Daily Archives: November 3, 2012
After making a special appearance (which is touted to be more an item song) in Son Of Sardaar (SOS), Salman Khan has now also decided to launch the trailer of Dabangg 2 with the Ajay Devgn-Sanjay Dutt starrer. Apparently the actor, who starred in Yash Raj Films’ Ek Tha Tiger last, was expected to release the trailer of this much-awaited sequel with YRF’s upcoming film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ).
News of his growing closeness to the production house had fuelled this rumour. But his decision to launch it with SOS — even though both the films (SOS and JTHJ) are expected to release on the Diwali weekend, November 13 — has proved those speculations wrong.
“Salman’s relationship with YRF is great, but he felt releasing the trailer with SOS was a better idea. One of the reasons, we believe, is also Shah Rukh Khan, who stars in JTHJ. Everyone knows that the two aren’t on good terms anymore,” says a source from the film’s unit, adding, “Besides, Salman and Sanjay are really close. That’s one of the main reasons why he chose SOS. His cameo adds to the excitement.”
Saturday,3rd November 06:45 PM IST
There is news in media for last few days that SOS team has sent notice to YRF over irregular practices in acquiring the screen for release of “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”. Media is having a field day with rumors are coming from all the sources. That is why we thought of probing the matter further.
Media group who broke the news that YRF got a legal notice from Ajay Devgn had not any copy of notice (which they always have generally). YRF maintained that it is not a notice from court but a notice from lawyers. Competition Law Commission already stated that there is no way that they can put a time frame to decide this matter if it comes for hearing. Matter will take its own time so one thing is clear that both the film will hit screens on 13thNovember.
Clean Successes[BO Wise] of
Ajay Devgn in Past 5Years
without Rohit “SuperKool”
1. Athiti Tum Kab Jaoge?
[2.5/5] – 30cr
Sleeper HIT in 2010, Directed by SOS Director Ashwini Dhir. Well Appreciated among the Family/TV Audience, but Paresh was the STAR of the Movie IMO[Devgn was Sleepwalking].
2. Rajneeti[4/5] – 94cr
A Surprise BB of 2010 with a
Strong Act by the Ensemble
Cast. One of Jha’s Best Work till date. Most of the Credit went to Ranbir-Katrina Jodi and Devgn’s Role was Reduced and Least Impactive wrt Ranbir, Nana, Bajpayee.
Every second person I know well is a foodie. Food is an intrinsic part of our lives in our country. Guests are not expected to leave the host’s residence without having the customary meal. Food assumes maximum importance in weddings. One will forgive the ladkewaale and ladkiwaale for apology in the name of marriage venue, lights, flowers, seating arrangements etc but would not forgive them for apology in the name of food. Then there are restaurants that turn legendary for serving the most delicious and ‘exclusive’ food dishes. Many of them have their own recipes which are kept secret and any rival restaurateur might be ready to go to any length to get hold of that secret. Funnily and strangely enough, in a country so obsessed with food, there are hardly any films that completely revolved around khana khazaana. Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana attempts to be the first one in this regard and does a fairly neat job. Interesting watch!
The story of the movie: Omi Khurana (Kunal Kapoor) is based in London. After getting into the wrong books of gangster Shanty (Manish Mukhija), Omi goes back to his hometown – Lalton, Punjab – and gives a totally false picture about his financial status to his family. Omi soon realizes that times have changed for the Khurana family. Darji (Vinod Nagpal), Omi’s grandfather, who used to run a popular dhaba, has gone senile and has lost memory as well. As a result, the secret recipe of Darji’s Chicken Khurana – the mouthwatering dish that made their dhaba ‘world famous in Punjab’ – is lost too. Subsequently, their much-adored dhaba had to close down. Omi can solve all his problems and end confrontation with Shanty if he finds the lost recipe of Chicken Khurana. Would he able to do so, especially when time is running out?
Friday 2nd November 2012 14.30 IST
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Skyfall had an excellent first day of around 5.75 crore nett as the film scored big in South India helped by the fact it was a holiday in some parts. Mysore, Nizam/Andhra and Tamil Nadu/Kerala had collections which were out of this world. Mysore and Tamil Nadu/Kerala both crossed 1 crore nett business on day one.
While the collections in the South were record breaking for a Hollywood release in the Hindi belt was much lower. The approx breakdown for Skyfall in all languages is as follows.
Mumbai – 1.50 crore
Saturday 3rd November 2012 14.30 IST
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1920 – Evil Returns has recorded better opening day collections than many medium budget films which had a big publicity spend like Kahaani, Gangs Of Wasseypur, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, and English Vinglish.
The publicity expenditure on these films was as much or more than the total cost of 1920 Evil Returns but all these films recorded lower opening days than 1920 – Evil Returns which had very little publicity.
The heavy publicity must be for the initial as there is no other reason for such cost outlays but when sub 3 crore collections are recorded with heavy spends there must be a disconnect somewhere.
It can be argued that these films are only putting up these numbers due to the heavy publicity spends but how much lower can a English Vinglish go than a 2.25 crore nett day one or a Kahaani (2.85 crore nett day one) with less publicity.
Saturday 3rd November 2012 11.30 IST
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1920 – Evil returns collected 3.50 crore nett approx on day one. The territorial breakdown is as follows.
Mumbai – 1.20 crore
Delhi/UP – 70 lakhs
East Punjab – 26 lakhs
The soft-spoken RajkumarHirani, who is not known to lose his equanimity easily, is an angry man. He is upset with the volley of reports that have been appearing of late, aimed at ‘sabotaging’ his under-production film PK.
Especially damaging, say his friends, are the comparisons with the recent AkshayKunar-PareshRawalstarrer OMG-Oh My God, and the rumours that the similarities may have forced him to rewrite the script entirely, pushing back the schedule indefinitely.
A crewmember (on request of anonymity) told TOI, “Somebody is clearly out to sabotage PK. And that is simply because Hirani is a man of few words. PK has no resemblance to OMG-Oh My God, it is an entirely original film. Hirani took his time to write it and he is not a fool to put Kanji Virrudh Kanji on celluloid all over again and lay claims on a film based on it.”
Apparently Hirani was amused when the reports of the similarities first started trickling in. But then the rumours intensified, and he did not find it funny any more. Worse, some publications even reported that PK has been indefinitely postponed. “Hirani starts the film in December as planned after Aamir from his Talaash commitments,” says the source.
When an offbeat film of yours ends up finding all-around appreciation, starts breaking records, gives a character artist a hero status, battles challenges that could have been reputation threatening and ends up gaining a cult status for itself, it can be pretty much said that things are indeed falling in place for you as a filmmaker.
Akshay Kumar may well be saying this to himself, what with ‘OMG – Oh My God’ cruising towards the 80 crore mark just in India and carrying a decent chance of registering 100 crore in worldwide collections. This, when two of his films (Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore) have already joined the 100 crore club this year and one more (Khiladi 786) is all set to repeat the feat in less than two months from now.
With 10 months of the year 2012 passing away, it is amazing to see how movies’ have fared this year. This year has indeed been a good one for Bollywood. 12 Bollywood movies have so far been declared Super-Hits, which are included from the time span of January 2012 to October 2012.
Koimoi has classified movies based on the below parameters:
Hit: Film which doubles the investment; Super-Hit: Film which more than doubles the investment; Average: Film which only recovers investment; Plus: Film which recovers investment & yields some profit; Flop: Film which loses 50% or more of investment; Losing: Film which does not recover the investment but loses less than 50% of it.
Based on these parameters, Koimoi has established that the following movies has more than just doubled the investment. We have listed starting from the highest to lowest, ranking based on estimated multiples in Returns of Investment.
Khiladi 786. The songs and the promos of the film have both been performing marvelously and have managed to grab great deal of
attention from audiences despite mounting pressures from all the
mega budget releases lined up for Diwali and even after that. But
Akshay Kumar, being what he is, has succeeded in grabbing eyeballs.
Koimoi on the eve of Akshay’s new venture brings to you a list of the
work he is best known for – being The ultimate Khiladi of Bollywood.
Getting nostalgic about Akshay Kumar’s films will encapsulate almost
an entire childhood of those who loved watching action flicks in the
1990?s. It has been twenty years of the star in Bollywood and he has
slowly escalated himself on the success ladder and currently can claim
a place as one of Bollywood’s most reputed and successful stars. Khiladi
came as a breakthrough film for him in 1992. Directed by the fantastic duo of Abbas Mustan, the film managed to establish him as the
ultimate Khiladi of Bollywood. The term has almost become
synonymous to his identity and continues to support his image till
It will be intriguing information that Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia or Akshay
Kumar as we better know him, pioneered as a martial artist in the
world of Bollywood. He is a black belt in Taekwondo and has been
formally trained in martial arts in Bangkok, Thailand. He used to take
classes in martial arts before modeling and eventually films happened
to him. He debuted in Bollywood with Saugandh in 1991 but it was actually Khiladi in 1992 which established him in a greater way. 1994
was crucial year for him as two of his biggest action flicks, Mohra and
Main Khiladi Tu Anari, became the most profitable films of the year. He
has come a long way since his early stints to becoming the most profit
inducing star in the industry. This year alone, Kumar has 3 super hit
films, OMG Oh My God!, Rowdy Rathore and Housefull 2, in his kitty, two of which are a part of the prestisious 100 crore club, namely
Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore.
Taking a look at his Khiladi series, one can gather how much of what
Akshay Kumar is determined by the roots he has laid in these films.
Khiladi (1992) directed by Abbas Mustan saw him star with Deepak
Tijori and Ayesha Jhulka. The movie was an interesting suspense
thriller which was the first of Khiladi series. The movie was a super hit
film and is remembered as one Akshay’s most successful works. In 1994, Main Khiladi Tu Anari was released. Like the earlier film of the
series, this too met with huge box office success and was declared a
super hit. The film also starred Shilpa Shetty and Saif Ali Khan. The next
from the series was Sabse Bada Khiladi which released in 1995 and
was a hit too. The film starred Mamta Kulkarni, Mohnish Behl and
Gulshan Grover as well. Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi in 1996 was the next film from this series. The movie had the legendary Rekha and the sensuous
Raveena Tandon in lead roles. Rekha was for the first time seen in a
negative role on screen. Abundant in sleaze and criminal intentions,
the film was a Super Hit as well. The only flop in the Khiladi series was
Mr and Mrs Khiladi which was released in 1997, where Akshay starred
opposite Juhi Chawla. The film was the only comedy in the series and showed a different side of Akshay Kumar who was mainly recognized
as an all in all, action hero. He was back in action 1999 with
International Khiladi opposite Twinkle Khanna, who is also his wife
now. The film performed averagely at the box office. In 2000, Khiladi
420 was released which met with the same average lukewarm
response from audiences. The film is the seventh venture from Khiladi series and starred Mahima Chaudhry and Gulshan Grover.
The Khiladi stint was such a craze with the audience that it was
replicated on Television as well. Akshay Kumar was signed as the host
of the popular television reality show Fear factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.
The star has successfully served as a host of three out of four seasons
of the show. Even when Piggy Chops tried her hand at hosting the
show, she couldn’t garner the TRPs Akshay managed to get. Akshay Kumar performed stunts so brilliantly and enthuse the participants
with his experience and zest. Though the Khiladi films were almost
discontinued post 2000, the Khiladi-ness was kept alive through Fear
Factor which is one the most popular reality shows in Indian Television
today. Since the franchise is back in a big way with Khiladi 786, this film is all
set to give the series an entirely fresh dimension of success, reaching
further zeniths! People have appreciated the promos and trailers of the
film, the film’s marketing strategies seem to be going the success way,
the love of Akshay’s fans will drive the excitement for the film and
mostly 2012 has been one hell of a promising year for the star with three super hit films and two of them earning more than 100 crores.
The confidence levels are high and so are the expectations. The wind is
quite blowing his direction this year and Khiladi 786 would prove to
be a fantastic culmination for him. Time will give its verdict for sure as
to how Khiladi 786 will eventually perform at the box office. We
extend our warm best wishes to the ultimate Khiladi we so fondly adore.
The Delhi High Court Friday asked the Competition Commission of India (CCI) to “urgently” pass the order on a plea filed by actor Ajay Devgn against the alleged monopolistic practices adopted by Yash Raj Films in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’.
Yash Raj Films (YRF), the production house owned by late Yash Chopra, allegedly abused its dominant position by asking exhibitors to dedicate more screens to their upcoming release “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” than for his “Son of Sardaar”, Devgn said in a complaint to the CCI.
“Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma) and “Son Of Sardaar” (starring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt) are scheduled for release this Diwali Nov 13.
Hearing the plea of Devgn, Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the CCI to hear the plea and pass the order urgently.
November is a very Significant year for City of Bollywood and King of Bollywood. It was the same month when City of Bollywood (Mumbai) got biggest scare on its face and that is 26/11 attack. It was the same month when King of Bollywood (SRK) got the biggest scare on his face and that is Ra One. So here you are. Mumbai was attacked by Raavan’s (Demon=Terrorist) and SRK was attacked by Ra One. But as the say every dark cloud has silver line. These 2 event also taught some lessons. I don’t know how much Security agencies learnt from 26/11 attack but bollywood suerly learnt some lessons from Ra One and here is the list.
1- You can’t take Viewers for granted anymore – If you think just because you are a big star Viewers will take any shit from you the sorry it wouldn’t happen.
2- Promotion can’t help a crap – I haven’t seen a film after Ra One which is overpromoted.
3- Promotion can backfire – Almost all are agreed on this point that it is better to keep expectation low.
4- Indian viewer still prefer Dil over Dimaag – If anyone think style and Special effect can make a film work then it is wrong. You should have a story which touch a chord to viewers heart.
The whole industry seems to be astounded by Ajay Devgn’s decision to release his film ‘Son Of Sardar’ on the same day as Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ directed by Yash Chopra. The legendary director and the king of romance returns with a film after Veer Zara (Nov 2004).
This film also marks the return of SRK into romance. His fans world over love him cast as a loverboy. In the last few years, he’d moved away from love stories — Billu (2009), My Name Is Khan (2010), Ra.0ne and Don 2 (2011) and his fans are eagerly waiting to see him woo his heroine. Also, he is paired with Katrina Kaif in this one — another major draw. So why is Devgn committing career suicide by releasing his film along one that has so much going for it?
Devgn believes that he can repeat history again. This Diwali his single screen friendly film will give a tough competition and beat the multiplex mania of ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’.
Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) has served Yash Raj Films (YRF) a notice and filed a case against it in the Competition Commission of India for “abusing its clout to deny ADF its rightful due in the Diwali release of its …