Chiru To Dance To The Tunes Of Cherry!
By Swathi Ganti
News about Megastar Chiranjeevi doing a guest appearance in Power Star Ram Charan’s upcoming film Bruce Lee has been doing the rounds.
Now the latest we hear is that Chiru will be foot tapping for a peppy dance number in the film. Rumour has it that Tollywood’s top actresses Tamannaah or Ileana will be participating in the song.
However there is no official confirmation on the same. Yennai Arindhal fame Arun Vijay has been chosen as the baddie for this project. Rakul Preet is cast opposite Cherry in this mega packed action entertainer.
It can be recalled that Cherry will be seen as a stuntman in the movie. Let’s wait and see if the Mega Dad and son combination will re create magic on screen or not!
A Voluntary Contribution Putting An End To ‘Lingaa’ Controversy
The long drawn battle over the repayment of losses suffered by the distributors and theatre owners by screening Superstar Rajinikanth starrer ‘Lingaa’ is finally coming to an end. Though Rajini came forward to compensate the losses suffered by the stakeholders of his film on moral grounds several months ago Distributors and theatre owners who alleged foul play and said they are yet to receive the compensation they were promised.
Some of them tried to stall the release of Vishal starrer ‘Paayum Puli’ the film produced by Vendhar Movies the same banner which acquired the Tamil Nadu distribution rights of ‘Lingaa’. In a closed-door meeting held yesterday in which the Tamil Film Producers Council members including its President and producer Kalaipuli.S.Thanu, S.Madhan of Vendhar Movies banner and also the prominent distributors and Theatre owners participated.
In that meeting, an amicable solution seems to have evolved as per sources close to Indiaglitz. The source which had access to what has transpired in the meeting shared the following piece of information with Indiaglitz: The total amount payable as compensation to distributors and theatre owners who had screened ‘Lingaa’ was Rs.12 crores. The Superstar accepted to share the 50%t of the total amount that is Rs.6 crores.
The film’s producer Rockline Venkatesh had to take care of the remaining amount but he could give only Rs.4.5 crores and this was the issue that stalled the settlement to distributors and theatre owners. Now a prominent distributor Tiruppur Subramanian seems to have volunteered to contribute the remaining amount of Rs.1.5 crores payable to distributors and theatre owners.
Hence all the controversies surrounding ‘Lingaa’ can be expected to end very soon. Tiruppur Subramanian is a distributor who has screened many Rajinikanth films in the past and he has done this as a token of gratitude to the Superstar. We will however, wait for an official confirmation from Tiruppur Subramanian regarding this devel.
Alia Bhatt Keen To Learn From Shah Rukh Khan
Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who would be seen alongside Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Johar’s upcoming film, says working with the superstar would be a great learning opportunity for her. Johar has announced his next home production with Alia and SRK to be helmed by Gauri Shinde of English Vinglish fame.
It is not clear yet if SRK and Alia would be romantically paired opposite each other in the film. The 22-year-old actress is very excited to share space with the Om Shanti Om star. “I am very excited to be working with him (Shah Rukh Khan). He is the biggest superstar. It is a dream come true moment,” Alia told PTI. “He is one of the best and respectable actors in the industry.
I would get so much to learn from him. It is a great learning opportunity for me,” she said. “The pressure comes with every film. As actors we need to do our best… Impress the audience as they are the king. We need to justify their faith and give our best,” the Highway actress said.
Apparently the film narrates journey of a young girl played by Alia, who falls in love thrice and walking out of every relation with a new life lesson. “It is too early to talk about the concept of the film,” she added. Reportedly, the Student of the Year actress has begun shooting for Gauri Khan’s film while Shah Rukh is busy with “Dilwale”. On this Alia says, “The details would be given out soon.”
Alia is also looking forward to the release of Shaandaar in which she is paired opposite Shahid Kapoor. “I am excited as well as nervous for the film as after long time my film is coming up. It’s a fun, family film,” Alia said. Shaandaar, directed by Vikas Bahl, will hit the screens on October 22.
‘Housefull 3’ Boys Meet Ranbir Kapoor In London
“Housefull 3” stars Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani paid a visit to the set of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, to wish him and the film’s star Ranbir Kapoor luck. Johar began shooting for his directorial venture in the UK capital yesterday. “Thank you to the #Housefull3 boys!!!
Thank you for coming to wish us today!!! @juniorbachchan @Riteishd @bomanirani,” Johar posted on Twitter along with the picture of them. “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which dwells on relationships and heartbreaks, also stars Ranbir’s “Bombay Velvet” co-star Anushka Sharma and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles. Abhishek, Riteish and Boman are in London to shoot the third comic franchise of “Housefull”, which also has Akshay Kumar.
A Rajinikanth Presence In Kirumi Poster!
As the release date of Kirumi is nearing, the film’s promotional work is on in full swing. In order to pull the crowd’s attention, the makers of the film have released the posters of the film with the signature of Rajinikanth on it. It may be noted that the producer of the film Jayaraman, is a former assistant who has worked with Rajinikanth for almost 24 years. In fact, Jayaraman who is a hardcore fan of Rajinikanth approached the legendary actor to get his advice for his debut venture as a producer. The signature of Rajinikanth on the poster has not only driven his fans crazy but also thrilled the producer of the film Jayaraman.
Being an action thriller with a social message, the film has Kathir of Madhayanai Koottam fame and Reshmi Menon in the lead. Written by Manikandan, the director of Kaaka Muttai fame, the film is directed by newcomer Anucharan. The film will be released on September 24th under the banner of Escape Artists Motion Pictures along with Kutram Kadithal and Unakenna Venum Sollu. Let’s wait and watch the battle!
Why ‘Baahubali’ Will Beat ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ In The Box Office Race Soon!
Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prabhas’ Baahubali released a week away from each other and both the films have been instrumental in giving the industry over Rs 1200 crore alone in a matter of two months. It’s been over 50 days to their release but the movies are still running in some theatres worldwide. While Bajrangi Bhaijaan is slightly ahead, when it comes to the gross collections globally, the equations are definitely going to change soon. Why? Here’s the lowdown.
Baahubali versus Bajrangi Bhaijaan:
Baahubali created history by raking in Rs 50 crore from all versions on its opening day itself in the country. That’s by far the highest for any Indian film. Lauded for its terrific visual effects and spectacular cinematography, Baahubali won millions of hearts for its stylised sequences and breathtaking VFX.
Visually appealing, Baahubali raised the standards of VFX in India by notches and is definitely one of the strongest answers to a 300. People lapped it up and the amount of repeat audience ensured that there was steady flow of money for the film. In its two month run, the film collected a little over Rs 600 crore gross at the worldwide box office. Baahubali is now the third highest grossing Indian film ever with Rs 602 crore in its kitty.
On the contrary, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which released a week later scored high on the Salman Khan presence. But despite having his star presence, BB was an un-Salman film. Why? It wasn’t mindless and Salman was not doing what he usually does best- his trademark antics were missing. Instead, Kabir brought out the actor in him as he explored the Indo-Pakistan relationship with a lot of human emotions.
Brilliant performances and with an extremely emotional backdrop, Bajrangi Bhaijaan soon became the biggest blockbuster of the year so far. While in India itself, it netted in more than Rs 320 crore, overall the global gross collections stand at a whopping Rs 612 crore. With that, BB has also turned out to be the second highest grossing Indian film ever.
An International version of Baahubali?
After bamboozling the audiences all over, director SS Rajamouli has decided to make a special international version of his magnum opus as well. The international version has been cut down by nearly half an hour from its original 2 hours 39 minutes.
Baahubali, the Tamil-Telugu movie that has made more than Rs 600 crores so far, is all set to release in China. China’s E Stars Films has acquired the rights for SS Rajamouli film in China and will now release it in 5000 screens in the country.
The large-scale release in China means that 18% of all theatres in the country will screen this film. The Chinese version will be 20 minutes shorter than the Indian one. While the film has already collected more than Rs 600 crore, if it takes off well in China, it could well rake in much more. Currently, it is PK that holds the highest gross overseas collection. Incidentally, it was E Stars that had released Aamir Khan’s PK earlier in China.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan in trouble?
While Baahubali is now having another international version hitting the overseas market in phases soon, BB has no plans to do the same anytime in the near future. Will this affect Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s position in the collection table? Yes!
The gap between the two films is of merely Rs 10 crore which will easily be bridged once Baahubali hits the Chinese markets. With that, Baahubali will also sail past BB in the overseas game and will emerge as the second highest grosser of all times, tailing PK which sits comfortably at the top with a humongous Rs 752 crore gross collection all over the world.