Here’s What Aamir Khan Has To Say About The Failure Of Tubelight & Jab Harry Met Sejal


The Box Office usually pins high hopes on the 3 Khans of Bollywood. They usually have festival releases – Eid belongs to Salman KhanShah Rukh Khan usually claims Diwali and Christmas is reserved for Aamir Khan. Even though mainstream media pits the 3 of them against each other, they have often come out in support of each other.

Salman’s Tubelight and SRK’s Jab Harry Met Sejal were this year’s underperformers. Even the Khan tag failed to uplift these movies, which had high expectations from the audience. Aamir, who recently recovered from swine flu, was present at the song launch of Main Kaun Hoon from Secret Superstar. He was asked about the failure of his contemporaries’ movies, to which he responded:

We can’t say it’s a shift of trend. We see ups and downs, it happens.”

Aamir sure is a man of few words and he chooses them well!

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Reportedly Agreed To Work With Salman Khan On This One Condition


Like most of his films, Sanjay Leela Bhansali apparently had Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai in mind when he scripted his upcoming magnum opus Padmavati. In a case similar to Bajirao Mastani, the director couldn’t go through this idea because the actors parted ways. According to Rajeev Masand‘s column in Open Magazine, before Padmavati had Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor starring in it, Sanjay reached out to Salman and Aishwarya for the film even after their break-up.

If you think the actors said no right away, here’s the big twist. As per the article, Aishwarya reportedly said she would be ready to work with her former boyfriend Salman only if he played Alauddin Khilji, the antagonist of the film. This way, both of them would have no scenes together.

It was Salman Khan who apparently refused this condition. A source revealed that while the superstar was happy to make the film, it had to be a love story. Salman was keen to recreate the magic of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, he wasn’t too pleased with doing a movie where he wouldn’t be working with Aishwarya.

Sanjay is now making the movie with Deepika as Padmavati and her real life boyfriend Ranveer playing Alauddin Khilji. Shahid will be playing Deepika’s husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh.

Do you like the current casting or would you rather watch Salman and Aishwarya reunite? Tell us in the comments below.

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Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan – who is Anushka Sharma’s favourite Bollywood superstar?


Anushka Sharma is one lucky gal, not only is the actress working with the who’s who of Bollywood the actress has managed to achieve a feat that some of her contemporaries like Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut have failed to do. Anushka has worked with all the three Khans of Bollywood. And the actress has had a great track record with each of them.

While Anushka marked her debut with Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Raj Films’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, she has gone one to sign three more films with him. The duo was last seen together in Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture Jab Tak Hai Jaan. She will be romancing SRK again in Imtiaz Ali’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and also has Aanand L Rai’s untitled next with King Khan. Her film PK with Aamir Khan and Sultan with Salman Khan have both been blockbuster. But what’s the actress’ equation like with the three Khans? Well, we decided to decode that in out Khan quiz…

While Anushka revealed that none of the Khans read while on sets, she also gave us an insight on their eating habits. Going by this interview looks like Anushka is closest to Shah Rukh Khan. We wonder what Aamir and Salman have to say?

Anushka and Shah Rukh’s Jab Harry Met Sejal was initially supposed to clash with Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. However, the makers changed to release date to August 4. The film is all set to hit the screens this Friday and going by the buzz, SRK and Anushka might just strike a hattrick with this one.

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It’s finally happening! Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan to shoot for Anand L Rai’s next this week – read details

In case all you Salman Khan fans have been wondering what Bhai is up to these days, let me tell you, he is having a very tight schedule right now. He’s taken a break from Tiger Zinda Hai shoot for now and is currently focusing on his cameos in Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming movie and Judwaa 2.

That Salman will be seen do a special appearance in Jduwaa 2 was made known right from the start. But it was recently announced that the superstar will be starring in Shah Rukh’s next which is directed by Anand L Rai. And ever since then, SRK and Salman fans are eagerly waiting for that day to see them together yet again. And if you are one among them, let me tell you, it’s finally happening! Salman is to begin shooting for the dwarf film between this Wednesday (July 6) to Friday (July 8). According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Salman is going to shoot back – to – back for Anand L Rai’s next and Judwaa 2.

A source was quoted by Mirror saying, “Salman and Shah Rukh will shoot together for over three days. The number is being choreographed by Remo D’Souza, who has taken a break from city tours of his reality show, Dance Plus 3, to focus on the lavishly mounted song for which a huge set has been erected. Rehearsals have already kicked off and it will be shot at a suburban studio.” Hmm.. Interesting! We are hoping to see some really cool selfies from the sets…

Talking about his role in Judwaa 2, the source added, “The idea is to have the old judwaas meeting the new ones and make it nostalgic for fans of of the original. After the climax is wrapped up, the film’s team will head to Portugal for a 12 – day schedule.” That sounds like a great idea!

So for now, Bhai has his plate full with quite a lot of movies in hand. His last film Tubelight didn’t do very well at the box office and fans are waiting for him to break all box office records with Tiger Zinda Hai which also stars Katrina Kaif.

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Why Is The Criticism Of Salman Khan’s ‘Tubelight’ So Personal?

Salman-Khan-Tubelight While the initial reviews of Salman Khan’s Tubelight were overwhelmingly positive in India, the pendulum then swung dramatically to the negative, much of the scorn directed at Khan.

Arguably the torrent of scathing reviews had an impact on ticket sales as the Kabir Khan-directed drama set during the Sino-Indian war in 1962 collected 64.77 crore ($9.7 million) net in three days on 4,400 screens in India.

However the film which stars Salman Khan, his brother Sohail, Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and the late Om Puri is positioned to cash in on the Eid vacation which starts today, so judgment on its fate should be suspended.

The $15 million Salman Khan Films production earned a disappointing $810,000 on 342 screens in the U.S., a sturdy $710,000 on 49 in the U.A.E., according to Comscore’s estimate, $270,000 on 154 in the U.K. and a handy $232,000 on 42 in Australia.

In the U.S., Tubelight was overshadowed by Telugu director Harish Shankar’s Duvvada Jagannadham aka DJ, a crime drama starring Allu Arjun, Pooja Hegde, Rao Ramesh, Subbaraju, Vennela Kishore and Murali Sharma, which took $1 million on only 181 screens.

Produced by Dil Raju under his banner Sri Venkateswara Creations, DJ grossed an impressive 64 crore ($9.6 million) in three days on about 1,000 screens worldwide, according to the film’s PR rep Vamsi Kaka. That equates to a distributor share of 45 crore ($6.7 million) including 34.77 crore ($5.2 million) in the Telugu states.

Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3 grossed an estimated $1.7 million on only 263 screens including previews, rated as the biggest opening ever for Illumination Entertainment in India.

Salman stars as Laxman, a happy-go-lucky simpleton who sets off to find his brother Bharat (Sohail), a soldier who goes missing during the war. Om Puri plays the boys’ uncle who raised them after their parents died. Zhu Zhu and Matin Rey Tangu play a widowed mother and son who form bonds with Laxman. Shah Rukh Khan appears in one pivotal scene.

Many of the reviews were needlessly and unfairly personal, showing little regard for one of Bollywood’s biggest stars.

Deriding the film as a shabbily-written letdown, blogger Komal Nahta observed that while Salman makes an impact in some scenes he leaves the audience unaffected by his innocence and dim-wittedness, adding gratuitously, “He looks too bulky in many scenes, and this could’ve easily been avoided.”

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Tubelight box office collection Day 4: Salman’s film inching towards the Rs 100-crore mark

sohail-salman-khan-tubelight Salman Khan’s big Eid release Tubelight might have been unable to break the box-office records set by his previous films, but Kabir Khan’s directorial venture is slowly inching towards the Rs 100-crore mark. After crossing the Rs 60-crore mark in its opening weekend, the film saw a slump at the box office on Eid.

Tubelight collected only Rs 19.09 crore on Monday, taking the total to Rs 83.86 crore.

Here is the day-to-day breakdown of Tubelight box-office collection:

Day 1 – Friday (June 23) – Rs 21.15 crore

Day 2 – Saturday (June 24) – Rs 21.17 crore

Day 3 – Sunday (June 25) – Rs 22.45 crore

Day 4 – Monday (June 26) – Rs 19.09 crore (approx)

Approximate four-day box-office collection of Tubelight: Rs 83.86 crore


Despite Tubelight being panned by critics, Salman seems unperturbed. In an interview to IANS, he said, “The critics were really good. I was expecting minus 3 and minus 4 but they gave 1, 1.5 apparently, so I am very pleased.”

Tubelight, directed by Kabir Khan, is an official remake of the 2015 American war drama Little Boy. Salman plays the simpleton Laxman, whose only goal is to bring his brother, Bharat (Sohail Khan), back home. Bharat was selected in the Indian Army and set to the border to fight against the Chinese forces in the 1962 Sino-Indian War.

The film also features Zhu Zhu, Matin Rey Tangu and late actor Om Puri in pivotal roles.

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Salman Khan is a family man and these pictures are a proof!

Salman Khan and Sohail Khan are busy promoting their upcoming film Tubelight which will be releasing on June 23, 2017. However, the brothers make sure that they don’t leave their family alone. No doubt Salman has been one such man in the industry who has always stood by the family even after being busy with the work. The actor decided to take a day off from the promotions and spend some time with family. Here are the pictures.

Aayush Sharma, Sohail Khan, Salman Khan, Helen, Salim Khan and Salma Khan

Salman Khan, Helen, Salim Khan and Salma Khan

Salman Khan, Salma Khan and Salim Khan

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Tubelight box office collection day 3: Salman Khan’s film registers lowest opening weekend numbers for his films in recent years, collects Rs 64.77 crore

Salman Khan‘s Tubelight was supposed to take the box office by a storm upon its release on June 23. Trade was hopeful that it will make Rs 80-85 crore in the first three days while Eid on Monday will add more bounty to the film, to take the four-day extended weekend total to more than Rs 100 crore. But the film has under-performed and taken everyone by a surprise. In the last three days, the film has earned Rs 64.77 crore, which is the lowest opening weekend count for a Salman Khan movie in recent years.

Taran Adarsh revealed the figures of the film saying, “#TubelightFri 21.15 cr, Sat 21.17 cr, Sun 22.45 cr. Total: ₹ 64.77 cr. India biz… Eid festivities should boost biz today + tomorrow.” He definitely sounds hopeful for today as it is Eid. In fact, that’s the only way the film can salvage its run at the box office. It has to be around Rs 25-30 crore for the film to post a good overhaul at the box office. He also mentioned how it has the lowest numbers for his films in recent times. Check out the figures right here…

So what went wrong with this film? Well, the fact that Tubelight was devoid of every Salman Khan bonanza could be one of the reason. There was no romance to talk about which people love to see. Plus action took a complete backseat here because the actor plays a man who is a slow learner and is not swift with his moves. Everything that his fans would love to see him do is missing from the film. The fact that Kabir Khan is hungover Bajrangi Bhaijaan is clearly visible here.

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Salman Khan in Tubelight is a masterclass in showing the power of brand-building and PR


The great Piyush Mishra said it all in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, when he proclaimed, ‘Everything is image, image is everything!’

After all, what’s being peddled these days through WhatsApp forwards from UNESCO is all about image, no? You may not have realised it, but that photoshopped picture you saw of a 100-lane highway from Gujarat (which also runs a flying bullet train and offers free unlimited Wi-Fi so we can listen to the Supreme Leader’s MKB podcast on demand) was never meant to be real. Such images are all about, well, image.

And so, in this age where image is everything, we get our first legitimate cinematic classic in Tubelight — the first film where the title proclaims what it thinks of its audience, because of how we lap up the same old ‘Bhaijaan is a little naïve boy with a clean heart’ message over and over and over again.

Salman Khan with Matin Rey Tangu in Tubelight. Image via Twitter

Salman Khan with Matin Rey Tangu in Tubelight. Image via Twitter

The greatness of Tubelight lies in how it understands its audience. Fed and bred on a regular diet of nano-GPS chips, the Indian audience is now completely ready for the new brand of subtlety displayed by Bhaijaan’s image machinery. And so, the film goes with the one-liner ‘faith can move mountains’, because some genius probably realised that ‘Bhaijaan can move mountains’ doesn’t have the same beautiful ring to it. (But make no mistake, Bhaijaan can move mountains.)

A perfect example of how to truly get ‘inspired’, the film shows you how to make brave choices like casting a 50-plus man to play a character originally played by a little child. Thankfully, the film doesn’t deviate to bore us with any sort of deep understanding of why this protagonist is the way he is. Who cares about such things? Not us, for sure.

Tubelight is focused on only one thing: showing us the reality of its hero and his heart of gold. The film is filled with beautiful, fresh moments where we see how pure-hearted, innocent, noble and thoroughly misunderstood young-old Laxman, the character played by Bhaijaan, is. The film’s focused script says the same thing over and over again for about 150 minutes, making us smile and cry all at the same time.

To be fair, underlying all those layers of mush, Kabir Khan’s intent does shine through. Take, for instance, the scene where two characters try to prove their patriotism based on who can say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ louder.

You’ll see the clear resonance with what we see on prime time news everyday, as Times Now and Republic battle it out for superiority on our airwaves, questioning not the intent of the government, but the patriotism of ‘presstitutes’ and ‘sickulars’. While Kabir Khan’s intention was to show that such chest-thumping patriotism is pointless, it’s quite conceivable that Pahlaj Nihalani will next train his sights on and start butchering films that attempt commentary on the dangers of jingoism.

Kabir Khan, one of those rare filmmakers who repeatedly includes messages of unity and peace through his films, tries yet again to talk about shunning bigotry and understanding the futility of war. He must know, though, that such antiquated concepts of peace and equality have no place in our great, strong nation today. (Kashmir has always been and will always be ours; and any such efforts from the cocktail-drinking liberal brigade is not going to change that!)

While Kabir Khan fills his cast with a bunch of rather talented supporting actors, the film has also been meticulously crafted to ensure that everyone supports and adds to Bhaijaan’s performance along the way. (To be fair, there’s at least one scene in the film where Salman Khan emotes well-enough to make his fans cheer with joyous emotion.)

But Tubelight‘s greatest victory will always be the fact that, in this post-truth world, it holds up a mirror to us, to remind us of just how much we as Indians enjoy grandstanding and image-building exercises. We’ll give our votes and money to any one, as long as we can see visible efforts on their part, to take us for a ride.

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Tubelight box office collection day 3: Salman Khan film earns Rs 66 cr, can Eid change its fortune?

tubelight-movie-still-salman-khan-1 Can Tubelight live up to the expectations that come with a Salman Khan film at the box office? While it has been something of a slow-starter, its real test is Monday and Tuesday when India celebrates Eid and people head to theatres to watch a Salman Khan film. For those who are busy writing the Kabir Khan film off, it’s too early to predict its box office destiny. Trade pundits were quick to write the fate of Salman Khan film after it witnessed a marginal pace on the second and third day after starting at a tepid Rs 21.5 crore on Friday. Usually, a Salman Khan film shows some strong growth on the second day, which didn’t happen this time. However, the third day which was Sunday saw better occupancy and took the total earning of the film over the first weekend to Rs 66 crore. The Kabir Khan directiorial earned Rs 21.17 crore on Saturday compared to Friday’s Rs 21.15 crore. But will Eid become the break that Tubelight so sorely needs?

With Rs 21.15 crore, Tubelight registered the second highest opening day collection behind only Baahubali 2’s Rs 41 crore (in Hindi) this year. Salman Khan film’s second-day collection falls short of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees. In comparison to Tubelight’s Rs 21.17 crore, SRK starrer Raees took home Rs 26.3 crore. It should be noted that Raees did this impressive business on a holiday (Republic Day). Tubelight can pick up growth and bring in a huge collection on Monday when India celebrates Eid. Trade pundits predict that Tubelight’s fate will be decided by Monday and Tuesday. The severe criticism can also affect Tubelight’s overall collection.

The film’s international business has also not been up to expectations. The film failed to woo the audience in the US where people preferred All Arjun-starrer DJ to Salman Khan’s offering. The film earned $810,000 on 342 screens in the US, $710,000 on 49 in the UAE, $270,000 on 154 screens in the UK and $232,000 on 42 screens in Australia.

Salman Khan’s films have a tradition of making it big on the festival. The actor has lorded over Eid festival holidays for the last five years, churning out one blockbuster after another including Ek Tha Tiger, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan. That’s why Tubelight had sky-high expectations.

Tubelight was made on a budget of Rs 100 crore. NH Studios has paid Rs 132 crore for the theatrical rights of the movie in the domestic market, reported Forbes. Makers have sold out its music rights for Rs 20 crore. It has also earned profits from satellite sales to Star TV. The film was released on 4350 screens in India and on 1200 in the overseas market. The film which is set around the Indo-China war also features Sohail Khan and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu.

Here are the first weekend collection of past Salman Khan hits

Sultan: Rs 180.3 crore (five-day weekend as film released on Wednesday)

Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Rs 100 crore

Ek Tha Tiger: Rs 100 crore (five-day weekend as film released on Wednesday)

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