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Akshay Kumar And Ranveer Singh Share Screen Space Together For The First time

Akshay Kumar, forget about Deepika bearing with Ranveer for the rest of her life. What about you bearing with this flamboyant flamingo for an hour?

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Big relief and huge applause. The second episode of the new season of Koffee With Karan was way superior to the bland and aimless first episode, probably because Akshay Kumar and Ranveer Singh share a genuine kinship and were not faking it.

Not for a second.

Ranveer was the fanboy. Akshay was the older wiser superstar. Roles taken.

Their shared anecdotes did not preclude the viewers. Both Akshay and Ranveer are people’s persons, not afraid to come across as full-blooded desi Punjabi boyz(with a ‘z’ if you please).

Yes, some portions of the chat did come across as forced. The Rapidfire for example sounded too rehearsed. Some of the answers lacked spontaneity except when Karan Johar, forever in pursuit of a sensational quote, asked Akshay during the rapidfire whom he thought to be “hot” besides his wife.

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Ranveer Singh. Flickr

“I think Deepika is hot,” Akshay asserted while Ranveer nodded approvingly.

The absolute comfort-level between the two actors, such a contrast to the phoney bonhomie between Deepika and Alia last week, won Karan’s two guests hampers full of approval from us.

It is interesting that Ranveer met Akshay for the first time when he was 8. Ranveer, not Akshay.

A word on the wardrobe. Ranveer’s not Akshay’s. He wore what looked like florid curtains stripped and stitched into trousers and vest coats.

Apparently the outfit was a gift to Ranveer from Karan.

With friends like Karan Johar, Ranveer doesn’t need enemies. Akshay for all the masti, behaved and responded with a lot of ‘thehrao’. His answers were not meant to be juicy headlines. They came from the heart.

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Akshay Kumar, wikimedia commons

I remember having a conversation with Akshay some time back on how much effort it takes to come across as a nice person constantly.

“None at all. Because I am not trying,” Akshay replied.

On Sunday night I could see what he meant. The benignity is an integral part of his nature.

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When Karan playfully set out to determine who is the better human being between his two guests, I knew the answer immediately.

Akshay Kumar, forget about Deepika bearing with Ranveer for the rest of her life. What about you bearing with this flamboyant flamingo for an hour?

You deserved the hamper for that. (IANS)

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Bollywood’s 700cr Club: New Reality or One-time Strike?

The year 2020 will not only test the might of stardom, but also whether the Rs 700 crore-in-a-year club is here to stay or not

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Actor Akshay Kumar. IANS

BY SUGANDHA RAWAL 

Gone are the days when Bollywood stars rejoiced entering the Rs 500 crore-in-a-year club. It is the era of the new Rs 700 crore-in-a-year club — all thanks to Akshay Kumar.

Backed by the success of four films — “Kesari”, “Mission Mangal”, “Housefull 4” and “Good Newwz” — Akshay scripted a new chapter in the history of Indian showbiz by minting over Rs 700 crore at the box office in 2019. Now, there’s going to be ripple effect in Bollywood showbiz with the tempering of box office expectations in 2020, and top stars reworking their strategy.

Trade experts credit Akshay’s strategy behind achieving this feat, and believe that matching his hit rate can be tough but not impossible.

“The volume of business is increasing. Now, actors have to focus on content as well as box office performance. The content has to be good, because if the content is appreciated by the audience, then box office numbers also follow… Akshay did four films last year, and all from different genres and touching different topics,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh told IANS.

“It is important for actors to experiment as well. They should try to give audience something new every time. If you give something new to the audience, which is also commercial, then it will get appreciated and get numbers well,” Adarsh added.

According to a list by Bollywood Hungama, Akshay minted Rs 735.42 crore last year, followed by Hrithik Roshan who registered business of Rs 464.85 crore with his act as math wiz Anand Kumar in “Super 30” and mega-hit “War”.

In fact, Riteish Deshmukh had ‘dhamaal’ at the box office in 2019 as he is third in the list by raking in over Rs 396 crore with three releases (“Total Dhamaal”, “Housefull 4” and “Marjaavaan”). Then there is Tiger Shroff (Rs 387.020 crore) for “Student of the Year 2” and “War”.

Superstar Salman Khan is fifth in the list with total of over Rs 356 crore (for two films — “Bharat” and “Dabangg 3”), who is followed by actor Ayushmann Khurrana with business of Rs 324.520 crore (“Article 15”, “Dream Girl” and “Bala”).

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Actor Akshay Kumar also reacts in the context of CAA protests. Wikimedia Commons

“Akshay comes out with four films in a year — that is why he can reach a new target. It is difficult for one individual with one release in a year to get that figure. He played smart by picking up different subjects… The choice of scripts were good. If we see, ‘War’ and ‘Dabangg 3’, individually did good. But Akshay comes with more films so he can get to that figure. Also, hats off to audience who got that figure,” trade expert Rajesh Thadani told IANS while breaking it down.

“The others can do if they do more films, with one film it is tough… They will have to rework their strategy, probably, to reach that figure,” he added.

It was in 2015 when Salman established the “Rs 500 crore-in-a-year club” with the success of “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”. Bollywood’s eclectic Ranveer Singh joined Salman in the club in 2018, with the help of “Padmaavat” and “Simmba”.

“The number game keeps on changing… There will be consistency when stars give something different,” Adarsh noted.

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And it’s not all about having more releases in a year.

“There has to be acceptance as well because overexposure can backfire. Akshay picks right projects, which are entertainers,” trade expert Vinod Mirani told IANS.

With films like “83”, “Baaghi 3”, “Angrezi Medium”, “Chehre”, “Radhe”, “Coolie No. 1”, “Laxmmi Bomb”, “Shamshera”, “Laal Singh Chaddha” and “Bachchan Pandey” in pipeline, Indian cinema in 2020 will be moving portrait of diverse stories, with projects led by superstars like Akshay, Aamir Khan and Salman set to clash at the box office.

The year 2020 will not only test the might of stardom, but also whether the Rs 700 crore-in-a-year club is here to stay or not.

“We can do better. But again one needs to focus on box office along with content… If you make art-house movie, then you can not expect to garner numbers. Our audience needs entertainment and that’s why you need to add entertainment into it,” Adarsh said. (IANS)