QuickE: ‘Padmaavat’ Won’t Release in Gujarat; Taimur’s B’Day Pics

90% of B-Town films flopped in 2017; ALTBalaji’s Haq Se ft Rajeev Khandelwal; Critics’ verdict of ‘Kaalakaandi’. 

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Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji in <i>Padmavati. </i>

1. ‘Padmaavat’ Will Not Be Released in Gujarat: CM Vijay Rupani

CBFC clearing a film with a changed name and other uncontested modifications is not enough, as Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the rest of the Padmaavat team are finding out. After Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that the Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh-Shahid Kapoor-starrer won’t be allowed to release in Gujarat.

2. Shashi Kapoor’s Son Karan Kapoor Posts Taimur’s B’Day Pictures

We all know Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan celebrated Taimur’s first birthday with family and close friends in Pataudi Palace and we have seen some cute pictures. But what we didn’t see were some candid pictures taken by Karan Kapoor, who is Shashi Kapoor’s son. Karan Kapoor a former model is now a professional photographer and he took some stunning pics of Taimur and his parents on his birthday.

3. Only Two Blockbusters, Nearly 90% Bollywood Films Flopped in 2017

QuickE: ‘Padmaavat’ Won’t Release in Gujarat; Taimur’s B’Day Pics
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While the year 2017 gave one of the highest grossing Indian movies of all time –Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, the majority of the Hindi films struggled to garner success at the box office.

Barring the dubbed Hindi version of Bahubali 2 and Tiger Zinda Hai, no other movie got the blockbuster tag, as per the available box office numbers. Surprisingly, out of the 286 Bollywood releases in 2017, 257 were declared flop. The other 29 films fit in the ‘hit’, ‘semi-hit’ and ‘break-even’ categories.

Read more on The Quint.

4. ALTBalaji’s Web Series ‘Haq Se’ Features Rajeev Khandelwal-Surveen

An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic drama Little Women, Ekta Kapoor’s Haq Se set in Kashmir marks Rajeev Khandelwal’s digital debut. The web series tells the story of four sisters – Meher, Jannat, Bano and Amal, and how rising fundamentalism in the region topples their dreams.

As he reunites with his Kahiin Toh Hoga costar Surveen Chawla, the trailer clocks in 1 million views.

Read more on The Quint.

5. Critics’ Verdict: Saif Ali Khan Steals the Show in ‘Kaalakaandi’

Saif Ali Khan in a still from <i>Kaalakaandi</i>.
Saif Ali Khan in a still from Kaalakaandi.
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“Kaalakaandi braids together various narrative strands that unfold after-hours.... Despite some clever conversational humour and sight gags, these strands struggle to leave an imprint and only Shehnaz Treasury gets into the spirit of things. The best track, which really should have been the whole movie, revolves around an unnamed executive (Saif Ali Khan) who learns on the day of his sister’s nuptials that he has stomach cancer and has only a few months left.... In Kaalakaandi, Khan moves smoothly between behaviour that is outrageous and touching, delivers whacky lines with aplomb, and conveys the movie’s desired madcap quality without a trace of self-consciousness.”
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll

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