Thugs Of Hindostan collects 135.50 cr in 9 days

Thugs of Hindostan Box Office Collection Day 7: आमिर खान की 'ठग्स ऑफ हिन्दोस्तां' पहले हफ्ते में पस्त, 'बधाई हो' की बल्ले-बल्ले...
Box Office India Trade Network

THUGS OF HINDOSTAN had another major fall on its second Friday as the film fell over 50% from Thursday. The collections of the film are 1.25 crore nett apprx on its second Friday which takes the business to around 135.50 crore nett. The film will not reach the 150 crore nett mark.

There is normally big growth on the second Saturday in the range of of 50-100% with the lower end for also rans and the higher end for successful films but very few films have a trend like this film. So its very difficult to say where this film will go on Saturday.

The film has been rejected so it could be that growth comes in towards the 50% mark or it could even be lower. The second week business of the film will find it hard to reach 10 crore nett.

The business of THUGS OF HINDOSTAN till date is as follows.
Thursday - 50,00,00,000 apprx
Friday - 28,00,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 22,75,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 16,75,00,000 apprx
Monday - 5,25,00,000 apprx
Tuesday - 4,25,00,000 apprx
Wednesday - 3,50,00,000 apprx
Thursday - 2,75,00,000 apprx
First Week - 1,34,25,00,000 apprx
Friday - 1,25,00,000 apprx

TOTAL - 1,35,50,00,000 apprx

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald collects 2.75 cr on Day 1; Mohalla Assi collects 30 lakhs; Pihu collects 45 lakhs

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Box Office India Trade Network

There were two main Hindi releases this week with MOHALLA ASSI and PIHU and both could not do much on the opening day as both films had nothing to interest the initial audience. PIHU is a film with a child as the main protagonist while Mohalla Assi is a long delayed film with nothing in it in the form of entertainment (from the trailer point of view). The collections of the two films were as follows.

Mohalla Assi: 25-30 lakhs - The film did better in UP as the base was Benaras and it collected around 11-12 lakhs in the Delhi/UP circuit but Mumbai circuit has half of Delhi/UP.

Pihu: 40-45 lakhs - This film should grow better than MOHALLA ASSI and if it can get 1 crore nett on Saturday it may have a chance for some sort of run. It has collected better than similar films like STANLEY KA DABBA (25 lakhs nett) and TRAPPED (25 lakhs nett) but both these films were duds.

The best release of the week was FANSTASIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD which is a big budget Hollywood film but it hold little value in India and also does not have the sort of content that is needed for India. The film managed to get 2.75 crore nett on the first day which is the lower side

The first film is in this series, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, was released in 2016 and did not do well so that is an obstacle already for the second film in the franchise as far as India is concerned. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM released in 2016 did business of around 15.50 crore nett in its lifetime run.

The opening day of that film was in the 1.75 crore nett range so even if we look at in that point of view its not really gone up by much with just an extra 1 crore nett coming and Hollywood is a a different level than it was in 2016.

The Saturday growth will tell if FANSTASIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD has any chances of sustaining after weekend but a film of this sort probably needed better opening day collections.

Badhaai Ho collects 119.54 cr in 30 days; AndhaDhun collects 70.36 cr in 43 days

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Box Office India Trade Network

BADHAAI HO was extraordinary on its fifth Friday as it collected around the 1 crore nett mark. The film is the biggest beneficiary of the failure of THUGS OF HINDOSTAN as these sort of collections would not have come up if that film was up to the mark. BADHAAI HO is heading for an phenomenal week five which will challenge some of the biggest films of all time.

The collections of BADHAAI HO till date are as follows.
Week One - 65,33,00,000 (8 Days)
Week Two - 27,56,00,000 
Week Three - 15,22,00,000
Week Four - 10,43,00,000 
Friday - 1,00,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 1,19,54,00,000 apprx

ANDHADHUN is also still running in week five and has now collected 70 crore nett plus. The collections of ANDHADHUN till date are as follows.
Week One - 27,37,00,000
Week Two - 22,21,00,000
Week Three - 10,43,00,000
Week Four - 4,53,00,000
Week Five - 3,82,00,000
Week Six - 2,00,00,000 Apprx
Friday - 15,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 70,36,00,000 apprx

I’m so outspoken, because I don’t have a surname to protect-Taapsee Pannu


Itishree Misra (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2018)

Actress Taapsee Pannu, known for speaking her heart out, was at her best at an event organised by a women entrepreneurs’ organisation in Lucknow, recently. Among other things, the actress speaks to us about being a walking-talking #nofilter and playing girl-next-door characters in films. Read on:

‘I AM HAPPY WITH THE WAY MULK WAS RECEIVED’
Ecstatic about the appreciation that her film Mulk received, she says, “I am very happy with the response. I’m still answering messages of people congratulating me. Jo log theatre mein nahi dekh paye thay and they watched it later, unke abhi messages aa rahe hain ki we regret not seeing it earlier. It’s like the film has released again. National Award se badh ke hamein recognition mil gaya hai.” But initially some people were apprehensive about her decision to portray another controversial character. “People would ask me what is the need to do this film? They would say, ‘Kyun karna hai, apne aap ko prove toh kar liya hai as an actress by doing a film of the same genre (Pink), kya zaroorat thi isko accept karne ki’? Baki chhodiye, my own team was unsure about me doing this film. I didn’t understand how to convince people that this is the film and the audience bahut zabardast tareeke se iss film ko receive karegi. It was my gut feeling because main bhi ek audience hoon. When I was so excited after reading the script of Mulk, why would my audience not be? I couldn’t even talk about the film because people had such doubts about the film and me doing it.”

‘I AM AN OUTSIDER AND PROUD OF IT’
Not afraid to speak her mind out in a relatively conservative industry where diplomacy is the key to success, Taapsee says she’s thankful she doesn’t need to switch on her filter before speaking. We wonder if her being an outsider has anything to do with this. “You’re only as much of an outsider as much as you think you are. I am an outsider and honestly, I am very proud of it. That’s why I don’t have this baggage of behaving a certain way kyunki kisi ko nahi pata hai ki mere papa ka naam kya hai and mujhe unka naam nahi bachana hai. Mujhe apne khud ka naam bachana hai and mein wahi kar rahi hoon. That’s why I’m so outspoken, because I don’t have a surname or a father or a mother’s name to protect saying unke image pe problem aa jayegi if I say this or that. Log kya kahenge, that I don’t have to worry about because of the tag of an outsider. That’s why perhaps I am able to talk, but a lot of people in the industry don’t talk because they’re always concerned about the repercussions on their families. I never think before answering. I don’t need to switch on my filter before talking. I’m walking-talking #nofilter,” she declares succinctly.

‘I AM HAPPY TO HAVE AN IMAGE IN BOLLYWOOD’
Already reckoned as an actress who does meaningful cinema, Taapsee says she likes to choose characters that resonate with her. “In all my films I have a character jiske bina picture aage nahi badhegi. She will have a say and she will have her own mind. And thank God that I have that image. People spend their entire life in creating an image and no one remembers them. I, from where I have come, have created an image of being an actress who portrays strong characters and that in itself is big enough. I do films that I feel I will spend my hard earned money on or spend three precious hours of my life watching. I choose characters which I feel should resonate with me. I should feel connected to the character and only then will I be able to do justice to it. I lead a very normal life and I come from a very normal background, so I like to portray such characters. I have done most of my films in which I am dressed very unlike a heroine, wearing very ordinary clothes. Kapde thodi na decide karte hain ki aapki kitni unchi hone wali hai. I don’t think it’s right for me, as an actor, to put myself on a pedestal and think of myself as superior to anyone when I’m portraying a girl next door on screen. I have to come to that level of an ordinary girl to play that character convincingly,” she says.

‘DON’T DILUTE THE #METOO MOVEMENT’
When asked about the #MeToo movement, Taapsee says that she supports the movement, but with conditions attached. “I will not glorify things by naming them specifically, because they don’t deserve to be. Wherever there is power, it is misused, not just in the film industry, but in all industries. As the late Stan Lee said, ‘With great power comes bigger responsibility’. So I think it’s something we all should stand by. It’s like something that starts for good and you over-exploit it and then it actually becomes bad for people who actually need that movement for good. So, you’re actually shutting the opportunities of justice for the women who really need it by using it in a wrong way. Obviously, every coin has two sides and let’s not have the negative side overpower the positive one.

Enough has been said about the movement, a lot has been discussed, and if you ask me honestly, I say we don’t have women at the same level as men in multiple aspects. Because of that, the power ratio is so divided, and that is why these problems exist. It can only be solved when we have equal number of women and men at all levels,” she opined. 

Shraddha Kapoor starrer Saina Nehwal biopic to be made on a ‘practical’ budget

Shraddha Kapoor (left) and The actress as Saina Nehwal in the biopic
Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; November 18, 2018)

A few months ago, the entire schedule of the Saina Nehwal biopic had to be pushed after Shraddha Kapoor, who plays the shuttler, suffered from dengue. The actress, who has recovered now, is gearing up to resume work on the film around January 2019 after wrapping up work on Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore.

But we hear that T-Series, which is backing the biopic, has called for a budget re-evaluation. Says a source, “When the film was pitched, it was to be made on a different financial estimate. But Bhushan Kumar soon realised that this movie needed to be mounted on a tighter scale to make it commercially viable. Indoor sets have been built where most of the scenes will be shot.”

Confirming the development, Bhushan explains, “The budget is the most important aspect of a production. We have been in the business for quite sometime now and have a fair understanding of a movie’s market value. The idea is to make a film within a certain amount, so that it doesn’t end up in losses. Now, Saina will be made on a practical budget and it will be a win-win for us.”

There were some rumours about the Stree actress not being prepared enough to essay the badminton player, but the producer rubbishes them. “We couldn’t see anyone but Shraddha for the role. She perfectly suits the character,” he informs us.

Saif Ali Khan trains on the sets of Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior?

Saif Ali Khan
Harshada Rege (DNA; November 18, 2018)

Saif Ali Khan is currently shooting for Ajay Devgn’s magnum opus Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior. The Baazaar actor plays Udaybhan, the Rajput officer, who was appointed by Aurangzeb’s general to protect the Kondana Fort, which Shivaji’s general Taanaji attacked in a bid to recapture it. Despite filming for long hours, he manages to stick to his workout routine.

Says a source, “Before the shoot began, Saif dedicated four hours every day to horse riding. He also learnt sword fighting. There are a lot of action scenes in Taanaji and he had prepped a lot for the same. The role requires him to maintain a certain level of energy and flexibility. So, he has been working out on the sets of Tanaaji either before they roll or post pack-up.”

The Nawab of Pataudi exercises on his own without a trainer. His team arranges for weights at the location that he is shooting at. The source adds, “Saif has been following a diet too to maintain a lean look for Taanaji and Sacred Games’ next season.”

I am perpetually listening to Punjabi songs. Even my lullabies are Bhangra songs-Vicky Kaushal


Actor Vicky Kaushal on his journey as an actor, importance of me-time, and Punjabi beats
Deebashree Mohanty (TIMES LIFE; November 18, 2018)

From engineering to acting, you’ve said your journey has been an organic one. Could you elaborate?
I am not a man with a plan. Everything in my life just fell in place. During an industrial visit (I was a student of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Versova), I realised something significant; I was not meant to be that man sitting behind computer screens for hours. But I had to complete my engineering course because that is what my parents wanted. “Graduate ban jaa, phir dekh lengey”, my father would say. My family had thought I’d lead a normal life with a white collar job and move to the US. Alas, I was meant for other things.

Would you say you were always a star in the making?
Far from it. I don’t remember visiting film sets with my father (action director Sham Kaushal). I must have been about 10 when he took me to the sets of Fiza, where Hrithik Roshan was shooting. That was my first fanboy moment. I was super excited to just watch Hrithik perform.

At home, my father would discuss scripts with directors over aloo ke parathe, and I would eavesdrop on their conversation. But I never thought much of it at that time.

When I told everyone at home I wanted to try my luck at the movies, they told me the decision should be a well-thought-out one – that I shouldn’t be attracted to cinema for the glamour.

How are you dealing with your newfound stardom?
I am over the top! Every actor wants to be in the limelight. For an actor, all the love and affection comes in the form of attention though it’s not permanent. I have to keep reminding myself that. I am trying to be humble but it’s a challenge at times.

How do you begin your day? Are you a fitness enthusiast?
In the past year, I have only been hitting the gym and following a fixed diet for my roles. After these films get over, I take a break from strict regimes. Right now, I am just eating healthy, home-cooked food – no gym, no diet.

I’m a nocturnal person, a habit that I would like to change. My day gets over pretty late and when I am through with dinner I cannot hit the sack immediately. I cherish my ‘me-time’. I watch a film or talk to my friends who are not from the industry. My mornings usually start around 10 am. If there is no work scheduled for that day, I am very happy just being at home.

What’s on your playlist right now?
I am perpetually listening to Punjabi songs. Even my lullabies are Bhangra songs. However, when I am driving alone, I listen to old Hindi film songs.

What do you generally do during festivals?
I make it a point to attend regular industry parties because you meet a lot of different people under the same roof, which is fun. But on the day of the festival, I’m with my family.

Where was the last place you travelled to?
For my last film Uri, I spent three months in Serbia. When I came home, my house became my reboot place. I didn’t want to leave home at all.

Have you made any time to date, fall in love…?
I think love finds you and you find love. One doesn’t have to search for it. Love becomes your life. Love is not work that you have to schedule. It’s either there or not there.

Would your heart and mind be both involved when you decide to get married?
Both play an important role. I have turned 30, and would ideally like to marry in the next two years. I definitely don’t want to marry when I am 40 or 50. I believe har cheez ka ek time hota hai... It is better that way. But I am not going to marry just because I have to. I will wait for love to find me and I am hoping that happens soon.

What is it that you are looking for in a partner?
I am quite old school. Trust and understanding are very important factors. For me, the beauty of any relationship is when I can sit with my partner in complete silence for hours and never feel awkward about it. When that happens, I’ll know she is the one.

Are you an adventurous traveller or do you prefer a lazy holiday?
I am more of a relaxed traveller. I don’t understand how people want to go someplace and party. I am more of a let’s-go-there-and-check-the-culture kinda guy.

Last destination you fell in love with…
I had gone to an island called Burano – a 40-minute boat ride away from Venice. It’s a vehicle free island. There are no cars, no honking and every house on that island has a different colour. I spent an evening with a friend there just watching the sunset with our feet in the water and a bottle of wine by our side. Bliss!

Are you fashion conscious?
I am actually a fashion handicapped person. All the pictures that you see where I look amazing is because of my stylist Amandeep Kaur. Otherwise, my cupboard is filled with basic white, black and blue T-shirts.

Who would you take fashion advice from?
I like Ranveer Singh’s style because he owns whatever he wears. But I would like to take advice from Ayushmann Khurrrana. He is not very experimental like me but he knows how to present himself.

A positive role model?
I like the way Ranbir Kapoor keeps challenging himself and doesn’t give up. His positive energy is infectious.

Do you cook?
Only maggi and tea.

We have a duty to elevate each film that we do, both emotionally as well as at the box office - Vishal-Shekhar

Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani
Dhaval Roy (DNA; November 18, 2018)

Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani (better known as Vishal-Shekhar) have had just one release in 2017 (Tiger Zinda Hai, TZH) as well as in 2018 (Telugu film Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India), but 2019 looks big for the duo. Apart from Salman Khan’s Bharat, they have Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year 2 (SOTY2) and YRF’s as-yet-untitled film starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. Right now, they can be seen as judges of music reality shows Indian Idol and Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, respectively. They spoke to After Hrs about their upcoming movies, their partnership, creative differences and solo works.

THREE BIGGIES NEXT YEAR
Even though TZH was their only movie album last year, Dil Diyan Gallan and Swag Se Swagat were both chartbusters, with the latter being the first Hindi track to cross 600 million views on YouTube. Quiz the composers why they have been missing in action of late and Vishal replies, “SOTY 2 was supposed to come out sooner, so we spent a lot of time working on it. On a few occasions, release schedules go for a bit of a toss. We normally do two films a year, but next year will be three.”

Shekhar reminds us that they composed for Fan, Befikre, Sultan, and TZH back to back. “So, it might look like just a couple of films a year but suddenly for us it was a lot of work,” he says. Having fewer films does not bother them. In fact, the former states that it works well for the two. “We like to focus on what we’re doing, and give it the time and love it deserves,” he avers.

Describing the three projects, he says, “SOTY 2 is young and hip while keeping its soul intact.  The Hrithik-Tiger film is a dance-action flick, so there are just a few songs, but they are quite cool. Bharat is rooted and large in terms of the number of songs as well as the scale of the sound. So, what we are trying to do is like leading three different lives simultaneously.”

GOING STRONG SINCE TWO DECADES
Remind the duo that it’s been almost two decades since they debuted in Bollywood, with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999) and he exclaims, “Is it? Damn! Time flies!” Shekhar beams with pride and says, “We have done about 450 songs and been together on stage, television as well as in the studio having a blast. It feels like we’ve just got started.” The Chennai Express composers say that they have stayed on top of the game by never treating their work as a contest. “We have a duty to elevate each film that we do, both emotionally as well as at the box office, and that’s what we focus on,” Vishal emphasises.

CONFLICTS GALORE
Though they dish out crackerjack tunes together, differences between them are inevitable. Shekhar explains, “I have my views and he has his, but that’s how music is created. It’s all about jamming. Sometimes, I sing the first line and he nails the next one and vice versa.” At other times, one dislikes what the other has created and he adds, “We have creative differences in almost every single song, but that makes the number bigger and better.” These days, however, their greatest fights are about nuts and coffee! “I keep stealing almonds and walnuts that Shekhar stows away to snack on in a hunger emergency,” Vishal states. “And I slink his coffee,” the latter laughs. Their last explosive fight was back in 2009-10, when Vishal was going through a bad personal phase and it percolated into work. “Thankfully, Shekhar kept a cool head and was patient with me. That was the last big one,” he recalls.

SOLO WORKS
Vishal frontlines one of the biggest Indian bands Pentagram while Shekhar has a solo career, too. However, in the indie space, they haven’t collaborated yet. “That’s going to happen soon,” reveals the soft-spoken singer-composer, adding, “There will be an announcement of something big.” The musicians have co-judged Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2007 and Indian Idol Junior in 2013 among others, but now they stick to separate shows. “There is no one else I’d rather judge a show with. But, production houses or channels always try to get us as a ‘package deal’,” Vishal reasons candidly. Shekhar adds, “He is my best and the most ideal co-judge. If someone pays us a fat cheque, we will do a show together.”


Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani (left); and Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in a still from the song Swag Se Karenge

Kunal Kemmu to make his TV debut as stand-up comedy show host in Kanpur Wale Khuranas


Neha Maheshwri (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2018)

Bollywood actor Kunal Kemmu is all set to make his debut on the small screen. He will be hosting a stand-up comedy show, tentatively titled Kanpur Wale Khuranas, which features Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Upasna Singh.

A source informs, “The show will see a list of celebrities and achievers of 2018 as guests. They will be entertained by Kunal with his crazy jija, played by Sunil Grover, and saalis.”

Kunal confirms the news and says, “I am both nervous and excited, as it’s a new space that I am exploring. I have known the makers, Neeti and Preeti Simoes, since a long time. They would always joke that we should do something together, as they felt that I am fun and natural. I took this up because it’s not a long-term commitment. Besides, it will also help me test waters and give me an opportunity to understand the medium. I would also get to know how comedy shows work on TV, because I have always been on the other side of the fence.” 

Alyque Padamsee was full of life and full of innovative ideas-Bharat Dabholkar


Bharat Dabholkar pays a tribute to advertising guru and theatre doyen Alyque Padamsee, who passed away in Mumbai yesterday
Bharat Dabholkar (BOMBAY TIMES; November 18, 2018)

God — that’s what Alyque Padamsee was known as when he was heading Lintas. And I believe that he did deserve that title.

I never worked with him, but he was an icon for all of us youngsters then, who joined advertising. Though television hadn’t arrived in a big way, he was one of the few prominent faces in advertising who was seen in newspapers talking with conviction on topics concerning advertising and life in general. Later, on TV channels, one would frequently see him… this larger-than-life personality, talking in his famous nasal drawl.

And then one realised that he was the best known name in theatre, too. In fact, he dominated English theatre in India and some of the biggest productions were directed by him. Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Butterflies Are Free and Tarantula Tanzi are just some of them. I, of course, took a lot of liberties with him. On a TV debate, I once said that his theatre was only a xerox machine that reproduced foreign plays in India. He took that well, but gave me a short on-screen lecture. When he did Evita, I did a take-off on that in Bottoms Up and called it Savita. When he did Tarantula Tanzi in a boxing ring, I did Ayatollah Panzi in a wrestling ring. He came to watch all of this. I remember him sitting in the audience and making meticulous notes on a writing pad. He would give them to me at the end of my shows. His double life in advertising and theatre was truly fascinating and it inspired me to attempt a similar life. I never worked with him in advertising or in theatre (I didn’t have the right accent, not to mention the acting ability that he demanded). Recently I took him to Guwahati for a marketing seminar and that’s the first time I saw him addressing a large gathering of marketing professionals and youngsters and I was mesmerised. His energy and communication skills were truly fascinating. At the dinner after the seminar, he told me that he was writing another book, which was more personal. And in conversation, I mentioned that I was a lawyer and I had studied Mohammedan law, which had a provision for Mutah marriage (a legal marriage for a pre-stipulated period). He laughed and said, ‘Damn it, you idiot, why didn’t you tell me this years ago?’ He was like that. Full of life and full of innovative ideas. He will be missed.