Q. Which have been the most watched films of Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan?
A. For Salman Khan its Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, for Shahrukh Khan its Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and for Aamir Khan 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3 and Raja Hindustani are all in the same range. This is going by tickets sales at cinemas in India.
Salman Khan is no stranger to crazy fans but he makes sure they are treated well, no matter the situation. The actor is currently shooting for his film Kick in Poland. No one really expected to see a massive number of Salman followers in Poland but they were in for a surprise.
A source from the sets tells us, “During a particular action sequence which Salman was shooting for, an over excited fan came running towards him. In the chaos and enthusiasm, she happened to trip and fall flat on her face, injuring herself. Salman saw this and was worried for her. He took some time off from the schedule and personally arranged for her treatment and later even posed for pictures with her. For the fan of course, her day was made, even though she injured herself in the bargain.”
Even director Sajid Nadiadwala had no idea that Salman would have such a fan following in Poland. The source adds, “He was heard telling people that he had expected the shoot to progress smoothly but Salman’s fans seem to land up everywhere. He already had a tough time dealing with fans during their Delhi schedule. So he was hoping that things would be better in Poland. But he is quite hassled by the chaos fans have been creating and can’t wait to wrap up the shoot.”
It was mere destiny that superstar Salman Khan flew here to shoot his upcoming film Kick. Impressed with the scenic locales, he said he would like to come here to unwind and also hoped that Indian filmmakers would explore the facilities that the country offers.
"Had the British authorities not refused me the necessary visa, the original shooting would have been done in London," Salman told IANS.
"But I am happy that I have come to Warsaw to finish the film. Poland on the whole is a very beautiful country and the city of Warsaw is a place of my dreams.
"I wish more and more Bollywood producers would opt for the country (to shoot films) as all the technical facilities are there. What else can one desire for! Polish people are very understanding and friendly. I would love to come again and again even to take a break from my heavy commitments," added the 48-year-old.
Kick, Sajid Nadiadwala’s direction debut, is being shot here and the superstar sounds positive about the film and feels it has the potential to cross the Rs 100 crore mark when it releases on July 27.
Even Nadiadwala is satisfied with his decision to shoot here.
"We got excellent cooperation from the Polish ministry of tourism who got us subsidised rates in a five star hotel for a crew of 70 people which we brought here from Mumbai. Our local partner Film Polska did a commendable job and they entertained each and every demand of ours. Our experience is simply great," Nadiadwala said while addressing the international media.
The credit goes to M R Shahjahan, executive producer of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd, for suggesting Warsaw as an alternative shooting destination for Kick.
He experienced the perks of shooting in Poland while making his own film Aazaan.
"After initial hesitation Sajid agreed and we are going to add another chapter to Indo-Polish film cooperation," Shahjahan told IANS.
In 2006, Yash Raj Films also shot the climax of Fanna and at that time Aamir Khan, Kajol and Suniel Shetty had come to shoot in the Tatra mountains as they wanted to create a war-like Kashmir situation.
Monika Kapil Mohta, Indian ambassador to Poland, said: “For the past three years or ever since I have come to Poland, I have been pleading with Bollywood producers to do something here. Finally, Nadiadwala has obliged us and this will be one of the biggest achievements of my term.”
She tagged Salman and Randeep Hooda as “cultural ambassadors in global affairs”.
"Bollywood has become an important tool to project India as a soft power. Polish youth watch you with admiration. Your films have created a new excitement about India. We hope your word of mouth will also create more understanding and curiosity about Poland in Bollywood circles," she added.
The ambassador also praised the role of the Indo-Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IPCCI) for creating a proper forum to lure Bollywood producers.
IPCCI is hopeful that in the coming year some five to six film units will be shooting in Poland.
Ratings highlights: Star Plus inches close to 800 mn viewership in week 16
MUMBAI: Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) genre leader Star Plus is scaling new heights every week.
Boosted by the world TV premiere of Salman Khan starrer ‘Jai Ho’, the numero uno channel has added 43 million GVMs (gross TV Viewership in million) in the week ended 19 April to end the week with a historic score of 791 million GVMs.
Star Plus’ leading fiction show ‘Diya Aur Bati Hum’ has got 14.5 million TVM, highest ever for any fiction property.
Zee TV and Life OK were the only other GECs that witnessed gain in the week ended 19 April, as per TAM data for the Hindi-speaking markets (sourced from subscribers).
Here is how the Hindi GECs performed:
Star Plus sits on top with 791 million GVMs, up from 748 million in the trailing week.
Zee TV is No. 2 with 473 million, up from 464 million.
Colors is at No. 3 with 433 million, down from 451 million.
Life OK is at No. 4 with 389 million, up from 376 million.
SAB is 5th with 266 million, down from 314 million.
SET is No. 6 with 244 million, down from 308 million.