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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.”
The stunt in Raavan wasn’t done by him as he’s claimed. It was allegedly the work of a Bangalore diving champ
Mani Ratnam’s Raavan may have opened to a tepid response from critics, but the film and its lead actor are creating enough controversies to keep it in the news.
It turns out that Abhishek Bachchan’s claims of having done the death-defying stunt in Raavan could be one big lie. Bangalore-based diving champion, M S Balram, has claimed it was his work.
Balram, a former national diving champion, told Mumbai Mirror that while he has the deepest regard for both Abhishek and Mani Ratnam and is proud of his own appearance in Raavan, he wanted to set the record straight.
Abhishek’s breathtaking dive off a cliff into a raging river is part of the film’s first few scenes where he is built up as this tough, manic brigand. The scene works wonderfully and which is why Abhishek claiming credit has riled Balram.
During his media interactions for Raavan’s publicity, Abhishek spoke extensively about this stunt and how he went ahead and perfumed the 80-foot dive at the Hoggenakkal falls in Karnataka. “Though Mani Ratnam opposed it, I went ahead,” is what he had told the Press Trust of India.
|The diver, M S Balram, with Abhishek on the sets of Raavan|
This interview was splashed in several newspapers across the country.
Mumbai Mirror independently checked with the PTI reporter to whom the interview was given. She confirmed Abhishek had claimed no double was used for the scene.
Balram is embarrassed that he has had to speak out about the claim. “I don’t want any publicity, nor do I want to create any controversy since I am a great fan of the Bachchans. Moreover, it is Mani Ratnam sir’s movie. I only want the movie to do well. But it is true that I performed this thrilling stunt for Abhishek and was paid for it. I feel proud to have done this stunt.”
More than one senior members of Mani Ratnam’s unit were also categorical that it was a body double and not Abhishek who performed the stunt.
Balram, who monitors the coaching at the Kempe Gowda Swimming Pool in Hanumanthanagar in Bangalore, said he got the offer in 2008 from a friend who was working on Mani Ratnam’s team.
“My brother Bhushan coaxed me to take it up. I did and joined the shooting team and went to Hoggenakkal, where the stunt was performed. A special team surveyed the diving point and gave the green signal. The place was full of rocks, even under water. Then I tested it in front of the team by diving into the water. After that, I was selected to perform the stunt. I did several dry runs before it was actually shot on the morning of December 19, 2008. I am happy to have done the risky stunt for the great Abhishek Bachchan. And I am glad to have worked with Mani Ratnam sir.”
Around the time Abhishek went around talking about his non-achievement, one of Mani Ratnam’s assistants sent an SMS to Balram which read: “As promised, you have got a special credit in the rolling titles as Abhishek’s body double. So let Abhishek say anything, it is there for the people to see. And from the credit you have got it can be assumed by people that you did all the major stunts and not just the dive.”
Abhishek Bachchan could not be contacted because his phone was switched off. SMSes sent to him went unanswered.
Spokesperson for Raavan, Parull Gossain, refused to comment.
By Raymond Ronamai (MAY 21, 2010)
Bollywood’s most-awaited film Kites has run into trouble in Karnataka even before seeing the light of day. This time, it’s not the political outfits or moral police but the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) that has come down heavily on it. The association has banned the screening of the film in the state for violating the rules of the local film industry.
President of KFCC Basant Kumar Patil has directed the exhibitors not to screen the movie, as the distributors, Big Pictures, has broken the norms of the local film industry by planning to release it in 46 theatres as against 24 theatres allowed.
“As per norms of the KFCC, non-Kannada movies can be released in only 21 theatres. The distributors approached us and requested us to relax the norms and grant permission to screen in 24 halls. We agreed. But now, they are releasing it in 46 theatres. Besides, they are also planning to screen it in another 10-12 theatres. Rules can’t be different for different people,” The Times of India quoted Patil as saying.
Vijay starrer Shankar IPS and Nagathihalli Chandrashekar’s Nooru Janmaku, which are releasing today would suffer if theatres are reserved for Kites. “Due to Kites, Prakash Rai’s Naanu Nanna Kanasu has been removed from theatres and the two films set for release on Friday have no halls. Who will protect our films?” Patil added. “If they screen this film now, we will not allow them to screen any more later,” he warned.
Kites featuring Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori is releasing worldwide today in over 2, 300 screens. It is produced by Rakesh Roshan and directed by Anurag Basu.
His impish smile and naughty eyes along with the haunting title music, won the hearts of millions of TV addicts.
For the ‘80s generation, the name Malgudi Days and Swami brings back memories of a time when TV was a single-channel affair, conducted by families huddled around a set for their daily date with the 9 pm serial.
And the denizens of RK Narayan’s quaint village (filmed by the late Shankar Nag) was on top of their must-watch list.
Almost three decades on, Malgudi’s Swami aka Master Manjunath, has metamorphosed into the smart-talking, jet-setting corporate executive.
|A still from Swami and Friends from Malgudi Days|
The former child actor is living it up in his new avatar as head of PR and liasoning of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP); the arc lights having been long left behind.
“I don’t miss the movies,” says the 34-year-old Manjunath whom Mumbai Mirror caught up with on a ‘flying visit’ to the city. “I like films, cricket and travelling, but I thoroughly enjoy my job.”
For the record, Manjunath, who started at three, has been part of 68 movies in Kannada and Hindi. Of course, it was his role in Swami and Friends (also made into a full-length movie) that fetched him the maximum recognition - six international, one national and a state award. Swami… brings back fond memories for him. “We shot in a village called Agumbe for three months. I am still in touch with some of my co-actors,” he smiles.
It also landed him Hindi film roles most notably Agneepath (he played the young Big B). “Imagine me amidst these greats - Amitabh Bachchan, Rohini Hattangadi, Mukul Anand, Yash Chopra…it was a fabulous experience.”
So why did he give it all up? “Because I had been there and done that. At 12, I was attending film-festivals; I acted till I was 19. But then I questioned what I wanted from life.”
Ironically, it was during one such award ceremony at an international film festival in Italy that the moment of epiphany struck. “There I was, all alone with my award for Swami…no friends or family to share it with. Organisers, then, didn’t pay to take your family along! I knew I had to quit.”
Finance was another factor that weighed on his mind. “Those days there were no endorsements or heavy pay-cheques, it was more of an ‘honour’ to work in good films. Hailing from a lower middle-class family, I had to get educated and find a job.”
Thus, like a true-blue South Indian boy, Manjunath removed the grease-paint to get into academics, doing his MA in sociology, diploma in cinematography and even his CA Foundation course.
The IT boom, led by Bangalore, attracted him next and then came a period of job-hopping working as project manager for portals like onlinebangalore.com, a stint with a special effects company and so on. “I never stuck to a job for more than two years, till this one came along. It’s been 10 years here now,” he chuckles.
His job profile is interesting - from looking at legalities to handling the environmental cell to trouble-shooting for his company, he does “everything apart from cleaning toilets”!
But Manjunath doesn’t mind. He has a life apart from the hectic corporate schedules. “We have this group of childhood friends, Ninnengen Ovans (What’s your problem?). Every week we meet and have a wild time, going all over Karnataka on road trips, watching movies etc.”
Does Agumbe, alias Malgudi figure on the list? “Absolutely,” he says. “It’s about an hour’s drive from Manipal. It is still pristine and untouched, a tad underdeveloped but still as beautiful.”
Manjunath’s dream is to make the village famous on the tourist map. “I am trying to push the government to declare it a heritage or tourist site, it would be the ultimate tribute to R K Narayan and up the village’s profile too.”
Interestingly, despite the fame that the character fetched him, Manjunath says he still hasn’t read the book. “I have this image of Swami in my brain which I don’t want to change,” he says. He needn’t worry though, for in one of his rare interactions with the author, he got his most cherished compliment. “RK Narayan told me I was exactly what he imagined Swami to be. That was the ultimate acknowledgement.”
These memories, says Manjunath, are enough to last a lifetime, probably the reason why he was never tempted to face the camera again. “Malgudi Days worked because there was so much beauty in its simplicity.
Every kid could relate to it. Unfortunately, technology has killed that creativity and innocence among children these days. About the TV scene today, the less said the better.”
However, the cinema bug isn’t entirely dead yet. He harbours a secret desire to get behind it, “probably for a hard core commercial thriller.” But currently, he has, what he calls, “one solid plan” - to enjoy life as much as possible, have all the fun before I get too old. Travel, be with friends, enjoy my job, contribute to society - basically do things that make life worth living.”
Priyanka Kothari relives Urmila Matondkar’s spooky experience, also while doing an RGV film
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (BOMBAY TIMES; July 17, 2009)
No, Ram Gopal Varma is not jinxed. Or spooked. Lest you get that impression. But, yes, filmmakers revisit their own experiences. Not many know that RGV’s Agyaat, an adventure-thriller about a film unit shooting in dense jungles (with the absolutely hot Priyanka Kothari playing the lead actress), has been partially inspired from certain real-life experiences that his unit shooting the Urmila Matondkar-Fardeen Khan film Jungle had in 2000.
Jungle was shot in the Bandipur Forest Reserve in Karnataka. RGV revealed, “The forests were absolutely dense and the resort we were put up in was around 50 kms away from the location. In the course of the 40-day schedule, several unit members had paranormal experiences. Many talked about how they felt they were being watched. It wasn’t exactly a supernatural experience but some people, including the lead actors, kept telling me about this eerie feeling they had of someone in the jungle watching them. One of the girls lost her way for half a day and when she returned to the unit, she was dumbstruck with fear. She returned to Mumbai that very day, abandoning the film.”
The filmmaker added, “We couldn’t pinpoint what exactly it was. Some felt it was a wild animal lurking around, others felt it could be sandalwood smuggler Veerappan (who was killed in 2004), whose men were keeping a silent watch on us. Whatever it was, it sure spooked the hell out of us.’’ Since the experience of a film unit shooting deep in a jungle provided fodder for a dramatic premise, RGV has elaborately developed it into Agyaat. And like Urmila, who turned up the heat in Jungle, his current muse Priyanka will scorch the screen this time around. — MI