Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil to have a grand release in China

Two and a half years after it won the hearts of Indian audiences in January 2017, the Hrithik Roshan-Yami Gautam starrer Kaabil is now set to have a grand release in China on June 5, 2019. It will also mark Hrithik’s debut in the China market. The intense revenge saga directed by Rakesh Roshan, replete with romance and emotions, will be reportedly released with a record number of 15,000 screens,

Post Kaabil’s release in India, both the critics and the audience couldn’t stop admiring Hrithik’s performance in the movie. With power-packed characterizations, realistic setting and great music, the story of a differently-abled couple stormed the Indian cinema and received unprecedented success world-wide. Both Hrithik and Yami bagged countless praises for their extraordinary acting skills in the movie. Hrithik has played several challenging roles in the past with movies like Jodhaa Akbar, besides India’s first superhero series- Koi Mil Gaya and Krissh. But the multi-faceted actor made an ever-lasting impression with his portrayal of a differently abled character in the movie.

Meanwhile, Hrithik Roshan is eagerly looking forward to the China response for the film, “Kaabil is extremely close to my heart and it is overwhelming to see it reach to even more people now, with the impending release in China. I gave every bit of myself to this specially-abled character. The process of getting into the shoes of the character while fighting a tragic situation was a powerful and agonizing feeling at the same time,” the actor said.

“Kaabil is extremely close to my heart and it is overwhelming to see it reach to even more people now, with the impending release in China. I gave every bit of myself to this specially-abled character”- Hrithik Roshan

According to producer Rakesh Roshan, Kaabil was the right opportunity for Hrithik to play something out of his comfort zone, “Hrithik has always had an alluring persona in Bollywood, known for his good looks and attractive personality. We wanted him to play something more challenging and we stumbled upon Kaabil in which Hrithik played a visually impaired man. With the kind of script we had in our hand, I knew this role would further amplify Hrithik’s skills as an actor”

B4U’s Film Division Head, Sunil Shah is confident that Kaabil will break new ground at the China box-office, “I believe on the basis of a gripping story line, revered actors and a ‘Global Hit’ status, Kaabil can open up new avenues for Indian Cinema in China. Moreover, I feel privileged to be associated with one of the most talented actors of the Indian film industry – Hrithik Roshan and the visionary producer of this era, Mr. Rakesh Roshan.

Kaabil is produced by FilmKraft, imported by China Film Group Corporation and is distributed and translated by China film group. It is distributed internationally by B4U Motion Pictures Release, and is promoted by Tianjin Qitai Culture Communication Co. LTD



Sridevi was the box-office queen who could carry a film entirely on her shoulders, say producers and distributors

Distributors would vie with each other to acquire the rights of films starring Sridevi in the 80s, when she was known as the box-office empress and India’s first lady superstar

By Manishaa R

While she left an indelible impression on the minds of her audiences with each of her characters be it her first major Hindi box-office success, Himmatwala (1983), Nagina (1986) Chandni ((1989), Mr India (1987), Lamhe (1991) or Nagina, Sridevi acquired the reputation of Indian cinema’s first lady superstar for her sole ability to carry a film on her shoulders.

Sridevi’s pairing with Amitabh Bachchan for a double role in the 1992 film Khuda Gawah further endorsed her “first lady superstar” status when she became the only actress who played a double role in a movie with Bachchan, who ruled the box-office. The film was publicized as the pairing of India’s topmost actor Amitabh Bachchan with the number one sensation, Sridevi.  Producer and noted exhibitor, Manoj Desai who signed Sridevi for the double role in Khuda Gawah recalls how the film gave Sridevi a new distinction, “That was one of her best performances in the role of a mother and daughter, one of the best costume dramas. She was one of those actresses who matched Amitabh Bachchan for the role in every aspect-her height, her persona and her box-office status of a superstar. In fact, Khuda Gawah was the only film where the heroine got credit and footage in an Amitabh starrer in the role of a mother and daughter. No other heroine in an Amitabh starrer could boast of such a role,” Desai recalled.

Apparently it took Manoj Desai some time to get a nod from Sridevi, who had her own apprehensions about how her role would eventually shape up in a Bachchan starrer, “It took me sometime to convince her. I assured her that not a single dialogue from the script would be changed and asked her to go through the script in detail. She read the script and later gave a go-ahead,” Desai recalled, adding that Sridevi matched up to Bachchan’s great professionalism and charisma, “They shared a great working rapport during the making of the film more so because both were highly disciplined and professional. Like Mr Bachchan, she would arrive on the sets with all her homework done. Moreover it was the late director Mukul Anand, who struck a fine balance between the two super talents. It was a great experience even as he ensured that their characters were equally impactful on screen.”

Apart from the status of a ‘lady superstar’, Sridevi also acquired the title of the Empress who ruled the box-office in the 80s and early 90s. At a time when most other actresses were confined to playing second fiddle to the heroes in a male-dominated industry, she was the only actress for whom directors would specially write scripts. Moreover distributors and exhibitors considered a film dominated by Sridevi was considered a big bet at the box-office

According to noted Rajasthan distributor Raj Bansal, who had the privilege of distributing several Sridevi starrers including two of her landmark films, Lamhe and Chandni, she was the only heroine in the 80s who could carry a film on her shoulders with a cent percent success rating, “I had the privilege of watching her closely from Lamhe to Chandni and Mahesh Bhatt’s Gumrah, besides Subhash Ghai’s Karma. Her talent and versatility were matchless and she ruled the hearts of the audiences at that time. She was considered the queen of the box-office,” Bansal revealed.

Apparently the craze for her films was such that distributors would vie with each other to acquire the rights, “There were no apprehensions when it came to the business of Sridevi starrers. They were considered a big bet and distributors would queue up to acquire the rights of her films. She was also one of the highest paid actresses at that time and roles were written specially for her.”

The veteran distributor, who had met Sridevi and Boney Kapoor on several occasions, also about her magical transformation in front of the camera, when he witnessed the shooting of Lamhe, which was entirely shot in Rajasthan, “Her transformation in front of the camera was amazing. After the lights would be switched off, she would return back to her own self-quiet and composed. She was also a wonderful hostess-soft-spoken and extremely polite,” Bansal recalled.

“She would stun directors by her perfect takes. She was the uncrowned queen of acting”- Subhash Ghai

It was this spontaneity and talent that helped cultivate a unique relation between the actress and millions of her fans. Veteran filmmaker Subhash Ghai who worked with Sridevi in the 1985 film, Karma recalled Sridevi’s “electrifying” transformation in front of the camera, “She was pure magic on screen. “She was an introvert by nature but she was electrifying in in front of the camera.   She would stun directors by her perfect takes and the ease and conviction with which she performed her roles. Whether it was dance, drama or romance, she was the uncrowned queen of acting in all languages in her times,” Ghai revealed. “The best thing about her was that she constantly maintained her dignity and integrity as a person in a demanding industry,” he said.

 “Sridevi starrers were considered a big bet and distributors would queue up to acquire the rights of her films”- Raj Bansal, distributor of Chandni and Lamhe

According to director Rakesh Roshan, it was Sridevi’s huge potential that prompted him to cast her in his Hindi production, Jaag Utha Insaan, followed by Bhagwaan Dada, “She was an unparalleled actor with great talent.  I was the first to bring her to Mumbai and cast Srdevi in my production, Jaag Utha Insaan. Though she had established herself as a big name in the south, I had a feeling that she had this great potential to shine in Hindi films,” Rakesh Roshan recalled.

Veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, who had directed Sridevi in Mr India, aptly described her amazing energy on camera in his tribute on Instagram, “Your energy on camera was scintillating. There was not a moment on screen that you did not have the audience in your grip. Be it an emotion, a comic moment, a dance,” he said. He described the passing away of the actress as an era gone by, “It’s like an era is over. A beautiful story just ended,” he tweeted.

Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut as a child artiste in the popular 1975 film Julie. In her impressive career spanning five decades, Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films even as she consolidated her career in the Hindi movie industry. Among her best known films in the south are 16 Vayathinile, Sigappu Rojakkal, Pathinaru Vayadhinile, Meendum Kokila and Moondram Pirai, Kshana Kshanam and Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari.


#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.