BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 24, 2017

Munna Michael” had a fair
opening weekend, collecting Rs. 21.67 *crore.  After a dip from Friday to Saturday, attendance increased on Sunday, bringing in 2 crore more than Friday’s figure. This is the ninth highest-grossing weekend (so far) of 2016.  This movie, however, is getting almost unanimous bad reviews across the board.  Few rated it any higher than 2 out of five stars, but all are saying about the same thing.  Tiger Shroff dances well, but the film has nothing else going for it.  With such poor opinions from the experts, “MM” may only last the week, and may top out between 30 and 40 crore.

Munna Michael’s” release-date mate, “Lipstick Under My Burkha“, received excellent, positive reviews.  However, it did not fare as well at the box office.  It brought in just Rs. 5.80 crore, with steady increases each day.
Despite the great reviews, it’s not likely this movie will earn very high.  Though it’s an excellent film, it’s also highly controversial, and pushed many boundaries with profanity and sexual content.  It even faced rejection by the censor boards.  Many in India are not ready to hear its message.

Disney’s “Jagga Jasoos” collected 7.09 crore over its second weekend, bringing total collections to Rs. 53.38 crore.  It’s only the ninth film so far this year to cross the 50 crore mark.  On the top ten list, it moved up another position; overtaking “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” at position 8.  It would need another 7 crore to displace “Half Girlfriend” at position 7.  With at least two more weeks of screen life to go, there is a very good chance it will do so.

As for Sridevi’s “Mom“, it looks like this film has come to the end of its screen life.  Still 7 crore shy of its 40 crore budget at the domestic box office, it has managed to turn a profit, overseas.  Global collections for “Mom” have crossed the 50 crore mark; giving this movie the much-needed revenue to justify its making.  Another unfortunate victim of audience tendencies to favor poor but flashy films over more quiet, but excellent ones.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 21, 2017

Releasing today:

Munna Michael (drama):  “A young man, tries to follow the footsteps of his idol, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.”
This film is showing at 52 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Lipstick Under My Burkha (drama):  “Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, this film chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is the English film, “Dunkirk” and the American/Punjabi film, “The Black Prince“. Because there are many fans of Michael Jackson style dancing in India, and because Tiger Shroff does have a fan following, “Munna Michael” will be the front runner on Monday.  However, due to the film’s expected shortcomings with writing and story, it may receive only a luke-warm reception at the box office after opening weekend.

Previous releases:

At the end of it’s first week, Disney’s “Jagga Jasoos” has collected Rs. 46.29 *crore.  It’s created a haiku of its opening week figures, having collected the 7th highest-grossing opening day, the 5th highest-grossing opening weekend, and now the 7th highest-grossing opening week.  On Monday, it was on the top ten list in position 10.  It has since moved to position 9, and is only 5 crore away from over-taking “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” at position 8.  It’s reasonable to expect that this movie will enjoy a good second weekend.  Good word of mouth will have those out this weekend who didn’t see it last weekend.  Also, today’s releases will not be in direct competition.
The only question is, will second weekend collections give it enough power to move much farther up the top ten list?  The top five positions are all occupied by 100+ crore films.  “Jagga Jasoos” will not achieve those kinds of collections, but positions 6 and 7 are occupied by films that have earned in the 60 crore range.  With a good second weekend, this movie could definitely surpass them.

Unfortunately, Sridevi’s “Mom” only collected an additional 3.22 crore over its second week-day stretch.  It’s still 4 crore away from overtaking “Naam Shabana” and temporarily entering the top ten list.  With some staying power, it just might make that 4 crore over the space of another 10 days. However, “Munna Michael” may repeat “Jagga Jasoos” in pushing a number of films back a space on the list; giving Mom yet another position to make up.
It also still has yet to make up its 40 crore budget.  It might just do this with some longevity, but its unlikely this movie will see any profit.  This makes it an unfortunate flop at the box office.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 17, 2017

Disney’s “Jagga Jasoos” had a good opening weekend, collecting Rs. 33.17 *crore and landing on the year’s top ten list at number 10. Through excellent reviews and good word of mouth, Ranbir Kapoor’s latest showed increases daily, with 8.57 c. collected on Friday, 11.53 c. on Saturday, and 13.07 c. on Sunday.
Though it had only the 7th highest-grossing day of the year (so far), this daily upswing allowed it to have the 5th highest-grossing opening weekend.  With momentum looking good, it looks like India will accept this unique film and make it one of the year’s most successful.

Meanwhile, Sridevi’s “Mom” did exceed the collections of the movie that was in position 10 on the year’s highest-grossing list as of last week.  But because “Jagga Jasoos” surpassed “Mom” and took the number ten spot, “Mom” is still just off the list in position 11.  Soon, “JJ” will move up to position 9, leaving “Naam Shabana” at number 10 with Rs. 36.76 crore.  To date, “Mom” has collected Rs. 29.81 crore.  It would need another 7 crore to enter the list, now.  Having earned just 6 crore over its second weekend, the only way “Mom” will be able to collect another 7 crore would be to maintain the same slow-but-steady longevity that allowed “Hindi Medium” to collect almost 70 crore over five weeks.  Even if “Mom” collects another 7 crore, its time on the top ten list would be short-lived.  When “Jab Harry Met Sejal” hits the big screen in three weeks, it will also enter the top ten list, sending all films it surpasses down a level.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 14, 2017

Releasing today:

Jagga Jasoos (action adventure):  Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif.  “Join Jagga, a gifted teenage detective, who along with a female companion, is on a quest to find his missing father.”
This film is showing at 170 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Shab (drama):  “A story about lives of people who live on the edge of what society finds acceptable. It is about coming to terms with oneself and accepting other people as they are. The film is set in the cosmopolitan city of Delhi where people from all over the country come to fulfill their dreams.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is the American film, “War for the Planet of the Apes“.  “Jagga Jasoos” will certainly be the front runner on Monday, but it’s yet to be seen just how well it will do at the Indian box office.
Historically, Indians have often lamented that their movies are always the same thing.  They always ask why Bollywood can never do anything different.  Yet also historically, whenever Bollywood has done something different, the Indian movie-going public doesn’t come out to see it.
Unfortunately, the star of “Jagga Jasoos“, Ranbir Kapoor, seems to be the king of this scenario in recent years.  Like Johnny Depp, Kapoor has elected to play characters that are extreme and unusual, in films that are in themselves different and unusual.  Kapoor’s best work, and most impressive films, however, turned out to be box office failures because they were too different for Indian audiences.
Saawariya“, Ranbir’s debut film was Tim Burton-ish, and grossed just over Rs. 23 *crore.  In 2011, “Rockstar” earned only Rs. 67.5 crore, but was the year’s 8th highest-grossing.  The very next year, “Barfi” crossed 100 crore, and was the 7th highest-grossing. This was the most appreciated of Kapoor’s “unusual” films, but it still didn’t earn as high as his films that fell more in line with the Bollywood norm.  In 2015, “Bombay Velvet” – his homage to the American, 1930’s, James Cagney style gangster film –  failed completely, earning about the same as “Saawariya“; just over Rs. 23 crore.
It’s certain that “Jagga Jasoos” will be very different that what the Bollywood-viewing public is used to.  Will they also avoid this film?

Previous releases:

At the end of its first week, Sridevi’s “Mom” has collected Rs. 23.80 crore.  This makes it already the highest-grossing female lead film of the year.  Its opening week alone has also made it the 13th highest-grossing film (so far) of 2017.  If it can earn just four crore more, it can enter the top ten.  It will not be in the top ten at the end of the year, but it could reach the list for a little while.
This opening week falls right just below the average of female-lead dramas (without major a-list male co-stars) over the past three years.  But “Hindi Medium” has shown us just this year how a good film that started slow can reach impressive box office numbers when word of mouth can keep collections steady for weeks.  “Mom” is certainly receiving excellent word of mouth promotion…but will it be enough to keep this film afloat with “Jagga Jasoos” and a major American film releasing today?  The second weekend will be a significant indicator of “Mom’s” ultimate success.

Mom’s” release-date mate, “Guest iin London” has collected Rs. 9.95 crore.  This movie may reach and cross 10 crore, but it’s very doubtful it will do much more.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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COMMANDO 2

Released March 3, 2017.  Written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Deven Bhojani.  Starring Vidyut Jamwal, Adah Sharma, Esha Gupta, and Freddy Daruwala.
This is a sequel to Ritesh Shah’s 2013 film, “Commando”.  Jamwal reprises his role as Commando Karanvir Dogra, but this time, instead of being on his own and disavowed, he’s backed by a team and by strong government leaders.  In the wake of PM Modi’s Demonetization action of November 2016, it is determined that a great deal of the black money was still outside the country, in foreign banks.  It was the wish of certain government representatives that the money be recovered so it could be distributed among the country’s poor farmers.  Dogra infiltrates a team sent to retrieve the key figure in the money laundering operation believed to have serviced India’s biggest criminals.
This second film did have a few writing problems.  The first was the optimistically naïve promise of the government in the film to actually distribute recovered funds to the nation’s farmers.  In a system ripe with corruption, this hard-to-swallow plan was likely one of the factors that led to this movie’s poor performance at the box office. Also, the Bollywood device of waiting till the end to tell how everything really went, instead of how the audience saw it during the film, was too harshly utilized.  Usually as the story plays out, there are small hints that would lead a viewer to later realize the set-up for the reveal after the reveal was made…but not enough to give it away.  In this movie, there was absolutely nothing to support the reveal.  The ending was also jarringly flippant and unsatisfying.
This movie also had two small direction/cinematography flaws.  The first was the first-person perspective action scene near then end.  When you have an actor as skilled in martial arts as Vidyut Jamwal, you want to see him perform the action.  You certainly don’t want to see everything but him in a fast-shifting, hard-to-follow, first-person sequence.  It was inconsistent with the rest of the film, cheated viewers of watching the action, and was sloppy to watch.  The second was during the climatic fight scene with the final fighter.  In order to give the opponent the opportunity for an advantage, Jamwal’s character spent a long time just standing there, looking weak and getting beaten.  This moment in the fight stuck out as illogical, against character, and inconsistent with the otherwise excellent fight choreography for the rest of the film.

That all being said, this movie was a vast improvement over the original!  The biggest problem with “Commando” was that the director didn’t allow Jamwal to have many lines…or a personality.  The entire film was a fight scene, with a story that was un-interesting and had no character.  But Jamwal has great screen presence and a great personality when directors treat him like an actor instead of just a fighting stunt-man.   He was really enjoyable in “Commando 2”, with an easy confidence onscreen, and not a moment of bad acting.  It was also great to see a side of Jamwal’s character that was a thinking, technology-using, intelligent operative.  This film didn’t rely solely on his martial arts skills.  In many scenes, our hero used firearms instead of his fists.  This added much needed variety that was missing from the first film.
Scene-to-scene, the story was interesting and engaging, with a likable cast of supporting characters.  Where some action films that suspend reality can often turn out very cheesy, this film avoided that pitfall beautifully – with perhaps the small exception of the pogo-stilt thugs.
It goes without saying that, with the exception of the small problem-moments I mentioned earlier, the fight scenes throughout this entire movie were top-notch, exciting, and a complete thrill ride!
Should anyone expect to take this movie seriously?  Of course not.  The plot was complete fantasy.  But for those who love a fun action film, this is a good one.  Provided he can find other directors that will showcase him as an actor, Vidyut Jamwal could have a bright future.

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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HINDI MEDIUM

Released May 19, 2017.  Written by Saket Chaudhary, Zeenat Lakhani, and Amitosh Nagpal.  Directed by Saket Chaudhary.  Starring Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Amrita Singh, and Deepak Dobriyal.

This movie is a social commentary on class privilege and corruption in India’s private school system.  It is also a story of how far parents can go in the effort to get their children into the best schools.
Knowing that the best colleges, best jobs, and best futures are only for those children who start out at the best primary schools, Mita Batra (Qamar) forces her husband, Raj (Khan) into leaving behind their modest past and moving into a neighborhood which more befitted the level of wealth Raj had attained through his fashion shop.  She also forced him into preparation training to begin applying to all the best primary schools for their daughter.  After being turned down by so many schools because of their underprivileged background, the Batra’s resort to deceit.  They didn’t count, however, on their deceit directly hurting a newfound friend.  They also didn’t count on it opening their eyes to the plight, pride, and promise of the poor.
This film was magnificently written and directed.  The script not only delivered an important message, it engaged and entertained.  Irrfan Khan was animated and delightful as the fun-loving, simple, middle-class man, Raj.  The dialog was enjoyable, the humor was warm, and the performances were honest.  No matter how you slice it, this movie was quality from beginning to end.  Entertaining as well as critically excellent!

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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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 10, 2017

Opening weekend for Sridevi’s new film, “Mom” were about what was expected.  Thanks for fantastic word of mouth, the film earned Rs. 14.40 crore. Though this may seem very little, it is a respectable amount for a movie with a female lead that is not full of beautiful bodies, lots of skin, action, and showy dance numbers.  It’s also higher than opening weekend numbers for “Hindi Medium“, which was the last film with amazing reviews and strong word of mouth.  “Hindi Medium” collected consistently – slow and steady – over five weeks to arrive at nearly 70 crore total and position six on the year’s top ten, so far.  If “Mom” can also maintain such a determined course for the coming weeks, it, too, can exceed its budget and become a hit.  To do this, it needs to earn more than 40 crore.

As a final word on “Tubelight“: it does seem to have earned enough to claim position 3 on the list of highest-grossing films (so far) in 2017.  However, even after three weekends, reports on the film’s actual totals are still indecisive.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

 

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The Khans and the Khan-Nots

Since 2004, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, and Shahrukh Khan have dominated the Bollywood box office. With the exception of 2006 when “Dhoom 2” took the top spot, a Khan film has been the highest grossing movie, every year. These three men have occupied the top five for twelve years, having no fewer than two, and sometimes as many as four films in the top five between them. Collectively known as the “three Khans”, they have ruled Bollywood for over a decade, with blockbuster after blockbuster. It seems they are unstoppable.
But time stops everything. Before the Khans, there were others, too, who ruled the box office. There came a time, however, when age forced many of those actors into parent, or even grandparent roles: supporting roles for younger, newer stars…like the Khans. In an effort to delay that inevitability as long as possible, our Khans have been taking measures to stay as relevant as possible.
Shahrukh got a hard body and has been selecting roles that cast him as an older-but-still-young man who had either lost his family, or hadn’t had one yet. Salman has been ignoring the issue by selecting single-man action roles, or by playing single men with a childish innocence and simple cadence of voice. In the recent film, “Tubelight“, he played a developmentally challenged adult, which allowed him to play a very young role, indeed.
As for Aamir Khan, he seems to be handling the transition more gracefully. Like Shahrukh, Aamir has also elected to go hard-body for a more youthful appearance. Like Salman, he’s also chosen recent roles that allowed him to play innocent, child-like characters. As an older actor, however, he was also willing to gain quite a bit of weight to play the gray-haired father in the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time, “Dangal”. With such capability for popularity and success in an older role, do aging actors really have to go to all that trouble? Also, how far can these measures be taken before they begin to backfire?

In recent years, critics have been unkind to Shahrukh Khan, and even more unkind to his movies. “Chennai Express“, “Happy New Year“, and “Dilwale” were all top-five earners, cashing in heavily on all the typical Shahrukh Khan tricks that made fans love him in earlier years. However, total earnings fell as steadily as did the opinions of movie reviewers across the country.

“Chennai Express” was seen by many critics as an over-bloated masala film in an age when masala films should be a thing of the past. Most of India disagreed, of course, and made the film the third highest-grossing of 2013 with a whopping total of Rs. 227.13 crore!
When “Happy New Year” came in 2014, there was more criticism about being over-bloated and over-hyped. Unlike “Chennai Express”, however, “HNY” was also criticized for being loud, boring, un-funny, and just plain bad. Some saw it as a collection of dance scenes, Shah’s abs, fight scenes, Shah’s abs, cheap jokes, strained industry references, Sonu’s abs, and a ditsy girl…with a shameless play on patriotism, and Shah’s abs. At their kindest, critics pointed out that there was absolutely nothing new to be seen in this latest film. Once again, however, the public disagreed. Or did they? With a lifetime collection of Rs. 203 crore, it earned less than “Chennai Express”.
In 2015, Shahrukh’s box office mojo took another hit with “Dilwale”. Criticized yet again for being nothing new, and criticized even further for trying to recapture bygone days, “Dilwale” was only the fifth highest-grossing film of the year. With just Rs 148.72 crore; earning more than 50 crore less than “Happy New Year”! At this point, it seemed that Shah recognized he had fallen into a rut. The standard tricks weren’t working anymore. It was time to change. Unfortunately, his experimental 2016 film, “Fan“, backfired horribly. Though Shah’s performance was often complimented, the movie itself suffered significant writing issues. “Fan” barely made the top ten list at number nine, and didn’t even cross 100 crore.

Now that it’s 2017, Shah seems to have come to understand that getting back to basics may be the answer. Instead of bloated, over-the-top, sensational, flash-bang movies…and instead of shaky, experimental films…maybe he should come down to Earth. “Raees“, his first film of 2017, seems to have done the trick. Here at the beginning of July, it’s currently the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year. With Rs. 137.51 crore in total collections, it has also improved on the collections of “Fan”. For the first time since 2013, the line on the chart tracking his box office earnings went up instead of down. But only improved on “Fan”. Shah still has a long way to go to climb back up to the heights from which he had fallen.
Looking forward, Sharukh’s second 2017 project will be yet another down-to-earth film. “Jab Harry Met Sejal” promises to be a an extension of the romance-but-not-really role he tried in his secondary-role performance for the 2016 film, “Dear Zindagi“. In that film, his character was the major male figure in the life of the heroine, but not her romantic interest. “Jab Harry Met Sejal” will allow Shah to do what he does best. He will be the charming hero, while at the same time respecting the fact that he is getting just a bit too old to play the young lover. Shah’s box office recovery will depend on how well written this movie will be and how well it conveys a character driven story without sensationalism or flash-and-dazzle.

Though Salman Khan has been flying high at the top of the box office with movies in the number one and number two spots since 2014, he just may be experiencing the same kind of rut that eventually led to a crash for Shahrukh. Like Shahrukh, critics have not been kind to Salman. For his 2014 film, “Jai Ho“, Hindustan Times reviewer, Anupama Chopra wrote, “Is ‘Jai Ho’ even a film?” Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express was a little less kind when she wrote “‘Jai Ho’ is little more than a damp squib.” Fans seemed to agree. “Jai Ho” earned only Rs. 116 crore and was only number 6 in the top ten list. But “Jai Ho” was only one of two films Salman released that year. The other, “Kick“, earned over 200 crore and was the second highest-grossing.
These two films, however, came at the very end of a string of action films that started with “Wanted” in 2009. “Dabangg“, “Bodyguard“, “Ready“, “Ek Tha Tiger“, and “Dabangg 2” were number one or number two of their respective years, making the Salman Khan action film guaranteed gold. When 2014 saw these action films failing with both critics and the box office, Salman opted to put down his fists and go for a change. He elected to return to the sweet Prem-style character of his pre-action days.
His decision seemed to pay off. In 2015, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” occupied the number one and number two spots at the top of the top-ten list. This was a feat he’d also accomplished with action films in 2011 and 2012. Both films featured a more gentle Salman who was innocent, with a character voice that was child-like. Critics loved “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”; praising Salman for putting away the shirt-ripping, wise-cracking characters for something with more substance. They were not as kind, however, regarding “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”. Most found it difficult to choke down the shameless opulence and unrealistic morality. Many felt this kind of movie to be a thing of the past, during a time when movie-goers were less sophisticated.
However, like he’d done when action films seemed to pay off, Salman soldiered on and elected to give the audiences more of the same. In 2016, “Sultan” became his third commercial success in a row that featured him as a simple character with a child-like voice. Once again, it seemed to work. “Sultan” became Salman’s third film to cross 300 crore, and it was the second highest-grossing film on the year. He also found himself praised once again by critics who applauded the substance of his performance.
But maybe modern audiences are more sophisticated. Whereas the action film ride lasted for eight movies, it seems like a fourth film featuring an innocent adult with a child-like voice was one too many, too soon.
Salman went from golden boy to black sheep in the span of one year. Though he found himself applauded as an actor for “Sultan”, he was harshly criticized for his performance in “Tubelight”. It has just a one-star rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter kindly described Salman’s performance as “weak“, while the headline of the review written by Namrata Joshi for The Hindu read “Salman Khan is a Liability in this Bland Film“. Granted, this movie had a lot of problems that had nothing to do with Salman’s performance. Not even his fans felt the movie was worth sitting through to enjoy their hero. It’s opening weekend alone was what allowed this film to cross 100 crore, but word of mouth spread quickly. As a result, “Tubelight” has gone the way of “Jai Ho”; earning just about the same.
The question remains, however…will “Tubelight” be the exception, or the trend? In 2014, “Jai Ho” may have flopped, but “Kick” was a success. Salman has another film up his sleeve for 2017, and this time – as if sensing the new direction was failing – it is a return to action. “Tiger Zinda Hai”, will seek to repair some of the damage. It will be a sequel to the number-one hit film of 2012, “Ek Tha Tiger”, and like the title suggests, it will seek to show the movie going public that the tiger – as well as Salman himself – is still alive.
Salman has also announced “Dabangg 3”; another attempt to recapture the success of his action years by making sequels to his successful films. But action had failed him once before. Will more action really be the answer? Will Salman find himself criticized for attempting to ride the coat tails of previous successes instead of offering anything new? Will these new films even be any good? Or will he find himself floundering at the box office, grasping at past successes in an attempt to stay successful? Will Salman be able to find a way forward that will allow him to remain a top leading actor? Or will he resign himself to being cast as father to the new crowd?

We almost hold our collective breath when this conversation turns to Aamir Khan. Of the three, Aamir is the only one that seems to remain unaffected by these troubles. With the exception of “Talaash” in 2012 and “Dhobi Ghat” in 2010, every big-budget Aamir film since 2008 has been the highest-grossing of the year. Each has also set new benchmarks and in turn has become the highest-grossing Bollywood film in history. The line on his chart goes up, up, and up. But the only problem with reaching the highest heights is that there’s nowhere to go but back down.  There has to be a point at which it at least levels out, and that point may be coming. Never criticized for his acting abilities, Aamir does occasionally film a project that just doesn’t catch on with audiences or break records. Coming up this year, Aamir will play a comedic supporting role in another socially relevant film that elevates a strong woman with big dreams. But before you start thinking that Aamir might get caught in a rut, for 2018, he will be starring for the first time along with the legendary Amitabh Bachchan for a film about mob life before Indian independence.

 

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BOLLYWOOD BOX OFFICE NEWS – JULY 7, 2017

Releasing today:

Mom (drama): Sridevi and Akshaye Khanna.  “A tale of how far a mother will go for the sake of her children.”
This film is showing at 65 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Guest iin London (comedy):  “A young couple in London struggle to live with their estranged aunt and uncle, who overstay their welcome.TRAILER
This film is showing at 21 theaters across America.  Visit this link to check for a theater and showtime near you.

Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai (drama):  “A social portrayal of a girl from Bedhiya community from the hinterlands of central India. Their community is matriarchal and the story is about three generations of a family where the youngest girl Madhu rebels to change age old traditions through education. Despite her progressive attitude, she falls prey to the socio – police and is married off to Rajjan, a boy from the same village who has intense crush for her.”  TRAILER

The Slum Stars (drama):  “A gang of innocent abandoned kids lead troubled lives in the slums. Local child traffickers use their terror to sell these kids. The trafficker, Ghutan, is controlled by a bogus Swami who fakes himself as a spiritual leader.  The Swami is led in turn by Netaji, a greedy politician who has an upper hand in all the crimes.   When one of the children is forced into sexual exploitation, the all decide to run away.  They make their way to a village in Rajasthan where they meet a Ghost who helps them.”  TRAILER

Also releasing in the Bollywood market today is the American film, “Spider-Man Homecoming“.
After five years away, legendary actress, Sridevi, returns to the big screen in the starring role of Bollywood’s newest female-centric film, “Mom”.  “Mom” will certainly be the front runner on Monday. However, despite being a highly-anticipated film, and despite excellent early reviews, the movie-going public in India is still not ready for a female-lead blockbuster movie.  Hopefully, opening weekend collections will honor this movie’s excellence.

Previous releases:

Once again, reports for the collections of “Tubelight” are mixed, this morning.  Two sources agree the total is Rs. 114.50 *crore, while another source says Rs. 118 crore in one article, and Rs. 120 crore in another!  One thing all sources agree on, however, is that Salman Khan’s newest film is a disaster, despite having crossed 100 crore.
If the total is indeed Rs. 114.50, then that would mean “Tubelight” is still the fifth highest-grossing film of the year; falling just short of “Badrinath Ki Dulhania“.  If it’s the 118 or 120 figures, that would mean “Tubelight” has moved into position 3, having surpassed both “Badrinath” and “Jolly LLB 2“.
All reports indicate that distributors have lost significant amounts of money on this movie, and that fans are profoundly disappointed, as well.  It will take a very special film indeed to win back their confidence.

* 1 crore = 10,000,000 rupees

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VBB Joins UCNews!!!

Vickie’s Bollywood Beat is proud to announce that we were contacted on June 19 by a representative from UCNews, India!  The contact was an invitation for VBB to join the UCNews network of content creators.  This means that VBB will be writing articles, reviews, and other content to publish directly into the UCNews digital format.

 

This is a great opportunity for VBB to grow in India, and we are thrilled that someone there found us and liked us enough to give us this incredible opportunity to not only contribute our thoughts in such a huge medium, but to also hopefully begin generating revenue that will help us grow in America.

Our first article was just published today.  You can find it here!

Keep checking UCNews for new VBB content.  We will attempt to publish at least one article per week; providing an American perspective on Bollywood films!

 

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