Uri collects 70 cr in Week 1; The Accidental Prime Minister collects 17.50 cr

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Box Office India Trade Network

URI had an excellent first week of 70 crore nett apprx and had superb collections on the weekdays and even Thursday was not much lower than the first day. The film is a potential BLOCKBUSTER and the Friday collections of the film will confirms it. A January BLOCKBUSTER is very rare and if it does come, it is normally in the last week of January and first week of January.

The film basically started as an urban film but some of the patriotic angle and dialogues are slowly reaching out wider. The South markets are weaker due to regional films but Mumbai, Delhi NCR, East Punjab and West Bengal have done excellent business.

The film has the potential to be one of the bigger January films and also the highest grossing film ever which has cost under 50 crore to produce and release. It has been made on an apprx 45 crore cost including PA.

The daily first week collections of URI are as follows.
Friday - 8,25,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 12,25,00,000 aprxx
Sunday - 15,00,00,000 aprox
Monday - 10,25,00,000
Tuesday - 9,50,00,000 apprx
Wednesday - 7,50,00,000 apprx
Thursday - 7,25,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 70,00,00,000 apprx

THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER had a decent first week with 17.50 crore nett considering it is a documentary type film. But the trend is not there as it only added around 5.50 crore nett on the weekdays with partial holidays

The five day collections of THE ACCIDENTAL PRIME MINISTER are as follows.
Friday - 3,50,00,000 apprx
Saturday - 4,00,00,000 aprxx
Sunday - 4,50,00,000 aprxx
Monday - 2,00,00,000 apprx
Tuesday - 1,50,00,000 apprx
Wednesday - 1,10,00,000 apprx
Thursday - 90,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 17,50,00,000 apprx

Simmba collects 232.16 cr in 3 weeks

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Box Office India Trade Network

SIMMBA collected 20.25 crore nett in week three to take the three week total to 232 crore nett. The third week figures are good but the film will not reach 250 crore nett as the drop from the second week is on the higher side. It has dropped around 67% when the need was of 50% if it was to reach 250 crore nett.

The lifetime is looking to be somewhere in the range of 240-245 crore nett. This week there is limited competition so normally it should mean a steadier week but that advantage may go to URI  as its the newer film and doing so well. The footfalls of the film are now are very similar to GOLMAAL AGAIN which were 2 crore and with little bit of the run left, the footfalls will cross that film.

The collections of SIMMBA till date are as follows.
Week One- 1,50,26,00,000
Week Two - 61,65,00,000
Week Three - 20,25,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 2,32,16,00,000 apprx

The Mumbai circuit of the film has crossed 85 crore nett and it is now chasing the 90 crore nett of BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN which was an all India 300 crore nett plus grosser.

I will destroy them-Kangana Ranaut on Karni Sena protest against Manikarnika


IANS (BOMBAY TIMES; January 19, 2019)

Kangana Ranaut is determined to fight against the Shri Rajput Karni Sena, which has threatened protests if Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi is not screened for the outfit before release. The actress has responded that if they don’t stop harassing her, she will “destroy them”. According to reports, the Maharashtra wing of the Karni Sena protested against the film recently alleging that the period drama “alludes to Rani Laxmibai’s relationship with a British officer”. The outfit – which led a long protest against Padmaavat in 2017 – also claimed that the film shows the queen dancing to a special number, saying that it is against tradition. They asked the makers of the film to show them the movie before its release.

“Four historians have certified Manikarnika. We have got the censor certificate as well. Karni Sena has been conveyed this but they are continuing to harass me,” Kangana said in a statement. “If they don’t stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them,” added the actress. A spokesperson from the production house said, “There is no affair shown in the film. Once the film releases, it will be clear.”

A screening of the film was also planned for the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday evening.

There is no scope of whitewashing Balasaheb Thackeray or playing neutral with him-Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Nawazuffin Siddiqui: There's no scope of whitewashing Bal Thackeray
Refuting popular perception that Thackeray is a propaganda film, Nawazuddin Siddiqui asserts biopic delves into the artist behind the late Shiv Sena supremo
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; January 19, 2019)

A space of less than a week separates Nawazuddin Siddiqui from what could be the most decisive film of his career. Ever since the trailer of Thackeray — the biopic on the late Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray — dropped online, it was widely debated whether releasing the film in the year of elections was a way of swaying public opinion. "Balasaheb ko propaganda ki kya zaroorat?," cuts in Siddiqui, when asked if the Abhijit Panse-directed biopic is a propaganda film. "It is his birthday, so the film is releasing now. It has nothing to do with any political motive. If the film were to be released any other year, the response wouldn't be different."

In Bollywood, biopics tend to glorify the muse. Considering the film has, at its heart, a man who was charismatic and controversial in equal measure, the makers would be tempted to take the same approach. "Balasaheb was already a controversial man. There is no scope of whitewashing him or playing neutral with him. The right approach would be to show him the way he was."

However, Siddiqui points out how biopics fall prey to the audience's "nitpicking". "We shouldn't complain about heroism because we have inherently bred heroes. People are accustomed to seeing actors as heroes, which is why nobody watched my anti-hero film Raman Raghav 2.0. If you don't glorify the hero, the movie won't make money. So, why is a big deal made if we idolise them in their biopics?"

Public perception may be what they are, Siddiqui insists the film shines light on the man behind the leader. "We delved into the man he was in his personal space. He was a soft-spoken man who transformed into a fine orator when on stage. His speeches could come off as mimicry if it was not done with earnestness. Great biopics are not actors impersonating their muses. It's about giving the right impression of the subject. At his heart, he was an artist."

The Kapil Sharma Show: When Nawazuddin Siddiqui's business plan went bust


Himesh Mankad (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2019)

While sitting on Kapil Sharma’s couch with Thackeray co-star Amrita Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui shared an anecdote from his cash-strapped days in Mumbai. He recalled an incident when he had bought bunches of coriander worth Rs 200 from a wholesaler at the Dadar vegetable market, only to find himself with leaves that were turning brown and no buyers.

“I confronted the seller, who explained that I should have sprinkled water on the leaves to keep them fresh. The advice came too late and it was money down the drain,” rued the 44-year-old actor, who had to travel without ticket to his home in Mira Road that day.

Another interesting incident was from when he was cast as a junior artiste in an ad and paid a princely sum of Rs 4000. “The happiness was short lived as I had to share half the money with one of the co-ordinators since I didn’t have a junior artiste card. From what was left, I spent Rs 1800 at a hotel to celebrate my achievement and then took a rickshaw ride. By the end of it I was penniless again.” he chuckled.

Jabariya Jodi, Marjaavan and the Vikram Batra biopic will work pan India-Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra
Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; January 19, 2019)

Sidharth Malhotra, who turned 34 on January 16, celebrated his birthday by walking the ramp for his friend, designer Rohit Bal, whom he has known since his college days in New Delhi. The actor, who wore a pleated tunic teamed with an angarkha, said he couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift.

Speaking to us on the sidelines of Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, the good-looking star threw light on his upcoming films and the change in his approach towards picking up scripts.

Going back to his roots
Last year was not so great for Sidharth, who had only one release, Aiyaary, which was a tepid fare at the box office. But he has a lot to look forward to in 2019. He has two films lined up this year, Jabariya Jodi that reunites him with his Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) co-star Parineeti Chopra and Marjaavaan, which will see him sharing screen space with Riteish Deshmukh again after Ek Villain (2014). Post that, the Delhi boy starts work on the Vikram Batra biopic, which has him essaying the role of the Kargil war hero.

“Yes, there are a lot of exciting things happening this year. I have new films and new characters to essay. In Jabariya Jodi, I play a Patna boy, a flamboyant and colourful character, while Marjaavaan is a larger-than-life actioner in which I sport a completely different look. It’s a fresh zone for me,” says Sidharth.

For his role in Jabariya Jodi, the actor had to prep a lot to get the accent right. “I am not speaking Bhojpuri or Maithili, it’s Patna ki Hindi. While doing that, I realised there is so much history in that state — many poets have come out from there, it’s culturally rich. I was familiar with that Hindi since I am from Delhi and we speak so much of the language at home. It is close to Bihar and UP where this kind of slang is spoken. I will explore this zone again as I am going back to my roots and playing a desi boy, which I haven’t done so far,” he enthuses.

Title tattle
Interestingly, it was Sidharth, who came up with the title of Jabariya Jodi. Ask him where he found it and he replies, “Oddly it was while doing workshops for learning the Patna slang that I got the title. They use a lot of slangs and stretch their words like ‘badhiya hai bhaiyya’. Jabariya is not a word, it’s a slang. Jabar cheez means fantastic and jabariya can mean jabar as well as forceful. I just felt it’s fun and interesting enough to put it in a title.”

The film revolves around pakadwa vivah — kidnapping the groom and forcefully getting him married.

In action mode
While Sidharth is not new to the genre, having done Ek Villain and Brothers earlier, he tells us that in Marjaavaan, it’s a different kind of maara-mari. “I’ve always done action — my first was Ek Villain, Brothers was more intense, then came A Gentleman; and now this. I grew up watching actioners whether they were Amitabh Bachchan’s movies from the ’70s or that of Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dutt in the ’90s. I enjoyed seeing them and doing them as well. In Marjaavaan, we will explore a new kind of action, which is larger-than-life and in the massy zone,” says the former model.

Going massy
With his last couple of releases — Aiyaary and A Gentleman —  not faring well at the box office, looks like the 34-year-old actor has decided to have a different approach in picking up scripts. He wants his movies to be massy entertainers. “The common thread between Jabariya Jodi, Marjaavan and the Vikram Batra biopic is that these are not small in terms of concept or writing, they will work pan-India. They have enough entertaining elements to cater to everyone in the family — kids, mother, father, wife and husband,” he states.

About his earlier projects, too, the actor shares that he has always tried to choose scripts that are well written. “Some work, some don’t, nobody can predict that Friday. But my attempt is to do new things. I have never repeated a character or film in my career, I will continue to do the same thing, but the way the scripts are written or approached will be for a larger audience. That’s the new change — like Jabariya Jodi with a concept but flamboyant and entertaining, Marjaavaan; with Riteish and me coming back but the action and love story is in the massy zone and Vikram Batra, an India-based story, which I hope caters to everyone,” he signs off.

Official: Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday to star in Pati Patni Aur Woh


BOMBAY TIMES (January 19, 2019)

A while ago, two of India’s leading production houses — T-Series and B R Studios — had announced their plan to join hands for multiple films. Well, the first film to go on floors as part of the deal is Pati Patni Aur Woh, which stars Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday.

An adaptation of B R Chopra’s 1978 drama with the same title, the movie will see Kartik sharing screen space with Bhumi and Ananya for the first time. The shoot of the film, directed by Mudassar Aziz, will commence in February.

Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra, whose last joint production venture was Bhoothnath Returns (2014), are glad to have come together once again. Bhushan Kumar of T-Series says, “We enjoyed great synergy with B R Studios when we worked on Bhoothnath Returns, and we are happy to produce Pati Patni Aur Woh with them. Juno, Abhay and Mudassar have given an interesting tweak to the story, which matches today’s times. Kartik, Bhumi and Ananya are talented new-age actors and they add their spark to the story. We have worked with Kartik in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety (2018) and we are glad that we are working with him again. Bhumi has already proven what a fantastic actor she is. Ananya is new, but the audience will fall in love with her. The film will also have great music.”

Juno Chopra of B R Studios says, “We are happy to associate with T-Series and Bhushan Kumar for this film. Pati Patni Aur Woh was widely accepted when it was released, and we believe that the subject still has the power to draw the audience to the theatres. We have treated it with a modern touch and have a fantastic team to take our vision forward.” 

Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar bag a high-concept horror film, set in a static ship?


The actors are pairing up for the first time for a scary story that revolves around a static ship in Mumbai
Himesh Mankad (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2019)

Vicky Kaushal, who featured in Junglee Pictures and Dharam Productions’ Raazi, has bagged another Karan Johar project, this one a high-concept horror film that centres around a ship. The yet-untitled film marks the directorial debut of Shashank Khaitan’s assistant director, Bhanu Pratap Singh.

“Vicky has been quietly shooting for the film in Mumbai for over a month now and a major chunk is already complete. While it features him in the lead, Bhumi (Pednekar) has an extended cameo for which she will shoot in the next few days,” informed a source, adding that it will be a 15-day schedule for Bhumi and Vicky. “Unlike some quintessential horror films that are set in haunted houses, this one revolves around a ship that lies static at a beach,” informed the source. Shooting for the film will be wrapped up by next month, and the makers are looking to release it in the second half of the year.

According to the source, unlike most films in the genre, this one is not VFX=heavy as a major chunk of the horror sequences will be created with the help of background music and innovative cinematography. “It is made on a really tight budget, and even the post production is not expected to take a lot of time,” the source concluded. 

Shashanka Ghosh to direct official Hindi adaptation of Keira Knightley-Mark Ruffalo starrer Begin Again


Veere Di Wedding director Shashanka Ghosh is now adapting a Hollywood film for the Indian screen with Bhushan Kumar and Vikram Malhotra
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 19, 2019)

While speaking to Mirror (June 21, 2018) earlier, Shashanka Ghosh who last directed the Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker and Shikha Talsania girl bonding film Veere Di Wedding, had revealed that he wants to direct three films a year. Now, we have learnt that the filmmaker will helm the official Hindi adaptation of John Carney’s 2014 American film Begin Again. The musical comedy-drama had featured Oscar-nominated actors Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley. While he is popular as the ‘Hulk’, she is best known for the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and Pride & Prejudice. Pop rock band Maroon 5’s lead singer Adam Levine was seen alongside the duo. Scripted by Arshad Syed, the Hindi film will be produced by Bhushan Kumar and Vikram Malhotra. It will roll later this year.

“We want to tell a story about the world of music and fresh voices on the Indian scene, and through that, offer a take on urban relationships that don’t necessarily mean love, marriage and happily ever after. The worlds explored here are deeper—heart, hurt, passion, and above all, music. The only commonality with Veere Di Wedding is that this too has an urban setting,” informs Shashanka, adding that they will start approaching actors once they have locked the script and recorded the score.

The original which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revolves around Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Levine), college sweethearts and song-writing partners, who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major music label. The trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray. Lovelorn Gretta’s life takes a turn for the better when Dan (Ruffalo), a disgraced record label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.

“We are thrilled to adapt Begin Again for the Indian audience. It’s a soul-stirring film with disarming emotional candour and intimacy. The film’s music is brilliantly woven into the story. Aside from being a successful film when it released and receiving rave reviews, it’s the film’s magical take on relationships that works best, and we plan to retain that in our Hindi adaptation,” says Vikram.

The song “Lost Stars” was nominated for the Oscars in the Best Original Song category and Bhushan points out that they have an opportunity to create some outstanding music too. “The original film is a masterpiece, appreciated alike by critics and the audiences. We are still in the writing process but I hope to get together the best soundtracks from our musicians for a unique album,” Bhushan promises. 

Image: Kiara Advani goes de-glam for new film, Kabir Singh


BOMBAY TIMES (January 19, 2019)

The Hindi remake of the Telugu hit Arjun Reddy (2017) is called Kabir Singh and it features Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani in the lead. Taking a break from her usual glamorous image, Kiara has gone de-glam for the new role. The original movie featured the lead heroine as a medical student and to play the role of Preethi, the actress has opted for a simple yet beautiful avatar.

Her first look from of the movie features Kiara in a white salwar kameez with a neatly tied-up pony tail. The actress, who has featured in glamorous roles in M S Dhoni - The Untold Story and Machine, is looking forward to the change in her on-screen image for this gritty and intense film. The story of Kabir Singh, like the Telugu original, will be based in the world of medical colleges and doctors.