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Roger Ebert, the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, passed away on April 4.
The film critic, 70, who just two days ago announced in a blog post that he was taking a break from his main job, succumbed to cancer, reported the Chicago Sun-Times, the US newspaper that employed him for more than four decades.
He “promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers,” it said.
The print, television and online critic, whose trademark “two thumbs up” accolade was a stamp of excellence coveted by filmmakers, started working for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967.
He won a Pulitzer in 1975 for distinguished criticism, the first and one of only three such honorees, and hosted long-running movie review television shows, with a thumbs-up or thumbs-down as the main logo.
Shah Rukh Khan…the boy-next-door from the national capital who moved to Mumbai a couple of decades ago is now a world renowned superstar. He is a brand in himself and worth crores of rupees. Lovingly addressed as ‘King Khan’, the man has made a million hearts skip a beat and has risen to the stature of an icon. People from far and wide, irrespective of clan, class and religion would swear by his name; such is his aura. Alas… Our very own ‘Fauji’ no longer belongs to us as our neighbours have, in a way, claimed him!
The spate of controversial comments from across the border came soon after Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s own out of the blue remarks on being a Muslim post the 9/11 terror attacks.
In an interview to Outlook Turning Points magazine published in association with The New York Times newspaper, Shah Rukh had spoken about how he became the “inadvertent object of political leaders” who chose to make him “a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpa
triotic about Muslims in India.”
I wonder, when Shah Rukh could speak about unfair treatment being meted out to him, then how are his contemporaries – Aamir and Salman sustaining in the industry. They too are Khans aren’t they…or are they any different?
In a first person account for Outlook Turning Points magazine, which is published in association with The New York Times newspaper, superstar Shah Rukh Khan gives his fans an insight into the life for a Muslim in the post-9/11 world.
In this account, Shah Rukh Khan speaks about how he became an “inadvertent object of political leaders”.
The article, which is titled “Being a Khan”, is published in the current issue of the magazine. Shah Rukh Khan writes, “I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India.”
“There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian, whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave and return what they refer to my original homeland,” Shah Rukh Khan adds.
Of Punjabi bhangra-pop artist Daler Mehendi, it was famously said that he built an entire entertainment career on the strength of just five nifty dance moves.
Much the same can be said of actor Shah Rukh Khan. A man of at best middling histrionic capabilities, he has fashioned a far more phenomenally successful career on the strength of far less discernible talent. More importantly, he was embraced by a generation of Indians who were evidently so swayed by his looks (or whatever else they saw in him) that they readily overlooked his vacuous performances, blessed him with fame and fortune – and even went on to crown him ‘King Khan’.
At the peak of his career, Shah Rukh was spoken of in the same breath as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan. That comparison may have been valid in terms of the box-office appeal that both held, but a certain indefinable element of classy refinement that Bachchan exuded even when the cameras were not whirring remained forever out of reach of SRK.
In his eternal quest to be the ageless Peter Pan of Bollywood, Shah Rukh appears not to have come to terms with the fact that while once he may have commanded a forgiving fan following, he is well past his prime. Like the Norma Desmond character that Gloria Swanson essayed in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, he is only clinging on to the memories of a happier day when the arclights were turned on him and the adulation of fans enveloped him in a warm, glowing embrace.
Cry me a river, Shah Rukh Khan! Reuters
Friday 18th January 2012 11.30 IST Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Dabanng 2 after two big weeks is now struggling to get to 150 crore nett.The film dropped in the third week while the fourth week saw a huge drop with collections …
Dabangg 2 grossed around 7.75 crore nett on Wednesday which is an excellent number for Wednesday. If we compare the normal seven day releases the figure is the best ever for a Wednesday. Three Idiots had grossed around 7.50 crore …
Sundday 23rd December 2012 09.00 IST
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Dabangg 2 dropped on Saturday as it collected in the 16 crore nett range as per early estimates. The single screen drop was expected as collections were extremely strong on day …
Dabangg 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan to compete for worst films, Akshay Kumar for worst actor at Golden Kela awardsDecember 22, 2012 | Roy 19
Mumbai: Awards are normally given for the best or outstanding performances but in Bollywood there is an award which is given to the worst performances in the Hindi film industry.
Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh and Salman Khan`s much hyped films `Jab Tak Hai Jaan` and `Dabangg 2` are competing for the worst film trophy at the 2012 annual Golden Kela awards, which recognises the best of the worst in Hindi cinema.
The other films in the worst film category include `Housefull 2`, `Son Of Sardar`, `Khiladi 786` and `Joker`.
In the worst actor (male) category, Akshay Kumar comes on top with his four releases– `Housefull 2`, `Rowdy Rathore`, `Joker` and `Khiladi 786`, Ajay Devgn is part of the list for his two films `Son Of Sardar` and `Bol Bachchan`, Imran Khan for `Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu`, Sanjay Dutt for his villainous turn in `Agneepath` and Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan for their debut `Student Of The Year`.
Khiladi 786 Steady But Low On Monday
Tuesday 10th December 2012 10.30 IST
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Khiladi 786 had a low Monday of around 4.75-5 crore nett but collections were steady as compared to Friday The collections are around 45% lower than Friday which is better than normal for a Monday but the film had a low Friday.
The four day total of the film is 34 crore nett approx and the first week should collect in the 45 crore nett region. The opening of the film really killed the film’s potential at the box office.
The film is unlikely to match the expectations even in some of its good areas. Gujarat which is one of the better circuits for the film fetched around 7 crore for the film just before release and the first week share is looking 3.5 crore at best which will eventually lead to a 30-35% loss for the distributors.
CATEGORIES : B.O Overseas-December 11, 2012
‘Khiladi 786′ disappoints, ‘Talaash’ strong!
By Taran Adarsh,(For Reported Centres only)
KHILADI 786 has emerged a big disappointment in key markets. The film has under-performed in U.K., U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand, despite a catchy title, hit musical score and Akshay Kumar’s popularity with the diaspora … TALAASH was the first choice of moviegoers in all major markets, despite a new opponent [KHILADI 786]. As a matter of fact, the second weekend biz of TALAASH was better than the opening weekend biz of KHILADI 786.
Weekend: December 7 – 9, 2012.
U.K. & IRELAND BOX-OFFICE
TALAASH: In its second weekend, the film has collected £ 1,38,158 on 63 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 2,193. Total: £ 7,13,552 [Rs. 6.22 crores].
“I walked out of Talaash not so much exhilarated as thoroughly engaged, but (spoilers ahead) films like these have their own afterlife, inviting us to think back on how it all fits” – RB on Talaash
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Will Jab Tak Hai Jaan Beat Ek Tha Tiger Worldwide And Be Shahrukh Khan’s Biggest Worldwide Grossser?November 27, 2012 | Roy 23
Q. Will Jab Tak Hai Jaan beat Ek Tha Tiger Worldwide and be Shahrukh Khan’s Biggest Worldwide Grosser? A. It will nowhere near Ek Tha Tiger but could just edge Don 2 and be Shahrukh Khan’s biggest Worldwide grosser. Ehsaan …
Good idea integrating some scenes from the movie to arouse curiosity. Waiting for Episode 2 of this story. I hope it does not disappoint. Episode 1 surely hasn’t !!
I don’t know any Indian movie integrating with TV serials …
“200 To 300 Screens To Be Added To Son Of Sardar From Nov 23″: Ajay Devgn “In the second week, in the coming friday, we have 200-300 more screens added on to Son of Sardar,” disclosed Ajay Devgn in …
A big ROFL at some stupid things some fans believe
“Wanted was announced and even its shooting was started much more before Aamir signed ghajini.”
Now, take a look at this below statement from Aamir
Aamir’s statement- “I will be doing the remake of Ghajini a Tamil film and the original director A.R.Murugadoss will be directing it”.
Link for this statement below
Note the article is dated 5th Apr 2006.
Tuesday 20th November 2012 11.00 IST
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Jab Tak hai Jaan has collected around 4.25 crore nett as per early estimates on Monday. The business in the Maharashtra are was still hit on Monday due to the death …