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Salman Khan's Bharat to enter 200 crore club

MUMBAI, June 15: Ten days and a little over Rs 180 crore later, Salman Khan's Bharat has entered the safe territory of Rs 200 cr club for sure.

The film had benefitted immensely from zero competition in the past, present or future. There was no other film in the running at its arrival, no clash with another film on release and no competition on the Friday to follow.

As a matter of fact there is some sort of sustenance in the second weekend so far made possible as there is no other Hindi film option for the audience. That would ensure a 200 crore club entry for the mega budgeted film which would still ultimately emerge as a hit. However, when it comes to a film like Bharat, earnings in the vicinity of Rs 200 crore is not enough. A film needs to go much beyond that.

It has to be seen if Salman Khan's Rs 210 crore total of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo would be beaten by Bharat in the final run. As for the superstar's next big film, Kick, which collected Rs 232 crore in its lifetime run, way back in 2014, will be totally out of reach for Bharat.

Now all eyes are on Dabangg 3 to bring back the kind of magic that is associated with Salman Khan's films. Given the Christmas release of the film, one hopes to see the superstar back in the 300 crore club fold.

Salman Khan delivers 14th Rs 100 cr film with Bharat

MUMBAI, June 10: Actor Salman Khan may have delivered the 14th consecutive Rs 100 crore hit of his career with Bharat, but the film may need one more day to hit the Rs 150 crore mark. According to a report in Box Office India, the film suffered a blow from Sunday’s cricket World Cup match between India and Australia, and may not be able to record a Rs 150 crore extended weekend, as fans had expected.

Bharat, which also stars Katrina Kaif, has made approximately Rs 143 crore so far. The film released on Wednesday, on Eid.

According to the official Twitter page of the film, in which Salman can be seen in six different looks -- from a young circus performer to a 60-year-old man -- “strong word of mouth” is helping attract families to the theatres.

While Katrina also thanked fans for making it a success, Salman Khan has already penned a note for them for thronging to the theatres on the film’s first day of release, and giving him his biggest opening ever.

“Big thank you to all for giving me my career’s biggest opening ever,” Salman had tweeted a day after the film released. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film’s opening day collection was Rs 42.30 crore.

Salman’s Rs 100 crore streak began with Dabangg, followed by Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Jai Ho, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sultan, Tubelight, Tiger Zinda Hai and Race 3. Taking note of the feat, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: “As Bharat cruises past Rs 100 crore mark, Salman Khan sets another benchmark: Highest number of films in Rs 100 crore + club... The tally rises to 14 with Bharat.”

Salman has three films in the Rs 300 crore club, two in the Rs 200 crore club and nine in the Rs 100 crore club at the Indian box office.

Rishi Kapoor is cancer-free

MUMBAI, April 30: It has been seven months since veteran actor Rishi Kapoor left his fans shocked after he shared on social media that he would be leaving for America for “some medical treatment” and there have been various stories about his undisclosed ailment. And now, putting all speculation to rest, filmmaker Rahul Rawail, yesterday shared a happy news.

Posting a picture of Rishi and himself, Rahul wrote: “RISHI KAPOOR (CHINTU) is CANCER FREE!!!!” It is not clear if the picture is a recent one. When contacted, Rahul told us, “Yes, Rishi is absolutely cancer free, now. I haven’t met him but spoke to him over the phone. He called me in the morning [Tuesday] and gave me the [good] news that he has totally recovered from cancer. There’s just a small follow up and procedure that he needs to get done to ensure that there is no recurrence anytime. So, that’s all that is left now.”

When asked if the actor would be coming back to India anytime soon, Rawail added, “I have no idea on that, yet. But he definitely wants to come back as soon as he can. Also, it has been a very personal conversation with him, so that’s all I can share.”

We also got in touch with Rishi’s elder brother, Randhir Kapoor, and he, too, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, he is much better, and he will come back soon. [On whether he is completely cured], he’s on his way to full recovery and it takes time, he’s got to finish the whole course, but he’s fine.”

Rishi’s daughter, Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, is also relieved that her father is on his way to recovery. Though she said she would not like to comment on her dad, she told us, “Yes, he is recovering. With everybody’s prayers and wishes he is doing well.”

While there has been no official statement from the family, the actor’s wife, Neetu Kapoor, did give a hint about Rishi’s ailment, when she posted a picture from the family’s New Year’s celebration and wrote, “Happy 2019. No resolutions only wishes this year !!! Less pollution traffic!! Hope in future cancer is only a zodiac sign!!! No hatred less poverty loads of love togetherness happiness n most imp. Good health.”

Even though Rishi has been away for all this while, he made sure that he stayed connected with his fans and fraternity through Twitter. Not just this, several Bollywood celebrities including Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sonali Bendre , Maniesh Paul, also visited the senior actor in New York, and shared pictures on social media.


Deepika Padukone declares Ranveer Singh Husband No. 1

MUMBAI, March 5: Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are easily one of the most-loved couples of Bollywood and the duo never shies away from showing their love for each other. The hype around their wedding and their many receptions may have died down, but the craze for the couple has only increased.

In the past, Ranveer would subtly hint at his affection for her but Deepika has always shied away from being upfront about it. However, all that is in the past and Deepika is proudly wearing her love on her sleeve, or her social media account to be more precise.
On Monday, Ranveer shared a picture of his on the cover of a glossy called Grazia. In no time, Deepika commented on it, calling her husband, “Cutie No 1, Hottie No 1 and Husband No 1”.

Ranveer, wearing a dull grey semi formal suit with a printed shirt and hair tossed to his right, makes a pretty picture. He is seated on a sofa and looks calm, a far cry from his hyper-energetic self. In fact, so good is the effect, that even his Simmba star Sara Ali Khan left fire emoji in the comments.

Ranveer and Deepika got married on November 14 and 15 in Italy’s Lake Como. What followed were three high profile wedding receptions in Bangalore and Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Deepika will soon be seen in a new commercial with her ex-flame Ranbir Kapoor, pictures of which went viral some time back. In fact, Ranveer was later asked if he felt insecure about Deepika working with Ranbir.

Speaking at an India Today event, Ranveer said: “Do I seem like an insecure person, really? I am not an insecure type at all. I am extremely secure in who I am and what I am. I know that nobody can love her the way I do, so it’s cool,” he said.

“Within six months of our relationship, sometime in 2012, I knew that she was the one. I knew that this the woman I wanted to marry and grow old with, this is the mother of my children. I just knew it. That’s it. I went about it that way. I nurtured it and cultivated it, I worked on it. She took her time to come around and I was patiently waiting. It was just a matter of time. It was whenever she wanted and whatever she wanted. But I just wanted her,” Ranveer also said about his wife.

On their respective work fronts, Deepika will soon get busy with her next film, Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak while Ranveer has already commenced work on his Kabir Khan film, ‘83.




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