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Karan Johar owns the failure of ‘Kalank’ and why he thinks its still a success? check deets inside

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The colossal failure of Kalank came as a big blow to Karan Johar and his production house Dharma Productions. Karan Johar had huge expectations from the multi-starrer period drama but as the fate would have it, the film, marred by unfavourable reviews and negative word of mouth, ended up with lifetime box-office collection of Rs 80.35 crore. For a film, made on a heavy budget of Rs 150 crore, this was a poor performance.

In a recent chat with DNA, Karan, whose last release was Student of the Year 2, opened up on the debacle of Kalank and how he dealt with it. The filmmaker said, “My director Abhishek Varman and I sat down and we analysed where we fumbled. I have to be involved with each film Dharma produces, because I am not just the producer, I am the creative producer.”

Owning the responsibility for the film’s poor show at the box-office, Karan said, “To me, when Kalank fails, it is my failure. I’m the older one, I’m the wiser one. I’m the more knowledgeable person about what works and what doesn’t. If the film has faltered, it is largely my responsibility and my blame. Of course, no one person can take the blame, but I choose to because I felt that the material was something I was aware of for not one year but 15 years. It was a film that was close to my heart and perhaps that is the reason why I lost a certain objectivity.”

The filmmaker further said that he did not look at Kalank as a failure but a success because he learnt from it. He told the tabloid, “I failed the movie by not being the right governing force. And this taught me so much. There are two ways I could have gone about this. I could have sunk in this failure or I could have questioned, ‘Why?’ Or I could have said, ‘Why did this happen and let me learn from this.’ Let this be a new 2.0 feeling where I am a lot more analytical. I am putting my projects through a lot more trials and tribulations before it is out there to an audience. When you fail and learn from it, that to me is a success. I will never look at Kalank as a failure. I will look at it as a success because it has taught me how not to fail like this.”

Kalank featured an ensemble star cast comprising Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. The film, co-produced by Fox Star Studios, hit the screens on April 17.

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Home News & Gossip Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao to come together for Netflix orginal...

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao to come together for Netflix orginal “The White Tiger”

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Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Rajkummar Rao will star in a new original film for Netflix based on Arvind Adiga’s Man Booker-winning novel The White Tiger. The film will be directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, known for films like Chop Shop, 99 Homes and Fahrenheit 451.

The shoot of The White Tiger will begin this fall in India,  Netflix said in a statement. The Reed Hastings-owned streaming service is producing The White Tiger in association with Mukul Deora, while Bahrani will be writing the screenplay besides taking the director’s chair. Chopra Jonas will also serve as executive producer.

“I’m so excited to work with Ramin Bahrani and Netflix to bring Aravind Adiga’s poignant story to cinematic life. When I read the book, I was fascinated with the perspective of the narrative. The story’s portrayal of raw ambition and the extent one will go to achieve one’s goals is riveting. I look forward to filming this in India this fall, and also working along with Rajkummar Rao for the first time and the wonderful cast Ramin is putting together,” Chopra Jonas said in a statement.

Adiga’s novel that follows the extraordinary journey of a self-made man from tea-shop worker in a village to successful entrepreneur in a big city, is the latest of the many books Netflix has adapted for its shows, after crime thriller Sacred Games whose second season came out this August and spy thriller Bard of Blood that is due for release late September. It is also looking to tweak its elite reputation in India, wooing smaller towns and diverse audiences with content, pricing and product design.

“It’s an exciting time for actors today and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a world-class project. I’ve been an admirer of Ramin’s work and am excited to see The White Tiger come to life with Netflix,” said Rao, who had earlier done a show called Bose: Dead/Alive for ALTBalaji.

On the work front Priyanka Chopra Jonas will be seen with Farhan Akhtar in The Sky is Pink and Rajkummar Rao is working on Made in China with Mouni Roy, Roohi Afza with Jhanvi Kapoor, Stree 2 and Life in a Metro sequel. Stay tuned for more updates of Bollywood.

Rajkummar Rao’s latest release with Kangana Ranaut “Judgemental hai kya” has not done well on box office.

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Home News & Gossip Alia Bhatt to have ‘guest appearance’ in Rajamouli’s RRR

Alia Bhatt to have ‘guest appearance’ in Rajamouli’s RRR

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In the modern age of cinema, there is no lack of talent. This is why when someone is given an opportunity to work with a renowned person, it matters more about the opportunity rather than worrying about personal achievements. This is something that Alia Bhatt has on her mind as she prepares for her Telugu debut in S.S. Rajamouli’s RRR.

Sources close to the team working on the film have revealed that Alia Bhatt’s role in the film will be a guest appearance. She is rumoured to appear in a few scenes and a song. Reacting to the rumours, this is what Alia had to say about them, “After I was launched by Karan Johar I had two dream directors on my wish list. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and S S Rajamouli. I don’t care about the length of my role in RRR. Just working with him is enough. I’ve taken lessons in Telugu to do this film. Can’t say I speak the beautiful language like a native. But I am trying.” She is expected to be on the sets of the film in September in Hyderabad.

Speaking of her dream directors, Alia was almost going to have her chance to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. She was set to appear opposite Salman Khan in Bhansali’s Inshallah but the film was shelved due to creative differences. A source close to Alia had revealed that she was very upset about it. This was because not only was she looking forward to working with the two but she had also given up on an Osho biopic directed by Aamir Khan. The Osho biopic’s dates were clashing with Inshallah and Alia chose the latter. Nevertheless, she still has the chance to work with one of her dream directors. Going by the efforts she’s putting in for it, she probably will nail the role.

Meanwhile on the work front Alia has her hands full with movie like Brahmastra with beau Ranbir Kapoor, Takht, Sadak 2 a movie she is doing for the first time with papa Mahesh Bhatt amongst others. On personal front the rumour are rife that Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor are all set to get married next year and that the preparations have started. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Home News & Gossip Salman Khan grooves on “Urvasi” with Prabhu deva. Check deets inside

Salman Khan grooves on “Urvasi” with Prabhu deva. Check deets inside

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Superstar Salman Khan has shared a video of himself dancing to the tunes of “Urvasi urvasi” with dance icon Prabhudheva. Actor Kichcha Sudeep of “Eega” and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala are also seen shaking legs with the “Dabangg” star in the video shared on Twitter on Tuesday. 

Salman captioned it: “Dance class from the master himself Prabhudheva, Kiccha Sudeep, Sajid Nadiadwala.”

“Urvasi Urvasi” is a Tamil-language song, which was later dubbed into Telugu and Hindi composed by musical maestro A.R. Rahman for the 1994 film “Kadhalan”. The Hindi version of the “Kadhalan” soundtrack is called “Humse Hai Muqabala”. It inspired the title of Rajsirpy’s 1996 film “Take It Easy Urvasi”. 

The 53-year-old star has become very active on social media lately. He has been giving his fans a sneak peek into his personal life, work schedules and fitness regime. 

The actor, who was last seen in “Bharat”, is currently shooting for “Dabangg 3”. Salman Khan will also be sharing screen with actress Alia Bhatt in “Inshallah”.


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