BREAKING NEWS

Thugs of Hindostan will mark Big B’s return to intense action, confirms #AamirKhan

The much-talked about action-adventure Thugs Of Hindostan, which will witness Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir teaming up for the first time on screen, will also witness Big B’s return to high voltage action in a one of a kind role that he is playing in the film. This was revealed by Aamir Khan on the eve of his 53rd birthday yesterday when he recalled how the charismatic megastar was back to work after the health scare a day ago due to an excruciating pain in his back and shoulder, “Amit-ji will be seen doing complex action scenes after a long time with Thugs of Hindostan; it was a challenging experience for him shooting for the action. It can be physically taxing and he had severe pain in his back and shoulders but he is coping very well with it and we shot together subsequently,” Aamir said.

The superstar also recalled how Amitabh Bachchan was the first one to wish him on his birthday at midnight, “I was fervently hoping that he would be the first one to wish me and that’s exactly what happened. We were shooting and I was not aware about the time but suddenly I heard his booming voice on the mike. He wished me in front of the unit and I was overjoyed,” Aamir said.

He later spoke about how he cherished working with the megastar, “It is my dream come true to work with him. I want this film with Mr Bachchan to be the most memorable film of my career. I am hoping that Thugs of Hindostan is hailed by the audiences,” he said.

“I want this film with Mr Bachchan to be the most memorable film of my career” – Aamir Khan

The actor had way back tweeted about his excitement of working with Big B, when the film was announced, “Finally, the moment I’ve been waiting for has come… to work with my icon, Mr. Bachchan! Thanks Adi, Victor, for ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. I’m too thrilled to be working with the actor I have admired all of my life. Shoot starts early next year, and the release has been locked for Diwali 2018. Can’t wait to get started! Fingers crossed,” he had written.

Thugs of Hindostan, which is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya co-stars Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Sheikh and is scheduled for a Diwali 2018 release.

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Katrina Kaif’s popularity touches a new high with a record 8.5 million followers on Instagram

Post the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, in which she teamed up with Salman Khan, the actress’ popularity has been on the rise on the social media and the brand endorsement market

There was a time when Katrina Kaif was publicity shy and extra cautious of the social media. It was only after she made her Facebook debut on her birthday in 2016 that she began to cherish her association with her fans, with her lifestyle posts getting a tremendous response. Katrina Kaif, who preferred to stay away from social media for the longest time had a change of in heart as she created an online presence on Instagram, much to the excitement of her fans. Probably it was due to this feedback that she had a change of heart when she decided to create her online presence on Instagram last year in April 2017, “I joined Facebook and I wanted to get a hang of things. Instagram was something that I thought of at that time and honestly, I never revisited that thought. I do think now that all the concerns that were in my head were not completely valid,” she said.

“I’m sharing real moments with my followers and enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. It is a personal reflection of me” – Katrina Kaif

The gorgeous actress made her debut with a sun- kissed and sans makeup picture and amassed followers soon after at a staggering pace. However post the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, her popularity has touched a new high. Moreover, she has now arrived at a milestone on Instagram with a record 8.5 million followers, who cherish every detail she offers in to her interesting life.

Her followers can see her sweating it out at the gym, while she is at shoots, chilling with friends on vacations, enjoying candid moments with family and clicking selfies before performances. Thoroughly entertaining, the account throws a spotlight on the actress’ life as she gets the best of both worlds, living it out in the glamorous film business and relaxing when in an off-work mode. Prior to this, Katrina was in the news for having the most entertaining celebrity Instagram account.

Says Katrina, “It took me a while to join Instagram. I was told that I would enjoy the interactions and follow new people I like, and that is exactly what has happened. I’m having fun. I’m sharing real moments with my followers and enjoy having a platform where I have my own voice. It is a personal reflection of me.”

 

BOX-OFFICE NEWS

YRF readies for massive Russia release of Tiger Zinda Hai after assessing huge potential for Salman Khan starrers

By Manishaa R

We are looking at Tiger Zinda Hai receiving a huge response in Russia, says Avtar Panesar, International Distribution Head, Yash Raj Films

The Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer, Tiger Zinda Hai, which set the box-office on fire in India, will be the first Hindi movie to have the widest ever release in Russia in an unprecedented 70 prints. According to Avtar Panesar, Vice President, International Operations, Yash Raj Films, the decision to line up a massive Russia release was made after assessing the huge potential for Salman Khan starrers in the otherwise untapped market in Russia, “Last year, we decided to test new waters and released Sultan across a few screens in Russia. The movie received a phenomenal response from audiences. That’s when we decided to up the ante with Tiger Zinda Hai,” Panesar revealed.

Yashraj is counting on the film receiving an exceptional response in Russia, “The response to the trailer has been excellent and we believe the movie will be loved by audiences across Russia. Also the movie has been dubbed in Russian and will release with the voiceovers, so it can connect excellently with the native people there,” Panesar said.

With Russia, Yash Raj Films is now set to explore the second phase of the film’s international business in non-traditional markets. “The movie has done fantastic business in Phase 1 in the traditional markets. Phase II begins with Russia and we are hoping the movie connects universally with non-Indian diaspora,” Panesar added.

“Last year, we decided to test new waters and released Sultan across a few screens in Russia. The movie received a phenomenal response from audiences” – Avtar Panesar, Vice President, International Operations, Yash Raj Films

It may be recalled that Ali Abbas Zafar’s spy action thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, received an outstanding response in the overseas market. The film also succeeded in creating new records at the box-office, making Salman Khan only the second actor (after Aamir Khan) with three movies reaching the Rs 500 cr mark ($78 million) at the global box-office. The film also made it as the sixth highest Hindi grosser of all time.

BOX-OFFICE NEWS

Tiger Zinda Hai heading towards record of being Salman’s highest grossing film, say distributors

The film has also given Salman Khan the unique distinction of being the Christmas week superhero at the box-office, besides the Eid superhero

By Manishaa R

It looks like Tiger Zinda Hai is well on its way to crossing the Rs 300 mark at the box-office. The two-day unrest and the tense situation in Maharashtra, slightly dampened the pace of collections but the film still managed to gross a decent Rs 5.75 cr on its 13th day making the total tally in the range of Rs 287 cr. Distributors and trade analysts who are keenly tracking the progress of the film are confident that it will surpass the business of Salman Khan’s earlier two films, despite the fact that the business in single screens has dropped by 40 percent. According to Raj Bansal, who is the oldest distributor of the Yashraj banner in India with a track record of 32 years and 85 films, there are no two ways about the fact that Tiger Zinda Hai will redefine history at the box-office, “That’s because the repeat audiences are patronising the film in full force especially since the admission rates are now lower than before. Also the audiences who coud not catch up on the film earlier due to New Year celebrations, are doing so now. The biggest factor that could work in favour of the film is the fact that there is no major opposition in the next three weeks. Tiger Zinda Hai has virtually got a free run which is a great occurence,” Bansal says, adding that a majority of exhibitors have now cut down on the screen count to ensure that the film gets its due.

The veteran who has released all Salman starrers released by Yashraj so far, also feels that the film will set a new benchmark for the business of Salman starrers, “I can confidently say that it will be Salman khan’s biggest grosser ever. Salman’s Sultan fetched Rs 302 cr and his Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed Rs 321 cr but it appears that Tiger Zinda Hai will certain surpass these two films,” Bansal insists.

Will Tiger Zinda Hai also set a record for the highest grossing Christmas release? Going by records, Aamir Khan’s highest grossing film, Dangal had collected Rs 387.38 crore at the India box-office, when it was released on 23rd December 2016. It remains to be seen whether Tiger Zinda Hai beats the record. Bansal however feels that the success of Tiger Zinda Hai has proved that the Eid hero has now taken over the Christmas week, “It was always Aamir Khan who ruled the Christmas week but this year it is the Eid hero who has taken over the Christmas and New Year season. Needless to add the three Khans continue to dominate the box-office in the three big festive seasons of the year, be it Diwali, Christmas or Eid,” he says. Meanwhile the latest tally of figures indicates the box-office collection of Tiger Zinda Hai: at Rs 286.46 crore at the end of Day 13 on January 3.

“Salman’s Sultan fetched Rs 302 cr and his Bajrangi Bhaijaan grossed Rs 321 cr but it is certain that Tiger Zinda Hai will surpass these two films” – Raj Bansal, oldest distributor of YRF Films

Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who had also directed Salman Khan’s earlier film, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai is the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster, Ek Tha Tiger. The fast-paced spy thriller starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is replete with high voltage action about a RAW agent and an ISI agent, who team up on a one of a kind mission to rescue 25 nurses, held hostage by a terrorist organisation.

BREAKING NEWS

Tiger Zinda Hai now a “certified blockbuster” say exhibitors citing audience and critics’ reactions

Exhibitors expect movie to set new benchmark at box-office going by record non-holiday opening day collections for Hindi film

By Manishaa R

Exhibitors, who have been going berserk in the past few days over the advance bookings for Tiger Zinda Hai, are delighted with the first day audience reactions to the film across all theatres. Noted exhibitor Akshaye Rathi, who runs a chain of cinemas across Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, feels that the Salman starrer will definitely set the record for being the highest grossing Hindi movie of the year, besides the highest opening day collections for a Hindi movie this year, “It is already on its way to setting the record for the biggest opening day of the year for a Hindi film, in the range of Rs 35 cr. Also, it’s a movie that the exhibition market is expecting to be the highest grossing Hindi film of 2017 this year,” he says.

Salman is back with his super-hero quotient and the masses are loving it

According to Rathi the masses are going overboard with Salman’s act in the film, “The film is high on entertainment and Salman is back with his superhero quotient. The audiences are going crazy.  Salman had deviated from his image in Tubelight but he is back playing to the gallery and giving his audiences exactly what they want,” Rathi insists adding that the film is replete with moments that will stay in the minds of audiences, “There are some great moments in the movie where you want to clap and cheer and these fantastic moments are there from the beginning to the end.” Like all other distributors and exhibitors, he is gratified with the response to the film, “We are playing the movie across all our screens and we are delighted that the film has given exhibitors a new reason to smile. It is a happy day for all of us in the trade,” Rathi says.

Rathi is not the only exhibitor who is raving about the first day reactions to the film. According to Joginder Mahajan, who controls the 985 seater Gagan theatre in Delhi and is also the General Secretary of the Motion Pictures Association, Delhi, the audiences are connecting with Tiger Zinda Hai in a big way, “Salman Khan fans are loving all the action,” he says. However he is a little weary about the many screens that the film is playing in, “The problem is that it is playing in all the shows in all the screens in every nook and corner, which is a big limitation. There are just too many shows of the same film which can hinder business at times,” he says.

“Salman had deviated from his image in Tubelight but he is back playing to the gallery and giving his audiences exactly what they want,” – Akshaye Rathi, Leading exhibitor

C.I exhibitor, Mukesh Shah, of Regal cinema, Indore, feels that the film will go a long way in bringing relief to exhibitors, “The biggest advantage of the film is that it has also got critical appreciation besides commercial response. The film has got a rating of three and a half and above from all critics,” he says.

It is not just about the advance booking, it is a certified blockbuster now

Exhibitor Vishek Chauhan, who had last compared the pre-release craze for Tiger Zinda Hai, with the advance booking of Baahubali, feels that Salman has nailed it with his performance in the film, “I can gauge from the audience reaction and the critical reviews that it is a certified blockbuster. Salman has delivered and he has not disappointed his fans. Bhai is back in his element, the way the masses like to see him. Now that the film has been liked, the next one week could take the collections even further. This film will definitely cross the Rs 300 cr mark and could well touch Rs 350 cr business, going by the euphoria,” Chauhan says.

Critics have hailed it too

Meanwhile, critics seem to be going-gaga-over the film, giving it a unanimous thumbs-up in terms of its production values, making, performances and direction. Noted movie critic Taran Adarsh has upheld the film in a series of tweets, congratulating director Ali Abbas Zaffar for delivering “an eminently watchable film. No two opinions about it… Final word? #TigerZindaHai delivers what it promises: King-sized entertainment,” his tweet reads.

Veteran movie industry tracker and social media analyst, Ramesh Bala has given the film three and a quarter stars out of five, stating that Salman has lived up to the expectations of his fans, “A Geo-political Action Entertainer set in Iraq.. @BeingSalmanKhan owns the Tiger franchise & delivers what fans expect.. #KatrinaKaif does fantastic stunts.. Really magnanimous of Salman bhai to let her do so much stunts.. A gud holiday entertainer”, his tweet reads.

Mayank Shekhar of Mid-day has also hailed the return of Salman Khan, “And yeah, Salman is very much back to being Salman, deviating not once from the script, unlike with ‘Tubelight’ (earlier in the year), which left Sal-maniacs so pissed that he had to frickin’ return money to distributors,” he says in his review.