|Bollywood Actors & Directors Meet PM Modi
On December 18, a delegation of Bollywood producers and actors met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Mumbai. The delegation addressed current issues being faced by the film industry. The group spoke about more uniform and lower rates of GST for the entertainment industry. The team also urged the PM to consider the development of Mumbai as a global entertainment capital, through proactive approaches. The delegation also expressed its support of the PM’s vision for making India a five trillion dollar economy in near future.
According to PTI, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Ronnie Screwwala, Rakesh Roshan, and Vijay Singh (CEO of Fox Star Studios) were part of the delegation. Siddharth Roy Kapur, the president of the Film Producers Guild, and Prasoon Joshi, the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) were also present.
Expressing his views on meeting the film delegation, PM Narendra Modi shared a picture of the meeting on his Twitter handle saying, “Had an extensive and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry. The delegation spoke about the strides being made by the film and entertainment industry, and gave valuable inputs relating to GST for their sector.”
Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty’s Simmba gives audience a Mass Hero
Rohit Shetty’s Simmba is actually a mix of Dabangg and Singham to some extent, but what it leaves audiences with is a mass hero to love in form of Ranveer Singh. It is a remake of Telugu blockbuster Temper.
Ranveer Singh plays ACP Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba, who is colorfully and happily corrupt. And the first half of the film is all about how he is happy to align himself with the antagonist, Durwa Ranade (Sonu Sood). The second half of the film takes a different turn as Simmba gets involved in a rape-revenge drama, thus making him explore the right side of the law.
The last Bollywood release of the year, Simmba got a lot of mixed reviews from the critics, who panned the story but praised Ranveer’s approach to the character and its mass appeal. Speaking of the Box Office, Simmba got Ranveer the biggest opening of his career by raking Rs 20 crore and Rs 24 crore on its first two days respectively. Simmba has even surpassed opening day record of Ranveer’s earlier film, Padmaavat.
Apart from Ranveer Singh, the film also stars Sara Ali Khan, Ashutosh Rana, and Ajay Devgan.
Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero Fails to Entice Audience
One of the most awaited films of 2018, Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero was released on December 21. The film also stars actress Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead role. SRK’s dream project, which has been jointly produced by Colour Yellow Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment’s Gauri Khan, has not left much impact on the box office.
The story revolved around 38-year-old Bauua Singh (Shah Rukh Khan), a vertically challenged man from Meerut and his attempts to find love. He falls in love with a scientist Aafia Bhinder (Anushka Sharma), who has cerebral palsy. But as he sets his heart on marrying her, he meets Babita Kumari (Katrina Kaif), a leading superstar. And, thus begins the twist and turns of an unusual love triangle.
The film turned out to be an ambitious project that failed to deliver on many levels, even with its stellar cast. Most critics and viewers panned the film’s second half, calling it aimless and lost. It was praised for its inspiring concept and storyline, featuring a vertically challenged man, who is definitely a larger-than-life character.
While the film has got mixed reviews from the critics, its box office story is a sad tale. The film that was made on the budget of Rs. 200 crore, collected Rs. 20.14 crore on its first day. Zero’s first weekend earning at domestic box office was Rs. 59.07 crore.
Trailer of Anil Kapoor & Sonam Kapoor film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga launched
The trailer of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is out, and the film promises to be an emotional roller coaster ride. The film stars real life father-daughter duo, Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.
Written and directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is definitely not a usual love story. The trailer hints towards a same-sex love story, with Sonam Kapoor playing a lesbian character.
In the trailer, Sonam is seen as playing Sweety Chaudhary, who like most girls has dreamt of a fairytale romance and wedding from a young age. As she grows, her father, played by Anil Kapoor, is very keen on finding the right groom for her. But as the trailer progresses we see that in her heart Sweety harbors a ‘secret’ and not everything is easy when it comes to love. With a Punjabi family at its heart, the film promises to be filled with loads of drama, emotions and ‘siyappa’.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga also stars Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Brijendra Kala, and Seema Pahwa. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced it in association with Fox Star Studios.
Reliance Jio Signs Content Partnership Deal with Disney India
Reliance Jio has signed a content partnership deal with Disney India, and JioCinema will host a dedicated Disney branded section on its homepage, which would include animation, movies, series, and shorts. In a statement issued by the company, it revealed, “JioCinema and Disney India have come together to offer timeless stories and beloved characters from the biggest brands in storytelling- Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucas film to Jio users across age groups.” Through this deal, Jio users will have access to a large number of international as well as locally created content.
The on-demand streaming app will also bring unique character customization option where users can choose and browse content on their favorite Disney, Marvel, Pixar or Star Wars character such as Captain America, Lightening McQueen, and Mickey Mouse, etc.
For kids, JioCinema now features popular stories and characters such as The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and Disney Princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and more. For superhero fans, it now has a collection of Marvel films like Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America: The First Avenger. It also has animated series such as Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and more.