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Sarkar box office collection day 2: Vijay starrer collects Rs 100 crores, beats Baahubali and Rajinikanth | regional movies

Even as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam protests Vijay’s latest offering Sarkar, the film directed by AR Murugadoss is doing wonders at the box office. According to trade experts, the film has collected Rs 100 crore in its first two days and has broken records in several places for actor Vijay.

The gross collections on first day were reportedly Rs 47.85 crore and the film has touched Rs 100 crore on the second day. The break up of different regions on second day is yet to be released. Also, the film has set a record on the ticket booking app Book My Show by crossing the milestone of 1 million tickets being booked online. A statement from the company also said that the advance booking of the film has increased two times when compared to Vijay’s previous outing, Mersal.

In Chennai on the first day, the film collected Rs 2.37 crore in the city and is the first film to cross Rs 2 crore opening day collection in the city. Vijay is also the actor who opened the Rs 1 crore and Rs 1.5 crore club in the city with Theri in 2016 and Mersal in 2017, respectively. The film’s collection was equally impressive on the second day with Rs 2.32 crores collected at the ticket window.

In Tamil Nadu, the film had reportedly collected Rs 30 crore on the first day with the rest Rs 17.85 crores being earned in other centers across the world. Actor Vijay also enjoys a loyal fan base in neighbouring state Kerala where the film has made a record-breaking opening. On the first day, the film collected Rs 6.6 crore in the region, which is even higher than Baahubali 2, which had collected Rs 5.5 crore. Vijay’s Sarkar is now the highest opener in the state of Kerala for any language.

In Karnataka too, the film performed well and earned Rs 6.1 crore and beat Rajinikanth’s opening day collection of Kabali. Even in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam region, which is considered as Vijay’s weakest centers in the south, the film performed well at the box office. On the first day, the film collected Rs 3.65 crore and on second, the film has reportedly broken even with shares of Rs 4.40 crore being collected. With his collection in the country and by becoming the fourth biggest south Indian film after Baahubali 2, Baahubali and Kabali, Vijay has yet again proved his stronghold at the box office.

With Sarkar, the collection outside of India in regions such as USA, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and France also adds to the collection. In US, the film crossed the half a million mark on the first day. In UK, the film became the first Indian movie to cross £100,000 pounds on day one and a record breaking opening in Australia for Tamil movie with $ 219, 000.

Meanwhile, the protest against the film has grown with AIADMK tearing banners of actor Vijay placed at theaters in Chennai, Madurai and Kovai. Especially in Madurai, the matinee shows had to be cancelled because of the protest.

The political party has stated that actor Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s role in Sarkar is inspired by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The party also has taken offence to comments made regarding freebies that are distributed during election suggesting that a scene in the film, which burns the said freebies, can cause violence in the state. Hindustan Times tried to reach the filmmakers regarding the protest, however, they have refrained from responding.

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First Published: Nov 08, 2018 18:50 IST







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Happy Birthday Sushant Singh Rajput: Did you know Pavitra Rishta wasn’t his first TV show. Watch video | bollywood

After a very successful stint on television, actor Sushant Singh Rajput made a place for himself in Bollywood as well. Ten years after Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta, Sushant has several hit films to his credit and is also known as one of the talented young actors of Bollywood. However, unlike many imagine it to be, Pavitra Rishta was not the first time we saw him on television. On Sushant Singh Rajput’s birthday today, we bring you a clip from his first TV appearance.

An ace engineering student, Sushant realised it was his passion and decided to join theatre instead. A few stints as a background dancer at award shows and the Commonwealth Games later, Sushant cracked into the television sphere and landed his first role in soap opera, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil in 2008. He played Preet Juneja on the show, which also starred Harshad Chopda and Additi Gupta.

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After this, Sushant got his big show, Pavitra Rishta in 2009 with Ankita Lokhande. The show ran for five years and made the two household names. After the show, he won a season of Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa and then landed his first Bollywood project, Kai Po Che.

Kai Po Che was directed by Abhishek Kapoor and also starred Rajkummar Rao and Amit Sadh. Their performances were lauded by critics and got Sushant more film offers. He went on to star in Shudh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Raabta and Kedarnath.

Sushant will now be seen in Sonchiriya, Drive and Chhichhore. Sonchiriya will release on February 8.

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First Published: Jan 21, 2019 08:27 IST







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Koffee With Karan 6: Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta reveal what they hate about Aishwarya Rai, why their mum doesn’t like paparazzi | tv

On Sunday’s episode of Koffee With Karan, host and filmmaker Karan Johar chatted with his old friends, actor Abhishek Bachchan and his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda. Abhishek jokingly confessed that he wasn’t happy about being on the show and that so many celebrities do it as a way to pay back Karan for dancing at their weddings and mundan ceremonies.

Karan began the show by giving a backgrounder on how the three have been friends since they were kids. They used to hang out together at birthday parties with other celeb kids like Hrithik Roshan, Aditya and Uday Chopra, Zoya and Farhan Akhtar and others. He said that while he struck a friendship with Shweta and Zoya, Abhishek was always the one to bully him.

Karan started the show by asking Abhishek and Shweta who their parents’ favourite child is. While Shweta said Abhishek was their mother, Jaya Bachchan’s favourite, Abhishek said Shweta was their father, Amitabh Bachchan’s darling. Shweta said Jaya’s eyes light up every time Abhishek enters a room, much like her reaction on seeing Shah Rukh Khan in their film Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham. Abhishek said their father wouldn’t care about anyone else and their opinions once Shweta is in the room.

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Karan then asked Abhishek about the two-year hiatus he took from acting before starring in Manmarziyaan last year. Abhishek said he had grown too complacent and comfortable about his work. He said he worked with huge star casts and in big budget films and things got very easy. In those films, he was standing behind a bigger actor who was shouldering all the responsibility. “I didn’t come into the film industry — firstly if I may say so with all respect to all my co-stars — I didn’t come to stand behind anyone. It’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been on the centre stage, in the middle of the shot (be told) ‘Ek min zara (gestures to move aside with a hand)’. It’s very difficult to digest,” he said. Abhishek, however, called the hurt and humiliation important.

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anybody is entitled to just say ‘Oh I’m who I am so I deserve this.’ No. You’ve to earn your place,” he added.

Karan also asked Shweta if seeing all this pressure on her brother made her push her own children away from acting as a profession. She said that she was excessive and unfair in her analysis of the industry. “I also know the heartbreaks and I think I know it really, really well. I see their faces when things don’t work out. I’m there on a human level. I am on Instagram, I see the amount of hate and trolling he gets. And whether or not you like him as an actor, or you think that he has had it so easy because he is Amitabh Bachchan’s son, whatever it is, I’m his sister. I’m going to react to him as a sister. And I hate it, it gives me sleepless nights. I don’t want yet another member of my family to be in this business because of a selfish reason,” she said.

Shweta also said that she doesn’t know if her daughter Navya even has a talent for acting. “I feel if she isn’t passionate, driven, talented, she has no business being here,” she added.

Karan then asked the two about why their mother hates the paparazzi so much. Jaya Bachchan is often caught on camera, getting angry at photographers for clicking her pictures. Abhishek said that while he finds the videos amusing and always prepares for a showdown when the whole family goes out together, his mother has grown much more comfortable with the photographers. It’s the fans who ask for selfies that are the problem.

“She gets very claustrophobic when there are too many people around her. She also doesn’t like it when people take her pictures without asking her. She comes from that school of thought,” Shweta added. They then joked about how photographers maintain their distance when they see Jaya at the airport.

Karan asked Abhishek about what it is like to live under the constant pressure and expectations that come from being Amitabh Bachchan’s son. “It’s very difficult Karan. I’ve never said this but it is,” he said. Abhishek added that he does seek validation from his father but doesn’t know how to react on the rare occasions that he says good things about his performances. Shweta told Abhishek that she and Amitabh caught a show of Manmarziyaan together and Amitabh was weeping after watching the film.

When Karan asked them how the family dynamics changed when Aishwarya arrived in the house, Abhishek said there was no change. Shweta said that roles reshuffle in a family whenever someone new arrives. She said she feels relief that Abhishek has someone who understands his work life. She also thinks that if Abhishek has something about his parents, Aishwarya will have a more unbiased opinion than she would.

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In the rapid fire round, Karan asked Shweta to reveal a secret of Abhishek’s as revenge. She said he used to suck his thumb as a kid and also wet his bed. She said she loves Aishwarya for being a ‘self-made, strong woman and a fantastic mother’, hates her for not calling back on time and tolerates her time management, or lack thereof.

On his turn, Abhishek said he loves Aishwarya because she loves him, hates her packing skills and tolerates them too. He also said he would not like to change anything about his relationship with her. Shweta ended up winning the hamper.

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First Published: Jan 21, 2019 09:11 IST







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Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas’ unseen wedding pics have her posing with Sophie Turner, Madhu Chopra shares a ‘mother’s joy’ pic too | bollywood

Actor Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas’ wedding is the gift that keeps on giving. It is now the turn of the actor’s mother, Madhu Chopra, to share a hitherto unseen photo from the Jodhpur wedding. She shared a close-up with her daughter, captioning it, “Mother’s joy”.

Not just Madhu, Priyanka’s manager and close friend Anjula Acharia also shared a fresh lot of photos from the Jodhpur wedding. The collection of photos feature Priyanka from her Hindu and Christian weddings, her sister Parineeti Chopra, Game of Thrones’ star and Joe Jonas’ fiancée Sophie Turner and Nick’s mother, Denise.

While one photo shows Priyanka with her bridesmaids, another has her posing as a bride resplendent in red with her close friends. There is one with Priyanka and Nick after the Christian ceremony.

Priyanka had worn a Ralph Lauren gown for her Christian wedding and a Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga for the Hindu ceremony. The look was accessorised with gold jewellery consisting of chura, matha patti and nath. She had worn a necklace by Chopard that had 184.50-carats of pear-shaped diamonds.

Priyanka and Nick married at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace on December 1 and 2. They later hosted wedding receptions in Delhi and Mumbai that were attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others. The couple later holidayed with their families in the UK and Switzerland before honeymooning in the Caribbean.

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The two have returned to their professional commitments. Priyanka has started a YouTube show where she is talking to achievers from a plethora of fields. She will also be seen in The Sky is Pink and Isn’t It Romantic later this year.

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First Published: Jan 21, 2019 09:23 IST







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