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Pandemonium At The Boxoffice, Sultan Sends Irrfan Starrer Scurrying

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Salman Khan’s Eid release has created havoc at the boxoffice. The immediate casualty is Irrfan Khan starrer Madaari which was to open next week, on July 15.

Seeing the enormity of Sultan’s success the Irrfan Khanstarrer about a vigilante’s vendetta against the Establishment has been pushed ahead by a week, leaving the coast clear for another uninterrupted week of boxoffice supremacy of Salman’s Sultan act.

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Explaining the decision to push the film ahead, Madaari director Nishikant Kamat  expresses helplessness and resignation.  “It is unfortunate, but what to do?We are caught in a kind of chain reaction.Great Grand  Mastigetting leaked online forced them to prepone the release by a week from July 22 to July 15, which was our release date.Between Great Grand Masti and Sultan we could  hardly get any theatres on the 15th.The best option for us suddenly becomes 22nd with no other major release on that day. We were all set to release on schedule .But in today’s times release date has become so important.It is a new experience for me as well.”

Trade pundit Taran Adarsh feels the overpowering success of Sultan is no surprise. “The fabulous opening ofSultan can be attributed to three main factors. Salman Khan’s superstardom, Eid release and Yash Raj’s brilliant marketing strategy. Also, the fact that most top actors including Salman are limiting themselves to just one or two films per year, the curiosity to watch their films multiplies manifold as the release date of the film draws nearer.”

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Taran sees Salman as owning the Eid season. “Over the years, Salman’s movies have been timed during the festive period  Eid specifically. That, coupled with the fact that Salman has a huge fan base, who love, adore and worship their ‘Bhai’, helped Sultan start with a big bang at the ticket windows.”

However Taran warns it’s not only Salman’s stardom that’s manoeuvring Sultan towards being the biggest blockbuster of the year. “No movie can survive only due to star power or marketing skills or release period. The fact that Sultan has solid content and the word of mouth is super strong, are factors  likely to ensure the film  enjoy a good, meritorious run in days to come.”

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About Sultan’s mammoth success trade analyst Atul Mohan says, “It was expected. If Salman doesn’t then who else do you expect to do the magic? Salman Khan, Yashraj Films and Eid. It couldn’t have got bigger and better than this. But most importantly the credit must also be given to Ali Abbas Zafar  the director. He did his homework properly and delivered a fine story. Had the writing department gone little haywire the reports and reviews could have another story to tell. He held his nerve and delivered as expected. See what happened to the same responsibility given to Manish Sharma by Yashraj for Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan?”

With Madaari bowing out of the race on July 15, it’s up to Indra Kumar’s sex comedy Great Grand Masti and the super-successful Hollywood animation franchise Ice Age Collision Course in 3D to wean audiences away from the Salmania that grips the boxoffice.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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