Finally, a week in Bollywood where we saw some major controversies getting cleared. Padmaavat, one of the biggest projects and most awaited films of last year, had to be pushed to 2018. Thanks to the protests against its release and delay in CBFC certification. But even though it get a UA certificate and a release date for January 25, 2018, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial was banned in some Indian states including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh etc. In a masterstroke of sorts, the makers of the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor starrer, who had been lying low all this while bogged down by the things said against the film, moved to the Apex court to lift the ban. The Padmaavat makers succeeded in doing that and more. The film will now be a solo release without Padman eating into its box office business. It will further benefit from the long Republic Day weekend.
Akshay Kumar who is known to bring out his first film of the year around the same time, happily let go of the release date and pushed his film for February 9, 2018. At a joint press conference, the filmmaker and actor united to announce the same. Akshay agreed that Padmaavat deserves to get a solo release and ASAP while Bhansali was left obliged by Akshay and his team’s kind gesture. Guess, out of all the things said in support of the film by the film fraternity, this gesture just takes the cake.
As of now, Padman will clash with Sidharth Malhotra’s Aiyaary, just the way it was initially supposed to be. Now, it remains to be seen if there is a change of plan again for this Neeraj Pandey film. Meanwhile, John Abraham’s Parmanu has now been locked for the Holi weekend and it will clash with Anushka Sharma’s Pari on March 2, 2018.
While we got clarity on the release dates of a few films, we also saw a glimpse of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s look from Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. The two were spotted while shooting in Mumbai and the pictures went viral within minutes of getting leaked. Alia plays a simple Muslim girl while Ranveer too plays a street rapper from a humble background in the film. The looks shocked many, especially Ranveer’s. He posted a picture on his Instagram as well to show his transformation from Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat to Gully Boy. One look and you’ll know what a shape shifter this guy is.
Especially when just the same day we saw two more teasers of Padmaavat where he shocked us with his menacing act in one and his mad king act in another.
That was about films but revelations in this week in Bollywood went past what’s happening or going to happen in reel. There were ample reports about personal equations to keep us waiting for more this whole week. For one, Varun Dhawan put all the rumours around his breakup with girlfriend Natasha Dalal to rest by stepping out with her for a movie night. There was lot said and written about his love life and how he and Alia are now a couple. India.com had told its readers how the actor planned to move into a new home so that he can move in with his girl to sort out all differences before taking it to the next level.
India.com also exclusively informed it readers how Alia Bhatt, who was said to be dating Sidharth Malhotra and then Varun Dhawan and then old flame Ali Dadarkar, is single and not in the mood to mingle. The actress wants to focus on doing more good work and love can wait. Read full report here. Another couple that kept us guessing this week is Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur. The Romanian beauty is out and about giving interviews, promoting her new single and she is obviously asked about her relationship with Salman. Instead of pushing things under the carpet, she has been giving statements that is making us believe that there was a relationship but it didn’t go the way she had imagined. Interesting, eh?
This week, we also got to see the much awaited Dabboo Ratnani calendar, with some of our favourite celebrities striking a pose to make 2018 brighter for fans. Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, the Bachchans, Parineeti Chopra, Vidya Balan, Farhan Akhtar and more. The calendar had the who’s who adorning it. However, not all left us impressed. SRK was the most disappointing, joined by the likes of Hrtihik, Big B, Aishwarya and more. Check out out top 10 biggest disappointments and top 10 best shots of the Dabboo Ratnani calendar 2018.
Meanwhile, Tiger Zinda Hai continues to soar and has made Rs 330 crore till its 27th day post release. The numbers will only be better this weekend as well since there is no Bollywood release to challenge it, until Padmaavat arrives next week. Finally, things are looking up for Bollywood and we have some interesting few weeks at the movies coming our way. Let’s hope this only gets better as we move ahead into 2018.