Aiyaary collects 7.50 cr in 2 days; Black Panther collects 11.50 cr

Box Office Collection: 'अय्यारी' पर भारी पड़ी यह सुपरहीरो फिल्म, 'पैडमैन' और 'पद्मावत' को खतरा...
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AIYAARY showed growth of around 30% to collect 4.25 crore nett on its second day but it is not good enough for the film as the only way forward was a 5 crore nett second day which would have given the film a chance. The two day total of the film stands at 7.50 crore nett and that is far too low.

The film is mainly collecting in metros so Sunday growth on a best case scenario can match the Saturday growth. The collections of AIYAARY over the first two days are as follows.
Friday - 3,25,00,000
Saturday - 4,25,00,000
TOTAL - 7,50,00,000

BLACK PANTHER showed an upturn of 20% on Saturday which is lower than normal for a Hollywood release but the film had opened far bigger than what the film is worth for the Indian market. The two day business of the film is around 11.50 crore nett but the trend on Saturday suggests its going to find it hard in the long run in India.

The film may be setting the box office ablaze worldwide but India is a different market altogether and goes its own way. Even AIYAARY which is not going to do much managed to show a better Saturday trend.

The first two day collectons of Black Panther are as follows
Friday - 5,25,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 6,25,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 11,50,00,000

Padmaavat collects 259.88 cr in 24 days

Padmaavat: ब्लॉकबस्टर देने के बाद रणवीर सिंह ने संजय लीला भंसाली को लेकर कह दी ये बात...
Box Office India Trade Network

PADMAAVAT again showed huge growth on Saturday to collect around 2.50-2.75 crore nett. This has taken the total business of the film to 260 crore nett and is heading for a huge fourth week which will easily cross 10 crore nett.

The film is now playing at most centers of Madhya Pradesh and is the top film in that state beating figures of PAD MAN, AIYAARY and BLACK PANTHER despite being released late. The film is also getting close to the all India collections of PAD MAN and could start to collect more than that film towards the end of the week. If not by the end of the week then next week for sure it will go ahead.

The business of PADMAAVAT till date is as follows.
First Week - 1,59,47,00,000
Second Week - 65,16,00,000
Third Week - 31,00,00,000
Friday - 1,50,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 2,75,00,000 apprx
Grand Total - 2,59,88,00,000

Pad Man collects 67 cr in 9 days

PadMan Box Office Collection Day 9: Akshay Kumar's Film Continues To Be 'Steady'. Collects 68 Crore
Box Office India Trade Network

PAD MAN showed good growth on its second Saturday of 50% but the drop on Friday has meant collections at a lower level. The film collected 3 crore nett on its second Saturday and now has total of 67 crore nett approx in nine days of release.

The performance of the film continues to be better in places like Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and even Kolkata but other markets like North, Gujarat and Central where Akshay Kumar films normally do better have not collected too well. A Mysore is collecting just 25% less than East Punjab when the normal gap is 50% or even more.

The collections for PAD MAN till date are as follows
Friday - 10,00,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 13,50,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 16,00,00,000 apprx
Monday - 5,75,00,000 apprx
Tuesday - 6,00,00,000 apprx
Wednesday - 7,00,00,000 apprx
Thursday 3,75,00,000 apprx
Week One - 62,00,00,000 apprx
Friday - 2,00,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 3,00,00,000 apprx
Second Weekend - 5,00,00,000 apprx
GRAND TOTAL - 67,00,00,000 apprx

Varun Dhawan set for a big war with Rannbhoomi; to release on Diwali 2020

BOMBAY TIMES (February 19, 2018)

Even before director Shashank Khaitan could add finishing touches to Dhadak, Sairat’s official Hindi remake, producer-director Karan Johar has chosen him to helm Rannbhoomi with Varun Dhawan. This is the third time that the trio will work together on a project. Previously, they delivered two films in the Dulhania series — Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, which struck a chord with the audience.

This time, Shashank will have to switch genres and focus his energies on creating an action-drama loaded with emotions and opulence in equal measure. A love story at heart, this Diwali 2020 release will have an element of revenge at the core of the narrative. The makers aim to turn this project into a cinematic experience worthy of a mega festive release.

Confirming this development, Karan, sitting miles away in Berlin, says, “Rannbhoomi is Shashank’s colossal and ambitious imagination to attempt a hat-trick with Varun. Shashank and Varun make an epic blend of creative and commercial extravaganza, which is Dharma Productions’ vision for the next few projects.”

Criticism worked like a propeller for me-Sonakshi Sinha

Rachana Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; February 19, 2018)

Once the perpetual desi damsel on the big screen, Shotgun Junior has now transformed. While her choices in terms of films are evidently braver than before, she has also visibly begun to dare fashion cops with her sartorial selections. Sonakshi Sinha, who is not in a tearing hurry to pick everything that comes her way, says, “For me, the benchmark is: does this push me to do something different? If the answer is yes, I am on.” Here are excerpts from her quick chat with BT…

Over the last two years, with films like Force 2, Noor, Ittefaq and now, Welcome To New York, it looks like you are consciously trying to change your perception as an artiste...
Actually, it’s not a conscious thought. I’ve been instinctive from my first film. If I like a script, I do the movie and if I don’t, I politely turn down the offer. Luckily, a lot of roles have been coming my way in recent times, which have pushed me to do something different. There was a time when I worked in films which belonged to a similar space, but now, I am working across genres and that is exciting. For me, the benchmark is: ‘Does this push me to do something different?’ If the answer is yes, I am on.

Is that what drew you to an OTT comedy like Welcome To New York?
I like comedy as a genre. It’s India’s first stage reality film, which has a brilliant concept. Today is the time to run risks, which is what I have done in some of my recent films. I am open to experiments and I am progressively doing just that. When I was told about the idea, I was on board immediately. Shooting the film was a lot of fun, but also very chaotic. We shot it abroad at an award show. It was a one-of-its-kind experience. None of us had ever done something like this. Our own colleagues (Bollywood stars) would keep us on stand-by till they had the time to shoot their cameos. They would give us time at odd hours and we’d be shooting all day and all night.

All along, right from the time of your debut, criticism hasn’t left your side. Recently, you even made a statement about being called a ‘cow’ and being shamed for your dress sense. Critics also came down heavily on you for your choice of films, two years ago. What’s your equation with criticism today?
We share a fantastic relationship; without it, I wouldn’t be where I am. Someone somewhere pushed me to do better; criticism worked like a propeller for me. The impact is more psychological and internal than physical. So, for instance, if someone assumes that I can’t do a certain thing, I make it a point to shut them up with some kickass work in the said space. I am rebellious in that manner and I have been that way since I can remember. I want to prove my detractors wrong and I think that’s the way to take criticism. I don’t mind it; keep it coming and it will push me to do better.

Whose criticism matters the most to you?
What matters to me is what my family and closest friends say. My mother criticises my work, but I know that she has my best interest at the core of her heart. She gives me a reality check. My father is exactly the opposite; he never criticises, which I think is a problem (laughs). I think he should, because it would help me. I also have my friends who have been with me from the time I was in school and college. They’ve seen me through the years, and are very honest about my work. They come to my movies and laugh at some of them and joke about them. That kind of criticism is essential and it’s also very important because they represent that part of the audience that I can’t directly connect with.

On the work front, over the last one year, plenty has been spoken and written about the next film in the Dabangg series...
Yes, and I am back as Rajjo. I am glad that it has been confirmed by Arbaaz Khan and Prabhu Dheva (producer and director, respectively). I am excited to get back to the project after so many years. I have a great equation with Salman, Arbaaz and Prabhu sir. It’s fun working with people who are connected with each other.

Though Dabangg was about Salman’s character, Rajjo had a lot of gravitas. One of the major criticisms against Bollywood has always been that the heroines are treated as flower pots in the narrative. Today, however, a lot has changed in terms of what an actress gets to do in a film. What’s your view on it?
I think that’s a great and positive step, but I disagree with the thought that all actresses were props or decorations in our films. Women always had their part to play. Look at Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor, Sridevi…the personality of these women and their persona on screen was outstanding. They lent so much to the parts they played in their films. If you do something with all your heart, it’s a part done well. Today, the audience is open to seeing women perform heroic acts on screen. Earlier, they wanted to see men doing herogiri, but that is not the case anymore. You know, when I was shooting Akira with A R Murugadoss, he treated me the way he treated Akshay Kumar on the set of Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty. It gives you a sense of confidence and such equal treatment is very gratifying for an artiste. This is how it should be.

Talking about artistes and gratification, what do you think about the pace at which actors are transitioning from one medium of entertainment to another? Actors are easily moving from the big screen to the phone screen, thanks to the web revolution...
Way to go! I did TV and films simultaneously. Web is a big medium today. Internet is booming in terms of the quality of content. I would love to do something on it because everything boils down to the role. The lines are blurred in terms of the medium, at least for the creative workforce. People are glued to their phones and that’s the audience that we’re all looking to cater, no?

Sajid Nadiadwala signs Tiger Shroff and Ahmed Khan for Baaghi 3

BOMBAY TIMES (February 19, 2018)

It’s commonplace for filmmakers to continue their collaboration with an actor after a film in a franchise does well. However, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has gone a step ahead and signed on actor Tiger Shroff and director Ahmed Khan for Baaghi 3, even before the teaser of Baaghi 2 is launched. The shoot for the third installment in the series will commence this December in China, followed by Japan.

This is Tiger’s fourth collaboration with the producer after his debut film Heropanti, Baaghi and Baaghi 2. Confirming the news, Sajid says, “Baaghi 2 has been a fruitful journey and a beautiful experience for all of us. Tiger is a talented and dedicated actor. Ditto Ahmed Khan, who has helmed the film. Together, we have a great story to tell in Baaghi 3. I am happy to announce this film even before the trailer of Baaghi 2 is out.”

Baaghi 2, featuring Tiger and Disha Patani, is up for release on March 30 and its trailer will be out on February 21. The entire team of the film, including Sajid, Ahmed and Tiger, are happy with the way the trailer has shaped up. And now, they are optimistic about a similar response from the audience, too.

The decision to announce the next installment even before the trailer launch only underlines the confidence the makers have in the franchise. With Baaghi 2, Nadiadwala Grandsons has aimed to up the romance-drama-action quotient and make it look slicker than the previous outing.

Welcome To New York makers may drop Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's vocals afrer Babul Supriyo sparks outrage?

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; February 19, 2018)

Singer-turned-union minister Babul Supriyo kicked off a storm over the weekend when he demanded that makers of Welcome To New York drop Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocals from the song, Ishtehar, featuring Diljit Dosanjh and Sonakshi Sinha. He questioned the makers’ need to rope in a Pakistani artiste at a time when India-Pakistan relations are strained. The controversy has sent producers Vashu and Jackky Bhagnani, and director Chakri Toleti into a tizzy. It has been learnt that they are considering dubbing the song again with an Indian artiste.

A source revealed, “The makers are worried that a controversy so close to the film’s release, would jeopardise its chance at the box office. Though Chakri is against the idea, the producers are planning to record the song again.”

It will be a race against time for the team as the film hits theatres on February 23. “The team will record the new version over the next two days,” added the source.

Toleti maintained a diplomatic stance as he said, “We are yet to decide on what to do. There have been films [with Pakistani singers], which have managed to go by without any hassle. There needs to be a balance between social responsibility and creative freedom. But people shouldn’t have to compromise on artistic liberties.”

Homi Adajania to direct Hindi Medium sequel; expected to kick off in August

Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 19, 2018)

Ever since Mirror reported that a sequel to Hindi Medium was in the works, with Irrfan Khan returning as Delhi-based businessman Raj Batra, but without Saket Chaudhary, speculations have been rife about who’d be handed the baton of the director. Now, Mirror has learnt Homi Adajania will take the quirky comedy franchise forward.

Producer Dinesh Vijan confirmed the news, saying, “Homi doesn’t make films very often as he refuses to do stuff that doesn’t bowl him over. But when I narrated this one to him, he loved it. And when I saw his reaction, it was a no-brainer! I guess from our production house’s stable of directors, Homi was the most unlikely choice for Hindi Medium 2 and that’s exactly why I have signed him on.”

Their collaboration dates back to Homi’s directorial debut, Being Cyrus in 2006, an English black comedy around a dysfunctional Parsi couple (Boman Irani and Dimple Kapadia), also featuring Saif Ali Khan. This was followed by the Hindi romcom, Cocktail, with Saif, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty. Dinesh gave the same reason for signing Homi to direct Cocktail, a Saif-Dinesh co-production. The latter went solo with Homi’s 2014 satirical road movie, Finding Fanny, with an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika and Arjun Kapoor.

Quiz Dinesh on why Saket has dropped off the radar and he says, “He is busy with other commitments. But Homi is a fantastic and very hands-on father, so I knew he would completely identify with the father-daughter relationship which is the crux of the film.”

It is doubtful if Pakistani actress Saba Qamar, will return in the sequel. Dinesh will not be drawn into a discussion on this or if Irrfan might have another love interest. All he admits is that the story flashforwards by a decade and now is as much Raj’s story as his daughter Pia who’s finished high school in Hindi medium and figuring what to do next. Talks are on with Saif and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara to play Pia who’s as headstrong and opinionated as her mom, Meeta.

“The original was very well received by the audience and the industry alike. It even won the Best Film at the Filmfare Awards, along with Best Actor for Irrfan. It’s the kind of story with memorable characters that warrants a sequel and I felt that it would be apt to do it sooner while the characters are fresh in the audience’s mind. It’s well crafted, keeping in mind the consistency of these colourful characters,” asserts Dinesh, acknowledging that it is about what has transpired in these 10 years and what is to come. “Part 2 will have a longer role for Deepak Dobriyal as Shyam whose son Mohan is also making some important choices on higher education and career goals.”

Does he plan to take his desi story to videsi shores? “Wait and watch. The original raised pertinent questions about our education system and society. We will continue with that thread of thought and touch on other relevant issues again,” the filmmmaker says.

Buzz is, the title will be English Medium the second time around but Dinesh is sure he wants to go with Hindi Medium 2. “Hindi Medium is a brand now and the idea is to spin a commercially successful franchise with Raj Batra as the fulcrum,” he reasons.

Homi admits he stumbled on this project quite by chance. “I ambled into Dinoo’s (Dinesh Vijan) room and he was sitting down to a narration. I had enjoyed the first one (Hindi Medium) and the way these writers have taken the narrative forward is very clever. So yeah, I pretty much gatecrashed the narration and it was so engaging and hilarious that I told him I’d be happy to direct it if he had no director attached to the project. It’s been a while since I’ve found any material so amusing yet emotional,” he signs off.

Few can say that they made their acting debut with Salman Khan-Shrashti Maheshwari

Having featured alongside Jallad in Khan-hosted Bigg Boss, Shrashti Maheshwari gears up for her Bollywood debut
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; February 19, 2018)

Salman Khan’s Pari from Bigg Boss is Bollywood-bound. Telly actor Shrashti Maheshwari, who’d turn up on the set of the reality show along with the now-famous Jallad (Chintan Gangar), is set to make her debut with Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band. The actor, who featured in season seven (2013) of the controversial reality show, went missing after the season.

Keen on making a mark in Bollywood, Maheshwari departed to make time for auditions instead. Eventually, she bagged Gurpreet Sondh’s directorial venture, which releases next month. The film also stars Mastram (2014) actor Rahul Bagga and Rajpal Yadav. “It is a romcom. We shot for it in Delhi,” she says.

In 2013, she along with Jallad, assited Khan during the episodes he’d host over the weekend. She’d appeared for a segment called Sanduk Ka Vaar, where the star would pull out specific props from a box to chide the housemates. While Jallad became a recurrent face in the seasons that followed, Pari went missing.

But Maheshwari is glad that Khan kept her alive with his references. “It was kind of Salman sir to repeatedly remember me. He would often say, ‘Pari kidhar hai, kidhar hai Pari?’ I am grateful to him that he kept reminding the audience about my character.”

Working with Khan on the show, she says, was a “blast”. “He would crack jokes with the unit. There was never a dull moment with him. We would be in splits whenever he was around.”

Five years after her stint on Bigg Boss, Maheshwari remembers the show with fondness. “Bigg Boss was my first assignment. Although I had a small appearance, sharing the stage with Salman sir was an experience I cherished. Few can say that they made their acting debut with him. I left my hometown, Bareilly, to pursue my dream of acting. Now I hope to reach new heights,” says Maheshwari.

The actor has TV shows like Big Fame Star (2013) , Do Dil Bandhey Ek Dori Se (2013), The Buddy Project and Thapki Pyaar Ki (2015), among others, to her credit. A foray into Bollywood doesn’t imply that she intends on leaving her career in television behind her. “I hope to strike a balance between the two,” she signs off.

Shahid Kapoor & Shraddha Kapoor ditch luxury of five star to opt for homestays?

Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; February 19, 2018)

When on an outdoor shoot, almost every producer digs deep into his pocket as he sponsors his lead actors’ stay at presidential suites of five-star hotels for the duration. But for their upcoming film, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor have ditched the luxury of five stars, instead opting for homestays in Tehri, Uttarakhand, where the film is currently being shot. A unit hand reveals that the cast and crew, including Shahid, Shraddha and director Shree Narayan Singh, are currently staying in 10 houses that had been chosen by the producers ahead of the shoot.

The source says, “The producers toyed with the idea of five-star stay initially, but realised that the closest ones are in Dehradun. The conveyance would have been a hassle since the location is a three-hour-plus drive from Dehradun. That’s when Shahid and the producers decided to opt for homestay. When they suggested the idea to Shraddha, she instantly agreed.”

Besides it being a practical option, Shahid also felt that a homestay would prove to be insightful for his Uttarakhand-based lawyer act in the drama about power theft. “Shahid opined that staying close to the locals would help Shraddha and him pick up their dialect, which would lend an air of authenticity to their characters.”

It may be recalled that Shahid had shot in a similar set-up for Rangoon (2017) — since the crew was filming in a remote location of Arunachal Pradesh, the stars stayed in makeshift cottages during the three-week schedule.