Thappad, minor releases and the rest of the box office

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  1. Watched some interesting movies.
    Welcome to Sajjanpur is a sweet little film with big ideas.
    Ahista Ahista is a little gem and Ajay Deol truly inherits Dharm’s looks and smile.
    Naam Shabana showcases that women can be as tough as men when it comes to fighting. But they need some training and willpower to do so while men gets physicality as a matter of fact most of the times.

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  2. Thappad is getting outstanding reviews.

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  5. Which film in 2020 can do what Avengers did last year?

    Friday – 53,50,00,000 apprx
    Saturday – 52,25,00,000 apprx
    Sunday – 53,75,00,000 apprx
    Monday – 30,50,00,000 apprx
    Tuesday – 26,00,00,000 apprx
    Wednesday – 28,00,00,000 apprx
    Thursday – 15,50,00,000 apprx

    TOTAL – 2,59,50,00,000 apprx

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    • These numbers are from 4 different versions combined together out of which the Hindi version contributed 40% of the collection. Taking multi lingual films & comparing with outright single language films is unfair & unjustified. You either have a Hindi vs Hindi/Telugu vs Telugu etc comparison or a global box office comparison. Markets for Hindi, Telugu & Tamil films is entirely different across the landscape.

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      • These numbers are not so different from Baahubali 2’s 1st week (hindi version). For BB2 the week 1 was 247 cr (Hindi). And it trended way better than Endgame and more than doubled its week 1 number to get to 510 cr.

        However, I dont see any of 2020’s event films to be carrying that much buzz to reach such heights in week 1. The highest grossers of this year will probably have week one in 200 cr range. The likely candidates are Sooryavanshi (extended week), 83 and LSC imo.

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        • Prithiviraj has better prospects than Sooryavanshi if its a well made film. A Shetty film ultimately has an upper cap to its audience, his mindless masala films are not everyone’s cup of tea.

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          • Shetty’s films have been increasingly doing better. GA did 205 cr, while Simmba did 240 cr. Expectations from Sooryavanshi will be to do better.

            Prithviraj will not be a solo release in Diwali and also will not have extended week 1. Doubt if it can do 200 cr in week 1 under such circumstances.

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          • The increase in Nett collection is purely thanks to GST and taxation change. Golmaal 4 almost had the same viewership as Golmaal 3 despite a 7 year time lapse while Simbaa would perhaps be the same as G4 if adjusted for taxation change and ATP. If Sooryavanshi does business at par with Simmbaa its collections would reach Tanhaji levels, perhaps 3-4% more. 2013’s Chennai Express remains Shetty’s biggest BB with an inflation adjusted nett of anywhere between 300-350 Cr nett.

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  6. Anubhav Sinha directed Thappad is among the most highly anticipated films of 2020 and will release on Friday, February 28.

    Two days ahead of the forthcoming release, Aamir Khan took to Twitter to wish the team of Thappad ‘all the luck’.

    In his latest post, Aamir shared Thappad’s trailer and gave a special mention to debutante writer, Mrunmayee Lagoo, who is the daughter of late actress Reema Lagoo.

    Mrunmayee has co-penned Thappad with Sinha and has teamed up with Aamir for his films – Talaash, Dangal and 3 Idiots.

    “Dear Mrunmayee, wishing you all the very best for the release of your 1st writing assignment, Thappad. All the very best Mrunmayee, Anubhav, Taapsee, and the entire team! Cheers. A,” reads his tweet.

    https://www.news18.com/news/movies/aamir-khan-sends-out-best-wishes-to-taapsee-pannu-and-thappad-team-2516469.html

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  7. https://www.rediff.com/movies/review/thappad-review/20200227.htm

    My hope is all the Vikrams of the world watch it.

    I don’t know if Thappad will put a dent on male entitlement, inspire men to behave better or uproot patriarchy.

    It may not change anything at all but even if it convinces women to walk out of toxic relationships, it will be half a battle won.

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    • These are the words of the reviewer.

      Sukanya Verma also mentions some films like

      When Raj Kapoor slaps Nargis non-stop on the beach in Awaara, she magnanimously offers, ‘lo maar lo’.

      Minutes later, they are singing romantic duets on a boat.

      Everybody raves about their scorching chemistry.

      In Chachi 420, Tabu files for divorce against Kamal Haasan over a slap. But while she is made to look like a wealthy brat, her poor husband must daily don layers of prosthetic and work as a nanny to their daughter in her father’s house. In the end, the couple are reunited and everybody had a good laugh about it.

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      • “When Raj Kapoor slaps Nargis non-stop on the beach in Awaara, she magnanimously offers, ‘lo maar lo’.”

        There was lot more leading up to that scene, for Raj Kapoor films, you can’t just take one scene because it will ble like taking word out of context.

        That was a display of rich vs. poor, and many other factors of society/culture.

        Can’t believe he started making that film at the age of like 23.

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      • in jjws, aamir is given a thappad by pooja bedi when he says ‘you are nothing but a gold digger’. this thappad ok?

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    • Good points Sanjana,

      It’s not okay to slap anyone, be it man, woman, children, elders.

      Not sure how it had became okay in the first place where men can slap, beat up woman and society would be okay with it and than it somehow becomes culture.

      Being a father of 3 girls, i wouldn’t want any men putting their hand on my daughter.

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      • Some comments on trailers elsewhere..

        “IF the character wants to draw a line with that (public) slap, that is okay for that particular situation; But domestic violence happens in confines of house. Both of them are not same. This would have been less gimmicky if it was shown just between two leads alone in a house. I hope this is not shown as domestic violence, this looks more like ego hurt. It could have been as simple as shout down in public and you take umbrage because it was done publicly.”

        I don’t think it is entitlement; it is because of multiple reasons; You may hit someone for following reasons:
        1. You feel powerful…when you are alone with spouse.
        2. You don’t know how to handle the situation..kids..
        3. Fit of anger – It could be anyone.
        4. You want to put down other person in public.
        Movie one comes in #3. There may be preceding context but it is not obvious from trailer.

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        • The only scenario in which slaps are justified in my opinion are if you’re indulging in kink or bdsm. In this scenario you gotta make sure they’re tight enough, preferably with chains or whips 😜

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  8. Just random thought that goes thru my mind (not meant to offend anyone and please don’t politicize it):

    So I work day and night with Infosys/Cognizant staff from India (99 % from south india). These men/women are very quite, humble, down to earth, soft spoken people; how is it that most of the south movies are loud and where hero is nothing like the common men that I interact with daily.

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    • Malayalam movies are somewhat different. I saw some acclaimed movies which are really good. Try to watch Virus or Helen with sub titles. And also Uyaare. Malayalam cinema is more than Mohan Lal, Mammootty and Kumbalangi nights.

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    • Z
      In real life too in general South Indians ( specially Telgu people ) are more religious , soft spoken and humble than North Indians .
      My neighbor calls me Bayya , he even writes Bayya instead of Bhaiyya.
      Usually they are a bit wiser with money , but then I met Ravi Bhai (SS) LOL !!

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      • “Usually they are a bit wiser with money”

        No one is wiser with money than Gujju like me 🙂

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      • Gujjus toh bas “File” key chakkar mein rehtey hain ….LOL!!
        Tu chal main aaya !!!

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        • Wait why’s there so much generalizing going on here? Stereotyping is nothing short of offensive and racist imo. For the record, I know plenty of humble North Indians, some of whom are even Sikhs! And have not encountered the kinda loud & brash rowdy’s in any other metro like I have in Bangalore. So lets not get into foot in mouth.

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          • Chill (um) maar Shivaay , it’s all in light hearted fun!!
            Aside: I am a UP ka bhaiyya .

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          • I was making a point elsewhere when a point came regarding per capita rape in India and US; you will find perverts everywhere . It is law and order and implementation which desists people. Of course societal change will take more time.

            ps – Ab Haryanavi to kuch bhi bolegaa to lagega ki lath maar raha hai 🙂

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          • Shivaay, this started with my random thought so i take responsibility for it if you’re offended. It was just my random thought that the south indian people i work with are very calm, humble, etc…

            Me being a Gujju, not all gujju but a lot of gujju thinks they know everything and wants to own everything.

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  9. LOL Rocky Bhai, was a fun meet. Let me know when u r around again, we should meet up.

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    • For sure Ravi bhai, it was great meeting up with you.

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    • We should organize SS meet.

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      • Not many people in one city to meet; I don’t know how many people will be willing to fly.
        I have met Shetty in Bangalore and Rohit Batra at my place in Southern California.

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        • I’m in CT, would be cool if at least few can meet in New York/New Jersey/Mass area.

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          • Satyam and Q are your side of coast. There may be more people but I am not aware.
            I am on other side of coast:) If you happen to be this side, let me know.
            Also I am not sure, how people would react to meeting some unknown who they have talked only in cyberworld!
            I was apprehensive meeting Shetty but turned out fine.

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  10. First Rishi Kapoor now AB sir-

    .. how technology has changed over the 50 years of my working in this film world ..
    the Director was right next to the camera, as you performed and related to you immediately .. now they sit miles away in a separate room or cabin , watching through monitors what the actor is doing , giving instructions on a mike .. !
    .. that 3 monitors for the Director of the 3 cameras running at the same time .. different lenses and projections .. but yes he sits away from the action .. that feel of his presence has gone .. we now have the advantage of being able to see immediately the shot we have given ..
    .. my time .. no such thing .. and damned if you asked to show the frame in the camera .. reprimanded if you did .. more .. feed the entire crew for looking into the lens as a punishment ..
    … never got to see any shot until it was processed in the Film Lab, and sent to the Editing Room for its edit ..
    .. enter the edit room .. ?
    .. forget it .. not allowed even a mile away from it ..
    .. we only saw the final film on the day of its release in a theatre of its release .. nothing more ..
    ..
    the 4th monitor that is seen in the picture is one of the monitors of the DOP .. the Director of Photography .. this particular one is the monitor for the camera mounted on a crane of Jib – one that moves distances , 20′-30′ feet at times .. operated by a whole group of operators with head sets on .. they are spoken to by the DOP of the crane camera .. he tells them when to move the Jib or Crane ..
    .. there are other monitors too .. the hand held camera has a monitor so he knows and sees where he is moving .. his movement is also seen by the master monitor room where the Director sits so he can see what is going on ..
    .. then there are smaller monitors with the assistants who monitor continuity of dress hair, hand feet actions .. etc..
    .. there is the dialogue monitor AD, who sees whether the dialogue is being correctly said .. has a small iPad and comes politely to tell you ‘you are a useless actor, you messed up the lines’ .. or words to that effect .. he doesn’t actually say this .. but his facial expression is in consonance with what you just read as his speak ..

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  11. De De Pyaar de – A nonsensical ride with 2 of the best babes in bollywood – Rakul and Tabu. They overshadowed Ajay but pity the story was a big let down.

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    • I stopped when Ajay Debgn lands at Tabu house with Rakul.
      It made the movie illogical with situations and changed the characters graph of leads.
      I haven’t finished the movie since.

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  12. Watched Kanchana on youtube.

    One of the big movies of 2020, Laxmmi Bomb is its remake and i wanted to check what made Akshay to sign this?

    Story: Raghav, a gully cricketer who is scared of ghosts, fatefully lands on a ground at a haunted house. He and his team are soon pursued by not one but several revenge-seeking spirits.

    Kanchana is a massy horror-comedy-revenge story. It has a good message and few chilling horror sequences. Kanchana was made many years ago and its SFX and scenes need to improve in its remake. I can only see Akshay taking the movie several notches above. Sharad Kelkar will play the eunuch and is a good choice. Movie had good roles for Hero’s mother and sister in law. Kovai Sarala (mother) and Devadharshini(SIL)’s comedy and humor sense are the main highlights in the movie. Heroine’s role is small and unimpactful. Overall this will be pure entertainment.

    This Eid, the Bomb will explode. Just hope and pray that the riot happens in box office terms. This clash will be interesting.

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  13. RRR Rajamouli’s never ending saga, actors take a pay cut

    Secretly, sections of the Telugu film industry call it the new-age Mughal-e-Azam. The never-ending shooting of Rajamouli’s latest RRR is turning the film into an impossibly expensive project.

    Sources say the producers are at their wit’s end as to how to control the spiraling budget. Sources say both the leading men Ramcharan Teja and NTR Jr have offered to waive a part of their fee to economize the film’s out-of-control budget.

    Says a source, “The two leading men are willing to take a cut. Ajay Devgn is not charging any money. And Alia Bhatt may also do her work for a token fee. Everybody is co-operating.”

    Now if only RRR makes it finally on Sankranti 2020.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/rrr-rajamoulis-never-ending-saga-actors-take-pay-cut/

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  14. Offered without comment.

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  15. India’s John Wick or something original?

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  16. Let us meet after 4 years on this day and month.

    Waiting for 29th february, 2024.

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  17. Good opening.

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  19. 💥💥💥🔥🔥🔥

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  20. Anubhav Sinha – Yet another mediocre substandard film maker best known for turkey’s like Ra1 & Dus whose only claim to fame came post 2014 by taking an anti establishment stand to claim some cheap fame and thereafter making degenerated propaganda films like Mulk, Article 15 & now Thappad. Puts him in the esteemed category of circus clowns like Kashyap, Bhaskar & Agnihotri whose tweets rant louder than their mediocre films.

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    • Well, 90 percent of the critics immenesely liked Thappad. All cant be wrong. I will watch it when it appears on netflix or other streaming outlet and then judge it. I did not watch any of his other films. Article 15 is yet to be watched by me.
      I am also waiting to watch Panga.
      Some make films for critical acclaim and some for BO.
      There is middle ground too when both can be achieved.

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      • Article 15 was quite dry. I find serious Indian films really boring, there is a lack of filmmaking flair.

        Will watch Chhapaak, Panga and Thappad on streaming. The backlash from men is interesting. They accuse these films of having a feminist agenda.

        But where were these people when, for years, we had rape scenes and belittling item numbers? Did they accuse these films of having a chauvinist agenda? No, they were silent then.

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        • Shivaay Says:

          If your rant is directed towards me, be informed that in my opinion the 80’s films of rape & revenge themes was perhaps the darkest phase in Hindi cinema, the exact reason why Kaabil & Simbaa made me feel disgusted upon watch. It can only be a futile request in the age of fake whatsapp & social media news but if possible, kindly do know or understand someone’s views in entirety before shooting your mouth off. My views were on the opportunism of mediocre artists like Sinha, Kashyap, Agnihotri Bhaskar among others who’re more famous for their twitter rants than their art.

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  21. Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s There Is No Evil won the Golden Bear prize Saturday for best picture at the Berlin Film Festival. Rasoulof wasn’t there to accept the award due to a travel ban imposed on him by Iranian authorities.

    There Is No Evil tells four stories loosely connected to the use of the death penalty in Iran and dealing with personal freedom under tyranny.

    The Berlin festival jury led by actor Jeremy Irons chose the film over 17 others competing for the prize, including Sally Potter’s The Road Not Taken, a remake of Berlin Alexanderplatz, and Siberia, starring Willem Dafoe and Dounia Sichov.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/iranian-director-wins-prize-at-berlin-festival-in-absentia-6293529/

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  22. was unaware of this song having roots in EDKL. LP were the music directors for the 1981 blockbuster.

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  23. sanjana Says:

    https://www.koimoi.com/box-office/thappad-box-office-day-3-advance-booking-taapsee-pannu-starrer-aims-for-another-jump-today/

    Thappad Box Office Day 3 Advance Booking: Taapsee Pannu Starrer Aims For Another Jump Today
    A good growth is on cards today but it will be interesting to see how much close to the 15 crore first-weekend Thappad can get.

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  24. sanjana Says:

    Akshay Kumar Donates 1.5 Crores To Help Building The 1st Transgender Building In Chennai
    Raghav took to his social media and informed about this new project for uplifting transgenders by providing shelter for them.
    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/akshay-kumar-donates-1-5-crores-to-help-building-the-1st-transgender-building-in-chennai/

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  25. Thappad is going to be a surprise success. The Sunday growth seals the fate that this is not going to do bad on weekdays. Happy for Tapsee.

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    • Will surely watch this.
      Based on the feedback it seems those who did not like the movie are feeling unsure of one slap can be a reason for divorce. I am sure this can be a debating point and most would like to believe that what Tapsee thinks and does in the movie is too far fetched.

      However, i am okay if any story tries to stretch my boundaries.

      I had a problem with Kabhi Alvida naa kehna where i felt why would a wife (Rani) leave a doting and a good well-mannered husband (Abhishek). Is an extra marital affair justified then? Obviously, i found the premise bizarre as i alway thought that there needs to be a reason “more than i don’t love my husband” for extra marital affair. That movie also tried to stretch the institution of marriage. But it did ask the question – Is just being good person enough in a marriage?

      Thappad is also asking a question that tries to question our degree of compatibility. Can it be so intolerant that a slap can destroy a marriage?

      Trivia – Thappad ki goonj pe Karma movie ban gayi, entire family was killed in the movie because a jailer slapped a terrorist, ….movie became blockbuster. Am sure that then thappad is powerful enough to call for a divorce. Isn’t it?

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      • Shivaay Says:

        Being mild mannered & doting cannot be the only reasons to stay in a relationship. Marriages are a lot more about compatibility, understanding & a certain spark that keeps the relationship going. KANK in my opinion was Johar’s strongest premise yet, however the mediocre film maker that he is, he was bound to mess up such a sensitive subject via his usual props & stale school girl handling. Watch Yash Raj Chopra’s Silsila (if you already haven’t) for a much more mature handling of relationship collapse.

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      • In case you missed out, Karma was a star studded commercial potboiler with a director on top of his game after Vidhaata, Hero and Meri Jung. Plus singing and dancing and jingoism too. Everything that’s missing in Thappad

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  26. Baaghi 3: CBFC removes Shraddha Kapoor’s ‘abuses’ – ‘teri maa ki beep’ and Disha Patani’s body shots

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/baaghi-3-cbfc-removes-shraddha-kapoors-abuses-teri-maa-ki-beep-disha-patanis-body-shots/

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  27. sanjana Says:

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  28. Thappad – One of the best written movies in recent times. Truly remarkable work by Anubhav Sinha!

    Highly Recommended!

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  29. Thappad is doing quite well getting 2 cr. on Monday which is only 30 percent fall. And Baaghi 3 advance is not very big according to boi.
    Kaamyaab is getting good reviews from critics.

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  30. sanjana Says:

    Devi streaming.

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  31. sanjana Says:

    Bunty aur Babli 2

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  32. sanjana Says:

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/aamir-khans-3-idiots-becomes-the-last-film-for-a-theatre-in-japan-it-went-houseful/

    The Rajkumar Hirani directorial, 3 Idiots was released over a decade ago and yet is evergreen in today’s world and the movie had created an immense wave nationwide and not just that. the movie was released overseas in Taiwan, Hongkong, South Korea, China, and Japan.

    A theatre in Osaka, Japan was shutting down and decided to play 3 Idiots as its last film and saw a full house, proving that it is one of the most important and impactful movies of all time and is loved by everyone across the globe.

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  33. jayshah Says:

    Bye bye Mr Lele. AKP throwing the cash around 🙄

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  34. Shivaay Says:

    In the corporate world if you consistently underperform for months together you’d be fired. In politics, unsatisfactory performance is gonna get you voted out by the aam junta within 5 years. In sports, poor performances would lead to ouster from the team before you know it. But in Bollywood, even a dozen duds, flops & disasters are not enough for these viral specimens like Anubhav Sinha, Vishal Bharadwaj and Anurag Kashyap etc to be banned for life. While Sarfarosh’s director John Matthew Mathan never for more than 2 films and the director of the first 2 Dhoom films Sanjay Gadhvi is a forgotten name.

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  35. Shivaay Says:

    Who would have known that KRK of all people would actually give the most accurate review for this piece of junk by a foul opportunistic film maker!

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  36. sanjana Says:

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/the-superstar-sidekicks-from-old-bollywood-6296877/

    Meet the ‘Superstar Sidekicks’ from old Bollywood
    On the way to Sanjay Mishra’s Kaamyaab, billed as a tribute to Bollywood’s washed-up sidekicks? Scroll through our guide to the seven most successful character actors from yesteryear’s Bollywood.

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  37. sanjana Says:

    In Hollywood, the coronavirus threat has already affected how films are being made and who gets to see them. Movie producers are being forced to delay film releases in China and parts of Italy where movie theaters are closed, and are looking at relocating movie shoots in areas with high numbers of coronavirus cases.

    ViacomCBS Inc’s Paramount Pictures postponed a three-week-long shoot in Italy for Tom Cruise’s next “Mission Impossible” film. And Walt Disney Co executives are waiting to see when theaters will reopen in China so they can release “Mulan,” an action epic about a Chinese heroine that is scheduled to hit other countries on March 27 and was expected to be the entertainment giant’s first billion-dollar box office hit of the year.

    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/high-fives-hugs-kisses-discouraged-as-us-firms-respond-to-coronavirus-threat-2189698?pfrom=home-topstories

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  38. Review:

    Watched Thappad today. It is quite a well made, sensitive movie.

    It is natural for someone to feel why Tapsee stretched a slap for so long and even went to the extent of seeking a divorce. In fact the same is also asked by everyone in the movie – her husband, brother, mother, her own lawyer, her husband’s lawyer. Only one who stands by Tapsee is her father and her sister in law. And full marks to the writers for doing this. Exceptional writing.

    The movie also touches upon the stories of Tapsee’s maid, lawyer, friend who all has shown to have agreed to live a life that Tapsee chose not to.

    Everyone suggested her to forgive her husband (Galti ho gayi us se, he is a good husband otherwise) and move on. She used to patiently hear them out and just say – “Nahin maar sakta.”

    **spoiler alert**

    When husband askd his father in law what’s really the mistake. Aisa bhi maine kya kar diya?

    Tapsee’s father replies – Beta, baat yeh nahin hai. Baat hai ki aisa bhi tumne kyon kiya?

    **spoiler alert ends**

    The movie doesn’t show anything wrong with the husband or wife. No angle of affair, or domestic violence, etc. Just one slap and a question of morality, tolerance, self respect and dignity.

    The movie asks only one question to the audience –
    What would you have done as a husband if you accidentally slapped your wife in a party in front of everyone, her parents, his parent, common friends?

    What would you have done as a wife if your husband accidentally slapped you in a party in front of everyone, your parents, his parent, common friends?

    What would you have done as a mother if your son in law accidentally slapped your daughter in a party in front of everyone, your in laws, common friends?

    What would you have done as a father if your son in law accidentally slapped your daughter in a party in front of everyone, your in laws, common friends?

    What would you have done as a brother if your brother in law accidentally slaps your sister in a party in front of everyone, your in laws, common friends?

    As a viewer, the movie forces you to wear all the hats. This is asking for too much from an average audience. No wonder the backlash.

    But just for a moment, try wearing those hats. You will like the movie. It will make you contemplate your action towards your spouse, mother, father, friends, etc. esp when it comes to marital relation that each one has. It is not a question which has one answer, which has a right or wrong answer.

    No, this is not a stupid movie. Carry your soul when you go to watch this.

    **spoiler alert**

    Tapsee’s father asks Tapsee if she is taking this stand for her ego? She replies in negative and asks back – Kya main sahi hoon naa papa?

    Father replies – Tu hamesha sahi sochti hai.But kai baar sahi sochne ka result happy nahin hota.

    **spoiler alert ends**

    What goes against this film is that it is predictable. A bit more of twists and turns, a bit more flair could have helped it become more commercial. But it would have diluted the impact.

    Rating: 4/5

    This one is not for boxoffice. So please do not judge this movie only based on Crores. It is for everyone (depending on which hat one chose to wore or one went hatless).

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    • sanjana Says:

      Nice review.

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    • Crap review. Nothing what you say or try to justify through so called spoiler makes sense.

      Ur spoilers are no even spoilers, they are shown in trailers but to no effect and blatant adamant with no justification.
      ‘Carry your soul when you go to watch this movie’.
      No my body wanders somewhere while i am sitting type hear through magical hands?
      What rubbish.
      Not even worthy of rofl.

      I am not even talking on husband side, just purely talking of movie as per script and illogical so called arguments.

      Lets talk about husband side, wives make many mistake from small to large in daily lives, should husband also take divorce when salt is more in food or wife sleeping when in laws were in need. There is no line that can be drawn which can become reason for divorce.
      Tolerance is solution unless something is again And again willingly and there is no chance of improvement.

      Pseudo intellect at worst.

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      • jayshah Says:

        You deserve a ROFLMAO.
        Good review Naveen.

        If not enough salt in your food, god has given us hands and legs to put it in ourselves. Equating this to a form of violence is missing the point. Your comment basically suggests there is no boundary. Go and slap a police officer and see what happens!

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        • 1) With multiple people being present at the part, why would a mentally sane individual decide to slap his own loving wife instead of the person whom he’s arguing with is something only Anubhav Sinha’s pea mind can answer (since he continues to work with his own divorced wife till date, perhaps he can give an answer).

          2) Even if in a rush of blood the hubby slapped his wife and wife decided to seek divorce, why would she continue staying with him for months together post the incident and even go on to take care of his mom in spite of seeking a divorce? Not surprising though since this is an Anubhav Sinha film, the epitome of mediocrity whose given us 3 junks in 3 years now (over 3 sensitive subjects that needed a better film maker and writers to handle them) with Mulk, Article 15 and Thappad.

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          • Point 1 is valid. It is actually bizzarre that the husband in a bad mood hit some one else and the last thing was to hit his wife.

            But chalo galti se he did. That’s what most would say as husband was surely in a fit against his boss. The movie asks the question –

            Is hitting, even by mistake, acceptable?

            To get into a debate on this, one needs to first not take things on himself. Like what “i” would have done. That’s would be totally uncalled for as each person is different. Important to discuss is that should we be hitting? Should we be shouting at our wives? What makes men believes they have the right to do this?

            Point 2 did not happen. Wife stayed for few days. She was heart broken, alone, hubby played the victim card and said a dry sorry and suggested to move on. Wife is shown to be thinking hard, drawing parallels from everyone. Like when her husband plans to quit his company because he has invested his best 4 years, his emotions, etc and still did not get the promotion he deserves…makes wife draw a parallel. She also looks at people who have accepted at such mistakes and their lives. She visits her childhood pics, realises what she always wanted…she takes a decision then. Around 10 minutes are spent on this making it clear that wife’s decision is not based on impulse etc.

            But once she decides, she is convinced. Her father supports her all the way though he never suggests what to do.

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        • And you deserve glasses, eye check and more so a non manipulative heart.
          Where u have nothing to talk about , shamelessly change the clearly written statement.
          Read it again –
          I wrote – when salt is more in food.
          But ur dhoorth buddhi changed it to ‘If not enough salt in food’.
          Go slap a policeman? May be u r married to a policeman. Same logic is not applied everywhere. My relationship with my wife is always on different platform than that of a civilian and a policeman.
          Dhoorth buddhi cant understand this.

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          • Raghav/Jay, chill friends. Ek doosre ka ghussa apne biwiyon pe mat nikalwana. Don’t go and slap your biwi now 😉

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          • jayshah Says:

            Never. She can slap me but I’d never lay a finger on her in a negative sense.

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          • jayshah Says:

            Salt more or less. Get a freaking measurer or whatever to get precise. It’s dishonest in first place to compare a public slap to how much table salt is in food. It’s not even close as an analogy.
            The point is Naveen had a view and for some reason his view was interpreted as pseudo intellectual.
            On the film I haven’t seen it but I have commented elsewhere. A SLAP in public in front of everyone can create an irreparable situation. It’s possible of course. If all your work colleagues, family and friends see it you are embarrassed possibly. You will question the person you married. You may question if it will happen again or if it’s a one off. Most importantly you may wonder if that person can do that to you publically what are they capable of privately. All kinds of questions can be thrown up. Yes majority of time it will be forgotten but what part of filmmaking gives you 99% of life? Does titanic seem reasonable? Qsqt dieing lovers? A Salman who loves his to be wife throwing her into SRK arms in KKHH? This is movies – they present the unlikely event to give you dramatic moments. Any movie you LOVED will not happen in real life.
            So I think your salt point is counterintuitive anyway. If ‘salt is more in food’, make it yourself or tell your wife to put less. Either way it’s not embarrassing you in front of everyone you know. It’s not the physical declaration of in ‘that’ moment I didn’t care about you. And most importantly it’s not your wedding vow to slap your partner! It’s to support that person come what may, through thick and thin and for some a slap maybe an entire loss of trust PERIOD.

            Mental health is a global issue and who knows how you would react if someone you trust implicitly embarrasses you in front of every single person you value. For many a slap is not enough, maybe a proper beat down? At what point do you tell yourself ‘I don’t want to see how far this goes?’. Everyone is different. Respect the difference.

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          • jayshah Says:

            Educate on context when you get context right in first place. Salt content, wife sleeping when in laws in need are not same or even close to slap in public. Both situations you can step in and be a man for a start.

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        • Actually, it will be a waste of life to comment further on this if so called intellect’s intellect level is so low and argument are so shamelessly manipulative thats why they are called pseudo intellect. So, i am not going to say anything further.

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    • A short story-

      The father weeps looking at the condition of his beloved daughter, lying on a bed with multiple bruises. She was badly thrashed by her husband. She had been suffering this domestic violence for months. She had not even completed her first marriage anniversary.

      The angel daughter who no one dared to touch now has scars on her face, hands, etc.

      A grip of anger beholds him and he looks into the tearful eyes of his daughter and asks – Beti, why did not you leave that monster when he hit you first time?

      ====

      Now rewind to the movie “Thappad” and watch this. You will know my POV.

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  39. As per online rumors, Indian govt is going to shut down cinemas for a month to avoid spread of coronavirus all over India. Entertainment is least of their concerns during an epidemic.

    It’ll mess up the Movie industry badly!

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    • what about IPL?

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    • Italy seems to have shut down cinemas. There it has got several cases detected and few deaths.

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      • jayshah Says:

        Italy is most hit European country. Schools shut for 2 weeks. Football matches maybe played behind closed doors. Being skiing season and tourist hotspot they needed to take some temporary measures.

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    • Shivaay Says:

      Do not believe in hearsay & rumors. None of this is official yet.

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  40. sanjana Says:

    As a dog tested positive in what experts believe to be a human-to-animal transmission, all pets of people infected in Hong Kong will be quarantined. [Aly Song/Reuters]

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  41. NFAI Acquires 1932’s Banned Indian Film Madhabi Kankan From France

    In a major discovery for film buffs, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has obtained a 1930 black-and-white silent film “Madhabi Kankan“, shot by two foreign technicians, from Paris-based Cinematheque Francaise, Paris a top official said here on Wednesday.

    This is the second Indian silent film to be found in recent years which added to the NFAI’s meagre collection of 31 surviving films of the silent era when around 1,300 films were believed to have been made.

    In 2018, it had acquired the footage of “Bilwamangal” (1919) from Cinematheque Francaise, NFAI Director Prakash Magdum said.

    “Madhabi Kankan” (Agra Slavegirl) was produced by Madan Theatres Ltd, Kolkata, and was directed by Jyotish Bannerjee. The film starred Nawab, Mumtaz Begum, Lalita Devi, Bhanu Bannerjee, Leelavati, Jainarayan Mukherjee and Farida Begum.

    After the release, “Madhabi Kankan” was banned, then re-censored and released again in 1932, for reasons not clear, and only 13 minutes of its digitised footage now survives, said Magdum.

    It was shot by two foreigners — Charles Creed and Marconi — for Madan Theatres Ltd, which was one of the biggest companies during the silent films era, but nothing has remained in terms of its productions, barring the two aforementioned films.

    Adapted from R.C. Dutt’s famed Bengali novel, the plot of “Madhabi Kankan” revolved around the historical events of the 17th century when the sons of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan fought for his throne.

    While leading star of the silent films era Nawab portrays the role of Emperor Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Begum enacts the role of Jahanara, and one of the surviving scenes shot shows the Taj Mahal in the background with the River Yamuna flowing by.

    https://www.koimoi.com/bollywood-news/nfai-acquires-1932s-banned-indian-film-madhabi-kankan-from-france/

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