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Bollywood Spotlight: Five films whose super-success surprised everyone



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New Delhi, Dec 29: There are successes and there are also-rans. Then there are those which catch everyone by surprise. Five films came from nowhere and hit the top bar, taking the audience by surprise. Here’s a salute to the magnificient five of the year.

“Stree”: Not much was expected from this spooky satire about a smalltown tailor, played by Rajkummar Rao who falls in love with a mysterious girl who may be a chudail (witch). Rao’s ‘Vicky pleej‘ dialogue was heard all across Hindustan.

Folklore met a campy horror in this mix of myth and mirth which proved its worth. A huge moneyearner, this was a film where supernatural beliefs are dragged to the extremes of self-parody and then dragged back up, panting, puffing and gasping for breath. It served up a delicious, voluptuous mishmash of terror and titillation all titivated in loads of guffaws.


To sustain the mood of mirth during times of terror is not easy. Stree managed it. The producers and director Raj-DK hoped to make a tidy profit. It cracked the magical 100-crore collection. Take a bow, you alumni of the cool ghoul school.

“Parmanu”: John Abraham’s glorious comeback fought against all odds. It was a troubled project with the producers (one of them John) at loggerheads. Legal wangles, financial chaos and all other hurdles were somehow surmounted. John bravely released this noble, if a little trite, nationalistic film about India’s first nucleur explosions.

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Director Abhishek Sharma had his heart in the right place, though the budgetry constraints showed up on many occasions. The plot was new to audiences and they just fell for it. Belying all boxoffice predictions, Parmanu made huge profits. Everyone associated with this project deserves a standing ovation.

“Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”: Who would have expected this non-star rom-com with pronounced misogynist leanings to swish past the 100-crore mark? Director Luv Ranjan is still reeling from the news. And after seeing this bromance-versus-romance about an overpossessive friend (Kartik Aaryan) creating insurmountable hurdles in his best friend’s love life and marriage, we are reeling too.


The repartees in “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” just rolled off the characters’ tongues making them sound sassy and sombre even when they were being mean and vicious, just because it suits the script’s purposes. And God knows, this film needed no excuse to let the words flow. The wickedest, meanest comedy of the year, it turned Kartik Aryan into an overnight superstar.

“Veere Di Wedding”: Sparkling with humour and warmth, eyecatching locations and irresistible glamour made this Kareena-Sonam-Swara Bhaskar-Shikha Talania chick flick a chic trick and freak hit that had us all hooked. This film was great fun to watch.


The quartet of gorgeous women were more entertaining than the four guys in Dil Chahta Hai. One of whom had famously said: “You can’t improve on perfection.” True, but you can do a helluva lot with imperfection. Especially if you have the wealth to play around with to hide your ongoing bouts of gaffes and faux pas.

“Veere Di Wedding” was one helluva joyride, a designer’s delight and yet not quite the airheaded experience it loudly proclaimed itself to be.

Raid”: The fifth surprise 100-crore earner of the year was a one-note plot about an income-tax raid carried out on the fortified premises of a wily politician in Uttar Pradesh, who threw his weight around, because he had a lot of it to throw.


Let’s say, if in Padmaavat Allauddin Khilji was not after the beauteous queen but instead after her husband’s wealth, then you get the picture in “Raid”. Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla played off against one another in this smash-the-fortress video-game-on-wheels with vigour and robustness.



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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Abhishek Bachchan (File Photo)

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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