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Usually I don’t bother writing this kinda articles. But today after reading BOI’s verdict for JTHJ I could not restrain myself. So here goes-
(From BOI- Jab Tak Hai Jaan has grossed 91 crore after ten days and has done well at multiplexes. As with films like Ra.One and Don 2 the final business will not be as much as SRK starrers should be doing in the domestic market especially as holiday releases but the difference here is that its not a big budget venture. Although it was one of the event films of 2012 the costs involved are more on the lines of a Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Student Of The Year rather than a Don 2 or Ek Tha Tiger. SUPER HIT)
Can BOI give more crappier logic than this? JTHJ’s budget is more in the lines of Student Of The Year and ZNMD??
They want us to believe a film starring SRK(so called KING), Katrina (No.1 Actress currently) and Anushka(future No 1 actress) has less or equal budget as a film which has New comer Alia Bhatt and two new dudes (no one even remember their names.!) ???)
If JTHJ and ZNMD has same budget (again absurd to believe) then how come ZNMD released in one and half years back is just a HIT @ 90 crores(last time I checked It was HIT) when It was a non-holiday release, shown extremely well trending?? And same time JTHJ is SuperHit when it released in biggest holiday period of Bollywood aka Diwali??
(considering JTHJ will do 115 crore final total.)
Finally It happened. The moment every Indian was looking forward to finally came true. Terrorist Kasab has been hanged till death.
Ek ko bheja… Ab Afzal Guru teri baari hai… !!!
News link from various sources-
( ETT is in it’s 3rd weekend and yet showing huge jump. If this is not a sign of good trending then which one is? I wonder!)
Ek Tha Tiger made huge strides on its third Saturday as it took a huge jump collecting around 2-2.25 crore nett. The collections were double of Friday at many places as the film jumped due to the non performance of Joker.
Yash Raj-Salman Khan Ek Tha Tiger (ETT) is all that it was billed to be – on opening day, at least. The film, which took a phenomenal 100-per cent opening across India, is expected to break records and become the highest first-day grosser at Rs 30 crore.
Salman Khan has always had tremendous success at the ticket counter during Eid, and today being a national holiday helped considerably. Tradewallahs believe the film will clock the fastest Rs 100 crore in the history of Indian cinema.
In Mumbai, Vinay Choksey of VIP Enterprises says, “In Mumbai, the response to the film has been astonishing. The first-day collections will be around Rs 30 crore all-India and Rs 11 crore in Mumbai. The film benefited from the national holiday today but collections will drop tomorrow as it is a working day. The film will cross Rs 90 crore post the long weekend as Monday is an Eid holiday.”
In Gujarat, Ajay Bagbai of Rajvi Trade Link adds, “Although the film is running house full, it has received a mixed response from the audience. The first half is a little slow but Salman Khan fans will watch the film anyway. So the film’s all-India, first-day collections will be around Rs 30-32 crore and Gujarat-Saurashtra is estimated at Rs 4 crore. Tomorrow will witness a 40-per cent drop. But by the weekend, collections will total Rs 130 crore.”
(Ticket Booking- All morning shows are full 2 days in advance in my city. Got last 2 very front row tickets.)
Story- Story of the film is not a path breaking instead its very simple and straight forward. The best agent of a secret service falls in love with a girl and wants to run away from his spy life.
Execution- All praise should go to Kabir Khan for this. Story like ETT, though looks simple on a paper, is harder to execute in front of camera. The key part in a screenplay is always going to be the love story part and success of the screenplay going to be hinged upon the way Kabir blends love story in an action film. (And to be honest I was little skeptical about this part) But oh boy! Kabir has handled this key part extremely well. Agent-meets-a girl-falls-in-love part is handled in an entertaining fashion and quite briefly without compromising the pace of the story.
Action Scenes- Mindblowing!!! Never seen before in a Hindi film. And on par with Hollywood films. Pure treat for action lovers.
RAW, smokin’ Salman with cheese!
Ek Tha Tiger
Director: Kabir Khan
Actors: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Reviewing a Salman Khan film is like ironing a pair of jeans: what’s the point. People will go, watch it anyway. Filmmakers know this. Having signed up the super-star lately, they’ve been left with precious little to do besides cash in on a supposed ‘Sal-mania’. The character isn’t important. The audience believes Salman is a character himself. They react to him. They know, as in this case, Katrina Kaif is his ex. She talks about him not being married yet. Audience laughs. Any rubbish remake (Bodyguard, Ready) could have sufficed. Ek Tha Tiger, directed by Kabir Khan (Kabul Express, New York), in that sense, is an immensely worthy exception.
For one, the skilled, sorted director’s ensured the film has a script. Though only Aditya Chopra (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Rab Ne Banadi Jodi), the credited story writer, could be behind a deeply romantic idea of two secret service agents of rival countries falling desperately in love. One’s from the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence), the other from RAW (India’s Research And Analysis wing). The heroine looks comfortable in her skin, is gorgeous. The hero is well, after all, the hero. Both, dressed well, profess love under the backdrop of three striking cities: Dublin, Istanbul and Havana. Locations are lovely. Cross-border romance is compelling enough. Chemistry works. You can tell Yashraj, the producers of this film, are trying to merge some of their non-resident South Asian audiences abroad, with Salman Khan’s “single screen” viewers back in India. Neither might be disappointed.
Salman plays a RAW agent code-named Tiger. For 12 years, he’s gone without leave, from one international assignment to another. Gopi (Ranvir Sheorey) is his assistant, named no doubt after Mithun Chakroborty’s Gun Master G9 (Suraksha, Wardaat)! Both spies get sent over to Dublin to trail an Indian missile scientist, who’s now a university professor (Roshan Seth, unlikely casting for a Salman flick). A young girl (Katrina Kaif), it’s hard to tell whether she’s just another student or related to the scientist, usually hangs out in his house. The scientist could be passing on national secrets to the ISI. But you don’t know that yet. Or you do. What did you think? While the scientist character entirely disappears from the screen, Salman, being followed by various other agents in Ireland, like before in Iraq, and later in Cuba, cuts to the chase: running over a tram as it collides against an SUV, or sliding down a staircase on a ledge, shooting with two guns at the same time. Local police usually look on!
Watching ETT now in my city… First half is over….
So few points about First Half… Full Review Coming soon…
Adrenaline filled atmosphere starts from inisial credit rolling with Tiger theme playing in background.
Opening scene shows some kickass chess scene which is on par with some hollywood scenes..
Love story part is handled very well in brief without compromising the theme of the movie (Action Thriller). Kudos to Kabir for that.
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS??
Buzz is that Prabhu Deva plans to make the sequel to the Salman Khan starrer Wanted with Shahid Kapoor.
Sources reveal that Khan has given his blessings to Prabhu and asked him to go ahead with the project. The film will showcase Shahid in a totally different look and have him do high-octane action films. “Prabhu and Shahid have met and they are quite excited about the chance of working together. Shaks is a huge fan of the choreographer turned director and has asked him to get the script in place as soon as possible.”
It is difficult to handle 2 lead characters in a movie,( just have a look at bollywood multi-starrers for example) so how can someone manage to assemble not two, not three, total six lead characters and that too Superheroes in a single movie and hope for success??? Director Joss Whedon not only manages but does it so brilliantly.
‘The Avengers’ starts with very unconventional way- at least for a superhero movie- with slow pace, building a plot brick by brick, introducing all characters simplistic way. There is not much over-the-top action in first half(that’s being more than compensated in last half). What keeps audiences interested in first half is strong performance of leads (especially Robert D Junior), lots of humor, and anticipation of forthcoming events.
The Indian government has recommended Sachin Tendulkar’s name for nomination to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. Tendulkar met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday and was offered a seat in the upper house’s nominated category. He is understood to have accepted the offer and his name has now gone from the prime minister’s office to the home ministry; it will then go to the office of the President, who formally names the candidate.
The nomination – there is no election process in this category – is for one of 12 seats in the Rajya Sabha that are reserved for those persons “having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of such matters as literature, science, art and social service.” If nominated, Tendulkar will be the first sportsman in this category; previous nominated MPs, who serve a six-year term, include the musician Ravi Shankar, the singer Lata Mangeshkar and the artist MF Husain.
Tendulkar’s nomination is not expected to meet with much opposition, given his stature in India. The nomination has come from the ruling Congress party, which is currently fighting political battles on various fronts. Before meeting the prime minister, Tendulkar and his wife Anjali met the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who reportedly congratulated him on his hundred international centuries.
The reaction from the main opposition party, the BJP, was swift and unambiguous. The party’s chief spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said: “Sachin is a great player. We are proud of him. If Sachin is being nominated surely he will devote some time to Parliament.”
This day I would never forget. Rahul Dravid is going to retire is what I was hearing, reading, seeing since yesterday. But I did not want to believe it. My mind was saying ‘yes! This is probably right’ but my heart just could not bear the possibility of not having Dravid around playing, fighting, winning and saving test matches for India. So I was eagerly waiting for today’s press conference, hoping against hope that this conference might be for some different reasons (though my brain couldn’t think of any). But that was not to be the case and Dravid indeed announced his retirement today.
Rahul Dravid, the Wall of Indian cricket has announced his retirement from all forms of the game with immediate effect. He will however honor his contractual obligations with the Rajasthan Royals in the fifth season of the Indian Premier League.
The premier Indian No. 3 batsman announced his decision at a crowded press conference in the presence of the BCCI president Mr. N Srinivasan and the President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) as well as one of his former colleague, Anil Kumble.
Dravid used the occasion to thank all his coaches, his family, friends and well-wishers for all the support and encouragement he received throughout his career.
“I hereby announce my retirement from International cricket and domestic as well. It has been 16 years since I started playing. I have many people to thank. My junior coaches at Bangalore have inculcated me a powerful love of the game which has always stayed with me.”
This one I found on Facebook. It was posted by a fan of sunny deol I guess.. Thought NG members here may enjoy it more…
From the day I got posting rights I was thinking of writing this post,but somehow it was getting postponed. So, finally decided to sit tight and finish writing this post.
I came across this forum naachgaana.com about two years back. And to be frank I did not visit it again for almost 3 months. Then came Dabangg and that hurricane took not only whole film industry but also me with it. Those were the days I was surfing the net madly to absorb each and any news related to the film. And what could be the site other than NG would have offered me such information in one place?
So that’s when I became a regular reader of the NG. Though I was regular visitor, I did not register myself for membership. So I was just a passive reader who comes on a forum, enjoys reading and leaves, without contributing to forum.
Several months passed that way and came diwali season (2011) and with it brought SRK’s magnum opus and wannabe blockbuster Ra-One. Again whole world (especially NG world) went upside down. Srk fans on NG going top of the town to promote the movie while Srk bashers were trying to pull the film down. That was such an interesting period. I remember well that before release of Ra-One, Srk fans had a strong upper Hand but after its release Srk Bashers had their moments of rejoice (vengeance, if you wanna call it.). Those were the times when I could not resist myself to participate in the tussle and finally decided to get myself registered. After registration, I started my journey here by commenting on couple of threads. However soon enough that tussle which was interesting and enjoyable before suddenly transformed into fight that was anything but enjoyable and indeed a ugly one. So again I restricted myself from commenting and thought to wait until dust settles down.
According to reports, Yuvraj, who left for the US on January 26th, has a tumor between his lung and the heart and is undergoing chemotherapyin the US.
His tumour was detected in October but it was said to non-malignant. But it has now reportedly been diagnosed as malignant.
Earlier on Saturday, Yuvraj said that he will draw inspiration from cycling champion Lance Armstrong to battle his lung tumour. According to the Gulf News, Yuvraj’s much-anticipated return to cricket will hence be delayed further.
(Read only if you are the one who have watched the movie or you are the one who don’t mind if someone spoils your party. )
If say, somehow I did not happen to know that this AGNEEPATH movie is actually a remake of old movie of 1980s, I would have guessed it perfectly right after the end of climax fight sequence. Such are the scenes in this movie that follow exact same path of old 1980s movies.
Movie starts in a village ‘Mandawa’ showing Vijay’s (Hrithik Roshan) childhood life and his relation with his father and how main villain Kaancha (Sanjay Dutt) murders his father. This part is actually well executed and builds the platform for revenge perfectly.
(I am not sure if this article is suitable for a movies discussion forum but I thought its worth sharing anyway…)
India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla, who passed away January 15, 2012, captured the last days of the British Empire in India. Her work also traces the birth and growth of a new nation. The story of Homai’s life and her professional career spans an entire century of Indian history. Belonging to the small Parsi community of India, Homai was born in 1913 into a middle-class home in Navsari, Gujarat. Her father was an actor in a traveling Urdu-Parsi theatre company. Homai grew up in Bombay. She was the only girl in her class to complete her matriculation examination.
Having learned photography from Maneckshaw Vyarawalla, whom she married later, Homai was to spend nearly three decades of her career in Delhi. After a career of 33 years as press photographer, Homai gave it up one day at the age of 57, disillusioned when the Nehruvian dream began to falter. She lived in near-anonymity until 1989. Fiercely independent, she continued to live on her own in Vadodara until she passed away.
Shala(School), the film, is about the experience of falling in love for the very first time at a tender age. It is set in the 70s when every other school wasn’t ‘international’ and they worked perfectly fine without the students having i-pads or any such fancy gadgets. It is also a coming of age story of four adolescents who are best of friends but are unaware of what turn their life will take at the end of the academic year of their school. Mind you, it is not a ‘children’s film’ but a ‘film on children’ which explores their psychology and behavior.
The adolescent love angle has been dealt with a very delicate hand. The performances by the leads go a long way in conveying the tenderness of experiencing love at such a young age. It will definitely resonate with those who have been through such a phase in life.