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Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Review: Tabu steals the show in this Kartik Aaryan film

For Kartik Aaryan fans, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 has all the masala to satiate their taste buds. It’s funny in places, tries to be scary most of the time, but like its title, its efforts get somewhere lost in a maze. Our takeaway is Tabu.

Movie Name: Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani
Director: Anees Bazmee

The 2007 Akshay Kumar-Vidya Balan-starter Bhool Bhulaiyaa was a game-changer in many ways. It created a folklore horror genre before we met the Strees and Paris of the world. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Manjulika paved the way for future Roohis and Strees.

In the 2022 revisit to the world of Bhool Bhulaiyaa, everything is amped up. The jokes sound like pages from someone’s stand-up act, the music has an EDM synth to it and the leads are, of course, two actors who scream modern-day showbiz stardom – Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani. The premise is again a haveli and Manjulika’s not gone anywhere. It’s been 18 years since she was locked up in that room with no end in sight and no one there to set her free. There is the staple brigade of the bumbling buffoon, led by Rajpal Yadav in his iconic getup and a few new faces. Then there is Kartik’s Babaji act, covering up a big lie about his relationship with Kiara and how they both end up crossing paths with Manjulika. Amidst all this madness and chaos, the one actor that stands tall and manages to give the film its much-needed pull is Tabu. She delivers a knock-out performance.

There are a lot of throwback moments and references to the original BB, starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja and Ameesha Patel, among others. But, comparing Kartik to Akshay is no fun because this will only take away the fun quotient from the movie-watching experience. Where the film works best is in its attempt to revisit the larger-than-life early 2000s movies with huge casts and bigger budgets. The writing of the film is also reminiscent of that period, with the punches and jokes written with a slapstick slant. The VFX and CGI are another strong asset and go a long way in making the film look good.

Among the performances, Tabu leads the pack. She sheds all inhibitions to play this tricky part. Despite some really cringe-worthy moments and loud dialogues, she manages to navigate the rocky terrain that this character has to offer. Kartik is easy on the eyes and totally in his element. This film is a reminder of how good he is at comedy and romance – two genres he’s come to ace. Kiara matches his timing in the big scenes and the two definitely have some crackling on-screen chemistry. Director Anees Bazmee, who is a master of this genre, weaves in the right humour in the right places.

On the flip side, BB2 struggles to stay cohesive and hold your attention. The writing is uneven and the small moments between characters often get lost in the jarring background score and jazzy special effects. Logic and reason have no space in the movie, which has superstition and black magic at their epicentre. Also, this is not a kid-friendly movie. The scenes depicting black magic and witchcraft are quite gory and disturbing. Another USP of the original, that was missing from the new flashy version, is the soundtrack. The songs barely register, and Mere Dholna 2.0 doesn’t hold a candle to the original.

Heropanti 2 Movie Review: Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui film is full paisa vasool

Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Heropanti 2 is a paisa vasool entertainer. But, it comes with its own flaws. The film released today, April 29.

Cast: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Ahmed Khan

What constitutes a Tiger Shroff film? Aerial kicks, a dollop of romance and a dash of misfit storyline is the perfect recipe and that is exactly what Heropanti 2 is. Starring Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Heropanti 2 is the much-awaited sequel to the film of the same name, which also featured Kriti Sanon.

The story begins with the introduction of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the role of a magician, digital fraudster and caring brother – Laila – all rolled into one. The story revolves around Laila (Nawazuddin) and Babloo Rawat (Tiger Shroff). While Babloo is constantly dodging Laila’s attacks, he is also trying to romance Laila’s sister, Inaaya (Tara Sutaria). What follows is a tussle between the heart and the mind and of course, between Babloo and Laila. Who wins? Does Babloo lose this time and will there be a third instalment to the popular franchise? Well, guess you would have to watch to know!

In the sequel, Babloo Ranawat is RJ, and a changed man now. We are introduced to his mother, played by Amrita Singh. The scenes between the duo seem stretched, and somewhat unnecessary. The story moves forward to show how Babloo ditched his life in India to move abroad and start a new chapter.

Be it the way Nawazuddin has stepped into the character of Laila or how he tackles action sequences, he is like butter on bread. His acting prowess is on clear display and he is a delight to watch. Tiger, as an actor, is his usual phenomenal self. He owns every scene, nails the action sequences and even gives romantic scenes a try. In one particular scene, where Tara and Tiger are left with no option but to fight for their lives, the actor shines and how!

Tara Sutaria AKA Inaaya plays the role of Tiger Shroff’s love interest. However, the actress has limited screen time and an even lesser role to play in the plot. The story moves forward to introduce Laila’s plan of stealing money from every citizen of India via his app called Pulse.

Helmed by choreographer-turned-filmmaker Ahmed Khan, the film has been shot in exotic locations with music given by maestro AR Rahman. However, this is not the regular Rahman music you might be expecting. Dafa Kar or Whistle Baja 2.0, the songs are catchy and stay with you even after the credits roll. They are cheeky and totally what we would expect from a masala entertainer. Tiger Shroff also turned singer with his debut song, Miss Hairan, which we can safely say is the new party number in town.

However, what failed to work was the storyline. With many gaps in the plot and unnecessary scenes, the 2-hour-22-minute movie could have easily been cut to an hour if not more. A bit more focus on the storyline, plot and character development are what Heropanti 2 lacked.

Jersey box office collection Day 1: Shahid Kapoor’s sports drama has a slow start

Shahid Kapoor-starrer Jersey released in theatres on April 22 and witnessed disappointing numbers at the box office. The film is directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri.

After many delays due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Shahid Kapoor’s Jersey finally opened in theatres on April 22. While critics lauded the intent of the film and Shahid’s performance, the film had an average opening at the box office.


JERSEY DAY 1 COLLECTION

Shahid Kapoor has proven his mettle as an actor with the emotional film, Jersey. However, the film witnessed a slow start at the box office. The early estimates for the film was Rs 4 crore, but according to box office reports, the film had a very average opening and witness low footfall in theatres.

Early estimates for Apr 22nd..

Hindi Movies – All India Nett:

  1. KGFChapter2 – ₹ 12 Crs
  2. #Jersey – ₹ 4 Crs

ABOUT JERSEY

Jersey is the Hindi remake of Nani’s Telugu film of the same title. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri who helmed the original, Jersey stars Shahid Kapoor in the role of a cricketer whose dreams of playing for the nation are fulfilled near his 40s. He takes the decision to return to the field to earn his son’s respect, since the rest of the world deems him a failure. The film also stars Mrunal Thakur.

KGF Chapter 2 Hindi becomes biggest opener in India, beats War

The Hindi version of Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2 is now the biggest opener in India. The film has surpassed Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s War’s opening day collections.

The Hindi version of Yash’s KGF: Chapter 2 is now the biggest opener in India. The film collected Rs 52.95 crore in India on its opening day. Directed by Prashanth Neel, the film is on its way to shattering several box office records. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film has surpassed the opening day records of Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff’s War and Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan.


KGF: CHAPTER 2 IS NOW THE BIGGEST OPENER IN INDIA

Director Prashanth Neel’s KGF: Chapter 2 hit the theatres on April 14. The film was postponed several times due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. KGF: Chapter 2 is taking the box office by storm.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to inform the fans that the Hindi version of KGF: Chapter 2 has surpassed the opening day records of War and Thugs of Hindostan.

ALL ABOUT KGF: CHAPTER 2

KGF: Chapter 2 is written and directed by Prashanth Neel. The film is produced by Vijay Kiragandur of Hombale Films. Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Srinidhi Shetty, Prakash Raj and Malavika Avinash play key roles in the film. Editor Ujwal Kulkarni, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda and music director Ravi Basrur form the technical crew.

RRR Hindi crosses Rs 200 crore mark in India, smashes another record

The Hindi version of SS Rajamouli’s RRR starring Jr NTR and Ram Charan entered the prestigious Rs 200 crore club. RRR is the second film to surpass Rs 200 crore-mark in the post-pandemic era.

Director SS Rajamouli’s RRR is a raging hit across the globe. The Hindi version of RRR is performing exceptionally well. On April 6, the Hindi version of RRR crossed the Rs 200 crore-mark in India and is still going strong. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, RRR is the second film to achieve this milestone in the post-pandemic era. Earlier, Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rise minted over Rs 100 crore in the North belt.


RRR HINDI CROSSES RS 200 CRORE IN INDIA

RRR is a war drama featuring Jr NTR and Ram Charan in lead roles. The film hit the theatres on March 25 in multiple languages. RRR registered a thunderous opening at the box office by collecting Rs 257 crore worldwide.

In just 13 days, the Hindi version of RRR surpassed the Rs 200 crore-mark in India and achieved a new milestone. This is the second film to achieve this feat in the post-pandemic era.

Trade analyst Ramesh Bala took to Twitter and wrote, “#RRR Hindi has crossed Rs 200 Cr Nett at the All-India Box office.

JR NTR HINTS AT RRR SEQUEL

In an interview to Variety, Jr NTR revealed that he expected RRR to be a blockbuster. He also added that he is happy to be part of the ‘RRR franchise.’ The Aravinda Sametha actor hinted at a possible sequel to RRR.

Jr NTR said, “I’ve used the word franchise thinking, hoping that there would be another world of ‘RRR’ again. Sometimes you just hope and you say a few words hoping it would happen, it will happen. It’s just a way of positive thinking, wanting for more.”

Director SS Rajamouli’s RRR is a war drama made on a mammoth budget of Rs 450 crore. Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Alison Doody, Ray Stevenson, Olivia Morris and Shriya Saran play key roles in the war drama.

RRR vs The Kashmir Files: Which film earned more on Day 1 at box office

The Kashmir Files released on March 11, while RRR, on March 25. We have compared the Day 1 box office collection of both RRR and The Kashmir Files and the results will leave you surprised.

RRR and The Kashmir Files released after many delays. But both are doing equally well at the box office. Directed by SS Rajamouli, RRR released on March 25 in theatres and did spectacularly well on its first day. The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, opened to a slow start but slowly gained pace and entered the Rs 200 crore club in two weeks of run-time. Now that we have the day 1 box office collection of RRR, let’s compare how the two films fared at the BO on its first day.


RRR VS THE KASHMIR FILES DAY 1 BOX OFFICE

RRR opened worldwide on March 25 and, as per the box office numbers, it did phenomenally well on day 1. The first day box office collection is here and RRR minted a whopping amount of Rs 257.15 crore on day 1, according to trade analyst Manobala Vijayabalan. On the other hand, The Kashmir Files opened in limited theatres (630-plus screens) on its first day of release and still managed to rake Rs 3.55 crore. So good for both, we would say!

ABOUT RRR

RRR is directed by SS Rajamouli of Baahubali fame. The film stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR in the lead. Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, Olivia Morris and Alison Doody play pivotal roles. RRR is a fictional story based on the lives of Telugu freedom fighters, Alluri Seetharama Raju and Komaram Bheem. The film has been bankrolled by DVV Danayya.


ABOUT THE KASHMIR FILES

The Kashmir Files is based on the life of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. The film is a true story, based on video interviews of the first generation victims of The Kashmir Genocide of the Kashmiri Pandit Community. It’s a heart-wrenching narrative of the pain, suffering, struggle and trauma of Kashmiri pandits which also questions eye-opening facts about democracy, religion, politics and humanity. The film stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumar, among others.

Bachchhan Paandey box office collection Day 5: Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon’s film to cross Rs 50 crore

Bachchhan Paandey, released on March 18, failed to create a mark at the box office. The film will soon enter the Rs 50 crore club.

Akshay Kumar’s Bachchhan Paandey failed to make a mark at the box office. Though it opened to mixed reviews, the film is not doing great business. The film had a below-average weekend and crashed on weekdays. And, now with the release of RRR, Bachchhan Paandey’s collection may go down further.


BACHCHHAN PAANDEY BOX OFFICE COLLECTION

The box office collection of Bachchhan Paandey has been on the decline after the weekend. While on Monday the film collected Rs 4 crore, on Tuesday it earned Rs 3.5 crore. According to box office India, the film may cross the Rs 50 crore mark soon.

The release of Kashmir Files, followed by RRR, is bound to affect the business of Bachchhan Paandey.


ABOUT BACHCHHAN PAANDEY

Bachchhan Paandey is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and written by Nischay Kuttanda and director Farhad Samji. Besides Akshay, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon, the film also features Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Tripathi, Prateik Babbar, Abhimanyu Singh, Snehal Daabbi and Saharsh Kumar Shukla. Bachchhan Paandey was earlier set to premiere on December 25, 2020. However, the release date was pushed and Farhad Samji’s directorial will now release theatrically on March 18, 2022. The story revolves around an aspiring director (Kriti) who wants to make a film on a deadly gangster (Akshay).

Bachchhan Paandey Box Office Estimate Day 3: Records a flat trend over the weekend; collects Rs. 14 crore on Sunday

The Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon starrer entertainer, Bachchhan Paandey has recorded a below the par trend in its opening weekend as the film collected in the range of Rs. 13 to 14 crore on it’s third day to take the total collection to approximately Rs. 39 crores. While there is a marginal hike as compared to Saturday, the big jump in the business was missing over the weekend.

While The Kashmir Files did take a toll on the business by around 20% through the weekend, the film couldn’t get the audience on board on Saturday and Sunday despite having ample capacity to perform, especially in national chains. While the mass belts were a little better on Sunday, the national chains were more or less in the same range as Friday.

The movie is now headed to be a disappointing affair at the box office, as a major chunk of showcasing will be taken over by RRR in the coming week. The movie needed a worldwide share of Rs 65 crore to breakeven, but as things stand, a share of Rs. 35 to 40 crore seems to be the best case scenario. The reviews were ranging from mixed to positive, and there was a little hope for the audience to enjoy the entertainer.

But that hasn’t happened and that seems to be due to competition from The Kashmir Files and also, lack of excitement created by the film in its pre-release campaign. Bachchhan Paandey opened at Rs 13.25 crore followed by a Saturday of Rs 12 crore and finally another Rs 13 crore plus day on Sunday. In an ideal world devoid of competition, the biz of Bachcchan Paandey would have been around 20% higher, closer to the Rs 50 crore mark.

Bachchhan Paandey box office collection Day 1: Akshay Kumar’s film opens up with a bang on Holi, earns 13 crore

Akshay Kumar-starrer Bachchhan Paandey hit the theaters on Holi, March 18. The film opened up to a good response and earned Rs 13.25 crore on the first day.

Akshay Kumar’s latest offering Bachchhan Paandey hit the screens on Holi, March 18, much to his fans’ delight. People flocked to the theatres to watch their favourite star on screen as a deadly gangster. With plenty of action scenes and the right dose of humour, Bachchhan Paandey opened to positive reviews. The film made an impressive double-digit figure at the box office on its first day as it earned Rs 13.25 crore. Also starring Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon, Bachchhan Paandey is an action comedy film directed by Farhad Samji. It is a remake of the Tamil film Jigarthanda that was released in 2014.

BACHCHHAN PANDEY BO COLLECTION

Bachchhan Paandey opened to a good response at the box office despite stiff competition from Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files. The day 1 net collection was Rs 13.25 crore. This will be 13th or 14th highest opening day in Akshay Kumar’s career. The film started on a decent note with the morning shows witnessing respectable occupancy. It witnessed impressive growth post 6 pm. According to a report in Box Office India, the film, which released across 2900-3000 screens across the country, had a good start in Pune, Hyderabad and Bangalore with shows running almost housefull.

Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh revealed the figures on his Instagram account and wrote, “#BachchhanPaandey surprises, hits double digits on Day 1, despite [i] #TKF wave, [ii] limited showcasing and [iii] post-noon screenings due to #Holi festivities #Mumbai, #Gujarat, mass pockets lead Biz should grow on Day 2 and 3 Fri 13.25 cr.

ABOUT BACHCHHAN PAANDEY

Bachchhan Paandey is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and written by Nischay Kuttanda and director Farhad Samji. Besides Akshay, Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon, the film also features Arshad Warsi, Pankaj Tripathi, Prateik Babbar, Abhimanyu Singh, Snehal Daabbi and Saharsh Kumar Shukla. Bachchhan Paandey was earlier set to premiere on December 25, 2020. However, the release date was pushed and Farhad Samji’s directorial will now release theatrically on March 18, 2022. The story revolves around an aspiring director (Kriti) who wants to make a film on a deadly gangster (Akshay).

The Kashmir Files box office collection Day 1: Anupam Kher’s film has brilliant opening, mints Rs 3.55 crore

The Kashmir Files starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty released on March 11. The film, which faced many hiccups prior to its release, saw a brilliant opening of Rs 3.55 crore.

Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty’s film, The Kashmir Files has finally seen the light of the day. The movie released as per its schedule on March 11 amid multiple legal barriers. Helmed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files is a true story based on the lives of the Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. The film released in limited theatres. Despite the same, it collected a steady sum of Rs 3.55 crore.


THE KASHMIR FILES: DAY 1 COLLECTION

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, co-starring Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty, The Kashmir Files faced multiple hiccups before it finally saw the light of the day yesterday, March 11. Reportedly, The Kashmir Files is running in selected theatres (630-plus screens). Despite this, the film saw a steady growth of Rs 3.55 on the first day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the box office number and also predicted that the film would see a solid jump over the weekend.

ABOUT THE KASHMIR FILES

The Kashmir Files is based on the life of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film is produced by Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri under the Zee Studios, IAmBuddha and Abhishek Agarwal Arts banners. The ensemble cast comprises Mithun Chakraborty as Brahma Dutt, Anupam Kher as Pushkarnath, Darshan Kumar as Krishna Pandit, Pallavi Joshi as Radhika Menon, Bhasha Sumbali as Shraddha Pandit, Chinmay Mandlekar as Farooq Malik aka Bitta (Inspired by Farooq Ahmed Dar), Puneet Issar as DGP Hari Narain.