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- By Taran Adarsh, October 8, 2010 – 14:33 IST
1. ANJAANA ANJAANI
Had a good opening weekend. But slipped considerably from Monday onwards. Collected approx. Rs. 24 cr. nett in its opening weekend and approx. Rs. 9 cr. nett on weekdays. The Week 1 total stands at approx. Rs. 33 cr. nett, with a big chunk of revenue coming from plexes. The film has fared poorly at single screens. However, the film is expected to make decent profits, since a large chunk of investment has been recovered from sale of Satellite Rights, Music Rights and various territories
2. ROBOT (HINDI VERSION)
Has fared exceptionally well in Tamil and Telugu versions, but the business in the Hindi version remained ordinary. (Collected 10.50 crore according to Boxofficeindia.com and 15 crore as per an article in The Times of India dated Oct 9)
Added Rs. 5 cr. nett in its fourth week. Total: Rs. 137 cr. nett. Blockbuster
4. KHICHDI-THE MOVIE
Collected Rs. 3.58 cr. nett in its opening weekend and Rs. 1.46 cr. nett on weekdays. The breakup is as follows:- Fri: Rs. 75 lacs [incl. Thu. previews], Sat: 1.35 cr., Sun: 1.48 cr., Mon: 35 lacs, Tue: 40 lacs, Wed: 35 lacs and Thu: 36 lacs. The Week 1 total stands at Rs. 5.04 cr. nett. Is best in Mumbai-Gujarat. The producers have recovered the cost of production from the sale of Satellite Rights and the revenue generated from India theatrical [after deducting P & A expenses] and Home Video will only add to the profits
5. BENNY AND BABLOO
The actor expressed serious discomfort to the makers of Khichdi on watching one of its promos that refers to him as the Almighty
All other things apart, what Rajni can’t be, is God. Agreed, that his latest, Robot, has been a roaring success, that the actor has always been treated as a demigod in the South, that he has several temples in his name there. But humility surpasses it all. Rajni has expressed discomfort at being called `God’.
A simultaneous release last week that is doing good business at the box office is Khichdi. When Rajnikanth watched one of the promos of Khichdi on television, he told his assistant to question the producer of the film on why his name had been used in the promo. Rajni wanted to ensure that the promo wouldn’t call him ‘God’.
Confirming that he received this call, JD Majethia, the producer of Khichdi said, “I got the call on Monday. Apparently, Rajni sir had asked his assistant to find out the exact nature of the promo. The assistant told me that Rajni sir did not like to be referred as God.
I told the assistant that we all have immense respect for Rajni sir and are huge fans of his. It is both unfortunate and fortunate that our humble effort released with his film.
It is unfortunate that we had to clash our film with his although it was never planned that way; the fortunate part is that in spite of such stiff competition with Robot and Anjaana Anjaani, our film stood its ground and has done very good business.”
Explaining that the remarks about Rajni in the promo were not derogatory, Majethia added, “The characters of the film are so stupid that they do not even recognise God when he comes in front of them.
|A still from Khichdi|
Since they have heard so much about the temples being made for Rajnikanth, they think that Rajnikanth is God. It is a sequence on Hansa and Praful. I would have removed the scene if Rajni sir had insisted on it but it’s fine now.”
Is it truly fine with Rajni sir too? God knows.
- By Taran Adarsh, October 4, 2010 – 16:43 IST
The film collected approx. Rs. 3.6 cr. nett in its opening weekend. The breakup is as follows:- Fri: Rs. 75 lacs [incl. Thu. Previews], Sat: 1.35 cr. and Sun: 1.48 cr. Mumbai and Gujarat have been outperforming since Day 1 and now the other markets have followed suit. Saturday was almost double of Friday and Sunday has recorded a 10% growth over Saturday.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 2, 2010 – 11:34 IST
Khichdi team’s wait for SRK was finally answered on the day of its release. The entire team of Khichdi -The Movie met their inspiration SRK at Filmistan studio where the superstar was welcomed warmly with a bouquet and a big ticket for Khichdi -The Movie. SRK greeted the entire cast personally and everyone was extremely delighted to have him amongst them.
The superstar firstly humbly apologized for not meeting the Khichdi parivaar earlier outside Mannat as he was busy shooting. He then addressed everyone and showered all his good wishes, great luck to them for their movie and wished that the movie is a big Hit just like the big ticket given to him. Interestingly, he also revealed that few of his friends saw the movie and told him how great it was, so he himself is going to try and catch the late night show after his pack up.
SRK congratulated the entire Khichdi team, Fox Star, the technicians, everyone for a great concept of making a successful serial into a comedy movie that can be enjoyed with the entire family. He said to all, “Please go out and watch this film if you feel like laughing with your family, I can assure you it will be a fun filled evening.”
The entire cast of Khichdi -The Movie profusely thanked their inspiration who blessed the movie and supported their efforts of spreading laughter. JD Majethia and Aatish Kapadia said, “SRK taught us humility and that is why he is truely our inspiration and we thank him for coming here personally and giving his best wishes to all of us.” While signing off the star said, “All the best, God Bless.”
The team, which like the actor, started out with a TV serial, was keen on getting his blessings for their film Khichdi–the movie
The team of the upcoming film Khichdi, based on the popular TV show of the same name, is thrilled that Shah Rukh Khan has finally responded to their numerous requests to meet.
The Khichdi team, which like King Khan began tis journey with TV, has been chasing the superstar to get his blessings. They wrote a letter to the superstar to grace them with his blessings. Even the first look of the film was launched in front of Shah Rukh’s mansion, Mannat.
A source informs, “The team of Khichdi is excited that they will be meeting SRK. The meeting is happening at Kamalistan and the whole team of the film will be present including the producer JD Majethia and the cast Anang Desai, Rajeev Mehta and Supriya Pathak.”
The elated producer Majethia confirms, “Oh yes, we are meeting Mr Khan at Kamalistan. We had written him a letter.
We have been sending him messages through various channels that we would really like to meet him and get his blessings and we are glad that he has agreed to meet us despite his busy schedule.” JD adds, “Shah Rukh’s heart is very big. We are glad that he is fulfilling our wish. And his timing is perfect.”
The producer informs that the whole team of Khichdi will be meeting Shah Rukh. When asked about Farah Khan, who is supposedly not on good terms with Khan and has done a cameo in the film, JD quips, “We don’t know about Farah. We will ask her.” Convenient.
Talking about his expectation from the meeting, JD adds, “We are hoping to get his blessings. We are inviting him to watch the film with a promise that he will be in splits for two hours.”
And hot this movie is, ready to serve a wholesome amount of laughs
Diksha Kamra | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2010)
When a comedy family comes together for a family comedy, a la Fox Studios’ Khichdi – The Movie, it’s difficult to differentiate the members from each other. No need to talk to them one by one, talk to all of them at one go. “Kyunki hum sab kuch same hi boltey hain,” insists JD Majethia, aka Himanshu. Why is that? Are they always rehearsed? “No, that’s because we have the same feeling,” says the ever-smiling Supriya Pathak aka Hansa, adding, “The baseline is the same. I don’t think any one of us thinks differently on our motive to stay together, keep laughing always and spread joy everywhere, which is much like Kurkure’s philosophy of having a happy time with your family while munching on a yummy bowl of the snack,” she explains.
When you are with your family, you let go of all the stress, they say. “That’s what happens to us when we work together. We leave our problems in the dressing room. Every moment is a cheerful one,” says Anang Desai, the aggressive babuji, while Nimisha adds, “This is why we all don’t rush to the makeup room, but rather, we prefer to sit together and chat most of the time.” But the credit for this, they insist, goes to the man behind the screen — the film’s director, Aatish Kapadia. “Aatish is the most humourous amongst all of us. He never lets us be serious for even a moment,” explains Rajeev Mehta.
And then within minutes, the family begins to pull each other’s leg again and there are bouts of laughter. The standing joke? How Supriya can’t afford to be Hansa in real life, ’coz if she does, “usko sab ghar se nikaal denge,” laughs Aatish.
By Taran Adarsh, September 29, 2010 – 14:40 IST
I must admit, I am no couch potato. I find it difficult to stay glued to television for hours, surfing channels randomly. Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons why I never watched an episode of this hugely popular TV show called KHICHDI. But, of course, I had heard of its popularity, about its comic quotient, about the zany characters…
KHICHDI – THE MOVIE borrows the characters from the show, but the movie has a new story to offer. In the West, popular shows are adapted on the big screen, but the trend is in nascent stages here. For someone like me, who was absolutely clueless about what to expect from the big screen adaptation, I’d say KHICHDI – THE MOVIE vacillates between absurd and ridiculous, but the fact remains that it makes you laugh at most times. KHICHDI – THE MOVIE may not push the envelope as far as the written material is concerned, but you exit the auditorium with a radiant smile, which most laughathons promise, but don’t deliver.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
Final word? I haven’t laughed as much in weeks as much I did in those 2 hours. Do pay a visit to this mad family if laughter is what you seek in a movie. This khichdi is appetizing, for sure.
Hansa’s [Supriya Pathak] brother Himanshu [J.D.] has a ridiculous ambition: to have a memorable, legendary love story. Parminder [Kirti Kulhari], Himanshu’s neighbour, falls in love with Himanshu for no logical reason and the two get engaged to get married. That’s when this ridiculous story takes a ridiculous turn. Himanshu realizes on the eve of the wedding that the impending ceremony would mean impending doom to his desire to have a legendary love story. For, nothing interesting ever happened in his love story to make it memorable.
No resistance, no conflict, no separation, no sad song, no climax, nothing. So the dumb family sets out to stall the wedding. Thus begins their journey to create all those missing stages in Himanshu’s love story in order to make it legendary.
Even if you’re clueless about the characters in the story – like I was – it doesn’t take time to know that the family has its brains in its knees. At the very outset, the Almighty [Satish Shah, in a cameo] arrives at the doorstep to distribute akal ke laddoos, but the family will have none of it. From this point onwards, the characters get into weird and outlandish situations and the humour gets bizarre and wacky.
There’s hardly any serious moment in the film. Humour has been injected even in serious situations, like the death of a parent [Supriya and J.D.'s father] and the condolence meet thereafter, where a parody of ‘Beedi Jalaile’ and ‘Bheege Honth Tere’ are rendered for the grieving family members.
However, writer-director Aatish Kapadia’s screenplay has its share of potholes. The love story isn’t convincing at all. Also, the crime angle [the suicide portions] doesn’t cut ice. However, the courtroom sequence in the climax salvages the show and is, in fact, the highpoint of the enterprise. The entire sequence is so funny that you’ve to see it to believe it. It’s nothing short of a mirthquake!
Aatish Kapadia, the writer may not be in complete form, but Aatish Kapadia, the director knows his job well. His choice of actors, who’ve the right comic timing, comes handy at most times. Also, like I said, his handling of the courtroom sequence especially is noteworthy. Music is a sore point, but I am not complaining. I was not expecting musical gems either. Sanjay Jadhav’s cinematography is full of vibrant colors.
Every actor works in tandem with each other, instead of trying to have a game of one-upmanship and that’s what makes every single character stand out. Supriya Pathak is splendid. Anang Desai is top notch. Rajeev Mehta [as Supriya's husband] is fantastic. Nimisha Vakharia is first-rate. J.D. is excellent. Kirti Kulhari looks good. Girish and Keith are alright. Kesar Majethia and Markand Soni are cute. Farah Khan, Satish Shah, Deven Bhojani and Paresh Ganatra are lovely in cameo appearances.
On the whole, KHICHDI – THE MOVIE is a fun-ride that tickles your funny bone from start to end. Do visit this mad Indian family and get thoroughly entertained. Logic be damned, laughter is what matters. This one’s a great stress buster!
By Taran Adarsh, September 28, 2010 – 08:25 IST
The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi, loves khichdi. Nope, I am not talking of a food preparation made of rice and lentils [daal], but KHICHDI – THE MOVIE. While the Chief Minister has loads of work on his plate, he took time off to watch KHICHDI – THE MOVIE on Sunday evening at Cinemax Ahmedabad. And yes, he loved the film too.
J.D. Majethia, the lead actor and producer of the film, who flew to Ahmedabad with the entire cast of KHICHDI – THE MOVIE, sounded thrilled after the screening concluded. “Initially, I was told that Modi-ji will watch the film for 45 minutes, but he sat through from start to end, watching the entire film. Not just that, he spoke glowingly about the film to the media,” J.D. reveals.
KHICHDI – THE MOVIE is the first Indian television serial to be adapted into a film. Let’s hope the trend grows!
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two kids (of whom the girl is being played by Majethia’s real life daughter Kesar) are the only level-headed characters of the family.
We caught up with the actors at their loudest best at the studios of their production house for a freewheeler, albeit in Gujarati.
MM: What makes you think the audiences will bear you for three hours?
Aatish: (Laughs) On the contrary, it’s tougher in the 20-minute weekly capsule. Our 8 pm slot was a time when children would be studying, the cooker whistle going off and other noises. In a film, it’s easier to get attention.
JD (Jamnadas Majethia): …and we had to make it, Aatish and I had been thinking of it all the while. We’re sure the audiences would love our comic timing in a film format too. After all, it’s near-perfect after knowing each other for so long. Now if you wake me up at an odd hour and throw me into a situation with either of them, I’ll still react like (snaps).
MM: You sound like you’ve been in Bollywood all this while.
JD: I have been… only struggling! I was under contract for five years for two big banners - Sharman (Joshi) and I were together - and no film materialised. Then the production firm happened and acting took a back seat. In Khichdi, we had a Dubai schedule which Deven Bhojani refused. Then, Aatish insisted I do the role. As the producer, I thought it would save costs too! The channel loved the subsequent TRPs and Himanshu can’t leave the family now! Meanwhile, I have undergone a great disciplinary change. My friends circle has shrunk, all my habits, I quit drink… whatever… baddhuj bandh!
MM: So is Himanshu of the TV series the ‘hero’ of your film?
JD: Well, mostly… he has retained his innocence but some things, like his embroidered costumes had to be changed!
|KHANA KHA KE JANA: (From top left, clockwise) Anang Desai, Aatish Kapadia, Rajiv Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia, Markand Soni, Jamnadas Majethia, Supriya Pathak, Kesar Majethia|
MM: Thankfully! What is it with Gujarati men and embroidered shirts and floral prints? (At this, the family erupts in laughter and spontaneous chatter)
Aatish: Arre, of course! Lagna ma tamari pase embroidered shirt na hoy toh tamaro koi class nathi! (If you walk into a wedding without an embroidered shirt, you’d be frowned upon).
Rajiv: Aney havey toh ema heera ni ladi aava madi chhe! (Nowadays they’re diamond-studded) And some have these floral prints which make me wonder if they breed honeybees!
Aatish: Amuk loko toh Swarovski pehre chhe! I suggest they put a pallu too!
MM: Obviously, your characters are inspired from such real-life people. Who all are the people who influenced creating this family?
JD: (points at Aatish and begins chatting about how one ‘Ranjan bhabhi’s brother Atul’ is totally a Himanshu)
Aatish: 60 per cent of Gujaratis, when they speak Hindi, do not use the ‘anuswar’: (the ‘n’ pronunciation) ‘Ayege-khayege-karege-jayege’, they say!
JD: Even the ‘Ae-Bappu’ comes from how I used to speak while growing up in Saurashtra. Many relatives in Jamnagar used to call me ‘Aa-Babul’!
Aatish: Gujaratis, especially vepariyo (businessmen) have this ‘thai rehshe’ (will get sorted) attitude about everything from cooking to business deals… which makes them say things like ‘kisi ko pata nahi chalega,’ several times without reason!
MM: Okay, now for rapid fire. Supriyajee, what would Hansa want with her if she were stranded on an island?
Supriya: Obviously, Praful, gajras and all my jewelery.
MM: And not anything which would save your lives?
Nimisha: Arre ganda thai gaya chho? (Are you mad?) Why would anyone want to save Praful-Hansa if they’re left on an island! (laughs)
MM: By the way, how much of a Hansa are you at home?
Supriya: There is no Hansa in me… she’s totally an antithesis! Though I am a very proud Gujju, my husband is as Punjabi as it can get!
MM: Next. If your Parekh family were to take over the CWG management, what do you think would happen?
JD: Entertainment thashe, corruption nahi!
Supriya: I’d get everyone to dress prettily. Small shorts won’t work! Gajras and sarees will be mandatory for female athletes!
Aatish: But you’ll have trouble understanding ‘Commonwealth’ itself!
Rajiv: (laughs) Yes, we’ll have to make all announcements in Hindi and Gujarati! There will be extended lunch hours too.
MM: Lastly, just in case of an accident, if your movie wins the Oscar… how would each one of you react on its stage?
JD: I’d reason that since I have got my ‘Parmidar’ from this film, and would request the Academy to call my extended family to the Oscars too… and join me on stage. (There are only 60 characters named Parmidar in the TV series).
Anang: Babujee’s never got a chance to prove himself. Here too I think he’d be tormented by these people hogging the stage and Jayshree shouting me down.
Supriya: First of all, I’ll wonder about the meaning of ‘Oscar award’.
Rajiv: …and I’ll obviously explain after saying ‘Main hoon na’: “Oscar Hansaa! Woh Andheri mein theatre nahi the - Ambar-Oscar? Oscar! Aur award matlab woh hospital mein wards nahi hote… A-ward, B-ward… award!”
Supriya: (laughs) And then Hansa would insist they must ban all kinds of English usage from the Academy awards!
Nimisha: I would thank them for giving me this ‘world-best’ award but request another one the day I do Babujee’s kaam-tamaam.
Aatish: I’d say, at least after the Oscar, we’d be able to argue with those who’ve said ‘Bas kar’ to our mad humour!
|Pic: Nilesh Wairkar|
The secret of the sitcom’s success, Aatish Kapadia on the science behind the characters’ chemistry…
You’ve written many gems (Ek Mahal ho Sapno ka, Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai) in your 20-year-long career. Why get into the risky film-making business?
There comes a time when you feel your work isn’t giving you space… and I felt I needed a break in the said 20 years. Also, JD and I had always been keen on making this… and had faith in our content.
Explain the deranged Khichdi family. Why don’t Jayshree and Babujee have spouses?
See, there a science: Jayshree is a widow. She loves dominance and behaves that way. Had there been a husband, she wouldn’t have been a control-freak.
Also, I’m a rebel by nature… I wanted to portray a very different widow from those being portrayed in our media. Babujee too is a widower, a father-in-law who behaves like a mother-in-law!
Tell us about this science which goes behind creating funny characters.
While writing, you have to create a double helix which meets its logical conclusion. Also, every character has a logical reason about its behaviour. Sometimes I write mathematically… all arguments must have their sensible counter-arguments.
All Gujjus love self-deprecating humour, don’t they?
Of course! We don’t take ourselves too seriously! All we want in life is good food, entertainment on weekends, kharcha on Diwali and good clothes! The world may laugh and we’d care a damn! And this works for writing comedies… it’s very easy to laugh at others, I can write that with my feet!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, September 25, 2010 – 13:35 IST
The hilarious promo of Khichdi- The Movie is creating waves. Apparently, a group of doctors had approached the actor-producer JD Majethia to congratulate him for his efforts to make a light hearted family movie as humour always aids good heath. Now JD Majethia has organized for a special screening for the doctor’s association on September 26, Sunday in Mumbai.
Apparently, the doctors after watching the promos were of the opinion that the movie will help in reducing stress and in turn can promote good health. It can help in reliving stress through laughter. The comedy in the film is absolutely clean without double meaning or any vulgarity, making it ideal for family viewing. The association of doctors has now decided to promote Khichdi- The Movie to everyone as it will have many positive effects on health of the general public.
JD Majethia says, “Thanks to the doctors who willingly wish to promote our movie which can be enjoyed with the whole family together. We have arranged for a special screening for the doctor’s association this weekend.”
Khichdi – The Movie releases on Oct 1.