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Simmba, Raazi, Andhadhun – which was your favourite movie of 2018?

Which is the best film of 2018 – Raazi, Andhadhun, Stree, Veere Di Wedding, Simmba, Padmaavat?

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Bollywood is known for making the highest number of films a year across the globe, but the quality varies. 2018 proved to be a joyous year for Bollywood as every month clocked in a film release that did well. 2018 redeemed a not-so-happening 2017, in terms of content in comparison. The genres explored were different, and the audiences, receptive.   Where a big film like Sanju fared well, small films like Badhaai Ho too got what they  deserved.

# Padmaavat: After struggling to release for a long period of time, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s (SLB) magnum opus Padmaavat finally hit the screens on January 25 2018. Earning 302.15 Cr at the domestic Box Office, the film went ahead to be the first highest grosser of the year. SLB is known to make grand, larger-than-life films and Padmaavat was a step ahead. Whether it was the magnificent sets, the songs, the acting, or the choreographies, everything was on point, and SLB’s attention to detail is legendary. Ranveer Singh stole the show, playing the bad man Allaudin Khilji with finesse. This film was also a third high grosser in a row for the Bhansali-Ranveer-Deepika combination.

# Padman: Akshay Kumar chose a taboo topic and nailed it with his performance. While menstrual health is neglected in India, Padman talked about a man who started a sanitary pad manufacturing unit in a small village. Padman earned Rs 81.82 crore in the domestic market, and considering the budget, this was profitable. The audience appreciated this not-so-familiar concept, and the film went on to be a successful one. We need directors like R.Balki to bring out such issues in our society, and make it acceptable to the Janta Janardhan.

# RaaziBased on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka, Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi revolved around Sehmat, an Indian spy played by Alia Bhatt. Meghna’s crisp direction and Alia’s versatile acting skills made this film a must watch. The film garnered good reviews and turned out to be Box Office success as well. Vicky Kaushal in the role of a Pakistani Army man was loved and celebrated by people, adding yet another good performance to his kitty. Raazi was a hit at the Box Office, earning Rs 123.84 crore.

# Veere Di Wedding: The story of a girl gang of four, of uncertain age, with their life problems, Veere Di Wedding had mixed reactions, but mostly positive. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, the film was a take on how new-age girls are perceived, and how they tackle their issues in the patriarchal society that we live in while enjoying the journey. Veere Di Wedding had its own niche audience, majorly girls, probably because they could relate to it more. The film garnered Rs 81.39 crore at the domestic market, which was fair enough.

# Sanju: Sanjay Dutt has had a most adventurous life, and when Rajkumar Hirani decided to showcase his journey and struggles on the big screen, it was the most anticipated film of 2018.  Sanju managed to break many Box Office records and claimed its position to be the highest grosser of the year collecting Rs 348.53 crore at the domestic Box Office. Ranbir Kapoor’s acting was appreciated by everyone and Vicky Kaushal managed to grab the limelight in the supporting role of Kamli (Sanju’s best friend)

# Stree: One of the most profitable films of the year, Stree was an unusual take on the society we live in. With a cast like Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Shraddha Kapoor, etc., the film brought some good performances to the table. This horror comedy story with a message was loved and celebrated, making it a hit. Stree, made at a budget of Rs 23-24 crore, turned out to be one of the most profitable films of the year, grossing Rs 129.90 crore at the domestic Box Office, iterating that content still rules over and beyond the budget.

# Andhadhun: Known to play unique roles, Ayushmann Khurrana got a film he will be remembered for. A thriller like no other in Bollywood, Andhadhun without a doubt, deserves to pack the position of one of the best films of 2018. With superb performances by Tabu, Radhika Apte and Ayushmann, and  Sriram Raghvan’s masterful direction, the film was a winner all the way. Andhadhun went on to make Rs 74.58 crore on the domestic Box Office.

# Badhaai Ho: What if a lady gets pregnant in her 50’s? How will people react? Will her family accept it? What will they go through? Badhaai Ho was a very risky thought to conceptualise, but director Amit Sharma handled the film right on track and gave us a treat to watch. 2018 belonged to Ayushmann Khurana and for all the right reasons. Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao  were the brilliant actors who made this film what it is.  Badhaai Ho entered the most profitable film of the year club earning Rs 137.59 crore in India. Also, this is Ayushmann’s first film that crossed the 100 Cr mark.

# Simmba: Ranveer Singh’s first ‘in and as’ Simmba was the dessert we all needed, after a year of consumption of an amazing menu of variety and content. Simmba was fun, vibrant, whistle-worthy, and had Ranveer in all the single-screen hero glory. We need films like these where we leave brains, logic, expectations and everything behind and enjoy. Not just the film, but even the music album of this film will be on loop at parties for a long time. Director Rohit Shetty’s trademark masala entertainer collected Rs 75.11 crore in just 3 days of its release and is still running successfully in the theatres.

Last year was the year of good content and superb performances. We hope 2019 has the same and more of that in store for us! In the meantime, tell us which is your favourite movie of 2018? Vote in the poll above and let us know!


Kesari: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all you need to know about the movie!

Here’s everything you need to know about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari!

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Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra’s Kesari is one of the most exciting films of the year. After years of planning, back and forth, controversies and much more, the movie is finally complete. It’s up for release on Holi (March 21) and we can’t wait to see it, especially after looking at the promos. The teasers were fantastic, but the trailer took our breath away. Kesari‘s action sequences and plot seem engaging. Some impressive songs have also caught our attention, especially the latest one – Teri Mitti. With the release date just around the corner, we thought of compiling everything you guys need to know about the movie. And present it to you in an interesting way. So read on to know Kesari‘s review, budget, box office collection, controversy, story, cast, stills – all the important information right here.

Kesari Story

From what we know, Kesari revolves around the Battle of Saragarhi (1897). It was the bravest battle ever fought. Why bravest? Well, because 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army fought more than 10000 Afghans. Havildar Ishar Singh was the leader of the Sikh regiment, which was marked in Kesari (saffron) colour. Symbolising valor, the regiment was protecting Fort Saragarhi, which was an important relay station as the British Empire infiltrated Afghanistan. Though the 20 soldiers under Halvidar Ishar Singh were undisciplined and the Sikh leader of the Army himself was sent to the fort as a punishment, they fought the battle with bravery. Though they all lost their lives in the epic battle, they managed to kill several Afghans and held the fort for a very long time. It is an inspiring tale, which we are sure you’ll love to watch on the big screen.

Kesari Cast

Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra play titular roles. Edward Sonnenblick, R. Bhakti Klein, Mark Bennington, Toranj Kayvon, Rimple Dhindsa play pivotal roles. Vikram Kochhar, Bhawani Muzamil, Mir Sarwar, Sonia Albizuri, Rakesh Chaturvedi Om, amongst others are also a part of Kesari.

Kesari Crew

Anurag Singh is the director of Kesari, who is assisted by AD Harshit Bhatia. The film’s story is written by Girish Kohli and Anurag Singh. And while Parvez Shaikh and Lawrence Woodward are the action directors, Ganesh Acharya and Vijay Ganguly are the choreographers. Amar Butala is the co-producer, while Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Sunir Kheterpal are the co-producers. Navmeet Singh is the line producer.

The music composers include Tanishk Bagchi, Chirrantan Bhatt, Arko, Jasbir Jassi, Gurmoh and Jasleen Royal. On the other hand, Kumaar, Manoj Muntashir and Kunwar Juneja have written the lyrics for the songs. And while the cinematography is done by Anshul Chobey, the film editing is done by Manish More. Lastly, the costume design is by Sheetal Sharma and casting By Jogi Mallang (Jogi).

Kesari Controversies

While Kesari has not run into any controversy yet, there are a few things that did crop up. The first and the biggest one was Salman Khan walking away from the project. Karan Johar had announced a couple of years ago that he along with Salman and Akshay Kumar would produce this film. However, after Salman split with his manager Reshma Shetty, he walked out of this project as well.

Another blip was when Karan Johar announced Parineeti Chopra as the lead heroine of the movie. While he made the announcement, he attached Akshay Kumar’s still from the movie. Twitterati jumped onto it and slammed him and made jokes on KJo. He quickly deleted it and posted the announcement with a picture of Parineeti Chopra.

A set constructed at Wai, Maharashtra also caught fire during the shoot. While reports suggest that fireworks and ammunition used during the filming of the movie set off the fire, no official confirmation has been given. Reportedly, Rs 8 – 10 crore loss was incurred and the shooting was stalled for nearly a month.

Kesari Release date

Kesari is all set to release on Holi, which is on March 21 this year. That means the movie will release on a Thursday. And with that, the action-packed period drama will enjoy a four-day extended weekend.

Kesari Posters

The team of Kesari has released several posters. Some showcasing valor and pride, others showing the battle-ready avatar of Akshay Kumar. All these posters have caught everyone’s attention. Check each and every poster right here.

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Kesari Stills

We have seen several movie stills of Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and the Kesari team. Each and every picture looks exquisite and we can’t wait to see them on the big screen. Check out all the film stills right here.

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Kesari Trailer

While the trailer was released sometime back, it did create a massive buzz. It was heart-warming and engaging. The action sequences were out of the world, while the dialogues packed a punch. Akshay Kumar stole our hearts, while Parineeti Chopra’s screen presence was appreciated. Check out the Kesari trailer right here.

Kesari Songs

The songs of Kesari are fantastic too. From Sanu Kehndi to Ajj Singh Garjega and Teri Mitti, each track has impressed one and all. In fact, they are being played on the loop by everyone. Check out all the songs right here.

Kesari Promos

Apart from the trailer and songs, the makers have dropped several promos of the movie. From dialogue promos to the making videos, each one will leave you captivated. Check them out right here.

Kesari Budget

The budget of Kesari is around Rs 80 – 100 crore, which includes all the costs of making the movie and promoting it. This puts the movie in the mid to big-budget film bracket.

Kesari Screen-count

While there is no confirmation on the screen space, Kesari should get 3000 plus screens across India. The movie will surely work in both multiplexes as well as single screens. So it will get a fair share of both.

Kesari Box Office Predictions

Everyone is already predicting how much Kesari will earn at the box office. According to Super Cinema, Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film might open around Rs 28 – 30 crore on day 1. This will translate to a Rs 100 crore plus weekend. But it remains to be seen how much the movie will earn at the box office.

Kesari Box Office Collection

The box office collections of Kesari are still awaited. Make sure to stay tuned to this space as we get you all the collections as well as reports right here.

Kesari Review

We still have to review Kesari. Stay tuned for our mid-movie and full review right here.

Kesari Public Review

The public review of Kesari is still awaited, but what do you think? How will it be?

So there you have it! That was everything you needed to know about Kesari. How excited are you about Akshay Kumar – Parineeti Chopra’s film? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news, updates and gossip about Kesari right here.

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Alia Bhatt cannot stop smiling as she celebrates her birthday in the most special way – view pics

Alia Bhatt gets warm wishes from the media on her birthday

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Not just a pretty face, she’s also a very talented actress, and more than anything, a beautiful soul. We’re talking about none other than Alia Bhatt. Ms Bhatt turned 26 today and her friends made it a special one for her. Her close buddies Karan Johar, Anushka Ranjan, Ayan Mukerji and boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor brought in her birthday at her Juhu apartment. Her parents Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan were also present for the celebrations.

This afternoon too was special for Alia as she celebrated her birthday with the media. She was given a bouquet of flowers and a sketch of her close-up photo. She cut the cake and seemed very happy in the pictures while she celebrated her birthday with the media. The Brahmastra beauty chose a simple black dress teamed with a pair of silver holographic daddy sneakers, and her cute smile was the perfect cherry on the top. What’s more? She also clicked selfies with the media folks.






The Highway actress is on cloud nine as it has been a great start of the year for her with Gully Boy. And now, her upcoming movies Kalank and Brahmastra have also created a buzz among the masses. Alia will also be making her Telugu debut with Baahubali director S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR.

We wish Alia a very happy birthday!

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Deepika Padukone unveils her wax statue and Ranveer Singh couldn’t take his eyes off it

Deepika Padukone unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London

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The Bollywood Diva Deepika Padukone’s most-awaited wax statue has been finally unveiled and it is nothing but gorgeous. Deepika was accompanied by husband Ranveer Singh and he couldn’t take his eyes off the statue. While she was in London to unveil the statue, Deepika went live on her Instagram handle for her fans who were equally excited about the event. Last year, she had even posted a picture on Instagram while choosing the eye-colour for her wax-statue.

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The statue is an exact replica of the actress from IIFA 2016 when she wore a champagne-coloured lehenga with a sheer net cape over it. She had accessorized this Sabyasachi creation with diamond-emerald jewellery. This was one of the many iconic sartorial choices from her wardrobe.

At the unveiling of the wax statue, Ranveer was awestruck and he asked, ‘Can I take it home?’

Aww! Deepika was not only accompanied by Ranveer but also by her parents and in-laws for the event.

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The wax statue definitely depicts her success across the globe just like the other Indian icons who have their wax statues at Madame Tussauds. The list includes Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit Nene. And now Deepika is one of them. Aren’t we just proud of her?

On the work front, the actress is working on her film Chhapaak which is a Megha Gulzar directorial. The film is based on the acid-attack survivor, Lakshmi Agarwal. Deepika is not just acting in the film but is also co-producing it. We’re eagerly looking forward to this project as it’s been a while since we last saw the actress on the big screen. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for the latest updates from the world of Bollywood.

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