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Pathaan numbers boost up Bollywood

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Bollywood has been going through a lean phase post-pandemic. Several biggies fell short of expectations and failed to report even minimum numbers at the ticket windows. South films like KGF: Chapter 2 and RRR emerged as the biggest openers in the country last year. None of the Hindi films managed to top the list. Shah Rukh Khan is testing his luck after a long gap and his offering Pathaan emerged as the biggest opener ever. The film raked over Rs 110 crores in two days which is a record. This is the highest-ever opener for an Indian film in the recent years.

Pathaan response has been decent and the film is expected to do good business all over. Pathaan turned out to be a huge boost for Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan is left delighted with the opening numbers and the word of mouth. Siddharth Anand directed Pathaan and the action episodes are well appreciated. Deepika Padukone and John Abraham played other important roles in this high-voltage action entertainer. Yash Raj Films are the producers.

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2022 is a lesson for Bollywood

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Post-pandemic, the audience are not in a mood to watch regular commercial pot boilers in theatres. 2022 has been disastrous for Bollywood as most of the biggies failed big time. Even Superstars like Aamir Khan faced the biggest embarrassments this year. Scoring Rs 100 to Rs 200 crores was an easy task in theatres for Bollywood biggies. But there was hardly a solid hit for Hindi cinema in 2022. The Kashmir Files, Brahmastra, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Drishyam 2 reported huge numbers in theatres. All the other films fell flat and left the makers of their respective films in losses.

The audience have shown a lot of interest on regional films instead of straight Hindi films. Nepotism turned out to be a huge topic of discussion. Some of the stars are worried about the negative trend on social media. Netizens announced ban on several films and the hashtags kept trending all over. Most of the top filmmakers are not in a hurry and they are keen to take selective films. Most of the producers are rethinking about the big-budget projects. Some of them have even shelved several films. The actors too are keen to sign web-based projects and are busy with several assignments. For now, Bollywood had a disastrous 2022 and has high hopes on 2023. A series of films featuring top stars are releasing this year.

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Tollywood directors camping in Mumbai

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Indian cinema witnessed drastic changes and regional films of Telugu and Kannada are currently dominating all the languages. Bollywood is currently in a disastrous phase and none of the recent films minted money. Even the top stars are left embarrassed by the theatrical numbers. Several top filmmakers are currently in a hunt for the Telugu directors after the debacles of Bollywood biggies. Harish Shankar is currently in Mumbai and he is in talks with Salman Khan after his film with Pawan Kalyan is delayed or shelved. Mythri Movie Makers have arranged a meeting and the film will get to track if Harish Shankar locks the final script.

Arjun Reddy director Sandeep Vanga shifted his camp completely to Mumbai and he has two biggies lined up. He is directing Animal with Ranbir Kapoor and he will soon direct Prabhas. Puri Jagannadh delivered a disaster like Liger but he is keen to do a film in Hindi. He is working on a script and he is meeting several Bollywood filmmakers. Saaho fame Sujeeth signed deals with two Bollywood production houses and one among them may start next year. RX 100 fame Ajay Bhupathi has been approached by a couple of top Bollywood filmmakers and the discussions are going on. Several other Telugu directors are receiving offers from Bollywood filmmakers and some among them are camping in Mumbai and others are juggling between Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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‘Bollywood’s Hanuman looks like a Musalman’: ‘Boycott Adipurush’ trends on social media

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After “Laal Singh Chaddha” and “Brahmastra”, another Bollywood movie has run into rough weather, with “Boycott Adipurush” trending on social media, days after its teaser got released.

The excitement for Om Raut’s film “Adipurush” — starring Saif Ali Khan, Prabhas and Kriti Sanon — was quite high ever since it was announced. However, just a few hours after the release of the teaser, the netizens began criticising the film for Saif’s “Islamic” look, unconvincing VFX, and also the costumes of the other cast were targeted.

Comparisons are also being made with Lord Hanuman from Ramanand Sagar’s serial “Ramayan” to “Adipurush”. Actor Devdatta Gajanan Nage is playing the role of Hanuman in the movie.

The netizens have claimed that Hanuman’s look in the film also has similarities with the Islamic attire.

A user tweeted, “Bollywood’s Hanuman Looks Like A Musalman #BoycottAdipurush.” Another one wrote, “After 35 years, gutter Bollywood converted the ‘gracefulness’ of arrogant Ravana and Hanuman ji into Mughals.”

“Hanuman in Ramayan. Musalman in #Adipurush, Note: No Hindu keeps a beard without a Moustache. This film should be banned… They are defaming our Ramayan. They are showing Ravana and Hanuman with beards as Mughals with no Tika on their foreheads,” added one.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra reportedly expressed his anguish over the portrayal of the gods in the film.

Mishra said that the Hanuman was shown wearing leather clothes while the description of his appearance is clearly given in the Hanuman Chalisa.

“There are objectionable scenes in the teaser. Such scenes hurt religious sentiments. I am writing to maker Om Raut to remove these scenes. If he does not agree, there will be legal action,” the minister was quoted as saying.

“Adipurush” is a retelling of the Ramayana. Prabhas’s character is termed as Raghav, which is another name for Lord Ram. Saif plays Ravana while Janaki (Sita) is played by Kriti Sanon.

The makers of Adipurush have spent a fortune on the visual effects. The film has reportedly been made on a budget of over Rs 400 crore, most of which has been spent on the VFX but, it seems like the output is far from what the audience was expecting.

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Bollywood comes up with a new Strategy

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On the occasion of National Cinema Day, the film tickets are sold for low prices and more than 6.5 million footfalls are recorded on a single day. This turned out to be an eye-opener for Bollywood filmmakers. The makers of Brahmastra announced that the film’s multiplex tickets will be sold for Rs 100 from Monday to Thursday during Navratri. This would be a huge boost for the film. The makers of Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan starrer Vikram Vedha too announced that the ticket prices for the film would be affordable and flexible.

Chup which received rave reviews too will be sold for Rs 100 from tomorrow. This is a great move from the Bollywood filmmakers. Leaving the high ticket prices on weekends, the prices should be slashed on weekdays to encourage the patrons and increase the footfalls. Hope our Tollywood filmmakers too will follow similar strategies in the coming days as several films are struggling over the weekdays. Such plans will bring back the glory of Indian cinema.

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Brahmastra turns a Relief for Bollywood

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Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra opened with packed houses across the nation and the film opened on a positive note. As per the early estimates, Brahmastra collected more than Rs 35 crores across the country and it emerged as the highest-grossed Indian film this year. Brahmastra is also a huge relief for Bollywood which is in the struggling phase. The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Gangubhai Kathiawadi are the only hit films for Hindi cinema this year. Considering the financials involved, Brahmastra has to do exceptional business to attain the hit status.

The Boycott trend is having an impact and a section has been spreading bad about the film. Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut reviewed Brahmastra and took a dig at the director Ayan Mukerji. She called the film a disaster and posted “Everyone who called Ayan Mukerji a genius should be jailed immediately”. Brahmastra features Ranbir Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy in the lead roles. Fox Star Studios and Dharma Productions produced this big-budget superhero film.

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#BoycottBollywood turns a Nightmare for Hindi Films

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Only God knows about why and how the hashtag #BoycottBollywood started and this is making the Hindi film industry restless. Never before in the history, the films of stars like Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar struggled to report decent footfalls across the country. #BoycottBollywood trend has taken a huge toll on Bollywood. Though Aamir Khan urged the audience to watch his film, there was no turnout. Thousands of shows were cancelled over the weekend. Even the long weekend could not help the film. Aamir Khan is left in deep shock with the opening numbers of the film. The distributors are demanding compensation for the losses and Aamir Khan decided to pay partially for the losses of the distributors.

The Boycott trend is having a huge impact on the theatrical business of the films. The filmmakers are left clueless about what to do to cross this barrier. After Hrithik Roshan tweeted about Laal Singh Chaddha, he and his film Vikram Vedha were targeted. The hashtag #BoycottVikramVedha is now trending on Twitter. There are a bunch of films planned for release in the coming days and the producers of these projects are left worried. Ranbir Kapoor’s Brahmastra is the next big film from Bollywood that will release soon. The makers spent a bomb on this project and the film was in making for years. Bollywood for now hopes for a strong comeback and is left under huge stress because of the negative wave against the country’s biggest film industry.

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Bollywood targets Tollywood Directors

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The mindset of the Indian audience has changed badly after the pandemic. Most of them are watching realistic and nativity-based mass entertainers. The super success of Akhanda, Pushpa: The Rise, RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 are the best examples. Bollywood continued to deliver duds over the past few months. Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera released on Friday and the film is heading towards one of the biggest disasters ever. Most of the top filmmakers are now in touch with South film directors and especially Telugu directors.

Almost all the young and talented directors received calls from the top Bollywood production houses. Karan Johar is keen to work with Telugu directors. SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Rajkumar Hirani Films, Pooja Entertainment, Sanjay Leela Bhansali Films, and Sajid Nadiadwala Entertainment have staged a hunt for the right scripts and directors from South. They are keen on collaborating with Bollywood heroes and these projects will be directed by Telugu or Tamil directors. All the talented Telugu directors are occupied with films and they have no time to work on a Bollywood project for now.

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Rhea Chakraborty linked to drugs supply racket in Bollywood, claims NCB

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In a startling development, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has claimed that actress Rhea Chakraborty and others were allegedly involved in a major criminal conspiracy to run a drugs racket, for Bollywood and other high society people.

In its draft charges filed before a Mumbai Special NDPS Court on Tuesday, the NCB has detailed how between March-December 2020, Rhea, her brother Showik and 34 others accused in the death case of the late Sushant Singh Rajput, were part of a plot to finance, procure, sell, transport and distribute drugs like Ganja, Charas, Cocaine, LSD to the high-profile end-users.

As part of the plot, from January-August 2020, Siddharth Pithani — a friend of Rajput, found dead in his rented Bandra home on June 14, 2020 — was in regular touch with the actor (Rajput) and his girlfriend Rhea, her brother Showik, domestic aides like Samuel Miranda, Dipesh Sawant and others to procure Ganja, as per the NCB draft charges.

The probe agency revealed how Pithani had used a private bank app of Rajput to source Ganja and other drugs from his bank account, describing them as ‘puja samagri’ (prayer materials) and accordingly abetted Rajput’s extreme addiction to drugs.

The NCB contended that the actress’ brother Showik Chakraborty was also allegedly linked with drug peddlers from whom he received packets on behalf of Rajput.

While Rhea was arrested in September 2020 and released on bail after almost a month in October 2020, Pithani was nabbed in May 2021 and released on bail last week, as part of the NCB’s avowed probe to uproot what it termed athe drugs citadel Mumbai, especially in Bollywood’.

After hearing the arguments from both sides in the case, the Special NDPS Judge V.G. Raghuvanshi will decide on which of the 38 charges shall be framed against the 35 accused.

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Bollywood waiting for Puri Jagannadh

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South Indian films like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 have done exceptional business across North India when several biggies are struggling to register decent footfalls. Tollywood sensational director Puri Jagannadh is testing his luck with Liger and the pan-Indian film features Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Pandey in the lead roles. Several Bollywood filmmakers are eagerly waiting for the release of the film. Apart from Karan Johar, three top production houses from Bollywood approached Puri recently.

The top director is focused on Janaganamana which also has Vijay Deverakonda in the lead role. He is keen to make pan-Indian films and Puri will take up the call after he is done with the shoot of this patriotic film. Puri Jagannadh is also keen to work with Bollywood stars in the coming days and he has interesting scripts ready. For now, Bollywood is eagerly waiting for the release of Liger. Vijay Deverakonda too is keen to work with Bollywood filmmakers and he is bonding with them during his breaks.

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Amazing Facts About Bollywood

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Splendor, gossip, paparazzi, and well-kept secrets abound in Bollywood. If you assumed you knew everything there is to know about Bollywood, this list would have you double-check!

This collection of some of the most surprising Bollywood facts will astound you!

What Are Amazing Bollywood Facts You Have Never Heard Before?

To save you from the fear of missing out, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 mind-blowing fascinating facts about Bollywood that will astound you:

1) Kareena Kapoor donned around 130 different outfits by leading fashion designers worldwide in the film “Heroine.” According to reports, Kareena’s clothing for the film was among the most costly of any Bollywood film ever made!

2) The conclusion of ‘Rockstar’ was shot first, then the rest of the movie. The film’s producers didn’t want to tamper with Ranbir Kapoor’s hairstyle.

3) Hrithik’s surname is Nagrath, not Roshan!

4) Amjad Khan was nearly cut from the 1975 film ‘Sholay’ because author Javed Akhtar thought his voice was too feeble for Gabbar Singh’s part. Initially, Danny Denzongpa was considered for the part, but it was eventually given to Amjad Khan.

5) For the maximum number of accolades for a film, ‘Kaho Naa… Pyar Hai’ was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records 2002 version. The film received 92 prizes in all!

6) Amitabh Bachchan’s mother and lover roles have both been played by Waheeda Rahman. In ‘Adalat’ (1976), she portrayed his love interest, and in ‘Trishul,’ she played his mother (1978).

7) ‘Lagaan,’ directed by Aamir Khan, had the highest number of British actors yet cast in a single Bollywood film.

8) The first option for Shahrukh Khan’s part in ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ was Saif Ali Khan. It’s even more difficult to imagine Tom Cruise was shortlisted for the part of Raj Malhotra!

9) ‘Mera Naam Joker,’ directed by Raj Kapoor, was the first Indian film to feature not one but two intervals!

10) When Sridevi was 13, she portrayed Rajnikanth’s stepmother in the Tamil drama ‘Moondru Mudichu.’

What Are Interesting Facts About Movies and Actors?

Bollywood has produced several movies and characters that have left golden prints in the industry. Like you would have fun playing games like Dota 2 international, you will find these movies interesting. If you love movies, then you want to be updated on certain facts, and some of them include:

1) Shekhar Kapur was previously engaged to Shabana Azmi, but the relationship did not work out.

2) Mughal-e-Azam was a trilingual film, with all sequences shot in Hindi, Tamil, and English three times. However, after the Tamil version failed horribly, the English version was scrapped almost immediately!

3) Sunil Dutt used to be a Radio Ceylon host who desired to interview his favorite actress, Nargis. However, he could not speak in front of her, and the session had to be canceled. Afterward, they fell in love and married years later after he got the opportunity to work with her in ‘Mother India’ (1957).

4) Devika Rani was the first actress to acquire a filmmaking degree.

5) The longest Bollywood cinema song is ‘Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo’ from the film of the same name. This legendary tune is 20 minutes long and appears in three different parts of the film.

6) “Enna Rascala!” was never uttered by Rajnikanth.

7) Our Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan, hails from the family of Maulana Abul Kalam Azaad, a prominent patriot and eminent writer.

8) When Anil Kapoor and his family first relocated to Mumbai, they resided in Raj Kapoor’s garage. They later moved to an apartment in a middle-class neighborhood in Mumbai.

9) Maurice Koechlin, the great-grandfather of Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin, was the Chief Engineer for the building of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the renowned Statue of Liberty.

10) Sonam Kapoor’s cousin is Ranveer Singh, whose real name is Ranveer Singh Bhavnani.

11) Kargil isn’t the longest film ever made. However, it is India’s longest movie. The 1987 film ‘Tamas’ is 19 minutes longer than LOC: Kargil. It was, however, originally shown as a Doordarshan mini-series.

12) Before becoming an actor in 1936, Ashok Kumar worked as a laboratory assistant at Bombay Talkies.

13) For ‘Choli Ke Peeche’ in ‘Khalnayak,’ Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik earned the best female playback award. This was the only occasion two playback vocalists accepted an award in the history of Bollywood awards. However, this song has also been criticized by 42 political groups!

14) Shashi Kapoor played Amitabh Bachchan’s older brother in only one film, Silsila (1981). However, Amitabh portrayed the older sibling in his other films, including Deewar, Namak Halaal, Do Aur Do Paanch, and Suhaag.

15) When Raj Kapoor debuted Dimple Kapadia in Bobby in 1973, she was barely sixteen. In the same year, she married Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna. Despite Bobby’s immense success, she took a hiatus from performing to care for her children.

Conclusion

These outlined facts blew your mind, right? Bollywood has a large global following, and that’s because of how dynamic and relatable their movies are. In addition, Bollywood films are distinguished from other genres by their musical and dance performances. The decision to release the songs before the film guarantees that the audience’s attention is peaked.

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Hindi films continue to haunt Bollywood

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It is not a great year for Bollywood as the film industry is yet to taste the biggest hit this year. Excluding ‘The Kashmir Files’, none of the films in Hindi raked revenues. Films like Jersey failed to witness decent footfalls and they are rejected badly. There are debates if the audience are not ready to watch films in theatres. South Indian biggies like RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 fared well and minted massive money across North India.

KGF: Chapter 2 is into its sixth week and the film is still performing well all over the North. A heap of films are lined up for release in the coming days in Hindi. Bollywood young Superstar Ranveer Singh’s film Jayeshbhai Jordaar released on Friday and the film received poor response. Jayeshbhai Jordaar is one more film that is rejected by the audience even before its release. The film reported less than 10 percent opening on Friday which is poor.

Jayeshbhai Jordaar released in more than 2250 screens in India and the opening day numbers are less than Rs 5 crores. Bollywood is literally struggling to deliver a super hit and the filmmakers are left in shock and are puzzled about their projects which are waiting for release.

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South Indian stars on the ascendant as Bollywood’s are on the wane

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For the first time ever, an array of stars who are neither Khans, Kapoors, Kumars or a Devgn for that matter, are headlining several Bollywood blockbusters. For a change, a veritable army of south Indian silver screen demigods is setting the Hindi box office on fire.

The stream of pan-India movies starring male actors from South Indian states throws the spotlight on a breed of new gen stars like Dhanush, Dulqer Salman, Ram Charan, NTR, Yash, Sudeep, Prabhas, Rana, Vijay Devarakonda, and Allu Arjun.

First it was Telugu stars Prabhas and Rana that captured the imagination of an entire nation when ace director SS Rajamouli’s epic ‘Bahubali’ unleashed its magic in two instalments. A mythological thriller was something that Hindi mainstream cinema has never explored seriously. The portrayal of characters of epic proportions was eagerly lapped up by Hindi audiences.

Even before Hindi audiences could get over the ‘Bahubali’ experience, came the smashing success of ‘Pushpa – The Rise’ starring Allu Arjun. The raw emotions portrayed by the Telugu star held audiences across the country in thrall.

Just when everyone felt that things couldn’t get better, came along SS Rajamouli with ‘RRR’ starring scions of the NTR and Chiranjeevi clans – Jr NTR and Ram Charan. The hype surrounding the movie didn’t disappoint and the movie went on to create magic at the Hindi box office. Surprisingly, despite a distinctively Telugu background and setting, the movie managed to bring in audiences across the country.

By now, it was amply clear that Hindi audiences just can’t have enough of south Indian cinema. And the South didn’t disappoint either. But for a change, instead of yet another Telugu movie, it was Sandalwood’s turn to entice Hindi audiences. ‘KGF – Chapter 2’ starring Kannada star Yash has been on a record-breaking spree ever since it released in April.

More pan-India releases are on the anvil, including ‘Vikram Rona’ starring Sandalwood star Kiccha Sudeep, and ‘Liger’ starring Vijay Devarakonda.

In Hyderabad, noted film critic and industry expert Prabhu points out that the success and acceptance that ‘Bahubali’ enjoyed with audiences across India, especially the Hindi heartland, turned out to be the trigger for south Indian film makers to think big. “It was only after Bahubali, that producers here realised the true potential of the market and started working on it with aggressive branding and promotional activities,” he explains.

Secondly, the proliferation of satellite movie channels, OTT platforms and other media have literally broken traditional barriers to acceptance that factors such as language and culture. “For many years now, stars like Allu Arjun, or NTR or Ram Charan have been familiar faces due to their successful dubbed versions. So, a direct Hindi theatrical release is an extension of their presence in that market. They are already known and loved faces,” Prabhu elaborates.

More importantly, the current breed of south Indian stars venturing onto the pan-Indian stage, confidently wear their cultural roots on their sleeves. They are not trying to look nor ape conventional Bollywood stars in the looks department. Instead the strategy is to leverage on their unique looks and acting talent.

The results are there on screen. Dhanush made his Bollywood debut with ‘Ranjhanaa’ and went on to pit himself against Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Shamitaabh’ before making his third foray into Bollywood with ‘Atrangi Re’.

Interestingly, a majority of the stars hail from established film dynasties in the south. Dulqer Salman is Malayalam cinema superstar Mammootty’s son, while Dhanush is from a leading Tamil film family and has recently separated from his wife who happens to be superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter.

Elsewhere in the south, it’s very much a similar story. From Allu Arjun, the son of noted producer Allu Arjun, Ram Charan who is Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi’s son, Jr NTR who happens to be Telugu acting legend NTR’s grandson, and Prabhas who is actor Krishnam Raju’s nephew, to Rana who hails from the D Rama Naidu film family, most of the stars happen to be people who can afford to think big and take calculated risks.

“Having a support system helps these stars withstand temporary setbacks. Moreover, all these stars have a good 10-15 years of grounding in their respective industries which gives them an advantage when it comes to sensing the opportunities and setbacks,” Prabhu states.

Observers point out that it was, in fact, Rana’s connections that helped ‘Bahubali’ gain traction with Bollywood bigwigs like Karan Johar. And the rest, as they say, is history.

While it’s certainly a good time for south Indian film stars to try their luck in Bollywood, they also need to see the writing on the wall. After his dream pan-India debut in ‘Bahubali’ Prabhas went on to sign a couple of big ticket projects, all of which failed to register box office success. It only goes to underline the fact that script, screenplay and production values are more important than star value. Something which mainstream Bollywood had apparently lost track of in between.

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Bollywood reports the most Disastrous Eid

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The Covid-19 fear is nowhere found in the country and the normalcy returned back long ago. RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 had a sensational run across the North Indian market and reported huge numbers. But none of the Bollywood films reported decent openings or full run numbers this year. Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey started off on a disastrous note and the film fell flat on weekdays. Two biggies Runway 34 and Heropanti 2 released on Friday and the openings are quite poor. Runway 34 received a decent response and may do well over the weekend.

Heropanti 2 has been declared as the biggest flop in Tiger Shroff’s career. Bollywood filmmakers and analysts are left in shock by the opening figures of the recent biggies. This is the most disastrous Eid ever reported till date, told a top box-office analyst. The audience are not much interested to watch Bollywood biggies and the reason is a huge puzzle. KGF: Chapter 2 has been doing quite well even in its third week. The film is expected to have a super-strong weekend dominating the Bollywood biggies. Bollywood delivering disasters continues this week too.

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South Cinema takes a month from Bollywood

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A heap of Bollywood films are delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the regional markets are reopened, the release of Hindi films needed all the markets to be back on to the track. Things are extremely good after the third wave of coronavirus and the Bollywood filmmakers are in plans to release their films at the earliest. RRR has been carrying terrific buzz and the Hindi filmmakers decided not to clash with RRR. The film is running successfully in its third week all over and it is a hit in North India.

Then comes KFG: Chapter 2 which is expected to open on a historical note across the country. Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor had to postpone his next film Jersey to stay away from the wave of KGF: Chapter 2. If the word of mouth is positive, the film will dominate the box-office for two weeks for sure. Ajay Devgn’s Runway 34 and Tiger Shroff’s Heropanti 2 are releasing on April 29th and a series of Hindi films are lined up for release in May and June. Two South Indian films RRR and KGF: Chapter 2 took over a month’s time from Bollywood when there are a bunch of Hindi films ready for release.

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Bollywood project on the cards for ‘RRR’ star Ram Charan

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The prodigious success of S.S. Rajamouli’s recent release ‘RRR’ has gingered up things for Tollywood star Ram Charan.

Having turned heads with his astounding performance as Alluri Sitarama Raju in the movie, Ram Charan has become the bull’s eye for filmmakers in Bollywood.

Gossip about Ram Charan’s apparent Bollywood movie are currently making rounds among the folks in the Telugu movie industry.

It is reported that a popular Hindi production house has come up with an interesting offer to rope in Ram Charan for its upcoming biggie.

While the reports lack authenticity, it is still being talked about that, Ram Charan will definitely be seen in a Bollywood movie soon after his current commitments.

Ram Charan, on the other hand, is busy shooting for Shankar Shanmugham’s upcoming big-ticket movie, in which Kiara Advani is the female lead. The ‘Rangasthalam’ actor has a project under Gautham Thinnanuri’s direction as well.

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Bollywood looking for Tollywood directors

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Bollywood audience have been eagerly waiting for mass Telugu films and the collections of Pushpa: The Rise explains it. There are not many mass helmers in Hindi cinema except Rohit Shetty and couple of other directors. Bollywood filmmakers like Karan Johar are now keen to work with mass directors of Telugu cinema. After Liger, Karan Johar is keen to come on board for the next combo of Puri and Vijay Deverakonda. If things go as per the plan, our Telugu directors will soon direct the top stars of Hindi cinema. Harish Shankar is already ready with DJ remake and Siddharth Malhotra will play the lead role.

Actors like Varun Dhawan are ready to sign mass films as the taste of the Hindi audience is changing. Tollywood filmmakers like Allu Aravind and Dil Raju are now keen to produce more films in Hindi as they have a huge hold here. They are in plans to sign projects with Tollywood directors and Bollywood actors. For this, they will need Bollywood filmmakers on board. Instead of waiting for Tollywood stars, our directors too are keen to sign Bollywood films. We can expect some unusual combinations in the coming days.

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‘RRR’ team marks New Year with Bollywood biggies at grand event

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The team of S.S. Rajamouli’s highly anticipated magnum opus ‘RRR’ is engrossed in promoting the movie. Juggling between back-to-back events and interviews, the team held a celebration to mark the New Year on a grand note.

The celebration brought together the biggest stars across India under one roof. Termed as the ‘Glorious Chapter of Indian Cinema’, the commemoration was laced with a star-studded stage. Rajamouli, and ‘RRR’ stars Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, and others indulged themselves in the jamboree.

The grand gala night, with the presence of Salman Khan as chief guest and hosted by Karan Johar, was attended by a huge crowd with the happy camaraderie on the stage.

“It only feels like yesterday when I met Rajamouli sir at the Hyderabad airport when I expressed my dream of working with him, only to be more than delighted when he told me that he has something that I can work on,” Alia Bhatt said.

The excited actress said, “It calls for a celebration, as that project turned to be one of the biggest movies of India. There couldn’t have been a better way to end the year than this, on such a monumental note.”

Jr NTR and Ram Charan also expressed their happiness and shared their experiences working for the most awaited movie. The duo also conveyed that they feel lucky to have got an opportunity to celebrate the New Year at the gala.

Topped with high-octane performances and a resplendent set-up, the New Year celebration event of ‘RRR’ will be simulcast on Zee Cinema, Zee TV, &TV, Zing and Zee Cinemalu at 11 p.m. on December 31.

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Breaking: Bollywood heading for a Shut Down again

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As predicted by the experts, the Omicron variant of coronavirus is creating a havoc in the country. The government of Maharashtra already imposed night curfews and theatres are asked to shutdown from tomorrow. The government of New Delhi issued a Yellow Alert and the movie theatres will operate on odd-even dates. Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming movie Jersey release is now postponed and several new Bollywood films are expected to get postponed.

SS Rajamouli and his team will take the final call on the release of RRR very soon. Maharashtra and New Delhi contribute to the major North Indian market and with the business restrictions in both the states, it would be tough for the biggies to release during the season. Ranveer Singh’s recent offering 83’s theatrical run too will be impacted for sure. Bollywood is heading for one more closure because of the current situations in the country.

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Exclusive: SS Rajamouli’s next is a Bollywood Film

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SS Rajamouli is the best director of the country and he is completely focused on RRR that has NTR, Ram Charan in the lead roles. The top director announced that he will work with Mahesh Babu in his next film and the scriptwork of the project is currently happening. Telugu360 has exclusively learned that SS Rajamouli will complete a Bollywood project before he starts working on Mahesh Babu’s film. Mahesh Babu is busy with Sarkaru Vaari Paata which is aimed for Sankranthi 2022 release. He will then work with Trivikram which will release during the second half of 2022.

Rajamouli is keen to complete a small film with Bollywood actors before Mahesh turns free. The film is an experimental attempt and it will be made on a strict budget. Rajamouli will complete the shoot in a month and he will complete the post-production work in one more month. For now, it is unclear if SS Rajamouli directs the project or if he will supervise the film. More details awaited.

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