29122021-LSTC-01.qxd 12/29/2021 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b ALIA IS THE CHOSEN ONE To celebrate her work in support of an animal-friendly fashion industry and her advocacy for dogs and cats in need, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals- India has named Alia Bhatt its 2021 Person of the Year. This year, Alia invested in Phool, the company behind Fleather. TRIBUNE It’s delayed Life The producers of Shahid Kapoor-starrer Jersey have said the film has been pushed yet again amid a surge in Covid cases in the country. It was to release on December 31. —PTI CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 29 DECEMBER 2021 Surviving tough times Sheetal T HE year 2021 was no less than a rollercoaster ride for the film industry. The uncertainty was nerve wrecking for the producers and filmmakers. On one side, it was about making a secure, less risky choice with digital platforms as that would assure the minimum possible benefit, while on the other side, it was about opting for the 70 mm screen and getting the audiences back in the theatres. While films that made a theatrical entry were few in numbers, but some did manage to pull the crowd. Here’s a look: Last but not the least The makers of 83, which is about India’s 1983 World Cup victory, had patiently waited for the two waves of Covid to pass for its release. Out at last on December 24, the film managed to beat Sooryavanshi to be at the top of the Bollywood hit list. However, the film was expected to cross Rs 20 crore mark on Day 1, but saw a slow opening with Rs 12.64 crore. Now, the film has grossed a weekend total of Rs 46.59-48.59 crore. It’s a decent sum in comparison to other Bollywood releases of 2021. Another film Sooryavanshi, in which Ranveer Singh did a special appearance alongside Ajay Devgn to introduce Akshay Kumar in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe, went on in theatres for six weeks straight, Indian gross collection of the film is Rs196 crore. It did business of around Rs 60 crore overseas. Akshay Kumar’s Bellbottom (Rs 30.63 crore) also did well at the box office considering it was the first big Bollywood film to release after the second wave. Salman Khan’s Antim-The Final Truth (Rs 39.06cr) made a difference and debutant Ahan Shetty’s Tadap ( Rs 26.15cr) also made an impressive mark. In other words, these action films did manage to get some action inside cinema halls. With Chandigarh Ranveer Singh on his choice of films As many filmmakers opted for the safe and secure OTT route, a few bravehearts lured the audiences back to theatres. Here are the hits and misses of Bollywood in 2021 Pushpa L EWEL FAR 021 2 Spider-Man: No Way Home No Time To Die in its name and homie Ayushmman Khurrana as a lead, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (Rs 26.47cr) did considerably well even on weekdays. Among the misses there is Bunty Aur Babli 2, which despite the promotion and hype, couldn’t manage to turn it into number and closed in Rs 12.50cr of business in India. The early effort Roohi, starring Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma, was one of the early releases which hit the theatres before the second wave. The 20-crore budget 83 Antim film managed to make Rs 22.81 crore by the end of third week and got tough competition from Godzilla Vs Kong which made around Rs 46.58 crore in box office collections in India. South Indian film Master (Rs 4.73crore), which released in January this year, also made a considerable effort to bring the audience into theatres and did better than Thailivi (Rs1.46 crore), which released much after and had Kangana Ranaut as the lead. Regional or national? South Indian films such as Pushpa: The Rise – Part 1 which has grossed about Rs 37.28 crore in the first week whipped up a nation-wide craze. Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh went on to tweet about the success of this film released on December 17, “#Pushpa shows no signs of fatigue in mass pockets… #PushpaHindi emerges first choice of moviegoers in those circuits — much, much ahead of #83TheFilm and even #SpiderMan… [Week 2] Fri 2.31 cr, Sat 3.75 cr, Sun 4.25 cr, Mon 2.75 cr. Total: 39.95 cr. #India biz… HIT.” Despite stiff competition from Hindi films, Marathi film Jhimma wooed the audi- ences back to theatres in Maharashtra. Punjabi audiences had a tight schedule with a release every week. Honsla Rakh ( Rs 54 crore), Qismat 2(Rs 18 crore), Chal Mera Putt 2 (Rs17.2 crore) are the three films which had done well this year. Foreign feast Spider-Man: No Way Home became the biggest post-pandemic blockbuster of 2021. Released in India a day prior to the US release, the film was able to mint Rs 130 crore net by the sixth day of its release. The film got the biggest present on Christmas Day as Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari & Vishal Jethwa come together for Human When dark secrets of the medical world are revealed, will the brave live to expose the truth or be consumed in a dangerous web of lies and deception? After a year of back-to-back successes with shows like Special Ops 1.5, Aarya 2, November Story and many others, Disney+ Hotstar kick-starts the year 2022 with the launch of Human, a medical thriller based on Human drug trials in India. The series boasts of a stellar cast headlined by Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari along with Vishal Jethwa, Ram Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Aditya Srivastava and Mohan Agashe among others. Directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Mozez Singh, it releases on January 14. Shefali Shah will be playing the lead character of Dr Gauri Nath. —TMS Rajesh Khanna’s biopic on its way Off they go Sidharth and Kiara heading for the Maldives Kiara was seen in a casual sweater dress with white boots and a grey handbag. She teamed her outfit with a cool pair of reflective sunglasses. On the other hand, Sid was spotted in a printed tee with olive green denim-leather jacket and a black pair of jeans. He too, teamed his outfit with a pair of cool shades. —TMS Sooryavanshi Godzilla vs Kong Anatomy of a thriller It’s time to welcome 2022 as we bid adieu to 2021. In order to ring in the New Year, our B-town celebs are heading to various destinations. The rumoured couple, Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, was spotted at the Mumbai airport on Tuesday morning. Both of them are reportedly headed to the Maldives to ring in 2022. ‘Higher the risk, higher the pay-off’ According to the latest buzz, Farah Khan has been approached to direct superstar Rajesh Khanna’s biopic. Producer Nikhil Dwivedi has acquired the rights of Gautam Chintamani’s book, Dark Star: The Loneliness Of Being Rajesh Khanna, which has topped the bestseller lists previously. Nikhil says, “Yes, I’ve acquired the rights to Gautam Chintamani’s book, Dark Star, and I’m in talks with Farah Khan to make the film. That’s all I can say for now. As and when any major development happens, I’ll be happy to share because I’m really excited c m y b about bringing Rajesh Khanna’s story to the big screen.” Farah too confirmed the same as she said, “Yes, I have read Gautam’s book and it’s fascinating. It’s definitely an exciting story. We are in a conversation over this but I cannot comment more.” Meanwhile, we cannot wait to see the journey of Hindi cinema’s original superstar. it crossed $1 billion mark worldwide and India stands on the eighth position (Rs 200crore on December 26) in numbers behind the US, UK, Mexico, France, South Korea, Brazil and Australia. Meanwhile, The Matrix Resurrections, which opened a week later, is vying for the number 2 spot among Hollywood films. The James Bond film, No Time To Die, grossed Rs18crore on Indian box office. The Fast and Furious franchise couldn’t pull their fans to theatres for their film, Fast And Furious 9: The Fast Saga with only Rs13.61 crore net business in India. Ranveer Singh is a phenomenon. With 83, he is being called one of the finest actors ever in the Hindi film industry. Ask him what drives him to portray characters that have constantly etched their place in the history of Indian cinema, Ranveer says, “I have taken some really big risks. It does nothing for me if there is no high risk involved. Higher the risk, higher the pay-off. I am like a free-flowing spirit. I don’t wish to be defined because I feel putting a person in a box is limiting. I am consciously and subconsciously shaping my filmography. And, I am going to do more of this because there is no other way. I am really hoping that the filmmakers continue to give me such roles where I can really do something.” He adds, “Today, it’s been 20 years plus for a movie like Lagaan, but I remember Lagaan. I remember the film and the characters. So, for me, it’s important to do characters that have an everlasting memory and that continue to give joy to people over generations like my favourite film Life is Beautiful that I can watch N number of times, it still touches my heart. Films that can make you laugh, cry and entertain you forever and ever; those are the films that I aspire to be a part of. I am an actor first before being a star.” Ranveer will be next seen in YRF’s Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Shankar’s remake of his blockbuster Anniyan, Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus and Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.
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