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Salman Khan, who is known for making careers of many in Bollywood, is all set to launch Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty in the industry with Hero. The Dabangg Khan, who has given tips to several newcomers, seems to have given some special tips to Sooraj as well. At the trailer launch of Hero, Sooraj revealed that Salman told him not to act! Salman, at his wittiest best, admitted he’d given Sooraj lots of tips, “Don’t act much, learn dance and wear good jeans and boots.”
What an audacious experiment “Nirbaak” is. It astounds me that such film got made in contemporary Indian cinema in the first film, the fact that it was made in the mainstream, commercial space is even more commendable (this is a TRUE-BLUE festival film/art film/experimental film. And “experinmental” in the true sense of the word). And then turned out to be so bloody good. I will go out on a limb and recommend this. This is easily Srijit’s best film and one of the most important Indian films of this decade.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Set For Strong Start
Thursday 16 July 2015 11.30 IST
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This first event film of the year Bajrangi Bhaijaan will release tomorrow and should get off to a strong start due to the draw of Salman Khan but there are a few headwinds the film will have to face initially.
The film will lose around 1 crore nett plus on day one as Baahubali is retaining the good collecting cinemas in the South. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be hit in Nizam and Bangalore mainly as Hindi films collect best here compared to the rest of South but it won’t be releasing on many good collecting single screens.
This won’t be an issue in the long run as long as core Hindi film markets sustsin well then a big total is a certainty. It is also pre Eid which keeps some of the Muslim audience away but last year Kick clocked up a huge 25 crore nett plus on Pre Eid so here the expectations are that and a bit more but if it gets above the Kick number it would be extraordinary considering the situation and also the film. The promos have been limited on action which is an important factor for initials especially Salman Khan starrers whereas Kick last year was presented as a blockbuster action film. The number should be big but maybe not as big as the expectations but with Eid falling on Saturday the film could go anywhere on day two and day three especially if public reports are on plus side http://boxofficeindia.com/Details/art_detail/bajrangibhaijaansetforstrongstart#.VadegWSqqkp
Saurabh: I think ‘ Nirbak’ is Srijit’s worst film. Here si my review: It is such a pain to write about what you think is an out-and-out bad film. And especially so if it is by a friend whose work in the past you have liked an admired.
This film reveals the juvenile and morbid facets of Srijit’s creative thinking which have been raising their heads to slither above the surface in many of his earlier films, but have generally been patted down. The fourth episode of Chatuskone brought the other three brilliant episodes and the overall film with its childish, gimmicky plotting.
Here this is carried to the extreme. It is boring and disgusting with its total lack of imagination and aesthetic missteps.
Some have try to justify its failure as a result of it being abstract and experimental. It is nothing of that sort.
Take the first episode featuring Anjan Dutt. He is supposed to be a loner In love with himself. So the director shows him looking at himself at the mirror for minutes, kissing his own reflection, cutting a birthday cake for himself and masturbating in bed. How abstract!
The second episode involving the dog is based on equally juvenile concept of a dog being jealous of his master’s girlfriend / wife. Everyone knows dogs are not like that. If one wants to impose such a psychological mould on a poor dog at least the story-telling has to be suitably magical. Here it is all shot so prosaically, propped up on another old wives’ tale that dogs see in black and white. Jisshu looks such a wimp and he is given such ridiculous lines to mouth and such embarrassing scenes to enact. Take the scene where he is meeting Sushmita on the pork bench and is greeted with a bit of bird dropping on his shirt. ‘Oh shit’, he says. “ Bird shit actually”, Sushmita quips. How clever and funny! “ My Armani shirt and you are trying to make a joke,’ he adds, just when you were about forget the unfunny exchange. One more of such mart-alec jokes and I might stop watching Srijit’s films altogether. And no, this business of using ketchup for altaa and chip s as rice to represent a cute urban couple isn’t cute anymore. And the scene where they are sitting under a quilt on the sofa, bare torso, watching TV looks as plastic as a home furnishing commercial.
The third episode involving the morgue-keeper Mrityunjay’s s love for the dead Sushmita has some conceptual power, and the scenes where he imagines the dead woman as his bride as takes her on a trip abroad trough airports and frolics with her among sea waves are the only ones in the film showing some imagination. They are the only ones bearing a genuine surreal signature to justify the opening dedication to Salvador Dali. But the episode is marred by tool literal staging without any mediating filter of abstraction. The use of Hindi films songs like Andar r se koi bahar na jaa sake, without any creative transformation that could lend the scenes a touch of abstraction, make the scene look very flat and uninspiring. The macabre end too does not have any stylistic sheen to prevent it from plain disgusting. And if we are to accept that all those Hindi film songs were Mrityunjay’s inner thoughts why that Pardesi Pardesi song after he was dead. Dead men think? And that scene where one dead body is being pushed out of the one locker in the morgue while the other is being wheeled in – how juvenile can you get !
Utkal: I am sure that even if someone ends up not liking Nirbaak at all, it is most certainly not a film which can be outrightly dismissed and that too the way you have done in a categorical manner. Was there too much literalisation at places? Absolutely. But it’s also important to note that some of the “spoonfeeding” to the audience was required because he was trying to make this film in a mainstream, commercial space. And especially so because Indian audiences aren’t primed for such outre subjects (necrophilia, anyone?! How about a love story between a lady and a tree?!) that the Indian audience needs to be “directed” at times. You have to keep the cinematic climate and audience in mind too…in other words “Nirbaak” hasn’t been made in France or South Korea!
Also you have forgotten about the excellent second segment- the one between Sushmita and the tree. Incidentally I also loved some of the exterior shots of Kolkata in the night, in that particular segment.
On not being as abstract enough, that is a stylistic decision of the filmmaker. It might not have worked for you, but it is completely odd to insist that the only way those scenes (or the film) could have worked is by making the film more “abstract”.
Incidentally I disagree completely with you on the use of songs. i thought the songs were quite clearly being “spoofed” here and spoofed quite well.
The third segment didn’t work me for though and not the least because Jisshu and Sushmita were quite well. Sushmita, in other segments however, was used quite intelligently by the director- as a “cipher”.
Saurabh: The songs were being spoofed, buta alsothey were meant to be genuine emotional triggers. The songs should have ben recast to straddle both the spaces…the way Kashyap uses songs like Oh Womaniya, etc in Gangs of Wasseypur for example. And sometimes when the idea is delicate, trying to mainsteam it kills it. Also my biggest problem is that the ideas at the core were quite mundane…like a dog getting jealous when the master marries. I mean that’s so obvious. A Hollywod animation film delves much deeper into an animal’s mind. Love between a tree cannot be shown by Susmita doing a Bollywoodish waltz….as I said that kills whatever possibility the concept has.
Look at a film like ‘ Aasa Jaoar Majhe’ ( Labour of Love) for example. It works, because it does not make at attempt at mainstreaming a material which si not mainstream.
My review of ‘Asa Jaoar Majhe’: Moments after I finished seeing ‘ Asa Jaoar Majhe’ (‘Labour of Love’) I had a strong urge to see it again, possibly the next day. But sadly that was the last show. The point is – it was a singular film viewing experience and like with a good piece of music I wanted to listen to it again. Why did I like it? Because, it engaged me so totally and gave me a meditative experience which is so rare in today’s times, in movies and elsewhere.
I generally see films only in theatres. And much of what I see there is essentially same. They have characters, a plot, some emotions, some humour, some smart lines, music and songs in the background, the same kind of pacing, the same kind of balancing of different elements …and some of them work out better than others. But in the end it all becomes a monotonous blur, without much of an impact. Once in while comes a film like ‘Mad Max: The Fury Road’, which hits you because it throws you off balance with its frenetic energy, fecund production design with every film filled with details neither your eyes nor your mind can register, almost no dialogue, and relentless action. And then comes a film like ‘ As a Jaoar Majhe’, in the opposite end of the spectrum, which has actually no dialogue, no interaction between the two protagonists except for the final ten minutes of fantasy sequence, no plot, no dramatic tension, no final solution. Perfect Zen garden of a film.
The film starts with a black screen and a voice over droning on about recessionary times and working class struggles on the airwaves. This is followed by a shot of the back of a young woman, neatly draped in a saree, manouvering her way through serpentine alleys, on her way to work at a handbag factory. Meanwhile, a young man wakes up in a modest home, takes bath, puts out wet clothes for drying, takes out food from the fridge to eat, smokes a cigarette and leaves for work: night shift at a printing press. At one point we realize, that the two are married, forced to work during different hours, only able to meet for a few minutes before she leaves for work again. And we realize that they love each other and long for moments of togetherness. That’s really it.
But there is beauty in every frame…whether it is the wall with peeling paint, or a setting sun captured patiently in real time, or the palpitating gills of a live rohu fish in the market, or a super close up water evaporating on a heated pan, or wet foot prints drying off the floor, or a slab of fish getting thrown into heating oil. Much of the film is so painterly. But these scenes could have ended up just as pretty still photos if these micro-details did not connect the dots of what was happening in the lives of our two protagonists as they sheltered and fanned the flames of their love against their formidable adversary – the hard economic reality. The meticulousness with which they went about their routine …neatly folding the clothes, packing the food in different containers, then in a plastic packet, and then the packet in a cloth bag…shows a certain kind of dignity in their act of survival, and a kind of elegance and intensity in their love. At no point do they let their economic hardship let them slip into slovenliness or tempt them into any kind of cheap escape. They are careful with each action of theirs, cautious in their spending, strict about their saving, interacting very little with others at work. It is as if they are protecting some precious core of their persona so that their love retains its purity and intensity. The lead performers Ritwik Chakraborty and Basabdutta Chatterjee bring out this grace under pressure perfectly, making us care for and love the characters in spite of their boring, event-free life.
Their daily struggle for sanity and dignity is brought forth through the deliberate slow pacing and micro-detailing – as he stretches and curls in his bed trying to find just the right position for some restful sleep, or when he turns the regulator of the fan to get the right degree of cooling. Of course there are moments of joy too which makes this struggle possible … when he examines the live fish in the market, or when she pours the rice, dal, and various condiments into their containers, taking in their varied colours and trexture. The absence of the spoken word makes it possible for us to meditate on all these details.
There is much silence in the film. But it is not devoid of sound. There are ambient sounds like the drumming of the rickety fan, an old film songs floating across, a music teacher teaching Rabindra Sangeet to a girl who sings off-note and hawkers crying their wares on the streets.And I can see the film again and again just to hear Geeta Dutt sing Tumi Je Aamar Ogo or Bismilla Khan play Tilak Kamod on the sehnai against the magical visuals of mundane everyday life that the director-cinematographer Aditya Vikram Sengupta conjures.
Day in and day out, the media tries to drill into our head that films are entertainment. And we forget that cinema is also art. It is good to see a film, not in a festival, but in a regular release, to remind us of that.
The advance booking of Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened today and the response, as expected, has been phenomenal. In Mumbai, NCR, Pune, the advance booking is comparable to films like Kick and Chennai Express, but lower than Dhoom 3. However, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad have shown comparatively low response so far!
” While it is not confirmed yet, a tweet from a fan claims to have revealed the climax of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. A fan tweet read, “mrng one akshay fan has revealed bajrangi bhaijaan stry is tht true he said abt climax nawazudin kills salman in end.” [sic] While it remains to be seen if there is any truth to the story, there are enough facts that support the claim. It was earlier reported that Salman Khan was moved to tears after watching the film and that Salman’s father, Salim Khan, had requested for the special song to be removed from the ending credits as he thought it was taking away from the film’s poignant climax. So, is it true that Salman dies at the end of Bajrangi Bhaijaan? We will only know on July 17!”
A sequel to Hrithik Roshan’s film ‘Bang Bang’ on the cards?
Says an insider, “The film was among the top grossers of 2014 and buoyed by its success, the producers have already started work on the second instalment of ‘Bang Bang’.”
A source close to the makers confirms the development, saying: “We are trying to come up with a script that can match the standards of the first part. Though it’s early to comment, it looks like the project will go on floors next year. We are not sure if Siddharth Anand will direct the film, but Hrithik is definitely being considered for the sequel. As far as the actress is concerned, we might either sign Katrina or settle for a fresh face. Wait for an official announcement.”
PUBLISHED: 15:23 JULY 16, 2015 Tabloid
BY MANJARI SAXENA DEPUTY TABLOID! EDITOR
It has superstar Salman Khan. It has melodrama. It has song and dance. It has a pretty lead actress. It features two topics of discussion that are favourites with the Indian audience: religion and cross-border tension. And it has a cute little thing that, without saying a single word, will make you laugh and cry.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, as Khan told tabloid! earlier, is just about “love and love and only love”. You will receive an ample dose of every kind from romance to fatherly and brotherly love to the love for one’s country. It is an out-and-out Khan entertainer, such as Dabangg, Ready, Ek Tha Tiger, only this time it has a story which takes the audience at a steady pace through a two and a half hours journey across two countries. And interestingly, there is no item number in the film. It also does not feature the much-hyped Eid song Aaj Party Meri Taraf Se.
Khan plays Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, your honest-to-the-core local yokel with a tender heart. Chaturvedi happens to be a great devotee of Hanuman or Bajrangi [the monkey deity]. So devout, that he bows down to every stray monkey he sees, and for his kind nature he is lovingly known as Bajrangi. A failure at most things his father shunts him off to Delhi to make something of his life. Here the down-to-earth, very practical Rasika (Kareena Kapoor), the pretty daughter of his father’s friend, falls in love with the kind Bajrangi. When Chaturvedi comes across a little lost girl he makes it his mission to see her safely home. Needless to say he tries all the “right” ways to accomplish this before taking matters into his own hands, even if it means he has to cross the border illegally.
Like most Bollywood films, Kabir Khan’s directorial too turns cheesy, making you laugh or cry depending on what clichéd situation is being dealt with on screen. The film touches several social issues, from religious barriers and patriotism (on both sides of the border) to human trafficking and corruption, but without being too preachy. You can easily make out why the right wing political parties would take offense to certain scenes, but the story tries to maintain a balance. Yet, through the film you will only see the ‘chemistry’ between the ‘lead’ pair of Khan and Harshaali Malhotra and not the issues touched.
Despite good performances all around, it is Malhotra who plays Shahida alias Munni who steals the show. Playing a mute girl, Malhotra emotes through her “truck headlight” eyes. Both Khan and Kapoor have been raving about her, even though she herself has been kept away from the media and is not part of the film’s promotions.
Even though it cannot be predicted what happens on July 20 when the Bombay High Court convenes to hear Khan’s appeal, it’s easy to say that once again it’s going to be a happy Eid for Khan with his debut production. This family entertainer has already been predicted to take the biggest opening in India and with the long weekend in the UAE, the theatres will be full.
Just don’t forget to take that box of tissues with you.
Film: Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Kareena Kapoor, Harshaali Malhotra
While it is not confirmed yet, a tweet from a fan claims to have revealed the climax of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. A fan tweet read, “mrng one akshay fan has revealed bajrangi bhaijaan stry is tht true he said abt climax nawazudin kills salman in end.” [sic] While it remains to be seen if there is any truth to the story, there are enough facts that support the claim. It was earlier reported that Salman Khan was moved to tears after watching the film and that Salman’s father, Salim Khan, had requested for the special song to be removed from the ending credits as he thought it was taking away from the film’s poignant climax. So, is it true that Salman dies at the end of Bajrangi Bhaijaan? We will only know on July 17!
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Extraordinary report of #BajrangiBhaijaan … If an ordinary film #Kick did so much business last year then sky will be the limit for #BB.
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Superstar Salman Khan says film reviewers are entitled to express their personal views about a movie, but they should refrain from belittling the hard work of a film’s team.
The actor, who is awaiting the release of his film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, said that a negative review left the viewers in a dilemma whether to ‘watch the film or not’ and in the end, it was the producer who incurred a loss.
“Such people, who give reviews, should say that they don’t like the movie instead of saying bad things about the movies. Such people don’t influence the movie, but now the ticket prices have also risen and there are some people who follow the review and might not watch the film because of a bad review and because of that we lose that person’s ticket which affects the producer,” Salman said during a radio interview on 92.7 BIG FM.
The Dabangg star is known for his action-filled adventures, woven with music, drama and romance, on the big screen. It is likely that he won’t disappoint his fans this time as well with Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
The Kabir Khan-directed film narrates the story of a man’s journey from India to Pakistan in his endeavour to take a ‘girl without a voice’ back to her country. The film will hit the screens on July 17.
When asked about the surge of media channels and social platforms with reviewers from all age groups, Salman said that they could ‘give him minus rating’, but he wouldn’t let it affect him as he ‘trusted’ his fan following.
“This is our mistake, there are some actors and producers who think that such reviews will affect their movie, but I say that you guys give me minus ratings, in fact don’t even waste ink for writing about my movies, then I will see that my fans watch the movie or not,” said the Kick star.
If Bajrangi gets to 300 crores that will add a whole new round of pressure on SRK for Dilwale, specially with Bhansali also coming on the same day! On that note might be persuaded to check out Bajrangi if all this talk about it being a good script is true (of course the folks saying this now didn’t exactly have problems with all the scripts he did before this!).
me too Satyam but what Salman has realised is this: in a country of 125 crore people – if the cinema-going public is 10% then out of those 10-15 crore people – the multiplex share would how much and single cinema would be how much? the masses always love easy entertainment and Salman has got incredible screen presence and hold over the medium – he overpowers all the flaws of the scripts (if there are any in his films) and captures the solar plexuses of the audiences 🙂
its a pity that when Lagaan and Gadar released – Lagaan got all the acclaims – but Gadar walked away with all the mullahs…..Indian paying audience is difficult to understand but not for Salman……..he knows the audience’s pulse
Re: “Indian paying audience is difficult to understand but not for Salman……..he knows the audience’s pulse”
although it took him quite a while to figure the pulse out, as the man’s career was practically on life support until Wanted bailed him out; since then the formula of Telugu-masala-remakes and other-similar masala movies has worked sensationally for him — but I don’t think he’s “figured” anything out, he’s wandered through his career for the most part. and that’s probably one of the endearing things about him: Aamir can seem studied; SRK downright manipulative; Hrithik just freaky, but Salman seems comfortable in his skin to a remarkable degree…
Ultimately, where ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ perhaps misses – aside from crisper editing – is the use of simple logic really.
It is pretty laughable at the ease with which Pawan and Munni slip across the India-Pakistan border, or the fact that the latter’s army patrol lets them through without further question.
If plot holes are to be dug up further, then the fact that none of the border posts, the High Commissions or even the media have been notified of a Pakistani child missing in India can also be pointed out.
Rohan Sippy’s next. Wish he was directing a film instead of this rather cheesy sounding TV show (just doesn’t sound very promising)-
“Bipasha Basu may currently be the reigning horror queen in Bollywood, but we hear that the actress has now decided to tread a different path. In fact Bipasha who was last seen in the film Alone, will soon be commencing work on a twelve part miniseries on Eros Now titled Client, which will be directed by Rohan Sippy.
Confirming on the same Rohan says, “Exceed Entertainment approached me with something that they had already developed, which is Client, and the medium is very exciting and the sow itself in very interesting. Besides I am a big fan of such shows, and it’s a great chance to create content for a new medium with good storytelling and decent budgets, sans most restrictions. So I was pretty excited to take it on and do something fun.”
Further talking about the show itself, Rohan adds, “Client will be a 12 part miniseries that features a bit of drama and thriller aspects, with Bipasha Basu playing the central character of a powerful go getter. Currently, we are in the process of locking down the final script for the series and we should begin shooting within a month or so.”
In fact earlier today Bipasha Basu gave her fans a hint about the launch when she tweeted, “Going to announce something super fun today! Excited!” Later she posted an image of the launch simply saying, “#Clients on @ErosNow”. Simultaneously the official twitter handle for Eros Now tweeted images from the launch adding, “Rohan Sippy announces an edgy, bold, never seen before Original Miniseries starring @bipsluvurself, only on Eros Now!.”
Baahubali (hindi) has held up extremely well on the weekdays and grossed around 40 crore nett in its Hindi version. The film had a slow start on day one but picked up well in the weekend but really came into its own on the weekdays.
The business is lopsided as the Mumbai and the CPCI area scoring much better than the other Hindi markets. The film could have broken the shackles in North India where the few South dubbed hits like Bombay (1995) Humse Hai Muqabala (1995) and Hindustani (1995) did not do as well but Bajrangi Bhaijaan will probably make sure the North India final figures are less like the 90’s South dubbed hits.
The film has held on very well from Monday in the North to suggest it would have had a good run but its unlikely to be able to complete with Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the North though the film has surprised till now and could in the second week also. Its a different story in Mumbai where almost 50% of the collections have come from for the Hindi version and is a blockbuster. CP Berar is also doing blockbuster business as it grosses more than East Punjab despite the circuit being half the size. The trend on the weekdays is better than anything this year or last few years and suggest a 100 crore nett final total if there was no event film like Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the way.
The ‘content’ reports I am getting of BB is excellent on par with PK. The opening is very good for pre-eid. Very early days for both opening and WOM though, but don’t rule out a real big one here. And when I say big one I am looking at something north of 350 crores+. But very early days so I can go wrong here too.
This is of course after WTF Is That #78 where a woman (Kareena Kapoor), who is a smart and progressive school teacher in Delhi, falls in love with a small town, obviously dimwitted bloke who’s flunked his exams ten times in a row, merely 3 days after meeting him. And when I mean dimwitted bloke I mean a guy who genuflects in reverence every time he sees a monkey.
As Bhai makes increasingly more ludicrous (and thereby crowd pleasingly funnier) decisions as he crosses the border with the girl, the KCs and HTMs and WTFs keep yanking on your nether regions as the film progresses. Naturally nothing makes sense, but that’s the beauty of it. You could add some winged Unicorns looking at the camera while singing Atif Aslam songs in the middle of the scenes of this movie and it wouldn’t affect the tone of the film.
The final fifteen minutes, which consist of one million KCs and HTMs rolled together in one bunch, elevates the film to a higher order of filmmaking, making it by far the most manipulative film ever made in the history of cinema. Seriously, this is not a hyperbole, you have to see the film to believe it.
This is a film where Bhai makes intense geopolitical statements, addresses race and gender politics, demonstrates the futility of religion in modern times while simultaneously displaying the awesome power of Lord Hanuman, showcases the inability of the common man to speak up against political injustice with a metaphorical mute girl, espouses the need for humans to be truthful and uncorrupt, displays the triumph of the human spirit over unbeatable odds, and demands the need for more vocal cord medical research.
” With this film, Salman Khan’s fans have received the best-ever treat for Eid. The film took an outstanding opening and most of the morning shows in singleplexes are house full. Advance booking for the weekend is very good. All-India, the film took an opening of 95 per cent and from the second show, cinemas will be running house-full shows. The movie released in 4,500 screens all over India and 1,600 in Mumbai. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will definitely create a new benchmark at the box office.”
after all this hype I think less than 300 would be unacceptable for the film. And if it does this or more it would again prove the point that the older films were under performers. Why didn’t ETT do 300? or at least 250?
I’ll also add that if this film does match all the hype and does those numbers (biggest gross or whatever) there’s no way Dilwale will reach that stratosphere with or without competition. Shetty just doesn’t make films with that kind of staying power.
Shall I point out some more ‘dishonesty’ about all this once more? When it’s Aamir ‘hey it’s about the script’ and ‘he does good films’ and what not. With Salman it’s only about him. Well why then don’t his films match those highest numbers? Because he does junk (once again the defense). Now with Bajrangi? Hey he’s got a great script! So now he doesn’t deserve credit? Because I thought it wasn’t about producing the biggest benchmarks in good scripts?! I won’t get into the absurdity of the whole logic of arguing against stars who do good films but just following it for a moment here another bit of dishonesty is nonetheless exposed. Though I’m not a Salman fan by any means I am not at all bothered by Bajrangi’s potential record-breaking deal (if that happens). And I’d rather have a masala film do it than the alternatives. Nonetheless let’s all point out the obvious!
Of course this film still has a mountain to climb. ETT was fantastic for a week or so. This film to get to that 300-350 range would have to beat Salman’s best ever trending so far which was Dabanng. In other words the film needs Ghajini-like trending. Depending on how big week 1 is he could get to 300 on less than Ghajini-like trending but to get to PK he’d certainly need it. And we’re also talking a 70-100 crores in excess of his best result so far. So still quite a spread to cover.
there’s also one more thing to be said about Bajrangi that people might be missing. I of course haven’t seen the film so I can’t say definitively one way or the other. Is it a film truly for the multiplex audience? In other words is its central Gadar-like theme (just using shorthand here, not saying the story is like that) the best fit for this demographic? Gadar for instance was a hit everywhere but became astonishing really away from this demographic. And there hasn’t been any extraordinary grosser that doesn’t have this cross-section of the audience fully on board. So I’m interested here in figuring whether a film that is authentically for a ‘mass audience’ in this sense can also do hugely well in the multiplexes. Because the key to that 300 plus number lies here. Put differently if there is another factor that explains the gap between the biggest Aamir grossers and everything else it’s this. The multiplexes did not love those other films in the same way. Incidentally this was true to an extent even for D3 where the somewhat more masala script (certainly relative to the franchise) didn’t go down as well with the same audience (the best script of the franchise otherwise). The only exception I can think of in this sense is Ghajini. But Ghajini also had a proper romance in the first half, thriller elements with the whole Memento angle, the look which fed into certain Hollywood conventions in this sense, and ultimately Aamir’s prestige is a different sort of intangible. It was a proper narrative. In any case other than this film I cannot think of another one that was really unapologetically masala and/or played to mass elements and that was taken to by the multiplex audiences in a huge way. Of course it’s also the case that Kabir Khan isn’t that sort of filmmaker and might have stumbled onto a balance here. It remains to be seen if that’s the case.
‘Shall I point out some more ‘dishonesty’ about all this once more? When it’s Aamir ‘hey it’s about the script’ and ‘he does good films’ and what not.’
Each movie has its own destiny and there are many factors working for and against it. As a fan one always feels the star should use his position to work with the best people in the trade and maximize his/her potential but that is not to be with Salman more than often and to me an the oddity stems due to his nature than options available……. there is a Qalandar comment on Salman above which seems an apt response to your last only within the context of an actor’s usp –
“…but I don’t think he’s “figured” anything out, he’s wandered through his career for the most part. and that’s probably one of the endearing things about him: Aamir can seem studied; SRK downright manipulative; Hrithik just freaky, but Salman seems comfortable in his skin to a remarkable degree…”
The fact of the matter is the guy has sustained his super-stardom doing inane stuff for a good 6 years now and consistently given huge grosser which is beyond anyone’s reach among the present crowd.
nothing you’re saying addresses what I;m saying though. I’m not questioning why Salman has had his sort of career. I;m questioning why people use different standards rather conveniently. But secondly I’ve always rejected the ‘he does inane films’ charge beyond a point. Yes they are junk entertainment but he’s precisely the star who can prosper in them. No one’s waiting for Salman to do RDB! Within his space he can certainly do better scripts and get better results but those films still wouldn’t be totally serious efforts one way or the other. They would just be better entertainment. More meaningful than his other stuff. Put differently if Salman did Ghajni it would be called extra-ordinarily meaningful! Much as when SRK just does something that’s not his usual stuff everyone (including here) thinks it’s remarkably different and what not. So the terms of the debate keep changing. In any case my comment wasn’t about Salman’s choices but if one is going to deduct points for ‘better scripts’ one must do so here has well.
Now as for your last statement this is again the kind of thing that I find ‘dishonest’. Salman is still way behind D3 let alone PK. And we know that Ghajini and 3I in today’s money would also be way ahead. They were way ahead then too and those barriers weren’t crossed till simply inflation made it possible. So Aamir has done it 4 times as far as I can tell, twice back to back recently. Do you simply forget all this? I know Aamir’s not a mass star in the same sense and so on. Salman keeps producing those initials but he also does so in genres that enable it. Aamir gets the best initials possible for any given genre. So when you get him in a subject with universal appeal you can’t really beat those initials or the final grosses. I certainly understand why Salman is celebrated more these days. I don’t have an issue with it but let’s not pretend those Aamir films didn’t happen! And if it’s one thing Aamir has it’s precisely consistency. Over his last 5 releases Aamir has 4 record-setting initials/grossers. Not really sure what the debate’s about. Now I do agree that no one else can match Salman or better him. As long as one allows for the Aamir exception. I still don;t have a problem with Salman getting this sort of attention. There is something about these mass initials that lends itself to such a narrative. So people are much more likely to say Salman’s the top star at the moment than anyone else. He certainly has that aura or has had it for a while. But even conceding this Aamir does have an exceptional status. but yes no one else is in this league. In any case let Salman prove it first. I’ve heard all this talk about getting to 200 or 300 or whatever the benchmark happened to be with every other SRK film and more recently every other Salman film. Hasn’t happened so far! If it does good for Salman but he has to get there first.
Hopefully your response now won’t be that I;m being mean and not letting a fan enjoy the Salman party!
‘Put differently if Salman did Ghajni it would be called extra-ordinarily meaningful! Much as when SRK just does something that’s not his usual stuff everyone (including here) thinks it’s remarkably different and what not…”
But to be able to reach a Ghajini, one needs to be surrounded by people in that zone. If I am correct , Kiran Rao his wife introduced him to that movie and aamir’s dedication and time spent getting the look and tone right took it another level. I mean just few years back it wasn’t easy for actors to shave their head for a movie due to continuity issues with other projects. Also look at the prep for Dangal….
Coming to Salman and listening to his interviews lately, probably he may start to move in a more programmed direction. Reports on BB say he acts endearing and not his usual maad dhaad then there is PRDP which is again not a slam-bam kind of a movie. He may just decide to move towards a more sensible cinema within the same paradigm. Its not that currently he is into Humshakals, Himmatwalas and Housefuls. The closest he came to all that was in No Entry some time back.
Secondly, I want to stress only one point that achieving excellence in cinema / movie scene is not impossible and we have all been surprised many a times with various actors.It is not stage acting where there is a single take performance and you should know the art form to be able to stand out. Film making offers you do a take and then retake and so on so forth plus there are people sitting there to correct you notwithstanding the latest technology which offers many more choices of auto correct.
It all boils down to sincerity and time devotion and how serious one is one beyond a limit to prove a point.
you’re still avoiding the central question! It’s not about how and why Aamir chooses the movies he does (I think he was choosing them long before he married Rao but that’s another matter.. part of having good judgment is you accept ideas wherever they originate), it’s about all the other questions I’ve raised. I’ll respond to you once more this way. If Salman continues to do ‘better’ films then he should also get less credit for them..?! If a Salman film is about ‘not thinking’ and leaving your mind at home why are Salman fans like yourself suddenly wishing for everyone to bring their brains with them this time?! Or wishing for the movie to get this kind of credit? Again all of this isn’t an argument against Salman because he isn’t saying this stuff. But you are and you have!
@Satyam, but then what is the conclusion if BB does make 300-350? It has to be that Salman is bigger than Aamir- If both films gross the same (and all external factors are pretty similar i.e. star cast, holiday release, ticket prices, music popularity), it comes down to the star and the merit of the film. So if one maintains that Aamir is still a bigger star, then this means that BB is a better film than PK! My theory is that SRK and Salman are still to date bigger stars than Aamir, it is their terrible film choices that are limiting their BO numbers. Of course this is something I have no evidence for and will not use in an argument until Eid 2016, after BB, PRDP, Sultan, Dilwale, Raees, and Fan all release, because all these films appear to be much better content wise than anything SRK/Salman have put out this decade thus far.
Also if everyone is against calling Aamir #1 (fans of all the other stars, media, trade analysts) even though the BO numbers supposedly imply otherwise, then is Aamir really #1? Even with the media ban and hate that Big B got, no one ever called Dharmendra a bigger star and #1!
we can talk about Aamir later but how many days do you think it will take Bajrangi to cross Bang Bang’s 140? I would have mentioned K3 as well but according to Filmkraft it’s made more than Avatar so we needn’t get into that debate.
@ Raj5 If fallacies were truth, then SRK began his career as no.1 and will retire as no. 1 😉 I hope this would make your claim a bit more veritable but alas!! Media’s certification or lack thereof doesn’t make it a gospel truth, but facts do.
For the last 10 years, Aamir’s record as an actor,star and producer is testimony to the fact that audience have blind faith in him. Mangal Pandey was a record breaker in first week and so were RDB and Fanaa. After that TZP came in 2007 and was a big success both commercially and critically. Ghajini shatterd all records in the very next year and 3 idiots made unthinkable at that point of time by crossing 200 Crores. In between JTYJN as a producer was a super success and in 2010 Peepli Live! also a hit sans any name to get to that total solely on Aamir’s name attached. Dhobi Ghat, an out and out festival film without any music or Aamir being the second lead made 15 Crores. Delhi Belly made a huge amount of money and resurrected Imran’s sinking career despite it being an adult comedy, which was also a huge victory as until then Aamir’s name with such a movie was unimaginable. Talaash came in 2012 and made 93 Crores with such a dark and gloomy premise and to put that in to perspective Jai Ho in 2014 with all the masala and music made about 105 Crores, that was when Salman was coming back after a gap of more than a year (his last Dabang 2 came in December 2012). And to add to it SRK and Salman have taken the help of franchise in Don 2 and Dabang 2 in this period.
It took Chennai Express to break 3 idiots 4 year old record, but Aamir took just 4 months to relegate it to 2nd place with all opening and overall records being shattered. And that was when people didn’t like the movie as per Aamir’s standard!! In the very next year PK came, conquered and reached where it would take any other movie years to surpass the worldwide gross of it. Biggest grossers opening week, weekend and worldwide grossers are all Aamir by huge margin. He sets the records and betters them, nobody else come close. And here is the biggest proof of his stardom that he didn’t stick to one kind of films or genre but covered the whole gamut with his choices. Here lies the catch that Aamir has busted the myth with Ghajini that despite being short and cute, he could be menacing. With Dhoom 3 nobody did imagine that Aamir could play the antagonist, yet he did and results are there to see. So this is called stardom where people flock to theatre just to watch Aamir irrespective of genre. SRK being the biggest star is a good joke which only his fanatics could imagine and drool over the fantasy!! And bad scripts is another excuse as world would like to know when and where did SRK and Salman have the good script sense. When SRK had good scripts, Paheli, Swades, Ashoka, MNIK happened. So having a virtue is not a bad thing which Aamir has which is not his fault. You win the race on your strengths and Aamir has been employing his strengths to the hilt, but he is not stopping or forcing any one else not to use theirs, each to their own.
I can’t add much more here. The only thing I guess to add just as a factual point…his films are the first to 100, 200, 300 domestically and also first to 200 all the way up to 700 crores WW too! Every damn record is his. Overseas he now holds the top 3 positions….the positions once dominated by SRK.
He holds the top 3 positions for second week records too and the top 2 for 3rd and 4th. All this vindicates that has films have outperformed his peers both commercially and critically.
” I think less than 300 would be unacceptable for the film.”
Agree there , but KJO / Dharma presentation of Bahubali to Hindi audience will act as some sort of spanner in wheel and it may affect BB directly or indirectly in the short run.
However the bigger point is I am happy ‘freakish’ Bahubali is going to suffer more by getting entangled with Salman and undeniably lose out on the final totals. If results remain positive for BB, this may act as a deterrent to potential trespassers , so next time around people will think twice coming less than two weeks before and after.
by the way note how in a rather old trope when Anupama Chopra (like many others of her ilk) likes a masala film or enjoys it she insists on this apologetic tone — ‘it’s old-fashioned’ and so on. The spin on the ‘leave your brains behind’ riff that even the fans indulge in. There’s nothing to be apologetic about. First off the glories of masala cinema weren’t about leaving your brains behind even if this has been the conservative bourgeois reaction to them. That’s another debate. But leaving this aside I don’t feel ‘guilty’ at all when I enjoy Jurassic world or a disaster blockbuster or even watch it before more meaningful films I’m interested in. And the reason this becomes a problem is that the likes of Anupama Chopra never seem as apologetic when they indulge in junk ‘multiplex’ entertainment. There the pretense is that this is somehow more meaningful cinema when it isn’t. These are once again class/sensibility codes more than anything else. Now I myself call Salman’s films junk a lot of times but I place no greater value on this statement and I certainly don’t celebrate multiplex junk either. for me Cocktail and Salman’s films are exactly the same in this sense though for ideological reasons I’d rather have Salman’s junk than Cocktail (sorry Utkal! The Guru Dutt analogies here will continue to elude me..). But if you think a Salman film is better this time around or has more substance just say that, enjoy it and move on. There’s no reason to add all this stuff about somehow ‘succumbing to it and not thinking about it’ and what not. This has been the bankruptcy Anupama Chopra’s class has long indulged in when it comes to classic masala cinema. Masala cinema is something we have yet to come to terms with in this sense. the popularity of the cinema has surely transcended it’s immediate contexts . It’s permanent in more ways than one. But the more ‘literate’ (and this word should be used with great caution in these contexts!) classes of India have still not begin to understood what was so potent and so important about that tradition. And certainly mass Telugu cinema today (which is the one holding sway in Bollywood today, through direct remakes or otherwise) has contributed to this unfortunate bias. Tamil at least has more serious stuff along with this (Rajamouli himself made more or less the same point recently). Of course ironically it is this very Telugu masala that is being consumed by the same classes. Give them something more authentic and then scream and run a mile!
Satyam: Great comment. Though the likes of Anupama Chopra are atleast better than someone like Fadnavis who is truly trashy in every sense. This is from his review-
“It’s getting increasingly difficult for a film critic to review a Salman Khan film. Every movie has a set of pre-defined rules to review upon. For example an Adam Sandler film cannot be watched with the same mindset as a Kieslowski film. A critic has to know that the Sandler film will not have the storytelling nuance and finesse of the Kieslowski one.
The aim of the Kieslowski film is to make you reflect upon your own life, while the Sandler film is designed to only entertain people looking for some harmless fun through offensive jokes. Bhai is the Adam Sandler of India, and in Bajrangi Bhaijaan he explains the aforementioned deeply relevant and multi-layered filmmaking and film appreciation argument with just one line – E le le le le le le le le le le. …”
“…This is of course after WTF Is That #78 where a woman (Kareena Kapoor), who is a smart and progressive school teacher in Delhi, falls in love with a small town, obviously dimwitted bloke who’s flunked his exams ten times in a row, merely 3 days after meeting him. And when I mean dimwitted bloke I mean a guy who genuflects in reverence every time he sees a monkey. …”
There’s also another angle here. Exactly this kind of film (in terms of substance) but without this Indo-pak unity message (or so it seems from the trailers) would never get positive reviews from the critics. Anupama Chopra even refers to this, something about how this might be a nice thing given what’s happening on the border. The point again is that even here it’s not the script that’s necessarily getting the reviews but the political message.
50 Talented Bollywood Actors Who Deserve More Limelight Than They Get
There’s a horde of actors who play supporting roles to the protagonists, give the film a new lease of credibility and yet they go unnoticed. The stars walk away with the massive paycheck, and these actors slowly become ‘has-beens’. We compile a list of some of the most significant actors in mainstream Hindi films, who we hope eventually get their due in the future
That is one talented bunch and they make the movie they star an enriching experience. Manoj Joshi and Kala would be my absolute favorite in that listand they have been around for sometime. Also out of the lot Annu Kapoor, Sanjay Mishra and Dobriyal may have gotten their required dues.
Arshad is a big mouth and got sufficient opportunities and sometime feel got more than he deserved if you compare to Chandrachur Singh his contemporary
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan gives us a Salman Khan very different from the one we’re used to seeing on screen. There’s no swagger in his step, no signature punchlines to deliver, and…gasp…he doesn’t once rip off his shirt. In a departure from his enduring image as a larger-than-life hero who lets his fists do the talking, the actor stars as a symbol of peace and love in this cross-border drama. The result, I’m happy to report, is that this may be Salman Khan’s most coherent film in recent years”.
On the whole, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is an unadulterated blockbuster. The last few reels of the drama will win the audience over so completely that the film will emerge as the biggest hit of Salman Khan’s career so far. It will score in big centres and small, in multiplexes and single-screen cinemas and will be loved by classes and masses alike and by people of all age groups. This one has all the potential to join the Rs. 300-crore club in India and thereby prove to be one of the biggest blockbusters so far.
On his twitter feed he’s like a one-man advertising industry for the film! But after all this hype the amusing thing is his last line above! Why just “potential”? It should be clearing 300 with ease and adding some!
Superb news. Raima is apt as Suchitra Sen: not only does she look the part, but is also quite a capable actor boot. There couldn’t have been a choice her for this part. I am not sure of Jisshu as Uttam Kumar though, would have preferred Parambrata. But I am really happy that Abhijit Chaudhuri is directing. His debut Patalghar is one of the most important contemporary Bengali films and my favourite Indian sci-fi films. Sadly it has taken him more than to make his second film. Hopefully it will be good.
“It’s Raima Sen as her grandmother the legendary Suchitra Sen in Bengali director Abhijeet Choudhury’s Nayika. Bangla star Jisshu Sengupta seen as ‘Piku’ Deepika Padukone’s best friend in the film of that title will star as Uttam Kumar . The film will attempt to delineate the relationship between the charismatic pair that set the screen ablaze in the 30 films that they did together.”
“Vidya Balan who was approached for Suchitra’s role declined saying Raima would be the right choice to play Suchitra ,both emotionally and physically.
Says Raima, “The project has been in the pipeline for two years. I was the original choice because of my obvious connect to the character. But the dates kept getting postponed. Then I was asked in January to shoot for it. I couldn’t shoot for it at that time as my dates were blocked for Ishq Kabhi Kariyo Na with Prateik Babbar. In the meanwhile I heardVidya Balan was doing it and then I heard she isn’t doing it.”
Raima is back in the project and the shooting starts soon.
The film will focus on Ms Sen’s very special friendship with the matinee idol Uttam Kumar.
Naturally Jisshu is very excited about tackling the role of Bengal’s biggest star.
Says Jisshu, “No one knows the true nature of their friendship.Mr Uttam Kumar and Ms Suchitra Sen did 30 films together. They were not just terrific co-stars they were also very close friends. Uttam Kumar was the only person from the film industry who could call Suchitra Sen by her real name ,Roma. Theirs was a very complex, very deep bonding. To explore that relationship would be a big challenge.To play Uttam Kumar is a big honour for me.”
Jisshu’s mother-in-law actress Anjana Bhowmick has worked with Uttam Kumar. Jisshu intends to take tips from her on how to play the matinee idol.
Says Jisshu, “My mother-in-law knew Mr Uttam Kumar well. I will consult her on the kind of clothes he wore, the way he spoke, the food he liked , etc. But I won’t imitate Uttam Kumar. No way! The man was a legend beyond all legends. He has a very strong screen image. I’d look caricatural trying to behave like him. My director Abhijeet Chaudhuri and I sat down and decided I won’t try to imitate Uttam Kumar.I will try to reach his soul, and not his physicality
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Opening Report – Excellent
Friday 17 July 2015 12.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has taken an excellent opening of 65-70% on average. Just like last year with Kick the start is extraordinary considering it is is Pre Eid. A big difference between Kick and Bajrangi Bhaijaan is that the former was an action film while latter is more of a social drama. Also the music of Kick was super hit which is not the case here which puts the draw of Salman Khan today into perspective.
The opening shows in the morning are also better than PK though that film did pick up later in the day but that was a normal day and today is day before Eid when most of the Muslim audience is busy with festivities. .
The best opening has come in the Delhi NCR and East Punjab area with West Bengal being on lower side while South India has been affected by the film missing out on major single screens which normally play Hindi films due the mega success down South of Baahubali. Also Salman Khan is a much bigger draw in single screens of South India rather than the multiplexes which tend to support the urban Hindi films. Due to this loss of business anything around Kick first day would be a great result and if it was to go higher it would be extraordinary.
Yeah. Kick was 26ish. Realistically I think BB can have a 30 crore opening day. It would have to do 10x its opening day to get to 300 which has only been done twice this decade (by a big film)- by Dabangg and PK. Not even D3 did this. But all of us have seen enough reports from BOI to know that even with the usual superlative language they are using, BB is opening at about the same as Kick. But the reviews are very good here for a Salman film, I think even better than Dabangg. Even if it gets to 300, I don’t think it will trend as well as Ghajini still…Dabangg trending seems doable (60% first week, 40% rest). 180 crore first week would take it there which is pretty doable. Krish predicts 350 crore, and he’s been on point with his predictions (especially with HNY’s opening day and saying Baahubali Hindi will make 50-70 crores) so I wouldn’t throw a 350 crore out either.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan To Reel In 30 Cr Plus On Day One
by Rohini Nag (July 17, 2015)
Salman Khan is the Man with the Midas touch and delivers exactly what his audience expects of him. And when it’s an Eid release from Khan, expectations go through the roof. Bajrangi Bhaijaan, today’s Eid treat from Khan, has exceeded expectations, perhaps helped along by the fact that director Kabir Khan, a filmmaker who has the ability to charm the audience with a marriage of content and entertainment, has helmed this film. Then there’s Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui also featuring in the film.
This film has cast a veritable spell over the box office and is on its way to a record-breaking Day One NBOC for 2015, with an estimated Rs 30-crore plus in the kitty. Distributors believe the film will enjoy a fabulous weekend and its week one numbers too will be marvellous. Over to them:
Rajesh Thadani, Multimedia Combines, Mumbai
Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened with massive expectations today and succeeded in clocking outstanding numbers. The film kept gaining momentum throughout the day and is expected to garner over Rs 30 crore all-India and Rs 12 crore in Mumbai. Apart from the big names attached to it, the film is high on content as well. It s expected to cross the Rs 100-crore mark during the three-day weekend and Rs 200-crore mark in the first week.
Brijesh Tandon, H K Tandon & Co
The film is notching up impressive numbers today and since Saturday is Eid, it will reel in fabulous numbers tomorrow as well. Today, the film is expected to collect Rs 6.75 crore in Delhi-UP. Salman Khan has proved yet again that he knows what the Indian audience expects from a Hindi film. The little girl in the film is winning hearts. The film will probably ring in Rs 35 crore all-India today.
Jaspal Dhingra, Nanaskar Enterprises, East Punjab
Salman Khan and Eid are now becoming the perfect formula for success. Bajrangi Bhaijaan not only opened to a massive response from the audience, but footfalls kept rising throughout the day. The film is expected to reel in Rs 3 crore in East Punjab today and, all-India, will definitely cross the Rs 30-crore mark on its first day of release.
Debashish Dey, Aum Moviez, West Bengal
The film is OUTSTANDING!!! And it’s the audience’s appreciation that is translating into such magnificent numbers at the ticket window. Undoubtedly, this is one of Salman’s best films in recent times. We expect it to end its first day with Rs1.5 crore in West Bengal and Rs 35 crore, all-India.
Gaurrav Gaur, O’Real Imagination, Rajasthan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan was one of the most anticipated films of this year. It opened on a hugely promising note today and is expected to collect Rs 30 crore, all-India, and Rs 1.75 crore in Rajasthan today. Bajrangi Bhaijaan will be the fastest Rs 100-crore film and will earn Rs 250 crore lifetime, all-India.
B H Basha, Bahar Enterprises, Mysore
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is well on its way to fulfilling all expectations attached to it by taking a huge opening. Analysing today’s shows till the evening shows, it seems like the film will clock around Rs 33 crore on day one all over India, and Rs 1.2 crore in Mysore. The weekend and first week will deliver spectacular returns.
Jeetu Khandelwal, Pioneer Movies, Orissa
The fact that this is a Salman Khan film and an Eid release is ensuring that Bajrangi Bhaijaan will emerge with flying colours at the box office. In Orissa, the film will earn Rs 35 lakh and enjoy a fantastic weekend ahead as well.
Comparing it with other movies, 25 cr looks on card. Though, it can be short by 1-2 cr due to not so competent performance in south as these numbers are based on Kanpur from North which is salman’s dominance.
And here i am bang on. I think BOI also estimates in the same way as i do. 🙂
Bajrangi Bhaijaan First Day Estimate
Friday 17 July 2015 23.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan has had a very strong first day and should clock up business in the 25 crore nett region. Kick last year had set a huge number of 25 crore nett apprx for Pre Eid and this will finish in a similar range. Most circuits are in the Kick range though South India will probably be less due to Baahubali but Mumbai circuit and Delhi/UP should be a bit better.
It is another huge number for a Salman Khan starrer Pre Eid and is also similar PK opening day which was normal day. At real values allowing for Pre Eid, Kick was over 30 crore nett last year and this is similar again.
Kick was an action film and this is not so the opening is even more impressive. The holiday period begins tomorrow and the film has got a huge platform to buld from and the levels it goes to on Saturday and Sunday will be all important.
I sense this film is high on sentiment and hence a vast number of reviews pointing to a noble effort. But reading between the lines I don’t sense it to be a film very high in substance. Let’s see.
Coming to the BO seems like every number between 26 to 36 is viable. I guess someone has found that roulette wheel again.
Let’s see where ‘Salman’s ‘ good movie takes him. Seems a lot of the commentators here have been waiting for this big moment when either Salman, SRK or anyone else comes with a good movie, reviewed well, actor getting praised and the film will fly by the collections of an Aamir film to prove a point. Well here we go! We seem to have that film now! Let’s see if Aamir is indeed a myth!
Bajrangi Bhaijaan First Day Estimate
Friday 17 July 2015 23.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has had a very strong first day and should clock up business in the 25 crore nett region. Kick last year had set a huge number of 25 crore nett apprx for Pre Eid and this will finish in a similar range. Most circuits are in the Kick range though South India will probably be less due to Baahubali but Mumbai circuit and Delhi/UP should be a bit better.
It is another huge number for a Salman Khan starrer Pre Eid and is also similar PK opening day which was normal day. At real values allowing for Pre Eid, Kick was over 30 crore nett last year and this is similar again.
Kick was an action film and this is not so the opening is even more impressive. The holiday period begins tomorrow and the film has got a huge platform to buld from and the levels it goes to on Saturday and Sunday will be all important.
Man after all that talk this is a real whimper! They’re trying to make lemonades out of lemon here. So after all the hype it’s just living upto Kick levels? It will now have to show way greater jumps than that film over the weekend.
Since everyone minimally predicted 30 with some saying 35 and this was said on the strength of the morning shows the evening shows probably haven’t come in as strong as expected. Let’s see if the film can pick up in a big way over the next two days. Taran might have it a bit higher (even if for the last number of films he and BOI have been pretty close) but it still amounts to the same thing because his number would have been higher for Kick too.
This movie will go past 300 I feel. The vibes are very positive. People here are underestimating the effect of the release period. Today will tell is where this is going. I am expecting 80 chores just today and tomorrow. Let’s wait for 2 more days before writing the obituary for this one
I think muslims do watch on the night before Eid which is Friday night. Fasting ends that evening and they are free to watch. If you remember, Chennai Express had special preview shows a night before Eid day just for this reason.
and not that BOI’s dishonesty needs a new introduction but this is the latest example. First off they’ve been providing all sorts of excuses all day. But leave that aside. When PK was releasing they said the real standard was 3I. Obviously they didn’t expect as much as it made and they were prepared to knock it down had it done much less. But now for Bajrangi the standard evidently is just Kick! But let’s follow their logic though. In an out and out commercial film because less action was shown in the trailers and the music wasn’t good this means that Kick is a high bar while when Aamir does lots of different genres and so on suddenly it’s only about absolute benchmarks. of course I’m not holding my breath for some honesty from them or from those here who’ve followed a similar logic over time. And to be clear I’m not rooting against Bajrangi. I’m sure it will get to a big gross one way or the other. But let’s see if it gets to the 300-350 everyone’s been talking about! And D3 is still the first hurdle! The film can jump over the weekend, that’s not the point, it will have to show disproportionately big jumps (relative to other such movies) and then also hold better than practically every film not starring Aamir. Possible but let’s see. For the Salman folks I hope BOI have goofed up with that number. Of course my comment about them would still stand because they’re arguing all of this on the 25 cr number.
BOI keeps saying PK had a normal day while Bajrangi was Pre Eid last year they said the same thing about Kick but since tomorrow is the big national holiday evening & night shows should have been stronger no ? PK didn’t have that advantage going into the 2nd day offcourse BOI wont talk about it .
No it doesn’t work that way. The Muslim audience will come out only today not last night. Though I always find it hard to explain why business is dull in this period in a country with predominantly Hindu population
I have forever felt that this whole Ramadan thing was a huge myth. And it’s a classic case of whatever the number is people say it’s lower because of Ramadan. And today it’s even less the case than before. Because even when there are concentrated Muslim populations in certain areas they’re generally not driving the multiplex gross. It’s quite easy to establish this as an economic matter.
Bahubali, an unknown entity, entered the market with an unknown hero who is a stranger to most of the Indians. Even the story is outdated. Yet it is creating waves and posing a threat. David versus Goliath!
how is this poor on a non holiday ? PK was also around 53 lacs , Kick was 43 lacs and HNY on a national holiday was 59 lacs so no its not good infact its very good wont be surprised if BOI revise that 25 cr number this looks more in the range of 27-28 cr .
A new film based on Tagore’s “Shesher Kobita”. It is being directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay who made the outstanding “Herbert”. And it is always great to see Konkona on screen- what a consummate performer she is
everyone has gone with the producer number. Everyone is also saying it’s been hurt by bahubali in the South. But didn’t everyone know this film had released when they were predicting 30-35 crores yesterday? Even accepting this number it’s barely ahead by a crore (kick) and given that everyone was saying highest screen count and what not is this really a higher number one year later? Of course one will know how it’s doing over the next day or so. The point isn’t that it won’t do well but the whole 300 crore barrier that was set up here. And let’s face it. Call it Ramadan, call it Bahubali, but people were quoting higher day 1 numbers here despite both factors. For example kamaal r khan had 37 crores (give or take a bit) as his number. Obviously any Salman movie opens big. But here you have a film that everyone is praising to the skies, that everyone is saying will be his biggest hit and what not. After all that you can’t say that this is a fantastic number. Some also saying now that PK opened at 25. Sure. But Hirani never has the absolute strongest number on day 1. Some of us have said this even earlier too. In any case if Bajrangi is going to trend like PK.. well more power to it!
everyone was calling the Kick collections phenomenal, also saying they were great for pre-Eid. the film had 26 crores on both Fri and Sat, went upto 30 on Sun. Dropped quite a bit on Mon (around 14 crores or whatever), then Eid was on Tue and did 26 crores again. Wed was around 20 crores, Thu around 14. Week 1 was 155 crores or so, Taran was higher, his week 1 number was 164 crores. Now this time everyone has the same number. But this film should be easy to track with those Kick numbers as reference. Since it has opened the same way. Obviously this time Eid is today whereas it was a number of days later for Kick. Anyway let’s see how all of this pans out.
Bhajrangi Bhaijaan Has Excellent First Day – Beats Kick And PK
Saturday 18 July 2015 12.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan had an excellent first day grossing around 26.75-27 crore nett. The first day collections are higher than Kick which was also released Pre Eid last year. The collections are also better than PK which was released on Christmas but was not affected by any festivals.
East Punjab which is probably the only circuit with hardly has any Pre eid affect has recorded the second highest opening day in history after Happy New Year which was released on the biggest holiday of the year. The film has surpassed opening day collections of Dhoom 3 , Ek Tha Tiger and Chennai Express in East Punjab..
Rajasthan has also done extraordinary business as if we take GROSS collections due to tax change over the last year then it is amongst top three openings ever. Delhi/UP is also excellent going over 5 crore nett but here there is the pre Eid affect especially in UP. This is also the case with most other circuits which have been affected, Mumbai will finish in the 8.25-8.50 crore nett range.
“…East Punjab which is probably the only circuit with hardly has any Pre eid affect has recorded the second highest opening day in history after Happy New Year which was released on the biggest holiday of the year”
Actually this modern day legend has been continuing from last few years.. when infact the day after Diwali is NOT a holiday. Holiday is on Diwali and HNY released day after Diwali. That’s another matter than lot of folks tend to take off from work but its not a national holiday.
I think the numbers are of the usual norm. BOI have it usually slightly below the rest of the media. How can they be so dishonest when they are reporting 25cr and the whole rest of the media are reporting 27.5cr? The likes of Taran and Koimoi are also reporting it as slightly higher than Kick while BOI are reporting that it’s in the same range as Kick.
They are upbeat in their rhetoric because they probably optimistic in the final outcome. But expect them to eat their own words if the film crashes. They had to do it recently when they were quite pessimistic with Pikku and Bahubaali but their projections were way off the mark and they had to eat their own words finally.
“Mani Ratnam is preparing for his next movie sans hype. The ace filmmaker is busy with the pre-production work of his forthcoming multi-lingual flick, which is likely to go on floors by the end of this year.
Earlier, reports were doing the rounds that the movie’s shooting will begin in September. But a trusted source is supposed to have said recently the shooting of the movie will begin in December.
Currently, Mani Ratnam is fully occupied with the pre-production work and the finalisation of his cast and crew for the movie.
The movie stars Karthi, who worked as an assistant for the filmmaker in “Aayudha Ezhuthu”, and Malayalam actor Dulqueer Salmaan in the lead roles. Shruti Haasan will be playing the female lead role in the movie. Apart from them, Mani Ratnam’s trusted and tried music composer AR Rahman has been finalised to compose music for the flick.
Meanwhile, rumours are rife that the makers have zeroed in on the title “Komaali”. It is said that the director has registered the name recently. Other details about the project are still under wraps. Mani Ratnam has remained tight-lipped about the project and yet to formally announce the name of the film.
Mani Ratnam is back after the super success of “Ok Kanmani” starring Nithya Menen and Dulqueer Salmaan. The director returned to good form after back-to-back failures of his movies “Raavanan” and “Kadal”.”
The first day figures of BHaijaan are good but not exceptional
I agree with Satyam that these ‘excuses’ should not be made up now
As for bahubali hindi –c’mon it doesn’t have ONE known Bollywood face
Is not even a simulataneous release
Heck, BAHUBALI is even a HAIDAR which had known stars like shahid, irrfan , kayaks besides make out ad kissing scenes of shraddha &/or tabu et al
NOW my question
What if BAHUBALI released same day as bhaijaan
On the same number of screens as Haidar (which was more than one third!)
What would have been the first day figure of BBhaijaan?
Given that Haidar released same day as bang bang
(Even though Haidar was a MUCH LESS ACCESSIBLE genre than bahubali!)
The answers to these questions unravel some more ‘truths’
About the opening power of stars etc
Having said that
I wish BB all the best and may check it out later today
Hoping (& knowing!) BB will show a big jump on sat/sun…
When you look in context , the numbers seem great esp if the best for day 1 has been around 14 cr or so this year. So the jump / expansion is nearly double of nearest competition going into the 7th month .
But definitely underwhelming and was looking at the least 35 cr domestic net earnings there. More than the pre-eid, I feel Bahubali is affecting the totals somewhat. The only consolation will be what i said yesterday BB gets scratched but makes an indentation to Bahubali totals. The wom in hindi belt which kicked in later would have taken Bahubali to solid levels.
This will be an eye opener for next potential clashes. The big guy will definitely have dent but its the small fry which is going get rammed more hard.
Hopefully today the shortfalls will be covered and anything less than 300cr will be an under performance.
Personally liked the movie a lot and I am looking at a long run at the ticket windows since it has clear two weeks. My only concern is it does not become a south vs north deal and the southern crowd can turn fanatic just to prove a point.
Abhishek Bachchan turned crooner with the rap track, Right here… right now, which played in the end credits of Rohan Sippy’s 2005 romcom, Bluffmaster. A dec ade later, the 39-year-old actor will be seen singing in a rap video, Until The Sun Comes Up.
The single features double Grammy Award winner Nelly, of whom Bachchan is a big fan. Nelly took home the trophy for Best Rap Performance in 2003 and 2004. The American singer- songwriter turned actor in 2005, with Adam Sandler’s sports comedy, The Longest Yard. This hip-hop single is the brainchild of Canadian musician, Raghav. Raghav’s songs, Angel eyes and Can’t get enough, are the heart of every party in Mumbai.
“Nelly is a legend and Abhishek is all heart. They refused to charge any fee for the song,” Raghav told Mirror. “The signing amount decided by the music label has gone to charity. Since the song is about leading people from darkness to light, we planned on lighting up two African villages with our music,” Raghav smiles.
The collaborators have already ensured that the selected villages are provided with electricity to help children study.
The single will release in the last week of August.
“This is the first of many collaborations,” promises Raghav. “With AB on board, I would like to bring in different international musicians.”
The veteran filmmaker drops three big scenes, edits his film to two hours and pushes up the release by two weeks to counter the challenge posed by big banners
Muzaffar Ali fights for screen time
Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, who directed the 1981-hit Umrao Jaan is heartbroken. His upcoming pre-Independence drama, Jaanisaar, featuring Pernia Qureshi and Imran Abbas Naqvi, hasn’t been able to get any screens forcing him to push the film up by two weeks. Ali had earlier wanted to open on Independence Day, but was warned that the date had been blocked by Karan Johar. Then he decided on an August 21 release only to come up against Umesh Shukla’s All Is Well, featuring Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Rishi Kapoor. Now the film is scheduled for August 7.
“I’m a fakir and I’m fighting against loud, bigbudget, multi-starrers. The zeal, passion and energy of films like Killa and Masaan are incomparable but independent cinema never finds any takers,” a dejected Ali told Mirror.
The 70-year-old filmmaker underlines the stark difference by comparing his film to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance Bajirao Mastani. “I shot Jaanisaar in 54 days while Bajirao Mastani has taken 300 days. During post-production, I dropped three big scenes, wasting 10 days of shoot, to keep my film within the two-hour limit since I don’t have the backing to make a three-hour-long film,” he sighed.
Thirty-four years ago, Muzaffar had made Umrao Jaan with Rekha. The film had bagged four National Film Awards for Best Actress, Best Music Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Female Playback Singer. However, the filmmaker from Lucknow, who has been mentoring talent from Uttar Pradesh, refuses to rest on his laurels, insisting he still has a lot to learn. “This is a new race. There is so much action, noise and star-value in the other films. No one wants to give their ears some rest by choosing mine,” he says. “No production house approached me to collaborate on the film nor have I sold the satellite rights yet. At this point in life, I don’t want to hear a ‘no’. After all the commitment, time and effort, rejection is not acceptable.”
well if he wasn’t a solo hero what kind of credit were you taking for the film all this time?! And wasn’t he solo in JA? What was that underwhelming, even poor initial all about? But yeah make it up as you go along. When you’re in a war with the facts this is the only alternative. But don’t worry. At least Hrithik had D3. And I’m sure he’ll burn up the screens with Mohenjadaro. This time no Aishwarya either, not even a known actress. Gowariker has a very patchy record. All on him. Let’s see how much more he does than Talaash in absolute terms and then we can adjust the Talaash gross for inflation and see where this goes!
For the record I’m interested in Mohenjadaro assuming Gowariker does it right. Though Hrithik is an absurd casting choice for this subject I’m willing to live with that if the film does a good job with set design and so on. Certainly it’s an unrepresented period in Hindi cinema. But it also needs to Gowariker to be in Lagaan form which he never has been without Aamir! But he has his moments. I’m far more interested in this film at least starting out that I have ever been in Bajirao. So there is a serious discussion to be had here but since you reduce everything to its more vulgar level well let’s count the numbers!
apex: Except that Talaash was a much darker film than the inanity of ZNMD; comparing the grosses of the two is bizarre: by any yardstick, if HR were in the same league as Aamir or Salman or even SRK, he should have powered that film to some higher total. Just as HR is not “blamed” for Guzaarish’s gross the way he would be for more mainstream films.
On a more personal note, based on my experience in Mumbai, I feel HR used to be a bigger star than he is now: his weirdness over the last several years, and some truly bizarre choices (I should say, not so bizarre if he is rightly understood as wannabe) have damaged him, especially given that the likes of Aamir and Salman have reliably churned out big grossers at the same time. And then he has been overtaken by younger stars like Ranbir. Hrithik is in a bit of a sandwich (of his own making in large part): it’s not that he isn’t a big star — he is — but he is of decreasing relevance to the conversation, in a way that cannot be said of the older generation of stars like Aamir, SRK, Salman, even Akshay. The latter are mainstays of the popular culture in a way HR isn’t (he is only “there” when his film is coming out)…
Firstly I’m no hrithik ‘fan’…
Am talking of ‘current’ rankings–around guzaarish didn’t consider him amongst the top stars.
“And then he has been overtaken by younger stars like Ranbir. ”
Have been hearing such stuff from sawaariya onwards but barring Yjhd (more kjo and deepika led) ranbir hasn’t done anything special on the bo front and first needs to tackle the likes of ranveer, even Varun, Sid before thinking of hritik!
strangely enough I almost believe you on that Hrithik claim. Much as you too were once an Abhishek fan. What’s common here? perhaps you’ve long been looking for a horse to convincingly upend one or all of the ‘Khans’! It’s one or the other. Either you’re pretending not to be a Hrithik fan or it’s this other explanation. But if it’s this why? Could one simultaneously not be a fan of any one of those three? A bit odd given how different their images are or their body of work is. But if this is true why the anti-Ranbir stuff. I suspect it’s a bit of both! You’ve been jilted once too many times by your favorites. And the ‘Khans’ keep spoiling the plot for you. But here’s the thing. I said it when SRK was on his crazy ‘I’m-like-Bachchan’ phase and I’d say it today for anyone of the stars younger than those three. Getting to the top spot isn’t a ‘promotion’ in a firm. One needs to actually wrest away that spot. One needs to become as successful or more. If someone can currently beat Salman’s initials or do it in better films or on the other hand if can beat Aamir’s numbers in the same sense no one’s going to ask questions! The rest is a loser’s whining! Speaking your language. You might believe whatever you do about Hrihtik but no one else does. Sure he’s one of the big openers. Just that doesn’t cut it. Because those guys are doing a lot more than this. Certainly Salman and Aamir.
agreed – what a potential superstar could do not to be a superstar! that is what HR stands for – but still KNPH/KMG/KRISSH/JA/D2/ZNMD/K3 are his solo hits and he has as many solo flops…..he is 41 – so another 10 years he can still give 5-7 hits……….yeah! he may not be there ever in the ranks of aamir/sallu/srk but he has done much better than john/abhishek/saif etc………….i think he has some serious health issues and that is one of the main reasons of doing lesser films
Apex would set the benchmarks of the debate himself as he is living under his own myopic world where world begins and ends with ANTI-AAMIR AND PRO-HRITHIK dreams making him fall in to OWN(APEX) ABYSS, but our’s is a democracy, one is free to STOOP AS LOW AS APEX ;). His problem is Aamir-phobia which has become incurable as can be seen in his delusional claims which are either absurd or nonsense, but such patients until diagnosed keep following the MIRAGE. One can just pray for him that miracle happens 😉
@ Apex Let’s know who began this fad of 100, 200, 300 domestic and 400, 500, 600, 700 crores worldwide??? Kites did’t fly, Guzaarish didn’t pay (with Aishwarya), yet some guys are in a bizarre habit of concocting their own TRUTHS. Shahrukh, Salman, Akshay all have come on so called BIGGEST HOLIDAY Period, yet none of them came in and around the periphery of Aamir.
Let’s also clear some doubts with regards to clashes that Aamir’s TZP was up against bigger Welcome, Lagaan against Gadar, RH against Ghatak, Dil against Ghayal and results are there to see and believe the BITTER TRUTH. It’s Brand Aamir that nobody would like to take on as Salman and Shahrukh are not as big a threat as Aamir, that may be the only rationale behind nobody trying to clash with Aamir. Why is that when HR is beaten and dusted, he calls his saviour PAPA each time to resurrect his sinking career with franchise named Krish, but Aamir doesn’t have a single franchise in his entire career. Let’s also talk about directors, Who were these names when they became known be it Ashutosh Govarikar, Rakesh Mehra, Murugdoss, Reema Kagti, Vijay Krishna Acharya, Farhan Akhtar, John Mathew Mathan or Vikram Bhatt. Talk about the upcoming Dangal vs Mohenjodaro results as Nitesh Tiwari is no match to Govarikar nor are the daughters being played by unknown entities, so let’s wait and watch for the 2016 to know the KNOWN RESULTS. Till then stop getting haunted by Aamir’s nightmares.
I still maintain that with any other major star, no matter how big, that film would have done 60 at the most. Aamir’s prestige meant that the audience gave him the benefit of the doubt. Obviously the film didn’t trend well. I don’t think people disliked this one but it wasn’t a film for more than a limited audience. It was simply too dark a film and plus also a strong critique of ‘New India’. I’ve always maintained this too. You do the latter and the film doesn’t succeed. The real fault line in multiplex India is not between blockbuster films and ‘different’ ones. That is an obvious one and of course the latter films are more risky and so forth. But there’s a way to do ‘different’ in India where you essentially make a feel-good deal in the guise of the different. The classic example here would be Barfi. A film which is more or less a romantic comedy. Not that there’s anything wrong with this. Just that when these films are celebrated for being different one mustn’t forget that they are either easier to take at a pure narrative and/or are less ideologically problematic for the audience. Between Guru and Raavan it’s absurd to say that one film is doing everything right and the other is doing everything wrong. The same comparison could be made between Guru and Dil Se. We resort to these platitudes about script and what not (which is circular logic because when a film works we say it had a good script and vice versa). The fact is that certain kinds of filmmaking, certain modes of narration, certain ideological configurations are just problematic for a given audience. MP and Talaash are both among Aamir’s very interesting films to my mind. Even if one thinks they have flaws there’s absolutely not way that they are more flawed than RDB. But the latter is a more entertaining film for one and secondly it is on its audience’s right side. And so getting back to Talaash this wasn’t a film for everyone for more than one reason. It’s incredible that it made more or less what ZNMD did. Now yes it was mostly about the initial here but that’s the incredible part. That Aamir made the film unmissable for so many people. This film opened more or less in the range of Shetty’s BB. That says something! This is what I mean when I say that one has to do it by genre and look at all the contexts. This might be as impressive an initial as something like PK. But if one is crude about it and one just looks at things in absolute terms one cannot understand this point. In Hollywood a good Scorsese-Leo initial or a good Leo-Nolan initial is not compared with that of Jurassic World! Of course you have foolish partisans here who make art films out of their favorite stars’ slightly less commercial efforts, who sell flops as evidence of the star’s power (so basically we’re giving credit to a star for his initial.. but when is that ever the debate?). In the online universe such bubbles are enabled by enough ‘like-minded’ zealots somewhere or the other. Luckily reality works a bit differently. for a distributor Talaash gives him (or her) at least as much confidence as any of Aamir’s winners. Because he knows this is the worst case scenario for a dark genre and that’s pretty good!
Some of these reviews (critics) are on a whole new level of dishonest. Some of them don’t like BB (which is fine) but actually say they miss the OTT Salman of Kick/BG/Dabangg etc and he should stick to those. But when those films came out, they hated them and said that Salman should try something new! I remember SRK said people said the same about him around the time when Rab Ne came out…
NO OTHER SOUTH INDIAN FILM BEFORE HAS RECEIVED THE KIND OF RECEPTION BAAHUBALI HAS BEEN GETTING. THE FILM HAS SUCCESSFULLY BLURRED THE LINE BETWEEN SOUTHERN CINEMA AND BOLLYWOOD PROVING THAT A FILM NEED NOT ALWAYS REQUIRE A SUPERSTAR TO BECOME A BLOCKBUSTER
It took SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali – The Beginning just five days to make Rs 200 crore worldwide, making it the fastest Indian film to achieve the rare feat. The film, which has set several new records, has successfully blurred the line between southern cinema and Bollywood proving that a film need not always require a superstar to become a blockbuster.
In Bangalore, Urvashi Cinemas, one of the biggest theatres in the city, has decided to continue playing Baahubali, snubbing superstar Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
“Even on weekdays, we’re witnessing occupancy of nearly 90 percent. We’re playing the Telugu version, and the response has been exceptional. We’ve decided to continue playing ‘Baahubali’ for this week instead of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’,” a theatre’s representative told IANS.
My folks at Hyderabad, a total of about 15, went to watch Baahubali yesterday. South is a different battleground. Maniratnam, Kamal, Mohanlal, Rajamouli and their likes rule there.
Why Komal is making such a big deal about Ramzaan as if only muslims do watch Salman’s films? He has a lot of hindu, christian, jain and general fans too.
“And I’m sure he’ll burn up the screens with Mohenjadaro. This time no Aishwarya either, not even a known actress. Gowariker has a very patchy record. All on him. Let’s see how much more he does than Talaash i”
Agree that there are mohenjodaro is a dicey project
Gowarikar is not a kjo nor yrf, heck not even a Sid anand–he has never had a blockbuster (including Lagaan)
There’s NO rani / Kareena twin cushions
NO deepika / NO katrina
But a new girl unknown to the Bollywood audience
an HR reluctant to do stunts himself
Amd unsure due to more reasons than one
And the subject is underrepresented & not a massy/Popular one
So, will be a good comparison like to like –this is close
(Btw I loved Aamirs role in talaash & most other of his own ‘roles!)
But we are talking ‘stardom’ and opening power
We are here
Let the talaash vs mohenjodaro box office decide this question ….
But Talaash already opened a lot better than JA! Even accounting for all possible factors! anyway let’s give you another chance.. let’s see if a few years after Talaash he can better those numbers. Talaash did 90. How much will that be worth by the time Mohenjadaro releases? Let’s see if Hrithik can better this.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is heading for one the biggest days in history on Saturday. The collections should come in at around the 35 crore vincity.The film will fall short of the Sunday of PK but has an outside chance to challenge the first day of Happy New Year.
It is pretty certain that it will be amongst the top three beating first day numbers of films like Dhoom 3, Singham Returns, Ek Tha Tiger and Chennai Express. The growth on Saturday will be around 30-35% which will take the two day business to 61-62 crore nett
Mumbai will show the most growth as it goes towards 11 crore nett plus. East Punjab has gone crazy and is likley to set a new all time record around the 4 crore nett mark. Sunday is another big holiday and if further growth come it could challenge the biggest single day in history.
Expecting and 40+ Sunday. Salman has silenced his critics with a damn sober/ earnest act and never falls short in acting dept.
The first half is so good and wish the movie stayed more in India. Kabir ended the movie extremely well but Hirani would have taken the last 20mins to another level. Still Kabir was so much at ease here.
Kareena easily qualifies among the best actresses in bollywood and gets the tone perfect. Wish she gets something truly special in future to stand out from the crowd.
Wish there was a bit more action as Salman’s emotions prior a engaging in a fight is currently the best in bollywood. One can feel he is punching on your behalf, a feat which was mastered by Bachchan during his hey days as angry young man.
Truly special movie and out there with PK in terms of aesthetics.
Well it’s Housefull in DC area for 2 nights in a row. I don’t know what that means as I rarely watch a Salman movie before gulping 2 Heinikens. And I never watch his movies in theaters. He is hardly a good actor and I am not interested in Salmam or Hrithik- porn.
So this might be a very big hit then. But I am not sure whether it is the same trend for every Salman film – i.e. 1 week of trade-induced multiple orgasms and then the next week the film is headed for IN-vitro fertilization.
I remember PK being sold-out on a 3rd week Tuesday which is very, very rare for a desi film..Whether BB will be like that we need to see…if it is at least close to that then 300+ shouldn’t be difficult at all..
Bhajrangi Bhaijaan Second Day Business
unday 19 June 2015 12.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan had a huge first Saturday as it recorded the third highest day in history behind the third day of PK and first day of Happy New Year. The first two day business of Bajrangi Bhaijaan is as follows.
Friday – 26,50,00,000
Saturday – 35,00,00,000
TOTAL – 61,50,00,000
The film is doing extraordinary in North India and the business could go anywhere in Delhi/UP and East Punjab. Mumbai has shown big growth on Saturday but is under performing compared to North India. Gujarat will key over the next few days as it has a lot of potential for growth
Unlike other movies which goes down the day after public holiday this one will increase. As it is a Sunday. I expected Saturday and Sunday to clock 80 crores. But it much end in 75 cr range. The WOM I am hearing indicates that Monday will be above 20 crores.
If Rajamouli were to do a Baahubali in Hindi, I do’nt think he will go with any of the 51/2 footer Khans. You need gigantic 6 footers to enact the roles of Prabhas or Rana. When Telugu film is accepted wholeheartedly by Hindi audience, why does he need to go with 5.5 footers. Mark my words, next year when Baahubali 2 is released in even more wider screens, it will give tough competition even to the big budget Hindi movies.
as always Rangan’s is the only review worth reading in the Indian media context…
“The mythical undertones are another surprise. Masala movies have always been built on layers of myth – the super-caring son from the Ramayana, the mischievous but good-hearted flirt from the Mahabharata, and so forth – but Bajrangi Bhaijaan does something that most modern-day masala movies don’t: it makes these references explicit, the way the movies from the 197os and 80s did. ”
“The only major complaint I had with Bajrangi Bhaijaan is its pace. While it’s nice to see a film unfold, without frenzied cuts, you wish, sometimes, that they’d get on with it. And yet, this is a very focused movie. Despite its languorous rhythms, it doesn’t ramble. ”
“But as an actor, Salman Khan puts up one of his more convincing performances – though this is really a writer’s film, a director’s film. I’ve talked about Hirani, but fans of masala cinema will also find echoes of Manmohan Desai. It’s all here – the child separated from parents, the coincidental meeting with the mother at a place of worship, the qawwali (Adnan Sami does the honours) and the rewards of prayer, the “good Muslim” character (Om Puri is just wonderful), and, above all, the miracle at the end. I wonder what today’s younger, cynical audiences will make of all this, because this cinema is from a more innocent India – but older viewers are likely to find their eyes going moist at scenes such as the one where Pawan enters a mosque near his home, looking for Munni. The scene is funny, but the subtext isn’t – here, she is at home, and he is in an alien land. It’s been a while since corn has been sold with such conviction.”
wow that is such a nice and detailed review from Rangan. I am happy he brought Hirani here and there were a lot places I thought I was watching a Hirani movie and mentioned earlier too if the final climax scenes (excellent) had a bit better build up and woven together, it would be magical to say the least.
One of the commentators on Rangan’s blog has posted a video and it is hilarious and people who have seen the movie will certainly relate to this Omg never knew this actually existed !!.
This is what I am talking about. Happiness always needs one-upmanship. Just unnecessary banter the minute there is something viable from south. I am personally a fan of south movies esp the technical expertise is vastly superior and and it has been for the longest time but the eagerness for being petty never ceases and universally available among the diversified Indians forever.
On Bahubali the whole media narrative on numbers seems so jumbled and confusing where gross, net ,global figures all seemed disorderly. Box office numbers are being quoted as per convenience and yesterday one of the TV channel was stating Bahubali did 50 cr on day 1 whereas Bajrangi could only muster 27 cr.
I am not sure as I have not being following the numbers down south, but is it true 50 cr is domestic biz for day 1 and is it net figure or gross? or simply a simply a global fig for day 1. Similarly all sorts of numbers are strewn around daily ranging from 200 cr to 300 cr. Now what we surely know is the hindi version did something like 40 cr net. I do agree overseas esp U.S numbers are humongous.
Bahubali may be a vastly better films and Salman’s Bajrangi B is no match but its the fanaticism hidden which surfaces eso from southern point of view because the crowd in North is f…k bothered about comparisons of hindi movie with south.
The appeal of each star is pretty much evident in the real world and malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
Karnataka + Rest of India is approximately 6 Cr. So that’s 28 Cr from “Only” Telugu version and all those numbers are “Shares” which means Telugu (only) Nett itself would be in early 40’s. Add other languages (Hindi+Tamil+Malayalam) you get to 50 Nett number that is in circulation. And all these numbers are only from India and doesn’t include the Overseas figures.
Right now the 200+ number in circulation is Nett (its gone past Kick 213 Nett today), and 300cr+ if at all is being reported then its the Worldwide Gross.
I made this point earlier but 99% of Bollywood’s blockbusters are under performers compared to Bahubali. And I’ve said this even in other contexts. It’s not just hat Bahubali is exceptional. It clearly is. But what exceptional Hindi film does as well in the same proportionate sense?! And then when we go down the food chain there are very many huge grossers in Tamil and Telugu that are again proportionately doing way better than Hindi hits.
PJ @Prakashjaaju 6h6 hours ago Mumbai, Maharashtra
#BajrangiBhaijaan : Today : Should be more than 40 Cr.
Kiaara Sandhu @KiaaraSandhu 22h22 hours ago
#BajrangiBhaijaan BROKE All Records in the History of Pakistani Cinema & it collected ” 6.5 cr ” on Opening Day.
Boxofficedetail @boxofficedetail 2h2 hours ago
Exclusive.. #BajrangiBhaijaan all set to cross 150cr Worldwide Gross Today.. Weekend looking to settle around 175cr approx!! Outstanding!!
Siddhartha Basu @babubasu Jul 16
Humanism triumphs over hostility, & love wins over hate in Salman & Kabir’s gutsy & heartwarming paean to peace in #BajrangiBhaijaan
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Sanjay Jha @JhaSanjay 3h3 hours ago
Saw #BajrangiBhaijaan ; the power of a positive message devoid of shrill, vitriolic jingoism, reflected through a YouTube upload stood out.
Bajranji bhaijaan fails to make into top 10 of usa bo weekend chart. Collections are much lower than weekend of baahubali. Just a telugu movie with no superstar beats salman’s so called biggest.
Baahubali is set for 9mn in usa. Pk was 10mn, highest for bolly wood movie. Telugu movie is challenging bollywood’s biggest. This is shame for bollywood.
Especially salman should hang himself,isnt he ashamed till now ? Pathetic bb performance especially in usa.
Prasad: Baahubali got those numbers, with a taget audience a fraction of the natiobal audience that Bajrangi Bhaijaan adresses, without the help of a supestar. Kudos to Rajamouli. If Salman can get these numbers ina Bhojpuri film then I will accept him as someone special.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan May Create History On Day Three
Sunday 19 July 2015 23.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is doing historic business on Sunday and challenging for the biggest day in the history of Indian cinema Till date the highest collections ever for a single day are the 38.25 crore nett of PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan has a chance to surpass these numbers.
The film has jumped huge in Gujarat on Sunday and that is where it was under performing and now with historic North India collections and Gujarat coming on board the sky will be the limit for the film.
Delhi/UP and East Punjab have created history on two days in a row as both Saturday and Sunday have seen the highest collections ever in both circuit. The three day tend makes it pretty clear that it will emerge the biggest hit of 2015 till date.
HNY was 45 according to producers but that was including Tamil/Telugu. Also they said that Tamil/Telugu was like 4 crores and Hindi was 42. BOI reduced their 1st day for HNY. I remember they had reports saying that Day 1 was 40 crores but the actual was probably actually around 37-38 crores which is the standard 10-12% inflation done by producers.
Happy New Year” has earned a whopping ₹44.97 crore on the opening day from the domestic box office. The Hindi version of the film earned ₹42.62 crore, Telugu version ₹1.43 crore and Tamil version got ₹92 lakh, according to Bollywood Hungama.
How come pk has highest day in history. Wasnt it HNY? Last year boi reported hny created history by collecting over 40+ cr on day one. So was all the media and trade reporting. Can we trust boi now if they say bb can be make single highest day collections? I wont. As for srk movies, boi always create hype and report higher collections than actual. They also did for oso by saying record opening and highest collections in history while oso could never surpass d2.
“He’s the biggest and the greatest superstar of his generation. People love him because he’s honest, he’s real and he makes no bones about what he does. Even I have said it that everyone actor wants to work with Salman Khan and if anybody says that they don’t, then its fine. But I don’t think it’s true because he is the greatest superstar. I don’t want to work with him just because I’m excited it’s Salman Khan, but because I deeply respect him. I respect his superstardom and people love to see the both of us together. We’re here to entertain and yes I understand serious movies and performance orientated roles, but the fact is that if two superstars do come together it has a double value, so why not?”
“My relationship with Salman is not as an actor and an actress. Of course we respect each other’s talent, but he treat’s me like Lolo’s sister. My sister and him they adore each other. When Arbaaz was producer for the first time I was there for Fevicol. The first time Mr Khan decides to run producer after 25 years I’m there again. So I think there’s a connection with me and his family.”
“I think that the bond that I share with Abhishek, I don’t think I can share that with anyone else. There was a certain rawness and nervous energy that we both went through and experienced together. I mean though we were both brats and we were nervous, by the end of it we were not thinking about it and we were getting along. We were literally like brother and sister, even though we were romancing each other. It was really weird. But I think Refugee will always be the biggest landmark of my career.”
D3 had some extraordinary trending for a 10 period or more. All this day 1, day 2 stuff is overrated beyond a point. Those benchmarks can still be cleared more easily and usually it’s a matter of a time before a big enough film does it. But that longer trend is very hard to replicate let alone something like 3I. These are the real benchmarks. the rest is just make it up as you go along stuff. Biggest non-holiday day 2 when it was a rainy day!
This is a very similar situation. But Dabangg was a lot ahead of 3 Idiots after the first weekend (48 crores vs 38 crores), however the extraordinary trending of 3 Idiots started on Monday, since by the end of the 1st week, 3 Idiots was at 78ish and Dabangg was at 80-82. I’ve already thrown PK-like trending out of the window, but I think it can get to it if it is stable in its first week. I think this film will trend better than Dabanagg though because the factor missing in Dabangg was the emotional one- it seemed like a spoof a lot of the time. 3 Idiots and PK both had this, and so does Bajrangi. We (South Asians) are emotional people; I don’t think I’ve seen as many people crying at the end of BB as I have for any hollywood “emotional” film…
Rakesh Rikoo, General Manager of Spice Cinemas in Noida, says that they have 80 per cent occupancy in the eight shows which is great considering Bhaijaan is here and Baahubali is in its second week. “We are running 35 shows of Bajrangi Bhaijaan but even then what Baahubali has achieved is unprecedented.”
Varun Gupta, Senior Marketing Manager, Dharma Productions, which has released the film in North India is elated. “The Hindi dub has already crossed Rs.50 crores, which is bigger than the life time earnings of many Hindi films. It has made Rs.3.2 crores on its second Friday despite stiff competition with Bhaijaan. It is easily the biggest film from the South to hit the North. In fact you can compare its opening to the Hindi dub of Fast & Furious and Avengers:The Age of Ultron.”
Rana Daggubati, who plays the ruthless antagonist Bhalladev, says it all depends on the vision. “It is not the first time that a film is crossing over from the South to the North. Ram Gopal Varma achieved it with Shiva and Mani Ratnam did it with Roja. I believe Baahubali belongs to the same league,” He reminds that the film has opened at the US box office on the ninth spot suggesting sky is the limit.
Ant-Man opened to $58M at the domestic box office, slightly under its projected $60-$65M opening, becoming the 12th film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to open at #1. On 3,856 screens the film’s per screen take was $15,051.
It’s a good thing that the Paul Rudd superhero film has an “A” CinemaScore as that’s the lowest per-screen average of any of the 12 films. Coming in just slightly above Ant-Man is 2008’s The Incredible Hulk ($15,810 per) Thor ($16,618) and Captain America: The First Avenger ($17,512). Disney/Marvel’s marketing team must be given some kudos though. Even given the strong Marvel brand, the challenges of marketing a character unknown to the public at large, whose power is getting really tiny and controlling ants, was obvious. They wryly dealt with it head-on in their first trailer, where Paul Rudd’s character asks if “it’s too late to change the name,” a scene that, though this can sometimes happen from trailer to screen, ironically doesn’t appear in the finished film.
Reference to Pakistan chopped off from Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened in Pakistan on July 17, along with three local films: Bin Roye, Aansoo and Wrong Number. According to exhibitor, Amjad Rasheed, all films are running to packed houses due to Eid. However, the film had to chop out quite a few sequences in order to be shown across the border. The Central Board of Film Censors (Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi) raised objections to a scene depicting an attack on the Pakistani embassy. The scene has been excised even though there’s a reference to it later in the film, when Pavan’s ‘story’ is being checked. And along with it, all shots of soldiers of the Pakistani army shown on the border while people are crossing over, have also been axed. The censors also wanted to mute the chant of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan.’ According to the certificate issued by the CBFC in Pakistan, the “entire sequence from `Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ onwards (should be) excised.” There are dialogue cuts as well, including “Pakistani bohot martey hain” and “Woh Pakistani is ka kya haal karengey.” Another interesting deletion is the line, “Kashmir ka chota sa hisa hamrey pass bhi hai.” Obviously, Kashmir is not just a contentious issue at global summits and news hour debates. Even a passing reference to the state in a Bollywood entertainer will not pass muster.
What is interesting is a small insignificant protests of PK by so called Right wing Loonies- and Satyamshot is on fire with links, comments by the guardians of Cinema and art.
But not a peep from these so called Intellectuals on this grossly crass , misleading, full of lies article !!
Yahee hai Duniya !!
Not true and a great spin again.
Politics mein toh bhut kuch hai bolney key liye , but it just creates 1,000 comments .
at the moment the discussion is ONLY cinema related…so totally wrong comparison Satyam Sir .
haven’t read Shobha De or anyone else on it but Rangan in an otherwise generous review the other day also had this passage:
“The film keeps switching between Hindu and Muslim, the sense of India and Pakistan. If there’s a scene at a dargah, it’s balanced by one in a temple. Both nations are shown to be similar, filled with wrestlers and monkeys and buses with the most congenial passengers. Even Munni’s reunion with her parents is a joint Indo-Pak Hindu-Muslim venture, accomplished by Pawan and Chand. (And note how particularly connotative of their religions these two names are.) Munni wears a Hanuman pendant, while Pawan slips into a burqa. Pawan learns to do a salaam, and Munni is shown folding her hands in a namaste. The only sour note is that Muslims are shown saying “Jai Shri Ram,” without a reciprocal vocal gesture from Hindus. In an Anil Sharma movie, we wouldn’t dwell on this. Here, given the equitable nature of everything else, we do.”
If you use critic hat there are many contrivance and illogicality; But to an average audience the movie feels good. I wrote elsewhere, “Weirdly I agree with most of the criticism but I liked the movie!”
I think Rangan’s point though in this case is that the omission doesn’t respect the logic of the film itself. Or what’s happening everywhere else in the film. Again not taking a position on this point or this film either way but that would certainly be my line of argument on any kind of film. Whether it’s true to its own ‘rules’ or not. As you know the old cliche about masala was that one guy couldn’t beat up ten people and so on. but this is not a problem at all. Because in the world of masala this is perfectly ‘natural’. There are other things that might not be though. One of the reasons I disliked RNBDJ so much (though I hesitate to say this for fear of offending Rocky!). A woman not recognizing her own husband with a somewhat different look might be ok in the masala universe but it’s absurd in RNBDJ (quite apart from the fact that it doesn’t say much about the relationship if you have to win over your wife by first staging an adulterous relationship with her as someone else!). Similarly giving up the bride at the last moment and dancing with the lady’s latest groom might be ok in KKHH (obscene perhaps but you take your chances when you watch those films.. and all of us supported such obscenities!) but it would have been impossible in a masala film. In a triangle one friend had to die! Whether one liked this drastic resolution or not it respected the logic of those films. so on and so forth. I don’t like most Salman films but I don’t find them illogical, just poor examples of whatever it is they’re trying to achieve. On the other hand I do think DDLJ is a classic but also illogical in some ways. On the one hand SRK talks about not running away with the girl (when the girl’s mother is asking him to!) and doing things the right way and so on. This whole ethical spiel. But then doing things the right way also involves becoming the guest of a family and cheating them throughout in every sense imaginable with the final aim of running away with their prospective daughter-in-law! No one thinks there’s anything odd about this! On the other hand Pardes (a film which I still have a weakness for) indulged in the old anti-Western stereotypes but it wasn’t illogical.
” But then doing things the right way also involves becoming the guest of a family and cheating them throughout in every sense imaginable with the final aim of running away with their prospective daughter-in-law!”
Haha..That is funny..never thought in that way.
the one thing I’d disagree with (referring to Rangan) and as a larger matter is that older traditions of masala cinema while often formulaic weren’t cynical. This might sound paradoxical. There is however a difference between truly believing in certain values (for better or worse) and asserting them in film after film and adding formulaic elements to enhance the entertainment appeal of such a message and quite another to start off with a politically correct message film that also doubles over as masala. My sense reading various things is that Bajrangi is the latter. Put differently I’m not against political correctness or liberalism in these matters but I think the older masala tradition was a much more organic creature in this sense. And the principle reason was that the aesthetic choices of the director in question (at least the best ones) or the casting choices or the narrative twists or whatever formulaic elements were added were nonetheless all part of the same worldview. Differently still if you could believe in such a world everything occurring in it was utterly ‘natural’. The problem very often since has been that things seem out of place within the terms of a film. Again I’m not criticizing Bajrangi here but I am also not a great fan of films with ‘noble messages’ (quoting many folks here). Why? Because the moment you have that kind of message you are also not pushing certain envelopes. You are arriving at the sort of message that no one in the audience could really disagree with, certainly in a multiplex sense. Another way to say the same thing is that no one could deny this sort of humanism. But the older masala tradition was never abstract in this sense. Or never as emptied out of a specific political charge. Quite often it was the very opposite. In fact those films are often poorly misread as offering bland universal humanisms of the same sort. They don’t. or they do so only on the condition that one accept their political framing. This is why many bourgeois audiences at the time, and even when they otherwise loved those films, were also made uneasy by them. With good reason! Most of those films were precisely arguing against bourgeois values. Not just ‘family values’ but also a nation-state constructed on the same. This is the discourse running more rigorously through Salim-Javed but also in a different way through someone like Desai. Those films were great not because they took universal positions but that they made their positions seem universal or the only truly valid ones. Which is of course what every important work in any other field strives to do as well. The universal is in this sense an imaginary category. I’m sure Bajrangi has some of this too. It’s politics for instance certainly seems rather more liberal than many contemporary political debates would allow. Again based on what I’ve read. But it’s probably not willing to go too far with this.
I’d lastly make this point. You’re not very likely to see films that don’t play this more universal message in the subcontinent sense whether or not they explicitly belong to the Bajrangi genre or not. This is because overseas economics just doesn’t make the alternative as feasible. You can either make films that are about nothing (YJHD) and get everyone on board that way or if you venture into the ‘political’ in any sense you’re not likely to make films that will offend those on the other side. Of course everyone need not be as cynical about this as SRK (!) but that’s a different debate.
Incidentally Baahubali might be the single most important (which is to say that whose impact on its industry is of the greatest magnitude) Telugu film in the last 25 years or so. Doubt there has been a more “seminal” Telugu film since Geethanjali and Siva.
Monday 20 July 2015 10.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has set an all time record for the first weekend as it has grossed in the 100 crore nett range. The previous record was Dhoom 3 at 97 crore nett in its Hindi format. Dhoom 3 had a dubbed version and if business of that is included then it went over 100 crore nett.
The business on Sunday will probably come out the highest ever for a single day as it edges past the Sunday business of PK of 38.25 crore nett. The weekend breakdown is 26.50 crore nett, 35.50 crore nett and 38.50 crore nett for 100.50 crore nett.
The collections are historic in Delhi/UP, East Punjab, CP Berar, CI and BIhar. Rajasthan is also all time record on gross figures though on nett its slightly short of record as for a few years till last year there was no tax. The other circuits are close to record collections. The holiday period will continue in various states for the next few days and the film should still benefit over the next 2-3 days especially in Muslim dominated areas. The film is the biggest hit of 2015 and will emerge the biggest grosser in the career of Salman Khan.
The business on Sunday will probably come out the highest ever for a single day as it edges past the Sunday business of PK of 38.25 crore nett
Looking at their commentary they still not sure if it has really gone past PK sunday number but not really surprised everyone in trade wanted this to be the first 100 cr weekend film nonetheless still great numbers . The Wom seems very good here so should put big numbers on weekdays too .
It is baffling even after Baahubali’s record breaking collections for 1st day, weekend, week and fastest to 200 and 300 crores and counting, here in this forum when they mention top grosses, they do not even mention it. As it is an Indian film and dubbed in Hindi simultaneously give credit where it is due. As Indian when Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Trivandrum contribute financially to Indian GDP, all north Indians want share of it and credit, when evereyone praises India’s achievements and prowess in IT they say it is Indians who did it, want share in financial contributions from all southern states then wholeheartedly accept everything but when due recognition is to be given, always say South cinema. This kind of tendency in future will contribute to balkanization of India and India will be the loser.
Records are meant to be broken and who ever does it please give their due. Do’nt be jealous of Baahubali’s success. Face it. It is path-breaking and destroyed the myth that only Superstars get people in to Cinemas.Relatively unknown actors and director from Telugu film industry is successfully pulling audiences in Hindi heartland and giving a run for Hindi top actors is really commendable.
Telugu industry used to give wholesome entertainment films even before. Mainly mythologicals, historicals and fantasies like Seetharama Kalyanam, Maya Bazar, Lavakusha, Krishna tulabharam, Krishnarjuneeyam, Mangamma Sapatham, Patala Bhairavi, Jagadekaveruni Katha, Malleeswari, Vipranarayana, Suvarnasundari, Krishnadevaraya, Tenali Rama, amarashilpi Kakkanna etc. etc. And many bengali novels were filmed like Batasari, Devadas, Padavamunaka. It has a rich history. And then the decline started with masala films. There were memorable films like Shankarabharanam, Maro Charitra, Sagar Sangamam. And then gimmicky directors started trends some good and some bad. Wish Rajamoul;i will try new genres and climb to new heights. Telugu industry does not need endorsements. It can survive on its own.
Those classics can never be made again, Sanjana. Those are the Golden years of Telugu Industry, similar to 60s and 70s which were golden years to Hindi cinema. After 80s the quality of Telugu and Hindi cinema came down the graph and a few occasional gems were made. I think India’s film industry can be termed as pre-Baahubali and post-Baahubali era, similar to 70s which were termed as pre-Sholay and post-Sholay era. I wish some thing magnificent is made in Hindi as well which will be path breaking similar to Baahubali.
Jayadev: the insularity of the Bollywood media and wider culture is hardly new, and pretty maddening. On a personal note I had planned on seeing Baahubali over the weekend but foolishly assumed I wouldn’t need advance tickets on a second weekend: when I checked online yesterday there was only ONE seat left for the 730 PM and 715PM show at two cinemas near me, and that too in the front row. Even accounting for the fact that Baahubali lost a lot of screens to Bajrangi Bhaijan, this is astounding stuff for a second weekend. There were seats available for an 11PM show, but I didn’t feel like staying up until 3AM for this film and then going to the office the next day. I am kicking myself for underestimating the demand for this film, and will now have to catch it another day.
Qalander, the insularity can not and must not push the envelope for disgust and alienation. The more of such aspects will definitely push India to Balkanization, which is not good for the country and its people.
I am not sure if you have access to IMAX screening, but I suggest you to see Baahubali in IMAX if you can. The experience is mind boggling and adrenaline after you come out of the theater is to be experienced to feel it.
Happy New Year, had collected 108.86 crores in flat 3 days, while Dhoom 3 had collected 107.61 crores in its opening weekend. Bajrangi Bhaijaan now holds the record of being the 3rd Fastest 100 crore club entrant.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is now 38th Bollywood film in the coveted club.
Rajkumar Hirani and Abhijat Joshi start working on the script of Sanjay Dutt Biopic in USA; The movie will star Ranbir Kapoor in title role.
Rajkumar Hirani has just returned from the USA. The 300 crore director had a really long stay this time in the USA with Abhijat Joshi. Both the writers were busy writing the script for their next.
After PK, Raju has got himself involved completely on his next project, which is Sanjay Dutt’s biopic. This is the first time he would be working on a biopic. Although he has known Sanju for years and knows a lot about him, it’s difficult to depict the same on big screen.
Sanju played the main lead in Raju’s directorial debut, which became a huge hit. Both of them share a great bond in real life. Raju Hirani is extremely excited for Sanju’s biopic and looking forward to start shooting for the same. He wants to capture all the moments of Sanju’s life and show all the known and unknown side of his life to the audiences.
and since people love the PK comparisons these days let’s look at the trending… PK did 26 or so on day 1, 29 or so on day 2 and close to 38 on day 3 (sun).
Here we have Bajrangi doing the same on day 1, higher on day 2 but then Sun numbers are almost flatlined compared to Sat. And it’s not as if Sat was 40 plus or something that beating that would be hard. Plus people were saying Sun would be more than 40 and so on. Kick had 26 on both Fri and Sat and then went upto 30 on Sun. In any case the point here isn’t that Bajrangi won’t be a big grosser but that 300 still remains to be seen. PK was 21 crores on Mon (the biggest so far). here’s the first week breakdown for the film:
Monday will mostly be above 21crores of PK based on the trends. But it wont be able to match the Thursday number of PK as it is a non holiday here. Basically the movie has got a solid WOM and my gut feel is that it will surely go past D3 and even past 300 crores. Beyond that it is too soon to call. But for a Salman movie to be liked relatively universally is something of a rarity and BB comes quite close to that.
Regarding the trending, I think if the first day was not Pre-Id this would have done around 33, 36 and 39 instead of 26, 36 and 39. Whichever way you look the movie has trended solidly over the weekend. One cannot compare the opening with PK, as PK started quite steadily (relatively) and really came into its own only after WOM kicked in.
Have a feeling BB will have a shot at the PK week 1 and D3 week 1. Both were relatively close – i.e. D3 had a bigger weekend, but PK made it up during the weekdays.
The key number for BB is today and Friday. I think to beat PK total it needs to be way ahead of PK in week 1 (like at least 10 crore). So today needs to be a record, and much more than 21 crores. Because PK has the big Thursday where it will make up any deficit against BB over the first weekend. PK week 1 is 180 crore, pretty sure D3 was around 175 crore. BB will need to average 19-20 crore for the next 4 days just to hang with PK or D3. For that to be possible it will need to go 23cr, 21cr, 19cr, 17cr! All possible and if it does that or more it will of course need to have a huge 2nd weekend.
300 crore is plausible but it could easily just be more or so in D3 territory rather than PK. The Friday number will determine that for sure as D3 did about 10 crore and PK more like 14.5 crore.
Once again though the predictions of 40 crore are rather scuppered here. It is ahead of PK and D3 at this stage but the former did not have the release edge over the first weekend, it came during the weekdays – BB won’t have this benefit to come. So the first week haul for all three films will probably be in similar ranges.
I do think WOM is very good here so a Monday record is possible.
But basically the week 1 is playing out similarly to PK and D3 probably but the Friday number will tell whether it will chase D3 or 300 crores or PK.
Trending matters but there are a lot of reasons for box-office and it behaves and this has never been an exact science.
What is known is Diwali being a bigger bonanza for bollywood but the next one Dec 20-Jan 05 is also a golden period if the film turns out to be decent. Here Aamir needs to be credited for making this one substantial since Ghajini days, the way Salman has made Eid something special since Wanted and SRK’s hold on Diwali is well documented.
If one remembers , Aamir shifted PK from summers to Christmas because Dec 20 – Jan 05 works better for his potential target audience where a majority is working professionals. The Christmas period is sprinkled with many half days and holidays , even if you disregard the bulk winter break many opt for in modern day living. Now there is always a certain %age which is unable to plan something during this winter period and ends up staying home/ indoors and going for a movie is the easiest of the outing to kill boredom. I experienced this with 3Idiots in 2009 when I watched it 3 times within a span of 12 days with different set of crowd.
I feel these Bajrangi B numbers are just secondary and filling in the void for time being. Its PRDP which is going to be a juggernaut for the family audience esp if you go by Anupam Kher’s recent interview given to some daily recently. Its something unique being attempted by Sooraj Barjatya.
After watching BB, I am confident Salman as Prem will not come across cheesy/ sugary and the innocence seems back.
Having said that let me introduce you to this aspect of Salman
“Should Salman Khan win National award for Bajrangi Bhaijaan?”
“It would be frivolous to predict who shall win National Award at this stage of the year but going by the emotional chord that Salman’s character strikes in Bajrangi Bhaijaan he surely seems worthy of being one of the candidates for winning the prestigious award. A film that strikes gold at the box office need not always be ‘all sound and fury signifying nothing’. It has been proven by the critical response to both Bahubali as well as Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Both critics as well as the audience have been wowed by the single minded devotion of Salman in staying true to his character in the film”
Apex its not a scratch my back / and I’ll scratch yours kind of thing here but your odds on winning the Mohenjo Daro bet wrt to Talaash seems like a no brainer. The movie is coming on 15th Aug a national holiday and the movie is of some national significance to opt for that slot and massy date.
May turn out something big and unique and never done kind of deal in hindi cinema similar to say a Lagaan / Bahubali now… there is involvement of Disney and apparently Hrithik was paid 50 crore for the role. Its going to be something special…
So was Jodha Akbar with Aishwarya coming back after humongous success of Dhoom 2, but still it had to crawl to its total of 60 Crores with music of A R Rahman. And so was Guzaarish with Aishwarya and Kites with Mori with smooching galore, yet it didn’t take off, FLYING remained at ground. If Dhoom 3 was a brand, so was Krish 3, yet despite mathematical wizardry of Roshans could take it short of 50 crores of Dhoom 3. Bang Bang did not make any bang or any noise with SO CALLED KATRINA starring in it. Yet people pretend to be oblivious or senile when it comes to Aamir, pointing STRATEGISING , PLOTTING!! AND CONSPIRING!!!, Yes you read it right, that is what Aamir STOOPS to make his movies biggest earners. I wish if Shahrukh, Hrithik, Salman were half as good in this skill, ALAS!!
SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali’ has become the first south Indian film to enter the Rs.300 crore club in just nine days, confirms a trade analyst. It has surpassed the previous record held by superstar Rajinikanth’s “Enthiran”, which had collected approximately Rs.290 crore at the box office.
“As of Saturday, the film has grossed Rs.303 crore worldwide,” said trade analyst Trinath. “The Hindi version of the film has netted over Rs.50 crore, setting a new record for a dubbed film. Despite the onslaught of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, the numbers of ‘Baahubali’ have not been affected,” he said.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Overseas And Worldwide Update
Monday 20 July 2015 11.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has set a a huge record in US / Canada for a Salman Khan starrer. The film has grossed around $2,45 million in its first weekend which is more than double the previous best of a Salman Khan starrer. It is also almost close to the lifetime best of a Salman Khan starrer which is Ek Tha Tiger at $2.75 million apprx. The opening is the third highest ever in US / Canada.
The early overseas figures suggest a $7-8 million weekend which will be second or third highest ever weekend. The previous best for a Salman Khan starrer was Dabangg 2 at around $4 million.
The Worldwide weekend figures will be 185 crore GROSS approx which is second to Dhoom 3 only beating PK at 175 crore and Happy New Year at 171 crore.
Yes this is a fact there are hardly any significant hindu/christian/any other non muslim population left in pakistan. Those are left they are barely able to survive unless one is very good financially with some powerful connection.
“Then why cant that little girl be a hindu from Pakistan? Are there no hindus or christians in Pakistan?”
Again, its not about ‘why can’t? ‘ Its like why should it be? They made a movie, treat/accept it for what it is… what’s the point in saying.. why can’t hindu girl? No sense as usual… its like saying.. Why is Salman not playing Christian? Why is Nawaz not playing sikh? yeh kya logic hai..
Times of India ?@timesofindia 2h2 hours ago
Movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan declared tax free by UP Government – ANI
Arshad Warsi ?@ArshadWarsi Jul 19
I have just seen one of the best film ever, BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. This film just ripped my heart out. Cinema at its best, a must must watch.
roshanabbas ?@roshanabbas 21h21 hours ago
Watched #BajrangiBhaijaan with 19 friends in INOX Gomtinagar. A Film about Being Human more than being Salman! @kabirkhankk
Kabir Khan ?@kabirkhankk 22h22 hours ago
#BajrangiBhaijaan Aamir says it from the heart…
Mahesh Bhatt ?@MaheshNBhatt 7h7 hours ago
The stupendous success of #BajrangiBhaijaan in Pakistan goes to show art has no boundaries! Mubarak! Salim Saab, @BeingSalmanKhan& the gang!
Yami Gautam ?@yamigautam 7h7 hours ago
@BeingSalmanKhan has brought such vulnerability to his character that it makes it 1 of his most special movies for us 🙂 #BajrangiBhaijaan
sonia singh ?@soniaNDTV 8h8 hours ago
Watched #BajrangiBhaijaan this wkend,enjoyed it.Asked my 11 yr old the msg of film,her answer,run away from your parents & find Salman Khan!
Genelia Deshmukh ?@geneliad 12h12 hours ago
No one could this better than @BeingSalmanKhan .. He’s soooooooo cute n charming and so is that adorableeee lil girl #BhajrangiBhaijaan
Ritesh Sidhwani ?@ritesh_sid Jul 18
It takes a lot to choke me but I must admit #BajarangiBhaijaan did it.. It’s by far Salman’s best performance…DONT MISS IT
Ritesh Sidhwani ?@ritesh_sid Jul 18
#BajarangiBhaijaan is Fantastic in Every aspect Performance Direction Production Cinematography BG.
Happy about the last tweet from Ritesh Sid as Salman and Kabir get a classy act for their first production. Movie seemed made at such a leisurely pace and looked beautiful probably the beauty of Kashmir added to the charm. Brand SKF is here to stay.
But there was so much happening behind the scenes and Salman was juggling between this and PRDP shoot esp since release date deadlines had to be met not considering all the chaos with court appearances.
Abhishek Bachchan’s international project
The actor might star in Gurinder Chaddha’s next
If the word on the vine is to be believed, it looks like Abhishek Bachchan might be doing a film with Bend It Like Beckham director, Gurinder Chaddha. She’s worked with some of the biggest names in Bollywood, right from Anupam Kher to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and it looks like the handsome Abhishek Bachchan is next in line to work with the female director who is known to bring out the Indian-ness in her films. Add to that, Huma Qureshi has also reportedly given an audition for the film. So if all goes well, we might have an interesting cast on board to look forward to! Lets wait and watch.
Regardless of whether or not BB beats PK, this is the final nail in the coffin for SRK, there’s no way he can recover now. Dilwale was the hope but BM is not backing down and SLB seems confident. With a clash there is no way it can get to 300 crores. FAN doesn’t seem like a big grosser and neither does Raees. They *may* get him critical acclaim from the looks of the teaser but when was the last time a SRK teaser was bad- Don 2 had an amazing teaser, Ra.1’s teaser built the hype tremendously, and JHTJ’s teaser was effective. The films have always turned out boring. I don’t think he’s at risk at all of being dethroned form #3, but the gap between #2 and 3 just increased by about 100 crores…
srk post 2008 is preety lousy,he is no longer “king” anymore,only on media eyes, his films are marely standing upon his names,gradually he is going towards rajesh khanna and amitabh,the latter did exactly post shahensha in 1988…for instance khuda gawah had a huge opening but fizzeled and was a whimper, which after that film he did mini retire….he was always going to struggle and suppose every actor goes through that because expectation raises and every films passes he gradually dissappear from the radar…surprising thing is there is no new acor which had created but old tem mates like amir & salman both woke up late but when they did it just cannot stop them…as far as srk is concerned he is going to be there unless his 2 releases creat the magic like is old hits which i doubt it…
Agreed. So much pressure on dilwale now. Though, it would be very huge undoubtedly and can even crush bm like oso did to sawariyan. But , i doubt it can make 300 cr with this release date. And i think php3 is also releasing at the same time. It might also take some share if really good. I believe christmas release with 18th dec release date has potential for 400 cr easily , there wont be a big release until 26th jan, that is again no big commerial release by akshay. So all the movies can trend very well easily for months. It will all depend if bm turns out bad and suffers early by bad publicity from srk’s pr. If srk manages his pr well the way he did during oso release, Bm could be no challenge. I am saying this oso was no better better film than sawariyan, it was hardly any better but due to more light hearted subject it took some edge initially and soon crushed sawariyaan. Let see what happens this time.
In my memory, only other telugu dubbed film to do this good in tamil nadu was Sagara Sangamam/Salangai Oli. Ran 275 days in tamil nadu. But now it’s about wide release n occupancy.. b ahubali is well received here.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Continues To Make History On Monday
Monday 20 July 2015 23.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has continued to make history with collections set to come in at the 25 crore nett region on Monday. It will be the highest Monday of all time outside Krrish 3 which grossed 29 crore nett on a national holiday in 2013. It is not an official holiday for Bajrangi Bhaijaan but many parts are still off for Eid. More than the number its the closeness to its day one which is historic.
PK had grossed around 21 crore nett on its Monday which was a normal day. Bajrangi Bhaijaan has outside chance to challenge its Friday number if city multiplexes don’t fall as most mass areas are collecting better than day one.
There is a tax change in Delhi coming into play which will affect collections but to offset that the film has gone Tax Free in UP which will mean a longer in the state..
Even though its holiday at some places, I have mentioned on 1st day this has potential to do near Dhoom 3 and 300 crores. It is turning out to be event film in Salman’s career. I’ve been following this film closely all through.
Its amazing Monday for BB. I watched the movie in Chicago and it was good overall, however i found it a lil slow. Much better for Salman compared to his standard movies. This will go past the 250 crore mark with ease and challenge D3 and PK. Monday is humongous 25 crore.
Salman and Kabir to come together for a third film
Salman Khan and Kabir Khan have delivered two blockbustering hits back to back and there is already a third film in the pipleline for them. Yes! Salman Khan has confirmed the news himself.
At an event in Mumbai, Salman told the press, “we are planning another film soon. Definitely. It’s been proven. People have applauded Bajrangi for its emotional content and everyone has been sending me great messages about the film. Also, this is one film which even critics have loved. Kabir has a vision which helps in making all his films extra special.”
Ask him about the film, he said, “If Bajrangi made you cry, we hope to do the same with our third film as well. That also has an emotional story. We have discussed it.”
Whatever it is srk needs to steup soon. If ce wouldnt have happened srk wont be in top3. Even right now he hardly makes it just because of downfall of ranbeer, and underperformance of akshay and ajay ‘s last releases he is counted in top3.
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan has continued to make history with collections set to come in at the 25 crore nett region on Monday. It will be the highest Monday of all time outside Krrish 3 which grossed 29 crore nett on a national holiday in 2013.
PK had grossed around 21 crore nett on its Monday which was a normal day.”
so bajrangi does 25 cr
PK does 21 cr (!!)
Krish3 did 29 cr
Some telling statistics on opening week/end pulling star power …
Still has krish3 at 35 cr+
But will u agree that both 35 and 29 are more than 25 & 21?
And @ myself aamir–don’t draw figures of pre 2010 films
Here u r taking about JA etc which was way back in 2007/8– when Srk ruled the roost, aamir trying to catch up and Salman barely there…we r talking CURRENT standards….
You are trapped in your own WEB that is dementia and senility when combined becomes incurable and patient believes as if he is OMNISCIENT, Which are the symptoms of this malady. My wishes are with you “GET WELL SOON”, But your condition is exacerbating and your statements vouch for your own mental blown out state by Aamir’s gigantic stature 😉 Dangal will worsen it to the extent which would make your recovery impossible, till then keep blowing off as it is the only medicine which can keep you happy for the heck of it, so enjoy 😉
Whatever may be the final collection figures of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, whether it breaks any record or not, it has achieved many things for Salman for which he should be happy and proud.
1. It has set to rest the misconception that Salman is a non-actor. Every single reviewer bar none has praised Salman’s performance. The fact that he has made the audience buy such an outlandish character is the ultimate achievement of Salman as an actor.
2. It will make him take his acting more seriously, resulting in even better performances.
3. He has laid to rest the commonly-held belief that Salman can work in a masala potboiler. What is the premise of BB/The hero a Hanuman-bhakt taking back home a mute Pakistani girl lst in India. It is not a typical Hindi film storyline. Yet he has made it work and the film should earn above 250 cr, which is certainly an achievement.
4. If it earns above 250 cr, which will be more than Kick, it will make his producers come to him with better stories, knowing that they can earn more than ghisa-pita stuff like Jai Ho or Dabangg2.
5. It will make his future projects like Sultan and PTDP more looked forward to and more acceptable
6. It will enhance his stature overseas , helping him garner better collections for his upcoming films.
7. The imdb rating of 8.4 as of now will dispel the notion that Salman films are not ‘ prestige films.
Very well put Utkal and this is bang on analysis and projections for Salman. This movie is also a good precursor to PRPD and will get the family audience in the zone. Hoping for a great story there too and not a assortment of video clips.
Personally I am going for repeat viewing for BB this weekend. The background score at the end is very haunting and the crying girl video which I put up here earlier reminded me of that when I left the theater. I am also hoping to be able to get hold of the bg score of this movie.
PRDP right now is the hottest film slated especially with how BB has been received. Dilwale 2nd. So bizarre but 20 years after HAHK and DDLJ released year after year – you have PRDP and Dilwale releasing within months.
It’s very rare to see a film being able to hold as well on monday. If the collections are in the same range as its opening day are confirmed, then it is fantastic trending, indeed.
I think the usual norm for big blockbuster films in today’s times would be something like a 140-150cr opening week and a lifetime of 200-210cr.
But 3 Idiots and PK trended extremely well and their final collections went much beyond their fantastic initials. BB seems to be something in a similar vein. It seems to be here for the long haul.
We can also see these 3 movies have a good story and message to tell and there is the right mix of entertainment and strong emotional contents attached to the movie. These are the kind of movies that stays in the audience’s mind long after they have left the theatre.
Unfortunately there aren’t too many directors around who have the ability to deliver something in the league of these movies consistently except for Hirani. Kabir Khan has now showed he can. Maybe the Gowatrikar of Lagaan will turn up again one day. Or maybe Sooraj Barjatya will come up with something special again for this diwali.
1. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989): Rich boy leaves home, wealth and comfort for a poor Girl. Salman Khan played the bratty lover-boy trying to earn a decent living with élan that catapulted him to instant fame. The film established a renewable rapport between Salman Khan and director Sooraj Barjatya.
2. Love (1991): Salman’s wettest weepie ever, it featured him as an abused child who falls in love with the charming Maggie (Revathy) only to lose her to death at the end. Sob.
3. Saajan (1991): Salman Khan lost the girl to another man. He played the rich playboy who finally loses Madhuri Dixit to Sanjay Dutt because Dutt writes poetry and is physically disabled. Go figure.
4. Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994): Love during the time of eating, gaming and flirting. Though Salman lost Madhuri to Sanjay Dutt in Saajan, he made sure he got her in this film even though a calamity stuck the happy family threatening to tear the lovers apart.
5. Khamoshi: The Musical (1996): It was Manisha Koirala’s film all the way. The script favoured her character as she tried to connect with her deaf-and-mute parents. Salman as Manisha’s silently supportive love-interest provided a sense of comfort and joy in the girl’s oppressive world.
6. Bandhan (1998): One of Salman’s rare film set in rural India. Here he played Ashwini Bhave’s faithful and loving kid-brother who follows her into her marriage and sasural as part of her dowry. Sweet and emotional.
7. Hum…Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999): Salman loses love again when Aishwarya Rai preferred to stay on within her arranged marriage rather than walk away with her lover. Salman’s emotional breakdown at the end with his screen-mom Helen (who’s also his father’s second wife in real life) was a hanky-drencher. Salman tried his best to convince the director Sanjay Bhansali to allow the script the freedom for Aishwarya to walk off with Salman instead of Ajay Devgn. Salman even took Sooraj Barjatya’s help to convince Bhansali. But nothing doing. Salman was never destined to get the girl.
8. Tere Naam (2003): Salman’s most emotional film to date he plays a reformed ruffian whose love for the unattainable and pure girl lands him in a mental institution. Many consider this Salman’s finest performance. But only if you’ve not seen Vikram in the original Tamil film Sethu.
9. Phir Milenge (2004): Why on earth actress-turned-director Revathy cast her Love co-star as an HIV positive is a mystery. A tragic case of miscasting.
10. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015): Salman Khan takes a lost little girl back to her parents in Pakistan. Salman and the child actor promise Harshaali Malhotra make audiences sob helplessly.
If Baahubali garnered praise both for its visual spectacle and the imagination of the writer, Prasad has been recognised for his deft handling of a tricky subject like India-Pakistan in Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
“None other than Salim Khan called me to say he has not seen such a beautiful movie before. Salman called me on 17th evening to tell me – Prasad Sir, you are the hero of the movie,” gushes Prasad. The story of a person who braves challenges to take a little girl back home across the border to Pakistan had touched hearts. So much so that the film is a hit even across the Wagah.
“Salman told me he did not need to use glycerine for any of the melodramatic scenes. He told me the story was so emotional,” says Prasad.
Interestingly, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was not written with Salman in mind. Prasad had been inspired by newspaper reports of a Pakistani child being operated upon at a hospital in Chennai and how the visit to India changed the impression about the people of this country for the Pakistani parents. While agreeing anyone could have played the lead, Prasad believes casting Salman was perfect, paying generous tribute to the charitable work the actor does.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Crosses 125 Crore In Four Days
Tuesday 21 July 2015 10.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has had a phenomenal Monday with collections at around 25.50 crore nett. The film is higher than Friday at many mass centres due to it being Pre Eid on Friday while Monday was Post Eid. The Eid holidays continue in these areas for a few days after Eid.
The film has grossed over 126 crore nett in four days and will put up a huge first week total. There will be a drop today as ticket rates drop though the Eid factor will continue to help in such places like UP
It will on Thursday that everything will be normal and then it’s actual weekday level will be know. The film is sure to beat the 155 crore nett first week of Kick and it remains to be seen if it can beat Dhoom 3 at 173 crore nett and PK at 181 crore nett.
Sensational number! Setting the box office on fire. Remarkable for Salman is it seems he is absolutely now making a big impact abroad. The first week will most likely set a record at the pace it is going.
I said it earlier that this can do north of 350 based on the feedback. 300 crores is surely on as there are movies releasing from third week onwards which will stop it a bit. Great Monday number but we need to remember that if it was a normal Monday it would have been around 21 crores just like if it was a normal Friday it would have made 33 crores and not 26 crores. So yes Monday is very close to Friday but it was not a normal Friday nor a normal Monday.
It’s also behaving most like ETT which put up fantastic numbers for 7 days or so. Obviously the feedback here is much better than that film but I’d still be interested in seeing how much this can add after a week.
“I am dead sure that Bajrani can’t beat PK. Even 300 cr is tough nut to crack”
Agreed here. Except if it beats PK, I think Aamir remains at the top. But I also fell that if BB, PRDP and Sultan all go past D3, then Salman probably is at the top, at least until Dangal comes out. It’s still a tall order, mind you.
Expecting a star-actor to only open a film well and letting the film take over is like saying an opener’s job is to come, put some quick runs on the board and let the team score rest of the runs. A good opener like Sachin is one who may not always hit 3 sixes in the first over, but who scores fairly well at the start, sometimes a few sixes too if it is the right kind of film, then stays on till the middle of the game and put s up a grand total…match after match. A star-actor’s job description also includes acting well and helping the film to turn out to be a god one so that it attracts crowds in2nd, third, fourth weeks and beyond. If some star-actors fail at the second part of their hyphenated job title it is not the fault of the genuine star-actors.
well-stated Utkal.. it’s absurd to count a star’s judgment against him. Of course this is also a silly argument because if a star kept doing that he would not remain a star for very long. Eventually the initial starts getting affected as well. So when Salman does a number of films that I (or many others) might not like the fact is that it is still satisfying enough people. Which is why they show up for the next one as well. If however people hated those films the initial would start coming down. As we saw with Akshay Kumar for example. At one point he had a string of hits but then because of poor choices the films started failing. The initial was intact for a while but eventually this got affected as well. It’s now reached a point where it’s so damaged that he can’t get to a 100 even with films that have otherwise been liked or have trended well.
But again many of these claims made online are patently foolish and it’s hard to believe that the people making them take them seriously either. At the end of the day a distributor is interested in making money. How he does so matters less to him.
Bollywood turns cold, shelves films
Friday 30 January 2015 | 11:17 AM
A spate of films have been put on the backburners recently, and all of them are high profile projects. The reasons vary:
Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay grounded
So it is final, Ajay Devgn’s second directorial project is not happening any time soon. Reason: His film Shivaay, co-starring Dilip Kumar’s grand-niece Sayeesha Saigal has been shelved. This is happened because Eros International, who were supporting the project, have backed out. A move that may have been triggered off by the poor business of their recent films – Action Jackson made a lifetime business of only Rs 55 cr, incurring a loss of about Rs 35cr for the distributors, Baby on the other hand is likely to make a lifetime business of Rs 80cr, with a loss of about Rs 25cr.
No Singh is Bling
Akshay Kumar’s Singh Is Bling has been shelved. Akshay Kumar will now start work on Airlift, which will be directed by Raja Krishna Menon. The film is based on real-life incidents of evacuation from Kuwait during the Gulf War, where Indians were forced to abandon their home and travel 1000 kilometre to cross over into Amman, Jordan. Akshay plays the character of Ranjit Katyal, who is settled in Kuwait but during the war realizes his family is also in danger. He ends up saving lakhs of Indians during the Iraqi invasion in 1990.
Okay, Salman has proved that he’s not short of talent than the other khans. Technically he’s still lesser ‘actor’ but it doesn’t matter as long as one is delivering very effective performance on screen and carrying a character like Bajrangi. Salman in BB is revelation – the crying, the innocence, the intensity and primarily not going out of the character all through the movie is unimaginable. BB is perfect Raju Hirani kind of movie and if he had directed this movie with Salman Khan, nothing could have stopped this movie from getting over 400 crores. Kabir Khan did good job with some exceptional sequences but the comedy in 1st half could have been lot better. Only flaw with Kabir Khan is that he makes the movie dry when there was lot more potential to have more comedy(Bajrangi’s character being honest, naive). It was Salman khan who carried the movie at various places and then Nawazuddin in 2nd half when the screenplay was slow. Overall, this is fantastic outing from Salman and potential to be around 300 crores (or around D3). The only reason this will not beak PK is the repeat factor, its not high as PK or 3I which had more fluid comedy than this movie.
Finally, as expected this is Salman’s best performance till date and this movie is a game changer in his career.
yes but this is just the apetizer Master- Sallu’s biggest hit will be Prem Ratan……….and that movie will beat PK hands down………that is THE lethal-most combo in any case sooraj/sallu and after Bajrangi’s roaring success – even sky is not the limit..
Repeat viewing may get possible if the hype is built up close to the upcoming weekend. Its the 2nd weekend which will decide the final run of this movie. The movie may have already been hit by a good 20-30 cr to final totals due to Bahubali and then I hear overseas number too got affected by Bahubali and the Pakistani Eid release Bin Roye.
Hirani’s name has popped up many times when discussing this movie….probably its the similarity of movie ending in the mountains and valleys of Kashmir with 3Idiots which also went to Laddakh for a perfect serene ending. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
I think it would be safe to recommend Satyam to check this movie out and know his thoughts on this movie but again with this type of hype, his expectations level will soar and chances of being underwhelmed increase. Ideally if one goes after reading views of Rangan / Anupama Chopra chances of disappointment are less.
“Pakistan has released a film which it hopes will enable it to step out of the shadow of India’s world-famous Bollywood film industry.
The film, called Bin Roye, has a budget to rival what its neighbour usually spends, and a plot that would not look out of place on Indian screens”.
Bollywood not only has to contend with big ticket Hollywood releases, but another competitor brewing for Bollywood and they should thank SS for holding at the moment…. then there is resurgence of Tollywood….. tougher times ahead for hindi cinema and they better buckle up to the competition to survive.
Not sure What BBC is smoking….I would be shocked if Bin Roye’s budget rivals is even 25% of a big budget Bollywood movie. The movie is in the news because it’s Hum TV’s(Humsafar, Zindagi Gulzar Hai) first big movie. From the trailers, it looks nothing ground breaking (unlike ‘Waar’ which had an amazing trailer though the movie was below par).
Pakistan has a loooooooong way to go when it comes to making movies as big as the ones made by India. The focus should be more on story and movies like ‘Khuda Ke Liye’ and ‘Bol’ (both by the very talented Shoaib Mansoor) are a step in the right direction.
BBC isn’t smoking anything but the reporter, a Pakistani, Haroon Rashid is living in a fantasy world. BB made more in Pakistan than Bin Roye and the other Pakistani film as well. It was pretty much non existent in India. No way its budget is more than 5 Indian Crores, which is not a budget that rivals Bollywood at all.
If Tues figure is true then the movie crosses 150 cr in 5 days !!
Also surpasses the highest grosser of the year until now in just 5 days !
Aamir had said in his video interview- ‘yeh picture utarne waali nahin’
The great KRK also said at least a 5-week run in his video review.
Seems this may turn out to be true as distributors are predicting a 50 cr 2nd weekend !
If repeat audience bug catches on then 300 cr is easily manageable
I think the next weekend’s numbers will reveal whether 300 is on or not. If it doesn’t reach D3 levels after this sort of start it would be an ETT-like tank after a huge week 1 or whatever. The only reason I have some doubt here is because I am unsure whether strong the WOM is if it means the same as the PK WOM. Of course the latter wasn’t like 3I either but the film got to 340. No one really thinks Bajrangi is getting to that number. Everyone’s capping it off at 300 (barring Krrish perhaps). So everyone seems to share my doubt, it’s just about where one places that ceiling. Put differently since this has opened at the highest levels and has very good WOM and is also being called Salman’s best script or what have you why isn’t it a shoo-in to also get the biggest gross? Now it could be that all of us are underestimating it and it is does get there but my feeling is that this film is fundamentally getting overrated. What I mean by that is that the Aamir film usually gets rated relative to its worth whereas here the ‘noble message’ is also the sort of thing people want to believe in, certainly those commenting most often on it in the media. I am not sure whether a comparable film without this larger political context would have been as warmly received by the same media folks. Again I could be wrong about all this, the gross will eventually make it clear but my point is that even those who think it will do 300 tend not to go beyond this.
I’ve mentioned it in my review. Its not about positive WOM but the genre itself. If its more comedy, the repeat factor kicks in and makes it easy watch. So, even if you consider the WOM is as good as PK, the repeat factor is comparatively less than that or even 3I. I felt the same issue during Dhoom 3 and that’s why it didn’t touch 300 crores that time or else could have been the first movie to touch 300cr.
I also feel, D3 is a must watch big screen movie and BB is good enough on DVD & TV as well. I think all factors considered BB without usual Salman traits touching even 275 crores or going near 300 crore is monumental achievement.
A) if it does a week 1 close to D3 and stays close to D3 one should call it a D3 level trending rather than ETT type tanking no?
B) I said 350 after the first 2 shows and I still think it is possible but the problem is Drishyam releasing in the third week. I think word of mouth is on par if not better than PK. My sources are few contacts owning theaters. But when competition kicks in the third week it will drop despite the WOM
agreed on the first point.. I never expected it to trend like ETT. My only point is that that film put up such huge numbers initially one would have thought it would make a lot more than it did. By the way no one calls ETT a tank either.
I don’t believe 350 was ever on, with or without competition. I could be wrong but I think the key demographics that drive the multiplex gross or the very groups more likely to go in for repeats are also far less likely to take to a film like Banjrangi that strongly, even when they like it. Because that audience is not the key demographic for this format. Now this doesn’t stop single screen audiences from repeats but those screens cannot contribute to the gross as much. Now it’s true that assuming Ghajini-like trending the film should be doing 350-360 (remember RNBDJ did well despite the Ghajini release, it was still grossing significantly when the latter released). Drishyam is in any case not the sort of subject that really dents a blockbuster irrespective of how well it does. But the thing with Ghajini was that a lot of people also showed up just for Aamir. For instance I haven’t seen Bajrangi but I would never have missed Bajrangi with Aamir. I cannot be the only person who thinks like that. Similarly the PK previews were never great but I gave Aamir the benefit of the doubt. Even without Hirani I would have showed up here. Again can’t be the only person thinking that way. The relevant model might just be Ghajini rather than PK or anything else. Because absolute numbers are less important, given a bigger start a later film is always likely to get such a number. But Ghajini opened hugely, established some first-time numbers and then doubled its week 1. It’s fair to ask if Bajrangi can do this, specially since WOM seems strong. Now D3-like trending might get it to 300 if it keeps up these high numbers over the next few days as well. Could one argue that D3-like trending and a 300 crore suggests acceptance for the film closer to that of PK once one adjusts for those multiplex demographics? Possibly. But then one should also take this into account at the beginning. And one should also take similar situations into account across the board, when people do different films and so on. But again to say that a film did 300 but would have done 350 if Drishyam had not released is I think too great a leap of faith. If the film does much more than 300 one could make that claim.
I also think Aamir’s benchmarks have (between Ghajini and the PK) never been cleared by other films irrespective of how well or not they did without the benefit of time and inflation. That doesn’t mean Bajrangi cannot get there but I’ve long resisted this logic where the moment an Aamir film does this kind of number everyone starts assuming that some other stars in a big enough film can also do the same.
By the way note how even BOI are still not that confident on the film’s ultimate gross. They say it’s the third highest for sure (what an Einsteinian deduction!) and that beyond that they’d have to see how it goes. For once I am in agreement! As I said still not completely persuaded of the 300 either. But we’ll know for sure soon enough.
“A good opener like Sachin is one who may not always hit 3 sixes in the first over, …”
Haha so now the BATALLION has come up with new points/excuses…
Unlike the opening batsman comparison, the actor has NO CONTROL over the films content, response etc ONCE it’s out in the MARKET !!
It’s up for grabs
Both bouquets and brickbats
He/she can do ZILCH
As for ensuring good returns/trending, did aamir also ENSURE an average 20-21 odd tepid opening day also ?
Does he get poor openers also as a DESIGN??
Or it just because of a certain SMALLNESS (of stardom ??)
And if an actor CAN ensure trending
Is Salman DOING something creditable after the release to ensure a gr8 trending on mon/tues for bajrangi ??
The guy is as effortless /cool as before
The six-year old girl in the film, Harshaali Malhotra bears an uncanny resemblance with the actress. The internet is flooded with Katrina’s baby pictures and to be fair, there is some similarity. Kat, however, has been a good sport and taking it as a compliment whenever people tell her that the girl is like a mini-Kat.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Continues To Collect Big Numbers
Tuesday 21 July 2015 23.00 IST
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan will have another 20 crore nett plus day with collections likely to come in at around 21 crore nett. It will mean business of around 147 crore nett in five days which means the first week business has gone over films like Chennai Express and Happy New Year.
The film is doing extraordinary business all over but it is East Punjab over the first three days with huge collections and the last two days it is Delhi/UP which has racked up 10 crore nett aapx in the last two days. This is the sort of collection that big films dont even manage on the first two days.
Mumbai after a slightly slower start is now also doing very well and should cross the 55 crore nett mark in week one. The film looks on course for a 175 crore nett first week and the trending so far suggest a long run especially with hardly any competition in front of it.”
“The current comparison is between PK and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. In 4 days, PK had collected Rs 116.43 crore and Bajrangi Bhaijaan is way ahead with net box office collections of Rs 129.65 crores.
However, PK had no holidays in its first 4 days (except Sunday), but Bajrangi Bhaijaan had the advantage of Eid holiday on Saturday and Monday too was a holiday in some parts of the country as Eid celebrations continued.
PK, on the other hand, had plenty of holidays starting with Christmas (7th day of release) and New Year. The days in between were holidays for many schools and offices. PK also had the advantage of 3 open weeks at the box office, before the release of Tevar in Week 4. Bajrangi Bhaijaan has two open weeks, after which Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam and Ritesh Deshmukh’s Bangistan are scheduled to hit screens.”
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has collected around Rs 22-23 crore on its 5th day at the domestic box office, as per early estimates. The business of the film was affected by torrential rains in Mumbai, which halted traffic and other modes of transport in the city. Sample collections from Mumbai multiplexes shows a drop of around 20-25% at some theatres. The true extent of drop in Mumbai city and surrounding areas will only be known tomorrow.
However, the film is now performing well in every centre across India. From North to South, East to West, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has found appreciation in every corner of the country and outside. Other centres outside the rain affected areas have held on strongly, with drops in the range of 10-15%.
The previous highest Tuesday collections belonged to Dhoom 3 (Rs 20.14 crore) and PK (19.36 crore), Bajrangi Bhaijaan should surpass both those films to set the record for the highest Tuesday collections.
Watched Bahubali yesterday where noon show had 60-70% audience!! That’s remarkable given that BB is in its 1st week and Bahubali had no known faces for North Indians. It certainly means something Hindi film industry is still missing and that is lack of content!! It needed the vision, imagination and steely determination, which Rajmouli had in plenty ensuing in grandest, most spectacular Indian movie unfold on 70 mm in front of your eyes making you awed, enamoured and glued to your seat with bated breath!! That is the power of cinema which can transport you to a different world altogether in making you believe in unbelievable for that period, but it’s easier said than done, It requires dexterous story teller to summon all his skills in putting together a cohesive, taut script in to a magnum opus. And Rajmouli must be thanked and congratulated on for being able to make us Indians believe that we have the capability to compete at global stage when it comes to grandeur, magnificence, breathtaking stories being told with aplomb, it needed a Lagaan in 2001, in 2015 it’s the turn of Bahubali to make us proud showing that talent-wise there’s no dearth of talent but it needed imagination of a Rajmouli to unearth that potential in to its full glory. We should take pride in Rajmouli’s grand vision’s successful translation shunning all parochial and jingoistic views as it’s the triumph of an Indian vision across India devoid of any provincial colours. There are few glitches in 1st half but could be overlooked for making 2nd half turn in to a spectacle, giving goosebumps and feeling at the the end of the movie if it had stretched a little more!! How many movies do that, Bahubali surely made me feel this 🙂 Waiting eagerly for the 2nd part.
I would disagree with this. Firstly I don’t see a film having “provincial colours” as a negative at all. Secondly every Indian film has “provincial/regionalistic colours”…it might not always be evident all the time, but it’s very much there even in the most “nationalistic’ films or in films which are supposedly universal.
You misinterpreted Saurabh as with regards to ”provincial”, i insinuated those people here as well on other forums who are hell bent on reducing Bahubali in to Just a Southern achievement or others calling it superior to the rest of indian films. My grouse was with this very “insularity” as opposed to in the larger context where themes make the movie universal or regional. Nowhere did i mention regionalism a negative facet, but it depends in which context we are talking these terms, connotations can be myriad, negative or positive.
Yes I got what you were saying myselfaamir. It is hilarious the way people are singing paeans about BB and ignoring Bali. Frankly, Bali has come as a spanner in the works for BB and Salman fans. Here itself it’s been called ‘freakish’!!
The fact remains that Salman fans in particular and the Hi-fi in general never expected Bali to become such a big hit in the Hindi belt. They were quite comfortable and ready with their arsenal of excessive adjectives for BB but unfortunately, Bali released and they were FORCED to use the adjectives for it!! Now there are only a certain number of adjectives in the English language!! So now, they are acting as though Bali has ‘halted’ the BB juggernaut!! Everybody knew Bali was going to be released. Nobody spoke a word before, and now that Bali with NOTHING but script and tremendous imagination and visuals is striding along, it is the villain! Well if Bali was never a threat to the superstar, why cry hoarse now???
Apex: You do not do anyting AFTER the release do ensure great trending. You do t WHILE MAKING THE FILM. You performm well, act your charcter, make it interesting, make the scenes intersting, make the film as a whole effective and lovable. That is what ensures good trending and grand totals. That is what Salman also does, when he puts his mind to it, like in the case of Bjarangi, and the result shows. But Aamir has been doing it for more than decade now. and that’s why he is AAMIR KHAN, the industry benchmark. Every commentary on Bajarangi talks about the records of D# and PK that the film is chasing.
Now that he’s satiated, he tells us that he’s game for something different. “Now, I look forward to doing something more intense next. I want to do something which is more aggressive now. I think I am ready for that.”
Not just that, he reveals he’s already in talks with a filmmaker for the same. “Yes, of course, I have spoken to directors. I have also signed something. But I can’t really talk about that because I always like the producer to make these announcements.”
A source says, “Aanand L Rai used to share a great equation with Dhanush, but some differences cropped up after his cameo in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ (TWMR) was snipped during the editing stages without his knowledge. He had taken time out from his schedule just on Rai’s insistence and gone to Delhi for the 5-7 minute role. Obviously, he was hurt that they chopped it off. Their equation has since changed.”
The insider reveals that the filmmaker was planning a film with Dhanush right after TWMR released, but that too went on hold. “Rai is now planning a sequel to Raanjhanaa, but nothing has been finalised about the casting because of their now sour relationship,” adds the source.
I was watching Salman Khan’s Yeh Hai Jalwa the other day, and does anyone think that the Hollywood movie ELF with Will Farrell is inspired by Yeh Hai Jalwa??? The plots are similar with the main character being an illegitimate child and then finding his father who also refuses to accept him. And Yeh Hai Jalwa came out a year before Elf. Unless they are both inspired from some old English movie like Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya and Just Go With it.,,
SS Rajamouli’s movie, “Baahubali – The Beginning” (Bahubali) is still going strong at the box office in USA despite the release Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and a few Hollywood movies like “Ant-Man”, “Trainwreck”, “Irrational Man”, and “Mr. Holmes” in the country.
“Baahubali” continues to rock at the box office in USA despite competition from Bollywood movie, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan.” Interestingly, its collections increased in the second weekend, taking its total collections (from Telugu and Tamil versions) to over ₹40 crore.
Telugu version of “Baahubali” collected $288,245 Friday, and $439,945 Saturday from USA box office, taking its total earning to $5,665,384 or ₹ 35.96 crore, tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan First Tuesday Business
Wednesday 22 July 2015 11.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan continued it’s strong run on Tuesday with collections around the 21.25 crore nett Mar which takes the total to around 147 crore nett. Kick had grossed 155 crore nett and that will be crossed today. The next two days will tell where it stands against the two biggest first week grossers PK and Dhoom 3.
The film dropped most in Mumbai on Tuesday but that was because the Monday figures were extraordinary in Mumbai and better than the first day.
The key now is where the second Friday lands up as that will give an idea as to where the film is going. It is certain to be the third highest grosser ever and the way it is sustaining at the moment anything is possible.
I watch most of the bollywood big hero movies on first day evening show. Crowds go crazy only for Salman expecially his entry scene and songs. Even Sharukh gets whistles but not this much. I think each one caters to different set of audience. When you go watch Aamir movie, you see pretty decent crowd/familes.
Ranbir, Katrina and Varun to work together in YRF’s next?
Wednesday 22 July 2015 | 3:30 AM | By Aditi
After sharing screen space in films like Rajneeti and Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani, the young, good looking actors, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif who are also working in Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos will soon be working with the Yash Raj Films.
As per reports, another young successful actor will also be cast in the movie with these love birds Ranbir and Kat. Interestingly Aditya Chopra wants to cast these actors and also the Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya actor Varun Dhawan for his upcoming film. Well, while one has seen the jodi of Ranbir and Kat, it will surely be interesting to catch the chemistry of Varun and Kat together and for that matter see how well Varun, Kat and Ranbir take the film. Though no official statements have been made yet but reports suggest that the actors will be taken on-board as per the accessibility of their dates and the movie will be a romantic comedy.
The evolution of the Bollywood villain
Then came Y2K and it changed the fortunes of Indians. It killed the traditional villain. The new emerging villain of the late 90’s and early 2000 wasn’t someone from outside. He was either the hero himself, the girl’s father or old Indian values. He was a plain psychopath of Baazigar or a stalker of Darr. An era represented by SRK, Yash Raj and redefined by Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar. The hero of this era roamed freely without any social responsibilities. He wasn’t a common man born in Indian reality. He was born in Breach Candy and was foreign-educated. He had a macroscopic idea about India. Cut off from real India, he could fly anywhere to sing a song without the opposition of a villain. There was no Mogambo, Gabbar, Dang, Rai Bahadur, Anna, Bakhtawar or Sher Khan to stop him. They were dead. Because the new ‘Shining India’ aspired to be the next superpower, flooded with credit cards, foreign cars, EMI’s, Gurgaons, malls, flyovers, GAPs & DKNY’s, Louis Vuittons, slut marches, candle vigils, Facebook and Twitter, nightlife, cruises, fashion shows, Page 3 gossips and pop-corn entertainment, art and pulp-fiction. Society accepted corrupt and corruption. Money and success became supreme. The ambitions of the Indian middle class became the new villain http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/standpoint-the-evolution-of-the-bollywood-villain-2106790
This is a very interesting article. I don’t agree with the last part though. The reason we have more massy films currently is not because people in villages have more money. Its because because film makers have figured out a way to make films that are more inclusive. In the early 2000s films like DCH or Kal ho na ho did not appeal at all to the audiences in the small towns or villages. Leading filmmakers of those days couldn’t figure out a way to make films more universal.The film makers we have today are smarter in that regard and thats why we have a return to this more massy cinema.
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Today #BajrangiBhaijaan will be able to collect approx 19Cr. Means film will not be able creat new record of 200Cr in first week.
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I think sufficient hype has been built for a huge repeat audience this upcoming weekend. I am guessing any substantial fall is not happening prior next Monday now. So it should get to 235-245 cr by Monday and then the usual fall will take this past 300 cr. Rest will depend on the destiny of the movie and the external factors which determine outcome to final gross. Bahubali has eaten up some of the earnings here for sure. But they may have lost a major chunk on the pan-India reach and new audience too as BB has successfully restricted them to south shores largely.
A well-known name in the Telugu language industry, Baahubali director S.S. Rajamouli has previously delivered award-winning blockbusters in the form of 2009’s Magadheera and 2012’s Eega. Baahubali’s success has also put the spotlight on the film’s cast featuring actors Rana Daggubati and Prabhas, and actresses Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia.
Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur, who started out directing acclaimed Bollywood titles such as 1987’s Mr India, praised Baahubali in a tweet. “Film makers from South India are showing far more courage than the North,” he said. “Where are the courageous film makers like @ssrajamouli in Mumbai?”
Bajrangi Bhaijaan gets tax exemption in UP, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar to follow
It’s another big victory for Salman Khan’s new blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan (BB). The blockbuster which has earned a reported Rs. 102 crores on the first three days, has now been granted an exemption from entertainment tax in Uttar Pradesh.
One hears several other states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar are also on the verge of exempting BB from entertainment tax.
Director Kabir Khan was very enthused by the tax exemption in UP. “I am very happy. Now it will reach more people. I think some more states are also considering a tax exemption for Bajrangi Bhaijaan.”
I think the only other state was W Bengal if memory serves but those three combined aren’t Maharashtra. And then if you have the same for Gujarat you have some of the highest grossing cities in India getting tax free status. No such comparable center exists in those other states. Calcutta itself is way behind Ahmedabad let alone Bombay.
This is a fair fight now as PK was last year and BB is this year. Not much change in market and basically both releases perfectly with the strong hold of the period of Eid and Christmas respectively. A well appreciated movie can rake in 300 crore plus. So my prediction of 320 still seems to be on target. Its at 165 (with Wed update), it needs exactly the same amount to go to PK level. It can get there considering the jumps of the Weekend.
Hrithik Roshan-Deepika Padukone’s YRF film titled ‘Thug’
July 22, 2015 Urvi Parikh
Since the past few weeks, the tinsel town is abuzz with reports of Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan being roped in for Yash Raj Films’ next to be directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. While some reports suggest that it is an action flick in the successful ‘Dhoom’ franchise, some say it is an all together a new venture.
And now the latest reports suggest that the film, which is a high octane action franchise, is titled ‘Thug’ and is slated to go on-floors later this year.
Hrithik Roshan will begin work on this movie only after he has wrapped up ‘Mohenjo Daro’, whereas Deepika has ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Tamasha’ to wrap up.
Interestingly, according to a report in a trade magazine, YRF has plans to make a franchise on the lines of ‘Mission Impossible’ with Hrithik Roshan in the lead, given that Hrithik’s character in ‘Dhoom 2’ was much appreciated and the audience wants to see the superstar in that kind of an action avatar.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Wednesday Business Update
Wednesday 22 July 2015 23.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
“Bajrangi Bhaijaan continues its unbelievable run at the box office with collections on Wednesday around the 18 crore nett mark. The Eid factor is easing but the collections are holding up fantastically well.
The collections on Wednesday are around 30% lower than day one and its not as if day one was like 5 or 6 crore it was a huge 26.50 crore nett. The North Indian circuits are on an unblievable run and the way they are sustaining the film can go anywhere.
Also North India along with Gujarat sustains the best so a long run is assured with potential to break records over the coming weeks though ticket pricing will be a key factor to achieve records. ”
Unbelievable!! One thing I can safely say is that WOM is lot more positive than PK and only reason it won’t beat PK is the repeat factor. There is hardly any valid negative reaction/reviews out there but PK at least had some negative reviews or little disappointment in 2nd half whereas BB’s 1st half is weak but it won’t matter as 2nd half is just awesome. This one is for the records!
“There is hardly any valid negative reaction/reviews out there but PK at least had some negative reviews or little disappointment in 2nd half whereas …”-
Not sure what “valid” negative reviews mean, but it’s important the expectations from PK (regarding the quality of the film) wer far greater than that of Bajrangi. There is a huge difference between saying “Hey, as an Aamir Khan film this was little disappointing” and saying “This is one of the better Salman films/ Bajrangi Bhaijaan isn’t all that bad”. In other words when someone says that “I quite enjoyed Furious 7” and, on the other hand, also says “Wolf of Wall Street left me underwhelmed”, those two film don’t become comparable (this doesn’t mean that an action film can NEVER be better than a Scorsese film. It can, the new Mad Max being a case in point. Similarly a Salman starrer like Dabanng can be better than a Aamir starrer like Mela. What I am trying to say is that an Aamir Khan or a Raju Hirani film is treated- both by the reviewers and the audience- very differently than a Salman film). A 3 star review of Bajrangi Bhaijaan is also sometimes indicative of how the particular Salman film is relative to some of his other recent film.
“One thing I can safely say is that WOM is lot more positive than PK and only reason it won’t beat PK is the repeat factor”-
But isn’t this statement self-contradictory. If BB’s WoM is better than PK’s, it should have more repeat value. The excuse that this is so because PK has more comedy etc, etc, doesn’t hold because a lot of Aamir starrers (or films of other star) which were very serious films or didn’t really have comedy (Ghajini being the best example) have had great repeat value. In any case, BB is carrying far better WOM than most other Salman starrers inspite of the fact that it is far more serious and plot-oriented than a lot of other Salman films. So if BB doesn’t end up grossing as much as PK, why not simply say that “it has poorer WOM and repeat value than PK and has not been liked as much as PK even if it has been liked more than other Salman films.”
“That’s too much of a bitter pill for some to swallow”
I think its opposite.. anyone anywhere talks anything is better than an Aamir movie, you can’t fathom to think about its possibility. I won’t even put BB over PK as a movie but WOM is completely different barometer. For example Gadar trumped Lagaan when released together completely but that doesn’t make it a better film.
Saurabh: The same points has been discussed ad nauseam by Satyam, so not going to reply point by point.
For me, repeat factor and WOM are completely different and if you think otherwise its perfectly fine with me. Also movies are based ‘always’ on expectations. You can’t reset your mind to Zero and start from scratch for every movie. Like PK will have higher expectations but its also gaining goodwill from previous collaboration 3I blockbuster.
Master.. the point is a completely different one. It’s about changing the goalpost constantly. Salman is supposed to outgross Aamir but when he doesn’t it’s because he does junk films. Well whose fault is that? When he does the one good film then he’s going to break all records. When that doesn’t happen well it’s supposedly a good film by Salman’s standards. Or people show up more for Aamir films for other reasons. I could go on. There might be some truth in each claim and I have myself made some of these. However it’s also about contexts and the ‘truth’ of the overall framing. You can’t suddenly go all subtle about these things just with Bajrangi! Like the folks who discovered trending and competition and what not one day (including BOI, including those on blogs like this one) but used to make fun of the same in the past. Similarly if you want to come up with all these subtleties do so universally. Then let’s also talk about how Aamir gets non-blockbuster type films to the best possible gross. So on and so forth. But no people discover ‘art films’ when Hrithik or SRK do something half-decent! It’s not about putting up Aamir on a pedestal. But the others mostly do junk entertainment or enjoyable entertainment (on a good day). They deviate slightly from this and everyone pretends it’s something extraordinary. As everyone has been for Fan and Raees recently! It’s not even that different for SRK because he has done a lot more interesting stuff in the past. He did a Ratnan in 1998! But forget this. Suddenly everyone thinks these trailers and posters are fantastic. really? So those who pretend that Aamir fans have this attitude themselves do these things by constantly changing the standards. And let’s act dumb about this. These days every other star tries all sorts of different stuff. You get no brownie points for doing this this late in the day. And again there’s no consistency. When a star does Rohit Shetty we need not even talk about quality because it’s only about the gross. When he does something other than this the quality discussions must begin only then! Aamir on the other hand even after doing so many different genres consistently is called a sellout the moment he does a blockbuster. As if the folks protesting were otherwise Aamir’s greatest fans! Then the very prestige that Aamir has painstakingly built up for 15 years or more is used against him! As if the folks who show up for his films do so for no reason. When he has the biggest benchmarks in 4 out of the last 5 films its like that doesn’t matter because ‘hey they’re good films’! But now when Salman suddenly has a good one it ‘does’ matter. or when he now has a Barajtya that should be the biggest grosser because hey it should get all the audiences in. On and on. It’s not about one claim or the other but the overall dishonest framing (consciously or otherwise). It’s about constantly changing the goalpost. I’ve never heard as many excuses as I have on Bajrangi. And amazingly the film is doing so well. What are the excuses needed for? Because of course the moment Aamir gets to 200 or 300 or whatever many start with the proposition that SRK or Salman or whoever ‘can’ do this. it’s just assumed. And when they routinely fail to hey that doesn’t mean anything because the film wasn’t good! Even now things are dishonest. So even if Bajrangi crosses 300 so what? Is it crossing PK? Even if it gets close (assuming huge tax breaks aren’t part of the deal) so what? A huge result for Salman for sure but Aamir did this in 4 out of his last 5 major releases! Ghajini, 3I, D3, PK were all record-setters. Some have not yet been crossed adjusting for inflation and trending (yes the very same things that are selectively used by some), some have not yet been crossed absolutely. What;’s the debate about then even if Bajrangi does some of these things? Why not wait for Salman to do the same 4 out of 5 times like Aamir? The rest of the time he wasn’t even close to those benchmarks. But hey a star is just expected to deliver an initial. never heard this anywhere. The initial is the ‘minimal’ thing a bona fide star is expected to deliver not the ‘only’ thing!
A small note on Talaash. the film did 90 or a bit more. Yes it didn’t trend well. But apparently scores of films that have a 70-30 ratio on week 1:final gross numbers are ok, even though they’re in blockbuster formats, many of these in the 100-120 range, but a different film with a dark theme with not much entertainment value in the usual sense isn’t. So Bajrangi doesn’t have enough comedy like PK but Talaash I guess has lots of comedy.
So yes I say this stuff ad nauseam. And when there’s a little more honesty on the other side I can retire these long comments!
The bigger problem is that anyone who has little support for BB being lumped together as just ‘one group’. I have said none of the issues addressed. Personally I didn’t totally like either BB or PK and always give my thoughts on any movie after watching it and stand by it. Loved PK’s 1st half and BB 2nd half and first half of BB is boring whereas 2nd half of PK is flat. My prediction after watching BB is also around D3 or around 275 crores and outside chance of 300 crores. I didn’t mention about beating PK’s final total ever. But as I said, people find it convenient to lump people so it becomes tedious to debate.
So, if I say BB WOM is better than PK – then you start talking about how Aamir is still bigger star and better quality movies and he has done 4 out of 5 times.. lets Salman does that feat and then we talk.. I really don’t get it the point of the essay and then for no reason SRK jumps in that discussion 🙂
“I may be a part of the minority that has decided to speak out about this issue rather than just watch the circus and I’d still hope to see our filmmakers can take a stand against unethical acts like these, which only contribute to the financial mess we are in courtesy a sub 10% success ratio in terms of return on investment. Thankfully, we have examples like Mr. Shah Rukh Khan (Dulha Mil Gaya & Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam) and Mr. Salman Khan (Wanted, God Tussi Great Ho & Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam) who have stood like rocks behind the makers of their films that were much delayed before they eventually released and to me, this is what makes them true blue SUPERSTARS! Delays, production hassles and financial issues happen all the time in our industry, but to me, a person who can shoulder the responsibility of making his producer earn the best possible returns on the trust and money that he invests, irrespective of these trivial problems deserves a lot of respect compared to those who see themselves as a bigger entity than their own films!”
He started his career with ‘Jai Ho’ and his song ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai’ from the film ‘Roy’ is being rated as the ultimate chart topping dance number since its release. The song ‘Chaar Shanivaar’ from the Abhishek Bachchan starrer `All is Well` has already become a party anthem and its composer – Amaal Mallik is today a successful musician in the Hindi film industry.
Son of Daboo Mallik, Amaal started learning music at the age of 8 and embarked on his musical journey with Salman Khan’s `Jai Ho`.
Talking to Anindita Dev from Zee News, Amaal speaks about his equation with Salman Khan, his first break and much more.
regret not being able to catch this on a big screen but somehow not motivated enough to drive a long distance for it. The box office reception has been stupendous of course. Even BOI admitted it might have been on a 100 crore trajectory just from the Hindi without the Bajrangi competition. Even now the 60-70 or whatever it’s going to do is remarkable. The previous best Enthiran did about 20. And one can only wonder how the sequel will open after this!
You must check out Bajrangi Bhaijaan at least. I think you missed this earlier comment a few days back –
“I think it would be safe to recommend Satyam to check this movie out and know his thoughts on this movie but again with this type of hype, his expectations level will soar and chances of being underwhelmed increase. Ideally if one goes after reading views of Rangan / Anupama Chopra chances of disappointment are less.”
BB is a movie that can be watched on the telly or on DVD. BALI, on the other hand, IS meant and made for big screen enjoyment. You cannot compress that imagination and visuals into a box and still get the same level of excitement or enjoyment.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan Challenges PK
Thursday 23 July 2015 10.00 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
Bajrangi Bhaijaan is challenging the all time high first week total of PK which was around 181 crore nett. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is at 165 crore nett in six days and it will be a close call as to whether Bajrangi Bhaijaan sets a new record or PK holds on to the first week record.
There are areas like Delhi/UP, East Punjab, Rajasthan and CI were Bajrangi Bhaijaan will set records and other places like Mumbai city, Pune and South India will probably hold for PK. The figures in mumbai city and Pune should keep PK ahead in Mumbai circuit..
The second week will be all important if Bajrangi Bhaijaan is to challenge the lifetime business. Here the advantage lies with PK as its second week was the New Year week which is holiday period and included the big national holiday of New Years Day. Bajrangi Bhaijaan has held up extremely well for six days but on day seven the Eid holiday period is over everywhere and it reamisn to be seen where the film settles on day seven and day eight.
In his interview with Komal Nahata- Salman hinted that they may add the song later- which could give a big boost to the repeat audience of the movie.
Also Kabir Khan’s Interview with Nahata is pretty engaging.
“Wish there was a bit more action as Salman’s emotions prior a engaging in a fight is currently the best in bollywood. One can feel he is punching on your behalf, a feat which was mastered by Bachchan during his hey days as angry young man.”
Surprisingly saw no reaction to my earlier sentence in one of the comments, so guess the comparison does not seem sacrilegious anymore. I mean I can understand as who would in their right mind after watching that video of deafening / roaring / thundering theater response !!
So I understand as subconscious level the gap seems to have contracted… lol !!
have not watched it…probably won’t until it comes out on dvd or something…but salman has set the bar again. and he still has that rajshri film coming out in diwali…can it be two 200cr grosser in one year??? when do we start putting this run in historical box office context…he is up there with the best.
Salman’s current run is very similar to amitabh’s70s run. Even in the 70s, people could not figure out why his films were being so successful. He was a one man show like Salman. The director and heroine did not matter. I think Salman should get more credit than amitabh because there is significantly more competition in the form of tv now.
“I think Salman should get more credit than amitabh because there is significantly more competition in the form of tv now.”
this seems like a very honest and valid argument. but you can also say that salman and his peers have the advantage of multiplexes and newer theaters…perhaps that has greatly helped salman and his movies. Also they have the advantage of social media where they are closer to their fans as ever before…they have more reach now then ever before…so it should be easier today to open a movie.
this is why i asked if amitabh movies were released today..would they be opening at 50cr opening day and grossing 300-400cr with ease?? so therefore these openings are really substandard when compared to his movies in the 70’s/80’s in terms of box office.
in my opinion this recent run from salman DOES have some merit when compared to amitabh at his peak.
actually I think the gap between how Salman is doing currently and the way Bachchan was doing is like the gap between how I open films and the way Salman does. Exaggerating only slightly. But I don’t quite have the energy to get into all the numbers except to say that it was like having 4 films like 3I every year and no one else even getting to 75 on most days. Dead serious by the way. If there is a movie star in history who can equal Bachchan’s peak record I don’t know about him. And I am only aware of the major Indian industries, Hollywood, the major European industries, Japan, a few others.. conceivably there might be something like his peak record in those other industries I don’t know about. Again dead serious. Forget Bachchan. Salman cannot even be compared to Rajesh Khanna’s peak period. What Salman is doing today is quite extraordinary. But the Bachchan bar could is a godly one. Again not exaggerating. Also remember Salman cannot even outgross Aamir’s best films. Before getting to Bachchan he should be outgunning his rivals in every sense imaginable. Even Bajrangi is more or less equalling the PK gross (week 1). But 3I in today’s terms is easily a 400 crore film. PK has already done what it did. Ghajini would easily be at PK level or more than it given its trending. So we don’t have to wonder what Bachchan might have done. Aamir’s done it. Now of course one age cannot simply be translated into another but some accomplishments are so titanic that no relativizing can account for them. So Bradman’s records stand irrespective of what age we’re talking about. Certain things in life are not debatable.
“If BB can cross 100 cr in 3 days then PRDP will rock even more: Anupam Kher”
“Salman Khan has become the record-shattering Khan of tinselville. His latest blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan has many records to its name and is one of the highest Bollywood grossers so far. Like all Salman films, hopes are even high for Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Ask his co-star Anupam Kher about expectations out of PRDP and he adds, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan agar teen din mein 100 crore kar sakti hai, toh Prem Ratan Dhan Payo to hudang macha degi (If Bajrangi Bhaijaan can collect 100 crore in 3 days then Prem Ratan Dhan Payo will rock even more).” He further added that he liked BB a lot and he even got emotional while watching the film during the special screening.
Salman is returning to Rajshri banner after a really long time. He is playing a double role in the film and will be seen romancing Sonam Kapoor. It also has Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher and Swara Bhaskar in pivotal roles.”