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Akshay Kumar @akshaykumar 54m54 minutes ago
Set in 1948, the historic story of India’s first Olympic medal as a free nation, #GOLD coming to you on 15th August, 2018!
Good project but it’s gonna be lot of hard work and budget. India has Gold medal in Field Hockey and most likely Akshay Kumar will play the captain Kishen Lal. But the issue is that the Kishen Lal never scored even 1 goal and that doesn’t look good on screen. Balbir Singh was more at better and scored 2 goals in final. So, if he’s playing Balbir Singh, it don’t look good having another captain over Akshay. Also, India, Pakistan coming as separate team didn’t play even 1 match here. Not to mention all players were in early 20’s and Akshay will be 51 in 2018 (even though he is very fit).
For Akshay, I would have preferred a solo winning movie like of sprinter(but sadly India don’t win much). Or even Dhyan Chand biopic who didn’t play the 1948 Olympics. Or maybe Akshay is playing the coach a-la CDI.
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ release: Raj Thackeray, Karan Johar meet Devendra FadnavisFilm ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, that features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, ran into trouble after Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) said it won’t allow release of any movie in India that featured Pakistani artistes+ . It is due for release on October 28, ahead of Diwali.
Film & Television Producers Guild of India president Mukesh Bhatt also attended the meeting, which was held at Fadnavis’s residence.
After the meeting, Mukesh Bhatt said that they had a constructive talk with the Maharashtra chief minister and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ will release as per the schedule.
“I assured Fadnavis that the Producer’s Guild has decided that it will not work with Pakistani artistes in the future,” Mukesh Bhatt told reporters after the meeting.
“Karan Johar said that he will run a special slate honouring the martyrs before the start of the movie. It’s a tribute from us to our soldiers,” Bhatt added.
Bhatt said that Producer’s Guild will also contribute to the Army Welfare Fund. “We owe this to the Army,” he said.
They can release the movie by pledging 50 percent of profits to Army Welfare Fund. And also with a disclaimer that they will not take Pakistan artists in their films in future even if the situation becomes normal.
If the government of India is keeping quiet inspite of all the furore, it is evident that it is taciltly supporting the ban. We dont need extra brains to decipher this.
A certain gangsterism is on display here, obviously not for the first time. But this is a classic exhibit for a democracy which can still be managed in all sorts of extra-legal ways (versus one which cannot). I sympathize with Johar here. He has to grovel in this way because he knows the state (and of course currently with the tacit approval of the central govt) and parties like the MNS can essentially do anything they want to damage the film. The legal options here are ineffective for a variety of reasons. And so whatever one’s opinion on the issue of casting Pakistani actors one should be able to agree that this kind of extra-legal coercion is sickening. Again no actor’s film in the US (or anywhere in the Western world) is held up because of the statements they make against one political leader or party or national policy or irrespective of whatever their politics is.
ADHM row: Indian Army rejects Raj Thackeray’s politics, says Rs 5 cr donation unacceptable
The Indian Army has expressed its uneasiness over MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s demand that Bollywood producers who have worked with Pakistani actors should donate Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army’s relief fund.
NASEERUDDIN SHAH SLAMS MAHARASHTRA NAVNIRMAN SENA, SAYS FILM INDUSTRY IS AN EASY TARGET
Speaking on the MNS ban, he said, “The film industry is an easy target. They (MNS) have as much fun targeting the industry as they would have while watching films made by Bollywood. We haven’t broken diplomatic ties with Pakistan, nor are we in the state of war, or have sealed our borders. Only artistes who aim to spread the message of love and peace are being attacked.”
Marathi actress Ashwini Ekbote dies during performance in Pune
Classical danseuse Ashwini Ekbote died on Saturday after collapsing on stage during a performance in Pune, police said.
The 44-year-old, who had also acted in several plays, was performing at the Bharat Natyamandir in Pune on Saturday evening when she collapsed on stage, a police official said. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, the official said.
“In real life, I felt like Sanjay Lal Sharma — Aamir’s character in the film. It mirrors my personal life. I was writing Jo Jeeta… before Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak [1988; his directorial debut]. I wanted to do something stable, so that I could redeem myself and face my parents, especially my father,” he says.
Mansoor insists he doesn’t miss being part of the Bollywood glitz, but is always there for Aamir and Imran when they need advice on scripts or even otherwise. “If I manage to write a script, I would have to direct it, which is not happening [anytime soon]. But even if I do, I wouldn’t call it a comeback; I might just make the film and return to my normal life,” he signs off.
Mahira Khan, who is going to debut with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie ‘Raees’ will continue shooting for the movie despite the ban on Pakistani artistes.
Mahira Khan still in ‘Raees,’ clarifies Ritesh Sidhwani
Now that a precedent has been set, simply pay 5 crores and release the film. We the people who watch these movies are the biggest fools and we deserve this.KRISHNAN IYER
According to reports, the makers of the film including the producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, and Shah Rukh Khan hope that things will change for the better by the time film releases in January.
Mahira is however expected to shoot the remaining scenes of the movie at a secret location.
Looks like problems for Karan Johar and his film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ are not going to end soon. It was just yesterday that that the film got a green signal to release smoothly and now another issue has arised. The CBFC has chopped off 50 smooching scenes of Anushka Sharma.
Here is a censor copy of the report that has been leaked online:
Simply too many articles on KJO/ADHM and he is getting on the nerves now. This whole weekend on TV has got marred heavily due to kjo talk and then in between regular ad breaks of ADHM. Unbelievable repetition of ads all over on “each and every channel” It seems KJO’s publicity budget is more than 100 cr and this is apart from shelling out forced charity money all over the place as loose change.
KJO is acting like a desperado, crying like a baby, bowing down as if he actually belongs to Pakistan and not even a bit of self respect or attitude to stand for the right….as I has said earlier, this is not about money but seeks of some sort of desperation which only he can explain. In that respect Aamir had a much stronger response during Fanaa time. This shows and proves kjo’s meddling and opportunistic streak.
Tch…Life sacredness is violated by loss of individual self-respect, so even if he gets a success here what’s the point. This desperation wasn’t visible during MNIK, even though it was a much bigger budgeted movie, so this comes as a surprise for reasons unknown! Surprisingly his hero comes across as a complete slime ball absconding from the scene when required and not even coming to his rescue once on these issues. The only thing is KJO has left all his agents in all directions to do the dirty work for him of pulling down others unnecessarily and he himself has bowed down with his pants down offering tuseee great ho tohfa kubool karo whoever comes in his ADHM way !
Either it is loss of confidence due to lack of work or simply age catching up, very painful to watch an otherwise brilliant Manoj Bajpai seriously messing his part. Timing is all wrong, physical expressiveness is zero plus there is lack of vocal projection &, clarity of speech. May be it is the material given to him with unnecessary cuss words which makes it even worse.
The female who I believe is some chopra, does well with her part and emotes well but over all did not get the point of this short film.
Comparatively the american actors even in these short SNL skits are so awesome with hardly any wrong note. Now I don’t know if its simply the talent or solid preparations which makes the overall difference.
A discussion going on between some ‘groupist’ comments on BR’s review of PINK against mine…of course replete with regional over-tones..pasting it here.. but won’t respond to political discussions..learnt the hard way, stay away from political discussion here..
Loved reading your comments: Very individualistic in the face of ‘groupist’ comments out here.
And one thing that is noticeable in the thread is how Amitabh makes people uncomfortable, especially the ones who feel Tamil actors who tried their hand at Hindi cinema during the time of Amitabh’s reign and didn’t make a big impact was due to Amitabh! Somebody put it here better than I could ever think or write and very smartly when he said Amitabh is a victim of the tall poppy syndrome. [Amitabh ‘ji’ is a classical condescending address here.]This has gone on for too long: And it’s surprising that an actor past his box-office prime –but still calling the mega-shots when it comes to histrionics–causes so much churning amongst some, or maybe even many. And it’s ironic, that many of the Rajnikanth super-hits in the ’80s were remakes of Amitabh’s mega-hits in Hindi!!
Secondly, why is Amitabh’s political leaning or the supposed ‘lack’ of convictions so much at discussion here? And how’s that even relevant to the context of this film? Did any-one question Tapsee’s leanings? Or Piyush, Anurag Kashyap’s alter-ego [who, by the way is quite convinced living in Modi’s India is like living in North Korea]. Is there something called ‘logic’ one can add in-between the eternal struggle between the ‘left’ and the ‘right’? That a woman drinking and smiling along and enjoying drinks and food with you isn’t translated as ‘available’ should actually be pure common-sense! In any part of the world, ‘NO’ means ‘NO’ should actually be a natural behavior and reaction. That Amitabh is a major part in such a film and that he endorses such thoughts in a film should never be a problem! Why is it questioned? By acting in PINK and then supporting the ‘state’ of Gujarat tourism implies that Amitabh is hands-in-glove with Modi is a dishonest statement and reading of the highest kind. There is a section of us that believe that Modi can work toward the betterment of India, that DOESN’T imply we are hands-in-glove with anything Modi works on!! In fact, we believe — at least I –that he needs to be scrutinized with the highest microscopic power possible, because the promises his govt made, need to be delivered, at least half of them –and that’s because I firmly believe in the diktats of the Indian Standard Time: We say ‘one’ second for everything when we know that nothing can be achieved in ‘one’ second. [And by the way, not that Amitabh needs any support or endorsement, for those who are criticizing him for having his feet on both the sides, he has made it absolutely clear that he will not be a part of any ‘political’ exercises of the current govt and that he is supporting Gujarat tourism or whatever because of the ‘state’ per-se and not the ‘state-machinery.’]
And, for the sake of argument, if Amitabh is a closet-patriarch or a closet-right-wing but DID work in movies like PINK or PIKU featuring women-centric themes which are supposed to be ‘pre-rogatives’ of leftist folks, hey, doesn’t that prove that he is a top-notch actor once again?? Just as Hassan played a Vaishnav persecuted by Shivaites in DASHAVATAR as bloody convincingly as only he could, in spite of being an atheist in real life of the highest order?
Finally, the crux of the reason I wrote this comment is because Amitabh or Kamal or Salman or anybody, their ‘convictions’ or lack there-of or how they behave with their family members or whatever is of least concern to me. That’s the way I operate. What matters to me is how they connect to me as actors, and nothing more. Of course, there’s a ceiling on that. I cannot continue to see Sanjay Dutt in the same light as I did in Munnabhai if he were indeed proven that he acted willfully against his country. In my personal capacity, I will stop watching his movies in the theater. Whatever Woody did, it doesn’t diminish his cinematic brilliance. I will enjoy his art, but I will make sure that I don’t watch it in a theater or in a way, that indirectly might, or might not, affect him at all. And so, I never watch Salman’s movies in a theater: Of course, it doesn’t matter since his ‘bhai-dom’ currently has unlimited subjects: But all I say is, that’s the importance I give to actors, and that’s what I can do within my capacity if I am THAT hurt by someone’ s decisions or leanings..
I think you are being extremely harsh when you use the word ‘bullying.’ That was hardly the case. Maybe he got carried away by a ‘succession’ of incidents where Bhogle was being harsher on Indian players. I don’t know but all I am saying is, Amitabh’s statement was NOT to be taken seriously at all! The weirder part is not what Amitabh tweeted, it was the fact that his tweet was taken ‘seriously’!!! Amitabh to cricket is what I am to costume designing: My knowledge of costume designing is limited to ‘gaping’ at the costumes: So is Amitabh’s knowledge on cricket. He just tweeted a random thing. Now if the board decides to drop Bhogle because of a tweet by a famous star who happens to be active on Twitter, would you really blame Amitabh or the board? Who actually is the imbecile here? Amitabh can write a bloody long essay on his blog about how Indian commentators don’t talk highly of Indian players! Who cares? [Oh by the way, none else but the captain of the Indian team M.S. Dhoni supported his tweet! Go figure..] Amitabh doesn’t even own an IPL team for Baba Ramdev’s sakes..My only contention is that whatever Amitabh might have tweeted, it is and should have been taken as a mere stand-alone ‘comment.’ If Amitabh can influence who can comment or not in a series, then Jadeja can as well start commenting on who to cast in films and render the job of a casting director impotent! The fault lies not with Amitabh, according to me, but with those idiots, IF they decided that a mere tweet from a pan-Indian star was an important KPI for hiring or firing a well-known and extremely knowledgeable commentator.
Secondly, as I mentioned before and at the risk of repeating myself, the fact that Amitabh is on manageable terms with SP or Modi or even Kejriwal maybe or whoever doesn’t even bother me. You should maybe listen to that interview of Amitabh with Arnab where Arnab is genuinely shocked to discover that Amitabh is susceptible and vulnerable to political machinations! He is afraid that the powers-that be would come after him and his family!!
Amit is a very reticent man. He exposed himself to a degree that is quite un-Amitabh of him in the Arnab show. He talks of the days when a person harassed him day-in and day-out in the LETTERS TO THE EDITOR section. It gives you a totally different facet to his personality and what he’s gone through and how it’s shaped him.
And as I said before, any actor’s political ‘ maneuvering’ is really something that I don’t want to judge. My respect toward Amitabh is just as a monolith of an actor: It starts there, and it stops there.
Dev Anand was the ONLY actor who stood-up publicly against Indira Gandhi’s emergency dictator-ship. None of the other actors [I am not sure of the South] from the HIndi film industry openly protested it. Kudos to him. At the same time, I do not want to judge other actors for NOT having put themselves in the line of fire..
Abhishek Bachchan is taking his own sweet time to choose his next film. We hear that the actor is meeting many writers as he wants to do a film that is nothing less than topnotch and he apparently gave thumbs-up to a script written by Milap Zaveri.
A source close to the actor reveals, “Abhishek has been hearing a lot of scripts and recently when Milap narrated this out-of-the-box script to him, he liked it and gave it the go-ahead. He has asked for some changes in the script, which Milap is working on.”
Our source also reveals that Bunty Walia will be producing the film and they are on the lookout for a director who will do justice to the script. It’s not one of the comedies Zaveri is known for.
The young ones Khan’t: Why Ranbir-Ranveer-Shahid can never achieve superstardom like the Khans
Can Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor ever be as big as Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir or Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar? If not, then why?
First, a little numbers game.
Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are 50, 50 and 51 respectively. Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are 31, 34 and 35 respectively.
By 35, Shah Rukh Khan had starred in some of his biggest blockbusters such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Darr, Pardes, Yes Boss and Dil Se. Though Aamir and Salman’s golden run only began in the 2000s, in the ’90s, their stardom was virtually uncontested due to the older rung of stars fading out and starring in films that did not really shake up the box office.
Keeping the Khans aside, even Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn had developed a sizeable following by their mid-30s. The question now is, will the new crop of actors such as Ranbir, Ranveer and Shahid ever be able to position themselves in the God-shaped holes that Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman will leave once they stop being the biggest stars of our time? Perhaps, a more worrisome question is whether the Khans, Devgns or Kumars ever cease to be the big superstars that they are? If they don’t, is it because the new generation is not good enough? Or the older generation had something that the new guys don’t have? Or is the answer more complicated?
According to a study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2016, the Gini coefficient (the most commonly used measure of income inequality) for India rose from 0.45 in the 1990s to 0.51 in 2013 and after. Like everything else, back in the ’90s, ticket prices of films were way cheaper than it is today, and that too, taking inflation into account. Simply put, a larger demographic saw films by the Khans back in the ’90s, which is when these actors built a foundation to their stardom, which they would go on to consolidate over the next one-and-half decade.
In fact, Karan Johar, who has launched the careers of quite a few young stars of this generation (Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt) and gave Ranbir two of his biggest hits (Wake Up Sid, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), bluntly said that it will be very tough for the new kids to attain Khan-like superstardom.
“Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan had a decade to build their equity. You are made a big star by the number of people who have watched your films across the world. The number of people who have watched a film starring Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar… I don’t think anyone from the younger lot can attain that. It is going to be very tough for a Ranveer Singh and Ranbir Kapoor to build that audience base which is exceptionally loyal, faithful. They are talented but building a following will be very difficult,” Karan Johar said.
So, when earlier in the ’90s, someone driving an Audi as well as someone pulling a rickshaw could afford to catch a Salman-SRK-Aamir film in a theatre and be enamoured by them, today, the kinds of films made have a huge class-mass disparity so to speak. The kind of films that have established, say, Ranbir as a credible actor like Wake Up Sid, Tamasha, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, etc are not really single-screen films. Audiences from Tier B and Tier C cities tend to catch maar-dhaar wale films (like a Rowdy Rathore or a Bodyguard) and they feel alienated by films like, say, Haider or a Lootera. And this single-screen space is something that the older stars have completely occupied and you cannot even blame them for doing bad films. They are not. Which brings us to the next point.
Quality of films by the older stars
Back in the ’90s, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor had completely lost the plot. Following the injury Amitabh incurred during the shooting of Coolie (1983), then getting diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, his political slump and so on, Big B was tired and in a terrible state throughout the ’90s. His production company ABCL was in tatters and he was acting in sub-par films like Mrityudata and Lal Baadshah. Rishi Kapoor had been reduced to character roles by the ’90s itself. He turned 40 in 1992. Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff and Sanjay Dutt delivered some commercial successes in this period but nothing that they could build on in this next decade.
Cut to Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir in the 2010s. All the big holidays (Eid, Christmas, Diwali, Independence Day, Republic Day, etc) are blocked by the Khans and Akshay or Devgn till as late as 2018. That is simply because these actors have reinvented themselves with age and have consistently delivered critically and commercially-acclaimed films. After the 2000s, Aamir has given us Lagaan, Ghajini, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and his upcoming film is Dangal. SRK has moved away from his romantic image and has done films like Swades and Chak De! India. He has even done goofy, masala movies like Happy New Year and Chennai Express. Salman has delivered one powerhouse blockbuster after another.
So, unlike Big B, Rishi and the older stars of the ’90s, the ones who are past 40 and 50 today are still at the top of their game. They have not slumped like stars did in the ’90s. SRK, Salman and Aamir entered the film-watching public’s imagination only when the old stars faded away and there was room to fill. Where will Ranbir, Ranveer or Shahid be able to squeeze themselves into if there is such limited space? Especially when…
Too many actors, too many mediums
25-year-old Harshvardhan Kapoor, who just debuted in Mirzya that flopped miserably, has fan clubs all over social media! A flop hero has a fan club! Insane. Then, there are multiple fan clubs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for actors, ranging from Tiger Shroff to Shraddha Kapoor to Ranbir Kapoor to Ranveer Singh to whoever. Who are these fans? They appear to have no physical presence but they exist in millions on social media. Even television actors and internet celebs like Sumeet Vyas (Permanent Roommates, TVF Tripling) or comedian Kenny Sebastian have fan clubs and fanboys/fangirls……”