Images from Happy New Year (updated)















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thanks to Krrish…





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thanks to Rooney for getting one for the blog!

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thanks to Raghav & Andy…

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248 Responses to “Images from Happy New Year (updated)”

  1. the amusing thing here is a film with that title not releasing anywhere near a new year!

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  2. If this is look of srk and jr b throughout the movie, no one can save it from sinking.

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    • doubt that’s the case..

      Abhishek incidentally also has a double here though it’s not clear whether it’s a proper one or a BB kind of deal.

      will say though that Farah Khan needs to be careful and avoid the TMK trap.. in other words a film which has some real element of drama to it and isn’t just a frothy circus often close to parody,

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    • I guess this is the first image of HNY you’ve seen and missed all other shooting pictures floating around net.

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      • Yup.. I haven’t seen any other picture, but i must be wrong here. Farah khan is known to extract most glamorous look possible from her cast. Though, i haven’t liked this look a bit. They look old, out of shape yet not funny.

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    • If this is look of srk and jr b throughout the movie, no one can save it from sinking.

      only abhi in it will stop from sinking.

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  3. Isn’t it too early for the film’s poster? HNY’s release date is mentioned as Oct 24, 2014. Anyway, I guess they want to set the ball rolling, especially for star-fans smarting at the ‘undeserved’ success of a hated rival! Well, this poster shows five guys and one skimpily dressed girl — and some infuriated commenters talk about aamir’s films being misogynistic and anti-woman, what not… please.

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    • Not supporting SRK here but I think you are not aware even Ra.One’s 1st look and Chennai Express 1st look was released on New year’s day and to think not releasing 1st look of a film named ‘Happy New Year’ on new year would be stupid enough. So, your point of this poster coming out on account of Dhoom3’s success fails.

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      • My comment was not anti-srk. Just a general comment. Well, it’s new year’s time, so…this poster now. My mistake, sorry.

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        • I have good expectations from Farah Khan-SRK-Deepika-Abhishek combo. Liked Main hoon Na and Om shanti Om a lot; in fact watched OSO twice in theatre. I hope this film Happy New Year is as much fun, with good music, goofiness and laughter.

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  4. What does the tag line at the top mean / translate into? Didn’t get that…

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  5. The poster reminds me of Players and SRK looks like Robert Downey Jr to me for some reason. It’s interesting that they don;t have a distributor yet.

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  6. This one is going to have i big shot at boxoffice.

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  7. I’d expect something pretty grand here. Farah usually deals with grand.
    Don’t mind the first look. Pretty good cast put together.
    My only scepticism is this film has been in the works for a number of years. At least it was a film and story which was supposed to come even before OSO and got repeatedly put on the back burner.
    It’s got a good cast and sounds like Oceans 11 or something like that which I liked.

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    • Agreed on the skepticism bit. Ultimately what this really amounts to is another big bang initial with little chance of decent or better trending. CE is the best they might be looking at in this sense so it becomes even more about the trending. of course both MHN and OSO did trend well enough but then she also had TMK. You’re right in that HNY has been in the works for just about forever. Once Bachchan was supposed to be part of it! But it’s gone through a lot of rewrites. Doubt there was a ‘double’ (of any kind) in it earlier as there seems to be now. The thing with OSO though was the Karz remake, it had some drama built into it by way of the reincarnation angle. Despite this Farah Khan did her very best to keep most of the film away from this theme barring a few moments in each half. Her essential instincts are just to create the biggest circus possible. She’s probably learned something from the TMK experience. I too find this poster appealing in a certain garish way! But yeah no one goes to Farah Khan expecting anything half serious. If there’s an interesting heist movie here amidst the circus it will be one of the year’s bigger surprises!

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      • Farah does have a good pulse of the audience usually. Heist movies don’t usually do well with the masses but I expect this one to change all that. There will be enough masala for the masses too inspite of the whole heist thing which traditionally doesn’t find takers among the masses. A don kind of deal is also a multiplex affair and I don’t think this will be that kind of deal. If this strikes a chord I expect big numbers. Infant next year I don’t think any movie will open better than this, PK included.

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        • Hirani’s movies never have the absolute biggest openings anyway. 3I didn’t.

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        • the one thing they are doing is building it up as the film of the year.. of course the most anticipated one is the Aamir-Hirani. After 3I it might even get the biggest opening around. But in any case it will automatically be a contender for biggest grosser even if one can’t expect 3I-like trending every time, specially in the absence of a campus subject that got all those repeats from a younger demographic. In any case it doesn’t get better than this combo.

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  8. Looking forward to this one….I liked MHN, and found OSO to be one of SRK’s better films. But the problem was he acted really badly in it, especially as the spoiled movie star. All he had to do was be himself 🙂

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    • LOL, the thing with SRK is he really started hamming in certain kinds of parts over time. Does way better with the restrained stuff. Also found him quite endearing in MNIK. Didn’t mind OSO myself but given that this was a reincarnation subject some of the excesses here were unpardonable. Actually this might have done a Ghajini with the right drama in this sense. But as with everything else in Bollywood people are just afraid to make genuine films and follow the subject. Most of the time it’s about making a film that can justify the right trailer! And in turn getting the biggest initial possible and scrambling! Actually most of Bollywood really functions like a scam in this sense! An intelligent director would make a heist movie that would double over as a commentary of Bollywood. But since I’m not confusing Farah Khan with Nolan or someone I’m not expecting that here! MHN was ok too.

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      • Yes, it’s a wise decision not to confuse Farah Khan with Nolan lol. BTW Ghajini remains one of my favorite films of 2000s. That’s how a masala film should be made – blood, guts and unbridled emotions.

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      • Yes, SRK got the MNIK act mostly right. I was surprised how much Aamir hammed as the mentally challenged/autistic (??) brother in Dhoom 3. Wasn’t expecting that at all. His facial expressions were really over the top.

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  9. Also the bearded look is the perfect choice for SRK, it suits him, and does a good job at covering up how much he has aged.

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    • Yes the look works for him but I doubt that’s going to be the case throughout the film. In the poster Abhishek and Boman Irani have the same look. Could be a heist sequence. presumably they don’t all have this look throughout the film! But yeah otherwise he looked great in CDI with that look. Actually and though I understand why he wouldn’t want to go down this route (since he probably still wants to keep his options open as a romantic star) if he greyed his hair a bit with that look I think it would really work.

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      • The whole idea of almost 50 stars wanting to look like school boys, and waiting for the right girl to get married with needs to go. One thing I liked about Chennai Express was that they at least made SRK 40 and joked about it as well. If only the rest of the film was more grounded.

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      • Satyam: “…he greyed his hair a bit with that look I think it would really work.”-

        Agree with this. And the best example in recent times is that of Ajith who has pretty much opened up a completely new space for himself with the salt-and-pepper look coupled with the almost anti-hero like roles (actually quite a few of those roles are borderline psychotic) he is playing in those ‘mass’ films. I love his persona in Mankatha for example (which was an excellently executed new-age Masala film) and I am dying to see Arrambam. And I believe he would make for a great villain in the Dhoom films as well (thought he did a very good job as Billa/Don in Billa)

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    • The good thing srk has ensured is that shirish kunder is not associated with this movie. So this shouldn’t turn out to be a TMK. I think this will get the biggest opening of next year.

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  10. tigmanshu dhulia played one in gow and so do anurag kashyap in shagird and johar is actually playing in there universe directed by one of them

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  11. tonymontana Says:

    Always skeptical of a Farah Khan and SRK film. MHN was okay even though it hasnt got any shelf life, but OSO really got on my nerves on the first watch. The trouble with such big banner films is you dont even know which reviewers and paying public to trust, as many have a preset agenda in mind to bring down or exaggerate the merits of the film.

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  12. With Happy New Year slated to release this Diwali, the film seems to have many surprise visitors from Amitabh Bachchan to Naseeruddin Shah. However, unlike Om Shanti Om, which had many superstars from Bollywood doing a cameo, this time around Farah Khan had expressed a desire to cast some prominent directors and music directors from the industry.

    And recently, revealing the first look of one such cameo was Farah who posed along with director Anurag Kashyap and music director Vishal Dadlani. Apparently, the two are said to play the role of reality show judges in the film. The director cum producer who is excited about their comic roles in the film also revealed that their characters will have everybody in splits.

    Happy New Year stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah in prominent roles.

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movies/features/type/view/id/6094

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  13. Abhishek looks wierd in that individual picture. The other pictures of his in the background indicates that he might have a comic sort of role.

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  14. This film looks a complete mess.

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  15. If it has a half-way decent plot, I think this will be a big hit…..

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    • I am quite excited about this one. I liked both Farah Khans movie with SRK. This one also doesnt have any Kunder in it. Also this genre (action + comedy) is something which Farah will do well.

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      • If Farah Khan makes a good film it will be the first time! Didn’t mind either MHN or OSO but can’t say I liked them either. The problem is that she’s one of those directors who makes it about comedy and songs irrespective of what the plot is. Specially on OSO where she could have just stuck to the central narrative and done much better she went truly over the top at points. And it’s not just this but the song with 33 stars, throwing everything at the wall, and so on. Might well be an enjoyable film but already all the posters so far are quite garish. The first one was the best of the lot.

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        • I think this is a naach-gaana type of films so the posters seem alright to me. I found SRK and AB jr. banter enjoyable in KANK, looking forward to seeing more of that.

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          • agreed on the two being good together. Abhishek said somewhere that he had few scenes with SRK in KANK but here he was with him everywhere. On the rest yeah I’m possibly being a bit harsh on the posters. Just think that whether it’s the film or the this stuff Farah Khan could do better. the problem is they all go for the low hanging fruit. The biggest initial and so on. No one is willing to see beyond this.

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        • I liked MHN far better than OSO where I thought the second half was not up to the mark. But the 33 star songs was fine with me as considering SRK was a movie hero, at least they had a reason to put that song in. But MHN was not as gimmicky but still had a decent enough narrative for me to give her another chance. I am ignoring that Akshay Kumar turkey she delivered in between as SRK had rejected that movie knowing well enough there was nothing in the script and if HNY has been agreed with SRK, it will have a better script. Also no Kunder in this one…
          There was a role for AB in this when this was first being discussed. I wonder if it was the Boman Irani one.

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          • Probably MHN was better overall inasmuch as it was less ambitious. The first half of OSO was pretty alright too but things got out of hand in the second one. On HNY yes it’s been talked about forever and I too suspect that Bachchan might have had the Boman role. But then this script has also gone through many rewrites and who knows what changes were made at what stage.

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      • I enjoyed MHN and OSO a lot. Total paisa vassol film.

        If HNY is a good film MHN or OSO, it will be a blockbuster. Farah Khan is one of the better masala/entertainment maker today (barring TMK due to her husband).

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        • The multi star cast and Deepika are inarguably the USP for this project. On the rest don’t trust anyone esp srk who continues to hire weak directors and reigning him in will be a challenge for Farah types who is coming out of duds like TMK and Joker..…

          “As for the half-decent plot luckily Bollywood audiences don’t insist on this..” – Lol ! Ace comment there Satyam !

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    • yeah should certainly throw up big numbers. As for the half-decent plot luckily Bollywood audiences don’t insist on this..

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  16. Farah has one decent movie to her name- MHN which was ok except for the political pandering to SRK base but OSO was beyond trash. Thosethat enjoyed OSO really need help!She is great with song picturisations for sure. TMK was obviously a dud. People like her try to be too smart and that can be their undoing.
    HNY can very possibly go as high as 250 crores but will need the right treatment.

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  17. umm I enjoyed OSO…can you send me a psychiatrist’s number 🙂

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    • LOL, Henry . You just lost the right to criticise ANY movie. Even a Hashmi crapfest.
      I am not a psychiatrist can help. May be a neuro surgeon as the only thing that can help is a brain transplant or in Z’s case a brain implant!

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      • rajen being rajen, useless poster with nothing of value to provide…

        Go watch coutless trash flops of your fav from past 30 years 🙂

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    • OSO was an enjoyable movie though it was very inconsistent at times (especially in the second half). Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable fare. MHN is a movie I have watched several times over and it always feels like a ride. 😛

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    • I enjoyed OSO enough to watch it twice in theatre. So…i like good cinema like The Lunchbox and dark comedies, even bolly style action-dramas like the much despised Dhoom 3…a film connects at a personal level.

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  18. One thing is common between Farah and Sajid movies … They are time pass sort only if watch in cinema first time … unable to hold interest even for a minute if try to watch at home. I tried to watch MHN(missed in theatre) many times at home, but couldn’t sit more than 30 minutes. OSO saw at cinema .. never able to sit through at home even for a minute. Ditto for Houseful series and Heyy Babby.

    This is not the case with Welcome, No Entry, Golmal series, Hera Pheri, Awara Pagal Deewana , Hungama etc … I watch and enjoy all these comedies most of time at home.

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  19. Posters look good. Everyone seems to be in his/her elements.

    SRK manages to bring out just the right amount of attitude.

    DP is well being DP

    Sonu also up there in terms of attitude.

    Broman and Abhishek probably anchor the comedy bits.

    The kid seems like a misfit

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  20. Finally, some excitement on the blog.

    It’s been dead for few weeks.

    I’m sure on Aug 14th, there will be a lot of traffic once the HNY trailer comes out.

    Why isn’t anybody talking about yudh, it’s in it’s 4th week, is anybody watching it?

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    • Bandra.NRI Says:

      Z

      I am expecting Farah’s best effort.

      I agree with Satyam that she sometimes chooses farce when drama would have been better option. OSO could have used more drama less comedy/songs etc in the second half, BUT who are we to question her judgement. OSO hit the bulls eye at the BO.

      This tine around I think she has worked the script to give it a thriller like appeal. It will be Oceans’s Eleven meets Manmohan Desai with a garnish of Farah.

      I would have preferred Amitabh in Boman’s role. Ranbeer Kapoor (in Abhishek’s role, just to avoid two Bachchans together). But as is is also great.

      Songs they say on twitter are outstanding.

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    • Z
      I was the first one who posted the dismal rating of Yudh but unfortunately my comment was deleted twice. May be someone else might have done the same and got same treatment.So, how can you expect discussions on Yudh in situation like this?

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  21. Farah Khan’s movies are always big massy entertainers. Both MHN and OSO were the biggest openers of their time and HNY looks be on the same track. How big, not sure, depends on the first promo and build up.

    HNY was supposed to be made after MHN but SRK kept rejecting the climax of the script and then even after OSO he did the same and Farah went ahead and made TMK with Akshay. She claims its been part of 10 years work and her most polished script so far. Lets see..

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  22. Bandra.NRI Says:

    HNY Posters Vs PK Poster.

    The PK poster did not create any positive buzz, whereas HNY has everyone hooked on “Indiawalle”.

    PK put out one poster and got ridiculed. HNY put out more than poster and each seem to have hit its target.

    In all fairness I would like to say, at least in the poster battle HNY has won.

    This does not mean HNY will outperform PK. Performance really depends upon 1) Content and 2 ) Free weeks without competition. I think content wise PK has the edge but on the issue of Free Weeks, HNY has the edge.

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    • unfortunately this is true. Aamir has gone nuts – no matter what is the context of the film with this poster – but it has boomranged and tarnished his image very badly. And the audacity is that they have gone ahead and put standees of the same poster!!!! disgusting.

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      • Bandra.NRI Says:

        Arrogance eventually gets to you.

        RGV became arrogant about his creativity and fell hard.

        Now, I don’t think Raju or Aamir are in any anyway like RGV, but in a little way, it appears, they got carried about how wondeful they are. Their arrogance lite (compared to RGV full blown), as we can see from the poster, has been counter productive . They went against the sensibilities of their core demographics. VVC should have warned them that thet are Raju/Aamir not Ekta Kapoor or Mahesh Bhatt.

        If their movie is as different as their poster then they have a problem on their hand.

        Perhaps Raju/Aamir are the best in a Bollywood to handle difficult subjects, but sometime even your best does cut mustard. There is a price to be paid for biting more than you can chew. Arrogance always extracts a price. Raju/Aamir will pay for their sin.

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      • I think , on the contrary, they have put a poster which is probably contextual to the movie but have misjudged that the goodwill RH and AK have with the paying public, will allow them to put such a poster without anyone asking any questions. Unfortunately the poster has not gone down too well with any section of the audience. Even the hardcore fans are not sure why such a poster was needed. The haters anyways were waiting for such an opportunity. Whats worse is that the poster is not even shot well. The expressions, the body, the bizarre head (whether intentional or otherwise) doesnt help. At the end of day family audience are important and you cannot alienate them.

        I dont think there is any arrogance here of any kind, its just a big error of judgement. The movie needs a solid trailor to get everyone interested.

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        • Krish

          If it makes you feel better then lets call it error in judgement.

          I agree that a good trailer will undo any damage that the poster has done. There is no way Raju/Aamir/VVC will deliver a poor product . In recent times, I have enjoyed all Aamir Khan movies.

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          • I didn’t mind the PK poster but the biggest failure for them is to invest in talking standees and cinema owners refused to showcase in their theaters and then PK team moved these standees to local wine shops 🙂

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          • you guys might be rather disappointed once the movie releases..!

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      • Bandra.NRI Says:

        Idea

        It appears as if they wanted to go one up on the Gajani poster. This may all fit in with the movie, but it seems Aamir wanted to go beyond Gajani.

        Sometimes less is more.

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  23. Nobody’s caught Jigarthanda here yet?

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  24. Abhishek Bachchan Turned Tapori For Happy New Year
    Written by: Shilpa Sardare Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 15:33 [IST]

    Abhishek Bachchan has turned an alcoholic and tapori for his upcoming film Happy New Year. The actor have a double role in the film which is directed by Farah Khan.

    Sources close to the actor said, “Abhishek plays a double role for the first time in his career. One of the two characters in the film is tapori and another is alcoholic. Abhishek has never done a double role nor has ever played an alcoholic.”

    Abhishek Bachchan was heard praising superstar Shahrukh Khan for helping him during the shooting of the film as both the actors are working together for the first time. Sources said, “Abhishek had two roles, Shahrukh was absolutely generous helping Abhishek out and providing him with all inputs needed to play the double role.”

    According to the reports, Shahrukh had advised Junior Bachchan to lose weight for his role of a tapori and an alcoholic. Movie is scheduled to release on October 23, 2014.

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    • I like the idea of seeing Abhishek through the lens of Farah Khan. I think, she will bring out the best in him.

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      • I don’t think there would be much role for this ‘double’ part having so many characters already. The double part comes in when Abhishek 2 is also Jackie Shroff’s son, who’s playing the villain. Its that Abhishek 1 gets inside by replacing that Abhishek 2. Yeah… Farah’s movies are so straight forward 😀

        So, better some Abhi fans don’t have huge expectations in double role parts.

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        • Bandra.NRI Says:

          My thought is that being an ensamble, effectively will mean that everyone apart from SRK, would have smaller roles. Equal to each other, but smaller than SRK’s.

          In this scenerio, Abhishek will be given more total time (compared to the Kid) but that time divided by two will be less per role than the others.

          This ensamble thing will not work well for Abhishek. All his life he was been given roles on a silver platter. The better dialogues were given to him to make him a hero. This ensamble thing places him in a food fight. Nawazuddin, I can see in a food fight, but Abhishek needs a silver spoon to feed him.

          This does not mean he is a bad actor or a failure. I just don’t see him rising to the top when the playing field is perfectly level. Abhishek without a boost will be worth watching.

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  25. Not sure if it’s ligit.

    Exclusive Update on Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year Trailer

    We, at talkingmoviez bring before all Shah Rukh Khan – Deepika Padukone fans some exclusive update regarding the Happy New Year trailer which will simply blow your mind.

    It is a known thing by now that the length of the trailer is 3.16 sec and has been awarded U/A certificate. This makes Happy New trailer one of the longest Bollywood trailers in recent times. Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara trailer had the same length.

    1) Each and every character ( 6 to be precise) will be introduced in the first part of the trailer. Shah Rukh Khan was very clear that though the trailer might become some what longer than usual running time but he wanted each and every character too be equal importance in the trailer.

    2) The ”Indiawaale ” song which is actually the theme of the movie will be heard in the background music of the trailer. In short, most part of the trailer is cut on that song only.

    3) You won’t hear other songs in the trailer but you will see them in the trailer. To be precise, you will see some mind-boggling visuals of 3 songs in the trailer apart from Indiawaale

    4) For the fans who have been waiting to see Shah Rukh Khan get back in romantic avatar well the trailer will satisfy your wishes too.

    5) The choreography is zany and out of the world in the trailer and the scale of the trailer is on par with Hollywood films. In short you might see the grandest Bollywood trailer ever.

    6) Lastly for lovers of dialogue-bazzi and action, there are some good clap worthy dialogues in the trailer and the last part of the trailer will showcase some kickass action sequences. There is ample does of comedy in the trailer too.

    Hope we have been able to give you a decent update of the trailer without giving any spoilers. If we get a further detailed report on the trailer you all will be the first to hear it.

    http://www.talkingmoviez.com/exclusive-update-on-shah-rukh-khans-happy-new-year-trailer/

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  26. Whose signature is that on the second last poster?

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  27. I hope this will be last multistarrer by Abhishek … A top secret news i heard from Janak insider is .. Abhishek might direct a movie for AB corp very soon

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    • Doing multistarrer is fine as long as your role is long and important in it. If it’s just a space filler or it’s not lengthy or important than it’s useless. It adds no value to your resume.

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      • Well I’d put it this way. It all depends on the context and where you are in your career. If Abhishek did this multistarrer in say 2006 it would mean one thing and today it means another. Now you’re right that it depends on the part. Obviously D3 is unacceptable, BB is totally fine (even leaving aside the title bit and so on), HNY looks to be an ensemble deal, if he then has the double he’s more than fine. But if a star cannot show box office strength outside the multistarrer format some of these victories become questionable. Obviously Abhishek was in a box office hole, he had to get out of it, some of this makes sense in that context. But even if a star improves his standing this way he still has to come up with that missing link soon or later. And while one is doing those multistarrers there cannot be a D3-like deal. Now he has two solos coming up, firstly the Umesh Shukla, then the one he’s about to begin. The Happy Anniversary rumor also keeps making the news (Sushmita Sen claims she’s part of the deal). The point is that if after all these multistarrers he now moves to a mostly solos deal that’s fine. But then there are also the Houseful 3 stories. So it all depends on the mix and as I said the contexts. Because there is a time in a star’s career when he or she can play this game of getting enough or even more credit out of the film. This isn’t KANK and it’s not 2006. And so getting more credit than Devgan or less credit than Aamir or as much or more than SRK isn’t quite what it might have meant once. And to the extent that it does there cannot be speed-breakers like D3. Still however all of this pans out that next step nonetheless has to work out. Getting more credit than bigger stars does not mean anything on its own once a star has gotten past that stage of becoming successful for the first time.

        Having said all that there’s one thing Abhishek nonetheless has going for him (though he’s fast running out on time to truly capitalize on this) which is that perversely he’s maintained this ‘becoming’ structure (‘I’m still learning from senior stars’ kind of deal). And the reason this itself works when there have been many younger stars since is because of the Bachchan difference (the signature still sets him apart) and the fact that one way or the other he gets these important projects. So even when he was in his first box office position he got a double in a Rohit Shetty film with himself in the title role and Devgan providing box office safety. D3 was unfortunate in my view though not something that will hurt him in the long run if the other stuff works out. HNY might be a BB-like deal for him. But in any case the point here is that if you are where he was before BB you could do a lot worse than this! I’ve been the greatest critic of his multistarrer choices in certain ways (which doesn’t mean I don’t understand why he’s doing them) but there is something to be said for appearing in these very high profile films where one constantly goes up against major stars and does well or better. Even in D3 the problem was really one of footage (many people liked him a lot more here nonetheless than in D2). But even accepting the issue here a high profile film keeps you in the running in certain ways even accepting the flak one gets (multistarrer etc.. the media is in any case always unfair to him).

        So one can mix it up a number of ways here but the bottom line is the same. He needs something on his own now and something significant at that, then he needs to follow it up with more. The multistarrers can be a part of the mix but not the entire story.

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        • Its safer to be in a multi starrer featuring SRK than in a multi starrer featuring Aamir specially in a franchise where the villian is the selling point. Even historically I dont think Aamir has been as kind to his peers in parallel roles as much as SRK has been. The one reason could be that SRK seems to be emotion driven who would do anything for a friend whereas Aamir seems the thinking guy who will check whats in it for him. D3, KANK, Karan Arjun, DCH (where AK was supposed to play Sid but opted for the crowd pleasing role), Andaz Apna Apna all tells me this. Hence I am sure Abhishek will have a good role in HNY.
          IMO the only reason he is doing multi starrers is that he can hedge his risks much better that way. Even if his solo tanks there is always a multi starrer which will provide him a hit. I dont think he signed HNY for that reason though but Houseful 3 seems to be signed ONLY for that reason.

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          • Ironically he took a long time deciding on HNY. Farah Khan had wanted to work with him for a long time in general but even for this project he took quite a while to agree. The way Abhishek relates it (though not sure if this made the difference) SRK showed up at Bachchan Sr’s place telling him he would present Abhishek as no one ever had before. Of course this too is a stale old line in any film industry but at the very same time the director was also stressing that this was an ensemble cast, that SRK wasn’t really the hero, that it was brave of him to do the part, and so on.

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          • Satyam

            It cannot be truly ensemble. Look at the size and location of SRK in the poster Vs Abhishek. I think the Kid and Sonu have better footage in the poster.

            Is Abhishek happy with how his role turned out ?

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          • if that’s your opinion on the top two posters I’m afraid to say either I need a new pair of eyes or you do. SRK’s at the center, then Abhishek-Deepika have parity then it’s the rest. But I might be going blind. On the rest that the advertising should still have SRK more central is not something that surprises me. Everything I’ve heard about this part seems fine to me. But of course I haven’t seen the film. I would think a double role (of any sort) would mean something but hey I’ve been wrong before! In any case I’ve already put up a long comment on all this earlier today. Don’t think I can add to it. They’ve said repeatedly it’s an ensemble cast, they’ve said repeatedly it’s a double, they’ve said all sorts of things. Could SRK nonetheless be in the driver’s seat in a symbolic sense? Absolutely! The only thing here is that given the right footage I’m pretty confident Abhishek can run with this. But again even that scenario shouldn’t constitute the height of accomplishment for him at this stage as I’ve already said earlier. This was by the way true with BB also. I think a poster makes it fairly obvious what’s going on. There are individual posters, two bigger ones with SRK at the center, a small group one with SRK-Deepika privileged. But I get the sense that people sometimes see imaginary things in these posters! When D3 was 95% about Aamir from the go I said that. When BB was total parity on the posters I said that too (with Abhishek still having a)the title part b)the double in every poster). Don’t think this is rocket science. And as I’ve said consistently over time whether I’m a fan of someone or not I tend not to be at war with the facts! In a poster you just rely on your most salable stars. Sometimes there can be an ensemble cast with great symbolic importance for one star but with enough for another star to run with. We’ll have to see the film for that. Maybe Farah Khan has been making things up!

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          • and to repeat something I said in the longer comment, this is the most Abhishek can hope for from this kind of deal. If you’re acting in multiple multistarrers where at every point the other star is demonstrably bigger in box office terms you can only depend on getting equal or more credit out of it, improving your box office position, and then hoping that the solo you have or are planning also works. There’s nothing more to be said here. It can’t be ideal in his position (at least given the choices he’s made.. someone like Saif doesn’t do multistarrers no matter where his career is at any point, or at least it’s rare). But it shouldn’t be D3 either. That’s all there is to it!

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          • Bandra.NRI Says:

            Satyam

            DK is the only girl in the poster. You can stick her anywhere and the eyes will go there. Her position on the poster does not matter.

            But when it comes to the guys, it is a different matter (only because it is touted to be an ensamble).

            What we see is that SRK has been given the plum spot. He also is occupies bigger space.

            Now after seeing that, I was hoping that Abhishek would get at least a spot in e foreground, but surprisingly he has been pushed to the back. Instead that better spot has been given to Sonu and the Kid.

            All this does not sit well with the ensamble narrative. What is worse (and that is why I asked if Abhishek is happy with how things turned out) is that he plays a “Tapori”. Now in Bollywood, “Tapori” is short for “definitely not the lead”.

            All in all this does not look like a good deal. But of course once we see the movie we will be able to tell. I am looking forward to Abhishek’s Tapori act.

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          • Can’t say I can add anything to what I’ve already said. It’s frankly getting more than a little silly at this point..

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          • Bandra.NRI Says:

            Tapori as a solo lead. OK I get that.

            Then there is that poor Tapori in a two hero movie, who finally gets the girl, well I get that too.

            But Tapori in a so called ensemble who does not get the leading lady, not good. No matter how you cut that, it is not good. Then they stick him like Rosa Parks in the back. This is definitely not good.

            I think Farah/SRK bamboozled Abhishek. I cannot see him happy with HNY.

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    • I doubt this very much to be honest. He has said he will be producing the Amit Sharma film and he’s talked about it before also.

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    • Directing is a very daunting task and then to act in it is extremely difficult. Not many can do it successfully for a long period of time. Percentage wise it’s less than 1% who can do it successfully.

      Raj Kapoor was probably the best one at it, some of the others were Guru Dutt, Firoz Khan, Manoj Kumar.

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    • He’s not going anywhere. Abhishek is the only actor in past 2 decades who has done a movie with “every top leading actor” of his time. Now, he’s on Round 2 with the same set of actors. After Bol Bachchan, HNY, he goes back to Akshay for Housefull 3.

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  28. Satyam,

    On Desai interview where he said he found everything he wanted in Amitabh with Amar Akbar Anthony.

    There was someone else he found in that film. He had worked him with before but at very minimum. After AAA, he was in all of Desais film, more than bachhan.

    Would love to read your take on him as he was coming back big time from late 70’s.

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    • don’t know who you’re referring to..

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    • LP, Anand Bakshi and Kader Khan were constant factor till Coolie.

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      • Correct on LP/AB and KK.

        I was thinking of Rafi.

        Desai held Rafi on a very high pedestal since AAA. Took him as a lead singer in just about all the movies until Rafis death. AAA, Dharam Veer, Chacha Bhatija, Suhaag, Naseeb, Desh Premee.

        Funny story, I had taken my little cousin to watch Naseeb when it released and he thougt it was Kishor singing John Johnny Jarnadhan and Chal Chal mere bhai.

        After Rafis death, Desai started his movie with paying tribute to Rafi in the starting credits.

        His movies after Rafi (Coolie, Mard, GJS) had Rafi clones as the main singer.

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  29. Here we go again…

    Barely had we braced ourselves for the media onslaught after the news Shah Rukh Khan is releasing the trailer of his next Happy New Year on August 14, when our collective joy was hampered by the controversy that started floating on where else but WhatsApp!

    Yes, incidentally- and interestingly-SRK has chosen a date that invariably also marks the Independence Day of our neighboring nation, Pakistan. Now call it an accident or the lack of another strategic date that SRK could not mark on his busy calendar to release the trailer. But the fact remains that some zealots have got all worked up and have even started threatening to ban the release of the movie, questioning why SRK didn’t bother to wait or push the release date forward, by a day, when India celebrates her Independence Day.

    It would be interesting to note that Ajay Devgn’s Singham Returns is releasing on August 15. It’s a no brainer that the buzz about Happy New Year’s release will steal some thunder from Ajay’s movie. (It will certainly get people talking about SRK’s movie trailer exactly a day before Ajay’s promising looking venture hits the screen.) But now it seems that the think tank of HNY is likely to deal with another major controversy in its bid to release HNY trailer before Singham Returns‘ release.

    India.com is still wondering if this is a strategic move on SRK’s part or just an controversy courting occurrence!

    http://www.india.com/showbiz/happy-new-year-trailer-to-release-on-pakistans-independence-day-is-shahrukh-khan-courting-controversies-yet-again-116850/

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  30. The entire HNY team has changed their twitter handles to their characters from the film.

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  31. Liked the motion poster.. much better than everything else I’ve seen on this score.

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  32. 200 cr is on

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    • Given how much Kick and CE did I would think it would be some kind of failure below that! And again if it’s doing 150-170 crores in week 1 (or whatever) it will need a lot more than that. The trade will call it a hit after the first weekend, that’s another matter!

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      • 200 will be disappointing. If the movie is good then sky is the limit.

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        • agree, looking at some of the advertising and the hysterical media campaign that is likely to follow it could get into D3’s gross range if it is half-decent. The D3 number has so far proved very elusive for even the biggest openers but then looking at those films it’s hardly surprising. D3 itself could have easily done way more than it did but the point is that even after underperforming on trending that’s still a very high bar. It’s clear today that films that open at 150-160 over the initial period can get to 210-225 (depending on who you follow) if they’re liked a little bit (!). But the road beyond has proved tougher. This film could do it (or even more) but it of course depends on what’s been done here.

          By the way this also makes a point some of us have in the past. To get to those stratospheres you need a star cast in every sense (not just a male lead but a big enough female lead and so on) but then you also need all the other ‘frills’ in place. The ‘purer’ film if you will can still do a lot but runs up against a limit. Hence even major stars in their biggest films keep all of this stuff in place including the multistarrer bit and so on (I made this point about big budget films sometime back as well). Because no one expects great trending, they know they need most of it upfront and hence the film has to resemble the trailer more than anything else!

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  33. this latest poster mentions 15th Aug!

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  34. motion poster is okay, music is nice.

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  35. Diwali period is rather a more of a 200 crore period..this will do more than Kick on a global scale.

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  36. Similar to Sajid , all of us gave Farah much more due than she deserved and TMK just gave us a peek to her mental processes and depth. After whatever happened between shirish and srk , she was lucky to hold on to this venture and I am sure would have gone to any length to grab a movie. Let’s face it she has no self discipline and principles and she was made to eat her words to so many people in this industry in last few years. On HNY I am ‘presuming’ she would be in all obliging mode esp since filming began after CE was declared blockbuster and imagine letting srk unbolted on screen. As per past interviews I read we were told how Aditya Chopra gave a free run to Raj to decay Surinder Suri and ruin a decent movie to utter crap. To top that we simply don’t trust Shahrukh Khan with his movies anymore and feel this will be way OTT and general crap fest we have been dished regularly by big stars. No doubt Shahrukh is the most talented among the current crop but when was the last time Shahrukh did a decent movie. Please don’t throw numbers because just recently Kick an utter crap did 225 odd cr and still counting….

    PK for obvious reasons and then BV being a first commercial big budgeted venture for Anurag are something to look forward in commercial arena this year. In terms of immediate releases I feel Singham Returns may be worth the price of ticket. Rohit Shetty had made a damn good movie in Singham and stuck to the right tone/sur throughout the movie…..but then that had Prakash Raj !!

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  37. The ‘orphaned fan’

    One image leak of HNY and umpteen comments from fans and detractors both pursuing different agendae..
    With a director of dubious capabilities (other than choreography & PR skills!)
    And without the need to go ‘nude’ or ‘bald’ ..
    underlines the power of SRK that even in its ‘wane’ and ‘lower ebb’ makes so much ‘impact’…

    Ps: abhishrek draws mixed feelings though
    On one hand, it’s better to be in big hits than disasters but when one gets clubbed in with the sidekicks like this , one does wonder.

    Either way the ’emasculation’ of abhishrek and the ‘orphaned bachchan fans’ is complete

    They can’t align with HR after what happened in dhoom2( both to abhishrek but more so to ash!)
    They can’t align with Salman (again after what happened to ash and moreso to abhisrhrek in this instance)
    They can’t align with srk who is the biggest dent all things considered post bachchan

    The only respectable refuge they have is with the only khan they can align without obviously losing face…
    The ‘nude’ khan
    Getting ‘stripped’ is just a small price they have to pay here…

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  38. There’s no need to write essays reminding of bachchan seniors place in the sun

    Nor about srk

    Truth needs no ally

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  39. Komal Nahta ‏@komalnahta 11m
    HNY trailer. Unreal, outstanding, suuuuperb, u haven’t seen something like this on Indian screen! Hats off. Huge blockbuster on its way!!!

    Joginder Tuteja ‏@tutejajoginder 1m
    Happy New Year with @iamsrk and @deepikapadukone. SIMPLY SUPERB.

    Kunal M Shah ‏@iamkunalmshah 1h
    Just saw the trailer of @hny … big… bigger… biggest… @thefarahkhan … The biggest ever Diwali bonanza for sure…

    priya gupta ‏@priyaguptatimes 2h
    Just saw preview of #HappyNewYear trailer….and just loved it. Waiting for Diwali @iamsrk @juniorbachchan @thefarahkhan @deepikapadukone

    Rohit Khilnani ‏@rohitkhilnani 54m
    Watched the awesome trailer of #HNY!It’s spectacular! Congrats @thefarahkhan @iamsrk @sonusood @deepikapadukone @bomanirani @juniorbachchan

    Prashant NDTV INDIA ‏@prashantsndtv 53m
    Wtchd @hny trailer it’s grnd rockin & entin wait fr another dhamaka on dis diwali fm Farah, SRK, AB, Sonu, Deepika, Boman & Vivaan

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  40. As per reports, while this Farah Khan directorial movie is already geared to enthrall an action-comedy with an ensemble of cast, Abhishek Bachchan out of the troop is further reported to shoot a surprising double role in the film. Furthermore, not only the actor will be seen dodging a judwa game, but SRK for the first time, will reportedly step in as Abhishek’s elder brother in the film!

    http://www.moviezadda.com/bollywood-news/omg-abhishek-bachchan-plays-a-double-role-in-happy-new-year

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    • This trailor launch itself has become like a major event. Twitter has 3 handles trending on the movie. All the stars have changed their handles to their movie names. Whats App will be used for the first time and they have removed their blockages of size just for the movie. All media outlets are covering the trailor launch. One things for sure, SRK knows how to sell a movie. Its a pity his movies dont match the hype. God forbid if they do, I dont know how much they will end up grossing.

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      • But the two things are connected. Though we live in an age of hype SRK began all of this in the 90s (as did Johar and so on). Obviously with more online activity, social media and so forth it’s reached epic proportions. but the point is that when you follow this kind of logic you’re not looking to make a ‘film’ in the true sense. You’re just looking to make a huge ad campaign. It is this logic that is pursued, not one of a movie’s ‘narrative’ etc. Think about any very fine film or any kind of very meaningful commercial entertainment over the ages. You couldn’t reduce these films to ad campaigns. A film like LRM might have a decent or better ad campaign but ultimately the film amounts to more than this. It’s not even about having multistarrers or ‘blockbusters’. Desai was a master at this but for most of his career (which is to say his best films) the multistarrers served a narrative as opposed to being the thing itself. Each and every actor was justified even down to the most minor one. even ‘Zibisko’ in AAA made an impression! Cynical decisions are always part of blockbuster movie-making. Formula cinema is nothing new. But the point is you try to find that balance between those commercial imperatives and some sot of minimally meaningful narrative. Today in just about every case, at least with major releases, you simply have ad campaigns masquerading as films. Everyone’s just out there to create the big bang and walk away after two weeks. Film after film gets treated to this sort of thing from the hysteria on twitter to that manufactured by Nahta and co. The same superlatives about every film till a few weeks later when everyone moves on to the next one including the audience. We live in an age of sensationalism. This is what we get on the news 24/7 and this is what cinema competes with. The real ‘story’ today is simply about trailers and posters and all the media activity leading upto the film and the predictions about how many crores each film is going to make and then post-release it’s only about the latter. At no point is anyone particularly interested in what the film is actually about. The only standard everyone seems to agree on is that it should simply be passable! In other words minimally acceptable so that everyone can then get down to the real business of counting crores. Whether a film does 150 or 200 or 250 or whatever is immaterial. At the end of the day it’s the same narrative in film after film. Much as people are impressed or not with a film just based on a trailer. And they’re right to because the film just offers more of the same! Online activity also breeds greater partisanship, manufactures it even, so that again people constantly have this anxiety about who is getting credit for what, what a film or star is going to gross relative to another. Even from half a decade ago let alone anything longer than this there’s been sea change. No one is making films anymore (barring the rare exception). And so it’s an imaginary position to think that SRK with his appeal could gross a lot more if he made better films. Because his appeal is linked to creating such ad campaigns. Something like KKHH was still a film, whether one liked it or not. or KNPH was a film. But we’ve moved far away from even that minimal paradigm. When you make a film centered around a dance competition, which in turn also involves a heist, and then you throw one every conceivable thing you possibly can, all kinds of comedy, all kinds of dances etc, you’re not there to make a film, you’re just there to create a bang.

        even today films that are better in some meaningful sense trend better. So the audience is still willing to reward a more meaningful movie or ‘better’ entertainment. But there’s no need for this since the same audience also shows up for the big bang and doesn’t really penalize such a filmmaker too much. Meanwhile someone who depends on trending has to ensure a better product (somewhat harder) and doesn’t even get the benefit of the doubt because the media/trade/online structure simply talks about who’s getting more crores. On this blog we hear absurd things like Talaash not having a good enough script! As if the same folks or at audience at large shows up for all those other films looking for perfect scripts! So it’s this structure and then partisans struggling with each other. The SRK fan who’s been frustrated for too long watching everyone else gross so much and can’t quite wait to get in on the action whether it’s CE or now HNY so that irrespective of the history or any notion of consistency one can pretend to be part of some elite club. Ditto for the hrithik fan or a variety of others. The Aamir fans (at least some of them now) who are again looking for the ultimate grosser from him. even when it’s a Hirani film, a guy who’s tried to foster more meaningful entertainment, it’s still the only thing these guys are looking for. Even when Talaash was going to release, when it clearly looked to be a different sort of film, this was the only question that was brought up. everyone’s caught up in this logic. Everyone plays games. Who’s really out there to just watch a film and honestly comment on it?

        And so to get back to the original point much as I’ve always said people are not there to watch Salman do anything other than the stuff he’s doing similarly with SRK people associate these over-hyped projects with him and really go to him for that. Most of SRK’s career barring the early years has been about feeding/nurturing the media and creating this blitz campaign. It’s become the general trend now but also he has done more of this as he’s gotten older because he needs this sort of campaign. The average Salman film doesn’t have this sort of campaign. Even ETT didn’t have it on this scale. With the other stars there is still some parity between the scale of the project and these media events. With D3 it’s already so big you don’t have to do all that much. Admittedly CE didn’t have this kind of campaign either because of course no one expected something quite so big in box office terms. But on the projects designed to be this way SRK still pulls out the stops like no one else and people admire him for it. So there’s no discussion of a ‘good’ film anywhere. SRK if he did better films would also have to give up on the initial like any star but he’s not been willing to do that very often. Even on the commercial stuff clearly RNBDJ or JTHJ doesn’t generate those kinds of numbers, that genre is exhausted. And so this is the only other thing to do. Whether it’s Ra One or HNY create these overhyped projects. HNY might be a very entertaining film, there are other films too that fall into such a category. But that’s a different question from being a worthwhile film.

        If you say ‘SRK knows how to sell a movie’ my rejoinder would be yes of course but then he also selects movies that can be sold! It’s not as if he’s selling Swades or something! If you do films that have every stop pulled out in terms of attracting the audience (you’re not even saying like Salman ‘it’s just about me’) and you then sell it, have an enormous budget to sell it (which the trade never takes into account but that’s another matter) not sure what’s so hugely creditable here. Beyond this if this is all one appreciates one shouldn’t be surprised that these are the sorts of movies that are made. Now of course most people don’t say they truly like these movies and I believe them. But the point is that their entire focus is really on the hype created, the crores generated. This is what people ‘admire’. The ‘good’ film is an afterthought. I’m not trying to sound sanctimonious here. I enjoy junk entertainment as much as the next person (though Bollywood doesn’t know how to do this very well in the contemporary age) but it doesn’t define any sort of standard for me. In Hollywood all sorts of commercial films are hyped. They do this more professionally than anyone else. But however much one of these films does it does not set the terms of the debate in any other sense. So one can keep these things separate. But not when one does not have any commitment to a movie beyond a purely partisan one and/or being interested in it purely for the same sensationalist reasons. I’ll say it again — by and large we don’t make movies anymore. Now there is a certain global logic to this. Cinema has become this in most industries or part of such a logic. But still there are better and worse examples than others.

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        • Wonderful comment Satyam and very nicely stated and you get to the core of this ‘hype’ phenomena and that is why it’s always a pleasure to revisit your blog daily.

          I am willing to stick my neck out and say the next superstar will be borne out from the young breed that can successfully make a distinction with content and stand out from all this nonsensical clutter. This year the younger crowd has churned out decent box-office figures on better movies and if they get a better release date, scenario will change dramatically and it would be healthy for senior actors too.

          I feel Ranbir faulted in shifting release date of BV though I am presuming Hirani was a bigger factor in making that decision. Ajay Devgn mustered guts to release SOS with JTHJ and split the footfalls otherwise JTHJ would be a 200cr movie by default.

          I don’t have much liking for Ranbir but if BV is half Dewaar /Trishul sque , the guy has a chance to capitulate to super stardom with plain content and depth.

          ** Please don’t get offended by mention of Dewaar / Trishul as the setting is Bombay of old times and at heart Kashyap is a bachchanite and with presumption that at the core this is rags to riches story.

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          • I’m not offended at all. I’d love to see a film a tenth as good!

            Would disagree on JTHJ… RNBDJ wasn’t on that kind of course even as a solo. That genre is just too stale and tired by this point.

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          • Bandra.NRI Says:

            RNBDJ was definitely not on the 200 Cr course. Neither was Sholay. But that was then, today it is skinny jeans, back then it was bell bottoms. OK I agree that RNBDJ was not that far back., but you get the point. One cannot use today’s yardstick to judge yesterday’s events.

            The best that can be said about RNBDJ is that it bought the crowds back to the cinema halls after a national tradegy. It made the most for its time. It is not as if it just made nothing. Yes it was surpassed by another movie, but let’s not talk as if the second highest grosser of the year was something to hang your head in shame.

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          • Satyam likes to put all SRK movies in one catagory.

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  41. The film I am waiting for is Bombay Velvet. Think this might be Kashyap’s strongest work since Black Friday (though I think GoW is a modern-day classic of sorts and the cult value it has amassed is second to none in contemporary Bollywood)

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  42. If this is 75% OSO, 225 crore should be a cakewalk.

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  43. The trailer is grand. The shots of Dubai looks awesome.

    Story seems kinds of D3.

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  44. Had Hrithik been the lead actor in place of Srk here, the film would have been blockbuster but presently no chance..Abi is the last nail in its coffin.

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    • Agreed. Hrithik should also have one of the expendables 3. He would have single-handedly turned the movies into a 250$ million dollar grosser, piracy leaks notwithstanding.

      Hrithik Roshan (180 mil) + EVERYTHING/ONE in EXPENDABLES = 200 million

      200 million + Rakesh Roshan = 250$ million

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  45. I think you are sharing personal experience here..Your family must be ridiculing you for marrying Bachchan.

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  46. If you remember 2006, you were a huge Hrithik fan and were discussing success of Dhoom2 everywhere and praising Hrithik..I know the reason behind that that but I don’t want to share that here.You being a Chameleon can take any route at any time as per the direction of wind, though you heart being inclined towards one direction and thatz Bachchan, a tree which is not capable of giving fruits anymore. You can even say an impotent tree and hence ou have been forced by the circumstances to become a chameleon.So, if anybody is a fan of a particular star and he praises that star here in this blog, you turn jealous.

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    • So when do you plan to formally get into fiction?

      assuming this is addressed to me..

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    • in simple words, SRK is God, isnt it Samar?
      we should all bow down to him and offer 5 times of namaj and daily morning poja to him.

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    • LOL, funny,

      I remember during Don/Jaaneman, some even became fan of Salman acting just to try to bring down Don 🙂

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      • SRK fans have this stale script (just like the stuff their favorite star often does) and some others have latched on since. If you oppose a SRK film you’re doing it for the sorts of deep conspiratorial reasons that would make Cold War spies blush. Because somehow there’s no rational reason to reject those films even if everything in many of those films begs for just that. This is a classic propaganda campaign where when you don’t like the message shoot the messenger.

        Of course I would think these days SRK fans are in no position to make fun of Salman but that’s another matter!

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  47. Raghav, what is the need to bring Srk into discussion here? And who told you to pray to Srk?

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  48. Just saw promo on TV .. complete bullshit, couldn’t hold my interest even for 2 secs … zabardasti poora dekha .. . This is goner .. will go TMK way …

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  49. Here we go, the customary 8 pack pic!

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  50. Don’t know if this is released by Srk / Red Chillies for movie promotion or just some random photo shoot. But this one is such a crappy job esp. the lower part of the abdomen looks all fugly with those yucky stretch marks. They should have at least done a decent / professional job there.

    I cannot understand the mindset of these movie stars while releasing such posters. No wonder we have these blogs/ twitter handle springing up under the name Bollywood Gandu.
    Meet The Gandus

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  51. If Taran Adarsh’s website is to be believed then Action Jackson has been postponed from Nov 7 to Dec 5, giving HNY a 3 week uninterrupted run. Even after that it’s Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil on Nov 14 which based on the pictures looks like a JBJ than a Bunty Aur Babli. And then 2 weeks later Happy Endings. Basically HNY probably has the best release date ever so far- perfect holiday weekend and a completely uninterrupted run and no biggie coming for a month.

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  52. Raj5 , provided the movie is watchable. Audience may just decide to skip this outing if it breaks the threshold limit of being trashy, something which happened with Ra1. Nothing so far makes me believe it will be anything otherwise. Krish – 3 a diwali release last year wasn’t an Avatar, but it wasn’t something you couldn’t sit through…..say a TMK or a Joker or in recent time Besharam !

    Lets see how far has Farah gone with the jokes here. Incidentally watched parts of Humshakals shown on TV and this was really lowbrow humor from Sajid though I enjoyed Houseful 2 a lot and found Hey baby and the first Houseful jhelelable but this was uncivil.

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    • Yes that is a BIG if at the moment. The buzz does seem absurdly low though for some reason (well the reason I guess is poor quality, but still). Then again ready somewhere that SRK is spending 50 crores on promotion. Actually a TMK type of trending (~40 cr weekend, 60 final) would get HNY to around 150 crores which would probably be a flop in terms of making less than the budget.

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      • at 150, it’s a flop. I’ll keep it simple, anything less then 200 crores is flop. anything above 200 is hit.

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        • Monetary wise I dont think its a flop below 200…Below 130 would be a flop…130 to 170 will be average…Over 170 will be a hit but in terms of expectation that will be very poor. SO yes its fair to say it is a hit both profit as well as expectation wise above 200. Then again from my point of view it needs to at a minimum beat CE and Kick…so around 250 crores will be good to appease critics, fans, haters, fanatics, everybody….
          The promotion of this movie has not even started so not sure why everyone is saying the buzz is low. Wait till October and then take a call. As I said I will be surprised if it does anything below 120 crores for first 3 days and anything below 40 to 45 crores on Day 1 itself.

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          • Agree there Krish and you have a point on buzz, but my opinion stems from the fact that better looking parts / songs are shown first for public to form a +ve opinion. That’s why I am kind of losing hope on both Bang Bang and HNY. We are not going to witness anything substantial though I am willing to be pleasantly surprised for both.

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          • @Krrish agreed. I keep forgetting that theres almost 2 months till diwali- after BB releases promotion for this will be huge

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          • “120 crores for first 3 days and anything below 40 to 45 crores on Day 1 itself.”

            This is not happenning. not even close. I think it will be about 33 to 36 crore first day and about 100 crore for first 3 days.

            Promotion hasn’t started yet, wait until the SLAM starts and BB releases, the last 3 weeks before hny release will be the heavy promotion period.

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          • so you’re essentially expecting a CE-like weekend here?

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          • on a related note:

            http://www.indicine.com/movies/bollywood/ek-tha-tiger-vs-kick-vs-chennai-express-eid-releases-comparison/

            the reason I bring this up is that when looking at the ‘mediating’ factors people tend to be rather selective!

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          • “so you’re essentially expecting a CE-like weekend here?”

            CE was 100 crore including 7 crore from Thursday. So, NO, I’m expecting HNY to better than CE first Friday to Sunday.

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          • Z, Let me put it this way. Singham 2 did 33 crores with hardly any buzz. Krish 3 did 34 crores on Diwali day a year back on its 4th day and by that time the reviews would have been out and we knew it was very appreciated movie but still did that number just because it was Diwali. Last year Dhoon 3 did 105 crores on a normal weekend. So to say HNY will do the same as Singham returns on Day 1 or will not be better than Krish 3’s Day 4 figures or will not exceed Dhoom 3 on a holiday weekend doesnt fly with me (its a 2 day holiday weekend too where both Friday and Saturday are holidays!!). At a bare minimum I will say this will cross 40 crores on Day 1 and with all that regional language inclusions it will be closer to 45 crores. 3 day 125 crores to 130 crores is there for the taking – all languages included or just 120 crores for the Hindi version only.

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          • yes but don’t you find it interesting that irrespective of the circumstances of each film somehow all of them fall in that same 35 crore zone, give or take a couple. Now it’s fair to argue that a film if really liked could do more than this. But isn’t that an imaginary position? Because no film in any circumstance is liked that much! The ones that are don’t open like this. They surprise the audience. The ones that are built on hype not surprisingly disappoint. You don’t make a sincere film only to convert it into the most cynical hype machine by the end. It just doesn’t happen. With a Hirani-Aamir combo you have the chance for that sort of benchmark number and good trending but other films are not even potentially likely to do this. Of course HNY could be a fantastic film with poor advertising! Now how often does this happen?! These are films designed for the big bang and little else. But even that big bang gets compromised on day 1 because ultimately there’s a certain WOM factor that no amount of hype can make up for. Having said that I eagerly wait for the latest round of Lakshmi pooja excuses!

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          • Krrish, you’re essentially asking for a number here almost 10 crores higher than the D3 day 1 (at the high end of your range). Even allowing for the time that has passed since, allowing holiday/non-holiday opening day et al, that is still a tall order. even to get to 40 it would have to be loved by the audience and hence carry over that sort of WOM into the evening shows.

            also to call it ‘average’ at 130-170 is quite a range! Specially since it’s pretty much impossible for it to not cross 130 unless it’s a Jai Ho! And the latter itself wouldn’t have been this with a massive start. It never got that sort of opening to begin with. This obviously won’t be true for HNY.

            The other thing is that 200 has again become a completely arbitrary bar like the 100 crore number was not so long ago. Any film of any scale (budget, expectations et al), and irrespective of how it gets there, is somehow some kind of hit at this number. The D3 final number seemed somewhat underwhelming as was the trending. Here you’re saying you expect HNY to open even better than D3 but somehow do less than this and be a hit for everyone (250?).

            On the advertising I’d say this. I have a counter-intuitive view here. Advertising these days on some of the films is really meant to create the (fake) sense of an event rather than to truly jack up numbers. Everyone is aware of big releases, there’s a minimal free advertising they get off the bat everywhere. We see how Salman with low advertising on most of his films still runs up some of the biggest numbers. Now it’s certainly true that SRK has more often than not gone crazy with some of this stuff over the last decade or more. But that in a certain sense is also an admission of weakness. even with the biggest circus around he still has to advertise it to death. Ironically with CE even low advertising did the trick. SRK with more sense than his fans perhaps isn’t willing to test that proposition again (there might be something to the Rohit Shetty brand-name) but in any case I would argue that the hyper-advertising for a film like HNY either makes no difference at all or only in a very marginal sense. In other words if you really want whatever the highest number is you have to make sure this way (assuming it’s still possible). But again who doesn’t show up for one of these big films because they haven’t heard of it?!

            Secondly there’s a difference between buzz and hype. The latter can be manufactured. The former cannot. Even with the biggest films some films have the former. They might or might not manufacture the latter. But for a film like HNY this distinction is academic when it comes to the initial (there are several other films in this category too). Why? Because this is the sort of thing everyone shows up for. Unless WOM is poor in which case the initial period might also get affected. But the people who show up for it do so because they show up for most such films. They expect something passable not much more. And these films are designed to not be much more than passable. D3 is the rare exception where people do expect something more (or they do so for Aamir more generally but he’s the only star in that position) but this isn’t so for Salman starters or even SRK starrers (at least of this sort). So the bar is already low in most cases. When some films nonetheless trend worse than others one can see just how poorly the audience thinks of them. But again they will still show up for the next big one. Then it depends on the star’s standing. Some need lots of genre advantages (or a circus) to get the biggest numbers, some just need to show up in their strength genres with not much else going for them (Salman is the only one in this category right now).

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          • I meant ‘Not very appreciated’ in context of Krrish 3

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          • Satyam, Its not a 10 crores increase on Day 1. Its more a 15 crores increase over 3 days in Hindi version and 20 crores increase over 3 days all versions included, assuming D3 did 105 crores in Week 1. We need to remember that 24th and 25th are Diwali days and the biggest holidays in India and D3 did that on a working weekend. And obviously I am assuming this is not a Besharam kind of deal and at worst its a Kick kind of movie…And I meant to say 130 to 170 crores will take care of the ratings which fall under Semi-hit, Average, Above Average categories as per trade classifications. Thats purely monetary wise not in term of expectations of trade and definitely not in terms of my expectations. And I meant 250 crores as the minimum it should do, not the maximum, keeping into mind that Action Jackson releases in 2 weeks time. D3 did a little bit more than that so you can say it needs to match D3’s figures with that start but then D3 did not have any competition but still didnt add much from Week 3.

            BTW can someone confirm when is Puja Day of Diwali this year. Am hoping its not on 24th, the day of the release.

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          • you said 40-45 on day 1 initially.

            but what would you say is a fair number for HNY keeping in mind every possible criterion? What would that minimal number be for you?

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          • 40 to 45 crores – Day 1
            33 to 37 crores – Day 2
            38 to 43 crores – Day 3

            A mean will give a total of 120 crores +. Thats my prediction if it is not a Besharam and Puja is not on Day 1

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          • @Krrish Diwali Puja is Thurs Oct 23. And Im pretty sure HNY is coming out the day after on the 24th. Both JTHJ and Ra.1 released on Diwali day and made more money the day after Diwali, SRK is smart enough to release HNY the day after Diwali. That being said there is absolutely no “Puja affected the collections” (or Eid for kick) excuse that can be made here. Also is Saturday a holiday as well? Did not know that

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          • Krish

            Manwa song has had 2 Mil count in first 42 hours and even critics like Rajeev Masand have praised it (song and the hero).

            There is also this piece of news is that SRK is going to recover his production cost from the SLAM tour itself.

            All in all, it appears that HNY is probably going to be a very profitable venture for its producers.

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    • Dhoni, you’re thinking this will be more like Jai Ho collection than Kick?

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  53. Z, I would keep Jai Ho as an exception as this was a non festive release. Kick box-office numbers remain a mystery to me as this was crummy and shabby to the core. In all fairness this too would have met a similar fate had it not been an Eid release with the buzz surrounding such festive period.

    Agree that HNY is a Diwali release but what I am trying to refer is sometimes the bad wom overtakes a movie so viciously that people start to make alternate plans and going to movies with family is off the agenda list. I think this is where the Tarans and the Komals have gained prominence and since most in media quote them , their initial bursts of ‘earth shattering’, ‘humongous’ kind of adjectives gives the movie some respectability which in turn prevents a major movie going crowd from flipping over.

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    • I defer on kick view from you. I don’t think it made over 225 crore just cause it relased on Eid, even if it had released on jai ho date, it would have still made close to 200 crore. Whats crummy and shabby to you and me may not be to others.

      Agree, bad wom overtakes a movie viciously. I think Taran/Komal quotes may garner few crores more but overall a bad movie will go down eventually.

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    • Sunil Gavaskar: My son is the biggest idiot of all times…

      Amitabh Bachchan : No, mine is!!!

      Jeetendra: Have you guys met Tushar ?

      Sonia Gandhi: Guys please….

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  54. Looks like SRK is auditioning for the next Rambo here.. his traditional base will have a fit! Perhaps he’ll win over some Sunny Deol fans..

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    • Don’t worry about his traditional base, it’s not like it’ll drop down to the level of Abhis base.

      But, agree, this will win over some sunny deol fans, which can only means more money coming in at the boxoffice.

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  55. Shit poster. I am about to puke on my laptop. Ugly abs and moreover ugliest pose.

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    • try putting up your abs and your pose and see how many buyers are there, lol…

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      • you should say try putting ‘on’ some abs, whatever these are they’re not his abs!

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      • Why should i put my abs online ? i am not so cheap to resort to such tactics for attention.

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        • Probably because you have no abs to show 🙂

          Well, can you atleast put up your face and see how many takers are there?

          You’re taking time and effort to comment on every SRK post so he got you, weather you like it or not. Every penny and in digital world, every click counts.

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          • i am not into this profession but there is a difference in prostitution and filmmaking, you and your srk should understand that.

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  56. Listen to me Bandar; and listen good. Stay away from me. I am not interested in doing ANYTHING with you. I have been ignoring you but you keep replying to my comments on communal or racial lines and provoke me to start replying.

    Stay with your biases and rigidity in your own cage. As I said earlier, you will always beat me since you bring me down to your level and beat me with experience.

    You are sure I am not good for anything here. So just ignore me and whatever I write. I have been staying away from you and you do the same.

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  57. Bandra.NRI Says:

    Satyam

    Where is your sense of fairness ?

    You allow An Jo to abuse me and then delete my comment in response to his abuse ?

    Now if he can call me names then I too should be given equal rights to call him names ?

    Or are you suggesting we restrict to use of disparaging each other with the use of animal names only ?

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    • No because there’s a difference in name-calling. You took it further. But secondly the reason I gave An Jo some latitude there is that you routinely use communal grounds in your attacks (you did this with Jay also, the last time you did this with An Jo I put up a long comment in response). ‘Bandar’ as I’m sure you know is a fairly common term. It hardly qualifies as abuse unless one knows nothing about India. In any case it’s best the two of you avoid each other though I will still stress that both with An Jo and Jay you were more at fault. There’s no excuse to attack people on communal grounds just because you don’t like what they say on SRK.

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    • Normally he deletes only my comments Bandar. Today you join in my august company 🙂

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  58. This poster doesn’t fit in at all for this movie. Also this just doesn’t suit SRK at all

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    • It’s a point I made earlier. I find this kind of poster foolish or even SRK doing this sort of thing foolish. Why? because that is not why his essential base goes to him. And those who like this stuff don’t exactly find SRK credible doing it. My point is that if they had more of a romantic track with Deepika in the film (according to Farah Khan it’s just suggested but isn’t a proper romance as such) they would actually get more out of it in commercial terms. But there might be something aspirational on SRK’s part here too. He’s long wanted to do the mass star kind of thing even if his preferred route was Don. But what’s amusing is that once he and Johar would refer condescendingly to Sunny Deol and so on for doing these action parts. But here he’s attempting exactly that sort of thing. the whole film obviously isn’t this but he has this moment. Leaving him aside this is where farah Khan has also erred. Because this sort of gritty moment doesn’t really work with the glitzy film she’s otherwise selling. You can’t suddenly have a Singham moment in such a film! What happens is that a film has a huge gross and people think it has all worked. leaving aside SRK it’s a pretty sick image and would have been the same even if another star with the appropriate image had done it. These things become really excessive beyond a point. Even someone who has that image, Hrithik, often looks gross at many points including in the Bang Bang trailers (not everywhere of course). It is just crazy beyond a point and major Hollywood stars never take it quite that far unless they have an image like Stallone or Schwarzenegger and it was too much even when they did it. Hrithik just oozes steroids these days! SRK isn’t really a steroid guy but let’s say he relies on other kind of synthetic stuff.

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  59. I am losing my patience here Bandra NRI, I think you should drop it..

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  60. Poster for hinterland? I don’t see this poster officially anywhere.

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  61. Dont make me come over there and smack you all upside the head

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  62. tonymontana Says:

    SRK’s short height is even more evident with him standing next to Boman, Deepika, Abhishek.

    He might not be more than 5 feet 7

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    • If HNY is a fun, paisa vasool film and he is OK with it, I wonder why he and his wife keep puking whenever they talk of SHOLAY!!! What are the parameters? Strange guy…

      If he is speaking the truth, the only logical conclusion one can draw is that HNY is better than SHOLAY!

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      • Or Sholay is not his cup of tee.

        I assume when he says “paisa vasool” he is thinking masala/fun film. Sholay was much more than masala/fun film. It was a serious film with fun added in to make it light. Sholay was shot beautifully and even today looks better than the films of today. Every aspect of Sholay is classic, how many other films do you have where a simple sentence becomes a famous dialogue “Kitney aadmi thee, Sambha”.

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      • @ If HNY is a fun, paisa vasool film and he is OK with it, I wonder why he and his wife keep puking whenever they talk of SHOLAY!!! What are the parameters? Strange guy…”

        Well let’s just start with – Blood is thicker than water !

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  63. Will watch this movie as a part of Diwali festivity. I expect this to be a typical movie like OSO.

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  64. Any reviews on HNY..i am pretty sure it has opened at 45 crore day one?

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