Though two major releases happened this week, the overall mood in Bollywood was slightly intense, thanks to a camp calling out on the other camp for doing unfavourable tactics. Then there was this major incident where vandals broke into the sets of a movie and manhandled a high profile director, just because they heard from somewhere that he was screwing with history.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 newsmakers of the week…
Raees – Kaabil release
Finally, it’s over! After days of competing with each over promoting their movies, Shah Rukh Khan’s gangster drama Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s vendetta saga Kaabil released on January 25 to packed houses. While Kaabil got better reviews than Raees, it was the latter who had a better hold over box office. Although that lead to another controversy, about which we will talk in the next section…
Rakesh Roshan lashes at Team Raees for blocking screens
Knowing how box office clashes turn out to be, I knew this accusation was bound to come up. Kaabil’s producer Rakesh Roshan slammed the makers of Raees for blocking 60% of screens, while letting out only 40% for the Hrithik Roshan-starrer. Rakesh Roshan said, “It’s very unfortunate I got up in the morning I saw in the papers. It’s 45-55 now. I don’t know for sure. It is not correct. I am very shocked. I don’t get into any kind agreement because I never thought this would come my way. It’s very unfair because all over the world be it Dubai or London or Australia or new Zealand, they have all gone for 50-50 except our industry in India even after giving me assurances.” Even Hrithik Roshan supported his father’s statement, but requested not to drag Shah Rukh Khan in it. Though as one of the producers of Raees, shouldn’t SRK be also blamed for ‘unfair’ screen allocation?
Akshay Kumar’s patriotic video
Akshay Kumar once again showed us that he is all set to follow the footsteps of Bollywood legend Manoj Kumar in being the most patriotic Bollywood actor of our times. Two days before Republic Day, he posted a video where he discussed an initiative he had about the welfare of the slain soldiers’ kin. It was a good idea, no doubt, but we do look forward to see how successful this will turn out. All the best, Akshay!
Salman Khan pleads innocence for blackbuck poaching case
After being acquitted in the illegal arms possession act related to Jodhpur blackbuck poaching case, Salman Khan and his Hum Saath Saath Hain co-stars arrived a couple of days ago in Jodhpur Court to submit their statements in the actual poaching case. Salman Khan pleaded innocence, and further stated that they had never left the hotel. He also went on to confirm that blackbuck died of natural causes, that led to Twitterati to troll him on social networking sites.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali heckled during Padmavati shoot
In a major disruption to law and order, a mob barged into the sets of Padmavati in Jaipur and heckled its director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for distorting history in his upcoming movie. A video came out that showed a few members of the mob trying to beat SLB, while the rest vandalised the sets. The reason for the outrage of the mob was about an interview Ranveer Singh had given where he mentioned his character Allaudin Khilji and Deepika Padukone’s character Padmavati will have a dream sequence. BTW, such an interview never happened, and the makers have always made it clear that there was no such scene. Interestingly, the legend of Padmavati or Rani Padmini is something even historians are not sure happened in real life; it was based on Padmavat, an epic poem written by Malik Muhammad Jayasi in 1540 CE.