Master, Maara, Kaagaz, Nail Polish, Ram Prasad Ki Tehrvi and the rest of the box office

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  1. Master has been sold at astronomical price at the pre-pandemic level.

    The response will truly let us know the true box office potential.

    With 3.5 rating…the movie has done its part. For commercial films, this is excellent.

    Rest is on Public…let’s see how many turns up.

    BOI:

    The biggest test is coming with Master (Tamil) as that film has a 60 crore price tag in Tamil Nadu and no doubt the initial is looking as strong as it can be with reduced capacities but it will have sustain also to go above the its costs. This is not an easy task in a pandemic as the highest shares in Tamil Nadu are Viswasam at 75 crore and Bigil at 78 crore and then Bahubali – The Conclusion at 85 crore.

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    • Note that how few other tamil films (Bigil / Viswasam) have come close to Baahubali level (within striking range) in tamil nadu, while in Hindi cinema, none has come within 50Cr range (~550 Cr nett in Hindi only).

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  2. Pathetic is the word I can use out of respect for the farmer community. I wish they could use their brains better than the way they use tractors.

    This is disgusting beyond any rational criteria. Never have I seen any government bow down, much less the Supreme Court, and stand-still on farm laws that will actually help them. This is the same, 3rd rate mentality that prevailed in 1993 during liberalization.

    The central govt has capitulated, the Supreme Court has capitulated; and now, you don’t want to talk to the committee? Folks like you were all eager with open naadas to talk to the ilk of Sanjay Hegde during the so-called ‘great’ protest of CAA in Shaheen Bagh right? Now what? What’s changed?

    My way or the highway!! A bunch of idiotic North Indian farmers pretending to be ‘suffering’ in the cold of North India are putting the entire country to shame. If you pull them up in a debate, they don’t have even a centipede of a brain as to what is it the laws and its clauses that is bothering them. What about the 15 states NOT belonging to North India that are happy with the laws? Who the fish is the government or the Supreme Court talking to?

    Disgusting. And more disgusting is BJP’s capitulation. And more disgusting is the fact that I am writing this about our farmers.

    These dumbos are going to have a tractor rally in Delhi on 26th January. FY…..

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    • Upto whatever i have understood, the farm law will be helping

      30% farmers in the short term and
      90% of the indian farmers in the mid term.

      However it will not help

      10% farmer (Mostly in 2 states) in the short term
      5% of farmer in the mid term.

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      If i go by above logic, this is the ’91 moment in agriculture as the same was also the situation then.

      So my vote goes to farm laws.

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    • These are the zamindars & landlords of Punjab and Haryana being funded by ISI and Khalistani elements via Pakistan, China and Canada. None of the “real farmers” who sow the land from any other part of India (even hinterland of Haryana who aren’t aware of this nonsense) are part of this.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      I don’t have much sympathy for this government and their politics but I have to somewhat agree on this. Creating inconvenience and protesting just for the sake of it has become the national pastime.
      Apparently many of these farmers were burning crops to willingly pollute the air that caused severe levels of AQI even before Diwali. Who really suffered at the end of it? NCR residents and asthma patients who had nothing to do with it.
      And now this drama of blocking roads and highways and surrounding the capital. If you are really worried about farm laws, why not have a dialogue with the government. No representative from the farmers’ community who has any approach in the government?

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      • Why didn’t government do same thing like they did in kashmir, they should have had a lock down, no?

        You will always have protest and some at large scale when it impacts majority of the people for whom the law/rule specifically targets.

        So if you come up with law which specifically impacts Rikshawala, you can bet that you will get protest from all riksawalas.

        But i agree with you, protesting is and has been a pastime.

        “why not have a dialogue with the government. No representative from the farmers’ community who has any approach in the government?”

        You think that works?

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        • **You think that works?**

          If not, they can always climb up the Parliament like the ‘sane’ Americans did in DC.

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          • At least there is justice in USA where most if not all of those identified are losing their job, being prosecuted, some of them will serve 20 years prison terms, etc…

            Investigation just started, there will be some high profile people who will pay for it too, pay for it rest of their life because it will carry on their record.

            President of USA got impeached due to this, that is the difference between INDIA and USA…

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          • Not saying USA is perfect but there is better check/balance in USA than in India.

            Also, those were not the “sane” American in DC, those were the hardcore rightwing nut jobs. They could have easily came with sledge hammer and demolished the building. Right wing nut jobs are same everywhere.

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          • Sarcasm, as always, is lost on you. The government toward which you have a compulsive, rabid hatred has reached out to the farmers 9 fucking times and you still ask, ‘Does it work?’ I expected that but am disappointed with Tony when he butted in with semi-agreement.

            Remove the wool from your eyes; and then see, talk: DATA, FACTS.

            Not some bull-shit so-called ‘farmer’ putting on the facade of arranging a langar and trying to get some camera-shots for NYT or Wa PO: Have brains, then talk – else; get the f#$ out and stop inconveniencing people. India doesn’t have farmers only from Punjab and Haryana.

            There are enough checks and balances in India as well. America is NOT the only beacon of democracy. Let the leaders of the US handle the kind of diversity, religious/caste/language/dialect and then we can have a report card. Let us check how they handle this kind of diversity and challenges. Let the US be placed geo-politically between a terrorist-country Pakistan and a communist China. Let’s see the brains and ‘balls’ then. Let’s see how they handle the population crises.

            It’s become a fashion to mock the country and mainly its government since it doesn’t suit certain folks’ disposition. Mazaak samajh ke rakha hai admin ko? COVID; PAKISTAN; CHINA; BANGLADESH; KASHMIR.

            If anybody has the balls, let them handle these concurrently and we can have a ‘healthy’ debate…

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          • An Jo – I agree with most of the content but I think it is in angry tone. We know each other well enough that we could say same things without causing any issue.

            On the topic – I know someone (indirectly), who is relatively rich person (in India) sent money from US for the agitation. I am not worried about agitation but I am certainly worried about Khalistani elements infiltrating this agitation. Punjab is peaceful after bloodshed in 80s. I don’t want that to change because of new farm laws. I also don’t want it (threat of terrorism) to be used as bargaining chip. I think Govt could still let Punjab Farmers avail existing operation minus 8-9% tax Govt. has to pay to Mandi to procure and phase out Mandi slowly in 5 or 10 years. If things are working great for rest of country, Punjab Farmers are going to switch automatically.

            Shekhar Gupta explained what is ailing Punjab Farming…

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          • @Munna:

            Firstly, I apologize if you feel I am being rude and writing in an angry tone. That is not what I am.

            At the same time, you need to understand that this is cumulation of response to duplicitous standards/comments put forth by you know who. I am NOT going to take any comments that are dumb and call names for the present government and the country. I need DATA/FACTS. Bring it on, and I am up for a debate. I have made it amply clear in my comments. I care a HOOT for any government; be it the CONGRESS or BJP. But when a nation is going through crises, and a government/leader is facing crises from 4-5 angles, can we not support it? It might be against mine and your disposition, but ain’t it our duty? Since folks belong to kindergarten here, let me expand: How does it matter when an 9/11 occurs and whether the DEMS or REPS are ruling? Are you going to get together or are you going to squabble as to under whose regime it happened?

            Again, Munna, I am NOT going to apologize to anyone here. I HAD to say what I wanted to say: the truth. Please do feel free to ban me if I am violating any etiquettes.

            Also, do remember, I am responding, and will continue responding, when falsehoods and dumb sentences/statements are put out here putting India and the government down.

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    • Agree on the Govt capitulating , had COVID not taken it out even the Shaheen Bagh Protest would have been still going on.
      P.S.- The double standards on twada protest vs saada protests are also glaring .
      P.S.2 – Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti to everyone at SS!!!

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  3. Kid and Gujju Boy – my incendiary comments are not being published. Please do the needful. Thankful as always.

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  4. A big thumbs up to Maara. Will bring back your faith in fairy tales and romance. Enjoyed it a lot

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  5. The US Supreme Court cleared the way for Montgomery’s execution just hours earlier — despite doubts about her mental state — after the government of President Donald Trump had pushed for the application of the death penalty.

    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-executes-first-woman-on-federal-death-row-in-7-decades-2351753?pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

    Trump administration did something good while going out!

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    • Actually the woman was apparently suffering from psychological issues, which were the result of a highly troubled childhood where she was abused and trafficked by her parents for food stamps. A very difficult moral question to wrestle with execution is in such cases.

      It’s just Trump being the full blown psycho he’s become, never heard of so many executions one after the other. There has been considerable notice over this spree.

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      • A crime is a crime. She is danger to society.
        I am thinking about the innocent victim.

        Every second criminal has some psychological issues.
        She got an easy death unlike her victim.

        What happened to the child?

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        • Unfortunately no one talks about the victim who was killed or her family.

          However it sounds/feels inhuman to kill someone. I don’t know what is a right solution. There was a solution propagated in Argentinian movie..”The secret in their eyes”.

          There is hypocrisy on both side of political debate; One side is for execution and other not. Then the roles reverse when we have abortion.

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          • We kill rabid dogs and maneaters without thinking about their issues. When it comes to humans, we think diffrently.
            This woman is cunning as well besides being a psycho. Just see how she gained confidence of the victim and went on committing a cold blooded murder depriving the unborn child its mother.

            Nirbhaya killers were kept alive for 7 years. And then they got their punishment.

            We need this to keep society relatively safe.

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          • Sanjana, Based on this exact topic – watch the movie – NAIL POLISH. You may find it interesting.

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          • Will try to watch it.

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          • “There was a solution propagated in Argentinian movie..”The secret in their eyes”.”

            This is an awesome movie. had watched it few years back. Ending is great.

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          • There is an English version with Julia Roberts but it is mediocre.
            Original won Oscar for best foreign movie.

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          • I remember feeling all excited, gave that masala film feeling when i saw the glimpse of….. at the end.

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  6. Is Thalapathy Vijay the biggest star in India now?
    Yes.

    He is No 1 in Tamil. His films have grown over the years and have got a solid fan base in India. Master may be the opening he needed when there is no bollywood film releasing.
    Unlike other south hits like Baahubali or 2point0…this is no big budget special extravaganza. This is another Vijay’s film like his past few movies.

    Master May Beat Tenet In UAE
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    Master may beat the opening day numbers of Tenet in UAE which saw the best opening in UAE since cinemas reopened in late May. Tenet collected around $225k in August and Master has a chance to surpass this number. This number is for UAE only and not for all of Gulf.

    So far only two films Tenet and Mulan have topped the $200k mark since last March and Master may well be the third. Even if all falls short it will still be huge achievement as Master is only playing on around 50 theatres while Tenet was 250 cinemas and Mulan was 200 cinemas.

    The film has also grossed around A$250k plus in Australia and this may well turn out to be a top three opening ever in Australia for an Indian film. It is the highest for a Tamil film as 2.0 in 2018 with Tamil and Hindi was less. The collections in the Australian market are pretty normal and the market has not been affected by the pandemic too much especially over the Xmas and New Year period.

    The final numbers from Australia maybe only be behind Bahubali – The Conclusion and Padmaavat.

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    • Biggest star in India with 2/3rd of the collections coming from 1 state where certain exhibitors have forfeited distancing mandates in a pandemic situation & run at almost 100% capacity? Great! I’ve read similar bogus reports about Prabhas till 2019 & Rajni in 2010 when factually no one gives a dime about these guys outside the south (in the same way no one gives a dime to Hindi film stars in the south outside of B’lore & Hyd). India’s demography & audience is far too diverse to actually have a “pan India” cultural or political figure in the true sense of the word.

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      • Hindi release has happened on Friday. Hence its contrubution would come now.

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        • Hindi version is a non starter for this junk masala nonsense. Even the epitome of masala mediocrity AP/Nizam circuit has crashed from 9 cr to 2.5 cr on day 2. Yet another southern masala crap made for illiterate single screen fanatics of 3rd rate movie stars that soon might find a Hindi remake for UP/Bihar audience.

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        • The film saw a drop in Nizam / Andhra but that was expected as there were new Telugu releases yesterday. The film is still a HIT in Nizam / Andhra.

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    • No 1 star of India Vs No 1 Villain of India = Blockbuster

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      • Hindi version is 60 Lakh in 2 days. Biggest star in India my foot 😆

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      • 👏👏👏
        Well done. This is superb collections. 🥳🥳
        I had expected Hindi collections to be better.
        Day 1 – 60 lacs, Day 2 – 60 lacs. ( was expecting more on Day 2)
        Add my 30% upswing and you know the pre covid numbers. This is havoc at thw box office. 🌟
        If you add 70% upswing as per Shivaay, you know he was wrong earlier (not surprising) 🤣🤣

        Master Good Second Day – Hindi Version Dull
        Friday 15 January 2021 14.30 IST
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        Master continued to do good business on day two with business over 20 crore nett. The film opened in its dubbed Hindi format Vijay The Master but the response was not too good. The film went to around 900 screens but was mainly a multiplex release as most single screens in the Hindi circuits remain shut and dubbed films have a very limited market in multiplexes.
        Vijay The Master collected around 35 lakhs nett with collections mainly from Mumbai circuit with around 15 lakhs. North India collected 7 lakhs nett while East India was also 7 lakhs nett and a further 5-6 lakhs nett came from CP Berar, CI and Marathawada. These collections may seem low but its par for the course for a South dubbed film which is not coming with any brand value.

        Overall the film is doing very good business as its target audience in the South is coming to the theatres. The film saw a drop in Nizam / Andhra but that was expected as there were new Telugu releases yesterday. The film is still a HIT in Nizam / Andhra. Tamil Nadu is good as it saw a normal drop on day two and took its two day total to 33.50 crore nett in the state. The all India two day business of the film is around 55 crore nett which is excellent. The second day breakdown for the film is as follows.

        Tamil Nadu – 13,00,00,000 apprx

        Nizam / Andhra – 2,75,00,000 apprx

        Karnataka – 2,00,00,000 apprx

        Kerala – 1,75,00,000 apprx

        Hindi Circuits – 60,00,000 apprx (including Tamil and Telugu)

        TOTAL – 20,10,00,000 apprx

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        • Wonder what you have to say about your initial 10 cr day 1 prediction for the Hindi version **Edited**. Despite Master & Krack your lousy superstar’s junk masala cop film is still struggling to find a release despite a hugely popular director (a 3rd rate action comedy film maker with a fanbase of predominantly people like you) and a guest appearance of 2 other popular actors.

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        • And fyi I do not make predictions for rubbish masala films which have zero anticipation beyond the rabid barking fans from select 2-3 states. So mark your words before puking your filth out here.

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          • Avoid writing stuff which needs editing. 🤣

            Cold drink + Civil language will help. Its not too much of expectation.

            Master is a HIT now and would probably become Superhit. This is based on the actual cost in a pandemic scenario.

            If this is not awesome then what would be. You can argue that its watched by 3rd grade people. You also say that OTT is watched by 3rd grade people. So entire humanity is 3rd grade then. I may agree with you there. 😁

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          • Never made claims of ott being watched by grade 3 folks (big difference between 3rd grade & couch potato who watch tentpoles on puny laptop screens) unless you’re misreading. Master’s sold at premium costs to TN distributors, no way is it covering costs with 50% occupancy. And the dubbed Hindi version doing under 5 cr is not the making of a pan India star.

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      • Meanwhile another Telugu movie by the mass maharaja Ravi Teja is a blockbuster.

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        • Mass maharaja, power star, golden star etc etc.. **edited**; for the retards, predominantly in an industry where perverted scumbags like SS Rajamouli like Raghavendra Rao are celebrated as legends.

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  7. An old interview by SRK on his marketing tactics.

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  8. tonymontana Says:

    Criminal Justice

    Haven’t seen the original British series and am on the first season itself but this is a wicked, engrossing drama. You can start from the middle and still be drawn in. A delicious, entertaining show that provides a bit of deja vu about an innocent, wronged citizen ending up on the other side of the law. This is a kind of old school Hindi thriller (jail scenes, troublemakers, and a whodunit at the same time) that provides you all the reasons you loved watching such genres.
    Pankaj Tripathi fans will dig in to his effortless performance and usual antics of a smooth talking, somewhat sleazy lawyer but with his intentions in place. Also good to see Jackie in a major role.

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    • The second season is pathetic.

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      • Couldn’t go beyond first episode; too much rona dhona by lead..
        **Spoiler***
        Accused believes a cop that he will help her to meet daughter “one” time but doesn’t believe defending lawyer that will get her bail and she could meet daughter “many” times!
        I may still give it a try..

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      • First season I stopped it as soon as I started as it was straight lift from HBO’s The Night of (which is based on BBC series).

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        • These Hotstar remakes of HBOs series are quite a sham. Only Sushmita’s Aarya is worth it for now. Even Neeraj Pandey faltered with Special Ops which is an extended snooze version of Baby.

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    • Brilliant S1 – 4.5/5. Well acted by Vikrant Massey and Tripathy.

      Good S2 – 3/5. Well acted by lead actress Kirti Kulhaari. Women would love this season more. Its predicitble but still worth a watch.

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      • “Well acted by lead actress Kirti Kulhaari” – Oscar winning act for cardboard stone faced performances. Even mediocre actresses getting violated by the father in laws in C grade bhojpuri shows like Mirzapur convey more emotions than Kirti’s one tone act.

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  9. this is really getting out of hand, India need someone like Yogi at the top:

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    • Valid question by Swati-

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      • I hope that any random xyz Ustaads of aman kee aasha types will attempt to answer the question of Swati.

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        • The more pertinent point here is, does the character at any point explicitly say that the line is from the Hadith? As per the clip, it’s only the dialogue of Lord Shiva, which is surprisingly from an Aurangazeb Hadith (would think it was from Marx).

          The scene is clearly an allusion to the general Delhi universities street theatre culture and particularly JNU. Since it’s JNU, it’s obviously going to be against the RSS/BJP/Hindutva culture and explicitly the theme seems to be that what Gods such as Ram or Shiva would wish is that instead of charging the climate with demands for a temple, workers be paid their fair share.

          There are ways it can play out in a Muslim context, but then we are a Hindu majority country and the context would be lost to many.

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        • I am sorry what ??????????????
          what kind of defense was that , kuch bhee

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          • The thing is, there isn’t anything worth defending here. There is no insult of Hindu gods or Hindu religion here. I just put the scene which might, on surface, offend some in a context where it makes sense. Like, why the Hadith or why not the Prophet (Both are at the top and bottom of my answer respectively). Kuch bhee is more the posts of this Twitter page, which I am getting bored of correcting.

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          • Kuch Bhee is ignoring the rabid hate Zeeshan Ayyub and javed Jaafri and Taimur ka abba and several other bollytards have fo Hinduism in general and BJP in particular.
            Baaki sab smoke screen hai

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          • But then that is different from the scene, there was only the scene that was supposed to be the topic of discussion, not the presumed personal views of the makers.

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        • Ali Mir Zaafar and Zeeshan Ayyub and Saif Taimur Khan , filming on Param Poojniya Shiv Bhagwaan..
          well played !!!
          Scratch the surface and …………………………….

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  10. Rajeev Masand joins KJo:
    And now if reports are to be believed, then Karan Johar has hired a popular personality for Dharma Cornerstone Agency. A source reveals, “Journalist Rajeev Masand is all set to join DCA next week. He’ll be working as the COO of the company. Karan and other top authorities at Dharma believe that he’ll be the right person for the job and help them in scouting fresh talent and managing them.”

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/rajeev-masand-quits-journalism-joins-dharma-cornerstone-agency-coo/

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  11. On an unrelated note, what is this sudden leak of Arnab’s WhatsApp chats? Seems like the bigger and better sequel to the Radia tapes. Stunning reports are that he had prior information of the Balakot air strike, which might be confidential. Arnab might have met his match with the Thackerays in terms of sheer petty vindictiveness:
    https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/whatsapp-transcripts-reveal-barc-chiefs-links-with-arnab/article33582983.ece

    https://www.freepressjournal.in/india/as-mumbai-police-probes-trp-scandal-whatsapp-chats-between-arnab-goswami-and-ex-barc-ceo-leaked

    This one’s the whooper:

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  12. Tandav review by Sonup | Amazon Prime | Hit or Flop?

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  13. GO INDIA GO! Unlike cynics, we are proud of the country, the government, and the medical personnel…

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/covid-19-vaccination-frontline-workers-on-getting-first-covid-vaccines-2353558?pfrom=home-ndtv_bigstory

    Here is what some of the people who took the jab said:

    Manish Kumar, first person in Delhi to get vaccine shot: Many of them (staff) were scared. So, I went to my seniors and said I should be given the vaccine first. I wanted to prove to my colleagues that there is no need to be scared. My wife even asked me not to take the vaccine. I told her it is just an injection. After taking the dose, I asked my mother to tell my wife that I am safe.

    Biji Tomy, a nurse who got the first vaccine shot at Delhi government-run LNJP hospital: I feel proud and humbled to be a part of this historic moment. We risked our lives and were pained to see so many deaths every day. It is a relief that we have a vaccine against coronavirus now.

    Bipasha Seth, the first person who got inoculated in West Bengal: It’s a great day for humankind. I feel elated to get the first dose.

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    • We can all be proud of the way India has handled the pandemic, right from the mask advisory given out as early as March (well before the WHO and the so called superpower nations) and the adherence to mask wearing by the general public. Natural innate immunity and focus on age old science of Siddha and Ayurveda has helped further. Unlike braindead residents of certain uncle Sam’s and colonial bigots, Indian citizens by and large continue to adhere to mask wearing in daily life even though active case load and mortality has been decreasing since the last 3 months. For an overpopulated and largely labor based society where physical distancing is as much an impossibility as long term lockdowns, the case/million count, case fatality rate and test positivity rate is astonishingly under control. Now with the vaccine rollout and the ability to mass manufacture and export, India’s on the cusp of dedicated and disciplined epidemic control yet again after the pulse polio campaigns and this time the uncle Sam’s and white colonial supremacists have no choice but to sit up and notice as their predominantly stupid citizens continue to mess up advisories and mix up mask wearing with civil liberties.

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  14. Hi all: Please visit the link below and contribute if possible. I have joined hands with them and one of them is my childhood friend. I can vouch that your money/contribution will be used for the right cause..

    If you feel comfortable, please do whatever is possible from your end..

    https://maheshfoundation.org/

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    • I tried to visit the link but it is marred by Accept all our cookies. Without accepting all the cookies , one cant go through the contents.

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      • Hey Sanjana:

        Do accept the cookies: it is a https site – it is secure. you don’t need to worry about it. Let me know if you still face issues.

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    • Hi An Jo: Thanks for sharing here. Very noble cause and initiative by the young. Did my part.
      PS: The Advisory board has Shivaraj Kumar, but they have the profile of Shipla Shetty repeated for him 😦

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  15. Feeling Betrayed, Far-Right Extremists Have A New Message For Trump: ‘Get Out Of Our Way’
    As Trump backs down from his “Stop the Steal” hoax, the supporters he radicalized are vowing to carry on the fight without him.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-supporters-betrayed_n_60016777c5b62c0057bc11ab

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  16. The Great Indian Kitchen, a malayalam film is receiving positive reviews allover. It is on a malayalam streaming platform Nee.

    Wish it is on Hotstar, Prime Or Netflix.

    It stars Suraj Venjaramoodu and Nimisha Sajayan. The same pair as in Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum.

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  17. Is there anything this man cannot do? I mean seriously! An actor is not just supposed to be great in serious movies a la..Shah..

    Two songs; 1 in MILI and one here where he’s pretending to be drinking…what a performance!!!

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    • This may work. With Akshay or Devgn. Or even Ranveer singh.

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      • I told you. A Bhojpuri remake masquerading as Hindi for illiterate masses of Hindi heartland is a cash cow for Bollywood producers especially when the pos is approved by rabid illiterate Tamil/Telugu counterparts of Bhojpuri audience 😉 Vikram Vedha itself is an intolerable pile of horse poop which does not deserve a remake, Master’s gonna be worse! Ugly face Sethupati is a poor man’s version of Nana Patekar and Kamal conman Hassan for sure.

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    • BOI: Master Four Day Business In Hindi Markets

      Master has grossed around 2.50 crore nett plus in all formats across the Hindi belts in four days with over 50% contribution from Mumbai circuit and around 25% from Delhi / UP. The film has not done well in Hindi but if we look at the Tamil / Telugu (mainly Tamil) then its par for the course despite releasing in pandemic times.

      The business of Master in all formats in Hindi circuits is as follows.

      Wednesday – 55,00,000 (Tamil & Telugu only)

      Thursday – 70,00,000 apprx

      Friday – 60,00,000 apprx

      Saturday – 75,00,000 apprx

      TOTAL – 2,60,00,000 apprx

      =========

      Looking like 3.5 Cr nett by Sunday, which is decent but would not be enough to become a HIT.

      My estimate of 30% shortfall due to pandemic put the real value of this collection to around 5Cr nett, which would have been a par collection.

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  19. tonymontana Says:

    Yes, Maara is fabulous. Madhavan is a delight and I wonder why he didn’t achieve the success he so deserved in the Hindi film industry despite such honest performances. Too good for it, maybe?
    And if Tamil cinema is taking good care of its veterans, why should he devote time to anything else?
    Srinath’s striking good looks often distract you from astonshing, well-captured frames. The woman has a majestic screen presence. So real and untampered.
    Perhaps this is how you make films that are so magically detailed yet so entertaining, a feature that has been missing in many contemporary Hindi films off late, which fail to strike a chord between mainstream and ‘critic friendly’
    I rant. Best to check this out. On an HD smart screen if possible to get a full blown experience. Quite a few beautiful moments.

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    • allright; now that you, Sanjana, and Latha have recommended it; need to watch it. Thank you. And which man would want to miss Shraddha??

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      • You must. Will also recommend web series SHE on netflix esp for Aaditi Pohankar. She is top notch. Watched Aashram on MX player just for her. Aashram is an okayish drama notwithstanding Bobby Deol!

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        • SHEs an extremely mediocre and distasteful series in my opinion. Can’t wait for Family Man 2, the only genuinely worthwhile Indian webseries thus far.

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          • Mediocre is of course your opinion but am not able to figure out why you found it distasteful.
            My top Indian web series would be Asur, Pataal Lok, Scam 1992, Special Ops , Family Man and Brandish Bandits .Criminal Justice 2 was ok but there is a Pankaj Tripathi overkill and Mirzapur2 was just about average.

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  20. tonymontana Says:

    Rang Birangi:

    A nice, timepass comedy with some good dialogues. Deven Verma was so effortless and having a great time just ‘enjoying himself’, he was the pick of the lot for me. Not taking away any credit from the others who life it several nocthes: the gorgeous Parveen Babi, the natural Amol Palekar and the genuinely likeable Deepti Naval and Faaroq Sheikh. Utpal Dutt in his small role was hilarious.

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  22. For anyone wanting explanation, watch the protagonists hands @3:34 carefully. Explain pretty much everything that’s happening in this incredibly well shot and choreographed scene.

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  23. Though this will come with a huge asterisk, Master was the #1 movie in the world during the past weekend with an estimated gross box office of $23M Approx. The asterisk here is that these are unusual times, with absence of competition from Hollywood films which usually rule the charts.

    This is the first time ever an Indian movie topped the worldwide charts, though there have been a couple of instances of movies reaching in top five. Baahubali: The Conclusion in April 2017 holds the record for biggest weekend for an Indian movie at $79M, but was only able to reach the third spot behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 $106M and The Fate of the Furious $94M.

    Not this time. Master was able to beat a couple of Chinese movies led by A Little Red Flower and Hollywood movies Wonder Woman 1984 and Soul to take the top spot. Additionally it was number one movie in India, Sri Lanka, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, while entering top ten in Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Luxembourg during the weekend.

    The Red was another Indian movie in the chart, at number tenth.

    The top movies in the world during 15-17 Jan. 2021 are as follow;

    Master – $23M
    A Little Red Flower – $11.75M
    Shock Wave 2 – $8M
    The Soul – $7.6M
    Wonder Woman 1984 – $7.4M
    Soul – $5.8M
    Wish Dragon – $5.6M
    Warm Hug – $4.7M
    Croods 2 – $4.24M
    The Red – $3.4M

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    • As i told first on Satyamshot to the shock of few here, Vijay is by far ahead and is No 1 star from india. Hindi belt will join force soon. He is young and have many years ahead of him. He will win over box office (hindi) too.

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      • #ThalapathyVijay can do good business in north India if-

        1-They announce their film PAN INDIA release initially

        2- They promote their films personally in North India.

        3 – They collaborate with north filmmakers/stars like 2.O.

        Marketing is Must

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      • Yeah #1 star thanks to rabid fans from a single state that contributes >60% of total pan India collections. We’re all aware of the kind of craze and hyperbolic rubbish the Tamil & Telugu audiences have for their movie stars. In no way does it make them pan India stars (not even Rajnikanth can stake claim for that title, Prabhas might if he follows up BB films with a few more pan India hits). Vijay completely unknown beyond the boundaries of the southern states (4 cr nett in 5 days outside the south!), forget being a pan India star.

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      • Again, i never said pan india. I am saying, he is No 1 star from india (at the moment). It means that his movies are consistently doing best business among all the stars in India led by his home state, south india and overseas market. He also has good volume and release frequency.

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    • Liked the poster. But why to call it – India’s first female led action thriller?

      Have we forgotten Khoon Bhari Maang, Zakhmi Aurat, etc?

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  27. https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6139

    “Salman Khan has strongest following in Rajasthan and CI but its not at the level of Vijay in Tamil Nadu. Shahrukh Khan is best in Kolkata but again not at the level of Vijay in Tamil Nadu. Also these areas where there is a certain amount of blind following for a certain star are nowhere near as big as Tamil Nadu in terms of collections.

    This is not just the case today but earlier also as Amitabh Bachchan is probably the biggest superstar that India has seen but the level of stardom in his strongest area of Mumbai city was not at the level of a Rajnikant in Tamil Nadu.

    In our industry the dynamics are different with different regions and tastes differ where the superstar plays a part but other factors also come in. If a superstar had the pull Vijay has in Tamil Nadu across the Hindi markets from North to East to Maharashtra you could release that film next week and it will be at allowed capacity houses across the board even in a pandemic. But this has never happened and probably never will as its much easier to hold that sort of stardom in one state but not across 10 or 12 states.”

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    • Such blind worshipping and rabid following would perhaps make the likes of Rajnikanth and Vijay the biggest superstars in the world for their own respective limited fanbase, can’t say this is something to be proud of. In fact blind fanaticism and hero worshipping is India’s bane that has kept us backward, illiterate and regressive all these years (especially with films, politics and cricket).

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  29. Heart breaking! Perhaps one of the biggest reasons why the so called global super-power has messed up the pandemic response so badly, its unable to handle neither the TPR nor the CFR. Racism is a pandemic worse than this temporary nightmare because the effects and ideology of racism remains forever.

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  30. Indian-American Lived In Airport For 3 Months Due To Covid Fear, Arrested
    Aditya Singh has been charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft, the report said.

    https://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/indian-american-arrested-for-living-in-us-chicago-airport-for-3-months-due-to-covid-fear-2354427?pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

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  31. Vidya Balan’s short film Natkhat in race to represent India at the Oscars
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Jan 18, 2021 – 15:40 IST

    The other Indian films that are in the race for the same category are Keith Gomes’ Shameless and Tushar Tyagi’s Saving Chintu.

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  32. Watched 2 old movies. 16 Vayathinile and Tabbaliyu neenade magane. In tamil and Kannada respectively. The stories from the real villages with real characters and situations. This is what is the real beauty of south Indian films.

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  33. tonymontana Says:

    Haters gonna hate, but totally admire this brazen step by the CM in a language that China understands.

    Ise kehte hain ghar mei ghuske maarna .

    Sorry, where were we? Yes, Tandav web series..

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  34. Was watching Criminal Justice 2 and I suddenly realized how Rohan Sippy’s career has nosedived. After his disastrous debut, he had great Bluffmaster and then made Dum Maaro Dum and Nautanki Saal in 2013. After that he’s making nonsense TV series.

    Khan No. 1, Office Space Indian adaptation and now Criminal Justice Adaptation. It is sad to see a director going to this level to survive and can’t get to make a decent feature film on floors.

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    • Ditto for Neeraj Pandey. An ace director but unable to plan big projects. He is set to announce Special Ops 2 this republic day. So no cinema from him at least for few more years.

      Could OTT paying handsome and bollywood star’s attitude to become bigger than the film, be responsible for such decisions.

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      • Anyone whose watched Baby would know if there’s one film maker who can make a genuine Indian version of a Bond or MI or Tenet its Neeraj Pandey. WAR would have gone into entirely different territory had he been at the helm with that theme.

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        • I am waiting for him to announce his next biopic – Doval
          Neeraj Pandey has to up his game which he can do.

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        • MS Dhoni is hugely enjoyable too. I even enjoyed the romantic element which brought it humane touch usually missing in biopics about sport’s greats. SSR played this role with such balance and craft that one cannot imagive any other actor doing it better.
          Having see many times, i still find Dhoni was his movie with max repeat value.

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          • A Wednesday was a shoestring small time film with the thrill of a big screen entertainer which is gonna be admired even decades from now for its courage & bold storytelling. It got almost everything right with a climax that puts most other jingoistic films to shame (including RDB).

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  35. For better or worse, at least Master’s domestic box office numbers have put the movie theater doom sayers and simultaneous OTT release nonsense to rest. Pathetic arguments like high price of popcorn & cappuccino does not hold ground when you consider the experience of watching a Tenet, Ford vs Ferrari or Bond 25 on laser Imax screens with dolby audio systems. Nor does it hold ground for the masses who’s hoot, clap & whistle at a Vijay, Prabhas or Salman entry on screen. High time the makers of Sooryavanshi & 83 stop acting like headless chickens & decide on a theatrical release. Long live cinema, long live the big screen!

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  36. Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal’s wedding reportedly to have COVID-19 restricted list; reception to be held on January 26
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Jan 22, 2021 – 10:00 IST

    After years of courtship, actor Varun Dhawan and his longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal are ready to tie the knot on January 24 in Alibaug. The couple was set to get married in 2020 but due to the pandemic, their plans were delayed.

    According to the reports, their wedding will have a COVID-19 restricted list. The wedding will have 40 members from both families in Alibaug. They will stay in a resort from January 22 to 26 and plan to return to Mumbai post that. While there are lots of lists floating around of the celebrities attending the wedding, the guest list is pretty small.

    The wedding will take place at Mansion House on January 24 followed by a reception on January 26.

    As far as the wedding is concerned, majority of the festivities are set to take place in Alibaug. Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor are scheduled to perform during the sangeet ceremony. Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif are expected to attend the ceremony.

    Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in a relationship since before he made his debut in Student Of The Year.

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  37. tonymontana Says:

    Just for fun:

    Inside the minds of Bollywood directors:

    “Look at the beauty. Those frames. The operatic BGM. Poetry in motion. Why did God make me such a genius?”

    — Sanjay Leela Bhansali

    “Time to pick up another DVD comedy from before the 80s. Will call it Golmaal 5. Will make Devgan straddle on Warsi and Talpade riding Harleys so audience won’t bother. Or notice.”
    — Rohit Shetty

    “Money is not enough. Living is not enough. Let me take another trip and switch on the self-destructive mode as millennials trip over my choices in life while destroying their careers.”
    — Imtiaz Ali

    “I wonder how I managed to manipulate people into developing love for irritating characters and make them believe over the years that I’ve made genuine classics! Was it me or Abhijat Joshi?’
    — Rajkumar Hirani

    “Such a lot of scope in this industry. Wonder what makes it click. Kuch to gadbad hai. Let me get to the bottom of it and highlight the murk behind the facade. It will make the losers in the audience feel good about themselves.”
    — Madhur Bhandarkar

    “I hate intellectuals. I hate pseudo intellectuals. Entertainment above all. I am this generation’s Manmohan Desai. I know what the audience wants and gives it to them… Wait, another flop? Well, it was a spoof. A tribute to Kishore Kumar and Jim Carrey. Not everyone will get the references or the self-reflective/self-deprectaing humour.”

    — Sajid/Farah Khan

    “I see potential actors in gandi shakal wale log. Let me put them in the dirtiest of real life locations so that I can capture their genuine reactions and frustrations as method acting. People will think they are watching a masterpiece that challenges the status quo.”

    — Anurag Kashyap

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  38. Woman’s gender-neutral playing card deck replaces King, Queen and Jack
    23-year-old Indy Mellink encouraged by her father decided it was time to break with the centuries-old tradition of sexual inequality in playing card decks that rank men above women and came up with the gender-neutral decks.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/gender-neutral-playing-card-netherlands-7157152/

    So when will they change Chess pieces?

    This is getting somewhat ridiculous.

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    • I am just wondering will communist China and Russia ever have lady heads of State? USA has almost achieved it and other countries like India, Israel, UK, Germany, Pakistan etc. already achieved it.

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    • Chess pieces, the Queen is the best piece!

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  39. A tussle seems to have broken out between UP Police and Mumbai Police over the Mirzapur controversy. A team of UP Police, in Mumbai to question makers of Mirzapur web series over an FIR filed in the Mirzapur district, has claimed that they have been denied necessary permission by the Mumbai Police to proceed with their investigation.

    The team of three UP cops on Thursday said they have been trying to get the necessary permission from the DCP crime branch office in Andheri for the last two days, but whenever they go there, the DCP, who is the nodal officer, is not available.

    Tired of waiting, the UP cops on Thursday went to Khar police station, took along a constable and decided to visit Farhan Akhtar’s place in Khar West to question him regarding the FIR.

    Soon after, Mumbai police reached the spot and asked it’s UP counterparts to leave the office and take due permission before starting their investigation.

    Speaking about the incident, a highly-placed source in Mumbai Police said, “A Mumbai police top official got to know that cops from UP have reached Farhan Akhtar’s place. Senior IPS officer asked local DCP and DCP asked a senior official at the Khar police station to look into the matter. A team of Khar police reached Farhan’s place and asked the UP police to immediately leave and come after taking necessary permission.”

    The Mumbai Police is now investigating how and why a constable from the Khar police station was with UP cops when they went to Farhan Akhtar’s office.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/tussle-between-up-police-mumbai-police-over-mirzapur-controversy-1761528-2021-01-22

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  40. This is insane comedic timing. Not everyone can get to this level of mimicry and lines. These 2 bring the roof down.

    Glad Kapil Sharma is coming on Netflix.

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  41. ‘BACHCHAN PANDEY’ EYES 5-DAY EXTENDED WEEKEND… With the makers of #BachchanPandey finalizing 26 Jan 2022 [Wednesday], it will be a *5-day extended opening weekend* for the film.

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  43. Fantastic to see Master do so well in the theatres. Lokesh Kannagarraj has made probably the least masala of Vijay movies and yet managed to get a genuine blockbuster. It has managed to get to within 20% of Bigil and thats true testament to the star power of Vijay J. Vijay S as usuall effortlessly steals any scene he is in.

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  45. tonymontana Says:

    Should we have another debate on why Tandav ‘hurts religious sentiments’ and no Hindu is complaining while the same Hindu is asked to pay Rs. 100 per litre very soon but not expected to complain?

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  46. An outstanding $50K sci-fi, psychological thriller that’s gonna keep you at the edge of your seat at all times. As relatable as sci-fi can get. Must Watch!

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  47. THEATRICAL release of Tuesdays And Fridays release confirmed for February 19; D Company might also arrive on the same day
    ByFenil SetaCreated: Jan 25, 2021 – 10:36 IST

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/theatrical-release-tuesdays-fridays-release-confirmed-february-19-d-company-might-also-arrive-day/

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  48. Deepika Padukone signs with international agency ICM, home to Regina King, Olivia Colman
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkUpdated: Jan 23, 2021 – 17:33 IST
    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/deepika-padukone-signs-international-agency-icm-home-regina-king-olivia-colman/

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  50. https://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/15-years-of-rang-de-basanti-the-team-reveals-what-makes-it-timeless-101611581298454.html

    Celebrating 15 years of Rang De Basanti. Slightly overrated yet a very relevant film for its times.

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  51. https://m.timesofindia.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/nimrat-kaur-celebrates-5-years-of-airlift-with-her-humble-contribution-calls-it-an-extraordinary-story/articleshow/80403320.cms

    5 years of Airlift. One of the most memorable & gritty films of the last decade with terrific under played acts by its leads Akshay & Nimrit.

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  52. https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6147

    Completely preposterous. So now Reliance Pictures wants to wait for cinemas to reopen in NA and Europe before taking a call on Sooryavanshi and 83 (after making a hue and cry for 3 months on cinema closure in India last summer) despite Master’s exploits and WW84 and Tenet’s solid runs. They might as well wait till Holi 2022 if 100% capacity and post pandemic era is their timeline.

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  53. For Bedi paa jee…

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    • tonymontana Says:

      RIP logic!
      Common sense dictates asking the right questions, no matter who is in power.
      Only a brainwashed citizen would go to lengths defending a government that is looting them in broad daylight

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    • Some folks thinking this is their private whatsapp chat group and not public platform to post such comments/posts day in and day out. Easy to imagine the level of talk happening in such groups!

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  54. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti…

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  55. This is a hilarious review of Tiranga by the Great Bong :
    https://greatbong.net/2019/07/23/tirangaa-the-review/#comments

    Finally there was Raj Kumar Sahaab playing Brigadier Suryadev Singh, the terror of desh-drohis, always two steps ahead of the baddies, and who has his dialogues well-thought out for all occasions. I remember during my on-campus undergraduate interview, I was asked “What are the things are you afraid of?” by the HR on the panel and I was this close to standing up and declaring, Raj Kumar style, with a cavalier toss of my head, ‘Na talwar ki dhaar se na goliyon ki bauchar se, bandah daarta hai to sirf parvar digaar se”. Such was the impact of that character on me and many others of the 90s.

    And why not? Brigadier Suryadev Singh was a superhero before Marvel came along, the panache of Ironman with the patriotism of Captain America, the anger of Hulk with the fashion sense of Black Widow. The brigadier had supernatural powers, he could apparate out of thin air, Harry Potter style, when his name was mentioned, a power he described as “Hum kisi se bhi, kisi waqt bhi, kahin bhi mil sakte hain … hamara jab dil chahe”. He could hear everything, even when he was not in the room. He was the only one who when people watched him on TV, he watched them back through the screen. He wore clothes that would make Dil Ki Armaani aasoyon mein bahe gaye, including Madhuri Dixit type chokers in many of the scenes, whose colors change, but not the Indian flag at its center.
    For one, there was Brigadier Suryadev Singh’s tricked out Ambassador car, which makes the Batmobile look like Basanti’s tanga. Even though it did not have automatic transmission, it had bomb detecting sensors fitted to its bottom, a red flashing button on the dashboard, and a retractable floor which would separate on a detection of a bomb, right over a manhole. The good brigadier is shown to have military technology that would make James Bond say “never say never again.” For one, the Brigadier’s dual-chamber pipe not only carried tobacco but also dynamite, providing him with a nicotine rush and his dushman with death. He carried around a remote control of what seems to be a Sonodyne TV used to control anything he wishes, and he had a secret Batcave-like lair with flashing lights on the panels, a bargain basement version of USS Enterprise in a basement.

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  56. Wishing everyone at SS a very happy Bharat Republic Day !
    Jai Hind, Vande Matram !

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  57. Indian-origin author-poet Bhanu Kapil has been named the winner of the prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize, named after the renowned 20th-century American-British poet.

    Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/international/indian-origin-poet-bhanu-kapil-wins-ts-eliot-prize-in-uk-943346.html

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  58. Rabid, 40-lakh costing tractor owning poor ‘farmer’ Khalistan infiltrators in full force, as usual, being traitors and turncoats….

    Shame on this government for falling at their feet…

    ———————————————————————

    Groups of farmers protesting the new agricultural laws broke police barricades at Tikri border on Tuesday morning to force their way into Delhi city. This was in an attempt to start the tractor rally ahead of the time agreed upon with the police.

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Baldev Singh said that efforts were being made to convince the farmers to show restraint and adhere to the police instructions.

    All-India Kisan Sabha finance secretary P. Krishna Prasad condemned the farmers action saying that they must adhere to the plan agreed upon with the Delhi police.

    https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/farmers-at-tikri-border-points-enter-delhi-breaking-police-barricade/article33664570.ece?homepage=true

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  60. tonymontana Says:

    Happy republic day to all!

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  62. Watching White Tiger after reading BR’s review. Quite interesting.

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    • Finished watching. Racy film. After a long time, a satisfying film.
      Thanks BR for your review which made me curious about this movie.

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    • Dhawan is out .. after bowling a maiden over.

      Varun Dhawan is married now to Natasha Dalal.

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  63. Happy Republic Day…

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  64. The makers and actors of Amazon Prime web series “Tandav” who appealed for protection against arrest, failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court today.

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  65. Talking about the White Tiger of a generation, we might be seeing it decimate Hedge Funds soon in NYSE. A bunch of users on Reddit and an app called “Robinhood” in war against the bulls of Wall Street. I’m rooting for one side hugely here, seems like the comeuppance for 2008 is here in 2021.
    The cycle of history is swinging firmly to the left here.

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  66. https://www.deccanherald.com/national/mha-issues-fresh-covid-19-guidelines-theatres-capacity-relaxed-swimming-pools-open-for-all-944002.html

    After 10 months of the world’s harshest lockdown, India’s finally opened up entirely. Time for parents to follow SOPs and allow their kids back to school now before their personalities and temperament is ruined further with this study online bollocks. Nothing supplements a child’s future apart of physical classroom education and nothing should come in the way of that, let alone studying on dumb smartphones and incomprehensible gadgets!

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  67. tonymontana Says:

    Samdish Bhatia might just be the most fearless journalist in today’s India

    Necessary watch, straight from the horse’s mouth

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  69. https://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/if-all-farmers-understood-farm-laws-country-would-be-on-fire-rahul-gandhi-in-kerala/2180648/

    Now this degenerate’s gonna attempt to provoke farmers in Kerala & his constituency. Slow claps 👏

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    • He is right in a way. Except him, EVERYONE understands farm laws. The only thing he understands is cannabis.

      This man should be thrashed left, right, and center. He should be booked for inciting violence WITHOUT understanding the ABC of farm laws with 3rd rate statements. His IQ is negative infinity.

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  70. Watched Rukh on netflix. A slow burning thriller. A pleasure to watch Bajpayee, Smita Tambe and Kumud Mishra. A big relief to watch a film without vulgarity and with little needed violence.

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  71. Watched Master . Different from Vijay’s usual films . Could have done with a shorter run time and the heroine and the love song seems totally unnecessary. It is however a brave experiment and if it makes Vijay do films that are not formulaic that it will be worth it
    Would say it is a one time watch. And of course Vijay Sethupathi is good because for the first time , the villain has a good arc

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  73. — Why is this disgusting turd of a so-called human being not being trashed and thrashed? —

    Sagar Kulkarni, DHNS, JAN 29 2021, 22:24 ISTUPDATED: JAN 29 2021, 22:24 IST Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI File Photo As the farmers’ agitation appeared to lose steam, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday asked them “not to move back an…

    Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/national/farm-laws-don-t-move-back-an-inch-rahul-tells-protesting-farmers-945022.html

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    • “— Why is this disgusting turd of a so-called human being not being trashed and thrashed? —”

      Take a chill pill! We know you hate him, don’t need every post to remind that.

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    • He wouldn’t be thrashed because no one gives a hoot about his existence. He’s the biggest reason why India’s without an opposition today and NDAs won 303 seats in the parliament despite their socio economic misadventures. As long as he stays party head (while competent young leaders like Sachin Pilot are booted sideways), the Modi-Shah combine have a free seat to the Lok Sabha and a free run to do as they wish!

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      • “He’s the biggest reason why India’s without an opposition today”

        That’s a reason to be happy right? BJP rule for next 50 years. Then what’s the problem?

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        • Master, if you want an imbecile to spread hatred without understanding the ABC of farm laws, and THAT happens to be the principal opposition party, then, go for it. India deserves these imbeciles. Not directed at you, but to others: Don’t put in comments here mimicking the NYT regarding ‘intolerance’ here if violence breaks out in Kerala due to this turd’s mumblings.

          Kindly look at his statement – If even whatever percent of the farmers understood the farming laws, the whole country would be on agitation/fire.

          This statement ok for you?

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          • Oh, one more thing that’s got lost on you. I place India above BJP and Modi. That’s the reason I don’t want a chill pill.

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          • “This statement ok for you?”

            Yes, don’t see any problem in that. He’s saying it’s losing proposition to farmers. It’s his opinion (which many say anyways). You just want him to say that whatever BJP did by killing 75 years old system and there should not be any misunderstanding and everyone should accept anything govt implements with open arms even though they didn’t have proper discussion while passing the farm bills?

            Yes.. it’ll happen once the opposition is completely killed in next 5 years and then whatever the govt implements it’ll be accepted without any protests and voice. Give it some time, Rahul Gandhi and such voices will be gone from the scene.

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          • But you are well-read and there are people who are presenting evidence as to why this good, right Master? I am all open for criticism as to the opposition of laws based on merit. That 75 year old crap, that was laid out during Manmohan Singh’s liberalization too. Why would a 10 meet-up fail? Farm laws are nothing radical that the BJP has invented, right?

            The reason I am so against RG making these statements is that he is inciting violence – it is plain and simple. He doesn’t have the IQ to understand English alphabets and here he is, coming here making provocative statements. The other day, in TN, he was vouching to save the Tamil ‘culture’ and history. Really?? This is the opposition we have.

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        • “That’s a reason to be happy right? BJP rule for next 50 years. Then what’s the problem?” ~ No its not. A single party rule without a strong opposition is not how a democracy functions. I’m not one of your imbecile saffron worshippers to whom 2 faced hypocrites who consider themselves to be over-smart like yourself can slander around and try being sarcastic with. Get a grip of yourself and try making sense the next time. I’m hopeful the master does not intend to bate unknown member through his misinformed comments and half baked knowledge.

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          • ” I’m hopeful the master does not intend to bate unknown member through his misinformed comments and half baked knowledge.”

            You know the best part? I don’t need to prove you the knowledge or understanding of the situation I possess. Your comment is irrelevant and posting on forum 24/7 doesn’t make you more knowledgable or intelligent.

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          • “Your comment is irrelevant and posting on forum 24/7 doesn’t make you more knowledgable or intelligent.” ~ you do realize the same applies to you, especially with your penchant for making assumptions without looking at a picture from 3 different dimensions.

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    • Pathetic article by a third rate movie reviewer whose reviews are worse than Taran’s. This guy prefers watching Criminal Justice on a puny screen than Tenet on Imax by giving the same pathetic popcorn soda excuse (the last time I checked, Tenet & WW84 cost INR 112 in Pvr Saket & INR 99 in Bangalore on a weekday).

      “the South, they gave audiences Master and Crack to return to the theatres.” – Oh no junk like Krack & Master is not the reason we visit cinemas (except for degenerates whose northern equivalents are gonna flock for Sooryavanshi at the theaters). Either ways, corrosive d-heads like Jha, Raja Sen & Masand better stick their noses in their OTTs coz being couch potatoes is all that these clowns are worth. Both the classes & the masses, in fact anyone with half a brain & appreciation for big screen content would wanna visit the theaters at least half a dozen times a year, unless they’re wealthy enough to buy the ticket yet bankrupted into buying unnecessary popcorn.

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    • “In the North, they expect us to flock back to see films that don’t even deserve a place on the streaming platform.” – so this shameless bollywood pimp whose sucked up to the Johar’s & Chopra’s all his life wants to blame exhibitors for not releasing big Bollywood tentpoles in cinemas when factually its his cowardly masters who’ve been postponing Sooryavanshi & 83 like headless chickens despite theaters being open for 4 months & Master, WW84 & Tenet completing successful runs! *Slow Claps*

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      • ” so this shameless bollywood pimp”

        Not sure what’s happening here. Any disagreements with anyone unknown to them personally and people get to abusive language to show their frustrations. I mean, what’s so big deal about that article and folks react this way.

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        • 1. Not my problem if you’ve never heard of Subhash K Jha and his infamous reviews.

          2. ” mean, what’s so big deal about that article and folks react this way.” ~ blaming exhibitors for the spinelessness of bigshot producers on national media is idiocy and complaining of over priced popcorn in times when a Christopher Nolan and DC movie running on IMAX costs INR 150 in the Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore (3 of the most expensive metros) is blatant lies!

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        • And for some of us who’ve spent our childhood, teenage years & a large part of our youth relishing the magic of the big screen while watching majestic entertainers like Jurassic Park, Lion King, Harry Potter films, Dark Knight trilogy to Fallout & Skyfall to Dunkirk and of late some of the domestic stuff like Bahubali, Dangal & Tanhaji, this repeated nonsense of cinemas going bust post the pandemic is neither acceptable nor pretty. The reactions are bound to be emotionally charged.

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        • Agree. Some of the language could be tempered in discussion.

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  75. Chiranjeevi’s teaser isn’t going to get a post? What’s happening?

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  76. a beautiful film and a nice take on the Krishna/Sudhama tale – and a terrific climax; still don’t understand its BO performance….

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  77. Sanya Malhotra has excitedly spoken about Pagglait and has called it a special film. It’s also the first time that she’ll be playing a solo lead in a film. Interestingly, her next film, Meenakshi Sundareshwar, co-starring Abhimanyu Dassani and produced by Karan Johar, will also be a Netflix release. Apart from these two films, she would also be seen in Love Hostel, co-starring Vikrant Massey and Bobby Deol. It is produced by Manish Mundra’s Drishyam Films and Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/shakuntala-devi-ludo-sanya-malhotras-pagglait-also-takes-digital-route-stream-netflix/

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  78. Kritik Kamra will now play the role of Dawood’s sister Haseena in the web series. Kamra was last seen in the recently released web series Tandav. Dongri To Dubai is based on a book by Hussain Zaidi.

    bollywood hungama

    Mirzapur to go back to storyboard for season 3
    By
    Subhash K. JhaUpdated: Jan 30, 2021 – 14:51 IST

    But the better option is to rename the series and then reserve the rights to perpetrate the trademark mayhem.

    Says one of the prominent actors from the series, “We haven’t really discussed the changes. But changes, there will be. When the first season came we didn’t have people from Mirzapur objecting to the series. But now, with protests there will be changes for sure. Dropping the title may be a last-ditch option to save the series.”

    But if the series is not called Mirzapur, would it still have the same impact on viewers?

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/saiyami-kher-capture-indian-cricket-teams-historic-win-australia-book-says-will-humane-story/

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  79. https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6149

    The capacity rule change a few days ago means things changing as far as the release schedule is concerned. There was little hope of Sooryavanshi releasing before Radhe last weekend as there was almost a flat out no for an early release.

    After the central government made the capacity change rule then the exhibitors (national chains) met the makers and it seems they may have persuaded the Sooryavanshi team for an Easter release. Although this is not 100% as its a fast cahnging scenario but now there is a much better chance of Sooryavanshi releasing before Radhe then there was last week.

    It is not known yet exactly what the capacity rule changes will be and which state government will allow how much but exhibitors are pretty confident that it will be 100% by Easter as long as the pandemic situation keeps on its present trend and this is what gives Sooryavanshi a big chance to come before Radhe.

    The Easter date (if it is to be) is a bit baffling as its best to come a few days earlier on the Sunday which is the day before Holi and you get that huge Holi benefit for a few days. If its 2nd April or 28th March (or even 27th which is Sat) it hardly makes a difference as far as period is concerned, its not as if the pandemic scenario will be different five days later so why miss out on a holiday period.

    The other detail coming out is that 83 has been set out for a 25th June release. Now with Sooryavanshi we cant be sure which way it will swing but this date for 83 looks almost certain as this was the day that India won the World Cup in 1983 so the makers will feel they can get some mileage out of this. It can be said with confidence that 83 will release on 25th June.

    Also the date of KFG Chapter 2 is set to be announced soon and hopefully that is not on one of these expected dates of Sooryavanshi and 83 as that will be mean back to the drawing board again.

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  80. The problem is about audience hesitance or reluctance to return to theatres even if government allows 100 percent occupancy with some riders. Not about popcorn and samosas and ticket prices. More about heightened health consciousness. Many have learnt to do without many things like having maids and drivers, going to films and malls and attending functions in big groups besides planning holidays.

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    • You still haven’t visited the malls in Delhi or Bangalore yet, have you? They’re all jam packed on a weekend and last time I checked, Master collected close to 100 Cr in TN alone despite 50% occupancy rule. So much for hesitancy. Humans are social beings and most of us live in a functional society where socializing is not a luxury, but a necessity and a way of life. With cases tempering down drastically, normalcy’s bound to return for most of us, if not all.

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    • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/spotlight/mall-footfalls-expected-to-reach-60-70-of-pre-covid-times/articleshow/79968134.cms

      DLF malls are hopeful that like Christmas, footfalls will reach close to 60-70% of pre-COVID times in the last week of December. Pushpa Bector, Executive Director, DLF Retail, says, “Over the last few months, we are seeing a substantial increase in footfall during the festive time across all our malls in NCR. Last Sunday, DLF Mall of India witnessed a footfall of 45K (23% growth over last weekend), while the footfall at DLF Promenade was 27K. With stringent hygiene and safety protocols being followed at the malls, we’ve been able to win the trust of our consumers, which can be seen with the increase in footfall.”

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    • I think USA and Europe will take an year or two to reach the level where India is now. Response to Master, protests etc says things are better if not at precovid level then surely at
      – 90% among youth
      – 70% among 40-55 years old
      – 5 % among 55+

      In USA and Europe, things are poor and understandably one has to live at home in 2021 due to poor immunity due to overdone of medicine in food and in agriculture.

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      • “things are poor and understandably one has to live at home in 2021 due to poor immunity due to overdone of medicine in food and in agriculture.” ~ nail on the head. The effects of placing vaccines over vitamins and antibiotics over antibodies via natural exposure to pathogens. Spic and span, posh & clean environments are the most dangerous immunosuppressants, not that anyone would advocate living in unhygienic slums. Yet the right amount of exposure to dirt, mud and pathogens from childhood is the best way to build a naturally responsive immune system. That being said I expect Europe to be much better by the summer. US cannot be predicted as there’s huge level of corruption and racism involved in testing, TPR, CFR as well as vaccination.

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        • Europe is f**ked as seriously the vaccination program in EU has become political now. I’m glad about the only thing UK got right is aggressive vaccination orders. Now I have started to hear many in my circle get vaccinated and UK has definitely got this right but rest of the approach post July has been a joke. Less said about US the better. India given it’s size has done magnificent till date.
          Taiwan, S.Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Australia and NZ are good models.
          Perth recorded one case recently after 10 months and bang a snap lockdown. This thing should not be allowed to grow and expand, it is reeking havoc.

          Unfortunately I know 3 cases now in my circle where people are going to hospital for something else and they are fine BUT 2 have died as they caught covid in hospital. It’s appalling tbh.

          Now EU and UK were on collision course on Fri but things have calmed a bit as EU can’t read contracts sensibly.

          As for India, years of having turmeric, garlic, ginger etc in the diet is paying off or the lockdowns have worked their magic.

          As for cinemas eventually the ROW will catch up but it doesn’t seem like here in UK cinema is first thought, things like having live sports is more priority.

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          • Take care.

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          • “Unfortunately I know 3 cases now in my circle where people are going to hospital for something else and they are fine BUT 2 have died as they caught covid in hospital. ” – No words to express the shocking callousness and dismal state of affairs!

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  81. so i heard that they r rebooting WAGLE KI DUNIYA. Will it have the magic touch of RK LAXMAN? Or the brilliant performances of Anjan and Bharati Achrekar? Will it be beautifully written as was the original ? It tells us how our standards have fallen that with the technology available at our werewithal, we can’t come up with a single decent ‘web series’ without abuses and sex and violence…

    The first episode … SRK over-acting then, over-acting now as well

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    • The language really needs a correction. An average indian doesnt talk the way its portrayed now a days.
      In 80s it was dialog writer like Kader Khan who lowered the standards of language and mannerisms and now its web series.

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      • Kader Khan lowered the standards???? What the fish are you saying? Can you kindly elaborate? You are contradicting yourself. What do you want? Kader Khan’s AAA or Kamaal Amrohi’s PAKEEZAH?

        The language is WKD is perfectly fine and represents the middle-class lexicon. Getting a person like RK LAXMAN approve of a serial wasn’t a mean feat in those days….

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        • Still a fan of Kader Khan’s dialog by and large.

          AAA was in 70s early and best days for Kader Khan.

          Subsequently if you see most of his movies in mid 80s onwards, he mixed his one liners with double meaning innuendoes.

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    • tonymontana Says:

      Bharti Achrekar is one of the lost talents in India. A pity, considering she made her presence felt even when they didn’t show a glimpse of her in The Lunchbox

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  82. from “western” reporter viewpoints –The Mystery Of India’s Plummeting COVID-19 Cases

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/02/01/962821038/the-mystery-of-indias-plummeting-covid-19-cases

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    • I’ve seen a lot of deep dive analysis for some countries.

      Some countries were ripe for covid – US, UK to name two. Being centric to financial markets, tourism, trade centres, historic hubs, travel hubs etc they were set to be hit hard. But poor government decisions and generally populations who are not used to following health advice we are where we are. Asian countries are just better set up mentally and physically to meet the challenges of covid head on.

      In UK being a first born generation it’s easy for me to toggle between my roots and western society. I grow up listening to my elders, not only that I’m surrounded by them and it’s on me to keep them safe. Most our socialising is with family – 95% of it. The whites though is opposite. Mostly they socialising with friends in pubs, restaurants and bars. They are out of house once university arrives and rarely live again at home. Asians are less free so much more sensible in such times.
      You throw in protests, violence, George Floyd there were other interferences for mostof the West. US elections too.

      There was this wait and watch mentality here. It only hits home when something tragic actually happens. My doctor/nurse friends are astounded by peoples basic inability to follow guidance and on top of that the level of communication and decisions by government is pathetic.
      You got singers holding private parties, big warehouses in North opening for sheesha sessions etc. The fines are paultry. People should be fined proportionately to earned income.
      Australia and NZ as western countries go have done better but seriously they are remote relative to US and UK – so the comparison is dumb to begin with.

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      • https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/sero-survey-shows-56-have-antibodies/article33722284.ece

        Its not that India’s had low cases. India’s daily testing per 1000 is 0.5 while the UKs at about 6 people/1000. India’s been successful in successfully saving lives though, and having a far lower CFR than the west. Might be the natural immune response, a younger average mean population, perhaps the BCG vaccination, the emphasis on Ayurveda and herbal diet and the early adoption of masks (well before the WHO advised on it) or perhaps a combination of all factors. IF 56% OF 20 million of Delhi’s population developed antibodies and yet the mortality due to covid is under 11K, it perhaps implies India has the largest group of asymptomatic infections in the world. Even the best health infrastructure state Kerala which continues to report high case load (due to better testing strategy) has a CFR as low as 0.42%.

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        • The numbers for India are staggering. Just Asia and Africa in general. But India has such a huge population and high density in certain areas so it speaks volumes on diet, natural habitat etc.
          In my community I don’t think we’ve been hit hard…parents generations are all from East Africa and grandparents all from India. Diets are all similar to past 20-30 years.

          But I’m hearing good news about the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine today. It potentially not only provides immunity but also protects you from passing it to others. That is potentially the blockbuster news on vaccine front.

          UK is vaccinating fast. 3 people closest in my family (wife, parents) all vaccinated in past week. Wife is a key worker and needed it. Her workplace is a shambles and breeding ground where probably half the work force has tested positive.

          Gladly I haven’t seen an office for nearly 1 year. As bizarre as the year has been, working from home is the big winner for me.

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          • Ha.. WFH in IT, Telecom, Banking and few other sectors is here to stay for 2021, vaccine or no vaccine. India’s gonna take at least till mid 2022 to have about 25-30% of its population vaccinated with Oxford or Bharat Biotech. With low fatality rate, there’s also a tendency among the general population to avoid vaccination to the maximum possible extent. Something that’s slowed down the vaccination process here despite Serum Institute being the world’s largest manufacturer of Oxford covishield. Then of course we have illiterate politicians and conspiracy theorists from good for nothing regional parties like Shiv Sena, TMC and the now fringe INC spreading rumors about India’s own domestic vaccines.

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          • I would love to hear the points of an anti vaccinator. I just don’t get it!

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          • Most of these basically want choice which is fair. The autism point I’ve heard before but it must be a small %.

            I don’t mind if people choose not to have vaccination I just don’t see a compelling argument to not have one.

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          • Most of the argument is about right to choose; Same logic applies to mask. You cannot tell me what to do!

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          • In a positive development though, the schools and universities are gradually opening up after all the commercial establishments are pretty much back to normal now. Even the India-England test series has 50% permitted spectators I heard.

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  83. https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-karan-johar-shelves-ambitious-project-takht-starring-ranveer-singh-kareena-kapoor-khan-alia-bhatt/

    Karan Johar SHELVES his ambitious project Takht starring Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt

    Good decision!

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  84. A major fire broke out on Tuesday in the film studio at Goregaon where the makers of Om Raut directorial Adipurush were shooting. According to reports, fire officials have said that the fire broke out at 4:15 pm in the studio. As of now, no casualties have been reported. The fire officials have declared it as level 2 fire.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/parineeti-chopra-shoot-first-time-hometown-ambala/

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  85. ‘Ambush lockdowns’: Hong Kong’s extreme Covid lockdown strategy
    A recent viral video showed Hong Kong police officials sprinting up a street and using police tape to seal off a building and its occupants, with several of his colleagues close at his heels.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/ambush-lockdowns-hong-kong-covid-7172946/

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  86. GUTSY! BRAVO! Hats off Tendulkar…

    “India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants. Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation. #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda,” Tendulkar tweeted.

    All this crappy social-dumbos like Rihanna and that dumb Sardar need to be shown their place. Na akal hai, na shakal, ek do gaane kya hit ho gaye, think they can hashtag anything and everything without even understanding the ABC of laws.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/sachin-reacts-to-rihannas-tweet-over-farmer-protests-shastri-ojha/20210203.htm

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