Thanks to non-performance of Mah e Mir and late censoring of Azhar, 1920 London got good number of shows over the Weekend but film did come out with some footfalls.. Films like 1920 London are never expected to collected over 25-30lacs over the Weekend no matter how many shows they get but 1920 London saw reasonable numbers over the Weekend collecting 60lacs approx.. Film benefited from poor performance of Mah e Mir and late showings of Azhar. Only film which was in full swing was Captain America Civil War but that film was aslo not too high with numbers being on the slower side. Film is released by GEO Films who are just back from the mega success of FAN and will now be releasing next biggie SULTAN on Eid.. Industry is on the lower side this year so far with local films faring poorly whereas foreign films under performing too hence all hopes are on Sultan to deliver something unbelievable at boxoffice.
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After a long time Bollywood churns out an amazing family drama. Kapoor and Sons is simple yet packed with some powerful acting and it is the kind of a family drama that will surely leave it's mark on the audience. Director, Shakun Batra and the Producer of the film, Karan Johar have created a compelling world in the film which is brilliant and yet believable. The story is about two brothers who return home to the scenic hill-station of Coonoor to visit their sick grandfather, played by Rishi Kapoor. Fawad Khan plays the role of Rahul Kapoor, a successful novelist and the blue-eyed boy of the family. He is sweet, sincere and loving. On top of that he is hot too according to Tia (Alia Bhatt). Like all the other characters in the film, Rahul too has a vulnerable side. Sidharth Malhotra on the other hand plays the role of Arjun Kapoor, an outcast or a pariah of sorts in the Kapoor clan. He is an under-achiever and has some long standing issues to deal with. Alia Bhatt stars as Tia, the charming and affable female lead of the film. One complaint with Alia's role is that she didn't have a lot to do in the film. The scenes with both the Kapoor brothers are simply wonderful. Their jealousy, their rivalry and the sibling love is perfectly captured between them. Every actor in the film has done a tremendous job including Ratna Phatak and Rajat Kapoor. Ratna Pathak plays the atypical bollywood mom and Rajat Kapoor, the menace of a man. They brought a very unique craft to the table which perfectly suited their roles. Some of the scenes with these two actors were the real highlights of the film. Rishi Kapoor manages to shine as the Grandpa in the movie. Though it was surreal to see him as a 90-year old with his make-up on but he delivers an intense performance as the quirky Grandpa who spends his time either on his Ipad or either playing dead. Every character in the movie has some issues and dark secrets. Thankfully every character has some grey in them and not the usual backstory about them. The film also captures the expectations of a family and the intricacies surrounding those expectations. The dinner table squabbles or arguments are very realistic in nature and are not over-cooked. One scene where everyone is quarreling and the plumber is fixing the the bathroom leak is pretty funny too. The first half of the film does feel a bit generic and slow in terms of the plot but second half of the film in a cliched term is a complete emotional roller-coaster ride. This is where the story comes together and the performances reach their peak. Kapoor and Sons might not be everyone's film but it is for those who prefer a new-age subtle Bollywood family drama. Ratings 4/5.
The first Pakistani movie of 2016, Bachaana, will hit the cinemas on the 26th of February. The release of this film could not come at a better time. Cinemas are experiencing some slow business at this time of the year. Can Bachaana deliver on it's pre-release buildup and hype? Can it deliver a huge dose of entertainment? After all, that's what you expect when you watch a movie called "Bachaana", Right? The makers of Bachaana already told the media that they wanted the film-goers to have a cinematic experience rather than deliver a lesson. They certainly did deliver on this promise. This film has all the ingredients of an out and out entertainer and is rather well made. The movie opens up in Mauritius and unexpected circumstances force a Pakistani taxi-driver, Vicky (Mohib Mirza) to help out an Indian girl, Alia (Sanam Saeed). They both get to run all over Mauritius and face off with some bad guys and maybe do some romance along the way. The locations are stunning and Mauritius looks really neat on the big screen. Nothing looks forced and the location fits in quite well within the narrative. Mohib Mirza gives a splendid performance as Vicky. Many people had doubts whether Mohib could pull off such a role but he managed to do really well. Surprisingly, Sanam Saeed delivers a fantastic performance. The audiences were accustomed to seeing Sanam in an emotional role on the small screen but she managed to shine with a very fresh character in Bachaana. Yep, this probably is the first time that Sanam gets to do an action scene and jump in a waterfall! The funny man, Adeel Hashmi is seen in a very different role and the people will actually enjoy this change up in character for him. He portrayed the role quite well. Some of the lines are quite humorous. One scene where Vicky's friend translates from Urdu to English will definitely make you laugh and there is also a scene where Mohib's character explains why Pakistani's don't get a visa which will set off a laugh. The comedy is nice and clean. This is a rarity nowadays. This movie can easily be watched alongside the family. Some of the scenes are really pleasant to watch on the big screen. The waterfall scene was brilliantly done and the climax will be liked by many. There are many twists along the way which will surprise many. The film does not have a very extensive soundtrack but all the songs are nicely slotted in. Shafqat Amanat Ali's "Yaari Yaari" perfectly captures the emotional state of the two characters and Symt's "Koi Labda" came at the right time before the climax. The background score perfectly encapsulates the vibe of the film. On the whole, Bachaana is a very entertaining film. It is a rom-com thriller. The comedy is nicely done and the romance is well baked. Unlike many comedy films of the recent era, Bachaana does not feel like a drag. With a run time less than 2 hours, Bachaana does not feel out of pace throughout the run-time. It's not a movie which will make the audience feel grumpy but will rather make them feel pleased. Bachaana is definitely worth a watch. Rating: 4/5.
Friday the 22nd will see the release of "Airlift". Directed by Raja Krishna Menon and starring Akshay Kumar, this truly is a remarkable film. These days in Bollywood, rarely do you get to see some wonderfully crafted story telling but Airlift is sure to guarantee you in that department. Based on the plight of Indians stuck in Kuwait after the invasion by Saddam Hussein's Iraq and their heroic escape under the stewardship of Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar).Looks like Bollywood has it's "Argo". A reluctant hero rescuing lives from an unbearable hostile land and airlifting them to the homeland. Movies like Airlift are an anomaly in Bollywood as this movie was more about story telling than needlessly throwing fluorescent cars in the air. Airlift didn't have a massive budget yet it delivered when it came to the direction and plot. The movie starts off with the luxurious and lavish lifestyle of the Katyal family in Kuwait being shown and then soon afterwards the turmoil starts. Iraq invades Kuwait. The entire Kuwait government has left the country. The Iraqi forces are on a rampage and the Indian diaspora in Kuwait is now stuck in limbo. It's now up to Akki Kumar to save the day. The cinematography is excellent and the depiction of a war torn Kuwait looks eerie and at the same time quite genuine and authentic. It just goes to show that clever film making works brilliantly even if a film doesn't have a humongous amounts of resources. Akshay Kumar has given a solid performance. Unlike his previous characters, Akshay this time has a more realistic role which was tailor-made made for him. This time he was more Ben Affleck from Argo than a Khiladi from his previous works. Nimrat Kaur is a fine actress and was rightly chosen for the portrayal of Amrita Kaur. In-fact every character was given the right actor. The role of the Kuwaiti woman, the annoying South Indian man and Ibrahim were all perfectly chosen. But Perhaps in the grand scheme of affairs, the role of an Iraqi Major shouldn't have gone to somebody who looked a lot more Indian and spoke in Hindi. Maybe the filmmakers could have opted for more realism in that regard. The pacing of the film is excellent and not once will you feel monotonous or bored. The film has the right dose of realism and thrill to it and it can be judged from the fact that Ranjit Katyal has to use his brain to defeat the bad guys and not resort to extreme violence.(Spolier Alert!) He did take on 4 Iraqi soldiers but surprisingly he couldn't take them all out and needed some help. The only complaint from the film can be that the whole Iraqi invasion could have been made to look even more grand and extensive but every filmmaker has his or her own choices and limits. Airlift is a fine piece of Cinema and Bollywood could sure use more of these films. The intensity, the feel, the acting, the sets and the concept should be really appreciated. It's not everyday a film like Airlift is made in Bollywood. Whoever Ranjit Katyal is. A real life hero or a fictitious character conjured up by Bollywood, Airlift is a really wonderful film to watch. Ratings: 4/5
Today whatever Shah Rukh Kha is, is because of his hard work. He had no God Father. Starting from Delhi with just Rs. 20 in his pocket he reached Mumbai with a dream to rule the city. His father was one of the youngest freedom fighters of India, who always used to help the needy. I am telling you all this because now a days some people are there who not only defame Shah Rukh Khan by calling him traitor but also insulting his father. For this they give excuse that he helped Pakistan when it was hit by floods. But these people forget that even Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi offered to help Pakistan in recent floods.These people don't know that when Southern India was hit by Tsunami in 2004, Shah Rukh Khan contributed funds to Prime Ministers fund scheme. Recently when there were floods in Uttarakhand, Shah Rukh Khan donated a whooping amount of Rs. 33lacs. Shah Rukh Khan never beat the drums of his charity work. He never openly reveals his charity work. In the year 2012, he adopted 12 villages in NDTV's show Greenathon, and even no Indian politician has ever dared to do this. He is the one who is providing electricity, water, education, medicines and all other basic needs at his own expenditures. There is one organization, called Make A Wish Foundation, which works for physically disabled kids. Shah Rukh Kha not only provides huge funds for this organization but also meets these kids whenever he could. These kids visit him at his home Mannat and he arranges all this. He has donated India's one of the most technically advanced cancer ward to Leelawati Hospital where poor are being treated. The list of his charity works is so long that this article will never end. Therefore, to summarize whatever he has done, I will say that he is the only Indian to receive an award from UNESCO for his hidden charity work. Yes, Only Indian. Now let's come to patriotism, If you people remember after 26/11, he was called at India Gate to deliver a speech and if you heard it you will agree with me that it was one of the most patriotic speeches you ever heard. Some people aks why he is the only one who gets detained at American Airports?So, first of all he is not the only one, as even ex Indian President Mr. Abdul Kalam went under the same procedure and recently Baba Ramdev too had to undergo the same. That is a procedure and is it wrong to follow it like common man instead of showing off? He should be a role model for this. And one more thing, He is one of the highest tax payer bollywood actors and always pays his tax before time. He was the first actor who was called to Yale University and was also awarded it's Chubb Fellowship. This puts him into the league of George W Bush and Dalai Lama. Is it not something every Indian should be proud of? He was also invited to Harvard University to give lecture to it's students. He is also World's first actor to be invited at Google and Twitter headquarters. I read in an article that in western countries if a student wishes to learn Hindi language, he/she has to fill a form that why he/she wishes to learn Hindi? You will be shocked to know that in the countries like Germany and France, 60% of students mentioned the reason that they want to learn Hindi so that they can hear and understand Shah Rukh Khan films in it's original language. Isn't it matter of pride for you? Don't you feel proud when one of the world's biggest directors i.e. James Cameron says that he came to know about India only because of Shah Rukh Khan and that he wishes to visit Shah Rukh's country! When India won World Cup in 2011, Shah Rukh Khan was one of the few celebrities who literally came out in streets and waved our Indian tricolor! Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Swades, Chak De India and recent release Happy New Year is not patriotic film for you? Only for your Information, in a scene in Happy New Year, SRK spent whooping 2.5cr on Indian tricolor so that it looks great in it and he was producer of the film. Some days ago, people were targeting him for anti -Modi comments that he will leave India if Modi becomes Prime Minister. I mean seriously? How can a sensible person believe it? The truth is he never made political statements. Even BJP's Varanasi wing cleared the air regarding this. It was KRK who gave this statement! Even Laloo Yadav and one late South India writer made anti Modi statement but media and people only targeted Shah Rukh Khan. I still don't understand, Why? I wish if people would have checked and verified by themselves then spreading rumor. People should be sensible regarding such issues. And in a recent Whatsapp message I read that in a song in Happy New Year abusing words are used against Indian Gods and Goddesses. I mean come on, people are not deaf and dumb. No one found any such thing in any song of any SRK's film and still some people are spreading such rumors. I am really surprised that how educated people believe such crap and start spreading it. Instead of this, if they had watched Happy New Year, they would have felt pride after seeing love of movie characters for our country. And after that, we can't forget the drama that was done by Nationalist parties of India like HDL and BJP. They cancelled the shows, bashed the cinema owners, tried their best but they can't effect the popularity of King Khan. But one thing is for sure, however and whatever rumors they may spread against Shahh Rukh Khan, there will be no negative effect on SRK's popularity. He started from zero and reached at top,instead of trying to pull him down. learn something from him. And it's my humble request to all of you whenever you read any such rumor, please instead of spreading it, try to verify it yourself first. And if we talk about Shah Rukh Khan, he has always made his county proud and will always keep doing so. And for those who are still against him, I would say one thing..... "Rehn Dey, Tu Nahi Samjhega" By:- Hafiz Abdullah Note:- This article is written by a Fan, Friend or a Reader and has nothing to do with team Boxofficedetail.. Content in the article is the personal view of the writer only and not of team Boxofficedetail. If you wish write reply to this article, or want your own article to be published then send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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