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Chennai Express Finally Hits 200 Crore!

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Chennai Express hits the 200 crore nett mark at the end of its third week as it grossed around 16 crore nett in its third week. The three week total for the film is around 200.75 crore nett and will become the highest grossing film ever over the weekend.
Considering the huge business the film had done over the first week, a 16 crore return in week three is fantastic as it is amongst the top five highest third week collections which include films that did not start with huge collections like Barfi and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
The film is looking to finish with a lifetime total in the range of 206-208 crore nett. An improvement of 20 crore nett from last years Eid release Ek Tha Tiger with 400-500 more screens and hiked ticket price.
Detailed Collections So Far:
First Day: 29.32 Crore Second Day: 26.50 Crore FirstWeekend: 92 Crore (Included Paid Previews) First Week: 146 Crore Second Weekend: 22.50 Crore Second Week: 39 Crore Thirs Week: 16 Crore
Total: Approx 201 Crore
(Source: Boxofficeindia.com, ibod…

Satyagraha; Movie Reviews

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Indicine: Overall, Satyagraha manages to make a mark in your conscience because of the important issues it talks about. If you manage to overlook a few of the film’s logical loopholes, Satyagraha is definitely an entertaining social lesson. Rating: 3.5/5
Bollywood Hungama: On the whole, SATYAGRAHA is an all-engrossing, compelling drama that mirrors the reality around us. In fact, it's yet another brilliant addition to Prakash Jha's credible repertoire, who has created some of the most politically momentous motion pictures. For the splendid drama and the electrifying dramatic highs, I suggest you must watch this hard-hitting fare. Absolutely recommended! Rating 4/5
One India: Satyagraha is neither compelling, nor gripping. Unlike Jha's other hard-hitting political dramas, this one is too light and monotonous. The movie goes on and on with a poor script, at times testing your patience. Nothing can spare you in Satyagraha, until it concludes and you get a breather finally! Rati…

Short Music Review: Besharam (Ranbir Kapoor)

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Director: Abhinav Singh Kashyap Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda, Jaaved Jaaferi & Rishi Kapoor Music Director: Lalit Pandit, Ishq Bector Lyricist: Rajeev Barnwal, Nikhat Khan & Himanshu Kishan Mehra
Creator of All Time Blockbuster Dabangg, Abhinav Singh Kashyap and Creator Of Chartbuster Munni Badnam Hui, Lalit Pandit join hands for Ranbir starrer Besharam.
1- Besharam - (Ishq Bector & Shree D): Techno by Ishq Bector with lyrics which do justice with the theme of film. Good Music. Rating 3/5
2- Tere Mohalle -(Mamta Sharma & Aishwarya): "Munni Badnam Hui"-duo behind the mike. Song is strictly average but can be a hit because of picturisation. Rating 2/5
3- Love Ki Ghanti -(Sujeet, Ranbir & Amitosh): "Ala Barfi"-magic created again. Same retro template complete with some fabulous singing. Quirky lyrics. Rating 3/5
4- Dil Kaa Jo Haal Hai -(Abhijeet & Shreya Ghoshal): If you miss late 90s and early 2000s music, this song is for you. The song doesn&#…

Top 12 Opening Days In Pakistan

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Below are the top 12 opening day collectors in Pakistan.. Only 2 are local/Urdu films rest all are Hindi films.. And 3 films have collected 1cr or more on its opening day!!

1- Dabangg 2 1.1 Crore
2- Chennai Express 1.06 Crore
3- Jab Tak Hai Jaan 1 Crore
4- Talaash 97 Lacs
5- Race 2 78 Lacs
6- Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani 66 Lacs
7- Chahsme Baddoor 47 Lacs
8- Son Of Sardar 42 Lacs
9- Bol [Urdu] 39 Lacs
10- Don 2 38 Lacs
11- Bodyguard 36 Lacs
12- Main Hoon Shahid Afridi [Urdu][estimates] 35 Lacs

(Source: Boxofficereport)

Short Music Review: Shuddh Desi Romance

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Director: Maneesh Sharma Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Parineeti Chopra & Vaani Kapoor Music Director: Sachin-Jigar Lyricist: Jaideep Sahni
1) Tere Mere Beech Mein - (Sunidhi & Mohit): The tune is sufficiently romantic as well as quirky. The westernized arrangements makes things look even better! Sunidhi is really good in this song. Rating 3/5
2) Gulabi - (Jigar Saraiya & Priya Saraiya): Somewhere will remind you about A.R.Rahman or Amit Trivedi. An amazingly perky and lovely tune. Jigar with his career best singing. The repetitive folksy interludes is addictive. Rating 4.5/5
3) Chanchal Mann Ati Random - (Divya Kumar): Highly energetic background. Background will win your heart. Divya Kumar is brilliant in this song. Rating 3.5/5
4) Shuddh Desi Romance - (Benny Dayal & Shalmali Kholgade): Crazy song. Shalmali Kholgade at her best again and Benny Dayal is highly spirited. Rating 4/5
5) Mujhe Kiss Kar Sakte Ho - (Instrumental): Brilliant instrumental.. Slow buildup with loavable …

Madras Cafe - First Day At Box Office

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Madras Cafe did better than expected. It collected 5 crore nett approx on its first day. The film did well in the Delhi/NCR area while business in single screens circuits was dull. The film also fared well in Nizam/Andhra and Mysore though did not release in Tamil Nadu. The weekend territorial breakdown is as follows:

Mumbai - 1.70 crore
Delhi/UP -  1.24 crore
East Punjab - 49 lakhs
West Bengal - 20 lakhs
Bihar - 7 lakhs
CP Berar - 19 lakhs
CI - 15 lakhs
Rajasthan - 23 lakhs
Nizam -  31 lakhs
Mysore - 30 lakhs
Others -  10 lakhs


TOTAL -  4.98 crore

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Note: Chennai Express is steady at the beginning of its third week with collections around the 2 crore nett mark. The film should now gross around 15 crore nett over the week and cross the 200 crore nett mark by the end of its third week.

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai dropped heavily on its eighth day with collections around the 1-1.25 crore nett mark. The film likely to close with business a little over 60 crore nett.

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Madras Cafe Reviews

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Indicine: Madras Café is perhaps the best spy thriller ever made in Hindi cinema. It keeps its aspirations low and doesn’t overreach. The story moves along fluently and the viewer is not left out, even if they don’t have any knowledge of the time and incidents Madras Café refers to. Madras Café deserves to be seen by the ones who like dark, edgy, realistic films. Rating: 4/5
Bollywood Hungama: On the whole, MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact. It's a film that you should watch because it gives you an insight into an exceptionally pertinent episode of history. If you are in the frame of mind to watch superior quality, sensible cinema, I would strongly recommend MADRAS CAFE to you. Try not to miss it! Rating: 4/5

One India: Madras Cafe is captivating, compelling and engaging throughout. It's a wake up for those filmgoers, who just look upto to a movie for some mindless giggles and…

Chennai Express Blockbuster - OUATIMD Fails

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Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara collected 51 crore nett in its extended first week of 8 days. The collections would gave been just about respectable if it was a normal seven day week and not an extended eight day holiday week. The film has suffered on all accounts, it had a bad release, competition from a very successful film and above all the appreciation was not there. 
The single screen business for the film is also mediocre but that has a lot to do with the fact the film has a bad chain of single screens. If the film had played on good single screens it could have put up decent figures especially at the muslim centres.
(At Chennai Express Blockbuster Success Party, 22 August 2013)
Chennai Express has grossed around 186 crore nett as it grossed 40 crore nett approx in its second week. The film has got a huge advantage of holidays …

Fans celebrate 25 years of Salman Khan!

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Fans across the globe celebrated a ‘silver jubilee’ of Salman Khan in the industry, as the superstar made his debut exactly 25 years ago with a film titled ‘Biwi Ho To Aisi’, where Khan was seen in a supporting role. A year later in 1989, he made his debut as a hero in Sooraj Barjatya’s Maine Pyaar Kiya, which remains one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema.


The hashtag #25YearsOfBlockbusterSalman was trending on popular social-networking website Twitter.
From Biwi Ho To Aisi to Dabangg 2, Salman truly has come a long way. A legend of Indian Cinema.

Some fan tweets:
- Sonam Tillani: 22nd Aug 1988 Was the day where our idol @BeingSalmanKhan entered the filmy world and became lover of millions #25YearsOfBlockbusterSalman
- #25YearsOfBlockbusterSalman & the magic continues :) @BeingSalmanKhan A SuperStar with a golden heart ❤ Simply Being Human #Respect
- #25YearsOfBlockbusterSalman highest grossing film eight separate years during his career, a record that remains …

Mumbai Mirror reveals inside details on Ekta-SRK fallout

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Note: This article was first published on Mumbai Mirror.
With her biggest release of the year, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara opening to a tepid box office response, Ekta Kapoor is not in a good mood these days. And the Balaji head honcho holds Shah Rukh Khan responsible for the debacle.
It was reported that Ekta had refused SRK’s request for a screening of her film at Mannat and Mirror has the details of the fallout.
Trouble started when SRK announced that Chennai Express will release on August 8 despite the fact that Ekta had already called dibs on Eid for the release of her ambitious project OUATIMD.
Ekta tried her best to outwit SRK in this battle, even calling in a favour from MNS (Mirror report dated August 2) to make the star tow the line.
Then began a long series of negotiations between her and Chennai Express’s producers, UTV Motion Pictures and Red Chillies Entertainment. Ekta finally agreed on the other big public holiday, August 15. According to a source close to Ekta, she w…

Short Music Review: Zanjeer (2013)

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Director: Apoorva Lakhia Cast: Ram Charan, Priyanka Chopra, Sanjay Dutt Music Director: Anand Raj Anand, Meet Bros Anjjan, Chirantan Bhatt Lyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya
1) Mumbai Ke Hero:(Mika Singh, Talia Benson) A cool track which portrays Mumbai Police in a most heroic way. Mika Singh is good. Dialogues from old Amitabh's Zanjeer give nostaligic feeling. Rating 2.5/5
2) Pinky:(Mamta Sharma, Meet Bros Anjan Ankit) Mamta Sharma again with an item song. This time it can't match Munni Badnam Hui, Aare Pritam Pyare or Fevicol Se but still Ok song. Marathi flavour and entertainting. Rating 2/5
3) Lamhaa Tera Mera:(Wajhi, Palak Muchhal) Beautiful voices, Beautiful romantic song. Beat is good. You can fall in love with this track. Rating 4/5
4)  Khochey Pathan Ki Zubaan - Qawaali:(Sukhwinder Singh, Shabab Sabri) An entertaining authentic Qawwali. Sukhwinder is brilliant. You will like the track if you like Qawwali. Rating 3/5
5) Kaatilana:(Shweta Pandit) Sensuous and beautiful voice or sh…

Chennai Express Box Office Updates

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After collecting 146 crores in it's first week (and paid previews) in Domestic market, Chennai Express still dominates the box office. First week's territorial breakdown is as follows:

Mumbai - 49.23 crore
Delhi/UP - 27.67 crore
East Punjab - 10.17 crore
West Bengal - 7.59 crore
Bihar - 3.19 crore
CP Berar - 6.98 crore
CI - 5.26 crore
Rajasthan - 8.02 crore
Nizam/Andhra -  10.38 crore
Mysore - 9.76 crore
Others - 7.90 crore

TOTAL - 146.15 crore

Chennai Express had a good second weekend of around 22.50 crore nett and took its business to over 168.50 crore nett. Weekend collections are as follows:

Friday - 5.50 crore
Saturday - 7.50 crore
Sunday - 9.50 crore

TOTAL - 22.50 crore

The collections of 2nd weekend are the fourth highest ever for the second  weekend after Three Idiots, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Dabangg.

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Chennai Express is set to collect the highest distributor share ever and be the second film to go over the 100 crore share mark. Last…

Short Music Review: Grand Masti

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Director: Indra Kumar Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani, Ritesh Deshmukh Music Director: Anand Raj Anand Lyricist: Kumaar
Indra Kumar's Masti in 2004 had some interesting music and this time he is back with Anand Raj Anand who has created some memorable songs in Kaante, Aryan, Hadh Kar Di Aap Ne 23rd March 1931 Shaheed, Bicchoo and many others. 
1- Grand Masti (Title Track): Fast-paced, kind of addictive club song with some double meaning lyrics. Sanjeev Rathod, Darshan Rathod and Payal Dev are behind the mike. Rating: 2.5/5
2- Zulmi Zulmi: Hit Machine Mika Singh sings the song which is written by Manoj Darpan. While the hook "Zulmi Zulmi" saves the song, but song on the whole fails to impress. Rating: 2/5
3- Tu Bhi Mood Main: Wajid Khan (of composer duo Sajid-Wajid) steps in as a singer along with Ritu Pathak for this song. The song has kind of nostalgic feeling, it will remind you old Anand Raj Anand Hits. Rating: 2.5/5
4- Grand Masti (Remix): A remix number of already fast…

OUATIMD & CE Box Office... Friday Updates !

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Chennai Exoress grossed around 5.50 crore nett on Friday. A 5.50 crore nett figure on the second Friday is very good if compared with what other big films have done on their second Fridays. Film stands at 150.50 crore nett after 8 days plus paid previews. With solid growth on Saturday and Sunday, The weekend will easily go over 20 crore nett. Looking at the likley second week trends the film will emerge the biggest or second biggest domestic grosser of all time.

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara's First Day (Thursday) territorial breakdown is as follows:
Mumbai - 2.86 crore  Delhi/UP - 1.90 crore  East Punjab - 88 lakhs  West Bengal - 43 lakhs  Bihar - 23 lakhs  CP Berar - 76 lakhs  CI - 54 lakhs  Rajasthan - 40 lakhs Nizam - 57 lakhs  Mysore - 48 lakhs  Others - 28 lakhs 
TOTAL - 9.37 crore
But Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara disappointed on its second day (Friday - Working Day) with collections less than day one despite the release g…

Chennai Express Beats Ek Tha Tiger First Week Record 

Chennai Express has beaten the first week business of Ek Tha Tiger with collections around 139 crore nett not including the paid previews. The first seven days saw Ek Tha Tiger collect 128 crore nett. The collections for the extended first week are also better for Chennai Express with around 145 crore nett in seven days plus paid previews while Ek Tha Tiger collected 143 crore nett in nine days. The top first week collections (7 days) are as follows.  1. Chennai Express - 139 crore nett
2. Ek Tha Tiger - 128 crore nett
3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani 105 crore nett
4. Bodyguard - 100 crore nett
5. Dabangg 2 - 100 crore nett (Source: Boxofficeindia.com)

Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara Reviews

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Indicine: OUATIMD is another example of commerce taking over art. The only reason this film was sanctioned was probably to cash in on the cult following of the previous film. OUATIMD does have its moments, but overall the film doesn’t work. It doesn’t come together as fluidly as it could and should have. Rating 2/5
Rajeev Masand: This disappointing sequel to 2010’s Ajay Devgan-Emran Hashmi starrer is constructed around the premise of a love triangle…the laziest love triangle you could possibly imagine. It doesn’t help that writer Rajat Arora, as if to compensate for the flimsy plot, goes into overkill mode with wise-ass dialogues. Imran Khan as Aslam, ostensibly the hero of this film, appears ill at ease rolling those corny lines off his tongue, and resembling a rich urban kid slumming it out as a tapori at a dress-up party. Sonakshi Sinha’s Jasmine has got to be the most pea-brained woman you’ve ever met. Rating 1.5/5
Taran Adarsh: Like I pointed out earlier, while the prequel held the…

Chennai Express: Worldwide Opening Weekend Update

Chennai Express crushed all old records when it comes to Worldwide Opening Weekend. Dabangg 2 had been the first film to hit a 100 crore Worldwide in three days followed by Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani but Chennai Express has gone all the way to 167 crore. Below are the top ten Worldwide opening weekends.


1. Chennai Express - 167 crore
2. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - 107 crore
3. Dabangg 2 - 101 crore
4. Ek Tha Tiger - 96 crore
5. Ra.One - 95 crore
6. Bodyguard  - 90 crore
7. Don 2 - 89 crore
8. Talaash - 88.50 crore
9. Race 2 - 82.50 crore
10. Dabangg - 78 crore

Note - The collections are for the first three full days be it India or Overseas and do not include paid previews or extended weekends. All figures are GROSS as there are no nett figures Overseas.
(Source: Boxofficeindia.com)

Satyagraha (2013) Short Music Review

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Director: Prakash Jha Cast: Amitabh Bachchan. Kareena Kapoor & Ajay Devgn Music Director: Salim-Sulaiman, Aadesh Shrivastav, Meet Bros Anjan Ankit & Indian Ocean Lyricst: Prasoon Joshi
1) Satyagraha Title Song: Album starts with Title Song which is composed by Salim-Sulaiman and sung by Rajiv Sundaresan,Shivam Pathak & Shweta Pandit. It can give you goosebumps. Very Good Song. Rating 4/5
2) Aiyo Ji: Melodious voices Salim Merchant & Shraddha Pandit behind the mike, Song is composed by Salim-Sulaiman again. The song is average in itself, but background beats save it big time. You will enjoy it. Rating 3/5
3) Raske Bhare Tore Naina: Do you still remember "Mora Piya Mose Bolat Nahi" from Rajneeti? Well, Aadesh Shrivastav is back with same type of melody, blending classic with Bollywood. Have you listened Shafqat Amanat Ali's Pakistani song "Mora Saiyyan Mose Bole Na"? Well, Raske Bhare Tore Naina is sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali & Arpita and it will rem…