Justice League collects 19.50 cr in 4 days; Aksar 2 collects 3.35 cr

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JUSTICE LEAGUE dropped on Monday as it collected 2.25 crore nett. The drop on Monday is over 60% which makes it tough for the film to sustain. The first week business is going to be in the 25 crore nett range which will ensure 30 crore nett lifetime business but the film should have done better. The first four day business of JUSTICE LEAGUE is as follows.
Friday - 5,75,00,000
Saturday - 6,25,00,000
Sunday - 6,25,00,000
Monday - 2,25,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 19,50,00,000 apprx

AKSAR 2 was low on Monday but it did not fall too much from its first day business. This is mainly because first day was very low and there is not much lower it can go. The first week business of this film will be around 5 crore nett. The first four day business of AKSAR 2 is as follows.. 
Friday - 75,00,000
Saturday - 90,00,000
Sunday - 1,10,00,000
Monday - 60,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 3,35,00,000 apprx

Tumhari Sulu collects 13.40 cr in 4 days

Box Office Collection: चल गया ‘तुम्हारी सुलु’ की नॉटी आवाज का जादू, वीकेंड पर कमाए इतने करोड़ रु
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TUMHARI SULU fell on Monday as it collected 1.50 crore nett. The drop is 40% from Monday but that is not good enough for these content type of films which don't open well. A figure near the Friday figure is needed to really make an impact and in the case of TUMHARI SULU it needed a number around the 2 crore nett mark to at least stay in the race.

The four day total of the film is 13.50 crore nett apprx and the first week will go to 17.50 crore nett. BEGUM JAAN had grossed 16 crore nett in week one so it is a bit better than that but the overall scenario is not really much better than BEGUM JAAN. The business of TUMHARI SULU till date is as follows
Friday - 2,65,00,000
Saturday - 4,25,00,000
Sunday - 5,00,00,000
Monday - 1,50,00,000 apprx
TOTAL - 13,40,00,000 apprx

The film has not really found any appreciation although collections in Mumbai city and Pune are better than the rest of the country. The film could not really sustain well in Delhi NCR on Monday and that was the real blow for the film because if Mumbai, Pune and Delhi NCR could collect well on the weekdays, then the film had a chance for a respectable number.

I have been asked not to say anything-Ranveer Singh on Padmavati controversy

THE TIMES OF INDIA (November 22, 2017)

Actor Ranveer Singh, one of the three lead actors of ‘Padmavati’, on Tuesday said he stands by the movie and its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali “200%” amidst the ongoing controversy over its alleged content. “I am 200% with the film and I stand by it as well as Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Given that it is very sensitive time right now, I have been specifically asked not to say anything. Whatever official communication with regards to the film needs to be made, you will receive it from the producers,” said Ranveer.

The actor was wary of talking about the movie as he was present at the launch of Adidas Original's format store here.

Before any further questions could be put on ‘Padmavati’, Ranveer told the media: “Thank you very much for coming out today and before some ruckus happens here, I need to get out of here.”

The actor plays Alauddin Khilji in the movie, which Bhansali says is a tribute to the valour of Rajput queen Padmavati.

The film is in the eye of a storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering of historical facts — a contention Bhansali has denied. The release of the film, which was earlier slated for December 1, has been deferred as the filmmakers are yet to secure a censor certificate. Ranveer, otherwise, appeared joyous as he launched the new store for the brand which he represents in India. AGENCIES

Watch film before opposing: Minister
Union Minister Birender Singh on Tuesday said that those opposing ‘Padmavati’ should see the film first and then demand cuts if anything is objectionable. “Some of the historic facts may not be in consonance with our thinking ...those who are opposing, first should see the movie. If they find something, (they can ask producers to) remove those,” said Singh.

If those threatening the actors are guilty, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is no less guilty-Yogi Adityanath

Arjumand Bano (THE TIMES OF INDIA; November 22, 2017)

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday said that ‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is no less guilty than those issuing threats to the actors in the film. He also accused Bhansali of being ‘habitual in playing with public sentiments’. “I feel if those threatening (the actors) are guilty, Bhansali is no less guilty,” Yogi told reporters here, adding “if there is any action, it will be against both the sides. No one has the right to take the law into own hands, whether it’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali or anyone else”.

The UP government has declared that it would not allow the movie’s release till certain “controversial portions” are removed. Yogi further said, “We have already sent objections and suggestions about the release of the film to the information and broadcasting ministry. The 22 crore people of the state are aware of our feelings, and no one should get the freedom of taking liberty with the feelings of the people.”

The CM also criticised the Congress over the proposed elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president. “One shouldn’t expect much from the Congress which believes in dynastic politics. It was certain that Rahul Gandhi will head the party after Sonia and there was no need to blow the trumpet... now our work of making India Congress-free will be easier. Our PM had in 2014 mentioned about an India free of Congress and now it will be a reality,” he said.

On Mulayam Singh’s comment that “Lord Ram is revered only in north India while Lord Krishna is worshipped across the country”, Yogi said: “Had Mulayam Singh really understood Dr Ram Manohar Lohia instead of using his name in his agenda, he would not have said this.”

Kerala High Court directs the I&B Ministry to show S Durga at IFFI in Goa


THE TIMES OF INDIA (November 22, 2017)

The Kerala high court on Tuesday ordered that Malayalam film ‘S Durga’, earlier called ‘Sexy Durga’, be allowed to be screened at the ongoing 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

A HC issued the order to the I&B ministry on a petition filed by the film’s director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan challenging its exclusion from IFFI, which began on November 20. The ministry had told the HC that ‘S Durga’ did not have censor board clearance and there were complaints that it offended religious sentiments as ‘Durga’ is the name of a goddess. The IFFI jury had shortlisted it without CBFC certification, it argued.

No one can object to ‘S Durga’, says HC
'Sexy Durga’ was the first Indian movie to win the Tiger Award for budding filmmakers at Rotterdam. The Kerala HC said the film had got CBFC certification on October 10 by changing the title to ‘S Durga’. A certified version of the movie should be allowed to be screened as no objection had been raised regarding the certification, it held.

Lead actor of ‘S Durga’ S Kannan said the “court has stood with the right side” and the festival organizers should also screen ‘Nude’. Festival director Sunit Tandon declined to comment on the status of the film’s inclusion, saying, “I am not appropriately placed to talk.”

"The court is the only hope for people like us. They (makers of ‘Nude’) didn’t go to court. They made that mistake. But the film should also be screened here. Because the jury had unanimously selected both movies,” Kannan told TOI.

The ministry had also contended that the petitioner could not challenge the rejection in the Kerala HC as the festival was being conducted in Goa and the ministry’s decision was taken in New Delhi. But, the court ruled in favour of the petitioner’s argument that the certification was made at CBFC’s regional office in Thiruvananthapuram.

Director Sasidharan told PTI, “I am very happy. It’s a victory of cinema and democracy. People stood by us. The chairman resigned, other jury members also resigned”
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Mihir Bhanage and Dean Lobo (BOMBAY TIMES; November 22, 2017)

On Tuesday afternoon, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan tweeted about his film S Durga being screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI)’s 48th edition. After his film was rejected from being screened in the Indian Panorama section, Sasidharan had informed us about petitioning in the Kerala High Court against it.

A week after the petition, Sasidharan and his team are celebrating a win. The Kerala HC, hearing the petition, has directed the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) to screen the film at the festival. When contacted, an elated Sasidharan, who is currently in Australia, said, “I would call it a win for cinema and all those championing the cause of artistic freedom. A lot of people have put in their hard work and time for the film and the court’s directive reinstates our belief in democracy and the judiciary.”

Justice K Vinod Chandran, the judge who heard the matter, overruled the objections raised by the ministry and asked for the film to be screened with CBFC certificate. Over the last few days, plenty has been written and spoken about S Durga and the Marathi film Nude’s exclusion from the list finalised by the 13-member jury for the Indian Panorama section. As a mark of protest, director Sujoy Ghosh, the head of the jury and co-juror, writer-editor Apurva Asrani even stepped down from their respective positions.

Sasidharan adds, “My lawyer told me about the decision. I am not sure when the film will be screened. Also, I won’t be able to attend the festival as I am not in the country.”

Confirming the same, filmmaker Satarupa Sanyal, an IFFI jury member, said, “There’s no news about the screening at the festival yet. Programmes are going on at the venue as per schedule. However, now that the screening has been ordered by the Kerala HC, arrangements will have to be made. S Durga and Nude were dropped without any explanation. So the court’s decision is a welcome one.”

When BT spoke to Apurva Asrani, he said, “As someone who loves good cinema, it was heart-breaking to learn that Nude and S Durga had been dropped from the final list of the Indian Panorama. I just silently stepped aside as a jury member because the final list didn’t reflect what we signed off on. There was never any intention to get political about it or to point fingers, so I can’t say where and why it got dropped. I congratulate Sanal for believing in his film and for believing enough in IFFI as a festival to fight to get S Durga screened.”
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Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 22, 2017)

Ten days after the Information & Broadcasting Ministry dropped Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Malayalam thriller, S Durga, from the final list of films to be screened at International Film Festivals of India's (IFFI) Indian Panorama section, a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court has directed the organisers to exhibit the film at the festival. Justice K Vinod Chandran, who considered the matter, overruled the objections raised by the I & B Ministry which had contended that, among others, the original title of the film, Sexy Durga, offended religious sentiments. Sasidharan, the film's director, wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that the court's decision was a victory for cinema. "...This is the victory of our democracy. This is the victory of those people from the jury who sacrificed. Cheers India! (sic)," his post said.

Mirror was the first to report about the I & B Ministry's decision, which overrode the choices of the 13-member jury of the Indian Panorama section. Apart from S Durga, Ravi Jadhav's Marathi film, Nude, also faced the axe. This led to the resignation of jury chairman, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, and two other members, National Award-winning editor Apurva Asrani and writer-director Gyan Correa. Asrani told Mirror he was happy for the film's director and happier for Indian cinema "in general".

"Films like S Durga that make a strong case for women's safety, while also using ingenious storytelling methods, are hard to come by. I was gutted when it slipped through our fingers and resigned because I felt we had failed these films. But Sanal's persistence paid off and I'm thrilled that delegates of India's most prestigious film festival will get a chance to see this film. I strongly believe if our respected I & B Minister (Smriti Irani), who is an empowered woman herself, watches the film, she will go all out to support it." Sasidharan moved the Kerala High Court against the decision on November 14, and when his case did not come up for hearing by the single bench on November 16, he filed a writ petition with the Division Bench of the Kerala HC.

After referring to the statements filed by the Central Government Counsel and the petitioner, the Division Bench made two key observations. First, the I&B Ministry had behaved in a high-handed manner, and two, Sasidharan should have been given an opportunity to screen the censored version of S Durga for the jury and the Ministry. It suggested that the single bench list the petition and give Sasidharan a hearing by November 20 — the opening day of IFFI this year. The case finally came up for hearing yesterday. "It's a moral victory for the film," said Sasidharan's advocate Manu Sebastian.

IFFI officials told Mirror they had not received any official intimation about the court's decision. "I came to know about the issue via media," said Vani Tripathi Tikoo, a member of IFFI's steering committee. Sunit Tandon, festival director, IFFI, said, "I have nothing to say for now. I, too, got to know about it only a while ago from news reports." Six of the Panorama section's jury members — Hari Vishwanathan, Satarupa Sanyal, Ruchi Narain, Gopi Desai, Suresh Heblikar and Sachin Chatte — had written to Smriti Irani to voice their concern with regard to the exclusion of the two films without any intimation, discussion or recourse to the jury, which has a final say, as per Indian Panorama regulations. Pointing out that their written correspondence to the Directorate of Film Festivals and the National Film Development Corporation of India went unheeded, the members urged the minister to give the films under dispute a fair chance to be viewed. IFFI ends on November 28.
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Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; November 22, 2017)

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s battle came to a fitting end yesterday. The Kerala High Court yesterday directed the Information & Broadcasting Ministry and the International Film Festival of India ( IFFI) to screen his Malayalam film, S Durga, which was dropped from the film festival’s line- up of movies despite being selected by the Indian Panorama jury. In his judgment, Justice K Vinod Chandran deemed that the CBFC certified version of the film was entitled to be screened.

Overjoyed by the ruling, Sasidharan, who is currently attending Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane for the same film, told mid-day, “I am not the one to usually celebrate victories. But I can’t stay away from being ecstatic about this one. This is the victory of cinema and of our democracy.”

S Durga was one of the two films that were unceremoniously dropped from the line-up on November 11, days before the film festival was to kick off. Sujoy Ghosh had stepped down as the jury chief as a mark of protest.

Grateful that many had voiced their protest against IFFI’s dictatorial ways, Sasidharan added, “This is the victory of those people from the jury who sacrificed for the film. This is a message that champions freedom of speech.”

He doesn’t deny that freedom of expression is finding itself increasingly under threat, citing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati as the latest example where artistic expression is being choked. “But this ruling reinstates my faith in the judiciary.”

Padmavati controversy: Kamal Haasan supports Deepika Padukone


MUMBAI MIRROR (November 22, 2017)

In the wake of the controversy against Bhansali's Padmavati, Kamal Haasan has come out in support of the film's leading lady, Deepika Padukone, saying that he wants her head to be saved.

"I want Ms Deepika's head... saved. Respect it more than her body. Even more her freedom. Do not deny her that," Haasan put out a tweet on Tuesday, adding. "Many communities have opposed my films. Extremism in any debate is deplorable. Wake up cerebral India. Time to think. We've said enough. Listen Ma Bharat."

While several fringe groups as well as Chief Ministers have called for a ban on the period drama, the CBFC, on Tuesday, refused the makers' request to expedite the film's review process citing "technical issues".

Unless censor certificate is not issued, no state can make 'jumlas' (on banning a film)-Pahlaj Nihalani


MUMBAI MIRROR (November 22, 2017)

A day after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje , among others, called for a ban on the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati for "distorting history", former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certifi cation (CBFC), Pahlaj Nihalani has pointed out that a fi lm can't be banned in a state before receiving a censor certifi cate.

"A state can impose a ban only if it is deemed that the movie may disrupt law and order situation in the state, and only after film certification. A certificate is yet to be issued to Padmavati," Nihalani was quoted as saying. "Unless certificate is not issued, no state can make 'jumlas' like 'we'll cut it' or 'we'll not let it release'. Furthermore, the producer of the film can approach the court, if the scenes do get cut." Prasoon Joshi, the current CBFC chairperson, had earlier said that the board will arrive at a decision after a discussion, but Nihalani downplayed it, saying that a chairman cannot decide the fate of a movie.

"The examination committee decides after watching the movie; the chairman cannot decide. Unless the censor board pronounces its decision, opinion of everyone else is of no value," he added.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra to attend IFFI closing ceremony


Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 22, 2017)

More Bollywood A-listers are scheduled to descend at the closing ceremony of the ongoing IFFI in Goa this year. To mark the beginning of the 49th year of the festival, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani and her team have got Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt to attend the finale on November 28. “At the last minute, Alia also agreed to arrive a day earlier and conduct a masterclass for young and budding actors,” the festival spokesperson told Mirror.

The closing ceremony was initially expected to reunite former co-stars Rajinikanth, and Amitabh Bachchan, who is being honoured at the ceremony. The two had shared the IFFI stage two years ago and had an hourlong impromptu chat. This year, Rajinikanth had to bow out as he is busy shooting for a film in Chennai. Huma Qureshi, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon will also be there.

Indo-Argentinian filmmaker Pablo César’s Thinking of Him is the closing film. It revolves around the relationship between Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (Victor Banerjee) and Argentine feminist, writer and activist, Victoria Ocampo.

Fumbling start for Indian Panorama section at IFFI 2017


Sanyukta Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 22, 2017)

IFFI’s controversy-riddled Indian Panorama section opened on Tuesday with a fumble as the name of Sujoy Ghosh, the chairperson of the feature film jury who has since stepped down from the panel, was announced and an IFFI staff member came forward with his certificate and trophy at the felicitation ceremony. This was followed by Apurva Asrani’s name being announced, not once but twice, after which the host said, “guess he is missing in action,” after four members from the team ran into the venue waving their hands in a big “No”. Asrani has also resigned from the jury. While the name of the third jury member who has resigned, Gyan Correa, was omitted, that of Satarupa Sanyal, who was not present, was announced too till festival director Sunit Tandon asked the host to move on with the list.

Many other jury members, including Gopi Desai, Nikkhil Advani and Nishikant Kamat were present on the occasion. “We are here to support Pihu, the incredibly beautiful opening film. As an industry, we stand by each other and if anyone has any problem, they are free to express it as we live in a democracy,” asserted Sudhir Mishra, chairperson of the jury of the nonfeature section, adding that they were all there to celebrate cinema. “IFFI is the platform where I started my journey as a filmmaker. I was born as a filmmaker here and it is a kind of a pilgrimage for me. And I will come here no matter what the problems.”

Sridevi, who inaugurated the segment, kept her speech short and snappy, “I’m happy to be here. I declare the Panorama section now open.”

Kapil Sharma's film Firangi stuck at the censors?


The comedy-drama was to release this Friday but hasn't recieve a certificate
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 22, 2017)

The release of Kapil Sharma's comedy period-drama Firangi, which was to hit the screens this Friday, has been postponed. According to sources close to the development, the makers are uncertain if the film will manage to keep its date with the box-office since it is yet to receive a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The film was initially announced for a November 10 release by Kapil and his team on the social media a while ago and subsequently moved to November 24. The new release date is expected to be announced later in the week.

A spokesperson from Kapil's production house, K9 Films, told Mirror, "The film has been submitted to the censor office and we are expecting a reply from them soon."

Directed by Rajiev Dhingra, Firangi features Kapil alongside actresses Ishita Dutta and Monica Gill and is set in 1920 India. The comedian-actor plays the well-meaning villager Monga, who believes that the British mean no harm. However, circumstances prove otherwise and Monga turns against them.