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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.

Angrezi Medium: Irrfan Khan, Radika Madan’s drama to release on 13 March instead of Dharma’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

The makers of Angrezi Medium and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl announced a change in their projects’ release dates on 17 February (Monday). According to the announcement, Irrfan Khan and Radika Madan’s drama will now be out on 13 March instead of 20 March.

Karan Johar, the producer of Gunjan Saxena said the drama will hit cinemas on 24 April, a date which was originally reserved for the horror comedy, Roohi Afzana.

Angrezi Medium, a slice-of-life comedy features Khan as a doting father and owner of a sweet shop, who bends over backwards to get his young daughter a foreign education. The trailer, which was unveiled on 13 February, shows Khan in a hilarious exchange with Tillotama Shome’s admission officer, where he realises that the admission will cost upto a crore.

Besides Khan and Madan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Tripathi, Deepak Dobriyal, Ranvir Shorey, and Kiku Sharda are also part of the cast. Angrezi Medium is directed by Homi Adajania, who has earlier helmed films like Being Cyrus, Cocktail, and Finding Fanny.

Meanwhile, Gunjan Saxena is based on the story of Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena. The film will be a tribute to one of the first women Indian Air Force pilots who went to war. Tripathi will portray Kapoor’s onscreen father and Neena Gupta will play her mother. Angad Bedi will take on the role of the protagonist’s brother. Rajat Barmecha, Vijay Varma, Manu Rishi, and Harsh Chhaya will portray pivotal characters as well.

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.

Anil Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu talk about Malang, working with Mohit Suri and playing offbeat characters

Kapoor will be next seen playing the role of an ‘eccentric and an angry cop frustrated with the system’ in Mohit Suri’s directorial, Malang (releases on 7 February). This isn’t the first time he has played a cop on screen. Earlier, he wore the khaki uniform in films like Ram Lakhan and Race. “I was worried how will I do it. I have played similar characters in my past films but not so dark that people hate you. My character has a lot of angst and violence inside him. He is angry towards the department, towards the system, he is also angry with his life. He wants to inflict pain on himself. He takes drugs. He goes crazy. But I wanted my character to be fun because after all it is for a commercial movie and people want to be entertained. So we played a lot with the look. The red glasses and tattoo was Mohit’s idea and we let the natural grey shine. He is 50 plus and he should look like one,” said Kapoor.

Kapoor’s prep has been exhaustive, as usual. He says he invests a lot of time on working on his character, and till the time he doesn’t get a grip on it, he is restless, cranky and irritable. “Also, here I was working with a team of young people – Mohit, Aditya (Roy Kapur) and Disha (Patani). You do get tense with young people around you. Their body is great. My motivation always is how do I add value to my character as well as the film and make the director happy so that he casts me again (laughs). Besides doing workshops and research, I watched films that were close to this film and my character. My son suggested that I watch Bad Lieutenant because it has a cop with slightly dark shades. Then, I also spoke to some cops and encounter specialists here in Mumbai. I prepped and practiced a lot at home and then called Mohit to tell him how I want to make the character little humorous and bring in a bit of madness to it without looking fake and unreal,” adds Kapoor, who will be next seen in Karan Johar helmed Takht. The film will mark his first appearance in a period drama.

Ajay Devgn’s first look from Maidaan sees him as former Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim

Makers of Maidaan have unveiled Ajay Devgn’s first look as a football coach in the sports drama set for a November release. The actor will essay the role of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in the film who coached India to victory at the Asian Games in 1951 and in 1962. He also served as the manager of the Indian football team from 1950 till 1963.

Devgn shared his first look poster on social media, adding that the narrative of Maidaan charts the “golden years of football.

The film is being directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma of Badhaai Ho! fame. National Award-winning actor Priyamani stars as the female lead opposite Devgn.

Keerthy Suresh, who was earlier supposed to star alongside Ajay, was replaced by Priyamani as the makers felt that she looked “too young” for the part.

“Keerthy shot for the film for a day. After the shoot the makers and Keerthy both felt that she looked too young as she had lost a lot of weight since being signed for the film to authentically portray the role of a mother as has been written in the script,” a statement from the makers read.

Keerthy and the producers then decided to part ways so as to stay true and authentic to the film’s story.

Priyamani most recently featured alongside Manoj Bajpayee in Amazon original The Family Man. She will next step into the shoes of Sasikala in the J Jayalalithaa biopic Thalaivi. Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn’s latest release Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, has been on a money-minting spree. Currently in its fourth week of release, the Om Raut directorial has made a total of Rs 228.96 crore.

Maidaan is produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Akash Chawla and Arunava Joy Sengupta. Saiwyn Quadros and Ritesh Shah have been credited for screenplay and dialogues, respectively.
The film is scheduled to be released on 27 November.

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.