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Akshay Kumar scores another Rs100 crore Box Office smash with ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is on a roll. His second release of 2012 Rowdy Rathore has smashed records once again and entered the exclusive Rs100 crore club at the box office.

Rowdy Rathore made a very impressive Rs66.50 crores (£77,80,500) in its opening weekend on 1st June 2012 and to date has made a total global collection of Rs113.80 crores (£12.9 million) making it the biggest hit of 2012 and the first “blockbuster” film of the year. It also marks Akshay Kumar’s biggest box office smash hit to date.
Made on a budget of Rs. 48 crores, Rowdy Rathore had a massive opening, making Rs 15.10 crores on its opening day alone. Akshay thanked his many fans on Twitter as he excitedly said: “I owe a HUGE thank you to my audience! You are the only reason behind the biggest opening weekend of my career! Love Rowdy.”

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, who gave Rowdy Rathore a 4 star-rating, tweeted#RowdyRathore collected Rs. 22 cr nett in Wknd 2, taking the total to Rs. 101.5 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 5.1 cr, Sat 6.4 cr, Sun 10.5 cr +”
Rowdy Rathore marks Akshay Kumar’s return to the Bollywood action arena after a long absence. The film is packed with action, death-defying stunts and Akshay’s characteristic dose of comedy, showcasing his skill and versatility as an actor. The romance factor sizzles too, as Akshay and co-star Sonakshi Sinha (Dabangg) exude chemistry in the film.
The film is directed by renowned Tamil choreographer and actor Prabhudheva (Wanted, Shakti – The Power) and also features the considerable talents of producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, famed for his directing credits for Black, Devdas and Saawariya. The film marks Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first foray into the action genre.

Akshay Kumar wows audiences worldwide with ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Bollywood’s original action hero, Akshay Kumar, has once again wowed audiences across the globe with new film Rowdy Rathore, which marks his eagerly awaited return to the action movie arena. With a substantial absence from the stunt-laden, action-packed films we are used to from ‘Akki’, he has come back high-kicking with Rowdy Rathore, which has become the biggest non-holiday Friday grossing film and Akshay Kumar’s biggest box office smash hit to date, with a total worldwide collection of Rs 66.50 Crores net (£77,80,500) in its opening weekend on 1st June 2012.

Rowdy Rathore has garnered fantastic reviews across India, with audience figures and box office collections signifying its huge popularity. The film took Rs 57 Crores at cinemas in India alone in it’s opening weekend.

Elated with the response the film has got, Akshay Kumar said ‘When we had gone to a few cinema houses we had seen people dancing in theatres, whistling and having fun…and it feels great to see this kind of response. I heard that in Rajasthan, there are about eight lakh Rajput Rathore, dressed in traditional avatar, are all set to watch the film together.” The actor added, “It is a big thing for me. Even if I don’t get an award it’s ok, but it is this reward that makes me happy.” 

Rowdy Rathore has also received an excellent response at the UAE box office, with the highest takings for the movie in its first weekend coming from a foreign country. The film released in more than 150 cinemas in the UAE and collected Rs 3.17 Crores ($5,70,000). The second highest collection for Rowdy Rathore from a foreign Box Office came from the USA, where the movie brought in Rs 2.12 Crores ($3,81,784) net from 120 screens in America in its opening weekend. The film has collected Rs 1.24 Crores (£1,45,541) from 60 screens in the UK and Ireland in the first three days of its release.

Generating mass interest amongst film critics and trade press, renowned film aficionado Taran Adarsh gave ‘Rowdy Rathore’ a 4-star rating and describes the film as ‘Vivid colors, rustic background and conventional dance routines… Rowdy Rathore follows the existing trend to create more homespun, home-flavored Desi movies rather than pursue the money-spinning NRI souk that has, until recently, been the order of the day. The screenplay packs a solid punch.”   

Talking about Khiladi Kumar’s performance in the film, Taran added: ‘Akshay Kumar is cast in a double role – one as a cop and the second as a petty thief, and both the roles are custom-made for the endearing actor. As Shiva, he entertains the masses, whereas as Vikram Rathod, he aims at serious movie lovers. The movie bestows Akshay with abundant opportunity to flaunt each shade of his skill.”

The cinema trade analyst in India, Komal Nahta says: ‘Single-screen cinemas are going berserk over RR. It’s a straight blockbuster’  Also, trade analyst and film critic, Taran Adarsh adds,  ‘RR is Akshay’s Dabangg. I call it a wow-dy weekend for Rathore. Akshay lived the role and Prabhudheva knows his audience well’

Rowdy Rathore marks Akshay Kumar’s return to the classic Bollywood Masala film, and tells a thrilling story, packed with action, death-defying stunts and Akshay’s characteristic dose of comedy, showcasing his skill and versatility as an actor. The romance factor sizzles too, as Akshay and co-star Sonakshi Sinha (Dabaang) exude chemistry in the film.

The film is directed by renowned Tamil choreographer and actor Prabhudheva (Wanted, Shakti – The Power) and also features the considerable talents of producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, famed for his directing credits on cutting-edge filmsBlack, Devdas and Saawariya. The film marks Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first foray into the action genre.

Rowdy Rathore is in cinemas nationwide.

Interview: Sonakshi Sinha talks about ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Sonakshi Sinha has made her mark in Bollywood with just one film. Born to legendary actor Shatragun Sinha and Poonam Sinha, the 25-year-old actress is excited about her second release Rowdy Rathore opposite superstar Akshay Kumar.  

The Dabangg actress talked to UK Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik about her upcoming film, being a desi girl, and much more.

How do you feel that your second film is about to release and the reaction has been extremely positive?
It’s been great. I have been feeling the same way I felt before my first film Dabangg. It’s a positive feeling and a good space to be in. There is an attachment to what I have just done and I don’t know what is going to happen in the future.

Tell me about your character in the film.
She is a girl from Patna and very lively and outspoken. She is very sweet and simple and yet she falls in love with this guy who is completely the opposite of her and a Rowdy man.The movie is completely action packed and it is ‘masaledar’ and it has a dash of romance in it. It was a great character to play and overall, a great film to be part of.

How did the title come about ? Rowdy Rathore is not something the UK audience may be used to.
Rowdy is a very massy word. It’s a word that is more used in the South of India and you would associate it to someone who is not wrong per say, but somebody who is full of ‘masti’, wild and you know the word just speaks for itself ‘Rowdy’ (laughs). It sounds like what it is. I think, the name came about from Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and it’s completely apt for the character that Akshay is playing in the film. It’s a great title and very catchy.

The film is produced by Shabina Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and UTV Motion Pictures. Who approached you for the film ?
Shabina approached me for the film. I think, Shabina and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. At that point I was already doing a film with Akshay called Joker. I think, everything just fell into place for me.

You recently said you are the real desi girl. What did you mean by that?
(Laughs) You know, I keep getting asked do you think have you been type casted into a certain kind of role and you are only doing Indian characters. I just basically said what is wrong with that. I am an Indian girl and a Desi Girl and even though I am doing characters which are in the Indian mole, they are very different from each other and they give me a lot of variety to change my acting. That’s what I meant by it and you don’t really go around asking the girls who dress in western outfits in every film that why are you only doing westernised roles. Why do I get asked this question? That’s what I meant by it.

Do you also personally prefer wearing traditional Indian clothes?
Absolutely, I enjoy it and I enjoy playing these characters on-screen. I get enough ample opportunities to wear western clothes be it in terms of my endorsements, events and shows that I go for. But on-screen, I portray the complete Indian woman. I am fine with that and you know, it’s a great feeling to represent your own culture and values on a worldwide level. So, it’s great.

Tell me about the action sequences in the film. It is said that you have done some action scenes yourself for the film.
I am part of the climax action but not how Akshay would be. Rowdy Rathore has completely raw action which he has come back to after seven years, I think.  It is something worth looking forward to because I have not seen anyone do action like that. He does his own stunts and is so lively when he is doing action. It was a real pleasure to watch that and I think that the audiences are going to be as eager to watch it as anybody else.

Akshay is known for playing pranks on all his co-stars.
Oh, yes he is (laughs).
What pranks did he play on you?
There are so many that I don’t think I even remember them now (laughs).  He is such a lively person that he is always making people around him laugh. He is always cracking jokes, some on my expense as well (laughs). But it’s all in good humour and he is a really funny person and yes, he has played quite a few pranks on me.

Will you be seen doing Prabhu Deva dance steps in the film?
Yes, I will. Even though he is directing the film, he has had his input in the choreography as well. He has made Akshay and me dance like nothing else. It has been so good to work with him. He had made us go crazy on these dance moves.

When will you come to the UK ?I have not been able to find the time. I went for a photo shoot last time when I had three-four days off. I stayed back and had a mini-vacation. I don’t know when my next vacation will be.

What should the UK audience expect from the film?
The film is as Indian as it can be. Hopefully it should remind them or bring them back to their roots.
That is what will keep them engaged and entertained. Hopefully they will love it.

Rowdy Rathore releases across UK cinemas on 1st June 2012.


Dahdang Dhang – ‘Rowdy Rathore’

After Katrina Kaif’s chart busting item number ‘Chikni Chameli’ from Agneepath created buzz, now Sonakshi Sinha is swinging to a new masala track in Rowdy Rathore called ‘Dhadang Dhang Dhang… Chikni Kamar’.

Insisting that there was absolutely no intention of being one up on the senior star, the Dabangg  girl says, “Any talk about competition and comparisons with Katrina would be stupid. But if the topic does crop up, I’m prepared for it. It’ll go through one ear and out of the other.”

Rowdy Rathore releases on 1st June across cinemas in the UK. 


Watch the song here:

Prabhu Deva to work with Ajay Devgn

Prabhu Deva seems to be a much sought after film maker in B-Town now that Rowdy Rathore is ready.

After having worked with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, the choreographer-director has now signed a film with Ajay Devgan and will start work on it soon. And the big buzz is that this film’s subject will be inspired by Rajinikanth’s evergreen super hit Baasha, where he played an autowallah and a don.

While Ajay has two film commitments this year, the dancing sensation is showing off his moves in choreogra­pher Remo D’Souza’s debut venture Any Body Can Dance (ABCD). Their combination is slated to take off once the duo is done with their current projects.

We also learnt that Ajay Devgan is working on a specially-toned body for the part. When contacted, Prabhu Deva con­firmed, “Yes, I will be doing a film with Ajay Devgan. But, it’s too early to talk about it.”

 Prabhu Deva’s Rowdy Rathore will release on 1st June 2012 in the UK.

Don’t mix the two ‘Chammak Challos’ – Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha’s act in a red saree in the song “Chammak Challo chail chabeeli” from Rowdy Rathore has forced people to draw comparisons with Kareena Kapoor’s “Chammak Challo” in Ra.One. However, the actress brushes it off as mere co-incidence and insists the two not be compared.

“I am not just Chammak Challo, I am also Chail Chabeeli. I would like to say when we had shot for this song, Ra. One had not released and we had not seen that ‘Chammak Challo’ in a red saree. It’s just a co-incidence,” the 24-year-old said in an interview.

Sonakshi insists that the two songs are completely different.

“Both the songs are different, it was westernised but our song is full of Indian melody. So you should not compare the two,” said Sonakshi, who made her Bollywood debut as a demure village belle with Dabangg.

Directed by Prabhu Deva, UTV Motion Pictures’ Rowdy Rathore will hit the silver screens on 1st June.

Besides promoting Rowdy Rathore, Sonakshi is also busy shooting for Joker, Lootera and Dabangg 2.

Akshay Kumar Gets ‘Rowdy’ In Bollywood’s Latest Action Drama ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Bollywood’s original hero Akshay Kumar makes his long-awaited return after seven years to the action movie arena with this summer’s big release Rowdy Rathore releasing on the 1st of June 2012 in the UK.

Rowdy Rathore is a modern re-working of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu, and features an all-star Bollywood cast comprising of Akshay Kumar and Bollywood starlet Sonakshi Sinha who returns to screens after Dabangg. The film is directed by renowned Tamil choreographer and actor Prabhu Deva (Wanted, Shakti – The Power) and also features the considerable talents of producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali, famed for his directing credits on cutting-edge films Black, Devdas and Saawariya. The film marks Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s first foray into the action genre.

Akshay Kumar returns to dazzling form in this all-action blockbuster, as he expertly plays two very different and intriguing characters. The film is enhanced by lighthearted moments of comedy, thrilling action sequences and a little sprinkling of romance to set things off. Rowdy Rathore showcases Akshay Kumar’s acting talents and versatility as an actor, and guarantees an exciting summer film for the whole family.

In a gripping tale of mystery, deception and revenge, the thrilling story is told through the eyes of lead character Shiva (Akshay Kumar), who is a small-time thief addicted to acts of daredevilry. Shiva’s life is turned upside down when one day a young girl turns up and claims to be his daughter. Stunned by the revelation, he soon uncovers a dark and disturbing story behind her claim. It turns out that the girl is the daughter of IPS Police Officer Vikram Singh Rathore, who happens to be Shiva’s twin brother. When the two meet, and Vikram is murdered in front of Shiva, the latter must assume his identity and work undercover to bring his killers to justice.

UTV Motion Pictures will release Rowdy Rathore on 1st June 2012

Sonakshi to do action in ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Sonakshi Sinha, whose second release Rowdy Rathore is just as action-filled as her debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg , will be doing some action in the climax of the film.

“I have some action, but very little,” says the actor. “I am there through the cli­max, so there is definitely some action. But I can’t reveal much as the film is still in the process of editing.”

Sonakshi has also shot for Shirish Kunder’s sci-fi drama, Joker, with Akshay Kumar, but says she enjoys the action genre more. She says, “Dabangg was an action film, though I was not very physically involved, and now it’s Rowdy Rathore. It’s great fun to be part of it.”

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, designer Shabina Khan and UTV Motion Pictures, Rowdy Rathore will mark the comeback of Akshay Kumar as an action hero after Khakee.

Sonakshi says, “The kind of action he does is tremendous, without a body double at that. There is so much to learn just being with him.”

Since she has worked with Akshay in two consecutive films, Sonakshi is now very comfortable with the star. She will work with him once again in director Milan Luthria’s sequel to Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai (2010). She is also shooting for the sequel of Dabangg and director Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.

Does she find it difficult to shift from one character to another in such quick succession? Sonakshi says, “I am very comfortable work­ing on multiple projects simultaneously.”

Interview: Prabhu Deva on ‘ABCD’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Surrounded by controversies, Prabhu Deva is an expert at appear­ing calm. He has choreographed around 100 movies like Enthiran (2010), Engeyum Kadhal(2011) and Don: The Chase Begins (2006) and is often referred to as the Michael Jackson of India. This year, the 39-year-old is all set for a series of releases, including the country’s first 3D dance film, ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), with other choreographers.There is also Rowdy Rathore with Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha and Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal with Bhumika Chawla. 

More from the actor and choreographer:

What should we know about Rowdy Rathore?
A commercial action movie, it is a remake of the Telugu film, Vikramarkudu. Akshay Kumar is the hero and he plays two different roles. As we know, Akshay has been an action hero and the role suits him and Sonakshi is a great dancer.

Why is ABCD a revolutionary film?

It is India’s first 3D Hindi dance movie. There is no heroine, though Lauren Gottlieb from So You Think You Can Dance, is also a part of the movie. I play the main lead.

What are the challenges of mak­ing a 3D movie in India?
It takes double the time and the technique is different. There are no paus­es and cuts and objects placed in a room have to be in the right place, even if it is a table or a chair. Every scene has to be approved by a specialist before we proceed to the next scene. If necessary, we will re-shoot the entire scene. For instance, if a small fly enters the scene it looks big on-screen!

With the show, Ungalil yaar Prabhudeva dedicated to you completing almost 100 movies, where is dance headed in India?
It is not just about TRP and entertainment; such shows bring talent from small villages. Before there was only one dancer known to people but with practice everyone can make those moves.

After Ranbir Kapoor in Chillar Party, are you open to doing an item number?
I do not understand the concept. When a guy does one song in the mov­ie, it is a special appearance and when the girl does it, it becomes an item number. But I am open to it.

Rowdy Rathore is scheduled to releases on 1st June 2012 in the UK.

Kareena Kapoor in ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Kareena Kapoor recently shot for a song and scene for Rowdy Rathore, as a friendly gesture for producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and co-producer Shabinaa Khan. The film stars, Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, and Bebo were recently pencilled in for a cameo.

Shabinaa and Kareena have been close friends for years, so when the designer-turned-producer approached her for this, Bebo agreed immediately. The scene and song were shot in Filmcity last week.

Kareena, one of the highest paid actresses today, did the cameo for free. Her relationship with Shabinaa goes back a long way, to the days when she was dating Shahid Kapoor and Shabinaa was designing for him. When the actress broke up with Kapoor, Khan cut off all personal and professional ties with the actor.

Bebo plays a glamorous character in Rowdy Rathore, and that is all that is known as the details are being kept under wraps. The mak­ers want Kareena’s cameo to be a surprise element in the film.

Kareena confirms, “I have done the cameo for Shabinaa and Sanjay. Both are very dear to me.”

UTV Motion Picture’s Rowdy Rathore will release in the UK on 1st June 2012. 

Salman is ‘Dabangg’ and Akshay is a ‘Khiladi’ – Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha found herself in the midst of a storm after she took to a social networking site to thank all the people who viewed the leaked trailer of Rowdy Rathore before the official launch. But Sonakshi doesn’t think it was a wrong move. 

“The promo shouldn’t have been leaked. But I cannot tell all those people who did see it ‘ke andekha kar lo (‘un-see’ it). I thanked those who watched and liked it.”

And even though she may be one film old but she is a thorough professional when it comes to providing diplomatic answers. At the trailer launch of Rowdy Rathore, Sonakshi was asked to choose between Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Sallu may be her debut film’s hero but she has about three movies lined up with Khiladi Kumar. Sonakshi smartly replied, “Salman is Dabangg and Akshay is a Khiladi, both perfectly fit in their own places.” 

The trailer of Rowdy Rathore has been given an U/A certificate but the censor board has also beeped one of Akshay Kumar’s dialogue.

“There’s a beep in the promo which was totally censor board’s call. We are happy to make that cut. We have decided to proceed with a beep in the film,” a UTV Motion Pictures spokesperson said.

UTV Motion Pictures will release starring Askhay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha on 1st June 2012 in the UK.

Maryam Zakaria in Akshay’s ‘Rowdy Rathore’

Sweden-based Iranian actress Maryam Zakaria is all set to sizzle on-screen in an item number in Rowdy Rathure starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, after playing a supporting role in Agent Vinod.

“Today, big stars are also doing item numbers. I am an actress, not an item song dancer,” she says flatly.

It was Maryam’s child­hood dream to work in Bollywood. Hindi feature films fascinated her fami­ly, as they did many other Iranian families.

“Since the age of two, I have been watching Hindi films, and been in love with them. That’s why I came to India in 2009,” she says.

Maryam acted in Telugu films such as 100% Love and Madatha Kaaja before venturing into Bollywood. She also did an item num­ber for Sadda Adda, but that was after she had completed shooting for Agent Vinod.

“It feels great to see my dream come true. I feel so good when I see my hard work paying off,” she laughs.

In Sweden, Maryam was a professional dancer, and she runs the Indsk Dance School there.
“It is the first school to teach Bollywood dance in Sweden. I worked as a choreogra­pher and did stage shows in Europe before I came to India. I also did a cou­ple of music videos for Iranian singer Saeed Shayesteh,” says Maryam, who has even taken lessons in Kuchipudi for two years.

UTV Motion Pictures will release Rowdy Rathore in UK cinemas on 1st June 2012. 

Watch Maryam Zakaria in ‘Dil Mera Muft Ka’ from Agent Vinod here: 

Rowdy Rathore – Trailer

The trailer of UTV’s Rowdy Rathore was recently unveiled at a grand event held in India.

Despite the presence of stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, the crowd went gaga over the director of the film, Prabhu Deva. Prabhu, on public demand was asked to show his dance moves. He danced with his leading actor Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha as the crowd applauded his act with claps and whistles and cheers.

Akshay Kumar, who is making a comeback in his action zone with “Rowdy Rathore” said that he feels like a newcomer again.

“I am very excited about the film because I am making a comeback in action films after seven years. I am in this film industry because of my action films. It feels like I am a new comer who is trying action for the first time,” Akshay Kumar said.

Produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Prabhu Deva, the film features Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. The film is scheduled to release on June 1, 2012.