Box Office: Padmaavat records a huge extended weekend

Padmaavat recorded a huge extended weekend of 110 crore nett apprx which includes four days plus paid previews. This has been done with 25% of the total market missing over the four days. The real value of this business is around 145 crore nett if you apply the territory figures which would have come if it played all over.

The business on Sunday is 30 crore nett apprx which again is huge if we consider Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh missing and some other parts of the country. The film is looking the biggest outright Hindi film South India has seen as the collections started at record levels and have held. Mumbai / Maharashtra has also seen record collections.


The key belts of Delhi NCR and East Punjab are not huge but have trended very strong post Republic Day and look set for a good run. This area has never come on for a Bhansali film in a big way like this. Devdas did well enough but not great.

The film has done exceptionally well to get this far considering the release and now its about the crucial weekdays because due to the release problems and the huge cost it still has a bit of work to do despite the huge extended weekend business.

The film will hold as the trend is strong especially in places where the film could have have come down but the big question is how strong the hold will be and can it get close to the Thursday number or maybe even cross it if the it can get screenings at more places on Monday.

I wonder what the Karni Sena is shouting and raging about: Asha Parekh on Padmaavat:

Asha Parekh on Padmaavat: I wonder what the Karni Sena is shouting and raging about
Hema Malini, Asha Parekh and Waheeda Rehman cannot stop raving about Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Padmaavat and say that this is a film that will be remembered forever.

“The nation has gone mad,” said a furious Asha Parekh, the veteran actress who saw Padmaavat a few days back at a special screening organised by the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “Believe me, I haven’t been able to sleep. I am in a trance after watching the film,” said Asha, an unabashed fan of Bhansali’s work.

“The work he extracts from his actors… I wish I could become 30 years younger to play a Bhansali heroine. But having said that, I would like to congratulate Deepika Padukone for her performance. “If today I had to make a film on Rani Padmavati, I would cast none other but Deepika,” she said. Asha watched the special screening on Thursday.


“Her grace, when she dances or acts is simply commendable. Ranveer Singh is the epitome of evil… Every frame in the film is bewitching. And the “Ghoomar” dance that they’ve objected to is so beautiful!” the veteran actress said.

“I wonder what the Karni Sena is shouting and raging about! There is nothing against the Rajputs in the film. Bhansali glorifies the community like no other film before.

“History will remember what Bhansali has achieved in Padmaavat. History will also remember what we allowed some section to do to him for mistakes that he never made…

“Haan ek ghalti unhone zaror kee (Yes, there is one mistake that he definitely committed). He dared to make a film that can rival Mughal-e-Azam in vision and scale,” she added. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali sees a lot of Waheeda Rehman in Deepika Padukone.

And Waheeda just cannot stop raving about Padmaavat. “Main kya kahoon? (What can I say?) I am short of words. This is a film that will be remembered forever. Every frame is perfect.

“Lagta hi nahin ke koi cheez asli nahin hai (It all appears so real that you forget its fiction). The way he lights every shot… As though he used no artificial light but only the sun, the moon and the torched flames that were used in those days.”

Waheeda is specially enamoured by the songs and dances. “We’ve a rich tradition of dancing and singing in our country. We sing and we dance on every occasion. “I’ve done some dancing myself that were well appreciated in films like Guide. In the West, people in love head straight for the bed. In our cinema songs are a means to show love and romance.”

“Sadly we don’t have that much singing and dancing in our movies any more. All the music is put in the background. “It’s very reassuring to see the semi-classical heritage revived in Bhansali’s films. Far from causing hurt or insult to any community, Padmaavat makes us proud as Indians.

“We should be showering flowers on Bhansali, not pelting him and his film with stones,” she added.

Hema Malini, who is a member of the ruling government, exercises all her self control from speaking out. But she cannot help saying, “What is happening with Bhansali is not right at all. But I can’t say too much. Or it will become a headline. But I’d like to say that all those who are stopping us Indians from watching this beautiful Indian film should be taken to task.”

The Dream Girl calls Padmaavat a “dream come true”.

IIM-Ahmedabad to Study Blockbuster Success of Film 'Baahubali'

IIM-Ahmedabad to Study Blockbuster Success of Film 'Baahubali'
The case study, to be completed in another four months, is part of a course that focusses on the business of the Indian film industry, starting from the selection of scripts to the films hitting the screens.

The Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA) is working on a case study on blockbuster "Baahubali" to highlight how art, business and technology combined to deliver a hugely successful film franchise.


Being authored by IIMA alumnus and visiting faculty Bharathan Kandaswamy, the case study is part of an elective course on movie business offered to the second year students of the institute's flagship programme in management.

"Baahubali is a path-breaking Indian movie that combines art, business, and technology in a brilliant way. Most of the time, films are creative and artistic but are not able to do good business. Sometimes the technology is not used effectively enough," Kandaswamy said.

"At times the story is great but is not executed well. And then, sometimes, we have mediocre stories that get a decent opening due to good marketing, but the movie does not sustain due to the weak story," he added.

"In the case of Baahubali, the three elements of art, technology and business have come together and that is the reason why the movie and its sequel have been successful," he said.

He said his case study would focus on "Baahubali- The Beginning" and its sequel, "Baahubali- The Conclusion", and would attempt to unravel its "success mantra".

Both the films were directed by SS Rajamouli and earned over Rs 1,000 crore at the domestic and international box office.

Kandaswamy, who is associated with a south Indian production house, Kavithalayaa Productions, which made films like Mani Ratnam's "Roja" and Kamal Haasan starrer "Ek Duje Ke Liye", is the brain behind an elective course called 'Contemporary Film Industry-Business Perspective,' which was launched at the IIMA in 2008-09.

The case study, to be completed in another four months, is part of a course that focusses on the business of the Indian film industry, starting from the selection of scripts to the films hitting the screens, Kandaswamy said.

"The course covers all aspects of a movie, from the selection of good script to its post-production. Film financing, how to raise funds, how to deal with movies, are covered. There are also sessions on marketing, distribution, and promotion of films," he said.

Last year, a chapter was added on how entities like Amazon, Netflix and Hotstar were causing digital disruption in the film industry, he said.

The course has produced three case studies so far related to the film industry including one on the film "Roja" and another on the success of Rajinikanth-starrer "Muthu" in overseas markets like Japan.

Sushmita Sen Ready To Return, Looking For 'Perfect Script'

Sushmita Sen Ready To Return, Looking For 'Perfect Script'
Sushmita, along with younger daughter Alisah, was present at the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation's Republic Day celebration with kids on Friday.

Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, who was last seen in 2010 film No Problem, says that she has been looking at scripts for the past one and a half years.

Sushmita, along with younger daughter Alisah, was present at the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation's Republic Day celebration with kids on Friday.


Asked when could the fans expect her return, Sushmita said: "I have been looking at scripts again for the past one and a half year.

"I think I am ready to commit six months of my life to a film. But, just because I am ready, doesn't mean the perfect script is ready for me."

The 1994 Miss Universe also revealed that her greatest ambition was not to become a star but to remain connected with people.

"Like I have always said, I will find a way to stay connected with you people. My greatest ambition wasn't to become a movie star but it was to stay connected with people.

"I am very blessed that God gave me that opportunity to become an actor..."

Felt Reduced to Vagina After Viewing Padmaavat, Swara Bhaskar Tells Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Swara Bhaskar said she was hopeful that Bhansali would offer "some sort of a critique" of Sati and Jauhar in the film.

Actor Swara Bhaskar, who is known for being outspoken about her thoughts and has constantly portrayed characters with great strength, has called out director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for glorifying Sati and Jauhar in his film Padmaavat, in an open letter published in The Wire on Saturday.

Extremely disappointed by the film's climax, which features Padmavati (played by Deepika Padukone) walking in immense anger as other women follow her to commit self-immolation, Swara said after watching the particular scene "I felt reduced to a vagina–only" as it made her feel like all the "minor achievements that women and women’s movements have made over the years– like the right to vote, the right to education, equal pay for equal work, maternity leave... all of it was pointless; because we were back to basics."


The actor said she understands that Jauhar and Sati are a part of India's social history but that certainly doesn't mean that one should make a film about it with no perspective or, without a comment on such a "misogynistic" practice.

"Practices like Sati, Jauhar, FGM, Honour Killings should not be glorified because they don’t merely deny women equality, they deny women personhood. They deny women humanity. They deny women the right to life," Swara wrote.

Swara said she was hopeful that Bhansali would offer "some sort of a critique" of Sati and Jauhar in the film.

"Your act of thoughtlessly glorifying this misogynistic criminal practice is something you ought to answer for, Sir. As your ticket- buying audience, I have the right to ask you how and why you did this.

"Your cinema particularly is inspiring, evocative and powerful. It can move audiences to emotional highs and lows. It can influence thinking and that, Sir, is why you must be responsible as to what it is you are doing and saying in your film," she added.

She signed off the letter as "Swara Bhasker, Desirous of Life".

Why Mira Nair Did not direct Harry Potter 4 when she got the Offer

Mira Nair Reveals Why She Turned Down The Offer To Direct Harry Potter 4. Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the 60-year-old director said despite being a big budget and "completely hot button" film, she always wanted to make it.

Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair has said her 2012 movie The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a post-9/11 political thriller based on an eponymous novel, was the "hardest" film she has ever made.


Speaking at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the 60-year-old director said despite being a big budget and "completely hot button" film, she always wanted to make it.

Nair said she was moved by the narrative of the 2007 best-selling novel by Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid.

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the hardest film I ever made because it took five years to finance that film. I have never had trouble raising money but this was a big film. Many stars, global appetite and many countries, it cost millions," she said.

"A completely hot button film. The story of a young Asian man post-9/11 who loved America and then gets disillusioned.

That is an amazing story. What Mohsin Hamid wrote spoke deeply to me, but to finance that film was not easy," she said.

Noting that the struggle is to preserve the voice, Nair said instinct was the only thing that differentiated her from others - and each one of us from the rest.

"What happens in Hollywood or in any mass market place is that they work on you to lose your instinct. They work on you to make you what is supposedly the mainstream. But in my case I have preserved it," she said yesterday.

The filmmaker revealed that she was approached for Harry Potter 4 ('Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'), but she turned down the offer from Warner Brothers as she had to focus on The Namesake, a film based on a novel of the same name by Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri.

"(Warner Brothers) approached me after the success of Vanity Fair. I turned it down for Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake'. I was deep into making 'The Namesake'. My mother- in-law had just passed away.

"An unexpected death due to medical malpractice and I was deep in melancholy and that is what inspired me to make 'The Namesake'. Because Jhumpa has written in it about this terrible melancholy of losing a parent in a foreign country which is what I was experiencing," Nair said.

"I was a month away from shooting 'The Namesake' when they offered me Harry Potter. I asked my son what should I do, and he said to me: 'Mamma, many good directors can make Harry Potter, but only you can make The Namesake'. It was such a clear statement," she said.

Recounting her college days, Nair said she had played Cleopatra opposite Shashi Tharoor at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, with noted novelist Amitav Ghosh being the chief slave.

"I grew up finding enchantment in small things and had an unscheduled life, not knowing exactly what to do... My roots are so strong that I do believe I can fly. They (roots) are not going to change no matter where I live. It is the rootedness that keeps me grounded," she said.

Talking about Salaam Bombay, a movie that catapulted her into limelight, Nair said it was the first Indian film to get international recognition.

"Yet, I did not have stars (in the film) to promote it.

It was all about incredible street children. 'Salaam Bombay' put India on a map like never before. The greatest thing about the film was that it changed lives," she said.

Describing herself as an Iyengar Yoga enthusiast, Nair said the ancient Indian meditation practice kept her "sane, strong and flexible".

"It keeps me grounded or otherwise I will become a drug addict... The good thing about Yoga is that it teaches the art of resistance and surrender," she said.

Commenting about her ability to spot talent and getting the best out of them, she said, "I work with my actors with love, that is how I get the best out of them".

"The stories that get under my skin, that attract me are the ones that ultimately become the theme of my movies," she added.

My Parents Were Confident I Could Handle the Threats: Deepika Padukone On Padmaavat Threats

Deepika On Padmaavat Threats: My Parents Were Confident I Could Handle It, Never Had Once Asked If They Should Come and Live With Me. The film "Padmaavat" went through a lot of turmoil as Shri Rajput Karni Sena objected to its making and release over alleged misinterpretation of the Rajput community's history.

Actor Deepika Padukone, who faced threats over Padmaavat, says she remained confident throughout the row due to the upbringing she got from her parents, who were full of pride after watching the movie.

At a select media meet over a Marwari thali here on Saturday, Deepika looked calm, content and relaxed after the release of Padmaavat. She is counting her blessings.

"My parents are immensely proud. I saw that pride on their face. Mom and dad made a video call after their screening finished late at night and I was in my pyjama and going to bed. So for them, they just saw the film and then me... So, their expression was like, 'Is she our daughter?' I saw their expression and they were both brimming and glowing with pride," Deepika said.


The film Padmaavat went through a lot of turmoil as Shri Rajput Karni Sena objected to its making and release over alleged misinterpretation of the Rajput community's history.

However, Deepika exuded confidence at any press conference of public interaction she attended, thereby dealing with the situation gracefully.

Where does she gather the confidence from?

"You know, my parents never once had asked me if they should come and live with me during that whole phase because they were confident about the fact that I can handle this. That is my spirit, that is how we (my sister and I) have been brought up. We have learnt that what is right is right, what is wrong is wrong," said Deepika, daughter of former badminton player Prakash Padukone.

Deepika plays Rani Padmavati in Padmaavat, based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poem "Padmavat".

"Playing the character fascinated me about how her personality is very relevant in the present time. She is like me -- a strong, intelligent and elegant woman... And when I played her on-screen, I saw a little bit of myself there.

"But her character was so deep, she is a queen who doesn't speak very much but conveys everything in her way. That was a challenge to play," she said.

While drawing out the difference between Rani Padmavati and Mastani of "Bajirao Mastani", Deepika said: "She is not a warrior like Mastani, so she is not picking up the sword and fighting, but her silent strength leads her to the right direction to deal with the toughest situation.

"She is a queen, and under any situation, she never lost her poise, her elegant and calm self. But I feel she is a warrior in her way."

With Padmaavat, Deepika has clocked a trilogy of films with Bhansali after Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

Not one to usually keep a track of the number game, Deepika said: "This time, I am talking about it because I feel a sense of responsibility. The character Padmavati is so strong and inspirational that it touches your heart.

"When I was working on the film, I did not expect this kind of appreciation. Of course, we knew that it is going to be a very special film as it's my third film with Sanjay.

"There was an apprehension due to that as well... That how differently he can present me, but now after the release of the film, there is a feeling of sheer blessing. I think I am very fortunate," said Deepika, who was overwhelmed with joy.

I’m not a liar, so I can’t turn around and say it doesn’t: Priyanka Chopra talks about questions on child marriage and rapes in India

Priyanka Chopra talks about questions on child marriage and rapes in India
Actor Priyanka Chopra, who is in the US for her American TV series, Quantico, says questions about child marriage and rapes in India make her feel like coming back and doing something.


The videos of actor Priyanka Chopra with underprivileged children from across the globe have touched the hearts of many.

Talking about her meetings, she says that the children have changed her “completely”. The actor adds, “Philanthropy was a very big part of my upbringing. My family always believed that no matter where you are, no matter how bad your conditions are, there will always be someone who is worse off than you. So, you have to sort of understand the privilege we come from, and from that privilege comes the social responsibility.”

Priyanka, a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, has often urged people to speak up for children. “I think that from the time when I became Miss World, I became an adult... in a way when I won, even though I was 17, I grew up suddenly. I felt... I have a position that [I could] use to be able to actually make a tangible difference in the world, and not just talk about it, but do it,” she says. “And then, I started looking for ways to be able to do it. So, I associated with a lot of causes, I met a lot of people, and a lot of organisations that actually did what I wanted to do. My relationship with Unicef started about 11 years ago and it still continues,” says the 35-year-old actor.

Does she have to face questions such as: does child marriage still happen in India? “Yeah, of course,” she says. “I can’t give you names. A generic thought is [about] arranged marriage, child marriage, rapes... those are the questions,” says Priyanka.

“It makes me want to come back and do something about it. I’m not a liar, so I can’t turn around and say it doesn’t [happen]. But at the same time, I’m not going to be someone who says that’s all India stands for. Every country has its own issues. We have these issues; they [West] have their issues. The point is finding a solution, and that’s what I try to focus on.”

Love to see Hum Aapke Hain Koun remak With Alia-Varun cast: Renuka Shahane

I’d love to see Alia-Varun cast in Hum Aapke Hain Koun remake: Renuka Shahane
Actor Renuka Shahane, the beloved Bhabhi of Hum Aapke Hain Koun, says that if the film is revisited, she would want to see Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan play the roles that had Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan.

It has been 23 years since actor Renuka Shahane played the role of a doting daughter, loving bahu, and everyone’s favourite bhabhi in Sooraj Barjatya’s romantic comedy Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! Even today, it is her best remembered role.


Following the successful remakes of big hits from the past — recent examples are Judwaa 2 and Ittefaq — we ask Renuka about her thoughts on a remake of Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!, which remains one of Bollywood’s milestone movies. Renuka says, “Revisiting Hum Aapke Hain Koun would surely bring something different this time around. If it’s remade for the younger generation, I think they’d like to see the characters in a modern sort of way.”

Stating that the film, which had Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in the lead roles, would still be relevant, Renuka adds, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun is a very family-oriented film, where everyone loves each other. It started this whole plethora of sangeet, mehendi functions at all family weddings. And that has not gone out of fashion yet, so, definitely, a Hum Aapke Hain Koun remake would still work. And I’d love to see Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan play the new-age Nisha and Prem.”

Renuka also points out that with the advent of technology, the Hum Aapke Hain Koun remake would be quite different and exciting. “Now with mobile phones, Facebook and Twitter, I don’t know how the makers would show the whole Tuffy (the family pet in the original film) thing. The climax scene, where Tuffy brings the letter to Mohnishji (Bahl) and he finds out about Nisha’s real feelings for Prem, would not be the same. But yeah, it’s worth revisiting and would be so much fun.”

On whether she’d be keen to play a part in it, Renuka excitedly says, “Oh yes! I am always open to working with Rajshri Productions. It’s like my mykaa [parents’ home]. They are dream producers to work with. Sooraj [Barjatya] is such a fine gentleman.”

However, she is quick to add, “But my character is already dead in the film. So I don’t think I’ll have much to do, if at all there’s a remake. I know it’s sad.”

On the work front, though Renuka has been away from the big screen for quite some time now, she says that she isn’t averse to a comeback in Bollywood. “I’m open to getting scripts where Bollywood is concerned, as long as it suits my taste and the filmmakers are good,” she says. “I have done a film that will release soon and my character is really interesting, something that’s completely different from the image that everyone has of me.”

Pics: Deepika Padukone enjoys a Marwari thali in Mumbai as she celebrates Padmaavat’s success.

Deepika Padukone enjoys a Marwari thali in Mumbai as she celebrates Padmaavat’s success. See pics
Deepika Padukone celebrated the success of her film Padmaavat by feasting on scrumptious Marwari thali.

Deepika Padukone, who faced threats over Padmaavat, says she remained confident throughout the row due to the upbringing she got from her parents, who were full of pride after watching the movie.

At a select media meet over a Marwari thali here on Saturday, Deepika looked calm, content and relaxed after the release of Padmaavat. She is counting her blessings.

“My parents are immensely proud. I saw that pride on their face. Mom and dad made a video call after their screening finished late at night and I was in my pyjama and going to bed. So for them, they just saw the film and then me... So, their expression was like, ‘Is she our daughter?’ I saw their expression and they were both brimming and glowing with pride,” Deepika said.

The film Padmaavat went through a lot of turmoil as Shri Rajput Karni Sena objected to its making and release over alleged misinterpretation of the Rajput community’s history.



However, Deepika exuded confidence at any press conference of public interaction she attended, thereby dealing with the situation gracefully.

Where does she gather the confidence from?

“You know, my parents never once had asked me if they should come and live with me during that whole phase because they were confident about the fact that I can handle this. That is my spirit, that is how we (my sister and I) have been brought up. We have learnt that what is right is right, what is wrong is wrong,” said Deepika, daughter of former badminton player Prakash Padukone.

Deepika plays Rani Padmavati in Padmaavat, based on 16th century poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat.

“Playing the character fascinated me about how her personality is very relevant in the present time. She is like me -- a strong, intelligent and elegant woman... And when I played her on-screen, I saw a little bit of myself there.

“But her character was so deep, she is a queen who doesn’t speak very much but conveys everything in her way. That was a challenge to play,” she said.

While drawing out the difference between Rani Padmavati and Mastani of Bajirao Mastani, Deepika said: “She is not a warrior like Mastani, so she is not picking up the sword and fighting, but her silent strength leads her to the right direction to deal with the toughest situation.

“She is a queen, and under any situation, she never lost her poise, her elegant and calm self. But I feel she is a warrior in her way.”

With Padmaavat, Deepika has clocked a trilogy of films with Bhansali after Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

Not one to usually keep a track of the number game, Deepika said: “This time, I am talking about it because I feel a sense of responsibility. The character Padmavati is so strong and inspirational that it touches your heart.

“When I was working on the film, I did not expect this kind of appreciation. Of course, we knew that it is going to be a very special film as it’s my third film with Sanjay.

“There was an apprehension due to that as well... That how differently he can present me, but now after the release of the film, there is a feeling of sheer blessing. I think I am very fortunate,” said Deepika, who was overwhelmed with joy.

Maheck Chahal reveals her marriage plans: Ashmit and I will have a destination wedding by this year end

Maheck Chahal reveals her marriage plans: Ashmit and I will have a destination wedding by this year end
Actors Maheck Chahal and Ashmit Patel are all set to tie the knot this year but they will have a small and intimate ceremony outside the country.

Another celebrity couple is ready to say ‘I Do’. After a surprise engagement last year in Spain, actors Maheck Chahal and Ashmit Patel are planning to tie the knot by the end of this year. And in keeping with the current fad of destination wedding, the couple is also set to have a low-key ceremony outside of India, a la Virushka.

“It will be a destination wedding. I am born and raised in Norway, so my whole family is in Norway, and half of Ashmit’s family lives in Europe. Our wedding will take place in the second half of this year. We are yet to zero down on the date,” Maheck reveals.

The couple have known each other for more than 12 years and started dating few years ago. Maheck says the concept of a grand wedding ceremony with extended families no longer makes sense in today’s scenario and that is why most couples these days are opting for destination weddings with close friends and family.

“We will have a small intimate wedding attended by family and close friends. I don’t want to get all worked up in my own wedding. Even Anushka [Sharma] had a small, intimate wedding. Everyone is doing that. It makes more sense to have a small wedding and go for a grand honeymoon,” she adds.

But Maheck is yet to get into the bride mode as she is busy with the renovation of the couple’s house. The actor says before getting married, she wants to get their home ready so that it is an easy transition.

“People get married and then renovate their houses; we are doing it the other way around. We want to spend good money in our house because we are going to live it.”

Both Maheck and Ashmit were seen in the recently released film Nirdosh, which also stars Arbaaz Khan and Manjari Fadnnis.This is the first time that the couple has worked together in a feature film; they have earlier participated in a TV reality show (Bigg Boss).

“I want to work with him again. I want to do a period film or a story set in a village or small town in which we will get the opportunity to be in a completely different zone and in different characters,” says Maheck.

Tiger Zinda Hai actor Sajjad Delafrooz: People know that the person playing villain’s role is also an actor

Tiger Zinda Hai actor Sajjad Delafrooz: People know that the person playing villain’s role is also an actor. Actor Sajjad Delafrooz of Tiger Zinda Hai fame says that he never had any inhibitions about making his big Bollywood debut playing a negative role.

Actor Sajjad Delafrooz won a million hearts when he played the role of Abu Usman, the terrifying yet suave antagonist in Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hai (December, 2017). While many would think twice before making a debut playing a negative character, Sajjad says that he didn’t have any such inhibitions. “I don’t believe feels apprehensive of these things, because the audience is more aware of movies now. They even know how movies are made,” says the 34-year-old, adding that often people have told him about the cameras being used.


“So, that means the audience knows that the person who’s playing the villain’s role is also an actor and is just playing a part on-screen. And therefore, it’s not worrying at all. That’s a good thing rather, as it gives us the actors, more choices to play different roles,” adds the Iran-born actor.

Also, many actors think that debuting with a certain role leads to getting typecast easily, as filmmakers offer them similar roles in future, too. Sajjad, however, says that he doesn’t fear that anything of that sort might happen to him as he progresses in his acting career. “It’s very interesting — acting and fear — they are always in fight. For me, when I decided to become an actor, I told myself I should not have fear anymore. But of course, as human beings, we always have fear. It just depends on us how we fight it,” he explains.

As for getting stereotyped as a villain, he states, “I don’t have that [ or feel that way]. Because even doing a villainous role, it is a different role, and challenging, too. And that’s all I want to do.”

He says it’s an added advantage that even an antagonist today is considered as a parallel lead. “I’ve been trying so hard for many years to get a good role. So I was just so happy to work with Salman and an amazing director like Ali [Abbaz Zafar]. All I was looking for was a chance. I don’t feel that newcomers care if the role would have the same impact as a hero or the lead role, today. They always look for that right chance, and if they get it, nothing else matters,” the actor concludes.

Padmaavat box office report day 3: Deepika-Ranveer’s film is on an epic run, Collects more than Rs 83 crore at the box office

Padmaavat box office day 3: Deepika-Ranveer’s film is on an epic run, crosses Rs 83 crore. After facing so many controversies and death threats, the Padmaavat has taken the box office by storm and raked in Rs 83 crore in three days of its release, including paid previews.

After facing so many controversies and death threats, the Padmaavat has taken the box office by storm and raked in Rs 83 crore in three days of its release, including paid previews.


The movie had collected Rs 5 crore on January 24 (paid reviews), Rs 19 crore on Day 1 of the release, Rs 32 crore on Friday and Rs 27 crore on Saturday bringing the total collection of the film to Rs 83 crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the figures on his Twitter.
Despite Padmaavat not releasing in some parts of the country, the film has opened to a phenomenal response at the Box Office. 
continues to SPARKLE... Biz on Sat [after a big holiday on Fri] was EXCEPTIONAL... Will comfortably cross ₹ 100 cr mark today [Sun]… Wed [limited preview shows] 5 cr, Thu 19 cr, Fri 32 cr, Sat 27 cr. Total: ₹ 83 cr. India biz.

The movie is also performing well in the overseas markets as the movie earned Rs 4.65 crore in Australia, Rs 2.34 crore in the UK, Rs 76.10 lakh in New Zealand and Rs 52.45 lakh in Germany.
is ROCKING in key international markets...

AUSTRALIA
Thu A$ 363,973
Fri A$ 537,530
Sat A$ 462,288
Total: A$ 1,363,791 [₹ 7.04 cr]@Rentrak

UK-IRELAND
Thu £ 115,710
Fri £ 184,977
Sat £ 234,841 [some locations yet to be updated]
Total: £ 535,528 [₹ 4.82 cr]@Rentrak


The movie stars Deepika Padukone in the lead role of Rani Padmini. Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh portrays Alauddin Khilji, the 13th Century ruler of the Khilji Dynasty.

Padmaavat box Office Collections on the First Saturday

Padmaavat has emerged a huge winner at the box office as it grossed 27.50 crore nett on Saturday to take its three day total to 80.50 crore nett including paid previews. The film did not even drop in Delhi city and East Punjab after the big national holiday as these circuits have come on board in a huge way which is a first for a Bhansali film.


The film could now go anywhere as now the content has worked and its getting the numbers whereas initially it was external factors. The film is a universal winner which means the circuits not playing would also have been doing optimum business. It is that first huge blockbuster in the 20 odd career of Sanjay Leela Bhansali but whether the blockbuster numbers come is anoather matter as the film is not being allowed to do its maximum business. Slowly more places are opening up but still a lot of potential business is missing.

Normally Sunday growth would be huge for the film but here the big growth areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and CI are not playing and other huge growth areas like UP and Bihar are not at full potential. The business of Padmaavat till date is as follows.

Thursday - 4,25,00,000 apprx

Friday - 17,75,00,000 apprx

Saturday - 31,00,00,000 apprx

Sunday - 27,50,00,000 apprx

Grand Total - 80,50,00,000

Note the Saturday figures may have plus/minus 5% variance due to the clustered release of the film.

Padmaavat Sets All Time Record In USA And Canada Box Office

Padmaavat set an all time record in US /Canada for a the opening day with business of $1.20 million apprx. Bahubali - The Conclusion has a higher number with $4.75m but that was in three languages with the Telugu version getting most of the business. The only other film to cross $1 million in US / Canada is Dhoom3.


The director has strong follwing in the North American mearket with most of his films doing well since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in 1998. Below are the top opening days in US / Canada

1. Padmaavat - $1.200,000

2. Dhoom 3 - $1,082,000

3. PK - $991,000

4. Dangal - $889,000

5. Chennai Express - $760,000

The film had grossed $500,000 on previews the day before which takes the total of the film to $1.7 million. The film has the potential to be the highest grossing Hindi film in US / Canada. Thisis the trend in South India and US market normally is very similar.

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