(January 24, 2014)
It was expected to be a phenomenal opening, considering the film was expected to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. But Salman Khan-starrer Jai Ho took even distributors by surprise with a jaw-dropping opening of 90 per cent, all-India.
Directed by Sohail Khan, the film is expected to enjoy an extravagant first day and a monster weekend. The film released with Khan’s fans eager to watch him on the big screen after his outing in December 2012.
In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says, “Jai Ho took an opening of over 90 per cent and it’s also house full in many centres across India and in Mumbai as well. The film has opened with excellent numbers and we expect a very good report for the evening shows as the morning shows have shown a fabulous response. The response is outstanding especially in Saurashtra and Gujarat, where the film opened to more than 90 per cent.”
In Delhi-UP, G D Mehta of Bobby Arts International adds, “The response to the film is spectacular despite the cold weather here. It has opened to 80 per cent in Delhi-UP, and being a Salman Khan film, it will work wonders at the weekend too.”
In East Punjab, Jaspal Dhingra of Nanaksar Pictures adds, “Although the morning shows opened at 60 per cent, I am expecting the collections to grow by evening as the reports of the film are very good. The weather is very cold here. Hence the morning shows took a slow start but during the noon shows the film will have fantastic numbers.”
In Rajasthan, Gaurrav Gaur of O’Real Imagination says, “Jai Ho has opened to an impressive response in Rajasthan. The film has garnered a more than 70-per cent opening and has impressive advance bookings for the evening shows. Khan has definitely returned with a bang. I won’t be surprised if the film enters the Rs 100-crore club in its first three days.”
Ravi Machchar of Sahyog Films in Nizam says, “Here, Jai Ho is a super-hit. The film opened to a decent start at 9 am, but by noon, it grew to 80 per cent in Nizam. The next few shows are almost house full. We expect the movie to clock fabulous numbers by the end of the day.”
In West Bengal, Debashish Dey of Aum Moviez reveals, “Salman Khan is back with his larger-than-life movies and, with Jai Ho, he reaches out to the aam admi with a different approach. The film has opened to 65 per cent and we are expecting business to grow. Word-of-mouth is very positive and hence it is going to be a sure-shot super-hit.”
Bh Basha of Bahar Entertainment concludes, “The film has opened to 80-per cent occupancy in most centres in Mysore. It will continue to gain momentum during the day. Salman Khan is back with a film that appeals to his audience in a grand way.”
January 25, 2014
Superstar Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation has joined hands with a news channel to launch Veer, a two-month-long media campaign showcasing case examples of Persons with Disabilities (PwD), who have succeeded in their endeavours on the strength of their self-belief.
Aerated drink Thums Up has joined hands with its brand ambassador Salman’s Being Human Foundation and CNN-IBN for the campaign, which has American India Foundation (AIF) as implementation partners.
The initiative aims to reach out to PwDs with skill training and employment opportunities. It will also raise advocacy on issues revolving around inclusiveness, employability of PwDs and workplace accessibility.
In its first phase, the campaign aims to collect funds to train and economically empower at least 1,000 PwDs.
"Together with Thums Up, Being Human has launched Veer, a campaign that recognises the potential of differently abled individuals and provides them with a level playing field," Salman, who starred in a 2010 film of the same name as the campaign, said in a statement.
Towards the cause, several panel discussions are set to be held with participation from noted names from the government, corporates, NGOs, policy makers and donors of the campaign to discuss on the way forward to empower the country’s specially-abled.
The launch episode of Veer, which will be aired Saturday, will introduce the viewers to the idea behind the campaign and it will tell how every Indian can get involved.
The series with four episodes will run in conjunction with digital platforms.
TNN | Jan 25, 2014
He came, he blushed but did he consent? Salman Khan certainly was in the mood to indulge as he attended the Mirchi Top 20 event and got proposed on stage! Stand-up comedian Bharti Singh wooed the actor in different avatars — as Krrish, Milkha, Dhoom3’s Aamir, Chennai Express’s Meenamma and finally as herself. What happened next will only be aired on national television just like the proposal!
Besides Salman grooving on stage, the evening also saw entertaining performances by some popular TV names like Gauahar Khan, Kushal Tandon, Ajaz Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary, Sanjeeda Sheikh, Jai Bhanushali, Sana Saeed and many more.
Mirchi Top 20 Countdown will air tonight on Colors, 7 onwards.
Bryan Durham & Kasmin Fernandes,TNN | Jan 25, 2014
The air was electric with an infectious energy at the Bandra Fort in Mumbai, with Salman Khan and Sukhwinder Singh leading the celebrations at a music and dance-packed evening as theTimes of India turned 175 years young.
The Times of India’s 175th year celebrations at Bandra Fort was a high-energy musical evening featuring singer Sukhwinder Singh. It came to a standstill the moment Salman Khan stepped in to what can only be described as an all-out massive explosion of Salman frenzy.
Holding up three fingers, he urged fans and assembled guests to each help three people, carrying forward the message shared by him in Jai Ho.
While an emotional Sukhi shared anecdotes through the evening, he also spoke of how the city shaped who most stars are, “The passion and pain of getting here is something Salman too has gone through and you should appreciate it.” Sharing how his long association with Salman began with Tere Naam, he said the star has been fond of him since.
The two shared a warm hug when Salman made his way to the stage amid a crowd that kept chanting his name. Giving in to their demand for a performance, he joked, “I just came to talk to you guys, you got me to perform as well.” Sukhi said, “Salman at this show is my first gift, the second I want is for you to sing Chak De India along with me.” And they did.
TNN | Jan 25, 2014
Ranveer Singh who is performing to the tunes of his songs from ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela’ during the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 wants Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to patch up.
Ranveer Singh throughtout his act emphasized albeit indirectly that SRK and Salman should patch up to save the Bollywood box office.
Ranveer who has been nominated in the Best Actor category for ‘Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela' however seemed slightly disappointed about very few nominations for ' Lootera' on the red carpet before his performance.
"I am very happy to be nominated in the Best Actor category alongside such great actors. But I am slightly disappointed that my other film ‘Lootera’ has not been highlighted as much as it deserved and has not got as many nominations."
Ranveer further added, “I strongly feel that my performance in ‘Lootera' is at par with my performance in ' Ram Leela’. ‘Lootera' is somewhere underrated. I am sure Deepika will win the Best Actor (Female) Award.”
Let’s see if his wish comes true.