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Love Aaj Kal box office collection: Sara Ali Khan, Kartik Aaryan’s romantic drama makes Rs 20.41 cr in two days

Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan’s Love Aaj Kal has now made Rs 20.41 crore at the domestic box office. The romantic drama, a Valentine’s Day release, opened with a decent Rs 12.40 crore, but witnessed a fall on Day 2 (Rs 8.01 crore).

Trade analysts note that the drop was witnessed in multiplexes and metropolitans, which is the film’s target audience. Love Aaj Kal has also performed dismally in tier-2 cities and other regions.

Business Today writes that 2009’s Love Aaj Kal, which starred Khan’s father Saif in the lead alongside Deepika Padukone had opened to Rs 8.02 crore. The film went on to make a total of Rs 66.56 crore. The Imitiaz Ali directorial is currently competing with Aditya Roy Kapur-Disha Patani-starrer Malang.

Love Aaj Kal has also become Aaryan’s highest opener now, followed by the comedies from last year, Pati Patni Aur Woh (Rs 9.10 crore) and Luka Chuppi (Rs 8.01 crore).

Much like the 2009 movie of the same name, this film also follows two parallel narratives “separated by decades” but find their common ground in romance. The trailer follows Aaryan as a young school boy and his crush played by newcomer Arushi Sharma. The modern day love story focuses on Khan’s Zoe and Aaryan’s Veer, who have a tumultuous yet passionate relationship. The film also stars Imtiaz’s Highway actor Randeep Hooda.

Malang box office collection: Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani’s thriller makes Rs 47.67 cr by second weekend

Mohit Suri’s suspense thriller Malang is slowly and steadily inching towards the Rs 50 crore milestone. Starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu in pivotal roles, the film has earned Rs 47.67 crore so far.

In its second week of theatrical release, trade analysts mention that Malang has made Rs 2.25 crore on Friday, Rs 2.52 crore on Saturday, with a added boast of Rs 3.25 crore on Sunday. Trade experts also claim that the film may cross Rs. 50 crore mark during the week and might slow down after the new releases of Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Bhoot: The Haunted Ship this Friday.

However, trade analysts also note that the underwhelming performance of Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan’s fresh release Love Aaj Kal have benefitted Malang’s box office run.

Patani in an interview to Firstpost opened up on her prep for the film and said, “Aditya (Roy Kapur, her co-star) and I shot underwater for 12 hours, from 6 pm to 6 am, in the pitch dark. We also had to hold our breath at times. Swimming in a long dress was difficult, all that looks good in shots. The activities were very different and challenging because we had to learn everything in just a day or two, whereas, normally people take years of experience to learn underwater sports. But overall it was a lot of fun for me performing all those stunts because I really like sports.”

Malang has become Kapur’s highest-grossing film that features the actor in a solo lead over the opening weekend while Aashiqui 2 comes a close second with a collection of Rs 20.50 crore.

Jawaani Jaaneman box office collection: Saif Ali Khan’s coming-of-age drama makes Rs 3.24 cr on opening day

Jawaani Jaaneman has had a satisfactory opening day at the box office. The film, starring Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Alaya, F made Rs 3.24 crore on the first day of its box office run.

Trade analysts have stated the film performed better many of Saif ‘s earlier solo movies. In fact, the multiplexes saw a spike in footfalls towards the evening.

However, it needs to pick its pace up during the weekend to secure a healthy weekend collection.

Saif’s other film this month, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, featuring Ajay Devgn in the lead, has been having a dream run at the ticketing counters. The film, as per latest reports, has Rs 240.64 crore currently in its kitty.

Jawani Janeman is directed by Nitin Kakkar, who had previously directed Filmistaan and Mitron. The film went on floors in London on 18 June, and features Saif as the middle-aged bloke Jazz, who shirks at the mention of responsibility. His life takes a dramatic turn when Alaya’s character Tia finds him in an alley, and tells him there is a possibility he is her father. Soon, Tabu’s character also finds her way into Saif’s house, and it comes to the fore Tabu is Tia’s mother.

Speaking to Firstpost about his expectations out of the commerce of this film, Kakkar said, “I have actually not given importance to box office till now. Maybe I should because that might change things in my filmmaking (laughs). I should make films that people want to watch.”

Saif has co-produced the film under his banner Black Knight Films, along with Jackky and Vasu Bhagnani’s Pooja Entertainment and Northern Lights Films.

Street Dancer 3D box office collection: Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor’s dance drama makes Rs 10.26 cr on first day

Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor’s Street Dancer 3D performed well on the first day of its release. The movie, directed by choreographer-turned-director Remo D’Souza, has earned Rs 10.26 crore. It released alongside Kangana Ranaut’s film Panga, which has earned Rs 2.70 crore at the box office.

Trade analysts have said that film’s business has been affected in Mumbai because of Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’s dominance at the ticketing counters. The period drama, featuring Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol in the lead, released on 10 January along with Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and has since been trending at the box office. Tanhaji has now surpassed the Rs 200-crore mark.

Street Dancer 3D portrays Dhawan as an Indian dancer, and Shraddha Kapoor as a performer from Pakistan. Shakti Mohan, Aparkshakti Khurana, and Nora feature in supporting roles. Mohan will make her Bollywood debut with the film.

While Street Dancer 3D has been dubbed “India’s biggest dance film,” director Remo D’Souza had clarified the movie is unrelated to his other directorial, the ABCD franchise. He said to Mid-Day, “This is completely different from the earlier franchise. Although we are exploring different forms of dance, including jazz and contemporary, when these dance forms are incorporated on the street, they become completely different.”

The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Divya Khosla Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Lizelle D’Souza.

Panga box office collection: Kangana Ranaut film makes Rs 2.70 cr on opening day

Kangana Ranaut’s latest release Panga has had a slow opening day at the box office. The film, which released alongside Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Street Dancer 3D, made Rs 2.70 crore on its opening day.

According to trade analysts, the film picked up pace during the latter half of Friday. However, the film has not performed well in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. It’s commerce is expected to improve during the weekends because of positive word-of-mouth.

Panga revolves around a retired Kabbadi player, essayed by Ranaut, who is hoping to make a comeback in the game. Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwary, also features Richa Chadha, Neena Gupta, Jassie Gill, and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles.

Speaking about the film to Firstpost, Ashwiny said in an interview, “Panga is not a sports drama in its purest form. It is a human story and just like the characters in my previous films they are all real and relatable people. It isn’t a biopic or based on any real person. It’s a very universal idea. It was very important for me to tell this story in the era of co-parenting and supporting each other. Today, we have both, husband and wife distributing work. It’s about co-existing and helping each other. There are hundreds and thousands of ‘Prashants’ and ‘Jayas’ (characters played by Jassi Gill and Kangana) in the country. It is a universal idea.”

Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey’s film, makes Rs 4.77 cr on opening day at domestic box office

Chhapaak was one of the most Deepika Padukone films in recent memory. Based on true events in the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, audiences were eagerly awaiting Deepika’s treatment of such an unconventional subject.

The opening day collection of the film, as stated by trade analysts, was underwhelming in certain sections of the country, but the film did well in urban multiplexes. Chhapaak has made a total of Rs 4.77 crore on its opening day at the box office.

Leading film trade analyst Taran Adarsh has shared the figures, and added the film was unable to perform in tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

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But contrary to belief, the collections have not been affected by the supposed boycott declared after the lead actress extended her support to the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Trade Analyst Atul Mohan informs Firstpost, “Even before the boycott, we were expecting the film to open at Rs 3.50-4.50 crore, as the release was very limited. It is still a limited release. They haven’t gone all out. The film has received well in the multiplexes of Chandigarh, Delhi, and the northern part of the country. The film registered good occupancy in the high-end multiplexes.”

Another trade expert, Vishek Chauhan, adds no political stance could affect the box office numbers, mostly because according to him, film business and politics are unrelated to each other. “I think it all media hype. People don’t watch film depending upon the political ideologies of an actor. Please don’t mix cinema with politics, and that is the worst thing we can do. Deepika is one of the best actresses, and let’s not demean her by saying that her film worked because she went to JNU or vice-versa. The picture will work on its merits. Let’s not mix it as it becomes dangerous. I haven’t come across anyone who said that he’s watching Chhapaak because Deepika visited JNU or not watching it because of Deepika went to JNU,

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan’s epic drama, makes Rs 15.10 cr on opening day

Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan-starrer high-octane period drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior released in theatres this past Friday, along with Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey-starrer Chhapaak.

The film, directed by Om Raut, has witnessed a healthy box office outcome on the first day of its release, making Rs 15.10 crore. According to trade analysts, Tanhaji started picking up in the latter part of the day, and has been performing exceedingly well in Maharashtra. It is expected to continue its upward trend during the weekend as well.

Featuring Devgn as the valiant Maratha warrior Subedar Tanhaji Malusare, the film charts the heroic character’s journey through the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670 AD.

Saif Ali Khan plays the role of antagonist Uday Bhan Singh in the film. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior sees Kajol reunite with Devgn onscreen after over a decade. She is seen as the Maratha warrior’s wife Savitribai.

The film also stars Sharad Kelkar, Jagapathi Babu, Devdutta Nage, Pankaj Tripathi, Neha Sharma, Ajinkya Deo, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Sangani, Luke Kenny, and Vipul G in supporting roles.

Ajay had earlier confessed his production house, Ajay Devgn FFilms, is looking to develop a franchise based on the warriors in history, who have not got their day under the sun. That is when the idea of Tanhaji Malusare came to Raut and Ajay. The actor emphasised the idea to build a franchise is to essentially take these Indian stories to global audiences.

Good Newwz movie review: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Akshay Kumar’s dramedy provides perfect dose of infotainment

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The surge in Hindi films addressing ‘taboo’ subjects, particularly those starring Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann Khurrana, have often toed the fine line between entertainment and preaching. Kumar’s latest film, Raj Mehta’s dramedy Good Newwz is the perfect blend of both, given it comes from a place of sheer conviction and embracing all tropes of meaningful entertainment.

Good Newwz revolves around two couples — the Batras, and well, the Batras. The first pair is from an upbeat Mumbai society, and consists of an entertainment journalist Deepti (Kareena Kapoor Khan) and Varun (Akshay Kumar), a sales executive. The second pair is based in Chandigarh, and consists of homemaker Monika (Kiara Advani) and Honey (Diljit Dosanjh). After several failed attempts at conceiving a child naturally, both couples seek treatment from the same Mumbai-based infertility clinic, owned by Doctor Joshi (Adil Hussain) and his wife (Tisca Chopra).

A mix-up of sperms during the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process results in Honey’s sperm getting implanted in Deepti’s womb and Varun’s in Monika. All this is in the trailer but what follows is an organic progression in the narrative, full of situational comedy, resulting in a sumptuous drama. The switch from comedy to drama in the final half hour of the film slides in very smoothly. The tone changes completely but the inflection never seems jarring or unwarranted.

This only proves the command debutant Raj Mehta has over his craft. Though his film is supported by experienced actors, he makes the most of them by lending them both a free hand at what they do best, and yet retain control over the director’s unifying vision. Writers Jyoti Kapoor, Rishabh Sharma, and Mehta not only know how to build a narrative with the perfect pace and precision but also pen some hilariously witty lines for the characters. They also incorporate a few gags that stem from real life, like Akshay referring to his previous collaboration with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Anurag Singh’s historical war drama Kesari earlier this year.

Kareena Kapoor Khan makes the most of her meaty part by sinking her teeth into it. Having worked with seasoned comedy filmmakers like Priyadarshan and Rajkumar Hirani, one knows she has impeccable comic timing. But in this film, besides some sarcastic retorts to Akshay’s character, she lets the boys do most of the comedy. She shines the most either in reacting or the dramatic scenes. A special mention to her for pulling off the scene she had said she did the film for — towards the end of the film, she delivers a monologue to Varun, critisising him for being a non-supportive husband while she has to bear the brunt of pregnancy alone.

Akshay, who probably has the best character graph in the film, is great at comedy, as he has proved time and again over the years. Here, the humour is not close to the Housefull franchise but more on the lines of his character in Jagan Shakti’s space drama Mission Mangal earlier this year. He delivers some skillfully written lines with his trademark straight face. The narrative also allows him to display his range, as he is seen laughing his guts out and crying his eyes out in two different yet key scenes of the film. And needless to say, he does both with immense conviction.

Diljit’s sense of humour is completely tapped into, and his character is the closest to his onscreen persona. But as he has proved with Shaad Ali’s sports biopic Soorma last year, he also possesses a versatality that he can put out if given a chance. In Good Newwz, while he is the one providing most of the cracks, he does not miss a beat when he leads the narrative to a more dramatic tone. Kiara gets the nuances of her character’s Punjabi accent right, and fares well in her role of a ditsy wife. But she is given only a couple of fleeting shots to show her potential. Her character remains in shadows most of the time, given the presence of three scene-stealing co-actors.

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The music does act as a hindrance in some sequences, but Good Newwz does not do a half bad job of embracing the mainstream Hindi cinema abandon of breaking into a song out of nowhere, whether it is Kareena and Akshay in ‘Laal Ghagra’ on the occasion of Lohri or Kiara and Diljit during a Zumba session. The best one, Hardy Sandhu and Badshah’s ‘Chandigarh Mein,’ is saved for the end credits, and is undoubtedly a smashing sequence. The background score is commendably non-intrusive and only complements the narrative, particularly the bits of Kiara and Diljit.

The cinematography (by Vishnu Rao) and the editing boast of flashes of brilliance yet are mostly serviceable to the central narrative. Natasha Poonawala’s production design and Priyanka Mundada and Aki Narula’s costume design splash colours on the screen in every frame of the film. They breathe more life into an already lively narrative. The costume design particularly stands out as it is not only tastefully done, but also bring out the subtle geographical differences between the two Batra couples.

To say Good Newwz is a smart sociopolitical commentary on class would be a slight exaggeration. But it truly is an accurate, evolving into ideal, representation of our social zeitgeist.

Good Newwz box office collection: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s comedy earns Rs 39.34 cr in two days

Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s comedy Good Newwz is winning at the box office. The film which opened to decent collections of Rs 17.56 crore on Friday, earned Rs 21.78 crore on Saturday, thus taking the total box office collection to Rs 39.34 crore so far. Trade analysts note that Good Newwz is performing well in the metro cities and eyes to mint Rs 65 crore over the opening weekend.

Also starring Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani, Good Newwz deals with the confusion that ensues after Kumar and Dosanjh’s sperms get exchanged in an IVF clinic. The film has been jointly produced by Karan Johar Dharma Productions and Akshay Kumar’s Cape of Good Hope Films.

After having worked in films like Ajnabee, Bewafaa, Kambakkht Ishq, and Tashan, Kumar and Khan feature together onscreen after almost a decade. Good Newwzz is also Dosanjh’s first film with Dharma Productions.

Meanwhile, Kumar who has had a successful 2019 with back-to-back hits such as Kesari, Mission Mangal and Housefull 4, is gearing up for Rohit Shetty’s cop drama Sooryavanshi. He will also been seen in Raghav Lawrence’s Laxmmi Bomb, opposite Advani. Kumar has also started working on historical drama Prithviraj alongside Manushi Chillar.

Khan who was last seen in Veere De Wedding, has recently wrapped up shooting for Angrezi Medium. She is currently shooting Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, and also has Karan Johar’s ambitious Takht, which is likely to commence early next year.

Directed by Raj Mehta, Good Newwz is produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Shashank Khaitan, the film hit the theatres on 27 December.

Dabangg 3 box office collection: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha film earns Rs 49.25 in two days

Dabangg 3, Salman Khan’s cop drama which had a decent opening day, has earned Rs 49.25 crore after two days. The film earned Rs 24.50 cr on Friday, Rs 24.75 cr on Saturday, thus taking its entire collection closer to Rs 50 crore.

The actor has reprised his cult favourite role of Chulbul Pandey in the film helmed by Prabhu Deva. Sonakshi Sinha is seen as Rajjo, Arbaaz Khan portrays Makkhi, and Vinod Khanna’s brother Pramod plays the character of Chulbul’s father Prajapati Pandey. Kannada actor Sudeep is also a part of the film.

Salman Khan who shares writing credits in Dabangg 3, told Firstpost about his vision for the franchise, “I came up with a thought and Arbaaz and I just kept on improvising, brainstorming. We wanted to start from the present and go in the past to track the journey of Chulbul Pandey and how his past comes into his present. It’s not entirely a prequel. The whole film isn’t set in the past. The thought was to begin the film with an idea and then go back to how my character became Chulbul Pandey, and then, his past meets his present and how Chulbul has to deal with that.” he says.

Dabangg 3 was released on 20 December in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil for a pan-Indian audience.