Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju smashes records, joins Bollywood’s Rs 3 billion club

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With Sanju, Bollywood got its seventh member in the Rs 3 billion net (after tax) box office collection club. While the highest Hindi language grosser continues to be the Hindi version of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) at Rs 5.11 billion, the Rs 3 billion club has been growing rapidly over the past few years.

The first film to cross the Rs 3 billion mark was Aamir Khan’s PK in 2014

Since then, Bollywood has seen at least one Rs 3 billion grosser every year

Of the seven films to have crossed the mark, five have come in the past 2.5 years

While Shah Rukh Khan continues to be called The King of Bollywood, he is yet to mark his presence in the club.

The same goes for Bollywood’s Khiladi Akshay Kumar

Aamir and Salman Khan dominate the Rs 3 billion collection list with five of the seven films featuring either as the lead. Aamir has two films on the list – Dangal and PK, while Salman has three – Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai

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Blackmail’ review: Complex, snail-paced yet entertaining black comedy

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Designed as an edgy, noir drama, “Blackmail” uses relentless ingenuity to dig its hero into deeper and deeper holes – until finally, when he seems defeated by the weight of his problems, it’s equally ingenious in digging him out again.

This is one of those plots where one thing leads to another – although it has an entirely different tone because the hero is a completely ordinary man, we begin to care about.

After seven years of their marriage, Dev Kaushal is a bored-to-death husband who spends much of his time in office. One day on the suggestion, from one of his close colleagues – Anand Tripathi, he lands up home to surprise his wife Reena. But instead, he is surprised by her infidelity. She is in bed with her boyfriend, Rajit Arora.

Dev, despite imagining himself flying into a rage against the two of them, prefers to being a timid cuckold. He walks off from his home dejectedly, only to return later.

The next day before leaving for office when his wife asks him to pay some essential bills, he hits upon an idea to blackmail his wife’s lover. This sets the ball rolling to a series of Blackmail Review that catapults this serious drama to an intentional comedy, both situational and slapstick.

Writer Parveez Sheikh is merciless in creating one difficulty after another for his characters who are eventually shown as mercenaries. Every character is well-written and each one of them have a set of problems and there are long, sustained sequences in which every actor does his or her best.

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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ review: This bromance vs romance is worth watching

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Film: “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety Review“; Director: Luv Ranjan; Cast: Kartik Aryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh; Rating: **** ½

There is something to be said in favour of the spoken word in the movies, or the dialogue as its known. When sharply written, these words can embrace the characters in layers of unvarnished molten gold.

Sure enough the repartees in “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” (SKTKS) just roll off the characters’ tongues making them sound sassy and sombre even when they are being mean and vicious just because it suits the script’s purposes.

And God knows, this film needs no excuse to let the words flow. So full marks to co-writer Rahul Mody and Luv Ranjan for investing the vivacious proceedings with a verbal gusto that I found to be more sparkling in wit and insinuations than the dialogues in any recent film.

SKTKS is the story of the eponymous Titu (Sunny Singh, suitably equanimous) who is a bit of a rich spoilt dullard mithaiwala’s son who falls in love with every human being in a skirt, the shorter the better. It takes Titu’s BFF Sonu(Kartik Aryan) to rescue Titu from his disastrous relationship crises time after time.

At one point in the slyly silken storytelling Kartik’s Sonu tells the manipulative gold digger a story of what he did to a boy in the classroom as a child when that boy troubled Titu.

Clearly this a bromance of extraordinary intensity and Kartik and Sunny Singh specially the former, plays the brothers-born-from-different-mothers with a ferocious fidelity never allowing gay insinuations colour their camaraderie.

Luv Ranjan is very clear in his reading of ‘bromantic’ relationships.

The woman is often a gold-digging manipulative scheming lady.

Nushrat Bharucha plays the part with relish. It’s her ongoing game of oneupmanship with Kartik Aryan’s Sonu that gives a thundering heft to the plot, lifting even the sagging episodes (like the pre-marriage bachelor party in Amsterdam which stretches into a blingy binge) to a zestful place filled with sexy sounds and seductive images of from privileged homes where no one has to bother about anything except the next holiday abroad.

Luv Ranjan is terrific at shooting family dynamics during festive times. The wedding-time negotiations, backbiting and meal/alcohol consumption occupy a major part of narrative. There is a kind of compelling clarity to the way Ranjan pins down the inner workings of relationships in joint families about to come together through a marital alliance.

Of course it helps that character actors from Alok Nath (abandoning his bovine image to play a wickedly irreverent grandfather) to Pritam Jaiswal (as an annoyingly efficient house help who is manipulated out of the household) add character to every scene they occupy.

Indeed this is not so much a triangle as a wreck-tangle with every supporting actor egging on the central conflict among a two men who just can’t stop loving one another and a woman, who will tear them apart at any cost.

Nushrat Bharucha’s deftly enacted Sweety admits at one point she is not the heroine but the villain. So does she get her hero or does she get her comeuppance? The answer my friend, is blowing in the wink.

Tongue lodged firmly in cheek, Luv Ranjan’s bromance-versus-romance tale has enough bite to make it one of the most invigorating rom-coms in recent times.

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Ajay Devgn’s biopic series on Baba Ramdev will air on Discovery Jeet soon

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Actor Ajay Devgn is all set to mark his foray into TV as he ventures int producing a series on yoga guru Baba Ramdev biopic in soon to be launched GEC channel Discovery Jeet.

 

The series, Swami Ramdev: Ek Sangharsh, will be tracing Ramdev’s journey from a life of anonymity to a renowned yoga guru and entrepreneur.

 

On Sunday, the Singham star took to Twitter and revealed National Film Award-winning actor Naman Jain as the face of young Ramdev, Ramkishan, on the upcoming show.

 

“Naman, immensely talented, playing young Swami Ramdev in our upcoming show Swami Ramdev: Ek Sangharsh on Discovery Jeet,” he tweeted.

 

There are huge expectations from this biopic series and we wanted to ensure that somebody who fits the bill perfectly gets to play the role of Ramkishan as the audience will, for the first time, get to know about the early days of Swami Ramdev. Naman Jain is hugely talented for his age and has delivered a captivating performance,” Devgn said in a statement, Indian Express reported.

 

The Chillar Party actor said, “It is an honor to play Swami Ramdev’s childhood in his biopic. The task was not easy as Swami Ramdev faced multiple challenges as a child and it was important for me to understand the social tensions that prevailed in a small village. It was also a challenge for me to adapt his style and portray the character.”

 

The show is produced by Ajay Devgn Film Productions and WaterGate Production.

 

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At 75, Amitabh Bachchan remains the most-wanted endorser in Bollywood

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Everyone is looking for the original Don of Bollywood — and with good reason. In the fickle business of stardom, Amitabh Bachchan — who turns 75 this Wednesday — has managed to remain relevant, anchoring Kaun Banega Crorepati, starring in films, and endorsing products.

 

Currently, he is one of the busiest actors in the country. After he is done shooting for KBC for Sony TV, he will be on the sets of 102 Not Out — a feature film in which he plays Rishi Kapoor’s father. It is expected to hit the screens next year. According to the latest Forbes’ list of richest actors in the country, he is ranked nine, with earnings of $9 million. This puts him ahead of Ranbir Kapoor (earning $8.5 million). He is the only one on the list above 60 years of age.

 

While his last film Sarkar 3 (2017) bombed, producers believe he can still hit the jackpot if the content of a film is good, such as Piku (2015) or Pink (2016). That’s the reason he still commands an attractive fee of Rs 7-10 crore per film, according to analysts.

Age is no impediment to his work as an endorser, either. Bachchan is the first choice for many corporate brands and also for governments looking to push social messages. Currently, he endorses 10 brands — ranging from inner wear (Lux Cozi), mobile phones (One Plus), jewellery (Kalyan Jewellers), air conditioners (LLoyd), to e-commerce sites (Just Dial), to name a few.

 

Bachchan is also the brand ambassador for the goods and services tax.

 

Companies are happy to fork out Rs 2 crore a day (most companies generally hire him for three to five days), because they know his magic will work. So what makes him tick at 75, when most stars are content with a Lifetime Achievement Award? (He has already got the coveted Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.)

 

Bhusan Kumar, chairman of Super Cassettes that owns the T-Series brand and is producing 102 Not Out, said “Piku and Pink have shown that with good content, Amitji’s movies do very well. What makes him different is his energy level — the discipline, his contribution in promotions, and his professionalism” Kumar is already talking to Bachchan to produce another movie. Film analyst Komal Nahta also pointed out that while some of his movies have flopped, no one has blamed Big B. “He is talented and disciplined as well as professional — that is a potent combination in Bollywood,” he said.

 

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Chef’: Saif’s careers best in heartwarming culinary drama (Movie Review, Rating ****1/2)

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Film: ‘Chef‘; Director: Raja Krishna Menon; Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Padmapriya Janakiraman, Svar Kamble; Rating: ****1/2

 

There is a lot of teasing between the father and son ,played with endearing casualness by Saif Ali Khan and Svar Kamble. Aptly , “Chef” teases our appetite for cinema.

 

It’s a culinary delight-warm tender, inviting and appetizing– served up in a dainty dish with a dash of debonair but played-down posturing, like a masterchef who is shy to show off his skills but can’t help it. He’s so adept at what he does.

 

Chef Movie Review” conveys the kind of sagacious skill born not out of arrogance but wisdom sometimes misplaced.Like the protagonist Roshan Kalra’s traditionalist father who believes the kitchen is for women.

 

Speaking of which — arrogance more than wisdom — Saif Ali Khan’s Roshan Kalra(from Chandni Chowk Delhi married to and divorced from the lovely Malayali danseuse Radha Menon) is portrayed as an epitome of prideful arrogance waiting to fall.

 

The fall comes sooner than we expect. Director Menon wastes no time in taking on his protagonist’s burnished ego and cutting it down to size, piece by piece.

 

Come to think of it, Roshan’s downsizing needs no push. Saif Ali Khan’s inbuilt nawabi pride and an urbane humour that often hurts others in ways that are more permanent than permissible,seize the character to make it so imminently relatable ,I felt someone had stolen parts of my life.Saif’s Roshan says things to earn points as a clever conversationalist.

 

Much like the prestigious Michelin star rating for food which determines quality to the point of rendering the pleasure of food into an exercize in technical grading.

 

And here’s where director Menon and his co-writers Ritesh Shah and Suresh Nair score resoundingly over the original Jon Favreau film. Food, as a cultural binder, is a far more vital metaphor in India than in America. Instinctively, Menon understands the deep and indelible connection between food and family in our culture.

 

Much in the same way that music binds human relationships, food is great unifier .

 

The narrative teases the cooking and food into the human relationships without making culinary conceits a fetish in the plot. Food is vital but not in-your-face in Menon’s Chef. This director understands the difference between appetites and feelings. He tightens the screw on his protagonist’s arrogance whenever Roshan Kalra’s failings become the food for his feelings.

 

 

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Shocking and must read! Hrithik Roshan makes his first ever statement on Kangana issue

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Hrithik Roshan has finally broken his silence!

 

The actor on Thursday issued a statement after almost two years of silence, addressing the fiasco for the first time even as Kangana has been accusing him of misleading her.

 

In his statement, Hrithik has accused the actress of stalking him via her social media pages.

 

His statement read: “I choose to be on a path of creativity, productivity and constructive work. Anything that isn’t in alignment with that, I tend to ignore, sidestep and treat as a distraction.

 

I believe that ignorance, non reaction and staying on the path of dignity is the best way to discourage any persistent unwanted intrusions. But Just like a nagging health issue sometimes ignored can turn malignant, this situation for me has unfortunately turned malignant.

 

In case of the matter at hand , it seems the media has no intention of letting go.

I don’t see any grace in adding to this circus by testifying in defence of my character in a situation that I have no involvement in whatsoever.

 

I have been dragged into a dirty perverse mess without a choice in the matter. This is something that is not of my making.

 

The truth is, I have never met the lady in question one on one in my entire life. Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. Thats the truth Please understand, I am not fighting against an allegation of an affair. Or being childish trying to uphold a ‘good guy” image. I am very aware of my faults, I am human.

 

I am in fact protecting myself from something far more serious, sensitive and destructive than that.

 

Sadly, very few from the media or the public seem to be interested in the truth. This has been a hard-learnt fact for me.

If the people are comfortable with a lie because it doesn’t threaten their model of the world where a girl is the victim and the man the aggressor then so be it. I am ok with that too.

 

Women have suffered centuries of abuse at the hands of men and it infuriates me how some men can be so brutal and they deserve the harshest punishment. But by that logic if it ordains that one man can’t be vulnerable and one woman can’t be a liar, so be it. I’m ok with that too.

 

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