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Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali have a fixation of shooting at these locations

After seeing Rohit Shetty shooting for Sooryavanshi in Goa, we bring to you 5 directors and their favourite shooting locations

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Directors and their favourite locations in Bollywood
Rohit Shetty, Karan Johar, Imtiaz Ali have a fixation of shooting at these locations

Director Rohit Shetty is in Goa working on his next film with Akshay Kumar titled Sooryavanshi. After the massive success of Simmba, Rohit has jumped into the preparations for this new cop drama. And let us tell you, Goa is Rohit’s favourite spot to shoot if you have noticed, a majority of his films are based there. From tossing cars in the air to showing amazing beaches and vibrant streets seem to be the directors pick. Filmmaking is a process that involves many things of which location is the most important aspect. To contribute to the film’s right tone, location matter a lot and many directors in Bollywood have their unique obsession with a few locations, check out five favourite ones here:

Rohit Shetty – Goa

Rohit Shetty on the sets of Dilwale

The comedy franchise Golmaal, the rom-com Dilwale, both instalments of the action drama Singham, Rohit Shetty has taken the risk to set all his films in Goa. And the plus point is, the director makes it visually appealing every time. Known for flying cars and vibrant setups Rohit is one of the few directors who makes the no harm action-packed dramas in the current slot.

Imtiaz Ali – Snow-clad North

Imtiaz Ali on the sets of Highway

Be it Jab We MetLaila Majnu, Highway or even Rockstar, most of these films have been set in snow clad regions. Director Imtiaz Ali seems to have a special affection with the snowy hills. This director has shown us amazing locations in his films which have only left us in admiration. Apart from our love for Imtiaz’s storytelling we also love how he makes us explore the world through his lens.

Karan Johar – London, New York

Karan johar on the sets

Known to make films based on NRI’s, Karan Johar and his love triangles have travelled throughout London and New York. Remember the beautiful song sequence Karan Johar gave us in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna with Rani Mukherjee and Shah Rukh Khan romancing on the New York streets? His film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham had an Indian family getting settled in foreign and even his last directorial Aae Dil Hai Mushkil was set in London, which proves how international locations are KJo’s favourite.

Madhur Bhandarkar – Mumbai

Madhur Bhandarkar on the sets of heroine

Realistic filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has always managed to capture the natural essence of Mumbai in his heart-wrenching stories.  From exploring the dark side of the city Traffic Signal to capturing the city’s glamorous slice in Fashion, Bhandarkar has always shot his films in Mumbai. Some of his other amazing works are Heroine, Chandni Bar, etc.

Zoya Akhtar- Europe

Zoya Akhtar on the sets of Dil Dhadakne Do

Ever since you saw three friends head out on a trip in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, haven’t you dreamt of having one such vacation? Well, if Zoya Akhtar has tempted you to go on a cruise like the Dil Dhadakne Do cast, then let us tell you for both Imtiaz and Zoya world is their canvas. In fact, let us tell you that shooting for a Zoya Akhtar film is one fancy outing the actors get, but that is what is the beauty of this filmmaker.

Tell us which from the above is your favourite filmmaker? Comment in the section below. Also, stay tuned to CineBlitz for amazing Bollywood updates.

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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
3Bharat210
4Kesari150
5Total Dhamaal155
6Gully Boy140
7De De Pyaar De105
8Luka Chuppi95
9Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi90
10Badla90
Total1280

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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Ajay Devgn, Shahid Kapoor, Salman Khan – the top 10 highest grossing actors of the first half of 2019

Who is the highest grossing Bollywood actor of the first half of 2019? Find out!

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Ajay Devgn, Shahid Kapoor and Salman Khan. Pic courtesy: Instagram.

Vicky Kaushal, Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor dominated the list of highest grossing actors in the first qaurter of 2019. But looks like there’s been a change after the second quarter! While Ajay Devgn consolidated on his position and took over the lead, the massive success of Kabir Singh and Bharat meant Shahid Kapoor and Salman Khan also entered the list. But how do all the actors stack up in the list of top grossing Bollywood actors at the end of the first half of 2019? Read on to find out!

Currently, Ajay Devgn (Total Dhamaal, De De Pyaar De) holds the top spot, with Shahid Kapoor coming in second spot (Kabir Singh is expected to earn Rs 250 crore in its lifetime run). Meanwhile, Vicky Kaushal (Uri: The Surgical Strike) holds on to the last podium position. Salman Khan (Bharat), Anil Kapoor (Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Total Dhamaal), Akshay Kumar (Kesari), Ranveer Singh (Gully Boy), Kartik Aaryan (Luka Chuppi), Amitabh Bachchan (Badla) and Varun Dhawan (Kalank) follow suit and complete the top 10 list.

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

Sr. NoActorBox office collection (in Rs crore)
1Ajay Devgn260
2Shahid Kapoor250*
3Vicky Kaushal245
4Salman Khan210
5Anil Kapoor175
6Akshay Kumar150
7Ranveer Singh140
8Kartik Aaryan95
9Amitabh Bachchan90
10Varun Dhawan80

With Akshay Kumar, Anil Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan and Salman Khan having releases in the second half, we are sure they will consolidate their positions in the list. We may even see new entrants with Hrithik Roshan, Prabhas, Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sidharth Malhotra and Sushant Singh Rajput having some big releases in the second half of 2019. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more Bollywood news, updates and gossip right here.

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