Anushka Sharma starrer Phillauri. “I do one Punjabi film a year even now but there’s no hunger to do one Hindi film every year. If something interesting comes up, great, otherwise there’s always music,” he avers, revealing that he enjoys making music more than acting as he has more control there. “After 'Ikk Kudi' in Udta Punjab, you’ll hear me sing in Soorma too. Gulzar saab has written the lyrics of this Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy composition. Sandeep paaji’s coach used to make him do a lot of front rolls as punishment and the song is on this.”

His next Hindi film outing will be as a small town boy from Punjab in Dinesh Vijan’s Arjun Patiala opposite Kriti Sanon. “Arjun Patiala is a lot like Diljit Dosanjh, a lot like my Jatt & Juliet, and should be a lot of fun,” he exults.

Meanwhile, he will be back for a second season of the singing reality show Rising Star with Monali Thakur and Shankar Mahadevan. “The contestants are really brave, I don’t know how I could have dealt with the disappointment of being eliminated. But I can empathise with those whose families can’t understand why they’d want to pursue music professionally. My family was clueless about my interest in music and my father learnt about my first album from the villagers,” he reminisces with a smile.

An interview with Diljit can’t end without a mention of Kylie Jenner. He’s a huge fan of the reality TV star and often writes to her on her Instagram page. “I have made a song which has references to Kylie, it releases in January,” he signs off.

Ishaan Khatter has spent his childhood accompanying me on set-Shahid Kapoor

Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; December 12, 2017)

Shahid Kapoor has left no stone unturned to lend support to brother Ishaan Khatter. As the young artiste gears up to make his acting career, Kapoor is certain to turn up on the sets of his films to encourage him. Yet, the Rangoon actor says Khatter is paving his own path in Bollywood. “Ishaan knows how to craft his future and make a career as an actor. The decision to choose this line is entirely his. He wants to do this,” Kapoor tells mid-day.

That Khatter was only nine when he began accompanying Kapoor on the latter’s film sets implies that he picked up the ropes of filmmaking early on. “Ishaan was very young when I became an actor. He has spent his childhood accompanying me on set. So, he has seen the process [of making a film]. He is fortunate to have grown up in such an atmosphere.”

Khatter’s international debut, Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, was applauded at the recently concluded IFFI festival in Goa. However, Kapoor says he is yet to watch the film. “I have been pleading Ishaan to show it to me. But, it’s not his decision. Majidi has to take that call. I hope he keeps a few screenings,” says Kapoor, earnestly adding that he’d even like to learn “a thing or two” from his brother. “He’s a talented actor.”

Yet, having spent 15 years in the industry, there are surely some insights that Kapoor could offer Khatter. “I tell him that success comes easily, but a star must know how to maintain it. You need to battle downfall. I can’t think of any star who hasn’t gone through a bad patch.”

3 films of Taapsee Pannu to release between May and July 2018?

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; December 12, 2017)

After a series of big-budget outings this year, Taapsee Pannu is looking forward to a busy 2018. Among an array of Pannu-starrers, it is speculated that three projects are scheduled to hit screens between May and July. The development, understandably, has irked the producers. Taapsee Pannu has Soorma, a biopic on Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh, Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, and Tadka, a comedy by Prakash Raj, in the pipeline.

A trade insider says, “The three films are eyeing a release between May and July next year. Invariably, the producers are fighting for the first release.”

Given that the successive releases could imply audiences would tire of watching the actor on screen, the last to hit the marquee is likely to suffer losses. A source close to Pannu says that the actor hopes Mulk is the first to hit theatres since “she has the meatiest part” in that one.

Soorma, produced by Sony Entertainment, has already zeroed in on a June 29 release. However, announcements on the dates of Tadka, presented by Zee Cinema, and Mulk, which is also being produced by Sinha, are awaited. We tried to connect with the producers, but they remained unavailable.

Abhishek Bachchan approached for Manmarziyan?

Abhishek-Dulquer
DNA (December 12, 2017)

A few days ago, there was news of Malayalam actor Dulqer Salmaan playing the lead role in Manmarziyan along side Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. But now, we hear Dulqer is no longer a part of the film. Instead, the makers are said to have approached Abhishek Bachchan for the role. Must say, since its inception this film has been undergoing changes. Initially, it was to star Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar and directed by Sameer Arya.

However, after a portion of the shoot, the director was changed and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari took over the reins. But she also opted as she got busy with Bareilly Ki Barfii. So, the film was stuck and both Ayushmann and Bhumi got busy with their other films. Later, producer Aanand L Rai got Anurag Kashyap on board and revived the film.

Just when we thought the cast was in place with Taapsee, Vicky and Dulqer comes the news of Abhishek replacing the Malayalam film actor. Truly, this film has become only about manmarziyan!

Shruti Haasan finds her match in Brit beau Michael Corsale?

While both dad Kamal Haasan and mom Sarika seem to approve of her Brit beau, marriage isn’t on the cards yet
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 12, 2017)

On November 30, a picture of Shruti Haasan with steady beau Michael Corsale and mother Sarika in Bandra zset tongues wagging. Six days later, they made a headline-grabbing appearance at Shruti’s close friend Tamil actor Aadhav Kannadasan’s wedding with Vinodhnie Suresh. They attended all the ceremonies from the mehendi and sangeet to the pheras and reception.

What was even more telling was that Michael was coaxed into wearing the traditional veshti to make a pretty picture with Shruti who looked gorgeous in a pink sari, and seen chatting companionably with Shruti’s dad Kamal Haasan. Even as rumours of an impending wedding had Chennai buzzing, the duo flew down to Mumbai and was spotted last night painting the town red, Shruti sexy and casual in a pair of denim shorts and a Tee.

They had met in London through a common friend when Shruti was there to record a track with the British alternative rock band, Dinosaur Pile-Up. Born and raised in London, Michael graduated from the famous Drama Centre London and is a part of the theatre group Deep Diving Men. “He flew to Mumbai earlier this year in February, three months after they started dating. Shruti has also been spending time in the Queen’s City whenever there’s a break in her schedule and has met Michael’s family,” informed a source, adding that he is fascinated with Indian culture. “Wearing the veshti was his idea since it was an important occasion for Shruti.”

When prodded on whether marriage was on the cards, the source however insisted that while they are happy in each other’s company, there are no immediate plans of a wedding as the actress is busy with film commitments.

Her spokesperson reiterated this, saying, “Shruti has never commented on her personal life and doesn’t intend to do so now either. But marriage isn’t on the cards. She’s busy with her work across all three industries.”