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Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy has to compete with THESE Valentine’s week releases at the box office

Can Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy beat these top Valentine’s week releases at the box office?

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Zoya Akhtar directorial, Gully Boy, is set to release tomorrow (February 14, Valentine’s Day). And while everyone is excited to watch the movie, we are keen to see how it performs at the box office. Our trade expert has predicted that the Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer will open with a bang. But it has some competition! Yes, over the past five years, Valentine’s Day has been very crucial for films. Several movies are released in the Valentine’s week or on the day to capitalise on couples heading out and spending time together. In fact, we’ve seen movies even see a jump on V-Day!

So which movies will Gully Boy have to compete with? Well, it is Gunday (2014), Roy (2015), Sanam Re (2016), Fitoor (2016), Jolly LLB 2 (2017) and PadMan (2018). All the films, except Sanam Re and Fitoor performed well at the box office in the last five years. Looking at the lifetime collection of each movie, Jolly LLB 2 (Rs 120 crore) currently leads the way. PadMan (Rs 85 crore) and Gunday (Rs 80 crore) complete the top three. Roy (Rs 45 crore), Sanam Re (Rs 30 crore) and Fitoor (Rs 20 crore) are the other top grossers of the Valentine’s week. Gully Boy will have to compete with these six films. But will it beat Jolly LLB 2 and come out on top? Well, time will tell!

In the meantime, our trade expert – Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) predicts that Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy will collect Rs 20 crore on day 1. He feels it will go on to rake in Rs 75 crore over the extended 4-day weekend at the box office. Post that, everything depends on the content. If the film is good, it will easily rake in Rs 150 – 200 crore in its lifetime run. And with that, it will beat the other Valentine’s week releases. In the meantime, stay tuned to Cine Blitz as we get you news and gossip about Gully Boy.

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Before Badla, Amitabh Bachchan’s box office track record looks impressive

Badla actor Amitabh Bachchan is a bankable star and his track record at the box office is proof

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Amitabh Bachchan is one of the biggest superstars Bollywood has seen. In fact, his popularity across India is massive. He has been acting in Indian cinema for several decades and over time, he has become quite the bankable star. In fact, the megastar commands a huge following and can guarantee an opening even today. If you look at his last five releases before Badla, you will understand that he can assure you a considerable amount of money and profit even today. Just that everything depends on the script, the story, the actors and the size of release!

Looking at his last five releases and analysing them, you will realise that he is a pretty bankable star. In fact, with a limited release and low buzz, he could still garner Rs 20 crore for a film like TE3N (2016). And even though Sarkar 3 (2017) did not work due to the poor screenplay, he could make it earn Rs 10 crore. He delivered stand out performances in Pink (2017) and 102 Not Out (2016). And both of them had a fantastic lifetime collection. Pink, with a limited release, managed to collect Rs 70 crore. 102 Not Out, on the other hand, raked in Rs 50 crore. Thugs of Hindostan (2018) was his biggest release in the last decade. And though it was not good enough, it gave him his biggest collection, with a box office total of Rs 150 crore.

Talking about Amitabh Bachchan’s stature, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) mentioned, “Mr Bachchan is a legend in his own right. He’s been one of the biggest superstars the country has ever seen! But I really feel it is unfair to put the onus of the film’s recovery on him, because he is the pricey jewel on the crown. He decorates the film like no other actor can. So I guess as big a legend he is, I really feel it is unfair to draw parallels to his popularity in the business to the amount of money his films draw. He is like a MF Hussain painting today, you cannot really put a value to it. He is a thing to watch. Let’s not try and read into his stature. He is beyond that! He is priceless!”

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Before Badla, Taapsee Pannu has consistently raked in the moolah at the box office – here’s proof

Badla actress Taapsee Pannu is a consistent performer and her track record at the box office is proof

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Taapsee Pannu is one helluva actress. Her choice of roles and the conviction with which she pulls them off is fantastic. Yes, she might not call herself an A-lister yet. But Taapsee cannot deny the fact that she is a consistent performer. Not only for the audience, but also at the box office. Don’t believe us? Well, check out the actress’ box office track record before the release of Badla. And you will have your answer! In fact, she is so consistent, that she will pretty soon be one of the most bankable actresses of recent times.

Taking a look back at her last five releases, let us tell you that she has balanced her career well. From masala entertainers to commercial potboilers and some unconventional roles, she’s chosen it all. Her biggest hit till date is Judwaa 2 (2017), which saw her in a pivotal part. The movie raked in nearly Rs 150 crore, making her one of the few actresses to have managed to achieve this feat. Post that, she was seen in a very limited release – Dil Junglee (2018). And even though it did not do well due to its story , it did earn a meagre amount (Rs 2 crore) courtesy her fan following. Then started her consistent phase, which saw her deliver three back-to-back decent releases. And mind you, Soorma, Mulk and Manmarziyaan collected the amount it did because of her strong presence. While Soorma raked in Rs 35 crore, Manmarziyaan (Rs 30 crore) and Mulk (Rs 20 crore) followed suit with decent collections.

Talking about Taapsee Pannu’s track record, Akshaye Rathi reveals exclusively, “It is nice to see a young and fresh actress like her try out new roles. It is really great to see her take the onus of a film’s business on her shoulders. Like Mulk was a Taapsee Pannu film supported brilliantly by Mr Rishi Kapoor. If you look at Manmarziyaan, of course Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan were there. But Taapsee was also as responsible for the business of the film as they were! She is making some really brave choices. She balancing it up with films like Judwaa 2 and whole lot of others, which are commercial. That earns her a fan following and an audience base! I genuinely feel she is making some great moves. If she sustains and continues to deliver, then she will be a bankable star at the box office!”

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Sonchiriya: 5 reasons why you should watch the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer

Raw and real – here’s why you should not miss Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya

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Sonchiriya is metaphorically the search for the elusive – for absolution and redemption. All of us are looking for our Holy grails – or if you speak dacoit  –  our Sonchiriyas. Abhishek Chaubey’s film Sonchiriya makes an impression for many reasons. Here are the five main pillars that held up Sonchiriya, amongst others.

NO GLAMOURISATION:  A dacoit film where despite notoriety as dacoits, the characters were not made to look larger-than-life or like caricatures. They were human. They were immensely fallible. Their nobility was not magnified nor criminality minimised. More than anything, it ventured an insight into the mind of the rebel, who questioned his dharam even though he lived by a code, who suffered agony and guilt even though he could be trigger-happy. And the film portrayed the real hardships in life on the run in the ravines. No, the dacoits were not glorified nor glamourised. Abhishek Chaubey’s takes are raw and real. So the response is gut level. Every single time.

REAL REAL REAL: The fact that the film was shot in real locations lent it credibility like nothing else could. And it must have been no cakewalk, shooting in the arid and mountainous parts of MP, and the Chambal. A logistical nightmare for a cast and crew of near 400 people, to create the most real looking dacoit film made. The shooting in the interiors of Madhya Pradesh distinctly lacked in facilities. The sweat, the grime was all real. The thirst, and the crinkled eyes from too much harsh sunlight was also real. The authenticity and attention to detail in near every aspect- whether it was the dusty and worn clothes, shoes, the gamchas, the windblown hair, the dirt in the fingernails and on their skin wasn’t  applied), their hair-cuts, the costuming of each character, the dust in the air, everything looked real.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: The camera work by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan was riveting. Chilling in points and blazing in points, it was the director’s vision translated in the most unaffected manner. The very soul of the ravines, the stillness of the ponds, and the screaming torment of the rebels’ minds… the stench of their sweat came through the screens… the maggots and flies buzzing on a dead snake, the weariness in their pores, the recoil from the staccato firing of machine guns, everything was captured in unforgettable frames.

THE PERFECT CASTING: Every single actor right down to the last member of the supporting cast seemed chiselled from that very soil, landscape, mountains and deserts. Sushant Singh Rajput as Lakhna, dacoit chief – Dadda Man Singh played by Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey as Vakil Singh, Bhumi Pednekar as Indumati Tomar, Ashutosh Rana as the blood-thirsty vengeful policeman Virendra Singh Gujjar, and a horde of secondary cast played their parts perfectly. The dialogue delivery was noticeable, and since the Bundelkhandi dialect and accent is uncommon to the regular movie dialogues, it stood out, but rang no false notes. Apparently, in order for the cast to get acclimatised to speaking the accents, they made it mandatory for them to speak the same right through the shooting, even on breaks… sure enough, not one actor slipped up even once.  And Halleluiah, in the cause of authenticity, the dialogue which was rife with swearwords, sailed through the CBFC, without cuts, nothing short of a miracle!

HAUNTING MUSIC SCORE: Mercifully bereft of unnecessary songs, what played out in the score was soulfully eloquent and heartbreakingly beautiful music composed by Vishal Bhardwaj. So relieved to know that has not been set aside simply because he aced direction with a string of films. The right notes, and the right voices – Rekha Bhardwaj, Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, and Rajasthani folk singer Mame Khan nailed it for Varun Grover’s lyrics, except for two songs, Naina Na Maar, which had traditional lyrics, and was recreated by Ashok Mizaj Badr, and the Daaku anthem which had lyrics by Abhishek Nailwal and music by Ketan Sodha.

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