Latest Bollywood News Today Transcript at 11:30 AM on 30th January 2023
Let’s begin with our top story. Shah Rukh Khan’s latest release Pathaan is unstoppable. The spy actioner is rewriting box office history every day. According to Box Office India, the humongous weekend collections have made Pathaan cross the 200 crore nett mark in just four days. Its global box office collection is estimated to be a whopping Rs 429 cr. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Pathaan has now become the fastest film in history to enter the Rs 200 cr club beating KGF 2 and Baahubali 2’s Hindi versions, which hit the mark on their day fifth and sixth, respectively. The Siddharth Anand directorial also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles.
Meanwhile, The Producers Guild of India on Friday, 27th January expressed gratitude to all the state governments for safeguarding the sanctity of cinema by ensuring a peaceful release of superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film Pathaan. The spy thriller, which marks Shah Rukh’s return to the big screen after over four years, had faced boycott calls over the song Besharam Rang ahead of its release on January 25th. Since its debut in theatres, the Siddharth Anand-directed movie has performed exceedingly well at the ticket window. The guild, which has around 150 production banners as members, said the success of Pathaan is “one of hope” for the film industry.
Filmmaker Kabir Khan said that the industry is aware that the ‘theatrical pie’ has shrunk in the post-pandemic era, and everyone in the industry is working towards reducing unnecessary spending. In a recent interview, Kabir said that directors shouldn’t compromise on the scale of their movies, but should work towards cutting down on wastage because there’s a lot of unnecessary spending on film sets. Kabir Khan made his debut with Kabul Express, which he cited as an example of how to produce a film on a small budget and tight shooting schedule. He has since gone on to direct blockbusters such as Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan. His last film was the big-budget sports drama “83”.
Moving on. Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, on Friday, 27th January officially confirmed that his upcoming film The Vaccine War will be headlined by none other than actor Nana Patekar. Agnihotri said – “For The Vaccine War, the protagonist had to be powerful, credible and underplayed. And when we were thinking to cast somebody whose performance is unquestionable, the only name we thought of was Nana Patekar.” Being helmed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Vaccine War revolves around India’s contributions in the race to produce a Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic. Anupam Kher and Kantara star Sapthami Gowda are also part of the film.
Actor Akshay Kumar is back with a new rendition of his cult classic “Main Khiladi” for his upcoming film Selfiee, featuring Emraan Hashmi. The original track starred Saif Ali Khan with Akshay back in 1994. The new teaser gives a slight hint of what is to come–jazzy and loud outfits worn by Akshay and Emraan, packed with the original vocals and new beats. Producer Karan Johar took to his Instagram to share the teaser. The song promises that ‘the Khiladi’—another name that Akshay cultivated for himself, is back. We get to see Akshay and Emraan doing a dance-off in a nightclub. Selfiee is an official remake of the 2019 Malayalam-language comedy-drama Driving Licence.
Meanwhile, actor Vicky Kaushal will be seen playing the role of a DJ in a cameo, for the upcoming film ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’, which stars Alaya F and Karan Mehta in the lead roles. Vicky also took to Instagram and unveiled his look from the film. Opening up about his special appearance in the film, Vicky said, “Anurag Kashyap has been a mentor, a friend and in many ways, he’s been my window into the world of cinema. When he spoke to me about this role I was immediately on board to appear in this special film.” The romantic musical film ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’ is all set to hit the theatres on February 3, 2023.
An Action Hero, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat, was made available for streaming on Netflix on Friday, 27th January. Directed by debutant Anirudh Iyer, the action-comedy thriller opened to good reviews upon its December 2 release but fell short at the box office. A crackling exploration of the toxic relationship of film stars with media and fans, An Action Hero follows a superstar Maanav, played by Khurana, who after getting caught up in an accident tries to save his skin from the murderous municipal councillor Bhoora. Mounted on a reported budget of Rs 40 crore, the movie was able to raise around Rs 16 crore at the ticket window.