QuickE: Kangana Wants the National Award; Alia-Ranbir’s PDA
1. Kangana Says She Deserves the National Award for ‘Manikarnika’
Actress Kangana Ranaut, who was last seen in Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi, says that if she will not receive a National film Award for her portrayal of Rani Lakshmibai in the historical drama, then it will lead to questions on their credibility.
Interacting with media at her 32nd birthday celebrations here on Saturday, Kangana, who has earlier won the National award for Fashion, Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, asked whether she is expecting another for this film, said, "I feel there are certain things which if you will not respect, then it is, in turn, disrespectful for that organisation itself.
"I think last year, Tabu ji gave an amazing performance in Andhadun. I am floored by what she has done. I think in coming year, it will be revealed. If there will be a better performance than Manikarnika, I will definitely appreciate that but I don't think it will happen."
Kangana recently was out of the city for few days as she went to Coimbatore on a spiritual journey with some intense meditation plans. She was on ten-days of silence meditation which even included staying away from modern communication gadgets.
2. KJo Wants You to Know All Is Well Between Him and Shah Rukh Khan
Karan Johar posted a selfie with Shah Rukh Khan on Saturday night, just to tell the world that all is well between the two. “The LIKE that Is LOVE!!!!!” is the message that Karan Johar posted on his social media along with a photograph that had SRK fondly embracing him.
The need for this pictorial clarification came after Karan Johar “accidentally” liked a tweet online that derided Shah Rukh Khan and the box-office performance of his film Zero in comparison to Akshay Kumar’s Kesari, which is produced by Johar’s Dharma Productions.
While Shah Rukh Khan’s fans weren’t at all amused by Johar’s ‘like’ on Twitter -#ShameOnKaranJohar began to trend on Twitter after he liked the abusive tweet. The filmmaker was quick to clarify that he was having some “technical problem” with his Twitter account. This is what KJo tweeted:
“Guys having a technical problem with my twitter account! Strange things are going on!from uploading shoe picture and gibberish to liking tweets I haven’t even read and would NEVER even acknowledge! Please bear with me and I apologise for any inconvenience! Sorting it out asap!”
3. All About Alia’s “I Love You” to Ranbir at the Filmfare Awards
A rare instance of PDA between Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor at the Filmfare Awards on Saturday night, kept their fans busy and buzzing on social media. A kiss on the cheek and a very public “I love you” from Alia to Ranbir is what’s been going viral online.
Both Alia and Ranbir won big at the awards nite. While Alia picked up the best actor award for her performance in Raazi, Ranbir won the best actor for Sanju.
When Alia took to the stage to receive her best actress award for Raazi, she referred to Ranbir as her “special one”.
Alia not only surprised the audience at the awards but also made Ranbir blush during her speech. A fan video doing the rounds online has Alia saying “I love you” to Ranbir who is seen blushing at her open declaration of love.
When Ranbir won the best actor honour for his role in Sanju and when his name was announced as the winner, Alia, who was seated beside him, gave him a hug and a kiss on his cheek, following which, Ranbir turned to his Sanju co-actor Vicky Kaushal and the two actors hugged and kissed as well.
Read the full story on The Quint.
4. Growth In ‘Kesari’ Box-Office Collections on Day 3
Dharma Productions’ Kesari is currently having a good run at the box-office. The Akshay Kumar starrer film, which released on a Thursday as a Holi release began with a Rs 21 crore collection at the box-office on day 1. The figure went to Rs 16 crore on day 2 as Friday was a working day, and the collection went up again on Day 3 with the film having collected over Rs 18 crore on day 3.
Kesari is a period war film directed by Anurag Singh. It is the saga about the Battle of Saragarhi, wherein 21 valiant Sikh soldiers defied thousands of Afghan tribesmen attacking the military outpost of Saragarhi in the Khyber Pass. Coming to the box office collection, the movie is doing pretty well at the theatres. It has earned Rs 21 crore in total.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that Kesari might have had a slow start, but it’s graph rose in the evening, after people were done playing with colours.
5. Kangana Ranaut Being Paid Rs 24 Crore for Jayalalithaa Biopic?
Every Bollywood actor tries to up his or her fee post the success of their latest outing at the box-office. While some actors like Alia Bhatt (post Raazi and Gully Boy) or Deepika Padukone (post Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat), who are riding at the peak of their success, are in a position to get what they ask for, others try various means to spread the perception of a fee hike. Post Manikarnika, news is that Kangana Ranaut is now trying to send out the message that she won’t be available below a set amount of remuneration any longer.
Kangana’s PR team has been put to work to send across the message that the actor is charging no less than Rs 24 crore for the recently announced biopic on the late Tamil Nadu political leader and actor Jayalalithaa. The communication credits Kangana as being the highest paid actress in India. Titled Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi, the film will be directed by AL Vijay. While interacting with the media recently, Kangana said that the Jayalalithaa biopic would be made in Tamil and released in Hindi as well. The actor will be specially learning Tamil for the film.
While there is no official confirmation of whether Kangana will be paid Rs 24 crore for the Jayalalithaa biopic, fact is that the actor’s last film Manikarnika was not a huge box-office success. Reportedly made on a budget of Rs 124 crore (including prints and publicity) the film can be termed as an average box-office success as it managed to cross the Rs 100 crore mark at the box-office only in its fourth week.