Tubelight (drama): Salman Khan. “Tubelight is the story of a man’s unshakable faith in himself and the love for his family.” This film is showing at 272 theaters across America. Visit thislinkto check for a theater and showtime near you.
Today’s only release is the first of the Summer Blockbusters for 2017! All bets are off for any other film previously released and still playing. As always, Salman’s new film will dominate the screens. It will also certainly be the fifth movie this year to cross 100 *crore. But how high will it climb? Opening weekend should give us a good idea.
“Bank Chor” had a miserable opening week; collecting only Rs. 7.30 crore. Though this is slightly better than Riteish Deshmukh’s 2015 senseless comedy, “Bangistan” (5.49 c.), it falls short of 2016’s “Great Grand Masti” (13.59 c.). Deshmukh has done some impressive work, and has great potential. However, these cheap and un-funny comedies seem to plague his career with failures.
With “Tubelight” releasing today, “Bank Chor” will not likely reach 10 crore.
Meanwhile, “Hindi Medium” is inching closer and closer to the 70 crore mark! Current collections are Rs. 69 crore. Going into a sixth weekend, and with an A-List blockbuster releasing today, everyone is holding their breath to see if this persistent hit film will be able to get just one crore more from the movie-going public. Though it currently still holds position five on the year’s top ten list, it will be pushed down to position six on Monday as opening weekend collections for “Tubelight” surpass it. It also looks like after such an heroic effort, “Hindi Medium” will not be on the top ten list at the end of the year. There are at least five more films releasing with the potential of earning more than 70 crore.
“Bank Chor” was the definite front runner among Friday’s releases, but with just Rs. 4.34 *crore over the opening weekend, it was still surpassed by the Punjabi release, “Super Singh” (5.75 c.).
Next in line was “Phullu“, which grossed just Rs. 3.11 crore, while there are no reports at all for the collections of “G Kutta Se“. None of today’s Hindi releases are expected to cross 10 crore. They have just four days to collect what they will before the next A-list film hits the big screen and dominates the box office.
Over the second weekend, “Raabta” crashed completely and has effectively come to the end of its theatrical run at about 25 crore. “Hindi Medium“, on the other hand, is still going strong over a fifth weekend! It collected an additional 2 crore, bringing its lifetime total to Rs. 67.01 crore!
At this rate, it has a great chance of crossing the 70 crore mark before the end of its run. With Salman Khan’s “Tubelight” releasing on Friday, however, it will be a tough three crore to glean out of the movie-going public. As we predicted on Friday, however, “Hindi Medium” has earned enough for its profit percentage to be over 200%! By this accounting, it is the most successful movie so far of 2017.
Bank Chor (comedy): Riteish Deshmukh and Vivek Oberoi. “A comic-caper, that tells the story of 3 morons trying to rob a bank who pick the worst day possible when everything that can go wrong, goes wrong and how they’re inadvertently caught in the crossfire.”
Phullu (comedy/drama): (comedy/drama) “Phullu is a good for nothing so his mother gets him married thinking that he will become mature after marriage. After marriage, he comes to know about menstruation and how the women of his village use cloth etc. The film is about what he does after he understands their inconveniences.” TRAILER
G Kutta Se (drama): “Virender is a young man at home on the streets. He wanders as he pleases through the terrain of his life. At night he encounters lust in different forms. He knows that in his world, men are in charge of women’s lives, their bodies and their honour. There is just one limit even Virender is afraid of breaching, with his uncle’s daughter.” TRAILER
Also releasing today is the Punjabi film, “Super Singh“. None of today’s movies, however, are being released in America. It’s not expected that any of them will make much of a show at the box office, but “Bank Chor” should be the front runner on Monday.
At the end of its opening, week, “Raabta” has collected only Rs. 24.50 crore. This is good enough to claim the position of 11th highest grosser (so far) of 2017, but not good enough to break the top ten. It needs another 0.59 crore to surpass “Commando 2” and take position ten. It will likely do so over its second weekend, but it’s not expected to do much more. It will not reach the 30 crore mark, and will not be in the top ten at the end of the year. A disappointing turnout after Sushant Singh Rajput’s “Dhoni” triumph of last year.
Over its fourth week-day stretch, the persistent “Hindi Medium” collected an additional 2.6 crore; bringing its lifetime total to Rs. 65.01 crore! Made on a budget of just 22 crore, this makes “Hindi Medium” the most successful/ profitable Bollywood movie so far in 2017. Its profit margin is very near 200%, and will probably reach that by the end. Can it pull in 5 crore more before “Tubelight” releases on the 23rd?
Released May 12, 2017. Written by Suprotim Sengupta and directed by Akshay Roy. Starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra.
This was a very different kind of love story. One for the real world. One where things don’t work out, for no apparent reason. One in which there is love, but no happy ending. There are no morals and no lessons. There is no guide or advice about how to make the perfect love work.
Though the structure of the movie was clever and inventive…though the cinematography and directing were top shelf…and even though the acting left no room for criticism…this was a very unsatisfying film. There are movies people see to escape real life and enjoy the fantasy. There are also movies made for the purpose of relating to those with special problems and situations. Those movies often make people feel better, knowing they are not alone. This movie was neither. Its message? Though the person you love can completely screw you over, you can still feel happy about it while remaining alone without even the slightest consolation. And though some of us may be able to relate to that, it does nothing to console or satisfy.
If you like a film about life’s unfairness with no resolution, “Meri Pyaari Bindu” is a very well-crafted movie. There is very little to fault. It even had some really nice music! However, if you want to feel hope or happiness at the end of the film, you may want to give this one a pass.
This movie is available streaming on einthusan.com
Released March 31, 2017. Written by Neeraj Pandey and directed by Shivam Nair. Starring Tapsee Pannu and Akshay Kumar.
This is a spin off film, inspired by the 2015 hit film, “Baby”. It’s a prequel tale that answers the question, “who was that female operative that worked with Akshay’s character for part of his mission?”
When going back and watching “Baby” after seeing “Naam Shabana”, it was a great set-up. Shabana (Pannu), in all her actions, facial expressions, and dialogue conveyed neatly that she was a rookie, still finding her feet. Akshay’s character added to this feeling with how he treated Shabana, as well as how he looked at her: evaluating. It was the perfect set-up.
But did “Naam Shabana” deliver on that set up? Not as well as we could have hoped. Her back story was a lazy, gender-reversed tale that has been done so many times it was actually tiring to watch. Young woman with a family tragedy in the past has an attitude and is prone to aggression. Meets boy who is so in love with her that he breaks her hard shell and makes her begin to hope for happiness. He even delivered the typical female line “I feel safe with you.” An altercation with a bunch of rowdies leads to a new tragedy, which sets the heroine on the path of revenge.
Once that part was over, the film did a better job with Shabana’s recruitment, training, and field work. The director was careful to not make her an immediately-perfect and powerful agent. She had talent, but definitely maintained the confidence and competence level of a rookie.
As for the plot: it lacked the energy, intrigue, and complexity of the plot from the first film. In the end, Shabana herself wasn’t very interesting, and neither was the plot. Still, there were a few good action scenes.
Aklshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Danny Denzongpa, and Murli Sharma all reprise their roles from “Baby” in this film. But ultimately, it’s the personal journey a troubled young woman. Unfortunately, it lacked the kind of depth that has made other personal journey stories a success.
This movie is available streaming on einthusan.com
Released March 24, 2017. Written by Anvita Dutt and directed by Anshai Lal. Starring Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, and Mehreen Pirzada.
When Kanan (S. Sharma) and Anu (Pirzada) are due to be married, superstition gets the better of the family. They insist that Kanan marry a tree before marrying Anu. Already struggling with misgivings, cold feet, and disdain for his family’s silly beliefs, Kanan agrees to the ceremony. Matters complicate tenfold, however, when the spirit of a woman who’d been attached to the tree follows him home.
This is also the story of that spirit, Shashi (A. Sharma), and how she came to end her life at the tree after thinking her love had abandoned her.
The concept and mechanics of this story are really good. How the spirit became attached to the tree and then to Kanan was completely sensible…for fantasy. The circumstances surrounding why Shashi’s lover never came to meet her were brilliant and moving. Though the special effects may not have been big-budget, cutting edge, they were still very nice for a film of this type. The final scenes were beautiful, and obviously the bulk of the effects budget.
Just a couple problems. The anchor story of this film, of course, is the flash-back story of Shashi and her lover, Phillauri (Dosanjh). However, they could have given more substance to the modern day story so that it would have seem less like a backdrop and more like a companion tale. One of the biggest reasons the Kanan/Anu story seemed so inconsequential is that it was based on a guy freaking out when it came time to commit. This is an easy and typical go-to plot that doesn’t require much depth, so that part of the story was more of a setting for the Shashi/Phillauri story than a story on its own.
Secondly, the character of Kanan was actually off-putting. He was wishy-washy, indecisive, whiny, and spineless. One of the things we like best here at VBB is how Bollywood movies are filled with strong and confident males. Kanan’s character was a significant letdown, and left us wondering why Anu loved him so much in the first place. He was also not consistent with the tone of the rest of the film. Even in the end, after having learned his lesson about committing to love, he still seemed like he was ready to turn and run as fast as he could.
But if you can get past Karan, the rest of the film is really nice. Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh deliver magnificent performances in their roles.
This movie is available streaming on einthusan.com
“Raabta” did emerge as the front runner among Friday’s releases. With Rs. 15.93 *crore earned over opening weekend, “Raabta” far exceeded the next highest-release-date-mate grosser, “Behen Hogi Teri” (1.28 c.) However, “Raabta’s” 15.93 crore is not enough to challenge the year’s more successful films. It earned only the eighth highest-grossing opening weekend of the year (so far). It really needs a strong opening week to have any hope of – even temporarily – entering the top ten.
Meanwhile, “Hindi Medium” is still on a roll! It earned an additional 6.2 crore over its fourth weekend! With Rs. 62.41 crore in collections now, it not only crossed the 60 crore mark, but surpassed “Half Girlfriend” (60.06 c.) to become the fifth highest-grossing movie (so far) of 2017! It’s also the highest grossing film of the year so far that hasn’t crossed 100 crore. Will it have enough power over a fourth week and a fifth weekend to cross the 70 crore mark? The next seven days will tell!
So, here we are in June, and there hasn’t been a 100-crore Bollywood film since March. In the first three months of the year, there were four films to cross 100 crore. But the best the second three months have been able to do is around 60 crore. When will the next big film come along?
It’s right around the corner, actually. Salman Khan is almost always a bank bet, and his next movie, “Tubelight” releases on June 23rd. Together again with brother Sohail Khan, and with an anticipated cameo from Shahrukh Khan, many will turn out and make this film the next to cross 100 crore.
Raabta (comedy, drama): “In 2017, Shiv and Saira fall for each other and form an inseparable connection. Until, Saira crosses paths with a reincarnated lover from a previous lifetime who is determined to make her his lover again.” This film is showing at 63 theaters across America. Visit thislinkto check for a theater and showtime near you.
Behen Hogi Teri (comedy): “Gattu loves Binny who lives in the neighborhood. But everyone says that the girls of the neighborhood should be treated as sister or mother. Binny is very mischievous; not committing to Gattu entirely. Now Gattu must convince both Binny and the neighborhood.” TRAILER
The Wishing Tree (drama, fantasy): “A magical, inspirational and extremely entertaining story of five children in a hill-station somewhere in India, who come together to save their ‘wishing tree’ from being cut by vested interests.” TRAILER
Bachche Kachche Sachche (drama): “Ganesh is an orphan rescued from a car accident by Guru Tripati, a railway gateman known as GT. They lived happily. Ganesh calls him Mama. Both receive great love and respect from the neighborhood, but due to past enmity, Police officer’s wife accuses GT of child labor. She demands Ganesh to be enrolled in a boarding school and be removed from the care of GT.” TRAILER
Of today’s releases, “Raabta” will be the clear front runner on Monday. However, will Sushant singh Rajput’s new-found popularity be enough to lift the film to the ranks of the top ten? Rajput’s last film, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” was the third highest-grossing movie of 2016. It was also his break-out movie, though he’d done excellent work prior, as well.
Manisha Koirala’s film, “Dear Maya” is reported to have earned just over 10 *crore during its first week. And though no official word is in, its release-date mate, “Dobaara: See Your Evil” has earned about 12 crore. “Hanuman Da Damdaar” is estimated around 8 crore. Not of these figures are official or final, but have been suggested by multiple sources.
There is no report this morning on the updated collections for “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” over its second week-day stretch. totals remain at Monday’s reported Rs. 46.91 crore.
There have also been no updated figures for “Half Girlfriend” since last Friday. The total from many sources remains Rs. 58.71 crore.
The only film that seems to have any official updates today is “Hindi Medium“. It earned an additional 2.61 crore over its third week-day stretch. With a total now of Rs. 56.21 crore, it remains the sixth highest-grossing film (so far) of 2017. Going into a fourth weekend, and with “Raabta” releasing today, it’s not likely this movie will reach or cross the 60 crore mark. It will also not be in the top ten at the end of the year.
As predicted on Friday, it was a slow weekend at the box office. There was very little news this morning on opening collections for Friday’s six releases. Both “Dobaara – See Your Evil” and “Hanuman Da Damdaar”, however, came in at less than half a *crore, each. There are no reports at all for the other four movies. Even the two American films released in India on Friday fared poorly. “Baywatch“, starring Bollywood’s own Priyanka Chopra, earned only 2.20 crore. “Wonder Woman” brought in only 2.10 crore.
“Sachin – A Billion Dreams” managed another 5.71 crore over its second weekend; bringing its total so far to Rs. 46.91 crore. It’s still at number seven on the list of the year’s highest-grossers, so far, and at this rate, it’s likely to cross the 50 crore mark. But will it climb much higher? It’s not likely. With less than 6 crore over the second weekend, the odds of prolonged major earnings are slim.
There are no reports this morning for the third weekend of “Half Girlfriend”. With a Friday total, however, of Rs. 58.71 crore, it’s certain to have crossed the 60 crore mark.
With 7.51 crore in collections over the past three days, “Hindi Medium” is – for the second weekend in a row – the weekend’s highest earner! It did indeed cross the 50 crore mark, and with a current total of Rs. 53.60 crore, it’s gaining steadily on “Half Girlfriend“. It is still the sixth highest-grossing film (so far) of 2017, but with such persistent longevity and little competition this week, it just may find itself at number five before the end.
Dobaara – See Your Evil (horror): “Siblings Natasha and Kabir Merchant investigate an allegedly haunted mirror in their parents’ home. This movie is an official adaption of ‘Oculus’.” This film is showing at 22 theaters across America. Visit thislinkto check for a theater and showtime near you.
Dear Maya (drama): “Anna and Ira prank a local woman by writing her letters from a secret admirer. The prank takes a more serious turn when the local women goes missing.” TRAILER
Flat 211 (thriller): “An incident occurs at Flat 211 and the characters connected to this flat get involved in the incident leading to a mess. The mysterious identity of the person responsible for the incident grows leading to a dramatic turn of events.” TRAILER
Hanuman Da Damdaar(animated): “Anjani has not forgotten how her son almost lost his life. Now to protect him, she shelters him in a bid to keep him from harming himself again. She doesn’t even allow him to go out of the house. When his father returns from war, he is upset to find that his brave son has become a scared little boy. Maruti feels bad that his father isn’t proud of him, and prays to God to make him the ‘bravest kid in the world’. God answers his prayers and leads Maruti into a series of jungle adventures.” TRAILER
Mirror Game – Ab Khel Shuru (thriller): “Stuck in a crumbling marriage and a failing career, Professor Jay Verma seeks a way out of his troubles. Ronnie, an ambitious student, approaches Jay, asking for help with a thesis. Jay sees this opportunity and in return for his help, makes Ronnie an offer that he hopes will solve all his problems. Ronnie accepts but soon things start to spiral out of control and Jay begins to question his own sanity.” TRAILER
Sweetiee Weds NRI (romance): “Sweetie’s father wants his daughter to get married to an NRI from England.” TRAILER
There’s a real mixed bag in today’s batch release! Horror, thrillers, romance, drama, and even animation!It’s a real toss-up as to which will be the front runner on Monday. “Hanuman Da Damdaar” will have an upper hand because films for children are rare in Bollywood. Parents will be taking advantage of the opportunity to take the little ones for a movie. On the other hand, “Dobaara” also has an advantage in that there is a strong horror fandom in India. Only the next three days will reveal all.
At the end of its first week, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” has collected Rs. 41.20 *crore. It moved up the top ten list from position eight to position seven. If it has a good second weekend, it could move up to position six, but may have some difficulty climbing higher. Though this movie is making its way up the list right now, it will not be in the top ten at the end of the year.
Over its second week-day stretch, “Half Girlfriend” was only able to add 3.4 crore to its total. Collections now stand at Rs. 58.71 crore, and it still maintains its position as the fifth highest-grossing film (so far) of 2017. It will absolutely cross the 60 crore mark, but going into a third week, it will not likely reach 70 crore. Though the top ten has had 70-crore films in it recently, its doubtful that the 2017 top ten will.
Meanwhile, “Half Girlfriend’s” release-date mate, “Hindi Medium” added 8.7 crore to its total over the second week-day stretch. This movie really picked up momentum after the first week, and with a total today of Rs. 46.09 crore, it is set to follow “Half Girlfriend” across the 50 crore mark. This movie is currently the sixth highest-grossing film (so far) of the year, and was the highest-grosser of the past four days.
And finally, there is yet another update on the dizzying global collections for “Dangal“! It has now reached an unprecedented Rs. 1802 crore!!! It is the first film in Indian cinema history to cross 1700 crore, and now also 1800 crore! With this figure, it has created a gap of nearly 200 crore between itself and “Baahubali: The Conclusion“. Of course, “Baahubali 2“, once released in China, will re-take and surpass “Dangal“, but until then, “Dangal” is the highest-grossing film in Indian cinema history!
Once “B2” is released in China, it will also be revealed if it performs better there than “Dangal“. To date, “Dangal” has earned around 1000 crore in China alone! It has done so well that on the list of the 50 highest-grossing films to every play on screens in China – including Chinese and American films – “Dangal” is at number 28!