With the hot Indian summers raising temperatures in the country as well as Bollywood, here’s all that’s in store and we take a quick glance back too…
By Rodrigues C
WELCOME from a hot and humid Mumbai, where temperatures have crossed 39 degrees Celsius already – and summer hasn’t even started properly.
Very sadly 11 people have died from heat stroke recently on the city’s outskirts.
Summer kicks in properly from April in India and this means more family vacations or a lot of family outings, movies included.
Keeping this in mind many big Bollywood movies hit theatres during this period. The line-up is eye-catching but before we get to all that, let’s review some things that happened near the end of this month.
Last week was Eid (Saturday, April 22) and it’s always marked in Bollywood by the release of a big blockbuster.
‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ (‘KKBKKJ’), which stars Salman Khan, is directed by Farhad Samji, who had helmed past blockbusters such as ‘Housefull 3’ and ‘Housefull 4’ and the recent Akshay Kumar dud ‘Bachchhan Paandey’. Made on a budget of £15m, the action thriller screened in cinemas and wasn’t up against any significant competition during its release.
Its box office run started with a meagre £1.3m, followed by a jump of £2.4m and picked up to £2.45m on Saturday (April 22) and Sunday respectively. The film’s collections which dropped further from Monday onward, now stand at £8.5m, which is good enough but much lower for a Salman Khan Eid vehicle.
Thursday (April 27) saw Mumbai play host to the 68th edition of the Filmfare Awards, by far Bollywood’s most coveted recognition after the National Awards.
Salman Khan hosted the show, where ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ (Best Film), Rajkummar Rao (Best Actor in a Leading Role for ‘Badhaai Do’), Alia Bhatt (Best Actress in a Leading Role for ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Best Director for ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’) were honoured with trophies among others.
On Friday (April 28), Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus ‘Ponniyin Selvan 2’ hit screens in India. Made on a budget of £50 million, the thriller stars Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha Krishnan, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Karthi and Jayram Ravi. The film is expected to rake in £10 million worldwide during the weekend.
Coming up next month is ‘Chatrapathi’ (May 12), the official Hindi remake of ‘RRR’ director SS Rajamouli’s Telugu hit of the same name, another big movie for this summer. Directed by VV Vinayak it stars Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Nushratt Bharuccha.
Then we have Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Jawan’ (June 2), which has become IMDB’s Most Anticipated Movies of the summer, it is right on the top. Written and directed by Atlee, the film stars Nayanthara opposite Shah Rukh Khan (SRK). Deepika Padukone plays a cameo in the thriller. The next big summer attraction marks star director Karan Johar’s return to direction after a gap of seven years. Titled ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ (July 28), it stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The couple were last seen together in ‘Gully Boy’. Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi also feature in the drama.
Ajay Devgn’s ‘Maidaan’ (June 23), which is directed by Amit Sharma, is a biopic based on the life of former Indian football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The film chronicles Indian football’s peak years, 1950-1965.
‘Adipurush’ (June 16), a £60 million screen adaption of the Hindu epic ‘The Ramayana’, features star Prabhas playing Lord Rama, Kriti Sanon as Sita, Sunny Singh as Lakshman and Saif Ali Khan as Raavan. Directed by national award winner Om Raut, the film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.
Sunny Deol will return with the second installment of ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ 22 years after its release. ‘Gadar 2: The Katha Continues’ (August 11) is being directed by Anil Sharma.
The not so promising numbers of ‘KKBKKJ’, just after the massive collections of ‘Pathaan’ come as a reminder to Bollywood that there is no guarantee to success, even big names won’t bring in results at times. And with so much more on its plate, looks like the summer is going to be indeed hot for India’s biggest film industry.