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Oscar nominations 2019

The Academy has announced its list of nominees for the 91st Academy Awards, to be held on February 24. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite have led all films with 10 nominations each.

Here are the nominees in all categories:

Best Picture

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star Is Born


Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roman

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book


Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Original Screenplay

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book




Cold War

The Favourite

Never Look Away


A Star Is Born

Production Design

Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns


Costume Design

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen Of Scots

Film Editing


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book


Foreign Language Film


Cold War

Never Look Away



Documentary Feature

Free Solo

Hale County

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons


Documentary Short Subject

Black Sheep

End Game


A Night at the Garden

Period. End Of Sentence

Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2

Isle Of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film

Animal Behavior


Late Afternoon

One Small Step


Live Action Short Film






Original Score

Black Panther


If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle Of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

Original Song

All The Stars, Black Panther

I’ll Fight, RBG

The Place Where Lost Things Go, MPR


When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, Buster Scruggs

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Makeup and Hairstyling


Mary Queen of Scots


Sound Editing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place


Sound Mixing

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star Is Born

Simmba nears Rs 200 cr collection mark

Mumbai, Jan 6: Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan starrer Simmba (Simba) has entered its second weekend, and witnessed a good hike in box office collection on second Saturday.

The movie has been dominating the box office from its opening day. It had collected Rs 20.72 crore on first day, followed by Rs 23.33 crore on Saturday and Rs 31.06 crore on Sunday.

After ending the first weekend with a superb box office performance, Simmba continued the dream run over the weekdays as well. The holiday season aided its business, and the movie managed to cross Rs 100 crore mark in just five days.

Showing no sign of slowing down, the action drama crossed Rs 150 crore mark in seven days, and again witnessed a major jump in box office collection as the second weekend started.

The movie enjoyed an excellent occupancy entire Saturday, and the earning hiked with further increase in footfalls during the evening shows. With screen count of around 4,000, Simmba collected Rs 13.32 crore on day 9 at the domestic market, taking its total to Rs 173.15 crore.

"#Simmba is ruling the BO... Witnesses superb growth on second Sat... Expected to collect bigger numbers today... Will emerge Ranveer's second highest grosser today, surpassing #BajiraoMastani... [Week 2] Fri 9.02 cr, Sat 13.32 cr. Total: ? 173.15 cr. India biz," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Rohit Shetty directorial Simmba has already set many new box office records, and is likely to make more in coming days. With no major release last Friday, the film will continue to roar at the commercial circuits at least till the next big release.

Considering the current pace, Simmba is likely to cross Rs 200 crore at the Indian box office by the end of Monday or Tuesday.

Bollywood veteran Kader Khan passes away

NEW DELHI, Jan 1: Veteran actor-writer Kader Khan has died in Canada due to a prolonged illness, his son Sarfaraz confirmed today. He was 81. Kader Khan’s health deteriorated on Friday and he was admitted to a hospital in Canada. The actor’s funeral will take place on Tuesday in Canada where his family is living at present.

“My dad has left us. He passed away on December 31 at 6 pm as per Canadian time due to prolonged illness. He slipped into coma in the afternoon. He was in the hospital for 16-17 weeks. The last rites will be performed here in Canada only. We have our entire family here and we live here so we are doing it,” Khan’s son Sarfaraz told PTI, adding, “We are thankful to everyone for their blessings and prayers,” he added. He had dismissed Kader Khan’s death rumours a day ago.

The actor had been admitted after complaining of breathlessness and was put on a BiPAP ventilator. He was unable to talk and also showed signs of pneumonia. Kader Khan suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a degenerative disease that causes loss of balance, difficulty in walking and dementia. Kader also underwent surgeries for his knees in 2017.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan led Bollywood in paying their last respects to Khan. "Kadar Khan passes away. Sad depressing news. My prayers and condolences. A brilliant stage artist a most compassionate and accomplished talent on film. "A writer of eminence; in most of my very successful films. A delightful company and a mathematician," he wrote. Bachchan and Khan collaborated in blockbusters such as Do Aur Do Paanch, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Mr. Natwarlal, Suhaag and Shahenshah.

Actor Manoj Bajpayee also paid respects to the actor-writer. "Rest in peace Kader Khan saheb," Bajpayee tweeted.

Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and went on to act in over 300 films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies, with his first film as a dialogue writer being Randhir Kapoor-Jaya Bachchan’s Jawani Diwani. As a screenwriter, Khan frequently collaborated with Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra.

Khan was synonymous with comic roles, especially in films with Govinda. He worked in a number of David Dhawan directed Govinda films like Dulhe Raja, Coolie No.1, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Raja Babu, Saajan Chale Sasural, Aunty No.1, among others. In fact, Khan has worked with all leading actors of 70s, 80s and 90s, including Rajesh Khanna, Bachchan, Jeetendra, Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor and Govinda.

Simmba earns Rs 100 cr worldwide in 3 days

NEW DELHI, Dec 31: Ranveer Singh’s Simmba has become his biggest solo hit at the box office. According to estimates, the Rohit Shetty film has netted a total of Rs 76 crore on its opening weekend in India.

Box Office India estimates that Simba box office collection after the first weekend stands at an estimated Rs 75 crore. The Rohit Shetty film made Rs 31 crore on Sunday, growing from strength to strength after a solid debut of Rs 20.72 crore on Friday, followed by Rs 23 crore on Saturday. The report says that film has performed exceptionally well in Gujarat and Mumbai, its leading markets.

The film has made at least Rs 29 crore in international markets, including $1.7 million (Rs 11 crore) on its opening weekend in USA and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo. This takes the film’s worldwide total to over Rs 100 crore in its opening weekend, with more international numbers expected.

Ranveer’s previous biggest hits include his three films with Deepika Padukone and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram Leela, Bajiraro Mastani and Padmaavat, which made Rs 112 crore, Rs 183 crore and Rs 282 crore in India, respectively.

Padmaavat, his most successful film at the box office, made Rs 114 crore in India on an extended five-day opening, despite the film not being screened in certain markets. It was speculated that the film could have made an additional Rs 35 crore had its release not been impacted by protests.

Among his solo films, his biggest hit is Befikre, which is considered a box office disappointment, with a domestic total of Rs 60 crore, according to Box Office India. His first couple of films - Band Baaja Baarat and Ladies vs Ricky Behl couldn’t cross the Rs 30 crore mark.

Simmba is a masala entertainer that also stars Sara Ali Khan. The film has received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

Ranveer will next be seen in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, a drama about Mumbai’s underground rap scene that will premiere at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. He is also prepping for Kabir Khan’s 83 where he will play former Indian captain Kapil Dev.

Mrinal Sen, the last of India’s new wave cinema pioneers, has passed away

KOLKATTA, Dec 30: Mrinal Sen died of age-related ailments on Sunday morning at his apartment in Bhawanipore in Kolkata. He was 95. He is survived by his son, Kunal. His wife, Gita Sen, died in 2017.

Across 60 years of movies, short films and documentaries, Mrinal Sen’s repertoire illustrated his unwavering conviction that “the film maker has to be an agent-provocateur–one who disturbs the spectator and moves him to action.”

Born on May 14, 1932, Sen was influenced by the techniques of French New Wave directors. He developed a unique style, fusing contentious subjects, inter-textual connections, documentary footage, and cross-references from his own films and those of other filmmakers.

Just as relevant is the theme of Padatik (1973), one of the few overtly political films to be made in India. The disenchantment with political dogma is the stuff that ultimately corrodes a system.

The architects of such systems are seen in Chorus (1974), a political fantasy set in the future. Scheming manipulators create organisms of exploitation and then fear their own creations. The outcome is not so much the point as the subterranean rage of a people who rise to question the pecking order.

Such engagements set Mrinal Sen’s films apart from conventional narratives. The continued relevance of Sen’s films is captured by John Hood: “Sen’s audience goes to the cinema not to escape everyday life but to re-experience it” (Chasing the Truth, Seagull).

Of course, Sen’s attempt to create a self-reflective audience was not infallible. The sociopolitical satire of Bhuvan Shome (1969), in which Sen wanted to expose the character of a corruptible and hidebound bureaucrat, was summed up by his contemporary Satyajit Ray in seven famous words—”Big Bad Bureaucrat Reformed by Rustic Belle.” (Our Films, Their Films, Orient Blackswan).

While Sen enjoyed and even courted criticism, he maintained that a simple journey from bad to good was mere “wish fulfillment.” Consequently, Sen’s characters are made to hurtle down a cul-de-sac, while his audience, often cut to the quick, is left to examine its own understanding of one man’s meat being another man’s poison.

Nothing could have fleshed out such a theme better than the period piece Mrigayaa (1976). The movie tracked both animal and human hunters in the tribal heartland of Orissa (now Odisha), extracting superb performances from debutantes Mithun Chakraborty and Mamata Shankar en route. However, it is the dispassionate “dehumanising effect of poverty” depicted in the Telugu Oka Oorie Katha (1977), Sen’s only film in a language other than Bengali or Hindi, which leaves viewers speechless.

In 1980, Sen returned to “the dialectics of hunger and the dialectics of poverty” with Aakaler Sandhaney (1980), which echoes his earlier Baishey Sravan (1960), regarded as his most cruel work. The film’s title actually translates as the 22nd day of Sravana in the Bengali calendar—it is the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

On this date, by tradition, Bengal proudly commemorates the glory of Tagore’s cultural contribution. Sen maintained that less famous people lived and died on that day, and weathering resistance, he created a film with no reference to the great poet. Baishey Sravan (1960), in which the lovely Madhabi Mukherjee makes her debut, is a human document about how the poor are made poorer through the pitiless man-made Bengal Famine of 1943. There is no distressing footage—a symbolic storm unleashes fear and panic, cracking village hearths, homes and livelihood. With alarm more than sentiment, we are alerted to ravaging and irreparable loss.

Aakaler Sandhaney (1980) is a film-within-a-film. It portrays a well-intentioned but inadequate urban director (who by Sen’s own admission could have been himself) and the efforts of his fairly disengaged unit to create a film of devastating rural hardship. In the sharpest comment on the gulf between real worlds and the attempt to represent them, the characters play a game—they look at photographs of human suffering and try to guess their context. A photograph of black nothingness is held up by Smita Patil, an actress in both Sen’s film and the film being shot. With typical urban disconnect, she regards it as ‘‘past, present and future’’.

Middle-class doublespeak became Sen’s focus in Ek Din Pratidin (1979), Kharij (1982) and Ek Din Achanak (1989). With threadbare stories wrapped in bourgeois hypocrisies, each of these films involve a crisis and opens windows on a fractious society riddled with complexes. Guilt and responsibility are intangible but inevitable takeaways—not even the poetic beauty of Khandhar (1983) sets anyone free.

In his conversations with Samik Bandopadhyay, Sen refers to Niels Bohr, a leading thinker in the world of 20th century physics, and makes the point that truth attains a quality only when it becomes controversial. Mrinal Sen’s films are a tribute to such truth.

How Priyanka Chopra fell in love with Nick Jonas

NEW DELHI, Nov 27: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding is just days away and it is expected to be every bit as dreamy as their whirlwind romance. Their East-meets-West love story has won the hearts of their fans and the two are now set to tie the knot on December 2 in a royal wedding ceremony at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The groom-to-be arrived in India this Friday and his brother Joe Jonas and his fiancé and Games of Thrones star Sophie Turner reached Mumbai on Monday.

While Priyanka has been guarded about what she says about Nick in public, there are moments when the former Miss World had let her emotions show. She had shared how the two connected via text before they met each other at the MET Gala last year. The two have never shied away from expressing their love for each other on the social media and regularly drop sweet comments on each other’s posts on Instagram. Here are a few moments when Priyanka spoke about the love of her life...

Priyanka Chopra was the first to confirm her relationship with Nick Jonas after their roka ceremony in Mumbai. “Taken.. With all my heart and soul,” she wrote with a loved-up photo from the traditional ceremony as the two looked into each other’s eyes.

Nick Jonas had closed down the Tiffany store in London while choosing the perfect ring to propose to Priyanka. Talking about her engagement to E!News at an event for Tiffany & Co.’s 2018 Tiffany Blue Book Collection, the actor said, “It’s a very different feeling. I never realized that having a boyfriend and having a fiancé are completely different. It just feels different. There’s gravitas. You feel like family, which is just so different.”

Priyanka and Nick have often spoken about their love for their families. Nick once spoke about her on a TV show and what is common between them. According to a report in E! News, she agreed with his statement and said, “We’ve known each other for a couple of years but we dated for just a little while, but I think that’s the one thing we really connect on is our love for family and knowing faith is so important to us.”

Post her bridal shower at Tiffany and Co. in New York, Priyanka was asked about her whirlwind romance with Nick. According to a report in Entertainment Tonight, she said, “This is such a wonderful new step in my life and I’m still getting used to it because it’s obviously been a whirlwind and I haven’t seen myself happier. Just being in the whole situation of finding somebody who can be a partner to you in so many more ways than one is amazing, so yes I’m very excited.”

Priyanka also opened up on what attracted her to Nick. “Truly this is what worked for me, he has to be someone who respects you. By that, I don’t mean makes coffee for you, not that. But someone who respects the hard work you put into your life,” the 36-year-old actor said at the Bumble India launch in New York City.

Priyanka went on to explain what she prizes above all else in a relationship: “Who respects that if his work is important, so is yours. Or if he makes choices that are important to him, so is your opinion. That’s respect, and that’s incredible to have. Then everything is so easy because you give each other credit for your intelligence, you give each other the benefit of the doubt because you trust each other. There’s so much that comes out of that. I think don’t settle for less than that.”

Priyanka’s most beautiful comment came on an Instagram post where Nick detailed that he has been dealing with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 13. “Everything about you is special, with or without diabetes,” the Quantico actor wrote.

Thugs of Hindostan film falls with a thud, collects Rs 5 cr on Monday

MUMBAI, Nov 13: Thugs of Hindostan has turned out to be a shocker at the box office as the collections of the film touched rock bottom on its first Monday. The film with a stellar star cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Sana Fatima Shaikh collected around Rs 5.25 crore on day five, as reported by boxofficeindia.com.

The film had broken several box office records on the day of its release with its thunderous opening of over Rs 50 crore owing to the record-breaking advance tickets’ sale.

The Vijay Krishna Acharya film however began its journey downhill soon after as the critics gave it a thumbs down and negative word of mouth destroyed its chances of improvement during the weekend.

The film had already registered a downfall on its second day with collections of around Rs 28 crore (Friday) followed by the third day collections of around Rs 22.75 crore (Saturday). The film fell further on its first Sunday with collections of just around Rs 16.75 crore.

The film now stands at a total of around Rs 122.50 crore, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com. Thugs of Hindostan managed to reap in the benefits of the Diwali season but failed to maintain the rhythm in the following days.

The film also released in dubbed Tamil and Telugu versions. In the two languages, it earned Rs 4 crore till Sunday and Monday collections from the two formats are still awaited.

Talking about the audience reaction to the extravaganza, trade analyst taran Adarsh said, “Moviegoers are extremely ruthless and in no mood to splurge on movies they hear is substandard... In this era of social media, the word of mouth spreads faster than fire and can make or break a movie within hours... #TOH #ThugsOfHindostan.”

He added in another tweet, “You cannot misjudge or underestimate the audience these days. Yeh public hain, yeh sab jaanti hain... #TOH #ThugsOfHindostan.”

It is to be noted, the three-day collections of the film stood lower than Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju and Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai. The makers call it a visual spectacle as the film is made on a huge budget.

Thugs of Hindostan became the first ever Bollywood film to make half a century on its opening day. The film recorded the third highest advance booking at around Rs 27.50 crore on its first day. The hiked ticket prices also have a role in the film’s magnificent opening.

Thugs of Hindostan also appeared to be the highest opening film for Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif who have delivered several superhits in their careers. The film left behind the earlier biggest Diwali release – Salman Khan’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, by a huge margin at the box office.


Thugs of Hindostan earns record Rs 50.75 cr on Day 1

MUMBAI, Nov 9: Thugs of Hindostan, the big budget film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh, has reportedly recorded the highest single-day sales for a Hindi movie with collections of around Rs 52.25 crore (all languages).

A report in Boxofficeindia.com suggests that it has surpassed the previous record of Rs 39.32 crore set by Salman Khan’s 2015 Diwali release Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and Rs 40.73 crore nett achieved by magnum opus Bahubali - The Conclusion (Hindi). Its record-breaking advance tickets sale have had a huge role in the film’s performance on the day of its release. The film is also the best-ever Diwali release ever.

However, the film received a big thumbs down from the film critics. Reviewers have panned it for being boring and forgettable. The second day collections for the film will be pivotal in determining the film’s success with the audience as most of the collections made on day one are from advance bookings.

Thugs of Hindostan has also recorded the third highest pre-sales of all time with around Rs 27.50 crore nett, as reported by Boxofficeindia.com. It is the first Bollywood film with such an advance tickets’ sale as only SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali –The Conclusion and Hollywood film Avengers: Infinity War have recorded higher advance sales.

According to Yash Raj Films, the first-day box office figures of the film are around Rs 50.75 crore (Hindi version) and Rs 1.50 crore from Tamil + Telugu dubs. The makers have claimed that the film has shattered seven box office records: 1. The highest all time opening, 2. The first film to cross 50 crore, 3. The biggest single day collection ever, 4. The biggest Diwali opener of all time, 5. Biggest opening day for Aamir and Amitabh, 6. The biggest ever opening for a non sequel and 7. YRF’s highest ever opening.

Expressing his happiness on the feat, director Vijay Krishna Acharya said, “Thugs of Hindostan is the quintessential Hindi movie that we love to watch with our friends and families. We were lucky to get two of the biggest stars of our generation to come together for an out and out masala Diwali entertainer and we are humbled and ecstatic with the love and appreciation that audiences have showered on Thugs to help the film create box office history on day one. We are thrilled to see that audiences across age groups, across India are loving Thugs of Hindostan and have made our film a part of their Diwali plans. We made Thugs with a vision to provide a pure festive entertainer for the entire family and this result is extremely gratifying for all of us at YRF.”

Ranveer, Deepika confirm November wedding

MUMBAI, Oct 21: After months of speculation, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have confirmed that they will get married on November 14 and 15. The couple shared a joint wedding announcement on Twitter on Sunday; wedding venue has not been revealed yet.

“We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship and togetherness,” they wrote on Twitter.

Ranveer and Deepika shared the announcement in Hindi and English, ending months of will-they-won’t they. Here is Ranveer and Deepika’s wedding announcement...

Deepika and Ranveer began dating on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela. They have remained tight-lipped about their relationship in all these years but began putting up frequent displays of affection on social media over the last few months.

I was molested at 7 and raped at 16, says Padma Lakshmi

NEW YORK, Sept 26: American TV personality, author, actor, and model Padma Lakshmi recently said that she had been raped as a teenager.

In reference to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly went unreported for decades, Lakshmi wrote an Op-Ed for The New York Times.

In the piece, the Top Chef host mentioned that she was 7 years old when she was assaulted for the first time and 16 years old when she was raped.

Narrating the incident, Lakshmi said that she dated a 23-year-old "charming and handsome" college student when she was 16, who would "flirt" with her at her part-time retail job at a mall in Los Angeles. But just a few months into the relationship, Lakshmi said that he sexually assaulted her while she was asleep.

"When we went out, he would park the car and come in and sit on our couch and talk to my mother," she recalled in the piece. "He never brought me home late on a school night. We were intimate to a point, but he knew that I was a virgin and that I was unsure of when I would be ready to have sex."

On New year's eve three decades ago, Lakshmi said that after a night out with her boyfriend, she fell asleep at his apartment. "The next thing I remember is waking up to a very sharp stabbing pain like a knife blade between my legs. He was on top of me," the star wrote. "I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'It will only hurt for a while.' "

Unaware of what date rape meant at that point in time, Lakshmi said she was unsure of whether the incident classified as rape or sex, but continued to tell her future boyfriends that she was a virgin. "Emotionally, I still was," she noted.

Lakshmi further explained how, when she was 7 years old, she was sent to India to live with her grandparents for a year after she told her mother and stepfather that a relative had touched her inappropriately and put her hand on his penis. "The lesson was: If you speak up, you will be cast out," the star said.

"I have nothing to gain by talking about this. But we all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault and if we hold on to the codes of silence that, for generations, have allowed men to hurt women with impunity," she concluded.

Sanju zooms past Tiger Zinda Hai, becomes 4th highest grossing Indian film ever

NEW DELHI, July 30: There is no stopping for Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju, a biopic on controversial Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt. The film has continued its glorious run at the box office and has now become the fourth highest grossing Indian film ever. In all probability, the movie will reach to the third spot by the end of this week.

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted that Sanju has surpassed the lifetime business of Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai to reach the number 4 spot. So far, it has collected Rs 339.75 crore, upping the total collection of Tiger Zinda Hai at Rs 339 crore. It has now eyes fixed on Aamir Khan’s PK which is at three with a tally of Rs 340.80 crore. The top two films in this list are Baahubali 2 (Hindi version, Rs 510.98 crore) and Dangal (387.38 crore).

Despite making more than Rs 500 crore worldwide, Sanju has received mixed critical response, with most critics complaining that the film had whitewashed some of the more controversial aspects of Dutt’s life. Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has already announced his own Dutt biopic, which he says will tell the true story, warts and all.

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas engaged

NEW YORK, July 27: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are now engaged, according to reports in the US media. The engagement took place in London last week where Nick and Priyanka celebrated her 36th birthday together. The couple, who met at the 2017 Met Gala in New York, are expected to get married later this year. Nick and Priyanka are yet to confirm the engagement.

Nick closed down a Tiffany store in NYC to buy her an engagement ring, People.com reported. “They are so happy,” a source said. “His friends and family have never seen him like this, and they’re all really excited for him. He’s definitely very serious about her,” the source continued. Nick and Priyanka were seen with his brothers in London. The American singer had also shared a photo of Priyanka from London on his Instagram stories.

Earlier on Thursday Priyanka’s Bharat director announced that she had backed out of the film. In his tweet, he seemed to allude to Priyanka’s relationship with Nick and a potential announcement. Zafar wrote that the reason why Priyanka left Bharat is “very, very special” and she informed them just in “the Nick of time”. Priyanka and the American singer have been dating for more than two months.

Priyanka and Nick’s relationship rumours began in late May, when they were spotted together on several occasions. They arrived in India in June for a short holiday and attended the engagement of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta as well. They included a vacation within a vacation when they took off for Goa with Priyanka’s cousin and actor Parineeti Chopra and brother Siddharth. During his time in India, Nick also met Priyanka’s mother, Madhu Chopra. She said that it was too early for her to form a definitive opinion about him because they’d met for a short time and in the company of several others.

They then jetted off to Brazil, where Nick was scheduled to perform at the VillaMax festival. Pictures from Mumbai,Goa and Brazil were shared online by multiple sources, including Priyanka and Nick themselves. During this time, they also seemingly made their relationship ‘Instagram official’.

More recently, the two have been spotted wearing matching rings. Priyanka recently told People magazine that she wants to have children. “I am a very ‘live in the today,’ maximum ‘live in the next two months’ kind of person. But [in] 10 years, I definitely want to have kids. That is, it’s going to happen in the next 10 years. Well, hopefully earlier than that. I’m very fond of children and I want to be able to do that,” she said.

Nick has previously dated former beauty queen Olivia Culpo and singer Delta Goodrem. This will be their first wedding for both.

Sanju earns Rs 500 crore worldwide

NEW DELHI, July 13: Director Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt, Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor, has crossed Rs 500 crore in worldwide earnings, according to trade reports. The film is on the cusp of crossing the Rs 300 crore mark (nett) in India, a little after two weeks of release.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Saturday that the film is ‘continuing its dream run’. The film made Rs 202 crore in India in the first week and another Rs 92 crore in its second week, for a total of Rs 295 crore. The film has also made close to $7 million in the US.

The film is fourth on the list of films with the biggest opening week collections. Baahubali 2 is at the first position with Rs 246 crore while Salman Khan’s Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai are at the second position and third positions with Rs 208 crore and Rs 206 crore collections, respectively.

After making Rs 34.75 crore on its opening day, Sanju became the highest grosser of 2018 as well as of Ranbir’s and Rajkumar Hirani’s careers. The film went on to cross the Rs 100-crore-mark in the first weekend itself, again making it to the highest weekend grosser of 2018 and the actor and director’s respective careers.

The film has received mixed reviews from critics - it holds a 50% rating on review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes - and criticism has been directed at Hirani’s whitewashing of some of the more scandalous aspects of Dutt’s life.

'Baaghi 2' Enters 150-cr Club

MUMBAI, April 20: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani starrer ' Baagh2' has managed to survive in the third week due to its gripping storyline and high octane action sequences which have been the high point of the film. The word of mouth publicity has also helped the movie get more audience to the cinema hall.

According to a recent report on BoxofficeIndia.com, the Ahmed Khan directorial grossed another Rs 10.50 crore in its third week at the ticket window, which in return has taken its total collection to a staggering Rs 154.05 crore.

Apart from the leading pair, the film also stars a bunch of versatile actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Prateik Babbar and Randeep Hooda, who have given stellar performances even after essaying grey characters.

Looking at the success of their film, the makers have decided to make the third instalment of the 'Baaghi' series which will be directed by Ahmed Khan will feature Tiger in the lead role. The film will reportedly go on floors in December this year itself.

Baaghi 2 Takes Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani To 100 Crore Club

MUMBAI, April 4: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani's action flick has taken Bollywood by surprise. From Jacqueline Fernandez's recreation of Madhuri Dixit's popular number Ek Do Teen to the lead actor's action sequences, the movie has managed to create quite the buzz around it. Baaghi 2, the sequel of Ahmed Khan's hit movie Baaghi, is the remake of 2016 Telugu movie, Kshanam.

The Tiger Shroff - Disha Patani starrer has done well in terms of collections as well. The cash registers haven't stopped ringing since its release. Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh mentioned on Twitter that the movie has managed to collect Rs 10.60 crore on Tuesday taking its total India collection to Rs 95.80 in five days.

It must be mentioned that Baaghi 2's whopping collection is despite the bandh that was called across the country.

The movie collected Rs 25.10 crore on its opening day, followed by Rs 20.40 crore on Saturday, Rs 27.60 crore on Sunday, Rs 12.10 crore on Monday.

Baaghi 2 surpassed Deepika Padukone's Padmaavat's opening day collection but fell short of its opening weekend collection. It is highly likely that the movie is going to cross the Rs 100 crore mark today, making Baaghi 2 Tiger Shroff's first movie in the much-coveted club.

According to earlier tweets by Taran Adarsh, the movie has been doing well overseas as well.

Baaghi 2 has been praised for its action sequences and from the looks of it Bollywood has found its next action hero. Critics have also unanimously praised the stellar supporting cast of Manoj Bajpayee as the sardonic cop, Randeep Hooda as the undercover agent, Deepak Dobriyal as the shady car dealer and Prateik Babbar. However, critics made it abundantly clear that the movie falls short in more ways than one.

Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2 revolves around the lives of Ranveer Pratap Singh aka Ronny and Neha. When Neha's three-year old child goes missing, she turns to her ex-boyfriend Ronny for help. Ronny, as expected, takes on the task.

Irrfan Khan says he has contracted a rare disease, is fighting for choices

MUMBAI, March 6: Actor Irrfan Khan has shared in a tweet that he has contracted with a rare disease and is undergoing further tests to reach a conclusive diagnosis. The actor has been away from work for the last few days after news came that he had been diagnosed with jaundice. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.

Taking to Twitter, the Hindi Medium actor wrote, “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me.”

A Vishal Bhardwaj film, reportedly based on mafia kingpin Sapna Didi, was postponed after its lead actors – Deepika Padukone and Irrfan were said to be under weather. While Irrfan was said to have jaundice, Deepika had back pain. The filmmaker had said then, “In the past few weeks, I felt like I was back in the days of Maqbool while prepping with them. Deepika and Irrfan’s look tests have come out exceptionally well, nothing like you’ve seen before, and it took me a moment to recognize them when I saw the test photographs. I want both of them to be strong and fit before we start the film.”

The tweet proves that Irrfan’s condition is more serious than earlier thought.

We wish the actor well.

‘Shape of Water’ triumphs at an Oscars

LOS ANGELES, March 5: The 90th Academy Awards crowned Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable “The Shape of Water” best picture at an Oscars that confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era and sought to pivot to a vision of a more inclusive movie business.

A sense of change was palpable at the ceremony Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where winners made impassioned arguments for gender equality and diversity.

Guillermo del Toro’s monster fable “The Shape of Water,” which came in with a leading 13 nods, took a leading four awards, including best production design, best score and best director for del Toro. He became the third Mexican-born filmmaker to win the award, joining his friends and countrymen Alejandro Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron — who once were dubbed “the Three Amigos.”

“The greatest thing that art does, and that our industry does, is erase the lines in the sand,” said del Toro, alluding to his international career.

Jordan Peele won for his script to his horror sensation “Get Out,” becoming the first African-American to win for best original screenplay. Peele said he stopped writing it “20 times,” skeptical that it would ever get made.

“But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone would let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it,” said Peele. “So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”

In a year lacking a clear front-runner the awards were spread around. Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” landed three awards, all for its technical craft: editing, sound editing and sound design.

Things went expected in the acting categories, where Frances McDormand won her second Oscar for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” McDormand asked all the attending female nominees stand up in the theater.

“Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing,” declared McDormand. “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen, Inclusion Rider.”

Subbing for last year’s best-actor winner, Casey Affleck, in presenting the best-actress award were Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence. “It’s a new day in Hollywood,” said Lawrence.

Three widely admired veteran actors won their first Oscars. Gary Oldman won for his Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour,” Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) took best supporting actress, and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) won best supporting actor. Oldman thanked his “99-years young” mother. “Put the kettle on,” he told her. “I’m bringing Oscar home.”

But many of the show’s most powerful moments came in between the awards. Ashley Judd, Anabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek — who all made allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein — together assembled for a mid-show segment dedicated to the #MeToo movement that has followed the downfall of Weinstein, long an Oscar heavyweight. They were met by a standing ovation.

“We work together to make sure the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion and intersectionality,” said Judd. “That’s what this year has promised us.”

Host Jimmy Kimmel opened with a monologue that mixed Weinstein punchlines with earnest comments about reforming gender equality in Hollywood. And of course, Kimmel — returning to the scene of the flub — dove straight into material about last year’s infamous best-picture mix-up.

“I do want to mention, this year, when you hear your name called, don’t get up right away,” said Kimmel. “Give us a minute.”

But while Kimmel spent a few moments on the fiasco known as Envelopegate, he expended far more minutes frankly and soberly discussing the parade of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the revelations regarding Weinstein. Kimmel cited the industry’s poor record for female directors and equal pay.

“We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore,” said Kimmel. “The world is watching us.”

Gesturing to a giant statue on the stage, he praised Oscar, himself for keeping “his hands where you can see them” and for having “no penis at all.” But Kimmel introduced the broadcast as “a night for positivity,” and cited, among other things, the box-office success of “Black Panther” and “Wonder Woman.”

“I remember a time when the major studios didn’t believe a woman or a minority could open a superhero movie — and the reason I remember that time is because it was March of last year,” said Kimmel.

Several cinema legends won their first Oscar. James Ivory, 89, won best adapted screenplay for his script to the coming-of-age drama “Call Me By Your Name,” becoming the oldest winner ever. After 14 nominations, revered cinematographer Roger Deakins finally won for his photography on “Blade Runner 2049.” In the category, Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”) became the first woman nominated for best cinematography.

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani joined Kenyan-born Lupita Nyong’o to salute the so-called Dreamers — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children and here without permanent protection from deportation. “Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America. And, so, to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you,” Nanjiani said.

Later, Pixar’s colorful ode to Mexican culture “Coco” won best animated film as well as best song for “Remember Me.” Best foreign language film went to Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastian Lelio’s drama starring transgender actress Daniela Vega.

“The biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico,” said director Lee Unkrich to loud applause. “Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

Netflix scored its first feature-film Oscar, with best documentary going to “Icarus,” Bryan Fogel’s investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory who candidly discussed the doping scheme under Vladimir Putin. Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, “our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger.”

“Darkest Hour” won for best makeup. The period romance “Phantom Thread” won for costume design.

The ceremony was the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most turbulent awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.

No Golden Globes-style fashion protest was held by organizers of Time’s Up, the initiative begun by several hundred prominent women in entertainment to combat sexual harassment. Their goals go beyond red carpets, organizers said in the lead-up to the Oscars. “We did the dress code thing and now we’re doing the work,” said #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the red carpet.

The parade of sexual harassment allegations made the normal superficial red carpet a place of sometimes more serious discussion than attire. Scrutiny fell Sunday on E! host Ryan Seacrest after his former stylist, Suzie Hardy, alleged sexual harassment against the red-carpet regular. Seacrest has denied it and E! has supported him. Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige said Seacrest is “fighting for his life right now.”

Twenty years ago, a “Titanic” sweep won record ratings for the Oscar broadcast. But ratings have recently been declining. Last year’s show drew 32.9 million viewers for ABC, a 4 percent drop from the prior year. Even more worrisome was a slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 percent from 2016.

Movie attendance also hit a 24-year low in 2017. But this year is already off to a strong start, thanks largely to Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” which many analysts believe will play a prominent role at next year’s Oscars. In three weeks, it has already grossed about $500 million domestically. The film’s star, Chadwick Boseman, was placed front-and-center, at the Dolby Theatre.

This year, the academy prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show.

With just a few minutes before the show started, Kimmel and his team emerged from his dressing room chanting, “Let’s get it right this time!”



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