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2018 in Retrospect: Khan magic failed in year full of experimental content in Bollywood



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New Delhi, Dec 29: Content is king, not the Khans — the year 2018 proved this with the success of fresh and high concept films like “Stree”, “Badhaai Ho” and “AndhaDhun”, embraced by the audience over the Khans-led “Race 3”, “Thugs of Hindostan” and “Zero”, which had set high expectations but fell flat at the box office.

“Sanju”, “Padmaavat”, “2.0” (Hindi version), “Baaghi”, “Raazi”, “Gold”, “Raid” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” are some of the other titles that did good business, and high hopes are pinned on the just-released “Simmba”, which is likely to draw the mass audience.

“The landscape is changing,” Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, told IANS of how the star-led industry is transforming.

“Content is evolving at a huge rate. Filmmakers are investing more and more time in developing scripts. This year truly belonged to great concepts and scripts and audiences have showered their love wholeheartedly.

“It is all about a narrating a powerful story in an engaging way. Star power remains important but can only help open a film – finally it’s all about a great script and a brilliant film,” Singh said.

That explains the reception to a “Badhaai Ho” — about a 50-plus pregnant woman’s emotional struggle, to “AndhaDhun” — a quirky thriller, to “Stree” — a horror comedy, or a “Raazi” — about a woman spy.

Overall, it has been a good year for the industry after a couple of disappointing years.

Film and trade business expert Girish Johar pointed out that 2018 has witnessed the maximum entertainers — around 15 — to surpass the Rs. 100 crore benchmark, which has given a fillip to the year-round business by 10 per cent as compared to last year. He estimates a business of around Rs. 3500 crore this year.

“The Khan starrers drew a fantastic response on Day 1, but Day 3 onwards, they fell flat. People are outrightly rejecting mediocre, half-baked movies, and we have to make something extraordinary to draw them into theatres,” Johar told IANS.

There were also movies like “Mukkabaaz”, “October”, “Hichki” and “Pad Man” that were appreciated.

According to Shibashish Sarkar, Chief Operating Officer, Reliance Entertainment, it is important to cater stories to the right audience.

“There is an audience for every kind of film, so long as your story is correct. Where will one classify a ‘Padmaavat’, or ‘Sanju’ or ‘Raazi’ — are they star driven films or content driven films ? When you have correct content, and you have a star, the film implodes and explodes,” Sarkar told IANS.

Singh said the year established that the viewers like content which has relatability, likeability and virality.

But high ticket prices, in Johar’s view, are turning out to be deterrents for the audience to visit theatres.

A movie viewing experience for a family of four at a multiplex can cost anything between Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 including food and beverages.

Also, With stiff competition from regional films, Hollywood and especially the vast variety of digital content, Bollywood needs to step up its game with scripts being the focal point, and by allotting the right budget.

“It’s a norm nowadays to say ‘movies don’t fail, budgets do’,” Singh said, adding that film and OTT will co-exist and will result in a larger pool of writers, directors, actors and technical talent.

However, Sarkar said OTT platforms, which are bringing international content closer to Indians, will continue to consume more and more audience time.

“I will not be surprised if in a medium to long term, films are made straight for digital. Who would have thought ‘Mowgli’ launching on Netflix a few years back?”



My wife tells me I need to calm down a bit: Shahid Kapoor




Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is “too casual”.

Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of “Famously Filmfare Season 2”, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement.

On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent’s separation, Shahid said: “My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents.

“If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don’t think that works, so you need to find that balance.”

Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daughter named Misha and son named Zain.


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Moving away from centrestage is heartbreaking for any actor: Abhishek Bachchan



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Mumbai, Jan 19: Actor Abhishek Bachchan’s last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with “Manmarziyaan” were majorly second leads in big budget movies. He says it’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centrestage to move away.

Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told filmmaker and “Koffee With Karan” host Karan Johar: “It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centrestage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead.”

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again.”

In the upcoming episode of “Koffee with Karan”, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said.

Last year, Abhishek was seen in “Manmarziyaan”, which came two years after he featured in “Housefull 3”. He says his sabbatical from the industry was a result of a self-realisation about complacency towards his work.

Karan asked Abhishek: “Is there a reason you took this backseat from cinema, did you feel the pressure of what was happening in your career, that’s why?”

Abhishek replied: “It’s tricky Karan. I don’t think it was the pressure of what was happening. Rather it was more about my approach towards my work which I thought was incorrect. I was becoming very complacent and comfortable.”

“To call a spade a spade, I was part of huge films, huge budgets, huge stars, huge collections, everything was hunky dory. I had no pressure on me because I was standing behind somebody else who takes all the pressure. I was making lots of money and so were those films…it became very easy. I didn’t come to industry to stand behind anyone,” he added.


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Kartik, Bhumi, Ananya in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’



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Actors Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday will star in “Pati Patni Aur Woh”, an adaptation of B.R. Chopra’s 1978 film with the same title.

Producers Bhushan Kumar, Juno Chopra and Abhay Chopra who last produced “Bhoothnath Returns” are glad to have come back together for this film directed by Mudassar Aziz.

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