Vir Das, one the busiest stand up comedians in Bollywood these days has gone on to state that he is open to do any kind of show on the small screen but no reality shows please!
It is turning out to be a good season for Bollywood as week after week, there is some good news trickling in. Depending upon their scale and expense, films are taking adequate openings at the box office and turning out to be profitable ventures. Same has now happened in case of ‘Lafangey Parindey’ as well which, as predicted last week, took a 50% opening and managed to hold on well over the weekend. With close to 10 crores coming in the first week, the film has managed to get into a safe zone right away and should be an earner for all.
Bollywood movie titles are truly getting ‘adventurous’ and whether this is a welcome change or not, ‘only time will tell’. Forget the unconventional makers, even the mainstream banners are opting for ‘weird’ names for their enterprise.
Yash Raj Films certainly has it’s own strange way of operating. When they wish, they promote a film to the fullest, case in point being ‘Badmaash Company’. On the other hand they sometimes choose to keep low even when they have a good film (Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year) and actor (Ranbir Kapoor) in hand. One doesn’t quite know as of now to which extreme does ‘Lafangey Parindey’ fits in but the fact remains that this Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone starrer is yet another instance of a Yash Raj film not being promoted optimally.
Ok, so the makers of ‘Milenge Milenge’ have led everyone to believe that their film is a success. While some may argue that how a film that nets just a little over 10 crores in its first week could be termed as a success in today’s time, especially since it stars top players like Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, producer Boney Kapoor has a strong reasoning. After all, the film was made on a medium budget half a decade back and even if one counted the interest, the ROI (return on investment) has been gladdening.
If Bollywood’s future for the second decade of the millennium is to be gauged, 2010 is just the right year. Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Imran Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh are said to be the future of Hindi film industry and each of the actors has prestigious films lined for release this year. Shahid Kapoor has got success in the form of ‘Badmaash Company’ while Neil Nitin Mukesh is gearing up for ‘Lafange Parinde’. Meanwhile Ranbir Kapoor has seen a blockbuster for himself in the form of ‘Raajneeti’. Now it’s the turn of Imran Khan to repeat the same with ‘I Hate Luv Storys’ which is carrying very good reports.
The anti-piracy coalition between Bollywood and Hollywood studios continues its efforts to nab movie pirates with several raids conducted across Mumbai between 18th June 2010 and 20th June 2010. During the raids more than 600 DVDs of Raavan were seized – the latest one of Mani Ratnam starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwariya Rai and South Indian superstar Vikram.
‘Badmaash Company’ has proven to be a good success at the box office and in the process of that happening; Anushka Sharma has now maintained her hit record. After ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ where she scored a six with Shah Rukh Khan, she has hit a boundary with Shahid Kapoor now too. In the meanwhile, work has already begun with her next film with Yash Raj Films.
Seems like our filmmakers are keen to recreate the era gone by. Several films have been set in earlier times. We saw the retro look in Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om too The recent Badmaash Company and Shootout at Lokhandwala were set in the 1990’s. Two upcoming films Action Replay and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai will once more bring back the earlier age on screen.
No new release in the week prior to the arrival of ‘Rajneeti’ was bound to benefit ‘Housefull’ as well as ‘Badmaash Company’. This was pretty much seen with regular moviegoers queuing up all over again for the last two films. The result was there to be seen as ‘Housefull’ as well as ‘Badmaash Company’ enjoyed an extended run with a bare minimum fall from the prior week.