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Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2010)
What can get more attention than Kangna Ranaut’s vital statistics? Guess it can only be the numbers stashed away in Swiss bank accounts. AAP Entertainment Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out that hits the marquee today gives the audience a ringside view of a tricky subject. It deals with India’s stashed away money in a foreign account. And then tracks the journey of the wealth back to where it rightfully belongs. “The subject is huge and concerns every Indian,’’ say the producers. And all those who have seen the sneak previews, including political leaders, media heavyweights, filmmakers, actors and Bollywood trade analysts, are unanimously saluting the strong content.
Sanjay Dutt, who has a very interesting role, says, “I felt right about being associated with this film from the start to the finish because everything worked according to plan. It was completed and is being released within a year. So, the adrenaline rush stayed.” Irrfan Khan, who refuses to do run-of-the-mill stuff, says, “Knock Out has such an interesting plot line that I got drawn to it. While my own role has various shades, the film itself is racy and doesn’t give too much time to think.’’
Apparently BJP heavyweight L K Advani, who saw it at a special show, was mighty impressed with the content and the pace. “Advanji said he didn’t realise how quickly the interval came,’’ says a source. The producers say that they didn’t want to create any hype through the shooting because it is being made by a first-time producer and a director (Mani Shankar) whose last few films have not really set the Box Office on fire. “But with Knock Out, we definitely knew that the film would create a buzz for itself. And that is exactly what’s happening,’’ say the guys at AAP Entertainment Ltd.
Kangna Ranaut, the solo female lead in this thriller, says, “The buzz on the film is really strong. I’ve attempted something new in Knock Out. And it has been truly exciting because the film unfolds in just two hours. It’s a kind of spot story that you see on television that gets you completely hooked.’’ Trade sources indicate that the film may be recommended for an entertainment tax exemption.
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 9, 2010)
Mumbai: Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran has netted a collection of Rs 117 crore, surpassing the first-week collection of Bollywood’s highest firstweek grosser, Dabangg (Rs 82 crore).
Distributor and trade analyst Suniel Wadhwa said, “The film’s net collection is Rs 60 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 30 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 8 crore in Karnataka and Rs 4 crore in Kerala. The Hindi version (Robot) has managed to collect Rs 15 crore. As the numbers suggest, the film has already crossed Dabangg’s two weeks’ net collection in just the first week of its release.’’
Incidentally, the entertainment tax structure and ticket-pricing formula are not uniform in India. “Ticket prices in south India are much lower as compared to other states in the country. This is the reason why boxoffice collection in the south pales as against the collection in northern states. Despite all this, the film’s BO collections prove the film has done remarkably well,’’ Wadhwa said.
Moreover, considering the fact that an additional 7% had to be paid as as entertainment tax to the government for being a dubbed movie, the collections are even more significant, an expert said. According to Wadhwa, the contribution of director Shankar too needs to be factored in . “Shankar is one director who has more brand value than Rajinikanth in AP. His films with Arjun, Prabhudeva and Vikram did wonders in the past. His last movie with Rajini did well at the box office though opinions were divided. Robot is an example of what a director like Shankar and a hero like Rajini can cumulatively deliver. ’’
Endhiran opened in 2,200 screens as compared to 1,400 for Dabangg. An industry source said, “More screens mean more revenue and this too has helped Robot. Also about 92 % of cinema halls are running the film and the collection continue to be rock steady,’’ another analyst said.
The film’s report in the Hindi belt too is quite good. Distributor Sunil Bohra said, `“The collection of the film in places like Jodhpur, Ghaziabad and Meerut is also impressive. The film is doing well both in single screens as well as at multiplexes.’’
Sources insist that though it is too early to speculate, the film has definitely grossed Rs 260 crore which is more than the entire collection of Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini.
The Hindi version of the film too has done a business of nearly Rs 30 crore in the first week. Amod Mehra said, “Robot has broken all the records of a dubbed film. I don’t remember any similar film crossing even the Rs 1 crore mark. In fact, Rajinikant’s last release Sivaji was a disaster at the box office.”
Katrina Kaif is taking her role as a politician in Raajneeti very seriously. After modelling her character on various well-known politicians, Katrina now wants to meet them so that she’d know how much of what she has done with her role is close to the truth.
Initially Raajneeti director Prakash Jha laughed off her intense level of commitment. “Tum toh Shabana Azmi ban gayi ho,” he teased Katrina. But when he realised she was serious, he got down to the business of arranging her meetings with the politicians who served as reference points for her role in the film.
Fortunately for Katrina, all the politicians who were her reference points, barring Indira Gandhi, are alive.
Apart from Sonia Gandhi, Prakash Jha had given Katrina video recordings of Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni, Priyanka Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
A meeting has now been arranged for Katrina with Sheila Dikshit, Ambika Soni and Priyanka Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi is on the wish list.
It’s no coincidence that they are all from the same political party. It was always part of Prakash Jha’s plans to take the government into confidence by the time Raajneeti was released. The director is hoping that once key members of the party watch Raajneeti they’ll recommend the film for exemption from entertainment tax in pivotal centres.
Katrina is now looking forward to meeting her role models. “It’s always a pleasure to broaden your horizons. My only regret is I can’t meet Mrs Indira Gandhi. Apart from my mother, she’s the woman who has inspired me the most,” she says.
Somit Sen | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; March 21, 2010)
Mumbai: Chief minister Ashok Chavan on Saturday said he had not promoted SRK’s film My Name is Khan and was only doing his duty of ensuring that its release in Mumbai was safe.
He was reacting to an editorial in the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, Saamna, on Saturday, which slammed him for deploying 22,000 policemen to ensure the safe release of the movie. Saamna said that the ATS in Gujarat had recently interrogated terrorists who confessed that MNIK was being used propaganda material by terrorist organisations.
“The film shows the insulting situations faced by Muslims and how they are given step-motherly treatment by other communities. This is being used as a propaganda to instigate Muslim youths to take up jihad,’’ it stated.
Chavan said he was seeking details of the findings of the Ahmedabad ATS. “I have nothing to do with the promotion of the film. It is my duty as a chief minister to provide security to every film which is cleared by the censor board,’’ he said.
“We are grateful to the people of Maharashtra for reposing faith in the government and coming to cinema halls to watch the movie despite threats,’’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Sena has demanded that the government should levy entertainment tax on IPL cricket matches. “We are losing out on crores of rupees as revenue while the IPL organisers are making huge profits,’’ said Sena group leader Subhash Desai. Chavan said the decision was “still under consideration’’.
“We will discuss the issue with cabinet members and legislators soon,’’ he said.