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Box Office: 1921 grows; Mukkabaaz is fair, Kaalakaandi going nowhere

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2mF25n7 1921 had a shaky release on Friday as it couldn’t arrive at all multiplexes but was running across all properties over the weekend. Expectedly, it jumped on Saturday and then Sunday as well. At Rs. 6.45 crore, it is better than the newer releases. Still, when compared with 1920London it is low since the Sharman Joshi-Meerra Chopra starrer had fetched Rs. 7.73 crore in its opening weekend. All eyes would be on the weekdays now.Mukkabaaz showed some growth over the weekend as it went up from Rs. 0.82 crore Friday to Rs. 4.04 crore in three days. A few months back Newton too had taken a similar start [Rs. 0.96 crore] though it had grown at a much rapid pace to finish its weekend at Rs. 6.90 crore. That would have been much more ideal result for Mukkabaaz.Kaalakaandi is a disaster as after a very poor start of Rs. 1.25 crore on Friday its overall weekend is just Rs. 3.85 crore as that hardly sounds fine if one looks at the credentials with the n…

Sridevis Mom lead the small film pack in 2017

via filmfares http://ift.tt/2qY0i1d 2017 was a year of small films and smart projects. It was year where small budgets and strong content triumphed while big budget movies struggled. It was movies like Mom, Tumahri Sulu, Fukrey Returns, Newton and Lipstick Under My Burkha that performed phenomenally at the box-office. Had it not been for a late surge by big ticket flicks like Tiger Zinda Hai and Golmaal Again, 2017 would've been the year of Indie cinema.

Boney Kapoor's production Mom, featuring a powerhouse performance by Sridevi, set the tone early in the calendar year. Made on a modest budget, Mom raked in excess of 30 crores gross at the box-office of which the nett India BO share was 13.35 crores. Along with this phenomenal tally, Mom also earned 6.60 crores at the overseas box-office. Electronic rights for the film were sold at a stellar 26 crores and along with audio, branding and subsidy, the film managed another 7-10 crores.




Reportedly, the film even did great busines…

Rachita Arora: Enjoyed the freedom Anurag sir gave me

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Rachita AroraHer compositions for Rajkummar Rao's Newton (2017) may have gone unnoticed, but Rachita Arora finds herself where she belongs - in the spotlight. The music director is being touted as the talent to watch out for, thanks to her distinctive work in Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz. From giving a spin to the popular folk song Mushkil Hai Apna Meil Priye to venting out the protagonist's long-contained rage in Bahut Hua Samman, Arora has shown that she can handle various genres with deft. "Personally, I enjoy the dark genres and orchestral work. But I love experimenting. If you consider Mukkabaaz, it's not all about love songs."Arora considers herself fortunate to be collaborating with Kashyap early on in her career. "The best part about Anurag sir's films is that you don't see actors dancing and lip-syncing; music is the tool for storytelling. He has a clear vision. He gave me the lyrics and explained the si…

Kaalakandi, Mukkabaaz, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar – Bollywood welcomes 2018 with these unusually titled films

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2CM4MNU 2017 had its own fair share of quirky titles that went as Lipstick Under My Burkha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Savdhaan, Newton, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Tumhari Sulu, Behen HogiTeri, Running Shaadi, Laali Ki Shaadi Mein LaaddooDeewana and more. Now 2018 is set to no different with many interesting films with unusual titles waiting to arrive.Mukkabaaz: With Anurag Kashyap at the helm of affairs, one expects a film to be special in any case. With the title itself being Mukkabaaz, this story about a boxer already boasts of an interesting promo. Starring Vineet Kumar Singh as the lead protagonist and Jimmy Sheirgill as the antagonist, Mukkabaaz sees the coming together of Aanand L. Rai and Eros with Anurag Kashyap and the combination is already looking lethal.Kaalakaandi: Right from the time of title announcement, there was some intrigue that built around Kaalakaandi. Moreover, with Saif Ali Khan leading from the front, one is anyways staring …

The other Top 10 of 2017!

via bollywood http://ift.tt/2CDoavI What's the point of having as many year-ender movie lists/listicles around as there are movies in a year? A whole lot, actually. For one, in keeping with democracy, the idea that the Internet primarily embodies, it's only fair that a whole lot of avid viewers, reviewers, get to put together an awards' roster of their own. In that sense, given that a film is essentially a director's medium, if I were to loftily hand out the top gong for the year, it would, hands down, go to SS Rajamouli for Baahubali: The Conclusion, even for a sequel, a visual feat in its own right, and a task so gargantuan that unsurprisingly Indian filmmakers (Bollywood, included) had attempted nothing like this before. But then again, am I telling you anything new?The other purpose lists of this nature serve is for the viewer/reviewer to express fondness for a film over and above others' - suggesting thereby that as an audience, he or she could spot stuff in a…

#2017Recap: Highly anticipated films of 2017 that bombed at the box office

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2BVFKHy Like every year, 2017 was no exception – several films which were expected to be huge grossers and high on satisfaction failed miserably. Bollywood Hungama, in this special feature lists the films that bombed at the box office. (Note: Films are listed as per their release dates).1. OK Jaanu
The Tamil original OK Kanmani was loved for its modern and progressive take on relationships. But somehow, the Hindi remake featuring Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor couldn’t connect with the viewers. The chemistry was there but only till an extent. That the audiences didn’t take up to the film was reflected in its box office collections.2. Rangoon
This was one of the biggest disasters of recent times thanks to its huge cost. Despite the presence of Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in the film’s cast and despite Vishal Bhardwaj helming the project and Sajid Nadiadwala backing it, the film just didn’t work owing to its long length, weir…

Rajkummar Rao had six films, web show in 2017 and he delivered in all of them

via bollywood http://ift.tt/2DuEE6d Honestly, guys like me-call them critic-types if you will, but essentially film buffs who desire more than bread-and-butter for big-screen entertainment - hold a sub-conscious stake in propping up an actor like Rajkummar Rao, or a Nawazuddin Siddiqui, or even an Irrfan Khan, if you may. That they're sharp, well-trained, fantastic performers, is a given. But appreciating their talents to the point of anointing them stars in their own right (which they are) only widens the elbow room for the kind of scripts that can get green-lit, or mainstream films that can be made, with them wholly in the foreground, playing men who're often like you and I, or at any rate people we can relate to - rather than mystical, celestial beings from another sky, altogether trapped in their own galaxy of a fan-base, image, and audience expectations.
Rajkummar Rao in a still from Bareilly Ki Barfi in Trapped
Of course, the more mainstream '100 crore' actors don&…

#2017Recap: The 10 most neglected performances of the year

via Bollywood Hungama http://ift.tt/2DWfQFb So okay. We all know Irrfan Khan and Rajkummar Rao did exceedingly well in 2017, and Varun Dhawan hit the ball out of the park. We also know the OBVIOUS performances that slayed it…Swara Bhaskar in Anaarkali Of Aarah, Zaira Wasim in Secret Superstar, Dulquer Salman in Solo, Rajkummar Rao in Trapped…What about the performances that were submerged in the seas of see-not, hear-not, want-not?1. Manisha Koirala in Dear Maya: Debutant director Sunaina Bhatnagar’s underrated film featured Manisha in her comeback role as a woman betrayed in love and redeemed by compassion. Koirala brought all the pain of her recent brush with mortality into her role. She reminded us of her performances in Khamoshi: The Musical, Dil Se, Bombay and 1942: A Love Story…all this and more. Catch this unseen gem of a performance at home.2. Nagaraj Manjule in The Silence: It takes courage to play a paedophile, and a child rapist. Filmmaker Nagaraj Manjule realized, someone …

Shah Rukh Khan sings birthday song for Salman Khan

via bollywood http://ift.tt/2DUun41 Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan sang a song to wish Salman Khan in advance for his birthday and said he loved watching the latter's latest movie Tiger Zinda Hai.
Salman Khan and Shah Rukh KhanDuring a media interaction on Tuesday, while asked if he wants to send a birthday wish to his friend and colleague Salman who is turning 51 on Wednesday, Shah Rukh replied singing: "Tum jio hazaaron saal I... wish him all the best. I won't be able to meet him tomorrow because my children are here and I want to spend time with them. But we will celebrate when he comes back. We can celebrate Salman Khan's birthday month long!"Asked about his favourite films of this year, Shah Rukh said: "Well, I watched some of the films and I really enjoyed them. I watched 'Shubh Mangal Saavdhan', 'Newton', 'Tiger Zinda Hai', 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and I liked them." The actor was present here during the announcement…