Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Housefull 2: Laughing all the way to the bank!

 
It’s been variously described as “twice the torture” of the first movie, and “certain to create corns in your Cerebellum” but audiences have proved once again that the masses matter; irrespective of what the reviewers say.
Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen – starring Akshay Kumar – has grossed 100 Crore (that’s a billion rupees or approximately £11m) in just three weeks of release.
With the film, Akshay joins the 100-Crore Club alongside the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgan.
The film’s director Sajid Khan tweeted: “All screens are going Housefull. I attribute a major part of its success to Akshay. He has been a superstar for the last eight years or so and will be one for many more years to go. The best thing about the film is that Akshay's work has been appreciated and this film is Akshay's biggest hit overseas."

Akshay also took to the twittersphere to thank his legions of fans: "For all those congratulating me for Housefull 2, honestly 100 Crores is just a number but I'd be lying if I would say it doesn't matter. Hearing/reading words like superhit, excellent business, great word of mouth, back in form, are music to any actor's ears but again you guys are the only reason behind it. Thank you all for watching and enjoying Housefull 2. God bless you all always".
Given India’s vast population and their access to increasingly ubiquitous multiplexes, a film with one of Bollywood’s most enduring stars crossing the 100-Crore mark is perhaps not entirely unsurprising.  What is surprising is the fact that Houseful 2: The Dirty Dozen has had successful openings in the US and UK among others.
As the name suggests, Housefull 2: The Dirty Dozen features a surfeit of stars; from Akshay to John Abraham to Asin to...numerous others and has a slightly incomprehensible storyline; if it can be called that.
The actors' combined talents however failed to spark any interest among reviewers who were unanimous in their panning of the film.
Akshay’s next film, Rowdy Rathore, will be an action thriller with a distinctly retro feel and which takes the star back to his action roots.
Industry analysts are already predicting big takings for ‘Rowdy Rathore’ so Akshay’s stars are pretty well aligned.
Just watch the Cerebellum.
- Poonam Joshi

Housefull 2: Laughing all the way to the bank!

Bollywood outrage at 'The Dirty Picture' TV ban

 
Bollywood has reacted with widespread indignation after Milan Luthra’s ‘The Dirty Picture’ was banned from prime-time TV by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; the same government body which bestowed the film with a prestigious National Award.
The film had been scheduled for broadcast on Sony TV at noon  on Sunday but the ministry reportedly instructed the broadcaster to show the film after the 11pm watershed.
Filmmaker Karan Johar took to his Twitter account to declare: “A national award-winning film cannot have a national telecast???  This is…simple hypocrisy.”  Johar added, “If the censorship is not a final authority then what is??? Complicated and blurred lines defeat the core of democracy!!!! #dirtypicture.”
Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures, the studio behind the film, tweeted, “The Dirty Picture trending.  That’s the point abt its popularity.  The most discussed & celebrated National Award-winner is nt allowed 2telecast.”
Tusshar Kapoor – who appeared in the film – tweeted, “Really unfortunate that after all the necessary cuts and a valid UA certificate, The Dirty Picture could not be telecast on Sony TV.”
The film’s director Luthra had earlier told reporters, “I am shocked and disappointed that this decision was taken at the last moment.”
The low budget film – based on the life of south Indian actress Silk Smitha – was a Bollywood anomaly; not only garnering widespread critical acclaim but winning over audiences to become one of the most commercially successful Bollywood films of recent years.
Actress Vidya Balan – who played the lead role – also won a national award for her performance as the beautiful and doomed siren.
According to reports from India, the film had undergone a total of 59 cuts but still failed to achieve a U/A (Parental Guidance) rating for broadcast during prime time.  The ban was imposed at the last minute, forcing Sony to run a ticker on the channel apologizing to fans.
TV censorship is not uncommon in the country.
Hollywood movies are subjected to heavy cuts often leaving the final product fragmented, incoherent and unrecognizable.
- Poonam Joshi

Bollywood outrage at 'The Dirty Picture' TV ban