Daily Archives: November 17, 2012
Mumbai: With emotions running high following Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray’s death, cinema house owners in the city have decided to keep the theatres closed Saturday night and Sunday for security reasons. Film screenings in city theatres were cancelled on Saturday as soon as the news of Sena chief’s demise spread. “For the time being, we have cancelled all the shows in Mumbai. We will decide about running the shows tomorrow after assessing the situation,” an official of PVR cinemas said.
Manoj Desai, owner of Gaiety, Galaxy and Maratha Mandir said, “Yes, we have cancelled all the shows from 6 pm today till tomorrow, as we fear that anything might happen tomorrow. We don’t want to cause any trouble. From Monday, we might run it normally.” Girish Wankhede, deputy GM-Corporate Communications and Public Relations of Cinemax said, “The moment we heard the news, we cancelled all the shows for today and tomorrow across Maharashtra. We have around 56 screens in the state. We have given refund of the tickets.”
Ashish Saxena, Chief Operating Officer- Big Cinema “For today we have suspended all the shows and also advance bookings. We will decide upon tomorrow depending upon the inputs provided by the local police.”
‘Son of Sardaar’ is minting money at the box office despite receiving poor reviews from the critics. As per trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film collected Rs 26.93 crore in first two days. The film is expected to continue its good run at the ticket window for some more days and that is likely to turn it into a hit film, but this situation gives birth to a question that what exactly is making ‘Son of Sardaar’ a cash magnet?
‘Son of Sardaar’ did not lose the first battle of publicity against ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and that paid back the film in a good way. Firstly, it gained the faith of the public that the film could be good because they are not bowing down against a bigger film.
Secondly, the legal between Ajay Devgn Films and Yash Raj Films got ‘Son of Sardaar’ the much needed attention.
At first, we think it’s empty hero-giri. Samar (Shah Rukh Khan), a classic loner, is not with the others of his bomb-defusing team, one of whom struggles to make sense of the tangle of wires in an explosive device at a Leh marketplace. Samar rides in on his motorbike alone, a little later, and when he gets to work, an onlooker remarks that he will not wear a bomb suit. After all, he hasn’t worn one while defusing close to 100 bombs thus far – a record, which fetches him the title The Man who Cannot Die. More remarks follow that build Samar up, in our eyes, as some sort of outrageous superhero. The onlooker says, “Iski aankhon mein aaj tak maut ka dar nahin dekha,” that he’s never seen in Samar’s eyes the fear of death, and he adds that Samar walks up to explosive devices as if walking into a girlfriend’s arms. It all seems to be little but empty hero-giri, the kind of image-stoking, ego-massaging scenario that every big star writes into his contract.
But slowly we see that Samar is no reckless hero, that he has a death wish, that he’s really The Man who Wants to Die. For love, naturally. Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan (co-written by Aditya Chopra) is something of a companion piece to Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (which the younger Chopra directed). Here too, we’re treated to two flavours of Shah Rukh Khan – one silent and withdrawn, one the exuberant embodiment of life itself. Here too, we have Anushka Sharma, playing a Discovery Channel filmmaker named Akira, torn between these two personas – except that, this time, she falls for the introvert. And here too, the big guy up in the sky plays a pivotal part. This time, though, it’s a different god, one who hangs on a crucifix and whom Samar refers to as Sir Jesus. In other words, we’re watching Christ Ne Bana Di Jodi, which could be the title of the translation of Graham Greene’s novel The End of the Affair.
That’s where this film’s plot comes from – at least, a portion of it. But the changes weaken this adaptation. Instead of saving the crucial revelation for the end, which is how we realise how much love there was, we’re clued in to the fact as it happens. And while the heroine of the novel was a married woman, and therefore had more to lose, Meera (Katrina Kaif) is merely engaged to an Englishman named Roger, whom she calls “a really nice guy.” (Translation: he doesn’t stand a chance.) But most puzzlingly, we’re never clued in to why this Punjabi girl worships at the altar of Jesus. We are all free to choose our own deliverers, of course, but wouldn’t it have helped to show how this bond was forged in the first place? (The novel’s Catholic guilt, on the other hand, is instantly understandable.) All we see is Meera transacting with Sir Jesus: “Give me this, and I’ll give up that.” It sounds like child’s play, not a deep-rooted belief system. And how does Samar – someone who does odd jobs in London before becoming a waiter at a restaurant – join the army and turn into a bomb expert?
While die-hard Shah Rukh Khan fans have been queuing up at the theatres to watch his latest release Jab Tak Hai Jaan, several of our cinephiles wrote to us pointing to some of the obvious loopholes in the storyline. Here’s food for thought then…
At the beginning of the film, Anushka Sharma’s perfect ‘dry’ body has been captured jumping off a small island in the middle of a lake. How did she reach the island without getting wet? Also, how did she almost drown when she claims to be a national level swimming champion and even a deep-sea diver later in the film?
A young Katrina in the film looked like a foreigner. Did her skin and hair colour change over the years?
How was SRK hired by the Indian Army after the age of 25. That too directly in the elite bomb defusion unit without prior training? What luck!
Who said that only Prabhu Deva can be the master maker of movies and only original movies can do well at box offices? Remakes, inspirations or pickups without Prabhu’s charm can also do wonders as it has happened in the case of Son of Sardar which is helmed by Ashwni Dhir.
But the universal truth of Indian film industry dialogued in The Dirty Picture about entertainment aspect of movie has once again been proved. The rib-tickling romcom is referred as a complete entertainment package and has already rung cash registers with hefty amount of 27 crores in just two days.
Ajay Devgn (Jassi) is a resident of London but flees to India to solve a family tussle between Sandhus and Randhawas and falls for Sonakshi Sinha (Sukh) who belongs from opponent family. The movie is a rollercoaster ride of whether Ajay passes the love test. Besides Ajay and Sonkashi, role of Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, Vindu Dara Singh and many more written quite well with equal credit in taking the story ahead.
If a ride taken in history of Bollywood romcoms, this movie somehow resembles with Priyadasrshan’s Hulchul starring Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Khanna. Pinch of romance, rib tickling gags and tinge of drama and action, what else is needed to make the viewer capture in the fairytale charm and detaching them from the hustle and bustle of outside world. A rivalry of families and love struggling to bloom amidst the animosity is what SOS depicts.
Cast: Ajay devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Juhi Chawla.
Director: Ashwini Dhir
Length: 2.15 hours approximately
It’s not a bad thought to make a film which has everything going over-the-top be it action or comedy or dialogue delivery. But that will be accepted only if it’s done with conviction and coherency. SON OF SARDAAR, the much awaited Diwali outing is disappointing a film which promises so much fun in first half but gets totally on different route when the lights are off after the interval.
For further, please follow the below link-
Bollywood, Updated Nov 17, 2012 at 05:25pm IST
A rising writer in London during the World War II falls in love with the wife of a civil servant. She refuses to leave her husband, much to the frustration of her lover. But when their apartment is bombed and her lover is nearly killed, she disappears mysteriously. The writer finds out years later that she had made a bargain with God that she would never see him again if he spared his life.
The plot of ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is somewhat similar to that of the 1951 novel ‘The End of the Affair’ by British author Graham Greene. Though it can’t be said that Yash Chopra’s swansong is entirely adapted from the novel, but the plot seems to be inspired by it, if only in part.
PTI | Nov 17, 2012, 06.18 PM IST
PTI File photo of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on his 82 birthday celebrations at his residence, Matoshree at Bandra in Mumbai.
JTHJ has collected 55 cr in 4 days.
Even if we add 23-25 cr Maximum in next two days.
as Ra.one collected 14 cr on Friday while 14.5 and 14.5 cr on Saturday and sunday Respectively in 2011 Diwali.
JTHJ will have a 78-80 cr 6 days weekend.
Now let see how many JTHJ can make in weekdays—
Weekdays come around 15 cr
Total 1st Week(10 days)—95 cr.
Ra.one total after 1st Week(9 Days)–97.5 cr
Now Ra.one collected 15.5 cr in 2nd week(2nd weekend was 8.5 cr) with 2nd Monday being a National Holiday.
ETT collected –29 cr in its 2 nd week.
Considering SOS as an opposition let take 20 cr 2nd week for JTHJ(considering ok.ok WOM for JTHJ not good-not Bad)
Total after 2nd Week–115 cr.
Ra.one after 2nd week –113 cr
AR Murgadoss entered bollywood with his remake of his Tamil hit ‘Ghajini’and looks like he would be doing a repeat with his latest hit ‘Thuppakki’. While Aamir Khan replaced Suriya for ‘Ghajini’ it could well be Akshay Kumar who would take over Vijay’s role in Thuppakki’s remake.
Saturday 17th November 2012 12.30 IST
Jab Tak Hai Jaan collected around 10.25 crore nett on its fourth day. The total for four days is 55 crore nett plus
The film held up better at multiplexes of all the big cities as compared to Son of Sardaar. Gujarat is a holiday so that circuit is holding up best. The best business is in Mumbai circuit where the film has grossed over 21.50 crore and Mysore where it has crossed 3.50 crore nett.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan should show a healthy jump on Saturday as its stronger circuits like Mysore tend to show huge jumps on Saturday though being a Tuesday release could curtail the jump. The film at the moment is on course to hit a century over its extended ten day first week.
Saturday 17th November 2012 12.30 IST
Son Of Sardaar collected around 8 crore nett on its fourth day. The total for four days is 42 crore nett approx.
The film had a fall in multiplex areas as it was a working day but areas like UP, Rajasthan and CI held up strongly. The film is doing its best business in Rajasthan, the desert state is even better than East Punjab comparatively as Jab Tak Hai Jaan is doing better in some parts of East Punjab circuit.
Gujarat is still a holiday so the film is holding up strong there enabling Mumbai circuit to put strong numbers. Rajasthan has comfortably crossed 3 crore nett while CI is at 2.25 crore which are fantastic numbers for four days and a big Sunday still to come.
Friday 17th November 2012 13.00 IST
Rajasthan has gone the way of Son Of Sardaar. The daily four day collections of both films are as follows.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan – 56,00,000
I miss Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) the actor’. ‘SRK the star’ has overshadowed SRK the actor for quite some time now.
Let me explain.
SRK the actor is the one we saw in Chak de India and Dil se. SRK the
star is the one we saw in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Om Shanti Om. I
like the former but I have serious issues with the latter. I haven’t seen
any SRK film since My Name Is Khan. I chose not to watch Ra One, Don
2, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi etcetera, as quite clearly they did not belong to
SRK the actor. The day I saw the first promo of Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ), I became excited on the prospect of seeing the actor again. Add to it the
combination of AR Rehman and Gulzar saab in the music department
and Yash Chopra at the helm of the affairs and rest assured something
special should have been in the making.
Meanwhile, Yash Chopra passed away and it became impossible for me to not watch it.
Unfortunately, I regretted it
If I takeout SRK’s acting during the second half and the dance off in the
first half before the Ishq Shawa song, JTHJ turned out to be a colossal disappointment. Had it been some other team behind the creation of
JTHJ, I would have walked out of the film at the half time.
we have Problem :
Friday update (official numbers from makers) for SOS & JTHJ (Gurgaon)
JTHJ – 16.10 lakhs
SOS – 12.67 lakhs
The totals (official) from the makers (3 -days)
JTHJ – 49.22 cr
SOS- 39.11 crore
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; November 17, 2012)
While die-hard Shah Rukh Khan fans have been queuing up at the theatres to watch his latest release Jab Tak Hai Jaan, several of our cinephiles wrote to us pointing to some of the obvious loopholes in the storyline.
Utkal Sir put so much effort to make sure that everyones (except Aamir’s) films are illogical. He even take so much hard work to find logic in 3 idiots and illogic in JTHJ. So it is our (a little younger) responsibility to find logic in JTHJ. So here i am..
1- Bombs in ladakh – As Tangi sir already said there is something called Stratigic location. Some blast are just used for fear. Low intensity blast. In JTHJ first bomb is in market place. 2 are under or around bridges. I belong to Uttrakhand and if someone blow 2 bridge our district will cut from the rest of the country.
2- Katrina belive in Jesus – Ask Rakhi Sawant despite being a marathi mulgo she swear by jejas now ask lakh of Hindus who go Ajmer sharif, Fatehpur sikri or Haji ali. Yes if Katreena were a muslim in the film(Mumtaz and not Meera thapar) then we can question because Muslim religon doesn’t allow permit to bow down thier head before anyone except allah.
3- Katrina’s superstitions – Ask those cricketer who wear left pad fast. Ask those cricketer who keep a particular colors hanki in pocket. Ast Gautam Gambhir who kept pad up till the KKR match didn’t finished. I am one among them who doesn’t go for a hair cut on Tuesday. I am one among them who doesn’t eat egg on Thursday.I am one among them who belives don’t cut nails if your parents are alive. Don’t know about south but in north many didn’t wash cloths in thursday. Bottomline All have some superstitious and i think we all are living in 21st century just like Meera Thapar. 4
Now that Jthj has released we all know that there is a kissing scene between Srk and Kat. I have not seen the movie but definitely its all over the place that there is a kissing scene. So lets see who is the “BEST KISSING STAR” in BW?
1) Srk – Jthj, Maya Memsaab
2) Emraan Hashmi – All movies
3) Shahid Kapoor – Jab We Met
4) Aamir Khan – Raja Hindustani, 3Idiots
5) Hrithik Roshan – Dhoom2, Znmd
6) Saif Ali Khan – Kurbaan, Love Aaj Kal
7) Ranbir Kapoor – Anjaana Anjaani
8) Abhishek Bachchan – Jhoom barabar Jhoom
9) Amitabh Bachchan – Black
11) Other – Specify
1) Aishwarya Bachchan – Dhoom2
2) Katrina – Jthj, Znmd, Boom
3) Vidya Balan – Almost all movies
4) Kareena Kapoor – Jab we met, 3Idiots
5) Karishma Kapoor – Raja Hindustani
6) Priyanka Chopra – Anjaana Anjaani
7) Rani Mukherjee – Black
8) Priety Zinta – Jhoom b Jhoom
9) Mallika Sherawat – Almost all movies
10) Other – Specify
—- I think Salman, Ajay D and Akshay Kumar have never done a kissing scene. I am sure about Salman but not so sure about Ajay D and Akki. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Gurgaon Day Three: Jab Tak Hai Jaan v Son Of Sardaar
(This center is in East Punjab)
The first three day figures of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar in Gurgaon are as follows.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan