Toilet - Ek Prem Katha collects 131.88 cr in 38 days

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Box Office India Trade Network

TOILET - EK PREM KATHA is continuing to run in its sixth and now the total stands at 131.88 crore nett. It will maybe get a few screens in the seventh week as well and end its run at 132 crore nett apprx. The film looked like it could have done more after the first week but this 132 crore nett will more than do as its the only HIT of the third quarter so far with a few releases remaining.

The quarter has been one of the most depressing for a long time as sometimes a quarter is bad because of lack of major releases but this quarter has been loaded with them but only TOILET - EK PREM KATHA has stood tall. The weekly business of TOILET - EK PREM KATHA till date is as follows.
Week One - 94,21,00,000
Week Two - 27,98,00,000
Week Three - 6,95,00,000
Week Four - 2,08,00,000
Week Five - 56,00,000
Week Six - 10,00,000 apprx (3 Days)
TOTAL - 1,31,88,00,000 apprx

Simran collects 10.63 cr in 4 days; Lucknow Central collects 8.39 cr

Simran VS Lucknow Central at the box-office
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SIMRAN and LUCKNOW CENTRAL are more additions to the FLOP list of 2017 which now stands at almost 150 flops. Not much could have been expected for these films but with such low weekends you expect some sort of hold at low levels on a Monday but that has not happened especially for SIMRAN which has gone down over 50% on Monday. The first four day business of SIMRAN is as follows
Friday - 2,43,00,000
Saturday - 3,40,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 3,65,00,000 apprx
Monday - 1,15,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 10,63,00,000 apprx

LUCKNOW CENTRAL has dropped less than SIMRAN at around 45% but it is still not going anywhere. It has also closed the gap to just 15 lakhs against the competition. But its still likely to be the loser in this minor clash even though it could start leading in the second week. The first four day collections of LUCKNOW CENTRAL are as follows.
Friday - 1,74,00,000
Saturday - 2,65,00,000 apprx
Sunday - 3,00,00,000 apprx
Monday - 1,00,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 8,39,00,000 apprx

Bhojpuri star Nirauha admits there’s a conspiracy to bar Priyanka Chopra from making films in their industry

Priyanka Chopra
Bharati K Dubey (DNA; September 20, 2017)

The Hindi film industry has always looked down upon on Bhojpuri films, not wanting to associate with them. While actors as well as makers have made films in Marathi and Punjabi, they have kept away from Bhojpuri films. Priyanka Chopra tried to change that and produce a Bhojpuri film, but some vested interests from there tried to keep her away.

Roadblocks galore
This was disclosed by Bhojpuri superstar Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua at an event recently. Nirahua said, “Madhu Chopra and Priyanka have sent out a message to those who love Bhojpuri films from all over the world, if you want to see the industry grow and get better, extend your hand, help the industry but no one came forward.”

He revealed, “When Chopras made their first film Bam Bam Bol Raha Hai Kashi, there was a massive attempt to drive them away from the industry. Her first experience with Bhojpuri films was not good, but she did not run away and today, all of them want to be associated with her next film and see its release too.’’

‘It’s human nature’
Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan adds, “It is human nature — the insecurity of other producers and some financiers, who were worried that Priyanka Chopra will become the Queen of Bhojpuri industry. I know Priyanka and her mother Madhu Chopra are here to stay and will help in the betterment of the Bhojpuri industry.’’

Here to stay
The Bhojpuri movie industry popularly called Bhojiwood is a burgeoning behemoth, a Rs 2000 crore (and growing) industry and not many in Bollywood have woken up to that fact. However, Madhu Chopra claims she wants to be associated with it as she wants to stay connected with her roots. After two releases, her third film is already in scripting stage. She admits, “There was a bad phase of the industry, but I am here with my actors and crew, who will help improve and bring back the glorious days of the Bhojpuri film industry.”

Veerey Di Wedding Instagram account gets hacked; hacker asks for role in film as ransom


Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; September 20, 2017)

It was a chase right out of a Bollywood film. A property, vital to the makers of Veere Di Wedding, was 'abducted', with the demand of a ransom. Only, that the property in concern was the official Instagram account of the Kareena Kapoor and Sonam-starrer, and the ransom, a role in the film. On Friday, the cast and crew of the Ekta Kapoor production were in the midst of filming when they noticed something amiss with the film's account on the photo-sharing platform.

The makers grew suspicious after they noticed that the profile image had been changed to a sketch of a monkey. Apart from featuring an emoji of the Pakistan flag, the updated description was amended to read: "I am paki papu bhai (sic)."

Speaking to mid-day on the condition of anonymity, a member of the film's digital promotion team says, "We had noticed the development and others had also informed us about it. We immediately reported the hacking to the Instagram headquarters in Mumbai and retrieved [control of the account]. It was hacked for about 90 minutes, allegedly by a resident claiming to be Pakistani. He went live and spoke mainly in Arabic, announcing that he'd return the account if the producers gave him a role in the film." The social-networking company sprung into action and retrieved the account, also tracing the hacker's origin to the neighbouring country.

While social media handles of celebrities have been hacked in the past, the incident marks the first time a Bollywood film's account has been compromised. Co-producer Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor remained unavailable for comment.

Akshay Kumar's Gold moves to Punjab to pick its winning squad


Actor and co-stars in Punjab to shoot the backstories of his sports-drama squad
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 20, 2017)

After a long schedule in Bradford that kicked off in July, Akshay Kumar, along with Kunal Kapoor, Sunny Kaushal and Amit Sadh, his co-stars from the Reema Kagti directed sports-drama Gold, has taken off to Amritsar for the next schedule. The film’s team will be shooting the backstories of all the principal characters before they made it to Akshay’s squad.

“The crew will be shooting in Punjab for a month. After Amristar and Dhaliwal, where they are stationed till September 24, they will take a brief break and return on October 3. The team recently shot at Amritsar’s Khalsa College to capture the selection process of Akshay’s team. Portions showcasing the squad that draws its members from different backgrounds in its journey to win India’s first Olympic medal as an independent nation will be filmed in Punjab,” a source close to the development informed Mirror, adding that they visited the Golden Temple in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Akshay plays a Bengali coach with Mouni Roy, in her big screen debut, as his wife. Nikita Dutta, another TV actress, forays into films with Gold as Sunny Kaushal’s love interest.

Cops probe whether Ibrahim Kaskar funded Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Haseena Parkar

The Thane police, who arrested Dawood’s dreaded brother on Monday night, are investigating if he invested in biopic based on sister Haseena Parkar
Faisal Tandel (MID-DAY; September 20, 2017)

After arresting fugitive Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar late on Monday for allegedly extorting money from builders, the Thane police are now investigating whether any cash from D- Company has flowed into the upcoming movie Haseena Parkar.

Commissioner of Police, Thane, Parambir Singh said, “The gang earlier used to finance movies with the money got through extortion. We will check if any similar investment was made recently.”

The movie Haseena Parkar, on the lady don addressed as Aapaa, is completely based on Kaskar and Dawood’s sister, and the Thane police suspect that extortion money may have been pumped into it. “After Parkar’s death, Kaskar was handling D-Company’s business in Mumbai and Thane from her home in Nagpada. Parkar used to hold a daily darbar there, a practice that Kaskar continued,” said an officer.

In custody
Kaskar was taken into custody from Parkar’s house on Monday night by a team led by Pradeep Sharma, encounter specialist and Anti-Extortion Cell’s senior inspector. The other two arrested are Mumtaz Shaikh, 48, and Israr Ali Sayed Ali, 57. Sharma said, “They were produced in Thane court and sent to police custody for eight days. The process to gather more information and evidence is on.”

The Thane police have also detained three others — Mohammed Yasin Khwaja Shaikh, 48, a drug peddler posing as a cable operator, Iqbal Ismail Parkar, 58, who owns a hotel, and Navan Fernando, 37, who runs a transport business. “They were found with Kaskar, and hence, detained. Probe is on to find out their role in the case. Khwaja claimed Kaskar used to consume cocaine, which he (Khwaja) supplied to him,” said a senior officer.

However, Advocate Shyam Keswani, representing Kaskar, said, “It’s a false case; he’s been arrested only on the basis of a mere allegation. We will take it to the highest level.”

Fear spread all over
The case against Kaskar was registered on a builder’s complaint at Kasarwadavli police station. Singh said names of some corporators and businessmen have also come up. “We have come to know about a corporator who used to help the accused extort money. We are gathering evidence and only after that will book those involved. We haven’t received any evidence of Dawood’s involvement in this, but his name certainly was used for getting money,” he added.

Sources said Kaskar had been threatening builders from Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. “A Navi Mumbai builder, Hemandra Shah, had to pay Kaskar Rs 3 crore a few years ago. Later, he fled the city and still hasn’t come back due to fear,” said an officer.

Singh said they would take the ED’s help to get details about the accused’s moneylaundering and extortion cases.

Khatron Ke Khiladi: Ajay Devgn meets Sanjay Dutt; then turns judge; Arshad Warsi defends Rohit Shetty


Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 20, 2017)

Ajay Devgn, whose upcoming production, a yet-untitled action-drama, features Sanjay Dutt and Farhan Akhtar, spent a good half hour with the 58-year-old actor, his buddy of two decades, in his vanity van on Tuesday afternoon.

The two bumped into each other on the sets of Rohit Shetty’s reality TV show, Khatron Ke Khiladi. Ajay was shooting a special episode with the Golmaal Again team, while Sanjay was in the vicinity for another shoot. “They gave each other a jadoo ki jhappi and were catching up on all that they had missed out on when the heavens opened up. As it started to rain heavily, Sanjay made a hurried exit while Ajay continued to shoot,” a source on the scene told Mirror.

The day marked another reunion for the Golmaal team too, a month after they had wrapped up the film’s last schedule in Hyderabad. Tabu shook a leg to her Vijaypath chartbuster, “Ruk Ruk Ruk” but couldn’t persuade her dost-and-co-star Ajay to join her. He, however, did catch everybody’s attention as the quirky judge in a 10-minute comedy skit that they came up with within an hour for the show. “It was a courtroom setup with Ajay going 'Order! Order!' and Arshad Warsi defending 'Rohit Shetty — the director' against the prosecuting lawyer, contestant Rithvik Dhanjani, who whined about how Rohit was a tough taskmaster, and would never let any of his ‘khiladis’ binge. Arshad was quick to joke that there was plenty of food and fun on their shoot, a fact endorsed by his playmates Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu,” the source added.

Newcomer Nishant Malkani denies being sexually harassed by Riya Sen

Nishant-Riya
Subhash K Jha (DNA; September 20, 2017)

A report put out by a website claiming that a newbie had been “sexually harassed” by Riya Sen, while shooting for Ekta Kapoor’s Ragini MMS Returns, has caused embarrassment to the young actor Nishant Malkani.

He says, “We were shooting a bedroom sequence where we had to get intimate. In the bid to make it as real as possible we were both improvising. Riya pulled my trackpants down, and that too just a bit.” This is where the scandal erupted.

Says Malkani, “I was stunned with all the reports of Riya sexually harassing me. For God’s sake, I would know if I was sexually harassed. And I am man enough to own up to it if it happened. It is ridiculous to even suggest that Riya took advantage of me. If she pulled my pants down she did it for the scene. I am okay with it. She’s okay with it. Her husband is okay with it. Then who are these people shouting about sexual harassment?”

Malkani feels reports on sexual violation need to be more responsible. “Sexual harassment is a very serious matter. Please don’t trivialise it by using it for sensational headlines. Man or woman, it is equally important to come forward if you are sexually harassed. And I don’t think my mardaangi would be challenged if I owned up to being harassed.”

Katrina Kaif crosses the 5 million mark on Instagram faster than Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone...

Katrina Kaif
Manish D Mishra (DNA; September 20, 2017)

The low-key and social media-shy Katrina Kaif has always guarded her privacy zealously. One look at her airport and event pap shots can vouch for the fact that she doesn’t really like posing and quickly walks past the shutterbugs, jumping into her car. She even kept away from social media platforms until recently. And now she has reached the epochal five million follower mark on Instagram the fastest compared to other actresses like Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandez, who have had an Instagram presence for years.

Loving it!
Kat says, “It took me a while to join social media. Anything that’s new, I have a hesitant attitude towards it first and then I have to be coerced and convinced into it. So it took me a while to join Instagram. First, it was Facebook and I loved interacting with people there. So then I started Instagram and everyone told me that I’ll love the interactions and following new people I like and that’s exactly what happened. As soon as I joined Instagram, I was really hooked. I instantly found it super fun and for me, it’s not just about sharing with people who follow me but sharing my thoughts and what I’m feeling that day or something I like or I’m doing that day. There’s no real strategy behind what I do on my Instagram, it’s all in the moment.”

Hitting the fastest five!
Alia, Shraddha and Jacqueline have been on the picture sharing app for three years while Deepika Padukone posted her first pic two years ago, and Kat has gathered more fans than each of them in just four months. It took her exactly four months and 17 days to reach out to five million followers. Ask her what she attributes to hitting the fastest five and she says, “I’m having fun. I’m just sharing real moments with my followers. I enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. Rather than being dependent entirely on the media for how I’m represented, the fact that I can put out what I feel is like having a direct connect with people without a third party involved. So it’s beneficial.”

How the reign started...
When Kat first appeared on Instagram, no one knew what to expect. Her Insta feed is like a diary of her work and fun moments. From film promotions and brand events to gym shenanigans and fashion shoots. Mixing quirk, fun and relevance like a lethal cocktail Miss Kaif shows she knows the winning formula! She adds, “It’s such a personal reflection of myself, I only do what I like, whether it’s just a phase I’m going through, whether I’m into an adventurous activity, then I put up those videos of that moment. And it’s important that the person capturing it also shares your vision and your aesthetic.”

Family first
What sets Kat apart from her contemporaries’ accounts is a quirky mix of content — from her inspirational workouts to on-the-set snapshots from Tiger Zinda Hai. From adorable selfies with her co-stars and friends, Kat keeps it a good mix of professional and personal, except for family. She explains, “There are not too many pictures with my family because, unfortunately, they don’t live with me and I wish they really did but whenever I do meet them or when some of my sisters accompany me to New York for my birthday, I do share pictures with them. Two of my sisters came there and the posts were about them. But out of the four months I’ve been on Instagram, they have been with me twice. There was also one picture of a girl holding some carrots she had grown and a lot of people thought it was me but it was actually my sister. I post pictures of my sister Isabelle even though she doesn’t live here with me but they are just solo pictures of her which I find really beautiful and nice. Now that I’m on Instagram, those are the moments I like to share and put out there.”

Instagram Popularity

Alia Bhatt: Took one year, seven months to reach five million

Deepika Padukone: Took one year, one month to reach five million

Shraddha Kapoor: Took one year to reach five million

Jacqueline Fernandez: Took one year, one month to reach five million

Kangana Ranaut takes up horse-riding as a hobby


After film prep, actress resumes horse-riding lessons as a hobby
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 20, 2017)

When Kangana Ranaut picked up horse-riding in April as part of her prep for her turn as the titular warrior queen in Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, little did the actress know that her association with the sport would go beyond the big screen. Mirror has learnt that Kangana resumed her horse-riding lessons in the early hours of Tuesday at South Mumbai’s Amateur Rider’s Club, of which she is a member. She intends to take up the sport as a hobby after her period drama wraps up.

According to a source she is keen to continue her training. “Out of the 50 days allotted to the filming of action sequences, Kangana has completed around 20 in Hyderabad and will soon resume shoot. She has decided to learn new skills in her free time,” adds the source.

Kangana is training with the club’s president, Suresh Tapuriah, who raves over the fact that she is a confident rider and an expert at controlling her horse. “Her seat is also good and she is now adept at trotting, cantering, galloping (three stages of horse-riding) which she does fearlessly, sometimes without stirrups. I keep telling people that riding is a science in the beginning but after some time it becomes an art; an art of communicating with an animal which is ten times stronger than you,” says Suresh.