“Manmohan Desai was the genius who had the audacity to tell the audience in the very first frame that he was going to be illogical, make a fool of them and they better enjoy it.” Be it Box Office or enduring value, the propellants of cinema are the hoi polloi, the common people, not the critics: no one symbolized, and underlined, this fact more resoundingly than Manmohan Desai. Throughout his career, critics derided his films as ‘illogical’, ‘formulaic’, ‘corny’ and ‘crass’, but the audience lapped them up gleefully and turned them into massive blockbusters.
As far as filmy formulas are concerned, feuding families opposed to love birds is one of Bollywood's oldest and most minted one. This week's release, Jai Mummy Di is centred around two warring moms whose kids fall in love. We take the opportunity to revisit some of the famous love stories that weathered against family enmity.
Hordes of Bollywood films hit the screens each year but only a handful among them create tremendous pre-release buzz. Here are the 10 most awaited movies that are slated to release in 2020.
The biggest challenge while making a list of the biggest blockbusters of the decade is to decide what the determining factor should be. As the period spans ten years, one cannot simply pick the ten highest grossers and proclaim them as the biggest blockbusters because the prices of tickets shoot up every year, especially for marquee, big-budget releases.Hence, the nett collections of -- for example -- a ‘Race 3’ released in 2018 are more than a ‘Dabangg’, which hit the screens in 2010, though the latter is a much bigger blockbuster. Hence, the ideal yardstick to measure the magnitude of Box-Office success of films is the number of footfalls. Footfalls are nothing but the number of tickets sold by cinema halls across India. So, a ‘Dabangg’ has more footfalls than a ‘Race 3’ and would have done much more business than the latter if released in 2018 because of increased ticket rates over the years.Here are the 10 blockbusters which released between 2010-2019 and struck gold at the turnstiles.Notes:1) ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ is excluded as it was a Telugu movie dubbed in Hindi. This list takes into account only Bollywood films.2) Footfalls are number of tickets sold within India.
While 2019 gave Bollywood a few big hits, there were also many opulently mounted films, carrying huge expectations, which bit the dust at the ticket counters.
In 1969, 'Aradhna' and 'Do Raaste' released within 3 months of each other. Both went on to be blockbusters and were the two biggest grossers of the year. The connecting link between the two was Rajesh Khanna, the leading man.
Nothing sums up Salman’s umimpeachable connection with Eid more succinctly than a tweet of director Shirish Kunder: “There may soon be a generation that believes Eid is celebrated because a Salman Khan film is releasing.”
The much-awaited ‘Kalank’, directed by Abhishek Varman, hit the screens on April 17, 2019. The period drama stars Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapoor in pivotal roles.
Ace director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and superstar Salman Khan are coming toegther after 20 years for a movie titled ‘Inshallah’. The duo have made superlative movies such as ‘Khamoshi’ and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ in the past.
In his career spanning four decades, Anupam Kher has portrayed a range of roles with admirable finesse and ease. On his 64th birthday, let’s look at interesting facts pertaining to some of his iconic movies.
A post that is going viral on various social media platforms quotes Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan as saying, “I’ll leave the country if Pakistanis artists are banned.” This has been shared on many Facebook pages, and by several users, and has also appeared on Twitter. The relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated drastically ever since the Pulwama attack in which more than 40 CRPF jawans were killed. In the wake of the dreadful attack, All India Cine Workers Association announced a total ban on Pakistani actors and artists working in the Indian film industry on February 18, 2019.
One can suspend disbelief and forsake logic voluntarily if a screwball comedy has engaging screenplay, wacky characters and rip-roaring gags. In that regard, director Indra Kumar’s ‘Total Dhamaal’ should have been named ‘Partial Dhamaal’ because it provides everything – laughs to entertainment- in half measures.
‘Gully Boy’, a film directed by Zoya Akhtar, has hit the theatres on February 14, 2019, and is eliciting rave reviews from critics and viewers alike.
‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ has hit the theatres on January 11, 2019. The movie stars Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, and Yami Gautam. It is directed by Aditya Dhar and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Here are some prominent reactions from Twitter pertaining to the movie.
Rohit Shetty’s ‘Simmba’ created a lot of buzz before its release owing to stellar cast, hit music and tubthumping trailer.
In the last season of ‘Koffee with Karan’, actor Kangana Ranaut sparked a row when she termed the host, Karan Johar, the ‘flag-bearer of nepotism’ in Bollywood. Since then, there has been a raging debate about nepotism in Bollywood. Recently, Salman produced a movie called ‘Love Yatri’ under his banner to launch his brother-in-law Ayush Sharma, who is the husband of Arpita Khan.
Shah Rukh Khan stareer ‘Zero’, directed by Aanand L Rai, has released on December 21, 2018. The movie was carrying high expectations as it is the first time Shah Rukh and Rai have collaborated for a movie. Its promos were quite well received and a couple ofsongs also caught up.
Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan starrer ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ released on Thursday amid much fanfare. The movie is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Yashraj. This is the first time Amitabh and Aamir are working together.
Can you imagine Kukoo of ‘Sacred Games’ working a desk job at an IT company? Well, that’s exactly what Kubbra Sait, who played the role of a gangster’s girlfriend on the show, used to do before exiting a cushy account management job at Microsoft, Dubai and pursuing her dream of becoming famous. Not to mention, a couple of blink-and-miss roles in two Salman Khan blockbusters, ‘Ready’ and ‘Sultan’.
With the World Tourism Day around on the corner on September 27, find out how well you know the various regions of India.
Actresses Shilpa Shetty and Richa Chadda have been in the news recently for their encounters with what they perceived as ‘racist’ behaviour in foreign lands. Here are some past instances of Bollywood stars being subjected to racism, both inside and outside the country.
For most of us, the word tourism evokes images of a relaxed vacation in the lap of nature or in another city, away from the daily grind. It also brings to mind cosy hotel rooms, sumptuous fare and sightseeing at an unhurried, relaxed pace.For those of us on a shoestring budget, it conjures up images of a backpacking trip across cities, beaches and mountains.But did you know that the tourism industry is much more than that. It is large, diverse and employs one in ten people on this planet. So, to understand its trajectory and prospects, there are terms galore categorising the journeys people make from one place to another, be it within one’s nation or internationally.And as the World Tourism Day draws close, join us to discover all the different ways people travel and find out which one yours fit into.