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China distributor E Stars lines up massive release for #SalmanKhan starrer, Bajrangi Bhaijaan

We anticipate tremendous potential in this beautiful drama, says E Sstars CEO, Allen Liu of Bajrangi Bhaijaan which will be released in over 8000 screens in China in keeping with its huge anticipation

By Manishaa R

Will Salman Khan’s 2015 box-office hit, Bajrangi Bhaijaan make him the new Indian sensation at the China box-office? Going by the massive release plans for the film in China on March 2 in 8000 screens which is bigger than Aamir Khan’s Dangal (7000 screens) and his just released Secret Superstar (in 5000 screens), it appears that Chinese distributor E Stars, are leaving no stone unturned to make the Salman Khan starrer a grand success.

According to a report in Variety.com quoting E Stars CEO, Allen Liu, there is tremendous anticipation surrounding the China release of Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which rides on emotions of courage and hope. “There is high expectation and curiosity for the film post the success of recent Indian releases in China and the positive word of mouth Bajrangi Bhaijaan enjoys.  We anticipate tremendous potential in this beautiful drama starring one of the most popular actors in Indian cinema in a film that speaks the language of emotions like courage and hope, which are universal,” Liu was quoted saying. It may be recalled that E Stars is one of the pioneering China distributors of Indian films, which also released the first installment of Baahubali.

“We anticipate tremendous potential in this beautiful drama starring one of the most popular actors in Indian cinema” – Allen Liu, CEO, E Stars, China distributor of Bajrangi Bhaijaan

As of now it is Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar that has got the Chinese audiences hooked with an incredible debut weekend at Rs 173 cr (27million).  China entertainment consultant and producer, Robert Cain who has been closely tracking the box-office business of Secret Superstar earlier endorsed Aamir’s superstar status in China in a Forbes report, “There is actually a movie-going country that showers more love on Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan than does even his home country of India, where he has been making movies for 45 years,” he wrote, predicting the total business of Secret Superstar at a possible Rs 635 crore (100 million).  On the other hand, China’s popular movie-ticketing site Maoyan had last projected lifetime revenue of $84 milion (Rs 540 crore) for the film.

Meanwhile Eros International, which had produced the film in association with Salman Khan, is counting on the film to create a storm at the box-office especially in view of the fact that there are no international releases around the same period. Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO, Eros International said, “We are delighted to partner with E Stars to showcase our film to China. Our Indo-China co-productions are still in the making, which we are extremely excited about. Meanwhile, what better film than Bajrangi Bhaijaan, starring one of India’s most loved superstars that weaves the universal story of cross-border friendship, to release in a growing market like China. There are no international films releasing during that period in China so we hope to have a fantastic run at the box office in the world’s biggest film market.”

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#SushantSinghRajput is a born star, says Kedarnath producer Prernaa Arora with special birthday wishes to talented actor

The enterprising producer clarifies rumours about a rift between her and the actor and talks about his immense talent

By Manishaa R

Most people would like to believe that Sushant Singh Rajput is not on the best of terms with his Kedarnath producer, Prernaa Arora, after recent reports that the actor was at loggerheads with her and the Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor over date hassles. But Prernaa is all praise for Sushant Singh and his immense talent, “He is an incredibly talented actor with a tremendous acting potential. He is a born star. I guess his talent was obvious from his very first film, Kai Po Che. He has also proved that talent overrides everything else in this industry. I am proud to have him on board for Kedarnath and I wish him a great year ahead on the eve of his birthday,” Prernaa said.

The enterprising producer who has a slate of releases in the weeks ahead also clarified that she never had differences with Sushant Singh at any point of time, “Those were all rumours. There were date issues to be resolved but Sushant and I were on the same page and so was Gattu (Abhishek Kapoor).  Both I and Gattu have full faith in him. His role in Kedarnath would be one to watch out for,” she said.

“I guess his talent was obvious from his very first film, Kai Po Che. His role in Kedarnath would be one to watch out for”- Prerna Arora, Producer of Kedarnath

Sushant Singh’s last film Raabta had not worked at the box-office but the actor has a formidable line-up of films in the year ahead including a film each with Udta Punjab director Abhishek Chaubey, Dangal director, Nitesh Tiwari and casting director Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial debut. Right now the actor is all geared up for his next big release Karan Johar’s Drive being directed by Tarun Mansukhani. In an earlier interview Sushant Singh had revealed why he was so kicked up about his role in the action comedy, “It is a very stylish and sleek film but the very interesting part is that the drive is very engaging. You will be waiting with bated breath for what happens next,” he said. He had also spoken about how he had connected with the audiences with the role of MS Dhoni, The Untold Story which won him a lot of adulation, “The biggest satisfaction one gets is when the audience connects with you as an actor and that’s where MS Dhoni made a difference. I would like want each of my roles to resonate with the audiences and that’s where the box-office comes into play,” the actor said.

 

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With #Padmaavat heading for a solo release, exhibitors screening film demand security cover for theatres

Exhibitors who had earlier opted to screen Padman over Padmaavat considering it a safe bet, are now looking at screening Padmaavat but under strict security cover

By Manishaa R

Did Sanjay Leela Bhansali make a smart move by requesting Akshay Kumar to defer the release of Padman? According to sections in the trade, Bhansali decided that only a solo release for Padmaavat would ensure that the magnum opus would get its due at the box-office, especially since a majority of exhibitors had decided to opt for Padman, due to the increasing threats by the Karni Sena.  While the Supreme Court judgment had come as a shot in the arm for the Padmaavat makers, the bigger roadblock was anxious exhibitors who were skeptical about screening the film in the wake of latest incidents of a ticket counter being burnt in Faridabad and a cinema hall being vandalized in Bihar, besides threats to burn down theatres in Chhattisgarh. According to veteran Delhi exhibitor, Joginder Kumar Mahajan who owns three single-screen theatres in Delhi, a majority of single screen owners in Delhi had made up their mind about allotting screens to Akshay Kumar’s Padman, since none of them wanted to risk the security of their theatres, “Which exhibitor would like to take the risk of theatres being attacked and broken down? All of us considered Padman as a safe and viable box-office bet. There were only a couple of single screens who had chosen to play Padmaavat but they were undecided too due to the deteriorating law and order,” Mahajan revealed, adding that exhibitors were now in a difficult predicament with the release of Padman being postponed.

“The authorities made it clear that the police would be busy with security arrangements for Republic Day and it would be impossible to arrange security in cinemas”- Joginder Mahajan, Delhi Exhibitor

According to him, with the release of Padman being deferred, Padmaavat would be the only other option and the onus would now be on exhibitors to look into security arrangements themselves. More so because the Delhi administration bluntly refused to provide security cover for theatres due to Republic Day celebrations, “The authorities made it clear that the police would be busy with security arrangements for Republic Day and it would be impossible to arrange security in cinemas.” According to him, the producers Viacom should have decided to release the film on a day other than Republic Day, “They are aware that there is a security threat to theatres in releasing the film and the administration cannot provide increased security on that day,” he said

Meanwhile the other exhibitors are firmly planning to ask the Government to provide security measures. Bihar exhibitor, Vishek Chauhan, who controls a chain of eight theatres single screen theatres, said that it was imperative for the administration to provide security to theatres for the release of the film, “I learnt about the incident of a theatre being vandalized in Muzaffarpur. I believe the theatre was exhibiting the old poster of Padmavati. I also noticed that there is a lot of skepticism among exhibitors in Bihar. Some cinema owners are being persuaded at a local level not to release the film and morally being blackmailed too. Also if miscreants start breaking glass panes and tearing down seats in any cinema hall, it would result a threat to the security of the patrons. We will have to talk to our respective Zilla Parishads and release the film subject to their providing security cover,” Chauhan said.

“All these protests will stop once the film releases and word of mouth spreads that it is the best tribute to Rani Padmavati” – Bihar exhibitor Vishek Chauhan

However he added that the threats and protests would die down once Padmaavat settled in the theatres, “All these protests will stop once the film releases and word of mouth spreads that it is the best tribute to Rani Padmavati,” he said adding that the protesters had no justification anymore to continue with their anti-Padmavati tirade, “I am a Rajput myself who believes in respecting culture and tradition but I fail to understand what the protests are all about. First they said that Bhansali was distorting history. Now Bhansali has claimed it is fiction and not history, stating that the film is based on Padmavat- the poem and not Padmavati. When the makers come out with a front page ad in national news clarifying that this is a work of fiction, based on imagination and clearly claim that the movie is not part of history, what are the protests about?” he asked.

Meanwhile the COEAI (Cinematograph Owners and Exhibitors Association of India) which has member exhibitors from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka, has decided to write to the Government asking for security measures at all theatres where Padmaavat will be screened, “We are planning to write to the Home Ministry, Central and State Governments, that we need protection for those cinemas which choose to screen the film. Also the big question is whether the Government or the producers will compensate if the cinemas are damaged. More than anything else, the exhibitors are always worried about the safety of their patrons,” Nitin Datar, ex-President of COEAI revealed.

“We are planning to write to the Home Ministry, Central and State Governments, that we need protection for those cinemas which choose to screen the film” – Nitin Datar, Ex-President COEAI

As of now the battle lines are clearly drawn for the January 25th release of Padmaavat, until the Karni Sena members catch the film and conclude that their protests were all futile and the film only glorifies the valour of the Rajputs.

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#ArbaazKhan will be seen speaking chaste Marathi dialogues in Nirdosh

Actor Arbaaz Khan will be seen voicing a series of dialogues in impeccable Marathi in his forthcoming film, Nirdosh.  The actor will be seen playing the role of Inspector Lokhande, an honest and upright Maharastrian cop who follows the rule book in the crime thriller. According to directors, Pradeep Rangwani and Subroto Paul, it took them three weeks to finalise the actor’s look for the film. While he has played the role of a cop previously, Arbaaz was so kicked up about the role that he rehearsed for weeks together to work on his character traits and get his Marathi accent right for the role. Pradeep recently spoke about how Arbaaz had perfected his character with the right body language and mannerisms, despite his initial reservations.

The actor was so excited about the way the film had shaped up that he recently organized a special screening for his family. In a recent interview Arbaaz said that he was most passionate about acting despite the fact that he got into production and direction. Produced by UV Films, Nirdosh also stars Manjari Fadnis, Ashmit Patel and Mahek Chahal, and is scheduled for release on January 19.

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#UrvashiRautela regales audiences with her scintillating dance moves at Umang 2018

Actress and supermodel Urvashi Rautela who brought the stage down with her recent live-wire performance on New Year’s Eve at Kolkata, set the stage on fire once again this time at Umang 2018-the annual event held in celebration of the Mumbai police yesterday. The actress enthralled the audiences with her magical dance moves as she performed to a medley of songs from the recent Tiger Zinda Hai number Swag Se Swagat to Crazy Kiya Re,  A.R. Rahman’s memorable composition Urvashi Urvashi and her own iconic Kaabil number, Saara Zaamaa, with which she got the world grooving not so long ago. The interesting addition to her performance however was Justin Bieber’s version of the internationally famous track, Despacito, which topped the global charts last year. Urvashi had earlier admitted to be an ardent fan of Justin Bieber and was among the privileged few to get a personal audience with him during his India concert.

According to sources, the actress who prepares for each of her performances, rehearsed day and night for her Umang performance. Among the other personalities who performed at the event were Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and others. Urvashi will be seen next in Hate Story 4, where she will be playing the main protagonist. The movie is scheduled to hit the screens on March 9, 2018.

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#HrithikRoshan super-hero franchise Krrish 4 locked for Christmas 2020 release

Rakesh Roshan chooses occasion of Hrithik’s birthday, describes it as a birthday treat for the superstar’s fans

By Manishaa R

While Hrithik Roshan fans are going crazy on the social media, wishing him on his 44th birthday, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan decided to reward his fans with a special gift by announcing the release date of Krrish 4.  The fourth installment of the most celebrated superhero franchise starring Hrithik Roshan has been locked for Christmas 2020. Rakesh Roshan took to Twitter to make the announcement, “Today is perhaps the best day to make the release day of Krrish 4 official. Crhistmas 2020 it is. A gift for all of you on Hrithik’s birthday. Happy birthday Hrithik,” his tweet read.

Rakesh Roshan’s last film Kaabil starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, had taken the box-office by storm last year on the eve of Republic Day, despite the formidable clash with Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. The maker in an earlier interview had revealed that he had “a gem of an idea” for the fourth installment of Krrish and he wanted to leave no stone unturned for it. He had also said that he planned the graph of a film only after locking the script and how he wanted to unfold the story on screen.

“Today is perhaps the best day to make the release day of Krrish 4 official. Christmas 2020 it is. A gift for all of you on Hrithik’s birthday”- Rakesh Roshan

The father-son duo of Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan, have had an indomitable record at the box-office from Kaho Na Pyaar Hai to Kaabil. The last installment of Krrish was released on 4th November, 2013 in over 4000 screens worldwide. The film made history at the box-office with a domestic business of Rs 244 crores in India and a worldwide collection in the range of Rs 290 crores.  Hrithik presently has two other films Super 30 and YRF’s next but Christmas 2020 would definitely be one to watch out for.

 

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Boom Boom New York: #KaranJohar will be seen playing himself in this reality comedy

Karan Johar, who makes a return to acting with Boom Boom New York, will be seen playing himself in the reality comedy revolving around the IIFA awards. The film will be a hilarious take on the backstage happenings of the awards gala night. Karan had made his full-fledged debut in acting three years ago in the 2015, Ranbir-Anushka starrer, Bombay Velvet, after which he had sworn never to act again following the disastrous response to the film. Subsequently there were reports that the enterprising filmmaker was all set to return to acting in a pivotal double role in the above laugh riot, which was earlier titled, Crazy Hum. Apparently the makers redefined the characterizations in the film which has now been shot in 3D, also making it the first comedy to be shot in the format.

There were reports that the enterprising filmmaker was all set to return to acting in a pivotal double role in the above laugh riot, which was earlier titled, Crazy Hum.

Boom Boom New York boasts of a huge ensemble cast including Lara Dutta, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani, with Lara playing the role of a backstage management head. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, the reality comedy tells the story of two unlikely youngsters who are in search of a better life and find themselves on an unexpected trip to New York City. The film has been directed by Indian-American writer and director, Chakri Toleti, who is best known for his Kamal Haasan starrer, Eenadu, the official remake of A Wednesday. More interestingly the film has been shot in 3D, making it the first Hindi comedy to be shot in the format. Boom Boom New York is scheduled for a February 23, 2018 release.

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#PriyankaChopra collaborates with “Firebrand” director Aruna Raje for her next Marathi production

It looks like Priyanka Chopra has some great plans lined up in the New Year. To start with the actress has announced her next Marathi production under her banner, Purple Pebble Pictures. Titled Firebrand, the film will be directed by National Award winning writer and director Aruna Raje, a firebrand director herself, best known for her 1988 Hema Malini starrer, Rihahee. The film will also mark Raje’s foray into Marathi cinema. This will be the third Marathi film from Priyanka’s banner, Purple Pebble Pictures, the last being the Marathi comedy Kaay Re Rascala. However it was her award-winning Marathi production, Ventilator that made headlines with the way it was acclaimed by both the national and the international audiences.

Raje in a statement revealed that the film was a take on relationships, “Firebrand is a contemporary story about relationships and the highs and lows people deal with in their lives,” she said, adding that she was delighted to collaborate with the team of Priyanka Chopra and Madhu Chopra, “I am glad that Priyanka Chopra and Dr Madhu Chopra are focussing on regional cinema and backing unusual and good subjects in an endeavour to create meaningful cinema,” she said.
Firebrand boasts of a formidable cast of veteran actors from Marathi cinema including Usha Jadhav, Girish Kulkarni, Sachin Khedekar and Rajeshwari Sachdev. While Usha Jadhav will be seen playing the role of a successful lawyer Sunanda Raut, Girish Kulkarni will essay the role of her husband Madhav Patkar, an architect by profession. Sachin Khedekar and Rajeshwari Sachdev play a couple in the movie which is high on drama.

Priyanka’s mother, Dr Madhu Chopra, described it as s subject with high emotional values, which was also evident in the banner’s award-winning film, Ventilator, “The general acceptance from the family audience for Ventilator has once again reinstated my faith in backing scripts with high emotional values, interesting characters and are entertaining at the same time.”

Last year Priyanka Chopra had announced three regional children films all with women directors to be produced under her banner. The actress  had later said that the decision had everything to do with the fact that she wanted to hail woman power and talent.

The collaboration between Priyanka and Madhu Chopra and Aruna Raje, would be interesting considering that Aruna Raje has always celebrated woman power on screen and Priyanka Chopra besides establishing her distinct identity as an international icon, has always encouraged talented woman directors for her production house. Last year the actress had made headlines when she announced three regional children films all with women directors to be produced by her banner. Priyanka had later said that the decision had everything to do with the fact that she wanted to hail woman power and talent.

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After Tiger Zinda Hai, Salman Khan’s performance in #Race3 would be one to watch out for, says producer Ramesh Taurani

Race 3 will showcase an altogether new side to the superstar’s acting potential, says producer Ramesh Taurani 

By Manishaa R

With Tiger Zinda Hai setting the precedent of being the third Salman starrer to cross the Rs 300 crore mark at the domestic box-office in just 16 days, all eyes are now on Salman Khan’s next release, Race 3. Trade experts point out that the anticipation for the Eid release of the film is higher than ever before after the phenomenal response to Tiger Zinda Hai. Meanwhile the producer of Race 3, Ramesh Taurani has congratulated Salman for the extraordinary success of the film, “It was a well-deserving success for Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, director Ali Abbas Zafar and the entire team. The action was of an international scale, so were the out of the ordinary performances. We are proud to have Salman on board for Race 3,” Taurani said adding that he and the entire Race team were upbeat about the film from day one, “Salman had organized a special screening for the whole Race team including director Remo D’souza a day before its release and all of us were very impressed with the film,” he recalled.

According to Taurani, while the audiences hailed Salman Khan in the nail-biting action in TZH, Race 3 would showcase a new side of the superstar’s acting skills, “The USP of Race is its intricate plot and its edge of the seat entertainment. There would be high-octane action too but the focus would be on the sleek outcome where it will always be mind over muscle. Salman’s role in Race 3 would be new and unusual and his performance would be one to watch out for. The fact that he is teaming up once again with Jacqueline Fernandez makes it very special, so is the presence of Anil Kapoor. We are looking at this being the most sleek and stylish thriller of the franchise,” Taurani revealed.

“Salman’s role in Race 3 would be new and unusual and his performance would be one to watch out for. The fact that he is teaming up once again with Jacqueline Fernandez makes it very special, so is the presence of Anil Kapoor” – Producer Ramesh Taurani

More interestingly the art director of Tiger Zinda Hai, Rajnish Hedao of Acropolis DMG, has also done the art direction of Race 3. Hedao was instrumental in creating and designing a 20,000 sq meter set, where TZH was shot extensively for 65 days. “Race 3 will be yet another addition to Rajnish’s formidable work. He has given the film a very authentic look with his unique art-direction,” Taurani revealed.

Race 3, which marks the first collaboration of Salman Khan and director Remo D’souza, as actor and director, also stars Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Saquib Saleem and Daisy Shah. What is exciting though is the fact that Salman is making his debut in the Race franchise with this installment. The film is scheduled for release on June