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January 23, 2018 `60
ANUSHKA
& VIRAT:
WEDDING
OF THE YEAR
NEWSMAKERS
MEET THE MEN AND WOMEN
2017 WHO GRABBED HEADLINES...
Volume 67 #2 January 9, 2018 - January 23, 2018 / ISSN NUMBER 0971-7277
January 23, 2018 `60
ANUSHKA
& VIRAT:
WEDDING
OF THE YEAR
NEWSMAKERS
THE MEN AND WOMEN
2017 MEET
WHO GRABBED HEADLINES...
PHOTOGRAPH: JOSEPH RADHIK
FOR VIRAT KOHLI:
Suit: OS BY OS
FOR ANUSHKA SHARMA:
Saree & jewellery: Sabyasachi
Mukherjee
editor’s choice
The newsmakers of
the year gone by
Anushka-Virat
wedding was a
lesson in refinement
masala fix
1
Salman Khan to gift a
fancy car to Iulia
Vantur, Ajay Devgn
COVER
STORY
Anushka
SharmaVirat Kohli’s
dream
wedding
decrypted
28
your say
quits smoking, Aamir
Khan wants to be part
of Mahabharata and
other grist from the
rumour mill
preview
Sneak peek of
Aiyaary
Tahira Kashyap
acquaints you with her
dreams and desires
fashion
& beauty
Style quotient of the
stars decoded
Sayani Gu
upta’s
Eastern sojourn
Readers write in
their raves and
rants
Viewers shoot off
their reviews
Twitter and
Instagram twatter
that made trends
this fortnight
Shatrughan Sinha’s
wacky witticisms
exclusive
6
Newmakers of
2017
Vidya Bala
an
e it is
tells it like
Numbers that
ruled the boxoffice 201
17
Movies to
o
watch outt for
in 2018
Rememberring
Neeraj Vorra
Tota Roy Ch
houdhury
spells out his
vision
Letter from the Editor
Fame game
The Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma wedding can rightly be called
the wedding of the year, if not the decade. It made all the right
kind of noises and uplifted our hearts, a tad gloomy, by the fact
that we were unable to see what could have been the year’s biggest
blockbuster, Padmavati. The film met with roadblocks right
from the start and things turned from bad to worse as it neared
completion. Let’s hope the new year brings a better fate for it.
Cinema-wise, the year was dominated by the behemoth called
Baahubali 2. The Telugu film, dubbed in Tamil, Hindi and a
spate of other languages went on to create box-office records in
every language it released. It set the box-office bar high, earning
more than 1500 crores and making Prabhas a global star in the
process. Its maker, SS Rajamouli, can easily be called India’s
biggest filmmaker as of now. Naturally, he has been flooded with
offers galore. It’s said he’s been working on an adaptation of the
Mahabharata and it will be wonderful indeed if he ever takes it up.
Baby Taimur’s million dollar smile is the stuff paparazzi dreams
are made of. His first birthday celebrations got as much coverage as
the crowning of Queen Elizabeth methinks. The little guy is giving
grown-up stars sleepless nights. Kareena Kapoor Khan has bounced
back with a bang post-pregnancy and I can’t wait to see her strut
her magic in Veere Di Wedding. Another set of munchkins, who
made noise were Karan Johar’s twins by surrogacy, Yash and Roohi.
The whole industry descended to catch a glimpse of them and one
can’t help but gush over them.
Akshay Kumar has undergone an amazing transformation,
becoming a modern Mr Bharat of sorts. He has been part of causebased films like Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and it
seems his Padman, which espouses women hygiene, is going to be
another winner as well. Two other actors had an amazing year. Both
Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana emerged as flagbearers
of the middle-of-the road cinema. With films like Bareilly Ki Barfi,
Newton and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan to their credit, we hope they
keep the impetus flowing in 2018 as well.
Priyanka Chopra was trolled for wearing a short dress while
meeting PM Narendra Modi in Berlin. But that small hiccup
hasn’t stopped her from world domination. She’ll be seen in two
Hollywood films next year and in her highly-appreciated TV series
Quantico as well. Read about her and many more newsmakers
in this year-ender issue, which is sure to give you major
nostalgia goals…
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a bird’s-eye view of show town’s happenings
KIDDING AROUND
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan is known to win hearts with his
out-of-the world charm. Recently, the star was seen spending
time with underprivileged children on the set of his ‘dwarf’ film.
He cut a cake with them and danced to one of his songs from
Dilwale. The actor took to his social media handle and shared
pictures and videos from his fun-filled day. He captioned the
video as, “Reliving my childhood... The babies taught me a step
or two...” Cool!
Aamir’s epic dream
pg Ranveer ‘slums’ it
out pg Abhishek to play
Sahir? pg PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
MASALA FIX
&
Well, this is one news we can’tt help
rooting for. Insiders reveal thatt
Ajay Devgn is trying hard to give up
smoking completely. The actorr has
not had a puff since quite a w
while
now. Ajay is known to be a fam
mily
man – with wife Kajol, daughter
Nysa and son Yug – being
his priorities always. And this
development sure must have bbeen
welcomed by them as well. Wee’re
keeping our fingers crossed annd wish
that the actor, whose recent film
Golmaal 3 was a superhit, enjoys
glad tidings in his personal lifee too.
AAMIR’S
EPIC DREAM
Everything about Aamir Khan is larger-than-life.With every
project, he raises the bar for himself as a producer and as an
actor. So much that his name has become the ISI mark of
movies.You know when he signs a film, it’s gonna be worth
watching. Also, when he shows an interest in a project, all
ears perk up.That’s what happened when he expressed hiss
desire to play the mythological character of Karan from the
epic Mahabharat. Of course, he wondered whether he’d bee
the right choice for the role, given his physique. His other
favourite character, he once mentioned, is Lord Krishna.Annd
when Baahubali director SS Rajamouli reportedly mentioned
that he wanted to make Mahabharat next, everyone put two
and two together. Of course,Aamir denied that Rajamouli hhad
approached him. But he expressed his desire to play either one
of these characters. He’s so consumed with the idea that he’s
willing to pitch it to anyone, who shares his enthusiasm.
Deepika
a no
ot
doing Don 3
Shah Rukh Khan’s Don 3 is a
film, which has been awaited
with much anticipaation.Whhile
director Farhan Akkhtarr has
been saying that he’s workking
on the script, rumoours aboout
who would be castt opposite
SRK have been dooing the
rounds. Recently, itt was said
that Deepika Paduukone
would replace Priyyanka
Chopra in the third Don, as
the latter is busy with her
assignments abroad. But
producer Ritesh Sidhwani
reportedly shot down the
rumour, even as the curiossity
about the would-be leadinng
lady continues unabated.
SO THIS RATHER HOT PAIR, WHO HIT IT OFF AFTER THEIR FIRST FILM TOGETHER LAST YEAR,
HAS TAKEN THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL. THE DUO, HOWEVER, PREFERS TO REMAIN HUSH HUSH
ABOUT THEIR ROMANCE. THE BOY, WHO BROKE UP WITH HIS LONG-TIME GIRLFRIEND, FOUND
LOVE IN THE YOUNG CO-ACTOR SOON ENOUGH. IN FACT, THE TWO SUPPOSEDLY PLANNIED A GETAWAY TO A
SECRET DESTINATION TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
MASALA FIX
LUCK
FAVOURS
SONAM
RANVEER
GETS
DOWN AND
DIRTY
Sonam Kapoor seems to be
on a roll. After Neerja, we will
finally see her on screen once
again in the much-hyped Veere
Di Wedding and in Padman
opposite Akshay Kumar. Now
comes news that she has been
signed on for the much talked
about movie Zoya Factor, which
is based on Anuja Chauhan’s
eponymously named novel. The
story follows Zoya Singh Solanki,
who works in an advertising
agency but falls in love with the
captain of the Indian cricket
team and ends up becoming a
lucky charm for the team. The
love story will be directed by
Abhishek Sharma of Tere Bin
Laden fame and is produced by
sisters Aarti Shetty and Pooja
Shetty. The search for Sonam’s
love interest in the movie is on.
We’ll keep you updated.
Trust Ranveer Singh to go
that extra mile for his roles.
Post Padmavati, he’s all set
to shoot Zoya Akhtar’s Gully
Boy, which is apparently
based in Mumbai’s Dharavi.
The film, said to be based
on rappers from a slum, will
be shot in the crowded and
grimy interiors of Asia’s largest
underbelly. The conditions will
be tough out there but trust
Ranveer to be unfazed by
them. Atta boy! Incidentally,
Zoya has just finished
shooting her web series and
will start work on Gully Boy
soon. We can’t wait.
DIVVA DELIGHT: Rekha is an eternal
beaauty, who has the ability to light up any
rooom she enters. She recently met Divya
Khosla Kumar, wife of T-Series head honcho
Bhushan Kumar, at a private screening and made Divya’s day. We
don’t have to explain. The pictures say everything acttually.
MEANW
WHILLE...
Sonam Kapoor and father Anil Kapoor have been cast toogether in
a film called Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, too be produced by
Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani. The film
m will bee directed
me father
by Vidhu’s sister, Shelly Chopra. This will be the first tim
and daughter will share the big screen. They’ve apppeared in a
couple of ads thouggh.
ADITI RAO HYDARI HAS BAGGED
ANOTHER TAMIL FILM AFTER MAANI
RATNAM’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIM
MED
KAATRU VELIYIDAI. APPARENTLY,, IT
WILL BE SET ON A HUGE CANVA
AS
LIKE THE BAAHUBALI MOVIES.
GOOD GOING GIRL!
MASALA FIX
AJAY DEVGN
IN NO
MOOD FOR
HISTORICAL
The controversy surrounding Sanjay
Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati seems
to have had a rather negative
effect on future historical projects.
Apparently, Ajay Devgn has put his
film, Tanaji: The Unsung Warrior,
on hold for a while. The intense
opposition to Padmavati has
discouraged Ajay. He’s in no mood
to take any risks and believes it
would be wiser to wait till things
ease up. Tanaji Malusare, is the
celebrated warrior, who’s said to
have won the Battle of Sinhagad
in 1670, by scaling a fort with the
help of his pet lizard. The Viacom18
Motion Pictures co-production was
to be directed by Om Raut, who
directed the Marathi biopic on
Bal Gangadhar Lokmanya Tilak,
Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush (2015).
For now things have been put on
the backburner.
DILJIT SHOWS THE WAY
GIRLS’ DAY OUT: Rani Mukerji is a wife and a mother but here she
looks like she’s stepped right off the sets of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
We caught her heading out for lunch with mother Krishna and friend
Vaibhavi Merchant. We’re sure they had fun.
Director Shaad Ali and the crew
of Soorma is amazed by Diljit
Dosanjh’s professionalism. The
actor is playing the ace hockey
player Sandeep Singh in the
biopic, which also stars Taapsee
Pannu and Angad Bedi. The
film is being shot in Sandeep’s
hometown Shahabad. Sources
inform that the actor has not
once walked up to the monitor to
check his shots. Nor has he given
any suggestions to the director.
After the shot, Diljit waits for the
director’s nod, after which he walks
to his van and waits to be called
again. This dignified behaviour is
such a refreshing change!
THIS DISHY LOOKING ACTOR, WHO WAS LAUNCHED BY A WELL-KNOWN DIRECTOR,
HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH IN HIS CAREER. SADLY, HIS PAST FEW
FILMS HAVE FAILED AT THE BOX-OFFICE. THE NERVOUS ACTOR IS KEEN THAT HIS
MENTOR CAST HIM IN HIS DIRECTORIAL VENTURE. WHETHER THE DIRECTOR WILL
COME TO HIS RESCUE, IS SOMETHING WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT AND WATCH
ABHI TO PLAYSAHIR?
Talk about a film based on the
love story between celebrated
poets Sahir Ludhianvi and
Amrita Pritam, has been doing
the rounds for a while now.
Being produced by Sanjay
Leela Bhansali and directed
by debutant Jasmeet Reen,
the film apparently has been
offered to quite a few actors.
First Fawad Khan’s name was
bandied around. Then the film
went to Arjun Kapoor. After that
Shah Rukh Khan entered the
picture. Just when we thought
the project had been shelved,
comes news that Abhishek
Bachchan has been signed
on for the film. The search for
Amrita Pritam is still on.
SARAH-HARSH
RIENDS
GOOD FRIENDS
Rumours of a buddding
friendship between
Sara Ali Khan and
Harshvardhan Kappoor
have been doing the
rounds. Apparently,
the two have been
spotted together
on a couple of
occasions, even
enjoying dinner
dates. Awww!
MASALA FIX
IULIA’S
GIFT STILL
WAITING
Now Salman Khan is known for
his lavish ways. He’s also known
for showering expensive gifts on
his friends. And when it comes
to his girlfriends, the sky is the
limit. It seems he’d promised to
gift alleged ladylove Iulia Vantur
a plush new car. But then he got
busy with Tiger Zinda Hai and
the gift was put on hold. Now
that he’s done with the film,
perhaps, he will present the car
to her soon. In the meanwhile,
Iulia drives around in Salman’s
old car.
HOTNESS OVERLOAD: Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Deepika Padukone got along like a house on fire on the
sets of a dance reality show. They had a mutual admiration society going and couldn’t stop gushing about
each other. Two good we say.
NARGIS AND UDAY
BACK TOGETHER?
The buzz is that Nargis Fakhri is back
in town. The actress had left B-town
a while back after her career didn’t
take off and her relationship with
Uday Chopra didn’t work out. The
grapevine had it that the budding
actress was disillusioned by the ways
of tinsel town and hence decided to
pack her bags and leave. Now she
is back in town. And sources tell us,
she’s patched up with Uday Chopra
too. That’s great news. Here’s looking
forward to their humorous banter on
Twitter once again.
THIS PRETTY
ACTRESS WAS
SAID TO BE DATING
AN INDUSTRY
PROFESSIONAL.
HOWEVER, RECENT
REPORTS SUGGEST
THAT THE TWO
HAVE BROKEN
OFF. AND THEIR
FRIENDS ARE
TRYING HARD TO
BRING THE COUPLE
BACK TOGETHER.
NOT JUST THAT,
THE BOY’S SISTER,
WHO’S GOOD
FRIENDS WITH THE
ACTRESS, IS ALSO
URGING THEM TO
PATCH UP. WE TOO
HOPE THE TWO
MEND THEIR BOND
BESTIES FOREVER: Salman Khan has this endearing trait. If he takes to you he becomes your best friend like
forever. Sonakshi Sinha made her debut in his Dabangg and the duo hit it off during the shooting. She has sort of
become part of his family since then and one can feel the affection they feel for each other in the picture. What say you?
THIS TOP SHOT DIRECTOR, WHO’S KNOWN FOR HIS FLAMBOYANT PARTIES, IS A WEE BIT MIFFED WITH
THIS BEAUTIFUL LEADING LADY. IT SEEMS SHE’S DITCHED ALL THE PARTIES THROWN BY HIM. SHE’S
NOT ATTENDED A SINGLE ONE OF THEM. JUST WHEN HE THOUGHT MAYBE SHE ISN’T THE PARTY TYPE, HE
SPOTTED HER AT A PARTY THROWN BY ANOTHER DIRECTOR. YES, HE FELT SLIGHTED. AND YES, HE’S ANGRY
VISHAL
BHARDWAJ
AUDITIONS
RITI SANON
Kriti Sanon has been flying
high ever since she was
critically acclaimed for
Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Bareilly
Ki Barfi. Her joy knew no
bounds when she got a call
from Vishal Bhardwaj’s office
for an audition. Bhardwaj,
it seems, was greatly
impressed by the
upcoming actress
and showed a
keen interest in
casting her for his
next film. Hence
the audition. Kriti,
was only too happy
to oblige. Let’s see if the
director pencils her in.
PAPARAZZI
BAN PULKIT
MANISHA KOIRALA
IS PLAYING SANJAY
DUTT’S MOTHER,
THE LATE NARGIS
DUTT, IN THE BIOPIC
ON THE ACTOR.
AS IS KNOWN,
RANBIR KAPOOR IS
ESSAYING SANJAY
DUTT IN THE FILM
DIRECTED BY
RAJKUMAR HIRANI
The paparazzi, it seems, is miffed
with Pulkit Samrat. The actor
apparently got into a fracas with
a few photographers at an event.
And the shutterbbugs
didn’t like the way Pulkit
behaved with them. In
a show of solidarity,
they decided to boycott
him. Ever since they’ve
t
refused to click
his pics at
any event.
At a recent
event the
actor posed
for the paparazzi
but they turned
their cameras
off him. We’re
told they’re even
giving his airport
appearances a
w.
miss. Poor fellow
movies on the block, set-talk,
talent-buzz, hotties to watch out for
A HANDSOME
CHANCE
VARUN MITRA
X FACTOR: MULTI-FACETED
Young Varun Mitra often envisioned himself
helming board meetings dressed in elegant
formals. But soon the bow tie and suit daydream
gave way to a desire for the stars – showbiz! The
Delhi lad headed for Mumbai to play out his own
narrative. He’s featured in hi-profile commercials
since 2012, along with B-town beauties Katrina
Kaif and Alia Bhatt. What’s more he even went
on to do the short film, Rangeen, with Freida
Pinto. He digs anchoring travel shows for wellknown channels as well. But what’s perhaps a
significant break is Varun playing the lead in the
Irrfan Khan and Mira Nair presentation, Kaash,
which has already done the round of festivals.
More power to him!
First look of Aiyaary pg Tahira Kashyap makes a
short film pg January 23, 2018 `60
January 23, 2018 `60
ANUSHKA
& VIRAT:
WEDDING
OF THE YEAR
NEWSMAKERS
THE MEN AND WOMEN
2017 MEET
WHO GRABBED HEADLINES...
ANUSHKA
& VIRAT:
WEDDING
OF THE YEAR
NEWSMAKERS
THE MEN AND WOMEN
2017 MEET
WHO GRABBED HEADLINES...
PREVIEW
On the same page:
Sidharth Malhotra and
Manoj Bajpayee
Men in
uniform: Manoj
and Sidharth
My path, my way: Sidharth
Release Date:
January 26, 2018
Banner:
Plan C Studios,
PEN India, Friday
Filmworks, Reliance
Entertainment and
Motion Picture Capital
Producers:
Shital Bhatia, Dhaval
Jayantilal Gada,
Motion Picture Capital
AIYAARY
The Plot
Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and his protégé Major Jai Bakshi
(Sidharth Malhotra) have a fallout. Colonel Singh has complete faith
in the system of the country. While Major Bakshi believes otherwise
because of what he has seen and heard during his recent stint in
surveillance. When Major Bakshi goes astray, Colonel Singh is given 36
hours to rein him in. The murky twist lies in the fact that Major Bakshi
holds a secret that could bring down the Government.
Director:
Neeraj Pandey
Music:
Rochak Kohli and Ankit
Tiwari
Cast:
Sidharth Malhotra,
Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul
Preet Singh, Pooja
Chopra, Adil Hussain,
Kumud Mishra,
Nasseruddin Shah and
Anupam Kher
Secret pact: Adil Hussain and Manoj
What’s brewing? Sidharth
and Rakul Preet Singh
FUTURE STOCK
Sweet
dreams
AFTER AUTHORING BOOKS, SHE’S NOW MADE THE SHORT FILM TOFFEE.
TAHIRA KASHYAP IS COMING INTO HER OWN, WRITES SUMAN SHARMA
T
ahira Kashyap
is actor
Ayushmann
Khurrana’s
better and
creative half. Theirs has
been an inspired synergy.
Having known each
other since they were
studying in grade XII, it’s
been a journey of myriad
emotions and experiences.
After first writing the
book, I Promise, about
a pyre maker, she
h
ccount of
wrote an ac
usband’s
her actor hu
wbiz, titled
trek in show
The Code:
Cracking Th
y.
My Journey
e’s
Now, she
moved to
g
storytelling
nt
of a differen
kind. She’s
hort
made the sh
e,
film, Toffee
n
based on an
om her
incident fro
childhood.
ed
Co-produce
mann
by Ayushm
Khurrana
and Mukesh
he
Chhabra, th
Æ With husband
Ayushmann
Khurrana and
children Virajveer
and Varushka
movie centres around two
pre-teen girls. It deals with
issues like early marriage
and health issues faced
by girls in rural India.
“It’s a film that will touch
hearts,” she says about
the movie, which will
be screened at the 30th
Cinekid International Film
Festival, Amsterdam. It
has already been screened
at the 14th Bahamas Film
Festival and MAMI.
Marriage and
motherhood – the couple
has two children Virajveer
(5) and Varushka (3) –
could not distract Tahira
from her creative quest.
Born and brought up
in Chandigarh, she’s
secured a degree in Mass
Communications and
Journalism. She’s dabbled
with various creative
mediums including radio
programming and teaching
in a college in Mumbai.
“But writing gives me
the utmost happiness,”
she reveals. And like
most homemakers, she
felt guilty pursuing her
dreams. “I don’t know
why women feel guilty
all the time. I want to
change that about me,”
she smiles. She confides
it’s tough managing home
and work. Yet she’s keen
to give her 100 per cent
to every area of her life.
“My kids have grown up.
So now I can step out for a
couple of hours. While
I was shooting for my
film, I had my parents
come over. Ayush too was
around,” she says. “I’m
protective about my kids.
I have a schedule charted
out. I like to bathe them,
read out to them…” she
shares.
She values her
relationship with
Ayushmann and credits
their symbiotic bond for
them growing as artistes
helping well. They were
married in 2011 after a
relationship of 12 years.
“Ayush is a supportive
partner. He has been
encouraging. At the same
time, we’re critical of each
other. He writes as well
and I tell him what I find
good and not-so-good,” she
reveals adding, “The best
part of our relationship is
that we can be ourselves
with each other.”
I’m happy that women love ‘my
choice’. I’m secure as a wife. I’ve
known Ayush since the time we
were students. He was a thin boy
who’d come on a bike. Koi ladki
bhaav nahi deti thi!
FUTURE STOCK
You should
listen to your
heart and give it
a shot. I don’t
know where this
journey will lead.
But I’m loving it.
I want to touch
innumerable
lives through my
work
It’s been a great year for
Ayushmann with Bareilly
Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan. His fe
fan following is
swelling by the
day. Tahira says
women fawning
over her husband
doesn’t make
her feel insecure.
She chukles, “I’m
happy that wome
love ‘my choice’.
I’m a secure wife.
I’ve known Ayus
since the time we
were students. He
was a thin boy,
who’d come on
a bike. Koi ladki
bhaav nahi deti t
Jokes apart, he ha
changed at all. Bo
of us are essential
the same. Yes, we’ve
grown wiser, we’ve honed
our skills.
B
ut the core
values remain
the same, she
claims. “His
success may
have an impact on his
professional life, it will
never impact our personal
life,” says Tahira who till
date enjoys the mandatory
dinner with her husband
and a small walk later.
Both being creative,
emotions do run high. But
Tahira insists that they
do not allow ego to creep
in between them. She
places great importance
on love and doesn’t
take her relationship for
granted. “Your daily life
takes precedence over
the emotion of love. Your
chores, your deadlines
become so significant…
that you tend to neglect
each other and hurt
the other person,” she
says adding, “I don’t
let that happen.” She
understands the quirks of
his profession. “Ayush’s
not self-obsessed. Rather
he’s self-observant. Being
an actor is a 24x7 job.
You need to look good
even when on a holiday.
It’s a tough job. It’s not
good to be a narcissist
but being an actor you
need to pay attention to
your appearance, your
looks and understand the
camera angles.”
Coming back to her
individual dreams, she
believes it’s never too
late. “Listen to your heart
and give it a shot. I don’t
know where this journey
will lead. But I’m loving
it. I always wanted to do
meaningful things. I want
to touch innumerable lives
through my work,” says
Tahira who’s working on a
script and intends to make
a feature film. “I want to
tackle such topics like you
find in Toffee – those with
a social message. I want to
carve my own niche,” she
says. And would she cast
her husband? She laughs
aloud, “Ayushmann has
given so many hits. He’s
very big for me I can’t
afford him,” she winks. „
They are hot, they are cool.
Meet our trend makers and breakers
GOWN
GIRL
KAREENA KAPOOR
KHAN IN RAMI ALI
WHERE: AT A RECENT AWARDS SHOW
THE X FACTOR: FEATHER TOUCH
Every time she steps out on the
red carpet, she proves she’s
the unbeaten glam goddess.
Motherhood has only enhanced
her sense of style, making it
even more glossy. This gorgeous
millennial pink gown made for a
perfect outing for Kareena Kapoor
Khan. The dewy make-up with a
pop of pink lipstick and the pearl
hair accessory made Bebo look
like a million bucks.
COMPILED BY: ANALITA SETH
PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
Deepika’s airport
looks guide pg 3
Sonam’s make-up
saga pg 2
Ranbir pulls off a
Kanye West pg FASHION & BEAUTY
Shade ‘em, pout ‘em!
Make your pout fuller with a touch of ombre…
HOLLYWOOD’S
LIP TALK
CARA
DELEVINGNE
Given its popularity a few years
back, ombre lips are making
a comeback. And just like
experimentation is the key to
all trends this season, they
have a colourful twist as well.
Starting out with dark colours,
ombre lips have now taken on
the nude side of the palette.
With a darker shade on the
lip line and then going lighter
inwards is the right way to get
those full Angelina Jolie lips.
But the latest is the Korean
stain trend with the reverse
grading of the shades. It looks
classy, sexy and a good way to
upgrade your make-up.
LILY
COLLINS
GIGI
HADIDI
SARAH
HYLAND
POUT
PERFECT
CHER
LLOYD
TAMANNAAH
BHATIA
“Makeup is about balance. When the lips make a statement,
the eyes should be quiet.” -Francois Nars
Winter
winners
It’s cold and it’s trendy…
SRIDEVI
KAPOOR
Protective lines, cosy knits and comfy
hoods, are making it to the stars’
daily outfits and ringing in the winter
season in all its colour and style.
While the clothing is heading more
and more towards the comfortable
zone, divas are clinging to their
style and glamour. While you may
believe the options are limited, our
fashionistas make sure to ditch
the dull and give winter the splash
of colour it needs.
VARUN
DHAWAN
“Winter
dressing
is all about
having chic
outerwear. ”
- George
Kotsiopoulos
RANI
MUKERJI
COOL
SEASON HOT
STYLES!
ATHIYA
SHETTY
RANVEER
SINGH
SONAM
KAPOOR
KANGANA
RANAUT
FASHION & BEAUTY
Runway reign
Deepika Padukone gives us airport
style goals…
STRUT
IN
STYLE
Keeping the smokin’ hot bod aside, Deepika
Padukone has managed to work out her airport
looks to perfection. From going all black to carrying
atheleisure like a pro, she’s made the airport her own
glamorous runway. Trying out new things every time,
her travel style could easily make it to our daily chic
wardrobe section.
DEEPIKA PADUKONE
“People will stare.
Make it worth
their while.”
- Harry Winston
FASHION & BEAUTY
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DoubleMA
LA
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breasted coats,
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figure flattering
RA
jackets and plunging
neckline tuxedos, women are
making a strong statement with
these high on style ensembles.
Enhancing the décolletage and
ditching the shirt, these formal
suits have got the sexy twist they
needed. Keeping it feminine with
statement earrings and heels,
you can sport this look just about
anywhere. So keep it nice and
naughty, girls!
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FASHION & BEAUTY
Shirt up!
Here are some ways to
give your white shirt a
sexy twist…
WHITE IS
ALWAYS
RIGHT
While we’re ditching shirts under
suits, here’s giving you ways to
use them in a trendier way. Pair it
with peep-toe boots and a sleek
knotted tie like Malaika Arora, or
put on a dress over it like Parineeti
Chopra and Shraddha Kapoor. Not
just these, you can clinch it with a
belt or simply pair it with a skirt on
top. Stay assured white shirts are a
winner everywhere.
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Demeulemeester
Rubin Singer
Alexander
Mcqueen
Philipp
Plein
PARINEETI
CHOPRA
MALAIKA
ARORA
Prada
Carven
SHRADDHA
KAPOOR
“Clothes is just
something you put
on to cover yourself...
fashion is a way to
communicate.”
- Dries van Noten
Gucci
FASHION & BEAUTY
“To me, beauty and
make-up and colour
is like the finishing
touch on everything.”
- Marc Jacobs
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Let the eyes do
the talking...
Sonam Kapoor has undoubtedly been a pioneer
in taking the industry’s fashion scene ahead of its
time. It’s her innate sense of style and the fact that
she can carry anything with aplomb that makes her a
youth icon. She’s given us some major make-up goals,
especially focusing on her flawless eye contouring.
From muted to glitter, she’s proved that your eyes can
change your complete look in a blink.
BLING
IT ON!
FASHION & BEAUTY
RK goes Ye!
Ranbir Kapoor is an ardent
fan of Kanye West...
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RANBIR KAPOOR
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While there can be no other like Kanye West,
Ranbir Kapoor too wears his fandom with a fuss
free velveteen touch. Making velvet look so chic and
easy, RK is nailing this Western trend like a rockstar.
The Yeezy boots make this look an inevitable winner.
Effortless, comfortable and trendy, these three
words totally resonate with Ranbir’s style, right?
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TRAVEL
Eastern
paradise
SAYANI GUPTA has exotic tales to share from her
trip to the East-Asian corridor. SUMAN SHARMA
visualises the experience
S
he’s the spunky
face of new age
cinema. Sayani
Gupta’s off-thewall choices are
merely an extension of her
avant garde personality.
She’s made an impact
with every outing be it
Margarita With A Straw,
Jolly LLB, Jab Harry Met
Sejal or Fukrey Returns.
And after dwelling in so
many worlds, she needs to
replenish and rejuvenate
herself in worlds
unknown. The nature
child rediscovers herself
amongst mountains,
beaches and the wild.
Here, she recounts her
trek through the Eastern
corridor of Asia in her
own words…
BEAUTIFUL BALI
Around June-July, this
year, I was feeling low. So
I took off to Singapore to
meet my extended family.
They were planning to
visit Bali (Indonesia)
and asked me to come
along. Bali is said to be a
beautiful romantic place.
But I went there with
family! We reached Bali
in the afternoon and it
was hot. We were booked
at a heritage resort called
Pan Pacific Nirwana
Bali, which is the most
stunning property there.
Apparently, US President
Donald Trump has
bought it over. A glass
building is supposed
to be built there. It was
heart breaking to hear
that because it’s such a
beautiful property. It has
some 20 water bodies.
The nearest beach was
some 20 minutes away.
We spent the evening
there. The local alcohol
served there is yummy.
We also visited a castle,
where we witnessed a
Balinese dance. After
dinner, I stepped out of
the room to find canapés
right next to the sea. You
could soak in the beauty
of the stars above lying
on them.
➊
Outside Pura Tanah
Lot temple in Bali
➋
Inside the temple
➌
With grandneice
Tara
1
“I stepped out of our
room at the Pan Pacific
Nirwana Bali resort to
find canapés right next
to the sea. You could soak
in the beauty of the stars
lying on them”
2
3
TRAVEL
“I visited the landmark Kopi
Luwak Coffee farm. Kopi Luwak
includes part-digested coffee
cherries eaten and ‘pooped’ out by
civet cats. It’s said to be the best
and most expensive coffee in the
world – it’s decaffeinated!”
1
➊ Coffee grinding
➋ At Kopi Luwak
Coffee farm
➌ Ubud Royal Palace
➍ The southern most tip of
Taiwan - Kenting
➎ In Taiwan
➏ The resort in Bali
➐ A Balinese dance
➑ Ubud monkey forest
2
UP & ABOUT IN UBUD
3
The next day, I visited
Ubud in a car, while the
family stayed behind,
a young member being
unwell. The country
town is Bali’s cultural
heart. It’s a flourishing
crafts centre. It was a
two-and-a-half-hour drive
from Bali. The driver took
me to an Asian fusion
restaurant Bebek Teba
Sari. It’s in the midst of
water bodies. You sit on a
tiny bench and have your
meal. They served an
authentic dish, a crispy
roasted duck with sauces.
Then I visited the
landmark Kopi Luwak
Coffee farm. Kopi Luwak,
or civet coffee, includes
part-digested/fermented
coffee cherries eaten and
‘pooped’ out by the Asian
palm civet cats. These
cats look like mongoose.
It’s said to be the best
and most expensive
coffee in the world – it’s
decaffeinated!
I bought lots of coffee,
tea, lemon grass and
saffron tea from there.
The next day, we all
headed to the beach in
the south of Bali. After
swimming, we enjoyed
the sea food – lobsters,
prawns and pomfrets!
There is also a beach
temple called the Pura
Tanah Lot temple in the
Beraban village. It’s a
huge rock like structure,
perched on top of a ridge
in the sea. The waves
lash against the temple.
You’ve got to walk a bit
into the sea to reach the
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temple. The shore site
is dotted with smaller
shrines, restaurants,
shops and a cultural park.
Next day, I had an early
morning flight to catch
for Hong Kong, while my
family left for Singapore.
TAIWAN TALES
I met my best friend from
school in Hongkong. We
had planned to travel
together. At the airport,
itself, I visited a spa as
I was exhausted. Then we
took a flight to Taiwan,
which is an hour away
from Hongkong. We
landed at Kaohsiung
Siaogang Airport, located
in the Siaogang district.
The weather was rainy
and cold. We visited the
night market there and
ate from the stalls there.
There were games being
played around. It was like
a mela (fair).
KENTING COAST
Next morning, we
drove down to the
Kenting, which is the
southernmost tip of
Taiwan through Taitung
City on the southeast
coast. The drive was
beautiful with the sea
on both the sides. We
reached there around
4.30 pm. I was ravenous
but eateries there open
only at 5.00 pm. So, we
requested a local lady
to prepare food for us.
She served lobster and it
was the best meal of
o the
trip. She even offerred us
space in a cute cotttage
to spend the night
there. It was right on
o
n
the beach. We then
went to the market
and picked up a
delicious whisky.
A Japanese familly,
who lived below ou
ur
or
room, invited us fo
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5
TRAVELLING
TIPS
➊
I like to be prepared
for every situation.
From flash lights and
torches to a knife and
napkins, I carry all.
➋
Wear comfortable
shoes. No fancy
footwear please!
➌
6
Sungglasses
are a must.
➍
A dental
d
kit,
mouthh fresheners,
a lighht blanket
and a hoodie
jacket can be of
great use.
7
3
1
➊ With family
at the Tanah Lot temple
➋ Luwak cats that
ferment coffee in their
tummies
➌ Shopping in Bali
➍ With my nephew and
his family
2
a barbeque. After dinner,
I went to the beach alone.
I sat lost in my thoughts
for around three-four
hours. It was so beautiful
and meditative. It was just
the Pacific Ocean and me.
It felt so intimate, almost
like sitting with a friend.
When I saw the sun break
in, I returned to my room.
QINGJING QUIRKS
Far away from the city in
the mountains, Qingjing
in Taiwan, is a tourist spot
all year-round. We were
booked at the Top Cloud
Resort. It’s surrounded
by a sea of clouds. You
see nothing but clouds all
around. After reaching
there, we stepped out for
lunch. We spotted people
enjoying a local specialty
called the Hot Pot Food.
Since my friend is a
vegetarian, we couldn’t
have it. I ordered a clear
chicken soup. But they
had added chicken pieces
with wings! I couldn’t
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“I went to the beach alone in
Kenting. I sat lost in my thoughts
for hours. It was so beautiful and
meditative. It was just the Pacific
Ocean and me. It felt so intimate,
like sitting with a friend. When
I saw the sun break in, I returned
to my room”
have it. Later, we explored
quite a bit of Taiwan by
just driving through the
coast lines. The roads are
excellent, which made it
so enjoyable!
HONG KONG CALLING
The day we were to
return, a typhoon was
predicted to hit the coast.
The whole city shut
down. We were scared
that our flight to Hong
Kong would get cancelled.
So, we took an earlier
flight to Hong Kong.
When we reached Hong
Kong airport everything
was shut. The taxis
quoted exorbitant rates.
Some shuttle buses were
running free of cost from
the airport to five star
hotels. We took a free ride
to my friend’s home. The
tornado was so fierce,
you could fly off with the
wind. After it subsided,
I went shopping for shoes
and clothes. That was the
grand finale to my trip! „
what’s on their mind?
Tryst
with love...
Memories and moments
make a year special.
And the New Year is
the perfect occasion to
reminisce the good, the
bold and the beautiful in
the year gone past. And
nothing made the world
happier than to see longtime couple Virat Kohli
and Anushka Sharma tie
the knot. Filmfare has
always claimed to be
the intimate insider to
the lives of celebrities.
And as such, we bring
to you the complete and
exhaustive chronicle of
the Virushka romance
and their quintessential
happy ending. Read on…
PHOTOGRAPH: JOSEPH RADHIK
The grand wedding of
Virushka pg Newsmakers of 2017 pg Trailers 2018 pg COVER STORY
BL CKBUSTER
INNINGS
Kinnari Rathod profiles the most sensational wedding of the year…
PHOTOGRAPHS: JOSEPH RADHIK
Like her wedding,
Anushka Sharma’s outfit
was also right out of
a fairytale. It merged
with the pastoral hues of
Tuscany, Italy.
This is what ‘happily
ever after’ looks like.
Anushka’s smile itself
is proof of how happy
she is starting out this
journey of a lifetime
with Virat Kohli.
COVER STORY
T
here’s one thing that India perhaps
loves as much or more than cricket and
that’s movies. When you put the two
together, fans melt in buttery glaze. The sight
of a cricketer exchanging romantic flurries
with a movie star can leave men, women,
children and even those born in the medieval
ages mesmerised. It’s the sort of love story that
you root for from the stands. It’s the sixer of
the game of romance. Hopeless romantics call
it the bridge between the silver screen and the
pavilion. That’s the sort of love story that
Virushka gave us. For those who live under a
rock, that’s Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
re-christened in millennial glory.
Their love saga kicked off in 2013 and
for the past four years has been a source of
inspiration for both social media timelines and
tabloid frenzy. Theirs is an affair that’s had
all the twists and trysts of a great romance.
It’s worthy of being a sequel to Serendipity.
After four years of courtship, they finally tied
the knot in the most filmy and dramatic
tradition. There was an air of hush and
equal anticipation. And now that Virushka
has exchanged vows in the exotic locales
of Tuscany, Italy, we bring you intimate
details of their rip-roaring romance. And
all the drama that led up to the wedding
of the year…
2013
 Whil
While Virat
Vi
Kohli was raging on the field,
Anushka Sharma was winning hearts in the
Hindi film industry. The Universe then decided
to play Cupid and the two met on the sets
of a commercial. Sparks flew and no sooner
speculations were rife that they were seeing each
her
other. The media had laid its hands on anoth
actress-cricketer couple to chase.
2014
The
industry
could not
stop but
take a fun
dig at the
alleged
couple. SRK
sure did not
let go of this
chance to
take Virat’s
case.
Virat blew
a kiss to
Anushka
sittingg in the
stands after
f
scoring a half
centuryy
and the love
story began
to unravel.
 Come February 2014, a blurry
picture of Virat and Anushka
walking hand-in-hand in Auckland,
New Zealand went viral. And
that marked the beginning of the
biggest dreamy tale of our times.
Soon Virat became a regular on
th
he sets of her films Bombay Velvet
and NH10. Anushka and Virat
made their first public appearance
when they went to watch a cricket
match together. Not just that,
Virat’s teammate and friend Yuvraj
V
looked awww-dorably at them.
Despite the spotting, the two did
not confirm anything and kept
the nation guessing. Later the
same year, came a gesture from
Virat that set the pitch ablaze.
As the cricketing star made his
half century against the Sri Lanka
team, he blew a kiss to Anushka
applauding in the stands. The
w
world went mad at the love gesture
and gave us ‘Virushka’ to gush
over. The two then reportedly
rented out a flat in Versova to
spend quality time together
whenever Virat was in Mumbai. The
same year Anushka gushed and
b
blushed at the mention of Virat on
Koffee With Karan.
Here’s Yuvray Singh having
a laugh with the beautiful
couple after their first
public appearance.
2015
 Th
The two kept the romance flourishing as
Anushka cheered for Virat at his matches while he
often visited the actress on the sets of the films in
making. Virat even tweeted applauding Anushka for
her performance in the film NH10.
It was only after this that Anushka admitted to
be dating Virat in an exclusive chat with Filmfare.
She said, “I don’t hide my relationship. We go
about it normally. I go to see him, people know
that. It’s not like I’m saying no to photographs,
or stopping people from clicking us, or hiding
and meeting him. We’re in a relationship just
the way anyone else would be.”
Anushka
confessed
her love to
Filmfare
while Virat
took to social
media to
appreciate
his Lady
Love.
The couple was taking
T
ki
their love places,
giving us more and
moore to love about them.
COVER STORY
2016
 The couple allegedly
broke up in early 2016.
They even unfollowed each
other on Instagram and
Twitter and the public
appearances stopped.
Yet, his gesture to speak
out against trolls, who
blamed Anushka for his
weak form in the ICC
World T20 that year was
widely appreciated. In fact,
Virat’s ‘SHAME’ post went
viral. And perhaps, Anushka
liked this ‘Golden Tweet’ of
the year too. Because soon
after that, the couple was back
together again.
@iamVkohli: Shame on those
people who have been having
a go at anushka for the
longest time and connecting
every negative thing to her.
Shame on those people calling
themselves educated. Shame
on blaming and making
fun of her when she has no
control over what i do with
my sport. If anything she has
only motivated and given
me more positivity. This was
long time coming. Shame on
these people that hide and
take a dig. And i dont need
any respect for this post. Havee
some compassion and respect
her. Think of how your
sister or girlfriend or wife
would feel if someone trolled
them and very conveniently
rubbished them in public.
#nocompassion#nocommonsennse
Happy women’s day to
every woman out there, but
specially to the two strongest
women in my life. My mom
for looking after the family in
toughest times in life and @
anushkasharma for fighting
against the odds regularly
and standing up for
righteousness and changing
the norms #happywomendayy
From cricket
events to
Bollywood
parties, Virat
and Anushka
made several
public
appearances
this year.
2017
In word and in action, thee
two couldn’t help but express
their love for each other.
This time Anushka refrained from speaking
about their relationship publicly. Away from
media scrutiny, their relationship grew stronger.
When Virat visited New Delhi to attend Suresh
Raina’s wedding and met up with Anushka’s
parents on the trip, it gave way to rumours of
a probable wedding. A getaway to South Africa,
a secret puja and an array of speculations
later, they walked hand-in-hand at a red carpet
event in Mumbai. While the world awaited
confirmations of a grand wedding, spotting
Virat with Anushka’s father, house hunting in
Mumbai, only added fuel to the fire.
Undeniably, 2016 was all about Virushka
moments. Be it online or in public. The two
attended Virat’s teammate and friend Yuvraj
Singh’s marriage with Hazel Keech in Goa and
the internet broke with pictures and videos
of them looking madly in love. They also
attended Manish Malhotra’s birthday bash
and looked like a couple meant to be together.
The same year, Virat attended a prayer service
with Anushka’s family and speculations of an
engagement were rife. The world only waited
for Virushka to announce their impending
wedding now.
 Steering clear of any conversation aboutt
marriage, the two maintained their cool and
continued to take to social media to give us a
sneak peek into their evolving relationship. Virat
V
posted a beautiful sun-kissed picture of them
m on
Valentine’s Day.
The two continued to make public appearances
during movie premieres (Sachin) and weddin
ngs
( Harbhajan Singh- Geeta Basra, Zaheer KhanSagarika Ghatge) to prove they were the most
power-packed couple. Just when the year was
about to end, a year filled with babies, superhits
and major romances… Anushka and Virat chose
to close 2017 with a bang!
Around this
time, the
wedding was
being secretly
planned.
COVER STORY
The two attended
Zaheer Khan and
Sagarika Ghatge’s
wedding together.
The internet broke with this
picture. Anushka and Virat
began their journey in Italy
with a traditional ceremony.
In early December 2017,
Anushka, along with familyy
and a priest, the same
one who performed the
prayer service a year
ago, was seen leaving
for Italy. A wedding
seemed to be on the
cards. Everyone looked
for one word or picture
that would give it all
away.
And with the break of dawn
on December 11, came
the news that left everyone
ecstatic. A beautiful wedding
in pastoral Tuscany, with close
c
relatives and friends, is ho
ow
d to
Anushka and Virat decided
take the vows. Keeping it quite
a secret, Anushka and Vira
at
lived out a fairytale, which the
world wanted a glimpse of.
d in
Pictures and videos flowed
and the world sighed looking
e
at the most beautiful bride
n the
and the happiest groom in
most gorgeous wedding evver.
Quite a
well-suited
we
couple,
don’t you
think?
A picture perfect family.
The beautiful venue of
Borgo Finocchieto resort
We were only just getting
over the whirlwind wedding,
when Anushka gave us
more to gush over with a
picture of their honeymoon
reportedly in Rovaniemi,
Finland. After this, the
couple returned to India
and threw a reception in the
capital on December 2. Held
at the Durbar Hall of Taj
Diplomatic Enclave, it saw
many political heavyweights
attend, including PM
Narendra Modi. Virat and
Anushka had gone to invite
the PM personally.
Decked in Sabyasachi,
Virat and Anushka, cut a
royal picture. Virat wore a
black silk bandhgala with
buttons of 18-carat gold and
a silk churidar. Anushka
opted for a red and gold
Banarasi saree, a diamond
choker and jhumkas. Hair
tied in a bun, adorned with
mogras, a flaming bindi and
sindoor completed her look.
The grand finale of this royal
celebration was the starry
bash thrown at the hotel
St Regis in Mumbai on
December 26… which
again brought in wishes to
last a lifetime.
As Anushka
wrote on
Twitter,
they seem ‘in
heaven’, quite
literally.
A thoughtful expression of love was
their wedding reception card.
COVER STORY
PHOTOGRAPH: YOGEN SHAH
The wedding reception
in New Delhi at the Taj
Diplomatic Enclave was
nothing short of royalty..
Anushka poses with
Shikhar Dhawan’s son
at the reception.
WHILE THE MOVIES MAY NOT HAVE DONE MUCH, MOVIE STARS CREATED QUITE A STIR IN THE YEAR GONE BY. RAHUL GANGWANI LISTS DOWN THE NEWSMAKERS OF 2017
ANUSHKA SHARMA & VIRAT KOHLI
DEEPIKA PADUKONE
Alright, this was the surprise of the year. No one in
their wildest dreams imagined Anushka Sharma would
secretly marry beau Virat Kohli at the peak of her career.
The gorgeous lady followed her heart and tied the
knot in Tuscany. What we witnessed were five days of
internet-breaking activity. It started off with rumours of
The year 2017 started on a high for Deepika Padukone.
She made her entry into Hollywood with xXx: The Return
of Xander Cage opposite Vin Diesel and made headlines
worldwide. The film was panned by critics but turned
out to be a money-spinner in China. Her debut at the
Cannes Film Festival also drew eyeballs. However,
the last quarter of the year unfolded a different story
altogether. Padmavati faced the ire of the fringe. She
was issued death threats. An angry Deepika Padukone
even tweeted to the I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, seeking
support. With many states banning the film and the
Censor Board not giving it a clearance, Deepika’s
biggest film was pushed indefinitely.
SANJAY
LEELA
BHANSALI
a destination wedding. And then there were pictures of
Anushka leaving the country with her family and their
family priest. News also flew in about Virat leaving for
Italy with his family. Apparently, TV channels even reached
Tuscany but failed to find the ‘venue’. However, Filmfare
broke the story in India. And on December 11, at 8.15
pm IST, the two announced their union with adorable
pictures. Every picture and video from #VirushkaWedding
went viral and the world couldn’t stop gushing about this
fairy-tale wedding.
The director of
the 150-crore
Padmavati, Sanjay
Leela Bhansali,
was under fire.
Early in the
year, members
of the Karni
Sena reportedly
assaulted
Bhansali and
vandalised the
sets of the film.
The shooting of
the film had to
be stalled for a
few weeks. The
incident sent
shockwaves
across the
industry. Rajput
organisations
have alleged that
it distorts history
and depicts
an ‘amorous
relationship’
between the
legendary Rajput
queen Padmini
– portrayed
by Deepika
Padukone – and
Delhi Sultan
Alauddin Khilji
– played by
Ranveer Singh.
The filmmaker
has denied the
charges.
2017 was a year of many not-so-pleasant and a few pleasant surprises
at the box-office. Mammoth disappointments were offset by small wins,
colossal dreams bit dust while authentic cinema won star ratings, superstars
were shadowed as rebel actors took centre-stage… While mega Hindi movies
failed to humour audiences, a South Indian product, Baahubali 2 changed
the cinematic jargon (and numbers) forever. And though the business of
cinema was damp, controversies whipped up enough hysteria to propel TRPs
and dominate the digital domain. Like the Virushka secret nupitals, Kangana
Ranaut hitting out at Hrithik Roshan and Karan Johar (for different reasons),
Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali receiving death threats, Ranbir
Kapoor and Mahira Khan getting papped in New York... This was also the
year where star kids. AbRam, Misha Kapoor and teens like Aryan and Suhana
Khan, Jhanvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan... were the paparazzi’s darlings not to
forget Taimur Ali Khan. Read on about the movers and shakers of 2017…
KAREENA KAPOOR
KHAN & TAIMUR
ALI KHAN
“A star is born!” seems so
apt for lil’ Taimur Ali Khan.
The prince became the
apple of the paparazzi’s eye
on birth. The controversy
surrounding his name may
have created a storm, but
every public sighting of the
lil’ nawab broke the internet.
Those Kapooresque blue eyes
and chubby cheeks… were
a total sellout! And while
the baby made people go
‘Awww’, his mommy made
everyone go ‘wow’. Kareena
started working out soon after
Taimur and the endless gym
sessions helped her shed the
pregnancy weight in no time.
The glamour queen is the
pride of the red carpet
once more.
SS RAJAMOULI & PRABHAS
SS Rajamouli can easily be called the game-changer of the year.
His vision gave India its biggest blockbuster to date. And with
Baahubali 2, the country got a new superstar – Prabhas!
The film changed the craft and commerce of cinema. With a first
day India collection of ` 121 crore, Baahubali 2 smashed all
previous records and went on to create some huge ones. Highest
first day, highest first weekend, highest first week and highest
lifetime collections! After years, theatres across the nation and
the globe were running to packed capacity. While Bollywood
biggies were busy boasting about their 300-crore club films, SS
Rajamouli and Prabhas laughed their way to the 1000-crore club.
FEATURE
KANGANA RANAUT
Kangana Ranaut is no stranger to controversies.
If there’s one celebrity, who dominated the
tabloids and the TV screens for the whole of
2017, it’s Kangana. It started with the actress
appearing on Koffee With Karan and taking
on the show’s host, Karan Johar, for alleged
nepotism. Then on, ‘nepotism’ became the most
used, or rather misused/abused word, in the
media for months. The issue escalated when
Karan, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan engaged
in tongue-n-cheek humour regarding the same
at an event. Kangana hit back at them and
apologies from Varun and Saif followed.
Kangana then refuelled her animosity with
Hrithik Roshan. She revealed more details
about their alleged affair on a talk show.
A section of the media dubbed it as a publicity
stunt for her film, Simran. A perturbed Hrithik
Roshan reacted to all the allegations on
news networks. He even released a
few mails alleging that it was
a one-sided affair. The case
remains open. Also, the
writer of Simran, Apurva
Asrani, accused Kangana
of stealing credits. She
in turn called him an
attention-seeking person.
KARAN JOHAR
Apart from the Kangana Ranaut-nepotism
fiasco, there was a lot which kept Karan in
the news. The year started on a beautiful
note as he became father to twins, Yash
and Roohi. Karan became a father through
surrogacy and it was indeed a sweet surprise
for all. Karan also became a RJ for a popular
radio station last year and added another
feather in his cap.
BHUMI PEDNEKAR
After her debut in 2015, Bhumi Pednekar
returned to the silver screen not only with
two back to back hits but also with a
hot new bod. Her roles in Toilet: Ek Prem
Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan were
of a simple, small-town girl but off screen,
people saw a chic Bhumi. Shedding all the
weight she had put on for Dum Laga Ke
Haisha, she made heads turn with her mojo.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA
ZAIRA
WASIM
RAJKUMMAR RAO
2017 belonged to Rajkummar Rao. With
three superlative performances in critically
acclaimed films, Rao became the flavour
of filmdom. It started with his fantastic
performance in Trapped. His role in Bareilly
Ki Barifi made him a favourite amongst
the masses. And with Newton, he proved
once again that he’s a star performer.
Dangal and
Secret Superstar
actress Zaira
Wasim hit the
headlines after
she accused a
fellow passenger
of molesting her
on a flight. Zaira
documented the
entire incident
on her Instagram
account and
even went live
on camera
narrating the
horrible incident.
While most came
out in support
of Zaira, a few
questioned her
way of sharing
the incident on
Instagram and
not reacting then
and there with
the help of the
cabin crew.
SHASHI
KAPOOR
AYUSHMANN
KHURRANA
After a lull,
Ayushmann
Khurrana came
back with a bang.
His endearing
performances in
Bareilly Ki Barfi
and Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan not only
endorsed that
he’s a fantastic
actor but also
consolidated his
position in showbiz.
He pulled in the
crowds and love
from everywhere.
His music concerts
world over kept him
in the news too.
Known as one
of the biggest
stars of his
time, veteran
Shashi Kapoor
breathed his last
on December 4,
2017. The news
of his sudden
demise came
as a shock to
the industry.
The late actor
was however
suffering from
a prolonged
illness. His
death saw all
the bigwigs of
the industry
rush to pay their
last respects.
Priyanka Chopra’s global domination continued this year
too. She rocked season two of Quantico, made a smashing
debut in Hollywood movies with Baywatch and pretty much
charmed the West with her sass. She was the queen of
the red carpet too. From the Oscars to the Emmy’s, she
slayed it all. The MET Gala appearance put her on the
world fashion map, with many calling her the best dressed
of the night. Her outfit invited hordes of memes. Apart from
signing two more Hollywood films and visiting countries
as UNICEF ambassador, PC made it to the list of the 100
Most Powerful Women in the world. She was one of the
only four women from the entertainment industry to be on
that list.
On the flip side, she was trolled for wearing a short
dress during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. Not to stay silent, Priyanka gave it back by posting a
stunning picture of mother Madhu Chopra and herself in a
shorter dress, captioned, “Legs for days.” Atta girl!
FEATURE
RANBIR KAPOOR & MAHIRA KHAN
AMITABH BACHCHAN
Ranbir Kapoor and Mahira
Khan were alleged to be
in a relationship when
pictures of the two chilling
in New York became
public. The pictures spread
like wildfire and everyone
started talking about their
alliance. Back home in
Pakistan, Mahira faced a
backlash because she was
seen wearing a short dress
and smoking a cigarette.
Amitabh Bachchan turned 75 this year. The
nation celebrated the big moment but the
superstar decided to stay away from the
shenanigans. On the work front, it was once
again proved that he’s the Shahenshah
of the small-screen as well. Bachchan
returned as the host for the latest season
of Kaun Banega Crorepati and the TRPs
went ballistic. What’s more, his lines from
the show became popular memes too.
SOHA ALI KHAN
& KUNAL KEMMU
After Taimur, the Pataudi
family was blessed with
another bundle of joy.
Soha Ali Khan and Kunal
Kemmu turned parents
to a baby girl and named
her Inaaya Naumi Kemmu.
Soha also published a
book titled The Perils Of
Being Moderately Famous.
ESHA GUPTA
Esha Gupta got everyone
talking after she posted
pictures from a photoshoot
on her social media
accounts. The shoot was
bold and sensuous and
had Esha wearing close to
nothing. The pictures raised
the mercury but also invited
hate from trollers. Esha then
disabled the ‘comments’
feature for those posts.
LISA HAYDON
Lisa Haydon became mother
to an adorable baby boy,
Zack. The hot and sexy Lisa
slayed her pregnancy and
even posted pictures of
herself in bikini when she
was days away from her
delivery. Right now, fans are
loving all the updates of the
mother-son duo.
SUNNY
DEOL &
DIMPLE
KAPADIA
It’s true when
celebrities
maintain that
mobile phones
are a menace.
After successfully
keeping their
relationship
under wraps for
years, Sunny
Deol and Dimple
p
Kapadia
were
caught spending
quality time
in London.
The video, as
expected, went
viral.
VARUN DHAWAN
Varun Dhawan is the only actor,
from the current generation, who
can boast of a 100 per cent
success ratio rate. His films broke
the dry spell at the box-office.
The super success of Badrinath Ki
Dulhania and Judwaa 2 this year
proved that he’s a future superstar
in the making.
AKSHAY KUMAR
Akshay Kumar had a great run
at the box-office. After three
back to back hits in 2016,
he delivered big in 2017 too.
Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem
Katha both entertained the
audiences and made it to the
100-crore club. Akshay was
crowned the most dependable
actor by trade pundits and his
2018 line-up is as good as it
can get.
VINOD
KHANNA
AISHWARYA RAI BACHCHAN
She didn’t have any film this year but her glamorous
appearances grabbed eyeballs. Aishw
warya Rai Bachchan
once again showed that she’s thhe Queen of Cannes
when she stepped on the red carpet in a powder
blue ballroom gown by Michael Cinco. She
channelled her innerr Cinderella and the
world sighed at her sight.
One of the most
dashing stars of
the Hindi film
industry, Vinod
Khanna passed
away on April
27. He was 70.
The actor was
suffering from
cancer and
the news of his
illness spread
after a picture of
him looking pale
in the hospital
went viral.
To mourn the
loss of the
legend, Karan
Johar cancelled
the grand
premiere of
Baahubali 2,
which was
supposed to
take place that
evening.
laugh
it up
INTERVIEW
VIDYA BALAN HAS A MILLION REASONS
TO SMILE, WRITES SUMAN SHARMA
T
his is a
special high
Vidya Balan’s
career.
A moment
of reiteration
and reassurance for
the actor, who had
self-confessedly begun
doubting her married
status as being the
reason for the crash in
her career. Her past few
films including Hamari
Adhuri Kahani, Kahaani
2: Durga Rani Singh and
Begum Jaan, though held
promise, failed to create
ripples. Until Tumhari
Sulu, directed by debutant
Suresh Triveni, a story
of an ordinary woman’s
extraordinary spirit, left
both the critics and the
masses enthralled. And
Vidya has not stopped
smiling since then.
“Success is reinforcing like
love. Success helps you
gain faith in yourself. It
With RJ Malishka and Neha Dhupia in Tumhari Sulu
gives you more confidence.
You begin to like who you
are. So now I’ve started
liking myself all the more,”
says the actor about her
second coming.
She shares that her
instincts about Tumhari
Sulu were always positive.
But she had not imagined
the extent of applause her
act as the homemaker-
turned- radio jockey
would win. “People were
able to relate to Sulu. It’s
a slice-of-life film. The
small moments in the film
touched people’s hearts,”
she explains adding, “The
audience felt it was their
story, they could identify
with Sulu, she was like
someone’s wife, someone’s
mother, someone’s
neighbour...” In fact, her
line in the film, “Main
kar sakti hai!” became
the war cry for a lot of
women. “People found
that line inspiring,” she
agrees. “A fan shared that
his mother was the first
to start working in their
family. People would taunt
her saying that she wasn’t
giving time to her family.
Success is reinforcing
like love. Success helps you
gain faith in yourself. It
gives you more confidence.
You begin to like who you
are. So now I’ve started
liking myself all the more
PHOTOGRAPHS: JATIN KAMPANI
INTERVIEW
But today she’s valued.
They were celebrating
her birthday by watching
Tumhari Sulu together,”
smiles Vidya.
Vidya gives credit to
director Suresh Triveni for
translating the emotional
narrative so beautifully on
screen. “He could extract
such fine performances
from every actor in the
cast. He drew them all in
his world. He made every
actor feel an important part
of the team. We’re glad
that a film spotlighting
middle-class dreams could
charm the audiences,” she
says. She maintains that
of late films dealing with
the middle strata of society
are finding an audience.
“People find it difficult to
relate to films made on the
super rich. And depicting
extreme poverty brings
on sadness. Tumhari Sulu
shows people, who want
to progress in life but it’s
not as if they’re unhappy.
Thoda hai, thode ki
zaroorat hai. When you
have such an attitude, the
world seems a beautiful
place,” says Vidya who’s
proud of her middle-class
origins. “I never dreamt of
owning a bungalow or cars.
Nor did I feel unhappy
with the environment
I was in. I wanted to
become an actor, I wanted
to do something but was
happy with the existing
circumstances as well.
It’s a different thing
that by God’s grace,
I have everything today,”
she says.
S
he’s dabbled in
unknown territory
– comedy – in
Tumhari Sulu and
the experience
has left her more confident
than ever. “Honestly,
I wasn’t sure if I could do
comedy. But now I believe
I can. I’ve discovered a
new facet of myself,” she
says adding, “In real life,
I’m bindaas. But this role
made me more bindaas.
Sulu gave me the liberty
to laugh wholeheartedly.”
She’s gradually found her
voice as a woman and
as an actor through the
years. “Every character
leaves a bit of her in me.
I get attracted to strong
characters. I have an
affinity for them. Today,
I am surer of my voice than
ever,” she explains. “An
actor’s appetite for doing
good work is insatiable.
After you’ve completed
something good, you’re
hungry for more. This
process goes on through
life,” claims the actor, who
was dubbed the female
Khan of the box-office after
The Dirty Picture, Paa,
Ishqiya and Kahaani.
How about venturing
into bolder areas – like a
film dealing in complex
relationships, including
extramarital affairs? “I’d
love to do something like
that. But I believe the
only films that depicted
extramarital relationships
sensitively were Silsila
and Arth. It’s been long
since we’ve had such
films. Actually, people
are scared of taking on
such a risky subject.” she
says. “They get confused
about how to end the
story. Will people accept
it or not? Keeping in mind
the mindset of Indian
audiences and the boxoffice as well, becomes
difficult,” she states. She
elaborates that there are
several nuances in an
extramarital relationship.
“I want to understand
what happens in such a
situation. Though I don’t
want to experience these
things in my personal life
as I’m very happy in my
relationship
(with husband/
producer
Siddharth Roy
I guess people try to seek
completeness through another person.
But the truth is that no one can complete
you. You have to be complete in yourself
first... Only if you are complete as an
individual can you enjoy a complete
relationship with someone else
With husband
Siddharth Roy Kapur
People find it
difficult to relate
to films made on
the super rich.
Tumhari Sulu is
about people who
want to progress
in life.Thoda hai,
thode ki zaroorat
hai. When you have
such an attitude,
the world seems a
beautiful place
Kapur). Yet, I don’t think
extramarital relationships
are just about lust,” she
says. “I guess people try
to seek completeness
through another person.
But the truth is that no one
can complete you. You
have to be complete in
yourself first.” She adds,
“People say that a woman
is complete only after
she attains motherhood
but I don’t believe this.
Only if you are complete
as an individual first,
can you enjoy a complete
relationship with someone
else, even your own
child.”
I
t wouldn’t be wrong
to dub her as the
‘sunshine girl’. “Yes,
I’m a happy person. I
dwell in the moment.
I don’t plan the future. I
always find a reason to
smile and to be happy,”
she smiles. And regrets
never hold her back.
“Whatever happened in
my life, it had to happen.
I consider the difficult
phases important. Because
of those circumstances, I
managed to reach till here.
So why regret anything?”
asks the cheerful Vidya.
She insists that she’s living
out a dream and considers
herself absolutely
fortunate. “I had a dream
to become an actress. And
now every day, I’m living
that dream. And in return
I get so much love. This
is not just the icing on the
cake, rather it’s a whole
cake shop,” she laughs
adding, “It’s been a great
journey.” Just recently, she
celebrated her birthday
on the first day of the new
year. She says it was all
about family time and
warmth. Hamari Vidya
surely deserves that. „
FEATURE
MURDER BY
NUMBERS
Jagga Jasoos
Jab Harry Met Sejal
aahubali 2: The
Conclusion,
a Telugu film
dubbed in Hindi
has been the
biggest hit of the year.
It earned around 510
crores in its Hindi
avatar. It’s hard to
replicate its success.
Surprisingly, no Hindi
film even crossed 300
crores this year.
The genuine success
this year has been
Golmaal Again, which
has garnered 200 crore
plus. Akshay Kumar’s
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
made 134 crores, while
his Jolly LLB 2 hit the
100-crore mark. Shah
Rukh Khan’s Raees earned
137 crores. Another lucky
star was Varun Dhawan
whose Bardinath Ki
Dulhania earned 114
crores and Judwaa 2 132
crores. And as we go to
B
Baahubali 2
It’s been a notso-great year for
Bollywood as far
as earnings are
concerned.
Devesh Sharma
charts the ‘big’ misses
Toilet: Ek
Prem Katha
print Tiger Zinda Hai has
crossed 100 crores in its
first weekend...
Looking back at the
year, much was expected
of Tubelight. While it did
earn 114 crores, its high
cost of 100 crore-plus
made it the first Salman
Khan film not to earn
well on Eid. Films like
Jab Harry Met Sejal and
Jagga Jasoos met with a
similar fate. Their high
production values came
in the way of their profits.
While the SRK starrer,
made on a reported budget
of 80 crores, could only
manage a 64 crore-return
at the box-office, Jagga
Jasoos, with a budget of
110 crores, made around
54 crores India-wide. The
fate of Raabta was even
more cruel. Made at a
budget of over 50 crores,
it could only rake in 22
crores in India. With more
NOT-SO-TOP
The five films listed below were
toplined by superstars and boasted
of high production values yet didn't
sweep the box-office off its feet...
Raees
flops than hits, mega
projects seemed to have
failed badly this year...
Well-known trade
analyst TARAN ADARSH
has an interesting take
on the current business
scenario. He cautions
that one should’nt take a
gloomy view saying, “The
industry has been through
such phases before. It has
always bounced back and
it will.” He does admit
that this has been one
of the worst years so far,
where box-office earnings
are concerned. While he
doesn’t offer a ballpark
figure, he points out that
the losses are extremely
high. Betting high on
Padmavati (which has
TUBELIGHT, JAGGA JASOOS, JAB HARRY MET
SEJAL – ALL BIG BUDGET FILMS, ONE AFTER THE
OTHER, DIDN’T DO WELL... THAT ADDED TO THE
PERCEPTION THAT IT’S BEEN A BAD YEAR
– TARAN ADARSH, Trade analyst
now been delayed) and
Tiger Zinda Hai (which
thankfully has shown a
bumper opening) he says
“I haven’t calculated the
impact because the year
hasn’t ended. But yes, the
losses are on the higher
side this year.”
H
e explains the
perception of
it being a bad
year at the boxoffice. “Tubelight,
Jagga Jasoos, Jab Harry
Met Sejal – all these
big budget films, which
came one after the other,
unfortunately didn’t
do well. And all were
produced by some of our
biggest stars, who also
acted in these films.That
added to the perception
that it’s been a bad year.”
He asserts that upping
the ante is the way out.
He cites the example
of Baahubali, which
RANGOON
Release date: February 24, 2017
Budget: `80 crore
Box office: `20.68 crore
RAABTA
Release date: June 9, 2017
Budget: `50 crore
Box office: `22 crore
TUBELIGHT
Release date: June 23,
2017
Budget: `100 crore
Box office: `114 crore
JAGGA JASOOS
Release date: July 14, 2017
Budget: `110 crore
Box office: `54.16 crore
JAB HARRY MET
SEJAL
Release date: August 4, 2017
Budget: `80 crore
Box office: `64 crore
Jolly LLB 2 Raabta
Mubarakan Hindi Medium
Qaidi Band Tubelight
Rangoon
worked on a pan-India
basis, despite being a
dubbed film because of its
extravagant production
values.
ANEES BAZMEE,
whose comedy
Mubarakan made money
agrees with this view.
“Films like Mughal-eAzam in the past, or James
Cameron's Avatar, to cite
a Hollywood example, did
well because they gave
the viewers a never-seenbefore experience. That’s
what Baahubali gave the
audience. That’s what our
filmmakers should aspire
for as well.”
Comedies have
relatively done well this
year. Be it Golmaal Again,
Badrinath Ki Dulhania,
Judwaa 2, Bareilly Ki
Barfi, Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan, Qarib Qarib
Singlle, Tumhari Sulu or
Bazmee's own Mubaraka
He informs that comedy
has always been a safe be .
“Comedies have worked
this year. People need
relief from their pressure
cooker lives. Comedy is
stress-busting. They’re
FEATURE
WHEN YOU MAKE
A FILM, YOU WANT TO
SHARE A STORY YOU
LOVE. DON’T MAKE A
FILM THINKING WHICH
SECTION TO CATER TO
AND WIN OVER. STAY
TRUE TO THE STORY.
TRUE TO ITS CORE
Tumhari Sulu
– AANAND L RAI, Filmmaker
better investments as
they have a shelf life
beyond screens. They
do well on TV as well,
adding to the earning
model,” he explains.
“The films that did well
this year were all clean
comedies. That should
be the aim of the writer
and the director because
then the entire family
can watch the film
together,” he elaborates.
nother trend
is cause-based
films set in real
environments.
Be it Jolly
LLB 2, Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan, Newton or
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,
all have done well.
Even Secret Superstar,
which espoused womenempowerment, earned
around 60 crores.
Writer-director HABIB
FAISAL welcomes the
change but cautions
that it shouldn’t become
the new get-rich-quick
formula. He says that
it’s sad when people
try to duplicate ideas
and even off-the-beatentrack subjects tend to get
McDonalised. “All these
small-town romances
look like derivatives
of Tanu Weds Manu or
A
BOX-OFFICE UPDATE
RACHIT GUPTA chronicles the rollercoaster ride of hits and flops that was 2017
HITS
BAAHUBALI 2
AVERAGE
GROSSERS
TUBELIGHT
` 510 crore
` 114 crore
GOLMAAL AGAIN
HALF-GIRLFRIEND
JUDWAA 2
NAAM SHABANA
` 205 crore
` 132 crore
TOILET: EK PREM KATHA
` 132 crore
` 52 crore
` 36 crore
SURPRISE HITS
FLOPS
FUKREY RETURNS
` 73 crore
HINDI MEDIUM
` 63 crore
SECRET SUPERSTAR
` 62 crore
MUBARAKAN
` 55 crore
BAADSHAHO
` 65 crore
JAB HARRY
MET SEJAL
SHUBH MANGAL
SAAVDHAN
` 64 crore
` 137 crore
BAREILLY KI BARFI
` 54 crore
BADRINATH KI DULHANIA
` 114 crore
TUMHARI SULU
` 34 crore
` 22 crore
TIGER ZINDA HAI
MOM
` 21 crore
NEWTON
` 21 crore
QARIB QARIB SINGLLE
` 20 crore
JOLLY LLB 2
` 128 crore
RAEES
` 42 crore
` 35 crore
` 114 crore +
(first week)
` 32 crore
KAABIL
` 22 crore
` 87 crore
` 17 crore
LIPSTICK UNDER
MY BURKHA
` 16 crore
JAGGA JASOOS
RAABTA
BEGUM JAAN
OK JAANU
RANGOON
SIMRAN
` 15 crore
Fukrey Returns
Tumhari Sulu
he year 2017 kickedoff on a positive note.
Dangal’s success from
last year continued
into the early weeks
of January and roped in
phenomenal numbers. That was
followed by the moderate success
of Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and
Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. Both
films had bittersweet reviews.
But the fans invested time and
money in their favourite stars.
Also, these early hits made up
for the no-show of the Aditya Roy
Kapur- Shraddha Kapoor starrer
Ok Jaanu.
Akshay Kumar’s law comedy,
Jolly LLB 2, revived a slack boxoffice. Even though the sequel
didn’t invite reactions which
the original with Arshad Warsi
enjoyed, it raked in big numbers.
It was Akshay’s first hit of the
year and made 128 crores.
The biggest setback of the year
arrived with Vishal Bhardwaj’s
Rangoon featuring Saif Ali Khan,
Shahid Kapoor and Kangana
Ranaut. The film found no love
– neither from the critics nor the
janta. This big budget saga, set
during World War II limped, to a
20 crore figure. Two weeks later
T
Dharma Productions’ Badrinath
Ki Dulhania livened up things.
The Shashank Khaitan directorial
featuring Varun Dhawan and Alia
Bhatt, waltzed into the 100-crore
club. In May, the box-office saw
a profitable time with Arjun
Kapoor’s and Shraddha Kapoor’s
Half-Girlfriend, which managed
decent numbers - 52 crores! The
real surprise arrived in the form of
Irrfan Khan’s Hindi Medium. This
delightful comedy soared thanks
to word-of-mouth and despite its
wafer-thin budget, it raked in 63
crores. Konkona Sen Sharma’s
directorial debut A Death In The
Gunj was well-received but the
niche subject and English content
limited its prospects. Sushant
Singh Rajput’s and Kriti Sanon’s
CGI much-hyped adventure
drama Raabta couldn’t befriend
the marquee either.
With only a handful of hits
and dozens of flops, all eyes were
on box-office Midas, Salman
Khan, and his collaboration with
Kabir Khan in Tubelight. When
the period drama around the
war of 1962 tanked, the number
crunchers were left worried. The
healing touch came with Sridevi’s
Mom, which got stunning reviews
Firangi
and managed a respectable tally
for a small film. But just as the
industry heaved a sigh of relief,
Ranbir Kapoor’s and Katrina Kaif’s
Jagga Jasoos, stumbled into trade
infamy. The audience just didn’t
warm up to the Hollywood style
musical.
Mid-year saw another big
casualty. Shah Rukh Khan’s film
with Imtiaz Ali featuring Anushka
Sharma, Jab Harry Met Sejal,
under-performed and that raised
a few more red flags. But Akshay
Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,
which did phenomenal business,
came as a relief. The landmark
moment was SS Rajamouli’s
Telugu blockbuster Baahubali 2,
which turned into a 1500 crore
hit worldwide. Simultaneously,
Hindi cinema tried to save face
with content-driven hits like
Lipstick Under My Burkha, Bareilly
Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan. Massy comedies like
Anees Baazmee’s Mubarakan had
a strong run, but it was still not
good enough considering the fact
that the Hindi dub of Baahubali
2 had earned five times more
money than it. Things spiralled
down further when bankable
names like Ajay Devgn, Farhan
Akhtar and Kangana Ranaut
failed to work with their respective
releases Baadshaho, Lucknow
Central and Simran.
The year’s revival kick
started with the satire featuring
Rajkummar Rao. Newton
reaffirmed that content was
king. The film with its bare-bone
budget managed a 22 crore
return. The big resurgence came
with Varun Dhawan’s Judwaa 2. It
had punchy music and grooved
into the 100-crore club with
132 crores. People now placed
their bets on the Diwali releases.
It was Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn
and company in Golmaal Again
releasing alongside, Aamir Khan’s
small-budget feature Secret
Superstar with Zaira Wasim. One
catered to the masses while the
other to the classes. And both
films made it a spectacular
Diwali. Golmaal Again became
the year’s biggest hit with 205
crores while Secret Superstar
raked in 62 crores. Irrfan Khan
had another ace up his sleeve.
His relatively unknown romcom
with Parvathy – Qarib Qarib
Singlle raked in great numbers.
This was followed up by Vidya
Balan’s return to winning ways
with Tumhari Sulu. The year
concluded on another high note
with Salman Khan and Katrina
Kaif reviving the masala magic
in YRF’s successful sequel Tiger
Zinda Hai. The film boomed and
banged into the 100-crore club.
All’s well that ends well they say.
Hindi cinema survived another
year with the proverbial silver
lining!
Tiger Zinda Hai
FEATURE
FILMS THAT HAVE WORKED THIS YEAR
ARE MAINLY COMEDIES. COMEDY IS STRESSBUSTING. THEY’RE BETTER INVESTMENTS AS
THEY HAVE A SHELF LIFE BEYOND SCREENS.
THEY DO WELL ON TV AS WELL... ALSO,
THE ENTIRE FAMILY CAN WATCH A CLEAN
COMEDY TOGETHER
– ANEES BAZMEE, Director
Ishaqzaade. The lighting,
the milieu, the characters
all have a similar feel,” he
opines.
He adds that now that
Newton has worked,
there will be a tendency
to make satires around
elections. He mentions
how the director of
Newton, Amit Masurkar,
and its writer, Mayank
Tewary, spent months on
ground zero to get their
facts right. “But which
writer today gets that
freedom?” he asks. “If
you’re simultaneously
writing a web series, a
TV series, scripts for ads
and two-three screenplays
than how will you
produce fresh, original
content? Writers are still
paid peanuts. They have
to multi-task in order to
survive,” he maintains.
AANAND L RAI, who
produced Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan and presented
Badrinath Ki
Dulhania
Newton, rues the fact
that filmmakers have
been underestimating
the audience for far too
long. Instead of trusting
their products, they
started second-guessing
the audience. “When
you make a film, you
want to share a story you
love. Don’t make a film
thinking which section
to cater to and win over.
Stay true to the story.
The films that worked
remained true to their
core,” he says. He adds
that earlier, filmmakers
like Bimal Roy or Raj
Kapoor had a connect
with the audience. They
respected the audience
and never looked down
upon it. That sentiment
has returned to our films.
“People who have realised
this are reaping dividends.
Small-budget films, set
in real-life scenarios, are
working not because it’s
the current trend. They
worked because th
hey
told a genuine storry.
The audience loved that,”
he says.
In an ideal wo
orld
scenario, reflects Faisal,
it should be po
ossible
to cast Shah R
Rukh
Khan in Neewton
without
compromising
the integgrity
of the fillm. He
agrees a film’s
Golmaal Again
budget automatically
increases if a big star
comes on board. “Having
a star definitely helps but
a filmmaker shouldn’t
start making changes
in the story to suit his
personality. A star will
get you a better opening.
But after that your
content will drive the film
forward,” he underlines.
He has a case in point as
Tubelight and Harry... had
fantastic openings before
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
petering out.
MUKESH BHATT, who
has chosen a different
business model, holds a
similar view. He believes
that with such avenues
as Netflix or Amazon
Prime, the attraction
towards star vehicles has
dwindled. Rather the
audience is hungry for
good content. He points
Newton
out that the success of
Newton, Shubh Mangal
Saavdhan, Fukrey
Returns or Bareilly
Ki Barfi suggests that
people are willing to
bypass stars in favour
of good content. “The
star system has its good
and bad points. We at
Vishesh Films package
our projects with good
story and good music
within an intelligent
budget.” He adds that
most stars have turned
producers in any case.
“The audience has given
a clear mandate that it
wont just go to see a
star anymore. This is a
welcmome change,” he
rounds off.
But it’s not that
smaller films had a clear
mandate. Films like
Naam Shabana, Poorna,
Death In the Gunj or
Mukti Bhawan won rave
reviews but had nothing
significant to show at the
box office.
o while Adarsh
and Faisal opine
that trade and
trends changes
occur every five
years, Bazmee insists
that the core strength
of Hindi cinema is its
escapist fare. He points
out that parallel cinema
existed even during
the Amitabh Bachchan
era but it wasn’t able to
overturn the Manmohan
Desai or Prakash Mehra
fare. “Small films doing
well is just a phase. It’s
your star vehicles that
bring big money,” insists
Bazmee and makes his
blockbuster declaration.
“Maybe, the stars should
start investing in better
content as that will entail
a win-win situation for
everyone.”
„
S
Judwaa 2
Secret Superstar
PREVIEW 2018
TRAILERS
Devesh Sharma lists the hot and
happening films that promise to set
the screen on fire in 2018
2018
admavati, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali,
was to be the biggest release of 2017 but due to
circumstances beyond control, it didn’t see the
light of day. The period film, which is a fictionalised
account of the myth surrounding queen Padmini
and stars Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer
Singh, will now probably have a January 2018 release.
Fingers crossed. 2018 is going to be choc-a-block with
biopics. Leading the pack is PadMan, which is about the
life of Arunnachalam Murganatham, who patented a low
cost sanitary napkin machine. Gold, brings to life the
exploits of the first hockey team of independent India.
P
Soorma, is about hockey star Sandeep Singh’s debilitating
accident and miraculous recovery. Parmanu is about
India's first nuclear test, while Sanju is a based on Sanjay
Dutt’s life. There is plenty for action lovers as well. There
is Raid, based on a high profile IT raid, while Aiyaary
introduces us to the exploits of black ops army guys, and
baap of them all, Thugs Of Hindostan, a fantasy thriller
set in medieval times. Drama fans should look forward
to Kaalakaandi, Dwarf, Hichki and Pari. Last, but not the
least, films like Fanney Khan, Veere Di Wedding and Batti
Gul Meter Chalu are sure to put a smile on your face…
Turn the pages to savour more…
JAN
12
MUKKABAAZ
DIRECTOR: Anurag
Kashyap
CAST: Vineet Kumar
Singh, Zoya Hussain,
Ravi Kishan and Jimmy
Shergill
PRODUCER: Aanand
L Rai, Madhu Mantena,
Vikramaditya Motwane,
Vikas Bahl, Anurag
Kashyap
SYNOPSIS: Vineet Kumar
Singh plays a boxer
belonging to lower caste,
who falls in love with an
upper caste girl. The twist
is that her uncle happens
to be a local don. The film
was appreciated at the
Toronto and Mumbai film
festivals.
DIRECTOR: Neeraj Pandey
CAST: Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra, Anupam
Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh, Adil
Hussain and Vikram Gokhale
PRODUCER: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada,
Aksshay Jayantilal Gada and Motion Picture Capital
SYNOPSIS: Neeraj Pandey’s taut thriller focusses on the
face-off between two military officers played by Manoj
Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra and how it threatens
the security of the nation. The film includes seasoned
players like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and
Vikram Gokhale as well.
JAN
26
JAN
12
KAALAKAANDI
AIYAARY
SYNOPSIS: Saif Ali
Khan plays a man,
who learns that he’s
going to die in a few
months. So he gives
his life a 360 degree
makeover. From a
serene, staid guy he
turns into someone,
who flirts with danger.
DIRECTOR: Akshat Verma
CAST: Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Raaz
PRODUCER: Rohit Khattar, Ashi Dua
PREVIEW 2018
JAN
26
DIRECTOR: R Balki
CAST: Akshay Kumar,
Sonam Kapoor,
Radhika Apte
PRODUCER: Twinkle
Khanna, SPE Films India,
KriArj Entertainment,
Cape Of Good Films,
Hope Productions.
SYNOPSIS: The film
is based on Twinkle
Khanna’s book, The
Legend Of Lakshmi
Prasad. It’s inspired from
the life of Arunachalam
Muruganantham, a
Tamil Nadu based social
activist. He revolutionised
the concept of menstrual
hygiene in rural India
by creating a low-cost
sanitary napkin machine.
The trailer of the film has
created a stir and the film
looks like another feather
in Akshay’s cap.
PADMAN
FEB
9
FEB
SONU KE TITU KI SWEETY 9
PARI
DIRECTOR: Prosit Roy
CAST: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata
Chatterjee
PRODUCER: Clean Slate Films and KriArj
Entertainment.
SYNOPSIS: This is Anushka’s third film
as a producer and is said to be her boldest project as yet. It’s rumoured to be a
supernatural love story. The first look of
the film will haunt you for sure.
DIRECTOR: Luv Ranjan
CAST: Kartik Aaryan, Nusrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh
PRODUCER: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv
Ranjan and Ankur Garg
SYNOPSIS: Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is a quirky new age
love triangle set in in Delhi. Luv Ranjan has given us the
crazy Pyar Ka Punchnama before, so it would be fair to
expect another laugh riot.
JAN
23
HICHKI
DIRECTOR: Siddharth P Malhotra
CAST: Rani Mukerji
PRODUCER: Maneesh Sharma
SYNOPSIS: It’s touted as Rani
Mukerji’s comeback vehicle is said
to be a strong women-oriented
film. The story revolves around a
woman, who turns her greatest
weakness into her greatest
strength.
FEB
23
PARMANU
MAR
DRIVE
2
DIRECTOR: Tarun Mansukhani
CAST: Sushant Singh Rajput,
Jacqueline Fernandez
PRODUCER: Karan Johar
SYNOPSIS: The film is said to be an official remake
of the Hollywood hit, Drive (2011) and can start
another franchise for Dharma. Sushant is said to be
playing a getaway driver, who falls for a neighbour,
only to discover she has some bad blood with the
local mafia.
DIRECTOR: Abhishek Sharma
CAST: John Abraham, Diana Penty
PRODUCER: Zee Studios, KriArj Entertainment, Kyta
Productions
SYNOPSIS: The film is based on the first underground
nuclear tests carried out by the Indian government in
Pokhran, Rajasthan. With these tests, India became
the world's sixth nuclear power after the United
States, Soviet Union, Britain, France and China to
successfully test out a nuclear bomb. Both John and
Diana reportedly play army officers in charge of the
hush-hush mi s .
.
DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Gupta
CAST: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz
C
Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar,
gat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak
PSIS: Ajay Devgn plays a tough,
nse income tax-officer from Uttar
film is set in the ’80s and is said
to be inspired by true events.
HATE
STORY 4
MAR
2
DIRECTOR:
Vishal Pandya
CAST: Urvashi Rautela,
Karan Wahi, Vivan
Bhatena, Ihana Dhillon
PRODUCER: Bhushan
Kumar and Krishan
Kumar
SYNOPSIS: According to
rumours, this installment
of the Hate Story series
isn’t a love triangle but
a revenge drama based
on true incidents. Given
the skin show in the
past three films, be
prepared for some more
raunchiness.
RAID
MAR
16
PREVIEW 2018
MAR
30
SANJU
DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Hirani
CAST: Ranbir Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala
PRODUCER: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
SYNOPSIS: This is perhaps director Rajkumar Hirani’s
most ambitious project as yet. It brings to life the
chequered life of one of our most charismatic filmstars,
Sanjay Dutt. Dutt has given his blessings to the project
and like everyone else is looking forward to his onscreen
portrayal by Ranbir Kapoor, who has undergone a spectacular physical transformation to bring his idol to life.
MAR
BLACKMAIL
30
DIRECTOR: Abhinay
Deo
CAST: Irrfan Khan, Kriti
Kulhari
PRODUCER: Bhushan
Kumar, Krishan Kumar
and Abhinay Deo
SYNOPSIS: It’s said to
be a black comedy on
the lines of Delhi Belly.
Irrfan plays a regular
Joe, who suspect his
fe of having an affair.
He has a series
of misadventures
following that lead.
APR
OCTOBER
DIRECTOR: Shoojit Sircar
CAST: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu
PRODUCER: Shoojit Sircar
SYNOPSIS: Shoojit Sircar has given us some hatke
subjects like Piku and Pink of late so be prepared for
something different this time too. Varun and Banita look
like a made-for-each other screen couple.
2.0
DIRECTOR: Shankar
CAST: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson
PRODUCER: Subaskaran Allirajah
SYNOPSIS: One of the costliest films ever made in India,
the film will showcase a battle between Rajini reprising
his role as a robot and Akshay Kumar, reportedly playing a
mad scientist specialising in gene mutation. Amy Jackson
too has an important role in the film. The added bonus for
fans would be the 3D technology incorporated in the film,
lending it a never-seen-before experience altogether.
13
APR
27
MANIKARNIKA:
THE QUEEN OF JHANSI
APR
27
DIRECTOR: Krish
CAST: Kangana Ranaut,
Ankita Lokhande, Suresh
Oberoi
PRODUCER: Zee Studios,
Kamal Jain, Nishant Pitti
SYNOPSIS: Rani
Laxmibai is the epitome
of courage and valour. Her
heroism is being brought
to life in this biopic written
by KV Vijayendra Prasad,
the writer of Baahubali
saga. Since Kangana is
projecting the titular role,
we can be sure of another
braveheart performance
by the fiery actor.
APR
27
BAAGHI 2
DIRECTOR: Ahmed Khan
CAST: Tiger Shroff, Disha
Patani, Prateik
PRODUCER: Sajid
Nadiadwala
SYNOPSIS: As the name
suggests, Tiger would
be playing another
rebellious character in
the film. He has cut his
locks and looks more
pumped up as ever. The
few photos that have
come out have already
melted the internet. It’s
rumoured that ace action
choreographer Ching
Siu-tung aka Tony Ching
would be handling the
action of the film. Tiger’s
alleged girlfriend Disha
is paired opposite him.
But the biggest surprise is
Prateik, who is said to be
playing the film’s villain.
RAAZI
MAY
11
DIRECTOR: Meghna
Gulzar
CAST: Alia Bhatt,Vicky
Kaushal
PRODUCER: Karan Johar,
Vineet Jain
SYNOPSIS: It is a
period thriller based on
Harinder Sikka’s novel
Calling Sehmat, about a
Kashmiri girl married
to a Pakistani army
officer. She agrees to
spy for India during the
Indo-Pak war of 1971.
Given that both Alia and
Vicky are naturals in
front of the camera, we
are super excited about
this one.
PREVIEW 2018
VEERE DI WEDDING
MAY
18
BHAVESH
JOSHI
DIRECTOR: Shashanka
Ghosh
CAST: Kareena Kapoor,
Sonam Kapoor, Swara
Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania
PRODUCER: Rhea
Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi,
Ektaa Kapoor
SYNOPSIS: It’s a chick
flick to beat all chick
flicks and reportedly
DIRECTOR: Remo D’Souza
CAST: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem
and Daisy Shah
PRODUCER: Ramesh Taurani, Salman Khan
SYNOPSIS: Taking a break from the director duo of Abbas-Mustan, Tips has taken the
franchise forward with a new director and a fresh star cast. The action is supposed
to be choreographed by Hollywood technicians. It’s Salman Khan’s pet project at the
moment, so he will make sure to provide bang for the buck.
MAY
25
DIRECTOR: Vikramaditya
Motwane
CAST: Harshvardhan
Kapoor, Nishikant Kamat
PRODUCER:
Vikramaditya Motwane,
Anurag Kashyap, Vikas
Bahl, Madhu Mantena
SYNOPSIS: It was
initially touted as a
superhero film with a
Gujarati flavour but now
it’s heard Harshvardhan
plays a vigilante in the
film. The film is a litmus
test for the young actor
whose debut Mi
did ’t
Mirzya didn’t
perform well at the box
office. With Vikkramaditya
Motwane at the helm,
expect somethhing
different from the storyline
and treatment.
JUN
RACE 3
FANNEY
JUN
15
15
DIRECTOR:
Atul Manjrekar
CAST: Anil Kapoor,
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,
Rajkummar Rao
PRODUCER: Bhushan
Kumar, Krishan Kumar,
Virendra Arora, Arjun N
Kapoor and Prernaa Arora
SYNOPSIS: It’s an
official remake of the
Oscar nominated film,
Everybody’s Famous. Anil
Kapoor reportedly
plays a doting father,
who would do anything
for his daughter’s
happiness. Aishwarya
is said to be playing a
rockstar. Anil’s new look
from the film is all the
rage already. He loves
playing offbeat characters
so expect him to go
all the way in this quirky
comedy.
revolves around the
lives of Kareena and her
three besties. How their
lives intersect as they
dwell on the past and
reflect on the future forms
the crux of the film. It’s
rumoured that Taimur
Ali Khan might play a
cameo in the film. Fingers
crossed...
SOORMA
JUN
29
DIRECTOR: Shaad Ali
CAST: Diljit Dosanjh,
Taapsee Pannu, Angad
Bedi
PRODUCER: Sony
Pictures Network India,
The CS Films and
Chitrangada Singh
SYNOPSIS: Sandeep
Singh, a former
captain of the Indian
national hockey team,
was paralysed and
wheelchair bound
for two years after an
accidental gunshot
injured him in 2006.
The film revolves
around Singh’s
miraculous recovery
and comeback into
the Indian team. Diljit
brings to life Sandeep’s
character while Taapsee
too reportedly plays
a hockey player in the
film.
GENIUS
DIRECTOR:
Anil Sharma
CAST: Utkarsh Shrama,
Ishita Chauhan
PRODUCER: Anil Sharma
SYNOPSIS: Its the battle of
mind vs heart. Utkarsh plays a
young genius, who has
to overcome his own
demons in order to set
things right and win
over the girl he loves.
DIRECTOR: Dibakar
Banerjee
CAST: Arjun Kapoor,
Parineeti Chopra
PRODUCER: Aditya
Chopra
SYNOPSIS: The
Ishaqzaade pair
reunites in this romcom.
They reportedly play a
mismatched couple, who
learn to overlook their
differences in order to
survive. Arjun is said to be
playing a cop in the film.
AUG
3
SANDEEP AUR
PINKY FARAAR
TBA
AUG
SAAHO 15
DHADAK
JUL
6
DIRECTOR: Shashank Khaitan
CAST: Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor
PRODUCER: Dharma Productions and Zee Studios
SYNOPSIS: It’s the official Hindi remake of Nagraj
Manjule’s runaway Marathi hit Sairat. The film is set in
Rajasthan and will mark the debut of Sridevi’s daughter
Janhvi. Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khatter, who has
won accolades for himself in the festival circuit thanks
to the Majid Majidi film Beyond The Clouds plays the
low-caste boy who falls in love with a high caste girl. Their
innocent love is made to battle class divide and whether
it triumphs or not forms the crux of the film.
DIRECTOR: Sujeeth
CAST: Prabhas, Shraddha
Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh
PRODUCER:
V. Vamsi Krishna Reddy
SYNOPSIS:
It’s said to be a futuristic
thriller where Prabhas
reportedly plays a gun
for hire. The teaser of the
film has blown us apart
and we simply can’t wait
for the release of this
trilingual, being made
simultaneously in Telugu,
Tamil and Hindi.
GOLD
AUG
DIRECTOR: Reema Kagti
CAST: Akshay Kumar, Kunal Kapoor,
Amit Sadh, Sunny Kaushal
PRODUCER: Ritesh Sidhwani
ni, Fa
ni
Farhan
han
Akhtar
SYNOPSIS: This highly char
drama is aptly releasing on
Day as it brings to life the ex
first hockey team that broug
the Olympics in 1948.With
of actors, who have the abili
like hockey players, director
has a winner on hand.
10
DIRECTOR: Shree Narayan Singh CAST: Shahid Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor
PRODUCER: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Virendra Arora, Arjun N Kapoor and
Prernaa Arora
SYNOPSIS: The film revolves around high electricity bills. Shahid reportedly plays a social
activist who raises his voice against it. Shree Narayan Singh had earlier made Toilet: Ek
Prem Katha, so our hopes are high for what promises to be another socially relevant film.
BATTI GUL
METER
CHALU
AUG
31
PREVIEW 2018
SUI DHAAGA:
MADE IN INDIA
DIRECTOR: Sharat
Katariya
CAST: Anushka Sharma,
Varun Dhawan
PRODUCER: Aditya
Chopra, Maneesh Sharma
SYNOPSIS: It has an
unusual pairing and an
unusual subject. The
Anushka-Varun starrer
is inspired by the
Made In India concept,
as also the Gandhian
teachings revolving
around khadi. It urges the
viewers to be proud of
India and its indigenous
industries.
OCT
2
UNTITLED
OCT
19
UNTITLED
DIRECTOR: Honey Trehan
CAST: Irrfan Khan,
Deepika Padukone
PRODUCER: T Series,
KriArj Films, Vishal
Bhardwaj
SYNOPSIS: Apparently,
the film will be titled
Sapna Didi and would
be based on the life of
a notorious gangster of
the same name. However,
other sources say that the
OCT
2
film is completely fictional
and is not based on
Hussain Zaidi’s book, The
Mafia Queens Of Mumbai.
Our curiosity piqued by
Piku, we are definitely
looking forward to the
chemistry between Irrfan
and Deepika in this one.
DIRECTOR: Akiv Ali
CAST: Ajay Devgn,Tabu
PRODUCER:
Bhushan Kumar,
Krishan Kumar, Luv
Ranjan and Ankur Garg.
SYNOPSIS: Editor Akiv
Ali makes his directorial
debut in the romcom,
which is said to offer
a lighthearted take on
relationships. It will be
nice to see Tabu and
Ajay Devgn playing
lovers on screen after all
these years.
DIRECTOR: Chuck
Russell
CAST: Vidyut Jammwal,
Akshay Oberoi
PRODUCER:
Junglee Pictures
SYNOPSIS: Hollywood
director Chuck Russell
comes to India to direct
this one.Vidyut plays a
man, whose conscience
urges him to fight for
forest conservation in
a big way. The film is
rumoured to have some
great outdoor fight
sequences a la Tarzan.
OCT
19
NOV
THUGS OF HINDOSTAN 7
DIRECTOR: Vijay Krishna Acharya
CAST: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh
PRODUCER: Aditya Chopra
SYNOPSIS: It’s a period drama/fantasy and boasts of some of the biggest names
in Indian cinema. That itself should be reason enough to look forward to it. It’s said
to be the costliest film shot by Yash Raj and will showcase a never-seen-before
grandeur. For instance, two large replica ships were especially commissioned in
Malta for a sea-fight sequence!
NOV
23
SUPER 30
DIRECTOR: Aanand L Rai
CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif
PRODUCER: Gauri Khan, Aanand L Rai
SYNOPSIS: It’s the most hush-hush project of the year. Shah Rukh Khan apparently
plays a dwarf in the film. Reportedly, ample use of motion capture technology has been
employed to make the film a technological marvel. Apparently, stars like Salman Khan,
Sridevi, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt too have cameos in the film. Can’t wait to
see this one for sure...
DIRECTOR: Vikas Bahl
CAST: Hrithik Roshan, Aditi
Rao Hydari, Mohammed
Zeeshan Ayub
PRODUCER:
Phantom Films, Reliance
Entertainment
SYNOPSIS: The film is based
on the life of mathematician
Anand Kumar, who runs a
successful program called
Super 30 aimed at cracking
the IIT entrance test. Hrithik
was reportedly coached by
Anand himself for the film.
KEDARNATH
DIRECTOR: Abhishek Kapoor
CAST: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan
PRODUCER: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan
Kumar,Virendra Arora,Arjun N
Kapoor and Prernaa Arora
SYNOPSIS:
It’s supposedly a love
story centred around
the natural disaster
that occurred in
Uttarakhand,
a few years
ago. Sushant
is rumoured to
play a coolie who
saves Sara.
DEC
DWARF
( TENTATIVE TITLE)
21
SIMMBA
DIRECTOR: Rohit Shetty
CAST: Ranveer Singh
PRODUCER:
Karan Johar
SYNOPSIS: It’s been
adapted from the hit
21
DEC
DEC
28
South film Temper.
Ranveer Singh plays
a corrupt cop, who
eventually sees light and
sets about righting his
wrongs.
*Release dates are subject to change. Information is gathered through Internet sources
OBITUARY
FAREWELL
NEERAJ VORA...
JANUARY 22, 1963 – DECEMBER 14, 2017
Devesh Sharma profiles the writer-actor-director who passed away recently
eople may remember
the late Neeraj Vora as
a roly-poly actor, who
made them laugh with
his somewhat OTT
mannerisms but there was more
to him than mere slapstick. He
was born in a family of musicians.
His grandfather, Acharya Nanalal
Vora, was a Sanskrit scholar and
renowned musicologist while his
father, Pandit Vinayak Rai Vora was
the foremost exponent of classical
instrument called tar-shehnai in
the country. Vinayak Rai had the
distinction of performing with
Pandit Ravi Shankar and Yehudi
Menuhin. He used to teach music
at their Mumbai home and thus
Neeraj grew steeped in the classical
tradition. It’s believed young Neeraj
used to teach his fellow students the
latest film tunes on the harmonium
during his father’s absence, much to
their delight. This inherent desire of
making others happy perhaps made
him gravitate towards writing and
directing comedy later in life.
He would have turned out to be
a musician himself if fate hadn’t
intervened. His mother, Premila,
loved cinema, though films and film
songs were frowned upon in the
household. She used to sneak young
Neeraj to film shows and that’s
when the cinema bug first bit him.
Theatre and classical music share
a long friendship and exponents
of Gujarati theatre often visited the
P
hugely influenced by it for which
Neeraj wrote the screenplay.
Neeraj’s tryst with films began
when he was in college. He used
to perform at college fests and won
awards on a regular basis. His first
film as an actor was Ketan Mehta’s
Holi (1984). That’s where he first
Idiot (1991) and serials like Bharat
Ek Khoj (1988) Circus (1989), Naya
Nukkad (1993) and more. His films
as an actor include Virasat (1997),
Daud (1997), Hello Brother (1999),
Dhadkan (2000), Company (2002),
Khatta Meetha (2010), Bol Bachchan
(2012) and Welcome Back (2015).
is big break as a writer
in films came with Pehla
Nasha, friend Ashutosh
Gowariker’s directorial
debut starring Deepak
Tijori for which he wrote the
screenplay. He collaborated on
both, the story and the screenplay,
for Ashutosh’s next venture Baazi
(1995) as well, which became
famous for Aamir Khan’s drag act.
Neeraj gained mass acceptance
when Ram Gopal Varma asked him
to write the dialogue for Rangeela
(1995). His tapori-styled lines,
mostly for Aamir, became famous.
His other notable films as a writer
include Baadshah (1999), Hera
Pheri (2000), Josh (2000), Awara
Paagal Deewana (2002), Phir Hera
Pheri (2006), Chup Chup Ke (2006),
Golmaal (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa
(2007) among others.
He took to direction with Khiladi
420 (2000) but was only partially
successful as a director, his biggest
film being Phir Hera Pheri. His
other films as a director include
Shortkut: The Con Is On (2009) and
Familywala (2014). He was supposed
to direct Hera Pheri 3 but first
John Abraham and then Abhishek
Bachchan walked out of the project.
Subsequently, it was stuck in limbo.
He suffered a stroke in October
2016 and remained in coma ever
since. Doctors had given up on him
long ago but it was the persistent
efforts of friend Firoz Nadiadwala,
who converted a room in his house
for Neeraj into a mini hospice and
kept attendants 24/7 for his care.
However, despite all the care, Neeraj
breathed his last on December 14,
2017. He was shifted to a hospital
following his deteriorating condition
and passed away there. Firoz later
ensured that Neeraj was cremated
with complete Hindu rites.
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Daud
Golmaal
Phir Hera Pheri
Shortkut: The Con Is On
Bol Bachchan
Vora household. It’s believed he
became interested in theatre from
the age of six itself. Later, when he
was in his teens, his father realised
Neeraj’s heart was more in theatre
than in music and he gave his son
permission to follow his heart.
He started acting and writing in
Gujarati plays and slowly made a
name for himself. His play Aflatoon,
performed first in 1992, adapted
from the Marathi play Ghar Ghar
became a huge hit. Rohit Shetty’s
Golmaal (2006) was said to be
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal
met Ashutosh Gowariker and Aamir
Khan, both of whom were just at the
cusp of their careers. Vora played
Raghunath, a college student, who
along with his friends, protests
against college authorities for not
granting them a holiday on the
occasion of Holi. However, his acting
career didn’t take off as planned and
he had to wait for four years to get
another role in films. It came with
Saeed Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat
Ro (1989). He took to television
after that and acted in the TV film
INTERVIEW
A SUITABLE
ROY
Tota Roy Choudhury, the hot star of Bengali
cinema, is making inroads in B-town.
Raghuvendra Singh is impressed by his
dreams, his determination
adhur
Bhandarkar’s
Indu Sarkar,
based against
the backdrop
of the Emergency in 1975,
will be remembered for
the controversy it created
prior its release. Post its
release, however, one
actor, apart from Kirti
Kulhari, who ‘walked’
away with the rah rahs
was Tota Roy Choudhury.
It was the swagger in his
walk that led Bhandarkar
to sign him within
minutes of meeting him.
“Madhur mentioned
that it was my walk,
as I strolled in to meet
him in a hotel lobby in
Kolkata, which caught
his attention. He wanted
someone with Bengali
sensibilities and a North
Indian body language,”
says Tota, who played
Navin Sarkar in the film.
The hullabaloo around
the film, however, failed
to translate into footfalls
in theatres. “People
assumed Indu Sarkar was
a hardcore political film,
whereas it was the story
M
of a couple and what
happens to their family
during Emergency. When
perception and reality
don’t match, a film fails to
work,” he says expressing
his disappointment. But
he’s glad that his character
left an impact. “I want
people to remember
my characters. I’m an
actor, not a star. If I play
a negative character,
people should hate me so
much that they should be
willing to break my bones!
When audiences relate
you with your character,
it’s the biggest reward, the
biggest compliment for an
With Amitabh Bachchan in TE3N
actor,” he maintains.
Tota has been a muchloved face in Bengali
cinema right from his
debut in the late Rituparno
Ghosh’s Shubho Mahurat
in 2003. Though he was
cast along talented artistes
like Raakhee, Sharmila
Tagore and Nandita Das
in the film, Tota made
his mark. Rituparno then
cast him again opposite
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
in his adaptation of
Rabindranath Tagore’s
Chokher Bali. The
performance won him
much appreciation and
many awards.
HINDI FILMS
OFFER A GLOBAL
PLATFORM. WHO
WOULDN’T WANT
TO GRAB MORE
EYEBALLS? I WANT
MY WORK TO BE
SEEN BY A LOT
OF PEOPLE. AND
HINDI FILMS TURN
THAT DREAM INTO
A REALITY. FOR AN
ARTISTE IT CAN’T BE
A GREATER HIGH
PHOTOGRAPHS: SOMNATH ROY
INTERVIEW
ore recently,
what won
him acclaim
was his
performance
as policeman Indra Sen,
a character based on Lord
Indra, in Sujoy Ghosh’s
short thriller Ahalya
(2015) alongside veteran
Soumitra Chatterjee and
Radhika Apte. His creative
association with Ghosh
then led him to feature
in Kahaani 2: Durga Rani
Singh opposite Vidya
Balan. “I had done a
cameo in TE3N along with
Mr Amitabh Bachchan.
Sujoy believed that if
I was confident enough
to share the screen with
Bachchan saab, then
I could hold my own
against Vidya Balan
as well,” he says of
his stint in Kahaani 2.
Incidentally, Tota is a big
fan of Amitabh Bachchan
and Mithun Chakraborty.
“They are legends. Even
today when I’m feeling
low, I put on an old
movie of Bachchan saab
or Mithunda to cheer me
up,” he shares adding,
“Bachchan saab was the
reason I agreed to do that
one scene in TE3N.
I touched his feet.
I couldn’t help staring
at him in awe. He’s the
Himalaya of Indian
cinema.” He’s met Mithun
often at events in Kolkata.
“I played a charity football
match with Mithunda as
well,” he smiles.
Though he’s done
substantial work in
Bengali cinema –
including Benche Thakar
Gaan, Choukaath - the
Threshold, Ek Phali Rodh,
Biye Notout, Villain,
Sunglass and Aborto,
he wants to do more in
Hindi cinema. “I love
M
I WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER MY CHARACTERS. I’M AN ACTOR,
NOT A STAR. IF I PLAY A NEGATIVE CHARACTER, PEOPLE SHOULD
HATE ME SO MUCH THAT THEY SHOULD BE WILLING TO BREAK MY
BONES! WHEN AUDIENCES RELATE TO YOUR CHARACTER, IT’S THE
BIGGEST REWARD, THE BIGGEST COMPLIMENT FOR AN ACTOR
doing Bengali cinema
and will continue doing
so. But Hindi films offer
a global platform. Who
wouldn’t want to grab
more eyeballs?” he asks.
“I want my work to be
seen by a lot of people.
And Hindi films turn
that dream into a reality.
For an artiste it can’t be a
greater high,” he says. He
insists that Hindi cinema
is now his priority. “I tell
people in Mumbai, now
that I’m here, you’re free
to cast me,” smiles the
actor. He has no hesitation
approaching filmmakers
in B-town. “It’s not
that I’m selling a bad
product!” he laughs. “I’m
a good actor. I’m an allrounder. I can change my
look, my body language...
for a role. I’ve a fit body.
I can dance well. I’m
great in action. So why
should I hesitate to sell
myself?” asks the 40-
plus performer. “Fitness
is a non-negotiable part
of my being. I exercise
unfailingly. I eat in
moderation. I need to be
flexible. I need to breathe
better, move better,” says
the actor who doesn’t fear
challenges or competition.
“Where there’s difficulty,
there’s fun,” he maintains
adding, “You feel
you’ve done something
worthwhile only by
working with good actors.
With Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan in Chokher Bali
WONDER
WOMEN
Indu Sarkar
AISHWARYA RAI
BACHCHAN
When I bagged Chokher Bali
(2003) opposite Aishwarya
Rai, many actors were left
heartbroken. I played one
of Rabindranath Tagore’s
finest characters, Beharilal
Chowdhary. What struck
me about Aishwarya was
her dedication towards her
character, Binodini. It was a
complex role. She managed to
play it so well without knowing
five words of Bengali. She
was dedicated, punctual and
focussed. Bengali films, given
the budget, cannot provide
the starry comforts of a Hindi
project. But despite being the
No. 1 star, she didn’t complain
even once.
You too become better. So,
it’s a win-win situation.”
Surprisingly, Tota, once
wanted to become an
army officer. “I wanted
to play football, which
my father disapproved
of. I thought if I joined
the army, I’d be able
to play football for the
services team,” he smiles.
But director Prabhat
Roy, who was launching
new faces, spotted Tota,
given his edgy look,
and offered him a film.
That set the ball rolling
in Bengali cinema. He
even went on to do an
extended cameo in the
AR Murugadoss directed
Kaththi, which introduced
VIDYA BALAN
I got the opportunity to work
with her in Kahaani 2. Apart
from being a fine actor, she’s a
wonderful human being. While
shooting, not once did she
make me feel like, ‘Hey, I’m
Vidya Balan!’ She was always
co-operative.
KIRTI KULHARI
I like to rehearse several times
because every time
I practise, I discover something
new. Kirti was game to
rehearse with me. People
appreciated our chemistry in
Indu Sarkar. There were no
starry tantrums at all.
With Vidya Balan in Kahaani 2
Ahalya
him to the Tamil industry.
“I believe everyone is
born for a purpose. Some
find it early, some later.
Unlucky is the person,
who doesn’t realise his
purpose because he’s
going to remain unhappy
forever. He could be rich
and successful but if he
doesn’t realise his purpose
he will never be happy.
There will be emptiness
in his life. I can’t imagine
doing anything else than
acting,” he declares.
He confides there
was a period in his life
when work just stopped
coming his way. “It
happened all of a sudden
after my biggest hit -
Angshumaner Chhobi
(2009), which
did well and went for
the National Awards.
I wondered what the hell
was happening. I felt
angry. But my spiritual
side made me take it as a
phase, as a test,” he says.
He took the lull as an
opportunity to go off on a
solitary holiday. “I went
off to the hills where
I could walk, contemplate,
meditate... I watched a lot
of films, read books and
spent time with myself.
Gradually, things turned
for better. I’m a great
believer in Lord Shiva,” he
asserts as he looks forward
to a glorious run.
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b up.
Movies like Hindi Medium,
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan,
Newton, Toilet - Ek Prem
Katha, Trapped, Qarib
Qarib Singlle witnessed
much appreciation. This
encouragement towards
content-driven cinema will
motivate filmmakers to test
new waters and take Indian
cinema forward. Acting
hoods like Rajkummar Rao,
Nawazuddin Siddiqui and
Irrfan Khan have ample
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This year you listed out
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an epicentre of global fashion. The
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with which our film inndustry is
growing to become a super-power in
the sartorial domain is phenomenal.
The best thing about our staars is that
they know how to carry theemselves.
They're not driven by trends, they
drive it. Perhaps that’s thhe reason
why Priyanka Choprra’s trails,
Kareena Kapor Khan’s pregnancy
p
style, Ranveer Singh’s skirts
s
and
Shahid Kapoor’s bbeard are
closely followed on the digital
platform by fashion hawks across
the world. We’ree ready to
eclipse Paris annd Milan!
Anjali, Ghaziabad
1000
Sonam Kapoor
DADDY COOL
If motherhood completes a woman, so does fatherhood a
man. One can tick all the checkboxes of being a complete
man only after turning a father. And Shahid Kapoor
has ticked his final checkbox with incredible grace. His
personal and professional life has steadily been on the
ascent, especially since Jab We Met. With measured
performances in films like Kaminey, Haider, Udta Punjab,
he’s cemented his place alongside the best in Hindi
cinema. But his best role is perhaps playing dad to lil’
Misha. Fatherhood seems to have added a new dimension
to his sensitivity as an artiste as well.
B Ajit, New Delhi
Shahid Kapoor with Misha
NINE-YARD
MAGIC
Referring to A Saree
Affair (December 23,
2017), a woman can
wear a saree in the most
innovative style to look
both sexy yet shy, sensual
yet conventional. It’s the
most versatile of sartorial
choices. A woman in a
saree looks elegant and
beautiful. But nowadays
fewer women wear sarees
as compared to earlier
times. Even Bollywood
films don’t feature as many
female actors donning the
nine yards. Saree is an
internationally recognised
attire. I guess, Indian
designers, working both in
films and on the fashion
circuit, should do more to
promote it.
Mahesh Kumar
Kumar, New
Delhi
Just
one
BR FILMS REVIVAL
Point
BR Films was one of the leading production houses
between the ’50s and ’80s, shelling out cinematic
milestones like Naya Daur, Kanoon, Waqt, Humraaz,
Nikaah and many more. They made a comeback
under Ravi Chopra’s direction with Baghban
and Baabul. But Ravi’s demise in
2014 raised questions over their fate.
2017 though promised a resurgence
with the Chopra grandsons, Abhay
and Kapil, taking over. Films like
Bareilly Ki Barfi and Ittefaq have
kick-started a revival.
Abhijeet Sharma, Haryana
Tiger Zinda Hain
Ittefaq
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
NICHE CINEMA’S MURKY FUTURE
No matter how many
decades and centuries pass
by, the late Dev Anand will
always be remembered
as the icon of eternal
youth. I’m a big fan of the
legendary actor and can
brag about my knowledge
of the icon and his career.
But such wonderful articles
with Dev ssaab’s associates
like Mohaan Churiwala
always addd information
to the treaasure trove. The
unexplored and unheard
of facts
f
about
his generosity,
romance,
friendships, rivalries
and popuularity made it an
invigoratinng read.
Rajneesh Batra, New Delhi
Hindi and South Indian films release globally. Films made
in Bhojpuri, Marathi and other languages though are not
getting enough theatres. It’s the age-old big-fish-eatingsmall-fish scenario. There was a time when Hyderabadi
comedies (not Telugu films) used to enjoy 50 and 100 day
runs in local theatres. Authorities should make amends to
allow such niche markets to survive.
Syed Nisar Mehdi, Hyderabad
GOODBYE HANDSOME!
Shashi Kapoor was the most charming actor of Hindi
cinema. Apart from being a good actor, he was a wonderful
human being and a passionate filmmaker. His industrious
nature never left him, even when he became a certified
star. He had no problem playing the second lead in many
commercial hits of the ‘70s and the ‘80s. Such was his
chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan that their pairing became
box-office gold. Hindi cinema has lost a gem, someone
who never let pride best his passion for cinema. RIP Shashi
Kapoor, we’ll miss your charm and that million-dollar smile.
Rishi Vij, Nagpur
Malaika Arora and
Deepika Padukone
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Someone should make a
hard-hitting film around
religion and politics.
It would be a perfect
subject for today’s times.
Preeti Sharma,
Dehradun
Shashi Kapoor
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I miss the good old
days of super villains in
Hindi cinema. We just
don’t have performers
like Pran, Jeevan, Prem
Chopra… any more.
CK Singh, Allahbad
It’s an indomitable spirit
that’s helped Deepika
Padukone gain top
position in Hindi films.
Most of her movies have
carried a strong social
message and always
have credible content
to offer.
Sanighdha, Chandigarh
PRIN
NCE OF HEARTS
One of thhe most handsome men to ever grace the Hindi screen
recently ppassed away. Shashi Kapoor was the perfect foil for
Amitabh Bachchan in so many hits. He was arguably the first
Indian star to successfully work in English and Hindi movies,
covering both realms of art and commercial cinema with ease.
He was a brave producer and a hatke director too. What style
and whatt killer looks... Hindi cinema truly lost an icon.
Sarita Bapat, Pune
Salman Khan’s and
Katrina Kaif’s pairing is
one of the most exciting
jodis in Hindi cinema
right now. They should do
more films together.
Ahmed Hussain, New
Delhi
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HUMOURTHIS!
Kapil Sharma’s Firangi fell flat while Fukrey Returns
won the laughs, say readers this fortnight
TWIVIEWS
Fans and readers tweet their
mini reviews to @filmfare
Prashant Chauhan
@_techmax
@FukreyReturns A little
too long, performance
and dialogue overall
good movie to watch.
#FukreyReturns
Raj Rohit @rjrohit6545
#FukreyReturns
Fantastic movie with
story line. As compare
to Fukrey, comedy is
less effective but Fukrey
Returns has its own
value. @varunsharma90
Bhai awesome @
PulkitSamrat @
OyeManjot @ritesh_sid
and #Mrigdeep Good
job done.
Blank @writerno99
Below average film,
second half lost
the plot completely.
#FukreyReturns
Aashish @ashnumber1
Loved you @
NehaDhupia in
#TumhariSulu but loved
Sulu a little more Took a
little long to understand
the end of the movie…
but that was the best
one !! Mr. Sulu rocks
st
1
FIRANGI
BORING HUMOUR!
The King of stage and standup comedy, Kapil Sharma,
looks like he’s struggling
with a short rope in his feature film career.
His debut feature Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon
didn’t find any favours with the reviews
but it did win notice from Kapil’s fans. But
Firangi, the second installment in his big
screen career, is a letdown on all accounts.
At least, Kis Kisko… had a Kapil Sharma
that was familiar and like his onstage
persona from the Comedy Nights show. But
with Firangi he dons a mundane villagers
garb and the ass-kicking gags do him no
favour. Kapil was never known for physical
comedy; his forte has always been punchy
one-liners and wit, which is absent in
’s dusty settings and arid writing.
In an attempt to be different and bring
something new to the table, director Ranjiv
Dhingra and Kapil drop the ball. I’ve never
seen a more boring comedy. And that’s
saying something.
Prize
Siddhi Rane, Mumbai
HUMOURLESS
A man who can kick you in the bottom
and cure your backache. While that
sounds like a promising premise, that’s
the only thing that’s of novelty in Firangi.
Rest of the movie plays out like a bad
spoof of Lagaan meets Mangal Pandey.
What’s worse is that the production values
of this film are extremely poor. For a period
film based during the British Raj, the movie
Firangi
doesn’t feature enough English actors
and the ones cast look like tourists rather
than artistes. The film has nothing to
offer the average film buff, let alone
Kapil Sharma fans. There are no gags nor
set pieces worth remembering. Just one
comedian trying very hard to entertain
his audience. Sadly that’s just not good
enough.
Kamal Dubey, Ranchi
FUKREY RETURNS
FUN UNLIMITED
Fukrey Returns, the sequel to the 2013
sleeper hit Fukrey, carries forward the
original story with a fair amount of fun
and thrills. Most of the fun comes courtesy
Varun Sharma reprising his role as Chucha,
a loony dude with some gifted powers.
Taking a leap ahead from the first outing,
Chucha has the updated powers of having
premonitions about the future. Quite like
Madhuri Dixit in 100 Days (1991). Next, a
treasure hunt is envisaged and executed by
the Fukrey four under the tutelage of Bholi
(Richa Chadha) with unwanted help from
Panditji (Pankaj Tripathi)
Like the original, Fukrey Returns is low
on logic but high on entertainment, which
it delivers in liberal doses. Of the cast,
Varun Sharma, Richa Chadda and Pankaj
Tripathi stand out. Pulkit Samrat was
teakwood in the first part and he still is.
Arriving after a slew of ill-fated films, the
best part of Fukrey Returns is its timing.
Sumeet Nadkarni, Mumbai
TWIVIEWS
Fans and readers tweet their
mini reviews to @filmfare
Fukrey Returns
SHAKY SEQUEL
Like its predecessor, Fukrey Returns offers
a fun time with a simple plotline. It does
suffer from the ‘sequel-curse’ though.
Sequels are meant to be organic evolutions
of the original film and therefore they
lack the surprise factor. The viewers are
already familiar with the characters and
know exactly what to expect out of them.
But Fukrey Returns gives you two powerpacked actors – Rajiv Gupta as the wily
politician Babulal Bhatia and Pankaj
Tripathi as Pandit. They have the best oneliners. Richa Chadha with her dialogue
delivery and mannerisms, proves she can
be a match for Kangana Ranaut when it
comes to sheer talent. The big drawback
of this comedy is that the narrative moves
from one point to the other quite aimlessly,
making the viewer feel weary of the
multitudinous loose ends.
Irfan @irfanhyd
After watching
#TumhariSulu I
realised how difficult
is to be a #RJ no
matter whats ur mood
like u need to be
normal... #Energetic
@mymalishka @
City1016
MI....NI. @
monicanitin
My only advice as
your well-wisher fan, @
KapilSharmaK9 don’t
do acting, do comedy
as that’s your strength.
#NeverGiveUp #Firangi
Ruby Tyagi @RuTyagi
All I know is that
#Firangi can receive
applause and at
least a hall ticket, if
#Dabangg can get
#NationalAward for
the best film!! Fultu
entertaining! Lovely
songs! #KapilSharma
rocks (not at acting
though).
Tumhari Sulu
TUMHARI SULU
CANDY-FLOSS ENTERTAINMENT
Tumhari Sulu featuring Vidya Balan
and Manav Kaul is the kind of story that
drifts like a breeze. And the best way to
enjoy the gale is to spread your arms and
breathe in the freshness. Vidya Balan is
the only leading lady in showbiz whose
choice of roles has boosted her popularity.
Donning the RJs hat once again, she is
superb (remember Lage Raho Munnabhai).
Her efforts alone make the film worth
your while. Manav Kaul’s performance
certainly beckons more attention from
talent hunters. He needs more than just
pocket-sized roles. Neha Dhupia, as the
head of radio channel, is charming as ever.
Vijay Maurya and RJ Mallishka play their
characters convincingly as well. Tumhari
Sulu isn’t extraordinary, it’s candy-floss
entertainment at its best.
Kavita Kwatra, Saharanpur
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Rapid
fire
Many from the film
industry don’t hesitate to
show vulgar content in
movies but attend spiritual
discourses. Is it to get
rid of their sins or is it
something else?
Divyasha, on email
They attend spiritual
discourses to get rid of
their sins, to strengthen
their morals, to gain
positive values and of
course, for something else
as well – your guess is as
good as mine about what
that is.
Charles Darwin talked
about evolution. Has man
evolved into his digital
avatar?
Sunil Melwani, Pune
Before I answer this I’d like
to suggest something. Try
to find out from our friend
in the present government,
Shatru Bhai, can you suggest some remedy
as I am extremely scared of my wife?
Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad,
who holds the Electronics
and Information
Technology portfolio and
is seemingly an expert in
digital matters.
What do you think is a
better option – diplomacy
or aristocracy?
Om Prakash Srivastava, Lucknow
With a pinch of salt,
autocracy with diplomacy.
A handful of Bollywood
actors/actress are trying
to enter Hollywood. Is
Hollywood superior to
Bollywood?
Tushar Sitaram Bagade, Mumbai
Why do you still ask
whether Hollywood is
superior to Bollywood?
Is there any doubt?
Hollywood remains the
ultimate destination for
actors across the world
and Indian actors are no
exception. Who wouldn’t
want a better pay and a
wider reach?
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
If I knew the remedy, I’d have sold it online
to the highest bidder and would have become
the richest man in the world. The only
remedy is not to get married.
Today’s young generation
spend much of their time
on mobiles. There are
malicious influences like
the Blue Whale game,
Priyanka Chopra in Quantico
Deepika Padukone in
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
which are a threat. What
would you advise them?
Usha Joshi, Mumbai
Anything that is harmful
or delivers a bad influence
on people, especially the
young generation should
be banned promptly.
I suggest the government
should take proper steps
to ensure that the minds of
the youth aren’t corrupted.
Considering the
Padmavati controversy,
should extremist elements
be allowed free reign to
determine the outcome of
a film?
Dr Indu Sattur, Mumbai
It’s sad that we have let
religiosity reign over
sensibility. Padmavati is
a burning issue and the
honourable Prime Minister
should address it promptly
and set things rights. At
the same time, filmmaker
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
should also address his
detractors calmly on an
1st Prize
While justifying doing an intimate scene,
actresses try to be politically correct and
say, “If the scene demands it, I don’t have
any problem.” While actors say, “I am a
professional, so I’d do it if my director tells me
to do so.” Why are the answers different for
the same scene?
Divyasha, on email
Both the statements mean the same thing. We
should forget the answers and respect their effort
and work. And not unnecessarily focus our
attention on selective scenes. Let the artistes go
about their jobs with dignity.
2nd Prize
What is the importance of religion in politics?
Puneet Chadha, Haryana
Sidharth Malhotra and
Sonakshi Sinha in Ittefaq
open platform and explain
his point of view. Dialogue
is the only way forward
to resolve any conflict.
The Rajput community,
which has done so much
for the country, shouldn’t
feel marginalised. All
concerned parties should
be satisfied.
Is it not a lovely ittefaq
that your daughter,
Sonakshi Sinha, is the
lead in Ittefaq (2017), the
remake of a movie you
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Abhijeet Sharma, Faridabad
Yes indeed. The good part
is that she got to play the
lead while I did not. Like
they say, if it’s meant to
happen, it will happen.
Baaki sab ittefaq ki baat
hai. Hum nahi toh hamari
darling daughter Sonakshi
hi sahi!
Why don’t you start a
chat show on television
where people can
I wish we had religion in politics. Religion of the
right kind that is. Religion that teaches tolerance
and empathy, which believes in humanity. But
sadly, there is politics in religion these days
instead.
personally ask you
questions and we can
enjoy your witty answers?
Divya, Bhubaneswar
Not a bad idea at all, my
dear Divya. It’s worth
considering. Thanks for
your love and thoughtful
suggestion.
Why are South Indian film
stars more successful in
politics as compared to
their Hindi counterparts?
Avijit Singha Roy, Hooghly
Don’t live in the past.
I hope to remind you of
stalwarts like the great
Sunil Dutt, the charming
Raj Babbar, social activists
Shabana Azmi and Javed
Akhtar and yours truly
Shatrughan Sinha, who
have been successful
politicians at the national
level.
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LAST WORD BY JITESH PILLAAI
AND SO
THEY WED...
A
nushka
Sharma’s and
Virat Kohli’s
wedding
was the most
understated Bollywood
wedding in recent
times. While it was a
destination wedding set
in the splendid vales of
Tuscany, Italy and yes,
Sabyasachi Mukherjee
designed the ensemble for
both the bride and groom,
it was still an all-family
affair. No-celebrities
Virat Kohli and Anushka
Sharma at the wedding
reception in New Delhi
please was their policy
and that was strictly
adhered to. The wedding
ceremony itself, from
the videos that we have
seen, was like a typical
Punjabi wedding, full of
warmth and closeness,
a non-frilly affair. We
loved the fact that both
Anushka and Virat,
who are hugely popular,
decided to preserve these
sacred moments just for
themselves and not create
a media circus. And the
way they were looking
at each other during the
ceremony was better than
the romantic scenes we
see on the big screen.
Reality is always better
that fiction, as they say.
They have been seeing
each other since a long
time, and like with
every modern couple,
their relationship too
had its share of ups and
downs. Anushka was
even accused of being
the reason behind Virat’s
dip in form. But the
gen
ntleman that he is,
Vira
at valiantly came to
his ladylove’s defence,
loyaally batting on her
beh
half on the social media
turff. There were reports of
theiir break-up as well but
both
h parties handled that
pha
ase with dignity. Both
refrrained from airing their
grie
evances over the media
and
d were supportive of
each other during that
ph
hase too.
Today, when
ev
verything is out in the
open, they managed
t keep their wedding
to
p
plans
hidden till
almost the last
minute. That itself
is a testimony of
how close they are as a
couple. Both are busy as
hell in their endeavours.
Virat is the captain of
the cricket team and one
of the main batsmen.
Anushka is in her prime,
both, as an actor and as
a producer. They may
not get the chance to
spend a huge amount of
time together given their
careers. But we know,
given their camaraderie,
their understanding, they
are going to overcome
the separation pangs and
shine brighter in their
respective fields.
Sharmila Tagore’s
and Mansoor Ali Khan
Pataudi’s is the only
parallel that comes
to mind. Both aged
gracefully together and
were one of the most
splendid celebrity couples
ever, lending dignity to
the institution of marriage.
They say celebrity
marriages remain a façade
but MAK and Sharmila
belied that and we’re sure
Virushka will too in years
to come. Here’s wishing
them the very best for now
and forever.
„
jitesh.pillaai@wwm.co.in
Twitter: @jiteshpillaai
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