The Zoya Factor, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, minor releases, Dream Girl (ongoing), and the rest of the box office

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  1. First Bachchan and now Akshay are trying to turn public opinion about Metro or Metro car shed?
    There are protests by by Aarey colony residents to save the trees which maybe cut due to Metro.
    Some bollywood celebrities like Shraddha Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Randeep Hooda are supporting the residents.

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    • commented this elsewhere..

      “What is counter proposal? Where should shed be located?

      If city needs something, there is short list of places; experts jot down pros and cons. You debate and then vote.

      In my city they want to provide shelter to homeless; They started with 10 sites; finally they voted after heated debate. There would be people who still wouldn’t agree but it was transparent process. If you don’t like what was done in site selection voting, then vote them out in next election for city council.

      In US many cities don’t have public transportation because car lobby was so strong that they never allowed funding of intracity transport. Comparatively Europe has more robust public transportation.”

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  2. Boi

    Satellite Update: De De Pyaar De Ordinary – Total Dhamaal Extraordinary

    De De Pyaar De has managed just about fair ratings one television with a little over 65 lakh impressions. The film was a urban comedy so did not have really have much of a reach but still the television premiere is better than films like Uri – The Surgical Strike and Gully Boy which also did the bulk of there business in urban centre though to a varying degree. The television rating is probably better because Ajay Devgn has a bigger reach than the actor of Gully Boy or Uri – The Surgical strike and the comedy factor even though the comedy is not the type lapped up by the Hindi belt.

    De De Pyaar De may not have hit the target on television but Total Dhamaal is on a phenomenal run as it racks up close to 5 crore impressions in just five peak screenings. That is almost an average of 1 crore impressions per screening and very few films even manage 1 crore impressions on their premiere. The film is one up on Golmaal Again and is probably the biggest film on television after Bahubali – the Conclusion and Tiger Zinda Hai of films released in the last few years. If it keeps on going like this then it would become bigger than Tiger Zinda Hai. Total Dhamaal is by far the most watched film of 2019.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      The success of Total Dhamaal on Television is a tight slap on the faces of pseudo intellectuals who patronize trash.

      OTOH Total Dhamaal is a relevant film that will in time be hailed as a masterpiece. The audience is always right

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      • Still more watchable than 90% of the stuff delivered by Naseer SAAB (barring exceptions like Neeraj Pandey’s masterpiece A Wednesday) or Ratna “memsaab” or Anurag “my name is Sorcese” Kashyap.

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  3. Chhichhore Box Office Day 13: Nitesh Tiwari Directorial Refuses To Slow Down!
    After taking a single-digit start, Chhichhore scored a century in mere 12 days.

    By Koimoi.com Team -September 19, 2019

    Sushant Singh Rajput-Shraddha Kapoor led Chhichhore is minting gold at the box office. After a decent start, the movie is staying brilliantly on weekdays and even on day 13, it is very much stable.

    After taking a single-digit start, Chhichhore scored a century in mere 12 days and yesterday too, the movie added good numbers. On second Wednesday, the movie collected 3.60 crores to take its overall total to 105.79 crores.

    Boi has stopped giving numbers for this film.

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  4. Akshaye Khanna says he is NOT marriage material
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    Bollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Sep 19, 2019 – 4:09 pm IST

    He said that he does not see himself getting married as he believes he is not marriage material. He said that he is not cut out for that kind of lifestyle change. The Dil Chahta Hai actor further revealed that he wants full control over his life and he believes that when you share your life with someone else, you can’t have full control.

    When the actor was quizzed about adopting a child in the future, he said that he is not cut out for sharing his life. He feels that everything important to one can become less important as the child gains utmost importance. The actor who is not willing to make those changes in his life said that he will not be willing to adopt a child.

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    • No problem not getting married or having a kid. At least work full time in movies. There’s no reason to sit in 1 room for 5 years without money without even socializing or doing any other work. That’s almost gone case.

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    • one of the finest actors who is also a by product of nepotism.

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  5. This Friday will witness a triple clash at the box office with The Zoya Factor, Prassthanam and Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas lined up for release. The three films are set to face a stiff competition from holdovers Dream Girl and Chhichhore, which continue to remain steady amid positive word of mouth.

    Film trade analyst Girish Johar expects each of the three films to open at around Rs 1-1.50 crore. Talking about the clash, he said, “This week is really crowded. Dream Girl and Chhichhore are already doing well and then these three films releasing together. Hollywood film Rambo is also a decent release on the same day. How they will fare in their opening weekend depends on their content and word of mouth. But if they fail to impress, the two films (Dream Girl and Chhichhore) will dominate them at the box office.”

    On being asked which of the new releases can dominate this weekend, Girish added, “All the three films cater to different target groups. Prassthanam is an action film and may cater to the masses. The Zoya Factor is niche upmarket film and may mostly cater to the multiplex audience. Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas will mostly target the youth.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/the-zoya-factor-prassthanam-pal-pal-dil-ke-paas-to-clash-at-box-office-set-to-be-dominated-by-dream-girl-and-chhichhore/story-DumPSkcYOaq0HdvLVE2iIK.html

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  6. Alia told reporters at Wednesday’s IIFA 2019 awards that she was looking forward to working with both of them, but ‘things never really go as per plan’. She said, “I was very excited to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of course very excited to work with Salman as well. I believe that sometimes things just happen and it’s not in your control. That way there’s a saying that if you want to make God laugh then tell him about your plans because plans never really go as per plan. But I can give it you in writing that I am going to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali very soon.”

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  7. On the whole, the film doesn’t ask you to apply your brains. If you are a cricket fan and enjoy chick flicks, Sonam’s over-the-top act and Dulquer’s good looks will hold your attention. A good watch with your friends where the fun lasts only till the film does.
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/the-zoya-factor-movie-review-sonam-kapoor-dulquer-salmaan-film-offers-feel-good-vibes-but-little-else/story-QzlqdQWkcIvirEMDSkVxHJ.html

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  8. Rajkumar Hirani wins the IIFA award for Best Director in the last 20 years for 3 Idiots
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Sep 19, 2019 – 3:56 pm IST

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  9. THE ZOYA FACTOR has a very impressive commencement that gives an idea about the cricket and luck elements of the film. Shah Rukh Khan’s witty narration and the animated sequence adds to the fun. The initial scenes of Zoya are okay but the film gets better once she reaches Sri Lanka and interacts with the Indian team. The romantic track also has its moments. Two scenes stand out here – Zoya’s interaction with Nikhil in the elevator and Nikhil meeting Zoya’s family and family friends. Post-interval, the film slips a bit. Also, the film seems too quick at places. The World Cup sequence in the pre-climax and climax however revives the interest.

    The performances are great by all actors. Sonam K Ahuja suits the part to the T. One can’t imagine anyone else for this role and she does total justice, whether in the scenes of her being love struck or acting pricey or even acting mature and giving out some important lessons to Nikhil in times of need. Dulquer Salmaan is super-dashing but he also gets his act right. He’s totally into his character and convincingly seems the captain of the team. Angad Bedi gets a great part and also screen space and is fine as the baddie. Sikander Kher is the surprise of the film. His role might remind one of Prateik’s character in JAANE TU YA JAANE NA [2008] but his part stands out and Sikandar ensures that happens. One of his best scenes is when he offers tea to the very protestors who have come to vandalize his house! Sanjay Kapoor is a natural. Manu Rishi Chadha is fine and it’s good that he doesn’t overdo the lisping bit. Koel Purie is strictly okay. Pooja Bhamrrah (Sonali) looks quite glamorous and plays the supporting part well. From the other crickets, the ones who leave the mark are Abhilash Chaudhary (Shivi), Gandharv Dewan (Harry) and Sachin Deshpande (Lakhi).

    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is in sync with the film’s mood. ‘Lucky Charm’ is the best of the lot followed by ‘Kaash’ and ‘Maheroo’. ‘Pepsi Ki Kasam’ is played in the end credits. Indrajit Sharma and Parikshit Sharma’s background score (with additional background score by Kingshuk Charavarty) is dramatic and adds to the fun.

    On the whole, THE ZOYA FACTOR is a feel-good popcorn entertainer that works chiefly due to concept, treatment, humour and performances. At the box office, it has the potential to grow dramatically due to a good word of mouth.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/the-zoya-factor/critic-review/

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  10. https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/chiranjeevis-sye-raa-narasimha-reddy-trailer-as-reviewed-by-aamir-khan-2104109?pfrom=home-lateststories
    Aamir Khan briefly discussed Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy with Chiranjeevi when they met at the Kyoto airport in April this year.

    During the promotion of his 2016 film Dangal, Aamir Khan revealed his bucket list of actors he wants to work with from the southern film industry. “I look forward to an opportunity to work with Pawan Kalyan, and I also like his brother Chiranjeevi’s work,” Aamir Khan had said.

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  12. Netflix is widely known for it’s unique content. For the first time ever, Indian series have been nominated for International Emmy Awards. Yes, you heard it right. Sacred Games 2, Lust Stories plus actress Radhika Apte have been nominated for Best Miniseries, Best Drama and Best Actress (for Lust Stories) respectively. Anurag Kashyap broke the news on his Instagram account and congratulated the team.

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  13. As I expected.

    Bigg Boss 13: Salman Khan To Host The Launch Of Upcoming Season At A Metro Station In Mumbai?
    Now, it seems like the team of Salman Khan’s show Bigg Boss 13 are also going to use the Metro for its promotion.

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  14. Drive seedha Netflix par ..

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  15. Zoya Factor inspired by Anushka Kohli story?

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  16. Apart from Hrithik Roshan, the ‘Chogada’ boy Aayush Sharma has been roped in to play his younger brother and it is surely going to be fun to watch these two on screen for the first time. A trusted source revealed, “Yes, Aayush Sharma has been roped in to play Hrithik Roshan’s younger brother in Satte Pe Satta Remake. Anushka Sharma will play Hrithik’s leading lady and this fresh pairing is surely going to be a hit.”

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  18. In the episode, Big B, the host, asked one of the questions that read, “According to Ramayana, Hanuman fetched the Sanjeevani herb for whom?”. To this, Sonakshi went clueless and said she thinks its Ram, and quipped on other options as well while the contestant chose ‘Sita’. They both ended up choosing a lifeline thereafter.

    https://www.koimoi.com/kbc-11/kbc-11-sonakshi-sinha-gets-brutally-trolled-ramayana-question/

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  19. Gully Boy Is India’s Official Entry For The Oscars
    Gully Boy showcases Murad’s journey from the slums of Dharavi to the centrestage of rap.

    Boi will give sarcastic commentary now.

    https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/gully-boy-nominated-as-indias-official-entry-to-92nd-oscar-awards-2104895

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    • Forget BOI.

      I think several questions can be raised on the characters of Jury members here who selected this as ‘India’s official entry”. Again an average product chosen. Trying to be safe (from media POV) has always been our weakness.

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  20. One film has to be picked up for Oscars. Instead of picking some obscure film which nobody watched except a very few, better to choose some film which has been watched more and also has some sort of message.
    More than Ranveer and Alia, I am happy for Siddhant Chaturvedi who is tasting big time success with this.
    Happy for the versatile yet humble Ranveer singh. He richly deserves this honour.
    For Zoya, this is a lottery.
    And Alia’s sincerity is rewarded.
    It is not about winning or even being nominated.
    It is just being considered.
    As for Super deluxe, it was such an uneven film. Mahanati is much better. Padmaavat was grand and majestic.

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  22. Dream Girl Continues Strong Run On Second Monday
    Tuesday 24 September 2019 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Dream Girl continued with its strong run on Monday as it collected 3.50 crore nett and took its total to 98.50 crore nett apprx. the second week business of the film is heading towards 38 crore nett which is an excellent number for week two.

    The only think that remains to be seen is whether the film can beat Badhaai Ho in NETT collections. The gross numbers and footfalls will remain lower for sure. Also whther it is a bigger HIT than Chhichhore but even though the film has a 4 crore nett lead if we compare the first 11 days it will probably fall short of that film as its run will be cut short when War release which is set to open to huge numbers. Even to reach Badhaai Ho it will need some numbers after week three. This is the difference dates and competition make as if this film would have released on Chhichhore date and vice versa then this would have finished ahead. The appreciation is very similar for both films. The collections of Dream Girl till date are as follows.

    Week One – 70,12,00,000

    Friday – 5,00,00,000 apprx

    Saturday – 9,00,00,000 apprx

    Sunday – 10,75,00,000 apprx

    Monday – 3,50,00,000 apprx

    Second Week – 28,25,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 98,37,00,000 apprx

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  23. Chhichhore Box Office: The Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor & Varun Sharma led film is having a very good hold at the Box Office even in 3rd week. The film earned 2.50 crores* on 3rd Monday taking the total to 127.73 crores* which is excellent for a film which took single digit opening.

    Chhichhore has now crossed the lifetime business of Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil which earned 126.58 crores and Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom which earned 127.49 crores. The next targets of the film are Airlift (129 crores), Stree (129.67 crores), Rowdy Rathore (131 crores), M.S. Dhoni- The Untold Story (133.04 crores) which will be surpassed in next couple of days or so.

    Till now, Chhichhore has earned 127.73 crores, thus yielding an ROI (Returns On Investment) of 65.73 crores, considering its budget of 62 crores. With such collections, it has made a profit of 106.01% and surpassed John Abraham Batla House (102.08%) and Akshay Kumar’s Kesari (104%).

    Chhichhore will soon beat Saaho’s returns of 112.14% but it will be interesting to see if it manages to overtake Article 15’s 152.20% in the list.

    koimoi.com

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    • Chhichhore got this far thanks to Nitesh Tiwari and the script. Each of SSRs huge grossers, he had someone else to thank for, be ir MSD, PK or Chhichhore now

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  24. He added, “It was just a promo and in the clip, it was said that the finale will be in 4 months after which there will be a big twist.” When prompted about what the twist is, the actor replied, “Telling you the twist is like giving away the climax of a film. But I want to clear out that on 29th, the show will go on air. In one month, we will show the finale and after that, for the next two months you will see twists and turns.”

    There have been reports that suggested that Bigg Boss 13 will end in 4 weeks. Talking about the celebrity express, Salman Khan said, “Jitni jaldi main idhar aaya hoon, utni hi jaldi season khatam hoga. The finale will be in 4 weeks, but even after that the season will go on for 3 months just like the other seasons, and I will be there with them for 3 months. I don’t know how but I think there was some miscommunication after watching one of the promos.”

    By
    Bollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Sep 24, 2019 – 9:45 am IST

    Salman Khan is all set to return with the 13th season of reality show Bigg Boss. The launch event took place on Monday, September 23. And interestingly, Salman turned station master and had his set turned into a metro station.

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    • Gear up for Panauti Kumar to line up 60 films for the next 6 years and let everyone else in the industry become berozgaar, thanks to his repetitive appearance in mostly substandard films every month with his loyal bunch of clownish fans going gaga about how he delivers ten 90 cr grossers in a year and hence generates 900 Cr for the poor and needy of this country through his deshbhakti.

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      • Shivaay, after reading your comments, i am enlightened.
        I am now not Akshay kumar fan !!!
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        I am a Jocking…….

        HOUSEFULL4 MANIA STARTS

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  26. https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/kangana-ranauts-sister-rangoli-bashes-taapsee-pannu-bhumi-pednekars-saand-ki-aankh/

    Kangana Ranaut’s Sister Rangoli BASHES Taapsee Pannu & Bhumi Pednekar’s Saand Ki Aankh
    While many were raving about how good the trailer looks, Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel had something very opposite to say on Twitter.

    She began by saying that, “Dear Nikhil, it’s heartbreaking to see how our media first killed MeToo in India now making a joke out of feminism, Vikas Bahl and the director of this movie wanted Kangana to do this film, she clearly told them to cast older woman and fight agism and sexism in Bollywood.”

    “Even today Kangana feels Ramya Krishnan and Neena Gupta Ji would have been a far better option, and they have a great market value, why can’t they be mainstream actresses ??” she continued.

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  27. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49810261

    BoJo will have to work tomorrow

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  28. Much deserved and Congratulations

    The legend Amitabh Bachchan who entertained and inspired for 2 generations has been selected unanimously for #DadaSahabPhalke award. The entire country and international community is happy. My heartiest Congratulations to him
    – Prakash Javedkar

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  32. Very nice Sallu

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  33. Tahira Kashyap says she would cry at night while Ayushmann Khurrana would be out shooting
    Tahira Kashyap has talked once again about the importance of discussing mental health and seeking help when necessary. She spoke about her own battle with depression.
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/tahira-kashyap-says-she-would-cry-at-night-while-ayushmann-khurrana-would-be-out-shooting/story-ZfX3NNj5uvnvQt6QgqWKnM.html

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    • Salman Khan has played a character called Radhe twice, once in Satish Kaushik’s 2003 love saga Tere Naam and once in his 2009 super-hit flick, Wanted. The source adds, “Just like Prem, Radhe is another of his popular screen-name. Though the part of Radhe in the Eid release is very different from his part in Tere Naam and Wanted, some of the personality traits of his characters in both the films have been retained in Radhe. We assure you that Salman Khan fans would be in for a treat as his character is totally massy, bindaas and entertaining!”

      However, the good news is that Salman is very much on track as far as his film on the holy festival is concerned. There have been reports that he has signed a film called Radhe. And that’s true. A source close to the film spills the beans, “Radhe is indeed Salman Khan’s next after Dabangg 3 and it’ll release on Eid 2020. Dabangg 3 releases on December 20, 2019 and Salman will shoot few portions of Radhe before the former’s release. It is directed by Prabhudheva, who incidentally, is also helming Dabangg 3. He’s in a race against time and simultaneously handling the shoot and post production of Dabangg 3 along with the pre-production of Radhe.”

      The official announcement for Radhe is expected anytime by the producers. As for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he’s working with the other actor of Inshallah, Alia Bhatt, called Gangubai, based on a real-life respected pimp in Mumbai’s red light area. This film too will be announced formally by him soon and just like Radhe, will be out in 2020.

      Bollywood Hungama

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    • Rushed films by Salman just to put something on Eid.

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    • A south indian remake Vs korean remake on Eid 2020.

      It may also be a case of 2 bad movies competing and a slightly better movie winning, which i think will be Kanchana remake.

      Radhey ka dhaaga khul jaayega. 100% guarantee

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      • As for Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he’s working with the other actor of Inshallah, Alia Bhatt, called Gangubai, based on a real-life respected pimp in Mumbai’s red light area.

        WTF!!! This is another Kalank for Aalia. She is the one to lose out the most from Inshallah kaand.

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    • Double Role😏
      Double Look😏
      Double Maza😏

      Look 1 – Killer 👌
      Look 2 – Handsome Boy😍😍

      Now i’m so excited for Housefull 4 😻

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  35. The producer Sajid Nadiadwala who is known as the king of commercial cinema has even gone on record to call ‘Chhichhore’ as the best film he has made in his 30-year career.

    “When I watched my daughter’s recent movie Chhichhore, one word was phenomenal and it was one of the finest films I’ve experienced in my life. I was stunned after the movie and couldn’t get up as I was so touched.

    My daughter and Sushant helped me out and I realised that moment how important it is to make such movies. Such movies should be made and director like Nitesh Tiwari and producer like Sajid Bhai (Sajid Nadiadwala) are the ones who make us proud. Sajid bhai who is making such movies along with commercial cinemas, understands the need of the message,” quoted the veteran actor and proud father.

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  36. “We are doing a film together again. But it is not called ‘Radhe’. It will come on Eid,” Salman said.
    Speculations were rife that ‘Radhe’, to be directed by Prabhudheva, will be Salman’s next Eid release. Fans of the actor were happy with announcement and started guessing the name of the film, the title ‘Radhe’ is result of the same.

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  37. Top Twenty Grossers 2019 – Overseas
    Thursday 26 September 2019 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The Overseas market has seen dull results with Bharat being top grossing film though considering an Eid release it should have done more and the main reason it got this number was Gulf which contributed over 40% of its Overseas business. The biggest HIT overseas was Gully Boy which can be called a SUPER HIT and Uri – The Surgical Strike and Kabir Singh also fall into the SUPER HIT classification. there has not been one BLOCKBUSTER film Overseas till date this year.

    The HIT films in Overseas were Kalank, Mission Mangal, Total Dhamaal, Badla, Chhichhore and Dream Girl. There were some BLOCKBUSTER territory performances with Gully Boy and Uri – the Surgical Strike in US / Canada, Kalank in United Kingdom and Kabir Singh in Nepal. In Australia it was Punjabi film Chal Mera Putt which stood out. The top twenty films in Overseas this year are as follows.

    1. Bharat – $10,710,000

    2. Gully Boy – $10,250,000

    3. Uri – The Surgical Strike – $7,460,000

    4. Kalank – $7,170,000

    5. Mission Mangal – $7,100,000 (35 days)

    6. Kabir Singh – $6,950,000

    7. Total Dhamaal – $6,530,000

    8. Super 30 – $5,190,000

    9. Badla – $4,680,000

    10. Chhichhore – $3,500,000 (17 days)

    11. Manikarnika: Queen Of Jhansi – $3,460,000

    12. Kesari – $3,310,000

    13. Dream Girl – $3,100,000 (10 days)

    14. De De Pyaar De – $2,820,000

    15. Saaho (Hindi) – $2,750,000 (21 days)

    16. Luka Chuppi – $2,430,000

    17. Student Of The Year – $2,240,000

    18. Article 15 – $2,220,000

    19. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga – $1,890,000

    20. Batla House – $1,750,000 (35 days)

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  38. Aamir Khan’s next, Lal Singh Chaddha, directed by Advait Chandan, and an official adaptation of Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994), begins shoot in Punjab from November 1. Aamir plays a simple-minded yet loveable character from Punjab and has been learning the language for the same. Kareena Kapoor Khan, who plays one of the most challenging roles of her career, will join him in Punjab, a few days after Aamir’s on the shoot, as that’s where their love story begins. A major chunk of this shooting will have scenes from their younger college days, how they met and fell in love and separated.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/exclusive-kareena-kapoor-romance-aamir-khan-college-first-schedule-laal-singh-chadda/

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  39. Created Post..
    Marjaavaan Trailer

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  40. Why Gully Boy is the right choice for Oscars: Visibility, international buzz gives the film a real shot
    Baradwaj Rangan

    Sep 26, 2019 13:19:58 IST
    Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about Anurag Kashyap. His Gangs of Wasseypur, which was screened at the 2012 Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, was the only Indian entry in The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century, compiled by The Guardian. (“Stylish, visceral film-making, violent and hard-hitting, it’s got a valid claim to be India’s answer to The Godfather.”) Projects he’s been involved with — Sacred Games, Lust Stories — have found themselves nominated for the International Emmy Awards. He plays a (voice) role in Gitanjali Rao’s Bombay Rose, which opened the Venice International Film Critics Week this year. And he seems to have a spot reserved in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mukkabaaz (which he directed) was screened there in 2017, and this year, it was Geetu Mohandas’s Moothon (which he co-produced and wrote the Hindi dialogues for).

    https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/why-gully-boy-is-the-right-choice-for-oscars-visibility-international-buzz-gives-the-film-a-real-shot-7406641.html

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    • what about lack of originality?

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      • Yes, my choice would have been Andhadhun or Badhaai ho or Padman. Any of these three were fabulous and in that order (Padman will be my third choice only if an issue based social drama would fetch ; remember Bill gates tweeted appreciating the movie which counts) for different reasons. All three were way above Gully Boyz for me.

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        • Bill Gates with all due respect, is a has been guy from the 90s.

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          • Yeah…but you need deep pockets and expertise to promote the movie for Oscars.
            Aamir spent his fortune for Lagaan and he did acknowledge that these things are more important.
            Twinkle as producer gets a tick mark in all the boxes. She is articulate, wealthy and can influence.

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          • And the movie has touch of United Nation etc.

            But again i would prefer Andhadhun/Badhaai ho over Padman. The other two were superb movie, but may lack the producer’s backing needed.

            The only box that Gully boyz ticks is the small section of journalists who writes for Telegraph in India. So you get brownie points in india which doesn’t matter to the west. Unless Ranveer + Deepika goes all out (with their money), this is a goner.

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          • Zero had Nasa. So was Swades. Srk is the richest man and he can sweet talk like no one else.
            So it is not about influencing or spending money. It is about how good another film is compared to our entry.

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          • Was watching Bill Gates series..someone commented that he reads like 150 pages in an hour and has 90% retention (there may be some exaggeration )…I could read barely 10-20% of it and forget about retention.

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  41. What’s more is that the teaser also mentions the film being inspired by some true life incidents from the Sacred Games actor’s life.

    Talking about the teaser, we see Nawazuddin and lead actress Tamannaah sharing some cute moments. We see them stealing glances, riding a bike, complimenting each other and even though there are no dialogues, one can totally understand the feeling. The song in the background is a slow number making the visuals look even more delightful.

    Nawaz will be seen essaying the role of a bangle-seller. Tamannaah essays the role of a village girl. The story will revolve around their brewing romance. The film also stars Anurag Kashyap and Rajpal Yadav, Kabir Duhan Singh, Rajpal Yadav and Aditya Srivastava.

    Bole Chudiyan Teaser
    Koimoi.com

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  42. Here comes HF4 trailer. Naveen spotted waiting there eagerly

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  43. Excellent trending.

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  44. Ayushman strikes again with excellent trending!

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  45. Liked Ad Astra a lot. It certainly should be seen in the theater for its visuals. Admittedly all such Hollywood efforts end up either in New Age mumbo jumbo (Contact, Interstellar) or involve a hokey and/or silly premise at bottom. Ad Astra probably falls into the latter camp (much like Gravity) but it’s a film that’s worth checking out. And Pitt really holds things together throughout. It’s not a phenomenal performance or something but one that’s perfectly pitched to the ‘mood’ of the film. The narrative worked for me, even found it gripping throughout. But I’ve also liked all the other films I’ve mentioned in this thread at one level or another.

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  46. Top Twenty Films 2019 – Akshay Kumar Ajay Devgn Leading Stars
    Thursday 26 September 2019 11.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The top stars for the year are Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn and with a couple of releases to come its pretty much certain that the year will belong to Akshay Kumar.

    https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=5467

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  47. “Would pick a comedy film of Akshay as his best.” – Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of 2019 – Super30, Chichore and Housefull4

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  48. War is comming this Wednesday . First day collection will be close to 50 crore , would have taken 60 crore opening if not for syree and joker . But Hindi cinemas already started losing out to south movies when it come big grossers.Time for introspection!!!

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  49. https://www.filmcompanion.in/happy-90th-birthday-lata-mangeshkar/

    The singer’s greatness is taken for granted (and rightly so), but is the “Lata era” still a thing? Or is it just for older listeners and nostalgists?

    POSTED ONSEPTEMBER 28, 2019 BY BARADWAJ RANGAN

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  50. tonymontana Says:

    My take on Dream Girl:

    Dream Girl (or Dreamgirl, as per the reader’s understanding of filmi grammar) is the latest Ayushmann starrer, the man with the Midas touch who has somehow found a winning formula to appease all kind of viewers. Much has already been written from the time its first trailer came out until quite recently when the film is winning hearts of the masses.

    Keeping all biasness aside, the film does deliver, going by the audience reaction: a high-end multiplex, the likes of which have taken a liking to rooted cinema with small town flavour and inside jokes. Dream Girl has such jokes aplenty, and this has become the now winning formula of most new age filmmakers. Cast a bunch of well known actors with good comic timing and get them to deliver cleverly written one liners that no one else can with such relish.

    Does it work? For me, it did, to an extent. It’s a smart film that knows how to fill the gaps of the holes created by a script that, without the baggage of the small town earthiness, can be called above average at best. The actors are intelligent and seem to be having fun. Ultimately, it’s the chemistry between all departments that saves it from going haywire and all over the place, especially in the first half.
    In the second, it does come into its own, creating a riot in the final hour that reminded me of yesteryear’s comedies of errors.

    This is a fun film that dares you to look away despite its flaws. Quite an outing at the movies that entertains at the cost of chances of a stronger scipt. This might not be the primary expectation of every cinema goer, but satiates the hell out of the regular one.

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    • Nicely reviewed!

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    • Terrific encapsulation Tony. I admit I did laugh out crazily and those one-liners, on their own are so wittingly written and delivered, it’s impossible to be not laughing at them, however cynical one might be. But yes, I mentioned about the ‘over-all’ cinematic experience of these kind of movies that are being churned out and more importantly, the end-meaning to all of these.

      I had written about this on BR Saab’s blog..

      An Jo

      September 16, 2019

      I for one am so glad that you have called a spade a spade BR Saab and am heartened by your reviews for both CHICHORE and DREAM-GIRL. It’s been hilarious to see folks orgasming over these ‘content’ movies. The problem that’s creeping in here is, for the most part, and I have gotten into vehement battles with bloggers and commentators, is the ‘low’ bar that is being set consistently: If ‘formula’ Hindi films were considered a bane during the ’80s’ — which again is a stupid classification since some of the greatest movies on the commercial and so-called f-‘artsy’ movies-front be they SALEEM LANGDE PE MAT RO or SPARSH or MOHAN JOSHI HAAZIR HO were made during the time: Now, it’s this over-hyphenating of pretty average movies like STREE, DREAM-GIRL, or CHICHORE as some ‘renaissance’ movies that claim rich ‘content’! All these terms of great writing, ‘screen-play’ film, are being bandied about. [The less said about SAAHO the better.]

      Here’s the new recipe/formula for you: Take actors like GAJARAJ RAO, RAJKUMMAR RAO, NEENA GUPTA, SULEKHA SIKRI in your films, localize the film in a small-town belonging to Hindi-Hinterland, and lo and behold, you have a tightly budgeted film making moolah! Just have a few ‘weird’ – weird for the elite — characters like Pankaj Tripathi or Aparakshit Khuraana in your films, give them cheesy applaud-lines, and get the tag of a ‘content’ film! Then claim WOM is damn good for these films, spread the word around, and you gotten yourself a hit! Are the lines in the film, is the writing, really spectacular? Is it really so ‘mitti-ki-khusboo-chehekti-hai’ scenario, the ‘petrichor’ of its kind? I barely laughed for 10 minutes in STREE, maybe a little more in BADHAI HO, and maybe almost equivalent in CHICHORE!–[Trust me, I did go to the shrink and check if age is indeed catching up on me at the cusp of 40 and am being the old, cynical farts like my grand-uncles who thought there would be no better actor after Dilip] — Yes I had a few moments of laughter: That doesn’t make these films the next GOLMAAL [talking of Mukherjee, not Shetty]; nor does it make Khurrana the next middle-class hero, Palekar!

      There are some genuinely effective films like VICKY DONOR, PIKU, OCTOBER — with the bad actor Varun Dhawan — ANDHA DHUN that deserve these epithets. But you see, conflating the other films I mentioned before with these is seriously unjustified. I do not mind folks saying, CHICHORE is a hit and I loved it because it took you back to your ‘shagging’ — in the Indian context, that is an independent affair with Bunty — days and there was a lot of nostalgia and that’s what connected, but it’s an average film as-a-whole. But trying to shove it as a ‘great’ film just because it’s ‘connected’ and made crores is ridiculous. When are we going to realize that because your 30% is equal to 100% in your books, that’s not in my case. A person scoring 35/100 is a passed student, so is a person scoring 65 and so is a person scoring 95. But you know why one’s called a rank-holder and why one’s a passed candidate, right? Can we please have this common-sensical, ‘nuanced’ categorization?

      Where would you put movies like THE KING OF COMEDY or JAANE BHI DO YAARON by today’s yard-stick? They would be bloody Haley’s Comets!! And they would come more often!

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      • tonymontana Says:

        An Jo, you’ve hit the nail in your reply. You’ve articulated rather well what I’ve been meaning to express myself with such “coming of age” films for a long time. Vicky Donor/Piku/Pink are classic examples and the true yardstick for content cinema in today’s times. I’d even have a place for Tumbbad. Despite making a wave when it released, that too for a short time, it seems to be forgotten by the same group of people who hail the likes of Badhai Ho and Dream Girl as “masterpieces.” The defining moment for Ayushmann remains Andhadhun for me, and I doubt if anything else he does will come close to replicating the hammer strong impact of the boldness of its storytelling. No wonder why it didn’t have an all India acceptance like his more audience friendly films have done.

        The other examples quoted above, including Dream Girl, are wearing away their novelty factor already. I still prefer this stuff to Akshay Kumar cinema but till when can one rely on “earthiness” to get away with gaping holes in the script. Ayushmann still saves the day because of his spontaneity but this has now become a modern-day formula to earn brownie points from multiplex audience who couldn’t know better. Bareilley ki Barfi and Luka Chupi were bad films to put it mildly, hiding behind the so-called small town sensibilities which overstayed their welcome. The others weren’t bad, enjoyable even as stated in my review, but time might not be on their side when looked at in retrospect.

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        • I was just planning to watch Bareilley ki Barfi but you’ve put me off it now!

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        • @Jayshah : Bareily ki Barfi is utter junk unless you’re a huge Rajkumar Rao fan.

          @Tony, An Jo : For me Vicky Donor would continue to remain the most landmark and coming of age cinema in these times of urban metropolitan multiplex era. Not only is it a laugh riot, it touches upon topics that were neither discussed in living rooms and nor did anyone dare making “commercial” cinema on themes like these. Its only post the stupendous success of VD in urban India that film makers got the idea to experiment with the Shubh Mangal’s and Toilet’s of the world (none of which are a patch on the subtlety and underplaying tone of VD). While I regard Andhadhun and Tumbadd as good films while Badhaai Ho and Chhichhore would fall in the “one time watch” category, VD remains a true masterpiece in all aspects in my opinion. Easily the best film of the decade in the comic-drama genre for me (Kahaani being the best in thriller while Dangal remains the best in the sports-drama genre). Although Madras Cafe & Piku too were wonderful films, VD would perhaps always remains Shoojit’s unparalleled triumph (something akin to A Wednesday for Neeraj Pandey).

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          • Shoojit Sarkar, Sujoy Ghosh … Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterjee. What is it about Bengali film makers and small budget films that go on to becomes urban successes? Rice and Fish?

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  51. It didn’t work for me as well. Found it quite dull in parts. I think Shubh Mangal Savdhaan was much better.

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  52. War is going to take 50+ crore opening and by far the biggest opening this year for Hindi movie but it seems BOI is sleeping . They don’t have a single article on WAR so far. If this is certain khan or Kumar movie by now there would have some 2-3 articles showcasing its box office strength .

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    • WAR Economics :-

      Cost of Production – 180cr
      Print & Publicity – 20cr
      Total Budget – 200cr

      Satellite and Digital rights – 120cr (STAR and Hotstar)
      Music Rights and Home Video – 10cr

      *Non theatrical revenue – 130cr*

      So 200 Cr will be minimum needed to be a hit?

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