Bollywood Gupshup: January 2017

The trend since many years reveals how the first few weeks of January have always proved to be unlucky for Bollywood movies. Most of the films that release before Republic Day tend to fail but this year, OK Jaanu managed to break the jinx. The film, which starred the popular Aashiqui 2 jodi – Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor – fared well and its songs (title track and The Humma Song) are still topping the charts. There was a lot more (some good, some not so good) that happened in Bollywood, last month. Read more about them below.

Raees vs Kaabil

Well, everyone knew that closer to the release date, the clash between these two films would intensify. Rakesh Roshan, in particular, kept talking about how the exhibitor's allotted more screens to Raees even after promising him a 50-50 split. He also accused Shah Rukh Khan and his team of foul play. SRK didn't respond but Hrithik Roshan did damage control by tweeting a lovely message to the Raees actor. Don't forget to read our Raees review and Kaabil review.

Shahid Kapoor’s brother signs Majid Majidi’s film

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Ishaan Khattar, Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother, has finally signed his first film. There were reports that he would debut with Student of the Year 2 but Tiger Shroff bagged the film. It isn't known if the Hindi-remake of Nagraj Manjule’s critically-acclaimed movie, Sairat will ever go on floors and hence, it made sense for Khattar to give the nod to Majid Majidi. Titled Beyond the Clouds, the movie was apparently going to star Deepika Padukone but the makers are now searching for a fresh face.

Attack on Padmavati sets

Sanjay Leela Bhansali was filming Padmavati in Jaipur when a local political party stormed into the sets and attacked the filmmaker. They claimed that SLB was insulting Queen Padmavati and distorting history by showing a dream sequence between her and Allaudin Khilji. Based on the life of the legendary queen, Padmavati stars Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh. The film’s release date is November 17, 2017.

Stars grace the Filmfare Awards

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Held in Mumbai, the 62nd Filmfare Awards was a starry affair. Since it is considered to be the Oscars of India, every actor wants to win it at least once. Well, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Nitesh Tiwari, Shabana Azmi, Diljit Dosanjh, and Shakun Batra were some of the artists who took home the ‘black lady’.

Om Puri passes away

The year began on a sad note for the industry as veteran actor, Om Puri, died on January 6. He succumbed to a massive heart attack and was sixty-six years old. His funeral was attended by the who’s who of Bollywood and everyone paid tribute to him on social networking sites.

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