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Box Office

Airlift Week Three Business India :: Solid

Airlift fell in region of 60% this Week like last Week which is a good trending.. There was major release of Ghayal Once Again last Week but film seemed unaffected as figures have been rock solid.. Film saw very good growth over the Weekend and film then held well over the Weekdays registering Week in region of 11.25cr approx.. Below is film's Week three daily business.. Friday.. 1.85cr Saturday.. 2.85cr Sunday.. 3.15cr Monday.. 1cr Tuesday.. 90lacs Wednesday.. 85lacs Thursday.. 75lacs Total.. 11.35cr Grand Total.. 120.95cr Film has already become 2nd biggest grosser ever for Akshay Kumar but won't reach Rowdy Rathore to become his highest grosser ever.. Film's solid trending indicate that film will be ending it's run over 125cr but won't reach 130cr mark.. Film is looking to end it's run around 3-4cr short of Rowdy Rathore..

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Reviews

  • Airlift :: Movie Review

    Friday the 22nd will see the release of "Airlift". Directed by Raja Krishna Menon and starring Akshay Kumar, this truly is a remarkable film. These days in Bollywood, rarely do you get to see some wonderfully crafted story telling but Airlift is sure to guarantee you in that department. Based on the plight of Indians stuck in Kuwait after the invasion by Saddam Hussein's Iraq and their heroic escape under the stewardship of Ranjit Katyal (Akshay Kumar).Looks like Bollywood has it's "Argo". A reluctant hero rescuing lives from an unbearable hostile land and airlifting them to the homeland. Movies like Airlift are an anomaly in Bollywood as this movie was more about story telling than needlessly throwing fluorescent cars in the air. Airlift didn't have a massive budget yet it delivered when it came to the direction and plot. The movie starts off with the luxurious and lavish lifestyle of the Katyal family in Kuwait being shown and then soon afterwards the turmoil starts. Iraq invades Kuwait. The entire Kuwait government has left the country. The Iraqi forces are on a rampage and the Indian diaspora in Kuwait is now stuck in limbo. It's now up to Akki Kumar to save the day. The cinematography is excellent and the depiction of a war torn Kuwait looks eerie and at the same time quite genuine and authentic. It just goes to show that clever film making works brilliantly even if a film doesn't have a humongous amounts of resources. Akshay Kumar has given a solid performance. Unlike his previous characters, Akshay this time has a more realistic role which was tailor-made made for him. This time he was more Ben Affleck from Argo than a Khiladi from his previous works. Nimrat Kaur is a fine actress and was rightly chosen for the portrayal of  Amrita Kaur. In-fact every character was given the right actor. The role of the Kuwaiti woman, the annoying South Indian man and Ibrahim were all perfectly chosen. But Perhaps in the grand scheme of affairs, the role of an Iraqi Major shouldn't have gone to somebody who looked a lot more Indian and spoke in Hindi. Maybe the filmmakers could have opted for more realism in that regard. The pacing of the film is excellent and not once will you feel monotonous or bored. The film has the right dose of realism and thrill to it and it can be judged from the fact that Ranjit Katyal has to use his brain to defeat the bad guys and not resort to extreme violence.(Spolier Alert!) He did take on 4 Iraqi soldiers but surprisingly he couldn't take them all out and needed some help. The only complaint from the film can be that the whole Iraqi invasion could have been made to look even more grand and extensive but every filmmaker has his or her own choices and limits. Airlift is a fine piece of Cinema and Bollywood could sure use more of these films. The intensity, the feel, the acting, the sets and the concept should be really appreciated. It's not everyday a film like Airlift is made in Bollywood. Whoever Ranjit Katyal is. A real life hero or a fictitious character conjured up by Bollywood, Airlift is a really wonderful film to watch. Ratings: 4/5

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  • Ho Mann Jahaan :: Movie Review

    Is Ho Mann Jahaan any good? Does it live up to its pre-release hype? Asim Raza brings his own unique craft to the Pakistani Cinema scene with his first venture on the big screen. Any project involving Mahira Khan has its own buzz but the addition of handsome hunks like Sheheryar Munawar and Adeel Husain make it even more irresistible. Is that Right? The movie did have its share of great acting and exceptional dramatic shots but no way was it perfect but it can't be termed terrible either. The movie itself is about the lives of three students from different economic and social backgrounds. Arhan (Sheheryar), Manizeh (Mahira) and Nadir (Adeel) are the best of friends but then reality sets in and so they have to alter their dreams and aspirations. Arhan is from a lower-middle class family and ends up failing the university while Manizeh comes from a home where her mother is a painter and accepts her passion for music as a career and Nadir comes from an affluent family where every decision is taken keeping in view how it will be perceived by the society. The problem with Ho Mann Jahaan is mainly at a single front. Yes the acting is top notch but the pacing of the story is painfully slow. The first half of the movie had some unnecessary dialogues between the secondary characters which really didn't aid anything to the progression of the story. The length of the entire film was perhaps an issue and was felt by almost everyone. This movie is a treat for those people who prefer some really fine acting. A few scenes were a pure joy to watch. One particular scene where Sheheryar's character confronts his father played by his real life father Munawar Siddiqui when he reveals his failure in college, was just exquisitely done and intensely felt. Sheheryar was the star of the first half with an incredible performance. He looks like a star in the making. Yet the first half was extremely long and didn't have many big twists. The second half had a better pacing and Adeel Husain felt like the real deal here. One of the scenes where his character undergoes a mental breakdown got a huge appreciation from the audience. Though an underrated actor, Adeel Husain was incredible in the film. He acted gracefully and was phenomenal. But acting wasn't the real problem of the film. Mahira Khan had a different wardrobe than what we usually see her in but there was nothing much unconventional about her role. She plays Manizeh, The lead singer quite well but a lot of it was quite similar to her previous work. At times it was difficult to assess her character’s true intentions but you can't deny the fact that Mahira puts heart and soul in every work she does. Even though Sonya Jehan was decent in her portrayal of Sabina and looked stunning but her character arc couldn’t be resolved in a fulfilling manner either. The supporting cast was solid. Bushari Ansari, Arshad Mahmood, Nimra Bucha and Jamal Shah were all reasonable.The film does have its fair shares of cameos too. Hamza Ali Abbasi, Sangeeta, Fawad Khan, Syra Yousuf and a lot of musical talent. One in particular is a very famous band in Pakistan and a legendary singer from the 80's also makes a cameo in the film. Though Aesthetically, Ho Mann Jahaan is a great film but at times the pacing was extremely slow and it kind of gave an impression that it was more of a Pakistani Soap. That might be an overstatement but some circles will definitely complain over this issue. Every Director is entitled to have his vision but pulling of a dramatic film which is over two and a half hours long is a mammoth task for any film-maker and maybe Asim Raza couldn't get it perhaps fully right. Music was one of the central themes of the film and was one of the strong suits of the film. The music in the film is nicely integrated. All the music videos were nicely shot. A certain soft drink brand has also been integrated for brand promotional purposes and actually does have its use in the main conflict. "Dil Pagla" was nicely done and especially the Chitral scenes and "Ghar Nari" was fittingly done in the resolution. "Shakar Wandaan" lives up to it's hype and has been beautifully choreographed. Every Director has his or her own vision. Asim Raza came up with something that has never been attempted before in Pakistan, a film about the problems faced by the urban youth and he presented it in a very realistic narrative form. He perhaps couldn't construct something like "Dil Chahta Hai" but maybe that wasn’t his intention. At times it felt that the story was stretched too much. The movie could have been made much shorter. Simpler would have been the better option but some of the scenes shot and the acting done are brilliant. It might resonate with some of the urban youth, women, families and people who prefer dramatic stuff but it will have a disconnect with the people who are more Bollywood oriented. In simpler words, Ho Mann Jahaan isn’t an epic movie that it could've been but it’s not amateurish or inferior either. It's quite different and if Pakistani Cinema is to progress then experimentation should be appreciated. Movie Rating: 3/5

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  • Tamasha :: Movie Review

    Spoiler Alert! The much waited and anticipated movie, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone is out in cinemas this weekend. The director, Imtiaz Ali has a certain reputation of making some really high quality stuff like "Jab We Met", "Love Aaj Kal" and "Highway" but maybe "Tamasha" is not the beast we expected it to be. Tamasha did have its cinematic moments here or there but it failed to even come near as a classic. Ranbir Kapoor is a one fine actor and he gave an incredible display of acting chops but Deepika's character was not that substantial in which she could have truly exhibited her acting talents. The problem was with some aspects of the story rather than the acting itself. The movie starts of in Corsica, France. This is the place where our two strangers run into each other randomly. Ranbir who went by the alias of "Don" and Deepika who went by "Mona Darling" both had some typical "Bollywood" fun by singing and dancing around Corsica and deciding to never meet each other until they do meet up some years later. Deepika who went by the name of Tara in real life, realizes that she doesn’t want to be with Don's real life persona of Vedh, of whom she thinks as more of a miserable corporate slave and not the fun seeking person she fell for in Corsica. The movie does feel like a drag in the first 30 minutes or so but by the time of the interval, the story starts to fall in place a bit. The problem is that the Director, Imtiaz Ali mashed up too much story in a single film, which resulted in an incoherent idea on the big screen. Were we supposed to laugh? Feel sad? Feel good? Too much detail perhaps damaged the movie. However there are some positives in the movie too. For one, Ranbir showcased some serious acting display. He perfectly portrayed a crazy fun seeking persona and a more miserable and monotonous person within a single film. Some of the shots filmed in Corsica were breathtaking and Deepika looked hot, sexy and cute at the same time during most of the film. The music was decent but we all have seen better AR. Rahman work. The narrative might also resonate with a lot of the professional youths as there are many parallels amongst Ranbir's character and an average Joe who happens to be in the professional world. The movie isn't bad but it's not exactly a masterpiece either. Some of the emotional stuff is pretty darn good but the problem is that the plot is filled with too much detail and some plot points make little sense in the larger narrative. Deepika’s character feels more like an extended guest character rather than an integral part of the story. Perhaps it would've been better to go with an unconventional ending but hey its Bollywood baby! You can go watch this movie if you want. It's a good enough one time watch especially if you are an Imtiaz Ali fan but the film at best can be described as average. Rating 2.5/5

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Guest Article:: Shahrukh vs Aamir

The Khan Vs Khan debate will continue to rage on in Bollywood for years to come. Team SRK, Team Aamir and Team Salman will furiously debate over who is the best. Leaving “Sallu Bhai” out of this for now, I will explain the many factors which make Aamir Khan triumph over Shahrukh Khan in terms of acting, film choices and overall influence in Bollywood..   To many people Shahrukh Khan is the King of Bollywood and his romantic lover boy image has dominated Bollywood for a better part of two decades. But the problem lies in the fact that Shahrukh is more comfortable in his defined Romantic hero domain and hardly ever chooses to do roles other than a big glitzy commercial Bollywood extravaganza. To be fair Shahrukh has acted in films like “My Name is Khan” and “Chak de India” but the majority of SRK films nowadays are designed with no intent other than being commercially successful and content hardly matters.   After analyzing Aamir’s career trajectory from the start, one realize how this particular Khan chooses different roles to play and how easily he fits into every character he portrays.  From playing a Street Mumbai guy with a colourful image in “Rangeela”, to putting in a fine performance as a 19th century villager in “Lagaan” and forcing Bollywood loving youth to change their hairstyle with instilling wonderful performances as an Urban Indian youngster in movies like “Dil Chahta Hai “ and “Rang De Basanti”, Aamir truly is an unique actor. While SRK is choosier about the director and movies he works in, Aamir is more focused about the character he plays.   Aamir definitely has the better list of movies in which he has acted compared to Shahrukh. Aamir has four movies in the IMDB top 250, (“Taare Zameen Per”,”3 Idiots”,”Rang De Basanti” and “Lagaan”) while Shahrukh has one only (“Swades”).  Aamir chooses a movie because of the content and the script involved. What makes Aamir great is the ability to pick extraordinary roles like “Rab Nawaz” from the Canadian Production “Earth” while Shahrukh let the opportunity passed before his eyes when he turned down the Oscar winning “Slumdog Millionaire”..   For many people Aamir is way better actor than Shahrukh ever was. At times the “King of Bollywood” is guilty of over acting by many critics and commentators.  In the book Everybody Wants a Hit: 10 Mantras of Success in Bollywood Cinema, author Derek Bose wrote, "The joke going around then was that Shahrukh Khan had no more than five expressions to play about with and by cleverly juggling them in film after film, made his mark as a superstar".S   Shahrukh is a bigger commercial draw than Aamir ever was. King Khan vigorously promotes his brand at every opportunity he gets. Shahrukh attends every award function while Aamir does not and goes on to say “My personal experience about these award ceremonies is that I don't trust them. I have no faith in them so I would prefer to stay away”. Shahrukh has the better endorsement deals and is present at every corner in the world where he has the spot light on him. Shahrukh was there at the prestigious Madam Tussauds for the unveiling of his wax statue while Aamir declined an invitation by the same Museum and went on to say that he is only interested in making movies.   The argument over Aamir and Shahrukh will continue to wage on for years to come. For me Aamir is the real deal and the real perfectionist. SRK maybe the King of Bollywood but Aamir is the better actor and is involved in better films. Let the war continue on. By Ahmad     Note:- Its a guest article written by a friend or some fan and  the content of this article has nothing to do with team boxofficedetail as it contains personal views of the writer and not of Team Boxofficedetail.. If you also want to write and get you article published then just write a concise article on Bollywood and send to us at boxofficedetail.com@gmail.com and get you article viewed by thousands

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