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Padmaavat: US families book entire theatre, dance to Ghoomar dressed as Padmavati

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1: As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat continues to rule box offices across the globe, the craze for the film is only growing. A family in San Francisco Bay Area reportedly booked an entire theatre and watched the film dressed in Padmavati-like attire.

The film stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmini, Shahid Kapoor as Rajput king Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as invader Alauddin Khilji. The movie is based on the 13th century poem by Malik Mohammad Jayasi, Padmavat.

Trade analyst Komal Nahta shared a video on Twitter and wrote, “San Francisco Bay Area families bought a whole show of the movie theatre (in Sunnyvale, California) to see Padmaavat and there was a dress code - ‘Every one should dress like Padmavati.’ And before the show there was this dancing.”

Interestingly, Ghoomar was also played during a basketball match between Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat teams at the NBA (National Basketball Association) in the USA. Cheerleaders were seen dancing to the song during the match on January 28.

Among the many objections that protesters, lead by Karni Sena, had against the film, the Ghoomar song was one of the top pain points. They claimed the song demeaned Rani Padmini’s grace and honour.

Speaking about the protests, Bhansali has said, “The protests were illogical, they had no reasoning and there was nothing to be discussed. It had reached an obnoxious level with people sitting with swords on national television and giving death threats. There was no need for us to go around the town tom- tomming how honest and true we were. At the end, truth prevails.”

Padmaavat earns Rs 200 crore worldwide

NEW DELHI, Jan 29: Even as Padmaavat crossed Rs 100-cr-mark at the domestic ticket windows over the weekend, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus also surpassed the lifetime collections of Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale, Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai and Bajrangi Bhaijaan and is also likely to cross Aamir Khan’s Dangal records in Australia. The film is expected to earn about Rs 200 crore, according to a boxofficeindia report. The final figures will be updated in a few hours.

Sharing details on the figures for New Zealand, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “This may sound UNBELIEVABLE, but #Padmaavat has crossed *lifetime biz* of #Dilwale, #BajiraoMastani, #Sultan, #TigerZindaHai [still running] and #BajrangiBhaijaan in its *opening weekend* itself in Australia... Will cross #Dhoom3 today [Mon]… INCREDIBLE indeed!.. #Padmaavat is SENSATIONAL in key international markets... USA-Canada will be updated later... AUSTRALIA Weekend: A$ 1,728,642 [₹ 8.88 cr] UK Weekend: £ 846,024 [₹ 7.59 cr]Note: Some locations yet to be updated. NEW ZEALAND & FIJI Weekend: NZ$ 419,161 [₹ 1.95 cr].”

While claiming that the final figures are yet to arrive, the film trade website also noted that Padmaavat crossed $10 million in the Gulf and may have earned Rs 212 crore worldwide.

The Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-starrer collected Rs 110 crore in the domestic market.

Made at an estimated budget of Rs 180 crore, Padmaavat was expected to be one of the biggest releases of 2017, but almost a year long protest that often turned violent, and a delay at the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) postponed the film to January.

Padmaavat stars Deepika 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 to release across India, SC lifts ban imposed by 4 states

NEW DELHI, Jan 19: The Supreme Court has stayed a ban on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat imposed by four states, ensuring an all India release of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film on January 25. The ban was imposed by Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh despite the film being cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

SC stayed orders by the state governments that banned release of Padmaavat and restrained other states from issuing such a ban. The apex court said it is the duty of states to maintain law and order and that the creative content is an inseparable aspect of article 19 (1), freedom of speech and expression and needless to emphasise that right is not absolute.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles, Padmaavat is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat. Protests raged across India against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film for allegedly distorting history, a charge the filmmakers have vehemently denied.

Arguing on the behalf of the film’s producers, advocate Harish Salve was quoted by ANI as saying, “If states are banning a film, then it is destroying federal structure. It is a serious matter. If somebody has a problem,then he or she can approach appellate tribunal for relief. State can’t touch the content of a film.”

“Request the Central government to pass a direction to the states for a better and an effective step and solution,” he added.

The producers had filed a plea in the SC against the ban. In their plea, the producers questioned the right of these four state governments to ban the film when the apex court has already clarified that the film’s screening can only be suspended in a particular area if there is a law and order situation developing.

Originally titled Padmavati, the film’s name was changed to Padmaavat as suggested by the CBFC. The board recently cleared the film for release with U/A certificate and a set of five modifications. The movie has been facing violent protests by the fringe group, Shri Rajput Karni Sena who blame the director and lead actors of insulting Rajputs and the community’s honour. Protesters have issued death threats against Bhansali and Padukone while alleging that the queen is shown romancing Muslim emperor Alauddin Khilji in the movie – a charge the filmmakers have denied.

Slated to hit theatres on January 25, Padmaavat is now set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.

Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai film earns Rs 314.44 crore

NEW DELHI, Jan 10: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai continues to earn a good deal of money even in its third week. The film is still managing to attract audience to the theaters, taking its total collection at the box office to Rs 314.44 crore by Tuesday.

Though there is no big release till the last week of January, TZH is expected to slow down at the theaters since its target audience has already watched the film, perhaps multiple times.

Ardent Bhai fans would never miss his film, and that perhaps made Tubelight not such a big disaster, but the heady mix of action, romance and high-octane stunts that Tiger Zinda Hai provides has an almost universal audience and that is why the film has been such a ginormous success at the box office.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures. “#TigerZindaHai is ROCK-STEADY… [Week 3] Fri 3.72 cr, Sat 5.62 cr, Sun 8.27 cr, Mon 2.72 cr, Tue 2.56 cr. Total: ? 314.44 cr. India biz. #TZH… BLOCKBUSTER,” he said. It would be interesting to see whether it can maintain momentum for a week more since moviegoers are bored and are coming back again and again to see Tiger Zinda Hai in the absence of any other Bollywood fare in the theatres.

But even the most diehard Bhai fans have a breaking point. This is why after a certain time, even blockbusters like Tiger Zinda Hai are phased out by theatre owners. It is in theatres because there is still sufficient audience for it. But how long? Let us see.

Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai crosses Rs 250 cr mark

NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Tiger Zinda Hai has rescued the Bollywood box office suffering from declining footfall in cinema halls. Salman Khan’s film has emerged as the highest growing film of the year with almost Rs 250 crore in collection. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted the film’s business figures after eight days. As per him, Tiger Zinda Hai has garnered more than Rs 232 crore so far, and is likely to cross the Rs 250-crore mark on its ninth day at the ticket window.

The movie, which is a sequel to Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger, was released on 4500 screens in India. Internationally as well, the film had earned Rs 54.79 crore in the first weekend.

The movie’s dream run started on day one itself when it created the biggest ever non-holiday earning record by a Bollywood film by minting Rs 34 crore net. It then recorded the ‘biggest ever single day collection’ in the history of Bollywood by earning Rs 45.53 crore net on Day 3. It went on to record the highest ever three-day weekend and then the biggest ever four-day extended holiday weekend.

Previously, at an event, the 52-year-old actor praised his co-star Katrina Kaif, saying that this movie is her best work and director Ali Abbas Zafar has done an incredible job as the film would be a surprise for viewers.

Tiger Zinda Hai, which revolves around a plot that Indian RAW agent Avinash ‘Tiger’ Singh Rathore and Pakistani spy Zoya reunite after eight years to rescue captured nurses by the ISIL, released on December 22.

Tiger Zinda Hai crosses Rs 100 cr in box office collection

MUMBAI, Dec 25: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger Zinda Hai is having a dream run at the box office. In just three days of its release, the film has become a strong contender in the industry record books, smashing one record after the other.

Not only is its opening collection the highest ever in Bollywood (except for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion) but its first-weekend collection is also the highest ever in the industry. It has already surpassed the Rs 100 crore mark in just three days, so it will be fair for fans to expect that the film will collect more Rs 200 crore by the wrap of the first week. Also, Tiger Zinda Hai has become Salman’s twelfth film to collect more than Rs 100 crore and that’s another record that the film has set with its collections.

Its earnings, reported by Taran Adarsh are as follows: Friday – Rs 34.10 crore, Saturday – Rs 35.30 crore, Sunday – Rs 45.53 crore, which makes it weekend total Rs 114.93 crore. Tiger Zinda Hai also recorded the biggest ever single day collection by a Bollywood film with its Sunday collection.

Helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Tiger Zinda Hai marks the reuniting of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film opened to a massive 5700 screens worldwide, with India screens count at 4600. With a beginning so stupendous, Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai is up for a successful run in the coming days too. It has already left a number of Bollywood blockbusters behind like Salman’s very own Sultan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

Virat Kohli Weds Anushka Sharma in Italy

NEW DELHI, Dec 11: One of India’s most-loved couples – Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma – have tied the knot in a private ceremony in Florence (the capital city of Tuscany) Italy. The wedding ceremony took place earlier this morning with only close family and friends present at the function. Apparently, the marriage was a private affair, but was solemnized as per all Hindu rituals.

Top fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has designed the wedding ensemble for both the bride and the groom. Virat and Anushka will now start inviting all industry friends and colleagues for the celebrations that are set to happen in Mumbai.

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli said in a joint statement, “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share this wonderful news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans and well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.”

The couple will be hosting a reception in New Delhi for their relatives on 21st December which will be followed by a reception for industry friends and cricketers in Mumbai on 26th December.

The newly wed couple will travel to South Africa where Virat will start prepping for the upcoming series and Anushka will spend New Year’s Eve with him and return in the first week of January to begin the next schedule of Anand L Rai’s film with Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai. She will also start prepping for Sui Dhaaga as the shooting for the same starts in February 2018 with Varun Dhawan. Anushka will also be busy with the marketing and promotions of Pari which is releasing on 9th February.

Virat, on the other hand, will be playing the series in South Africa for 2 months which includes three Tests, six One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

Post their wedding the newly wed couple will be shifting to their new residence in Worli, Mumbai in December once they return from Delhi.

Their spokesperson said, “We are extremely grateful to the media for their support and understanding in making this special occasion a memorable one and thank them for their continued love and support.”

 

 

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