Uri: The Surgical Strike, The Accidental Prime Minister, the rest of the box office

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  1. Thank you..

    Now let this go here!

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  2. from closed hread

    Bliss:
    Aamir? Akki? Raju? Kaun?

    A top male star who took an important stand in the wake of MeToo allegations not long ago could be in the tricky situation of having to distance himself from a close friend and frequent collaborator if hushed whispers about this filmwaala go public and are proven true.

    It’s all that anyone in Bollywood is talking about these days.

    https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2019/01/03/simmba-ongoing-the-rest-of-the-box-office/#comment-482067

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    • Everyone is born to do a role. If given something else, they underachieve. A sachin as fast bowler would not have been half as great as he is.

      MMS with his immense experience and knowledge was apt to be RBI Governor, Finance Minister or even maybe a President.

      But as Prime Minister he was not effective. His personality was inappropriate and his disconnect with the masses made things lucky for him with Gandhis but no to the people. He was disconnected and couldn’t hear the cry of the people sick of scams, loot and absurdity of UPA2.

      Hence an Accidental Prime Minister with not very good record of driver…but reasonably good as navigator (when FN or in RBI)

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  5. The Accidental Prime Minister movie review: Anupam Kher delivers an appalling performance. 1 star

    BOLLYWOOD Updated: Jan 11, 2019 14:04 IST
    Raja Sen

    HIlarious excerpts.

    Kher’s version of Singh speaks like a freshly bitten squeaky-toy, slides inconsistently in and out of a Punjabi accent, and, every now and then, remembers to move his hands jerkily, as if urgently (yet discreetly) trying to dry nail-paint. It is a profoundly, disappointingly silly caricature from a veteran surely capable of better. Accidental? In an attempt to laugh at the subject, Kher portrays him as a slightly mental Prime Minister. He routinely breaks off conversations at his desk, mid-thought, to stand pensively at the window, like it were a teleprompter. (Perhaps it was.)

    Kher’s version of Singh speaks like a freshly bitten squeaky-toy.
    Dr Singh was mocked for his silence, but his staunchest political rivals wouldn’t have called him lacking in dignity. Here, in a film where irony dies a million deaths, Kher chides his ally by saying “Please don’t be overdramatic,” and then prances out of the room walking like a marionette.

    Akshaye Khanna plays Sanjaya Baru by frequently breaking the fourth-wall and speaking to the audience as if he’s letting us in on the joke. It is he who has the film’s few finely honed lines — “It’s been a while since we had a Prime Minister who didn’t have family members in real estate,” he smiles — but so drunk is Khanna on smugness that it feels like somebody told him, before the shoot, that this film is already a monster success. He’s the most unbearable kind of know-it-all: one who really doesn’t see what’s going on.

    With all its hamhanded recreations and incessant news-channel roundups, this resembles an episode of Savdhaan India.

    Akshaye Khanna plays Sanjaya Baru by frequently breaking the fourth-wall and speaking to the audience as if he’s letting us in on the joke.

    Yet what is it warning us about? We are shown a purportedly weak man in power who, nevertheless, believes in facing press conferences without hesitation, tells his advisor not to pass judgement, and declares that his is not a one-issue government. Hmm. It is a film where names like Swaraj and Sibal are muted by the censors, but Dr Singh himself is not known to have voiced any objection. The existence and unimpeded release of this film is one in his win column, and hopefully it will give rise to genuinely powerful and incisive political cinema in this country.

    Disclaimer: One of the film’s four screenwriters, Mayank Tewari, writer of Newton, is a close personal friend of the critic.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/the-accidental-prime-minister-movie-review-anupam-kher-delivers-an-appalling-performance-1-star/story-pR7hafHivo90va0aJOkBvO.html

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  6. No morning occupancy reports. Surprise!

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  7. Uri Opens Pretty Well – Accidental Prime Minister Decent
    Friday 11 January 2018 15.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Uri opened pretty well at around 20-25% which is a healthy start for this film. It is an action film but not Baaghi 2 type which will set the box office on fire. The film is patriotic but generally the patriotic ones which do big business have their hearts on the sleeve and a film like Manikarnika releasing in few weeks is actually in that zone. This is actually called Jingoism by the English media but its actually having hearts on the sleeve and being extra assertive which has seen patriotic films rule at the box office earlier.

    Uri will be a film for the multiplex audience despite being an action film because of the above. Its a healthy start and it should grow over the weekend as its a multiplex film but the crunch will come on Monday. Normally action films are front loaded and it will be interesting to see if this film can world like a concept film and sustain over the next few weeks.

    The Accidental Prime Minister had a decent 15-20% start and considering no face value it will be a decent number. There has been a controversy surrounding the film which has helped. The film has occupancy which is 30-40% lower than Uri but collections could be 50-60% lower as URI has more screens and capacity.

    A Rajinkant film Petta was also dubbed into Hindi but the opening was very poor especially in North India. It had some decent collections at select cinemas of Mumbai city and Maharashtra which is the normal trend for Rajnikant films barring the historic 2.0. The film does not have much of a chance in the Hindi markets outside Mumbai / Maharashtra.

    Simmba had a noticeable drop in collections on the third Friday due to many new releases.

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    • Apart from Akshay Kumar, Other actors who reportedly rejected the role were Arbaaz Khan, Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan. But after its release, the film the fourth highest grossing film of 1993.

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      • Ha Salman would have been a joke in such a role. I can imagine the balcony scene topless…thank god SRK got it!

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        • “thank god SRK got it!”
          I never knew Akshay was offered this. I am glad he could not do. Else he would have jumped with Shilpa Shetty. 😀
          Yes, SRK was made to do this role. Akshay, Salman, Anil…none could have done it better than SRK.

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          • Frankly, SRK was at another level during that time. I still remember watching Baazigar in theatre and the audience response was phenomenal. He was a complete package in the movie and the way Abbas Mastaan presented him was out of the world then. The songs rocked big time too. Remember Baazigar trouncing Khalnayak to emerge as biggest musical in 93 which was no mean achievement. SRK never looked back and he knew.

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          • This was vintage srk wish he can return, i remember I was Very young like 9 years old when this released and I watched it at home with my family, the movie was so good, srk had innocence back then as he didn’t have the lover boy image at that time that sort of changed his method of acting for some reason, I hope srk makes a great movie likr this before his sunken career is over.

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    • Evergreen song…one of the best of 90s !!

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      • Those were the days of no social media. So i went to a packed theatre with my friends, with no knowledge that immediately after this brilliant love song, SRK is going to toss over Shilpa from the top of the building.

        The shock value i had and probably the entire theatre (it was pin drop silence for next half an hour) could only be surpassed by the ending of the sixth sense.

        Now i don’t know the experience of those who watched it later on TV or laptop…but man you missed not watching in theatre.

        Cinematic experience at its best.

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    • I think Akshay would’ve played the role well

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  9. From Padmaavat, Sanju To Simmba – Bollywood Rakes In A RECORD Business In 2018; Beats 2017’s Total Of 2688 Crores By A Huge Margin!
    It will be interesting to see whether the year 2019 manages to take Bollywood one step ahead at the box office with an interesting line-up of releases.
    https://www.koimoi.com/box-office/from-padmaavat-sanju-to-simmba-bollywood-rakes-in-a-record-business-in-2018-beats-2017s-total-of-2688-crores-by-a-huge-margin/

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  10. A night of poetry with Aditi, Divya, Neena, Vidya…

    January 11, 2019 12:43 IST
    Remembering a legend!

    Shabana Azmi and her brother Baba Azmi, husband Javed Akhtar and sister-in-law Tanvi Azmi hosted an evening of live music and poetry, Kaifi Ki Yaad Main, at the Prithvi theatre to celebrate the legendary poet Kaifi Azmi’s birth centenary on January 10.

    https://www.rediff.com/movies/report/a-night-of-poetry-with-aditi-divya-neena-vidya/20190111.htm

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  11. If Baazigar is remade, the female lead can be alia. Male lead Varun.
    The sister’s role could be played by Yami Gautham and the inspector role by Rohit Roy or Vicky Kaushal.

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  12. Ranveer Singh Is Being Called Out For 2011 ‘Koffee With Karan’ Remarks—Are Times Changing?

    https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/ranveer-singh-koffee-with-karan-hardik-pandya-me-too_in_5c38772ae4b05cb31c417e46

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    • LOL! Twitter was alive back then. Were these people sleeping then?

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      • From the same article.. as the title reads.. Times are changing and this is coming after #Metoo movement!
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        Earlier this week, in the United States, chef Gordon Ramsay was criticised for making Sophia Vergara uncomfortable withh sexual innuendoes and by touching her in 2010, when they appeared together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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        Both Vergara and Sharma have the same reaction, smacking the men who made them feel uncomfortable while maintaining a smile on their faces.

        However, the fact that both Singh and Ramsay are being called out several years later, is perhaps an indication of change post the #MeToo movement.

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        • Months ago you were suspect about film industry folk being targeted in this manner but now you are 360 u turn? Figure out what side you’re on and then we can have a useful discussion. I don’t know if you’re sharing information or an opinion or whatever!

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          • You need to remove your glasses before reading other’s comments. I was reading Hardik’s posts and this was showed up with the headline. I simply shared the link earlier and then you replied with LOL, were they sleeping earlier. I posted content from same article that such incidents(US one from 2010 and this one from 2011) are coming out coz of Metoo movement after years.

            I have not given opinion of mine yet. When you didn’t have any discussion last time around, why would I expect any ‘useful discussion’ now with you.

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          • My LOL is simple. I don’t think what Pandya, Ranveer says constitutes sexual harassment or rape which is what many Bollywood folk were accused of. They are different overall situations. The women who were offended whenever X years ago (which I believe you said had less and less teeth in their stories) were victims and deserved their stories to be shared and the men held accountable. Here the men are just being stupid ala Pandya, keeping scorecards publicly. It’s not a crime just plain stupid! Unless they’ve actually hurt women in the process. The Ranveer tweets are LOL worthy as again some slap your ass comment is sexist but not physically an act of harassment unless he does it but Twitter is full of low lives who didn’t say anything back then but now are claiming all sorts as Ranveer is a big name now. And these Twitter folk are not victims at all!

            The first metoo cases were cases but you were very particular about it for whatever reason. Now all of a sudden on frivolous (allbeit racist or sexist comments) you’re allover it!). The most Pandya is a dumb fool. Being sexist or racist in private is not an offence but a particular trait like that can be termed as someone who has these issues. Harassment shouldn’t be accepted at all.

            Read what you may but the issues are different as one is a set of accused/victims and other man just being a pig. And being a pig in public itself is dumb but never punishment like rape or hitting or abusing women.

            Suspension I get is pending formalities. My response on Pandya was initiated by Rocky’s post on it. I went on words on article I haven’t seen the interview.

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          • I think after watching, you will agree that there is no fault Of KL Rahul..and most you can accuse Pandya of boastfulness…Most of the articles are dicing the interview without giving context.

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          • munna I’ll watch it at somepoint, putting it off cos I really dislike this KJo.

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          • I hear it has been pulled down. I have to see HotStar if it is available or not.

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          • “I think after watching, you will agree that there is no fault Of KL Rahul”

            I think you can safely say that this show was shot just for Pandya’s and his stories all over the net. KL Rahul is not even a star outside cricketing world to be on the show. I believe it was the point who wants to tag along Pandya for the show and KL Rahul joined and for that reason he’s paying the penalty. It is unfortunate but that’s life. I don’t expect BCCI to ban 1 person and not other when both went to the gossip show.

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    • The #Metoo movement has to be looked at from both sides. Be it a male or female.

      There has to be equality in justice.

      Just because a girl accuses someone of sexual harassment it does not mean that person should be held guilty.

      A man must be given a fair chance.

      Genpact did not follow the Vishaka guidelines.

      As per the Vishaka guidelines, there has to be an internal complaint committee that has to be formed and both parties must sit in front of each other.

      According to the guidelines, a copy of the complaint has to be given to the accused person in 7 days. However, this was not followed in this case.

      I don’t know whether the case is of internal politics or if these two girls wanted to get something professional out of Swaroop.

      That is why I am begging the police that they must tell me the names of the girls.

      If the police tell me their names, then I can tell them (the accusers) what Swaroop used to feel about them.

      I know almost everyone in Genpact. I have worked there for the last three years.

      Swaroop worked for Genpact for 11 years and had a spotless career.

      He was my loving husband.

      If there was some kind of problem in the job, he would have come and discussed it with me.

      98 per cent of his professional life was spent in this company.

      He was too shocked by the way they treated him.

      If these girls had such serious allegations, why did they not file a police complaint? Why are they hiding their faces even now?

      The company is not telling me anything.

      Some employees came to meet after Swaroop’s death, but only on a personal level.

      Genpact employees have been told not to speak to the media or even me about his death.

      It has been a week since Swarooop’s death and I have not been back to the company.

      https://www.rediff.com/news/special/did-metoo-take-life-of-genpact-executive/20181226.htm

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      • AnJo this is as down the middle as one can be. The allegations are so severe and lifestyle changing that both sides need to be heard. And a committee, commission that does it in the employee environment is common practice. Every film production should have such a facility. Every industry should have the facility.

        Mental health is very high on the agenda. Again something that needs to be formally addressed if it concerns employees. These things all cost money but the repurcussions cost even more!

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  13. Again my comment is not showing up…

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  14. The ‘tolerant’ party, which people want in 2019…

    OLKATA: A screening of the film ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ was interrupted at a multiplex in a posh Kolkata mall on Friday by a group of West Bengal Congress workers who forced their way in and vandalised the theatre.
    Protesters carrying Congress flags entered an Inox multiplex in central Kolkata’s Quest Mall around 8 pm while the screening of the film was about to start and tore up the screen.

    The Congress activists also allegedly threatened the viewers to immediately leave the auditorium and claimed they would not allow the film to be screened anywhere as its content is “disrespectful” towards the senior party leaders.

    “The film is an insult towards our senior leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh. We have stopped the screening here. We will not allow the film to be screened anywhere,” Congress leader Rakesh Singh, who led the demonstrators, was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

    Some of the protesters were heard shouting slogans like “Rahul Gandhi Zinabad… Congress Zindabad (hail Rahul Gadhi and Congress)” inside the auditorium, IANS reported.

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/congress-workers-attack-kolkata-theatre-screening-accidental-prime-minister-1976576?pfrom=home-topscroll

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  15. Arshad Warsi: If I starred in Jolly LLB 2 instead of Akshay Kumar it would’ve still made 100 crores

    Arshad Warsi has made an impactful statement by saying that if he would have starred in Jolly LLB 2 instead of Akshay Kumar, the movie would still be a hit and earned over 100 crores. Watch the video to know more.

    https://www.timesnownews.com/videos/zoom/bollywood/arshad-warsi-if-i-starred-in-jolly-llb-2-instead-of-akshay-kumar-it-wouldve-still-made-100-crores/20495

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    • I agree with Arshar Warsi here. LLB 2 didn’t do great, it crossed just 100 crores which is no big deal for sequel of a huge loved movie on satellite and even with Arshad it would have done similar especially in a year when every smaller star movie was doing great. Even if it had some 80-90 crores it would have still more profitable than taking a huge star.

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      • I also agree and this thought is in the same line which was also said by Vidhu Vinod Chopra said earlier.

        “Dangal Would Have Been A Hit Even With Hrithik Instead Of Aamir,” Says Vidhu Vinod Chopra

        https://www.storypick.com/dangal-hrithik-aamir/

        and recently

        When Aamir Khan called up Vidhu Vinod Chopra and said ‘Tu meri party mein meri baja raha hai’

        Stating how he had also warned Aamir Khan about the same during Dangal, he added, “I said it at Dangal success party…Someone asked me there sir Aamir No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and I was like what 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It’s because of the script that the film has done well. Even if Hrithik was there in this film, it would have worked well but if made horribly then it wouldn’t work at all. Aamir called me later and he was like yaar ‘tu meri party mein meri baja raha hai’ Now see what happened? Ask him (Aamir) only what happened. So what I said that day was true right?”

        https://www.timesnownews.com/entertainment/news/bollywood-news/article/when-aamir-khan-called-up-vidhu-vinod-chopra-and-said-tu-meri-party-mein-meri-hi-baja-raha-hai-bollywood-news/336195

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        • “Dangal Would Have Been A Hit Even With Hrithik Instead Of Aamir,” Says Vidhu Vinod Chopra

          Yes, and America is still the same without Obama but Orangutan at the helm.

          Chopra, needs to first get his head out of his ass. And Naveen, can’t believe you are following this! Can you please apply this logic to Akshay? TOILET, BABY etc., would have been the same without AKSHAY!!

          There’s a reason why writers/directors go to an actor: Because they are convinced that their lines will be MOST effective when a certain actor plays the part. SHARAABI had Amit wriiten all over it. Can you IMAGINE a single actor who would have pulled off that part with the same intensity and slow-talk?

          This same dumb-ass, VVC, said in a press conference, that they went for Aamir because one of the reasons that he believed in them, was that Aamir was the 4th idiot, since he went against the industry-prevalent norms..

          So as I said, all this BS about ‘public’ being intelligent and recognizing good films/scripts, is BS.

          This same ‘industry’ is clubbing Aamir with the other 2 Khans and trying to pass off and write obituaries..In 18 years, Aamir has one turkey…well, really nothing to write about in terms of the dumbness being exhibited…

          I am just waiting for the next Salman movie where the ‘quality’ of the public would be tested….

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          • An Jo – On hindsite, lot of actors/directors/producers are saying lot of things. Either we say all are wrong or else all are right.

            I chose, without being fully convinced, that all may be right. 🙂

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      • With the coming of Akshay, the canvas should have been bigger if a bigger gross was to be desired. But guess producers, incl Akshay, were happy to keep it same as first one and focus more on script than on aesthetics.

        This tactic is now proving to be ace for Akshay. The script was superb and there was no need to glossify it in the hope to get 200 Cr+. This is where most of the movies are failing despite being reasonably good.

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        • On the point of LLB2, even Race 3 would have done easily 150+ crores with Saif Ali Khan and Abbas-Mastan. Going with Salman and spending fortune on budget and then giving him lion’s share of profit and still making 165 crores is one of the stupid decisions by the producers!

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          • Unlike Race3, Jolly LLB was not in big league. It netted 35-37 Cr nett. So a 3 times more with Jolly LLB2 is a commendable achievement and credit will go to Akshay just for picking the script and showing the faith on the concept. Now Jolly series is in big league. So the process is now complete.

            Jolly LLB 3 again is unlikely to do big even if we consider both Akshay and Arshad comes together. It would still do in similar range if canvas is kept at same level.

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      • So, I also agree with Warsi here and this thought is in the same line which was also said by Vidhu Vinod Chopra said earlier.

        “Dangal Would Have Been A Hit Even With Hrithik Instead Of Aamir,” Says Vidhu Vinod Chopra

        https://www.storypick.com/dangal-hrithik-aamir/

        and recently

        When Aamir Khan called up Vidhu Vinod Chopra and said ‘Tu meri party mein meri baja raha hai’

        Stating how he had also warned Aamir Khan about the same during Dangal, he added, “I said it at Dangal success party…Someone asked me there sir Aamir No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and I was like what 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. It’s because of the script that the film has done well. Even if Hrithik was there in this film, it would have worked well but if made horribly then it wouldn’t work at all. Aamir called me later and he was like yaar ‘tu meri party mein meri baja raha hai’ Now see what happened? Ask him (Aamir) only what happened. So what I said that day was true right?”

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  16. Top Tamil Nadu Opening Days – Petta 14th
    Saturday 12 January 2019 07.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    There were two big Tamil films released on Thursday with one Rajnikant starrer Petta and another film Viswasam. The collections in Tamil Nadu were better for the latter but Petta was better in other parts of India.. The Hindi version of Petta is a poor fare.

    Petta collected 18 crore nett across India while Viswasam collected 16.25 crore nett across India. Both films had pretty good occupancy in Tamil Nadu which holds best chances for both but with both films playing on around 400-450 cinemas each the collections were never going to reach a high level as the release is 40-50% less than what it could have been.

    Below are the top NETT collections in Tamil Nadu and only one film has crossed 20 crore nett and that was a solo holiday release. There have been a few changes in taxes in the state over the last 18 months so the GROSS order will be different. The top HINDI collections in Tamil Nadu are Dhoom 3 with 1.35 crore nett in all formats while with just a Hindi release it is Chennai Express with 80 lakhs nett.

    1. Sarkar – 22,55,00,000

    2. Kabali – 19,68,00,000

    3. Mersal – 18,43,00,000

    4. 2.0 – 14,86,00,000

    5. Vedalam – 14,51,00,000

    6. Theri – 13,58,00,000

    7. Viswasam – 13,50,00,000 apprx

    8. Vivegam – 12,74,00,000

    9. Lingaa – 12,62,00,000

    10. Kaththi – 12,49,00,000

    11. Bairavaa – 12,22,00,000

    12. Kaala – 12,05,00,000

    13. Endhiran – 11,59,00,000

    14. Petta – 11,00,00,000 apprx

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  17. The highlight of 2018 box office story in India is that the Top 3 performing films from Hollywood – AIW (227 cr), JW (105 cr) and MI6 (85 cr) beat the total collections of Khan films – Race 3 (165 cr), ToH (150 cr) and Zero (90 cr). And the bollywood films probably did a lot less than the reported producer figures …

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    • Whereas despite big hits like AIW (350m), Venom (275m) and Aquaman (290m), Hollywood cud not break the 400m mark in China – which some local productions did.

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    • In India biggest winners are small films like AndhaDhun, BH, Stree, Raazi, etc. Ranveer has done well (GB may be a 100 cr hit in plexes), but he will probably lose momentum soon enuf.

      KGF has done great. Around 160 cr nett in India; 120 cr gross in Karnataka alone (may beat BB2’s 129 cr gross in that state). And it released along with Zero, faced competition from Simmba. Hindi version has done decently too.

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  18. Movie boxoffice classification of Film Information 2018.

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  20. For Rocky:

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  21. Virat Kohli and Deepika Padukone listed most valuable Indian celebrities with brand value of $170.9 & $102.5 million
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 11, 2019 – 1:26 pm IST

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/virat-kohli-deepika-padukone-listed-valuable-indian-celebrities-brand-value-170-9-102-5-million/

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  22. Uri: The Surgical Strike, which features Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal and Kirti Kulhari in key roles, has managed to impress the critics. The audience, too, flocked to the theatres to watch it. According to early estimates, the war drama has earned around Rs 5 crore on its opening day.

    https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/uri-the-surgical-strike-the-accidental-prime-minister-the-rest-of-the-box-office/#comment-482582

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  23. This week, two big Bollywood films opened in theatres – Aditya Dhar’s Uri: The Surgical Strikes, starring Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam, and Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s The Accidental Prime Minister, starring Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna. The former has demolished the latter at the box office on the opening day.

    According to early estimates, The Accidental Prime Minister, which released in 1300 screens across the country, managed to earn only around Rs 1.50 crore on its first day. Meanwhile, Uri: The Surgical Strikes reportedly made around Rs 5 crore.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/movies/bollywood/story/the-accidental-prime-minister-box-office-collection-day-1-anupam-kher-film-gets-lukewarm-response-1429237-2019-01-12

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  24. Not sure of ww BO, but this will be one of the best theatrical experiences in 2019.

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    • BO story of Alita: BA in India will be interesting. Cameron’s last film Avatar made 70-75 cr nett in India in 2009 when released simultaneously with 3 Idiots. It was the second highest grosser of that year, by a margin beating all other Indian films. And Avatar is said to have opened up China as a major market for Hollywood films. Ten years later, we have an impressive looking Alita releasing all over in Feb …

      The director is unknown in Indian market. Alita needs to be marketed as a Cameron film, at least in India and the results will be interesting to see.

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  25. Due to the new much-anticipated Uri The Surgical Strike & The Accidental Prime Minister, Simmba has got affected but still started the third week on a good note. On 3rd Friday, it faced a drop of 41.26% than the previous day and minted the amount of 2.52 crores.

    https://boxofficecollection.in/box-office-report/simmba-15th-day-box-office-collection-goes-past-215-crores-by-3rd-friday-in-india-40042

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  26. So Uri emerges as clear winner.

    Uri 5 cr, approx.

    TAPM 1.50 cr. approx.

    Simmba 2.52 cr.

    Let us see Boi figures for these 3.

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  27. Republic Day will be special. Kidman and Aamir in action in theaters and TV respectively …

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  28. Uri And Accidental Prime Minister First Day
    Saturday 11 January 2019 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Uri had a pretty good opening day of around 8-8.25 crore nett. This is a very good number considering the face value of the film though if we compare with the films of last year then the value is less. Due to the tax change at the beginning of the year the NETT collections will generally look better compared to last year and this could get much better in the summer as multiplexes start raising prices to last year levels and even higher.

    The opening day number is good for the face value of the film but the film has a lot of work to do as the budget is very high for the face value of the film. There should be good growth over the weekend but it will be about how well the film hold over the weekdays. Despite being an action film it is mainly the big cities that are doing well while smaller centers are low and single screens all over did not really collect.

    The Accidental Prime Minister grossed a decent 3.25-3.50 crore nett on day one and again it is helped by the tax changes compared to the films of last year. The film was helped by it being a little controversial which got it some media hype which created awareness..

    This film is also a total multiplex film and for metros as well and it remains to be seen how it goes over the weekend. If the controversy has really pushed the numbers a lot on day one then it could struggle for growth over the weekend.

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  29. Uri And Accidental Prime Minister First Day
    Saturday 11 January 2019 11.30 IST

    Uri had a pretty good opening day of around 8-8.25 crore nett. This is a very good number considering the face value of the film though if we compare with the films of last year then the value is less. Due to the tax change at the beginning of the year the NETT collections will generally look better compared to last year and this could get much better in the summer as multiplexes start raising prices to last year levels and even higher.

    The opening day number is good for the face value of the film but the film has a lot of work to do as the budget is very high for the face value of the film. There should be good growth over the weekend but it will be about how well the film hold over the weekdays. Despite being an action film it is mainly the big cities that are doing well while smaller centers are low and single screens all over did not really collect.

    The Accidental Prime Minister grossed a decent 3.25-3.50 crore nett on day one and again it is helped by the tax changes compared to the films of last year. The film was helped by it being a little controversial which got it some media hype which created awareness..

    This film is also a total multiplex film and for metros as well and it remains to be seen how it goes over the weekend. If the controversy has really pushed the numbers a lot on day one then it could struggle for growth over the weekend.

    https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=4620

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    • URI’s opening is very good. I expected it to open well but this is a HIT opening.
      The Accidental PM is below par. Should have been same as URI.

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  30. The documentary, released by Narada News Chief Executive Officer Mathew Samuel on Thursday, showed Sayan, an accused in the murder and robbery case, claiming that his co-accused Kanakaraj had been in touch with Palaniswami. Sayan is currently on bail.

    Sayan alleges in the video that Kanakaraj, who was Jayalalithaa’s former driver, had told him that there was “Rs 2,000 crore cash and important documents in the estate” just before Jayalalithaa’s death. He also claimed that Kanakaraj had asked him to hire people from outside Tamil Nadu to steal documents from the estate and hand them over to Palaniswami, who Kanakaraj had allegedly met after he was sworn in as chief minister.

    Kanakaraj was killed in a road accident in Salem later. Four more persons connected with the robbery had died soon after the incident, unidentified officials from the Coimbatore jail told Narada News.

    “Ten of us, including Kanakaraj, entered the estate,” Sayan is heard claiming. “We tied up the security guards and robbed the documents. Most of the documents were the apology letters sent to Jayalalithaa by MLAs and MPs. We were promised Rs 5 crore for this job. But we did not receive even one rupee. Later, Kanakaraj was killed in an accident.”

    https://scroll.in/latest/909137/tamil-nadu-dmk-asks-palaniswami-to-quit-after-video-links-him-with-robbery-at-jayalalithaas-estate

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  31. @Marcus: You said that you are going to watch anupam kher’s film.
    Did you? Whats your take?

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  32. REVEALED: Varun Dhawan to play a young DHIRUBHAI AMBANI in Salman Khan starrer Bharat
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 12, 2019 – 12:08 pm IST

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  33. Kartik Aaryan to step into veteran actor Sanjeev Kumar’s role in the remake of the cult, Pati Patni Aur Who
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 12, 2019 – 11:49 am IST

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  34. Shraddha Kapoor to play Pakistani dancer in Varun Dhawan starrer directed by Remo D’Souza
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 12, 2019 – 12:25 pm IST

    In fact, we hear that in Street Dancer, Sharaddha Kapoor will be seen playing a Pakistani dancer who has been raised in the United Kingdom. Revealing the details, a source close to the film says, “See Street Dancer features two female avatars, one being a more desi dancer and the other being an international dancer. Now given the fact that Nora Fatehi will fit into the role of an international dancer perfectly, Shraddha will be seen essaying the other part. However, it cannot be a mundane dancer or the film will look like yet another ABCD outing. Hence Shraddha’s character has been developed to feature a backstory and a past, according to which she hails from Pakistan but has been raised in the UK.”

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-shraddha-kapoor-play-pakistani-dancer-varun-dhawan-starrer-directed-remo-dsouza/

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  35. Here’s the real story behind Alia-Ranbir fight before meeting PM Modi

    Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor were apparently not having a good time during the recent PM meet…

    Friday, January 11, 2019 | 8:29:08 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
    By Sreejeeta Sen

    For beginners, whoever has spotted the videos and pictures of the couple, while on their way to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi will know that they didn’t seem to have a good time together. In the viral videos, you can see Alia and Ranbir getting into an argument, post which the Raazi heroine looked completely lost and it was Ranveer Singh who tried to make sure things are fine around her.

    So hua kya tha? Here’s the full lowdown. A source tells us, “It wasn’t a new argument between them. Of late, even during the shooting of Brahmastra, the two actors have been regularly fighting. Though they are trying to hide and say everything’s fine, it’s far from that.”

    During the flight, it was a bizarre conversation which caused Alia to almost have a meltdown. “Alia controlled herself because she knew there were enough people around. RK apparently said something really insulting about the heroine and one of her habits during their plane ride.” Plus, Ranbir deliberately stuck close to Sidharth Malhotra, who happens to be his current flame’s ex and was also travelling with the entire Bollywood contingent.

    It’s nothing new for the Sanju actor. “He is famous for treating his women badly. Although Alia and he will surely sort out their difference, we don’t know how long this will last.”

    Indiaforums.

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  36. Kiara Advani to be roped in for Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi?

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  40. They should have taken my ranking. Aamir is at No 2 and Salman at No 3. Rest are fine.

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  42. Exclusive: Salman Khan will marry Katrina Kaif this year. Aamir and SRK to dance.

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  47. Jab We Met actor Kishore Pradhan dies at 86
    Veteran actor Kishore Pradhan, 86, passed away on Friday. He was loved for his comedy roles in Marathi and Hindi films.

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  49. Tomorrow (Sunday) Aquaman will cross 1B worldwide and BumbleBee will cross 100m in China.

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  50. tonymontana Says:

    “If you’re English medium andgood looking,I promise the whole universe will conspire tomake you crossover”

    — Karan Johar

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  51. In an interview with Siddharth Sivakumar of Tinpahar, Goutam Ghose, the chairman of the committee revealed:

    “Personally I liked The Lunch Box very much. But eventually the eighteen member jury supported The Good Road. Now I can say that some people from Bombay felt that the basic premise of The Lunch Box was wrong. Because the Dabbawalas never do such mistakes. Films are after all works of fiction, with the right to cinematic liberty! Although Lunch Box was my personal favourite, but as a chairman one should not impose his or her choice on others. And as you know this became suddenly a big controversy. And I think the media was again to some extent responsible for this decision. Because every day during the deliberation or the screenings, the media projected Lunch Box as the chosen one. It’s my assumption, that the members probably thought, “My God! If the media has already taken the decision then why we are here?” It was a Chomskian ‘manufacturing consent’ – Lunch Box, Lunch Box, Lunch Box every day!! So the members, who are all very important people from the industry, had an opposite impulse. I don’t know, but maybe that’s the way it happened.”

    Watching Lunchbox. Felt how could Dabbawalas commit such mistakes? One day its ok. But other days? There are many questionable happenings like that. No woman in her right senses will continue to feed some stranger. And to carry the lovestory further, they conveniently made the husband a cheater.

    Watched Queen but it was somewhat dragging. Some funny incidents in the foreign country were the saving grace. Otherwise the story is soso. Rajkumar role’s twists and turns were unnecessary. He just could have moved on without giving the family audience the satisfaction of seeing him begging for her love which was so contrived.

    These two films were simply overrated. Compared Te3n was much more interesting. Also Talvar, Rahasya were far better IMO.

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  52. https://indianexpress.com/article/india/gujarat-patidar-patidar-kurmi-sex-ratio-female-foeticide-a-bride-for-mr-patel-5535783/

    In their quest for boys, all the communities are forgetting that boys need girls for marriage and kids! This basic common sense is strangely lacking among crazy people who want only boys to be born.

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  53. I finished watching YZ, the marathi movie on NETFLIX US. A stunner of a movie: Especially the second half. Sagar Deshmukh is fantastic as the virgin-guy with mid-life crises. The first half is not that great, it is good. The second half, literally soars as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery. What characters! Akshay Tanksale as the philosopher BATTIS is a ‘havoc.’ Sai Tamhankar as the eternally-devoted Parnarekha is superb in her closeted avatar; a far-cry from the MILF in Hunter. Kamudi Walokar as Aarti is good. Parna Pethe as Antara is one symbol of eroticism — check out her Shakuntala dance and it raises the temperature like anything! [The entire song is in Sankskrit and by God, this song puts ALL the Sunny Leone clips in your New [folder] to shame]. Mukta Barve as Sayali is great in her tiny role. Nandita Joag is super as Sagar’s Moushi.

    Highly, highly recommended. Add a couple of pints of GLEN when watching it, and the experience is terrific!

    I have also provided a link to the MUST-WATCH marathi movies. I agree with the list..

    Gem of a movie, highly, highly recommended.

    And the icing on cake; my fav Pune never looked this good on screen…

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  55. Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal & Yami Gautam starrer Uri The Surgical Strike has got succeed to hit the target right and received mostly positive reviews from the critics as well as the audience. As a result, it registered a solid opening business of 8.20 crores on Friday from around 2000 screens.

    Due to positive word of mouth, Aditya Dhar’s directorial showed a healthy jump on Saturday and raked the business of 12.10 crores. With this, the total collection of Uri The Surgical Strike after 2 days has become 20.30 crores nett at the domestic box office.

    In parallel, Anupam Kher & Akshaye Khanna starrer The Accidental Prime Minister has unfortunately got mixed reviews from the critics but the audience is showing good support. On Friday, it registered the decent opening business of 4.50 crores from 1300 screens nationwide.

    On Saturday, despite mixed reviews & protests, Vijay Gutte’s directorial recorded a significant growth and minted the amount of 6.50 crores. After 2 days, the total collection of TAPM has become 11 crores nett at the domestic box office.

    https://boxofficecollection.in/box-office-report/uri-the-surgical-strike-the-accidental-prime-minister-2nd-day-box-office-collection-40087

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  56. Petta Leads In Tight Battle Down South
    Sunday 13 January 2018 09.15 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    There were two big Tamil films released on Thursday and Petta is leading in a very tight battle. The two day collections of Petta are 35.50 crore nett and the other release Viswasam has collected 33.50 crore nett.

    But if you consider that Viswasam has not been released in hindi markets (although collections of Petta are hardly anything here) and Andhra Pradesh then this film is actually doing better than Petta. Also the budget of this film is less.

    The budget though brings in Overseas and there it is a one horse race with Petta leading by leaps and bounds. It will probably be about Petta staying ahead in India in the long run which should enable it to come out ahead in the clash. The first two day all India NETT collections of Petta and Viswasam are as follows.

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    Petta

    Thursday – 18,00,00,000 apprx

    Friday – 17,50,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 35,50,00,000 apprx

    Viswasam

    Thursday – 16,25,00,000 apprx

    Friday – 17,25,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 33,50,00,000 apprx

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  57. Uri showed strong growth on Saturday of around 40% with collections going to around 11.75-12 crore nett. This is a good number for day two and the film now has chances of emerging a HIT film depending on Monday.

    The film has scored very good collections Mumbai, East Punjab and West Bengal. Delhi / UP should also have been on the list as East Punjab is there but the collections in UP have let the film down as yet probably due to the treatment and lack of face value. The two day collections of the film are around 20 crore nett in two days which are good figures. The two day collections of Uri – The Surgical Strike are as follows.

    Friday – 8,25,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 11,75,00,000 aprxx

    TOTAL – 20,00,00,000 apprx

    The Accidental Prime Minister had limited growth on Saturday with a jump of 15% apprx. This was sort of expected as the first day collections were pretty high for this type of film which meant it was the controversy which aided the film. The film collected 4 crore nett on Saturday to take its total to 7.50 crore nett which is still good collections for two days though the trend is not that good.

    The two day collections of The Accidental prime Minister are as follows.

    Friday – 3,50,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 4,00,00,000 aprxx

    TOTAL – 7,00,00,000 apprx

    Boxofficeindia

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  58. Why Padmavat should be named India’s national epic

    At the start of this election year I would like to propose the Sufi Poet Jayasi’s epic Padmavat for national status

    – Mark Tully

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/columns/why-padmavat-should-be-named-india-s-national-epic/story-8mTVFRu0f2dLIDGJiQFqfN.html

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  59. Difference between a well made film and not so well made film.

    Uri and Paltan. Both are patriotic films. One is doing well and one is a flop. For that matter even TOH is a patriotic film.

    As for TAPM, it has content but it was not well made from the reports. Akshaye’s overenthusiasm spoiled the film. Manoj Bajpayee would have made a better MMSingh.
    Congress should be grateful for this film. It made people think of MMSingh. They can even make this film taxfree along with Uri. Uri is more about our army and so less political.

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    • Whats the point of making films about Indian army when India cant even manufacture weapons and ammunition for them? We grossly depend on importing all weaponry from developed countries, leading to massive scams rather than any ammunition or improvement of the army.

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      • Only one reason – Indians love their army. 🙂
        Even if half baked, we will make it Hit.
        Previously, We were not making weapons so our movies were not about the weapons. But we are thinking to make it now.
        More movies are now coming – army and police.

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      • And who do you think is responsible for this situation?
        Nehru wanted a limp-wristed military, he consistently refused to spend robustly on defense. As a result, after 15 years of wasting away precious time needed to build up a nascent nation’s defense, soldiers armed with 303 rifles got wiped out by the Chinese in 1962. At least Sallu displayed some of such history in Tubelight.

        Read this:
        https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282516217_India's_Military_Evolution_Modernisation_and_Transformation

        “India’s failure after independence to strategise militarily and prepare accordingly was brutally
        exposed during the Sino-Indian border war of 1962.”

        The Chinese war jolted Nehru, who yet did not respond. But the stress of seeing the negative effects of all his foreign policy blunders finally killed him in 1964. It was only his successor Shastri who finally expanded the Defense budget, and also started imports, especially of Battle Tanks, that were severely lacking in the Armed Forces. These Tanks helped India to stave off Pakistan in the 1965 war. In fact, it was Shastri’s aggressive decision making during the 1965 war, eg opening new fronts in Punjab and other asymmetric battles which enabled a 1962 war-weakened Indian military to overwhelm a battle ready Pakistani force.

        “The Indian military’s drive towards becoming a better prepared and equipped force started in earnest
        from the time of Indira Gandhi’s accession to power in the late 1960s.”

        Indira’s efforts paid fruit in 1971. However, the massive corruption during each and every Arms Import enjoyed by the Congress made it double down on Imports, rather than facilitate any sort of indigenous defense sector.

        Now that Modi is trying to kick start private enterprise, we have RaGa leveling baseless fabricated scam allegations. Irony dies a thousan deaths when he claims that HAL has been devoid of contracts in Rafael!! The govt controlled HAL has probably the worst record of delayed deliveries and faulty equipment of any contractor in the whole world.
        Why wouldn’t RaGa create this false issue, since his private gravy train is about to be driven off track.

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        • I think it is absolutely futile to even talk abt RaGa and his comments. The pertinent question is – WHAT has Modi achieved in 4 years wrt national defense and manufacturing hi-tech weapons in India?

          I will re-iterate this – 2019 elections is about Modi losing it because of lack of results to show. It is not a question of RaGa or Mayawati winning it!

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          • So I was in Mumbai last 4-5 days. Spoke to a group of businessmen in their 50s-60s, who gave me this surprising perspective: They said, business is down since DeMon/GST. And rightly so, because now they cannot do any Dhaandli (the exact word used by them). One of them even said, we grew up learning the tricks of how to do chori. All business was in black to hide and save taxes. One even said, “we were so stupid, that we would loan black money in the market at 12%, while white money loans could fetch 15%+. But we wud not do the white money lending because we wanted to hide our profits and not pay tax, even though after tax net was the same! Doing business in black was so deeply ingrained in our psyches. Now due to GST and fear after DeMon, all our businesses have shrunk. It will take us another 2-3 years to convert black to white and show sales in our books.” Also, some said that their kids in the 20s do not and cannot comprehend this hiding tax business. Especially so many kids who studied abroad and understood the systems in the West are forcing their parents to clean up.
            I visited a couple of builders to prospect property. Literally begging me to invest. And one was very frank to admit he needs all the white money he can lay his hands on, which can mainly come from NRI’s. But many NRIs are shying away because property has not appreciated for 4 yrs, and has lost value in terms of USD. But, even these builders appreciated the fact that their businesses were undergoing this huge black to white transformation.
            But everyone collectively felt that only Modi can guide this economy forward. They have no trust in Cong assortment, especially one led by Pappu.
            I went around town usually in Uber, sometimes in the kaali-peeli cabs. Spoke to almost every driver. So I would hear from the Uber guys how this new tech has created new business avenues, and how they fared better now. One Bihari driver in the yellow-black cab was lamenting loss of revenue due to Uber, and blamed the govt for allowing it! Also, blamed the govt for drop in business. He said, he used to park outside the Mumbai beer bars (eg the Chandni Bar types) at late night and get customers, but now there are not many who go to bars anymore. So this shows that govt has done a bad job. He also lamented that Modi promised he would end black money, but has he done that? I countered, well, you do understand that all those dance bar patrons largely spent black money, so now that its gone, they cant go there anymore. He concurred, and had no answer as to how the black money disappeared.
            At same time, I went to restaurants and lounges in the Taj, 4Seasons, etc, where one pays 18% GST plus 20%VAT on alcohol. These places were always packed, mostly with well-heeled patrons, mostly in finance, industry etc., ie those making high white money incomes.

            Now this is just a microcosm of feedback I collected from my travel last week to Mumbai. Very mixed picture. There is tremendous change happening on the ground. For sure, the old ways of working and doing business have changed in the last 4 years. And everyone admits that this is a period of transition. It takes a lot of time to move this huge economy and organize it so that the Govt can peek into each and every activity and demand an honest account for it. So that it can then tax accordingly and run welfare schemes. One of my friends drivers was from UP, and he said that we are getting Direct Benefit Transfers for housing scheme, but not for the Toilet Scheme. So village sarpanch ends up skimming the indirect welfare schemes. He hoped the Govt would do something about it. But even he admitted that 4 years back, none of these schemes existed, no one even had the vision to talk about these things. Also, that people who had smartphones and who were inquisitive could learn about such schemes and undertand how to avail the benefits. But large sections of illiterate people needed to be trained on how to avail of welfare schemes, which is an effort the Govt ought to take.
            So all in all, this transformation was needed to be done, but that no one before had the guts to do. So the question is, will people be patient enough and wait for the fruits of this pain to accrue down the lane? God alone knows the mind of the Indian voter. We will know the results soon in the end of May 2019.

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          • @NyKavi – Thanks for your comment on ground level feedback. There is no doubt that demonetisation and GST were necessary steps to organise a shoddy economy. In fact, it is a shame that this was not done for so long since our independence. And we need to be patient to see this transition through.

            However, this is not good enough for Modi get a free pass to second term. For example, it is time to stop campaigning by making defensive statements to reply back to often nonsensical comments from opposition. Modi govt needs to publish a thorough self-assessment report of what they have delivered wrt their 2014 election manifesto – point by point. What has been done, What could not be done and What will be done in the second term. A thorough detailed analysis based on the promises that they themselves made before last elections.

            Moreover, Modi’s 2019 manifesto can’t afford to be as vague as the previous one. He has to set hardcore specific goals that he has to achieve by all means. For example, with respect to economic and industrial development, his promises need to be as specific as:

            1. India is expected to become the fifth largest manufacturing country in the world by the end of year 2020. Under the Make in India initiative, the Government of India aims to increase the share of the manufacturing sector to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 25 per cent by 2022, from 16 per cent, and to create 100 million new jobs by 2022.

            2. The engineering R&D and product development market in India is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 20.55 per cent to reach US$ 45 billion by 2020 from US$ 28 billion in FY18.

            3. The Government of India has released its roadmap to achieve 175 GW capacity in renewable energy by 2022, which includes 100 GW of solar power and 60 GW of wind power.

            4. In 2018, steel consumption of the country is expected to grow 5.7 per cent year-on-year to 92.1 MT. Further, India is expected to surpass USA to become the world’s second largest steel consumer in 2019.

            5. Revenues from the telecom equipment sector are expected to grow to US$ 26.38 billion by 2020. The number of internet subscribers in the country is expected to double by 2021 to 829 million and overall IP traffic is expected to grow 4-fold at a CAGR of 30 per cent by 2021.

            This is just an example. But my point is that Modi’s legacy can’t be just survival strategies for 10 years. He has to get things done – And history will remember him only for that. Else its just oratory skills and rhetorics, which means nothing in the long run.

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          • “…, it is time to stop campaigning by making defensive statements to reply back to often nonsensical comments from opposition. ..”
            Marcus, all of what you have stated above can only be done in an educated developed economy like the US, Western Europe or Japan. All these facts and figures can only be understood by average Joes in those economies.
            However, over 80% of Indians do not understand economics, strategy, forecast, etc etc. Their lives are driven by finding enough money at the start of a day to sleep with a belly full under a roof at night. If they do not get that much, they will blame the leader.

            And here we have a relentless 24X7 media highlighting each and every nonsensical comment from the opposition, as well as the condemnable incidents from within the gau-rakshaks as well.
            I would say that the majority of educated Indians understand this transformation. But the ones who are opposed to Modi are perhaps in the hopes that their old ways will be back.

            However, these reforms such as GST will not and cannot be rolled back. The middle classes, traders etc will have to adapt to these changes. No one can roll them back. So they will be foolish if they vote anti-Modi in the hopes that the ole days will be back.

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          • It is true that our media feeds on nonsense, and i think it may be by design. However, my point is simple – subvert the rules and topics of the debate itself. Stop beating around the bush, playing non-productive blame-games and highlighting peripherals in election campaigns.

            Get to the Core.

            Sadly our democracy does not even get the basics right. As for the media, they want to survive on dope and sensationalism. But your campaign is your own design – Opposition or Media cannot dictate terms to you.

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          • He will at least get my vote if its on deliverables. But convincing someone with nil reverence to ‘established’ standards can be a task.

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          • And here in an inevitable consequence … IF Modi Govt runs their electoral campaign based on deliverables – What was done, What could have been done & What will be done as far as their 2014 and 2019 manifestoes are concerned … THEN Indian media will have to live up to the task of journalism at World standards to keep up with all that. AND opposition cant afford to make silly remarks, because it will not make any sense to highlight such drivel. Every debate will have to be based on Action points and Performance evaluation. For a change, Opposition will need to think about what they could have done to get any better results and also talk about what they can possibly do if they get power.

            End of nonsense electoral campaign and wasting of resources and space.

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      • Marcus, I am with you on this. but that’s precisely the point why URI should be celebrated. With the minimal amount of resources, but still a high spirit, these folks deliver for us. They have the balls to be in danger-zones so that we aren’t!

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        • But its inhuman for India to treat its army like a bunch of step-sons. Guess how much % of tax-payers money goes for defense in any developed economy?

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    • This is how propaganda was done for URI-

      1. First it was called jingoist.
      2. Second it was presumed to flop.

      Day 1 collections sends shock waves. Silence.
      Day 2 collections closes the debate.

      This makes many to change goal post. Aakhir debate should continue, isn’t it?

      Over the twitter questions are now raised…

      hmmm ok, URI is superhit…so what? what has it achieved for India??

      What has army done for india?

      what has government done for army?

      blah blah !!! 😀

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      • I think stories like URI and surgical strikes needs to be told. There is enough false propaganda against indian army going on.

        To demoralise them many are feeding the news that public and government don’t care for them, deals are indulged in corruption etc. All made to deflect the debate from themselves doing dirty politics to others.

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  62. Why Bollywood Celebs didn’t speak on #MeToo; Sonam Kapoor reveals

    Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 1:21:20 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
    By Kriti Sharma. Indiaforums.

    The wave of MeToo is still on and after engulfing many in it’s outraged fire, there are Btown celebs who still aren’t gathering courage to come forward with their stories. Earlier too Sonam Kapoor was the one who spoke about sexual harassment at the workplace and condemned all the harassment stories.

    She even encouraged women to come forward with their stories and reveal the names of those who were predators. Recently, in an interview she spoke at length about it and also revealed why many from the Bollywood fraternity chose to stay mum about it.
    She disclosed that one of her close friends went through sexual harassment and didn’t speak about it because she had many siblings to take care of. Another friend of hers didn’t want to be labelled as a victim and chose not to reveal anything.

    And about the Btown celebs, she said that most of them chose not to voice anything even though they had faced all kinds of harassment. you know why? Well, as per Sonam Kapoor, and us too, there is lot of shaming and victim blaming in India. Which often leads to women not coming up with their side of the story and choosing to keep mum.

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  63. Got this from shobhaa de’s twitter.

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  66. Finished watching Lunch Box. Delicious but with some question marks. To see a woman with ordinary looks and ordinary clothes spending most of the time in that small kitchen trying to please her husband with her meals. The crampy flats and the crampy locals. the commanding voice of aunty. Liked it more than quirky Queen. Queen is also a different take on western culture which is regularly bashed. Kangana is sweet as rani. I will watch Airlift for Nimrat Kaur and also for akki. Baazaar is also on netflix.

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    • Lunchbox for me was one big disappointment. It reached nowhere.

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      • Agree. The ending is not satisfactory.

        First she has to take divorce from him. When she has no guts to confront him, how can she fight a divorce battle?
        Or she maybe thinking of a live in arrangement in faraway Bhutan and the husband maybe forced to divorce her to get married to his love interest.

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  67. Missing thalaivar.

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    • AamirsFan Says:

      the first part was pretty sweet but then it quickly turns creepy and weird with the photographers requesting her to pose…it seems she feels pressured and obligated.

      on another note…I don’t know why Aamir doesn’t just come out and announce what his next film is…if it really is the FG remake…then confirm it already!

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      • So you think FG remake script is already ready in order for Aamir to make an announcement? Any idea how long Advait took to finalize the script for SS? And even after all those years of work, it was an average script.

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  70. Hirani denied the assault when contacted by Huffington Post. In a separate statement, Hirani said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false, malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”

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  71. Happy Makar Sankranti 2019 Wishes Images, Quotes, Status: On Makar Sankranti, special delicacies are prepared. (Designed by Gargi Singh/The Indian Express)

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  72. anyone think not that gully boy is inspired from 8 mile, watch this mashup

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  73. #MeToo: Munnabhai 3 on hold till Rajkumar Hirani gets clean chit
    According to the latest update, Rajkumar Hirani’s Munnabhai 3 has been put on hold, till his name doesn’t get cleared. The filmmaker was accused of sexually assaulting a woman during the filming of Sanju.

    However, the allegations have had an adverse affect on Hirani’s work. According to a report in a daily, Munnabhai 3 has been put on hold, till he gets a clean cheat. A source told the tabloid, “In a meeting in late December, it was decided that Fox would pull the plug on Munna Bhai 3 if Hirani was found guilty. The studio stands in solidarity with the survivor. VVC Films too has taken the matter seriously, and dropped Hirani’s name from the promotional material of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga.”

    “An ICC set up by VVC Films will investigate the matter. Munna Bhai 3, however, by default, is on hold till Hirani gets a clean chit,” the source added.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/movies/celebrities/story/-metoo-munnabhai-3-on-hold-till-rajkumar-hirani-gets-clean-chit-1430249-2019-01-14

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    • “till Rajkumar Hirani gets clean chit”

      and who will give? Is there a timeline?
      Till then is it ok to deny work to accused ?

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      • Current #MeToo state

        1. Victim goes to media
        2. Media trial begins and accused is made to dissocate from all current work
        3. A non-judicial committee takes the case
        4. Case goes on.

        My proposal:

        1. Victim goes to judicial committee (if not formed, should be done), lodge FIR in police station and go to media if necessary
        2. Media trial begins but accused is not made to dissociate from any current work.
        3. If found guilty accused should be arrested under IPC, penalised and held responsible as per law.

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        • She did not go to media. She emailed to VVC and others. How media got to know?
          Hirani can start work if he is funding his film himself. No one can prevent him.

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          • As per statement, Hirani said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false, malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”

            Yes she did email to VVC and others. I would like to know what were the expectations? Why writing to VVC first and not to file a police complaint?

            Nonetheless, the victim went to media, which i think is a right step but not the only step and definitely not the step before police complaint. It should have been done after filing a police complaint and lodging a case in court. Because once matter is in court, media usually cannot play dirty. But they can if it is not to sabotage either the victim or accused.

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          • ” Hirani can start work if he is funding his film himself. No one can prevent him.”

            Incorrect. There is film body which can ban artists. They banned Sajid Khan for 1 year where he can’t work in film industry in any role for a similar case. Even there, we had no police complaint and nothing. Just a tweet and he was banned.

            https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/filmmaker-sajid-khan-faces-one-year-suspension-from-iftda/articleshow/67042478.cms

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          • “Hirani can start work if he is funding his film himself. ”

            But asking every accused to start on his own is quite unfair. It is against the principle of humanity.
            The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”.

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          • I forgot about Sajid Khan’ ban for 1 year. OK. Hirani can start his work after one year. Meanwhile he can introspect.
            I think the lady must have waited for action from VVC. 2 months is quite a long time. Then she might have approached the media. When you accuse someone publicly, you should also come out with your name and face the public IMO.

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          • Is it poetic justice for whitewashing Sanjay Dutt in the biopic? Some are feeling so.

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          • Hirani takes ages to come up with one script. Banning him for 2-3 years wont mean any loss of time for him. Problem is he will come up with a Sanju after 4 years. He is a man without any ideas anymore.

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          • Munnabhai 3 was supposed to be rolled out this year.
            Arshad Warsi had confirmed that script was ready.

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          • why it sounds like sexually abusing someone who is your subordianate and has her reasons not to let go off her job is okay with principle of humanity?

            Rajkumar Hirani is the big shot here.. and you are asking the victim to do everything to prove him guilty and pronouncing him innocent till then. Dont you think it will take huge courage on part of that girl even to speak up against this? Going to the producer and his wife was the best she cud do and she did it. Ofcourse, it seems like they have asked around and found it to be true, thats why his name went missing from next film credits. And surely the word will get out and some media did an investigative report. And ofcourse you can see the ‘decent’ treatment he is getting still, as it hasnt made such a big splash here.

            We know with the workings of the justice system, the odds are against any victim to get any kind of justice. Some professional damage and loss of face is all that he might face. Let him face that!

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          • Well said. What about the girl’s trauma and her career?
            Hirani will be back just like Madhur Bhandarkar and others.

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          • “the odds are against any victim to get any kind of justice”

            True and its a real tragedy.
            Victim can be either accused or accuser.
            But are we making accused a victim already?

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        • Naveen 100% with you. Everyone is saying it takes too long. But these crimes are lifetime of internal trauma no matter what. Best to take the long route, it serves everyone’s interests. You will improve the judicial process and in turn gain a lot more support outside courts.

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          • I do agree there should be a proper system in place so that victims can get justice while offenders are punished adequately and without too much delay.

            But the presumption of innocence until proved guilty remeins of fundamental importance. Hirani can not be punished before he is proved guilty. He cannot be condemned before that.

            I am aware that it takes a lot of courage for victims to come forward and report what they have gone through especially during trial stage.

            But let’s not forget that there always is a risk of a frustrated person who works for someone and then decides that accusing his employer is the easiest way to extract revenge. There may be cases of extremely consensual relationships that turn sour and accusations of harassment may be the easiest way to harm the other, especially if the latter has engaged in something extra-marital.

            I remember a couple of years back, I personally came across a case where a young female student accused her teacher of harassing her. The latter fortunately had a recorder in his office and every conversation and meeting with students there were being recorded, It turned out from these recordings it was obvious that in fact, it was the other way round. The girl had been harassing him and, being hurt by his constant polite refusals, she ended up telling everyone among her close cycle that they were having a secret affair and later on she even accused him of harassment.

            One can never rule out different scenarios before a formal inquiry and findings are made. At times, people in powerful positions can commit the most heinous of crimes but at other times, they may be in the most vulnerable position as well.

            This is why the presumption of innocence is so important and a trial by the media can be really harmful.

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          • Agree, very good comment. Is a teacher allowed to record messages?

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          • Do you know why that teacher was recording? He fooled the girl that they were rehearsing for a drama and gave her a dialogue sheet on a daily basis. She fell into the trap. I read this story somewhere some time back. I dont know whether that story is connected to the incident or not.

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          • This I agree with most points. Speed of condemnation will always be better served even more so with famous celebrities. But a victim has to overcome those inner demons or the trauma which could be weeks or months but when it’s years it will be harder for all kinds of reasons to get justice.

            It’s not the same but if my home was robbed yesterday I’m sure the police will do something about it quicker, it’s immediate and witnesses can help etc. What can they do 10 years later or how much less can they do after so long. The horse has bolted! In these cases after so many years the OFFENCE is the same but the chances of convinctions reduces pretty rapidly. And even the victims intentions will be questioned, basically everything becomes grey.

            You get divided opinion which is not what is wanted in a court or media. Decisive action and decisions is what everyone wants.

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          • He was a law tutor. And it’s just that he had a recorder on there for years, catching not only meetings with that girl but with every student or staff.

            In the end, the girl handed him a written apology accepting that she had falsely accused him. The teacher did not accept that and he was taking her to court. Her parents (they were wealthy- they were big importers of wood from Madagascar) and opted to settle the matter out of court. They paid a healthy compensation.

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          • Good on him. She deserved it. I guess he figured something could happen and he had the sense to ensure he had proof if it did.

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          • there can be exceptions, but more often than not, these allegations will turn out to be genuine. Not many wud throw all their life into a whirlwind of a scandal unless there is some actual trauma behind it.

            This law tutor’s story i am finding a bit too convenient to swallow, it may very well be that he laid a trap and the girl fell into it..esp his pressing charges and getting a hefty sum.. one forlorn recorder recording away all conversations is a bit too much to buy..

            talking about sexual abuse episodes, whatever happened to Shiny Ahuja? Is he still pending acquittal? or left acting altogether? Used to like him quite a lot..

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  75. #KhanDiaries

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    • Good riddance!!

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    • Doing Don 3 instead of a doomed Salute is perhaps a good decision that srk has taken after ages. This is much better choice for him than likes of Fan, Raees, JHMS, Zero and his long list of flops in recent times. Don films can perhaps be a lifeline for him now like MI films are for Cruise. Do a Don film every 2 years. They wont be big grossers, since Farhan does not understand how to pace a thriller film albeit all his style. Don 3 may do just 200 cr in 2020, but it will give srk some relevance, which he desperately needs.

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      • The last Don had a plot even more hilarious than Race 3. There were immunity papers being signed and granted within minutes by a single call during the middle of the night. Germany looked like a law-less country. You could do anything in its national bank and that’s including flirting and falling in love right in the middle of the burglary. And the girl falls in love with the guy who coldly murdered her whole family.

        The main officials, the main protagonists and antagonists are all conveniently Indians and the German police have to seek Don’s help to free hostages.

        And to introduce Don, you have a dozen of German guys dressed in sleeveless t-shirts, singing and dancing to the tune of ‘zara dil ko thaam lo’ and for a while you can’t help wandering if it is not a gay night-club.

        I just hope SRK goes for Salute. However, skeptical I was in terms of the substantiality in this project, at least it will be better.

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        • I prefer SRK’s spreading wealth strategy. You know RCE injected crores into big spectacular films where actually the directors, writers, actors are given 5* treatment for a few months that they could never get otherwise. Even I might apply for a job with RCE then 😛

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        • Don is hardly even a franchise worth watching. Do Salute and spend 1,000 crores on a rocket and do some awesome multistar song on the moon…

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          • Don 3 is Srk’s best bet for a semi-hit or hit film – basically a success of some sort. Else he can keep doing Zero or Salute and extend his list of high-budget overhyped flops.

            Similarly, Salman’s best bet for a hit is now Tiger 3 with Yrf. Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a fluke for him, and Bharat is likely to be another Tubelight. Dabangs and Kicks cant meet his BO expectations anymore, those kind of BO collections are expected from Ranveer at this point.

            Don 3 and Tiger 3 are survival films for these stars, unless these stars and their well-wishers want to live in a bubble. As for Aamir, he seems to have run out of all options now.

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          • Don 3 like you said is nothing more than surviving…I’d expect more from SRK. At least Salute is trying something different. It’s terrible he’s wasted 200Cr on being a dwarf instead of a proper space film.

            The gimmick of Dwarf was pointless in a triangle love story.

            Don 3 will not change anything in that it’s not ambitious at all. I’d prefer a star of SRK’s size to do Ra.1 sequel than Don 3. At least the former is ambitious, Don 3 I might as well watch the dozens of mainstream Hollywood thrillers or Netflix.

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          • BH confirms SRK is out of SJSA. A younger star is being hunted down.

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          • Aamir should not have opted out of Salute. If it was so good for srk, why did he back out at the last minute? For everything the excuse is MB.

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          • Why can’t he do both? But at the end of the day he needs a hit badly so I can’t blame him but Imagine if the moon movie is not entertaining it will be a disaster so I think he is playing it safe

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          • Playing safe is stuff like HNY, Dilwale and JHMS (this last one obviously being Imtiaz Ali is not expected to be easy hit). I think he’s better of not going middle ground. Either go big or small but be economical about it and drop the love story altogether. Days of chasing women are over.

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          • The writing is on the wall for SRK. Industry folk like KJo have moved on (this KJo is a twat IMO, kind of very harsh to do what he is doing), now I would bet SRK hasn’t walked out of SJSA but makers have as he’s too risky now.

            So his options are really limited IMO. He should just do a small film, no risk and make some money for industry – give people confidence in him again otherwise I don’t think sensible film producers will touch him.

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          • “Playing safe is stuff like HNY, Dilwale and JHMS”

            I remember that Dilwale was signed for only reason that CE was hit and it was to be padded between 2 risky projects of FAN and Raees. Even Zero was risky in that space.

            But Don3 has been in the talks for ages now and he told once irrespective of anything, he will complete the triolgy. Even I prefer to have a trilogy of Don (good for any actor a-la Bourne Identity box set).

            Doing Saare Jahan .. is redundant after Zero. Also, if Srk is not the producer of Saare Jahan.. it will be pointless as they will make it in smaller budget and it will not look even as good as much as Zero 2nd half which technically is brilliant.

            All the talks about younger star as Rakesh Sharma was only 36 yrs don’t make sense as Rakesh had 10 yrs kid when he went to space. You can’t take younger star and show 10 yrs kid now.. it’ll be better suited for actor in 40’s and 50’s.

            Srk was ready to do Don 3 after SJSA but I don’t think he will do directly Don 3 now. He will still need a buffer in between maybe a small budget quick movie before going all out with Don 3. Also Don 3 is not out and out commercial massy movie, it was never one. Its not Dhoom franchise. Farhan Akhtar won’t target the massy audience. Its more for multiplex elite (at least its been for part 2). Unless they go route the full on commercial zone with part 3 as some reports suggests.

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          • Doesn’t it show how messed up SRK is that he is thinking of SJSA when he knows he’s doing Zero with that space VFX element already there?

            Don 3 and Don is not a Bourne or anything of that sort (the comparison is loose at best but they are in different worlds execution wise). But hey if it’s a solid thriller it can work. The bottom line will be whatever he does it needs to work.

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          • I surely look forward to Don3. I loved the first one, the second one was a little too conversational. Hope the story will have more action this time round!

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          • Farhan Akhtar once said.. there is not a single day or place where people see him and not ask him about Don 3. This includes regular people and even journalists. I know this is not Dhoom franchise but the curiosity and buzz has always been there for Don 3 all these years.

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          • Hahaha that’s a good one. I’m sure it’s true, people justify a lot through hearsay. But Don is hardly something to bank on. Clearly the romance genre is gone, action hero he never was. Maybe he could do a comedy, like Shakespeare A Comedy of Errors.

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  76. However, according to a report in DNA, Shah Rukh has opted out of the film and will now feature in Don 3 which is likely to go on floors this year.

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  77. To Jayshah and everyone waiting for visual winter. I cannot wait.

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  78. Uri has scored well in its first weekend with good collections and a strong trend. The film collected 35 crore nett over the first 3 days and these are big collections for this film especially if we consider face value.

    The film has scored better in the bigger cities with Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata leading the way. East Punjab is also very strong. South had its own releases which hit business and mass markets have fair figures which could have beem better.. The three day collections of Uri – The Surgical Strike are as follows.

    Friday – 8,25,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 12,25,00,000 aprxx

    Sunday – 14,50,00,000 aprxx

    TOTAL – 35,00,00,000 apprx

    The Accidental Prime Minister has had a decent first weekend of 12 crore nett. The trend is not that strong but this weekend number for this film is good as film is documentary type and no face value The film was helped by the controversy but if it can do decent over the weekdays it will come out with a good result.

    The three day collections of The Accidental prime Minister are as follows.

    Friday – 3,50,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 4,00,00,000 aprxx

    Sunday – 4,50,00,000 aprxx

    TOTAL – 12,00,00,000 apprx

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  79. tonymontana Says:

    Hirani used his power and clout with the audience to come up with a dishonest film Sanju. He took a rather irresponsible step there. and now this!

    Success doesn’t guarantee a good person

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    • Indian movie stars cater primarily to domestic box office while Hollywood stars cater to the global box office. Indian box office collections, including global collections of Indian movies, were less than 4 percent of global box office collections in 2017. In other words, Salman and Akshay’s potential market is a tiny fraction of that of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and yet they earn on average 40 percent of what Johnson does.

      Put differently, if you look at the Global Fortune 500 companies, the highest ranked domestic Indian company in terms of sales stands at Number 137 ( Indian Oil) and Number 111 (HDFC Bank) in terms of market cap and rightly so. HDFC Bank, for instance, which caters exclusively to the Indian market cannot justifiably be a Fortune Top 10 company (yet), given the size differences between the Indian and large developed economies. In the context of their potential market, Indian movie stars are clearly overpaid and content producers need to think about this urgently especially with the waning box office appeal of these A-listers.

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      • I look at it the opposite way. Hollywood stars earn proportionately enough. Bollywood star fees are jacked up in an industry that has failed to deliver overall for many years! The site is adequately called moneycontrol 😀

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        • True, the article by Morgan Stanley equity research guy highlights the same irony and ask producers to get their cost structure in place now else they run the risk of ticket price being pushed out of common man’s reach.
          Instead of raising the price, Every superstar movie releasing on a holiday should come with reduced price and a free popcorn.

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  84. Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan to come together for Govinda starrer Coolie No. 1 remake?
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 12, 2019 – 11:45 am IST

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/varun-dhawan-sara-ali-khan-come-together-govinda-starrer-coolie-no-1-remake/

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    • Good deal. Varun D. needs one of films for the masses occasionally. Films like October are not going to bring in the big numbers.

      I do think that in MTH and Judwaa, Varun showed good comic timing. He can be a good hero for the masses.

      Also, Coolie No. 1 remains of the best Govinda comedies. Those Govinda/Kader Khan scenes and the parts with Govinda impersonating his own fictitious twin brother were hilarious. He was outstanding.

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  85. Anjo, Saket AND Satyam :

    Once u see ROMA.
    Check this from Guillermo del Toro

    10 personal musings about ROMA.

    1) The opening shot suggests that earth (the shit-infested ground) and heaven (the plane) are irreconcilably far even if they are joined -momentarily- and revealed, by water (the reflection). All truths in ROMA are revealed by water.

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  87. Dia Mirza, who has worked with Hirani earlier, was totally appalled by the news. Speaking about the same, she told Pinkvilla that she is deeply distressed by the news. As someone who has known and respected the director for 15 years, she can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. According to her, he is one of the most decent human beings she has ever worked with and she thinks that it would be grossly unjust on her part to speak on this as she does not know all the details.

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  88. Bob cristo Says:

    भगवान की लीला निराली…Just look at that in 2018 all khan have failed and Youngsters started giving Hit, Super hits and blockbuster. Now even Vicky kaushal joined the bandwagon. Youngsters ka Time finally aa gaya.

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  89. I wont write Aamir and Salman off just yet. But there does come a time when anyone, even the best of them all, may end up looking stale.

    I think in the late 80s there was a period when things changed drastically in the pecking order of male stars. Bachan was about to take a sabbatical. The old guard, the likes of Dhamendra, Vinod Khanna, Jeetendra, Shatru, Rishi Kapoor and Mithun were in considerable decline.

    There was a younger guard with the likes of Anil, Sunny, Govinda, Jackie and Sanju threatening to take over. And there were the 3 Khans along with Akshay Kumar and Devgan that had just got started.

    In a couple of years, the old guard practically disappeared while of the younger guard, only Sunny, Govinda and Sanju lasted a fair bit. After a decade or so, the 3 Khans started dominating completely with each getting very strong spells.

    We’ll have a clearer picture by 2020. Maybe by that time, the likes of Ranbir, Ranveer, Varun, Tiger, Ayushman, Vicky Kaushal will take over completely.

    We also have another generation of actors that have been struggling in between. These are the likes of Hrithik, Abhishek, Vivek Oberoi, Shahid etc.. if these had fulfilled their earlier promise, maybe there would not have been the re-emergence of the likes of Salman, Akshay or Devgan during the last 6-7 years.

    It is astonishing that guys like Aamir, Salman, SRK, Akshay, Ajay and even Saif all started nearly 30 years back. That some of them are still going strong probably owes partly to the fact that the generations that succeeded them were not really up to it.

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    • Yes. This new wave of talent is akin to the turn of century when 3-4 emerged but only Hrithik threatened. But now the top stars are pretty much batting on gas and air. Genuinely feels like things are changing.

      Aamir IMO has to get his next film right or whatever he does. Salman I feel a lot is now riding on Bharat as the narrative is Salman, Aamir and SRK are failing and the next release is Bharat so I’m sure the media will spin the story a lot. Akshay and Devgnn will do films IMO and continue a little longer. But not big enough to mount anything like Salman or Aamir still possibly can.

      Hrithik still has a slight shot as he is a genuine 30Cr+ day one star given the right project.

      Change is good. Main thing will always be good films and entertainment.

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    • Amit Pandey Says:

      @Rahul : completely agree on the last paragraph you wrote..also ” the likes of Hrithik, Abhishek, Vivek Oberoi, Shahid etc.. ” they had chances but they were foolish enough to choose bad to worse scripts.. also they never really invested themsleves in good mass masala movies movies to create and hold onto their fans, slowly fans moved or moving to newer gen actors..

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      • haha, see all of them reached where! I remember how SRK was supposed to be jealous of Vivek Oberoi when he saw a preview witn Ramu..media made a story on it then..

        Who knows, 10 years from now, we may still be writing about how the Khans are still sustaining…lol

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  90. Whats stopping this guy from tweeting KGF’s pan-India collections which are nearing 175 cr nett mark? Instead he is busy declaring Uri as a hit without bothering to see its legs.

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  91. No Sir, this kind of survey will just give you a bunch of ignorant opinions. You have to evaluate yourself and your work and your party/ministry – no one else can do it for you. Self-appraisal is the only way to improve and go forward; just forget your silly opposition for a change.

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    • OT, we have travelled so far and still long distance to go

      His messages to the US President make pathetic reading.

      https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/nehrus-letter-kennedy

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    • kya kya sapne dekhein..will rule for 50 years…!! haha

      anyways, these surveys r like the daily feed for the troll armies..they will make you win any survey, dont worry!

      But votes will be given by the public, and the reason he doesnt talk about his achievements, Marcus, is that there are none. So baar baar Nehru yaad aate hain!

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      • His singular achievement will be to have spent his entire political capital on DeMon/GST. The effect of this achievement will only be felt a 10 years from now, with a vastly transformed, digitized and organzed economy, throttling full speed to vie for at least the #2 spot (after China).

        The Congress had a full 10 years until 2014, and they could not even get the GST going, cause they were shit scared of losing their political capital. They happily took credit for the 1991-95 reforms, and kept basking in that nascent glory. Btw, those reforms were forced upon them due to an empty treasury, mortgaging entire gold reserves, 18%+ Dollar loans to NRI’s, etc. They hardly did anything worthwhile to follow up when they took over in 2004, because the after-effects of Vajpayee’s Infratructure investments kept the economy going for another 3-4 years. And they just ceased all activity from 2010-14, just a full stop on the nation’s groth. As a result, China zoomed ahead in that Lost Indian Decade, and left India in an even deeper hole.

        And look what that “Fear of Losing Capital” got them: 44 LS Seats, lowest in their storied history. And now, they are happily ceding away vast chunks of their erstwhile geographic domains to Family Hoodlum Regional Parties. I find it ironical to see Congi supporters cheering SP-BSP, TMC, JDS, etc etc. What the heck are they smiling about? They will never ever be able to get back those lost domains!

        The simple truth is that educated Indians do not like any pain. They either emigrate to developed economies, or they use corruption to buy the ease in their own country. This attitude has perennially subdued the poor, uneducated and socially outcast masses, under a yoke of corruption. The pain caused to the poor has continued bcoz 2 years of reforms cannot turn around a 70 yr old infested system. Any unbiased educated guy will vouch for the massive underlying transformation that is indeed occurring in the Indian Economy. But the blind will forever ignore and berate it.

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    • Singh is not Ranveer’s (only or real) surname it is Bhavnani. Everyone in their family have Bhavnani and male have Singh and Bhavnani. Even Anil Kapoor’s wife was Sunita Bhavnani turned to Sunita Kapoor later. I think Deepika Bhavnani still sounds unique but see no point in changing name in this and age where marriages don’t stick around longer.

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  92. Citing examples of gender inequality within his own house, he said: “Not anywhere else, in my house also, I have issues like that. I remember my sister’s birthday was never celebrated till she was 10 years old. Then I decided to save from my pocket money and started celebrating her birthday. It all starts from very small things.

    “I also remember that my sister used to laugh very loudly but my grandmother used to say ‘girls shouldn’t laugh loudly’, but I used to question that also. But I feel we are changing.”

    https://www.koimoi.com/television/india-is-very-dogala-double-standards-country-says-vikas-gupta/

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  93. Karan Johar: “Who are you (Abhishek Bachchan) more afraid of – your mom or your wife?”
    Abhishek: My mom.
    Shweta: His wife.
    Abhishek: It’s my rapid fire. You keep quiet.

    Abhishek, it appears, doesn’t like being bested by his elder sibling, who also said on the show she “tolerates his sense of humour.” Abhishek’s reaction is priceless.

    Watch the promo of Koffee With Karan 6 here:

    https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/koffee-with-karan-6-who-is-abhishek-bachchan-more-afraid-of-wife-or-mom-sister-shweta-knows-1977433?pfrom=home-lateststories

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  95. Becoming too big has become a liability for all the big stars. Now they should become smaller and more down to earth. Atleast distributors and exhibitors will be saved from ruin.

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  97. tonymontana Says:

    SRK’s PR making us believe he “opted out” of Salute

    I won’t be surprised if he was shown the door because of trying to mess with the script at hand. He is no longer a reliable box office star. How difficult would it have been for the director to tell him that?

    Let’s face it: people are distancing themselves from him. Im positive he’s insufferable on film sets and is delusional about his capabilities. Any surprise even the likes of Johar are away from him now?

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    • Hilarious post. Thanks for the laugh.

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    • Morally Johar owes a lot to SRK and vv. So Johar is quite a prick. A real friend would at least stick by, he doesn’t have to sign him or anything but desserting him is a deplorable act. Like he’s totally forgotten all the 90’s and 00’s. Don’t get me wrong, SRK has been a prick too with other industry folk so what goes around comes around. Johar will get it too oneday.

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      • what rubbish..I am glad that SRK is not going back to johar! Isnt that the chorus was once, how he shud get out of this chopra johar camp? Johar’s tiff is more like a estranged partner, dont have any doubt, SRK can walk into one of these safe films without any trouble! It shows his will that he is still not doing that inspite of some setbacks!

        Wow, glad to see the recognition Kjo is getting now!

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        • Did you actually read my comment?

          I’m worried that some SRK fans have the same reading skills as their favourite…

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          • yeah, you said Kjo dont have to sign him or anything..just stick by him!

            I am saying Kjo will not only stick with him, sign him also, if srk wanted!

            Reading skills of SRK are quite good I know, he is well educated and well read, unlike some of his contemporary filmifamily products!

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          • Sticking by means many things. You can basically not be an enemy, an opponent or be a friend. I think you live in a bubble where every or any decisions of SRK are brilliant. I guess that plan is working well?

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          • No, I think he is just human, makes a lot of errors of judgement as anybody else. His production company took of after a lot of failures. his cricket team took off after miserable seasons. but one thing you can say is SRK is a fighter. He wont give up or play it safe. and I like that. I have been his fan for a long long time, and you cant sell me anything other than I already know about him, your judgement is only as good as my judgement, thats all.

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          • Good comment vijjie.

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  98. Watching Baazaar. Vinod Mehra’s son is quite good and Saif is stylish though he does not look like a gujarati from any angle. He looks more like a parsi from gujarat. I am liking Radhika Apte over other conventional heroines. Vinod Mehra used to have an easy charm while his son Rohan Mehra is more macho. Surprised to see Motilal Oswal quite prominently in the beginning.

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  99. Hirani’s next movie after SANJU (aka whitewashing Sanjay Dutt) is RAJU (aka whitewashing Rajkumar Hirani).

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    • I thought you said on Friday you’ll not believe it unless multiple women come forward. You are a Master for sure. Master of U-turns.

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      • Above one is a joke. So, I can’t joke now?

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        • Of course you can but I can surely point out the various statements and contradictory behaviour no?

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        • nono, its quite a sensitive matter, afterall one of Aamir’s comeback options is under threat!

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          • I don’t think sadistic ways. Like a potential sexual harassment case meaning Hirani doesn’t sign Aamir etc. The guy will lose everyone’s respect if found guilty. Who wants to be associated with that?

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        • “Of course you can but I can surely point out the various statements and contradictory behaviour no?”

          There is no contradictory. More or less this is now serious allegation. By not trusting anything generic was that I was talking about suddenly 1 person tweeting and blaming Hirani or anyone which can’t be trusted so easily but this one came out in Huffingpost who did thorough job earlier too with Vikas Bhalla. They reached out to Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra, Abhijat Joshi and all and took time before printing it out (exactly the same way they did with Vikram Motwane, Anurag Kashpay, Phantom movies ending etc). They again didn’t write the victim’s name as in Vikas case. This is not hatched job but a thorough professional article which makes it to be taken seriously. It doesn’t have any gory details like Vikas case but if the victim is not coming out then obviously she’s not getting any benefit directly which makes it more prone to be near truth.

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  101. This is an ace review !!! T heeeee !!

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    • Waah mazaa aa gaya…thanks for sharing.
      Kya mast review hai!!! 😀
      Khatarnaak…blockbuster review. a must watch movie – URI.
      5/5

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    • Stunning Blockbuster !!!
      The collections on Monday are higher than Friday !!
      Jai Hind !!!

      Uri – The Surgical Strike Is A HIT – Huge Monday
      Tuesday 15 January 2019 01.00 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Uri – The Surgical Strike is heading for huge success as it recorded excellent collections on Monday. The film was aided by a partial holiday in the country due to Makar Sankranti but even allowing for that the collections very good.

      The film collected around 9-9.50 crore nett as per early estimates which has taken the business of the film to around the 45 crore nett. Even though it is a partial holiday and the collections will come down to normal levels tomorrow this is still enough to confirm the film is a HIT. the next few days and second Friday will tell if the film goes up a level.

      The collections on Monday are higher than Friday and that also coming of a healthy first day number of 8.50 crore nett. The film looks on course for a minimum 60 crore nett first week unless there is a big drop tomorrow but its not a big holiday that the collections drop 50% the next day.

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    • Except for one or two, there is the unusual silence in Satyamshot on the stupendous success of URI – The surgical strike. Usually everyone celebrates success here. I hope mental tuning is alright for all or they are seriously busy.

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      • I am happy with this one. Will try to watch it this week.

        But frankly I am surprised with it’s success! From the reviews, it appears like there is very less bore-well ukhaad ke phenk doonga kind of patriotism. It looks to be a lean kind of film.

        Unless it’s the ‘trolls’ making this movie a hit!!

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      • There is ( expected ) silence also on the disgusted disruption of TAPM shows in Bengal .
        Hota hai, chalta hai…

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      • cmon, whats surprising in it? Even John Abraham is giving hits in this genre!

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      • I thoroughly enjoyed URI. First day, second show. I didn’t get to enjoy the single screen cities/cheers but it was edge of the seat ‘entertainment’, if I could use such a word. The movie could have been jingoistic but it is not. Also there is no need to get defensive on jingoism. I personally do not think “jingoism” is bad thing as far as India and Indians are concerned. The cinematography is fab. Acting by Vicky is just right. My personal favorite however is new comer Mohit Raina, hottie and dimples that can knock off SRK from his vanishing throne! There are one or two humorous scene, unintentional I am sure but funny, in otherwise tense movie. I thought it would be about surgical strike from beginning to end but the actual mission is only in last chapter, chapter 5. Movie is divided in 5 chapter. Aditya Dhar does not look like 1st time movie director. He is good. And really good for a new comer! Expecting a lot from him in future. Watch out for Mohit in future!

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  102. Uri – The Surgical Strike Is A HIT – Huge Monday
    Tuesday 15 January 2019 01.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Uri – The Surgical Strike is heading for huge success as it recorded excellent collections on Monday. The film was aided by a partial holiday in the country due to Makar Sankranti but even allowing for that the collections very good.

    The film collected around 9-9.50 crore nett as per early estimates which has taken the business of the film to around the 45 crore nett. Even though it is a partial holiday and the collections will come down to normal levels tomorrow this is still enough to confirm the film is a HIT. the next few days and second Friday will tell if the film goes up a level.

    The collections on Monday are higher than Friday and that also coming of a healthy first day number of 8.50 crore nett. The film looks on course for a minimum 60 crore nett first week unless there is a big drop tomorrow but its not a big holiday that the collections drop 50% the next day.

    Boi.

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    • Again, calling it a Hit till it reaches 100-120 cr is bogus commentary.

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      • Marcus: I understand your trepidation in terms of ‘pure’ economics: But remember this is a film that faced odd right from the start: All these ‘English-writing’ journalists, though they liked the film, were very hesitant in giving it an all thumbs-up; just in case they end up being called ‘trolls’ – the one word that I think has been used the most after ‘F$%^ in India – Trolls! Just look at the sub-text of these reviews; you can pretty sure make out that they WANT to praise; but some-where, something is being capped by their inner job-security and the evening cock-talks of empty philosophy…

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        • I understand your reasons for supporting the film. The Monday number is pleasantly surprising. With this kind of trending it shud be able to get to 100-120 cr.

          My point is that support it as much as you want, but lets not classify it as a bonafide BO Hit film until it adds a substantial amount of collections to its tally. You can support a film with full force without calling it a Hit pre-maturedly, cant you? If you like it, then praise it, review it, spread wom at your level.

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    • Vicky Kaushal has arrived!! The movie appears to be Indian Hurt locker. Loved the trailer and hope to see soon! Waiting to see TAPM as well for Akshaye!!

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  105. Rajkumar Hirani’s fall from grace!

    It has happened sooner than expected. Ever since Bollywood’s most-envied and celebrated filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani was called out in the #MeToo Movement, he has been declared ‘an outcaste’. A source says, “The tables have been turned on Raju so quickly, he probably hasn’t had time to recover.” From the outside, it appears as if the Sanju filmmaker’s closest associates — Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi — are the ones who have pulled the carpet from under his feet. On his part, Hirani has already denied the allegations. 

    https://www.dnaindia.com/bollywood/report-rajkumar-hirani-s-fall-from-grace-2707869

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  106. Akshay Kumar does NOT want five of his films to release in 2019? | Bollywood News
    14 JANUARY 2019 | HINDI | LEISURE | GENERAL AUDIENCE

    Akshay Kumar will have a busy 2019 with films like Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Sooryavanshi, Good News and Kesari. He wants either of Housefull 4 or Sooryavanshi to be delayed to next year according to sources.

    https://www.timesnownews.com/videos/zoom/bollywood-news/akshay-kumar-does-not-want-five-of-his-films-to-release-in-2019-bollywood-news/20634

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  107. Kangana using her old controversies again to promote her film. I, personally, don’t think the film needs it this time around:

    https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/news/kangana-ranaut-rakesh-roshan-continued-say-he-would-reveal-something-it-didnt-go-anywhere-437230

    Kangana said, “People resonate and identify with me. When the whole nepotism thing happened, Karan Johar went on record and apologized to me. When I began shooting Manikarnika, there were never ending open letters. When I faced uneasy accusations from one quarter and I was sent a notice, there was an outrage. Though I was not a big star, and I was having this conflict with a co-actor, I did find people supporting me.”

    She then added, “I did feel cornered after Simran’s failure. Filmmakers Karan Johar, Ketan Mehta, and Rakesh Roshan singled me out for criticism. The industry was having intense meetings to put me in my place. Aditya Pancholi filed a case and Rakesh Roshan continued to say he would reveal something. However, all of this did not go anywhere.”

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  108. Kangana using her old controversies again to promote her film. I, personally, don’t think the film needs it this time around:

    From Pink Villa:

    Kangana said, “People resonate and identify with me. When the whole nepotism thing happened, Karan Johar went on record and apologized to me. When I began shooting Manikarnika, there were never ending open letters. When I faced uneasy accusations from one quarter and I was sent a notice, there was an outrage. Though I was not a big star, and I was having this conflict with a co-actor, I did find people supporting me.”

    She then added, “I did feel cornered after Simran’s failure. Filmmakers Karan Johar, Ketan Mehta, and Rakesh Roshan singled me out for criticism. The industry was having intense meetings to put me in my place. Aditya Pancholi filed a case and Rakesh Roshan continued to say he would reveal something. However, all of this did not go anywhere.

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  109. “For Rishi Kapoor & me, everything is Khel Khel Mein” – Rakesh Roshan on fighting Cancer bravely
    BySubhash K. JhaJan 15, 2019 – 10:34 am IST

    Rishi’s family is trying to keep it a secret. But Rakesh Roshan spilled the beans unintentionally, it seems.

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/features/rishi-kapoor-everything-khel-khel-mein-rakesh-roshan-fighting-cancer-bravely/

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  111. Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla, starring Amitabh Bachchan, will be released on March 8.

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    • Suprisingly, Srk is the producer of Badla and might do a cameo!

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      • Never knew that!! Is it a red chillie???

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        • Yes, red and some green I think.

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          • I guess I need to be more clear when I am asking something and when I am not joking. I was asking if the movie is produced by SRK’s company.

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          • Red Chillies Entertainment, Azure Entertainment.

            Produced by
            Gauri Khan
            Sunir Khetarpal
            Akshai Puri

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          • Thanks Sanjana. Also, do you know why they have stopped CRIME PATROL: SATARK on week-end? That was the one good desi serial on the week-end…The DASTAK and all have really poor production values…

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          • With Badla and Jhund, Bachan has an interesting line-up. Badla has an interesting plot, from what I read about the original film. They may have a Pink kind of winner in there.

            Bachan will end the year with Brahmastra, where I expect him to have a limited, supporting role like in Thugs. But it’s a fact that Bachan is very active and is doing plenty of interesting work even at his age.

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          • They stopped it? I am some1 who used to watch crime patrol on the loop on sundays..and latenight on weekdays. makes one feel how lucky we are sometimes..where they showed the woman and child traficking episodes especially. cruelty in real world far surpasses whatever is depicted in cinemas.

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  112. This is a good example of what an electoral campaign should stress on – Developmental work thats actually happening.

    Last night Modi tweeted this:

    “Tomorrow I will be in Balangir to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for several development works, which will have a transformative impact on Odisha’s progress.

    Projects that would be inaugurated include:

    1. 28.3 acre Multi Modal Logistics (MMLP) Jharsuguda.

    2. Balangir-Bicchupalli new rail line.

    3. Electrification of 813 km of Jharsuguda-Vizinagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines.

    4. Doubling of Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon road line.

    5. Bridge no. 588 between Therubali-Singapur road station.

    6. Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Kandhamal, Bargarh and Balangir.

    7. Renovation and restoration works at Asurgarh Fort in Kalahandi.”

    However, what is missing? No stress on when these projects will be completed. We need our govt to talk in terms of project completion dates and hard deadlines – not just about inaugurating stuff.

    It is always a question of deliveries, not initiation.

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  113. Ms Sharmila, who is also a leader of YSR Congress, called on Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar to lodge a complaint against those posting objectionable material against her.

    Ms Sharmila, who was accompanied by her husband Anil Kumar, rubbished the false propaganda linking her with the popular Telugu film actor Prabhas.

    She told reporters it was a conspiracy by the vested interests to defame her ahead of the general elections to get political mileage.

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  114. Bachchan wrapped up JHUNDH in Nagpur; and as per Sanjana, BADLA is scheduled for march 8th. He is back in his older ways of acting for smaller films: I hope both Sujoy and Sairat don’t mess up here. These films might not even touch 80 crores; but boy, it will be a gem of a year for AB again if Sairat and Sujoy manage to achieve it, qualitatively — a la PINK or a TEEN.

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    • Sorry, it’s Nagaraj and Sujoy; not Sairat and Sujoy: I corrected myself before Master corrected me. Hope he appreciates my ‘sense’ of humor…

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  115. Radhika Apte puts forth her unseen comical side in Bombairiya. Her unwanted saviour on the streets of Bombay Akshay Oberoi (Pintu) is not just her knight in shining armour with superhero aspirations but also a momma’s boy. Siddhant Kapoor the biker who steals Meghna’s cell has his own agenda to settle but is clearly embroiled in Meghna’s PR goof-ups and there is a constant battle between the two about “kiski samasya zyaada badi hai??”

    On a serious note, we have the corrupt politician Adil Hussain (Kamlesh Pandya) who did the shoot in an actual prison for this role in the movie, for all its authenticity he found it difficult to keep a straight serious face while shooting.

    Ravi Kishan an Actor in the true sense brilliantly emotes the character of a fading star Karan Kapoor with ease while handling a daunting ‘good friend’ Shilpa Shukla Irawati who is an overzealous politician & film producer with aces up her sleeve for every situation that comes up front.

    Bombairiya Takes You On A Roller Coaster Ride On The Streets Of Bombay
    #BeAnIdiot has a message behind it and urges the nation to Believe & Be The Change. #BelieveInChange, Can You Do It??

    By Koimoi.com Team -January 15, 2019

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  116. Anurag Kashyap on Uri: It is not a propaganda film

    Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap tweeted about Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri and said that it is not a propaganda film. He commented on the execution of the film and praised Vicky Kaushal’s performance in the film.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/anurag-kashyap-on-uri-vicky-kaushal-5538775/

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  118. Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa’s (then a Lieutenant General) taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949.[1][2] The day is celebrated in the form of parades and other military shows in the national capital New Delhi as well as in all headquarters. On 15 January 2018, India celebrated its 70th Indian Army Day in New Delhi.[3] Army Day marks a day to salute the valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens. In 1942, K M Cariappa becomes the first Indian Army Officer who was passed on to command a unit.[4]

    Wiki.

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  119. Priya Prakash Warrier who stole hearts on the Internet with her one wink from a Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love’s romantic track Manikya Malaraya Poovi is in the news again but not for pleasant reasons. A teaser of her film, Sridevi Bungalow, was launched recently and that has put the makers in a spot with Boney Kapoor. The teaser traces an actress’s (played by Priya) leading to her death in a bathtub. Now, this is not a mere co-incidence as last year, legendary actress Sridevi passed away due to accidental drowning in a bathtub in Dubai. It is natural that this movie would invite controversy as there are too many parallels drawn between Sridevi’s real life and the movie Sridevi Bungalow. The makers confirmed receiving the legal notice and claimed that they will fight it. The director of the film Prasanth Mambully said that Sridevi is a common name and the movie is NOT based on the legendary actress but a work of fiction.
    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/boney-kapoor-sues-sridevi-bungalow-makers-stand-film/

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  120. Writer – filmmaker Farhad Samji came on board for Housefull 4 after Sajid Khan faced many sexual harassment allegations, followed by which he was dropped out of the project. The director asserted that he has completed almost 40 percent of the film despite coming on board a few months ago and only a few songs and patchwork is pending. Besides discussing Housefull 4 in recent reports, if there is yet another thing that the director is excited about, then it is to work with Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar. He also revealed that he is also scripting Varun Dhawan films too.

    Readers would be aware that Rohit Shetty is collaborating with Akshay Kumar for the first time in the cop drama Sooryavanshi where the action star plays ATS [Anti-Terrorist Squad] officer Veer Sooryavanshi. While there aren’t many details available on the film, let us tell you that it is Farhad who is scripting the film. Although he too maintained silence on the details of the film, he did reveal that it will go on floors in mid-2019.

    One more interesting fact that Samji asserted was that he is writing three scripts for Akshay Kumar. While he didn’t reveal about the other two scripts he is working on for the actor [besides Sooryavanshi], he confirmed that he is not writing the script of Hindi remake of Veeram, thereby putting an end to ongoing rumours. On the other hand, he also maintained that he is writing three scripts for Varun Dhawan too but refrained from speaking about it.

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/wow-farhad-samji-write-three-scripts-akshay-kumar-varun-dhawan-heres-say/

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  121. We all know that Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have been prepping together for one of Dharma Productions’ most ambitious project Brahmastra which also features Amitabh Bachchan in a pivotal role. The makers have been keen on releasing the film this year and if all goes well, it will be right before Christmas. On the other hand, we have Salman Khan who is gearing up for another release besides Bharat and that will be the return of Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg 3 during the same time.

    Will Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor clash at the box office in 2019 with Dabangg 3 and Brahmastra?
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkJan 14, 2019 – 5:45 pm IST

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  122. Looks good.

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      • I watched Monster Hunt 1 and Monster Hunt 2 during the weekend. Both are successful Chinese fantasy/adventure films. The visual effects are really Hollywood standard.

        Both films are extremely well made. Very good messages on humanity. Found the first part slightly better. The second part was fantastic in terms of visuals. It looked like a Hollywood super production.

        Chinese cinema is definitely worth a watch these days. They are making good films.

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  123. Breaking: While Ranveer Singh and his lovely wife Deepika Padukone will not be seen together sharing the screen space in 2019, there is definitely something to cheer for the fans of Deepika and Ranbir Kapoor. Reports are rife that the two might come together for Luv Ranjan’s next.

    According to reports, Luv Ranjan’s next which would feature Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead will also have Deepika Padukone as the female lead. The report also stated that despite solid male stars, Ranjan’s film has a terrific role for the female lead.

    The report added that although Deepika is the first choice for the role, she is yet to give her nod for the film.

    The Luv Ranjan film begins shooting in mid-2019. By then Deepika would be done with her film ‘Chhapaak’ directed by Meghna Gulzar.

    Source: ToI

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    • seriously running out of ideas? why every other song and movie is a remake?

      brought back memories of the older version..malaika and jas arora rocked..and such a sweet video!

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  126. Emraan added that instead of changing the title of a film we should rectify the issues of the educational system.

    “Cheating mafias are cheating in our country and that’s why we kept the title ‘Cheat India‘. It is very easy to change the title of the film but I think more than changing the title of a certain film, we need to change the system, then the youth of this generation will have a brighter future.”

    Talking about the loopholes in the education system he said, “I have learned a few things in my school life as a student but there are lots of things which I haven’t learnt during that period.”

    “We concentrate on mugging rather than understanding a subject. In colleges, our faculties are unqualified or they are disinterested in teaching. We have limited seats in educational institutes where a huge number of students pass out from schools and colleges every year.”

    The actor added that he didn’t know that the cheating mafia is organized crime in the country.

    “I knew about cheating mafias but I didn’t know it’s such a huge organised crime. In every state of the country, there is the existence of cheating mafias. We give 60 percent reservation in educational institutes so, in remaining 40 percent, if we start giving seats to undeserving students then where will deserving students go? I thought it’s a very important issue and somebody needs to make a film on a subject like this so that people will become aware of such practices.”

    Emraan said they want the film to get tax-free status in cinemas.

    The film will hit cinemas this Friday.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/change-the-system-not-title-of-a-film-emraan-hashmi-on-why-cheat-india/

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  127. “PEN Studios is happy to announce that our one-of-a-kind political film, ‘The Accidental Prime Minister‘, has got a green signal from Pakistan. Pakistani movie-goers will be able to enjoy the film. I always admired Imran Khan as a brave cricketer, and now I respect him as a Prime Minister too,” Gada told IANS.

    “I am also thankful to Pakistan’s Censor Board chairman for approving our film,” Gada added.

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  128. “Producers Did The Right Thing By Removing Rajkumar Hirani’s Name From Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”: Apurva Asrani
    While many big Bollywood celebrities are tight-lipped on the issue, the film editor-writer Apurva Asrani has commented about the controversy.
    As reported by Deccan Chronicle, film editor-writer Apurva Asrani supported the claims of the woman and said he believes in her and not in Rajkumar Hirani. “I choose to believe the young lady as it takes much courage to speak up against such a powerful filmmaker and then risk being boycotted by the film industry,” as stated by Apurva.
    He further added, “I think the producers did the right thing by removing Mr Hirani’s name from the Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga posters and promos. This is something the Phantom producers had failed to do after allegations against Vikas Behl came to light”.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/producers-did-the-right-thing-by-removing-rajkumar-hiranis-name-from-ek-ladki-ko-dekha-toh-aisa-laga-apurva-asrani/

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  133. Over two decades after cinema halls were shut in Kashmir, it may soon get its first multiplex. A hospitality company has sought permission to set up a multiplex in Shivpora area in Srinagar Cantonment, a fortified location outside the headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps at Badamibagh.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/india/valleys-long-interval-ends-srinagar-to-get-a-multiplex-5540325/

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  134. Decent means average or below average.
    Good also means the same.
    Excellent means above average. They can use very good instead.
    Blockbuster means nearing hit status. Not yet. But what is the harm if one uses this term to make concerned people happy. Ultimately it turns out to be only above average!

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  135. The MPs in parliament’s lower House of Commons voted by 432 to 202 to reject Theresa May’s agreement with the EU.
    British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

    Parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government in recent British history. Scores of her own lawmakers — both Brexiteers and supporters of EU membership — joined forces to vote down the deal.

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/brexit-vote-in-britain-houses-of-parliament/article26000525.ece?homepage=true

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  136. “I don’t need to return to direction because I feel that books are also necessary medium to educate or entertain children.”

    Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaan is a captivating animated adaptation of a cherished children’s classic by Satyajit Ray. This timeless fable is the story of Goopi and Bagha, a pair of musicians gifted with magical powers by the King of Ghosts.

    It is directed by Shipa Ranade and produced by CFSI (Children’s Film Society of India), in association with Karadi Tales — a publishing house known for children’s books. It has been nominated and awarded at many film festivals in India and abroad.

    The film is scheduled for release on March 1.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/heres-why-gulzar-feels-he-shouldnt-return-to-direction/

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  137. Uri – The Surgical Strike Set To Emerge SUPER HIT
    Wednesday 16 January 2019 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Uri – The Surgical Strike is doing fantastic business with collections in the 8.5-9 crore nett range on Tuesday. The collections are still better than the first day despite it being day five. There is a little holiday leftover but still these are excellent collections.

    The film is now looking to be a SUPER HIT film and the Friday should confirm that. The collections so far are nearly 55 crore nett and the week could do 67-68 crore nett but that will depend on the fall tomorrow as places like Gujarat and Rajasthan will probably see collections come down to normal levels

    The five day collections of Uri – The Surgical Strike are as follows.

    Friday – 8,25,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 12,25,00,000 aprxx

    Sunday – 15,00,00,000 aprox

    Monday – 10,25,00,000

    Tuesday – 8,75,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 54,50,00,000 apprx

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  139. ‘Most cultured, refined and peerless man’: Raageshwari on Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual harassmentEntertainment
    Updated Jan 16, 2019 | 12:04 IST | Khush Khandelwal

    https://www.timesnownews.com/entertainment/news/people/article/most-cultured-refined-and-peerless-men-raageshwari-on-rajkumar-hirani-being-accused-of-sexual-harassment/348305

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  140. Ronnie Screwvala Donates 1 Crore To Welfare Fund For Army Widows
    The donation was made as a tribute to the Indian armed forces on the special army day.
    By Koimoi.com Team -January 16, 2019

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  141. https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/new-zealand-british-tourists-branded-worse-than-pigs-to-be-deported-1978340?pfrom=home-lateststories

    “If you say one time ‘I found a hair or an ant in my meal’ you’d believe it but they find it every meal that they have as a way of evading payment. That’s a criminal activity.

    “They’re worse than pigs and I’d like to see them out of the country.”

    When a woman asked them to clean up their litter, a child in the group can be seen on video threatening he would “knock your brains out”.

    Stuff Media reported that one family member hit a journalist with her shoe after being approached for comment.

    A member of the family told the New Zealand Herald they have now decided to cut short their holiday and will return home this week.

    John Johnson insisted his family were of good stock, claimed his grandfather was the “10th richest man in England” and said he was made to feel “very unwelcome” in New Zealand.

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  142. May do 70+ cr in one week. IF genuinely liked this can get close to 150 cr by end of its run. Slim chance of watching it this weekend, else Prime/Netflix.

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    • On Rafale:

      The original deal made some sense, as there was a significant aspect of Knowledge Transfer of Manufacturing Technology from Dassault Aviation to HAL, which would have been in line with govt’s #MakeInIndia tagline. Not sure what quality of fighter planes HAL would have manufactured eventually, but at least the attempt would have been significant.

      Instead the deal that was signed bought 36 jets ‘off-the-shelf’ from France with a clause that 50% of that 60,000 cr wud be invested in offset partner Reliance Defense (which is not a govt organisation in the first place) ?

      I am not that concerned with SC verdict or pricing details as long as I can get a valid answer to the above question.

      http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Politics_and_Governance.Of_Rafale_deal_Beyond_politics_By_IT_Desk

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      • Its a different matter altogether that after 72 years of Independence, Indian Defense has no technology whatsoever to even compete at the world market.

        https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-secretary-sets-sights-on-next-century-of-british-air-power

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        • India cant afford to spend half the budget on buying weapons from advanced countries. India could have upgraded HAL with half that amount but our attention was diverted to nuclear weaponry which is also important as a deterrent. No country is ready to give away their technology. And technology is not static. It is dynamic. Every few months, newer technology kicks in and stockpiling is a waste of resources in view of this. I feel China, Russia and US has the most advanced technology and they are most secretive about their work in progress. Fortunately Pakistan has become less dangerous because of their internal squabbles. Imran Khan looks more like a wannabe cricketer than an authoritative head of a state. Our main threat is China but China also knows that we are their biggest market and they will not push too hard.

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          • I feel China, Russia and US have the most advanced technology and they are most secretive about their work in progress. Occasionally we get to know that China or Russia has developed something most innovative.

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          • UK and Fance too. There is no power without focus on defense tech.

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          • UK and France dont have hostile borders like us. They simply manufacture weapons to sell them and make profit. Wars and conflicts are like oxygen to the manufacturers. They push their governments to make deals for them. Just like diseases are for Pharma industries. If there are permanent cures(wishful thinking), the profits and power will vanish.

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      • Once again, falsehoods galore!
        An indecisive UPA spent 10 yrs inordinately delaying the purchase, during which IAF started facing significant shortfalls in capable fighter jets. The deal made by Modi was to get flyaway condition jets ASAP. This whole 30,000cr offset to Reliance number is a red herring. In actuality, they get less than 600crs of offsets, while even HAL gets more offsets than Reliance.

        Just think about it, even after negotiating a flyaway condition deal, the earliest deliveries would only start in end of 2019!. So, EVEN IF they had tried a utopian transfer-of-tech to HAL, how long would it have been before IAF actually received their first jet? HAL has not been able to even deliver 2 generation old MIGs to the IAF, where the heck would they gain expertise to do so for the latest gen Rafael??

        RaGa has been disingenuously trying to muddy the waters, with the huge risk that all these juvenile insinuations could force the French to call of the deal and deny the IAF of urgently needed combat capabilities.

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        • “The deal made by Modi was to get flyaway condition jets ASAP.”

          You mean to say the jets will be delivered in flyaway condition. Then what part Reliance or Hal are supposed to play? Is it assembling or maintaining?

          France’s Dassault Aviation said on Monday it had received a contract from the French government to upgrade the Rafale fighter jet. The so-called F4 version of the multi-role Rafale, which is being developed for a reported investment of €2 billion, will include greater connectivity to allow “networked combat,” Dassault said in a statement.The company added that the validation of the F4 standard is planned for 2024 and that some features will be available from 2022.

          The French government inked the contract with the aircraft maker on January 14.

          So the upgrade is still going on.

          I think that it is wise to order 36 instead of 110 or so in view of the ongoing upgradation.

          Would opposition make this noise if it was not for Reliance name?

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        • So getting 36 flyaway jets in 2019 is going to solve all problems for IAF? Its dangerous to have such short-term tunnel vision …

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          • I wud rather have 18 jets off-the-shelf and HAL trying to break its neck in manufacturing 108 more of them after KT from Dassualt. HAL is a govt organisation – SO govt can breathe down its neck in regards to constant accountability and meeting of deadlines. That is a progressive stance … 36 jets from Dassault will not make IAF win any war if one breaks out. Only when we start building stuff ourselves, we will start having an iota of chance of winning. Otherwise we are fighting a lost game.

            So take your pick.

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          • In a limited mandate of 5 years, no political party can ever change bureaucratic inefficiencies. Its a bit much to expect HAL to rise like a phoenix after 6 decades of corrupted bureaucratic inefficiency. Red Tape cannot ever be changed, it can only be shredded.
            Just look at the Western Democracies, no defense entity out there is run by a government. They are all private enterprises, but with significant lobbying power over their govts, which enables them to maintain a deal flow on taxpayer dollars.
            It would be borderline insane to sign a three times bigger “tech-transfer” deal with Dassault, with the hopes of on-time delivery from HAL. The main reason it never materialized even after 10 years of negotiations was because Dassault kept finding faults in HAL, and it took a decade to even have HAL agree to their terms and conditions. And what if HAL could not follow up on all their promises to Dassault? Would you rather play with National Security? And that too at a cost of more than 150,000crs??

            The need of the hour was to get as many jets in as less time with maximum bang for the buck.

            Coming to offsets, please go listen to the Lok Sabha Debate on the same. An offset can be any tradeable good, commodity, service etc which the French would have to buy in lieu of the deal. This is to ensure that a Balance of Trade is maintained. The Cong had made the law on offsets, with a minm requirement of 30%. BJP forced France to have 50% offsets. So on a deal of 59,000cr, the offset was 30,000cr. Reliance may not even make anything related to the Rafael aircraft. They could be making pins and needles for the French in the 600crs alloted to them.

            Once again, all of this bogus insinuation has been made by Cong to muddy the waters ahead of the election. This is playing with national security. But RaGa has to be made the King, so the IAF be Damned!

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          • Again re-iterating the point: Out of the total 30,000crs of Offsets, Reliance will only get a share of less than 600crs!!!

            RaGa has been shouting out figures from 30,000crs to 170,000crs as being awarded to Reliance! This is the height of dishonesty.

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          • I think ISRO is also a government organisation working quite efficiently.
            HAL did commendable work for many years.

            Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was formed on 1 October 1964 when Hindustan Aircraft Limited joined the consortium formed in June by the IAF Aircraft Manufacturing Depot, Kanpur (at the time manufacturing HS748 under licence) and the group recently set up to manufacture MiG-21 under licence, with its new factories planned in Koraput, Nasik and Hyderabad.[5] Though HAL was not used actively for developing newer models of fighter jets, except for the HF-24 Marut, the company has played a crucial role in modernisation of the Indian Air Force. In 1957 company started manufacturing Bristol Siddeley Orpheus jet engines under licence at new factory located in Bangalore.

            During the 1980s, HAL’s operations saw a rapid increase which resulted in the development of new indigenous aircraft such as the HAL Tejas and HAL Dhruv. HAL also developed an advanced version of the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, known as MiG-21 Bison, which increased its life-span by more than 20 years. HAL has also obtained several multimillion-dollar contracts from leading international aerospace firms such as Airbus, Boeing and Honeywell to manufacture aircraft spare parts and engines.

            By 2012, HAL was reportedly bogged down in the details of production and has been slipping on its schedules.[6] On 1 April 2015, HAL reconstituted its Board with Mr. TS Raju as CMD, Mr. S Subrahmanyan as Director (Operations), Mr. VM Chamola as Director (HR), CA Ramana Rao as Director (Finance) and Mr. D K Venkatesh as Director (Engineering & R&D). There are two Govt. nominees in the Board and six independent Directors.

            In March 2017, HAL Chairman and Managing Director T Suvarna Raju announced that the company had finalised plans for an indigenisation drive. The company plans to produce nearly 1,000 military helicopters, including Kamov 226, LCH (Light Combat Helicopter) ALH (Advanced Light Helicopter), and over 100 planes over the next 10 years. HAL will manufacture the Kamov 226T helicopter under a joint venture agreement with Russian defence manufacturers. The Kamov 226T will replace the country’s fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters. Over the next 5 years, HAL will carry out major upgrade of almost the entire fighter fleet of Indian Air Force including Su-30MKI, Jaguars, Mirage and Hawk jets to make them “more lethal”. The company will also deliver 123 Tejas Light Combat Aircraft to the IAF from 2018–19, at a rate of 16 jets per year.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindustan_Aeronautics_Limited

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          • It was during Shastri regime that HAL was formed. An importyant point to be noted.

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          • It was during Shastri regime that HAL was formed. An important point to be noted.

            Chinese attack made Indian government to pay more attention to defence. Unfortunately Nehru’s peace talks made us a weak country. Shastri and then aggressive Indira Gandhi made amends for that lapse.And from then onwards we never slipped but for occasional skirmishes which is happening even today. It is terrorism not war that is troubling us. BJP joining hands with PDF did not help matters. We can blame partition and Nehru for that. But going about them again and again will not help.

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          • Space agencies are a bit diff, all of them (NASA, ISRO, CNSA, Roscosmos, etc) are govt orgs. Why so? Bcoz they don’t have to sell anything commercially. They work FOR the govt. At max, they sell their services to other countries, but not their equipment. eg, ISRO’s satellite launch service.

            Defense companies need contracts to survive, and they have to keep selling. Their business is war. Coming back to HAL, sure it has made tons of cheap stuff that does get sold to 3rd world countries who cannot afford the exorbitant billion dollar contracts of the Western manufacturers. That is the niche customer segment HAL caters to, with their simple 3-4 generation old technology products. One cannot expect Suzuki to make Rolls Royces overnight. HAL’s record on Tejas, Dhruv, MIG-21 etc is pathetic to say the least.
            And here Cong was trying for 10 yrs to force Dassault to go with HAL to manufacture a state-of-the-art fighter jet. Its not a cake-bake for Christs sake! Even Lockheed Martin has had issues making the F-117, F-22 etc Stealth Jets, and it took them billions of dollars and decades to develop them. How could Dassault just trust the GOI and approve a elementary tech workshop such as HAL?

            So again, coming back, one either has a sense of urgency in defense matters, or one just wants to play games. The history of Congi defense deals is replete with corruption taints and middle men gravy trains. For them national security takes a back seat, its about what’s in the deal for them. They cannot comprehend that Modi did a Govt to Govt deal WITHOUT a Middle Man!! So they created this Strawman, this bogey of Reliance and the Great Robbery. Simply Pathetic!

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          • No one is saying HAL will be able to deliver without the govt investing in it. Nothing comes out without long term investment. Work on removing the red tape, hire the best skilled talent, fire the idiots, give them proper developmental infrastructure, etc etc. These stuff comes along with the decision to get hands on. And it means allocating budget adequately for all this. Anyways, 36 imported jets are not going to make India’s defense suddenly become stronger. And get RaGa out of the equation if you want to really debate.

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          • Re: Shastri/Indira: Sure, they did HAVE the sense of urgency. They had to rebuild after almost 2 Lost Decades due to Nehruvian Quizotian Utopia. They started HAL and made major reforms to Defense. But that was way back in 1965-1975. What happened after them? Did the consecutive govts of Congress and the myriad gathbandhans pay attention? Did they care? It was Vajpayee who officially took India to the Nuclear Club. And his statemanship and foreign policy ensured that the West de-hyphenated India from Pak. And then again we have 10 yrs of UPA wasting time and rolling back the clock backwards. Where did National Security go??

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          • “..Anyways, 36 imported jets are not going to make India’s defense suddenly become stronge..”
            Boss, I am not the IAF honcho here, but common sense dictates that one immediate bird in the hand is better than the two in the HAL bush.
            One can off course create the eco-systems for defense. Do you not think Modi has tried it? Have they let him? How much time and space have got wasted by this juvenile Congi attempt at trying to derail the entire deal? Would all this energy not have been put to better use by supporting the deal and working co-operatively towards creating that eco-system for tech advancement?
            An eco-system can only be created by engagement and change in rules of the game. Modi can barely scratch the surface of bureaucracy. What all do you expect him to do in such a short while?? Boss, 70 yrs of shit cant be cleansed in 5 yrs. Its a simple fact.

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          • I am ready to wait for 10 or 20 more years to get the clear picture as to who is right and who is wrong. Till then I will go back to films and their bo performance.

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          • The death-knell for indigenuous Indian Defense was driven by Nehru right at the get-go, when he refused the UNSC seat in 1952. And he actually lobbied it for China and let them have it!!
            A seat at that high-table would have guaranteed ‘sharing’ of all kinds of tech from the Democratic nations of US/UK/France. But, uncle had to try his convoluted ideas at the expense of the nation. He single-handedly condemned India to 5 decades of holding a begging bowl. We have been perennially playing catchup to China ever since then!

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          • Then they should erect a Nehru statue in China!

            This is the problem with idealists. They think with their hearts than with their brains.

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  143. Calling Hirani ‘most decent’, Javed Akhtar tweeted, “I had come to the film industry in 1965. After so many years if I am asked who are the most decent people you met in this industry over almost 5 decades, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is RAJU HIRANI. G.B Shaw has said. ‘it is too dangerous to be too good’”.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/rajkumar-hirani-javed-akhtar-me-too-sexual-assault-case-5541176/

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    • It is not only about being too good but about getting too much credit. Sanju made Hirani, the most famous than his partner who was like also ran. Working hard and getting fame is also dangerous.

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  146. After all these years I watched Kahaani. Quite gripping. But why did they show Arnab/Damji instead of Arup again and again while Vidya was reminiscing. Just to mislead the audience? Instead they could have shown only the back instead of face.
    Vidya did a great job.

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  147. Yet again after Raazi, Stree and Badhaai Ho we have a non star film creating havoc at the box office cementing the fact that today’s audience gives as much importance to strong content as it does to face value. Uri’s performance confirms my belief that had an absolute gem of a war film like Lakshya (which was well ahead of its times) released in today’s age of metro multiplexes, it would have hit bull’s eye! Congrats to entire team of Uri and hopefully this film outgrosses all other mid range films.

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    • Have not seen Uri yet, but Lakshya had severe length and pacing issues apart from Hrithik overacting like hell in few scenes which was almost to laugh-worthy extent.

      DCH is Farhan’s only feather in director’s cap.

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  148. tonymontana Says:

    The photoshop idea in the climax of Kahani (morphing face of Damji) was quite silly and far fetched IMO. Tried too hard to fool the audience. Rest of the film was good with Bob Biswas hitting a sixer

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  149. Some highlights from PMO:

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  151. The reason I keep stressing on completion dates is simple. ‘I am doing this’ is hardly as impactful as saying ‘I will complete this by 20XX’ … Its basic marketing and campaigning protocol.

    At the same time, it makes you subconsciously aware and accountable of your responsibilities and deliverables.

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  152. Re:”Most cultured, refined and peerless man’: Raageshwari on Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual harassment”

    I will still give benefit of doubt to Hirani but that huffingpost and Vinod Chopra, Abhijat Joshi going against Raju says a lot. Firstly its very clear that Raju is not a predator type personality like Alok Nath or Vikas or Sajid Khan. He will not attack every women he meets or tries to abuse them. That doubt is clear. But but but.. even the most gentlemen and great personalities can have weak moment with just 1 female and that is always the possibility. He might have just got interested in that particular assistant and abused her. Its hard to believe this but human mind is that complicated. Person can be same to 99.99% but there can be 1 side of his which is not open to anyone or anywhere and it suddenly shows up somewhere like anger, lust and abuse.

    So, all the people who don’t meet Hirani in daily lives giving out support articles helps but only to an extent. It is about that individual lady and only that person can say its truth or not. When Anupama said that lady stayed at her place for 2 nights and they spoke and she also offered some counseling contacts they have seen it first hand. If that lady is some fraudster it would be easier to figure out and it would have not been the case for Vinod and Anupama letting her stay 2 nights at their own place.

    Either ways, I don’t know how truth can come out here as that lady is not going to file police complaint.

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    • Well said. Character references though meaningful aren’t be all and end all. Hirani will have a tough slog here. I hope he is clean.

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  153. After maintaining silence for quite some time, the actor recently revealed what led him to walk out of the film starring Kangana Ranaut in the lead. As per reports, the actor left the project due to Kangana Ranaut’s ”bossiness”. But the actor cleared the air and reportedly said that he opted out of the film due to re-shoots and scheduling issues. The actor stated that things didn’t go well with the director and Kangana and they wanted to reshoot the film. He requested to know what you exactly want to reshoot and he will shoot a few scenes if they think they are important to shoot. But when he saw the film he felt the way it was edited, the scenes that we shot in the film were missing in the film. This thing really disturbed him that you put so much of hard-work shooting those scenes and when he asked for those they said we want to reshoot some portions of the movie.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/sonu-sood-reveals-why-he-walked-out-of-manikarnika-the-queen-of-jhansi/articleshow/67561337.cms

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  154. Everyone here: I need to come-back [am doing-so[ and be a teacher. I can only teach basic Math and English based on my IQ [Math more; English less since I am not an ENGLISH medium student]. I saw in news that there’s a shortage of teachers in lakhs: If anybody has any news, please share; where to apply, and mainly, how to get a job without greasing palms. I will be thankful.

    I don’t care what state I live in: Though Maharashtra and Northern Karnatak would be preferable based on the idea that I can attend to any of family-folks’ problem.

    I can’t believe I am saying this out loud; but yes, any guidance would be helpful.

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    • Good gesture An Jo. Sorry can’t be of any help but you can be great English teacher!

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    • Good luck AnJo, I did what you want to do some 15 years ago. Very satisfying at a personal level. But geez, English is HARD. Maths was easy!

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    • With such a command over the language you can give tuitions. I have a close relative who is just doing so because he wants to be independent. Just give an ad in local papers like midday and Deccan Herald. Naukri.com also helps.

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    • Good luck, An Jo. I think you can do very well teaching English as well as Maths.

      Speaking of Northern India, I can confirm that people are making Lakhs just by teaching spoken English. They have their own private institutes though.

      I will try to find out more. One of my close friends is from Maharashtra. I think he might be able to help.

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    • I hope it is a well thought move..Send me email if you need another opinion for here in States.

      My sister who is in Hyderabad has background in Science…she started with teaching in school but now well settled teaching Bio,Physics, Chemistry to high schoolers from home and runs mostly on WOM.

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    • Wish you all the very best AnJo, take care .
      Yeh jo Des hai tera, Swades hai tera, tujhko hai pukarey !!

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  155. Last R-Day salute at Amar Jawan Jyoti this year?
    Remembering fallen soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti started in January 1972, days after Bangladesh was liberated from Pakistan in December 1971. It honours the 3,843 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War and was started by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
    INDIA Updated: Jan 17, 2019 07:39 IST
    Sudhi Ranjan Sen
    Hindustan Times, New Delhi

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/last-r-day-salute-at-amar-jawan-jyoti-this-year/story-RDzxHkcnzMDPjqDRxF59PP.html

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  156. Star Rankings Jan 2018 – Shahrukh Khan Ranveer Singh Impacted
    Thursday 17 January 2019 11.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Zero and Simmba made an inpact The Box Office India Star rankings as it saw Ranveer Singh go upto fifth place which is highest ever position while Shahrukh Khan dropped to sixth place which is his lowest ever ranking since it was started in 2010.

    Shahrukh Khan made minimal gains with Zero and definately not the sort you need when the volume of work is not there and with no film on the horizon it will be a downward trend as the older films go out of the system. Salman Khan remains the leader by a distance should be remain there for some time as there is not any challenge coming in 2019 but at the turn of the decade it could be different..

    The rankings below are for India (January points in brackets) and completely based on opening box office numbers with holiday factors taken out and films which are technically guest roles or small releases left out. The criteria for the rankings below is here.

    1. Salman Khan: 2002 points (2056)

    2. Aamir Khan: 1140 points (1185)

    3. Ranbir Kapoor: 847 points (844)

    4. Akshay Kumar: 646 points (675)

    5. Ranveer Singh: 637 points (248)

    6. Shahrukh Khan: 439 points (350)

    7. Ajay Devgn: 340 points (330)

    8. Tiger Shroff: 203 points (198)

    9. Varun Dhawan: 198 points (217)

    10. Hrithik Roshan: -143 points (-155)

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    • BOI ranking assumes many things. But just take the top 2-

      1. That Salman with twice as many points as Aamir is still undisputed.
      In my ranking, Aamir and Salman never had so much of a gap. Salman surely will be No 1 for max duration but then the gap was never this high.

      2. Flops do not impact stars. Only one to suffer here seems to be SRK. Having Ranbir so high again suggests that previous flops are not a factor, which is wrong

      This makes this ranking bogus.

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  157. Box office India

    Uri – The Surgical Strike is maintaning supremely well at the box office as it collected around 7.50-7.75 crore nett on Wednesday to take the six day figure to 62.75 crore nett and the week will end close to 70 crore nett.

    The film iis excellent all over barring South due to regional films. Mysore has managed to come back with strong collections over the weekdays but Nizma / Andhra and TNK remain weak. The rest of the country is super strong with the surprise being West Bengal which is doing far higher for a film of this type.

    The five day collections of Uri – The Surgical Strike are as follows.

    Friday – 8,25,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 12,25,00,000 aprxx

    Sunday – 15,00,00,000 aprox

    Monday – 10,25,00,000

    Tuesday – 9,50,00,000 apprx

    Wednesday – 7,50,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 62,75,00,000 apprx

    The Accidental Prime Minister is dropping fast now but if it can get some collections in week two and get to around 25 crore nett it will be a decent result.

    The five day collections of The Accidental Prime Minister are as follows.

    Friday – 3,50,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 4,00,00,000 aprxx

    Sunday – 4,50,00,000 aprxx

    Monday – 2,00,00,000 apprx

    Tuesday – 1,50,00,000 apprx

    Wednesday – 1,10,00,000 apprx

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  158. Not A Single Release For Shah Rukh Khan In 2019?

    A week ago, filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar during the trailer launch of Gully Boy, stated of making a special announcement soon. Rumours started doing the rounds as it is regarding Shah Rukh Khan’s Don 3 and after news of Khan opting out of Saare Jahaan Se Accha came in, it was almost validated that the actor has chosen Don Series over Rakesh Sharma’s biopic. Now, the filmmaker with his tweet has put an end to all the speculations.

    On Wednesday, Farhan Akhtar tweeted about his reunion with maverick director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for upcoming Toofan movie. The duo collaborated after six years, since Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Toofan is a story of a boxer.

    With a tweet, the filmmaker-actor put an end to all the speculations about his collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan starrer Don 3, as Toofan seems to be his special announcement.

    After Khan backed out of Saare Jahaan Se Accha, it is another sad news for SRKians as they might need to wait longer to catch their beloved actor on-screen as Farhan, who is directing Don 3, will be super busy with his preparations to portray a boxer.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/not-a-single-release-for-shah-rukh-khan-in-2019/

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  159. It was truly a shocking moment for Pink actress Taapsee Pannu when she got to know that she was removed from Pati, Patni Aur Woh remake. The actress claims in reports that she was neither informed about it nor did the makers give her any specific reason for their decision. Taapsee, in recent reports, has expressed her disappointment over this behavior of the producers and also added that the director Mudassar Aziz too wasn’t informed of the same.

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/shocking-taapsee-pannu-reveals-makers-pati-patni-aur-woh-dropped-film-without-intimation/

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    • This guy is facing a tough time now. Had peaked to absolutely amazing heights from RDB (2006) to Dangal (2016). Its a downward curve since then (SS in 2017 and ToH in 2018) … And no concrete plans for near future. Its going to be an uphill task for him to get back to that level of creativity. I actually feel sad for him. But all that goes up has to eventually come down.

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      • He had his day. Why to feel sad? SS was good. A neat film. It is not his fault if audience wanted brainless comedy.

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        • SS was ok, but script was mediocre by all means. He may not have done it if Advait had not been his manager for long.

          But of the 10 films he did between RDB and Dangal, he gladly jumped at the chance of doing another film with Acharya who gave him his worst film in that phase (read D3). I think Mansoor hit the jackpot when he said Aamir is a Gem except for his fascination with BO success (now Mansoor himself is an escapist, but thats another issue) … What he needs to believe is that doing good films will get him more than expected BO success (like Dangal). Shortcuts like TOH wont do the trick for him; not when he has raised the expectations to this high level.

          After TOH’s failure in China, I seriously doubt if any Indian film will do more than 10-15m in China this year. No matter how many films you release in that market. Specially when Hollywood has a good line-up to export in 2019.

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          • I am looking forward for his cameo in Total Dhamaal. It is kept as a surprise.
            As for SS, it is not an embarrassment in terms of content and execution. With such a shoestring budget Adwait conquered China while TOH sank.

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          • SS is hardly a bad result. It’s just not TZP level. For a new director it is a good enough idea and effort. It did 65Cr business for a third of the budget, what more?

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          • Agree on China, it was not a good idea to release TOH…it will impact all of indian cinema releases.

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          • It is not only Toh but bombarding chinese market with too many Indian films as some say. A sort of fatigue sets in. Just like superhero films from hollywood are getting diminishing returns in India.

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  161. Why are some well known celebrities risking their reputation and coming in support of Hirani?

    Perhaps his being the biggest director giving superhit after superhit?
    Formidable filmography?
    Or they strongly feel that the charges are bogus?
    Is it because the victim is not coming out and sending only signals?

    Tanushree confronted a much more politically heavy weight actor Nana Patekar with robust anger.
    Vinta Nanda spilled the beans on the sanskari actor. And other victims came out with their own experiences.
    Vikas Bhalla was accused by many.
    MJ Akbar was accused by media celebrities openly inspite of his being an influential minister.
    Sajid Khan is also influential in his own way but his victims did not hesitate to come in the open.

    Hirani is the most harmless celebrity. Then what is preventing the victim to come in the open?
    Is it because she wants to protect her family. Or is she afraid of nosy media going after her for details?

    Why is Hirani not filing defamation charges on her and also on VVC for dropping his name as co producer? What is making him to keep quiet inspite of all sorts of insults thrown at him by social media?

    Why are both the parties not coming out?

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  162. Rajkummar Rao and Fatima Sana Shaikh are in Bhopal to shoot for Anurag Basu’s untitled next. The Barfi director is helming a film on the lines of his 2007 film, Life In A Metro, which garnered much love. Both the actors, who are collaborating for the first time have started their 15 day schedule in Madhya Pradesh’s capital and they cannot contain their excitement. Rao and Shaikh took to Instagram to share glimpse of their stay.

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  163. Speaking at an event in the city, Deepika claimed that she turned down a film due to the pay gap with her male co-star. “I know my track record and what I’m worth. I know that his films haven’t been doing well as my films have been doing. It made absolutely no sense. I was okay to say no to that film based on that one thing, as I thought it was unfair,” she was quoted saying.

    Speaking her mind about the pay gap on the basis of gender and not on one’s worth or creative talent, the star said she is ready to do what’s necessary and even turn down films when needed, because “I want to be able to sleep peacefully at night.”

    She went on to add, “I don’t think I’ll be able to live with the thought knowing that I have been a part of a film, had the same creative contribution or bringing the same value to a film but being underpaid.”

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/photo-features/deepika-padukone-reveals-she-turned-down-a-film-because-of-gender-pay-disparity/photostory/67566593.cms

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  164. By Koimoi.com Team -January 17, 2019

    Actress Deepika Padukone, who was last seen onscreen in Padmaavat, says that everything boils down to the script itself for a film to work at the box office.

    Deepika was addressing the media at the cover launch of the book titled The Dot That Went for a Walk on Wednesday.

    “I think it’s amazing and nice for us to say that women centric or female centric films are working at a moment like this when we are talking about female role models. Having said that, when it comes to creativity, we need to look beyond female or male,” said the actress.

    One witnessed that female driven films like Hichki, Tumhari Sulu, Raazi, Piku and many others did exceptional business at the box office whereas films of big stars with big budgets bombed at the box office.

    “It’s about the film. It’s a different thing that the films that the ‘Khans’ did, didn’t work but there was film like AndhaDun which was led by Ayushmann Khurrana that did wonder at the box office so I think everything boils down to the script itself. But yes, I see a trend where films that are being led by women are doing much better,” she said.

    She also feels that filmmakers now are more open to making female driven films.

    “We are in place today where directors are changing roles and that’s unheard of. If you have script that has male protagonist and suddenly directors are like, ‘Let me just flip that. Let me just make that female protagonist and then go to so and so with the film’ so, you hear of a film that was offered to a male actor two-three years ago and its coming back to you now with a female protagonist which is a huge achievement,” she said.

    “As a creative person, I would not like to make this distinction of male driven or female driven film. I would just say that great content is what is really working right now. I think a lot of that has to do with the audience. They are ready for that. I don’t think it matters anymore who is in the movie,” said Deepika.

    “Now you can’t blindly say that so and so is in the film, then let’s go and watch. I think year 2018 was clear indication of that. Right from the promo, poster all of that, I think that the audience has that pulse,” she added.

    Deepika will be seen next in Meghna Gulzar’s female centric’ film titled Chhapak which is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

    It also stars Vikrant Massey and is co-produced by Deepika herself.

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  165. Aamir Khan’s show on Star Plus is titled Rubaru Roshni which is also the title of a song from his film Rang De Basanti. The film’s story is about a group of college going students who decide to avenge their friend’s death. This story runs parallel with Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad’s story.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/television/aamir-khan-rubaru-roshani-promo-star-plus-5542988/

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  166. Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi) runs a business that allows education scams to flourish in the country. He enrols bright students into his plan, makes them write proxy exams for students who are unable to score or pass, and then, helps them procure a fake degree. This story revolves around one such boy, Sattu (Snigdhadeep Chatterjee), who dreams of a better life, and in turn, falls prey to Rakesh’s scheming plan.

    What does pass with distinction is Emraan Hashmi’s performance as the wily and confident, Rakesh. The actor pulls it off in every frame with assurance and ease. Even though most of his lines are like a series of punches clamouring for claps, Emraan’s charm and intensity keeps you hooked. The fresh faces of Shreya Dhanwantary and Snigdhadeep Chatterjee are perfectly cast in the roles of naïve characters.

    Excerpts from

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/why-cheat-india/movie-review/67574507.cms

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