Category Archives: Views on News

Bunty Aur Babli 2: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvani wrap up sequel of YRF caper comedy

The shooting for Bunty Aur Babli 2 was almost complete, except for a song sequence, before the coronavirus pandemic brought all the production activity to a stop.

Actors Rani Mukherji and Saif Ali Khan have concluded shooting for their upcoming movie Bunty Aur Babli 2, Yash Raj Films announced on Saturday.

The movie, touted as a “rebooted sequel” to the 2005 original, also features actors Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari.

The film’s shoot was almost complete, except for a song sequence, before the coronavirus pandemic brought all the production activity to a stop.

The banner also shared a photo in which Khan, Mukerji, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and newcomer Sharvari are seen happily posing together in Yash Raj Films studio in suburban Mumbai.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 reunites Mukerji and Khan after 11 years.

Mukherji, who featured opposite Abhishek Bachchan in the original 2005 crime comedy, is reprising her role in the new movie.

Khan has replaced Bachchan as the titular Bunty.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, the film is being directed by Varun Sharma, who has previously worked as an assistant director on YRF blockbusters Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.

According to the makers, the sequel takes a time leap of a decade and will feature two pairs of the eponymous con duo — Mukerji and Khan, and Siddhant and Sharvari.

Salman Khan will always be our Sooryavanshi. Not Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar may be taking over Rohit Shetty’s cop universe soon with Sooryavanshi, but he is no match for the blonde-haired He-Man-looking Salman Khan, the original Suryavanshi.

Even with an inexhaustible collection of national and international shows and movies at our perusal, we found ourselves reaching for ‘Suryavanshi Salman Khan’ in the search bar – Salman’s was with a ‘U’ and not ‘OO’. Self-isolation and lockdown can affect you psychologically.

Salman Khan’s Suryavanshi (1992), co-starring a Rekha-inspired Amrita Singh and an expressionless I’d-rather-not-be-here-but-I-have-to-looking Sheeba, is essentially a story of punarjanam, a one-night stand Bollywood keeps repeating even though the morning after results in a walk of shame. Suryavanshi, not to be confused with Sooryavansham, the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, was once a Set Max favourite, and therefore, many a childhood afternoon were spent watching and re-watching Salman Khan’s blonde hair glisten in the sun, or staring at his He-Man outfit.

The film had potential simply by virtue of an interesting story but was ruined because it failed to manage that story. We have an extremely strong, hotheaded woman, Amrita, as Rajkumari Suryalekha at the centre. She’s complemented by an equally strong, borderline douchebag Salman as Suryavanshi Vikram Singh (we’ll come to why we used these adjectives in a bit). These are characters of the past. In the present day, Vikram Singh is reincarnated as Vicky but he is completely unaware of any pichhle janam ki baatein. Born and raised in America, he lands in India for the first time, and thanks to his overenthusiastic dad JB (Saeed Jaffrey) and his friend DD (Ajit Vachani), almost lands straight into shaadi ka mandap. Sheeba as Sonia is the would-be bahu – a girl so perfect that Tulsi Virani would be jealous. He doesn’t want to get married, he wants to live his life, she is heartbroken, but destiny in the form of guilt – ki main apne papa ka dil nahi dukha sakta – binds them in matrimony.

DD is an archaeologist and is digging around the ruins of Sangramgarh, intrigued by an entire kingdom now completely buried underground, quite like Atlantis. The newlyweds and their respective fathers decide to check it out firsthand as the excavation continues. Somethings happen in the middle and they discover an old journal by Sangramgarh’s Rajguru and finally decode what went down.

The 2-hour-47-minute film has tones of bad make-up and hair and overacting, but we’re not getting into that. What stands out as particularly wahiyat, is the treatment of Suryalekha. She only asked for not to be forced into marriage for the sake of the rajvansh, until she found her match. If the process of mortal combat in swamvar seemed barbaric, all of world history should. Nonetheless, she found one in Suryavanshi, but our hero here simply wanted to show Suryalekha her place – something that could only be achieved by tricking her into a one-night stand, and leaving her ‘kalankit’. Serves you right, woman, this is a man’s world, after all.

Everything else that followed thereon, is a post-#MeToo world’s nightmare. From Suryalekha killing herself and coming back to haunt the whole kingdom (umm, not the haunting bit, of course) to Sonia shielding Vicky aka Vikram (yes, he remembers now) with her love and defeating the ‘evil other woman’, everything from the mid-point mark to the climax needed a hard swallow.

Jawaani Jaaneman box office collection: Saif Ali Khan’s comedy makes Rs 16.80 cr in five days

Saif Ali Khan’s comedy of errors Jawaani Jaaneman has made a total of Rs 16.80 crore at the Indian box office in five days. The film garnered Rs 1.94 crore on Tuesday. As per reports from trade analysts, the slice-of-life flick has performed well in national multiplexes in the northern sections of India.

Jawaani Jaaneman is faring well as compared to Saif Ali Khan’s past solo releases Chef, Kaalakaandi, Bazaar, and Laal Kaptaan. Saif’s other film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, featuring Ajay Devgn in the lead, has been having a dream run at the ticketing counters ever since its release in January. The period drama, also featuring Kajol, has made a total of Rs 255.77 crore in its fourth week.

Charting the story of an estranged father-daughter duo who come together after she hunts him down, Jawaani Jaaneman is directed by Nitin Kakkar. The narrative follows a middle-aged man Jasswinder ‘Jazz’ Kapoor (Khan), who has not come to terms with his age and shirks at the mention of responsibility. His life takes a dramatic turn when Alaya F’s character Tia finds him in an alley, and tells him there is a possibility he is her father. Tabu, Kumud Mishra, Kubra Sait, and Farida Jalal are also part of the cast.

Tanhaji box office collection: Ajay Devgn, Kajol’s film expected to cross Rs 100 cr mark on sixth day

Ajay Devgn and Kajol-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has only seen a rise in earnings ever since its release on 10 January, alongside Chhapaak and Darbar. The film made Rs 13.75 crore on Monday, followed by Rs 15.28 crore on Tuesday. The current domestic box office collection stands at Rs 90.96 crore.

Trade analysts expect the historical drama to easily slide past the Rs 100 crore mark on its sixth day at cinemas. Day 6 earnings have been higher than what the film made on its opening day.

Featuring Ajay Devgn as Maratha warrior Subedar Tanaji Malusare, the Om Raut directorial charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD.

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior sees Kajol reunite with Devgn onscreen after over a decade. She is seen as the Maratha warrior’s wife Savitribai. The film also stars Sharad Kelkar, Jagapathi Babu, Devdutta Nage, Pankaj Tripathi, Neha Sharma, Ajinkya Deo, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Sangani, Luke Kenny, and Vipul G in supporting roles.

In an interview with  Kajol, who played Tanaji’s wife Savitribai, spoke about working with Devgn once again. We have done many films together so it wasn’t something very different working with him now. But it was very comfortable and very convenient because we used to travel to work at the same time and go carpooling. It felt like home,” she said. She added it was good to have him as a co-actor because he always gave useful advice and input.

Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone, Meghna Gulzar’s film, based on Laxmi Agarwal’s life, makes Rs 23.92 crore in five days

The collections of Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar’s social drama Chhapaak, which took a hit after its opening weekend, have benefited from the partial holiday of Makar Sankranti on Tuesday, 14 January.

The film earned a decent Rs 2.55 crore on Tuesday, pushing its current total to Rs 23.92 crore.

According to trade analysts, the film’s business is expected to remain steady on 15 January.

Based on the life of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak released on 10 June, alongside Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Rajinikanth-starrer Darbar. Tanhaji is already on the cusp of entering the Rs 100-crore club as its collection currently stands at Rs 90.96 crore.

Ahead of the release of the film, Deepika had visited Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi to express her solidarity following the masked mob attacks on the students on 5 January. After her visit, a social media-wide boycott was called by those who opposed her stance. Many assumed her visit to JNU had affected the overall performance of the film at the box office. However, the boycott has supposedly not affected the ticketing sales for Chhapaak.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan told Firstpost, “Even before the boycott, we were expecting the film to open at Rs 3.5 to 4.5 crore, as the release was very limited. It is still a limited release. They haven’t gone all out. The film has received well in the multiplexes of Chandigarh, Delhi, and the northern part of the country. The film registered good occupancy in the high-end multiplexes.”

Chhapaak also stars Vikrant Massey, Madhurjeet Sarghi, Vishal Dahiya, and Ankit Bisht in supporting roles. Meghna Gulzar has directed the film written by Atika Ghosh. It was recently declared tax-free in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

 

 

Jawaani Jaaneman trailer: Saif Ali Khan’s character is forced to grow up after his long lost daughter finds him

The first trailer of Jawaani Jaaneman was released on 9 January. The trailer opens to Saif Ali Khan’s mother (Farida Jalal) telling him about an acquaintance whose son was gay. To this he replies that he was not interested in men and even if he was he did not see it as a problem. His amused brother (Kumud Mishra) assures her that it was not the case.

Then we see how Saif’s character, an aging Don Juan, is vehemently against the idea of marriage and having family. “Sher hu mai sher. Aur sher tab tak raja hota hai jab tak akela rehta hai (I am a lion. A lion is only king till he is on his own),” he says. His bubble is soon burst when Alaya Furniturewalla finds her in an alley and tells him that there was a chance that he is her father.

This development now forces him to suddenly grow up and take up responsibilities he had been shirking for so long. Tabu plays Alaya’s mother, who also finds her way to his house.

Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar, who had previously directed Filmistaan and Mitron. The film went on floors in London in June, 2019. The film is produced by Saif’s production house Black Knight Films, Jay Shewakramani’s Northern Lights Films, and Jackky Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment.

“It’s one of the most uber-cool stories that I have come across. We are excited about the film going on floors and really looking forward to it,” Bhagnani had previously said in a statement.

The film is slated to hit cinemas on 31 January.

 

 

Varun Dhawan’s Street Dancer 3D trailer to be attached with Dabangg 3; clip’s digital release on 18 December

The trailer of Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s upcoming film Street Dancer 3D will have its digital release on 18 December. It will also be showcased across cinemas, prior to the screening of Dabangg 3 on 20 December.

Previously, the Street Dancer’s trailer was scheduled to be out on 12 December, which is also producer Bhushan Kumar’s birthday.

Confirming the delay, director Remo D’Souza told Bollywood Hungama, “There’s lots of VFX and 3D stuff is happening and right now we are all working on that. I am keen to show the trailer to everybody and have been working round the clock to get it complete by then. It will be a proper two-three minute trailer. You can expect some amazing, never-seen-before dances in it – and something very special which I cannot reveal right now (sic).”

The report further adds that Kumar and D’Souza are reportedly keen to have Salman Khan at the trailer launch.

The makers have previously called Street Dancer 3D “India’s biggest dance film”. D’Souza had also said that it is unrelated to the ABCD franchise. Dhawan and Kapoor will once again share screen space after 2015’s ABCD 2.

Mumbai Mirror had reported that Kapoor trained in five different dance forms – Afro, Krump, Locking and Popping, Animation Tutting and Urban. She joined the cast after Katrina Kaif opted out because of a scheduling conflict.

Shakti Mohan, Nora Fatehi, Prabhu Deva, Sonam Bajwa and Aparshakti Khurana also star in vital roles. Mohan will make her Bollywood debut with this feature. The first schedule took place in Amritsar after which, the cast and crew shot in London.

Marjaavaan box office collection: Sidharth Malhotra, Tara Sutaria’s romantic thriller earns Rs 32.18 cr in five days

Milap Zaveri’s directorial Marjaavaan has been performing consistently at the domestic box office. The film has earned Rs 32.18 crore within five days of its release. Marjaavaan opened to Rs Rs 7.03 crore on Friday, earned Rs 7.21 crore on Saturday and witnessed a jump on Sunday (17 November) with Rs 10.18 crore.

There was a noticeable decline over the weekdays with the film raking in Rs 4.15 crore on Monday and Rs 3.61 crore on Tuesday (19 November). Trade analysts predict that the film, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Tara Sutaria, will cross Rs 38 crore this week. According to a Box Office India report, the film fared the best in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and central circuits.

Malhotra stars as the lead in the romantic thriller, who falls in love Sutaria, a mute girl. This relationship causes a rift between him and his mentor Riteish Deshmukh, a local don. Marjaavaan reunites the two actors onscreen after 2014’s Ek Villain, directed by Mohit Suri.

The film draws inspiration from 1970s Bollywood films, packed with high-octane fights and dramatic sequences. Milap Zaveri (Mastizaade, Satyameva Jayate) has written and helmed the feature.

Marjaavaan has received a mixed response from the audience and critics. In her review for Firstpost, Anna Vetticad wrote, “Marjaavaan is so hackneyed that even the usually restrained Malhotra is driven to intermittent over-acting during its two-hours-plus running time. Deshmukh hams his way through playing Vishnu. Ms Sutaria is bland.”

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

Dabangg 3 : Salman Khan’s Chulbul Pandey fights Kiccha Sudeep’s Balli in upcoming Prabhu Deva film

After a long wait, the makers of Dabangg 3, finally dropped the trailer on 23 October (Wednesday). The film marks the return of Salman Khan as the iconic cop Chulbul Pandey. “Ek hota hai police wala, ek hota hai gunda. Hum kehlate hain police wala gunda (On one side there are cops and on the other there are gangsters. I embody both),” is how Chulbul reintroduces himself.

The trailer sees him walk around the ghats, shoot down bad guys and introduces us to one of his subordinates, who demands a promotion. A younger Chulbul is also seen in the clip, alongside his then romantic interest Khushi (played by debutant Saiee Manjrekar). However, there is Balli (Kiccha Sudeep), who seems to go out of the way to cause grief in Chulbul’s life. Dabangg 3’s trailer promises coordinated dance performances by the actors, high octane action, comedy and bombastic dialogues.

The film will also reportedly see Arbaaz Khan as Chulbul’s brother Makkhi and Dimple Kapadia in a flashback sequence. Sonakshi Sinha plays Rajjo while Vinod Khanna’s brother Pramod will portray Chulbul’s father Prajapati Pandey.

The trailer of Dabangg 3 is set to be included with screenings of Housefull 4, as reported earlier. The makers had previously attached the film’s teaser with Hrithik Roshan-starrer high octane action thriller War.

Directed by Prabhu Deva, Dabangg 3 is produced by Salman Khan Films and Arbaaz Khan Production. It is scheduled to release on 20 December in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil. The duo have previously worked together on 2009’s Wanted. They have another film, Radhe, in the pipeline, which will hit cinemas on Eid 2020.

Housefull 4 promo: Akshay Kumar as Bala is sinister and hilarious at the same time!

Akshay Kumar as Bala took over Instagram when he shared the video. Not just that, he even captioned it as, “Main nahi tera baap takleya! Kaise Bala ki shaitaani machaati hai dhamaal, dekhiye in #Housefull4 iss Diwali” and you’ll know when you see it. Dekko!

 

We don’t know about you but we can hardly wait for Akshay Kumar and his crazy Housefull 4 team to entertain us this 25th of October. The film which has been garnering headlines since the word go already has fans rooting and now, thanks to the trailer and songs, the mania has multiplied and how! Be it train rides of the #BalaChallenge, Housefull 4 is the talk of the town and how! Speaking of promotional spree, a new dialogue promo is out and boy, is it hilarious!

Akshay Kumar as Bala took over Instagram when he shared the video. Not just that, he even captioned it as, “Main nahi tera baap takleya! Kaise Bala ki shaitaani machaati hai dhamaal, dekhiye in #Housefull4 iss Diwali” and you’ll know when you see it. Dekko!

Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 is scheduled to release this Diwali. It has an ensemble cast which includes- Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda, Bobby Deol, Rana Daggubati, Riteish Deshmukh, Chunky Panday, Saurabh Shukla, Johnny Lever, Jamie Lever, Pooja Hegde among others. The film is due for Diwali release but it is still in the post-production stage. “It’s a scaled-up film, the biggest in the franchise in terms of budget. The chunk from the Baahubali era that required visual effects was shot much in advance. A team is working on the final edit and VFX,” a source was quoted saying.

 At the trailer launch, Akshay had even joked and added, “I am going to lose all the respect I have earned with serious cinema with Housefull 4. Every time I want a break, I do a Housefull film. It is a fun film; I have fun on the sets. Having said that, making people laugh with slapstick is the toughest of jobs.” Stay tuned to BL for more such updates and scoops!