Saturday December 16, 2017

How Baahubali entered the Rs. 200 crore club within five days

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Chennai: It took S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “Baahubali – The Beginning” just five days to enter the Rs.200 crore club worldwide, making it the fastest Indian film to achieve the rare feat. It has set several new records, has proved that a film need not always require a superstar to become a blockbuster and has successfully blurred the line between southern cinema and Bollywood.

One of the biggest achievements of the Rs.250 crore film is that it’s being celebrated unanimously across the country. No other south Indian film before has received the kind of reception “Baahubali” has been getting.

“Nobody is asked whether they watched the Tamil, Telugu or Hindi version of the film. Irrespective of the language, ‘Baahubali’ is being watched and that in itself is an accomplishment for the makers,” Karthik Kumar, a Bangalore-based techie, said.

“I’ve already watched the film in Tamil and Telugu. I’m planning to watch it in Hindi as well. It didn’t feel like it’s a dubbed film, thanks to the effort the team has put into to make it look authentic,” Karthik said.

“Baahubali”, about two brothers at war for an ancient kingdom, and which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia in the lead roles, is one of those highly successful rare dubbed films. It came out on July 10 in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi parallelly.

The Hindi dubbed version of the film has netted a whopping Rs.46.77 crore, trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared on Friday.

“It’s not just the Hindi version. The film has done extremely well in Tamil as well as Malayalam too. In Tamil Nadu, where the film has released in Tamil and Telugu, it netted nearly Rs.15 crore from first five days, while in Kerala, it has netted over Rs.3 crore,” said trade analyst Trinath.

According to Alok Tandon, CEO, INOX Leisure, different versions of the film have done well in different locations.

“In the whole of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bangalore for example, the Telugu version has witnessed tremendous footfalls, whereas in Chennai, the Tamil version is doing extremely well. The Hindi version is attracting huge audience in other parts of the country,” Tandon said.

In INOX properties, “Baahubali” is one of the highest grossing non-Hindi language films, according to Tandon.

It is every essential for any big film to sustain the first Monday after release and continue its strong run during the weekdays. “Baahubali” passed that test with flying colours.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who distributed the Hindi version of the film, posted on his Twitter page on July 13: “When the Monday exceeds the Friday you know the film has won the hearts of all!!!!! #BaahubaliA(sic).”

Monday numbers are very crucial for any big film’s success, said Trinath, and added: “When the Monday numbers didn’t even show slight dip, ‘Baahubali’ was on its way to become a blockbuster.” In Bangalore, Urvashi Cinemas, one of the biggest theaters in the city, has decided to continue playing “Baahubali”, snubbing superstar Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. “Even on weekdays, we’re witnessing occupancy of nearly 90 per cent. We’re playing the Telugu version, and the response has been exceptional. We’ve decided to continue playing ‘Baahubali’ for this week instead of ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’,” a theater representative said. “Baahubali” has also turned out to be one of the biggest grossing non-Hindi films overseas, especially in US, a market that belonged to the stars. As on Wednesday, the Telugu version of the film minted over Rs.30 crore from US market. The film registered the highest opening and opening weekend for an Indian film at the US box office, with a per screen average collections of $17,000, second only to “Minions” with $27,000 over the weekend. The film has achieved appreciation from all quarters. From industrialist Anand Mahindra to Indian cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran, everybody has heaped praise on the movie.  

Andhra Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote: “I congratulate @ssrajamouli & team for creating a masterpiece like #Baahubali. He has showcased might & pride of Telugu Cinema to the world (sic)”

As the title goes, this is just ‘The Beginning’ for “Baahubali”.

(IANS)

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Karan Johar shows his obsession about Anushka and Virat’s wedding photographs

Karan Johar, a famous filmmaker, cannot just stop his obsession for Anushka Sharma and Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli's wedding photographs by complimenting them and wishing them for their successful marriage.

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Karan Johar's obsession about Anushka and Virat Kohli's wedding photographs.
Karan Johar's obsession about Anushka and Virat Kohli's wedding photographs. IANS

Mumbai, December 14, 2017: Filmmaker Karan Johar says actress Anushka Sharma and cricket hero Virat Kohli have made a strong statement of love in the wedding photographs, which have surfaced on the Internet.

Karan spoke about the wedding photographs on his radio show “Calling Karan” on ISHQ 104.8 FM, read a statement.

“My feeling of the day is full of mush in my heart. I feel in love in all kinds of love. I have been staring incessantly at Anushka and Virat’s wedding photographs. Whether you are in a relationship or not, whether you are emotional or not whether you are all about mush and love or not,” he said.

Karan, who directed Anushka in “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, added: “Whatever be the circumstances, you are going to feel something. You get that bang of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ in your heart when you see these images.

“I can’t stop staring at these images. They are giving us all kind of relationship goals, love goals, goals that you can think of. Personally, I am obssessing about their wedding photographs. Firstly, huge congratulations to the adorably gorgeous couple! What a way to get married!

“Dignified, elegant and beautiful. They both look stunning and they both have made such a strong statement of love.”

Celebrated couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee is behind the striking ensembles and looks sported by India’s star cricketer and Bollywood actress for their wedding festivities. The wedding took place on Monday at a resort in a restored 13th century Tuscan village in Italy. (IANS)

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Sexual abuse is everywhere in the world, says Radhika

The actress believes that one should know how to say 'No'

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Radhika Apte's view on sexual abuse
Bollywood actress Radhika Apte says that sexual abuse is not only in B-town but in every part of the society. Wikimedia Commons

– Durga Chakravarty

Actress Radhika Apte feels that sexual abuse does not only exist in the world of showbiz but takes place in every alternate household.

“Sexual abuse takes place in every alternate household. So it’s not a part of just the film industry. You have so much child abuse, domestic abuse everywhere in the world, including India,” Radhika told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

She says it exists in “every field and household at some level or the other and that it all needs to be eliminated”.

Sexual abuse does not target just women, stresses Radhika.

“It’s also towards men, little boys and everybody. People exploit their power at every level.”

Radhika asserted that this needed to change.

“I think it starts from us putting our foot down and saying ‘no’ to things, however big your ambition is. You need to be brave about it, believe in your own talent, say ‘no’ and start speaking up because if one person speaks up, nobody is going to listen to him or her. But if 10 people do, then others would (listen to them),” she said.

The “Phobia” actress, who will be seen mentoring budding filmmakers in MTV’s upcoming digital show “Fame-istan”, says there has to be a more organised platform for people to work.

“There has to be more professional platforms as well as rules in place which is slowly happening.”

Sexual abuse has been a topic of debate in Bollywood and Hollywood. Prominent names from the entertainment industry are discussing how men in power take advantage of women in exchange for taking forward their dreams.

The sexual harassment saga started when a media house published a story in October revealing numerous accusations of sexual abuse against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

But why are no names taken in the case of casting couch in Bollywood?

“Because of fear, because people who have great ambitions are afraid. They think of what will happen to them if they take somebody’s name who has so much power. That’s what I am saying. Everybody has to speak up,” she added.

Radhika ventured into Bollywood in 2005 with “Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!” and since then has explored genres like thriller, drama and adult comedy with films like “Rakht Charitra”, “Shor in the City”, “Badlapur”, “Parched” and “Hunterrr”.

Was it a conscious decision to act less in commercial entertainers?

Radhika said: “Nothing like that. You have to choose from the work that you have. You can’t say that ‘I want that’ if that’s not been offered to you. So, whatever is offered to you, you choose from that. You make your choice whatever you feel is going to be more challenging or something that inspires you or excites you.”

She says she makes her choices in the “spur of the moment” with whatever she feels intuitively. “I am not a very big planner.” (IANS)

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Sridevi’s daughter Jhanvi Kapoor all set to debut in Bollywood

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Daughter of Sridevi
Jhanvi Kapoor is the daughter of veteran actress Sridevi and Director Boney Kapoor

Radhika Bhirani

“Let me tell you, I feel like a newcomer,” Sridevi asserts, breaking into a giggle almost reminiscent from her ahead-of-times 1991 film “Lamhe”, even as she prepares to let her elder daughter loose in the Bollywood world. She says nothing comes easy in life, and she is sure her Jhanvi is ready to face the challenges.

Jhanvi, who is frequently followed by the paparazzi in Mumbai, will reportedly foray into films with a remake of Marathi hit “Sairat”.

Steering clear of divulging details about Jhanvi’s debut, Sridevi told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “She has chosen this path and profession, and I have been in this industry for long. So I am mentally more prepared than her. She has been watching me, and knows what she is getting into.”

“Nothing is going to be a cakewalk in any profession. So you have to work hard, and there will be challenges. I’m sure she is ready for it.”

The charismatic actress made a powerful comeback of sorts with “Mom” earlier this year — five years after her delightful plain Jane avatar in “English Vinglish”.

As “Mom”, which will soon release in Russia, nears its world television premiere on &Pictures on Saturday, Sridevi — who also has daughter Khushi — spoke about her worries as a parent.

“I’m of course worried when they go out, but luckily, they know their limits and they are very responsible children. When you have responsible children, half the battle is over. So, you don’t have to worry. But you are concerned. The concern will never go, and you’ll always be conscious about them,” said the 54-year-old.

Sridevi has been a big screen delight since her Bollywood debut with the 1978 movie “Solva Sawan”. But acting is something she started when she was all of four. In Hindi cinema, “Himmatwala”, “Mr. India”, “Chandni”, “Sadma”, “Nagina”, “ChaalBaaz”, “Lamhe” and “Khuda Gawah” are some of the films which established her footing as a performer who took woman power seriously.

The trait has continued with “English Vinglish” and “Mom” — in both of which she played the strong role of a mother effectively.

While most women actors in India complain about lack of roles for older actresses, Sridevi retorted: “Let me tell you, I feel that my career has just started, haan (giggles). I feel like a newcomer, and I feel that my career is going to start now. It’s not finished, it’s going to start now.”

She is also unlike many others — even much younger actors — who are putting their life story into books.

“Arre, maine kuch achieve nai kiya (I haven’t achieved anything), where I write about my story or my book. There’s a long way to go. There’s nothing, nothing like this,” she said, sounding almost ignorant, but humble, of the fan followers of her emotive power and fluid dancing skills.

At this point, she is just enthused to deliver more.

“There are definitely two films that are coming up, but it’s too early to talk about it. (There’s) Nothing I can say right now,” she said.

Over the years, Sridevi has not just embraced the changes in Indian cinema, but also opened up herself to an environment where celebrities — as opposed to her own shy self in her earlier days — need to go all out to promote her projects.

“Look, with the time, I have definitely opened up. I am definitely introvert and shy, and have never been rude to… I’ve definitely been shy, but thanks to my children, I have opened up. Somewhere, you have to change with the time.

“You can’t be like what you were… It doesn’t work that way. And do that (change) within your comfort, not by going out of it.”

That besides, she says a positive frame of mind, helps her look forward to what life has to offer.

“Be in a positive frame of mind, be happy, fulfil your goals, work hard… It never goes waste.”