Beginning the journey of a man and a nation, Salman Khan shared the first poster of Bharat featuring himself in an old look with a grey moustache, beard and hair.
The first poster of Bharat has come in as a surprise for Salman Khan fans all over as the actor sports a never seen before look of an old, rugged, wise and experienced man with the grey moustache, beard and hair.
Bharat will trace the journey of a man spanning six decades, hence, Salman Khan will be seen sporting six varied looks through the years of his life. Earlier, the makers treated the audience with the teaser that gives glimpses into the facades of the film.
Including stellar performers like Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Tabu, and Sunil Grover, the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial boasts of an ensemble cast promising power-packed performances.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, ‘Bharat’ is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series releasing Eid 2019.
A UK distributor has not been announced as of now.
Zaheer Iqbal is set to debut in Bollywood with Notebook this Friday. The film is aromantic drama film produced by Salman Khan under Salman Khan Films and directed by Nitin Kakkar. It also stars debutant Pranutan Bahl and is a remake of the 2014 film Teacher’s Diary .
You don’t come from a film background but have been “trained” by Salman Khan. How much of the success of a film is from it being associated with certain famous names and how much is from the actor’s own talent?
I truly believe that the success of the film depends on the script and the acceptance of the actors is only through their performances. I do agree that there will be a large amount of people that will come because it is an SKF film and because Salman Khan is associated with the film. We’ve been told by
Salman sir himself, we will have a bunch of people coming to the film on the first day to see who I have launched and stuff like that, but word of mouth will spread and every show post the 3 o’clock show will be completely on you and your talent.
What was the hardest part about working to become an actor?
There’s a lot of hard work that goes into becoming an actor, but I wouldn’t say there is a hardest part. If you genuinely enjoy what you are doing, and you enjoy the process it won’t be that hard. My friends and family always praise me saying that I work so hard, but I always tell them that I enjoy it, so it isn’t that hard for me. There’s a lot that goes into becoming an actor physically and mentally, there’s a lot of workshops we had to do. And not just in acting too, also in dance, gymnastic and martial arts. Salman sir always said I’m not just training you for one film I’m training you to sustain yourself in the industry so you need to be prepared a nd there should not be anything you can’t do.
Other than Salman Khan and your family, who is your biggest supporter in your journey to becoming an actor?
I think my friends, other than my family and Salman sir, would be biggest support and my strength. Be it my friends from childhood or my friends that have helped me learn, like my friends who were assistant directors on Jai Ho and the team on Jai Ho. They have taught me so much about what happens behind the camera so everything I know about filmmaking from before I went on set was all thanks to them. And obviously my fans who I love so dearly who have supported me and sent me love on Instagram and Twitter.
Did any of the kids on set play pranks on you?
I don’t think the kids played a prank on me I was always on their team so we played prank on everyone together. I remember there was this one guy that whenever you poked him he would have a certain reaction, he couldn’t control himself from reacting that way. We would always work together, poke him and record him reacting in that way. I think we put it on Instagram, there are lots of videos of us poking him. It was usually the kids, Pranutan and me pranking everyone.
Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met?
I absolutely believe it is possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met. During promotions we’ve met lots of people who have told us that they’ve fallen in love without meeting someone first. I genuinely believe you can, and I think its beautiful when you can fall in love with someone for who they are and not the way they look.
What made you want to be part of this unique/unconventional love story?
I think the fact that it’s a unique love story is what made me want to be a part of it. Also, when I read the script it was the kids that attracted me to the story. I’m good with kids and we get along instantly, maybe we are on the same wavelength. I also like doing different kind of work, I hope that someday the audience will say “lets go see Zaheer’s film, I’m sure it will be different” so I want to continue to do films that are different.
What was it like to work with Salman Khan as a producer? How did you feel seeing him in a role as producer rather than his usual acting role?
Honestly, we never looked at him like he was the producer of the film, we looked at him as a friend and he was always like an elder brother to us. His advice was always about passing down the wisdom and his experiences in life. He never spoke to us as if he was launching us and we were his talent, he was always casual with us. It was always about more than work, how it’ll be in the future, how to treat people and genuine stuff. For us, he was like a friend and mentor that always had our back.
What was it like filming in the beautiful but isolated parts of Kashmir?
Shooting in Kashmir has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget this experience. Even if this was my 100th film, filming this would’ve always been special to me because of all of the love and support we got in Kashmir. And it’s beautiful all over.
As this is your debut role into Bollywood, what sort of roles would you like to take up/who would you like to work with in the future?
I want to continue to do unconventional work and unconventional stories, which are real. By this I don’t mean something that is farfetched. Films like notebook that are unconventional but not farfetched. I want to always do different kinds of films that will intrigue people. Actors who I want to work with, I just want to work with everyone. With great performers, be it a guy or be it a girl. Working with a great performer in front of you inspires you and I think it enhances your performance in a way. I also want to do roles that will be a challenge for me, I want to do something that will require hard work. I also want to work with all of my friends in the industry because I think it will be fun to go on a set where everybody gets along really well and have a great time.
Why should the British Asian audience watch this film?
I wouldn’t say just the British Asian audience even the British audience should watch this film. It’s got a good message but its not preachy. When you come out you’ll understand that we’ve told you something sweet and very relevant to this day and age, which is basically education and how important it is. So for this reason, I think everyone should watch it.
Notebook releases in UK cinemas on 29th March 2019 via Yash Raj Films and is produced by Salman Khan Films.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is celebrating Eid worldwide with fans through his newest blockbuster, Race 3, in cinemas from today.
Although the film is part of the Race franchise, it has been completely overhauled, courtesy Khan.
Like the last two films, the film is high on action, stunts and twists & turns along with a huge cast. Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez are back too, but playing new characters. The newest addition to the franchise include Saqib Salim, Freddy Daruwala, Daisy Shah and Bobby Deol.
Another notable change, besides Saif Ali Khan not being in the film, is that directorial duo Abbas-Mustan have been replaced by Remo D’Souza, who has directed the hit ABCD franchise.
Speaking to Sunny Malik, the 52-year-old actor opened up about why the script needed to change, why a soundtrack of the film is so important and much more…
The Race franchise was associated with Saif Ali Khan and Abbas-Mustan. Since you’ve come on board, it has all changed. How did all come about?
I don’t think Abbas-Mustan were a part of the film by the time I came on board to play the lead character. Remo D’Souza was already supposed to direct the third film in the franchise when I was approached. I really liked the script and the genre but I wasn’t sure of it. I was just not convinced whether I can fit into the character. I’ve been a part of films like Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Race is a completely different genre for me. We had several discussions and we changed it into a family film. Once, we made the necessary changes, we got our cast together.
Why make the changes at all when the franchise was quite successful?
It’s a completely new film with new characters. I basically want children to come and watch the film. Anil Kapoor and Jacqueline were a part of the previous films but they are not playing the same characters anymore. The original movies were meant for an older audience. I wanted the film to appeal to all audiences including families.
How was your experience filming for Race 3?
I had a great time and really enjoyed being a part of it. I also got a chance to work with my friends Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol. We filmed in Abu Dhabi and the local government was extremely supportive and helpful throughout our schedule. The most important part for me was that I liked the script. It’s basically become a Hum Aapke Hain Kaun where the family don’t get along for reasons that are correct in their head. The film has really funny moments but keeps you engrossed as well. It has action, drama, comedy, a lot of style and a big budget which is visible. We needed to make Race 3 bigger because Race and Race 2 were made on a large scale and we just had to make a product that is loved up by the audience. Jacqueline and Daisy worked really hard on the movie too and performed some incredible stunts.
Each song released is composed by a different music director. That is very similar as to how soundtracks are made in Hollywood.
I’ve used multiple music directors in the past too. Sometimes one music director manages to provide you with a complete soundtrack like Himesh Reshammiya did for Tere Naam. There have been instances with my films where Sajid-Wajid directed the music but we got Himesh to do one song, which went on to become a super hit. There are so many great music directors who’ve made some great songs. I like to keep them aside and use them in films where they best fit into. This way I have a couple of options. I believe that there should be about six songs in a film and all of them should be blockbuster tracks. It doesn’t make sense to me for example, if you have three mediocre songs in a film, that would mean 15 minutes where the audience is getting bored. The film starts dipping too. It’s bad for the final product which is why we have to be really careful with songs these days. Another example is Agneepath, starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra and the hit song Chikni Chameli in the film. The song featuring Katrina Kaif comes in towards the end of the film but it created more excitement for the audience at the cinema, building up to the climax. Even our promotional strategy is based on our soundtrack. We want people to like the songs and audiences tend to come and watch movies with good songs in it.
Race 3 is also the first in the franchise to be co-produced by the lead actor. Why is that important for you?
If you truly believe in a film, then why not produce it and work towards creating the best out of it? We are producing Loveratri with Ayyush Sharma and Warina Hussain, which was extensively filmed in London. We’ve also just announced a film with Zaheer Iqbal, the son of my childhood friend with a really nice script that we’ve finalised.
With Indian Films surpassing geographical barriers and making a mark globally, here’s a look at the Top 5 all-time worldwide grossing Indian Films.
1) Dangal – Aamir Khan’s record-shattering Dangal ranks at the No. 1 position of the highest grossing Indian Film ever worldwide with collections of Rs 1907 cr. In China, Aamir Khan achieved an unprecedented feat by conquering the box office with his 2016 biopic. Dangal released in UK cinemas by Disney, grossing a total of £2,562,527 at the UK Box Office becoming the fourth highest grossing Hindi film in the United Kingdom.
2) Baahubali: The Conclusion – India’s magnum opus two-part trilingual film, S. S Rajamouli directorial Baahubali: The Conclusion opened to historic numbers in its national territory. The film bags the second spot on the list with a record collection of Rs. 1700 cr. The Prabhas starrer Baahubali franchise became a worldwide rage owing to its mind-boggling suspense. Propelling the cliffhanger of the first instalment, its sequel garnered a never seen before reception in markets across the world. The second installment of the film grossed an impressive £845,055 from 52 screens at the UK Box Office
3) Secret Superstar – One of the most surprising entries into the list is 2017 release Secret Superstar by minting a staggering Rs. 874 cr worldwide. The film made on a lean budget was touted as one of the smallest films of last year. Backed by Aamir Khan Productions, the film that featured Aamir Khan in an extended cameo received critical acclaim not only in India but also a roaring response similar to Dangal in China. Distributed in UK cinemas via Zee International Studios, it grossed a remarkable £627,094 at the UK Box Office.
4) PK – Fourth on the list is yet another Aamir Khan starrer, PK with 831 cr. worldwide The 2014 release Indian film expanded its theatrical run in 2015 by releasing in China. The film received a thunderous response globally upon release and was both critically and commercially acclaimed. It was PK’s formal release in China, that discovered the potential market. Released by Disney UTV in UK cinemas, it became the fifth highest grossing Hindi film collecting £2,386,569 at the UK Box Office.
5) Bajrangi Bhaijaan – The Salman Khan starrer that released in 2015 in India, witnessed a showcase in China early this month. The film has continued to touch audience’s hearts overseas too, owing to its heart touching content after 3 years of its first theatrical release at stands at collections of a whopping 698 cr. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is currently enjoying a successful run in China. The film made history at UK cinemas, becoming the second highest grossing Hindi film, with the total box office collection standing at £2,662,115. The film was produced by Salman Khan Films and released in the UK territory by Eros International.
The Top 5 all-time worldwide grossing films mark a triumph of India Cinema in markets beyond its native country. Quality content backed by power-packed performance and the finesse of filmmaking has had Indian films transient cultural and geographical barriers.
Salman Khan took to social media to announce the release date of Aayush Sharma starrer Loveratri in an unusual manner. The superstar gave a countdown to release date of 5th October 2018.
Loveratri also sees the debut of Warina Hussain in the lead role.
Loveratri, set against the backdrop of Gujarat, is a romantic drama which unfolds the love story of the leading couple over the span of Navratri.
The earlier released poster of the film showcased Aayush and Warina in the dandiya ready pose. Loveratri is written by Naren Bhatt who is based out of Mumbai and was born in Bhavnagar.
Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, who assisted on films such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Loveratri is produced by Salman Khan under the banner of Salman Khan Films is slated to release in UK cinemas on 5th October 2018.
Ali Abbas Zafar, who has directed Salman Khan in Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, will reunite with Khan in Atul Agnithotri’s Bharat.
The film will be shot across locations in London, where Khan has previously filmed Jaanam Samjha Karo, Jab Pyaar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Salaam-E-Ishq, Veer and London Dreams among other films.
Interestingly, Salman & Jacqueline starrer Kick, helmed by Sajid Nadiadwala, was also to be filmed in the British capital. However, Khan was denied a working visa due to his court proceedings in India. The schedule was subsequently moved to Poland.
“The film spans between his age of 8 years to 65 years. So he will be seen in different age groups in the film. And we are right now doing full research with our Indian and international teams to figure out what is the right way to go about it, whether it is prosthetics or whether it is VFX, how to go about all those things. So we are working on that,” Ali told The Indian Express in an interview.
Salman Khan last year performed in the UK for The Dabangg Tour in Birmingham and London along with Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Daisy Shah, Jacqueline Fernandez and others.
The team of Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer Race 3 is all set to upgrade the level of thrill and action in the third instalment of the Race franchise.
While Race and Race 2 offered an edge of your seat excitement, Race 3 is leaving no stone unturned to up the level of excitement with the action thriller.
The third instalment of the Race franchise takes the film to an all new height as not only the film is helmed by Remo D’souza, but also as it stars the Tiger Zinda Hai star, Salman Khan.
The team of Race 3 is opting for a 5 set camera to provide an enhanced experience to the audience. While the cast is trying all means to deliver their best, the crew too is putting their best foot forward by opting for better technology.
Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez are currently shooting the 10-day long action sequences in Thailand, of which Remo D’Souza took to Instagram to share the updates on.
While on sets, director Remo D’Souza took to his social media to share the picture of the 5 set camera.
Race 3 brings back to celluloid the super hit pairing of Kick as Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez share the screen space for the second time.
After the success of Tiger Zinda Hai, it will be a treat for the audience to witness Salman Khan in a yet another action avatar.
Starring an ensemble cast of Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah, the action thriller is undoubtedly one of the most awaited films.
Produced by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films, Race 3 is directed by Remo D’souza and will release in UK cinemas on Eid 2018.
To celebrate the stupendous success of Yash Raj Films’Sultan, Salman Khan recently hosted a celebratory press conference at his Panvel farmhouse, along with director Ali Abbas Zafar and actress Anushka Sharma.
The film earned £1,500,659 in its second week already, making it one of the most successful Hindi movies at the UK Box Office.
The trio was all smiles and in a jubilant mood throughout the interaction.
Watch the uncut in conversation with Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma & Ali Abbas Zafar here:
Produced by Aditya Chopra and distributed by Yash Raj Films, Sultan is in cinemas now.
Superstar Salman Khan and Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor recently spoke to London journalists via video conference about their upcoming release, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
To be released in UK cinemas by 20th Century Fox on 12th November, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is directed by Sooraj Barjatya and has music composed by Himesh Reshammiya.
Check out here what the duo had to say about the film…
What do you love most about Prem Ratan Dhan Payo?
Salman: I like the film’s nice, sweet, cute, ticklish moments. I like the film overall and how this really nice, happy, sweet film turns into this really emotional, beautiful, romantic love story which involves the family, brothers, sisters.
I think PRDP is Sooraj’s best work to date. What I see in the character of Prem is what every guy should be like with a girl, which is very difficult as you need to have a lot of patience to be “Prem” in real life. Prem is so endearing that every girl would want to marry someone like Prem. He’s somebody like … he’s actually Sooraj Barjatya! Trust me, Prem is Sooraj. In fact Sooraj likes to see that side in me but the problem is that I only don’t see that side in me in my real life. So Sooraj puts that on film.
You have worked with Sooraj thrice already. How was the experience like this time around?
Salman: I just wish I could do another 4 or 5 films with Sooraj! I’m here in this industry only because of Sooraj Barjatya. A 19 year-old boy took a stand when he was directing his first movie, at a point in time when Rajshri Productions weren’t doing that well, to take on an actor who had already done a film that’s releasing before his film.Sooraj had seen Biwi Ho To Aisi, and we all knew that I sucked in the movie, but despite that he took me on because he thought I was good in the screen test for the film. He went by his instincts and the gut feel of his sister Chanda and cousin Charu.
Sonam: You see Salman was always gorgeous looking…it’s because they had a crush on him!
Salman: Well, they thought they saw something in me to suggest I would make it. I still don’t see what, how… I don’t even question it…let it go!
What are your favourite tracks from the soundtrack?
Salman: Mine is the title track – Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and I like Jalte Diye, Jab Tum Chaho, Prem Leela and Aaj Unse Milna Hai
Sonam: Jalte Diye and Prem Leela are my favourite songs from the movie. I also like Aaj Unse Milna Hai as well – it’s a very beautiful, romantic song.
Can you share some fun moments from the making?
Salman: We were working! It wasn’t supposed to be fun. You cannot make such a beautiful film whilst having fun; you need to be focused.
Sonam: It was a happy time – I think that’s the best way to describe it, we were very happy and content.
What is the most memorable moment from the filming?
Salman: I think every single day was beautiful. Actually walking to the set was a really beautiful feeling. The set were so lovely that we didn’t mind shooting long hours. Sooraj actually is very particular about shooting long hours – he doesn’t like to shoot that many hours, even if the scene was not complete he used to say, let’s leave it now and we’ll continue tomorrow, even if we were like no let’s do it now. You see, it’s a very large-scale film; in every frame there were like hundreds of people, there was a regal theme, which also made it a very expensive film. Each day costs the production 45, 50 lakhs so when Sooraj said let’s pack up and continue the scene tomorrow, it seriously took a lot of courage.
You have always had a vision for the type of roles you want to play. Is prem ratan dhan payo the biggest payoff of that sort of conviction?
Sonam: Yes, I think that’s what it is. I think you are absolutely right. After I did Mausam, I gave my heart and soul to that and after it didn’t do very well, I didn’t sign a movie for a year and a half. Then I decided to sign Raanjhanaa – everyone around me said I was stupid but I decided to stick to my conviction. But I stuck to my guns. You’re absolutely right that this is the payoff for being patient and handling my life with dignity.
You have reposting videos of people grooving to the title track. How did that come about?
Sonam: Okay, I’m going to tell you a secret, when I spoke with the marketing team at Fox, they mentioned that people were finding the title Prem Ratan Dhan Payo a bit of a mouthful. They told me we needed to come up with a really fun and genius way to talk about the film a lot. So, there was this really cute guy who did this dubsmash on Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and I thought let’s put this up on instagram and maybe people would be excited about doing dubsmash. I thought it would be cool so I put it up and people really liked it a lot. And then a friend from New York told me to call a competition and to get the 5 best dubsmashes on Instagram – I did just that. There were lots and lots of people who did the dubsmash. It was easy to do and people loved doing the dubsmash as it has a great rhythm. Salman did one too, but he didn’t do it for long. My aunt Sridevi also did one with Shilpa Shetty. She loves me so much! I remember when I was just becoming an actress, she sat down with me and showed me how to do make-up really patiently for like hours and hours really patiently. I think she was extremely kind to have promoted me and the film. I’ve known Shilpa for a very long time and they had done the dubsmash at my home whilst I was away on promotions for the film. Once they did it they put it up on Instagram and I got a message from Shilpa saying to go on Instagram to see what we’ve done!
You have portrayed many characters named Prem. Is this one different?
Salman: Prem is my favorite character too. I think this Prem is lovelier; he’s a grown man but a very childlike. Sooraj has written this character. He has always been a mature man and romance has also grown in his life ten folds. He was always a mature filmmaker starting his career at the age of 19. He wrote Hum Apke Hain Kaun at the age of just 22 and made the film when he was 24, and there is no man as mature as Sooraj Bharjatya. The way he has written this character, he basically wants men and boys to be like Prem; he wants to change the way they are and to change this for women in the world. He wants men to be funny and charming but to also be respectful to women.
What was your reaction when you were cast in the film?
Sonam: I was very nervous, like really nervous. It’s not easy working with someone who you’ve been a huge fan of. Also it’s not easy because before Salman, I had never worked with a big star like him before. It’s usually been contemporaries. I was nervous but he really made me feel comfortable.The best thing about him professionally is that he is the most hardworking actor that I worked with, he pushes himself and he is extremely talented. He’s also very modest. Also, professionally it’s easier to work with someone who doesn’t judge you in anyway. I remember when I was messing up he’d come and tell me really nicely, he has a lot of patience.
Salman: That is true, when you need to get some good work out of a bad actor you need to be patient.
Are you playing a double role in the film?
Salman: Yes I am playing the roles of Vijay Singh and Prem – but if I open up too much about the characters I will spoil the suspense. But what I can say is that both the characters are phenomenal.
Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, with story, screenplay and direction by Sooraj R.Barjatya, will be released by 20th Century Fox in UK cinemas on 12th November.
Synopsis: Prem ‘Dilwala’ is a happy-go-lucky man who does ‘Ramleelas’ (stage plays based on Lord Rama) in Ayodhya, India. He knows all the Shlokas by heart and the purity of the scriptures resonates in all his pranks and fun. All that he earns, he donates to a charitable fund which is run by Princess Maithili. He is enchanted by the simplicity of her nature, her leading a normal life and yet being brave enough to save people in the middle of floods. He sets out to meet her. The film is all about him meeting her and the purity of the bond that they share.
The film represents the unconditional love that all families must have for each other.
Watch the title song here:
Yash Raj Films has released the first look of superstar Salman Khan in and as ‘Sultan’. The actor reportedly plays a wrestler in the film which is set to release next year during Eid.
Khan has also shaved quite a lot of his hair off for the role. The leading lady of the film has not been announced yet.
Check out the first look here:
Actor Salman Khan has begun intensive wrestling training for an upcoming Yash Raj Films production, Sultan.
Seen in the image are director Ali Abbas Zafar along with action director Larnell Stovall and team during Salman Khan’s training session for Sultan.
Salman Khan kicked off his daily 4 hour training for Sultan with Action Director Larnell Stovall and team who have been flown in from Los Angeles to train the actor in wrestling and mixed martial arts for the next 2 months.
Eros International has announced that Bajrangi Bhaijaan is turning out to be an all time blockbuster film.
As per box office collections in the UK, the Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer has grossed over £2.5 mn; becoming No. 3 in the UK all time box office race behind Dhoom 3 (£2.7 mn) and My Name Is Khan (£2.6 mn).
The film has crossed PK (£2.38mn) and Khabhi Khushi Kabhi Gaam (£2.4 mn) already.
Watch Tu Jo Mila from Bajrangi Bhaijaan here:
After enchanting audiences with the catchy song ‘Hangover’, Salman Khan has taken things up a notch this time by singing the title song of his next home production ‘Hero’.
As the story goes, when Salman heard the original song he loved it so much that he expressed the desire to sing it himself. So, Salman recently recorded an acoustic version of the song. Apart from lending his voice, the news is that the superstar will also feature in the music video of the song, which will be out soon.
Watch the video here:
The song already has over 5 million views on YouTube. Eros International will release HERO in UK cinemas on 25th September 2015.
Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry announced the record breaking success of its latest release, Bajrangi Bhaijaan at the box office. The movie collected Rs 102.60 crore NBOC (net box office) in India and Rs. 51 crore/ USD 8 million (gross) overseas, smashing previous records by becoming the fastest 100 crore for a Hindi language film. The film has also collected an astounding Rs. 27.05 crore in India on Monday, making it the highest Monday figure for any film in India.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan also scored the highest single day collection for any film in India with a net of Rs. 38.75 crore on day 3 (19th July). The Salman Khan starrer directed by Kabir Khan took off to a roaring start despite it releasing on the last day of Ramzan collecting in India Rs 27.25 crore on Friday, Rs 36.60 crore on Saturday and Rs 38.75 crore on Sunday.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has reported phenomenal business overseas too with the film breaking records across territories. It was the highest overseas grossing weekend for a Salman starrer and also the highest Eid weekend gross in overseas of all time. The film was at number 9 in the Top Ten US box office charts and number 5 on the UK charts. It broke all records on Saturday by crossing the million dollar mark for one day in the USA at $1,025142 with a total weekend of $2,621,282.
Eros released Bajrangi Bhaijaan across 4200 screens in India (highest number of screens ever to be released for a Hindi film) and over 700 screens in the international markets on 17th July.
Commenting on the film’s performance, Nandu Ahuja, Sr. VP, India Theatrical, Eros International MediaLimited, said, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan opened to good reviews from audiences and critics alike and the film has taken the box office by storm. Salman has once again established his continued dominance over the Hindi film market and the film looks unstoppable. His huge fan following, Kabir’s fabulous story and direction combined with the Eid weekend have proven to be a winning formula once again. It has also registered the highest box office in almost all territories of India for the weekend. The week ahead looks extremely promising as well with Monday collections being the biggest ever”.
Commenting on the overseas success, Pranab Kapadia, President – Marketing and Distribution, Eros International Plc, “While we were anticipating a very good opening in the overseas markets, Bajrangi Bhaijaan has surpassed those expectations and created history with the film being Salman’s highest ever weekend”.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan has been produced by Salman Khan Films and Rockline Venkatesh and distributed worldwide by Eros International.
The total collections for the film in India reported by Eros are 184.62 crores in Indian Rupees.
London-born singer Adnan Sami will be seen on the big screen this month in Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
The ‘Lift Karadey’ singer has sung a Qawalli, Bhar Do Jholi Meri, for the soundtrack and has also made his on-screen Bollywood debut with the Kabir Khan directorial coming to UK cinemas this Eid, 17th July.
In this interview, Adnan Sami tells us all about the song, working with Salman Khan and much more…
Watch the song here:
You recently launched the music video of Bhar Do Jholi Meri with director Kabir Kabir at an event. How was that experience?
It was fabulous. I had heard the final song but hadn’t seen the promo that we launched before the event. I watched it with the media for the first time. It was as much an unveiling for the media and fans as it was for me. I was pleasantly surprised.
Salman Khan tweeted the first image of you featuring in the song which trended on Twitter even before the release of the promo…
The kind of response that I have received is phenomenal. I had messages on social media saying “I haven’t heard the song but I’m a huge fan already” (laughs). I am happy with the way it’s been received now after the song is actually out. For me, this isn’t a regular song. I was suddenly going into a genre that I hadn’t tackled before as a singer. It’s the first time I have sung a Qawalli even though I have studied them and even composed one. However, singing one was a completely different ballgame.
Why did you never appear in the songs you have sung for movies prior to Bajrangi Bhaijaan?
I always consciously stayed away from it for some reason or the other. It’s very common for singers to get featured in songs and I have been asked many times but I just avoided it. Salman Khan asked me this time and he said that he would love if it is picturised on me. My friendship and love with him and his family goes back so many years that it was different from my other songs. The other bargain was that I got to go to the most beautiful locations on earth to shoot for the song. We shot at an actual Dargah and the atmosphere there was extremely elevating. They have never allowed anyone to shoot there in the past and this was the first time that anyone filmed at the location. You really didn’t need to act. It was all just coming out because of the energy around the place.
You remarkably lost weight a couple of years ago. Did that give you a confidence boost to appear on screen for a movie?
I was extremely unapologetic about the way I looked. I just used to enjoy life. I had no intentions of losing my weight until my Doctor told me that I had to as it was tremendously critical. I was never conscious of it. There are still a lot of singers who don’t like to appear in their music videos for whatever reason. I was never conscious about my appearance. I was unapologetically romancing anyone in my own music videos. I just didn’t really want to get into those special appearances in movies. I was already doing so many of my own music videos. I felt it would have been an overkill and there was no real need for it. The reasoning behind this decision was purely emotional and just for Salman.
Produced by Salman Khan Films, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is out in UK cinemas through Eros International this Eid, 17th July 2015.
A version of this interview first appeared in The Asian Today newspaper, July issue.
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Produced by Aditya Chopra and written-directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film will commence shooting in November and will release in Eid 2016.
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Eros International has released the most anticipated trailer of Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring superstars Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
The film is directed by Kabir Khan and also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a pivotal role. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is produced by Salman Khan Films and is set to release in UK cinemas through Eros International this Eid, 17th July 2015.
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan will hit theatres this Eid, 17th July 2015, and is distributed by Eros International worldwide and in UK cinemas.