In 2022, Bollywood came out of Covid-19 crisis and tried to stand up on its feet with films such as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Drishyam 2, Brahmastra, The Kashmir Files among others proving to be profitable. Even as the Boycott Bollywood brigade marched on social media, pan-India projects including KGF 2, RRR, and Kantara roared at the box office. Now the big question is: Will Bollywood be able to bounce back and come out even stronger in 2023? While the year has an impressive line-up with movies like Selfiee, Shehzada, Bholaa, Pathaan, Dunki, Sam Bahadur, Fighter, and Animal already making noise for all the right reasons, it’ll be interesting to see how they fare at the box office.
Talking of what may or may not work, members of the fraternity feel that 2023 will majorly be about Shah Rukh Khan with his three projects – Pathaan, Jawan and Dunki lined-up for release.
Trade expert Atul Mohan asserts, “All the eyes will be on SRK. Pathaan is going to be a complete package thanks to Siddharth Anand and there are rumours of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff cameo appearances that have hyped the audience for good. Jawan is expected to rake-in moolah at the box-office given the record of director Atlee down south. And Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki too will be the high point of the year.”
Producer Vishal Rana adds in agreement, “It won’t be a surprise to see SRK taking all the limelight throughout the year. This probably one of the rare times that a superstar has so many big films coming out back-to-back within a span of few months.”
Among the Khans, Salman Khan, too, has Tiger 3 and Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan coming out back-to-back and that’s expected to rake in moolah at the box office this year.
Looking back, trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “2022 taught us to never keep hopes pinned on any project. There were a lot of shocks and surprises last year. We are going to see the same in 2023 as well. A lot of interesting films are lined up. We will have to see which one does the trick but 2023 is packed with films with very interesting stars and equally interesting subjects.”
After a long time, 2023 will see almost every mainstream actor having multiple releases. From Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor to Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra, every actor has something new to offer.
“Kartik Aaryan and Ranbir Kapoor are in that phase of their careers where they are doing the movies they love. Kartik is definitely going to be in the top 3 actors this year in terms of popularity,” adds Mohan.
As for Ranbir, given that he had a mixed 2022 with Shamshera being a flop and Brahmastra turning out to be fairly a hit, 2023 is going be to get crucial with Animal and Luv Ranjan’s Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. “You can expect both these films to hopefully cross 100-crore mark each at the box-office,” hopes Adarsh.
Another actor on whom the industry is placing all its bets are Akshay Kumar. “With Selfiee and OMG 2!, audiences can expect huge hits. Both are commercial films and will see Akshay in an entertaining manner, something which people love to see him in. And, his Bade Miyan Chote Miyan 2 is also expected to make waves this year,” says director Milap Zaveri.
He further adds that 2023 is going to be about masala entertainers. “Kartik Aaryan’s Shehzada and Ajay Devgn’s Bholaa are going to be a mass dhamaka and hopefully will set the box office on fire. Then, Prabhas and Kriti Sanon’s Adipurush is definitely going to be one of the biggest highlights of 2023. Despite the film facing flak, the movie is going to open humongous,” says Zaveri.
Trade expert Komal Nahta mentions Ajay Devgn, and asserts that the actor will follow up the success of Drishyam 2 with Maidaan and Bholaa in 2023. He adds, “Besides the big-budget releases, Fukrey 3 is also expected to draw audiences into theatres. Since it’s the third film in the franchise, so it’ll be bigger and more ambitious.”
Bigg Boss 16: Archana Gautam calls Kartik ‘bhaiya’ while enacting romantic scene
Kartik Aaryan recently visited Bigg Boss 16 to promote his upcoming film, Shehzada. Farah Khan, who is currently hosting the reality show in place of Salman Khan, played a game with the contestants and Kartik. As part of a fun act, contestant Archana Gautam was told to enact a romantic scene with Kartik. But her slip of tongue during the act left everyone in splits. Also read: Kartik Aaryan, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekhaa line up for prasad at Anurag Basu’s Saraswati Puja celebration. See pics
Archana was told to act as if she is making ginger tea in the kitchen with Kartik Aaryan by her side. Archana tried to portray a romantic mood as she made the tea and Kartik put his arms across her waist. She told him, “Haye chhodo na mummy dekh legi (leave me, my mom will catch us).” As he refused to pull his hands away, she further said, “Kaunse gate se aye ho bhaiya (from which gate have you entered, brother).” This brought the act to a halt as both Archana and Kartik broke into a laughter and everyone else was also left in splits. Farah commented in jest, “Bhaiya bol dia, ye lo (she has called him brother).”
The viewers also commented in sarcasm as ColorsTV shared the promo of the Saturday episode on Instagram. The show airs from Monday to Friday at 10pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 9pm. A viewer commented on the video, “When bhaiya is takiyakalam (when bhaiya is a catchphrase).” Another said, “Ayee hayee Archana ki toh nikal padi bhaiyya (Archana seems to be in luck brother).” One more said, “Bechara Kartik (poor Kartik).” One more comment read, “Kartik be like: emotion damage.”
Kartik Aaryan is currently promoting Shehzada, in which he stars opposite Kriti Sanon. It is their second film after 2019 film Luka Chuppi. The film is directed by Rohit Dhawan and is set to release ahead of the Valentine’s Day weekend on February 10. It also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy, Rajpal Yadav, Sachin Khedekar as Bantu’s grandfather, Debattama Saha, Ankur Rathee and Vin Rana.”
Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar slams pitch on dieting: ‘Log ye gimmicky cheezein…’
Shark Tank India judge Namita Thapar criticised an idea shared on the show in the latest promo that was posted by Sony Entertainment Television. While listening to the pitch about a diet and nutrition company, the executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, said she is unable to agree to the business idea on a fundamental level. This is not the first time Namita has spoken strongly about issues pertaining to weight loss and dieting. In an earlier episode Namita had shared that she too faced body shaming herself and was even teased as ‘moti (fat)’ in her early days. Also read: Netizens disagree as Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar claims ‘educated househelp’ posted hateful comment from her phone
In the Shark Tank India season 2 promo released on Thursday, Namita said to an entrepreneur pitching her business idea, “Ye jo apne word use kiya hain na ‘restart’, isi mein problem hein. Ye jo aap bata rahi he na usse mein fundamentally agree nahi kar rahi hoon, ki no exercise… humare saath aate he, restart karte he… Let’s spread the message ki weight loss ek lifestyle change se hota he… aur hum diabetes capital, blood pressure capital ban rahe hain because log ye sab gimmicky cheezein kar rahe hain aur apne health ke saath mess kar rahe hain. Toh mujhe ye sab sunke thoda sa, I am sorry but gussa jaise aa jata hain. I think we need to stop misguiding the country (The word you just used ‘restart’, is my main problem. Whatever you are saying here I am unable to agree on a fundamental level, that no exercise, we restart etc… Weight loss happens due to change in lifestyle, and if we are becoming diabetes capital and blood pressure capital as a country then it is because we are doing these gimmicky things and playing with our health. So after listening to this I feel a little angry, I am so sorry to say).”
While Namita spoke, the other two sharks Peyush Bansal and Anupam Mittal looked at her and seemed to agree with her statement. Some users appreciated Namita’s opinions on the show. One commented, “Hat’s off.’” Last year, Namita had revealed, while speaking to author Chetan Bhagat on his talk show on YouTube, that she used to feel ‘very ugly’ as a kid because of her weight and acne.
Shark Tank India Season 2 is hosted by Rahul Dua, and has Anupam Mittal (founder-CEO of Shaadi.com), Aman Gupta (co-founder-CMO of boAt), Namita Thapar (executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals), Vineeta Singh (co-founder-CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics), Peyush Bansal (founder-CEO of Lenskart.com) and Amit Jain (co-founder-CEO of CarDekho Group and InsuranceDekho.com) as the sharks.
Supriya Sule lauds ‘superstar’ Shah Rukh, questions leaders slamming Pathaan | Bollywood
Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who is currently a Member of Parliament, spoke about Shah Rukh Khan and his film Pathaan in a recent interview. She also spoke about Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra, who had earlier demanded a ban on Pathaan. Supriya said Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone were ‘looking fabulous’ in Pathaan. The politician added that ‘most people were jealous of Shah Rukh Khan’. Also read: After Pathaan’s box office success, Kangana Ranaut warns Bollywood to ‘stay away from politics’
In December 2022, after the Pathaan song Besharam Rang was released, Narottam Mishra had threatened to ban the movie in Madhya Pradesh. He had objected to Deepika Padukone wearing an orange swimsuit in the song. In following weeks, many other political leaders and organisations voiced objections against Pathaan, which alongside Shah Rukh and Deepika, also features John Abraham. The film was released on January 25, and has broken multiple box office records ever since.
When asked to mimic Shah Rukh Khan, Supriya said in an interview with Unfiltered By Samdish on YouTube, “How would I know? Shah Rukh Khan… please, he is the superstar of India. Right now I am just envious of how good he is looking in that movie (Pathaan). Him and Deepika are looking (gestures feeling breathless)… They are looking fabulous! I think most people are jealous of Shah Rukh Khan…” Supriya then responded to being asked if she would defend the comments made about Pathaan by politicians such as Narottam Mishra, “Not at all, I will not defend. I will pick (up) the phone and ask ‘bhaiya aap ko kya ho gaya hai (brother, what’s wrong with you)?'”
Supriya further said, “But the problem is that why are we even discussing such things. (Late union minister and BJP leader) Arun Jaitley used to say ‘aap dikhana band kar dijiye, log bolna band kar denge (if you stop broadcasting, people will stop saying things)’. Sometimes I think Arun ji is right. It is actually irrelevant, and it become so sad because a lot of other colleagues’ videos started coming out. This is not why we are here for politics. I am not defending either or…”
Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film also features Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana. As per trade analysts and film exhibitors, Pathaan’s domestic net collection will easily cross ₹225 crore over the first extended weekend and ₹300 crore in a week. As per the Yash Raj Films, the production banner, Pathaan grossed ₹200 crore worldwide in two days of its release.
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