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Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khah, to revive 25 national single screen theatres | Bollywood

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Shah Rukh Khan is all set to return to the big screen after four years with Siddharth Anand’s Pathaan. The film is going to bring back the magic of the superstar in almost 25 single-screen theatres across India, which were previously shut. It will be their first opening film as Pathaan releases on January 25. Also read: Pathaan advance booking: Shah Rukh Khan’s film sells 2.5 lakh tickets, set for 300 crore worldwide opening weekend

Directed by Siddharth Anand, Pathaan reunites Shah Rukh with his Chennai Express co-star Deepika Padukone. It also has John Abraham in the lead role. The story revolves around a soldier who ends his hiatus to take down a terrorist group against India.

After a strong number of advance bookings, film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “‘PATHAAN’ REVIVES SINGLE SCREENS… #Pathaan is all set to revive the theatrical biz, going by the terrific advance bookings… Most importantly, as many as 25 single screens across #India – which were shut – will re-open with #Pathaan this week, given the unprecedented buzz.”

Earlier, another trade analyst Atul Mohan reported that a total of 90,000 tickets were sold on the first day of the advance booking. According to him, PVR has sold 35,000 tickets, INOX sold 30,000 and Cinepolis sold 25,000 till 9pm on January 19. He told Hindustan Times, “The trend is that the advance bookings are at highest on the first day, and then it peaks on the day before release. We can safely say that the shows are good. Four out of five screens are being given to Pathaan at most properties like Cinepolis, PVR and INOX etc.”

Most of the 25 single screen theatres are located in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. These include Jaipur’s Gem Cinema and Allahabad’s Rajkaran Cinema. Mumbai’s Carnival R Mall in Mulund will also be screening Pathaan. Other theatres being revived are Jyoti Cinema in Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Cinekamla Ponda in Goa.

As per earlier reports, Pathaan has sold tickets worth 15 crore. Experts are expecting the film to make an opening collection of 35-40 crore when it releases on its first day. It’s also expected to gross 150-200 crore in India over the first weekend and 300 crore worldwide.

Shah Rukh was last seen in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra in a special cameo appearance. However, his last full-length film remains Zero. Released in 2018, it featured him with Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif. Directed by Aanand L Rai, Zero tanked badly at the box office. Meanwhile, the teaser of Salman Khan’s upcoming Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan will be screened at the Pathaan release.

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Vir Das recalls meeting Shah Rukh at Mannat years ago: ‘He asked if my name…’ | Bollywood

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Vir Das has revealed the turn of events when he visited Shah Rukh Khan’s house Mannat. The comedian said Shah Rukh and him talked about jokes and had an hour-long chat over ‘what’s funny’. Shah Rukh is currently making waves for the blockbuster opening of his latest release, Pathaan. Also read: Shah Rukh Khan surprises fans outside Mannat, greets them with his signature pose; fans hail ‘last of the stars’. Watch

In a new interview, comedian Vir Das shared his experience of visiting Mannat at the age of 25-26 and what all happened after he actually got to meet Shah Rukh inside his house. Vir Das is a comedian and actor, who does stand-up shows across the world.

Talking about his visit to Mannat, Vir Das told Humans of Bombay, “Someone went in and told Shah Rukh ‘Vir Das se koi aaya hai (someone has come from Vir Das). So then you walk in and it’s the study and everything. He’s like, ‘is your name Vir Das, or you have come from Vir Das? Which one are you?’ I said, ‘I have come from Vir Das’. And then we sat down and we were talking about jokes and some joke was written and I was like, ‘sir, I don’t think that’s funny’. He was like, ‘okay, okay young blood. You don’t think that’s funny, come on, tell me what do you think is funny?'”

“And for the rest of the evening, he heard me out. A man at that level is willing to learn from me at 25,” he added.

Vir Das returned to Netflix with his new stand-up special ‘Landing’ in December last year. The hour-long programme, also directed by him, was all about travelling the world, carrying one’s country with them, and the notion of home. His last stand-up special ‘Vir Das: For India’ was nominated for a 2021 International Emmy in the best comedy category.

Shah Rukh was recently seen in the action film Pathaan, also starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. The film recorded the highest opening for a Bollywood film and continues to break and make records at the worldwide box office.

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Chahatt Khanna says Sukesh Chandrashekhar proposed to her in Tihar jail

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TV actor Chahatt Khanna has claimed that she was trapped into visiting alleged conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar in Tihar jail, where he went down on his knees and proposed marriage to her. When she informed him that she was married, and had two kids, she was told that her husband was not the right man for her. Chahatt said in a new interview that at the time, she did know it was Sukesh, who was proposing to her, but thought she was meeting the ‘owner of a popular south Indian TV channel’, who was the late J Jayalalithaa’s nephew. (Also read: Chahatt Khanna reveals why she shamed Uorfi Javed’s outfit)

Investigations are going on in a money laundering case involving Sukesh Chandrashekhar and Bollywood actors, including Jacqueline Fernandez and Nora Fatehi, who have also been questioned in relation with the case. Earlier this month, Delhi’s Patiala House Court adjourned arguments in the alleged money laundering case and the matter will be next heard in court on February 15.

Talking about her meeting with Sukesh, Chahatt told ETimes that the man was dressed fancily wearing a gold chain to go with his fancy shirt and introduced himself as the owner of a popular south Indian TV channel, and J Jayalalithaa’s nephew. “He said he was a fan of mine and had watched my TV show, Bade Acche Lagte Hain, and wanted to meet me. I was frantic and told him, ‘Why would you call me here? I have left my six-month-old baby at home and have come here thinking it’s an event.’ Then, before I knew it, he went down on one knee and said he wanted to marry me.”

She added, “I shouted at him, saying, ‘I am married and I have two kids.’ But he said my husband was not the right man for me and that he would be a father to my kids. I got so anxious that I started crying.”

Chahatt also told the daily that it was not before ED summoned her in the alleged extortion case involving Sukesh – a little more than a year ago – that she realised she had met Sukesh Chandrashekhar in Tihar jail, not the nephew of J Jayalalithaa.

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Bigg Boss 16: Archana Gautam calls Kartik ‘bhaiya’ while enacting romantic scene

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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.”

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