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Gully Boy: 5 reasons you should watch Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s film right away

Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy is a masterpiece and here is why you should watch it immediately!

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In Gully Boy, everything in the film happens parallel to the railway tracks that you pass every day. This is the world you are familiar with or at least know about. Director Zoya Akhtar has successfully done away with the tag of only making films around the rich, and made a never-to-fade mark with Gully Boy. RAP – or Rhythm & Poetry, is a point and pace that the film completely obeys. It happens very rarely that a film is larger than it appears, and you are fascinated by the world that the makers have created for you. We give you five reasons to dress up right away and rush to the nearest theatres to watch Gully Boy.

Acting:  Ranveer, in his last outings Simmba and Padmaavat, was loud, active, and always dance-ready. Zoya’s Ranveer is a complete opposite. Ranveer as Murad is patient, has thehrav on his face. He lets his eyes do the talking. Even when he breaks into dancing and singing, it’s in Murad’s style, not Ranveer’s. And Alia Bhatt is a revelation – Safeena is a girl who tries to live life on her own terms without her parents knowing about it. She loves Murad to the extent where she can even kill for him, without a second thought. Alia Bhatt plays the role with finesse. If Ranveer brings the patience, Alia drops the punk, and balances everything. Special mention for Siddhant Chaturvedi who plays MC Sher. He is lit!

Cinematography:  Some things are best unpolished. This film is an example. The tone isn’t polished, it’s raw and fresh. It lets you into its world. Drone shots by cinematographer Jay Oza of the Bombay 70 landscape blow life into it. Raps are fast but the cinematography is slow and steady, the camera takes its own time to move and absorbs you to an extent where you feel part of the experience. Yes, Ranveer does break the fourth wall once for a song sequence, but doesn’t break the link which is commendable.

Screenplay and Writing: The film talks about someone striving to achieve a dream, and struggling for it, but he isn’t leaving everything behind. Murad and Safeena, both don’t leave academics, they appear for exams and do well, unlike other films where protagonists generally leave everything behind in their struggle. Zoya in her last two ventures (Lust Stories, Gully Boy) has cracked a code via which she makes silences speak. No dialogues, just the eyes… goose flesh! It doesn’t start by setting base, it begins assuming you know what you have signed up for and it is well executed this time. Zoya and Reema Kagti shape the story in a way that you step into Murad’s shoes, you are him and live his moments. Writer Vijay Maurya, who also plays Murad’s uncle in the film, has penned downright authentic dialogues for this script. The dialogues ARE the language of the film.

Songs: The lyrics of the first song said Asli Hip-Hop Se Milaye Hindustan ko, and it does. The music album already has a separate fan-base. No obvious agenda of making a bold commentary on society, its taboos or current state, it’s just telling a story, and 54 musicians coming together makes it is worthwhile. Javed Akhtar’s soothing poetry and the beats and commentary from the ensemble rappers are a treat to our senses. Well written lyrics blended with right beats are on loop.

Scenes and Detailing: Did you really think Zoya wouldn’t sprinkle her magic here? She does, and how! A scene has Sky (Kalki Koechlin), Murad and a group of friends drawing graffiti on the walls and writing honest messages on posters and hoardings. It’s Zoya taking the world and paint it red. A moving effect was Murad travelling in local trains looking at people doing their monotonous jobs with dead faces, and himself turning into one while a poem plays in the background. Murad measuring the size of Sky’s bathroom and comparing it to his house, was a clever take, and so real. The detailing is on point at all times. Be it Ranveer’s body with no abs, and displaying hairy armpits, or Alia’s clothes being as simple as the story merited. Set in the slums, and shot in real slums and not made-up sets, enhances the authenticity.

Watching Gully Boy is a must for the Asli hip-hop, and for an Indian filmmaker taking the notch a few levels higher.








Hrithik Roshan’s box office track record is impressive and here’s proof

Before Super 30 releases, we analyse Hrithik Roshan’s track record at the box office in the last few years

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Hrithik Roshan. Picture courtesy: Instagram

Superstar Hrithik Roshan has won many hearts over the years. And while we haven’t seen him much on the big screen in the past few years, now he is all set to return to 70 mm with a bang in Super 30. Since Krrish 3 (2013), we’ve seen him take gaps. Mohenjo Daro‘s debacle was also an all new low for him. There were a lot of questions asked about his super-stardom and where he stands at the box office. But Hrithik Roshan bounced back with Kaabil once again proving his mettle. Now, two years later, the actor is coming out with his most unconventional and intriguing film, a biopic on mathematician Anand Kumar titled Super 30. While the film releases today (July 12), it is expected to do quite well at the box office, and with this we get down to analysing his previous track record.

If you look at Hrithik Roshan’s run at the box office through his last five films, you will realise that all the flak he faced was useless. All his last five releases, except for Mohenjo Daro, have earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office. In fact, his average per film box office collection over the last five releases is Rs 102 crore, which is huge. Some top stars also don’t promise such a return. Clearly, he does command a fan following and has done some decent films or else how would the movies work?

Here’s a break down of Hrithik Roshan’s recent box office track record:

Sr. NoFilmBox office collection (in Rs crore)
2Krrish 3245
3Bang Bang175
4Mohenjo Daro60

Talking about Hrithik Roshan’s track record, Akshaye Rathi revealed to us exclusively, “Hrithik is one of those actors who has some incredible assets in his bucket. He has got the looks, he is phenomenal with action, he is fabulous with dancing and he is terrific as an actor. He also commands a massive fan following, so that helps his track record at the box office. But a lot of his choices, in my opinion, have not done justice to his merit and popularity as a star. A lot of the films he did, could’ve been done by any star. However, there are certain films like a Bang Bang or a Krrish, which no other actor can do, like he can! He needs to use his stardom optimally.”

With Super 30 out today (July 12), we are keen to know how the film performs and how much of praise does Hrithik Roshan garner. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip.

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Kabir Singh, Uri, Bharat – the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of the first half of 2019

Which was the highest grossing Bollywood film of the first half of 2019? Find out!

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Shahid Kapoor in a still from Kabir Singh, Vicky Kaushal in a still from Uri: The Surgical Strike and Salman Khan in a still from Bharat. Pic courtesy: Instagram

Bollywood took a brilliant start to 2019 with back to back massive hits in the first three months. The first quarter was really fantastic with massive hits like Uri: The Surgical, Total Dhamaal, Kesari, Gully Boy and so on! The second quarter, on the other hand, did see some disappointments like Kalank, Student of the Year 2 and India’s Most Wanted. Things did slow down at the ticket window and the trade was worried. But Bollywood bounced back with back to back blockbusters – Bharat and Kabir Singh. And with that the Hindi film industry ended the first half of 2019 with a bang. But which is the highest grossing film of 2019 till now?

Well, with Kabir Singh continuing its box office run and with it estimated to earn a lifetime collection of Rs 250 crore, it is going to be the highest grossing film of the first half of 2019. Uri: The Surgical Strike and Bharat follow suit and complete the top 3 highest grossing films of the first half of 2019. Kesari, Total Dhamaal, Gully Boy, De De Pyaar De, Luka Chuppi, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Badla follow suit and complete the top 10 list.

Check out the list of top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of the first half of 2019 right here:

Sr. NoActorBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Kabir Singh250*
2Uri: The Surgical Strike245
5Total Dhamaal155
6Gully Boy140
7De De Pyaar De105
8Luka Chuppi95
9Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi90

If you look at the collections, the top 10 itself have collected Rs 1280 crore at the box office. If we add the collection of the other 50 odd releases over the past six months, you will realise that Bollywood has collected nearly Rs 1750 crore at the box office in the first half of 2019. This is a very decent amount! With several massive films coming up in the second half, we are quite excited to see how it pans out for Bollywood in 2019. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip right here.

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Kiara Advani, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif – the top 10 highest grossing actresses of the first half of 2019

Who is the highest grossing actress of the first half of 2019? Find out right here!

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Kiara Advani, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif. Pic courtesy: Instagram

Madhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra dominated the first quarter of 2019 amongst the actresses. And while the second quarter saw a few disappointments in terms of films, Bharat and Kabir Singh changed it around. With that Bollywood ended the first half of 2019 on a high! But have these three actresses been displaced from their positions? Yes, they are! So who is the highest grossing Bollywood actress of the first half of 2019? Read on to find out!

Kiara Advani’s Kabir Singh has set the box office on fire ever since it released on June 21. With the movie set to rake in Rs 250 crore in its lifetime run, Kiara Advani will be the highest grossing actress of the first half of 2019. Madhuri Dixit (Total Dhamaal, Kalank) and Alia Bhatt (Gully Boy, Kalank) complete the top 3, consolidating their position from the first quarter with the release of Kalank. Katrina Kaif (Bharat), Parineeti Chopra (Kesari), Rakul Preet Singh (De De Pyaar De), Kriti Sanon (Luka Chuppi), Taapsee Pannu (Badla, Game Over), Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi) and Ananya Panday (Student of the Year 2) follow suit and complete the top 10 list!

Check out the list of top 10 highest grossing actresses of the first half of 2019 right here:

Sr. NoActressBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Kiara Advani250*
2Madhuri Dixit235
3Alia Bhatt220
4Katrina Kaif210
5Parineeti Chopra150
6Rakul Preet Singh110
7Kriti Sanon95
8Taapsee Pannu94
9Kangana Ranaut90
10Ananya Panday70

With Parineeti Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Kriti Sanon, Tapsee Pannu, Rakul Preet Singh having releases in the second half of 2019, we are sure they will consolidate on their positions. We will also see a few new entrants in the list in the second half too, with Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi Singh, Bhumi Pednekar having a couple of releases each! In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz as we get you all the news, updates and gossip from the world of Bollywood right here.

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