Battle lines are drawn as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s BAJIRAO MASTANI & Rohit Shetty’s DILWALE, two of the biggest films of 2015, open this week all over the world but let’s be honest as it is more or less SHAHRUKH KHAN vs SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI again and those familiar with their names and movies, still have the bitter sweet memories of OM SHANTI OM & SAANWARIYA, which opened on the same date with lot of pomp and ceremonies in 2008 but while Shahrukh’s film went on to score big, the introduction of RANBIR & SONAM KAPOOR in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s SAANWARIYA was a damp squib as it got a thrashing at the box-office. It wasn’t long ago that Shahrukh Khan & Sanjay Leela Bhansali had combined together for DEVDAS (2002) but what happened afterwards is still a mystery for many as the two grew apart and went against the norms of Bollywood industry to release their biggies on the same date. The first battle was decisively won by Shahrukh and while King Khan continued enjoying success with potboiler films like CHENNAI EXPRESS & HAPPY NEW YEAR, Sanjay produced classics like BLACK, GUZAARISH & RAAM LEELA and it’s then that he announced his most ambitious project BAJIRAO MASTANI, which was conceived in 2004 with SALMAN KHAN & AISHWARYA RAO but finally completed in 2015 with RANVEER SINGH, DEEPIKA PADUKONE & PRIYANKA CHOPRA. Made at a budget of over Rs.200 Crores, the film opening was announced for December 18, 2015 in 2014; however, the whole film industry was shocked when Red Chillies Entertainment DILWALE changed their locked date of December 25th, the favourite of director Rohit Shetty, to December 18nth. Now, let’s face it DILWALE is huge especially with Shahrukh Khan & Kajol coming together after MY NAME IS KHAN and with young heartthrobs like VARUN DHAWAN & KRITI SASAN, ably supported by VINOD KHANNA, KABIR BEDI & BOMAN IRANI, the film is one of most long awaited film of 2015 . But why would Shahrukh Khan lock horns with Eros Films, who are the associate producer of BAJIRAO MASTANI, is a million dollar question and it didn’t take too long to find out that another war is on to secure theatres for both films. Eros Films had locked most of the theatres much ahead of time as their release date was announced last year, however, DILWALE started their muscle power and as of now holds a distinct advantage and lead with 60-40 share of the theatres. The overseas territories are going to see an uphill battle as well but Shahrukh Khan and his track record holds a clear advantage for DILWALE and the only advantage BAJIRAO MASTANI has is in opening exclusively in almost 6,000 theatres in China. It’s the battle of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s historical masterpiece vs Rohit Shetty’s commercial potboiler, the star power of Shahrukh-Kajol-Varun-Kriti vs Deepika-Priyanka-Ranveer and SANJAY vs SHAHRUKH, and the results would be out this weekend as their combined success could give a new boost to Bollywood revenues and the failure of one or both could cast a pall of gloom all over from which Bollywood would take some time to recover!!!
Priyanka Chopra is The Sexiest Asian Woman on The Planet!!!
PRIYANKA CHOPRA, riding on the success of QUANTICO and eagerly awaiting the box-office results of BAJIRAO MASTANI, has been crowned the Sexiest Asian Woman for the third time in an online poll conducted by EASTERN EYE of England and here’s the full list of TOP 100 SEXIEST ASIAN WOMEN ON THE PLANET…
- PRIYANKA CHOPRA… Bollywood & Hollywood actress
- SANAYA IRANI…TV actress
- DRASHTI DHAMI… TV actress
- DEEPIKA PADUKONE
- KATRINA KAIF
- NIA SHARMA…Model & TV actress
- KAREENA KAPOOR
- GAUHAR KHAN…Model, Dancer, Reality Star & Actress
- SONAM KAPOOR
- MAHIRA KHAN… Pakistani TV & Film Star
Hrithik Roshan pipped By Zayn Malik for The Sexiest Asian Male on The Planet!!!
HRITHIK ROSHAN narrowly missed being crowned again as Singing Superstar ZAYN MALIK of ONE DIRECTION won the online contest by EASTERN EYE and once again Indian TV stars dominated the contest where millions participate and here’s the full list of TOP 100 SEXIEST ASIAN MEN ON THE PLANET…
- ZAYN MALIK
- HRITHIK ROSHAN
- ALI ZAFAR… Singer, Model & Bollywood Star
- BARUN SOBTI… TV Star
- VIVIAN D’SENA…TV Star
- FAWAD KHAN… Pakistani TV & Bollywood Star
- SALMAN KHAN
- SHAHID KAPOOR
- SHAHRUKH KHAN.. At 50, he’s the oldest star in Top 100 list!
- GURMEET CHOUDHRY.. Reality & TV Star
Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh and Rana Daggubati are also amongst the Sexiest Asian Men!
Akshay Kumar gives Rs.1 Crore for Chennai Flood Relief!!!
AKSHAY KUMAR is the latest Bollywood celebrity to donate Rs.1 Crore to Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund as normalcy returns to Chennai and the surrounding areas in Tamil Nadu but the overall response from Bollywood is quite disappointing indeed. Earlier, HRITHIK ROSHAN had announced Rs.25 Lakh for the relief fund and many in the South Film industry and even in Bollywood were expecting similar announcements but nothing materialised as the relief efforts continue for Tamil Nadu’s worst flood crises in over 100 years. It has to be noted that AKSHAY KUMAR had earlier donated Rs.20 Crores for UTTRAKHAND Floods and Rs.1 Crore for Maharashtrian farmers as well!
Piku, Bajrangi Bhaijaan & Prem Ratan Dhan Payo Are Big Winners at Big Star Entertainment Awards!!!
BIG STAR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS in Mumbai, Maharashtra offered a glimpse of what we would see in many more award shows as the first award show, to be aired on the New Year’s day on STAR TV, attracted the big wigs of Bollywood & TV industry and as expected, SALMAN KHAN & his films featured regularly in many awards while Shoorjit Sirkar’s PIKU was another winner by fetching as many as three top awards and here’s the list of all the awards…
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actor of the Year – Salman Khan
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actress of the Year – Deepika Padukone
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role: Ranveer Singh for Dil Dhadakne Do
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actress in a Romantic Role – Sonam Kapoor for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role – Salman Khan for Bajrangi Bhaijaan
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actress in a Social Role – Bhumi Pednekar for Dum Laga Ke Haisha
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actor in Drama Role – Amitabh Bachchan for Piku
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actress in Drama Role – Deepika Padukone for Piku
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Role – Varun Dhawan for Badlapur
- Big Star Most Entertaining Actress in a Thriller Role – Tisca Chopra for Rahasya
- Drama Film – PIKU
- Social Film – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
- Thriller Film – Badlapur
- Actor in a Comedy Role – Deepak Dobriyal for Tanu Weds Manu Returns
- Child Artist – Harshali Malhotra for Bajrangi Bhaijaan
- Best Music – Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
- Best Singer Male – Armaan Malik
- Best Singer Female – Palak Mucchal
- Big Star Most Entertaining Comedy Film – Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Akshay Kumar replaces Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Villain in Robot 2!!!
AKSHAY KUMAR, Bollywood’s action hero, has replaced ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Hollywood’s action hero, from Shankar’s much talked film ENTHEERAN 2 (ROBOT 2 in Hindi), which is supposedly the most expensive film ever going to be made in India. With music by A.R. Rehman, Shankar’s film will see many technicians from Hollywood but what surprised most is
Akshay’s willingness to be the villain opposite RAJINIKANTH as this would be Akshay’s first film as a villain and without doubt, the film will be keenly awaited by all the fans. Vishal Pandya’s HATE STORY 3 has emerged as the biggest hit of bollywood this year as it crossed Rs.55 Crores at the box-office and easily replaced BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN as the second most profitable film of 2015.
TAMASHA may not have clicked for Ranbir Kapoor & Imtiaz Ali but Imtiaz has signed Ranbir Kapoor & Alia Bhatt for yet another film and this would be the third film of Imtiaz & Ranbir together after ROCKSTAR & TAMASHA. DILIP KUMAR did not celebrate his 93rd b’day as a mark of respect for his Southern brothers suffering from the recent floods but it did not stop India’s Home Minister RAJNATH SINGH to confer him with PADMA VIBHUSHAN at his home on Dec.13nth. T.J.Gill’s CHAPTER 1 is a musical featuring local talent like NISHANT SINGH, ERICKA FILMY VIRK, SHAFIQUE AHMADI, RUHEEN A.ADATIA, KARISHMA DEO, SHEZ KHAN, ROBIN MOUDGILL, KARIMA ESSA, AABID FAZAL & ALI and it’s this Saturday, Dec.19nth at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox theatre and all proceeds will be donated to Women’s Shelter. With that, it’s time to say good bye but not before reminding you all to watch this week’s YAADEIN, featuring Women in Bollywood’s historical as we debate the role of KASHIBAI & MASTANI in BAJIRAO PESHWA’s life as their film BAJIRAO MASTANI opens this week, on Sunday, Dec.19nth at 1 pm on SMC#116.
Kamal Sharma, president of Kamal’s Video Palace, the biggest Indian video store in North America and concert promoter since 1994, is a popular TV host on Shaw Multicultural Channel of “Kamal’s Top 5 Hits” and “YAADEIN,” the longest running South Asian TV shows for more than 31 years.