After much adieu Neeraj Pandey’s thrillerAiyaarystarringSidharth Malhotra,Manoj BajpayeeandRakul Preet Singhhas released in in theatres today. Aiyaary is the story of two army officers who have fallout and cease to see eye to eye based on the backdrop of an arms deal scam. Manoj Bajpayee who plays Colonel Abhay Singh has full faith in the system while Sidharth Malhotra plays Major Jai Bakshi thinks the contrary.The film is getting a big thumbs up from celebs in Bollywood.Karan Johartweeted “#Aiyaary is such a solid smart and poignant thriller!! It makes you think and keeps you on your toes right through! So proud of you @S1dharthM for all the varied choices you make and have excelled in every one of them!! Congratulations to the team! Must watch”. But the real critics of the film, the audiences finally get to voice their opinions today. Here’s the audience review of the film.Planning to watch Aiyaary this weekend? Tell us what you think.
February 16, 2018 11:40 IST
Clash of the biggies, unexpected failures, birth of a superstar and so much more! Such was the flavor of year 2000 that may not have necessarily made it a path breaking year in terms of box office, but it still kept every one busy. From welcoming the biggest hit of the year in the first month itself to accommodating flops that no one saw coming, year 2000 was kind of a perfect send off to the millennium.While Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai got itself registered in the Limca Book of World Records for winning most number of awards, Hrithik Roshan became the only actor in the history of Indian cinema to win the Best Debut and Best Actor Filmfare Award. So without wasting much time, let’s quickly take a look at 15 top grossing movies of the year that we saw, ignored, enjoyed and quelled some 18 years back.Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai – BlockbusterBox Office – 45 CroresMohabbatein – BlockbusterBox Office – 42 CroresMission Kashmir – AverageBox Office – 23 CroresDulhan Hum Le Jayenge – HitBox Office - 18.85 CroresJosh – AverageBox Office – 18 CroresRefugee – AverageBox Office – 17.08 CroresBadal – HitBox Office – 15.58 CroresHar Dil Jo Pyaar Karega – Below AverageBox Office – 15.27 CroresMela – FlopBox Office – 15.18 CroresHamara Dil Aapke Pass Hai – HitBox Office - 14.80 CroresFiza – Semi HitBox Office – 14.67 CroresDhadkan – Semi HitBox Office – 14.02 CroresPukar – FlopBox Office – 13.30 CroresHera Pheri – Semi HitBox Office – 12.35 CroresKya Kehna – Super HitBox Office – 12.17 CroresGood old times, no?
February 05, 2018 07:22 IST
It’s folding up! The shoot of what can only be measured as India’s biggest presentation on celluloid in the modern era, Thugs of Hindostan will soon be entering the last leg of its production. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the big ticket Yashraj film has kept everyone on tenterhooks ever since its announcement. And now that the film is heading towards a wrap soon, a lot of other elements are coming into play.While the coming together of Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan is itself a reason big enough for any Bollywood fan to make a theater visit, the box office prospects of this film have started making trade pundits ponder. In our view, the film is certain to create the 400 crore club in the country that no Bollywood movie holds the credit for so far.Yes, the dubbed Hindi version of Baahubali 2 did go berserk and made an insane 511 crores, but it wasn’t an original Bollywood presentation at large. So let’s discuss 5 reasons why Thugs of Hindostan will open the 400 crore club for Bollywood:Bachchan-Aamir CollaborationWith the coming together of the most trusted box office star and the biggest actor this millennium has seen, it’s difficult to predict the hurricane box office will get hit by. The collective fan base of these two stars will alone be enough to guarantee monumental box office prospects. The film also stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh in key roles. So while there’s that, can you possibly think of a bigger star cast than Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan together?Most Expensive Bollywood MovieWith an estimated budget of 210 crores, Thugs of Hindostan may turn out to be the most expensive Bollywood movie of all time. Based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s period novel Confessions of a Thug, the film is laced with extreme visual effects and majestic setting. It’s quite safe to assume the film will be grand in its story telling and hence the expected box office performance.It’s a Diwali ReleaseHaving booked the biggest available release slot of the year in the looks of Diwali, Thugs of Hindostan will certainly cash in on the occasion. Diwali has had a history of producing some of the biggest box office performers and this one will certainly eye to make it big. The Aditya Chopra production is set to release on November 7th.Records Speak For ThemselvesWith Aamir Khan holding the honor of being credited with top two highest grossing movies of all time in the looks of Dangal and PK, it’s pretty safe to assume Thugs will looks to surpass both of them. Dangal in fact had almost opened the 400 crore club last year when it made a lifetime domestic biz of 387 crores while PK as Christmas 2014 release had made 340. Aamir in the last decade has delivered highest grossing movies of five times including Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3, PK and Dangal. With him bettering his record each time, it’s a safe bet to conclude Thugs is opening the 400 crore club for us. The last time he and filmmaker Victor Acharya collaborated, they brought us the record breaking Dhoom 3.Thugs of Hindostan is an Epic Period Action AdventureBollywood has rarely been treated with a movie of this genre and it could not have asked for any other team but this to put things underway. While ably handled period movies like Padmaavat, Baahubali and Bajirao Mastani have done exceptionally well in the recent past, this one adds more value with action, adventure treasuring the prospects. The film is currently being shot in Malta and parts of Thailand.So are you convinced the film is creating the 400 crore club for Bollywood? It might even cross 500 if you ask us.
January 30, 2018 08:13 IST
Ranveer Singh has completed almost 8 years in the industry and in these 8 years, he has proved to be a powerhouse of talent. He has the ability to become his characters, but it has been with Sanjay Leela Bhansali that we have seen the most talented side of the actor. In his latest film Padmaavat, he has played a negative role and has aced it. In fact, he has stolen the show from his co-stars Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor.The film has faced quite some controversy and has not yet released in a few states. Despite that, the film opened to good numbers. but could it be one of the TOP 5 Box-Office openers for Ranveer? Well, check out the list:#5 Dil Dhadakne DoThe Zoya Akhtar film had got mixed reviews but was loved by most. People were excited to see him back again with Anushka Sharma after Band Baaja Baarat. On the very first day, it earned 10,5 crores at the Box-Office.#4 Bajirao MastaniBefore Padmaavat, people had unanimously felt that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Bajirao Mastani was one of the best films of Ranveer Singh. Ranveer essayed the role of Bajirao Peshwa and he was near perfect in his portrayal. The film opened to 12.8 crores at the Box -Office.#3 Ram-LeelaThis SLB gave us Ranveer-Deepika and their magical chemistry. In fact, the duo is said to have started dating post the film. Their chemistry was on fire and the audience was excited about the film right from the start. It garnered 15.73 crores!#2 GundayThe film was a hit and the opening collection is one of the best. In fact, thanks to Ranveer-Arjun's bromance, the audience gave a warm response to the film on the first day and helped it collect 15.86 crores at the Box-Office!#1 PadmaavatYes, Padmaavat is the best opener for Ranveer Singh. He has played the character of Allaunddin Khailji and people loved him in the monstrous avatar, which he aced like a pro. Despite the ban in many states and trouble surrounding the release of Padmaavat, it collected 19 crores at the Box-Office.
January 30, 2018 01:49 IST
When filming began almost a year ago, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus, Padmavati, was expected to be the biggest, most successful release of 2017. But an unforeseen rage against the film from several fringe organisations delayed the film’s release to January 25, 2018, forced Bhansali to change its name to Padmaavat and effectively banned the film in as many as four states.Even Bollywood gurus were less than hopeful that the film would register healthy footfall upon its eventual release amid the fear of violence. However, none of this spelt doom for the film’s success. Padmaavat, made on a budget of Rs 180 crore, has raked in Rs 56 crore in just three days since of release.Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted second day figures on Saturday. “#Padmaavat has a HUMONGOUS Day 2... Had it been a smooth release [some states are not screening the film], the all-India biz would’ve touched Rs 40 cr... Wed 5 cr, Thu 19 cr, Fri 32 cr. Total: Rs 56 cr. India biz… SUPERB!,” he wrote in his tweet.The film’s lead star, Deepika Padukone also reacted to the box office numbers with a ‘boom.’ “It’s never happened before...I cannot even begin to express how happy & proud this makes me feel!!!Thank You for all the love,” she wrote in another tweet.Padmaavat, which stars Deepika as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, tells the story of the latter’s conquest of Chittor upon falling for the queen’s beauty. The film received tremendous flak due to rumours of a dream sequence between the sultan and the queen, ‘misrepresentation of history’ and ‘disrespect towards the Rajput community’.Outfits such as the Karni Sena and the All India Brajmandal Kshatriya Rajput Mahasabha put bounties on the actor and director’s heads and asked for a nationwide ban on the film. Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh state governments had also installed a ban on the film until the Supreme Court called it illegal in a ruling. Even then, theatre associations refused to screen the film in the four states.In the rest of the states across the country, the film opened to lukewarm critical reviews but a positive reception among the viewers.Most theatres in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities saw heavy police security after a school bus was attacked in Gurugram a day before the film’s release.
January 30, 2018 01:38 IST
Padmaavat has finally released and Bollywood must indeed be heaving a sigh of relief. After all, there has been so much ruckus created amongst countless other Bollywood releases due to the uncertainty that had prevailed around the ultimate arrival of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.Let's take a look at how numerous films had to change their plans due to Padmaavat.Fukrey Returns - 8th DecemberThis is actually the only film that benefited from the delay of Padmaavat. It was going through a certain change in plans since Padmaavat was earlier slated for 1st December release. However, once word spread that the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor film would be stepping into 2018, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani decided to make the most of it. Result? The film had a clear run till Tiger Zinda Hai.PadMan - 9th FebruaryThe film was always slated for Republic Day weekend arrival. In fact even after Padmaavat announced its decision to arrive on the same weekend, the film kept its stance intact. However, later when Sanjay Leela Bhansali personally requested Akshay Kumar to allow Padmaavat a clear release, the superstar decided to move the film ahead to 9th February in an act of solidarity. It now has to extend its promotion further.Aiyaary - 9th FebruaryIn the midst of biggies like Padmaavat and PadMan, it was Aiyaary which had to pick and choose its opponent for the clash. It took a safer (and wiser) route by opting out of Republic Day weekend arrival and picked 9th February. However, now it is again finding itself in a clash situation since PadMan has moved ahead to the same date. Result? PadMan v/s Aiyaary clash is now inevitable despite efforts made to avoid it.Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety - 23rd FebruarySonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was earlier slated to release on 9th February since that would have given it an advantage of footfalls from the youth on Valentine's Day [14th February]. However, once it realized that PadMan, as well as Aiyaary, were releasing on 9th February due to confirmed plans of Padmaavat, it pronto decided to move ahead by a couple of weeks. A good decision as the makers didn't let ego in way of commerce.Parmanu - The Story of Pokhran - 2nd MarchThe John Abraham starrer had its eyes set on 23rd February. Even though this translated into a clash with Rani Mukherjee's Hichki, the makers were not worried (and rightly so) since both films belong to a different genre. However, with Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety getting pushed to this date, there was too much of a crowd that had started gathering. The film has now been pushed ahead by a week, which makes sense.Pari - 2nd MarchThe Anushka Sharma starrer was earlier slated for release in February but then with too much of re-jig around the release of other films (a Padmaavat effect of course), it decided to arrive on 2nd March. One waits to see though if this date is eventually met since Parmanu has been confirmed for 2nd March too. Considering the fact that both films are backed by KriArj, it is unlikely that the two films will clash.Drive - Date to be decidedSushant Singh Rajput and Jacqueline Fernandez have come together for Karan Johar and Tarun Mansukhani's Drive. The film was aiming for Holi release of 2nd March. However, with quite a few films from January and February getting pushed, Drive would be requiring a 'drive ahead' as well. It is also being said certain post-production activities need to be completed and hence makers require more time.
January 30, 2018 01:45 IST
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavathas been at the center of all controversies from the very beginning of 2017. In fact, the sets of the film were vandalized and SLB was attacked in Rajasthan during the filming of the movie. When the initial release date of 1st December was decided,Karni Senamade a huge hue and cry about the film. In a desperate attempt to save the film, the makers decided to show the film to a few journalists even before it was sent to theCentral Board Of Film Certification. This resulted in the film getting delayed.The film has finally geared up for release on 25th January and the Supreme Court has also ordered to lift all state bans on the film. While there has been much anticipation about it even now, the makers once again held a special preview of the film for senior journalists in Delhi, this time with all the necessary permissions. The verdict from the journalists are out and here is what they had to say:Vasudha Venugopal from Economic Times said:This is what Namita Joshi from Navbharat Times commented:Hindustan Times' Sonal Kalra said:Anant Vijay from Jagran said:The reviews are highly positive. We just hope that these reviews can infuse some sense to the Karni Sena!In fact, Umair Sandhu from UAE has also watched the film and he has found it to be SLB's most ambitious project till date. He has given the film 4 stars and said:"He(Bhansali) has a splendid sense of narrating an epic tale, which is evident when you think of the gigantic scale of the film. The battle sequences are awe-inspiring and have been executed with magnificence...Ranveer Singh is stupendous and clearly in top form. He holds you attentive right from the first frame till the penultimate moments. The effortlessness with which he gets into the skin of the character is noteworthy. It must be said that this is his finest work to date. Deepika is enchanting as Padmavati and displays the strength as an actor in several pertinent episodes.She gave Career Best Performance ever. Shahid Kapoor Steals the Show all the way. He Nailed it !!! Loved his Romance with Deepika. Aditi Rao Hyderi will surprise you. Supporting Cast is Top Notch.On the whole, Padmaavat is a cinematic gem that you just cannot miss. Tremendous performances, deft direction, power-packed screenwriting and dialogue, melodious soundtrack and of course, the lavish mounting — this film has it all. Strongly recommended!"Will you watch the film? Let us know in the comments below!
January 23, 2018 11:52 IST
With an opening weekend figure of more than 25 million dollars in China, Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar has done the unthinkable yet again. The film has left Dangal far behind going by the first three days of box office performance in China. Three months after the film released in India, the Advait Chandan directorial was taken to the Chinese market for a grand release since we know Mr. Perfectionist is a virtual king at the ticket counters there. What followed was nothing short of anything spectacular.The first three days of its box office run has already made Secret Superstar the third highest grossing Bollywood movie in the overseas market. The film from its earlier release in other overseas market had earned somewhere around 65 crores in its lifetime. However, the Chinese release added gallons of fuel to its ride and added a whopping 174 crores to its tally.With this the Zaira Wasim starrer has become the third highest grossing Bollywood movie in the overseas market just behind Dangal and PK.So here are seven of those Bollywood Blockbusters that this moderate Bollywood release had left behind:PS: Secret Superstar’s Overseas Gross right now is close to 40 Million Dollars. The two movies ahead of it are Dangal (228 Million) & PK (47 Million).Dhoom 3 – 31 Million DollarsBajrangi Bhaijaan – 29 Million DollarsDilwale – 26.7 Million Dollars3 Idiots – 26 Million DollarsSultan – 24.4 Million DollarsMy Name Is Khan – 23 Million DollarsTiger Zinda Hai – 20 Million DollarsWill this little gen end up breaking all overseas records? You never know!
January 22, 2018 09:39 IST
Padmavat has been through a sea of trouble before it is eventually heading for a solo release this Republic Day weekend. Akshay Kumar came to the film’s rescue and postponed his social drama PadMan to February 9 to avoid a clash after Sanjay Leela Bhansali requested him to do so.The solo release of Padmavat post the clearance by the censor board on a long weekend might sound like a huge sigh of relief but the troubles have not yet ended for the film. With a ban on CBFC Chief Prasoon Joshi in Rajasthan to Sanjay Leela Bhansali permanently banned from shooting in the state, the controversy saga continues.With all these troubles in row here’s all the reasons why Padmavat might fail even after being a solo release.A ban by states– The states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana said a big no to allow Padmavat's release but the Supreme Court overturned the decision and has cleared the film for release across India. Sadly that makes the film more prone to vandalism and violence in theatres in these states.Single theatres refusing to release it –The single-screen theatres in Gujrat are terrified and have refused to screen the film owing to all controversies and vandalism scare. With nearly a week to its release, it can easily be the case in other states as well which would give it fewer screens despite being a single screen.Expectations way too high –The whole controversy began after it was speculated that Bhansali has shown scenes between Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmavati that set the Rajput community to see red. He refuted it but still, the content is deemed controversial. On the other hand, the trailer set the bars too high on performances and the story. After all this hype and controversy if the film disappoints it would be a big roar of negative publicity.The budget –The film is made on an extravagant budget of 200 cores that makes it necessary for it to make at least 350 crores to be a super hit. Given the obstacles, it seems highly likely that the film will have to struggle hard to get there.It is a delayed release-The track record of delayed releases in Bollywood isn’t very good to be honest. The films have suffered the brunt of pushing release dates no matter what the reasons. Take Jagga Jasoos last year for example. The film is highly prone to piracy as well especially given the controversial stature.
January 20, 2018 07:15 IST
It’s virtually impossible for a regular Bollywood movie to come as far as the fourth or fifth week at ticket counters and we’re talking about the tenth. The blockbusters with maximum box office impact over the last two decades have had a fairly long theatrical run in order to make good money. Of course the screen count back then was much lower and distributors had no choice but to hold off until the movie was minting money.And today when you look at it, it took Tiger Zinda Hai less than twenty days to make 300 crores. So talking about the movies that not only had the honor of making it until the tenth week but also making good money, we thought of listing out the best performing ones.Here are ten Bollywood hits with highest tenth week box office collections:Rank 10 – Dil To Pagal Hai – 1997Box Office – 1.21 CroresRank 9 – Hum Saath Saath Hain – 1999Box Office – 1.33 CroresRank 8 – Raja Hindustani – 1996Box Office – 1.48 CroresRank 7 – Mohabbatein – 2000Box Office – 1.60 CroresRank 6 – Border – 1997Box Office – 1.62 CroresRank 5 – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – 1998Box Office – 1.65 CroresRank 4 – Hum Aapke Hain Koun – 1994Box Office – 1.77 CroresRank 3 – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge – 1995Box Office – 2.42 CroresRank 2 – Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai – 2000Box Office – 2.79 CroresRank 1 – Gadar: Ek Prem Katha – 2001Box Office – 2.86 Crores
January 18, 2018 06:47 IST