BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Releasing today:

Tumhari Sulu (comedy, drama): Vidya Balan.  “Sulu essays the role of a beautiful, enthusiastic and happy-go-lucky Mumbai housewife whose routine life changes when she unexpectedly lands herself with the exciting job of a night RJ (radio jockey) on a leading radio station.”
This film is showing at 44 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Muzaffar Nagar – The Burning Love (action drama):  “Range shooter Dev Malik reaches his home town, Muzaffarnagar, to spend some time with his family. Once there, he locks horns with Jodha Singh, a land mafia who creates trouble for the entire village. Dev falls for Sara, an IPS aspirant from a liberal Muslim family. Problems arise when a communal riot threatens to destroy Dev and Sara’s life. Meanwhile, Jodha Singh is doing everything in his power to destroy Dev.”  TRAILER

Dil Jo Na Keh Saka (romance):  “Two childhood friends end up going separate ways to follow their dreams. Eventually, they return to their hometown where they chance across each other and soon discover that there is more to their relationship than just friendship.”  TRAILER

Shaadi Abhi Baaki Hai (drama):  “Its a Big Fat Indian Wedding. US returned bride Jugnu finds out that her groom,  Jaan, is switched. Where is her Jaan? How can Jugnu be forced to marry her father’s business partner’s son? Who is Billa, making ransom calls? Jugnu desperately tries to save her boyfriend from death by arranging for ransom money. Jugnu goes on three different journeys, all controlled by fate.”  TRAILER

Panchlait (drama):  “Set in either the 1950s or 1960s, Panchlait tells the story of a small village in North India that still has no electricity and its people live in darkness, engrossed in its own little sorrows and joys. Godhan, who belongs to the Mahato Tola of the village, is outcast from the village after he refuses to pay any part of his inheritance to the village and is falsely accused by Munri’s mother for singing inappropriate Hindi songs for Munri.”  TRAILER

Aksar 2 (crime drama mystery):  “A husband’s plan to break up his marriage so that he can be with another woman backfires with unexpected consequences.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is the American film, “Justice League“.  Though “Tumhari Sulu” will be the front runner on Monday due to its named star, none of today’s releases are expected to earn significant collections at the box office.  Next week will also see a batch release of low earners.  The box office is waiting for December, when the year’s final two expected blockbusters will hit the big screen.

Previous releases:

Though final numbers are yet to be reported, the estimated opening week for “Qarib Qarib Singlle” is around Rs. 12.00 *crore.  With today’s batch release, as well as the batch release coming next week, Irrfan Khan’s newest is sureto be lost in the crowd.  It will not make its 20-crore budget, and will addyet another flop to his long career of flop films.

 

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” will also become lost in the crowd; falling short of its 15 crore budget.  At the end of its first week, total collections are only Rs. 6.50 crore.  This is less than half the budget, and so it too will be classified as a flop.

And finally, at the end of its fourth week, domestic collections for “Golmaal Again” are 203.13 crore!  That is the goal to beat for both “Padmavati” and “Tiger Zinda Hai” in December.  Globally, collections are at Rs. 306.71 crore; showing that international interest was slightly higher than domestic in week four.  With the batch releases of today and next week, as well as the fact it would be going into a fifth week, the triumphant “G4” just may be nearing the end of its record-breaking run.  It may top out at around 205 crore by the end.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – NOVEMBER 12, 2017

Irrfan Khan’s “Qarib Qarib Single” had a low opening weekend, collecting only Rs. 4.8 *crore in its first three days.  This is far below the opening weekend collections of Irrfan’s May release, “Hindi Medium“, which caught on with a longevity that ultimately earned it over 69 crore.  It doesn’t look like “Qarib Qarib Single” will enjoy the same success.  Indeed it will likely not even make up its 20 crore budget.  However, it was the front runner of Friday’s releases.

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” only collected 4.22 crore.  Though its 15 crore budget is lower than that of “Qarib Qarib Single“, it looks like it may suffer the same fate as its release-date mate, and will fall shy of its expenses in box office collections.
There are no reports this morning about the opening weekend collections for Friday’s third release, “The Window“.
The next two weekends will see large batch releases of movies not expected to make any kind of showing at the box office, so both “Qarib Qarib Single” and “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” should have all the opportunity to earn what they will.

Over its second weekend, “Ittefaq” collected 3.75 crore, bringing its total to Rs. 27.40 crore.  As it has already passed its 20 crore budget, the earning for the remainder of its screen life are profit. Its box office ranking is currently “average”.  It’s would need another 12.6 crore to be considered a hit on the scale which measures “hit” as a film which doubles its investment.

And for today’s top news…

Over its fourth weekend, “Golmaal Again” crossed 200 crore in domestic collections, and 300 crore in world-wide collections!!!
The domestic figure this morning is Rs. 201.41 crore, and the worldwide amount is Rs. 303.91 crore!
It’s not only the first and only film so far in 2017 to reach these benchmarks, but it is only the 12th Bollywood film in history to reach 200 crore at the domestic box office.  Also, it’s only the 17th Bollywood film to reach 300 crore, worldwide.  It is, by far, the highest grossing of the Golmaal series.  In fact, it has earned almost as much as the first three films, combined! In 2006, “Golmaal: Fun Unlimited” earned about Rs. 42 crore. “Golmaal Returns” earned Rs. 71 crore in 2008, and “Golmaal 3” earned Rs. 106 crore in 2010. With 201.41 crore at the domestic box office, “Golmaal Again” is just 18 crore under the total of the first three.
Not only is “Golmaal Again” the highest grossing film of Ajay Devgn’s career, it is also the only film of his career to cross the domestic 200 crore and worldwide 300 crore barriers.  How much higher will it climb?  The next two weeks’ batch releases offering no competition, this high-earning funny film has every chance of pulling in at least five crore more.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – NOVEMBER 10, 2017

Releasing today:

Qarib Qarib Single (romantic comedy):  “Yogi and Parvathy, who have polar opposite personalities and sensibilities, meet via an online dating app. This encounter turns into so much more when the two travel to Rishikesh.
This film is showing at 46 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (romantic drama):  “Sattu and Aarti meet for a proposed arranged marriage and fall in love in the process. On the night of their marriage, an unexpected turn of events turns their world upside down.  The film explores the challenges that Sattu and Aarti face as a middle-class couple in India.”  TRAILER

The Window (drama):  “An artist struggles between staying true to his art and giving in to the ruthless reality of life. Lekh fights with his own demons of angst, arrogance, selfishness, and denial while not being ready to compromise with the art that he thinks cinema is.”  TRAILER

Qarib Qarib Single” will certainly be the front runner among today’s releases…but will it be the next film in a recent run of successes for Irrfan Khan?  Of his 46 films since 1994, 43 of them have ranked as disaster, flop, or below average.  However, he’s had two hit films in recent years: “Piku” from 2015, and “Hindi Medium” from earlier this year.  If “Qarib Qarib Single” also hits a positive note with audiences, this will be the most successful year of Irrfan’s career.  If it hits a really good note, it could be the next film of 2017 to cross 50 crore, bringing the year one film closer to breaking the record for number of 50-crore movies!

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, “Ittefaq” has collected Rs. 23.65 *crore.  It’s a moderate opening, and not bad for a film without a major male lead.  In the list of highest grossing opening weekends for the year, it’s number 21.  The second weekend will tell if this movie will have any longevity, or if it will fade quickly while new releases take over.  If it fades, it might top out around 28 crore.  As it was made on a budget of just 20 crore, it has already met its expenses and is earning profit.  This makes it another hit for 2017!

At the end of its third week, “Golmaal Again” is just a weekend away from crossing the 200 crore mark in domestic collections (2.06 crore to go!), as well as the 300 crore mark in worldwide collections (1.72 crore to go!)!   The domestic figure is currently Rs. 197.94 crore, while the worldwide total is Rs. 298.28!
There is no doubting that the fourth weekend for the latest in the Golmaal series will see it reaching both these goals.  When it does, it will be the first and only Bollywood so far this year to do so.  It will also set the bar very high for the year’s remaining films.

Meanwhile, not only did “Secret Superstar” cross the 60 crore mark, it did manage to exceed collections of “Half Girlfriend” to become the twelfth highest-grossing movie (so far) of 2017.  Total collections today are Rs. 60.84 crore.  Going into a fourth week, it looks like reportable collections may be at an end.  This movie will not catch up with “Jab Harry Met Sejal’s” 64.33 crore.
There are a few more potential high earners yet to come, so it’s certain “Secret Superstar” may lose a few spaces by the end of the year.  It should, however, remain in the top fifteen.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – NOVEMBER 06, 2017

Ittefaq” was indeed the front runner among Friday’s Bollywood releases, with Rs. 16.05 *crore!  However, the American release, “Thor: Ragnarok” was the weekend’s highest earner, with Rs. 27.66 crore.  Made on a budget of just 20 crore, “Ittefaq” will certainly fall into the hit category by the end of its run.
As for the rest of Friday’s releases:  “Ribbon” has reportedly collected Rs. 1.10 crore, but there are no reports this morning on opening weekend figure for the remaining five titles.

Golmaal Again” continues to have a strong run at the box office!
Over its third weekend, it collected an additional 10.58 crore!  This brings the domestic lifetime total to Rs. 193.50!  Will it have enough steam left to be the first movie of the year to cross 200 crore?  If it does, not only will it be the first Ajay Devgn movie to cross that mark, it will be only the 12th Bollywood movie in history to do so!  It needs just 6.5 crore more to make it.
On the global front, it needs just 8.58 crore to be the 17th Bollywood movie in history to cross the 300 crore mark!  As of today, however, it is the highest-grossing world-wide collector of 2017, and number 17 on the list of world-wide, highest-grossing Bollywood movies in history!  To move up another notch, it would need 26.60 crore more to overtake “Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewaani” with Rs. 318 crore.

And finally, collections for “Secret Superstar” are still trickling in.  Reports are scarce this morning, but two sources report the total to be Rs. 59.34 crore.  This makes  “Secret Superstar” the 13th highest grossing movie (so far) of the year.  If it earns just one crore more, it can move up to number twelve by exceeding “Half Girlfriend’s” 60.30 crore. If it can squeeze just five crore more from movie goers before the end of its screen life, it even has a chance to exceed collections for Shahrukh Khan’sJab Harry Met Sejal“!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – NOVEMBER 3, 2017

Releasing today:

Ittefaq (thriller): Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha.  “A detective seeks out the truth between two different stories of a crime scene.”
This film is showing at 46 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Ribbon (drama): “A young working urban couple is overwhelmed with the birth of a baby girl and find that parenthood comes with its own challenges.”  TRAILER
This film is showing at 10 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Narayan (action): “The story of a 40-year-old common man who in his quest to save his beloved son does the unthinkable.”  TRAILER

Humein Haq Chahiye…Haq Se (drama): “A social-political drama that is based on the policy of the caste based reservation system prevalent in India. It narrates the story of a brilliant student who student who even after scoring good marks, struggles to get a government job because of the competition in the selection of reserved category candidates. Frustrated with the reservation system, he forms a group and helps people understand the pros and cons of reservations and eventually garners wide public support.”  TRAILER

Ram Ratan (romantic comedy): “Three playboys get mixed up with a crime Done and a gunman while love is in the air.”  TRAILER

The House Next Door (horror):  “A neurosurgeon and his wife move into a new house. However, they realise that the house next door, inhabited by a little girl and her mother, is haunted.  The main character refuses to give in to the supernatural elements until a close one gets ‘possessed’ after which he resorts to exorcism.”  TRAILER

Kutumb the Family (drama):  “A close-knit family work hard to send the youngest brother to city for education. Things go haywire in the family as they feel the pinch of not being able to meet the monetary requirements of the younger one.”  TRAILER

Also releasing the the Bollywood market today is the American film, “Thor: Ragnarok“.  Though today’s releases representa wide variety of genres, none of them are expected to make much of a splash at the box office.  “Ittefaq” will be the likely front-runner on Monday, as it stars two fairly well-known actors.

Previous releases:

Golmaal Again” continues its very strong run at the box office!  Having already become the highest grossing movie of the year, its goal now is to set the bar high for 2017’s remaining movies.  Currently with Rs. 182.92 *crore, it has put a 44.61 crore gap between itself and the number two film of the year, “Judwaa 2“.
On the global front, “Golmaal Again” has made it into the list of top twenty highest grossing films in history!  Though “G4” is the highest-grossing of 2017 in domestic collections, “Raees” is still ahead of it, worldwide.  If it can get another 14.5 core, not only will it become the highest-grossing of 2017 on the worldwide stage, but it will become the highest-grossing of all films in history to cross 200 crore, but which have not crossed 300 crore.  It will also be 17th highest grossing film (global collections) in Bollywood history!  It would need another 26.70 crore to reach 300.  Going into a third weekend, it could be tricky.  however, there is no competition releasing today, and so it has every chance to earn what it will.

Collections at the end of week two for “Secret Superstar” are Rs. 55.16 crore.  Though today’s releases may not hurt “G4“, Aamir Khan’s newest may find it hard to collect much more with the dramatic film, “Ittefaq” on the screen, as well as a big Hollywood film.  “Secret Superstar” may top out at around 58 crore.  On the world-wide stage, however, it has crossed 100 crore!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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LUCKNOW CENTRAL

Released September 15, 2017.  Written by Aseem Arora and Ranjit Tiwari.  Directed by Ranjit Tiwari.  Starring Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Ronti Roy, Gippy Grewal, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Sharma, and Inaamulhaq.
Kishan Girhotra (Akhtar) was a happy and hopeful musician from a small town.  He had big dreams of becoming a music star; performing on stage in front of huge crowds that would clap in unison, cheer, and sing along.  Before he could make that dream come true, however, he stumbled into the wrong place and the wrong time.  Falsely accused of murdering a public figure, Kishan was sentenced to life in prison.  After some time, the family’s appeal doomed him to a death sentence.  Until the date that sentence was to be carried out, Kishan would endure the hellish conditions of the notorious Lucknow Central prison.
When a politician running for office wants to use a prison band competition as publicity for his campaign, Kishan sees his chance to escape death.  In the end, however, will he chase freedom, or his dream?
Unfortunately, this movie released just one month after another film about a prison band.  This severely affected the success of “Lucknow Central” at the box office.  The setting, however, is all these two films had in common.  Where “Qaidi Band” was meant to raise social awareness for ‘under-trial’ prisoners, “Lucknow Central” was a powerful, personal story.  There were no social agendas.  It was solidly written, with a great script and dialog.  It had a harder edge.  It was more serious, with a more dramatic tone.  The cruelty of prison life was effectively represented without crossing any lines that might have made the film more realistic, but uncomfortable to watch.  The cinematography was stellar.
As always, Farhan Akhtar delivered a spectacular performance, with uninhibited emotion and talent.  The only complaint we could possibly have would be that none of the movie’s songs were sung by Farhan, himself.  For any other movie, this is not a problem because actors lip-sync all the time.  But for a movie starring a rock star, it’s just a little disappointing to not hear his voice.
This is a solid film with a gripping story and rich characters that will make you care.  The action sequences were exciting and expertly crafted.  The music was fun and enjoyable.  The performances were sober and moving.  This is among the best box office sleepers of the year.  A recommended watch.

Availability for Indian films online changes regularly.  Check for this movie on Netflix, Amazon Video, ErosNow.com, and einthusan.com.  Sometimes, films can also be found on YouTube with English subtitles.

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LIPSTIK UNDER MY BURKHA

Released September 8, 2017.  Written by Alankrita Shrivastava, Suhani Kanwar, and Gazal Dhaliwal.  Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava.  Starring Aahana Kumra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Plabita Borthakur.
This was a four-story, angry, and candid movie about women trying to live freely in a patriarchal, strict, and highly judgmental society.
Leela (Kumra) has an explicitly sexual relationship with one man, but her family wants her engaged and married to another.  Usha (Shah) is a 55 year-old widow who finds herself lonely and longing for romance in a society that sees her as a chaste and matronly leader.  Shirin (Sharma) is the wife of an absent husband.  He comes around long enough to father children on her, but does little else to be in a relationship with her.  After three children and multiple abortions, Shirin is trying to pursue a career while keeping it a secret from her husband, who would strongly disapprove.  And finally, Rehana (Borthakur) is a you girl from a strict Muslim family.  Though she wants to wear jeans, have a boyfriend, and life the normal life of any modern teenager, she is forced instead to wear a burkha and abstain for modern living.
This movie was written, directed, and acted by women.  It was a strong commentary for women’s empowerment in a society where women have traditionally been powerless.  One of the more extreme focuses of the film was the subject of female sexuality.  However, the film also touched on a woman’s right to pursue life goals other than just being a baby factory, or being a commodity within a male dominated society.  It also touched on the issue of girls and women being able to express themselves openly and freely without fearing the ramifications that come with “dishonor”.
That all being said…extremism is often the worst enemy of any cause.  The mood and tone of this film was angry.  As the poster suggests, it was a huge middle finger aimed at men and male society.  It was unhelpfully one-sided, with every male character being negative and harmful.
Still, it was very brave of the actresses who agreed to film sexually explicit scenes – for the exact same reasons the film exposes.  Especially 55 year old Ratna Pathak Shah, who has been a respected mother-type in many previous films.  In the end, however, it’s certain these scenes backfired in their purpose.  They were almost certainly more appreciated by men who watched the film for the sexual content.  For men of this nature, the movie’s social messages would have been completely wasted.
If you like a stark and acerbic social expose on women’s empowerment, then this movie is certainly a shining star.  However, for general entertainment, or for those who like their films with more magic, balance, and feel-good fun, you may find “Lipstick Under My Burkha” to be either uncomfortable, or lacking.

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – OCTOBER 30, 2017

As predicted, “Golmaal Again” became the highest grossing film of 2017 by end of day, Friday!  Totals this morning are Rs. 167.51 *crore!  It’s the first film this year to cross 150 crore, and is now officially the highest-grossing film of Ajay Devgn’s career!  It has almost a 30-crore lead on the second highest-grossing, and that gap is sure to get bigger over the second week-day stretch.
On the global front: we asked on Friday if “Golmaal Again” could earn enough to surpass all of the lowest ten on the list of Bollywood films to cross 200 crore.  This morning, it has just done it!  A full ten films are now below it on that list, having surpassed 2016’s “Airlift“.  The worldwide total is now Rs. 231.97, which makes it the 21st highest-grossing Bollywood film in history, globally.  To reach the top twenty, it needs just 11 crore more.  This will be a certainty by the end of the week.  In that top 20 breakdown, fourteen films belong to the Khans.  When “Golmaal Again” enters that list, it will indeed be in prestigious, as well as rare, company.  But how much higher will it climb?  If it earns 56 crore more, it will be at number seventeen.  This number is important because on the list of all Bollywood films to cross 200 crore globally, only films that have crossed 300 crore occupy positions 16 and higher!  “Golmaal Again” would be the highest-grossing of the 200-crore films.

Meanwhile, “Secret Superstar” just broke even with its budget.
This morning’s total is Rs. 50.50 crore, according to koimoi.com, three minutes ago.  That also makes it the sixteenth film this year to cross the 50-crore mark.  The big question is whether it will reach 60 crore by the end of its lifetime.  Globally, the figure is just about 80 crore, and plans have already been made to release “Secret Superstar” in China, where Aamir has a huge fan following.  So, the end and the earnings are far from over for this movie.

There are no reports this morning on opening weekend collections for any of Friday’s releases.  Next weekend will see another large batch release of films expected to pass through the box office, unnoticed.  the next movie expected to make any kind of impression, “Qarib Qarib Single“, doesn’t release until November 10.

THE YEAR’S TOP TEN

Since it’s the last Box Office report of October, it’s time once again to review the year’s top ten list, as it stands so far.  At this point in the year, the list has become more an more exclusive!

  1. Golmaal Again…………………………………………….. Rs. 167.51 crore
  2. Judwaa 2……………………………………………………… Rs. 138.31 crore
  3. Raees……………………………………………………………. Rs. 137.51 crore
  4. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha……………………………….. Rs. 134.25 crore
  5. Kaabil…………………………………………………………… Rs. 126.85 crore
  6. Tubelight……………………………………………………… Rs. 121.25 crore
  7. Jolly LLB 2…………………………………………………… Rs. 117.00 crore
  8. Badrinath Ki Dulhania………………………………. Rs. 116.68 crore
  9. Baadshaho………………………………………………….. Rs. 78.10 crore
  10. Hindi Medium…………………………………………….. Rs. 69.59 crore

Since the August report, three new films have entered the list; removing the three previous films that occupied positions eight, nine, and ten.  On the previous list, the lowest earning film was “Mubarakan“, with Rs. 55.35 core.  Since then, the new benchmark to enter the top ten has become 70 crore.
There are two more films expected by the end of the year with the potential to cross it.  In fact, if those films cross 100 crore, it will be the first time in history that the entire top ten list will be comprised of 100-crore films!  It will break the record for number of 100 crore films in a single year.  Also, 2017 is just five films away from breaking the record for number of movies to cross 50 crore!  Here’s what to look for the rest of the year that just may make both of the goals possible:

November 10                           Qarib Qarib Single                       TRAILER

December 01                           Padmavati                                         TRAILER

December 08                           Parmanu                                            TRAILER

December 15                           Fukrey Returns                              TRAILER

December 22                           Tiger Zinda Hai                              TRAILER

Also listed as expected for December, but with no final release date decided:

102 Not Out

Baazaar

Sachin: The Ultimate Winner

Stay turned for the end of December report, where the final top ten will be decided!

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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MOM

Released July 7, 2017.  Written by Girish Kohli and directed by Ravi Udyawar.  Starring Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Devki Sabarwal (Sridevi) lived happily with her husband, daughter, and step-daughter, Arya (Ali).  Her only sorrow was that Arya had never accepted her as a mother, though she loved Arya as if she’d given birth to her.  The girl treated her coldly and formally, but could never make room in her heart for Devki.  It was still filled with the memories of her real mother who had passed away.  To make matters worse, Devki was also Arya’s school teacher.
Ever mindful of creating a good relationship with Arya, Devki helped convince her husband (A. Siddiqui) to allow the girl to attend a party.  When Arya didn’t come home, Devki harnessed the power of motherhood to become a storm of vengeance against those who had harmed her daughter.  With the help of a private detective (N. Siddiqui), Devki stays a step ahead of the police detective (Khanna) investigating the case.
With one tiny exception, this movie was pretty near perfect.  It had magnificent writing, top-shelf directing, moving cinematography, and inspiring performances!  Even the musical score contributed to the mood an effect of this movie.  This was film-making done right.  Not only was the story gripping, but the characterizations were deep and rich.  Put all that together with the excellent film-crafting and visuals, and there was very little to criticize.
The one exception was Akshaye Khanna’s seeming character inconsistency in the final minutes.  This could have been corrected with a few meaningful close-ups showing him come to the decision to change his mind.  However, these close-ups were left out, and his change of mind appeared more like character inconsistency. Otherwise, Akshaye looked and performed amazingly!  His last two roles are indicating a comeback he can be proud of!
But the undeniable star of this film was Sridevi, and her portrayal of this mother-turned-hunter.  Her appearance on the Bollywood scene has been sporadic since 1997, with only five films in that 20-year gap.  “Mom” proved, however, that she didn’t lose an ounce of her talent in the interim.  In fact, her performance in this movie was arguably the most spectacular of her career!  There was not a single scene in which she faltered, or in which she wasn’t completely convincing.  Whether it was at the head of her classroom in the early scenes, or crafting revenge in the later scenes, Sridevi was magnificent.
This movie is definitely a must see.  You don’t need to be a fan of any of the actors.  You don’t necessarily need to be a fan of dramatic movies, or invested in social messages about rape.  This is just a great movie; expertly crafted.  It’s gripping, encompassing, and will keep you glued to your seat from beginning to end.

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BAADSHAHO

Released September 1, 2017.  Written by Rajat Arora and directed by Milan Luthria.  Starring Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jamwal, Emraan Hashmi, Esha Gupta, and Sanjay Mishra.
This story takes placed during the national Emergency Period that took place in India during 1975.  Even though a democratic government had been in place since 1947, there was still a lot of royalty left in the country.  Wealthy loyalty.  When the government seeks to seize her wealth, one young queen charges her loyal protector to steal it back.  Bhawani Singh (Devgn) assembles his team and goes into action to steal the truck transporting the gold before it can reach those elements in the government who want it for themselves, and not for the people of India.   Not everything, however, is as it seems.

This movie could have been far better than it was.  Most of the fault for this lies with the writing, editing, and directing.  The first fifteen minutes or so of a film are usually filled with preliminary scenes meant to introduce characters and settings.  There is a moment, however, in which a viewer usually feels a sense of insertion into the story.  It’s the point at which introductions are over, and the movie gets down to business.  That moment never seemed to happen in “Baadshaho”.  This is because the script called for very little in the way of depth for the characters.  Everything was surface and shallow, not giving a viewer the chance to really become invested in anyone.
The story and plot also seemed simplistic and shallow, which didn’t make the events interesting enough to make up for the lack of character.  The action scenes were okay, but didn’t really stand out above anything more than ordinary.  Much the same can be said about the music.  The actors all did a good job with what they were given.  The problem was that they just weren’t given enough.
This movie was an okay time pass for anyone who likes an action/adventure film, but there wasn’t really much to sink your teeth into.  I did appreciate that Vidyut Jamwal was spared the task of being a martial artist through the entire film, and that the big fight scene had him punching and brawling like any ordinary man.  The sand storm was also a nice touch.

Availability for Indian films online changes regularly.  Check for this movie on Netflix, Amazon Video, ErosNow.com, and einthusan.com.  Sometimes, films can also be found on YouTube with English subtitles.

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