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Confirmed: Karan Johar to launch Boney Kapoor’s daughter Jahnavi
The stunning Sridevi’s daughter is all set to follow in her illustrious mother’s footsteps. Jahnavi Kapoor is finally all set to make her acting debut and that too in a film to be produced by Karan Johar. Unconfirmed reports insist the very pretty star-daughter is being launched by Karan Johar in the Hindi remake of the Marathi milestone blockbuster Sairat.
I don’t think its gonna be so bad as you saying. Karan will be fine as producer. I liked the 2nd half of 2 states with the Chennai touch and middle class setting. It was done good and it connected with the audience.
Ram Jethmalani, reportedly India’s highest paid lawyer and a former Union Law Minister who has fought several high-profile cases and represented many controversial clients from Big Bull Harshad Mehta to India’s former Prime Minister Narsimha Rao, will now see his eventful life spanning 93 years unfold on screen. He is the subject of a biopic which will be jointly produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Kunal Kemmu and Soha Ali Khan.
Isn’t it not obvious? #Notebandi. Priorities are different in India now. Less cash in hands even folks might have credit cards but no one has time or right frame of mind to worry about movies when they have other stuff to deal and live their daily lives. All movies gonna suffer and I think by Christmas( & Dangal), am hoping things to settle down. Lets see!
Back from Force 2!! (I don’t think many would check this one out in the theaters). To simply put it, this is BEST John Abraham action movie in his career however the bar is very low. Even the ‘Best John’ movie will not be worthy for others to check it out in cinemas. But if they ever enjoyed any John Abraham’s action movies even to a small extent then you’ll simply love this movie. This is very good in that space.
Now back to the movie. The sequel is head and shoulders better than the original ‘Force’ which was a Blockbuster southern Hit but couldn’t create much impact in its remake. But Force is the movie which has helped John to create this action space in movies as solo hero and Force 2 shows that he’s saleable as action hero inspite flopping or under performance of numerous films with very similar characters he played in Rocky Handsome, Dishoom etc. John Abraham is alright and so does Sonakshi and some of their banter is good. John from Police and Sonakshi from RAW and their differences and working styles all shown briefly adds to the proceedings.
But it is Tahir Raj Bhasin(after fantastic debut in Mardaani) who is the scene stealer with very good attitude and performance even though its quite repetitive of Mardaani’s act. I don’t blame him as he has not any offers after that movie and this movie wanted him to play in similar space and he has nailed it. I especially loved one action sequence where lot of action is happening and he’s just sitting at 1 place and playing mouth organ and its music playing during the action.
For me the obvious different of this movie from other John’s movies is very competent director in Abhinay Deo. He’s very controlled and created an edgy thriller(with a very simple 1 liner story) like the early 90’s Hollywood action movies. The whole setting in Budapest and international angle is very well done. The movie is fast paced and under 2 hours with just 1 song(Remix of Sridevi’s iconic Kaate Nahi Kat Te from Mr. India). The action is very well done and pretty good for a medium budgeted movie and the movie is very slick. It also has good turns and twists to keep the viewer interested.
So, even though this is not a great movie but it is surely watchable movie and best John’s action movie in his career. For action and thriller lovers, this is a good watch.
Baradwaj Rangan: ““Force 2.”… A generic but decent-enough action entry”
Right off, it must be said that Shivaay may have had the better stunts, but Force 2 is the more watchable film. It keeps the emotional seasoning to a minimum – the hero’s dead wife here, the villain’s motivation there. Shivaay could not decide if it was a mountain-rescue movie, or about parents fighting over child custody. The film kept swinging wildly between Cliffhanger and Kramer vs. Kramer.
Hera Pheri 3′, ‘Dhoom 4’ not happening right now: Abhishek
Press Trust of India | New Delhi
November 20, 2016 Last Updated at 15:22 IST
Actor Abhishek Bachchan has shot down rumours that he is doing the third part of “Hera Pheri” series.
The 40-year-old star also clarified that the fourth installment of superhit action franchise “Dhoom” is not in the making right now as the makers are yet to lock the script.
When asked if he will next be seen in “Hera Phera 3”, the actor denied the reports saying, “No, ‘Hera Pheri’ is not happening right now.”
While for “Dhoom 4”, the actor said he is yet to get a call from director-producer Aditya Chopra as he does not know if someone is actually working on it.
“We haven’t yet got the script for ‘Dhoom’. I have no idea if Aditya (Chopra) is developing something right now. And also Victor (Acharya), who made the last part of ‘Dhoom’ is busy making another film,” Abhishek told PTI.
“As of right now I don’t know what’s the status of Dhoom. But, I’m sure once they are ready we’ll announce it.
Even today, some of those who have experienced the award-winning Malayalam film Perumthachan (The Master Carpenter, 1991) are known to make that crazed journey to a remote village near Ochira, Kerala, to meet the film’s own master crafter, director Ajayan. His life has all the makings of a classic tragedy—the film that enthralled the world and won critical acclaim also saw the curtains down on his career. His brilliance seems to be entwined with a tragic flaw. What happened after his first film? “Perumthachan is fraught with tension. I was looking at perfection,” says Ajayan “Every scene in the film is dear to me. Actor Thilakan, the protagonist, had heart problems. In the scene where he had to kill his son, I got him to climb on top of the scaffolding. I couldn’t match its perfection.”
Today Ajayan, who is the son of Malayalam film director and playwright Thoppil Bhasi, is cocooned in his own memories and reluctant to engage with the outside world. He says there are two films that he wants to do—one is the autobiography of his father Ollivill Ormakkal (Hidden Memories) and the other is M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s novel Manikyakallu. “Manikyakallu was the first book I read completely and I have treasured it ever since. Even before I joined the Adyar Film Institute, I had stayed with director Bharathan for four to five years. I enjoyed working with Bharathan the most.”
The 4 upcoming big films-Dear Zindagi, Kahaani 2, Befikre and Dangal are this year’s highly anticipated movies. In the wake of demonezation, Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani has asked the filmmakers to postpone the release of their respective films.
We all know that demonetization has had a huge impact on the business of all sectors. Movie business has nit been an exception. Not that the films were great- but Rock On 2 and Force 2 which released post demonetization, have definitely borne its brunt
Censor Board Chief Pahlaj Nihalani has appealed to the filmmakers to postpone the release of their films. The big movies slated to release in the coming months are-Dear Zindagi (Nov 25), Kahaani 2 (December 2), Befikre (December 9) and Dangal (December 23).
In the appeal made by Pahlaj Nihalani in a trade magazine, he says, “After cash resources dried up, particularly since 10th November, it has been noted most of the recent ticket bookings for cinema at multiplexes are being made via online platforms. However, since a very small amount of the cinema patrons have been using online ticketing platforms for buying cinema tickets, sales via online ticketing sites do not account for more than 20-30 per of capacities in multiplexes.
“In single screen theatres where attendance is most dependant on cash sales, the daily gross collections have reduced drastically,” he adds.
Concluding his long appeal, Pahlaj Nihalani has asked the filmmakers to wait for the currency situation to return to stability and for liquidity to return to the economy before the industry expects their movies to be watched and appreciated by the audiences.
But is it easy for the makers in question to do what Pahlaj is advising?
A source says, “A lot of money will be required to keep the publicity going till the next release date. Pahlaj’s advice is easier said than done.” Let’s wait and watch how the industry reacts to the Censor Chief’s appeal.
Its funny to read that there is ‘no impact’. One can argue the impact is less but saying no impact completely is BS. Do you know the target audience of Rock On 2? From 14 to 20 yrs. All High school and 11-12th students and Degree. Do they have credit cards?? How would they buy the tickets without credit cards?? No Impact, Lol.
I have earlier commented that Rock On 2 will Flop anyways but after this currency issue, it will be disaster. Even BOI without supporting it said that 40% was impacted. Is that small amount? More than the cash flow, its the mood of the country which is no longer in movie watching mode. Everyone is taken over the national issue and handling their daily lives. Priorities are very different and its not a time to watch movies relaxingly.
In view of partisan arguments & counter arguments, not even a single educated debate in media or social media has taken place over the last 2 weeks. I have been following media and none whatsoever have made any legitimate exchange of thoughts and it’s all been marred by prepossessed and warped political leanings on both sides.
Finally after a longtime I see a simple headline in Timesofindia today making a bit of reasonable headline. As we had started here on day one by saying that unless there is a follow through in attitudes to corruption, this whole exercise is not going to make any dent. In fact it will lead to innovative jugaadi initiatives.
On personal level among my relatives not a single soul has suffered due to this cash change. 99.99 percent among my relatives have easily exchanged their cash ( black or otherwise) into new cash and ‘kind’ so its only affected the people on the street and the regular disadvantaged lot. It has on some levels screwed the retail markets in small cities in a big way and hope the govt seriously goes after the big fish and follows this through till the end to justify this move –
Queues of pain for tiny gain on black money?
Subodh Varma | TNN | Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 02.50 AM IST
NEW DELHI: The aam aadmi putting up with the widespread distress and economic loss caused by declaring invalid all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes sees a positive side to the move — it will unearth and stamp out black money. This is one of the stated objectives in the government’s notification of November. There is also the target of finishing off fake currency, which harms the economy and is used by terrorists.
With 12 cash-starved days gone, questions are emerging on whether these objectives will be met. And if not, is all this pain for nothing?
A committee on ‘Measures to Tackle Black Money in India and Abroad’, set up by the finance ministry in 2012 and headed by the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had said that “demonetisation may not be a solution for tackling black money in the economy, which is largely held in the form of benami properties, bullion and jewellery etc.”
So, estimates for illegal cash range from 3% to 5% of the total black economy. Taking the higher 5% figure, black money in cash would be somewhere between Rs 1.4 lakh crore and Rs 4.5 lakh crore. Arun Kumar, a former JNU professor and an expert on black economy, has a different calculation. “Assuming the velocity of circulation to be no different than in the white economy, you could say that cash component is 38% of the total currency (Rs 16.5 lakh crore). So, around Rs 6.5 lakh crore is in cash form,” he said.
Recent reports said officials were expecting around Rs 3 lakh crore to remain unreturned to banks by December 30. This is what would be the cash component of black money. All this computation goes to show only one thing — a very large share, in fact the bulk of black money, is not going to be caught in the present drive.
The other smaller, but perhaps equally important objective was to wipe out fake currency, especially because it was linked to terror funding. A recent study by the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, carried out under the supervision of the National Investigation Agency with the help of top government economic and intelligence bodies concluded that the total fake currency in circulation in India was Rs 400 crore. This figure was confirmed by minister of state for finance Arjun Meghwal in the Rajya Sabha in August last year.
So, fake notes worth Rs 400 crore will definitely become unusable as a result of demonetisation. But that will last only till the counterfeiters don’t print fresh fake currency based on the new notes. Then the whole cycle may start again. In short, the ongoing disruption of daily life across the country is highly unlikely to finish the scourge of either black money or terror funding. Maybe all this pain was in vain.
The first look launch of the much awaited Rajnikath movie 2.0 was released by the superstar himself along with Bollywood bigwigs Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar among others. Salman Khan, who was all praises for the first look, mentioned that he was impressed with Akshay Kumar’s performance in it.
Salman said, “I loved the teaser. Akshay Kumar is phenomenal. Akshay is the only actor in Bollywood who has shown growth & only he could have done this role.”
Rajinikanth plays doctor-scientist Vaseegaran in the film, which is a sequel to his own 2010 blockbuster, Enthiran. Akshay Kumar is being introduced as the antagonist and he plays a scientist called Richard, who turns into a Crow Man after an experiment goes wrong.
Also starring Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey and Adil Hussain, the film is being completely shot in 3D, and is slated for Diwali 2017 release.
Force 2 had a low weekend of 18.50 crore nett though the trend was not too bad with some growth on Saturday and Sunday. The low starting point meant a bigger Saturday was needed which did not happen. The weekend collections are better than films like Akira and Rocky Handsome. It has also collected 4 crore nett more than Force (2011) but that was five years back. The figures across all circuits were poor with Mumbai probably being the best of the lot. The weekend is low but it has a final chance to show some strength on Monday where a 30% drop from day one would still keep it with a chance. The trend does not suggest but it also can’t be ruled totally. The weekend business of Force 2 is as follows.
The growth on the weekend proves my point that this is best John Abraham action movie. Even during the currency issue phase it has collected 18.5 crores in the weekend which is remarkable. Like his other home production this year ‘Rocky Handsome’ with the Force 1 director has collected lifetime 22 crores.
Yeah this is actually decent number for the movie…Close to 20 crs for a solo JA starrer…Not sure of production cost as no one is calling it a success yet…
This also gives hope for DZ. If JA movie opens at 6 cr, surely DZ has to open 10+ cr even in these times?
Tum Bin is a poor fare with just 2.50 crore nett over the first weekend. The way this film is going it may not even do the business of Tum bin which was releases way back in 2001 and grossed 4.50 crore nett. The weekend of that film was just 56 lakhs nett but it managed to get a sustained run at the theatres due to its super hit music. The weekend business of Tum Bin 2 is as follows.
“I have a home production, which I am producing myself, which will start in February and once we get that on the floor is when I want to tell you all about it then,” Abhishek, the brand ambassador for watch brand Omega, told IANS here.
Very happy to see Sunny Leone getting recognition. It may not sound puritanical considering her past profession but to me Sunny Leone resembles the epitome of poise and dignity. Her conduct in public life is exemplary and such a change to the hypocritical so called bollywood virgins who strut their stuff and give complex to even Virgin Mary while talking about their moral fiber….
Sunny Leone makes it to BBC’s 100 most influential women of 2016 list IANS, Mumbai | Updated: Nov 22, 2016 18:55 IST
“Actor Sunny Leone has made it to the BBC’s list of 100 most influential women. 2016 marks the fourth year the BBC has put together the list. They’ve once again included a mixture of high-profile and influential women including entrepreneurs, engineers, sportswomen, business women, fashion icons and artistes.
Sunny, who is celebrating her fifth year anniversary in Bollywood, debuted on Indian screens by participating in the controversial reality TV show Bigg Boss in 2011.She went on to star in Bollywood films like Jism 2, Jackpot and Ek Paheli Leela.
Some of this year’s high profile women include singer-songwriter Alicia Keys; US gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles and French politician Rachida Dati.”
After exploring various aspects of the human condition through films like Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh and, more recently, Ki And Ka, ad manturned-filmmaker R Balki has written another sliceof-life film which will kick off next year.
And leading the acting line-up is Akshay Kumar who is teaming up with the filmmaker for the first time.
The film will also mark Akki’s reunion with Amitabh Bachchan, a Balki film regular, ten years after the duo shared screen space in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Family: Ties of Blood.
Prior to that, the Big B had played Akshay’s father in Vipul Shah’s 2005 family drama Waqt: Race Against Time and fellow cop a year before that in Madhur Bhandarkar’s crime-drama Aan: Men At Work.
Last month, Balki met Akshay for a narration and the 49-year-old actor was delighted to learn that he was the filmmaker’s first choice for the role.
Balki, a self confessed superfan of Big B who has famously vowed to never make a film without him started working on two scripts after Ki And Ka released, starting out by developing Bachchan’s character.
Planning to kick off his next only after the release of wife Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi, Balki has decided to roll with the one featuring Akshay in 2017.
Akshay’s Toilet Ek Prem Katha: Furious Mathura saints declare Rs 1cr reward for director’s tongue
Incensed by Akshay Kumar’s Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’s content, Mathura saints held a meeting on Monday where they expressed their anger for the film and its makers.
Alright, Akshay Kumar’s Toilet – Ek Prem Katha has already begun brewing trouble. A religious leader, reportedly offended by the storyline of the Akshay Kumar film which is presently under-production, has declared a reward worth Rs 1 crore for anyone who can bring to him the tongue of the film’s director!
Akshay Kumar’s Toilet – Ek Prem Katha allegedly violates the age-old tradition of two villages, Nandgaon and Barsana. According to a report in Hindustan Times, a saint Phooldol Behari Dass Maharaj addressed a presidential meeting at a mahapanchayat of Hindu saints held at Mathura’s Barsana village on Monday. During the meeting, Behari Dass Maharaj asked Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’s producer to change the film’s title or else further shooting would be stalled in the Braj region. Many saints from Vrindavan came to Barsana village to attend the mahapanchayat.
The Akshay Kumar film is presently being shot in several rural areas of Mathura district. The film’s title and storyline has angered the saints in the area. According to tradition, men and women of Nandgaon and Barsana villages do not marry each other out of respect to Lord Krishna and Radha. While, on the one hand, Lord Krishna hailed from the village of Nandgaon, Radha came from Barsana.
Another saint, Mahamandleshwar Nawal Giri Maharaj suggested at the meeting that the film’s title ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ should be changed to ‘Toilet – A Swachhta Abhiyan’ so as to send a message to the society.
Yet another religious leader Mahant Haribol Maharaj criticised the film’s makers for using the land where Radha and Lord Krishna dwelt for a movie having such a title.
“We would not allow shooting if the title is not changed,” the mahant warned.
“Even the Muslim community cooperates with Hindus in safeguarding the custom and tradition of Braj,” a mahant Swami Adityanath Maharaj said.
Later in the day, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’s director Shree Narayan Singh addressed the press and rubbished allegations that his film would hurt religious feelings.
“We are shooting scenes in Nandgaon and Barsana but every doubt would be cleared with release of movie as nowhere the name of Nandgaon has been used in it. The movie is on women’s empowerment and ‘Swachhta’ and Barsana is chosen for communicating this message through ‘lath-maar’ Holi since Mughal period,” Singh was quoted as saying.
On that note, last week, a lawyer named Goklesh Katara threatened that he would serve a legal notice to Shree Narayan Singh if the film’s storyline went against the age-old tradition of the Braj region, according to which Nandgaon’s people do not marry those from Barsana.
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is a romantic satire based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Besides Akshay Kumar, the film also stars Dum Laga Ke Haisha actor Bhumi Pednekar.
K Subasha, writer of Chennai Express, Housefull 3 passes away
K Subash, who had penned down some of the hits including Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express and Akshay Kumar‘s Housefull 3, has passed away.
Early this morning, K Subash passed away but the reason for death is unknown at the moment. K Subash’s film journey was not limited to Hindi film industry. He was also a well-known writer in South film industry. He had begun his career as Mani Ratnam‘s assistant and later got to direct his own films. He was also chief associate of filmmaker Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Our heartfelt condolences to K Subash’s family and friends.
K Subhas was known as ‘Idea King’ in the industry. He used to give ideas to many story writers and most of the time free of cost. Like he gave Chennai Express Idea and told them to weave a story around it.