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War Teaser: Sussanne Khan, Arjun Kapoor and others are in awe of this Hrithik-Tiger-starrer

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An epic battle is being orchestrated between two macho men of Bollywood for Yash Raj Film’s War. The makers of the film dropped the action-packed teaser just a few hours ago and EVERYONE is going gaga over the onscreen animosity between Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. We all have been waiting with bated breath for this saga, which until now was known as Hrithik vs Tiger. This Siddharth Anand directorial promises to be a treat for both Hrithik and Tiger’s fans. While fans have deemed War as a blockbuster already, our celebs too, are left speechless with the teaser.

B-town celebs like Arjun Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar, Jackie Shroff, Karan Johar, Kunal Kapoor and others were bowled over the teaser of War. Arjun Kapoor’s reaction to the teaser is what many of us would have thought! The actor retweeted the trailer shared by the makers and wrote, “F**K !!!” Yeah, we feel the same, Arjun.

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Tiger’s father, actor Jackie Shroff turned emotional after watching his son perform some epic action sequences. His heartfelt tweet read, “I remember the moment when @iHrithik was assisting in king Uncle and @iTIGERSHROFF was a lil Kid and how he used to look after my boy now facing one the most talented handsome Lad who my Boy Adores. Blessed. http://youtu.be/XkHV7ROmIVA

Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 beats Manikarnika to be the seventh highest opening weekend grosser of 2019

With total earning of Rs 50.76 in it’s first three days, Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 has bagged the seventh spot on the top opening weekend grossers of the year 2019. The film is directed by Vikas Bahl and also features Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Amit Sadh and Nandish Singh Sandhu in pivotal roles

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Hrithik Roshan has made his comeback to films after about 1 and a half year and that too with a bang. Hrithik, who was last seen in Kaabil with Yami Gautam, now portrays the real-life character of Anand Kumar who is a mathematician from Bihar in his latest movie Super 30. And as soon as the actor started promoting his film, loyal fans came all out to support their superstar in every way possible. Last week, we told you that we were expecting the film to earn around Rs 12 to Rs 14 crore on its first day and that it may cross the Rs 15 crore mark if the film shows growth in the evening and night shows. We also said that it had all the chances to earn over Rs 50 crore during its opening weekend. Since there is no competition for the film, we are expecting Super 30 to collect over Rs 80 crore in its first week.

And we were right! While on its first day, Super 30 earned Rs 11.83 crore, the second and third days showed remarkable growth in the earnings clocking in Rs 18.19 crore and Rs 20.74 crore respectively, making the total earnings to Rs 50.76 crore in India. And with these numbers, the Hrithik Roshan-starrer has landed on the seventh spot on the list of the top opening weekend grossers of the year.

Here are the top opening weekend grossersof 2019

Bharat – Rs 150.10 crore (5 Day Weekend)
Kesari – Rs 77.56 crore (4 Day Weekend)
Gully Boy – Rs 72.45 crore (4 Day Weekend)
Kabir Singh – Rs 70.83 crore
Kalank – Rs 66.03 crore (5 Day Weekend)
Total Dhamaal – Rs 62.40 crore
Super 30 – Rs 50.76 crore
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi – Rs 42.55 Cr
Student Of The Year 2 – Rs 38.83 crore
De De Pyaar De – Rs 38.54 crore
Uri – The Surgical Strike – Rs 35.73 crore

Talking about Super 30, the film is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar who forms a batch of 30 underprivileged students in Patna, Bihar every year and trains them to crack the IIT JEE exams. The film which is headlined by Hrithik Roshan, also stars Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, Amit Sadh and Nandish Singh Sandhu in key roles. Reliance Entertainment in association with HRX Films presents this Sajid Nadiadwala film which is a Phantom production. It is produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Phantom Films and Reliance Entertainment, and is directed by Vikas Bahl. Super 30 hit the theatres on July 12.

Kabir Singh box office collections day 4 early estimates: Shahid Kapoor’s film turns out to be a BLOCKBUSTER

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After enjoying a humongous opening weekend, Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh has shown an excellent hold on Monday at the box office. As per the early estimates, the intense love story has raked in Rs 17 crore yesterday and now stands with the grand total of Rs 87.83 crore. So, by looking at the current scenario, we are expecting the film to enter the Rs 100 crore club today at the ticket windows.

As per Shahid Kapoor, the film has a unique approach, which attracted him towards it. “It’s what attracted me to the film in the first place. I believe there is a Kabir Singh inside everyone. That’s why people can relate to him so easily.”

The film has received rave reviews from all around the corners. Our editor-in-chief Tushar Joshi gave the film 4 stars and wrote, “Kabir Singh is an ace up Shahid Kapoor’s sleeve and a treat for his fans. Watch it if you want some intense romance laced up with knock-out performances.” He also praised Shahid’s performance and said, “Shahid delivers one of his careers finest performances. His rage and anger isn’t just on the surface but it’s visceral and a part of the air he breathes. To show that complexity isn’t easy, so Shahid digs deep and becomes the madness that is Kabir. He is deep and intense yet light and breezy when needed. There is a natural flair and charm that he puts to use full throttle. Kiara’s last scene with him is a revelation.”

 

Did you know Kiara Advani’s debut film was not MS Dhoni but THIS one?

Kiara Advani will be next seen in Akshay Kumar starrer Good News. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles

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Actress Kiara Advani is currently riding high on the humongous success of Kabir Singh, which is shattering records at the box office. The intense love story will soon enter the Rs 100 crore club and will become Shahid’s first solo film to achieve this feat. Everyone knows that Kiara Advani garnered critical acclaim and commercial success with MS Dhoni: The Untold Story but very few have an idea that it was not her debut.

Well, she made her silver screen appearance with Fugly, which was also the debut of Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba and boxer Vijender Singh. It also featured Jimmy Sheirgill in a lead role. It was directed by actor Kabir Sadanand and produced by superstar Akshay Kumar along with Ashvini Yardi. In fact, Akshay and Salman Khan had a cameo appearance in a song of the film. Despite a good promotion, the film failed to impress the audience and turned out to be a forgettable affair at the box office. But Kiara won our hearts with MS Dhoni, Lust Stories and Telugu blockbuster Bharat Ane Nenu.

On the work front, she will be next seen in Akshay Kumar starrer Good News. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh in key roles. The film is directed by Raj Mehta and is produced under the banner of Dharma Productions. It is scheduled to hit the screens on December 27. Post that, Kiara Advani will be seen in Akshay Kumar’s Laxxmi Bomb. The film revolves around the story of a cowardly man who gets possessed by the ghost of a transgender woman who takes revenge against the ones who destroyed her life. Directed by Kanchana series helmer Raghava Lawrence, Laxmmi Bomb releases on June 5, 2020.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra has a hilarious interaction with the paparazzi

Shilpa Shetty Kundra launched her own fitness app at an event in the suburbs a few days ago. The event was held in the presence of the media during which Shilpa not only demonstrated some yoga asanas but also answered questions about the same to create awareness.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra is one big bundle of energy. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her sense of humour and cuteness often win our hearts. Shilpa’s expressions and her comic timing are way to hilarious which we adore to bits. Shilpa is also one hell of a fitness freak and her hourglass figure is drool-worthy. A few days ago, Shilpa Shetty Kundra launched her own fitness app at an event in the suburbs. The event was held in the presence of the media during which Shilpa not only demonstrated some yoga asanas but also answered questions about the same to create awareness. The actress said as just working out or practicing yoga is not enough, the app she launched also has a dietary counseling section. The Bollywood actress is a known yoga enthusiast and is often seen promoting the practice.

While interacting with the media at the event, Shilpa was seen at her humorous best and the video of her interaction will surely make you laugh out loud. In the clip, Shilpa can be seen laughing along with them and cracking jokes. She is also pulling the leg of a few photographers and it’s too funny to see her childlike naughty behaviour. Shilpa also revealed the secret of her youthful physique, being the adorable goofball that she is, Shilpa jokingly said, “If you want to stay young forever, do Yoga.” Not only did she perform the asanas, she also made the shutterbugs do the deep breathing exercise.

Meanwhile, the actress is currently seen as a super judge on a dance-based reality TV show, Super Dancer Chapter 3. She shares the judge panel with Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapur. The third leg of the show is nearing its finale. From the video, we did gather that Shilpa will be performing at the finale event as she hinted at the rehearsals for the show.

Reportedly, the actress will set the finale stage on fire with her performance. Shilpa will perform on songs like ‘Titli’ from Chennai Express, ‘Muqabala’ from ABCD, ‘Aithe Aa’ from Bharat and Ghoomar for Padmaavat. And not only that, Shilpa will also perform Bharatnatyam on the stage, it’s going to be epic finale this time for Super Dancer, don’t you think?

Talking about her performance, Shilpa told an online portal, “I am performing Bharatnatyam after 25 years in my entire dancing career. It was by choice that I didn’t perform Bharatnatyam on the small screen. While preparing for the act, I was very nervous as I rarely do any stage performance. I get such opportunities once in a year when I am part of dance reality shows like Super Dancer. In the show, contestants like Dhairya Tandon and Anwesha Bhataiya have brought a different level of classical tadka in their dancing which somewhere encouraged me to choose Bharatnatyam as my Grand Finale performance.

Arjun Reddy remake: Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram, who impressed you the most?

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Telugu blockbuster hit Arjun Reddy is being remade in Tamil and BollywoodLife has had a glimpse of both the versions. While one has a seasoned actor playing the lead role, the other will mark the debut of a star-kid. In Hindi, Arjun Reddy remake is titled Kabir Singh and has Shahid Kapoor playing the titular role. In Tamil, Dhruv Vikram, son of actor Vikram, plays the part in the remake titled Adithya Varma and it will be his debut in films. Kabir Singh is slated to release on June 28 while the release date of Adithya Varma is yet to be confirmed. In the original, Vijay Deverakonda delivered a thumping performance and gained huge stardom post the release of the film. Fans have been going gaga about both these remakes and comparisons have already begun. And to gauge who will do a better performance, we are running a poll between Shahid Kapoor and Dhruv Vikram. Who impressed you the most – Shahid Kapoor or Dhruv Vikram? Vote now!

Kabir Singh is directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga who helmed the original. The film stars Kiara Advani as the leading lady and the actress looks pretty in her role. The trailer has left fans raving about it and are now eagerly looking forward to the film.

Game Over, Khamoshi and Men in Black: International

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Salman Khan’s Bharat, which released on June 5, is working wonders at the box office. June began on a positive note for Bollywood and going by the entertainment lined up for this week, seems like the charm may continue. There are three films releasing this week, with some promising content. Taapsee Pannu is here with a thrilling ride in Game Over, while Prabhudheva and Tamannah Bhatia’s supernatural horror Khamoshi will also be releasing. And Hollywood science fiction Men in Black: International is too scheduled to hit the screens on Friday. So, while you wait to enjoy these films at the theatre, here’s an insight into them:
Game Over

Director: Ashwin Saravanan
Cast: Taapsee Pannu
Synopsis: Game Over is thriller drama and features Taapsee in a wheel-chair bound character. The psychological film promises a nail-biting journey as the protagonist feels she is being haunted by a mysterious force. The trailer of Game Over was loaded with scary scenes and Taapsee’s condition is explained by a doctor as Anniversary Reaction, which is the return of haunting memories of an old trauma. The film will release in Tamil and Telugu as well.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this

Do you sometimes sit in a movie hall and sense that what is unfolding on screen began with an interesting concept that somehow choked at the execution stage? India’s Most Wanted is that kind of film.

Indian intelligence officials and globe-trotting espionage agents have in recent years become a Bollywood fixation, but from the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor-starrer Agent Vinod in 2012, to Baby (2015) with Akshay Kumar in the lead, and last year’s Aiyaary headlined by Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra, these films have tended to kick off with a promising premise and then struggle to be anything much beyond that. India’s Most Wanted (IMW) goes down the same path.

Prabhat (Arjun Kapoor), IMW’s central character, is a stubborn fellow who has a mind of his own independent of his well-intentioned immediate superior Ravi Raj (Rajesh Sharma) and the intelligence agency for which he works. As the film opens, India is being rocked by bomb blasts engineered by shadowy figures believed to be in Pakistan and Dubai. A source gives Prabhat a lead about the mastermind behind these explosions, which indicates that the man is, in fact, in Nepal. Higher-ups in Delhi are not convinced, but Prabhat decides to head off to Nepal anyway with a motley crew of colleagues, all of them conducting the operation at their own expense. Bossman Ravi Raj gives them his blessings but not his on-the-record assent.

India’s Most Wanted movie review: Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness has more weight than this screenplay

Honest, efficient government servants defying their senior’s orders in their frustration with sarkari red tape and obduracy, and ending up in a clash with Pakistan’s ISI in a third country while hot on the heels of a brutal terrorist, that too purportedly based on a true story – this is the stuff that dreams are made of, this is thriller heaven. With such ingredients at hand, IMW should have been an exciting suspense saga. Yet from the starting block the film struggles to get into the groove, despite assembling an interesting cast who look convincing as real people rather than actors to play Prabhat’s team of rogue agents.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars but in the screenplay. Firstly, it took me a while – too long a while – to wrap my head around the chain of individuals that had got information to Prabhat and why. Some amount of confusion, especially initially, is not unusual in films of this variety, but they usually offer compensation in the form of an accelerated pace or breathtaking action or, in the case of directors opting for a quiet tone, an under-stated sense of urgency that taps the audience’s own instinctive assumptions about the drama and danger intrinsic to such situations in real life although they are alien to ordinary folk like us. Not here.

IMW aims at being an intelligence agency procedural rather than a Mission Impossible / James Bond enterprise, which is fine in theory since writer-director-producer Raj Kumar Gupta demonstrated his natural affinity for the genre in the excellent Ajay Devgn-starrer Raid (2018) set in the world of income-tax officials. IMW, however, simply does not lift off.

Even after the initial cobwebs are cleared, the narrative remains fuzzy. The primary informant’s motivations are never convincing, Prabhat & Co find their prey with what seems like considerable ease, the actions of their Nepalese counterparts are inexplicable, and the ISI comes across as a sluggish lot.

That last point – the absence of a powerful antagonist – is the final nail in the coffin. Before it is hammered in, the film has already been betrayed by its own seeming lack of faith in the tenor it has set for itself. In life-and-death scenarios towards the end, for instance, precious seconds and minutes are spent just staring down opponents in conventional Hindi filmi style. And the voiceover by the lead terrorist at regular intervals is ineffective.

To be fair to IMW, neither the Indian agents nor the ISI are downright dumbos, unlike the desis and their enemy targets in Baby.

What IMW does have going for it are Arjun Kapoor’s earnestness, the credibility of the supporting cast especially the inimitable Rajesh Sharma, the non-judgmental tone adopted towards Sharma’s Ravi Raj although he is not willing to stick his neck out as Prabhat does, the warm equation between him and Prabhat, and the realness of the settings. Nepal looks gorgeous, but cinematographer Dudley cleverly uses the visuals not so much to impress us with their prettiness as to conjure up an ominous atmosphere.

Most important, although the terrorist being hunted down by Prabhat is a Muslim, his religious identity is not over-emphasised to crudely cash in on the Islamophobia prevailing worldwide in the way Bollywood films like Padmaavat and Kesari have done since 2017-18 – he is what he is, that is a fact, nothing more, nothing less. His ISI backers too are not stereotypically portrayed as demonic or fumbling cartoons – they may be sluggish, as mentioned earlier, but they are not foolish. And thankfully Prabhat’s Muslim colleague is treated as a regular person, not a contrivance planted in the screenplay to be condescendingly positioned as redemption for the Muslim community – the fact that he happens to be Muslim struck me rather late in the film because a big deal is not made of it. Despite its inevitable allusions to patriotism, inevitable considering the overall theme, India’s Most Wanted also does not resort to the kind of loud, chest-thumping nationalism that is all the rage in Bollywood and the public discourse these days.

At a time when many Bollywood stalwarts are revealing themselves to be either opportunists or bigots, Raj Kumar Gupta deserves high praise for this aspect of his writing and direction, especially since such opportunism has yielded solid box-office dividends in the past year. Sadly, his decency alone cannot hold up a film. Barring occasional suspenseful passages, India’s Most Wanted does not live up to the expectations it raises in its opening scenes. It lacks the punch, pizzazz and substance to make its Shah Rukh Khan reference truly effective.

Kabir Singh new song ‘Bekhayali’ shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The first song ‘Bekhayali’ from Kabir Singh was dropped by the makers on 24 May (Friday). Composed by Sachet-Parampara, the song has been written by Irshad Kamil and sung by Sachet Tandon. The track encapsulates the agony of heartbreak.

Even before the song’s launch, various covers had started making the rounds on social media.

Kabir Singh new song Bekhayali shows Shahid Kapoor coping with heartbreak

The song features the lead actors, Shahid, who plays the titular role and Kiara Advani as Preeti. The video gives the viewers a glimpse of their blossoming love story and its tragic end with Preeti marrying another man.

The film is the official Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, which starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in the lead. Sandeep Reddy Vanga, who helmed the original, has directed the remake as well.

Kabir Singh, a T-Series and Cine1 Studios presentation, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde. The film is slated to release on 21 June.

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoor’s film

Arjun Kapoor’s upcoming film India’s Most Wanted is a spy thriller, following an intelligence team as they hunt for a terrorist.

The film is said to be based on the arrest of terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, who was a key conspirator in three terror acts carried out in different cities in India. Here’s everything you need to know about him:

India’s Most Wanted: All you need to know about Yasin Bhatkal, the subject of Arjun Kapoors film

Who is Yasin Bhatkal?

Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa, who was named Yasin Bhatkal by India’s investigation agencies, is the founder of the terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen.

Between 2007 and 2013, Bhatkal planned 52 blasts across India and is responsible for the death of over 220 citizens. He was listed as number one on the Most Wanted list of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Maharashtra, in their case against the functionaries of the Indian Mujahideen. Maharashtra wasn’t the only state that was looking for him. The urgency spread across the country and the total amount for his capture was at one point close to around three crore. He was arrested at the Indian-Nepal border near Bihar in August 2013.

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In India’s Most Wanted:

The film follows Arjun Kapoor and a team of five officers who captured Bhatkal, one of India’s most dangerous terrorists, without firing a single bullet or causing any civil unrest. Kapoor’s character is named Prabhat Kapoor, based on the Intelligence Bureau officer who led the mission to catch Bhatkal. According to Mumbai Mirror, the Intelligence Bureau had dubbed Bhatkal the “Ghost Who Bombs”.

The film’s trailer describes the terrorist as “India’s Osama” and describes the plot as “an untold story of the manhunt for India’s Osama”, calling his arrest “India’s proudest moment”.

Source: Twitter.

Director’s take 

The film’s writer and director Raj Kumar Gupta, when asked if the story was based on Bhatkal’s arrest, refused to name anyone but said: “I want to say it is inspired by a true event. Who is the terrorist, who have we based the story on…you can decide when you go and watch the film in the theatre. All I want to say is that it is based on a true event and it was a watershed moment of Indian intelligence department where a terrorist was captured without using a single bullet. But you have to watch the film to know the details.”

Gupta also told The Telegraph that it was exactly the terrorist’s deadly acts that prompted him to make the film. “When I heard about this for the first time, I had the same question. It’s so fascinating, that we go about our daily lives and all we hear are big headlines. Then you come across something that is of that magnitude and could have been worse. This question is what triggered this film.”