Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? and the rest of the box office

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  1. Just say that comment about Kareena being replaced for charging 12 crores. Just big Lol. Kangana is charging 15 crores and she has not charged less than 11 crores for any movie in last 5 years.

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    • That’s shocking considering 90% of her films are flops or disasters and that her box office value has never been at par with any A lister.

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  2. AnJo: “Should I pull out your mocking Akshay for his Canadian citizenship?”

    Lol. So, it doesn’t make any sense at all. You are free to comment about SRK or anyone and it does not concern me. If I comment on Akshay doesn’t mean it is personal attack on you and I’m free to comment anyone. The point am making here.. if I comment on something, you can’t reply with comment on SRK hoping that it’s a reply in any sense. It is NOT! If there is topic about Kareena or Modi, replying with SRK’s reply will not make any sense at all.

    Regarding Marcus – there’s no point to talk blatant lies, find me any point defending SRK in last 6 months or whatever. Then we’ll talk. Enough of just assuming things in your mind.

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    • And pray.. why should we not mock Akshay for taking canadian citizenship for money? Would it be same if any of the khans did the same? Just pure hypocrisy! It is not that I don’t like Akshay also and still watches all his movies and I’m not narrow minded that you should still have Indian citizenship all the time. But the point is – if anyone else apart from Akshay would have done it – all would have kicked him out of the country and banned all his movies!

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    • @Master, you are totally right…but the phrase that got to me was- OVER THE TOP!

      There are people on this blog — not just you — that have been mocking people based on what country they stay in…my response was in regard to that…for a person/actor who earned crores and became a so-called superstar thriving on NRI movies; isn’t it a bit rich that you comment on a note regarding someone’s death???

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  3. Lol so much hyper comments just bcoz someone mocked srk. Pathetic

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    • On the last thread, Tollywood (Krack, Vakeel Saab, Seetimaar), Kollywood (Master) and even Hollywood (Black Widow, Bond 25) do not seem to be facing issues releasing age old commercial entertainers on the big screen and online alike. Obviously someone somewhere (or many of them everywhere) in Bollywood seems to be getting it wrong with regards to Sooryavanshi and 83. The intent seems to be completely missing in the Hindi film industry. Almost seems like a hopeless state of giving up without trying.

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      • Dont think they are giving up. Sooryavanshi and 83 will release once MH theaters open up. I think it will be Diwali and Christmas releases. But the main concern is content. Unless they are satisfying movies, it will be difficult to get audience back to theaters. We will see.

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  4. One of the reasons for a new thread, is to cool down temperature in discourse.

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  5. Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha officially wrapped
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCr

    It’s a wrap for Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan starter Laal Singh Chaddha. It is an Indian adaptation of Tom Hanks starter Forrest Gump, which went on floors in December 2019. After filming in over 100 locations in India, the film has come to a close.

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    • Finally. It took 2 years to shoot this film.

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      • @marcus I am still trying to understand the reasoning behind the film. It looks so old, and so unwarranted. Aamir hardly goes wrong, but in terms of narrative structuring and story-telling; he is right- the fan in me will always encourage it; but I am skeptical as hell toward this film…

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        • Potential is there for a good film, but i am not sure of this one. Might turn out to be another under-performer, specially in current situation. If one keeps minimalist expectations then perhaps we wont get disappointed.

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          • Actually expectations will be sky high for this film. Aamir’s legacy with his own production house consists of films like Lagaan, TZP and Dangal. And meeting such expectations is always v difficult.

            Btw, hearing that LSC may be pushed to next May for Eid release.

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          • And that is what’s confusing to me; he makes it pretty clear on expectations; like he did with the 3rd rate DELHI BELLY and also a fantstic film; SECRET SUPERSTAR.

            Is this going to be a massy film? MASSY + classy or what?

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          • He will aim for both. Basically a feel good film abt a simpleton with Indian history merged into the narrative of his life. IF it works big, i believe plexes will drive the business.

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  6. Box Office Update: Thailavii – Shang Chi – Fast & Furious 9
    Friday 17 September 2021 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Thailavii had a poor week collecting around 6.75 crore nett in week one. The film had bulk of the business coming from South as the Hindi version collected only 1.50 crore nett. The film fared best in the Chennai area but even there collections were down on the weekdays.

    Shang Chi did pretty well in week two collecting 6.50 crore nett which is a 58% drop from the first week. It has collected 22 crore nett in two weeks which is a decent number considering the situation though the business from Hindi circuits remains low.

    Fast & Furious 9 had a low second week collecting 2.75 crore nett which takes its total to 14.25 crore nett. The film could not collect well in English as some of that potential audience would have seen a pirated version. A early August release for this film would have meant higher numbers than Shang Chi. It could have reached 30 crore nett with an early release before the pirated version penetrated the market. It has better collections than Shang Chi in Gujarat and many other cities where only dubbed versions of both films are playing.

    The Telugu Seetimaarr had fair collections of 11.50 crore nett but this was mainly becasue of the opening day of 4 crore nett. The film could not sustain post the opening day and weekday collections were hardly anything. The Telugu industry being frontloaded did well in the first quarter post the first lockdown and it should be the same after the second lockdown but internal issues with ticket pricing will have to be sorted out first.

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  7. ‘You don’t choose Konkona, she chooses you’

    Casting director Kavish Sinha has worked on various OTT shows and films, most recently Mumbai Diaries 26/11, and made some terrific choices.

    https://www.rediff.com/movies/report/you-dont-choose-konkona-she-chooses-you/20210916.htm

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  8. https://www.thetoptens.com/greatest-actors/

    Top Ten Greatest Actors
    Presenting the top ten best male actors in the history of cinema. The greatest actors including silver screen heroes, Oscar winners, Bollywood superstars, and big time names from the small screen.
    The Top Ten

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  9. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/13/100-best-films-movies-of-the-21st-century

    The 100 best films of the 21st century

    I think this is a better list than the great actors list.

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  10. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4bCgxYCMAAVoaq?format=jpg&name=small

    Manoj Bajpayee’s father hospitalised in Delhi, actor halts shoot to be with family

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  11. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-58587699

    Don’t know if it’s been posted…

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    • This is a very detailed article. Thanks for sharing but don’t have the time to read it. If you could summarize, it would help.

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      • Seems like priyanka and others signed up for a reality TV show about activism as a judge. She got ridiculed

        ‘Couldn’t they just give the money it’s going to take to pay this UNBELIEVABLY expensive talent and make this show, directly to activist causes? Rather than turning activism into a game and then giving a fraction of the much needed money away in a “prize…?” People are dying.’

        Show cancelled now.

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  13. Now, the recent buzz that has been circulating on the internet is that Shah Rukh Khan and Atlee’s film will be based on a bank robbery. Shah Rukh Khan had bought the India rights of a famous web series that deals with bank robbery, and his film with Atlee is said to be a plot comparable to it. But we have to wait to see whether it’s a true fact or the team surprises us by coming up with a different story.
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news/shah-rukh-khan-and-atlees-film-to-be-based-on-a-bank-robbery/articleshow/86291929.cms

    Money heist?

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    • Or Happy New Year sequel

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      • I remember posting it long back but Abhishek Bachchan had great potential for HNY sequel/spin off. He should have produced its spin/off and just focussed on double role of Nandu Bhide and Vicky Grover and tussle between them. Srk, Deepika to have extended guest appearances and rest of the cast can be there. It would have good solo project for Abhishek bachchan.

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  14. such a sad story…Most likely she is not alive..

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/us/gabby-petito-missing-friday/index.html

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  15. @Sanjana regarding your comment on superstars indulging in ott: i don’t think there is a problem; In Kashyap’s serial YUDH, Bachchan played a patriarch with superb intelligence; I think SRK and Aamir have the intelligence to handle the ‘down-grading’ of super-stardom. The difficulty will be with a so-called actor like BHAI…

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    • It was uncomfortable to see a megastar in a tv flick. Srk came from tv but the present srk is coming with the baggage of a big superstar. I dont think aamir will leave films because he does one in 2 or 3 years and that consumes all his time. Salman acting in a tv serial is simply impossible. He can produce and may not act in them.
      TV audience want someone like themselves, without aura and with relatable personalities. Like home cooked daal chawal or thayir sadam, a comfort food.

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      • Even in reality shows, the stars occupy the main space and question, judge or preach from a pedestal. And big stars appear for KBC, on Big Boss are there to add more lustre and therby draw more audience for the respective shows. After a time public catches up with the fakeness of these appearances.

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  16. On south-indian actors; ..here’s another one: if this MAN doesn’t get a BHARAT RATNA; then screw it…so knowledgeable; humble; and one of the GREATEST actors ever…just listen to his answers….

    Please understand how he transformed himself to Satyadev Dubey, to HAMSAGIITE, from Hindustani to Carnatic music, and to Mr. Benegal in KALYUG and MANTHAN…

    https://www.deccanherald.com/video/entertainment/in-conversation-with-anant-nag-728328.html

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    • this is what we had during the great olden days…look at the superb conversion from Hindustani to Carnatic….

      Greatness of Anant is unconquerable…If there’s any other on comparable breaths; it is AMITABH…

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      • I Wish his brother Shankar is alive. He was a versatile and experimental genius. Raj Kumar used to be a very pasionate and sincere actor and a skilled singer too. And Puttanna Kanagal. Kannada film industry has great talents but some of the lesser ones started to imitate cheap films from other industries to make fast bucks. And the PR is just not enough for this industry. And there is tulu culture, coorg culture, konkani culture all contributing to the diversity and richness in storytelling and cinema.

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        • @sanjana SHANKAR way way, way ahead of the times! He was the one who recommended metro-trains to be built in Bangalore. In his thinking, he was just brilliant; To imagine a film like ACCIDENT or NODI SWAY NAVU IRODI HEGA is simply terrific. He would have changed the Kannada film industry forever…

          It was neither Mani, not Ramu nor Vidhu who captured the transformational scenes/slides: It was Shankar….

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      • Kanasalu Neene Manasalu Neene..Aisi Deewangi, Dekhi nahi kabhi…

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    • More amazingly, he never won a National Award? Anant Nag ought to win the next Dadasaheb Phalke, but unlikely given his politics.

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      • He was associated with JH patel; but he has hardly been anti-BJP; is that the reason you decided this?

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        • I thought given his association with the parallel cinema movement, he’d be a leftist. Turns out he fought an election also for JD(S), so maybe, if not for politics, it’s shocking that he wouldn’t have any national award.

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  17. why did they use Gupta in between. Kustt have the title like Sonam Bewafa

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  18. Spoilers
    Kaanekkane, malayalam film on hotstar can be watched just to enjoy the acting of Suraj Venjaramoodu who excels in every scene where he appears. Otherwise I did not like the predictable ending. A deliberate criminal act cant be hidden and unpunished. Too much ambiguity and too much timelines mixing which confuses a viewer.

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  19. Rinku Rajguru, not yet 21, already has a neat pile of achievements: three Marathi films, a direct-to-streamer Hindi movie, parts in two anthology productions, and an important role in a web series.

    All this while studying for an arts degree. Rajguru continues to live with her parents and younger brother in Akluj town near Solapur. Physically attending college was out of question for Rajguru even in pre-Covid days. The overnight stardom that followed her stunning debut in Sairat in 2016 meant that Rajguru has had to opt for distance education.

    https://scroll.in/reel/1005671/something-different-what-rinku-rajguru-looks-for-in-every-new-role

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  20. Salman Khan’s stardom and journey to be captured in a docu series for an OTT giant

    Salman Khan’s journey in Bollywood is punctuated with superstardom, controversies, box office hits, rocky romance and starry tantrums. And all of this will be encapsulated into a docu series by an OTT giant. According to a news portal, Salman Khan’s three-decade-long journey in Bollywood will be played in a series which will include interviews of his family, his co-stars, directors, producers and colleagues.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/web-series/news/hindi/salman-khans-stardom-and-journey-to-be-captured-in-a-docu-series-for-an-ott-giant/articleshow/86340356.cms

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    • Docu series on Salman Khan? How people waste money. The only interesting part of Salman’s career is his comeback with Wanted/Dabangg after somehow surviving through a decade of flops. Since then he did v well well for many years and makes a good story of coming back from the dumps. But that is material for perhaps a short 1 hr documentary – not a docu series. This is going to be a character whitewashing horseshit eulogy of a series.

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  21. During questioning, Sukesh told police that he got an iPhone from his jail contacts and the phone’s settings were done by a vendor in Chennai. “Sukesh also disclosed his financial transactions with jail officials and claimed he was giving them Rs 65 lakh every fortnight. He said he had struck a deal with a jail official when he was arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with the Election Commission bribery case and moved last year to Rohini jail. A jail official collected the money from his associate regularly,” said the source.

    “The jail administration has found the involvement of nine officials — a Rohini jail superintendent, three deputy superintendents, two assistant superintendents, one head warder and two warders. A letter was sent to the Delhi government’s Home department to initiate a proposal for departmental action against them,” said the source.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/extortion-case-tihar-probe-finds-officials-helped-conman-sukesh-chandrasehkar-block-cctv-9-in-the-dock-7520511/

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  22. The 38-year-old said there was a time when police were only arresting owners of such call centres, but nowadays, they have started picking up the employees too. “As a result, before joining, the men and women ask the owner to give an assurance that they would be protected from arrest, and also ask about their contacts in the police department. But since there isn’t a particular complainant in many of these cases and police have made suo motu arrests, many of those arrested get bail within a month. After coming out, some join another such establishment in Delhi while others leave for another city,” he said.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/when-trouble-calls-behind-delhis-call-centre-scam-duping-us-citizens-7520358/

    Easy bail is the reason for these crimes. These are worst than terrorists who bring a bad name to India in international circles.

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  23. Aamir looks terrific here. Funnily, Naga Chaitanya might come out of LSC as a divorcee too. Good news is Samantha is single again:)

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    • He maybe looking good, but is indeed looking his age. Dont know how he will manage to pull off the younger years in LSC. High time he shifts into middle aged roles.

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    • Love Story is not that big a film. Its coming with manageable expectations and shud do ok to good. Problems are with highly anticipated films like LSC – big budget, remake factor, Aamir coming after 4 years, pressure to revive cinemas, etc etc. Such a film is more likely to disappoint and under-perform. Same goes for Pathan and Tiger 3.

      I foresee a repeat of 2018 in 2022 when the highly anticipated films of the Khans will all underperform. Smaller films from Ranveer, Ranbir, Shahid and Hrithik can be expected to sail through more smoothly. Specially given the current box office scenario.

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      • “I foresee a repeat”-I mean Remo D Souza, Viktor and Aanand L Rai were way out of their league in 2018. The most risky film IMO is actually Prithviraj, Chandraprakash Dwivedi hasn’t made a film in 16 years and Akshay’s paired with a heroine who is literally 30 years younger than him.

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        • I dont think any single Akshay or Ajay film carries that much expectations, mainly because of the many films they do at any given point. The other guys dont work that way.

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  24. **RASHMI ROCKET** Image

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    • Zee5 and Hotstar gradually becoming the go to hubs for producers of flops & disasters whose films are incompetent to release on celluloid, basically 99.9% of Bollywood 😉

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  25. Great to see Cadbury retain the original tune and the dance moves despite the gender swap. Generation Y nostalgia…

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  26. It is known that the AP Government is showing enthusiasm for movie tickets and the movie business as a whole for quite some time now. The state government has expressed discontentment over the fan shows, benefit shows, film ticket prices, and its occupancy in Andhrapradesh. Whereas on the other hand, the Telugu film industry is facing several other issues in terms of its releases.
    The Government has objected to any extra shows for popular star films and scrapped any hike in the ticket prices though permitting half occupancy at the theaters starting with Pawan Kalyan starred ‘Vakeel Saab’.
    Now big-budget moviemakers are reported to be very saddened with these decisions of the government and aren’t coming forward to release their movies under these circumstances.
    As per the latest reports, the AP government is very busy developing a new web application connecting all the film theaters in Andhra Pradesh, making sure soon a movie ticketing portal is available from the government bodies to the public.

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/no-money-minting-or-fans-movie-shows-from-now-in-andhra-pradesh/articleshow/86389412.cms

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    • What is the reason for this specifically in this state? Is covid scenario significantly worse here?

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    • Surprised at BOI commentary. If MH theaters open with 50% capacity by early Oct, even then they dont expect a real biggie (say Sooryavanshi) in Diwali (Nov)? Biggies are going to wait for 100% occupancy all over India? Wow.

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      • I think a big film will come on Diwali. If they wait, they will be like those people who wait for the right match to get married and endup old men and women waiting for that young match!

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      • This is all a game about who will take the big risk. It’s just a question of the right film arriving and working and then everyone will jump on bandwagon.

        This is when a Golmaal 5 or Housefull 5 would be ideal – otherwise such movies can be for the dumpster!

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  27. Aditya Seal, The Empire’s Humayun, on backlash against the series: ‘Please go back in time and change history’
    Aditya Seal is riding high on the success of The Empire in which he plays Humayun. The Disney Plus Hotstar historical web series also stars Kunal Kapoor, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi, Sahher Bambba and others.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/aditya-seal-the-empires-humayun-on-backlash-against-the-series-go-back-in-time-and-change-history-7513154/

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    • Is not Taapsee too old for the young Khans, young akshay, young devgan? She is 34 according to wiki. They should go for someone slightly younger like Jahnvi.

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      • Might not be a heroine?

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        • Not this particular film. Generally speaking.

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          • Remember Lal Baadshah? Amitabh 58 and Manisha Koirala 29

            Sooryavansham – Amitabh 58, K. S. Sowmya 27 🙂

            It doesn’t make it any better but todays actor are physical fit and looks little younger than their age. actors from past looked their age if not more due to being overweight.

            I’m sure there are probably worse example than the two i mentioned above.
            It’s pretty sick when you think about it.

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          • Raj Kapoor romancing Hema Malini in Sapnon ka Saudagar. Devanand romancing Tina Munim and maybe others. Dilip and Saira, Leena C.
            Dharmendra romancing younger heroines like Anita Raj.

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          • Prithviraj
            Akshay Kumar-54
            Manushi Chillar-24

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          • Bodywise they maybe fit but face shows. Except Salman Khan who looks younger than his age facewise. Ageless face!

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          • Raj was 44 and Hema 20 – 24 years difference
            Dev 55 and Tina 20 – 25 years difference
            Dilip 54 and Leena 26 – 28 years difference
            Amitabh 58 – KS Sowmya 27 – 31 years difference

            Freaking crazy. Dev was slim so didn’t look as crazy as raj, dilip, amitabh.

            I assume there are scenarios like this in south films too?

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          • Rajinikanth-70 Amy Jackson-24

            NTR-60 Sridevi-19 (Sridevi as a child played NTR’s granddaughter)

            The south Indian age gaps are ridiculously offensive, make Bollywood seem tame.

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          • Hilarious how the usual suspect’s negativity begins and ends with Bachchan; without even BASIC understanding of the film industry worked. Of course, the so-called greats Dilip and Raj kapoor will NEVER be questioned. If I start opening a can of worms of the disgusting attitudes of Raj kapoor, including getting Dilip drunk, getting him thrown in a gutter, and calling the gliteratti to take photos, that would just be the beginning of the Mount Everest – HOWEVER great an artiste he was…LOL

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          • LOL, but expected from typical rightwing hypocrites who thinks secret superstar is a masterpiece film and finds many complaints in Tumbaad.

            Can’t have freakin decent conversation in anything with these right wing nut jobs…

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          • Raj Kapoor the Pervert Tramp … LOL

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          • Raj was that and he didn’t hide it.

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          • Hilarious how trolls and hypocrite US citizens fail to understand English. Forget reading between the lines, they can’t even read the lines and compare and contrast.

            In my TUMBADD critique — a superb, superb film — I had made a GENERIC observation as to how a very, very well made and well -shot movie was ‘designed’ to show that the Pune Brahamans were more involved in whore-mongering and gold and greed over-ruled everything.

            But as i mentioned, it falls on deaf ears and deaf …..

            I have argued this before and maybe Sanjana who is good at research can point it out: Don’t give me designer films that have ulterior motive – If you have the guts, try to even attempt a film like this – https://youtu.be/4MTZvKJc0jY

            Or watch TABBALENYANU NEENADE MAGANE or VAMSHA VRUKSHA on how they have tackled Brahmanical prejudice and patriarchy. Or at least request you to please read them in English translations when you have time.

            And what is this age difference gap? It’s been going on for years in Tamil, Telugu,Marathi, Hindi industry since ’50s: The great Dilip in BAIRAAG. I am NOT familiar with Bengali industry much except for the Master’s films — no, not our Master but Satyajit Ray — so cannot comment on that, We have evolved from conquering sati system to a bal-vivah and are now stuck-up with gender-discrimination.

            My only point here is, this has existed from decades and is carried onto the cinema art form. Rakhee plays Bachchan’s Sakhee in Bemisal and then his mother in ‘SHAKTI.’ Go figure.

            The point that men can get away with acting with women more than half their age is an age-old phenomenon built in India and in Hollywood. Does it need to be changed? Sure as hell! But that has to by systemic! Who will boycott the BHURJ KHALIFA song on this principle? Anyone?

            And the point that today’s actors are far ‘fit’ than AB in LB with his paunch and a saggy face or Dev [Dev was a joker of the highest degree; he is on record for saying that I want to have young, beautiful girls as heroines in my films.]

            And pray, Farhan Akthar is by far the FITTEST actor in the industry hitting 50. What next? Will AB’s grand-daughter be his heroine or Suhana? Another topic for discussion?

            Remember, it took the year 1997, close to hitting millennium, for Madhuri to say to her husband in MRITYUDAND, ‘AAP HAMRE PATI HAI, PARMESWAR BANNE KA KOSISH MAT KIJIYE’, while a stunned Shabana looks on…

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          • It was long back. But I remember that argument and points. What I feel is a well maintained female star should be given a chance to pair opposite her once hero and they can avoid silly love songs to cater to thrid class audience. They can pair even with a 16 year old but they cant expect the thinking audience not to criticise just because it is a parampara worldwide. I have seen billionaire old men proudly displaying young models as their wives,, especially in US. This applies for both men and women though it is more common among men.

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          • If Lata Mangeshkar is called out for singing(for young heroines) with a not so young voice, why these heroes cant be called out for pairing with very young girls?

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          • What makes heroes to go for this? Producers maybe pressurising them. Or their own insecurities and fond hopes of young heroines magically making them look younger and more appealing. Or just for song situations. Or to compete with emerging young heroes on the scene. Aamir looks haggard and aged while Kareena still looks younger in LSC promos or whatever. Akshay looks aged with his young heroines. So is srk without those dark glasses and stylish beard. Salman looks as though he went under knife.

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          • @Sanjana,

            Great points. I like reading your comments as they’re decent posts with staying on topic and open minded enough to look at and accept different views.

            The topic was very simple about how srk potentially working with someone more than 20 years younger than him. which led to me bringing up lal badshah because it’s more recent than going back to 60s of raj/hema scenario.
            I brought up point about how todays actors are more physically fit so it doesn’t look too odd as let’s say overweight Raj romancing Hema. I eve brought up point about how within that same era, Dev pairing with young girls looked better than others because Dev was slim.

            But the “usual suspect” always take the comments wrong way and brings in a completely negative vibes to discussion.

            Anyways, back to some points you made:

            Lata being called out for singing for young girls:
            Even Dev said he started taking Kishor because Rafi was sounding older on him. This is when Rafi was only in his 40s. At the same time Dev was doing films with young girls 🙂

            “What makes heroes to go for this? Producers maybe pressurising them.”
            Heroes/humans loves it, being paired/associated with someone much younger than them. Men or women.
            But due to how culture/society works, older actor with younger actress is more acceptable.

            It’s really sickening when you think about how much women had endured thru out the history and still continue to do so. Not as bad as before but still, they’re being abused a lot.

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  28. YouTube is littered with videos that show the original source of some scenes in Atlee’s movies. For example, in the airport scene in Mersal, when we see Dr Maaran for the first time. He has been pulled aside by the airport authorities for checking that smacks of racism. Locked up in a room, Maaran notices from the window that a woman at the airport is choking on her drinks, and is unable to breathe. The hitherto mild-mannered Maaran then overpowers security officials to help the damsel in distress. And he performs an emergency medical procedure using items that he could find at the crowded airport to save the woman’s life. And there is the exact same scene in the South Korean medical drama Good Doctor.

    The allegations of copying scenes from other movies didn’t just begin with Mersal. Atlee has been under scrutiny since his debut film Raja Rani. Many believed that the marital discord between the husband and wife in an arranged marriage setting was a riff on director Mani Ratnam’s Mouna Ragam.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/opinion-entertainment/is-atlee-a-copycat-or-postmodernist-7524012/

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  29. SC stays order directing Yash Raj Films to pay compensation for excluding Jabra Fan from Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan
    SC’s order came while hearing an appeal filed by Yash Raj Films Pvt Ltd challenging an order of NCDRC that asked the producer to pay compensation of Rs 10,000 to the complainant along with litigation cost of Rs 5,000.
    The production house submitted that the complainant cannot be said to be a consumer and stated that the song “Jabra Fan” was shown on TV channels as a promotional trailer of the film and it had been disclosed to the public at large by way of press interviews that the said song will not be a part of the movie.

    Another news from IE.

    Kangana Ranaut lashes out at Alia Bhatt’s bridal ad: ‘Stop manipulating naive consumers…’
    Kangana Ranaut made a ‘humble request’ to brands asking them to not mix religion and politics in their advertisements. This comes after Alia Bhatt’s latest bridal ad sparked much controversy online.

    Alia’s bridal ad questioned the tradition of ‘kanyadaan’, where the bride’s parents ‘give’ her away to the bridegroom. Kangana wrote a lengthy post saying that women are worshipped in the scriptures and there’s no harm in seeing them as ‘precious source of existence’.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/kangana-ranaut-lashes-out-at-alia-bhatts-bridal-ad-stop-manipulating-naive-consumers-7524504/

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  30. Shang Chi is a typical Marvel film in every aspect but one that works at all levels thanks to stellar performances, exceptionally well shot action scenes and some mind blowing fight sequences. Although the plot’s predictable and some of the VFX goes awry in the second half, Marvel studios have done well to do away with the gimmicky 3D variation and released this in the 2D IMAX format to retain the truly big screen experience. 7/10, works doubly better when watched on 35mm and Marvel’s best since Doctor Strange.

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    • “best since Doctor Strange”-Black Panther, Ragnarok were better standalones imo.

      For box office info, Shang Chi surpassed all projections in the domestic box office. So Indian box office can’t make that complaint for long.

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      • Shang Chi isnt going to go much beyond $200M at domestic box office. The differential with Black Widow and F9 is due to no simultaneous release on OTT for Shang Chi.

        But overall US box office is slowly recovering since Godzilla vs Kong released.

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      • Black Panther is an extremely overrated film with a predictable been there-done that plot. The script Shang Chi has a level of relatable novelty that was last seen in Doctor Strange alone. Based on expectations vs outcome, Shang Chi is a huge box office success in today’s scenario and a decent result in India too.

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        • Shang chi is average in india, good in US and average in worldwide as far as box office is concerned.

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          • Today’s average is akin to yesterday’s hit. BOI and boxofficemojo got to have a separate database for films from 2020 and beyond till normalcy returns with 100% permitted occupancy.

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          • Average films cant be called hits. If Shang chi had done 30-35 cr nett in India, then it wud have been a hit (equivalent to 80-90 cr nett in pre pandemic times).

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        • “Black Panther is an extremely overrated film with a predictable been there-done that plot. ”

          It is never about the plot. If so, Avatar wouldn’t have done record breaking business as well. Black Panther deserved it’s huge business as well and we’re talking in the space of commercial big movies aimed at the boxoffice.

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          • Not every record breaking grosser has to be a classic or even a good film, in fact most of them seldom are. Take the visuals out and Avatar is nothing more than a mediocre film in my opinion. Ditto for Black Panther if you take the Black out of the Panther.

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          • ” Take the visuals out and Avatar..”

            Lol. Don’t mind even if the visuals are path-breaking and once in a life time kind visuals. It is just not your usual VFX that anyone can do. The whole point about Avatar is about transforming you to a new world which it did better than any other movie in history. They had to invent that technology and then spent 8 years in making that cameras to capture motion picture at that level and You call that just visuals?

            “Not every record breaking grosser has to be a classic or even a good film, in fact most of them seldom are.”

            Yes, but still Avatar and Black Panther are very good films and hugely appreciated. That’s the general consensus and even critically appreciated. You can’t just keep slapping your individual opinion on every widely accepted and loved movies.

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          • Is it easy to get 96% on rotten tomatoes from all the critics combined? This is for Black Panther.

            https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_panther_2018

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          • Avatar was loved thru out the WORLD, not just USA.

            Only thing i can compare to is, think of Gadar or Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, baahubali 2, and now think of these three movies doing equally well thru out the whole world instead of just India (and usa/uk/austrailia to some level)

            Sivaay paints everything with broad brush and slotts everything into 99% bucket.

            Avatar wouldn’t have gotten the type of success it did, at the time it did, if it wasn’t for the ground breaking technology that was applied along with a story that connected with people.

            It was a pure masala film with never before seen technology.

            It was and still is the only film that didn’t give me a headache watching in 3d.

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          • “You can’t just keep slapping your individual opinion on every widely accepted and loved movies.” – are you really imbecile enough to expect me to speak on behalf of millions on my own comment? And yes as for Avatar or BP, they’re just overrated. Doesn’t imply they’re bad films.

            “Sivaay paints everything with broad brush and slotts everything into 99% bucket.” – Laughable statement that does not merit a response.

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          • “Laughable statement that does not merit a response.”

            But you took time to write this 🙂

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          • Yeah you misspelled my name 😉

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  31. Zee Entertainment to merge with Sony India
    As part of the proposed deal, Zee shareholders will hold about 47.07% stake and the rest of the merged entity will be owned by Sony India shareholders

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  32. BIGGG DEVELOPMENT… KARAN JOHAR – VIACOM18 JOIN HANDS FOR FOUR FILMS… #Viacom18 Studios and #KaranJohar’s #Dharma Productions partner for four films…
    KaranJohar directorial #RockyAurRaniKiPremKahani [Dharmendra, #JayaBachchan, #ShabanaAzmi, #RanveerSingh, #AliaBhatt]

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  35. Box Office To Be Better This Week
    Wednesday 22 September 2021 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The box office in India will yield better results this week after a couple of low weeks driven a Telugu film called Love Story with support from Jungle Cruise and Qismat 2 in East Punjab and Delhi. The Telugu film had advance sales for the weekend of 91.50 lakhs nett from 70 odd properties in Hyderabad by yesterday evening (21st Sep). These are very strong numbers and most of this advance is likely to be for day one. The film also crossed 1 lakh ticket sales in Nizam / Andhra on ticketing platform Book My Show by Tuesday night.

    The film is obviously a love story for the youth and with this sort of advance it will yield the best opening day figures in India post the second closure. Jungle Cruise is a film that had some potential for India but its a delayed release and piracy is going to hit the numbers but its still a better release than what we had recently.

    Then in East Punjab and Delhi city there will be Qismat 2 which will lead the way. The film has not opened advance counters as the film is late with a censor but it should do well. It may not be the blockbuster opening type as that is mainly reserved for the comedies as far as Punjabi film goes but it should get a good run especially if the content connects.

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    • Thankless Bollywood escaping its moral responsibility towards the theatrical exhibition sector as usual. Would surely love to see dubbed versions of Hollywood and regional films dominate Bollywood in the North/Central market in years to come.

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  36. During his appearance on Koffee With Karan, Salman had spoken about almost marrying Sangeeta. “There was a time that I really wanted to get married and then it just didn’t work out. I have always come so close. People have got cold feet. ‘Theek hai, boyfriend, isko zindagi bhar jhelna padega kya (They think I am a good boyfriend but it’s difficult to tolerate me for the rest of their lives).’ With Sangeeta, even the cards and all were printed,” he said.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/when-salman-khan-accepted-wedding-with-sangeeta-bijlani-was-called-off-when-she-caught-him-7526545/

    Now they can marry!

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    • I remember them looking odd together. Salman was skinny at that time and sangeeta was a tall and big (I don’t mean fat).

      I think there was some pakistani girl that he was serious with too in early days.

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      • Salman was very interested with Somy Ali and she was Pakistani actor.

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        • Earlier, Somy had spoken about convincing her parents to let her move to India as a teenager even though she was never interested in becoming an actor. “It was 1991 and I was 16. I saw Maine Pyar Kiya, and I went, ‘I have to marry this guy!’ I told my mom that I am going to India tomorrow. She, of course, sent me off to my room, but I kept pleading that I have to go to India and marry this guy — Salman Khan,” she had told a leading daily.

          She added, “I was such a misfit in the film industry. I had no interest in pursuing a film career, and my only goal, which sounds preposterous at this age, was that I have to marry Salman.”

          Speaking to Zoom, Somy has now said that Salman was not faithful to her. “We have moved on. It’s been 20 years since I broke up with him. He cheated on me and I broke up with him and left. It’s as simple as that,” she said.

          Somy even added how she didn’t learn anything from Salman during their time together but appreciated the kindness of his family. “Not a single thing from Salman, but I learned a lot of good things from his parents. The biggest thing I learned is that they never saw religion and treated every human being equally. Their home was open to everyone and love permeated throughout their house especially from Salma (Salman’s mother) aunty,” she said.

          In an interview with ETimes, Somy opened up about the film Buland with Salman Khan that didn’t see the light of day. “Salman had just begun his home production and was looking for a leading lady to star opposite him in the film called ‘Buland’. We went to Kathmandu to shoot; unfortunately, I was too young and new in the industry and there was some problem with the producers and the film was shelved. So it was a metaphor for our relationship I would say.”

          Somy Ali and Salman Khan reportedly dated for eight years. In an earlier interview with Zoom, Somy had revealed that Salman was not faithful to her. “We have moved on. It’s been 20 years since I broke up with him. He cheated on me and I broke up with him and left. It’s as simple as that,” she said

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  37. Looks like a big bollywood surprise is awaiting for bollywood fans this Diwali!

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    • Mumbai is like New York city, if not controlled, it come become very big in few days. I don’t blame MH gvmt for taking the steps they have been taking. People before Films…

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      • Mumbai’s population is 2x that of NYC with half the land area. A rise in cases in one region or district does not merit the entire state being shut down. There’s no logic in restaurants and malls being allowed to function but cinemas specifically being shut especially at a time when theaters in all other major cities are functioning. The MH state govt is either indecisive, incompetent or there’s something completely different going on between them and the Bollywood bigshots.

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      • If Bollywood’s actually serious about its survival in the long run, its high time they accept Yogi’s offer and shift base to Noida full time. The Maha Barbadi Vikas govt which has been one of the most incompetent at every level of governance (including the covid crisis) is for sure gonna relegate Bollywood to a Television industry if this continues till the 2024 assembly elections.

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        • “The Maha Barbadi Vikas govt which has been one of the most incompetent at every level of governance (including the covid crisis) “-I hate to say this, but Uddhav Thackeray is one of the most popular CMs in India. Poll after poll reaffirm this, and if there was any anti sentiment it’d be reflected in bypolls or panchayat elections.

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          • Online polls are not a reflection of ground reality and public sentiment. Repeated online polls had predicted a Modi defeat in 2019 Parliamentary polls, the results were the exact opposite. Shiv Sena by its own merit is still a fringe party full of goons and dacoit politics that has no influence outside of its Mumbai/Thane strongholds. This 3 way unholy alignment is as incompetent as its impermanent.

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        • “its high time they accept Yogi’s offer and shift base to Noida full time”

          You think any sane mind would want to shift to Yogiland? I don’t think you’ll get many takers outside of someone like kangana, devgan.
          On same token, why not release film without MH being part of it. But wait, you need money from MH cinemas…

          I don’t really care about MH gvmt but they are doing few things right.
          It’s possible there may be some sort of rift between MH gvmt and bollywood but it’s not a case of where thousands of people are out on street protesting for cinema halls to be open in MH.
          Fighting for filthy rich producers, actors, distributers is the last ting in common peoples mind.

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          • “You think any sane mind would want to shift to Yogiland? I don’t think you’ll get many takers outside of someone like kangana, devgan.” – Have you ever been to Noida or just commenting from lala land based on the figment of your poor imagination? Insanity is when you brand Uddhav Thackrey fringe goon party on a higher pedestal than a democratically elected one which has succeeded in managing the rogue state of Uttar Pradesh better than its predecessors regardless of its flaws. Of course I do NOT expect you to understand or even acknowledge a word of this. And NO, NO ONE is fighting for filthy rich producers. Shutting down businesses affects the level 0 and level 1 employees the most, the one’s selling you the now infamous popcorn and overpriced Pepsi, none of which goes into the general employee’s pocket.

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  39. There has been huge frustration through all of September as there seemed no sign of cinemas opening in Maharashtra but there is better news as an opening on 1st October looks likely with cinemas now working on the SOP’s (standard operating procedure) and waiting for Maharashtra government which will give exact details of what will be allowed.

    https://boxofficeindia.com/report-details.php?articleid=6327

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  40. Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films rejects over Rs. 400 crore offer from Amazon Prime Video for direct to digital premiere

    While all the big wigs from the industry – from Salman Khan to Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn – who had a film in their kitty opted for a direct to digital premiere in the midst of this pandemic, there is one man who has stood by the exhibitors like a rock. And it’s none other than Aditya Chopra. The producer has held onto the release of films like Bunty Aur Babli 2, Shamshera, Prithviraj, Jayeshbhai Jordaar for over 18 months and is continuing to do so.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/scoop-aditya-chopras-yash-raj-films-rejects-rs-400-crore-offer-amazon-prime-video-direct-digital-premiere/

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    • Rubbish! I guess Adi Chopra won’t get enough Hafta to bribe Thakrey and his sadakchhap goons even if Maharashtra theaters reopen. So better to keep them shut down forever till this lousy khichdi government is booted out of assembly.

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  41. Exciting Movies Coming Up!

    Theatres may not be open in many parts of India, but the baarish of new movie announcements continues.

    Here’s what you can look forward to.

    https://www.rediff.com/movies/report/exciting-movies-coming-up/20210922.htm

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  42. Pratik Gandhi doesn’t know what hit him when the savage trolling to boycott him began to trend on social media for his role as an actor playing Raavan on stage in Bhavai, earlier entitled Raavan Leela.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/pratik-gandhi-undeterred-boycott-trolls/

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  43. Avatar was pathbreaking. Yes the story is very simple. But simple stories are sometimes the best. Even Cameron’s Titanic is a boy meets girl kind of thing.

    Avatar had extraordinary visuals and experience. That was it’s USP.

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    • I saw on regular 3D in first weekend and then went to Universal Studios IMAX to watch..In 4-5th week Tuesday 10 o clock night show was houseful…

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      • I think I saw in imax in India? I can’t recall format.
        It’s one of the few films I would call a real experience.

        But yes Avatar is a simple storyline. Nothing wrong in it. Wouldn’t call it overrated especially when the technology was pathbreaking for It’s times.

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      • Avatar is the only movie in my life where I had to go back home twice because there were no tickets available, and this was in 5th and 6th weekend.

        3rd time was a charm.

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      • Now, we have folks calling Avatar as overrated then you can call every huge blockbuster movie as over-rated. But it is plain pointless. It became such a huge blockbuster as everyone saw something new in it and you can’t try to undermine that easily.

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        • Opinion could be outlier…I loved Cloud Atlas but many people hated it.
          I don’t think much of 3 idiots and IMO Dangal has better and cogent screenplay..
          I like Gravity first time but then next time I could see all the issues..
          I didn’t find father’s behavior in Secret Superstar out of norm in Indian context..But many argued fathers are not like that…

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  44. A San Francisco Bay Area woman has been arrested on suspicion of starting a wildfire that spread rapidly through a rural area, prompting evacuations orders in a Northern California community, authorities said.

    Workers at a nearby quarry reported seeing a woman acting strangely and trespassing in the area in Shasta County where the fire started Wednesday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement Thursday.

    Later Wednesday, Alexandra Souverneva of Palo Alto walked out of the brush near the fire line and approached firefighters and told them she was dehydrated and needed medical help, Cal Fire said.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/woman-arrested-on-suspicion-of-starting-california-blaze-7531123/

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  45. https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/can-jungle-cruise-recreate-the-success-of-johnny-depp-pirates-of-the-caribbean-for-disney-7529339/

    Jungle Cruise is Disney’s attempt to recreate the immense success of Johnny Depp-fronted Pirates of the Caribbean. Can it succeed?

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  46. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/google-threatening-us-competition-watchdog-competition-commission-of-india-to-court-over-leak-charge-2551921#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

    Google is populated by Indians. Every second person I come across here boasts that his daughter or son have got jobs at Google!

    It is a strange situation! Google Indians versus Indian Government!

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  47. A Chinese fashion label has pulled a children’s clothing line and apologised after consumer complaints surfaced about prints that contained references to racial violence and suggestive phrases including “let me touch you”.
    The designs by JNBY, widely shared on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, prompted outrage and criticism among users who said that the designs were unsuitable for impressionable youngsters.

    One photo showed an item with the English words: “The whole place is full of Indians. I will take this gun and blow them to pieces,” while another had cartoons of a boy being shot with multiple arrows.

    “What is JNBY trying to express with such prints?” one social media commenter wrote. “I used to like their adult’s clothing, but didn’t expect their children’s line to be so sinister!”

    https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/chinese-label-pulls-childrens-clothing-line-over-inappropriate-sinister-racist-designs-apologizes-2551803#pfrom=home-ndtv_topstories

    A parent wrote that older family members who didn’t speak English had bought the clothing for their child without understanding the meanings.

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  48. Watching Happy Days, a telugu flick. A 2007 film on freshers versus seniors in an Engineering college. Quite enjoyable so far. Beautiful, interesting girls and funny boys. Tamannah reminded me of Manisha Koirala. Our hindi films like 3 Idiots and Cchichore insprired by Happy Days?
    On Prime.

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  49. Sooryavanshi, Antim and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui eyeing the Diwali 2021 spot but…..

    On Thursday, the Multiplex Association of India had a meeting with Shiv Sena officials and a source informs that the officials conveyed their message of reopening cinema halls from the month of November. “However, Multiplex Association of India has pressured them to reopen cinema halls latest by the second week of October so that the industry can make the most out of the festive season of Diwali. They have been assured that their point of view will be put forward to the Maharashtra CM,” a source told us. Some more meetings will take place over the next few days and the trade is optimistic on good news from Maharashtra, however, the sources from the government inform that a concrete decision on reopening of cinema is yet to be taken.

    https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/exclusives/exclusive-sooryavanshi-antim-and-chandigarh-kare-aashiqui-eyeing-diwali-2021-spot-902837

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  50. Telugu Film Love Story Outstanding Start – 8th Best Post Pandemic
    Saturday 25 September 2021 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The Telugu film Love Story recorded a huge opening as it collected around 8.5-9 crore nett on day one which is the best start since cinemas reopened after the second wave and the eighth best opening post the pandemic. The film was especially strong in Hyderabad and surrounding areas which are officially allowing 100% occupancy.

    The top openings post the pandemic are dominated by South films and mainly Telugu films as the Hindi markets have not been able to get going. Also the film in South are very dependent on the first day while for us its about the weekend as multiplexes dominate business and they collect best over the weekend. The top Hindi opener remains Bell Bottom but the collections was under 3 crore nett. The top openings in India post the pandemic are as follows.

    1. Vakeel Saab (Telugu) – 37,50,00,000

    2. Master (Tamil) – 35,00,00,000

    3. Roberrt (Kannada) – 12,50,00,000

    4. Uppena (Telugu) – 12,00,00,000

    5. Pugara (Kannada) – 9,75,00,000

    6. Krack (Telugu) – 9,25,00,000

    7. Karnan (Tamil) – 9,00,00,000

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    • Telugu and Punjabi cinema leading the way with multiple HITS in the last month. The day’s not far when the Hindi markets would predominantly be running dubbed versions of Hollywood and Telugu films for their cinema lovers, especially if the unholy Bollywood-Shiv Sena-Mumbai alliance continues for a few more years. Anyways a Marathi speaking Mumbai does not deserve to be the home of the HINDI film industry, doesn’t make sense.

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  51. Mumbai News Today Live Updates: Cinema halls, drama theatres in Maharashtra to reopen from October 22
    Mumbai News Today, Coronavirus Cases in Mumbai, Mumbai Weather Forecast Live Updates: All places of worship will be allowed to reopen from October 7, the first day of Navratri.
    By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai |
    Updated: September 25, 2021 4:30:18 pm

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  52. After the promotional event, Nagarjuna and his family hosted a dinner for Khan. At the dinner, the 62-year-old actor was told about Naga Chaitanya’s character’s name in Laal Singh Chadha, where he shares the screen with Khan. The Majili star is called Bala Raju in the movie. Coincidently, Nagarjuna’s father and iconic actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao (ANR) had played a character with the same name in the movie Balaraju more than 70 years ago. The fact left Nagarjuna surprised and emotional.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/telugu/why-nagarjuna-akkineni-got-emotional-during-dinner-with-aamir-khan-7532396/

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  55. Its confirmed 🎈🧨🎉

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    • Hopefully Sooryavanshi brings Bollywood its groove back.

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      • Yeah…. I wish our good old days return. I also want all big movies to be blockbusters.

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        • Although I share your sentiment, I am slightly skeptical of Sooryavanshi. The trailer went on too long and seemed to pack in too much that could be coherent.

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        • Bollywood must retrospect and seriously think about moving beyond Mumbai.

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          • It could Noida or Hyderabad or anywhere; you don’t put al eggs in a basket.

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          • As much as certain X, Y & Z NRIs might wanna continue with their pointless rants on this forum, Noida is a more developed, cleaner and economically viable place than the overrated sewer called Mumbai has ever been.

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      • Poor film to bet on in these times.. sooryanshi’s a no hoper outside the filth and gutters of Mumbai & Thane, just like Singham Returns & Simmbaa. Only fully vaccinated would be allowed in Mumbai plexes with no snacks.

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    • AkshayKumar ‘s BellBottom heralded the reopening of theatres in the rest of the country for Bollywood

      Now another Akshay film #Sooryavanshi will herald theatres reopening in Mumbai and Maharashtra

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  57. Awesome, all of shivaay comments seems silly on MH gvmt with this news. I guess MH gvmt isn’t keeping cinema halls shut for 5 years 🙂

    Looking forward to Sooryavanshi, should be lots of fun.

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  58. Watching Thalaivi on netflix. Around 30 percent finished. Quite an engrossing film. Kangana excels and she is simply super though she does not look like JL. Arvind Swamy looks like MGR when he wears those dark glasses and acts sincerely. He is almost 70 percent MGR. Raj Arjun as the cold Veerappan is an apt villain apart from Karuna who becomes villain later. Bhagyashree looks so pretty that I feel Salman does not deserve her as a co star anymore. Let him act with dumb mannequins and bimbos who cant emote but boost his ego. Bhagyashree looks so pretty and young that she easily overshadows Kangna in whatever scene she is in. And Kangana is too good as Jayalalitha without looking like her. Infact she has a separate identity which is very endearing.
    Please watch this movie. I dont know why it did not do well, especially in the hindi belt when they can lap up B and C grade telugu films.

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    • Some imaginative writing and dialogues to spice up the narrative. It ended with a fairytale like scene. They tried to show the best side of the protagonists. Arvind Swamy uncannily resembled MGR especially in the latter part with that fur cap, dark glasses and other physical embellishments which marked MGR and shielded him from focus on his real physicality in real life. The editing is good and not a moment of boredom crept in.
      A little understanding and empathy with those times and culture will make the viewing more satisfying.
      All in all I felt that Thalaivi is far better than Manikarnika. Yes, it is more Kangana than JL but that did not matter much. It is a brave attempt to insert so much without making it look haphazard. Direction is top nautch.

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  59. https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/finding-anamika-first-look-madhuri-dixit-see-photo-7534411/

    Finding Anamika first look: Madhuri Dixit is a global superstar on the run
    Finding Anamika: Madhuri Dixit goes missing in this thrilling show produced by Karan Johar. The first look of the Karan Johar show was revealed in Netflix’s global fan event, Tudum.

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  60. https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/khufiya-first-look-vishal-bhardwaj-tabu-ali-fazal-see-photo-7534469/

    Khufiya first look: Tabu warns about a traitor in intriguing Vishal Bhardwaj film
    Khufiya first look: Tabu and Vishal Bhardwaj collaborate in a thriller about a RAW spy who is not comfortable with her dual identity.

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  61. Red Notice: Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds’ fight to finish
    Red Notice’s new clip sees Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot in a three-way fight. The scene featured cool choreography and was also funny.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/hollywood/red-notice-gal-gadot-dwayne-johnson-ryan-reynolds-fight-to-finish-7534379/

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  62. Aranyak teaser: Raveena Tandon’s moody series will give you chills, watch
    Aranyak teaser: Raveena Tandon returns as a cop in this atmospheric series who is up against something much bigger than her.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/aranyak-teaser-raveena-tandon-cop-see-video-7534442/

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  63. The Sandman first look: Netflix-DC’s Neil Gaiman adaptation looks worth waiting for
    The clip from The Sandman puts the spotlight on Tom Sturridge’s Dream and Charles Dance’s Roderick Burgess.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/web-series/the-sandman-first-look-netflix-dc-neil-gaiman-7534375/

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  64. Now that MH is open, I hope Thalaivi is re released.

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    • Everyone says that 1st half is very weak and ruined the movie. Will watch it soon!

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      • First half has some funny moments. Meduvada jokes and respecting the superstar joke. It establishes Veerappan’s ruthlessness from B. Sarojadevi to Jayalalitha. Some old fashioned MGR dance moves which makea us smile. Arvind swamy perfectly captured MGR’s moves. And establishes superconfident Jayalalitha from her greenhorn days. The first half has its own charm.

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  66. Bunty Aur Babli 2-Nov.19/Prithviraj-Jan 21, 2022/Jayeshbhai-Feb 25, 2022/Shamshera-Mar 18, 2022

    Tomorrow is Yash Chopra’s birthday; some of the big films may be announced then.

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  68. Laal Singh is coming on Valentine’s Day 2022 and not Christmas 2021 due to production delays. Officially announced. Aamir seems confident of the film to bring it on a non-holiday.

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  69. This is incredibly well coordinated by Bollywood, 10 films so far and not a single clash. At this rate, they seem well set to handle any failures.

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  70. There are too many films. Whether public will spend money on every event film? In between, there will be smaller films muscling their way. The fate of 2 or 3 big films this year will decide whether the trend will continue. Fingers crossed!

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    • As soon as MH announced opening of theaters during Oct end, many big movies have lined up from Diwali 2021 to Eid 2022. They will try to stick to this release plan unless a third wave unsettles everything. So there is a question mark.

      I am happy to see Sooryavanshi and 83 getting solo releases on Diwali and Christmas, as they have indeed waited a long period with ready films.

      Also glad that LSC is postponed from Christmas 2021. It will eventually release sometime in summer 2022 or later. More than Valentine’s day, i think it will be more appropriate for an Independence Day release. Lets see.

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      • A valentine day release is not bad for LSC. If it happens then Atrangi Re would probably come in April.

        I do not think anything would be close to Christmas for Aamir. But now a solo release itself is a gift of sort.

        Pathaan is ideal for Eid. However Ajay – Amitabh MayDay is already announced now. We may see a clash.

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  72. All this excitement – let’s see if these dates materialise.

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  73. Release Date Announcements- Khans are sidelined by producers?

    #AkshayKumar : Upcoming Movie Release Date 🔥💥👌
    •Sooryavanshi- Diwali 2021
    •Prithviraj- 21st January 2022
    •Bachchan Pandey- 4th March 2022
    •Ramsetu- Diwali 2022
    •Rakshabandhan- 11th August 2022 !!

    Lion Is Ready To Roar 💥🔥💥
    Mass💥💥

    Aamir Khan has movied LSC to a decent release day 14 Feb. Easily a comparatively weak film for Aamir in the last 10 years on paper. A less hype release might work.

    SRK’s next was expected to be announced. However it has not come yet.

    Salman’s next Antim is set to be a disaster in 2022.

    Ranveer, Ranveer and Shahid has bagged superb release date.

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  74. The Intrusion on Netflix is good timepass thriller though it did not get critics’ support. Freida Pinto as Meera, the weak wife who turns into a sleuth.

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    • It is Intrusion not The Intrusion.
      Intrusion is a 2021 American psychological thriller film directed by Adam Salky and written by Christopher Sparling, starring Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall Green.

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  75. Google is celebrating its 23rd birthday.
    Happy birthday google!

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      • Building castles in the air in volatile times..

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        • One cant dismiss the futility of these release announcements. One spike, one lockdown and everything will go for a toss. Yet the rapidity of the announcements shows how desperate so many makers are to release their films. A huge lineup they have created with back to back big releases, which will surely cut into each other’s business as the market tries to recover. I actually feel sorry for this state of affairs.

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          • This is akin to a bloke trying to make up for misbehaving by doting on his wife by smothering her with many promises and presents.

            Let’s just see how one film goes here. If one strikes it out the park it could be good.

            This ‘co-ordinated attack’ reeks of ‘do f all for past X months’ too. Is it maybe fake solidarity. Who knows.

            A ‘normal’ return would be a couple of movies fighting for the diwali date return. This is a ‘you go first’, I’ll follow you with a ‘wink’ to the person behind, fingers crossed with the big elephant in the room (covid) having the potential to play spoil sport at any time.

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          • Think about it, Bollywood didn’t release one BIG film in the last year practically. OK Bell Bottom stars a big star but it’s no biggie. And suddenly they’ve come with a massive plan to release 10 or so big films, all with dates and everyone is in unison nodding their heads in agreement.

            I feel pity on Bollywood. They probably think people have penciled in dates already, quick – open advance booking LOL.

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  78. Raksha Bandhan vs Adipurush

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  79. I think all these announcements are done tentatively and to block important dates. If Suryavanshi and 83 underperform, then other big releases will revise their plans. Jersy looks like a dark horse but then it does not have a big starcast attraction.
    Looks like fully vaccinated persons maybe allowed. If that is the case they should allow 100 percent occupation than 50 percent.

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    • Not sure of all these dates, but LSC date is definitely a tentative one. The film has just gone into post production and if biggies like Sooryavanshi, 83 and Prithviraj doesnt do much beyond 100 cr (likely in current scenario), then i am sure LSC will not release in mid-Feb. I doubt if LSC will release before the market opens up and throws a 200 cr nett grosser. I foresee films like RRR and LSC to release in June-July at earliest, if not later.

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      • It is more like a laboratory test using guinea pigs. Will Rohit Shetty develop cold feet at the last moment?

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        • I think Shetty has no option but to be a lab rat for others. There is a limit to which they can keep postponing, specially when the film has been ready for release for so long.

          I believe if MH theaters indeed open up, then Sooryavanshi and 83 will release on Diwali/Christmas. But IF their box office outcome is not favorable, then not just LSC, even Prithviraj may delay its release. In that case the entire 2022 calendar will again go for a toss.

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          • Wish all these big ticket films are insured against losses.

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          • “I think Shetty has no option but to be a lab rat for others.” – The price Sooryavanshi will pay for skipping last year’s Christmas and Sankranti where it had a genuine 100+ Cr chance which seems like a very faint possibility as of now. There’s no reason why a well accepted Sooryavanshi would not have performed in Maharashtra and Delhi-NCR the same way as Master and Vakeel Saab did in their respective home markets. A poor reception and word of mouth is a different matter altogether.

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  80. Iron Man star Gwyneth Paltrow said kissing Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr was the worst: ‘Like kissing my brother’

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  81. That blog is losing focus? Too many opinions, stories, essays, reviews, video reviews, interviews and now group chats. Once upon a time, we used to enjoy well written reviews and focussed comments. Becoming like jack of all trades and master of none. Nowadays, there is too much on the plate. All due to covid, also due to FC and also due to generosity by the host.
    Here the problem is something else. Sometimes the traffic is less due to lack of big releases in theatres. But fortunately cricket thread has become the saving grace. And as we await big theatrical releases, hope to see more traffic. Also grateful to controversial arguments that elicit responses.

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  82. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-power-crunch-next-economic-210000280.html

    I expect central banks (especially the Fed) to raise interest rates very soon.

    It’s amusing that no one expected these supply side shocks inherent with every major event of the 20th Century (Spanish flu, world wars).

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  83. If Covid does not play havoc on the already announced release plans, then Pathan will clash with Vikram Veda on GJ in Oct 2022 and Tiger 3 will clash with Ganpath on Christmas 2022.

    Brahmashtra may clash with Ram Setu on Diwali.

    We will have a lot of clashes in second half 2022 in everything goes by current plans.

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    • We have yet to see RRR, which I expect on May 13 and Salaar which can get a boost from either Radhe Shyam or Adipurush or KGF 2 becoming a hit. Salaar will probably release on Diwali too.

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      • Two big hindi films are unlikely to clash.

        Pathaan might come on Oct 2 weekend. Vikram vedha shoot has not yet started. Its likely to come in 2023.

        Tiger 3 on Christmas is likely and Ganpath on 31st. This would mean that the 3 weeks free run that Tiger 2 got with 4 national holidays and 6 weekends would not be there this time.

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  84. AR Rahman composing for Tiger Shroff. Just what I needed 🙂

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  85. Maharashtra Opening Sets Up Sooryavanshi For Diwali
    Monday 27 September 2021 14.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    The cinemas in Maharashtra are set to open in the last week of October and the announcement of release dates flowed pretty much as expected. The exhibitors had expected cinemas in Maharashtra to open in the first week of October but for some reason the state government allowed schools and places of worship to open while holding back cinemas till 22nd October.

    This is ridiculous as most cinemas have operating procedures in accordance to covid rules but this will be hardly there in places of worship. Nevertheless there is an opening date and it gives the industry some clarity and allows films to release. The best news was that the makers of Sooryavanshi decided to come on Diwali as this film would be a different animal on Diwali then on any other date. The trailer of this film released way back in March 2020 so there will be some staleness with a new trailer but that will be compensated by a Diwali release.

    Sooryavanshi on Diwali was the best option to start and that has happened as of now. We say as of now as there is still six weeks left for release and you dont know what is going to happen with covid19 and how state governments are going to react. Maharashtra has been pretty strict with cinemas and as society opens up cases are going to go up as has been seen in the West but they have kept life going on without lockdowns and hopefully its the same way in India.

    There will be teething problems when Sooryavanshi releases especially in Maharashtra as many cinemas here will be opening up after 18 months. Also there are many other circuits in the doldrums with less cinemas than before the pandemic and collections just not coming in many areas. This is not going by the quality of the film but comparatively comparing the circuits over the last month or so.

    On the other side there will some areas which will be ready to give strong collections on the big Diwali holiday. The last big Diwali release was Housefull 4 in 2019 and maybe in some circuits (if not circuits then some centres) Sooryavanshi can get near the numbers of Housefull 4 or maybe even surpass and if that can happen it would be a great result. To get all circuits going strong will be a process and will take time. This is the difference with Hindi cinema which caters to many circuits rather than one or two. It is easier to get 1 or 2 circuits back that is why we have seen some regional films do well over the last 18 months.

    1983 has also got a perfect date with Christmas as that is the sort of film which can best on Christmas. Its not the same as a few years back where you used to get many clear weeks with a Christmas release with makers now aiming for the lucrative New Year release. Still the sort of audience profile 83 will have is a good match with teh Christmas audience.

    This film is a so-called pan India film as its releasing in many languages and is clashing with another so-called pan India film Pushpa. This pan India thing has come up now but the fact is very few films have broken the regional divide and that will continue to be case. Pushpa can be pretty much written off in North India despite a good trailer after its song which is typical Telugu but its possible that West India and parts of Central India might give it a chance. It will pretty much ditto for 83 in South India barring the Hindi audience there. It can be a pan India release but a pan India film will be a rarity unless its a Sholay or Bahubali.

    Its probably too early to talk about Xmas as you dont know what is going to be the situation in 3 months time so for now its all about Sooryavanshi hitting theatres on Diwali. Hopefully it does well and lockdowns keep away which will in time allow the business to return to normal or near normal levels. If this happens then just maybe we can start thinking records again with the big event films Pathan (Shahrukh Khan) and Tiger (Salman Khan) which will hit screens Diwali 2022 and Xmas 2022 respectively covid permitting.

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    • Are these guys complete FOOLS? Do they mean THE 1983 WORLD CUP victory which shaped and formed this cricket crazy nation and spelled doomsday for Hockey is NOT relevant in the south or east of India? Kris Srikanth, Syed Kirmani and Roger Binny might wanna sue these nincompoops’.

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    • Good to see BOI still have unintentional humour

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    • So Pathan on Diwali 2022 and Tiger 3 on Christmas 2022 as per BOI. No doubt these are the best dates for these 2 films.

      But feeling sorry for Ram Setu and Ganpath. Maybe they will shift after YRF announces the dates officially. They have no chance if pitted against these heavyweights.

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  86. The INSIDE Story: How Rohit Shetty’s RELENTLESS efforts over the past few weeks led to the reopening of cinemas in Maharashtra
    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/features/inside-story-rohit-shettys-relentless-efforts-past-weeks-led-reopening-cinemas-maharashtra/

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  87. Talking about the reported box office clash of ‘Antim’ with Rohit Shetty’s ‘Sooryavanshi’ in November, he says, “Antim is releasing in November but we are yet to decide on the date. But, a clash of films is unavoidable now, since there is a backlog of two years. A lot it is stake and there have been examples in the past where films have clashed on the same release date and yet both have done well.”
    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/mahesh-manjrekar-on-the-antim-sooryavanshi-clash-films-have-clashed-in-the-past-and-yet-both-have-done-well-exclusive/articleshow/86570128.cms

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  88. Just asking if there are any journalists on this space who like me enough to give a letter of recommendation (excluding Naveen’s moonlighting for BOI). Need it for Uni and a writing fellowship I’m applying for.

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    • I am not sure there are journalists here;
      I don’t know if BO experts count as Journalists; There are some in a Facebook group where I frequent.

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  89. https://www.pinkvilla.com/entertainment/exclusive-akshay-kumar-sara-ali-khan-dhanushs-atrangi-re-opts-direct-digital-premiere-netflix-905942

    Atrangi Re on Netflix; Sara Ali Khan is close to finished like her aunt Soha. I don’t think this movie is any good.

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  90. https://www.deccanherald.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/daniel-craig-007-over-and-out-1035020.html

    Daniel Craig on his last Bond installment and more. The one and perhaps the only Bond to take the gimmicks out of the character and give the personality a darker undertone.

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  91. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone to commence Pathan’s first international schedule in Mallorca for a song shoot on October 7
    ByBollywood Hungama News NetworkCreated: Sep 28, 2021 – 10:52 AM ISTUpdated: Sep 28, 2021 – 12:44 PM IST

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    • Well, they can prepone it to October 22nd when theatres open in MH. They will have 2 weeks window.

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      • Or they can come one week after diwali for a solo release.

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        • It depends. Shetty may have asked for 4 weeks or 2 weeks at the least for all the screens in the hindi belt multiplexes. But south will have their own diwali releases. And marathi films in Maharashtra will ask their share for the big diwali release.

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    • Eternals will not get much of screen now barring multiplexes. No chance for Antim.
      If Reliance/Shetty can get 100% occupancy and 24×7 movie run time in Maharshtra as per his deal 2 years ago, we are looking for big Diwali Dhamaka.
      Time to unveil a blockbuster song.

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  92. **Shamshera Image**

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  93. No Time To Die is getting terrific reviews; seems like Craig will go out with a bang.

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    • Premiere yesterday drew a lot of attention. I might try and catch this next week.

      Seems like a good send off for Daniel Craig.

      30 shows per day near my end! Insane!

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      • There’s comparisons with the Last Jedi, so be warned.

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      • Yeah, I’m watching this one too!

        Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever…!

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        • What I like about Daniel Craig’s era as Bond is also the writing — for the first time after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service there has been an attempt to humanize Bond. There’s a deliberate attempt to talk about his background, his psyche and even his physical ailments.

          For the first time ever, Bond isn’t just a martini-sipping Casanova who kills for fun… but he looks like an agent who isn’t exactly enamoured with his job and he’s certainly not a Casanova.

          Craig’s physicality, of course, is a huge plus. It also helps that he’s a fantastic actor! The action sequences too have become less far-fetched and more in tune with the times. The whole package is so much more appealing and Craig, of course, is the cherry on top.

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          • Absolutely agree. His sequence of movies are the best. It will be big shoes to fill now.

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          • “certainly not a Casanova”-Then he’s not Bond, he’s Bourne 🙂

            The best Daniel Craig film was Casino Royale, no other film has matched that since.

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          • Casino Royale is definitely the best but Skyfall is right up there and Spectre, too, isn’t bad at all. They are all part of a series going back, delving into Bond’s past. I’m pretty sure No Time To Die is the final chapter of this saga — Christoph Waltz as Bond’s half-brother is the kind of twist that reminds me of Sherlock’s final season. In Spectre, Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) literally tries to drill a hole in his head — symbolizing the writer’s attempt to get into Bond’s psyche.

            And FWIW, I personally loved Sherlock for what they did to the character.

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          • Skyfall is my personal favorite, followed by Casino. Not a big fan of the other two. Hoping this one wont disappoint.

            Craig’s Bond has reduced guys like Brosnan and Moore to cartoons.

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          • @Saket, good points on Daniel and recent Bond movies but for me it’s Roger Moore and Bond movies of that era.

            Bond movies were meant to be larger than life persona for Bond and full on masala as a whole film. In that sense, i like the old Bond movies more.

            Nothing wrong with Daniel and current Bond movies, they are fantastic but it has lost some feeling of those good old fun Bond films.

            I would have loved to see James Cameron make a Bond film (think of what he did in True Lies).

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          • True Lies is indeed quite brilliant. One of my favourite James Cameron film.

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        • I agree but I always had a soft spot for Roger Moore.

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          • Growing up Roger Moore was my favourite too! Perhaps, scratch that, the best looking Bond of all time!

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          • Brosnan was very good with some uneven films and GoldenEye

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          • I quite like Pierce Brosnan…not so much as Bond though. For me, he will always be Remington Steele

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          • Pierce was quite regal. Craig is a bit more rough on the edges. The older movies are a bit more cheesy…lines like ‘oh James’…
            Fair to say under Craig this franchise is closer to Bourne which is a better space to be in.

            Moore was just fantastic IMO.

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          • “franchise is closer to Bourne”-Exactly my point. Bond is Bond, in a sense, post the Cold War, the Bond franchise has been having a hard time. Maybe with Cold War II and China, he might find reinvention.

            Mission Impossible is the best spy franchise off late.

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          • Bourne could never be Bond but Bond could incorporate elements of Bourne and still be Bond!

            And that’s precisely what has happened. The Box Office for the James Bond franchise couldn’t have been better. That’s on top of the critical acclaim films like Skyfall and Casino Royale have received.

            In Brosnan’s era, Austin Powers, a spoof on James Bond, was outgrossing the Bond franchise films, at least in North America.

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        • “for the first time after On Her Majesty’s Secret Service there has been an attempt to humanize Bond” – completely defeats the purpose of a Bond film which like its Bourne and MI counterparts, is nothing more than a popcorn franchise that deserves a big screen watch to have fun on a lazy weekend and nothing more.

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          • completely defeats the purpose of a Bond film

            And who defines the purpose of a Bond film? The audience?

            Yeah, they’ve been happy to make Skyfall the highest grossing Bond film of all time. Adjusted for inflation as well.

            Spectre is at #4 and Casino Royale is at #8.

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          • Inflation adjustment is a hoax. Craig’s Bond works predominantly for the swagger & dialog delivery than the personalization bit.

            How is inflation adjustment a hoax? Perhaps you know more than proper box office websites like Boxofficemojo. Can you expand on why you think inflation adjustment is a hoax?

            Personalization bit? I think you mean ‘humanization’ of Bond, and clearly, the film that does exactly that is sitting at the top of the Box Office charts. In fact 3 films out of 4 which deal with Bond’s past are amongst the top 10 Bond films in terms of Box Office receipts. The fourth barely misses out — QoS is at #11. This is not a coincidence.

            Either ways looking at the nature and popularity of the franchise you’d need to make a really terrible Bond film for it not to work at the box office.

            Wrong again! License to Kill & The Living Daylights were amongst the best critically appreciated Bond movies that pretty much bombed at the box office, ending Timothy Dalton’s run as Bond.

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          • Inflation adjustment is a hoax. Craig’s Bond works predominantly for the swagger & dialog delivery than the personalization bit. Either ways looking at the nature and popularity of the franchise you’d need to make a really terrible Bond film for it not to work at the box office.

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          • Nitpicking on a handful of films released 3 decades ago to make a point about present day box office in spite of knowing its impossible to know in 2021 about the real reason of a good appreciated film flopping in 1987. Yawn!

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          • its impossible to know in 2021 about the real reason of a good appreciated film flopping in 1987

            Another non-sequitur, but that’s par for the course — after, of course, box office figures adjusted for inflation is a hoax.

            Dalton’s films received critical praise, that’s the objective truth. They also flopped, which is also true.

            Brosnan’s films (which were template-following Bond films for the most part) were outgrossed by Austin Powers, a spoof on James Bond, another objective truth.

            But hey, it’s impossible to know the “truth” just because a guy who likes to stir up shit on this forum says so!

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          • Normally, I don’t do this, but I’ve seen and read enough BS from this poster here to warrant a response. There have been 3 outrageous claims made in response to my simple post on James Bond.

            Claim #1 — Humanizing Bond defeats the purpose of the franchise.
            My response — first of all, that’s an opinion and that opinion is not supported by facts. Bond’s films that deal with his past and do humanize him have been incredibly successful at the Box Office. The contrast is starker when we compare these films to the ones that immediately preceded the current Craig era. So the purpose of the franchise is clearly not defeated… rather, the franchise has never been stronger!

            Verdict — BUSTED with a capital B

            Claim#2 — One would need to make a really terrible Bond film for it not to work at the box office.
            My response — Incorrect, as critically-appreciated films like The Living Daylights and License to Kill were box office failures and lead to a gap in rebooting the franchise for 6 years! The franchise got a new Bond in 1995 but it wasn’t enough to lift the franchise up, box-office wise, to its past glory. The 4 films that followed were never quite up to Roger Moore’s standards at the Box Office, let alone Sean Connery’s. And these were Bond films following a set template. This was what Bond was known for, all these years, and it clearly wasn’t working in a big enough way. Craig’s era, which is where the focus has been on Bond as individual, has been the best phase so far in all of Bond history, considering the Box Office returns per film.

            Verdict — BUSTED

            Claim#3 — Box Office adjusted for inflation is a hoax.
            My Response — This one is completely bizarre and was thrown in just without thinking. Even a 10 year old can tell you what adjusted for inflation means. If the Box Office is not adjusted for inflation then ROOHI, a film that released in 2021, during the pandemic, has earned more than SHOLAY. That’s how basic this stuff is. And yeah, when I asked for a response as to why adjustment for inflation is a hoax, I predictably received none.

            Verdict — I don’t even have to type BUSTED. These are the kind of stupid claims that completely unravel a person — these people are not here for any serious discussion, they are just here for shits and giggles. In other words, it’s called internet trolling.

            If there are any more claims that I encounter, from this person in particular, depending on my mood, I will expose them for exactly what they are.

            Over and out!

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          • Truth is neither absolute nor in black or white, unless you’re a complete self indulgent noob head who feels every coin has 2 heads or 2 tails.

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          • Oh the purpose of a popcorn Bond entertainer for me is still defeated if he’s humanized beyond the required extent and personalized, regardless of the global box office performances of the film. Now happy busting with another worthless 1000 word essays attempting to prove someone’s opinion as trolling 👏

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  94. The date is yet to be decided. A source in the know says the long-awaited film will stream during Diwali. “The date is yet to be decided but somewhere around November 3-4,” says the source.

    Kartik Aaryan’s made-for-Netflix thriller has been in the news for a year now. Its streaming date has been deliberately held back by Netflix, as Dhamaka is being seen as a super-premium product for Netflix’s Indian market.

    “It’s going to be a game-changer,” says a source from Netflix.

    https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/kartik-aaryan-starrer-dhamaka-premiere-november/

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    • hmm, interesting take on it. Makes me want to rewatch the film. Not 🙂

      I thought 1st half was very good and 2nd half was just boring.

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    • Going against public opinion, the easiest way to grab eyeballs and seek attention and feel ‘important’ all over again for pseudo intellectual armchair critics like Rangan or certain self proclaimed box office cinematic experts on this forum who went on to defend Love Aaj Kal 2. Tempts me to write my own narcissistic piece in defense of RGV for making Aag 😉

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      • Going against public opinion, the easiest way to grab eyeballs and seek attention and feel ‘important’ all over again for pseudo intellectual armchair critics

        So you are not a complete moron after all. You are apparently a bit self-aware.

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      • “Tempts me to write my own narcissistic piece in defense of RGV for making Aag 😉 ”

        Okay, I think you are ‘TheSkeptic’ from NG Shoutbox. Isn’t it?

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        • TheSkeptic had a lot of smarts about him/her. This guy is a troll who was banned here by none other than Satyam. I know more about his history as I’ve been here since the beginning.

          His comments go into moderation before they are released at the mercy of munna or Jay.

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          • As said by the self proclaimed Vito Corleone of online blogging with the most hilarious and ridiculous of opinions on global cinema.

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          • Here’s the proof: Now happy busting with another worthless 1000 word essays attempting to prove someone’s opinion as trolling

            This comment along with 4 other comments are under moderation and pending approval from a mod. I can see them as I’ve got posting privileges here.

            My response — Box Office adjusted for inflation is a hoax. Your comment, not mine. Your opinion, not mine.

            In reality, your existence on this forum is a hoax. Your own lack of self-awareness, not to mention obnoxious posturing and attempts to belittle others , is the biggest hoax of all. Don’t try this internet bullying shit with me — I’m going to give you a kick exactly where it’s bound to hurt.

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          • Go on.. anything else?

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  95. The true definition of a real ‘All Time Great’ is when it stands the test of time through the decades. Yes Minister, a political satire cutting across party lines that’s as relevant today among the shambles of Indo-British bureaucracy as it was during the 1980s (if not more). Every episode is a must watch at least half a dozen times!

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    • If you like stuff like this watch Blackadder.

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      • Watched that. Quite good but somehow I’ve always been fascinated with Yes Minister and Mind Your Language to a level beyond imagination. Ha..

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      • Black Adder, Black Adder he is the bastard on the throne

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        • Firstly Black Adder is a great detour for those who like these settings of history. I use to love Tudors and Stuarts in school. God I wish the makers of The Crown would showcase late 1400s to 1600s…the material is extraordinary. Wars, Columbus, the Church, divorces, beheadings, great fire, the plague, guy fawkes, Armada…it’s just ridiculous material.

          Black Adder cast is ridiculous when you consider it has Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. The last season was something presented in history classes. The creator Richard Curtis went on to be involved in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Love Actually.

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  96. On the legacy of Mind Your Language after over 4 decades of release :

    First things first, in the day and age of liberalism, feminism and so called “equality” a show like Mind Your Language could be written off as outright crass, offensive and racist with its religious and racial stereotypes through all its seasons (partly why it never ran beyond the first 3 reasons till about 5 years later with a poor reboot). However the relevance of this delightful show can never cease to amaze even 44 years after its first episode aired on television. Its no surprise this show has been remade in over half a dozen languages (India having its own Zabaan Sambhalke) with themes that seem light hearted buffoonery on the face of it, but a lot darker with a tinge of satire once you scratch the surface.

    The year 1977 was a time when Britain was in the slow and gradual process of coming to terms with its new found multicultural, multilingual identity and in the process of accepting its painful “second fiddle” status to big brother in a cold war world. A show representing Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese stereotypes and one where you have Sikhs and Muslims repeatedly take jibes and swear at one another would be considered nothing short of blasphemous in this era, however from the perspective of the 1970s, this brand of “stereotypical comedy” was more of a mirror to the traditionally racist “divide and rule” British society at large. It obviously helped that most of the gags were exceptionally well enacted and genuinely hilarious (god bless the departed souls) and the dialogues were of a standard seldom seen in today’s “politically correct” semi pornographic American brand of comedy (that usually gets exceptionally boring beyond the first dozen episodes). Its for this reason Mind Your Language, a classic for the ages would continue to inspire millions across the globe and manifest itself in remakes and inspirations for decades to come.

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  97. Judge suspends Britney Spears’ father from conservatorship
    A Los Angeles judge has set a November date for a hearing about whether to terminate the controversial conservatorship that has controlled the personal and business affairs of pop star Britney Spears for 13 years.
    https://indianexpress.com/article/world/britney-spears-father-jamie-spears-conservatorship-7542956/

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  98. Never knew certain so called experts at liberty to rant and shoot their filthy mouths off can get away with personal remarks while the responses are censored on purpose.

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