The year 2018 has an interesting slate of upcoming films and almost every big star is coming up with a film which has the potential to earn a lot of money at the box-office. The year already started with a bang with Padmaavat being the second entrant to the 500 Crore club after Aamir Khan'sSecret Superstarbecame a box-office juggernaut in China and is still going strong.Padmaavathas earned more than 276 Crores in India since the day of its release and Secret Superstar has collected more than 760 Crores in China till now and is currently the second highest grossing Indian film in China. The first position is firmly held by Aamir Khan's Dangal which earned a whopping 1200 Crores in China. Seeing the auspicious start to the year after a dull 2017 has heightened the hopes of fans as well as industry and trade analysts. Here are 5 other films of 2018 which can gross more than 500 Crores worldwide:Thugs of Hindostan:TheAamir Khanstarrer is an adventure period/action drama which also features Katrina Kaif, Amitabh Bachchan and Fatima Sana Sheikh in prominent roles and is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya of Dhoom 3 fame. The duo already has a blockbuster in Dhoom which at one time was the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time and going by Aamir Khan's massive popularity in China alone, 500 Crores should be a cakewalk.Race 3:Salman Khantakes over the driver's seat from Saif Ali Khan and leads the ensemble cast that includes Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem etc. The film is the 3rd part of the widely popular Race franchise and with Salman Khan's addition, the film has the potential to break 500 Crore barrier.Zero:TheShah Rukh Khanstarrer is a romantic-comedy-drama which stars the actor as a dwarf. Anushka Sharma andKatrina Kaifstar in major roles in this Anand L Rai directorial and the teaser of the film got everyone talking. People are curious to see Shah Rukh in a new avatar and with one of the biggest actors in the world as the lead, the film can easily break the 500 Crore barrier.Sanju:RanbirKapoor's highest grossing worldwide film is Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani which earned 318 Crores worldwide but this Sanjay Dutt biopic is directed by master filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani who has delivered blockbusters like Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots, and PK. The latter two were the highest grossing films of all time at one point. PK earned 831 Crores worldwide and Dangal, a biopic, earned 387 Crores in India and a whopping 1800 Crores worldwide. Hopes are high from Sanju.2.0:The sequel to Enthiran has none other than superstar Rajinikanth in the lead and also boasts of the presence of superstar Akshay Kumar. Rajinikanth's previous film Kabali earned more than 600 Crores worldwide and with a worldwide following in hundreds of millions, Rajini's 2.0 can definitely break the 500 Crore barrier. A few experts are thinking that the film may earn more than 1000 Crores worldwide.
February 20, 2018 02:15 IST
Shah Rukh Khan's popularity knows no bounds. The Badshah of Bollywood has amassed a fan following in billions and has more followers than the likes of Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts etc. From being crowned the second richest actor in the world towinning the highest Filmfare Award wins for the best actor(ties with Dilip Kumar), the actor is adding new feathers to his cap on an everyday basis.He has maintained a successful career in Bollywood and his films like Swades, Baazigar, DDLJ, My Name is Khan, Chak De India, Devdas etc. have earned rave reviews overseas. His films are amongst thehighest earning Bollywood films in foreign marketsand even the biggest names in Hollywood have been star struck by him. He has a huge fan following in the west as well. Here are 18 Hollywood stars who are huge fans of SRK:Robert Pattison:The Twilight actor has admitted himself to be a huge SRK fan.Hugh Jackman:The Wolverine actor is a huge fan of SRK's acting and dancing skills and even suggested his name for the role as next Wolverine.Will Smith:The Bad Boys actor has often praised SRK and is a huge fan of the actor.James Cameron:The Titanic director is highly impressed by SRK and loved his performance in My Name is Khan and even asked him to sign the poster of the film.Zayn Malik:The former One Direction singer is a big fan of the actor and even made his girlfriend watch his favorite SRK film, Devdas.Heather Graham:The actress said she'll star in a Bollywood film only if SRK is in it.Akon:The singer collaborated with SRK on Ra.One and admitted himself to be a huge fan of the actor.Lady Gaga:The singer is one of the biggest fans of the actor and has often hung out with him.Pitbull:The rapper-singer loves to watch SRK's films and has expressed a desire to work with him.Daniel Radcliffe:The Harry Potter star is a big fan of the actor and is an admirer of SRk's craft.Penelope Cruz:The actress is a huge fan of the actor and has expressed interest numerous times to work with him.Kristen Stewart:The Twilight actress is a big fan of SRK and loves to watch his films.Leonardo DiCaprio:The Titanic actor was all praises for the actor and wants to work with him as it will make him more popular.Lana Wachowski:The Matrix co-director hung out with SRK in Mumbai some time back and is a huge fan of the actor.Brett Ratner:The Rush Hour director is a big fan of the actor and has expressed his desire to direct him in a Hollywood film.Shakira:The Colombian singer is said to be a huge fan of the actor and loves to watch his movies.Hilary Swank:The Oscar-winning actress was floored by SRK's charm and is a huge fan of the actor.Brad Pitt:The Fight Cub actor recently hung out with the actor and admitted himself as a huge fan of the actor.
February 19, 2018 07:08 IST
Amitabh Bachchan is the superstar of the century and who doesn't want just one chance to meet him in person? Now let alone meeting Big B, the star went on Twitter to apply for a chance to work opposite Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif! Wondering what made the 76 years old actor applying for a role this way?T 2617 - Job Application :Name : Amitabh BachchanDOB : 11.10.1942, AllahabadAge : 76 yrsCredentials : worked in films for 49 years , IN APPROX 200 FILMSSpeaks ; Hindi, English, Punjabi, BengaliHEIGHT : 6'2'' .. Available .. YOU SHALL NEVER HAVE HEIGHT PROBLEM !!!pic.twitter.com/7SBGedQNz9— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan)February 17, 2018Well, we all know that Amitabh is well endowed with a great height and many taller actresses are having to work with shorter stars, thus working his advantage he wrote a quirky little Tweet about it. We are sure Deepika and Katrina had no qualms working with actors like Aamir or Shahid who are shorter in height to them, but they would be more than forthcoming to bag a film with him again. But if Big B and his B persona were to help out taller actresses in the industry like Anushka, Deepika, Sushmita, by starring opposite them, then this is what some of their movie posters would look like.Anushka Sharma - Though we saw Anushka exchange a sweet moment with Big B at her wedding reception, they haven't yet worked together. The tall actress could certainly use a taller superstar in a film!Deepika Padukone - The actress has worked time and again with superstar Shah Rukh Khan who is considerably shorter and has worked with Amitabh in Piku. But if he were to replace the star in her debut this is what it would look like.Katrina Kaif - Having worked with all the Khans she is also filming Thugs od Hindostan which has Big B in the cast. But where replacing a shorter actor in her film is concerned here you go!Sushmita Sen - The former Miss Universe is also fairly tall and Big B easily can help her out in the height department in a film when it comes to actors.Sonam Kapoor - The Bollywood fashionista is also from the taller crop of actresses and also need a tall actor like Amitabh Bachchan to complement her.
February 19, 2018 06:54 IST
Every year, Bollywood fans, stars, filmmakers, critics, and trade pundits wait with bated breath the fate of the films which release during long weekends, holidays and festivals. These are the kinds of films which help Bollywood generate more than 50 percent of its revenue during these holidays and a majority of the highest grossing films of the year are released during these times.It is obvious that the festival and holiday slots are booked way in advance by the top stars and these stars shuffle the release dates of their films among themselves.The Khans, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan have dominated these holiday slots during which they have churned out the biggest blockbusters of their careers. It is impossible for any other actor to clash with these superstars. Now, a lot of new generation actors are also on their way to attain superstardom. Though they still face box-office failures, overall, it is a part of their learning experience and a few of them have found success when their films released during festival /holiday season.We decided to take 6 most sought-after young actors in Bollywood today and the festivals/holidays they should their films:Ayushmann Khurrana:He has always chosen the topics which generally would've been ignored by other Bollywood actors. He had redefined the image of a leading man and is blending content with commercial cinema.He had done small films which have gone on to become hits thanks to the story as well as his performance. The Republic Day weekend is best for him as the audiences can start the year with a film that not only entertains but also educates them.Varun Dhawan:The actor is enjoying an immensely successful run at the box-office. He is always energetic, charming and entertains the audiences with his dance moves as well as comic timing. The festival of Holi is best suited for a Varun Dhawan release as the springtime means a fresh start and looking for new experiences and a Varun Dhawan film delivers just that.Tiger Shroff:The youngest actor on this list, he is on his way to becoming the next big action star of India. He has his slate full of action films and has amassed a huge fan-following thanks to his chiseled physique and work-ethic. He is giving fitness goals and inspirations to millions of his followers. Salman Khan is mostly known to release his films on Eid which are full of action and entertainment. Tiger gets the Eid slot.Sushant Singh Rajput:He has vastly experimented in his short career and has an interesting line up of upcoming films. His hits have been widely appreciated while his flops have been heavily criticised. His hits like Shuddh Desi Romance and MS Dhoni have released in September and going by his upcoming films and the ever-increasing number of his fans, he should release his films during the Independence Day weekend.Ranveer Singh:He gets the biggest slot of them all and everyone knows why. A Diwali release is widely expected to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and Ranveer lits up the screen with his powerful performance and has only improved with successive films. Diwali is the festival of lights and Ranveer's performance is nothing less than a shining star.Ranbir Kapoor:The actor gets a Christmas Day release date for his releases. He gives performance-driven roles be it in soulful films like Rockstar, Tamasha or over the top entertainers like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani or Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. A thinking man's actor, the winter release slot is perfectly suited for him.
February 19, 2018 05:45 IST
Bollywood has never been shy of seeking ‘inspirations’ from Hollywood. While we have no qualms getting inspired or sometimes completely ripping off a Hollywood film, there are certain genres that Bollywood steers clear off.One can always put forward the regressive argument about Indians not being ready for certain genres, the fact is with access to global entertainment being literally on our fingertips we have an entire audience base who are eagerly waiting for Bollywood to make movies on certain genres.Yes some of these genres can be touchy or even too bold and censor board might again act like a primary school teacher offering sermons on morality and decency and right and wrong, but with thespirit of fight that Bollywood directors have inculcatedin the recent times, it is not impossible.Thus, instead of copying another romantic comedy from Hollywood, here are 5 genres we wish Bollywood experiments withSpace OdysseysThe popularity of films such asGravity,Interstellarand other Hollywood space films in India is a clear indicator that Indian audiences are eagerly waiting for their very own desi space odyssey, especially now that as a country we have made benchmark progress in the field of space research. Yes, space movies are insanely expensive to make, but a country that has made Baahubali possible should not crib about that. One just needs an ambitious director backed by a solid research that would make it possible.Dissociative Identity DisorderDissociative identity disorder or Multiple Personality Disorder is a psychological condition where the patient develops multiple personalities or alter egos. One can only imagine the scope of cinematic moments that such a genre can explore. Drama, suspense and perhaps erotica- movies that explore dissociative identity disorder have everything one usually expects from Bollywood film. Especially with the on-going dialogue about mental health in the country, this would be a perfect time to explore this darker side of human behavior. Films such as Secret Window or Identity are a living testament of how powerful this genre can be.Blood and Gore FestBefore you write it off saying we have violent films, think again. Yes we have movies that show graphic violence but none of it is remotely comparable to gore fests such as Saw or Hostel. Yes, they are disturbing, but again the popularity of these films or Korean films which are known for their violent content, in our country goes to show that it is a viable movie genre that audience want to see more off. Anurag Kashyap we are counting on you for this one.Stoner MoviesOk, we know marijuana is still illegal in the country and it is perhaps not a good idea to glamourize this form of substance abuse. But, in the spirit of creativity and freedom of expression, this is one golden genre that Bollywood needs to explore. Although illegal, it is common knowledge that youth in the country has complete access to marijuana and maybe a sensitive attempt at this genre would actually help in sending message across about marijuana addiction. And one has to accept that a lot can be said in such movies that is not necessarily glamorizing the act of smoking up. Plus, the scope of VFX and comedy in this genre is unfathomable and something we are dying to see from Bollywood.GenocideWhile we can all pretend ignorance, but the truth is there are incidences in our country that can be termed as genocide or mass murder of people belonging to a certain religion, caste or race. Bollywood, which is pretty adept at making hard-hitting political dramas should have no problem in tackling the issue of genocide and it’s high time we address certain historical wrongs and making a sensitive film on it can be a huge step in that direction. We are truly done waiting for our version ofSchindler's List.
February 18, 2018 08:27 IST
The fact that many Bollywood stars would throw tantrums on the sets of their films is a well known fact. In fact, many stars lose out on their projects or make it to the headlines because of their starry tantrums. But it is not just the Bollywood stars who can be called guilty. Our TV stars do not lag behind in being pricey at times.Also see:30 TV Celebs Who Were Kicked Out Of Their Shows!Here’s a list of 5 TV celebs who are known for their tantrums on the sets:1. Siddharth ShuklaHe had a fight with the makers of his previous show, Dil Se Dil Tak, because he was given a smaller vanity van than Rashmi Desai. It is also said that he had a tiff with his co-star on the show.2. Mouni RoyShe is known for coming late to the sets and is apparently extremely moody!3. Kapil SharmaKapil Sharma has become quite infamous for his erratic behavior. In fact, many said that his show Comedy Nights with Kapil closed because of the falling TRPs that were a direct result of his behavior. He would come up late for shoot and make many stars wait for him. In fact, he would also turn haughty with the other stars and misbehaved with them.4. Tina DuttaShe is said to not just come late to sets but also demand a lot of things, especially change in costumes. Many complain that she also delays shoot because of spending too much time on make-up and in the vanity van. Tina has retorted back saying, “I demand what is due, talk upfront and I am blunt. If people consider this as a tantrum, in that case, I’m a tantrum queen. I am who I am, and I won’t change.”5. Hina KhanShe is known to be very fussy about little things. In fact, the makers of Yeh Rishtaa complained that she would shoot only for 2 hours a day and would create problems with the costume and make-up. She would shelve the shoot for all with her behavior!
February 17, 2018 07:18 IST
It is very difficult to maintain your stardom in Bollywood and we have seen a lot of film stars fall from grace because they couldn't handle their success and stardom. A number of celebrities who could have gone on to achieve great heights in their film career have now faded into oblivion because of that one incident which ultimately destroyed their career.Few of these actors have been missing from action now while some of them are doing small roles in films and television but it is far from the days of glory they saw earlier in their career. It becomes very difficult for them to get back as the producers shy away from signing controversial figures as they think it would spell doom for their projects. Here are 8 Bollywood and TV stars whose career got destroyed over one incident:Aman Verma:The TV actor was a huge rage in the early 2000s and was one of the most popular faces on Television. He was caught red-handed in a sting operation conducted by a news channel asking for sexual favours and has since then appeared on screen very few times.Shakti Kapoor:The actor was caught in the same sting operation alongside Aman Verma and has hardly appeared in films since.Vijay Raaz:He was caught by the UAE police for possession of Drugs in Dubai during the shooting of Deewane Huye Pagal. He has received limited offers since then.Monica Bedi:The actress was appearing in big Bollywood films in the late 90s and early 2000s but was caught by the police with underworld don Abu Salem in Portugal and was jailed. She later came back to the entertainment world with Bigg Boss and has appeared in a few TV serials.Mamta Kulkarni:The actress was dropped from numerous projects during the mid-90s due to her connections with the underworld and when she later on married drug kingpin, Vicky Goswami.Vivek Oberoi:He himself has admitted numerous times that the feud withSalman Khandestroyed his career. The actor had called a press conference in 2003 where he alleged that a drunk Salam Khan called him over 40 times and threatened to kill him. Aditya Chopra referred to Vivek as the next SRK, those days are long gone.Mandakini:The actress was dropped from a majority of her Bollywood projects after photographs of her with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim surfaced.Shiney Ahuja:The actor was jailed on the charges of raping his maid and since then, he only appeared in a small role in Welcome Back in 2015.
February 17, 2018 04:54 IST
One of the best ways for a Bollywood film to earn money at the box-office is turning it into a full-fledged franchise. A number of films have started franchises that have now turned into cash cows, like Dhoom, Golmaal, Housefull series etc. All of these films offer nothing new in terms of stories, character development or themes and mostly deliver recycled content and lame jokes.Still, being an established franchise helps and when you have some of the biggest Bollywood actors leading these franchises, audiences don't complain much. It is interesting to see that a majority of franchises that exist in Bollywood today, very few would have thought of capturing audience's imagination like that. On the other hand, there were films which were already planned as 2,3 or 5 film franchises but didn't get any sequel because either they didn't perform well or it simply didn't materialize. Here are 8 such films:Aabra Ka Daabra:The Harry Potter rip-off was more of a Parle G advertisement than a movie but it terrified the audiences in the end by confirming that there will be a part. Thank the old gods and the new, it didn't happen else Dumbledore would have died even before the Half-Blood Prince.Bluffmaster:The Abhishek Bachchan-Riteish Deshmukh starrer was commercially successful as well as received a positive reception from the critics. There were talks of a sequel but nothing ever materialized though both the actors are still up for it.Agent Vinod:Sriram Raghavan's spy-thriller was the first of a planned 5 film series. The ambitious project received good reviews but couldn't attract the audiences and hence the plans for a sequel were shelved.Ra.One:For a long time,Shah Rukh Khanwanted to make a sequel to his 2011 superhero film which didn't please the audiences as well as the critics. Since then, there have been no talks of a second part.Ek Villain:While rumours were rife thatSidharth MalhotraandAlia Bhattwill star in a sequel to Ek Villain, director Mohit Suri recently refuted the claims and said he is making a thriller with Aditya Roy Kapoor and there are no plans for an Ek Villain sequel.Mr India:Probably the best superhero sci-fi film to have come out of Bollywood, everyone was looking forward to a sequel and even director Shekhar wanted to make it. But nothing has materialized till now and no sequel is in pipeline as of now.Drona:The fantasy adventure superhero film became the biggest disaster of everyone's career who was associated with the film but that didn't deter the enthusiasm of director Goldie Behl who had already finished the script of the sequel when the first film released. Though after the poor returns at the box-office, plans for a sequel were shelved.Dostana:The Tarun Mansukhani directorial was one of the best films of 2008 and there have been talks of a sequel ever since. Though Tarun is coming back to Bollywood after a decade but not with Dostana 2.John Abrahamsaid in an interview that some films should be best left alone and its unlikely a sequel will be made.
February 17, 2018 12:06 IST
As the age of digital is all around us, even Bollywood is trying to adapt to the streaming platforms and now we are seeing filmmakers and actors moving to web platforms, working in web-series and films that are released exclusively on online channels like Netflix, Voot, Amazon Prime etc. Hollywood has released a number of films through online platforms and these films have reached their targeted audience with ease.Online platforms give its users the ease and comfort and they can watch these films whenever they want to and wherever they want to. Users can even catch up from where they left and can pause and move forward with just one touch. Releasing a film in theatres is too costly for independent and small-budgeted films and online platforms are the best channels to release these films. Here are 7 Bollywood films which were released through online platforms:Brahman Naman:The adult comedy was made by filmmaker Q and received positive reviews upon its release. It debuted through Netflix.Phir Se:The Kunal Kohli-Jennifer Winget starrer was in cans for a number of years before it finally released through Netflix.Loev:The Shiv Pandit and Dhruv Ganesh starrer focused on same-sex relationship and was praised by the critics. It released through Netflix.Love Per Square Foot:The Vicky Kaushal-Angira Dhar starrer is directed by Anand Tiwari of Go Goa Gone fame and it recently released through Netflix.The Big Fat City:The film was released on Netflix and focused on a couple who are having financial troubles and when they host a dinner party for their friends and murder is committed.30 Days in September:A woman whose childhood was scarred after she was sexually abused cannot keep a relationship for more than 30 days. The film released on Netflix.Paanch:Anurag Kashyap's Paanch never see the light of the day in the theatres and the director released the film online through file-sharing sites.
February 16, 2018 06:32 IST
The new generation of Bollywood actors have a lot to prove and it is interesting to see which star would eventually become the leading superstar of his generation. Meanwhile, almost all of these stars have collaborated with each other or have appeared in multi-starrer films and these films happen to be a great learning and collaborative experience for these actors.Some of the best films of these actors also happen to be multi-hero films like Darr, Amar Akbar Anthony, Karan Arjun, Sholay etc. Leading Bollywood actors of today like the Khans, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar have appeared in a number of multi-hero films throughout their career. Some of these films have also been the highest grossing films of their time. Here are 7 young Bollywood actors and the number of multi-hero films they have appeared in:Rajkummar Rao:The National Award-winning actor has appeared in a total of 20 films of which films like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Boyss to Boyss Hain, Aligarh, Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Dolly Ki Doli and Kai Po Che have been multi-hero films.Ayushmann Khurrana:The Vicky Donor actor has appeared in a total of 8 films to date of which films like Nautanki Sala and Bareilly Ki Barfi have been 2 hero films.Sidharth Malhotra:The actor has appeared in a total of 9 films of which Aiyaary, Ittefaq, Kapoor & Sons, Brothers Ek Villain and Student of the Year have been 2 hero films.Ranbir Kapoor:He has appeared in a total of 16 films to date of which Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Roy and Rajneeti have been multi-hero films.Ranveer Singh:The actor has done 10 films to date of which films like Padmaavat, Gunday, Kill Dill and Dil Dhadakne Do have been multi-hero films.Varun Dhawan:The actor has given 9 successful films till now of which Student of the Year, Dilwale and Dishoom have been 2 hero films.Arjun Kapoor:The actor who made his debut with Ishaqzaade has done a total of 9 films. Gunday and Mubarakan have been 2 hero films.
February 16, 2018 05:20 IST