Archive for September, 2011

September 7, 2011

Blast outside Delhi High Court

New Delhi: A blast was heard, Wednesday morning, outside the Delhi High Court, located in the heart of the capital.

Atleast 2-3 people are said to be injured. Amid pandemonium, they are being moved to nearby hospital.

Although it would be premature to term it as a bomb blast but eyewitnesses said that the blast was very loud.

The blast occurred near gate number 5 of the High Court. Police officials and forensics teams have rushed to the spot and are taking stock of the situation.

Blast outside Delhi High Court More details are awaited.


September 2, 2011

Bodyguard Salman wows box-office home and abroad

He is Bollywood’s biggest paisa vasool star today. That’s what theatre-owner Rachit Malhotra thinks of Salman Khan. Malhotra owns Agra’s Jwala cinema, a giant single-screen theatre with an abundant 1,139 seats. Yet on Wednesday (Eid) and Thursday, they weren’t enough to accommodate the frenzied fans who queued outside for a ticket. Every show of Bodyguard, Salman’s latest release, was houseful.”For the audience, Salman is the film. Everything else is secondary. They aren’t just whistling when he bares his chest. They are even dancing outside the hall. They know a Sallu bhai movie is always tension-free, with entertainment guaranteed,” says Malhotra.

It’s a similar tale in each of the four single-screen theatres and the three multiplexes in the city of the Taj. “Combined, there are about 60 shows of Bodyguard every day in Agra. Most are houseful. That’s staggering,” he says.

The success story is being replicated across India, even abroad. Trade expert Komal Nahta says the film raked in a record-breaking 11 lakh dirham (about Rs 1.36 crore) on Tuesday, the opening day in Dubai. Even in UK, the first-day collection of 60,000 pounds (about Rs 44 lakh) was equally impressive.
“The movie could cross Rs 85 crore in the first nine days. Overall, it could end up netting around Rs 125 crore,” says Nahta, editor, Film Information.Bodyguard’s box-office figures — his third major recent hit along with Dabangg (2010) and Ready (2011) — might bring a smile on the lips of India’s most famous bachelor. Smiling won’t be easy though. Salman has trigeminal neuralgia, a condition that causes acute pain in the jaw. He is currently undergoing treatment in the US.

Like Bodyguard, Dabangg and Wanted (2009) were also released during Eid. “He has a huge following among the Muslim youth. With an Eid release he is able to capitalize on it,” says Nahta. That’s correct but not the full truth. The 45-year-old actor is equally popular among urban lower-middle class youth and the underclass across communities.

Social scientist Shiv Viswanathan believes the secret of Salman’s popularity lies in his ability to combine machismo and irreverence, innocence and mischievousness. “He combines opposites effortlessly,” he says.

Distributor Sanjay Mehta puts the second surge in the star’s popularity in perspective. In the past 10 years, Bollywood was dominated by feel-good family dramas, love stories and naughty comedies. “Salman was the first to spot the shortage of action films and its possible demand. With Wanted and Dabangg, he reinvented himself as an all-action hero who also delivers one-liners, makes people laugh. With a few changes, Bodyguard continues in the same vein,” he says.

Salman’s bulging biceps in Veergati (1995) spurred the ‘bodybuilding’ craze in small town India. Almost two decades later, he continues to be every neighbourhood gym’s No 1 poster boy. Yet, his major early hits were either romantic comedies or emotional dramas: Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994), Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999).

The actor’s reinvention as an action star became possible after the regular men of muscle — Sunny Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgun and Akshay Kumar — recast themselves as funny-face comics and uneasy romantics. The new Salman filled that gap. True, he was always at home in action flicks (Garv, 2003). But with Wanted and Dabangg, he repositioned himself as Bollywood’s top action man.

Viswanathan says that part of Salman’s charm lies in the fact that he makes no claims of being an intellectual. “He is just normal and healthy, a child of nature, the boy next door. And he is sheer entertainment. He is non-problematic intellectually. And that works in an age where everybody seems to be into problem solving,” he says. Mehta says that Salman’s rebellious streak has also endeared him to the masses. “They find him more human,” he says.

In recent years, the actor has matured in real life. Salman doesn’t make headlines any more for allegedly shooting black bucks or breaking glass panes of his girlfriend’s home or reportedly driving over people sleeping on the pavement.

Now he makes news primarily for breaking box-office records, for being able to figure out the people’s pulse unerringly. Time and again. There is something about Salman Khan.

September 1, 2011

Salman Khan’s Surgery in US Successful

Surgery on Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the US for a painful nerve condition has been “successful” and he is advised a complete rest for the next fifteen days, sources close to the actor said today.

Salman who is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes intense pain in the face, had left for the US on August 29.

“The surgery was done last night and lasted for five hours. It will take at least fifteen days for the actor to resume work and he is advised complete rest till then. Fresh tests will be conducted further to check the progress of recovery. The actor will then go to South Africa to shoot for Ek Tha Tiger,” sources close to the actor told.

The Dabangg actor has been suffering from the pain in his jaw since 2007 while shooting for ‘Partner’. It got worse last year following which he decided to undergo a surgery.


September 1, 2011

Salman’s Bodyguard First Day Collections 20 Cr

Actor Salman Khan has scored a hat-trick at the box-office with his latest release, Bodyguard, which net Rs 20 crore on the first day of its release. His two other recent films, Dabanng and Ready, raked in the moolah

While Dabanng collected Rs 14 crore on the first day, Ready garnered Rs 12.5 crore. Till then, these Khan capers hit the silver screen, actor Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots had been the highest first-day grosser with Rs 13 crore.

The massive opening for Bodyguard, which also stars Khan along with Kareena Kapoor, could not have come at a better juncture for Salman Khan, who is battling ill-health. He is in the United States for two surgeries to tackle his neurological problems-trigeminal neuralgia and a form of brain aneurysm. The neuralgia results in painful spasms across the actor’s jaw.
He is scheduled to undergo the procedures within a couple of days. Regarding Bodyguard’s opening, Fun Cinemas’ head of operations Vishal Anand, said, “This has to be the highest-ever opening in Bollywood, beating Dabbang by nearly 15% or so.

” He feels Bodyguard should be able to net Rs 70 crore because of the present five-day weekend due to the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. “It is on the verge of making a record in Bollywood,” he said. Bodyguard could have gained from the fact that there was “30-day lull at the box office”. However, the impending release of Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Mausam may change things.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, “Salman has become a phenomenon if one goes by the first day collection alone.” He credits the first-day rush to the “Salman phenomenon”. He said, “I feel after Salman has started doing charity he has found a special connect with the audience and they make his films work.”

However, many other industry watchers have panned the film. “In terms of content, ‘Bodyguard’ is an average film as compared to Dabanng and Ready.

One will have to wait and watch to see how it fares beyond the first day,” said a film analyst. Adarsh feels otherwise: “Salman and Eid are a lethal combination. I think this film will break the first weekend record as well.”