Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bollywood Box Office Report for First Quarter of 2015: Hits & Misses

Contributed By: Charu A. Mahesh

The first quarter of 2015 is already over. That was fast, isn't it? From exams and financial year closing to World Cup frenzy - all the hullaballoo seems to have settled by now. Which reminds us that Bollywood box office can now expect some wonders as the first quarter turned out to be a disappointing one with no blockbusters, and a majority of debacles.

          Varun Dhawan in Badlapur poster

Out of a total of 30 films that released in the first three months, only four films managed to win audience's heart. Now, that's a pretty bad score! What went wrong? Let's find out.

With lack of Khan films and with just one Akshay 'Khiladi' Kumar film, Baby, the first quarter didn't have much to offer to the masses. Imagine not even a single 100 crore film yet and just small fries like 'NH 10' and 'Badlapur', which managed make some profit, but since these films didn't have a mass appeal, the first quarter can be called just average.

      Baby Poster

"It has not been a great period. The first quarter has not been fruitful, especially when you compare it with the previous year, it has been quite bad. We had a major release like 'Jai Ho' last year. This year, there was no such major film," says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

The four movies that managed to swift through the lull include Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Dum Laga Ke Haisha, Akshay Kumar's Baby, Varun Dhawan starrer Badlapur and Anushka Sharma's NH 10.

            Anushka Sharma in NH10 poster

Blaming it to the quality of content produced rather than events, Komal Nahta, another film trade expert, said, "I would say the first quarter has not been good at all, and that doesn't mean any film that deserves to do well, has flopped. All the films that have flopped, deserved to flop. It has been a below average year."

         Dum Laga Ke Haisha poster

Box Office Report: Talking about business, Neeraj Pandey's Baby collected close to Rs.80 crore, Sharat Katariya's Dum Laga Ke Haisha collected around Rs.27 crore and still seems to be going steady at the box office. Sriram Raghavan's Badlapur managed Rs.50 crore, and Anushka Sharma's debut production NH10 drew crowds and garnered around Rs.27 crore so far.

So what was it that went wrong? Analysing what went wrong this year, Adarsh said: "The examination period, and most importantly, the Cricket World Cup (which began February 14) was going on. I do feel all these factors have affected the business drastically. We also need to pull up our socks in terms of content."

      Dolly ki Doli

The fact that movies like Tevar, which starred Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu starrer Alone, Sonam Kapoor's Dolly Ki Doli, Ayushmann Khurrana's Hawaiizada, Roy starring Ranbir Kapoor and above all Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shamitabh failed to make a mark at the Box Office proves that audiences expect more from a movie than just star power.

Other films that tanked without a trace included, Mumbai Can Dance Sala, Crazy Cukkad Family,  Dirty Politics,  Hey Bro,  Khamoshiyaan, Rahasya and Ab Tak Chappan 2 to name a few.

Even experimenting with genres couldn't pull the audiences to the theatre as the genre was not exploited fully. For instance, Alone and Khamoshiyan failed to scare the audiences, while an inspiring film like Hawaaizada tanked as it lost the plot in between and focused more on love story. Similarily, so called comedies like Crazy Cukkad Family, Hey Bro and Dilli Wali Zaalim Girlfriend failed to make us laugh as they piggy backed on run on the mill jokes and slapstick comedy.

           Roy Poster

Rajasthan-based distributor Sunil Bansal says this year has put distributors in loss and it was small budget films that managed to work.

"Small budget films have done fairly well this year, but their performance has not been exceptionally great. Many distributors have faced a huge loss this year as shows were going empty and we had to pull down many shows. However, these four films (mentioned earlier) have been saviours."

            Gabbar Is Back Poster

Will the second quarter of 2015 manage to bring fizz back in Bollywood? Will cash registers ring again? Answers Nahta, "There aren't too many promising films on the horizon. Good times will begin from June and July. Having said that, there is a film like 'Gabbar Is Back' which could do well. It's not that we are flooded with promising films."

"Do you wanna know, which are the must-watch films in the next quarter of 2015? Watch this space to find out.

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(With inputs from IANS)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Curious Case of Sunny Leone: Jo Dikhta Hai, Woh Bikta Hai! | Upcoming Movies of Sunny

Contributed By: Charu A. Mahesh

At a time when women oriented films (Mary Kom, Queen) in Bollywood are winning laurels and actresses like Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut are taking home National Awards, there’s Sunny Leone, who is busy churning out heroine-oriented films of a different kind.

Even her films sell because of ‘Her’ just like her counterparts’ but not because of superlative acting skills but her unmatchable sex appeal. Perhaps, she is the only actress in Bollywood whose paving her way up in Bollywood piggy backing solely on her sensuality. After all, getting to play lead roles in as many as five upcoming Bollywood films is no joke! Jo dikhta hai, wo bikta hai #readsomewhere and it suits the porn star turned Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone so damn well!

Bollwood has seen many a sex symbols in the past. In the yesteryears; it was the vamp’s (Bindu, Aruna Irani, Helen) domain to woo the audiences with her oomph and sex appeal, while heroines were happy playing the good girls. Soon we saw the heroines jumping the line and doing it all. However, the vamps could never become mainstream and main stream actresses couldn’t resist the temptation of performance oriented roles and kept their sex appeal strictly for script’s demand. No one has thrived entirely on the power of sex and seduction like Sunny Leone. In fact, film makers are writing scripts not for her but for her hawtness! Mallika Sherawat seemed to be treading Sunny path at one point in time, but she got lost somewhere.

Sunny’s rise in Bollywood is not a fluke, though it can definitely be linked to the kick that anything ‘imported’ and ‘p@rn’ written over it gives to the Indian men. Mainstream movie makers might avoid the sex-y Sunny but a different kind of cinema will always run on her name. After all she’s coming straight out of the forbidden and it’s human nature to get lured by the forbidden.

Here are the upcoming movies, where Sunny Leone will be playing the lead:

1.    Ek Paheli Leela

All set to release on April 10, Ek Paheli Leela is a musical thriller that stars Sunny Leone in a titular lead role with five men including Jay Bhanushali of Hate Story 2, Rajneesh Duggal, Jas Arora, Mohit Alhawat and Rahul Dev. Sunny’s item number ‘Desi Look’ from Ek Paheli Leela is already ruling the music charts, we hope the film also impresses the audiences. After all, from taking a bath with 100 liters of milk to mimicking Rajinikanth, the actress has done it all in the film.

Ek Paheli Leela release date: April 10, 2015

2.    Kuch Kuch Locha Hai (KKLH)

This one is a comedy that will see TV actor Ram Kapur, who was last seen in Sajid Khan’s disaster Humshakals romancing Sunny Leone. Indeed a privilege for Ram! Hope he’s able to handle the excitement ;) Kuch Kuch Locha Hai (KKLH) also stars Evelyn Sharma and Navdeep Chabbra. Touted as a sexy comedy, KKLH has Sunny playing a film star.

Kuch Kuch Locha Hai release date: May 8, 2015

3.    Tina and Lolo

Directed by Devang Dholakia, Tina and Lolo stars Sunny Leone and Karishma Tanna of Bigg Boss fame in lead roles. This one is an action film and the two girls have refused to use body doubles for doing stunts. Till any further updates enjoy the first look of Tina and Lolo.

4. One Night Stand

The queen of titillation also has a movie titled ‘One Night Stand’ in her kitty. While the name hints it to be an erotica but the film actually is an intense drama, where Sunny will be seen playing a girl next door for a change. And if you are wondering who is going to have a one night stand with Sunny? It is Tanuj Virvani, son of yesteryear’s actress Rati Agnihotri.

One Night Stand release date June 2015.

5. Mastizaade

This one is going to be extra special for Sunny’s fans as the film has a double dose of Sunny! Yes, you’ll see her playing double role in the sex comedy along with Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das.

Mastizaade release date May 1, 2015

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

OMG! Bipasha Basu was a stunner even at 15: Photos then & now!

Bollywood stars make us wonder if they were born beautiful! While we can't say the same about many of them, a look at a picture that Bipasha Basu recently posted on photo sharing site Instagram proves that at least she was!

Check out Bollywood star's childhood pictures, here.

Here's the picture, which was clicked when Bipasha Basu was merely 15 years old and had just started her modelling career. Have you seen such a gorgeous looking 15 years old? And a hard working one at that! Well, at least I was fighting my battles with exams, pimples, fat, acne et al when Bipasha had already started her professional journey as a model.

Here are some more photos of Bipasha Basu from her teens. "15 year old me, Modelling!Rosogulla cheeks:) Phewww time flies! #flashback," wrote Bipasha on Instagram.

While she calls them Rasgulla cheeks, we call it beauty.

Fast forward her life by 20 years and Bipasha has grown into a super hot beauty. It seems that time just stopped for her - she still looks gorgeous.

Age has only made her finer, sexier and wiser...

Do you agree?